How would you like a ready-made Christmas without the hassle of cutting down a tree, bringing it home and building a fire? One hotel on New York’s Upper East Side offers a package to warm the hearts of any holiday reveler who ever struggled with rigging lights or igniting fatwood.
The Lowell, named the No. 1 hotel in New York City for two consecutive years by the World’s Best Awards Survey, is one of the few properties in Manhattan with an interior designer on staff taking the reins of Christmas decorating. In other words, more
festive jolly, less hanging holly.
A Very Lowell Holiday experience includes custom, luxe decor and a personal in-room Christmas tree. What’s more, after the wood-burning fireplace is hand-lit by a Fireplace Butler (yes, there is such a thing), guests choose from a selection of essential oils to drop into the fire for an enhanced sensory experience. Once the fire is roaring, change into the hotel’s signature pajamas and settle into an armchair with a soft alpaca throw and a book from the in-room library.
The stay also features a bottle of Champagne and holiday treats upon arrival; holiday stockings for adults and children; a welcome letter from Santa Claus to each child; milk, cookies and carrots to set out for Santa and his reindeer; daily American breakfast for up to four guests; one holiday afternoon tea service in the Pembroke Room; a choice of Christmas Eve dinner in Majorelle or Christmas Day lunch in The Pembroke Room; tickets to Wollman Skating Rink for the family; and a late checkout at 2 p.m. Rates start at $3,900 per night, excluding taxes and surcharges, and must be booked for a minimum of two nights starting Dec. 23 or Dec. 24. For more information check out the website.
Have yourself a merry little, stress-free, indulgently pampered Christmas.
Chances are you know South Beach or have heard about the southernmost section of Miami Beach — 23rd Street to South Pointe Park. It’s the historic Art Deco district with stunning white and pastel buildings lining Ocean Drive, Collins Avenue and beyond.
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Tucked into the central coast of California is a trail of history waiting to be found by your kids. The Highway 1 Discovery Route through San Luis Obispo County snakes along the winnowy Pacific Coast Highway, CA-1, between San Francisco and Los Angeles. The more than 100 miles of mostly protected coastline begins after a four-hour drive from San Francisco at Ragged Point, or about three hours from Los Angeles at Nipomo. The trail features 10 cities, connected by cliffs, carved by a moody ocean, and a slower pace of life. There are plenty of reasons to stop and walk into the past, preserved by those whose hearts still live there. Nature lovers will linger on the many trails to hike and picnic areas. We drove from Los Angeles with two 9-year-old boys to explore this part of the state.
Raising a budding Julia Child or Jacques Pépin? Or just looking for a more interactive family activity? Register your family (or kids) for a cooking class at the Culinary Institute of America.
While urban wine country might sound like an oxymoron, it’s actually a reality at the stunning City Vineyard in New York City’s Tribeca neighborhood. The water-side venue is the perfect host for your next event — whatever that may be, from 20 to 200 guests and from cocktail party to plated dinner.
If walking through a winter wonderland is still on your family’s list of things to do this season, Maine can definitely help check that box. By this time of year, Maine is almost certainly covered with snow and awaiting the arrival of winter lovers and outdoor adventurers alike.