Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Top U.S. Hotels According to Conde Nast

If you wanted to vacation at one of the top 3 U.S. hotels, you might want to take a look at what the readers of Conde Nast have chosen in the latest Conde Nast Traveler's Readers' Choice Awards:

The Peninsula - Chicago
Elizabeth Point Lodge - Amelia Island, Florida
Stephanie Inn - Cannon Beach, Oregon
What better way to get to know some of them than to sample one of the many specials, promotions and packages they offer:

Elizabeth Point Lodge Package

The Elizabeth Point Lodge on Amelia Island also offers many wonderful packages. One I like is the “Thanksgiving Package” which is a 4-night vacation package in an oceanfront King Superior room for $1,551, and includes (among other things):

  • Wine and hors d’oeuvres reception each evening
  • Full oceanfront breakfast each morning
  • Thanksgiving dinner for two at Beech Street Grill with choice of preferred seating (dinner, gratuity, and tax included)

  • You can find more packages at Elizabeth Point Lodge by going to ElizabethPointeLodge.com. Their phone numbers are Toll Free: 800-772-3359 800-500-9620 and 800-544-2704. You can also email them at info@elizabethpointelodge.com

    Stephanie Inn Specials

    The Stephanie Inn offers numerous specials and packages, including

    Good Things Special

    This special runs from October 1, 2008 through October 31, 2008, and is as follows: Stay one night at full rate Sunday through Thursday and receive the second night at half price. This special includes a country-style breakfast buffet, afternoon wine and evening night cap. Minimum 2-night stay. There is a 7% lodging tax.

    This special must be requested at time the reservation is made. , so be sure you mention the October Internet Special to the reservationist at the Stephanie Inn.

    The Golden Sand Dollar Special

    Exclusively for seniors 55 years or older, and is as follows: For $189-$199 per night plus tax, you can choose from a $25 dinner credit in their dining room, a bottle of champagne, wine or cider, a "Stephanie Inn Cookbook", or a one pound box of chocolates in your mountain view guest room on the first night of your stay.

    This includes a complimentary country-style breakfast buffet, afternoon wine gathering and evening night cap. This special is available Sunday through Thursday, October 16, 2008 through December 30, 2008.

    For more info on Stephanie Inn specials and packages, go to: stephanie-inn.com. You can also call The Stephanie Inn at 1-800-633-3466 or email: info@stephanie-inn.com

      Tuesday, October 14, 2008

      Things to do in Scottsdale, AZ

      Visiting Scottsdale, Arizona any time soon? Well, Scottsdale.com has come up with a list of "10 Best Things To Do In Scottsdale Arizona." What do they recommend?

      1. Golfing at one of the numerous golf courses around Scottsdale: Troon North Golf Club with two 18-hole courses and fabulous views and JW Marriott Wildfire Golf Club come recommended by them.
      2. Humvee and ATV Tours of the surrounding Sonoran Desert.
      3. Viewing open houses around Scottsdale.
      4. Scottsdale FBR Open beginning the end of January through the beginning of February. The Scottsdale FBR is one of the first PGA golf events of the calendar year.
      5. Visiting the Scottsdale Desert Botanical Gardens.
      6. Taking a ride on a hot-air balloon.
      7. Attending a Phoenix Suns, Arizona Diamondbacks or Phoenix Coyotes game.
      8. Helicopter Tour of the Grand Canyon. They recommend Papillon Helicopters Tours.
      9. Hiking the local mountains in Scottsdale. Camelback Mountain offers hikers of all levels fabulous desert mountain hikes.
      10. Visiting Old Town Scottsdale & Art District. If you're there on a Thursday night from 7-9PM, you can take part in ArtWalk, which allows you to experience the galleries of Old Town, "one of the most prominent and respected art districts in the nation."

      What did they leave out? Well, restaurants, of course! What are some of the top restaurants in the Scottsdale area you won't want to miss? (Unless otherwise indicated, the restaurants are located in Scottsdale)

      7210 East Second Street

      Centro Paninoteca
      7120 East Becker Lane

      La Torretta Ristorante
      16640 North Scottsdale Road

      7217 East Fourth Avenue

      Capital Grille
      16489 North Scottsdale Road

      Un-Bacio Ristorante
      7704 E. Doubletree Ranch Rd.

      Gardunos of Mexico
      8787 N. Scottsdale Rd, Ste. A-102

      Asia de Cuba
      7353 E. Indian School Rd.
      (Inside the Mondrian)

      Pink Pony Steak House
      3831 N. Scottsdale Rd.
      (between 1st St. and Main St.)

      Zinc Bistro
      15034 N. Scottsdale Rd.
      (Scottsdale Rd. and Greenway Pkwy.)

      Binkley's Restaurant
      6920 E. Cave Creek Rd.
      Cave Creek, AZ

      Rancho Pinot Grill
      6208 N. Scottsdale Rd.
      (Scottsdale Rd. and Lincoln Dr.)
      Paradise Valley, AZ