Archive for December, 2011:

12 Trees Of Christmas: The New York Palace

Day 2: The New York Palace takes Christmas — and its decorations — seriously. The hotel’s 30-foot twinkling tree is decorated in warm copper and gold hues and topped with a star made from welded bars wrapped in gold. Its first Holiday Fantasy program includes Palace guards to greet visitors, a snowflake princess (who makes […]

Friday Travel Photo: Santorini, Greece

We made a pit stop at the charming Greek island of Santorini while cruising through the Mediterranean. Since our massive cruise boat was too big to pull up to the island, our crew parked in the middle of the sea and we hopped on a tiny speed boat that took us to the base of […]

12 Trees Of Christmas: The Hotel Hershey

Day 3: In The Hotel Hershey’s backyard — next to the skating rink and Harvest, the Four-Star hotel’s farm-to-table restaurant — you’ll find this Norway spruce, measuring in at about 20 feet tall. The outdoor Christmas tree is adorned with 4,500 white LED lights and topped with a star. By dusk, this tree is truly […]

12 Trees of Christmas: The Peninsula Chicago

  Day 4: We’ve pictured The Peninsula Chicago Christmas tree, decorated by Kehoe Designs in classic reds, golds and greens. It sits in the Five-Star hotel’s fifth-floor lobby, which means you can enjoy the famous afternoon tea, Sunday brunch, chocolate bar or a holiday brunch in the presence of the regal tree, all with views […]

12 Trees Of Christmas: The American Club

Day 5: This dazzling tree holds court at the shops at The American Club in Kohler, Wis. The 25-foot White Spruce was grown nearby on Kohler company property — the plumbing fixture company owns the Five-Star resort. Approximately 691 feet of LED and incandescent white lights mix in with the candy-themed ornaments, including candy canes […]

Top 10 Books For Holiday Travel

  By train, plane or automobile, you’ll likely have some downtime while you trek around this holiday season. Stay entertained with a pick from our list of top 10 books to travel with — then feel free to re-gift it come Christmas Day. [slideshow]

12 Trees Of Christmas: The Elysian

Today we’re half way through our countdown at day six. Pictured here is the tree outside The Elysian in Chicago. The holiday evergreen adds a festive element to the Four-Star hotel’s already chic private courtyard.  Photo courtesy of The Elysian