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5 Winter Getaways for the Holidays

Skiers relaxing in St. Moritz

If sipping hot chocolate or an iced cactus cooler sounds like a good way of escaping the frenzy of the holiday season, there’s still plenty of time to plan an escape to a quiet place where you will be pampered, be it in the desert or near a ski lift.
Now that we’ve piqued your interest, please read on for our top five recommended winter getaways.
Four Seasons Hotel Moscow
Moscow, Russia
While …

Short Stay: Fairmont Pacific Rim, Vancouver, Canada – Hotel Review


Vancouver is notable for many things, including its seaport and the Winter Olympics, as well as being home to four Fairmont hotels.  One of them, the Fairmont Pacific Rim, opened its doors in February 2010 just prior to the 2010 Olympics, and is a towering structure 48 stories tall (the first 22 stories are the hotel and the remainder is comprised of condominiums).
The building itself is attached directly to part …

Sofitel Philadelphia, Pennsylvania – Hotel Review


One of the things I love most about staying at a Sofitel, no matter what its location may be, is that it makes my trip – at least in part – also a visit to France, regardless of my actual destination. The Sofitel Philadelphia is no exception.
I arrived at the property, located in the Rittenhouse Square neighborhood of Philadelphia, after a quick two-hour drive from New York City and immediately …

The Rittenhouse, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania – Hotel Review


Situated in downtown Philadelphia, the Rittenhouse hotel overlooks one of the city’s most pleasant public parks. Rittenhouse Square is something of a Central Park in miniature for the City of Brotherly Love, a quiet area filled with lush greenery and fountains, an oasis removed from the hustle and bustle of the city. The hotel and park, as well as numerous other buildings in Philly, were named after David Rittenhouse, an …

Four Seasons Hotel Moscow, Russia – Review

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MOSCOW – Sometimes, life is a series of firsts: my first car, my first trip to Russia, and checking in at the brand new Four Seasons Moscow only to find out that I was the very first guest.
After a somewhat long but pleasant drive from Sheremetyevo airport in one of the hotel’s BMW 7 Series, during which my driver, Victor, pointed out some interesting sites, I arrived at the new Four …

Short Stay: Parkhotel Laurin, Bolzano, Italy – Hotel Review


The best hoteliers are the ones that can make what would be an otherwise typical stay memorable. My two nephews and I arrived at the Parkhotel Laurin in Bozen, also known as Bolzano, in the Südtirol or Alto Adige region of Italy, after a 104-mile (168-kilometer) three-hour drive from St. Moritz. It was a picturesque drive mostly along country roads and we were looking forward to a quiet evening, celebrating …

Short Stay: Raffaello Chicago – Hotel Review


Nothing compares to a really good rooftop bar, and it’s even better if an equally good hotel comes along with it, making the bar only an elevator ride away.
Such is the case at the Raffaello Chicago, a hotel in Streeterville near Water Tower Place and the John Hancock Observatory, which was my choice for a recent stay.
The Raffaello is a boutique hotel, a term which generally indicates an establishment somewhat …