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Romantic Rooftop Bars for Celebrating Valentine’s Day and Pamper Your Loved One With a romantic Voyage Filled With Sweet Treats…Exclusive use of the private dining room at the highest bar in the world

On February 14, couples are privy to boundless opportunities to celebrate their love in settings that ooze romance. While many escape to tropical beaches or snowy mountain settings, others are enamored with cityscapes across the world that also hit the heart with Cupid’s charm.

New York City

1) Upstairs at the Kimberly

Even when there’s a February chill in the air, Upstairs welcomes couples to celebrate romance in a sky-high hideaway perched on the 30th floor of The Kimberly Hotel. Among its three separate indoor/outdoor areas, the intimate outdoor patio keeps the occasion warm with heat lamps, ambient heated floors and a fireplace to keep things cozy.

With its 360-degree view of Midtown Manhattan, the penthouse level lounge welcomes pairs to nosh on grilled lamb chop lollipops, spiced duck cigars and truffle mac and cheese. Be sure to toast the evening with The Chrysler, a Champagne cocktail named for the iconic building that’s part of the eye candy.

2) The Skylark

A classic-but-contemporary, open-air roof deck lounge located 30 floors above the heart of the Garment District, The Skylark exhilarates with its panoramic views of the Hudson River and Gotham skyline—including Times Square, the Financial District, Empire State Building and Chrysler Building.

Offered from Feb. 13-17, a Valentine’s Special Menu will include shared plates perfect for two, sweet treats and handcrafted cocktails. Lovers can also opt to toast the night away indoors on plush velvet couches, shoot pool and enjoy the sweeping city views through the floor-to-ceiling windows.

Chicago

3) Cindy’s

Considered a jewel in the crown of

The Chicago Athletic Association Hotel, Cindy’s rooftop restaurant and open-air terrace unfolds to panoramic views of Millennium Park, the Art Institute, Lake Michigan and beyond. With seasonal freshness reflected in both food and drink, the rooftop enhances the relaxed feel of a Great Lakes beach house with its remarkable view.

For Valentine’s Day, the glass-enclosed restaurant will showcase Chef de Cuisine Keith Potter’s special four-course prix fixe menu for two. Fare unfolds with Buratta dressed with strawberry, sofrito and black pepper tuille; decadent Seared Foie Gras served with berries, steel cut oats and elderflower syrup; Prime Beef Tenderloin garnished with escargot barigoule, pommes duchess and creamed leeks; and Strawberry Rose éclair with roasted white chocolate and strawberry rose sorbet.

Miami

4) Juvia

Nine stories above the city on the rooftop of 1111 Lincoln Road, the indoor/outdoor Juvia restaurant and lounge wows with its enviable view of the Atlantic Ocean and South Beach’s famed Art Deco District. Understated luxury rolls out the entire evening, from access via private elevators to the harmonious merging of the regional cuisines of Asia, vibrant flavors of South America and classic French techniques.

For Valentine’s Day, couples can select such tempting dishes as an Aphrodisiac Tasting appetizer (uni and leche de Tigre, Oysters, foie gras terrine on a toast served with spicy papaya salad), Surf and Turf entrée and Chocolate Nougatine glazed hazelnut lemon sponge cake for dessert.

Austin

5) Azul

Claiming fame as the tallest hotel rooftop bar in the city, Azul is perched atop The Westin Austin Downtown in the Lone Star State’s capital. Couples can enjoy spectacular views across the cityscape through transparent panels surrounding the deck that’s spruced up with fire pits and intimate seating areas – making it a perfect spot to catch a romantic sunset.

For Valentine’s Day, Azul will feature a special al fresco Valentine’s dinner and pairing under the stars. Featured dishes will include ceviche with plantain chips paired with Gerard Bertrand Cremant; lobster and grapefruit salad with spinach, avocado and baby cherry tomato confit paired with Gustave Lorentz Rose de Pinot Noir; rack of lamb for two paired with White Cliff Pinot Noir; and tres leches paired with Moet Imperial Brut.

Couples can easily extend the celebration to the next day. For details on the property’s special Valentine’s Day room package that’s available from Feb. 2-14, visit their website.

Dallas

6) STIRR

A refined yet casual dining experience featuring modern American cuisine, STIRR is a true neighborhood scene ideal for enjoying everything from small bites to indulgent meals. The expansive rooftop bar boasts scenic Downtown Dallas views in a temperature controlled setting that makes it a natural for a Valentine’s Day encounter. Couples can choose to lounge together in comfortable patio-like seating or enjoy their time together at the lively bar.

Count on ample shared plate options and main courses like Gulf bass, half smoked chicken, and jumbo tortellini stuffed with Texas goat cheese, butternut squash, red pepper cream and caramelized onions.

Pairs can commemorate the evening at a photo station with the scenic Dallas skyline as the backdrop, or take selfies at the large neon sign that reads, “I miss you, I want you, I love you.”

San Antonio 

7) Paramour

San Antonio’s premier rooftop bar, Paramour overlooks downtown’s sparkling skyline and the San Antonio River that’s celebrated for its lively Riverwalk.

Named to reflect its atmosphere of being the perfect place to share intimate moments with a lover, Paramour is designed with a setting so seductive that the cocktails could be an afterthought. In fact, in the short time it has been open, it has served as the backdrop for dozens of marriage proposals.

Rather than cuisine, the focus is on libations. Paramour features 20 signature beverages that are handcrafted, plus a fully stocked bar with top shelf liquors, craft beers and wines. This trendy bar has “Valentine’s nightcap” written all over it.  Read more…

Santa Fe

8) Bar Alto

When the Drury Plaza Hotel debuted in May 2015, it became the first new hotel in nearly two decades to open in the historic, 400-year-old Downtown Santa Fe area. Aside from sharing his culinary masterwork in the hotel’s Eloisa restaurant, Santa Fe native Chef John Rivera Sedlar also manages Bar Alto on the hotel’s rooftop.

A new stop on the recently launched the highly popular Santa Fe Margarita Trail, the sleek and elegant Bar Alto wows couples with its panorama views that sweep across mountain ranges to the east and west and the beautiful town – including the nearby famed Cathedral Basilica of Saint Francis and the famous Loretto Chapel.

Bar Alto’s signature contribution to the Santa Fe Margarita Trail is the Sangre de Cristo Sunset, appropriately named for the vistas witnessed from the deck. This tasty, colorful concoction features Azunia Reposado Tequila, lime, pepper, apple, shrub, Pimms, blood orange juice and Habanero Bitters.

Among Bar Alto’s other signature handcrafted cocktails are the Nolita (Vida mezcal, ancho reyes, grind espresso liquor and orange bitters) and the Rosmarinus (Wheeler’s gin, cynar and lemon rosemary). Both pair well with light fare menu items that include charcuterie and Mediterranean plates, and Kennebec potato crisps. Or celebrate this heart-felt day with dinner at Eloise followed by a nightcap at Bar Alto.

Denver

9) FIRE Terrace

Guests and Denver locals alike can embrace Valentine’s Day by fire pits with a blanket and warm winter cocktails at FIRE Terrace, one of Denver’s few rooftop bars. Located in the heart of the thriving museum district at The ART Hotel, the coveted fourth-floor escape unfolds to views of the Mile High City’s twinkling lights while overlooking the bustling life of Broadway Street below.

Pairs can savor selections from FIRE’s elevated cocktail program that seduces with such signature handcrafted specialties as the Smoked Manhattan (Buffalo Trace bourbon, carpano antica and orange bitters) or the Jackson Pollack (rosemary-infused Hendricks, lemon, and muddled strawberry and basil topped with a balsamic reduction).

Or, dine on New American Cuisine while gazing at the cityscape and mountains through walls of glass inside FIRE Restaurant, where intriguing chandeliers and kinetic sculptures set the mood. Afterward, pairs can peruse a 50-plus piece in-house art collection inside The Art Hotel’s Portico Gallery.

San Diego

10) Float

Overlooking San Diego’s high-energy Gaslamp Quarter, Hard Rock Hotel San Diego’s Float rooftop lounge is a city favorite for sharing a little romance under the stars. The bar evolves from chic oasis in the afternoon into a vibrant evening nightspot distinguished for its sparkling lights and spectacular views.

Ultra-romantic couches near fire pits invite couples to engage with serious snuggling. An elevated experience indulges with private cabanas, late-night Champagne cocktails and sweet treats for the ultimate Valentine’s nightcap.

Hard Rock’s Searching For Love package presents a host of romantic offerings that range from Champagne and heart-shaped cake pops to a specially curated scavenger hunt taking Valentine’s pairs on a journey throughout the memorabilia-packed property.

Afterwards, couples can profess their love via a personal message illuminated against the side of the hotel. Whether it’s “Will You Be Mine,” “You Rock My World” or even “Will You Marry Me,” it’s a unique experience for romantic diehards.

11) Altitude Sky Lounge

Perched high atop the San Diego Gaslamp Marriott, Altitude Sky Lounge is so close to the San Diego Padres’ Petco Park that revelers actually hear the crack of the bat and fans cheering during MLB season. In the off-season, however, the tone simmers down a bit for more intimate encounters like celebrating Valentine’s Day. But you can also expect the action to heat up later in the evening – especially on weekends.

Far from “foo-foo,” the culinary menu rolls out with flatbreads, sandwiches and appetizers like Sloppy Joe Sliders with fresh ground chuck and smoky tomato sauce. The Martini, Cocktail and Cigar menus are bigger draws, however, with the Mango Passion Cosmo proving a perfect fit for a February 14 trysts.

La Jolla

12) Ocean Terrace at George’s at the Cove

One of the most enviable aspects of Southern California is its year-round pleasant weather. Outdoor dining and rooftop lounges are ample. For an al fresco experience that’s romantic from sunset into the evening, the Ocean Terrace at George’s at the Cove is considered among the top rooftop dining options you’ll likely find in the entire state of California.

The scenery is nothing short of “million dollar” caliber, with stunning coastal vistas, gorgeous sunsets and beautiful homes fringing the Pacific in this highfalutin village.

Valentine’s Day is naturally a biggie, with all three levels of George’s embracing the occasion via fare affairs. Couples can indulge in special prix-fixe menus featuring an outstanding variety of appetizers, entrees and desserts that showcase the season’s freshest ingredients.

At the Ocean Terrace, the three-course foodie fest includes such appetizer choices as crispy calamari or grilled local octopus. Entree options include achiote rubbed yellowtail, sesame crusted tombo or Asian marinated skirt steak, while desserts range from vanilla crème brulee to mocha layer cake.

San Francisco

13) EPIC Steak

Combining breathtaking views with innovative cuisine, expertly crafted cocktails and inspirational wines, EPIC Steak is considered among the Bay Area’s most popular haunts for dining outdoors.

On a lush outdoor patio with dramatic views of the waterfront and the Bay Bridge, couples can enjoy Chef Ulrich’s exciting – yet fundamentally sound – preparations of steaks, meats, game, poultry and seafood.

Located at the top of EPIC, its intimate Quiver Bar engages with those same stellar views, and signature specialty cocktails such as “Roger and Joan” and “The Alexandria.” This more casual spot also serves the full EPIC menu, as well as a wide selection of premium whiskeys.

Portland

14) Departure Restaurant

Known as the City of Roses, Portland sweeps couples off their feet with more than these iconic flowers. After visiting the International Rose Test Garden or Peninsula Park Rose Garden, it’s easy to keep the al fresco energy going while sipping and supping.

Sitting atop the Nines Hotel in the heart of downtown Portland, Departure Restaurant romances couples with modern Asian cuisine in a sleek, cosmopolitan setting. Two outdoor patios unfold to stunning views of the cityscape, Willamette River, Mt. Hood and Mount St. Helens.

Traditional Asian preparations meet Northwest ingredients in signature dishes such as grilled kushiyaki selections, Kobe meatballs and maguro karai honey sushi rolls. Couples can also toast their love with picks from Portland’s largest sake list, exotic cocktails and a global wine list.

Headed by Chef Gregory Gourdet, a recent contestant on Bravo’s Top Chef, Departure will present a Valentine’s Day tasting menu that includes four courses and dessert exemplifying the restaurant’s approach to traditional Asian preparations that incorporate Northwest ingredients.  Read more…

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Six Hotels Recognized with AAA’s Coveted Five Diamond Rating

 

AAA announced Friday that it has added six hotels and one restaurant to its coveted Five Diamond list, a prestigious group that represents just 0.3 percent of the nearly 59,000 AAA Approved and Diamond Rated hotels and restaurants around the globe.

Hawaii’s Four Seasons Resort Lana’i, the St. Regis New York, Grenada’s Spice Island Beach Resort, Mexico City’s Four Seasons Hotel Mexico D.F., Puerto Rico’s Dorado Beach, A Ritz-Carlton Reserve and Richmond, Virginia’s Jefferson Hotel have earned the stellar rating.

New York City’s New American restaurant The Modern was also added as a Five Diamond honoree.

Three of the six hotels recognized have recently undergone renovations, including The Jefferson, which has undergone a three-year renovation that eliminated more than 80 guestrooms and suites, adding 150 square feet to each of the remaining rooms.

Enhancements also include walk-in showers, luxe soaking tubs and dual vanities boasting televisions in the mirrors.

“It is hard to imagine taking The Jefferson to the next level but that is exactly what has happened with more spacious and impressive guest rooms that will further enhance the guest experience and public areas that will continue to impress even the most distinguished visitor,” manager of public and government affairs for AAA Martha Mitchell Meade said in a statement.

In his own statement, The Jefferson’s manager director Joe Longo said the “three-year project has been a complete transformation of our guest rooms and suites, taking our guest experience to the next level of luxury while maintaining the historic charm and authenticity that is so unique to The Jefferson.”

The Four Seasons Resort Lana’i and Four Seasons Hotel Mexico D.F. have also undergone renovations of late, with the former boasting exciting in-room technology including panel controls for lighting and window coverings and the latter receiving a top to bottom makeover.

Meanwhile, the St. Regis New York was recognized for its unrivaled combination of style, luxury and services.

Spice Island Beach Resort in St. George’s, Grenada is the only new addition to the list. The all-inclusive resort boasts white sand beaches and suites equipped with private plunge pools.

Offering stellar ocean views and a five-acre spa, Dorado, Puerto Rico’s Dorado Beach, A Ritz-Carlton Reserve was another no-brainer.

The five-star Broadmoor in Colorado Springs, Colorado is the only hotel to maintain AAA’s Five Diamond rating for 41 straight years.

Japan Airlines to Launch New NYC-Tokyo Route this Spring

Japan Airlines announced Thursday that it will add nonstop daily service between New York and Tokyo beginning this spring in a move designed to “enhance customer convenience.”

Launching April 1, 2017, the new route will travel between New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport and Tokyo’s Haneda Airport and will join the carrier’s existing route between JFK and nearby Narita International Airport.

Haneda, which is about an hour’s drive away from Narita, is closer to downtown Tokyo. Therefore, the new route is likely to be a hit with international travelers hoping to cut down on their travel time to one of Asia’s premier destinations.

Once service begins in April, the airline will operate one daily round-trip flight on a Boeing 777-300ER aircraft.

In order to open up a slot at Haneda and make the new route possible, Japan Airlines shifted its Honolulu-Haneda route to Narita.

In addition to the new route, the carrier will add more seats to its existing daily evening flight from Narita to JFK by switching to the aforementioned 777-300ER aircraft, which boasts 244 seats compared to the 161 currently available onboard the Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner the airline uses now.

The switch to the 777-300ERs will also make eight first class seats available on the two routes.

The airline also announced Thursday that it plans to ramp up service between Narita and Moscow, Russia, as well as between Narita and Honolulu amid increased demand.

7 Cool Things To Do in New Providence Island, Bahamas

One of the most romantic days of the year is fast approaching and we have to ask, ‘what are you doing to celebrate your love?’ How about escaping it all and taking your dearest on a trip to the beautiful island of New Providence in the Bahamas for Valentine’s Day, or pretty much any day of the year.

This island is the largest in the Bahamas and most well-known, albeit because of the capital city of Nassau, to which people most commonly refer to it by.

However you slice it, it’s all about the water, fun in the sun and some private cuddle time.

While you are there, here are seven of the coolest things you can both do:

Dinner for Two: You, your loved one and a beautiful beach all to yourself. Isn’t that the dream? Add in a delectable dinner and your night becomes magical. Enjoy a private dining experience for two under the stars at Super Clubs Breezes Resort & Spa in the Bahamas where you’ll be pampered with personalized service and an exquisite menu for you to choose from.

Blue Lagoon Island: It’s exactly how it sounds – soothing blue waters waiting for you to just dive right in. Try one of their many water sports that are available, such as paddle boarding, snorkeling and, if you can imagine it, underwater scooters where you can swim along just like one of the fish. While you’re at Blue Lagoon Island, otherwise known as Salt Cay, sign up for a once-in-a-lifetime, up-close-and-personal encounter with sea lions and dolphins. If you would prefer to explore the beach, hop aboard a Segway and discover the island and its native flora and fauna.

John Watling’s Distillery: When it’s time to just sit down and throw one back, head over to John Watling’s Distillery. Home to their own “Spirit of the Bahamas” rum, there are complimentary tours of the home, called the Buena Vista Estate, which was founded in 1789, and, of course, rum for you to bring home.

Fort Fincastle: This is an interesting old fort, built in 1793, that offers great views of Nassau when you get to the top. These views made it perfect for use as a lighthouse and signal station. It was named after British captain Lord Dunmore and Viscount Fincastle who wanted to keep the residents safe from pirates. You can also see The Queen’s Staircase from here.

The Queen’s Staircase: You wouldn’t think that a staircase could be so riveting, but you have probably never been to one with such a great historical story behind it. The Queen’s Staircase, otherwise known as 66 steps, is located at the Fort Fincastle Historic Complex and is free to visit. It was named after Queen Victoria, who reigned Britain for 64 years, and the steps were made by slaves out of solid limestone rock. The slaves were honoring the Queen’s help in abolishing slavery.

Graycliff Cigar Company: Love a good stogie? Look no farther. Head over to the Graycliff Cigar Company, which began its cigar production in 1997. Here you can see the masters roll them by hand. While you are there, take a cigar rolling lesson and or a cigar-and-rum pairing session.

Ardastra Gardens, Zoo and Conservation Centre: It’s the only zoo in the Bahamas, designed in 1937. Today, it is home to more than 135 animals, especially its famous long-legged flamingo and three Bahamian boa constrictors, a native species to The Bahamas. Three times a day you can watch the flock of flamingoes dance their dance. You can also feed the colorful Lories.

 

Virgin America Starts Fare War With Hawaii Flights

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Virgin America’s inaugural flight from San Francisco to Honolulu on Monday spawned something rarely seen in the industry of late, but making something of a comeback – a fare war.

According to travelskills.com, Virgin deeply discounted fares on the route to celebrate its first flight from the Bay Area to the Hawaiian Islands – a flight which also included chairman Sir Richard Branson – to just $398 round-trip, with some fares coming in at $338 round trip. From New York and Boston, round-trip fares on Virgin fell to $680. Chicago-Honolulu round trips fell to $560. The fares are good for travel now through March, but tickets must be booked by midnight tonight, Nov. 4.

Even when TravelPulse checked Virgin America for a round trip in January, we found a flight from SFO-HNL for $393 round trip. Anything under $400 from the west coast is considered a steal.

Travelskills.com noted that, in response, Hawaiian Air discounted fares to $393 roundtrip, Delta’s nonstops on SFO-HNL came in at about $415, and United’s roundtrip was $398 with an added incentive – if you wanted to use points, United dropped its MileagePlus redemptions for mainland-Hawaii round trips from 45,000 points to 36,000 points.

Hawaiian Airlines had actually been planning out its strategy for the new competition from Virgin America since the spring, as the Bay Area is shaping up to be a proving ground in the fare wars. Hawaiian had earlier announced that new non-stop flights between San Francisco and Kahului, Maui, will start with four-times-a-week service on Nov. 20 and go daily on Dec. 17.

The airline said the new route will add more than 200,000 seats annually between the two cities. It’s just the latest expansion by Hawaiian Airlines into the Bay Area this year. In May it reinstated its daily service to San Jose, and in June upgraded to the Airbus 330-200 on its Oakland-Honolulu route. Hawaiian also introduced new seasonal non-stops from Oakland to Kona and Lihue.

“This year we’ve brought back our San Jose to Honolulu service, offered new seasonal non-stop flights from Oakland to Kona and Lihue, and now we are launching daily service between San Francisco and Maui  all in response to the robust demand we’ve received from the Bay Area,” Peter Ingram, Hawaiian Airlines chief commercial officer, said in a statement. “We are very pleased to connect two existing gateways in our network together, offering Hawai’i residents another way to travel to the Bay Area, and Northern California travelers another reason to visit the Hawaiian Islands.”

With fuel prices still low, fare wars have been making something of a comeback. In the past, travelers would wait for the best deals as airlines competed against each other and matched dollar-for-dollar any fare decreases or specials introduced by a competing carrier.

Now, to be fair, you won’t be finding any $100 round trips between New York and Miami over the holidays and, as the Associated Press noted, you won’t be finding any deals on the traditional business travel-heavy days on Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays. But if you do your homework – look to fly on Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday, and find a route that is also flown by budget carriers like Southwest Airlines, Spirit Airlines or Frontier Airlines – and some great deals are possible.