Our Poshbrood just returned from a re-energizing winter weekend in the nation’s capitol…no crowds, indoor and outdoor fun, and lots to do.
From the moment we arrived at the Hotel Palomar (a Kimpton Hotel) in DuPont Circle, we knew we got it right.
Great location, hip and stylish design, high energy, and service-oriented staff which all the hit mark for me and my husband.
The family-friendly touches made the kids feel welcome…choice of a toy at check-in, milk and cookies on request, spacious rooms to unwind, DVD movie library, and a hot chocolate bar with all the fixings at the daily drinks bar in the lobby.
BTW there are leopard print pint-sized robes and you can also request a pet goldfish for your room! Our boys were in heaven!
We stayed in a 500 sq foot Executive Room with two queen beds. The room had a flat screen, street view, all updated decor. It was perfect!
We don’t usually recommend hotel restaurants but…the hotel restaurant, Urbana, was a fabulous culinary experience. It attracted outsiders as well as hotel guests and it was incredibly easy with the kids.
Anthony Pilla the pizza master is a new addition to the restaurant but already a regular attraction. Our boys and more than a few adults were mesmerized as he practiced his craft of twirling dough high in the air and made his delish pizzas right in front of you. There were plenty of other items on the menu and we also loved the homemade gnocchi.
Newly opened (formerly Cool Disco Donuts), it is feast for the senses with its vibrant interior design, engaging staff and transformative donuts in outrageous flavors——Salted Caramel, Vanilla Ice, Ferraro Roche, Red Velvet, Peanut Butter and Bacon.
If you visit the Spy Museum(a Poshbrood fave!), grab a bite nearby at Ella’s pizza which is a local favorite.
We did the major sites taking the hop on/off bus tours for the first time. It was a good way to cover a lot of ground, warm up between sites, and ride the double decker.
We hit the biggies…tour of the Capitol, the Mall, the American and Natural History Museums, Air and Space, and Union Station. (Check out Fantom Comics - nice selection, helpful staff.)
It was just the right amount of sightseeing for a long weekend and wonderful memories to kick off 2013’s travel itinerary (a bit of culture was the icing on the donut)!
—Submitted by Sonal Rinello, busy working mom of two boys and the Founder & CEO of Jobgenda, a very cool, chic and helpful organizer for job seekers. Need a gift for a soon to be college grad? Check it out! http://jobgenda.com/
Posted by Elizabeth on 02/22 at 02:48 PM
New Fun & Educational Kids Apps from National Wildlife Federation (NWF)
If your February school vacation plans include hitting the roads, skies or rails with kids in tow, the National Wildlife Federation (NWF) recently released two new iPad apps you can feel good about downloading for tiny tech lovers.
Both educational apps provide a safe, ad-free (no accidental in-app purchases!) environment and are packed with tons of interactive photos, videos, games, puzzles, jokes and animal sounds sure to keep kids entertained on long trips.
What’s Your Travel Dream? Find Out & You Could Win a Cruise for Two or $1,000
The Virtuoso Life® Travel Dreams Survey guides you through a short journey of self-discovery, explores your travel dreams based on your unique personality, and ends with a summary of your travel wish list.
Happy Friday, travel lovers! Time for our weekly round up but it’s better this week than EVER! That’s because the Posh Blog now accepts your comments! (Yeah we know… long over due.) Let us know below how you spent your Valentine’s Day, Fat Tuesday or any day this week!
The executive chef at the Four Seasons Washington showed the kids how to make a decadent (and fun!) Valentine’s breakfast. Watch the video!
Rustic Luxury: Dogsledding & Gourmet Dining in Aspen
Poshbrood paid a New Years visit to Krabloonik in Snowmass, Colorado for traditional dogsledding and gourmet dining in January, 2013.
We?ve found our new favorite way to experience the beautiful wilderness and savor a fine meal while being serenaded by huskies? howls.
Our new recommended Krabloonik slogan: “Answer the call of the wild, then wash it down with a fine Chianti.”
Upon arrival, we watched a video introducing the art of dog sledding and learned necessary safety precautions.
We then donned the Krabloonik-provided heavy parkas and warm booties for a comfortable journey.
Each sled fits two adults, with room for a child in front (we opted for no kids). Husband was seated in back, with wife directly in front, toboggan style. Joe the musher wrapped us snugly in blankets, so only our faces were exposed to the frigid air.
With a “hep hep!” from Joe, we were off…
Soon we crossed one of Snowmass Mountain?s black diamond slopes, zig zagging down a switchback. There?s no steering wheel, so Joe?s commands for the lead dog to turn right and left were critical, and dutifully followed. At this stage, a solo musher is on hand to ensure a safe downward journey. It was thrilling.
Joe knew all the dogs by name, intimately. A relative newbie near the front kept looking back, slowing the pack, so Joe moved him toward the back for a smoother ride, and we moved on. The trail was flatter now, and the views splendid.
The dogs love their work. “They?re OCD,” Joe marveled. On long journeys like the Iditarod, they actually gradually pick up speed day after long day. “We train them how to run for the first six months of their life. We spend the rest of the time training them to slow down.”
Halfway through the ride there?s a break for for interacting with the dogs, stretching the humans? legs, and enjoying the afternoon sun?s glow setting on the nearby peaks.
We almost took two home! You can adopt sled dogs when they’re no longer suitable for racing.
The Mushers—Our New Best Friends
We re-boarded for what is clearly one of Joe?s favorite parts of the journey. We happened to have the video camera on at just the right time, as Joe?s command “hep hep!!” lead us down a series of tight turns and we picked up speed:
At the bottom, Joe announced “and that?s what we call the roller coaster.” Wife responded “I need a cocktail!”
And a cocktail we had…
Second only to the rush of dog sledding as the sun sets, is the experience of a Krabloonik dinner in their rustic, welcoming cabin. The restaurant boasts a sunken room for warming your feet by the classic old wood-burning stove.
A man could spend the entire winter right here.
The dinner was magnificent, with great mushroom soup, a stellar wine selection, and tastings available of a host of wild game dishes as well as lighter options. The atmosphere is casual while the food is elegant, and the mushers come by for a final visit, and maybe join in for a beverage.
Krabloonik, you?ll be a regular activity every time we?re in Aspen. Thanks for a great experience.
Krabloonik Restaurant and Dog Sledding has welcomed guests for 39 years with exquisitely prepared game and fresh fish, an award-winning wine list and spectacular mountain views. The twilight dinner ride is a romantic excursion through a snowy wonderland. Their twilight rides leave the kennel at dusk and upon return, guests are treated to a full 4-course dinner in the dining room. Cost: Adult $340 Child 3-8 years $270http://www.krabloonik.com/
—Submitted by Almus Thorp: commercial real estate guy, nature lover, Daddy to three girls, soccer coach, explorer and VERY patient husband of Poshbrood’s founder.
You’ve Got 14 Chances to Win Historic Hotels of America “Love is in the Air” Sweepstakes
Historic Hotels of America announced the launch of their “Love is in the Air” Facebook® sweepstakes. The sweepstakes prizes include 14 two-night stays for two, with romantic amenities from participating member hotels.
Each week a winner will be selected from the different hotels featured above with a grand finale of ten contest winners, each winning a two-night stay for two from The Queen Mary.
Docked in Long Beach, California, in a permanent home, The Queen Mary offers guests a unique journey back in time with a blend of transatlantic steamship history. The award-winning Sir Winston’s restaurant is the most romantic restaurant in Long Beach, California.
Legend has it that Hacienda del Sol was the favorite hideaway of Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn. Today, the story continues, with simple pleasures, subtle beauty, and superb hospitality at this classic Arizona resort.
The Kings Courtyard Inn offers guests a romantic setting in the heart of Charleston, South Carolina an area known for its delicious dining and unique culture.
The century-old, romantic 1886 Crescent Hotel & Spa in Eureka Springs, features The New Moon Spa, the perfect place to pamper your loved one. While visiting, take a tour of one of America’s most haunted hotels and discover the rich history of the 1886 Crescent Hotel & Spa.
In addition to winning a two-night getaway, winners will also receive a 1-year family membership in the National Trust for Historic Preservation.
Win a Trip for 2 to Paris & VIP Tix to See Alt-J’s Soldout Concert
Did you say Paris? Did you say music? We say “Oui!”
Air France is giving away a trip pour deux (that’s two for those of you who don’t speak “Franglais”) to Paris with accommodations and Alt J concert tickets.
All you have to do to enter is download their “Music in the Sky” app(it’s free) and play their “Cloudy Blind Test” game for a chance to win.
Find the hidden cloud, reply correctly, and you could win a stay for 2 in Paris and 2 tickets to Alt J’s sold out concert at the Cigale - the legendary Parisian concert hall. Contest ends Friday February 8th so don’t delay!! CLICK HERE to go to Air France Music page on iTunes.
PS Air France is also having a February and March European Sale. NYC/DC-Paris from $937 RT!!
Because there are so many things to do in Los Angeles, it can be hard to plan any kind of itinerary. If you’re looking for some insider tips, here are a few to make your stay in LA more fun and less hassle-filled.
Get a Car
No matter what anyone tells you, the first thing you need to do is rent a car. Los Angeles is first and foremost a driving city, and spending a lot of time in cars or cabs heading across town is an unfortunate necessity. The city is indescribably enormous and spread out and the cost of a cab ride from Santa Monica to Downtown would likely be more than a three-day rental. Also, know your rush hour times. If you want to avoid traffic during the week, steer clear of the roads between 8–10am and 3–7pm. Plan your activities accordingly so you’re walking/eating/touring doing those peak hours.
To get a taste of the fame and fortune side of Los Angeles, take a leisurely joyride through the neighborhoods of Bel Air, Beverly Hills, and Hollywood that surround the hills along Sunset Boulevard. Then visit the Chinese Theatre on Hollywood Boulevard and the Hollywood Walk of Fame (6801 Hollywood Boulevard). But don’t expect to see any celebrities there. The best chance to hang out with the A-listers and the town’s elite is to dress posh and pay a visit to some of the ultra-chic lounges, restaurants, and bars in Hollywood. Try places like Hyde Lounge (8029 Sunset), Katsuya (6300 Hollywood), The Ivy (113 North Robertson Boulevard) and the Chateau Marmont (8221 W Sunset). Just be sure to make a reservation beforehand. If you’re not looking to spend that kind of money, check out the Sunday Farmers Market on Main Street in Santa Monica instead, there are usually incognito celebs doing a little shopping.
Where to Stay
Think about these two options while searching for places to stay in LA. If you are looking to enjoy the daytime paradise of Los Angeles, dreaming of palm trees, sandy beaches, and margaritas, book a hotel in Santa Monica, Malibu, Venice, or Manhattan Beach. On the other hand, if you are young and looking to indulge in the city’s world-famous nightlife and club scene, check into one of the many high-end hotels in Hollywood or West Hollywood that house their own clubs and pool parties. Check out The W hotel (6250 Hollywood), where the top two floors are dedicated to a Vegas-worthy nightclub, Drai’s, and an ultra-exclusive rooftop pool.
Daniel Hogan is a writer at Party Earth - a global media and entertainment company that publishes reviews and listings of the best social experiences around the world including: bars in Paris, pubs in London, beaches in Ibiza, plazas in Rome, parks in New York, festivals and concerts everywhere, and more.
Poshbrood is also a full-service travel agency. Our extensive network of contacts and a partnership with NYC-based SmartFlyer, a VIRTUOSO agency, enable us to pass along special perks at top hotels worldwide such as complimentary upgrades, breakfast-inclusive hotel rates, early check- in/late check-out and additional value-adds that might include hotel and resort credits, meals, spa treatments orairport transfers. Our clients also enjoy additional benefits from our Four Seasons Preferred Partner, Ritz-Carlton STARS, Fairmont Famous Agents, Preferred Hotels VIP & Orient-Express Bellini Club status. (Poshbrood does not charge clients fees upfront, typically we receive commission from hotels.)
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