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Christmas at Gaylord Hotels

For those seeking out the “coolest” ways to kick the Christmas season into high gear, Gaylord Hotels’ signature holiday attraction is sure to impress.

ICE!, which anchors the holiday festivities at Gaylord Hotels’ four massive resorts, is back and bigger than ever in 2013 with more than 2 million pounds of ice carvings at each location and new themes depicting scenes straight out of classic holiday tales.

“ICE! is kept at 9 degrees with 10-inch-thick walls, and visitors are given warm parkas to wear as they walk through,” said Warren Lyng, director of special events for Gaylord Hotels. “We’ve made it our goal to be among the country’s ‘coolest’ holiday attractions, and it’s fun to see families identifying us that way.”

Gaylord Opryland’s A Country Christmas in Nashville, Tenn., and Christmas at Gaylord Palms in Kissimmee, Fla., near Orlando, can join everyone’s favorite snowman and his friends on their quest to the North Pole in a colorfully frozen retelling of Frosty the Snowman™.

At Gaylord Texan’s Lone Star Christmas in Grapevine, Texas, near Dallas, favorite scenes from The Nutcracker will come to life, accompanied by the original Tchaikovsky score, in a magical adventure with Clara and her Nutcracker Prince. In addition, the resort will feature a giant 8-lane indoor snow tubing hill made with real snow.

At Gaylord National’s Christmas on the Potomac in National Harbor, Md., near Washington, D.C., we will see Ma in her kerchief, Pa in his cap and Saint Nick with his eight reindeer in scenes from the classic holiday poem ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas.

A series of inter-connected rooms features breathtaking larger-than-life, 3-D sculpted ice pieces, including fantastic recreations of beloved characters, two-story tall ice slides and memorable holiday scenes. The awe-inspiring experience concludes with the wonder of the Nativity of crystal clear ice.

ICE! opens mid-November and runs through early January. Group outings and holiday parties at ICE! also are available and guaranteed to give “chills.” There is no cooler place to “pop the question” than with a wedding proposal package inside ICE!

Tickets and holiday getaway packages are on sale now. For more information, please visit online.


The Hay-Adams

Located in Lafayette Square across from the White House, The Hay-Adams is one of Washington D.C.’s most revered landmarks. This classic historic hotel in Washington, DC is named after the distinguished residents who previously lived on its site: John Hay, Private Assistant to President Abraham Lincoln and later Secretary of State, and Henry Adams, an acclaimed author and descendant of U.S. Presidents John Adams and John Quincy Adams.

Enjoy the quiet comfort normally found only in sophisticated residential interiors. All guestrooms at this Washington, DC suite hotel showcase carefully chosen European linens, marble bathrooms with brass fixtures, digitally controlled heating and air-conditioning, complimentary WI-FI access, and a Bose CD System. Luxurious amenities and meticulous attention to detail ensure that our expectations are exceed.

Recognized as one of the top choices for entertainment and fine dining in Washington, DC, The Hay-Adams’ restaurants deliver superb cuisine and attentive service in a stately setting. From round-the-clock room service, to elegant luxury dining in the Lafayette Room or cocktails in the Off the Record Bar, you will find options to indulge your mood and taste.

Why have just two nights of fun when you can stay for three! Uncover our nation’s capital with The Hay-Adams Discover DC Family Package. Your adventure begins with a full American breakfast before boarding a Trolley to explore the city. Children receive a fun-filled backpack featuring a unique book to tour the sights. Families also receive complimentary tickets to the Spy Museum. Relax in the comfort of your room after a full day of discovery, where a special keepsake surprise awaits the family along with unique children’s amenity. This is a three-night package. Book this package or view more specials online.



Ritz-Carlton, Washington, D.C.

Since the early days of the White House, Presidents and First Ladies with children or grandchildren have lovingly created a family-friendly environment. It is with this spirit of familial love in mind that The Ritz Carlton Hotels of Washington, D.C. are welcoming all from around the country to become a First Family of The Ritz Carlton this summer. Like the First Family, when we are staying at the hotel, we will have the opportunity to travel in style and enjoy an inspiring family trip that’s sure to please all ages.

President Lincoln and his wife Mary Todd were often heard saying “Let the children have fun!” and The First Family package is designed to do just that. Families can rejuvenate, explore and enjoy all that the Nation’s Capital has to offer – from must see, world-class museums and inspiring monuments and memorials, to complimentary concerts on the national mall and unforgettable play dates with the animals at the National Zoo.

A sizzling summer vacation value, The First Family package offers full American breakfast for two adults and two children, fun-themed activities, including an entertaining hotel scavenger hunt and patriotic themed Ritz Kids backpack.

The First Family package at The Ritz-Carlton, Washington, D.C. is priced starting from $339 per night and includes: 

  • Overnight deluxe guestroom accommodations 
  • Full American breakfast for two for 2 adults and 2 children in the Lobby Café or through in-room dining
  • Ritz Kids patriotic backpack (one per child) 
  • Hotel scavenger hunt with special prize 
  • Complimentary Internet 
  • Complimentary in-house movie 
  • Overnight valet parking

For more information or reservations for The Ritz-Carlton, Washington, D.C., please call (800) 241-3333, the hotel directly at (202) 835-0500 or visit online.


Affinia Hotels

Welcome to Affinia. So good to have you with us. What makes Affinia Affinia…

Comfort. First and foremost, Affinia means comfort. An inviting ambiance. Friendly, knowledgeable staff. And all the in-room amenities and services designed for a stay that’s as comfortable as it is memorable. (And for all you get, you’ll find the rates quite comfortable, too.)

Convenience. When you see the Affinia sign, you know you’re in an excellent downtown location. Not only easily accessible, but also close to many of the things that make that particular city what it is. Plus, the Travel SmartSM program offers extra services for the convenience of busy travelers.

Customization. Your stay, your way. Six kinds of pillows. An assortment of Experience Kits. . An eager-to-please concierge. Plus, a whole range of cool stuff you can choose through My Affinia to make your stay uniquely yours. We’re all about you.

Community. You stay here; they live and work there. That’s why Affinia care about each community they’re a part of—and work with other organizations to make a difference. Groups like Common Ground, an international leader in the development of solutions to end homelessness.

I would add, attention to detail, fantastic customer service & excellent amenities.  Affinia have all the bells & whistles with surprises in each of their hotels located in New York City, Chicago & Washington DC. Offering us additional items like a rubber ducky to play with in the bath, a pillow with ulta thin speakers to plug in our mp3 player or a Walking Tour Kit that we did not know we needed until they offered it. 

Need something else… Just Ask.

Welcome to the ultimate in Tender Loving Comfort. As a TLC VIP, kick back & relax in your spacious room with a VIP room upgrade and be treated to:

  • A signature welcome cupcake, perfect for a late-night craving or any ol’ time indulgence.
  • A bottle of red wine to toast to your stay and help you unwind after a day of taking on the big city.
  • Late checkout* to sneak in a few more pushes of the snooze button.
  • A stay customized exclusively for you through My Affinia.

Call 1-866-246-2203. Don’t forget to use promo code TLCVIP.

Don’t forget to share all your fun & photos with Affinia on Facebook & Twitter.

Why leave a member of the family at home? With Affinia’s Jet Set Pets™ program, our four-legged traveling companion will be as welcome and as comfortable as we are. Call or e-mail when you book your stay and Affinia will be ready with treats, a welcome walk, and plenty of pampering. 

Affinia is happy to accommodate your pet. To keep everyone around you happy, they ask that you kindly click here & observe the rules…


Thompson Hotels

In a world full of choices, we all tend to question who we are and where we belong.

Icons, rebels, and creative spirits act as our inspirations, those dreamers, philosophers, and visionaries at heart—be it in business or in pleasure—who know exactly who they are and where they want to hang their hats.

More precisely, Thompson Hotels inspiration are those distinct personalities they wish they had known, and raised a glass with, from Julie Christie to Steve McQueen, Michael Caine (in “Alfie” mode) to Marcello Mastroianni, Grace Kelly to Alfred Hitchcock, Pablo Picasso to Jean-Luc Goddard. Edie Sedgwick to Chet Baker. “Let’s get lost,” indeed. If they were real, we’d welcome in “The Royal Tannenbaums” and “The Big Lebowski.” We’d go to Paris for absinthe to fuel Dorothy Parker’s Round Table, or to the desert for peyote to be-dazzle Bill Burroughs’ Beats. We’d be on the bus with Ken Kesey’s “Merry Pranksters.” Further! Mick Jagger, circa 1973? Sure, bloke. Bobby Kennedy? Enter, Mister President.

Equal parts places to trip the night fantastic, sleep in peace, dine like gourmands, or just have a libation with a friend or intimate, Thompson Hotels are timeless and of the moment, contemporary and elegant, with creative touches you won’t find anywhere else.

Thompson Hotels are about redefining the luxury experience to a new generation of travelers, providing them with the comfort, privacy, and freedom they’re accustomed to. It may be cliché to say, but they are not your grandfather’s notion of a hotel. “In-residence,” for Thompson, means all the term implies. Your wishes are theirs. Places where form and function are equal partners, eclectic, we are, but distinct in a way that our guests “get.”

´╗┐With 5 locations in New York, 2 in Los Angeles, 1 in Washington DC, Chicago & Toronto what’s holding you back from visiting soon.  Travel Deals? Thompson have them too!

Enjoy these exclusives on your next chic visit.