8 of the Best Hotels in the U.S.

asiseeit_fayette_headshot1As couples and families prepare for their upcoming vacations to some of America’s biggest cities, the daunting task of choosing a quality hotel can be overwhelming. To help with your plans, here are eight of my favorite hotels from the Big Apple to ‘Vegas, Baby!’

New York City
Millennium Broadway Hotel

The Millennium Broadway is perfectly situated in Manhattan’s Times Square and Theater District. Just steps from the Millennium Broadway awaits the energy that is known as New York City. Yet with over six hundred newly decorated rooms, this hotel provides a quiet sense of peace and relaxation with its large, comfortable rooms. The four styles of guest rooms in the Millennium Broadway each offer an ideal place to unwind after a busy day of sightseeing and shopping. With its warm décor, spacious rooms and suites, and numerous amenities, it’s no wonder that many repeat guests of the MillenniumMillennium Broadway Hotel Exterior Broadway call this hotel their ‘home away from home’ when visiting NYC. To add to the Millennium Broadway experience, most of the rooms offer spectacular views of the city, and all guests have access to the hotel’s fitness center on the sixteenth floor.
The Millennium Broadway Hotel also has two dining options within the hotel. The Restaurant Charlotte is quickly becoming one of the most popular restaurants in New York City, with its premiere dining experiences and breakfast options. The Charlotte Bar and Lounge is ideal for those looking for a light lunch or just as a place to relax with their favorite cocktail.
The Millennium Broadway is also connected to the historic Hudson Theater, which is a breathtaking venue for weddings and corporate meetings, with seating for nearly seven hundred. The upscale, family-friendly, Millennium Broadway Hotel is ideally located for those guests looking to hit the town to shop, dine, and sightsee, while providing unparalleled spacious comfort within.   


Miami Beach
Loews Miami Beach Hotel

The Loews Miami Beach Hotel offers its guests luxurious accommodations in the paradise setting of Miami Beach. Located in Miami’s famous South Beach, the white sandy beaches of the Atlantic Ocean invite hotel visitors to unwind and enjoy all that is Miami. Out the front doors of the Loews Miami Beach Hotel is the eclectic and wonderful Collins Avenue. Known for its art deco design, this strip is home to unique dining, premiere shopping, and seemingly unlimited sunshine.
LowesMiamiBeachWith nearly eight hundred guest rooms and suites, the Loews Miami Beach Hotel experience will be like none other on South Beach. The décor of the rooms is subtle, yet absolutely “Miami Beach”. With ocean and cityscape views, each room of this hotel will surely provide long lasting memories. Visitors have a choice of staying in the main hotel building or in the history-filled St. Moritz Tower.
And if lounging poolside or sunbathing on the beach isn’t relaxing enough, perhaps a visit to the onsite Exhale Spa is the answer. Dining at the Loews Miami Beach can be a fantastic experience. The Lure Fishbar, Preston’s, and Sobe Social are all restaurants that offer their own unique menus and atmosphere within the hotel. The Nautilus Bar and Grill and the Hemisphere Lounge also each serve up a lighter menu on a daily basis.


Chicago
The Langham Chicago

Located along the Chicago River, and within walking distance of most Chicago attractions and shopping, The Langham Chicago is the ideal hotel for visitors to The Windy City. The various room styles all have several things in common: views of the Chicago skyline from the large floor to ceiling windows and the luxurious comfort that makes up each room’s décor. With such amenities, it’s obvious why The Langham Chicago is one of the city’s finest hotels.the-langham-chicago
Dining at Travelle, the restaurant, bar and lounge located within The Langham Chicago is a fine dining experience. The menu is seasonal American cuisine, and the atmosphere is warm and relaxing. Visitors can even enjoy afternoon tea inside the hotel’s Pavillion.
At The Langham Chicago, the Chuan Spa, state-of-the-art fitness center, saunas & steam rooms, along with its 67-foot indoor pool all offer up a variety of luxurious accommodations for each of its guests fortunate enough to stay at this Midwest gem.


Boston
XV Beacon

Sitting atop Beacon Hill in historic Boston, the XV Beacon Hotel invites guests to experience luxury at its finest. Outside the XV Beacon’s front door, Boston Common, Faneuil Hall, and the shopping district of Washington St. are just minutes away. Within this Beantown boutique hotel are sixty-three neatly appointed rooms with personalized services that will have guests feeling like millionaires.
fifteen-beaconThe canopy beds and gas fireplaces found in each room at the XV Beacon add to the unique and luxurious surroundings of this Boston hotel. While the rooms are large enough to host small
get-togethers, they are also cozy enough to catch up on any needed rest & relaxation. World-class art work and antique furniture adorning the hallways add to the second-to-none experience of the XV Beacon.
The Beacon’s onsite restaurant, Mooo, is a traditional American steakhouse serving a variety of entrees. Mooo also is open for breakfast, lunch, and Sunday brunch. For private events Mooo has a dining area known as The Wine Cellar. This room is perfect for private parties or events, as guests will be in awe of the collection of wines from around the world. From its location to its upscale accommodations, XV Beacon is one of Boston’s best.


San Francisco
Fairmont Heritage Place, Ghirardelli Square

Fairmont Heritage Place, Ghirardelli Square is located along San Francisco’s famous waterfront. Its location is ideal when getting ready to explore the city.  The quality of service provided to their guests from the Fairmont Heritage Place makes this hotel stand out from all the rest in the region. From making dinner reservations to booking tickets for the many events that San Francisco has to offer, the staff will ensure your stay will be carefree and memorable. Fairmont-Heritage-Place-Ghirardelli-Square-condmominium-sales-management-in-San-Francisco
Fairmont Heritage Place, Ghirardelli Square’s accommodations in San Francisco include one to three bedroom rooms that are spacious and cleanly decorated. A full kitchen, fireplace, large TV and a dining area are all part of each room at the Fairmont Heritage Place. After a day of seeing the Bay Area, this hotel welcomes its guests home to relax with open arms.
The dining choices around the Fairmont Heritage Place, Ghirardelli Square are numerous (and growing). From fabulous seafood to classic southern cuisine, the restaurants in the area are some of the best around. Whether it’s a visit to McCormick and Kuleto’s, The Pub at Ghirardelli Square, or the original Ghirardelli Ice Cream & Chocolate Shop the experience is bound to please.


Houston
St. Regis Hotel

The spectacular St. Regis Houston is located in the center of the exciting city of Houston. Just minutes from the Galleria Houston, the home for luxury shopping and entertainment, the St. Regis Houston is the perfect hotel for visitors looking to explore all this city has to offer.
Long known for their top-notch service, The St. Regis Houston is a breath of true southern hospitality. From booking tickets to stregisHoustonlocal events to making dinner reservations, the staff at the St. Regis Houston make it their duty to have your stay be memorable.
Whether staying in the Superior room, featuring a king or two double beds, or choosing the Junior suite with its bedroom and separate living area, each room at the St. Regis Houston is large and well-decorated. For those looking to stay longer or with a larger group, perhaps booking the Royal or Presidential suite would be in order. These two accommodations are the hotel’s finest rooms which feature multiple bedrooms and separated living and dining areas.
The Remington Restaurant serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner seven days a week within the St. Regis Houston. Its menu is known throughout the Houston area for serving up the finest in American cuisine. The Tea Room offers afternoon tea on Fridays through Sundays, while the St. Regis Houston’s Wine Room is available to reserve for a unique private dining experience.

Savannah
Hyatt Regency Savannah

Location, location, location. That’s one of the many reasons to stay at the Hyatt Regency when visiting the historic city of Savannah, Georgia. Located on Bay Street the Hyatt Regency Savannah offers easy access to the city’s famous historic district. A tour through the city to explore the amazing homes and squares, or shopping and eating at some of the best establishments in the country are all within minutes of the Hyatt Regency Savannah. Guests can even take a ride on a riverboat or hop on the trolley for a history-filled tour of this magnificent city.HyattRegencySavannah
The Hyatt Regency Savannah has many rooms with views of the Savannah River and the famous River Street. The guest rooms are the type of place where visitors can choose to unwind or decide to get a little work done before hitting the town. One of the well-known perks of staying at any Hyatt Regency is the amazing comfort of the Hyatt Grand Bed. These beds are so comfortable guests may have to ‘make’ themselves get up to start their day…… (or not).
For breakfast or lunch the Hyatt Regency Savannah’s Windows restaurant is a fantastic choice, with incredible views of the Savannah River. The Vu Lounge is also located onsite. From cocktails to a light menu, the Vu is a great place to hang out or meet up with friends and family. And Perks is a little café located within the grand lobby of the Hyatt Regency Savannah, serving Starbucks coffee, along with a variety of salads, sandwiches and pastries.


Las Vegas
The Bellagio

Over the past decade Las Vegas has become more family-friendly than ever before. With activities, shopping, and entertainment for all ages, there’s no better time than now to visit “Vegas, Baby!” The Bellagio offers rooms ranging from Resort Rooms featuring queen size beds with city views to ten different types of suites with incredible views and all the accommodations you expect from Vegas.
BellagioFrom world-class entertainment, like “O” Cirque du Soleil, to a casino that is considered by many as the best in the world, The Bellagio has it all. With their state-of-the-art fitness center to their all-encompassing spa, this Vegas hotel will having you feeling your best when it’s time to take on the town.
Five-diamond awarded restaurants are a big part of The Bellagio. From a casual lunch or poolside snack to one of the finest dining experiences in the world, the dozens of onsite restaurants at The Bellagio are sure to amaze even the most hardcore foodie. And when it comes to shopping, the experience is perhaps none better than within The Bellagio, with shops like Fendi, Omega, and Tiffany & Co.

So as you plan for your next vacation and destinations are solidified, these are some “best bet” hotels that will make your getaway memorable for years to come.

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8 Great St. Patrick’s Day Celebration Cities in the U.S.

asiseeit_fayette_headshotWhen the middle of March arrives two things are a near certainty in the U.S.; one, winter is nearly over for most of the hearty souls living throughout the country; and two, everyone 
becomes Irish for a day (or in some cases, a week) for endless St. Patrick’s Day celebrations. To help you “Get Your Irish On” here are eight of the hottest, craziest, tradition-filled cities and what they have planned for their St. Patrick’s Day celebration.

Boston, Massachusetts
The St. Patrick’s Day parade takes place in South Boston on Sunday, March 16th this year,
beginning at 1:00pm. With nearly three-quarters of a million people expected to attend, visitors are urged to take the “T” (Boston’s public transportation) into the city and maneuver from there. In Boston, think of the parade serving as this year’s ‘halftime show’ of the St. Patrick’s Day 
holiday. There will be plenty of celebrating on Friday night and Saturday throughout the historic pubs of Beantown, including severalStPats-Boston Pub Crawls and parties. Of course the celebration will 
continue in Boston, as in most cities on Monday; the actual St. Patrick’s Day, with plenty of “Wearin’ o’ the Green” and the tasting of green beer. So whether you celebrate with the ‘Southies’ or party it up near Quincy Market, Boston will surely welcome everyone Irish,
if even for the day.

Cleveland, Ohio
With its huge immigrant population, Cleveland has traditionally played host to a St. Patrick’s Day celebration to rival many cities even several times its size. Since 1867 Cleveland Cleveland_Ohio_St._Patrick's_Day_Downtown_2012has hosted a parade, and this year promises to be no different, as nearly 10,000 participants will march through downtown Cleveland on Monday the 17th. Those who can’t wait to get their holiday started can head to one of two historic Cleveland watering holes known as Flannery’s Pub or Pickwick & Frolic for some breakfast and a pint. After the parade, those celebrating the “The Luck of the Irish” can stay in downtown and stop by Moriarty’s or the Flat Iron Cafe for tasty beer and great tasting corned beef and cabbage. Various types of Irish music will heard throughout the city of Cleveland through the weekend, as area pubs will provide entertainment ranging from traditional Irish folk music to rock.

San Francisco, California
Though the west coast may not have the same history as its neighbors to the east, don’t be fooled; SanFran knows how to throw a St. Patty’s Day bash! Featuring its annual Irish Festival, localStPats_IrishDancers_SF Pub Crawls, downtown Block Parties, and parade, San Franciscans have wrapped their Irish arms around this holiday. With U2 cover band, ‘Zoo Station’, playingSF-GuinessGirl-StPats nearly all of U2’s 
popular songs in a concert at the Brick & Mortar Music Hall and the ‘Emerald Across the Bay 12k run’ being featured across the Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco promises something for everyone this and every St. Patrick’s Day.

Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
People at the St. Patrick's Day Celebration in Myrtle Beach, SCFrom 11am to midnight on Saturday, March 15th the touristy town of North Myrtle Beach will transform itself into something just this side of Dublin, Ireland, (well, kind of) as it kicks off its

annual St. Patrick’s Day celebration. Authentic food and beer will be available from dozens of vendors, along with a Family (alcohol free) Fun Zone for kids of all
ages. Perhaps the best part of the festival is that all the music and activities are free. By the way, when viewing the parade, be sure to check out one of the more popular parts of it, as locals show off their decorated and suped-up golf carts cruisin’ down Ocean Blvd. Yeah, that’s what I said, golf carts. And I haven’t any beer yet.

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Since 1771 the City of Brotherly Love has been celebrating St. Patrick’s Day with its annual
parade. And this year, in following with tradition, the parade is scheduled to be on Sunday, March 16th at 1:00pm. Beginning on Friday, March 14th revelers can begin a New York City Holds Annual St. Patrick's Day Paradeweekend of bar crawls, with several to choose from each day. One of the nice parts about these crawls is the free shuttle service called ‘The Erin Express’, which is runs all day through the City of Philly. Several concerts (some free) will be held throughout the city during the weekend along with neighborhood festivals and Irish dancers.

Savannah, Georgia
What is now considered the second largest St. Patrick’s Day celebration in the United States will kick things off on March 7th with what is known as the “Greening of the Fountain”. Locals gets things going a week early when the famous Forsyth Fountain is filled with green water. One of the most popular festivities in Savannah is the ‘St. Patrick St.Pats-Forsyth_Fountain-SavOn the River Festival’ along the banks of the Savannah River. Continuous entertainment on multiple stages along River Street and
fantastic Irish food and beverage vendors throughout the city make this one of the hottest
festivals in the country. Nearby Tybee Island (known as “Savannah’s Beach”) has its own
St.Patrick’s Day parade scheduled to take place on Saturday, while Savannah’s parade is scheduled for Monday, March 17th. From the sandy beach of Tybee Island to the historic squares of Savannah, the hospitality of the South is on full display during its St. Patrick’s Day celebration.

Chicago, Illinois
You know Chicago takes its St. Patrick’s Day seriously when nearly a half-million people line the banks of the Chicago River and watch as the river turns into a vibrant green for the nearly five hours in the afternoon of Saturday, March 15th. A parade of floats, bands, and bagpipes
continue the afternoon of fun as revelers march up Columbus Drive. Those visitors to Chicago staying in ‘The Loop’ will be close to some of the best pubs Chi-town has to offer. ????????????????????????????????????????Fun-filled pub crawls are found throughout the city and many establishments will feature lively entertainment. From Irish-step dancers to sight-seeing cruises along the Chicago River, guests to Chicago will non-stop fun during St. Patrick’s Day weekend.

New York, New York
The 253rd St. Patrick’s Day parade will take place on the holiday itself. For nearly 2 miles down Fifth Avenue, over 150,000 march in the annual parade. That’s right, 150,000 “marching” Irish! Local community groups, the NYPD & FDNY, along with special guests entertain millions along their path. After the parade, those wishing to continue celebrating the Irish will be able to gather at nearly any bar, on any street, in any borough of NYC. Many like to honor our Founding 
Fathers on this day with a trip to the historic Fraunces Tavern located down in the southern
mcsorleys-NYC_oldest bar in NYCsection of Manhattan. It is at Fraunces where legend has it that George Washington would often frequent for food and libations, and where he also gave his historic farewell to troops. Many
St. Patty’s Day partiers also feel a sense of, ummm, “responsibility” to visit NYC’s oldest bar on this celebration of everything-beer-holiday, and McSorley’s is the stop in the East Village.
Note- that when and if you get into McSorley’s be ready to drink many beers, and fast. If the workers don’t feel you are up to their expectations, you will be asked to leave. (No joke.) Throughout the St. Patrick’s Day weekend, area neighborhoods will feature Irish festivals with the smells and sounds of authentic Irish food and music floating throughout the city.

So there you have eight of the country’s most popular destinations for the St. Patrick’s DayTippHill_SYR-StPats
holiday. But make no mistake about it, these United States have town after town celebrating the Irish in their own unique way. From Dublin (Ohio) to the Home of the Fighting Irish, Notre Dame University, people love St. Patrick’s Day. Whether a town paints the largest shamrock in the U.S. on a nearby Interstate and serves green eggs and ham for breakfast around town, like those in O’Neill, Nebraska, or a neighborhood that receives special permission from the Department of Transportation to permanently ‘flip’ a traffic light along a popular Irish street, so that the “green light is always on top” like those on Syracuse, NY’s Tipperary Hill, American’s love their Irish heritage like no other ethnic background. Of course if every ethnic group would include beer in their celebrations, think of how much fun we could have almost every weekend of the year!