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Hotels and restaurants around the world are taking advantage of Dec. 12, 2012 with terrific 12-12-12 trips, deals, and steals like $12 meals and $12 amenities.
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In a typical year, Dec. 12 — the 346th day of the year — doesn’t hold much significance to most folks, though it is the birthdate of American actress Mayim Bialik, American gymnast Cathy Rigby, and singer Connie Francis and the anniversary of the Russian Federation gaining independence from the USSR. But for some, Dec. 12, 2012, or 12-12-12, is a special day, and hotels and restaurants are hoping travelers and food lovers will get in the spirit of the triple 12 day.
In recent years, we have seen 10-10-10, 11-11-11, and even the Beijing Olympics were carefully coordinated to begin at 8:08 p.m. on 08-08-08, but 12-12-12 is the last time we’ll see a triple-12 date like this until 12-12-2112.
When The Daily Meal heard that hotels and restaurants were offering extraordinary deals and that Madison Square Garden in New York City is hosting a benefit concert for Hurricane Sandy relief on 12-12-12, The Daily Meal asked celebrity numerology expert Julian Michael why some folks were making such a fuss.
"People are fascinated by things that are duplicated. We’re fascinated by things that are different," said Michael, who has consulted celebrities like actors Jim Carrey and Eddie Murphy, and designer Donna Karan. "It’s all about joy; it’s about celebrating. This vibration is a celebration of the child within oneself. It’s about making a difference, being enthusiastic about the mystic, and that no matter what happens, we’re still here."
But the date may hold a higher significance beyond travel and meal deals. According to Michael, "one" symbolizes self, "two" stands for sharing, and "three" is the trinity, and there’s the belief that events occur in threes. Then, take the date, Dec. 12, and you have 12 months in a year, 12 houses of astrological signs, and 12 apostles. But no matter all the correlations, no day of celebration is complete without food or spirits, so these 12 terrific 12-12-12 trips are here to provide that.
While hotels from coast to coast (and even abroad) are offering $12 deals, like The Homestead in Hot Springs, Va., which is serving a $12 lunch by executive chef Sean O’Connell, others have deals in multiples of 12, like the Waldorf-Astoria Chicago, which is offering 36 percent off (12+12+12) suites at the 188-room hotel, which houses popular bistro Balsan and bar Bernard’s.
Deals like these aren’t sure to last; several are valid for travel long after the nifty numbered day is past (you just have to book on 12-12-12), but others are only valid on Dec. 12, which gives you a convenient excuse to escape the holiday hustle with a quick staycation or getaway.
Lauren Mack is the Travel Editor at The Daily Meal. Follow her on Twitter @lmack.
Here's where to book your next vacation once those COVID-19 bargain prices dry up
The White House COVID-19 Task Force release new guidance Monday for fully vaccinated people, but not without a warning on travel. (March 8) AP Domestic
It's been a buyer's market for travel since the start of the pandemic. But that's about to change.
The average roundtrip domestic airfare dropped 15% last year, to $302, according to the Bureau of Transportation Statistics. Hotel rates plummeted 21%, to $103, lodging data from STR found.
But the era of cheap travel will end soon, experts predict. The only questions are, when will it be over – and how long do you have to book a low price?
People like Glen Fisher want to know. In January, he found an incredible deal to fly business class from Denver to Rio de Janeiro on United Airlines ($1,290) and rooms at the JW Marriott on Copacabana Beach for $105 per night. A Hertz rental at the airport cost just $14.95 per day.
"I don't think we will ever see these prices again in my lifetime," says Fisher, a risk engineer from Castle Rock, Colorado.
Green Chef removes all of the guesswork from making dinner. They send everything you need to cook three dishes in optional weekly deliveries along with their easy-to-follow original recipes. The fresh ingredients arrive measured, sliced, and ready to cook. They're so primed to go, in fact, that most meal kits take an average of 30 minutes or less to prepare, freeing up time that you would usually spend mincing, mixing, and measuring.
Green Chef only sources from reputable suppliers who adhere to sustainable, natural practices and strict quality standards. Customers can choose their menu – including Gluten-free, Paleo, and NOW Vegan – and adjust their preferences at any time through Green Chef's website.
Ready for a summer road trip? 12 California routes to try
The free California Road Trips 2015 guide features Lake Tahoe on the cover. It includes itineraries to that take you to the state’s lakes, deserts, mountains and coastal routes.
The new (and free) California Road Trips 2015 guide lays out 12 summer itineraries around one of the road trippiest states in the nation.
Like lakes? You’ll see plenty of them on a 703-mile drive from Tahoe City to Bass Lake. Love the desert? Take a 463-mile drive from Anza-Borrego Desert State Park to Death Valley National Park.
The deal: The California Road Trips 2015 is free and produced by VisitCalifornia, the state’s tourism and marketing organization. The glossy color guide details routes with mileage, places to stop and maps for each itinerary.
California’s Wildest Wilds, for example, takes visitors on a scenic loop in Northern California from Redding to Chico via lesser-known places such as Trinity Lake, Weed, Lava Beds National Monument and Chester on the edge of Lake Almanor.
You can download a copy at Visit California’s website, request a printed copy of the guide online or by phone at (877) 225-4367.
When: The guide is available indefinitely.
Details: Yes, road trip season is here, but so are higher gas prices. California has had the highest gas prices in the nation for the past two months. In California, you can expect to pay $3.79 per gallon for regular gas, according to the AAA Daily Fuel Gauge Report. (The national average is $2.67.)
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The Best Weekend Getaways
Where to spend a few blissful days for that well-deserved break.
What's a weekend in the age of Covid-19? During quarantine, our days have blurred together, weekdays nearly indistinguishable from weekends. But as a tiny semblance of normalcy returns, especially with hotels across the country having reopened this summer, perhaps it's time to put a few weekend trips back on the calendar. Whether you're an Angeleno looking to escape to the beach for a few days, a New Yorker in dire need of open skies and mountain air, or are feeling brave enough to hop on a plane, here are our top quick getaways for that much deserved break.
Orange County has no shortage of stunning beaches and the Montage Laguna Beach occupies a prime piece of real estate. It's just a five minute drive to the center of Laguna Beach, with all of its boutiques, restaurants, and art galleries, yet it feels removed enough from that downtown scene&mdashand its beach is far less crowded. Plus, all rooms, which are at least 500 square feet, have ocean views and private balconies. The hardest decision you'll make is whether to spend the day on the beach or inside that beautiful mosaic pool.
If you're able to produce a negative Covid-19 test taken within a week before arrival, Bermuda makes for a perfect weekend getaway. It's just a two hour flight from NYC and Washington, D.C., meaning it basically takes less time to get there than it does to drive out to the Hamptons. Once you're on the island, head to The Loren at Pink Beach, which recently unveiled three new and spacious villas perfect for a more private stay. The one- and three-bedroom villas have their own private pools, making them prime spots for lounging and sipping on Bermuda's famed rum swizzles.
This 27-mile stretch of sparkling ocean and beach is the epitome of barefoot luxury, which is why so many Hollywood A-listers own homes here. Hotels are pretty scarce, all the more lending to Malibu's locals-only vibe. Stay at the 47-room Malibu Beach Inn, located right on the water on a strip of coastline nicknamed Billionaire's Beach for all of its famous homeowners, like Larry Ellison, who owns 10 properties. For a real splurge, book a room at the intimate 16-room Nobu Ryokan, an oasis like no other that marries serene Japanese minimalism with the iconic California coast.
Located along Georgia's Atlantic coast between Savannah and Jacksonville, Florida, Jekyll Island is one of the barrier islands comprising the Golden Isles. Here you can summer like the Vanderbilts, Morgans, Pultizers, and Rockefellers once did at the Jekyll Island Club Resort. All of its rooms and cottages have recently received a refresh and there are loads of leisure activities, 20+ miles of paved bicycle exploration, and two open-air restaurants. It'll be easy to see why some of the great American dynasties returned year after year.
A quick two hour drive from New York City, Washington, Connecticut has long been a retreat for a very discerning, moneyed crowd because of its rollings hills, historic architecture, and proximity to the city. Soak that all in at the grand Mayflower Inn & Spa, an Auberge Resort, set on 58 acres of manicured gardens and woodland. There's plenty to do, including hiking, fly-fishing, archery, tennis, and croquet. This fall, for its 100th anniversary, the hotel is getting an upgrade by celebrated designer Celerie Kemble.
Read Reviews Mayflower Inn & Spa, Auberge Resorts Collection
Reminiscent of a grand Cape Cod cottage, Santa Monica's Shutters of the Beach has, true to its name, shuttered doors that open onto breezy balconies and rooms that were designed by Michael S. Smith (he who redecorated the Obamas' White House), plus a sizable pool and al fresco dining with ocean views&mdasha perfect spot for enjoying those legendary west coast sunsets. Think California Dream, with a little bit of New England charm.
Want to escape to a quaint New England seaside village? Look no further than Martha's Vineyard, with its miles of beaches and historic houses. The Obamas, noted fans of the area, purchased a $12 million estate here last year. Stay in Edgartown, a former whaling port, and you'll have access to shops, galleries, and restaurants galore (Martha's Vineyard is currently in phase three of reopening which includes the above). The Christopher is a chic boutique hotel with just 15 rooms that mix modern design with a classic New England aesthetic. For a seamless&mdashand fast (read: no traffic)&mdashtrip from the New York area, book a flight on Tradewind Aviation.
Stowe may be a popular ski destination, but it's equally appealing in the summer with its abundance of outdoor pursuits. And, obviously, the foliage alone is reason enough to visit in the fall months. The 68-room Topnotch Resort sits on an expansive 120 acres with views of Mount Mansfield. All hotel activities have resumed, including horseback riding, ATV tours, biking, wagon rides, and, in a pandemic-era rarity, even the spa is fully open.
Seattle was built for summer&mdashit's when the city sheds all the gray, gloom, and rain and really comes alive. Plus, the balmy weather lasts well into September. There are so many outdoor activities to fill the weekend, from kayaking to hiking, not to mention the three national parks that surround the city (Olympic, Mount Rainier, and North Cascades). The Four Seasons Hotel is an oasis of beauty and calm, located steps from Pike Place and overlooking Elliot Bay. The glamorous hotel has everything you'd want for a safe, socially-distanced weekend, including a roof top pool and plenty of al fresco dining.
Read Reviews The Four Seasons Hotel Seattle
When the Asbury Hotel opened in 2016, it promised to bring about a much classier era to the oft-maligned Jersey Shore. It's just an hour away from NYC but will feel like a proper vacation. Aside from the beach, which is a block away, the Asbury has plenty of al fresco spaces fit for play, including an expansive rooftop space that screens outdoor movies, one of summer's most socially-distanced activities.
It is a bit of a trek to get to this Colorado hideaway, but so worth it for its unlimited supply of fresh mountain air. The Madeline Hotel & Residences, an Auberge Resort, is surrounded on three sides by the majestic San Juan Mountains. Horseback ride through Colorado's backcountry, go fly fishing, cycle the mountains, or simply let the hotel set up a picnic feast for you in the middle of a scenic alpine meadow. However you choose to spend your days, you're guaranteed to return home as refreshed as ever.
Read Reviews Madeline Hotel & Residents, Auberge Resorts Collection
The South Fork of Long Island (aka the Hamptons, Montauk) may be buzzier in the summer but for a more low-key, quiet, and down-to-earth alternative, head to the North Fork. Oysters at Little Creek Oyster Farm in Greenport are a must, as are the homemade pies at Briermere Farms in Riverhead. Then spend your afternoons visiting the area's many wineries, such as Bedell, Sparkling Pointe, and Kontokosta before retiring to the Sound View Greenport, a chic hotel where every room looks out onto the Long Island Sound and has direct access to the private beach.
12 Last Minute Suggestions for a December Getaway
Want to change up your annual Christmas routine and do something really different? Why not take advantage of some great December travel offers and escape with family or friends to a dream destination? Whether you like warm, sunny climates to chase the winter blues away or prefer a genuine Yuletide experience complete with snow, skiing and holiday festivities, here are some options starting with a Jamaica getaway to Bluefields Bay Villas. Located on the far west side of the island in an idyllic fishing and farming community, you can experience an unspoiled nature retreat on the water with this Jamaican holiday.
Quebec City, Canada
One of the more unique lodging options in Quebec City is the Hotel De Glace, a spectacular architectural creation made of ice and offering 44 themed rooms and suites (pictured). This ice hotel is the only one of its kind in North America and includes hot tubs and sauna amenities. While you are in Quebec City (a UNESCO World Heritage treasure), you can take a carriage tour, skate in Place D&rsquoYouville, browse the annual German Christmas market, stroll through the city&rsquos Christmas Village and experience some of the season&rsquos best festivals.
If you want a December getaway that combines scenic beauty with cultural and wellness offerings, then Sedona should be your mantra. From its healing spas and salons to a vibrant arts scene, the town is famous for its stunning location in a geological wonderland of red rock canyons, mesas and meadows. It is also a popular destination for outdoor enthusiasts offering excellent biking, rock climbing, horseback riding, fishing, rafting and other activities. To top it off, you can experience the world&rsquos largest 3D holiday light show from December 14-17 and celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Sedona Arts Center.
The 50th state in the U.S. is always an ideal vacation choice if you are seeking a tropical paradise. You also have unlimited choices on how to spend your time there. You could go snorkeling and take a cruise around Kealakekua Bay and other scenic wonders with Fair Wind Cruises. Treat yourself to luxurious accommodations at the Fairmont Orchid on the Kohala Coast and experience a side trip to Botanical World Adventures. Tour the rain forests of Hana and the breaktaking sea cliffs of Maui via Maverick Helicopters. Outdoor enthusiasts can opt for a whale-watching kayak tour while those seeking a restful spa vacation can find the perfect retreat at the Hyatt Regency Maui Resort and Spa in Lahaina (pictured above).
Legendary bourbon distilleries, picturesque horse farms, historic estate tours by candlelight and the lovely scenic wonders of the bluegrass state await you in Lexington, Kentucky. Among the several hotels and inns offering special December packages are the Griffin Gate Marriott Resort & Spa, which includes a Bourbon Lover&rsquos special, Gratz Park Inn in the historic downtown and 21c Museum Hotel, a former bank transformed into an 88-room boutique hotel and contemporary art museum with a private dining room situated in the bank&rsquos former vault.
St. Petersburg/Clearwater, Florida
The warm, sunny shores of Florida are always a great choice for those who want to escape the cold in December and one of the most desirable areas is Western Florida on the Tampa Bay Gulf where you can find ideal waterfront lodgings in St. Petersburg or Clearwater. Among some of the top-rated accommodations that are offering special December-January rates are the historic Vinoy Renaissance Resort & Golf Club on the St. Petersburg bayfront and two Clearwater favorites, The Sheraton Sand Key (pictured) and the Wyndham Grand.
One of the best-kept secrets among cities on the East Coast, Baltimore has enjoyed a cultural renaissance in recent years and is now a go-to place for its exciting culinary scene, arts community, historic districts and seasonal festivals, especially during the Christmas holidays. Take advantage of popular local accommodations such as the Hotel Monaco located near Baltimore&rsquos inner harbor. Experience family-friendly events like the Santa Club buffet and train ride at the B&O Railroad Museum, skating at the Pandora Ice Rink or the 50th Anniversary of Kwanzaa Celebration at the Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History & Culture.
If you want to experience a Christmas holiday where old-fashioned tradition and contemporary culture blend together in delightful ways, London is your destination. Check out the dazzling holiday lights along Regent Street, Duke of York Square, Bond Street and other neighborhoods. Shop for gifts at Harrods or stroll the South Bank with a bag of roasted chestnuts. Go ice skating at Somerset House or join the carolers by candlelight at the Royal Albert Hall. Families will enjoy the Winnie the Pooh exhibition at the V&A Museum while theater devotees can attend definitive productions of "The Nutcracker" at the Royal Opera House and "La Boheme" at The King&rsquos Head Theatre. Discounted lodgings can be found at Last Minute, Hotels.com and other travel websites.
Hilton Head, South Carolina
Golf, tennis, biking, fishing and family-friendly outdoor excursions are just a few of the activities that attract people to this lowcountry resort that is southwest of Charleston, South Carolina and northeast of Savannah, Georgia. But an alternative lure that is becoming increasingly popular are wellness getaways. Hilton Head Health offers a December package that includes accommodations, meals, yoga training, cardio kickboxing, spa facilities, paddleboarding, fitness classes and other amenities in a laid-back, beautiful setting.
What could be a better gift for ski fanatics and winter sports fans than a trip to Colorado in December? Consider a ski package from Keystone that includes their Kidtopia Spectacular or the Snowmass 50th anniversary special that comes with a fireworks display, prix fixe meals, a cabin jump and rail jam and other festivities. Experience the four day Olympic Qualifier competition in Breck via Dew Tour. Take advantage of the Winter Nights & City Light package from the historic Crawford Hotel in Denver or enjoy pure luxury with a winter welcome offer from the newly-debuted Hotel Talisa in Vail.
Tired of dealing with the tourist crowds in the spring, summer and fall in Italy? Why not consider a December getaway? Toscana Resort Castelfalfi in the heart of Tuscany is offering a variety of vacation options from romantic weekend specials to culinary tours and tastings to unlimited golf and spa packages. There are also Christmas and New Year&rsquos Eve specials that bundle the food and wines of the region with live music and luxurious accommodations.
Las Vegas, Nevada
Nightlife, fine dining, casinos and spectacular light displays offer a different kind of Yuletide holiday in Las Vegas. Visit The Ice Rink at the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas where you can enjoy rooftop skating that overlooks the heart of the strip. Chose from various room offers at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino which include live show packages featuring Kelly Clarkson, Patton Oswald, Magic Mike, Nickelback or many others. Celebrate the first year anniversary of the Lucky Dragon Hotel & Casino (pictured) with a special deal that includes Asian dining, gaming and festivities such as Chinese Lion and Dragon dances.
These trips will take you to priceless places, and our pro tips will help you dig deeper.
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Where You'll Stay
Osage Hills State Park
Park office hours listed above. Closed 12-12:30pm for lunch.
Pool hours: Tuesday-Sunday: 12-8pm.
Closed for maintenance & cleaning Mondays & Tuesdays.
The pool opens Memorial Day weekend and closes mid-August.
Pool rates are $4 for ages 7 & older or $2 for ages 6 & under. Cash or check only.
Located just west of Bartlesville in the heart of the Osage Nation in northeast Oklahoma, Osage Hills State Park is a prime example of Oklahoma's natural beauty. With lush forests, rocky bluffs and serene waters, the park boasts 1,100 acres of scenery. A visit to Osage Hills State Park in the fall will inspire visitors, as the foliage transforms from green to vivid shades of yellow, orange and red.
Trails on the rocky, hilly terrain provide a challenge to hikers and mountain bikers, and there are many to choose from in Osage Hills State Park. Visitors may catch a glimpse of white-tailed deer or a wild turkey while on the trails. Tennis courts and a ball field are available to visitors, and the swimming pool provides a great way to cool off on a hot day.
Fishing is a favorite activity in Osage Hills State Park. Anglers can test their skills and try their luck at Lookout Lake or at Sand Creek, which winds through the park. Bass, crappie, catfish and sunfish, among other fish, can be found. Fishing boats are available for rental at the lake.
RV sites with water and electricity hookups, as well as tent sites are available at Osage Hills State Park. Reservations for all tent and RV sites must be made online. The park also offers a waste dump station for RVs. Visitors can camp in canvas wall tents pitched on a wooden platform or relax in one of eight native stone cabins, built by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1930's.
Each cabin has central heat and air, a fireplace, kitchen facilities and allows pets for a small nightly fee. Cabins one through three and five through eight offer one bedroom, while cabin four offers two bedrooms. The park offers a picnic area and picnic pavilions, as well as comfort stations and a facility with modern bathhouses.
A group camp is also available. It consists of a large dining hall with two fireplaces, as well as tables and seating for 120 people. The on-site commercial kitchen has a walk-in cooler, ice machine and enough utensils to serve 120 people. There is also an attached bathhouse. A total of nine bunkhouses are available to sleep up to 118 people, and there is another bathhouse near the bunkhouses.
Day 2: Saugatuck to Glen Arbor (185 miles)
Take a sunrise hike through the dunes at Saugatuck from Mount Baldhead Park to Oval Beach before hitting the highway (196 to 131) for Holland, 12 miles north. The Dutch-settled town has a popular tulip festival (in May) and a working windmill in Windmill Island Gardens (you can buy the flour it grinds in the gift shop), as well as an 1870-vintage lighthouse known as Big Red at Holland State Park. Pick up picnic fare at DeBoer's Bakery, including Dutch brown bread and double-fried chicken sandwiches.
Take it about 20 miles north to the beach at Grand Haven or the town's 2.5-mile harborside boardwalk, where you can snap photos of its 1839-vintage lighthouse (this is also a great place to rent a bike from Sun Sports Rentals and cycle some of the 20-mile paved Lakeshore Trail that connects Holland and Grand Haven).
Fifteen miles north in Muskegon, drive by the Victorian-era Hackley and Hume historic houses to get a look at the wealth generated a century ago by lumber barons. Nearby, stroll the Monet Garden, a mini replica of painter Claude Monet's famous garden in Giverny, France, and restock your picnic cooler at the Cheese Lady downtown. Let the guides of Mac Wood's Dune Rides take the wheel over the 2,000-acre dunes of Silver Lake State Park in a 40-minute tour exploring the dune habitat and delivering open-air thrills.
Just north of Manistee, take Motorway 22 to stick to the lake route to catch a picture-perfect sunset as you pull into Glen Arbor for fried smelt and local Vernors sodas at 1934-landmark Art's Tavern.
Where to stay: The Omni Homestead offers a full complement of resort amenities — pool, spa, golf course — as well as a mile of Lake Michigan shore. Rooms start at about $250 a night and up.