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Palms Hotel South Florida

Hotel Valencia - San Antonio, Texas

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Natural Bridge Caverns

A True Texas Treasure - Beaumont, Tx.

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Swept Away - Colorado 26

Four Seasons Hotel - Houston, Tx

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Grand Hyatt - New York City

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Aldaco’s Stone Oak - San Antonio, Tx

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Palms Hotel - South Florida

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Piney Woods Jewel - Lake Conroe, Tx

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Arizona Biltmore 31

Hotel Sorella @ CityCentre - Houston

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The Boulders - Arizona

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Texas Shopping Feature 18

Hotel Guide “Experiences”

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Roses Abound - Tyler, Texas

Team Cocktail - Las Vegas

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About the Cover:

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From its environmentally sound development to world-class golf and Golden Door® Spa, The Boulders is a compelling destination. (Photo: Courtesy of The Boulders, A Waldorf-Astoria Hotel)

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A Word From

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s we move into the last quarter of the calendar year, we start wondering where all the time has gone and what we still have to do. At The Hotel Guide, we keep moving forward and look towards an incredible future. Big news for our company is the partnership between our company and LivingSocial Escapes. Now, we are able to promote their incredible travel deals and bring you just another way to save money on incredible destinations. With Fall in the air, venture with us to cool Texas destinations, like Beaumont, Conroe and the Rose Capital of Tyler, Texas. The great state of Texas has a myriad of incredible things to do for everyone. Looking beyond the Lone Star State? You certainly want to read about a couple of fascinating Arizona hotels in the Boulders, a Waldorf-Astoria property and the infamous Arizona Biltmore. These two memorable destinations are a must-see for the Arizona visitor. Heading to the East Coast? Don’t miss out on the updated Grand Hyatt in New York City. Updated and full of spunk and heart, just like the Big Apple. If you are in Florida, you certainly must visit the Palms Hotel in South Florida. This hip hotel beckons discriminating visitors to it’s front door. And, if you are in Key West, you must check out Team Cocktail’s top 5 places to drink and have fun. Book Your Travel... Remember, our comprehensive travel website allows you to book ALL your travel needs - including Accommodations, Car Rental, Airlines and even, Cruises. We are your one-stop shop for traveling in Texas and beyond! For great story ideas or to be a part of our “Experiences” section, send me a personal e-mail by clicking here. Safe Traveling!

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Senior Travel Writer

Daniel Leos Illustrator

Deanna Barrett Jennifer Broome Lyndsey Huggins Amy Sanchez Roberta Sotonoff Contributors

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Hotel Valencia

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ous Hotel Valencia, the city’s only contemporary small luxury hotel, is nestled along the world-famous Riverwalk offering guests breathtaking views and amenities while bringing an exclusive brand of luxury to this tourist-friendly region. Old World meets New World The Hotel Valencia offers guests a blend of timeless and romantic sights, sounds and scenes. The hotel’s interior incorporates elements of nature to create a one-of-a-kind, yet timeless look. The hotel’s architecture features the rich, deep color finishes of a Tuscan farmhouse set against a distinct backdrop, with step-out balconies, plastered vault dome ceilings reminiscent of a 15th century monastery and trickling water over candle-lit brick walls. The second floor of the property boasts the hip “V Bar” - where locals and hotel guests can mingle and take in the breathtaking views of the Riverwalk. Venture up to the third floor and get taken away to another world in the open-air courtyard with Los Angeles-based designer, Dodd Mitchell’s signature reflecting pond, which sits at the base of a dramatic fountain backlit by a rhythmic line of fire. Amenities and More Hotel Valencia features a number of amenities unique to the city, including complimentary high-speed Internet access available throughout the hotel. Technology makes going from curbside to bedside a non-stop trip. All guest rooms feature a posh, custommade, seven-layer “Hotel Valencia Bed,” wrapped in luxurious cotton linens and topped with a downfilled comforter and a lush faux mink throw. Guests can melt into the down-stuffed leather club chair or ottoman and enjoy the 70-channel cable television line-up. Bathrooms come equipped with extra long, shawl collared waffle weave bathrobes and oversized waffle 6

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weave bath sheets. Delectable Dining Citrus, the hotel’s topnotch restaurant, features New American cuisine under the direction of Jeffery Balfour. From Serrano Ham-Wrapped Mahi Mahi to Provencal Herb-encrusted Striped Sea Bass, Balfour adds his own personal touch to all of the menu items. Contact Information For more information on this incredible 213-room, San Antonio Riverwalk hotel, call (210) 227-9700 or visit their website at www.hotelvalencia.com.

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Experience a Texas Gem

Beaumont, Texas

eaumont was put on the map with Spindletop and is known for its oil history and heritage. But with a little bit of Cajun and a whole lot of Texas spirit, Beaumont is a city you must experience to understand why locals are just so dang proud to live here. Think gorgeous southern homes & friendly Texans, lush greenery & cool flowing waters, famous country musicians & food festivals, shopping & fine dining. This is Texas like nowhere else. History and Heritage The Lucas Gusher discovered in Beaumont in 1901 is affectionately called “Spindletop,” and prompted an oil boom in America unlike any the country had ever seen before. Overnight, thousands of sightseers, fortune seekers, and “boomers” poured into Beaumont as news of the discovery spread. Flowing at nearly 100,000 barrels a day, the oil discovery ushered in the industrial revolution giving rise to major petroleum companies, many of which are still in business today. Beaumont’s heritage is also visible in our beautifully renovated and historic downtown areas. Museums, historic homes, theatres, trendy restaurants and businesses reside in many of the beautiful historic buildings built with the oil money from Spindletop. New brick paved sidewalks, landscaping and charming street lamps are recent adornments to the downtown area. Music, Art and Culture Many famous musicians have come from Beaumont and Southeast Texas. Some notables are Tracy Byrd and Mark Chesnutt. Other legends include: Janis Joplin, George Jones, The Big Bopper and Blind Willie Johnson. 8

Beaumont has numerous famous artisans, such as Robert Rauschenberg and Keith Carter. In addition, our thriving arts community includes an array of art galleries and studios as well as performing arts venues and organizations. Some of these are the Symphony of Southeast Texas, Beaumont Civic Ballet, Opera Beaumont, The Art Museum of Southeast Texas, Julie Rogers and Jefferson Theatres and others. We’re also known as the “Museum Capital of Texas”. With 19 museums, we have more museums per capita than any other city in the State of Texas… and that’s big! Food and Festivals Beaumont is on the border of Louisiana and boasts some of the best food! With a mix of both Texas & Cajun cultures, we offer visitors delicious crawfish dishes, ettouffe, boudain, jambalaya, gumbo and some of the best BBQ in the state! Beaumont is also known for its fairs and festivals. From the YMBL South Texas State Fair, to Dogtober Fest, to the variety of food festivals hosted each year, there’s always something happening for out-oftowners to enjoy. Nature and Outdoors With such a rich oil history, many are surprised at the abundance of nature in southeast Texas. Beaumont is on the border of the Gulf of Mexico and to our north is the lush Big Thicket National Preserve which is a haven for birders, canoe enthusiasts, hikers and eco-tourists, campers and fisherman. The Neches River also flows through downtown Beaumont where visitors can take guided boat rides aboard the Cardinal Riverboat. Beaumont really is Texas like no where else. Visit: www.beaumontcvb.com for more information. www.thehotelguide.com

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Four Seasons - Houston Texas Luxury at it’s Finest

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n the heart of downtown Houston’s financial and business districts and just steps from many internationally renowned cultural destinations, Four Seasons resonates with the cosmopolitan elegance and refined Southern charm that characterize Houston. A $25 Million Facelift In June 2010, Four Seasons Hotel Houston completed a three-year, $25-million renovation project that encompassed four areas of the hotel – guest rooms, the pool, the lobby, and the hotel’s exclusive apartments, Four Seasons Place. The 20-story tower of the Five-star Four Seasons Hotel Houston features 404 well-appointed guest rooms, including 103 luxury suites and 12 specialty suites. The residential atmosphere mixes traditional and contemporary décor to reflect the urban elegance and easy Southern charm of the city. Extra-large bay windows showcase city and pool views. Designed to ensure complete peace of mind, all luxury accommodations feature comfortable furnishings, a signature Four Seasons bed, a flat-panel television and a CD/DVD player. Pampering marble bathrooms include a tub and shower combination. To ensure maximum productivity, all rooms are equipped with a spacious executive desk, wireless Internet access, dual-line telephones, and connections for a fax machine and computer equipment. Leave the bustle of the city behind and begin a journey to relaxation and rejuvenation. Relax at the Spa... The Spa at Four Seasons Hotel Houston features a variety of massages, body treatments and facials to help nurture the body, melt away tension and calm the spirit. Get whisked away to a relaxing place. The Spa features a private couple’s suite, as well as men’s and women’s locker rooms. Before or after your treatment, enjoy our dry saunas or whirlpool, or simply take advantage of our complimentary amenities that are available for our guests. 10

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Vinoteca Quattro Located on the third floor, this exciting new wine bar offers a comfortable respite from the hotel’s bustling downtown location. Adjoining Quattro restaurant, Vinoteca Quattro features vivid lighting, red leather banquette seating and more than 50 feet of solid granite bar top. The restaurant’s signature floor-to-ceiling silver beads create a secluded retreat for guests. Contact Information For more information on this incredible Houston property, visit their website at www.fourseasons.com/houston. www.thehotelguide.com

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an Antonio has long been known for incredible Mexican food and for the past 20 years, Aldaco’s has kept up the tradition. Founded by it’s namesake, Blanca Aldaco, the restaurant has won many awards for their food, delectable desserts, tasty margaritas and unforgettable ambiance. After launching the original Aldaco’s near Sunset Station and subsequently moving into the facility adjacent to the Alamodome, the restaurant has earned local, regional and national acclaim. Appetizers with a Flare If you are looking for little bit everything then you must try “La Botana” which comes with two quesadillas al carbòn, three flautas, four fried cream jalapeños, four bean & cheese nachos,guacamole and sour cream. As you gear up for dinner, the choices range from incredi-

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ble enchiladas to steaks to freshly-prepared seafood. Try the incomparable, Chile Relleno or their scrumptious Fish Tacos. Aldaco’s also offers a Gluten-Free and Celiac menu for their guests. Delectable Desserts Your dining experience isn’t complete without a serving of Blanca’s famous Original Pastel Tres Leches dessert. It is sinfully delicious and melts in your mouth. Another “dessert” that Aldaco’s is known for are their award-winning margaritas. You have to try the infamous Avacado Margarita or the Margarita Pour Off winner. Either way, if you love these tasty treats, Aldaco’s has the answer. Groups The restaurant also has a private dining room that holds up to 100 guests for those intimate gatherings. For more info, visit www.aldacos-stoneoak.com.

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Conroe, Texas

CONROE, TEXAS

Discover the “Urban Jewel ” in the Piney Woods

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orth of Houston, nestled in the beautiful Piney Woods of Texas, a great destination anticipates your visit. Conroe, a wonderful blend of nature, history, the arts, and recreation, creates a perfect vacation for you and your family. Nature For those travelers who want to get away from the city, Conroe offers a multitude of opportunities to escape into the wilderness. Secluded hiking trails to explore are in the Sam Houston State National Forest and the W. Goodrich Jones State Forest including the 120 mile long Lone Star Hiking Trail. Nature in Conroe represents the perfect place for family trips, filled with great camping areas, hunting, fishing, and much more. East Texas, blessed with an abundance of unique bird species ranging anywhere from the intricate melodies of the dainty Winter Wren to the magnificence of the mighty Bald Eagle, engages any traveler whether you are a seasoned nature tourist or just want to explore a little. Conroe has the adventure you are looking for. Download our Birding Brochure here. History & Arts Continue your adventure and walk among the historic buildings in Conroe’s Downtown Historic District. Visitors to Downtown Conroe can stroll through art galleries, attend one of the many annual festivals, see a play at the Crighton or Owen Theatre, or have drinks with friends at a local pub or restaurant. Complete the cultural experience by celebrating Texas History at our new Lone Star Monument and Historical Flag Park, featuring a 14ft. bronze statue of “The Texian,” a common soldier who fought in the Texas Revolution of 1836, and the 13 flags flown as Texas won her independence. Visit the Texas Flag Park website for more information. 14

Recreation Lake Conroe, one of the most popular recreational lakes in the Houston area, enhances the excitement of boating, jet skiing, water skiing, and swimming when it comes to 22,000 acres of beautiful blue and open water. Beaming with catfish, white and hybrid striped bass, largemouth bass, crappie, and bluegill, makes fishing on Lake Conroe an angler’s delight. Entertainment After a day of outdoor adventure, head downtown for some of the best entertainment in the state of Texas for live music at the Corner Pub or visit the historic Crighton Theatre for the Sounds of Texas Music Series. Performances include a wide variety of undiscovered artists as well as nationally known performers. Visit the Sounds of Texas Music Series website for information on the 2012 season schedule. We invite you to come discover the “Urban Jewel in the Piney Woods.” Plan your visit, download our Visitors Guide, or call 1-877-426-6763 for more information. www.thehotelguide.com

We are a delightful blend of nature, history, arts and recreation nestled in the Piney Woods of East Texas. Visit our Website and print a Visitors Guide, Visi call us or order one online and we’ll mail it to you.

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Hotel Sorella

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ometimes you need to just take a step back and take it all in. That is exactly how you feel when you walk into the new Hotel Sorella at CityCentre. Just heading to the front desk to check in you can’t help but feel overwhelmed with customer service and an impeccable array of decor. Rooms to Make You say, “WOW” The Hotel Sorella obviously prides itself on the guest experience and completely delivers that and more. When you enter your rooms you are greeted by pristine floors, bedding and decor. The property has 244 contemporary guestrooms, including 30 suites and yes, even a Presidential Suite for the A-List. Each room is fitted with its own customdesigned Hotel Sorella bed - making your sleeping experience even that much more dreamy! Guests can expect goose down pillows, luxurious Egyptian cotton bed and bath linens and plush terry robes in each room. For the business traveler or one that just needs to stay connected to the world, each room is also equipped with complimentary wireless, high-speed Internet access along with an MP3 compatible, plasma flat-screen television. Making Your Visit an “Experience” The Hotel Sorella has a wealth of amenities on site and within the confines of the rising CityCentre. Guests can be amazed at the memorable outdoor pool that overlooks the CityCentre plaza and adjoins to “The Monnalisa”, which is a stylish bar and lounge and a must-see spot for a drink. Guests can also embellish in the lobby lounge wine and espresso bar or partake in Bistro Alex and Cafe Rose by acclaimed restaurateur Alex Brennan-Martin. And if health and well16

ness is in your cards, the property has access to some of the finest spa and fitness facilities around. A Place to Meet The Hotel Sorella has approximately 18,000 squarefeet of meeting space, including two private and elegant Hotel Sorella VIP Boardrooms. With the Norris Conference Center adjoined to the hotel by a glass skywalk, the property can offer a 7,800 square-foot ballroom and a 5,200 squarefoot meeting room that features state-of-the-art lighting and sound, plus high-speed Internet access throughout. This partnership allows for half day or full day meetings, exhibitions, weddings, receptions and other special events. Contact Information For more information on this incredible 244-room hotel in CityCentre, call (866) 842-0100 or visit their website at www.hotelsorella.com. www.thehotelguide.com

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It’s Bigger than Ever

Texas Shopping

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hopping in Texas is as big and exciting as its scenic vistas and rich cultural history. No matter what type of shopping experience travelers are seeking, they are sure to find it in the Lone Star State’s premier shopping malls, historic small towns or hip urban shopping districts. From high-end couture to outlet centers to antique treasures, Texas has it all. And with dynamic shopping packages available through ShopAmericaTours.com, including Fabulous Shopping & Dallas Arts, Art Lovers Escape (Fort Worth), Cowgirl Chic! (Fort Worth) and more, the Texas shopping experience is further heightened. All packages offer discounts and special attraction passes throughout Texas. Big City Shopping Dallas is home to more shopping centers per capita than any other city in the country, featuring the original Neiman Marcus and two premier shopping centers - NorthPark Center and the Dallas Galleria. Nearby, Fort Worth embraces its cowboy heritage with M.L. Leddy custom boot makers and the shops of The Fort Worth Stockyards National Historic District, where western wear is a specialty. Located north of Dallas, the Allen Premium Outlets feature 100 stores and premier brands. On the Gulf Coast, Houston is home to the Houston Galleria, which has established itself as the city’s number one shopping and tourist destination, with more than 24 million annual visitors to its more than 375 fine stores and restaurants. Houston’s newest outlet shop18

Rock Premium Outlets feature 125 stores and premier brands. In San Marcos, less than an hour south of Austin, the San Marcos Outlet Mall draws more than 9 million annual visitors to its more than 130 brand names. Also less than an hour from Austin is San Antonio, where visitors will fill their days at some of the city’s famous historic sites, shopping along the River Walk, strolling the Shops of La Cantera, and picking up unique Mexican crafts at El Mercado. El Paso is full of historic missions, exotic shopping and a bounty of great food. The Galeria San Ysidro offers a shopping adventure with three floors of unique boutiques in downtown El Paso, where visitors will find everything from wire bird cages to wooden hutches. El Paso is also home to Rocketbuster Boots, world-renowned for its handmade custom boots and famous clientele. The open-air Outlet Shoppes at El Paso offer a wide variety of fashion, home goods and furnishings. Town Squares and Street Shopping Some of the most unique shopping in the Lone Star State can be found in quaint town squares and along main streets of Texas small towns. Southwest of Fort Worth, Granbury offers a slice of Americana with shops galore surrounding the picturesque Hood County courthouse. Nestled between Dallas and Fort Worth, historic downtown Grapevine offers sophisticated charm and antique shopping, while the nearby Grapevine Mills Mall

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ping center, Houston Premium Outlets, offers shoppers a wide variety of designer fashions and bargains. Nearby options include the Katy Mills Mall and The Woodlands Town Center, and just minutes from The Woodlands, the Outlets at Conroe. This convenient, open-air shopping center offers extraordinary savings and exceptional quality. Austin’s hip area of South Congress Avenue, or SoCo, offers smalllabel designer clothing boutiques, folk art, vintage goods, western wear and antiques. While enjoying downtown Austin, shoppers can explore the Second Street District full of trendy boutiques, salons, and one-of-a-kind restaurants. For upscale shops, The Domain brings shoppers Austin’s first Neiman Marcus, Louis Vuitton and Sur La Table. And 20 minutes north of Austin, the Round www.thehotelguide.com

is a shopper’s delight, with over 1.6 million TEXAS square feet and nearly 200 retail stores to choose from. Southeast of Dallas, the town of Canton hosts monthly outdoor trade days, bringing thousands of vendors from across the country to turn this friendly community into a shopper’s paradise of rare antiques and collectibles, furniture, fine home decor, arts and crafts, clothing, jewelry, tools, produce, and much more. South of Waco, the charming town of Salado features a fascinating variety of shops - art galleries, antiques, crafts and women’s fashions. Several outstanding craftsmen and artists also reside in Salado. The town of Fredericksburg has long been a hot spot for main street shopping. The town’s Hauptstrasse (or main street) is home to an eclectic collection of over 150 specialty shops, antiques, boutiques and more. The combination of German cultural influences and beautiful hill country scenery makes Fredricksburg tough to beat. In Mercedes, Texas – located in the heart of the Rio Grande Valley and only 20 minutes from the Mexican border – Rio Grande Valley Premium Outlets feature 140 stores and premium brands. Whether you are seeking the perfect antique, the perfect outfit, or just looking for a great deal, travelers in Texas will find shopping fun across the Lone Star State. For a list of shopping packages in Texas, visit www.ShopAmericaTours.com/Texas.

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A Bed of Roses

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yler has long been known for the excitement and pageantry of the Texas Rose Festival. This year, the Tyler community will come together to offer a month of activities and workshops to celebrate the flower that put Tyler on the map through the 2nd annual Rose Season. Rose Season spans from October 7-23 with a myriad of attractions and activities every weekend. The most notable and historic of these activities is the 78th annual Texas Rose Festival. Texas Rose Festival takes place October 1315. Activities include the Texas Rose Festival Show, Texas Rose Festival Coronation, Texas Rose Festival Queen’s Tea, and of course the popular Texas Rose Festival Parade. Last year was the inaugural year for Rose Season in Tyler and was widely attended and applauded throughout the community. So much so that the organizers have chosen to keep Rose Season as an annual event and hope to continue to grow the activities and community involvement associated. In 2010, Rose Season brought an estimated economic impact to Tyler of over 2 million dollars. Events surrounding Texas Rose Festival in its first year brought into Tyler an estimated 20,000 tourists, in excess of those attending Texas Rose Festival Events. Rose Season was created to offer more options for tourists who not only wanted to experience the history of Texas Rose Festival, but also sample more other attractions which make Tyler unique. Texas Rose Festival In 1933, during the height of the Great Depression, a group of Tyler civic and community leaders decided to create a festival to showcase Tyler’s rose industry. Thanks to the Oil Boom, Tyler had been somewhat insulated from the reality much of the rest of the country was experiencing. Tyler had real cause to celebrate, so 20

was born the Texas Rose Festival known in the beginning as the Tyler Rose Festival. The annual festivities were quickly adopted and word of the elaborate gowns and awing roses spread statewide. As the years progressed, The Texas Rose Festival played host to multiple dignitaries, First Ladies, and future presidents and gained much national attention. Today, tourists come from all over to be a part of Texas history and participate in this annual celebration. Texas Rose Season, 2011 Tyler celebrates Rose Season with an abundance of activities from family fun to educational and cultural events to horticultural workshops. Throughout the month of October, Tyler’s calendar is overflowing with opportunities. Some activities include wine tastings, disk golf tournament, concerts, marathon, renaissance festival, cooking classes, museum tours, numerous nature activities, self guided and guided rose garden tours, and much more. To see an electronic brochure of upcoming activities please visit www.tylerroseseason.com. www.thehotelguide.com

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Natural Bridge Caverns A True State of Attraction

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here is always something fun for everyone epitomizes your trip to Natural Bridge Caverns. This family-owned attraction is an opportunity to combine education and fun all into one magical journey. Situated minutes from San Antonio, Texas, this state historical site has an array of things to do for everyone. The Discovery Tour Here you can discover incredible underground chambers that are filled with spectacular formations on a guided tour along paved, lighted pathways. On your journey, expect temperatures in the Cavern to be 70 degrees with high humidity. Illuminations Tour This unique tour combines the essence of light and dark as you explore two huge underground chambers that are dramatically illuminated by a state-ofthe-art lighting system. On your tour, you will see some of the most rare formations found in Natural Bridge Caverns. Experience the sensation of total darkness on this 70-minute tour. Adventure Tours This is the perfect opportunity for all adventure-seekers out there. Guests can partake in one of two unique Adventure Tours - the Discovery Adventure Tour or the Hidden Passages Adventure Tour. Both of these unique tours offer guests the ultimate in being real-life explorers. You get to experience the same path created by the original explorers. The paths wind across the floor of the cave and are covered with loose rocks, mud and some formations. The tour includes walking, climbing and crawling. 22

Natural Bridge Caverns provides all the necessities to enjoy this once-in-a-lifetime adventure, including all caving gear, harness, helmet, headlamp, rappelling gear, spare batteries, spare light and water. Advance reservations are required for both Adventure Tours. Natural Bridge Mining Company This new addition to the attraction gives guests the opportunity to pan for gems and minerals just as miners once did in their search for gold at Texas’ largest sluice. Once guests pan for gems and minerals, they also identify their finds at one of the assay stations, or by using an identification chart. Watchtower Challenge The new climbing tower named after the tallest formation in the Caverns, The Watchtower, stands 50 feet tall and features two climbing surfaces along with two 350-foot zip lines. The zip lines allow guests to glide from the top of the structure in a matter of seconds. Contact Us For more information on pricing, advance reservations, etc....please call (210) 651-6101 or visit them at www.naturalbridgecaverns.com. www.thehotelguide.com

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limestone deposited by mineral springs. The lake was formed when a geological fault caused the lake bed to drop away from the valley floor above. The water flowing into the lake is called Bridal Veil Falls. Before heading back down take the short rocky trail to Sprouting Rock, which was formed from centuries of water dissolving a passage through the limestone to create a spectacular waterfall out of a sheer cliff wall. There’s no swimming or fishing but you can walk into the caves underneath the falls at Hanging Lake or Spouting Rock if you want to cool off. Near Aspen is the Maroon-Snowmass Trail. If you want to hike the whole thing, it’s an 11 mile hike over the saddle to Crested Butte. But you can do a shorter www.thehotelguide.com

hike to Crater Lake. Start at Maroon Lake, which was created by an Ice-age glacier. Most high altitude lakes were created that way. The hike from Maroon Lake to Crater Lake is about 1.5 miles. There are a few short steep inclines along the way but the views are worth it. You will get amazing views of the Maroon Bells, which are considered the most photographed peaks in Colorado. There are so many incredible drives to check out fall foliage. Here are a couple of the most popular: Guanella Pass Scenic and Historic Byway: From the historic town of Georgetown on I-70, take this rambling route south to find pockets of aspen and high-altitude nirvana. Highest elevation on Guanella Pass is 11,699 feet. The aspens are more prevalent on the southern side of the pass. Once you reach Grant, turn right on US 285 and take the highway for 15 minutes to the top of Kenosha Pass, where on the slopes that encircle South Park, the aspens thrive. Trail Ridge Road (US 34) through Rocky Mountain National Park: Take US 36 through Estes Park to the Rocky Mountain National Park. Once in park, drive the highest paved road in the contiguous 48 states. One tip, check the weather forecast as the weather and road conditions can www.thehotelguide.com

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Grand Hyatt New York Lavish updates abound

ituated in the heart of Manhattan adjacent to Grand Central Terminal, Grand Hyatt New York ushers in a new era with the final phase of its $130 million renovation to transform the guest experience. The hotel boasts redesigned guestrooms, a new restaurant, a refreshed lobby and mezzanine level, creative new social event spaces, a revitalized ballroom, and the innovative gourmet grab-and-go food concept called Market. This past November, more than 150 newly redesigned rooms, spanning two floors of the hotel, became available for guests. As the renovation continues through 2011, the new guestrooms and suites will become available floor-byfloor until all 1,311 rooms have been renovated. New York Central, the highly anticipated new bar and restaurant of Grand Hyatt New York, opened in mid-November and is the only restaurant in New York located above a sidewalk. Several coveted tables appear to float above the street as the city’s excitement passes below. Chef Christian Ragano, who joins the restaurant from Park Hyatt Chicago’s famed NoMI, offers a diverse menu inspired by the flavors of Western Europe. “The renovation of Grand Hyatt New York represents a rebirth, reshaping the legacy of this historic hotel,” said Matthew Adams, Area Vice President - New York for Hyatt Hotels & Resorts. “With the new room designs and New York Central, our new look and feel will exceed expectations of the most discerning travelers, bringing a fresh travel experience to our New York landmark.” Several world-renowned design and architecture firms are collaborating on the transformation of Grand Hyatt New York. The architecture and design firm Bentel & Bentel designed the new lobby, New York Central, Market, and the new meeting rooms. The firm is known

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for its contemporary design approach and its work on New York trendsetting restaurants such as The Modern and Eleven Madison Park, in addition to several major hotel projects. The new guestrooms and Empire Ballroom were designed by noted hospitality interior design firm Looney & Associates, whose portfolio includes resorts and hotels around the world. Introducing New Guestrooms: A Decidedly Residential Feel Inside each new room at Grand Hyatt New York, refined hues, lush textures and engaging artwork evoke the mood of a sleek, modern Manhattan residence. The minimalist décor creates a calming sanctuary, far from the hustle and bustle of Manhattan’s heart beating below in the city’s iconic epicenter – Grand Central Terminal. Rather than treating the guestroom as a grouping of individual furnishings placed together, the Looney & Associates approach is to compile a bespoke collection of articles, each dependent upon the other for their purpose and composition. The result is a gracious haven where both leisure and corporate guests can feel comfortable, relaxed, and at home. Warm indirect lighting illuminates tailored furnishings that reinforce the contemporary aesthetic and design in the guestrooms. Australian walnut complements the rooms’ textiles, which entwine tweed, leather, cashmere, and brushed silk in shades of taupe, champagne and plum. The guestroom design deliberately and seamlessly integrates art into the space. In lieu of a conventional head board, the guestroom wall becomes a canvas for Per Fronth, a Norwegian artist whose imagery captures the soul of New York – from the shimmer of twilight to the mystery of night - a dream of the city. Each guestroom configuration offers a distinctive, functional layout that takes full advantage of the hotel’s singular architecture. The largest rooms will be www.thehotelguide.com

converted to VIP suites with design elements that include espresso tinted walnut, expansive glass enclosed showers and opulent lounge areas that reinforce the residential character of the new design. A Bold New Restaurant: New York Central New York Central brings a new sophistication to Grand Hyatt New York, appealing to global travelers and local New Yorkers. The restaurant, designed by Bentel & Bentel, is nearly 6,000 sq. ft. and welcomes guests from two entrances – a grand blue granite staircase or the dedicated elevator located in the lower lobby. Inside, a stunning custom chandelier suspended above the entire space accentuates the curve of the bar and soar over the lounge, casting a twinkling glow visible from the street and lobby below. The illuminated white bar is a centerpiece that can be seen from 42nd Street and incorporates seating around the entire bar. The wine gallery features a 30-foot glass art panel by Per Fronth. The lounge at New York Central features comfortable seating covered in warm gray leathers with white accents and dining-height tables – furniture highly conducive to light bites and cocktails. Silver-gray wooden tables and leather seating adorn the dining room space, and a special Chef’s table will offer an elevated view into the open kitchen. Each table is accented by adjustable lights flowing from the main chandelier. Large parties and private gatherings enjoy a dining area tucked away from the main dining room. A Truly Inspiring Sense of Arrival – The New Lobby at Grand Hyatt New York Signifying a true transformation from the moment of arrival, Bentel & Bentel is creating a new lobby space, set to debut in the spring of 2011, which will incorporate museum quality art. Two large sculptures will bring excitement to the space – one resting in the entrance water wall and another adjacent to the front reception area. A leather seating area will welcome guests to gather for impromptu meetings or to enjoy food from nearby Market. Softly lit screens will form a backdrop for the brightly lit guest check-in desk stations. Spanning across the lobby, columns will be bathed in a warm brown color and the ceiling lighting will transition from day to night, creating the natural colors of a sky overhead. Taking Events to the Next Level Gallery On Lex, an inventive new social catering event area will debuted in spring of 2011 in the space previously occupied by Commodore Grill. The 4,400 sq. ft. space will boast a central entry surrounded by artwork, leather furniture and a cream-colored stone floor. Not to be confused with a typical hotel meeting www.thehotelguide.com

NY room, the venue will feature flexible space that will flow into a central zone with wood floors and stone counters, allowing guests to socialize and interact with the hotel’s culinary team. The front area offers multi-functional seating for breakout meetings or pre-dinner events. Two “pavilions” within the space are clad in the tropical timber, wenge, and walnut woods with a rich colored striped carpet and wood floors, as well as a front wall configured of glass with sheer and blackout curtains. Meet Market: Innovative Grab-and-Go Reinventing Room Service A gourmet “grab-and-go” concept in the main lobby, Market offers the best of New York’s tastes and treats 24-hours-a-day to the Grand Central neighborhood. Market offers locally sourced essentials for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks, including hot meals, sandwiches, beer and wine. Featured New York favorites include items from Roasting Plant, Tisserie, Chickalicious and Macaron Café NYC. The hotel continues to offer traditional room service, while this new food and beverage experience caters to the changing needs of today’s travelers. Guests who crave a quick, healthy meal when arriving from a late flight enjoy the ease of Market, as well as visitors seeking high-quality food choices in Midtown. The glowing blue columns and white tile cladding of Market complement the interiors of the lobby area, drawing guests across the generous lobby to this bustling new area. The color scheme creates a feeling of an exterior window wall beyond the lobby. Inside Market, the space features a floating concrete counter, while blackened steel stand-up tables offer space for quick bites under a metal ceiling lit with blue hues. Empire Ballroom Strikes Back The Empire Ballroom renovation kicked off Grand Hyatt New York’s transformation earlier this year and is again welcoming Presidents, royalty and celebrities alike. Originally built in 1917, the restoration of the Empire Ballroom, its storied history and prime location has made it one of the most desirable venues in the U.S. The 18,000 square foot space accommodates 100 to 1,500 guests and can be elegantly divided into five salons. Special touches of the Ballroom include metal grillwork reminiscent of the legendary windows in Grand Central Terminal and original tin tiling throughout, respecting and enhancing the historic nature of the venue. The spectacular chandeliers are comprised of 7,000 individual hand-blown pieces of art glass creating a “champagne cloud,” which gives the ballroom a sense of contemporary New York style. Visit www.grandnewyork.hyatt.com or call 1-800-2331234. 29


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Palms Hotel & Spa

“Jewel of the Desert”

A Florida Ocean-Front Escape he Palms Hotel & Spa is committed to making a positive impact on the environment. Through a property-wide initiative coined the Inspired by Nature Program, The Palms has implemented new policies and procedures to promote water and energy conservation, recycling, and reducing consumption of natural resources. The bottom line, management is paying attention and taking necessary steps toward preserving the environment, both social and natural. South Florida Exclusiveness One of South Florida’s most exclusive independently owned hotels, The Palms achieved an honorable designation from the state of Florida’s Green Lodging Program. The Green Lodging Program awards Florida hotels, motels, resorts and bed & breakfasts that have demonstrated a commitment to succeed in protecting Florida’s natural resources. Examples of how this is done include a towel and linen reuse program, high energy efficient lighting in 100% of the hotel’s guest rooms and an aggressive recycling program throughout the hotel and in guest rooms. The hotel also uses high efficiency air filters, environmentally friendly cleaning products, and reusable versus disposable products. In addition, the hotel’s marketing collateral and stationery (i.e. letterhead, envelopes, brochures) are printed with soy ink on recycled paper. The Palms Hotel & Spa draws upon the natural beauty of the property’s location featuring the soft hues of sand, sea and their tropical gardens. Natural elements are incorporated into the décor, amenities, spa, salon and the hotel’s culinary philosophy, ‘natural gourmet dining’. The signature restaurant, Essensia, offers seasonal menus featuring fresh wholesome ingredients combined with the high quality natural

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meats and sustainable fish to create light dishes that are bursting with flavor. With over 8,000 square feet of meeting space, the property accommodates all types of events, from intimate board meetings, incentive groups and large conferences to weddings, bridal showers, birthdays and anniversary celebrations. In addition to more traditional catering options, The Palms has developed a series of ‘natural gourmet’ banquet menus and meeting breaks that are based on healthful ingredients from mainly organic and local sources. A nutritious approach to gourmet cuisine created by Executive Chef Frank Jeannetti, The Palms offers fare that is good for the body and the environment. AVEDA Spa The hotel also houses an AVEDA destination spa dedicated to nurturing guests with highly personalized experiences and rituals influenced by ancient Ayurvedic holistic philosophy. The Palms Spa fully subscribes to AVEDA’s mission “to care for the world we live in” by offering treatments in an environment where beauty works in harmony with “the greater web of life and with nature”. The Palms Spa offers a wide range of massage, skin care and body treatments as well as nail and hair care, waxing and make-up services at the full-service beauty salon. The complete line of AVEDA products, along with the vegan luxury nail care line SpaRitual, is available for purchase in the spa retail area. Contact Us In a nutshell, The Palms Hotel & Spa consistently works towards being an industry innovator in the green movement. The AAA Four Diamond property is a member of Preferred Hotels & Resorts as well as Epoque Hotels. For reservations or further information, please call 800.550.0505 or visit www.thepalmshotel.com

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he fall is a perfect time to spend with a legend. The Arizona Biltmore has been one of America’s legendary resorts for 82 years, celebrated for its distinctive Frank Lloyd Wrightstyle architecture, luxurious facilities, storied history and famous clientele of Hollywood movie stars and titans of business and politics. And a getaway to the “Jewel of the Desert” in fall is ideal because the summer heat fades to perfect days of warm sunshine and cool nights. And there’s so much to enjoy in the warm Arizona sun at the Biltmore. Spectacular Paradise Pool There are eight swimming pools to choose from including the spectacular Paradise Pool. It’s actually three different pools in one, of varying size and depth, featuring a 92-foot waterslide, in-water bar and dining, a poolside restaurant, as well as poolside games and activities. Guests can opt to enhance their poolside experience with a spacious private cabana offering everything from a private bathroom, misters and a refrigerator to such amenities as bottled water and refreshing sorbet treats. Championship Golf Two 18-hole championship golf courses, The Links and Adobe, are set in the shadow of the impressive peaks of Phoenix Mountain Preserve. Golfers also enjoy driving and chipping ranges and a putting green, plus an 18-hole putting course that snakes through the resort’s grounds and is free of charge. Acclaimed Spa The award-winning spa is recognized for its extensive, all-natural menu of healing and restorative treatments and therapies drawn from many countries and cultures – from medieval China to contemporary Europe to the Native American tribes of the local Sonoran Desert.

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the Southwest, warm themselves on gigantic granite boulders. Jackrabbits and deer make their homes amid the desert landscape. Towering saguaro cacti reach for the blue sky. And the sun’s rays encourage wildflowers to bloom in vivid shades of magenta, gold and lavender. This is life at The Boulders today and as it has been for centuries. From its environmentally sound development to world-class golf and Golden Door® Spa, The Boulders is a compelling destination. Nature-lover’s Paradise Named for the 12-million-year-old granite boulder formations that dot the landscape, The Boulders is situated on 1,300 acres in the Sonoran Desert foothills of Carefree, Ariz. A nature -lover’s paradise, the terrain and plant life have been left virtually untouched to allow indigenous plant and wildlife such as saguaros, mesquite, palo verde trees, coyotes, and deer to prosper. The resort’s dramatic and innovative architecture blends with the surrounding desert landscape. Stonecolored adobe-style structures are grouped in low-rise clusters throughout the property. Like a mirage, the resort seems to have emerged from the Sonoran Desert, an offspring of the ancient boulders. Environmental groups have repeatedly acknowledged the resort’s eco-friendly design. The Boulders has earned the Urban Land Institute’s Environmental Award of Excellence and the Valley Forward Association’s Crescordia Award of 32

Environmental Excellence, among others. Distinctive Interior The resort’s distinctive Southwestern interiors also provide a sense of place. When guests arrive at The Boulders, they enter the main lodge through massive entry doors crafted from four different hand-rubbed woods. Niches in the lobby walls display fine Native American crafts and original regional art by renowned artists. Glass skylights and large fireplaces provide warmth and light

to complete the ambience. Awesome Casitas The Southwestern motif is carried through in the resort’s 160 guest casitas as well. These spacious units feature hand-hewn wood-beamed ceilings with fans, wood-burning fireplaces, wet bars, large dressing and bathroom areas, and private patios or decks overlooking the sun-streaked desert or emerald-green golf course. Earth-tone furnishings, glazed tile, Indian artifacts and regional art complete the effect. Resort guests can also choose from 60 one-, two- and threebedroom patio homes and a new 5,000 sq. foot Villa Retreat. Just as the resort’s architecture and interior design are in keeping with its Southwestern locale, so is its cuisine. The six restaurants range from elegant to casual and feature innovative, Southwestern cuisine made from the freshest local ingredients and the resort’s Organic Garden. Care is taken to prepare dishes in

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a wholesome and healthy manner, and low-calorie spa cuisine is offered as an alternative for weight-conscious guests. The Discovery Lounge and 24-hour room service is also available. Golf... Carefully placed within the midst of this desert hideaway are amenities that afford guests unparalleled recreational options. Two Jay Morrishdesigned championship golf courses provide 36 holes of challenging golf. The courses are considered some of the most demanding in the Southwest, and are known for their rugged beauty and breathtaking panoramas. They continuously receive numerous awards including Golf magazine’s “Platinum Medal” award and Golf Digest’s “America’s 25 Best Resort Courses.” Spa Anyone? The Golden Door Spa at The Boulders reflects the integrity and spirit of the original Golden Door in Escondido, Calif. Blending Eastern and Western influences in its architectural design, healing methods, treatments and philosophies, the 33,000 sq. ft. Spa offers 24 spaces in which an array of treatments, including those incorporating indigenous herbs and rituals, can be enjoyed. The Golden Door Spa at The Boulders also features a labyrinth (a path to tranquility); an authentic Tipi; a fitness center; movement studio and

AZ classroom for wellness lectures; Vichy treatment rooms; hydrotherapy tubs; separate facial, couple’s massage, and shiatsu rooms; a yoga studio; tea room; full-service salon and spa café. Bamboo accents, hand-sculptured water fountains, aromatic candles and Japanese gardens reflect the Golden Door’s Asian influences, while artwork by local artisans, cool desert coloring and indigenous plantings pay homage to the Southwest. Adventure? For the adventurous, The Boulders’ concierge staff will arrange hotair ballooning, gliding, mountain biking, moonlight bicycling, hiking tours, bi-plane flights, horseback rides, desert jeep and Grand Canyon tours. Rock climbing clinics are also available through the Golden Door Spa. Other resort amenities include el Pedregal shops and dining at the Boulders offering one-of-a-kind boutiques, art galleries and restaurants. Contact Us The Boulders Resort is located 33 miles from Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport, and transportation may be arranged in advance through the resort concierge. For more information or reservations, contact The Boulders at (866) 397-6520 or (480) 488-9009 or visit www.TheBoulders.com.

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Key West

A Team Cocktail Kind of Town

by: Lyndsey Huggins

t doesn’t get more Caribbean in the US than Key West. As you drive down the Keys from Miami you can start to feel yourself become more relaxed, you kick the shoes off for flip flops and turn Jimmy Buffett on the radio. The water is a beautiful shade of turquoise blue, the bridges that take you from island to island show that they have a story to tell and once you get to Key West your mind has escaped from reality. While there are many “must do” things in Key West like watch the sunset at Mallory Square, visit Hemingway’s mansion, get a picture at Southernmost Point and eat conch we’re not going to bore you with those. No, we’re gonna get right down to what we think is the most fun thing to do in Key West, bar hop! Duval Street is lined with bars and while we love many of the bars on Duval there are several off the beaten path that deserve a stop as well. So pour a cocktail and read on to find out Team Cocktail’s favorite bars in Key West.

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bill you get a free Team Cocktail t-shirt! 3) Virgilios - Not a rum drinker or looking for something a little more classy? Well then a must stop is Virgilios, Key West’s premier martini bar. From the outside it might not look like much but the inside of Virgilios is classic, classy and relaxing! Enjoy one of their 10 oz martinis, which are delicious, and listen to some live music which they feature every night. Tip: Tell Pip hello from Team Cocktail! 4) Irish Kevin’s - This is one of the most popular bars in Key West and for good reason. No matter what time of day it is a party!! Grab a beer, a drink, a shot, whatever you choose but make sure to join in on the fun! Tip: We dare you to take a phone call in front of the musician. 5) Schooner Wharf - Looking to get off Duval Street and hang with the locals? This is the perfect place. The staff is great, it is always packed with locals and they have a great spot right on the water. After a few cocktails in this local favorite you’ll be canceling your flight home! Tip: Take the camera off from around your neck and just enjoy a night with the locals. Now that we’ve set you up with our 5 favorite bars in Key West, it’s time to book your flight, find an inn and get ready to drink some rum! Enjoy your trip to the Keys and remember to Travel Global, Drink Local! No matter where you go or what you do, just have fun and remember…Travel Global, Drink Local! Party with us! www.teamcocktail.com www.facebook.com/teamcocktail www.twitter.com/teamcocktail www.youtube.com/teamcocktail www.thehotelguide.com

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