Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Great Spring Trips

Spring is in the air... in most places, that is. After spending some time in Canada, it’s clear that a few places have catching up to do, but that’s expected for northern climates. If you live somewhere chilly and you don’t want to wait for the spring thaw, why not try one of these recommended getaways? Oh, and if you are from somewhere further south and are getting increasingly uncomfortable as the weather gets warmer, prepare yourself for a vacation, too!

San Diego: Cosmopolitan evenings out and beach strolling are both high on the list of tourist attractions in San Diego. Grab a beer at a close-to-the-boardwalk bar and plan a night out at the beach, because there are facilities provided for those who like to stoke a fire on the sand. Other attractions include Mission Beach, SeaWorld, and the Gaslamp Quarter.

Top Hotel Pick
The Grand Del Mar: Recognized as one of the “World’s Best Places to Stay,” the Grand Del Mar offers views of the golf course or nature preserve. 31 spacious suites and two presidential suites round out accommodation offerings.

W San Diego: The centrally-located W San Diego is near the Gaslamp Quarter, Little Italy, and the convention center. Perch on the window seat in your room for a great view.

Miami: Miami’s sun-soaked South Beach provides plenty of distraction when you’re not toasting on the beach. The Art Deco district is stuffed full of boutique hotels, some of which offer tours to non-guests because of the great number of celebrity visitors over the years. For ghost stories and a tour, head to Miami's Biltmore, in Coral Gables. Cuban snacks and interesting international cuisine is easy to find all over Miami, so prepare to dig in.

Top Hotel Pick
Hotel Victor: Located in the Art Deco district, the Hotel Victor is chic, with al fresco dining on the outdoor terrace and divinely decorated rooms.

Canyon Ranch: Positioned right on the beach, the Canyon Ranch Miami Beach offers water views, an unsurpassed spa, and great amenities

Montreal: Live in Miami, or anywhere else in the southern part of the States? Head up to Montreal during the spring to enjoy fresh air and some top-notch cuisine. Montreal’s famous poutine is a divine treat for foodies, and there’s a buzzing nightlife along St. Catherine street, one of Montreal’s most famous entertainment spots. Hit up the casino if you want a little roulette or blackjack action during your break.

Top Hotel Pick
Hotel Le St James: This warm, luxurious hotel occupies a building dating back to 1870. Located in vibrant Old Montreal, this luxury hotel comes highly rated and offers perks via

Fairmont The Queen Elizabeth: About 10% of the Fairmont's rooms are suites, and it's located above the trains for easy access. World-class accommodations positioned near the underground city (filled with shops and restaurants) are a great place to stay for any tourist new to Montreal.

Amsterdam: Amsterdam might attract those looking for a coffee shop (where not just coffee is sold), but there is so much more to do than just browse Amsterdam’s legalized offerings. The city is as picturesque as can be and is more than excellent for bicycling, tulip enthusiasts, and art lovers. Electronic music fans will swoon over local club offerings.

Top Hotel Pick
Sofitel Amsterdam: This hotel has 177 rooms and is located near many important landmarks in the city. Now that the hotel’s been renovated, rooms will surpass exacting standards.

Hotel Pulitzer: Got a thing for the canals of Amersterdam? The Hotel Pulitzer is close to the most picturesque canals, Prinsengracht and Keizersgra, and it has placed on Conde Nast’s Gold List.

Dominican Republic: Any young traveler will love exploring a package featuring the Dominican Republic, especially if it’s packed full of perks. This destination is favored by spring breakers and sun-soakers alike. Late planners are welcome because of the last-minute deals available at all levels of accommodation. Punta Cana is considered the country’s most popular destination, but Puerto Plata is considered an excellent choice as well.

Top Hotel Pick
Casa de Campo: Want to visit a tropical playground? Get a booking at Casa de Campo for golf, tennis, and even horseback-riding lessons. Children are especially welcome at this resort destination.

Silvory Punta Cana: This private, exclusive luxury resort is set on a lush setting in the D.R., and you can enjoy a private beach, a well-stocked wine cellar, and a top-notch spa.

Forget the stress of vacation-planning; selecting a perfect place for your vacation isn’t hard when you're browsing luxury spots. The perks and amenities make your destination a success, no matter where you go, and it’s unnecessary to choose a hotel in a city you’ve already explored. Go out on a limb this spring and discover something new about a city you’re bound to love.

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