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Plan Ahead: Super Bowl 52 in Minnesota, February 2018

Plan Ahead: Super Bowl 52 in Minnesota, February 2018 The biggest show in all of sports is the Super Bowl and it’s never too soon to start planning your trip. The next Super Bowl is scheduled for February 4, 2018 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. If you have any inclination that you may want to go, you […]

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Super Bowl 52 in Minnesota, February 2018

The biggest show in all of sports is the Super Bowl and it’s never too soon to start planning your trip. The next Super Bowl is scheduled for February 4, 2018 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. If you have any inclination that you may want to go, you should start planning now. Tickets for the game are always tough to get but even if you don’t have tickets, there is plenty to do surrounding the game.

In conjunction with the Super Bowl, Minneapolis is planning the Bold North Festival, which is 10 days of merriment, festivities and food all centering on football.   The atmosphere around the super bowl is infectious and there is always plenty to do to keep entertained, especially if you are into football.

The game will be held at he recently finished US Bank Stadium, which is a state-of-the-art facility located in Minneapolis. All events will be held close to the stadium for the convenience of the fans.

Plan your visit with this easy to use website, provided by the Super Bowl Host Committee. 

More than a million visitors will make their way to Minneapolis to enjoy the Super Bowl festivities so its best to book early.

 

Hotels Close to US Bank Stadium

Best Western Plus The Normandy Inn & Suites

405 S 8th St, Minneapolis, MN

(612) 370-1400

This hotel constantly receives great ratings form guests and is located within walking distance of the big game. Walking is recommended, as over one million people will be hovering around the stadium and its Super Bowl activities. The location is super convenient to US Bank Stadium and the hotel offers free outdoors parking, perfect for tailgating. Grills and beverages will be allowed for pre game enthusiasts.

 

Aloft Minneapolis

900 S Washington Ave, Minneapolis, MN

(612) 455-8400

This modern loft style hotel is a modest walk to the stadium and is expected to offer it’s own Super bowl party in their lounge. An indoor pool is offered and good ting it is because only polar bears are swimming outside in February in Minnesota.

 

Hyatt Place Minneapolis/Downtown

425 S 7th St, Minneapolis, MN

(612) 333-3111

Less than a mile walk, this hotel is a fantastic option when looking for Super Bowl accommodations. The rooms are large, almost suite size so you can really pack in the fans and save money for tickets and beer. The entry way is a little awkward but that may keep the unwanted riffraff out while the hordes of fans flock to the downtown area.

 

Renaissance Minneapolis Hotel, The Depot

225 3rd Ave S, Minneapolis, MN

(612) 375-1700

This is the closest hotel to the stadium, so if location is your number one qualifier, then this is your spot. The coolest location of all these hotels, this one is set in an old train depot in the business district, so imagine steam punk vibes with a classy downtown feel. There is even a seasonal indoor ice skating rink, to get the real deal Minnesota experience. It is the land of 10,000 lakes, so you might as well jump in feet first.

 

Good luck to whatever team you want to win and best of luck planning ahead, accommodations will go fast.

 

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Top Places to Stay for Coachella

Where to Stay During Coachella  The world’s music fans make the yearly pilgrimage to Indio California in the high desert every April for the festival of all festivals, don’t be left camping like some heathen. The Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival is returning to the Empire Polo Club with back-to-back weekends April 14-16 and […]

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Where to Stay During Coachella 

The world’s music fans make the yearly pilgrimage to Indio California in the high desert every April for the festival of all festivals, don’t be left camping like some heathen. The Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival is returning to the Empire Polo Club with back-to-back weekends April 14-16 and April 21-23. The lineup this year is headlined by Radiohead, Beyonce and Kendrick Lamar so you know the crowds will be flocking to the area.

90 thousand plus people attend the event daily and all those people are looking for places to stay, don’t be left out in the desert nights without a sweet spot to crash. After a long day partying and rocking your hearts out, a quality bed and a hot shower are valuable commodities in the surrounding areas. Camping at a festival can be exhausting in it self let alone in 100-degree temperatures and crowds that large. The key to surviving Coachella is securing your travel accommodations early.

Here are my top 5v places to stay while attending Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival.

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Ace Hotel Palm Springs

Palm Springs, California

Where else are you going to stay when in Palm Springs, regardless of Coachella? The Ace is the place and is one of the hottest hotel chains appealing to the growing hipster market. The Ace in Downtown LA is a rock star’s second home so you may be sipping cocktails in the pool with some guitar gods. The ambiance at the Ace is hip and glam matched with an air of superiority.

Expect a huge event all weekend as the Ace won’t disappoint with their Coachella party. Great breakfast and a spa session will cure any Coachella hangover.

 

Orbit In

Palm Springs, California

Located in downtown Palm Springs, this hip throwback hotel offers vintage rooms with 1950’s décor, perfect to get you in the swinging mood. Room amenities include vinyl record turntables and wet bars, wonderful for cocktail hour anytime during that weekend. Expect the pools saltwater pool to be packed with festival goers cooling down between acts. Relax like the Rat Pack would’ve in their day and rock out to your day’s rock gods.

 

Desert Riviera Hotel

Palm Spring, California

This hotel’s biggest selling point to me is simple: the pool is open 24 hours baby! No nerd from the front desk telling you to “get out of the pool’ or “keep it down.” This hotel is made for partying and the Coachella weekends are no different. The rooms are fully renovated and modern, which is a nice change of pace on the throwback town of Palm Springs.

 

Hard Rock Hotel Palm Springs

Palm Springs, California

Its name says it all, The Hard Rock is a great place to stay at a music festival. The rooms are large and funky, with modern furniture and bright colors.   Check out the “Sound of Your Stay” program where the hotel will set up a DJ turntable or electric guitar in your room for jamming purposes.   Bang around the hotel’s nightclub for an after, after, after party, yea that’s three afters for the crazy weekend you are in store for.

 

Hicksville Trailer Palace & Artist Retreat

Joshua Tree, California

This is the coolest place on earth, so where else do you stay during the coolest music festival on earth?

Book NOW! This place has limited rooms and is the place to stay during the festival weekend. Hicksville is a collection of mobile homes, trailers and shacks that are all individually themed. The ground is all green Astroturf, the trailers are kitschy and the ambiance is second to none. Highlight of my stay there is the B.B. gun shooting range. Get your mullets ready and book your stay at Hicksville, USA.

 

 Good luck on booking the crash pad of your choice and remember, its never too early to book. Rock on!

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Top 5 Most Romantic Retreats for Valentine’s Day

Romance Awaits…  Valentine’s Day is fast approaching and these five destinations are easily the most romantic retreats in the world. Whether it’s an adult’s only resort or simply the most secluded resort money can buy, these romantic rendezvous’ are second to none.   I’ve scoured the earth searching for the perfect place to take my wife […]

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Romance Awaits… 

Valentine’s Day is fast approaching and these five destinations are easily the most romantic retreats in the world. Whether it’s an adult’s only resort or simply the most secluded resort money can buy, these romantic rendezvous’ are second to none.   I’ve scoured the earth searching for the perfect place to take my wife on Valentine’s Day and any of these would take her breathe away for sure.

 

Calabash Cove Resort and Spa – St. Lucia

Located close to the equator and in some of the clearest waters, Calabash is a lovers’ destination for sure. The Adults only resort is located in a secluded bay but close enough to the hustle and bustle of Rodney Bay. The boutique style resort has 9 Balinese style villas or a main hotel style building to choose from. Highlights include the incredible Windsong Restaurant, specializing in fresh seafood and innovative dishes. The resorts privacy creates the romantic mood, perfect for honeymoons or a lover’s tryst.

The resort’s private beach is the perfect setting for a storybook romance and the infinity pool truly gives off the feeling of floating in the ocean.

 

Keemala – Phuket, Thailand

Classified as a holistic healing resort, Keemala offers tranquility at the highest levels. This resort has some of the most dramatic architecture I’ve ever witnessed and is accurately unique. With guestrooms shaped like birdcages, hobbit holes and seedpods, the architects borrowed from local ancestral homes.   Guests can sleep among the trees in the birdcages or connected to the earth in the hobbit holes.   A strong connection to mother earth makes this resort unique and special.   If you need more of a party vibe for your romantic adventure, the bustling town of Patong is a short car ride away.

Private pools, yoga activities and spiritual healing highlight this romantic resort.

 

Denis Private Island, Seychelles

Why go to a resort to unwind when you can go to your own private island to actually get away.   Denis Private Island is a 375-acre oasis in the middle of the Indian Ocean, surrounded by white sand beaches and pristine solidarity. You can stroll down a deserted beach, snorkel in a sea-turtle sanctuary or sport-fish on the edge of the continental drift.

A resort to actually unplug, there is no cell service, internet or cable television.

The resort claims to offer desert island life with modern amenities and lavishly crafted cuisine. If that doesn’t sound like a romantic getaway then I don’t know what is. Located almost directly on the equator, the year round weather in the Seychelles is divine and immaculate.

 

Jumeirah Dhevanafushi – Maldives

The Maldives are simply the most exclusive islands on this planet, period. Jumeirah Dhevanafushi boasts the largest overwater villas in the region and the luxury is unsurpassed. The Maldives are a collection of islands located in the Indian Ocean and are universally renowned as the playground to the elite. Jumeirah has won countless awards for their continued level of excellence and extravagance. Quests are treated like royalty here and the amenities are second to none. Stretched across two islands, the resort boasts crystal clear waters and a protective coral reef, perfect for snorkeling.

 

Blue Waters Antigua – Antigua

Blue Waters Antigua is one of the Caribbean’s’ leading resorts and my pick for most romantic. Touted as an all-inclusive honeymoon resort, this romantic destination is perfect for lovebirds. Perfect year round weather and a sprawling 17-acre lush garden setting makes this resort one of a kind. Offering all levels of affordability, this resort isn’t only for the rich and famous, it’s for the lovers. A variety of room types from private villas nestled on the hillside to standard hotel style rooms make this resort unique.

The spa is world class and should not be skipped, especially the couples massages which are the specialty.

Your romantic getaway awaits, all you have to do is book it.

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5 Cities You Must See in the Winter

Winter Wonderlands  Wintertime brings out a certain beauty in cities that is much different than their summer counterparts. To truly appreciate a city’s beauty, one must see it in all four seasons. I believe that the cold harshness of winter unveils a beauty hardly seen by many travelers. Winter vacations are usually reserved for ski […]

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Winter Wonderlands 

Wintertime brings out a certain beauty in cities that is much different than their summer counterparts. To truly appreciate a city’s beauty, one must see it in all four seasons. I believe that the cold harshness of winter unveils a beauty hardly seen by many travelers.

Winter vacations are usually reserved for ski resorts and the complete opposite: warm beaches. I however can appreciate stripped down essence of cities in the winter. The gloom and cold highlight interesting aspects of a city’s brilliance.

Here are 5 of my favorite cities to visit in the winter and what makes each so unique.

 

New York City, NY, USA

New York, New York, what a magical city. Each season brings out the best in this majestic old city and winter doesn’t disappoint. My NYC highlights include Central Park and Rockefeller Center; visit these to see the quintessential New York experience. Try ice-skating at Rockefeller Center underneath the glow of the humongous Christmas tree or taking a hansom cab around central park at night. As snow blankets the city I recommend getting a bird’s eye view to truly take in the city’s massiveness.

Because of the cold and windy air, the visibility in the winter can be extraordinary.

 

Gothenburg, Sweden

The Swedish people do winter better than any other country and their high sense of fashion takes no season off. Gothenburg is a very cold destination but a spectacular city to enjoy the winter sights. A relatively cheap place to travel to in the winter, inexpensive airfare can be found easily. The traditional Christmas markets often reach critical mass and spill onto neighboring streets, creating a literal winter wonderland. In January and February make sure to check out the Gothenburg International Film Festival, a top-notch event.

 

Reykjavik, Iceland

No wintertime city top 5 can be complete without Reykjavik. Simply a stunning places to visit in the winter and possibly one of the most naturally beautiful places on earth. The Northern Lights are visible almost every night in the winter and are astonishing in person. Pictures and video do no justice to one of the natural wonders of the world.

A must visit place in Reykjavik is the Blue Lagoon Spa, where natural hot springs create the largest hot tub you’ll ever visit. The memory of the incredibly blue water will stick with you forever, as I personally have never seen such beauty.

The more adventurous traveler can venture out to the Solheimajokull Glacier and try Ice climbing.

 

Copenhagen, Denmark

Copenhagen is the capital of Denmark and the quintessential old European city. The architecture and ambiance of Copenhagen is undeniable and remarkable. Wintertime just suits Copenhagen so well; it should be classified as a cold weather city.

Make sure to visit here in February so you can catch the Wondercool Festival, which is their answer to the dreary, chilly days.   This festival celebrates all that Copenhagen has to offer in the worlds of art, fashion and food.

My highlights are the tall wooden boats adorned with Christmas lights and looking as winter as a boat can. Remember, Copenhagen is a water city, fully embracing maritime life.

 

Budapest, Hungary

A beautiful wintertime city, full of life no matter what the season: Budapest has it all. One cannot visit Budapest in the winter without going to Szchenyi to try the thermal baths. The standout is the outdoors bath to enjoy a nice soak while in the elements and the city’s beautiful architecture. This old world city is also cheap and affordable all across the board.

Take in Budapest’s wonderful café culture and enjoy many fine meals in the tranquility of a winter’s evening.

I wouldn’t go to Budapest without stopping by the Museum of Fine arts, a favorite museum of mine.

Enjoy these winter wonderlands and remember to dress warm and take lots of pictures.

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