Thinking of Getting out of Town for the Holidays?

If you are thinking of getting out of town for the holidays, you are not alone. Many hotels are ramping up the spirit of the season with holiday amenities and special events targeted at travelers looking to relax and get away during a winter break.
 

From the nearby to the far-flung, here are a few of the most intriguing celebrations of the season:

French Quarter Inn

Travelers can really get into the holiday spirit at Charlestons’ French Quarter Inn. Book the decked out Southern Sleigh Bell Suite through January 1.

Regardless of which room you occupy, guests at the hotel can enjoy complimentary seasonal amenities, including warm Christmas cookies, bourbon-spiced eggnog, hot apple cider, hot chocolate and classic holiday movie screenings.

The hotel also delivers gifts to guests on Christmas Eve and Santa visits for a special reading of “Twas the Night Before Christmas.”
JW Marriott Desert Springs Resort & Spa

The California resort is decking the halls with a giant gingerbread house. The Gingerbread North Pole is 8 feet by 12 feet wide and 11 feet tall and from December 18-24 guests can walk inside for a photo with Santa.

Visitors can also book the Conductor’s Cabin room package, which includes a private Winter Express gondola ride through the resort’s waterways. Guests are also welcomed by the Frosty’s Flight drink cart and receive four tickets to Wild Lights at the Living Desert, a holiday safari featuring over 750,000 twinkling lights.

Hotel Zoe

At Hotel Zoe in San Francisco’s Fishermen’s Wharf area, guests receive Miette gingerbread house kits, Christmas trees on-demand provided by the nearby The Guardsmen Christmas Tree Lot and tickets to The Safeway Holiday Ice Rink in Union Square when staying during the Christmas season.

The Greenbrier Resort

Enjoy “60 Days of Holiday Cheer” at the Greenbrier Resort in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia.

The resort is adorned with 120,000 Christmas lights, 2,000 Poinsettias, more than 100 Christmas trees and a 2,000-pound chocolate display. Guests can also enjoy tree-lighting ceremonies, three family-friendly galas, horse-drawn sleigh rides, an ice skating rink dotted with fire pits begging for s’mores, holiday mixology classes, scavenger hunts and more.
The Henderson, a Salamander Beach & Spa Resort

The Henderson invites friends and families to kick off the season with their Give the Gift of The Henderson campaign. When visitors book the Gift of The Henderson package, they receive $100 per night in room credits.

The hotel also offers a number of holiday celebrations such as a snowman building contest on Christmas Eve, a Christmas Eve dinner and a Christmas Day brunch.

Desire Riviera Maya Pearl Resort and Desire Riviera Maya Resort

For the avant-garde holiday vacation-seeker, Desire Resorts has you covered.

Head to either of these Mexican Caribbean resorts for Desire’s Naughty or Nice Christmas Eve white sand dinner and the Guys in Ties & Girls in Pearls New Year’s Eve party by the pool.

Highlights of the adult entertainment include a “Fantasy Menu.”
Temptation Cancun Resort

Temptation Resorts is tempting travelers to “ditch that ugly Christmas sweater” this holiday season and attend their Christmas and New Year’s Eve special events.

Enjoy the Temptation-style Christmas Eve Dinner or the Trendy White New Year’s Eve Bash as well as seven new restaurants and the vacation packages “Sexy Pool.”

Summer Vacation Air Travel And How Technology Made Long Flight Travel Lot More Easier To Get Through

Air traveler numbers this 2017 summer are expected to rise over last year summer according to the trade group air travel survey. Airlines expect to carry 234 million passengers from June 1 2017 through Aug. 31, 2017 up from the summer record of 225 million a year ago, 



Flying halfway around the planet is a shocking, yet exciting, experience. Think about it. You can wake up at home, yet end the day in an entirely different country with an unfamiliar landscape, culture and feel.

While the exhilaration of traveling somewhere new is hard to match, it does come at a cost. To get somewhere far away, you often must fly for eight, ten or sixteen hours in a single sitting. That’s a long time on a plane, especially in coach. Here are some tips to help you endure:

Technology has made long-distance travel a lot easier to bear. Most long-haul carriers offer in-flight Summer Entertainments, and some even offer back-of-the-headrest entertainment devices in every single seat.

To get the most bang for your buck, make sure you book long- haul flights with carriers that do offer personal entertainment devices. Once you do, your twelve-hour flight can be less of a burden and more of the perfect opportunity to watch four or five movies in a row.

Keep in mind that one carrier can differ from another, and even the age of the aircraft in question can affect entertainment availability. Thus, look closely at which plane you’d be flying and do your research.

If you don’t want to stare at a screen all day, bring a good book (or two), or a Kindle for reading. Occasional reading breaks mixed in with movies and napping can make the time fly by.

Long-haul flights are the absolute worst when you’re uncomfortable. To have the best chances at relaxation, consider paying extra to select your seat early. While you might balk at a $35 upcharge for an assigned window or aisle seat, you’ll wish you weren’t so cheap if you wind up stuck in the dreaded middle for an entire flight.

While sitting in economy plus is bearable, a business class seat (and especially a lie-flat seat) can make flying rather relaxing. If you have the money to splurge, consider spending the extra cash for more comfort on your longest flights. You can also sign up for an airline credit card to start saving miles for a business class seat instead.

Plane food isn’t that great anyway, but it’s especially awful when you get something you don’t like. If you’re a picky eater or just want something special, you can request a special meal ahead of time. Consider asking for a vegetarian, kosher, Asian, or Indian dish to mix things up.

Dressing comfortably isn’t the easiest thing to do if you’re heading straight from the airport to a business meeting. Fortunately, you can dress comfortably (and smartly) if you buy the right attire.

Bluffworks makes a comfortable and nearly wrinkle-free blazer for men who want to travel comfortably yet look put-together when they land. Throw it on with a pair of slacks and you’ll feel like you’re in your jammies. For the ladies, Travel Smith makes some professional-looking and comfortable attire that fits with nearly any business agenda.

The best travel pillow for your needs really depends on your sleep style and how you’re most comfortable. You may need to experiment some to find the right travel pillow for your needs.

If you’re a stomach sleeper, for example, the famous (and funny-looking) Skyrest Travel Pillow is one to consider. If you don’t mind your head tilting to the side, one of those U-shaped pillows could work wonders.

If you’re especially sensitive to sounds, noise-cancelling headphones can create a safe, quiet space while you fly. You can find a ton of options on Amazon.com for $30 and up.

This final tip is probably the most important: Bring a portable charger that can recharge your phone and other devices. While many flights have in-flight plug-ins, not all do. What would you do if your phone died and you were desperate for a game of Solitare?

Lots of companies give portable chargers away for free, but if you need one now and can’t wait for a freebie, you can buy them online for around $10.

As you get ready for busy travel summer season, airlines are setting a new record with investments into new aircraft, technology and overall customer experience.