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The Suite Life: Best Luxury Hotel Suites

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Experience the Best Luxury Hotel Suites

When booking a hotel for business or pleasure, comfort becomes a top priority in order to get the most out of your home away from home. Hotels in major cities across the country offer unparalleled luxury suites that allow guests to live like royalty. With spacious rooms, extravagant décor, and breathtaking views, these are the best luxury hotel suites create the perfect escape into a world of lavish relaxation.




Los Angeles

The Waldorf Astoria sits in the heart of Beverly Hills with easy access to shopping, theaters, and fine dining. Their impressive design and impeccable service draws in guests from all over the world to live the lifestyle of the highly acclaimed brand. Their Presidential Penthouse Suite offers some of the best views of the city, with floor-to-ceiling windows to let in the signature California sunshine. With a mini-gym, home theater, private terrace, and fully-stocked kitchen, everything you need will be right at your fingertips as you live amongst the clouds.

Stay at the largest penthouse suite in Los Angeles when you book The Penthouse at The London West Hollywood. With 11,000 square feet of space, this impressive suite was styled by renowned designer Vivienne Westwood. A chic, neutral palette of modern accents creates a sophisticated labyrinth of luxury living space. You’ll have no problem entertaining a group thanks to the 5,000 square foot private rooftop deck complete with a kitchen, fireplace and 360-degree view of Los Angeles.




San Francisco

For a stay in the Bay, the Fairmont Hotel is world-renowned for exuding luxury. Its centrally located neighborhood makes getting around the city a breeze, as it’s the only place in San Francisco where each of the cable car lines meet. The historical three-bedroom Presidential Suite was designed in the 1920s and has been restored to an opulent, 6,000 square foot living space. A billiard room, dining room that seats 60 guests, and a library with a secret passageway are just some of the many perks to booking a stay in this glamourous suite.

San Francisco’s Proper Hotel is also worth booking with a stylish design that sets it apart from its more business-oriented counterparts. Their Premier Suite is filled with eye-catching textures and patterns along with fashionable modern furnishings. The apartment-style suite will make you feel right at home with a spacious living area and luxury bathroom amenities. You’ll also be in the center of the action with rooftop bar Charmaine’s perched at the top of this chic luxury hotel.




Chicago

The Windy City will never feel the same after staying in the Ritz-Carlton’s Presidential Suite in Downtown Chicago. The two-story space features a spiral staircase, media room, and a baby grand piano for their more musical guests to enjoy. Wake up to a view of Navy Pier and get ready for your day in one of the suite’s three marble bathrooms. Lounge on the modern, luxurious decor as you watch the sunset over Lake Michigan.

The loft-style Penthouse Suite at The Thompson Hotel will also whisk you away into extravagance with their chic, modern accommodations. Views of either the lake or the city mean you’ll have a stunning backdrop no matter where you look. A pool table and soaking tub are just a few of the perks you can expect when you book this suite in Chicago’s Near North Side neighborhood.

New York City

In a city with a sky-high cost of living, hotel suites are especially extravagant for those wishing to live in luxury. The Mark Hotel boasts one of the most expensive hotel rooms in the world with its two-story, 12,000 square foot Penthouse Suite. Cozy up by one of the four fireplaces and enjoy the decor designed by master architect Jacques Grange. With five bedrooms and a breathtaking view of Central Park, this opulent space is fit to make any guest swoon.

The Four Seasons New York offers an unforgettable luxury experience, with their Ty Warner Penthouse also being one of the world’s most expensive hotel suites, along with being the highest in the city. The elegantly-crafted design is filled with antiques and artwork, as well as furnishings made from fabrics imported from all over the world. The four separate glass balconies are sure to impress as you look out onto unobstructed panoramic views of New York City.

Miami

Take a trip to the perfect city for a beachside escape and fall in love with The Faena Hotel in Miami Beach. There’s nothing but glamour in the Penthouse Suite, which overlooks the sparkling, Atlantic shoreline. The art-deco style, designed by filmmaker Baz Luhrmann and his wife, embraces animal prints, velvet, and gold details to bring an eccentric feel to the extravagant space. With four bedrooms, a chef’s kitchen, media room and an elevator, guests can explore the grand layout with an oceanfront view.

Book the Sorrento Penthouse at Fontainebleau Miami Beach for a vacation you’ll never want to leave. The crisp, clean styling is the perfect setting for taking in the ocean breeze with almost 10,000 square feet of space for you and your guests to make yourselves at home. Five bedrooms, a private pool and jacuzzi mean that your entire group will get to enjoy the good life among stunning views of the Atlantic Ocean.

Las Vegas

With a reputation for lavish nightlife and hotels, Las Vegas is the place to go for a luxurious getaway. Booking a stay at the Nobu Villa will have you living large. The three-bedroom, rooftop suite has a serene, Japanese design perfect for rest and relaxation. Outdoor entertainment will be a breeze with the sky deck offering a full bar, barbecue pit, and Zen Garden. Your private view of the strip will be one-of-a-kind as you enjoy a lavish stay on the 83rd floor.

You can also indulge in a lavish stay when you book the Penthouse Suite at The Bellagio. The vibrant interior overlooks The Bellagio’s iconic fountain displaying a continuous water show throughout your stay.  His and hers bathrooms are perfect for pampering, offering spa-like features like a steam shower and spa jet bath. The living space comes complete with a wet bar for you and your guests to toast drinks before a night on the town.

Dubai

Dubai is well-known for extravagant living which means luxury hotels in the area reach beyond the ordinary. The largest hotel suite in Dubai can be found at The Waldorf Astoria. Their palatial Royal Suite spans almost 17,000 square feet, taking up the full top floor of this luxury hotel. Take in beautiful views of the skyline from the private terrace or lounge in the indoor living space with butler service for a lavish experience.

The Four Seasons Jumeirah has its own Royal Suite where you’ll be pampered by marble floors, stoic columns and a baby grand piano for an added touch. This impressive, fifth-floor suite brings an airy ambiance to an expansive living space. The master bedroom overlooks stunning views of the gulf from two separate balconies, and guests can also take in the view from the furnished terrace.

London

No discussion of luxury suites would be complete without The Rosewood London’s Manor House Wing, the only suite in the world to have its own dedicated postcode. Enter through a private entrance to experience this seven-bedroom habitat filled with sophisticated furnishings in an expansive layout. This elegant destination allows guests to reside in comfort with a lounge, library and soaking tub all contributing to an unprecedented luxury experience.

With just the right amount of glitz and glamour, the Shangri-La Suite at The Shangri-La Hotel at The Shard will whisk you away into a world of refined prestige. Floor-to-ceiling windows provide a breathtaking view of the London skyline from the 39th floor, while the spacious interior makes this luxury suite the perfect site for entertaining. Marble accents, a private elevator and dedicated butler service all allow you to indulge during your world-class London stay.

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    1 Hotels: Where Hospitality Meets Sustainability

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    The 1 Hotel Experience

    As the hospitality industry moves further into the 21st Century, bringing unique and forward-thinking elements to your brand means staying ahead of the game. At 1 Hotels, their message relies on transforming the industry into one that connects people through thoughtful design and sustainability. From New York City to Miami, and soon to include Los Angeles, Cabo San Lucas and more, the success of the brand stems from guests’ modern priorities of creativity and mindfulness.




    Rooms

    Each of the 1 Hotels properties provides an attractive location with rooms that embrace both comfort and style. Nature is brought into the space through the use of reclaimed wood accents, in-room greenery, and organic cotton sheets and mattresses. Each of the rooms have walk-in showers complete with a 5-minute sand timer to help you minimize your water consumption. The Brooklyn Bridge location features unobstructed views of the Manhattan Skyline while the Central Park location allots you an unmatched view of the iconic park. The South Beach property sits along the Atlantic Ocean and affords a breathtaking view of the waves.




    Sustainability

    The brand takes a strong in-house stance on going green across the board. They pride themselves on utilizing energy saving initiatives, recycling and waste reduction, and low water usage. They also have dozens of partnerships with eco-friendly companies to fulfill the needs of the guest. The paper-free Pressreader technology is available for guests to digitally keep up with their favorite publications. The Tesla Model S acts as the complimentary house car for guests to use when they’re on the go. Even the smallest details are accounted for, like partnering with Ditto Hangers—a company that provides clothing hangers made of 100% recycled materials. They also make use of wooden room keys to reduce plastic consumption and make for a signature brand accent.




    Dining

    The mission of sustainability also extends into the kitchen with dining options in each hotel to satisfy guests’ craving for healthy and well-made meals. The Central Park Location boasts the food stylings of James Beard Award-winning Chef Jonathan Waxman with a menu of California-inspired cuisine at Jams. Their Lobby Farmstand also provides seasonal fruits, nuts and granola for guests to snack on something fresh. The upcoming West Hollywood location is expected to have two venues run by hospitality mavens h. Wood Group. The first Chinese 1 Hotels property in Haitang Bay will include an onsite farm for organic ingredients to be used in the property’s various hospitality venues.

    Amenities

    The unique selection of 1 Hotels’ amenities reflects the needs of an urban and contemporary traveler. They embrace all members of the family with pet-friendly accommodations at the NYC properties, including a dog-friendly Concierge team to provide recommendations for your pup. If you’ll be travelling on two wheels in the city, you’ll have no problem finding a place to lock up with a bicycle valet to house your ride. From guided sunrise workouts on the roof of the Brooklyn Bridge property, to a Beach Social Club with premium benefits at the South Beach property, there are perks at each location to fulfill your every need.

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      Bachelor and Bachelorette Party Destinations for a Wild Weekend

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      Bachelor and Bachelorette Party Destinations

      When you’re tying the knot, it isn’t just about finding the prime location for your wedding ceremony. Bachelor and Bachelorette parties have flourished in popularity as the wedding party’s way to give the soon-to-be bride or groom a ‘last hurrah’ to remember. These group getaways can involve a number of lively activities that mix wild nights out and quality bonding with friends and family. Finding the perfect bachelor and bachelorette party destinations to celebrate will take your weekend of festivities to the next level.




       

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      Head to Las Vegas

      Vegas is a classic Bachelor and Bachelorette party destination with its nightlife and ‘Sin City’ reputation that lead wedding parties to flock there for an exciting trip. Use the opportunity to splurge on a lavish hotel suite like The Chelsea Penthouse at The Cosmopolitan or the Sky Villa at the Palms Casino Resort.

      Nightlife is always the main attraction for those looking to go hard or go home during their bride or groom-to-be’s last single night. Start your night at Park MGM’s speakeasy lounge On the Record to toast to a weekend of excitement. Bottle service at XS, Marquee, TAO or one of Vegas’ many favorite nightclub hot spots will give you a home base to call your own as you dance the night away. Stop by Hakkasan to lose yourself in an energetic multi-level nightclub. Make the most of your weekend and reserve a table at a day club like Drais or Encore to have fun in the sun at the lively poolside destinations.




      Celebrate in Los Angeles

      World-renowned for its star-studded streets, Los Angeles may be the perfect place for your group to enjoy a wild weekend. With unrivaled views of the breathtaking LA skyline, hotels like The West Hollywood Edition, 1Hotel West Hollywood and The Dream Hotel Hollywood each offer up a quality stay.

      Bars and lounges throughout the city boast bartending talent to take your palate on a journey whether it be through a whiskey tasting at Seven Grand or a rum craft cocktail at La Descarga. Your LA trip won’t be complete without booking a table at one of the city’s exclusive nightclubs like Warwick, 1OAK or Poppy to complete your Bachelor or Bachelorette adventure.

      Plan a Trip to NYC

      The hustle and bustle of the city might be just what you need to get a little crazy for the weekend. Indulge in a penthouse experience at the James Hotel for your group to live the high life overlooking the skyline. Take in some fresh air while you day drink at Magic Hour or Mr. Purple.

      Later in the night, duck into one of the city’s many speakeasy-style hot spots like Bathtub Gin or Employees Only or Blind Barber. If you’re ready for a night of partying, get bottle service for your group at PHD Lounge or head to 1OAK NYC if you’d prefer to dance the night away.




      Party in Miami

      Take advantage of the sunshine by choosing Miami as your destination for partying and relaxing on the beach with the future bride or groom. You’ll have a private pool and breathtaking ocean view if your group chooses a luxurious penthouse suite at The W South Beach.

      Your trip won’t be complete without a little day drinking–visit Broken Shaker for a handcrafted cocktail or Jaguar Sun to toast in a refreshing indoor-outdoor space. Miami’s nightlife will have you dancing ‘til dawn at places like E11EVEN, LIV, Rockwell or one of the many other exclusive Miami Beach hot spots, including day party destination Hyde Beach.

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        The 20 Best Pools in LA, Vegas, Miami & New York

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        Pool Season

        As temperatures begin to rise, metropolitan crowds will be flocking to hotel pools to dive into the lavish summer party season. From LA to NYC there are plenty of places where you can throw on a bathing suit and sip on a poolside cocktail underneath clear blue skies. These 20 hot spots for the best pools in LA, Vegas, Miami & New York will let you experience the sunshine in style no matter where your travels take you this summer.




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        LOS ANGELES

        Skybar at the Mondrian Hotel

        Their unmatched views of West Hollywood are one of the many perks of lounging near Skybar’s pool, with plenty of summer parties drawing in trendy crowds.

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        The Standard Hotel DTLA

        Surrounded by the towering buildings of Downtown, The Standard’s stylish hangout is a classic place to grab a drink and take a dive while summertime brings live DJs to keep the party going.




        The Roosevelt Hotel

        You can’t go wrong by taking a dip in The Tropicana, one of LA’s most historic hotel pools, and features the occasional nighttime pool party to keep you cool on those warm summer nights.




        The W Hollywood Hotel

        Perfect for summer parties, the Wet Deck features plenty of modern lounge furnishings to get an LA tan in the center of Hollywood.

        Altitude at the SLS Hotel

        Sip on refreshing cocktails at one of Altitude’s glamorous rooftop cabanas to bask in one of the best views of Beverly Hills and West Hollywood.

        LAS VEGAS

        Encore

        Known for its wild parties, you’ll be able to witness world class DJ performances alongside an energetic crowd at Encore’s luxurious day club.

        Mandalay Bay

        Complete with a wave pool, white sand, and 11 acres of land, Mandalay Bay’s beach-like pool scene will encourage you to soak up the sun on one of their many daybeds and cabanas.

        Bellagio

        The Mediterranean-themed deck at Bellagio creates the perfect atmosphere for lounging with five pools to choose from, surrounded by a lush garden landscape.

        Marquee

        Marquee’s dayclub at the Cosmopolitan keeps the energy up all year long with a climate-controlled dome that lets you frolic in swimwear no matter the weather.

        Drai’s

        With a landscape view that covers most of the Strip, Drais impressive poolside dining and wild day parties will have you living it up during your Vegas getaway.

        MIAMI

        The Raleigh

        The Raleigh’s expansive swimming spot is the perfect place to sip on poolside cocktails and lounge in sophistication, or enjoy one of their lively summer pool parties.

        The Standard Spa Hotel

        In the midst of a lush garden landscape lies the chic pool at The Standard where a day pass is all you need to lounge on retro furnishings and enjoy their Lazy Sunday barbecue.

        Hyde Beach at the SLS

        Try out one of the highly-coveted cabanas at the SLS Hyde Beach’s energetic pool scene fit for those looking to party during their Miami vacation.

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        The Freehand Hotel and Hostel

        Alongside the popular Broken Shaker bar, The Freehand’s upscale pool is open to the public, and during summer is known to feature daytime barbecues with live DJs.

        Fontainebleau

        Fontainebleau’s celebrity hot spot draws in Miami’s best as it features an oceanfront locale with cabanas stocked with flat screen TVs and a private butler service.

        NYC

        Gansevoort Meatpacking

        With heating and underwater lights and music, this Moroccan-inspired spot will keep you partying hard both above and underneath the water.

        Jimmy at The James

        While it’s smaller than most, Jimmy’s accompanying rooftop view of the Hudson, Downtown, and Midtown makes it an ideal visit while open to the public on summer weekends.

        McCarren Hotel and Pool

        McCarren’s hot Williamsburg hangout is known to have live bands, DJs and a stylish crowd enjoying the terrace on warm summer nights.

        Sixty LES Hotel

        Known for its Andy Warhol filmstrip feature printed on the pool floor, Sixty LES is a great place for New Yorkers to stop by and catch one of their many high-energy parties and pop-up shops.

        The Beach at The Dream Downtown Hotel

        The Dream Downtown boasts a glamorous swim spot with imported white sand and glass-bottom portholes giving swimmers a peek into the hotel lobby.

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          Toast to the Good Life at the Best Cocktail Bars in Miami

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          Cocktail Bars in Miami

          Every year, millions of people flock to the city of Miami for their perfect weather, beautiful beaches, and unparalleled nightlife. There’s a never-ending list of things to do and places to see in and around Miami, but nothing compares to relaxing after a long day with a drink at one of the city’s many impressive bars and lounges. Before your next trip to the Magic City, check out these picks for some of the best cocktail bars in Miami so you’ll know exactly where to go to unwind.




          Los Altos

          From the creators of Ball & Chain comes a new hole-in-the-wall destination that you can find up the stairs from Taquerias el Mexicano. Keeping with the South of the Border theme of their downstairs neighbors, Los Altos brings bright decor and a Mexican-influenced cocktail menu.




          Cafe La Trova

          Longtime cocktail creators Julio Cabrera and Michelle Bernstein have brought Miami a slice of classic and modern Cuban-inspired drinks and eats. Cafe La Trova pays homage to 1980’s Miami Cuban culture with their design as well as their menu, and even offer a top-tier coffee counter.




          Astra

          This rooftop paradise has a wide enough range of Greek-inspired cocktails to make you feel like you’ve traveled to Santorini. The space combines an industrial chic vibe with the ‘ambience of Mykonos’ to truly set it apart from its competition.

          Boombox

          Walking into Boombox is just like taking a step back in time to the late ’80s and early ‘90s. With a menu that boasts cocktails like the “Lemon Drop the Mic” and “The Longest Island Iced Tea,” Boombox is a different party every night with new music daily and fun themes for special occasions.

          Kaido Miami

          Brad Kilgore and award-winning bartender Nico de Soto have teamed up to bring Miami a little piece of Japanese culture in their newest cocktail bar, Kaido. Traditional Japanese drinks and eats with a fun modern twist can be found on the menu at Kaido. Behind the bar is a secret speakeasy dubbed AMA, where guests that are in the know can have a unique drinking experience of their own.

          Broken Shaker

          Vacationers from all over the world flock to Broken Shaker in the Freehand Hotel for their award-winning and world-renowned handcrafted cocktails. Exotic produce and freshly-made, mysterious elixirs are used to create delicious drinks with international flavors that will have you coming back time and time again. If you want to enjoy the beautiful Miami weather, take a seat in their backyard patio that gives guests a secluded outdoor drinking experience.

          Bar Bevy

          Located above Pharrell William’s restaurant Swan, Bar Bevy serves as its exotic and mysterious counterpart. Velvet seating, heavy curtains, dark wood floors, and interesting wall art make for some serious Arabian Nights vibes. To escape the dark interior, they also have airy, outdoor seating with string lights and heaters for chilly evenings.

          Jaguar Sun

          Recently opened on the ground floor of the luxurious X Miami apartments, Jaguar Sun has been creating quite a bit of buzz in the downtown bar scene. Using a large variety of popular and small batch brands of liquor, the team at Jaguar Sun have created a unique and satisfying selection of cocktails, ranging from all the classics to new tiki drinks.

          Lost Boy is a two-story downtown Miami cocktail bar with quite the unique variety of interior designs. Whether you’re a fan of the American Southwest, traditional English pubs, or even drunken sailor bars, you can find it all at Lost Boy. The menu reflects the designs, in that they offer a straightforward menu of drinks and snacks that have stood the test of time. Along with cocktails, you can expect to see wines, tap-only beers served in pints, and exceptional coffee.

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            The Best Parties at Miami Music Week 2020

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            Miami Music Week

            Note: This year’s Miami Music Week has been indefinitely postponed as of March 12th, 2020. Miami leaders and sbe representatives made this decision in reaction to the possible safety hazard of the globally-spreading COVID-19 virus.

            Miami Music Week 2020 is right around the corner, which means EDM fans from around the country are getting ready to gather in Miami for a week of fun and festivities. Miami Music Week is a collection of concerts revolving around the genre of EDM, with pool parties and club events all leading up to the crowning jewel, Ultra Music Festival. With more than a thousand artists scheduled to appear from all over the world, and countless influencers and celebrities making appearances, it’s sure to be one of the biggest music events of the year. 




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            SLS + Hyde Beach Parties

            The SLS Hotel and Hyde Beach will bring Miami Music Week an electric selection of parties happening every day from March 18th-22nd, 2020, right along South Beach. Hosting an all-star lineup of artists such as Kaskade, The Chainsmokers and NERVO will make the Hyde Beach Parties an unforgettable Miami Music Week experience for all who attend. 

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            Ultra Music Festival

            Note: This year’s Ultra Music Festival has been indefinitely postponed as of March 4th, 2020. Miami leaders and Ultra representatives made this decision in reaction to the possible safety hazard of the globally-spreading COVID-19 virus.

            The event everyone looks forward to throughout the week, Ultra Music Festival is a three-day music event that just doesn’t stop. With almost 200,000 people in attendance each year, Ultra Music Festival hosts big names such such as Flume, Major Lazer and David Guetta.




            Do Not Sit on Miami Music Week

            On March 16th-22nd, 2020, Do Not Sit on the Furniture will host a series of events featuring some of the biggest, up-and-coming EDM acts. Artists like Adisyn, Felix Da Housecat, Fur Coat, Goldcap, Cassy, Behrouz and Dude Skywalker are set to appear throughout the week making Do Not Sit on the Furniture one of the hottest destinations in the city.

            Get Lost Miami

            Get Lost Miami has established itself as one of the craziest parties of the week, with a full 24-hours of non-stop dancing. The marathon event will take place on March 21st, 2020 at an all new venue with a circus theme for its 15th year. Get ready to dance the night away during the party that will have everyone talking long after it ends.

            No Sugar Added

            NSA is hands down the best daytime Miami Music Week party there is with huge names like Robin Schulz with more to be announced. Hosted at Delano South Beach, which spans a whole block of prime beachfront property, NSA will be one for the books, taking place on March 21st, 2020.

            Dirtybird Players

            Clubspace Miami will be the site of the annual Dirtybird party with artists performing on both The Terrace and The Loft from the night of March 20th, 2020 into the afternoon of the 21st. The huge lineup will be sure to impress for fans ready to party all night long.

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              The 8 Best Spring Break Destinations for Your Vacation

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              Best Spring Break Destinations

              As the weather starts to get warmer at some of the most fun travel destinations in the world, spring is the best time to start taking advantage of the atmosphere with a leisurely vacation. From Mexico to the Bahamas, you can find the best Spring Break destinations that will have you relaxing in the sun by day and partying along the beach all night long.




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              Cabo San Lucas

              You can’t go wrong by heading down to Cabo for an adventure in this tropical, Mexican paradise. With a reputation for being one of the best party cities in North America, nightlife lovers will have no problem living it up at their many resorts and lively nightclubs. Grab margaritas and fresh seafood at one of the many beachfront bars, or head to a club to party it up with the bustling crowds of visitors and locals.




              Key West

              Travelers visiting Florida will find plenty to do at this classic Spring Break destination. With activities like snorkeling, parasailing, jet skiing, and plenty more at your fingertips, there won’t be a dull moment as you enjoy the clear blue oceans of this tropical getaway.




              Bahamas

              From private island parties in Nassau, to coral reefs in Freeport, to exploring caves in Eleuthera, the Bahamas are a great place to have a tropical excursion to remember.  Comfortable, drier weather in the spring ensures idyllic, beachside weather, with plenty of five-star resorts helping to create the perfect atmosphere for relaxation.

              Miami

              Those looking for a good time in Miami are bound to get their fill by visiting during the spring months. Miami Music Week is a popular attraction for visitors ready to enjoy some of their favorite artists who come to town to perform during the two-week March event. Special club night performances at places like Rockwell, Hyde Beach or LIV also draw in a nightlife crowd ready to dance the night away.

              Tulum

              This trendy, Mexican Spring Break destination will have you tapping into your cultural side in a city full of historical, ancient ruins. Places like the Chichen Itza and Tulum ruins of the Mayan civilization will open your eyes to Mexican history. After the sun goes down, you can bar hop at the town centre or head to Papaya Playa Project to party along the shore.

              Palm Springs

              For a laid back place to relax amongst the palm trees and sunshine, Palm Springs might just be the perfect escape. This desert oasis becomes the perfect place to party under the sun alongside the influx of visitors in town during Coachella each April. Temperatures won’t reach their summer peaks, so catching up on a tan by the pool at the Ace or Saguaro Hotel are popular ways to relax and enjoy the comfortable heat.

              Honolulu

              Visit Hawaii’s capital to have a taste of their one-of-a-kind dining and cocktail scene. The city boasts world class resorts and perfect weather to compliment the delicious, local cuisine. Enjoy the sparkling ocean with a Mai Tai in hand at this perfect Spring Break destination.

              Las Vegas

              Vegas is known for its triple digit temperatures that heat up resorts and pools during the summer. But in the springtime, the weather is perfect for enjoying the sunshine without having to suffer record-breaking heat. Hotel destinations with poolside dayclubs like Encore, Wet Republic, and Marquee are a main attraction with the convenience of getting to party right in your own backyard.

              Punta Cana

              The pristine beaches of Punta Cana alone are enough to make you feel like you’ve entered a dreamlike escape. The nightlife scene is unparalleled for Spring Break, drawing in thousands of visitors to soak up the sun in a tropical paradise. Take a catamaran sailing trip or explore the terrain on an ATV at this exciting Dominican Republic Spring Break destination.

              Montego Bay

              Enjoy the glimmering, blue waves of the Caribbean at Jamaica’s Montego Bay, a beach known for its vivacious Spring Break festivities. This world-famous beach is home to sand, sun and partying with an vibrant nightlife scene to go along with its picturesque landscape. Snorkeling, dining and shopping will keep you busy by day while you take in the city’s revelry each night.

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                Feel the Energy at the Best Music Festivals in the US

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                Best Music Festivals in the US

                As the weather rises for the start of spring, music lovers across the nation begin making plans to attend the best events of the year. The best music festivals in the US draws in thousands of concertgoers looking to see all their favorite artists take the stage for unforgettable performances. With sunshine and talented artists fueling the crowd’s energy, each festival has its own style with something unique to offer its patrons.




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                SXSW: March 13th – 20th

                Note: This year’s SXSW Festival has been indefinitely postponed as of March 6th, 2020. The City of Austin has made this decision in reaction to the possible safety hazard of the globally-spreading COVID-19 virus.

                This Austin event doesn’t limit itself to just music—it includes a mix of performances, film screenings, panels, and new media exhibitions that attract thousands of attendees each year. The conference showcases professionals in a variety of industries that come to share their expertise in their field, while the individual festivals feature talented artists in numerous of genres. From comedy to gaming, SXSW has got it all covered and makes for an entertaining kick off to spring.




                Ultra: March 20th – 22nd

                Note: This year’s Ultra Music Festival has been indefinitely postponed as of March 4th, 2020. Miami leaders and Ultra representatives made this decision in reaction to the possible safety hazard of the globally-spreading COVID-19 virus.

                Opening its doors right in the middle of Miami Music Week, Ultra Music Festival showcases some of the hottest acts in the electronic music scene. DJs from all over the world turn Downtown Miami’s Bayfront Park into one big dance party with lively shows under the sun. This year’s event will include exclusive performances to make any EDM lover want to join in on the excitement. With thousands already in town for the events of the week, Ultra draws in audiences ready to live it up by taking in the sights and sounds of their favorite dance music performers.




                Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival: April 10th – 19th

                Note: This year’s Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival has been postponed to the weekends of October 9th-11th and October 16th-18th due to safety measures taken regarding the COVID-19 virus. Check back here for updates on confirmed Coachella parties occurring during the rescheduled festival dates.

                One of the most popular events in California, Coachella has cemented itself as a staple in the music festival scene as attendees are drawn to the desert each year for music, art, food, and the experience of a lifetime. From independent up-and-comers to established Grammy winners, the quality lineup of artists makes tickets sell out almost a year in advance. Along with the festival, the events and parties surrounding Coachella help create an enjoyable escape into all that’s hot in the music world.

                Rolling Loud: May 8th – 10th

                This once modest event has grown to become one of the biggest hip hop festivals in the world. The three-day event has been hosted in cities like Los Angeles, New York and Miami, along with expanding internationally to Portugal. Artists that are making waves in rap and hip hop take the stage to perform for audiences filled with up to 60,000 fans. The energetic festival brings together rap lovers from all over the country to experience the unique lineup of up and coming acts.

                EDC Las Vegas: May 15th – 17th

                Electronic music fans migrate to Vegas each year to experience one of the most established dance music raves in the country. EDM acts take the stage alongside impressive light shows and art installations, all in appreciation for the genre. Coupled with the timing of Memorial Day Weekend, this festival draws in plenty of attendees ready to enjoy Vegas by taking in the sights and sounds of some of the hottest DJs in the world.

                Bottlerock: May 20th-25th

                Kicking off summer during Memorial Day Weekend, Napa Valley’s Bottlerock offers “music, food, wine and brew” for its thousands of attendees each year. The lineup of well-known music acts take the stage to perform their hits while a culinary stage showcases star chefs in the industry. A variety of wine and beer brands supply a buzz to audiences as festivalgoers explore the lively, outdoor event.

                Bonnaroo: June 11th-14th

                You’ll enjoy the music and entertainment at Bonnaroo, a yearly festival taking place in Manchester, Tennessee. More than 150 musicians perform during the expansive four-day event, showcasing their talents to excited attendees who camp out and enjoy the range of activities. Art installations, yoga sessions and workshops keep the good vibes flowing throughout the earthy event.

                Lollapalooza: July 30th – August 2nd

                With almost 200 bands taking the stage each year, Lollapalooza brings the music industry’s finest to Chicago for an experience to remember. Well-known headliners and buzzed about newcomers perform for thousands with food and drinks from Chicago’s best restaurants keeping concertgoers energized. The Grant Park location also features pop-up bars, photo booths, a roller skating tent and art installations for attendees to indulge in creativity, along with family-friendly DIY activities for younger patrons. With a turnout of over 400,000 each year, Lollapalooza is a force to be reckoned with in the festival circuit.

                Outside Lands: August 7th – 9th

                Golden Gate Park is transformed into a weekend-long party as San Francisco music lovers enjoy the end of their summer by seeing their favorite acts live. From DJs to rock bands to rappers, you can catch a performance from some of the world’s best musicians in all types of genres. Attendees also get to experience a dose of SF’s creativity with their Cocktail Magic, Gastromagic, stand up comedy shows, live painting and delicious food truck fare to keep the fun flowing.

                Life is Beautiful: September 18th – 20th

                This festival focused on feel-good vibes takes over Downtown Las Vegas every year with live music, art exhibitions, panels, and delicious dining. Thousands of music lovers flock to the event for an impressive lineup of musicians, but also get to take in murals by skilled street artists, presentations from world-renowned speakers, and top of the line cuisine. A trip to Life is Beautiful can be the perfect way to close out festival season with a bang.

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                  The Top 10 Best Girls Trip Destinations

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                  Girls Trip Destinations

                  When you’re in need of a weekend getaway with the girls, deciding on an ideal destination can be quite the task. Whether you’re looking for a sunny beachside stay or a memorable cultural experience, there are cities all across the US that are perfect for bonding with girlfriends in a new environment. Pack your bags for adventure when you visit any of these go-to cities for the perfect girls trip destinations.




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                  New Orleans

                  Whether it’s a bachelorette party or just ladies’ day out, New Orleans is known for its exciting culture fit for enjoying with girlfriends. You’ll be channeling the movie Girls Trip by exploring the French Quarter and sipping drinks as you walk along Bourbon Street. Bar hopping and tasting the delicious Cajun restaurants will have your group never wanting to leave.




                  Los Angeles

                  The City of Angels may just be perfect for your getaway with perfect weather, nearby beaches, and a bevy of options for entertainment and nightlife. Book a table for bottle service at nightclubs like Warwick, 1OAK or Poppy, or grab drinks at one of the energetic speakeasies scattered throughout the city. Keep your eyes peeled for A-listers in this exciting girls’ trip destination.




                  Nashville

                  Country music lovers know that Nashville is the place to be. Gather the girls to enjoy this city filled with live music venues and talented local performers. Dine at restaurants serving up classic Southern fare and spend the day shopping for vintage finds at East Nashville boutiques.

                  Las Vegas

                  What happens in Vegas is supposed to stay in Vegas, but a trip with your closest friends will give you memories that last forever at this classic girls’ trip destination. Stay at one of the impressive hotels along the strip for easy access to the lively landmark. Spend your nights sipping drinks at clubs like XS, Tao and Hyde and your afternoons partying at day clubs like Drais, Encore and Wet Republic.

                  Austin

                  It doesn’t have to be South by Southwest Festival season for you and the girls to enjoy a trip to Austin, Texas. The mouth-watering barbecue restaurants will have you feasting on ribs while the Tex Mex spots bring a touch of the south to Mexican fare. From boating and paddle boarding to sipping mimosas and exploring art galleries, the diversity of activities in Austin are sure to keep you entertained.

                  New York City

                  The City that Never Sleeps will have you up all night taking in the sights and sounds in this lively location. Join the girls to get tickets to a Broadway show and witness talented actors tell iconic stories on stage. Visit the Statue of Liberty or Empire State Building for a view of the city’s classic landmarks, or head to Avenue, Lavo or Marquee for a nightlife experience to remember.

                  Sedona

                  Get in touch with your spiritual self when you take a trip to Sedona, Arizona. Known for its breathtaking rock formations, your environment will be transformed as you take in the beautiful landscape. Whether your group likes hiking, shopping or horseback riding, you’re sure to have a serene experience in this one-of-a-kind destination.

                  Miami

                  You’ll get plenty of sand and sun when you visit the bustling beaches of Miami. Stay at the Penthouse at Faena House for a view to remember and get relaxed with massages at one of the city’s many spa destinations. For nightlife, you can’t go wrong with booking a bottle service table at LIV or Hyde Beach for the full Miami experience.

                  Napa Valley

                  Wine lovers will never want to leave this destination that promises quality wines and a scenic landscape. You’ll spend your days sipping the variety of whites and reds, and can take advantage of activities like bike riding or even lifting off in a hot air balloon. Napa’s restaurants are also top of the line with fresh ingredients sourced from the rich soils of the region.

                  Charleston

                  If your girls trip needs to involve fine dining, Charleston may be the place for you. The culinary scene is full of world-renowned chefs who create Southern-inspired cuisine at the city’s many dining destinations. The scenic neighborhoods with charming architecture will be the cherry on top of your adventure along with fun activities like swimming with dolphins along the shores.

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                    Experience The South Beach Wine and Food Festival 2020

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                    Experience South Beach

                    Miami’s annual South Beach Wine and Food Festival occurs each year, bringing together culinary talents from around the world to learn and teach in South Beach. Sponsored by The Food Network and The Cooking Channel, the exciting event boasts more than 100 events, including hosted dinners, panel discussions and tastings. The Sobe Wine and Food Festival 2020 five-day event is now in its 19th year and is expected to draw in thousands of foodies ready to experience the lively hospitality event.




                    South Beach Wine and Food Festival

                    Miami’s beautiful weather and bustling dining scene makes it the perfect city to be the site of the South Beach Wine and Food Festival, dedicated to educating attendees about wine and food. The five days of festivities, occurring on February 19th-23rd, 2020, are spread across South Florida at venues in Miami-Dade and Broward counties. Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits joins with Florida International University (FIU) to host the festival as a fundraiser for the school’s Chaplin School of Hospitality & Tourism Management, with an aim to support the future of the hospitality industry. The yearly turnout of over 65,000 attendees has helped raise over $30 million to date, with 1,200 students volunteering annually to gain experience in the field.




                    Festival Events

                    The international selection of talent at the South Beach Wine and Food Festival ranges from world-renowned Chefs, TV personalities and hospitality brand owners, each providing their beverage and culinary expertise for audiences. Attendees can purchase tickets for a spectrum of unique events hosted by special guests throughout the region. Over 450 hospitality power players will be in attendance to share their knowledge with the South Beach crowd.

                    On Thursday, private dinners with Martha Stewart, Michael Mina and Dwayne Wade are sure to give attendees a memorable treat. Nobel Peace Prize nominee Chef José Andrés will host a “Feeding the World” tasting at the SLS South Beach. Restaurateur Bobby Flay will host a dinner “Shark Las Vegas Comes to Miami,” giving South Beach a taste of his Palms Casino Resort eatery. You can also attend Martha Stewart’s reception on Friday, or be entertained by the “Art of Tiki Cocktail Showdown” sponsored by Bacardi and Patrón. Saturday’s events include a “Wine & Cheese Happy Hour” with Dwayne Wade, along with a hosted dinner featuring Michael Voltaggio. Sunday closes out the week of wine-ing and dining with events like a “Sushi-Making Master Class & Lunch” at famed restaurant Nobu Miami.




                    Auction

                    In addition to proceeds of ticket sales being donated to the FIU Chaplin School of Hospitality & Tourism Management, onsite and online auctions will also be held for the South Beach Wine & Food Festival. Getaway vacations, unique experiences, gourmet dinners, vintage wines and luxury items are just a few items guests can win at the exciting auctions. Past years have seen more than $250,000 in proceeds raised to support a valued cause.

                    Where to Stay

                    Miami has an expansive selection of beachfront hotels near the center of the festival, with the Loews Miami Beach acting as the official headquarters. The recently redesigned destination is just a short walk or ride to many of the South Beach Wine and Food Festival events. Escape to their pool deck or jacuzzi in between panels, or take a moment to experience their serene spa or revitalizing yoga classes. 1Hotel South Beach is also a property near the action, with a style inspired by natural elements to complement the city’s sand and sun. Have a bite and watch the sunset at Watr at the Rooftop, or sip a cocktail poolside at their Sandbox bar. You also can’t go wrong at Fontainebleau Miami, a dream destination for foodies. The Michelin-starred Hakkasan restaurant, StripSteak by Michael Mina, and the delicious Scarpetta are all located onsite for a range of impressive dining experiences.

                     

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