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Discover SiSpa in Pompano Beach, Florida

Recently named one of the top 10 up-and-coming U.S. destinations by TripAdvisor, Pompano Beach, Fla. is ripe for discovery.

The oceanfront Fort Lauderdale Marriott Pompano Beach Resort & Spa’s Sun, Sand and SiSpa package, available through March 31, 2015, melds me-time with beach time, starting at $369 per night. It includes a 50-minute spa treatment per night at SiSpa, 15% off spa merchandise (great to stock up on a new skincare regimen), and reserved beach chairs and umbrella for soaking in the sun.

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Seek adventure this winter in Scottsdale, Arizona

Who hasn’t pictured him- or herself nestled into a plush leather driver’s seat, hands balanced on the steering wheel, cruising in a bright red Ferrari to exalting speeds?

Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain in Scottsdale, Ariz. makes that particular dream come true through its “Seek Adventure” car rental program, featuring a $229,000 Ferrari California. Its Ferrari Casita Package includes a 20% discount on a two-night stay, a half-day Ferrari rental and a delicious picnic lunch from elements restaurant – perfect for a road trip exploring the Sonoran Desert.

Starting at $1,383.88 (including tax) the package price is based on double occupancy and does not reflect resort fee and gratuity.


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Get your Winter game on at Whiteface Lodge


Fans of the Winter Olympics can get their game on this season at Whiteface Lodge. Located in Lake Placid, host of the 1932 and 1980 Winter Games, the luxury resort challenges guests to tap into the town’s Gold Medal spirit with the Winter Games Experience Package.

Guests who book the package can test their winter sports skills on the same runs and tracks that have served as the training grounds for Lake Placid’s own hometown Olympians, from super-G silver medalist Andrew Wilbrecht to three-time bobsled medalist Steve Holcomb to Erin Hamlin, the first American woman to win an Olympic luge medal. The lodge’s concierge team will be on hand as expert “coaches” to help guests go for the gold in events including ice-climbing, bobsledding, tubing, speed skating, and downhill skiing at nearby Whiteface Mountain. Also included are a special Olympic-themed welcome amenity, two 50-minute sports massages and two Olympic Sites Passports offering admission to the Lake Placid Olympic Museum and Ski Jumping Complex, among other popular attractions.

Guests will enjoy luxurious suite accommodations complete with balcony, fireplace and full kitchen; American breakfast daily in KANU; warm, homemade cookies at turndown; nightly s’mores; and access to all resort amenities, including a 56-seat movie theater and two-lane bowling alley.

The Winter Games Experience Package is available Dec. 5, 2014 through March 31, 2015. Rates start at $476 per night.


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Marriott’s Florida Resorts Heat Up Valentine’s Day Weekend With Couple’s Escapes

Providing sunny solace from winter’s chill, two Marriott hotels are offering Valentine’s Day Weekend escapes that come with a side of warm Florida skies.Palm Beach Marriott Singer Island Beach Resort & Spa, the AAA Four-Diamond luxury resort, and Palm Beach County’s only all-suite beachfront hotel, is offering couples a chance to ward of winter and warm up with its Ultimate Romance package:

  • Overnight stay for two in a luxurious Ocean View Suite
  • Unlimited use of SiSpa facilities, including steam room, showers, heated marble beds, relaxation room with tea bar, private whirlpool, and lockers
  • A Couples Massage paired with a sensual aromatherapy bath and a glass of Champagne
  • Breakfast for two daily at 3800 Ocean
  • One in-room movie per night
  • $50 dining credit per stay
  • Champagne toast and chocolate covered strawberries upon arrival
  • Rates start at $639 per night (based on a two night minimum)

For reservations or more information call 561-340-1700 or visit


Fort Lauderdale Marriott Pompano Beach Resort & Spa, set on the ocean of Pompano Beach which was recently named one of the top 10 “up-and-coming” U.S. destinations in 2014 by TripAdvisor, is offering lovebirds a Couple’s Getaway with the simple pleasures of Florida beach living. With rates starting at just $349 per night the package includes:

  • Overnight accommodations
  • Champagne and tropical fruit on arrival
  • Breakfast in McCoy’s Oceanfront for two daily
  • Beach Cabana included per day
  • Over Valentine’s Day couple’s will also receive a 25% discount at SiSpa

For reservations or more information call 954-782-0100 or visit


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Warm up to Winter at Georgia’s State Historic Sites

The weather outside may be frightful, but inside it’s so delightful at Georgia State Parks and Historic Sites, where there are plenty of places to escape cabin fever and find fun, fascinating activities. From visits to Native American and colonial sites, to unique historic homes, there’s a park or historic site with indoor activities suitable for every age and interest. Even the primarily outdoor sites have a welcome center, museum or learning center where it’s possible to warm up.
Many families and educators have treated school children to “accidental learning” at Georgia’s state parks and historic sites. Rangers and historians are dedicated to teaching about their sites, and many provide educational material that can be used at home or in the classroom. The sites have educational resources that parents and educators can use in teaching about Georgia’s rich history, culture and environment, including downloadable videos, field trip guides, events and more. Educational Tour Curriculum at Historic Sites

Below is a roundup of Georgia’s State Historic Sites and what to explore at each. To learn more, or call 1-800-864-7275 for a free brochure.

Unique Homes
Roosevelt’s Little White House State Historic Site, Warm Springs
F.D. Roosevelt built this house in 1932 so he could seek therapy in the nearby warm springs used by polio patients.  Today, visitors will see the famous “unfinished portrait” which he was posing for when he passed away, a film with historic footage and his 1938 Ford roadster.
Robert Toombs House State Historic Site, Washington
This stately home is located in scenic Washington, Ga., known for its lovely architecture. The story of Senator Robert Toombs’ participation in the Civil War is told in his restored and furnished home.
Traveler’s Rest State Historic Site, Toccoa
This 1833 plantation home was expanded to accommodate the growing number of travelers passing through northeast Georgia in the mid-1800s. Most furnishings are original antiques.
Lapham-Patterson House State Historic Site, Thomasville
This 1884 home is a monument to the imagination, creative engineering and craftsmanship of the Victorian Era when Thomasville was a bustling resort town. The house had its own gas lighting system, hot and cold running water and indoor plumbing.
Hofwyl-Broadfield Plantation State Historic Site, Brunswick
A forgotten empire comes alive at this scenic rice plantation set among live oaks near the Altamaha River.  Tour the antebellum home furnished with antiques and the museum showcasing fine silver.
Jarrell Plantation State Historic Site, Juliette
This middle Georgia plantation features 20 buildings dating from 1847 to 1945, including a three-story barn, smokehouse, cane press, cotton gin, blacksmith shop, saw mill and syrup mill
Wormsloe State Historic Site, Savannah
A breathtaking avenue lined with live oaks leads to the tabby ruins of this colonial frontier home. A museum houses artifacts excavated at Wormsloe and a film about the founding of the 13th colony.  On February 6 – 8, 2015 the site hosts its annual colonial living-history celebration with a military encampment, Sutler’s Row, craft demonstrations, military demonstrations, and period music and dance.
Native Americans
Etowah Indian Mounds State Historic Site, Cartersville
These mounds were home to several thousand people more than 400 years ago. Climb the tallest mound and imagine aboriginal life between 1000 – 1500 A.D.
Kolomoki Mounds State Historic Park, Blakely
Seven mounds built during the 12th and 13th centuries by Swift Creek and Weeden Island Indians are protected at this southwest Georgia historic site.
New Echota State Historic Site, Calhoun
New Echota was the Cherokee capital from 1825 until 1838 when the Cherokee were uprooted from their land and removed westward during the Trail of Tears. Today, visitors can tour the Supreme Courthouse, the Council House, Vann’s Tavern and the print shop where a bilingual newspaper was produced after Sequoyah developed their first written language.
Chief Vann House State Historic Site, Chatsworth
Called the “Showplace of the Cherokee Nation,” this brick mansion was built by Chief James Vann in 1804. Decorated with beautiful carvings and natural hues, the home features a cantilevered stairway and fine antiques.
Civil War
Camp Lawton at Magnolia Springs State Park, Millen
Camp Lawton was once the world’s largest prison, built to relieve overcrowding at Andersonville Prison.  Items such as a pipe, coins, a ring, buttons and buckles are displayed in this museum which opened in 2014.
A.H. Stephens State Historic Park, Crawfordville
Liberty Hall, the 1875 home of the Confederate Vice President, is fully furnished and open for tours.  A museum houses one of the finest collections of Civil War artifacts in Georgia.
Fort McAllister State Historic Park, Richmond Hill
Nestled among giant live oaks, this is the best preserved earthwork fortification of the Confederacy and the end of General Sherman’s March to the Sea.
Pickett’s Mill Battlefield State Historic Site, Dallas
Pickett’s Mill is one of the best preserved Civil War battlefields in the nation, highlighted with a museum, earthworks and wooded trails. The 1864 battle was one of the few Confederate victories during Gen. Sherman’s Georgia campaign.
Jefferson Davis Memorial State Historic Site, Fitzgerald
A monument and museum mark the spot where Confederate President Jefferson Davis was captured by Union cavalry in 1865.
Coastal Forts & Colonial Georgia
Fort King George State Historic Site, Darien
From 1721 until 1736, this fort was the southern outpost of the British Empire in North America. Climb into the reconstructed cypress blockhouse, explore the palisaded earthen fort and tabby ruins, tour the museum and hike a short nature trail.
Fort Morris State Historic Site, Midway
This earthen fort on the Medway River protected Georgia against the British in both the Revolutionary War and the War of 1812. A museum describes the colonial port of Sunbury; a nature trail and picnic sites are available.
Gold Rush
Dahlonega Gold Museum State Historic Site, Dahlonega
This museum in the former Lumpkin County Courthouse tells the story of how our nation’s gold rush began in Georgia and ultimately led to the Trail of Tears.


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Kennesaw’s Shaky Boots Festival to feature Blake Shelton, Brad Paisley


The 2015 country-music concert event season seems destined for a solid success with the announcement of the new two-day Shaky Boots Festival near Atlanta, featuring appearances from Blake Shelton, Brad Paisley, Dierks Bentley, Jason Isbell and several more big Nashville names.

The inaugural event will take place May 16-17 at the KSU Sports and Entertainment Park in Kennesaw, just north of the Georgia capital, and also include performances from Rascal Flatts, the Band Perry, Dwight Yoakam, Sara Evans, Kristian Bush, Joe Nichols, Old Crow Medicine Show, Justin Moore, Eli Young Band, Kip Moore, Jana Kramer, Josh Thompson and more than a dozen additional acts on three stages throughout the festival. Shaky Boots is the sister festival to Atlanta’s Shaky Knees rock festival, which takes place one week prior to the debut event.

Two-day weekend passes for the festival will go on sale at this Thursday, January 8th, starting at $169 with applicable service fees. VIP Ticket packages (at $499) will include access to exclusive lounges and viewing areas; catered lunches and dinners; complimentary beer; and access to private restrooms and cash liquor bars. Exclusive luxury suites are also available.

The Shaky Knees and Shaky Boots festivals make up one of three major rock and country cousin events in 2015. This is the ninth year that Coachella and Stagecoach will share the same California desert venue, separated by just one week in April. And the producers of Delaware’s annual Firefly Festival have announced the new Big Barrel music festival, which boasts Carrie Underwood, Miranda Lambert and Blake Shelton as its first headliners this June.

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FREE Admission at the High on December 24

High Museum

As a thank you to the community, the High is offering the gift of art with FREE admission on Wednesday, December 24. Visit the Museum this holiday season and enjoy the Permanent Collection as well as dynamic special exhibitions on view!

Available for walk-up tickets only. Entrance to special exhibitions provided on a first-come first-served basis.


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Now that’s a tree! Historic Peabody Hotel’s signature of the season.


The Christmas tree in The Peabody Memphis Grand Lobby stands 30 feet tall and has approximately 20,000 lights on it. It takes 20 florists 7 hours to set up and decorate. There are an additional 11 Christmas trees and 600 feet of lighted garland used to decorate the Lobby, Mezzanine and remainder of the hotel.

(Source: Historic Hotels of America)


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Ring in the New Year at Ritz-Carlton, Atlanta


Giving the gift of an overnight stay is not only a delight to receive, but it’s fun to give. Consider staying overnight at Ritz-Carlton Hotel, Atlanta this New Year’s Eve.

So I’m sure you’re thinking “I live locally, why stay at the Ritz Carlton in downtown Atlanta?” How about enjoying safety and convenience in a luxurious setting. With all the New Year’s Eve activities available close by the hotel, why worry about drunk drivers, or getting caught trying to drive under the influence. A New Year’s Eve getaway is a great excuse to snuggle with your sweetie and not have to worry about driving home with all the drunk drivers
on the roads. At The Ritz-Carlton, Atlanta hotel you will find an exceptional retreat in the heart of downtown. With impeccable service and an ideal location, this luxury hotel in downtown Atlanta combines a truly modern setting with sophisticated Southern hospitality.

23At a recent overnight stay (for our 28th wedding anniversary) we were wished a Happy Anniversary at check-in. There was champagne on ice and an elegant little welcome plate of chocolate-covered strawberries with a little Happy Anniversary card waiting for us in our spacious and elegant hotel room. The romantic room was topped off with rose petals—some arranged in the form of a heart—on our king-sized bed!

Our deluxe room included access to The Ritz-Carlton Club. Located on another floor, The Ritz-Carlton Club is a spacious lounge area furnished to  resemble a comfortable living area and offers five complimentary food and beverage presentations daily. A dedicated concierge is on duty from 6am until 11pm to meet any needs from hard to get restaurant reservations to assistance with changing airline flights. Only guests registered on Club level can access the floor through use of a special elevator key, ensuring a sense of personal security. We enjoyed cocktails and pre-dinner snacks at the “Club.” Then it was onto dinner at the Atlanta Grill, located on the second floor of the hotel. Service was very attentive and the dinner was perfect. The Atlanta Grill is charming southern restaurant, dimly-lit—perfect for our romantic rendezvous. We were very impressed by the kind, helpful staff.

They began catering to us immediately upon our arrival. Every single staff member gave impeccable service! The customer service made us feel like we  were the only guests in a sold out hotel. Of course, the room, amenities, and hotel were fabulous, but it was the people working at The Ritz-Carlton, Atlanta that made our short stay unforgettable and a reason to return! For 24 hours of carefree, childless adult-time, we could not have made a better choice! From check-in to departure, the entire experience was exceptional. Hope you’ll consider giving a gift of an overnight stay at The Ritz-Carlton for New Years’ Eve or any time during the new year!

(Written by Cynthia Rozzo)

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Spend a week at the Coastal Georgia Kayaking Family Camp this January


Paddlers of all ages are welcome on this kayaking adventure that includes freshwater swamp and saltmarsh, plus four nights of camping and meals. From January 2-6, 2015, join park rangers to explore Stephen C. Foster State Park in the Okefenokee Swamp, Crooked River State Park, Sapelo Island and the Reynolds Mansion. Some paddling experience is helpful but not required. Register in advance by calling 912-882-5256.

$649 per adult and $549 per child (12 and younger) includes camping fees, kayak rental, meals and guides.

For more information and a detailed schedule, visit Crooked River State Park is located at 6222 Charlie Smith Sr. Highway, St. Marys, GA 31558.

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