OH ORLANDO! 3 Ways to Enjoy Orlando This Vacation!

Sometimes it’s all we focus on to get through the day. Month after month of grueling work and repetitive routines will leave you frustrated and drained. The one thing you can look forward to is your Vacation! The world if your oyster and even choosing a vacation spot and activities can end up being more of a hassle than a help. But don’t worry; there are Orlando vacation packages with your name all over them, just waiting to be scooped up!

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Orlando, Florida, USA

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Summer Festivals and Family Fun in Missouri

Summertime! School’s out. The days are long. It’s vacation time. That doesn’t have to mean an extended getaway and spending lots of money — in the Show-Me State, a vacation can be a single day or weekend when you attend our summer festivals and fun events. The Missouri Division of Tourism’s website, VisitMO.com, highlights more than 340 summer events statewide . . . and the list grows daily.

From late spring through summer (for our purposes, May thru Labor Day), Missouri is home to a variety of events and festivals offering a myriad of activities from food to carnivals, artisans to concerts, beer and wine tasting to barbecue cook-offs, car shows to Civil War reenactments, games to fairs–there are events designed to suit every taste and budget.

That in mind, we offer a few shining examples of the fun events in Missouri this summer. Enjoy!

If you crave adventure in the great outdoors, plus interesting places filled with history, Missouri’s southeast region is your perfect destination. Continue Reading

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Two Places in Chicago to Enjoy Luxurious Overnight Accommodations During the Season

Holiday shopping is enough to stress even the most avid consumer out. So this year, why not get a head start in an area known for not only great store selection, but breathtaking holiday beauty, Chicago! While there, relieve some of that anxiety by taking in the gorgeous surroundings and treating yourself to a luxurious stay at Swissôtel Chicago or Fairmont Chicago, Millennium Park.

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Both of these beautiful properties offer a number of shopping packages that will have you within walking distance to Chicago’s premiere shopping spot, the Magnificent Mile, and give you a little extra incentive to get started on that list. Continue Reading

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Visiting Los Angeles

Los Angeles has always been a city the world dreams of seeing. If you are thinking of visiting, it’s worth the hype. Prepare to be dazzled by the world-famous city of Los Angeles. Home to countless Hollywood stars and plenty of unique and fascinating attractions to suit all tastes, Los Angeles really is the city in which to be seen.

Los Angeles’s sunny climes can be reached easily from London’s Gatwick airport and with the help of HolidayExtras.co.uk you’re sure to be in for the trip of a lifetime. Their Gatwick hotels include hotels with parking, so however you choose to start your journey, they’ve got it covered.

The sights of this iconic city will be familiar to most visitors already, but that doesn’t mean that they won’t blow you away in real life. Talk a stroll down the Hollywood Walk of Fame and follow in the footsteps of the stars on a visit to Grauman’s Chinese Theatre, where you can put your own palms in the prints created by celebrities such as George Clooney and Michael Caine. If you’re still not star-struck, then there’s always the Hollywood sign, perched on top of Mount Lee above the city. Continue Reading

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Hyatt Regency Chicago Completes $90 Million Renovation

Hyatt Regency Chicago, located at 151 E. Wacker Drive in Chicago, is excited to announce the completion of a $90 million renovation, which features a complete remodel and transformation of the hotel’s 2,019 guest rooms and suites, as well as 65 guest room floor corridors. Through their investment in this important renovation, the hotel’s owner Kato Kagaku Co., Ltd., continues to demonstrate great support of the hotel providing guests with the ultimate in comfort and convenience.

Hyatt Regency Chicago Renovated Guestroom
Hyatt Regency Chicago Renovated Guestroom

The newly renovated guest rooms now feature brand new Hyatt Grand Beds, wall coverings, carpet, window treatments, chairs, soft goods, artwork, lighting, and 2 category 6A cables per room. A contemporary color scheme with contrasting warm and cool gray and orange hues is used in various textures throughout the room. Striking black and white photography etched on glass and showcasing unique aspects of the city adorns the walls. In order to complete this extensive renovation, all guest rooms, bathrooms, corridors, and elevator landings were completely stripped down, floor-by-floor, to provide a bare canvas from which the design team could work with to create the transformation. Continue Reading

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Kona Village Resort to Close Following Significant Structural and Property Damage Due to Tsunami

Kona Village Resort, one of the iconic vacation destinations and resorts of Hawaii, today announced that it will close for an extended period of time due to the significant structural and property damage it sustained during last week’s earthquake-generated tsunami.

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Kona Village Resort

“We are very sad to close Kona Village Resort for an extended period of time, but the damage to the property from this natural disaster is severe enough to render it inoperable,” said Patrick Fitzgerald, President and Chief Executive Officer, Hualalai Resort/Kona Village Resort. “We are fortunate that our guests and employees were evacuated safely. Our hearts are heavy with this decision’s impact on employees and loyal guests who have visited us over the years. Our thoughts also are with the people of Japan during this difficult time.” Continue Reading

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Valentines & Vineyards: Oregon Wine Country – a Romantic Destination

A nip in the fresh country air, a cozy fire in your deluxe room, massages for two, a disarmingly divine meal paired with world class pinot noir. If that’s not a recipe for romance, what is? The Allison Inn & Spa, Oregon wine country’s premier luxury resort on 35 hillside acres has created a Valentine’s package to make anyone swoon:

The Allison’s Valentines & Vineyards Package- Starting from $430
The Allison’s Valentines & Vineyards Package- Starting from $430

February means romance is in the air, so why not escape to the ultimate wine country resort in the peaceful Willamette Valley? Valentine’s Day is the perfect holiday to cherish quality time together, enjoy a luxurious bedroom with king bed, fireplace and soaking tub. Complimentary chilled champagne upon arrival starts the celebration…followed by a delicious, customized four-course dinner in the acclaimed JORY Restaurant featuring Oregon Wine Country Cuisine ensures a meal to be remembered. (Special menu available on Sunday and Monday evenings only. On Friday and Saturday, guests may order from the a la carte menu and receive a $150 credit towards food and beverage). Continue Reading

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US Open Travel Package 2010

Tennis fever is in full swing in the city! Coming to town for the Open, or want to brush up on your skills after watching the weekend’s matches? Stay at the only hotel in New York with an indoor tennis court, featuring stunning views of the East River from the property’s 38th floor.

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2010 US Open Travel Packages

Introducing the UN US Open Package at The Millennium UN Plaza Hotel, guests who book the package will receive: Continue Reading

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Kona Village Resort Wins the Luxist Award for Best Luxury Family Vacation

Kona Village Resort, on the Big Island of Hawaii, is the winner of the Luxist Awards’ Readers’ Choice Award for Best Luxury Family Vacation. The pristine resort features serene lagoons surrounded by lush, tropical landscaping as well as dramatic, surreal, black lava cliffs that plunge to meet the ocean.

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Kona Village Resort

Guests stay in thatched roof hales (Polynesian-inspired bungalows) on 82 oceanfront acres. No televisions, telephones, radios, air conditioners are there to distract. Coconuts supplant traditional “no disturb” signs. Continue Reading

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CitySights New York Offers Best Value with All Around Town Tour

Looking for the best way to see all of the Big Apple on your next trip?

CitySights NY, the city’s premiere double-decker bus tour company, offers the perfect way to visit all the highlights and iconic attractions New York City has to offer with its All Around Town Tour, which includes an NYC harbor cruise.

CitySights NY’s All Around Town Tour offers guests the best touring value with 48 hours of hop-on, hop-off sightseeing capabilities on its Downtown, Uptown & Harlem, Brooklyn and Night loops.

Guests will see all the amazing attractions of NYC, including Madison Square Garden, the Empire State Building, Fifth Avenue, Lincoln Center, Central Park, Times Square, Chinatown, the Manhattan and Brooklyn bridges, and so much more!

Guests can also hop on an exciting harbor cruise on the world famous Circle Line, for 75 minutes of water sightseeing. On this cruise, guests will get to take in spectacular views of the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, and the stunning Manhattan skyline.

All of CitySights NY’s tours are lead by well trained guides that provide interesting and intriguing narration on all the sights visited. Departure times and locations vary depending on each particular tour.

Tickets for CitySights NY’s All Around Town Tour can be purchased online for a special web price of $49 for adults and $39 for children. Visit www.citysightsny.com for more information and to book tickets.

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Universal Orlando Resort’s new Wizarding World of Harry Potter attraction

From Quidditch matches to the halls of Hogwarts, Universal Orlando Resort’s new Wizarding World of Harry Potter attraction is the perfect place to celebrate all the magic and kwikspells of the iconic Harry Potter series.

In celebration of Universal’s newest attraction, CheapOair and CheapOstay are offering travel deals to Orlando for all those wizards and muggles looking to get a taste of the Harry Potter World.

With these deals, you can fly roundtrip from Chicago to Orlando for $256* and stay at the Radisson Worldgate Resort for $45** per night.

This airfare deal must be booked by July 31, 2010.

*Airfares include all fuel surcharges, ad valorem tax and CheapOair service fees. Fares exclude government taxes. Sample airfare listed from Chicago to Orlando; additional cities spanning the U.S. are available. Fares and rates are subject to change based on availability. For reservations, please call 866-636-9088 or visit www.CheapOair.com.

**Sample hotel rate listed for travel from July 5, 2010 through July 8, 2010 and is based on availability; additional dates and locations available.

Taxes and service fees not included. For reservations, please call 866-466-8827 or visit www.CheapOStay.com.

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Walking on Sunshine Comes To Life In This SoCal Haven

Today, the Anaheim/Orange County Visitor & Convention Bureau launched its new dynamic destination video entitled, “Walking on Sunshine.”

This fast-paced, upbeat film set to the catchy 80’s tune “Walking on Sunshine,” showcases more than 25 diverse Orange County locations and features more than 60 people soaking up its brand of SoCal fun, all in less than two minutes.

It highlights an eye-catching collection of iconic Orange County experiences and its sunny, casual ‘feel good’ lifestyle, that make it a Southern California classic destination.

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This video film is part of a new destination image campaign that shines the light on the array of light-hearted and iconic experiences found in Anaheim and Orange County. Continue Reading

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