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The Charles Hotel

The Charles Hotel in the heart of Harvard Square in Cambridge, MA is extending a “Friends & Family” rate this holiday season from now until January 9.

The hotel just opened their ice rink that is just steps from the front door and features two delicious restaurants, an intimate cocktail lounge and thriving jazz club. 

The deluxe guestroom is $159/night and $179/night with parking compared to the usual starting rate of $259/night.
Please book online using the code “FF2013” or call 800.882.1818 to make a reservation. Sorry, the Friends & Family rate is not available on December 31.

Ski Safari 

For some of the most inspiring winter adventures look no further than tailor-made ski specialist Ski Safari.

A lasting legacy - Winter Olympic Games
Following the golden summer of 2012 there was as much emphasis on the legacy of London 2012 as on the Games themselves and it has become the buzzword of the decade so far. But how does this continuing legacy apply to the Winter Olympic Games? With the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics taking place from 7th to 23rd February 2014, will the Olympic movement be able to build on their legacy plans for long-term changes and will we see a marked increase in skiers and boarders on the Russian slopes by 2020? To predict the future, we need to gauge the success of previous host cities to see how Sochi can secure their Olympic legacy for the future.

Cortina d’Ampezzo, Italy: 1956
The Italian resort of Cortina d’Ampezzo hosted the 1956 Winter Olympics and was propelled into the limelight as the first Games to be televised to an international audience. After the Olympics, the resort became a magnet for skiing celebrities, sports personalities and big name stars keen to be seen on the slopes. Its Olympic legacy continues to this day with a number of themed ski tours, including the spectacular Olympia ski tour, which follows the Olympic run down to Rumerlo, where the Olympic flame burned. There is also the long Vitelli piste, which was host to the Olympic giant slalom and has since become a dedicated slow-ski area. For over 20 years the Olympia delle Tofane piste has hosted the Women’s Alpine Skiing World Cup and, in doing so, has helped Cortina to remain at the forefront as a world class ski resort. This season there will be a new piste on the south-western slopes of Col Drusciè, which will be dedicated to female skiers and is to be named after Toni Sailer, who won three Gold medals at the Cortina Winter Olympics.

How much:
Stay 7 nights B&B at the centrally located 4* Hotel Ambra in Cortina, with prices starting from £809 per person, based on 2 adults sharing, including return flights and transfers. Call Ski Safari on 01273 224 062 or visit

Innsbruck, Austria: 1964, 1976, 2012 (YOG)
2014 marks half a century of Olympic heritage since Innsbruck, the capital of the Austrian Tirol, first hosted the Winter Olympics in 1964. It was a mere 12 years later in 1976 that the Olympic flame returned, after the unexpected decision by the people of Denver not to host the Games. The IOC had to find a quick replacement and Innsbruck soon became the obvious choice, with a proven track record as organiser in 1964. Building on their legacy, Innsbruck became the first city to host the Olympics for a third time in 2012, with the inaugural Winter Youth Olympic Games (YOG). It was thanks to its continual preservation of existing venues, some of which were first used in 1964, and have since been upgraded to state of the art facilities, that Innsbruck was chosen. Anyone can try the Olympic  bobsleigh run at Igls, have a go on the cross-country trails in Seefeld or ski the Patscherkofel, where most of the downhill action took place. Re-designed in 2003 by esteemed London-based architect Zaha Hadid, the Bergisel Ski Jump Stadium has become one of Innsbruck’s most popular tourist attractions and stands out as a symbol of Innsbruck’s continuing Olympic heritage.

How much:
Stay 4 nights B&B at the 5* Grand Hotel Europa in Innsbruck, with prices starting from £491 per person, based on 2 adults sharing, including return flights to Innsbruck and private transfers. Call Ski Safari on 01273 224 062 or visit

Nagano, Japan: 1998
At the time, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) president declared the Nagano 1998 Winter Olympics to be the best organised Winter Games in Olympic history, and it was the first Games to use a dedicated website to provide real-time results and information. At the same time the IOC launched the official website and, utilising the internet as a means of communication, helped spread the message and bring the world’s attention to mainland Japan as a winter sports destination. Snowboarding had its debut as an official Olympic sport at the 1998 Nagano Winter Olympics, and curling returned to the Games programme. The Asama bullet train from Tokyo to Nagano was completed in time for the 1998 Winter Olympics, reducing the journey time to just under 80 minutes. The 10-day Nagano Ski Safari covers the resorts of Hakuba, the Olympic venue for ski jumping and Alpine skiing, and Nosawa Onsen, the venue for the biathlon events, as well as a ride on the Bullet train to Tokyo.

How much?
A 10 night holiday in March costs from £1675 per person based on 2 sharing, including 4 nights B&B at the 4* Phoenix Hotel in Hakuba, 3 nights B&B at the 3* Kiriya Ryokan in Nozawa Onsen and 2 nights room only at the 3* Shiba Park Hotel in Tokyo. Price includes return flights with British Airways and a 5-day Japan East rail pass. Call Ski Safari on 01273 224 060 or visit

Salt Lake City, USA: 2002
In 2002 the capital of Utah, Salt Lake City, hosted the 19th Winter Olympic Games and it became one of the most successful Games in history, entering the record books for more than its sporting achievements. Viewing figures worldwide reached the 2 billion mark, whilst the venues packed in the largest crowds ever for an Olympic Winter Games, a record that still remains today. Financially the Games raised more money with fewer sponsors than any other previous event, leaving a surplus of $40million which was used to create the Utah Athletic Foundation, the body responsible for maintaining and operating many of the remaining Olympic venues. The legacy of the Winter Olympics is still very much apparent and the Utah Olympic Park is well worth a visit for a do-it-yourself Olympic experience. You can take a ride on the Comet Bobsled, with a pilot, reaching speeds of 80mph, go head first down the Rocket Skeleton ride at 50mph, try curling or have a go at ice skating! This season Park City is tying in their Olympic legacy by hosting several Olympic qualifier events, held in the resort prior to the Sochi Games. In December, there will be the Bobsled & Skeleton World Cup, as well as the Luge World Cup and Nordic Olympic Trials. In January, there will be the Freestyle Ski World Cup in Deer Valley Resort and the Sprint U.S. Grand Prix. This year also sees the 50th anniversary of skiing and snowboarding at Park City.

How much?
Stay 10 nights B&B at the 3+* Park City Peaks in Park City, with prices starting from £1100 per person, based on 2 adults sharing, including return flights and resort transfers. Call Ski Safari on 01273 224 060 or visit

Vancouver, Canada: 2010
As the largest city to ever hold the Winter Games, Vancouver is continuing to reap the rewards from being an Olympic city thanks to its carefully planned legacy. Olympic villages were constructed in Vancouver and Whistler and improvements to the Sea-to-Sky highway greatly improved the journey between the venues. Within the city, transport was improved by the addition of the new SkyTrain cars and diesel-electric hybrid buses. The construction of new facilities, including the Richmond Olympic Oval, the Vancouver Olympic Centre and the Whistler Sliding Centre, has helped get more people into sport, whether it’s local teenagers heading to the skating rink or tourists testing their nerves on the skeleton or bobsleigh. Visitors to Whistler can further experience the 2010 Winter Olympics by taking a Whistler Olympic venue tour, ice-skating outdoors at the former medal ceremony venue, the Whistler Olympic Plaza, or trying Nordic skiing or biathlon at the Whistler Olympic Park.  On the mountain, visitors can ‘feel the need for speed’ down the Dave Murray Downhill, where they held the Men’s Downhill, Super G, Giant Slalom and Slalom events, or experience the thrill of the bob sleigh and skeleton track at the Sliding Centre.

How much?
Stay 7 nights room only at the 4* Crystal Lodge in Whistler, with prices starting from £1229 per person, based on 2 adults sharing, including return flights and resort transfers. Add a city stay in Vancouver at the 3* Listel Hotel Vancouver, with prices starting from £35 per person, per night. Call Ski Safari on 01273 224 060 or visit



Aqua Hospitality

Anyone dreaming of a relaxing Hawaiian getaway in 2014, won’t want to miss Aqua Hospitality’s “Snow For It” online holiday promotion. With the click of a button, we can instantly win discounts, designer travel accessories or even a two-night stay at one of Aqua’s 25 hotels in Hawaii. Since Aqua wants everyone to be a winner, those who don’t win one of the daily Instant Win prizes will be rewarded simply for playing with an exclusive discount code for participating Aqua locations.  


To play, please visit online. First time visitors will be asked to register; returning visitors will be recognized by their email and can bypass registration. Upon registering/logging-in, we will be able to play a creative Instant Win Game to reveal if we have won one of the daily prizes. After playing the Instant Win game, we will be able to choose to explore Aqua hotels, “Like” Aqua on Facebook and invite friends to participate in the promotion via Facebook or email.


Aqua’s “Snow For It” holiday promotion where everyone is a winner is taking place now through December 31, 2013. We may play the Instant Win game once per day. Prizes include two night stays at participating Aqua properties, Kate Spade Beach Bags, Mar y Sol Beach Bags, Eco Extreme Waterproof Speakers, Chloe Beach Bags, Aqua Beach Towels and discounts for stays at Aqua properties in Hawaii. Prizes must be redeemed by December 31, 2014. The contest is open to US and Canadian residents (excluding Quebec) who are ages 18 and older.



InterContinental Hotels Group

InterContinental Hotels Group is kicking off 2014 in a big way by offering loyal IHG® Rewards Club members more opportunities to earn free travel through the next installment of its hotel rewards promotion, “The Big Win.” This is a first of its kind promotion, which provides each loyal guest with an individually tailored set of offers.

 “We have found that introducing tailored offers through “The Big Win” has been beneficial for both our guests and our hotels,” said Jim Sprigg, director, Database Marketing & CRM Solutions, IHG. “So, this January, we are launching a new and improved version of ”The Big Win” promotion based on guest feedback, with offers that are even more relevant and appealing to diverse types of guests who are loyal to the IHG family of hotel brands, including select offers with a greater focus on our individual hotel brands.” 

Pre-registration for “The Big Win” promotion begins on Dec. 16, 2013 here. Once registered, members will begin earning IHG® Rewards Club points or airline miles when they stay at any IHG®-branded hotel between Jan. 1 and April 30, 2014. This includes the InterContinental® Hotels & Resorts, Crowne Plaza® Hotels & Resorts, Hotel Indigo® Hotels, Holiday Inn® Hotels, Holiday Inn Resort® Hotels, Holiday Inn Club Vacations®, Holiday Inn Express® Hotels, Staybridge Suites® Hotels and Candlewood Suites® Hotels brands. IHG’s scale and diversity means that our hotels can meet our guests’ needs whatever the occasion – whether an overnight getaway, a business trip, a family celebration or an once-in-a-lifetime experience.

Sprigg added, “Other hotel promotions still tend to be one-size-fits-all, whereas every offer in “The Big Win” promotion varies based on a guest’s travel pattern.”


How it works:

  • Current IHG® Rewards Club members and new members can register for the “Big Win” hotel rewards promotion here.
  • Receive custom offers to win points or miles such as: stay more and earn morestay on the weekend to win or explore our brands 
  • Stay  to start “winning”
  • Track your offers and rewards via a customized Rewards Tracker here.

IHG’s family of brands across 4,600 hotels ranges from an award-winning InterContinental resort to a city-center Holiday Inn hotel.

IHG Rewards Club, formerly Priority Club® Rewards, is the world’s first and largest hotel loyalty program, with industry-leading benefits including no blackout dates for Reward Nights, fast-track to Elite status when guests explore the IHG brand portfolio and points that never expire.

Everyone can sign up online for IHG Rewards Club and all its benefits, on the spot, free of charge at any IHG hotel.


About IHG Rewards Club
With more than 76 million members globally, IHG® Rewards Club, formerly Priority Club® Rewards, is the first, largest and fastest-growing guest loyalty program in the hotel industry.  Named Best Hotel Rewards Program in the World eight years running by Global Traveler magazine, IHG® Rewards Club offers sought-after benefits and is easy to use.  In addition to unique features like No Points Expiration, No Blackout Dates on Reward Nights, Points & Cash, Flights AnywhereTM and Hotels Anywhere, IHG® Rewards Club members have hundreds of options for point redemption including: Reward Nights, music downloads, brand merchandise and retail gift cards. Enrollment in IHG Rewards Club is free. Guests can sign up at, by calling 1-888-211-9874 or by inquiring at the front desk of any of IHG’s 4,600+ hotels worldwide.


Kimpton's FireSky Resort and Spa

The countdown to 2014 is officially on and those planning to ring it in with a night out in Scottsdale’s acclaimed Old Town district are in for a deal worth celebrating. Kimpton’s FireSky Resort & Spa is pampering partiers this New Year’s Eve, combining festive amenities for their pre-party, late night and next day needs.

New Year’s Eve Package
To help us gear up for the big night and take care of us after all the fun, FireSky’s New Year’s Eve package includes deluxe accommodations as well as:

·  A bucket of beers or bottle of bubbly upon arrival to get the party started

·  Choice of entrée from Taggia’s ‘Speakeasy Poutine’ menu, a hearty French fry-based dish, available from 5:00-10:00 p.m.

·  Turndown service complete with a late night munchie bag and hangover kit

·   Voucher for two cocktails at the New Year’s Day build-your-own bloody Mary bar

·  Late checkout at 2 p.m. on New Year’s Day

The New Year’s Eve package is available on Tuesday, Dec. 31 from $169 per night. Reservations can be made online with the rate code PNYE or by calling 800-528-7867.

Located just minutes from the city’s best bars, restaurants and dance clubs, FireSky offers party-goers an ideal, safe home base for their holiday celebrations. Easily accessible via the resort’s complimentary shuttle or a short cab ride, Old Town Scottsdale is also home to one of the largest New Year’s Eve block parties in the Valley. The annual Ultimate Block Party features live music, food, drinks and fireworks all starting at 6:00 p.m. For more information on where to go, FireSky’s concierge team is happy to provide insights and assist in making celebration arrangements for guests.