Wednesday, June 10, 2009

A Cowboy with lots of Cash

Neal Wanless, who won the $232 million Powerball jackpot in South Dakota, hasn't been seen around town since he was presented with a giant check last week. While people say that the mild-mannered cowboy kid, who graduated salutatorian from his mostly Native American high school in 2004, had been walking around with a smile plastered on his face after the win, there hasn't been much movement at the Wanless Ranch save for the new addition of a lock linking together a rusty chain outside his family's ranch lands, where they lived in a camper after losing their home to foreclosure. Maybe the formerly down-on-his-luck cowboy has just been planning a blow-out vacation with his family in celebration? That sounds like a good idea to us!

The Wanless family might be able to go anywhere they want now, but if we choose our next vacation hotel carefully, we'll feel like a million bucks, too. For a never-fail experience, head to Los Angeles, where has Exclusive Complimentary Perks arranged with many leading hotels. If you'd like to vacation like a star, book a stay at the Four Seasons Hotel at Beverly Hills, which is considered by many a hotel aficionado to be an incomparable selection. Even if you can afford just one or two nights here, it's worth it: you get complimentary surprises, great bathroom amenities, a cozy, thick robe, and a well-stocked mini-bar. Plan a trip to The Cafe for a light meal, or reserve a table at the Gardens Restaurant to do some quality noshing and star peeping right on site. Close to the Four Seasons Hotel at Beverly Hills are the famous shopping spots Rodeo Drive and Robertson Boulevard, but you'll still be able to step out onto your private balcony to enjoy the quiet of the palm-lined residential neighborhood in which this Four Seasons nestles. After a long day of window shopping at Kitson, Agnes B, and Curve, venture upstairs to the lush rooftop terrace, and hit the spa with your $100 spa credit you'll receive through What a Hotel!'s Exclusive Perks.

Then again, Los Angeles is known for its quirky spots, and even a Powerball winner flush with cash might be looking for something they can write home about. The SLS Hotel at Beverly Hills still offers those perks through, but the vibe is decidedly more avant-garde and daring than many other choices. Decor is elevated to art complete with Phillipe Starck-designed furnishings and a "liquid retail" concept by MOSS within the hotel. It's daring and different, and it's entirely "L.A.," so book a stay in this spot to feel chic while still getting a chance to soak up creature comforts. Relax in a state-of-the-art spa and exercise away on well-tuned, high-tech equipment, and then explore near the hotel to snap pictures of all the Beverly Hills distractions that will tempt you into spending a little more than you budgeted for. Take a drive along the top of Hollywood Hills, Mulholland Drive, and take in gorgeous views of Los Angeles before going to Rodeo Drive, which is arguably one of the most well-known shopping spots in the world. After browsing exclusive boutiques frequented by the silver screen set, you might want to wrap things up with a historical tour of the Virginia Robinson Gardens or the Greystone Mansion and Park.

The Wanless family might be rumored to be buying another ranch in South Dakota, but they probably wouldn't object to some LA sightseeing with their new travel budget. They might even stay in a hotel near you when they're in the City of Angels, so keep your eyes peeled for the cowboy with a lot of cash.

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