Saturday, March 3, 2012

Where to Celebrate St. Patrick's Day

March 17th usually calls for festive, alcohol-fueled revelry, celebrating all that comes from Ireland, and putting on your emerald best. Most notably including shamrocks and beer, corned beef and cabbage, and partying till the sun comes up! Whether it’s in Dublin, celebrating local-style, or in American cities where the diaspora go all out: it will be fun! Here are the best things to do, places to stay for St.Patrick's Day this year. Keep in mind, that when you book your hotel reservation through us, you will receive Exclusive Complimentary Perks without having to do anything special!

What to Do: The South Side St. Patrick’s Day Parade is one of the biggest events Chicago holds annually. During the past two years, the parade as on hiatus, and for 2012 it is back. The Chicago River always gets dyed green for the festivities, and is definitely a fun thing to check out. And most of all, what would St. Patty’s Day be without a few rounds at an authentic Irish Pub? Celtic Crossings, D4 Irish Pub and Café, and Johnny O’Hagan’s are local Irish favorites. A celebration of the area’s Irish heritage, this is one holiday where the whole city goes all out, no matter their ancestors came from.

Where to Stay: Park Hyatt Chicago, recently declared one of the 20 best hotels in the world, this hotel is perfectly located on Magnificent Mile and has the most sensuous ambiance! 
The Sofitel Chicago Water Tower is a downtown beauty. A 32-storey glass and steel prism is one of Chicago’s finest places to spend the night.
For business of entertainment, the Four Seasons Hotel Chicago is an ever-inviting landmark of sophistication.

New York
What to Do: Celebrate the occasion with New York’s proud Irish folk at gatherings all over the city. Surprisingly, plenty of Irish people travel to the States to party on St. Patrick’s Day, and New York is an incredibly fun place to be for it. The entire city literally turns exuberantly green for one day a year. Most inhabitants get decked out in green regalia, and you will see an abundance of green bouquets, green bagels and beer, green water fountains, and of course, the Empire State Building donning the hue of ‘Emerald Isle.’ The Irish have been in New York for centuries, and there are Irish pubs in every borough to prove it. Then there is the old faithful St. Patrick’s Day parade, which is the nation’s oldest, since 1762. After the parade, at Pier Sixty, there will be a St. Patrick’s Parade Gala, with fireworks. For those who want an even more authentic, more traditional take on the holiday, head to St. Patrick’s Cathedral for services.

Where to Stay: The Blakely, New York, a boutique gem in midtown.
A timeless classic and always amazing, The Plaza is a New York landmark.
The Trump SoHo New York, is an intimate, edgy downtown hotel with stellar views.

Ironically, in it’s native land, St. Patrick’s Day was customarily not a celebration of Ireland with widespread green-colored drunkenness; it was a church holiday. In more recent years, however, seeing the possibilities for celebration, Dublin does the holiday right with a massive parade, plenty of children’s activities, and different festivals held throughout the city. There is a major emphasis on Irish traditions, a week-long craft beer festival, historical events, architecture tours, and plenty of events centered on good old St. Patrick himself! 

Where to Stay: The most exclusive, intimate hotel in Ireland’s capitol is the Four Seasons Hotel Dublin. The Westbury Hotel is one of Dublin’s best, and it sits perfectly within the city to savor everything.
A boutique hotel with a major emphasis on design, the Fitzwilliam Hotel is a luxurious marvel in the heart of Dublin.

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