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Buttermilk Falls Inn + Spa

Once through the stone gates of Buttermilk Falls Inn + Spa, you are transported to a bucolic, self-contained retreat on the banks of the Hudson River. A seductively whimsical sanctuary in which you can recharge in one of the charmingly historic bedrooms or guest houses, relish a spa treatment utilizing fresh herbs from the Millstone Farm, or take a stroll of discovery on a network of trails leading to ponds, the property’s impressive namesake waterfall, wild flower fields and lush gardens sprouting dramatic sculptures.

As the temperature drops, savings rise! Despite the sinking temps, spirits will rise at Buttermilk courtesy of the most desirable of winter getaway amenities - the working fireplace that graces each of the accommodations!

Book any two night stay this winter and get a third consecutive night free.  Rates start at $300 per night.

With a third night free we have longer to enjoy the 75-acre property lining the Hudson River.  

All stays at the chic country retreat include an abundant breakfast with fresh eggs from the on-site Millstone Farm, afternoon tea with house made baked goods and access to the eco-spa’s pool, sauna and steam room.  We can further enjoy the farm’s bounty with a meal at Henry’s at the Farm restaurant or one of the select Soil-to-Spa treatments at the spa.

The vast property is yours to explore at your leisure; enjoy exquisite gardens and inviting walkways. Visit the working farm, the source of organic produce and eggs for breakfast and for Henry’s Farm to Table restaurant. In addition to its orchards, and berry, vegetable and herb growing tracts, Millstone Farm is home to heritage chickens, guinea hens, angora goats, llamas, alpacas and even peacocks.

Please call 845.795.1310  to book today!

3 night minimum stay. Discount applicable for new reservations only. Cannot be combined with any other offer.


L'Auberge Del Mar

Celebrate the most wonderful time of year at San Diego’s L’Auberge Del Mar where holiday getaway packages, festive activities and warm California coastal sunshine combine for the perfect coastal getaway this season.


Holiday Packages

Wake up Christmas morning just steps from the beach, when you book L’Auberge Del Mar’s Jingle Shells Package. Available on December 24, this package includes a festive dinner for two at KITCHEN 1540 and a cozy room to wait for Santa while enjoying a yuletide treat of milk and cookies. (The $175 dining credit is valid on December 24 or 25 only.) While staying at the hotel, enjoy a complimentary Christmas Eve concert by jazz guitarist Peter Sprague and friends from 1 to 4 p.m. There is also a hotel organized Santa Fun Run on the beach at 9 a.m. Christmas Eve morning. Use promo code: JOLLY.


For those looking for a more extended visit during the holiday season, the hotel is featuring the Stretch Your Holiday Special where we earn savings for each night booked. Savings begin at three nights with a 15 percent discount, 20 percent for four nights and stays of five nights or more can save 20 percent and earn a one-time $100 resort credit. The package is valid for stays November 20 through December 31, 2013. Use promo code: HOLIDAY.


All packages are subject to availability and cannot be combined with other offers. Reservations can be made at or by calling 1-866-778-5548


While staying at the hotel, we have our choice of seasonal fun including:


Holiday L’Tea by the Sea 

L’Auberge Del Mar is launching a new holiday tradition with the Holiday L’Tea by the Sea. Offered Saturday and Sunday afternoons in December, the stylish L’Tea by the Sea is a delightful way to celebrate the season with family and friends. Gather in the living room near a cozy fireplace and enjoy champagne, loose leaf teas, miniature sandwiches, scones with fresh made Devonshire cream and an array of bite-sized desserts. L’Tea is offered at $49 per person, which includes a glass of champagne. Reservations are required with seating at 2:30 p.m. on December 7, 8, 14, 15, 21, and 22. For reservations, call 858-793-6460.


Santa by the Sea

L’Auberge Del Mar is joining forces with Del Mar Village Association for holiday fun at hotel’s outdoor amphitheater on 15th Street. On December 7, the community will kick-off the season with its annual tree lighting in the amphitheater at 5 p.m. An outdoor screening of the popular holiday movie “Elf” will follow the tree lighting. Families also will have the opportunity to take photos with Santa and enjoy music by the Original Dickens Carolers. Santa and the carolers will also visit L’Auberge Del Mar’s amphitheater on December 15 and 21 from 2 to 5 p.m.


Gifts by the Sea

L’Auberge Del Mar offers gift cards in any amount that are perfect for stocking stuffers or a delightful gift for a loved one. Gift cards can be purchased for spa, dining or hotel stays. To purchase, please visit online


Christmas Dinner

L’Auberge Del Mar’s KITCHEN 1540 will offer a special holiday menu on Christmas and Christmas Eve that showcases holiday flavors in the restaurant’s signature, modern-American style. Menu highlights includeChino Farms Squash Gnocchi, Scallops, Turkey with Cornbread Stuffing, Beef Tenderloin in Truffle Sauce and Sweet Potato Custard. Offered from 4 to 9 p.m. on Christmas Eve and noon to 8 p.m. on Christmas Day, the three course, pre-fixe menu is $70 per adult and $34 for children under 12. Reservations are strongly recommended and can be made at 858-793-6460.


Holiday Spa

Tis the season for holiday bliss at Spa L’Auberge. Special holiday treatments include the Champagne Facial, Peppermint Mistle-toes Pedicure and Holiday De-Stresser Body Treatment. Plus the spa will stuff guests’ stockings with a complimentary gift given with any service or retail purchase starting the day after Thanksgiving. Appointments can be made at 858-793-6493.


Blissful Holidays By The Beach Instagram Photo Contest

Anyone can enter to win a one night stay at L’Auberge Del Mar this holiday season through the hotel’s Blissful Holidays by the Beach Instagram Photo Contest. Visitors simply share a photo with a personalized caption that illustrates why L’Auberge Del Mar is the idyllic blissful holiday destination and they are entered to win. Contest runs November 1 through December 31, 2013. There is no limit on the number of entries allowed per person. 

1. Take a photo: Use your smartphone to snap a picture that captures the blissful feeling of visiting L’Auberge Del Mar during the holidays
2. Tag it: Add a caption and tag your photo entry with the hashtags #laubergedelmar and #BlissfulHoliday
3. Upload it: Make sure your Instagram profile is public and upload your photo
4. Follow us: Then follow us on Instagram and you are automatically entered into the contest
*For Contest Rules and Regulations see the L’blog at


Pack the party shoes and head to L’Auberge Del Mar where the New Year’s celebration is equal parts holiday swank and coastal cool. This stylish San Diego getaway by the sea is offering couples the perfect New Year’s getaway package that includes delicious dining, a festive after party and a luxurious room from which to comfortably greet 2014.

With L’Auberge Del Mar’s À Votre Santé New Year’s package, we begin the evening enjoying a four-course dinner for two in the hotel’s signature KITCHEN 1540 restaurant. Afterward, it is off to get our groove on at the hotel’s New Year’s Eve Bash with live music 5-9 p.m. followed by San Diego’s Best DJ, Gabe Vega, from 9 p.m.-1 a.m. When it’s time to retire, retreat to one of the hotel’s cozy guest rooms for a restful slumber to wake up refreshed and relaxed on the first day of the new year.


The À Votre Santé package is available only on December 31, 2013. The package is based on double occupancy and some restrictions apply. Rates start at $629 and include tax, resort fee and $250 dinner credit valid on New Year’s Eve only. For reservations, please visit online .



On New Year’s Day, those looking for some recreational fun can join the hotel’s 9 a.m. group hike to Torrey Pines Preserve, one of the wildest stretches of land on the Southern California coast with eight miles of stunning overlooks, peaceful trails and a beautiful clean environment. Guests preferring something a bit less strenuous can lounge by the pool or slip away to the ocean-inspired spa for a special price on a festive champagne facial or holiday de-stresser body treatment.



JW Marriott Chicago

This New Year’s Eve, the JW Marriott Chicago (151 W. Adams St.) pulls out all the stops to offer Chicagoans and visitors alike for a night to remember with its New Year’s Eve package. In the words of the building’s famous architect Daniel Burnham to “make no little plans,” the landmark, luxury hotel will offer an overnight package including tickets to the poshest party in town at the hotel’s elegant Grand Ballroom and a bevy of party perks.  Please book your New Year’s Eve package here

After checking into the luxury accommodations, we can start the evening with an in-room order of Chocolate-Covered Strawberries and a Bottle of Perrier Jouet ($89; a $14 savings) to set the mood. The main event includes specialty martinis, top-shelf drinks, and wine, accompanied by lavish hors d’oeuvres from Chef Russell Shearer and a pasta buffet. Partygoers will dance the night away to tunes from DJ Asiatic and DJ Katy, as well as dynamic covers of everything from today’s pop hits to ‘80s rock anthems from local band Stache. In addition to a midnight champagne toast and confetti storm, other perks include a chance to win a night in the hotel’s luxury penthouse, extended check-in and check-out, and more.

The party continues in the JW Marriott Chicago’s Lobby Lounge, where revelers and late-night Loop neighbors can fuel up with a special Late Night Bites menu and Perrier Jouet champagne specials ($72 per bottle; $16 per glass). On New Year’s Day, a special New Year’s Day Breakfast menu and Bloody Mary Bar ($6) as well as flat screen TVs showing the day’s football games provide the perfect hangover cure from 10 a.m. til 2 p.m. The celebrations continue after 2 p.m. with a $5 special on draft beer and house wine available until close.

The New Year’s Eve package includes:

·  Overnight stay in deluxe guest room

·  Two tickets to the JW Marriott Chicago’s New Year’s Eve party

·  Live entertainment from DJs and rock ‘n roll cover band Stache

·  Top-shelf drinks, appetizer spread, pasta buffet, and champagne

·   Extended check-in and check-out times

·   Complimentary pre- and post-party admission to three events*

·   Chance to win a night in the hotel’s luxury penthouse

·   Midnight confetti storm

·    Package for two for $390 with the rate code ‘EVE’; availability December 31

·     Reservations can be made by calling 312 660 8200 or online; all tickets and reservations are non-refundable and non-transferable, must be 21+ to attend

For full party details, visit *All ticket sales include a free wristband to the Pre-NYE party at Sound Bar on Monday, December 30th and Post NYE party at The Hard Rock Café.

This three day New Year’s Eve extravaganza is sponsored by Agenda by Chicago Reader & and the Bear Necessities Pediatric Cancer Foundation. General Admission tickets start at $125, VIP tickets at $155, & VIP tables start at $1000.

On pointe with a quintessential Chicago holiday tradition, the JW Marriott Chicago introduces programming in tie with the acclaimed Joffrey Ballet’s production of The Nutcracker. As an exclusive partnership, the landmark, luxury hotel provides all the amenities to turn an outing into an experience with the Night at The Nutcrackerpackage available Friday, December 6 through Saturday, December 28.

In addition, the JW Marriott Chicago gives a glimpse of the ballet’s winter wonderland with the adornment of the hotel’s windows along Adams Street with authentic costumes and holiday décor on Tuesday, November 19 as well as the first-ever Ballerina Hot Chocolate Happy Hour.

On Tuesday, December 3 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., two tutu-clad ballerinas will be on hand as the hotel offers free hot chocolate and cider to everyone in the JW Marriott Chicago’s Lobby Lounge.

Throughout the package partnership, the JW Marriott Chicago’s Lobby Lounge will also offer two signature drinks of The Ballerina Bellini ($10) of Stoli Vanilla, Pama Liqueur top with Prosecco as well as a Winter Spiced Valrhona Hot Milk Chocolate ($9) with sugar plum marshmallow and vanilla snowflake shortbread.

The “Night at The Nutcracker Ballet” package includes:

Overnight stay in deluxe guest room
Hot chocolate nightcap in-room (spiked hot chocolate for adults also available)
Two VIP tickets to the Nutcracker Ballet (additional tickets available for purchase upon request)
Nutcracker “swag bag” that includes a signed pointe shoe, Nutcracker commemorative program and poster, as well as a signed photo of a dancer
Ballerina welcome cookies
Breakfast for two in-room the next day

Package for two for $475 with the rate code ‘ZZLO’ (an over $100 savings); availability December 6-28 here Reservations can be made by calling 312 660 8200 or online; 72-hour cancellation is required


The Godfrey Hotel Chicago

Future guests of The Godfrey Hotel Chicago like us,  have two more reasons to book our stays now at the Cubist-inspired boutique hotel opening in Chicago’s River North neighborhood in February 2014. The 16-story, 221-guestroom, upper upscale hotel pays it forward to guests with a $20 credit at the hotel’s 15,000-square-foot indoor, outdoor fourth floor I|O Urban Roofscape and a twenty percent discount on the hotel’s best available rate for a future stay.

When we book a room using the I|O|U promotional rate now through March 31, 2014 we will enjoy the following perks (rules and regulations apply):

  • Upon check-in, receive a $20 credit to enjoy tasteful preparations of Chicago’s favorite foods and new takes on chef-inspired cocktails at I|O Urban Roofscape. Located on the fourth floor of the hotel, I|O Urban Roofscape offers captivating south-facing Chicago skyline views, fire and water elements, canopy lounge seating, a retractable roof and more. Additional programming happens during the week and the weekend, including brunch, sets with sought-after DJs, and more.
  • Once at I|O Urban Roofscape, we will have the opportunity to pay it forward. Those who redeem the credit will receive an I|O|U card with a special code to pass on to a friend or utilize themselves to book an additional stay at 20 percent off at The Godfrey Hotel Chicago within six months of our initial visit (valid one time only).

We must book a room online using the I|O|U promotional rate now through March 31, 2014. The initial stay must take place from the hotel opening in February 2014 through December 31, 2014. To redeem the 20 percent discount on a future stay, we must first use the I|O|U credit and then book accommodations within six months of the initial visit.

For more information about the Godfrey Hotel Chicago, please visit Join the Godfrey on Facebook at and on Twitter at And visit I|O on Facebook at and on Twitter at



Treasure Island Las Vegas

Welcome to Treasure Island. You’ve arrived at more than a place of exciting games and luxurious accommodations. You’ll also chart a course through world-famous shows, savory dining choices, clubs, lounges and a host of other diversions designed to help you unwind or amp up – depending on your mood. This breadth of experiences – and the player-friendly way TI deliver them – TI is only one of three Las Vegas resorts to win the AAA Four Diamond Award for at least 10 years.

Best of all, you’re on the newest it-corner of the world-famous Las Vegas Strip. Step outside TI and you’re moments away from the best new shopping, dining and gaming experiences. Of course, with all the excitement inside, they’ll understand if you won’t want to leave at all.


There’s so much to do, you may not plan on spending too much time in your room. But one look at the hip new design might make you change your mind.
Your guestroom is a destination in itself, complete with LCD TV, floor-to-ceiling windows, MP3 player, the plush comfort of the custom Elite SensationalTM pillow-top beds and much, much more.


Find great dining choices – upscale and casual alike.
Khotan is a journey through Pan-Asian cuisine, in a unique setting that features an interactive sushi bar, priceless jade sculptures and an outdoor patio overlooking the Strip.
Isla Mexican Kitchen & Tequila Bar takes you south of the border courtesy of celebrity Chef Richard Sandoval. To quench the fire, sample one of its 100 fine tequilas – served by a beautiful Tequila Goddess.
The Steak House is your place for perfect, prime cuts and ocean-fresh seafood. A palate-pleaser by land or by sea.
Casual dining at TI doesn’t sacrifice quality or comfort. Try the tropical infused tastes of Kahunaville Island Restaurant, the authentic Canter’s Deli, The Buffet at TI, the always- open Coffee Shop, and the only Vietnamese cuisine on the Strip at Pho. Of course, java junkies are covered at Starbucks Cafe.

There is NO RISK to BOOK NOW as there are NO CANCEL FEES up to 48 hours prior to arrival.