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Winter Travel Steals: Fight the Winter Blues with a Luxury Getaway
Have you got the winter blues? Book a fabulous getaway now with these amazing travel deals.
1.) Left Bank Luxe
A trip to Paris can cure the deepest winter doldrums. Designed to resemble a private residence, one of our favorite Paris abodes, the Hotel Esprit Saint Germain, indulges travelers with sophistication and every imaginable amenity. Book through March 31st and guests will receive one complimentary night’s stay, breakfast daily, wine with French cheese and baguettes (served when you choose), fruit and flowers daily, complimentary minibar in your their room and more. Virtuoso rates FROM EUR 1,290 (approx. $1,769) per room for four nights.
2.) Bonus Night in Bermuda
The Fairmont Southampton, Bermuda’s stunning south shore resort, is offering guests’ their fourth night free. An easy two-hour flight from the East Coast, this is the perfect last-minute winter escape. Warm up with sweeping water views from your spacious guestroom, a soothing treatment at the Willow Stream Spa, championship golf at the Turtle Hill Golf Course and more. Rates FROM $299 per room, per night. Available through April 30, 2014.
3.) Boca Break
Still an icon some 80 years later, Boca Raton Resort & Club, A Waldorf Astoria Resort, embodies Florida beachside glamour. Guests receive a room upgrade, if available; daily breakfast for two; a $100 dining credit and more. Stroll the beach, skate on the pink ice rink (open through February 18) and explore the exquisite grounds, from the ultra-luxe Beach Club to the elegant Yacht Club. There is also an amazing kids’ club to allow parents alone time. Virtuoso rates FROM $199 per room, per night. Available throughout 2014.
4.) Doing the Charleston!
When you’re smitten with Charleston, there’s nowhere better to hang your hat than the Charleston Place Hotel by Orient-Express. You’ll save 20% off the best available room rates when reserving a spacious suite or an exclusive Club Level room (complete with award-winning all-day cuisine and private elevator access). Don’t miss the full-service spa and rooftop infinity swimming pool. Virtuoso rates FROM $296 per room, per night. Available through February 12, 2014.
5.) SAIL AWAY!
Epic Caribbean: $300 Shipboard Credit
Run to the sun in the Western Caribbean with Norwegian Cruise Line this winter and enjoy a $300 onboard credit when you book a Suite or Villa. Those winter blahs will be but a memory as you enjoy The Haven’s private courtyard, pool and sundeck, along with privileges like pre-cruise concierge, certified butler service and much more. Virtuoso suite fares FROM $1,849 per person. Norwegian Epic departs February 2, 9, 23; March 9, 2014. Book by February 28, 2014.
Posted by Elizabeth on 01/30 at 03:44 PM
Fab Friday: Great Winter Travel Options
Happy Fab Friday, Posh! Since we’re already used to crazy cold temps at this point, have you thought of taking the brood on some crazy awesome winter trips? You’ll love our Fab Links, featuring some great ideas to have fun in the snow!
Hey there, sports fans! You can have an amazing vacay at the Super Bowl, even with a last minute reservation!
Stowe Mountain Lodge is at the bottom of Spruce Mountain in Stowe, Vermont. The perfect locale for some great Winter activities. See our Posh Review.
Posted by Elizabeth on 01/24 at 10:23 AM
Super Bowl Travel: How to Score a Last-Minute Hotel Deal / Get Out of Your Reservation
One of the biggest problems with Super Bowl travel planning is all of the uncertainty, yet most of the hotels during this time only offer non-refundable rates. Do you go ahead and book your hotel and risk your team being cut from the play offs or do you wait until the last minute, when the rates be too astronomically high to afford? One newly-launched website has the solution for both of these problems. Roomer is a new online concept and website that lets consumers book hotel reservations from those who are no longer able to use theirs.
How it works
For those who already booked their reservations for the Super Bowl, thinking their team was a shoe-in this year, then find out that the team doesn’t make it to the big game and that traveling to New Jersey just isn’t worth the trip, they can post their reservation for sale on Roomer. The site allows users to set their own price for their nonrefundable/un-used hotel room, which potentially leads to putting money back into their pocket. Or, if you decide you want to attend the Super Bowl at the last minute, you could be the lucky buyer who scores a great hotel room at a 50% discount. When you book a hotel room on Roomer, you’re not only getting the best price—you’re also helping someone out. Talk about good karma!
Click here for more information.
Posted by Elizabeth on 01/13 at 07:00 AM
Fab Friday: Happy New Year!
It’s only the third day of the year and we’re already eyeing those cookies left over from Christmas. Darn resolutions. But hey, you gotta do it right? Let’s get better to have the best 2014 possible. How are your resolutions coming? Any travel plans in there? We have a few ideas for you…
If you’re thinking Paris this year then you might as well swing by Barcelona as well! Rail Europe is the best way to travel through Europe. Efficiently and still while seeing the sights!
5 Reasons Why Aspen Snowmass is a Perfect Family Destination... as if you needed more reasons to get your snow bunny on!
The perfect travel partner is also the perfect cuddle partner. Check out how to courier puppies!
photo credit: Sprengben [why not get a friend] via photopin cc
Posted by Elizabeth on 01/03 at 12:24 PM
Courier the Potcake: Show a Puppy Some Love!
Don’t stop giving now that the hectic holiday season is coming to a close. Courier the Potcake home from St. Lucia to Canada or the States!
What exactly are you talking about?
Help a puppy get to their new home. Once Potcake Place has found a home for a puppy, they need to get them there. Be a volunteer and take puppies on flights out of Providenciales (PLS), after all… puppies can’t fly on their own.
What do I need to do?
A few simple steps! Being a courier is like babysitting for a few hours, all you would need to do is oversee the delivery of either a puppy or an older dog while it travels to his or her new home. It’s way less work than carrying a baby on a plane. By simply carrying a soft sided bag on to the plane, you can save a life and make a difference. Potcake Place will take care of everything and meet you at the Providenciales airport and the new owner will meet you at the destination airport.
Did I add that puppies typically travel surprisingly well. No food prior to the flight = no mess! On occasion, and only for the benefit of the animal, a very mild sedative may be administered. Once airborne the puppy should sleep for the duration of the flight.
How do I benefit from this?
Well obviously you get to spend time with an adorable animal and help them get to a new home, but it is also free for you! Yes! A free flight! You will be given everything you and the puppy / dog needs for the journey; paperwork, pee pads, adopting family info etc.
Posted by Elizabeth on 01/02 at 08:00 AM
5 Reasons Aspen Snowmass is a Perfect Family Destination
We ♥ Aspen and are spending the holidays here. There are many fabulous activities and amenities to make both kids and their parents have a wonderful vacation.
Here are our five favorite reasons why Aspen/Snowmass is perfect for families:
1.) Amazing Kid Programs, Ski Schools & Childcare
Whether you ski at Snowmass Mountain, which boasts kid-friendly skiable terrain and The Treehouse Adventure Center — a multilevel, 2,300-square-meter childcare facility— or Buttermilk, a smaller mountain with easier terrain or Aspen Highlands for more advanced skiiers, Aspen/Snowmass brings the great outdoors inside with Colorado-themed play rooms and supervised activities for children ages 8 weeks to 4 years old.
2.) Year-Round Activities for Non-Skiers, Many of them Free
During holiday time, there is a plethora of free activities in Snowmass and in Aspen—including: kids crafts, hot cocoa, cookies, carols and on Snowmass Mountain, their annual Torchlight Parade and fireworks. In summer, families can enjoy outdoor markets, music festivals, culinary & arts experiences, free guided nature tours, hiking and biking.
3.) Family-Friendly Lodging for All Budgets
Lodging options in the Aspen area range from hotels and lodges to full-service resorts; private condominiums to luxurious mountain-side homes. Budget-savvy visitors will enjoy inviting inns, families can settle into the sanctity of private homes and condos. We love the Westin Snowmass, which has ski in ski out access, a spa, great restaurants and a kids’ club and is steps from all the shops and restaurants in Snowmass Village. Other favorites include: Viceroy Snowmass, , The Sky Hotel in Aspen and for luxe families, The St. Regis Aspen.
4.) Fabulous Dining
Consistently rated the #1 resort in North America for dining, the Aspen area offers a menu from every palate and over 100 bars and restaurants. Some of our favorites for families are: CP Burger, when the weather is cold, CP Burger is located adjacent to Aspen’s only outdoor skating rink, providing family fun. When things are warm, that rink becomes Aspen’s only mini-golf park. They have “Spiked Shakes,” beer, and wine for mom and Dad. Little Annie’s Eating House in Aspen has been serving comfort food since 1972. Don’t miss a trip to famed Woody Creek Tavern, for the family-friendly fares, famous margaritas and possible celebrity sightings.
Aspen/Snowmass is a shoppers paradise—from antiques to art galleries and everything in between. Our faves are: Gorsuch for fancy shearling coats and posh Austrian winterwear. Pitkin Country Drygoods for for laid-back apres-ski essentials: jeans, cashmere sweaters and fun accessories. And Aspen’s best-kept secret and most-affordable women’s fashion is Valley Girl Boutique. Silly name, AWESOME clothes.
Posted by Elizabeth on 12/29 at 11:28 AM
When in Rome…
Skip the long airport lines, baggage check, and over priced food. The much anticipated direct connection between Barcelona and Paris has arrived!
Trains aren’t a secondary form of transportation in Europe. Europeans take these things seriously and how could you not blame them? Unlike in America, trains in Europe are state-of-the-art, dependable, and modern. Why stare at the clouds during your 3+ hour flight when you could be surrounded by the beauty of the land?
Rail Europe is now selling tickets for the high-speed TGV rail link connecting Paris to Barcelona in 6h25mn. Traditionally a much longer trip, we expect this new link to result in a shift from travelers taking the overnight train to the day train. Two daily direct connections from Barcelona to Paris and two daily direct connections from Paris to Barcelona are now available with prices starting at $210 USD.
Posted by Elizabeth on 12/26 at 07:00 AM
Be fab. Spend Less. Travel to Bermuda and get 50% off room rates!
Nine island hotels offer special promotion available for upcoming Bermuda vacations
NEW YORK, NY (December 19, 2013) – Visitors seeking a nearby winter escape can take advantage of a limited-time opportunity to experience Bermuda’s (www.gotobermuda.com) famed pink sand beaches and British charm at up to 50 percent off regular rates during the island’s special “Pink Sale”.
Located less than two hours away from key gateway cities in the U.S., travelers can experience the nearby island’saward-winning hotels and spas, championship-caliber golf courses and distinctive art, history and cultural offerings by booking this special promotion at nine participating island hotels from January 23 – February 3, 2014 for travel between February 4 – April 30, 2014.
A full list of participating hotels is below:
While in Bermuda, travelers who take advantage of the Pink Sale can also experience Bermuda’s Love Month events throughout February, which include Love Cruises on Friday afternoons as well as train and shopping tours in Hamilton, a love-themed walking tour of historic St. George’s and special promotions at landmark attractions, hotels and restaurants. Visitors can also immerse themselves in the island’s British charm by taking part in free Rendezvous Activities, available throughMarch 31, that highlight the island’s rich local heritage. Free activities include historic walking tours of Hamilton, Royal Naval Dockyard and St. George’s, cooking demonstrations and music programs featuring Bermuda’s famous Gombey dancers.
For more information about the Pink Sale, please visit www.gotobermuda.com.
TERMS AND CONDITIONS
The advertised rate is based on single or double occupancy, and is valid for travel 4th February – 30th April 2014 and must be booked by 23rd January – 3rd February 2014 at the following hotels: Cambridge Beaches; Elbow Beach Hotel; Fairmont Hamilton Princess Hotel; Fairmont Southampton Hotel; Grotto Bay Beach Hotel; Newstead Belmont Hills Hotel; Rosedon Hotel; Rosewood Tuckers Point Resort; Royal Palms Hotel The customer will receive 50% off rates at time of booking. Nightly taxes and service charge are additional; extra person rates and meal plans are available. This offer is based on availability. Refer to participating hotels for certain blackout dates, restrictions and policies for this promotion. This offer is for new bookings only and is not available for groups.
Just under two hours from East Coast gateway cities, Bermuda stretches for 21 miles along turquoise waters and is surrounded by a 200-square-mile coral reef plateau. The destination’s accommodations range from luxury resorts to intimate guest cottages and family-run inns, all incorporating the sophistication and hospitality unique to the Bermuda experience. The island includes more than 150 restaurants to fit any traveler’s budget, from simple and inexpensive to elegant and special dining. Bermuda’s diverse activities offer an array of vacation options all year round, including more wreck dives and more golf per square mile than anywhere else in the world, renowned deep sea fishing, luxurious spas and smooth pink beaches.
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Posted by Elizabeth on 12/23 at 11:06 AM
Great Holiday Destinations for Families
Spending time in a different country and place can be an incredibly bonding experience for a family but it’s difficult to get right as younger members of the family won’t have any patience for historical sites and significant culture whilst older members may grow a little bored of the water parks. Searching for deals online and doing thorough research is a must so hurry and avail cheap holiday deals with your family! Experience a relaxing and fun-filled vacation with their affordable packages. For those searching for the best family holiday destinations, consider some of these gems:
The USA is a good destination for families in general as each state is similar to visiting a different country. Orlando, home of Disneyworld, may be the best to check out. The Disney park is not the only attraction and there’s plenty to see and do for an older generation, including bars, restaurants, shopping outlets and hotels, not to mention the access to cities such as Miami as well as the warm weather.
Poshbrood loves The Omni Orlando Resort for the full experience that will make the whole family feel like they’re vacay-ing in a fairy tale!
Lapland is an unusual choice but it’s a top destination for winter, strongly linked with Santa Claus and reindeer, making it a memorable holiday for all the family. There’s plenty of snow, a fun factor for everyone, and Lapland, in Finland, is lit up during the winter, adding a special festive feeling to the proceedings. Sleigh rides, reindeer rides and the northern lights will help to create an incredibly unusual, yet special, trip.
Renting a villa in Spain may be an incredibly appealing idea to all in the family. The Spanish countryside is incredibly sleek and the weather will be enjoyed by all. Spain is a culture so very much unlike any other in the world that the entire family will find something very appealing about it. Those looking for a bit of sun, sea and sand can head to the Mediterranean coast as well.
France will always be a strong tourist destination for families as it’s not a particularly long journey, has a vast selection of countryside, as well as the sloping Alps, great for skiing, and is home to one of the greatest cities on Earth. Relaxing in the French Riviera is a great idea for families as the scenery will entrance younger children whilst parents can enjoy a bit of peace and quiet.
Check out the Westin Paris for an absolutely luxurious trip.
Posted by Elizabeth on 12/23 at 07:00 AM
Fab Friday: Is it Christmas yet?
Wrapping presents. Sugar-cookie highs. Holiday school break. All the things that would usually add extra stress this time of year and yet the Posh crew is SO ready for all that Christmas brings! Here’s the fab stuff that happened this week as we impatiently wait for holiday vacay.
You know wanna go to Spain. Just sayin’ Check out this guest post that will make you want to hope a plane for some Spanish culture ASAP.
Does it make sense to travel often or travel less in a more luxurious way? Here’s a thought on our blog about canceling the small trips to go big.
But then again… when travel is all you can think about. What else can you do?
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Posted by Elizabeth on 12/20 at 11:03 AM
Canceling Your “Small Vacation Trip” for a Huge Trip…Later
Christmas time is here - time for holiday trips, family travels, and spending time away from work. This is how it’s always been - no one gets any work done, anyways!).
A lot of people use the month of December to finally cash in all their vacation days they’ve accumulated over the year to spend time with family back at home, which is great. Employees, bosses, CEOs, and company owners alike take time to get a breath a fresh air from work before starting fresh in January.
However, you may be in a position to have a huge vacation instead of a series of mini-trips visiting the in-laws and wishing you flew Westjet navigating through obscene holiday crowds. Here’s a step-by-step process to turn your average Christmas vacation into a future dream vacation.
1. Coordinate With the Family About a Later Date
Obviously, if this is your one chance to use your vacation days or get time off, do it. But if you’re able to carry over that time into next year and stay working (I’m sure your bosses will be very happy, as everyone barely gets anything done during December anyways and they need all the help they can get), do it. Coordinate with your spouse and kids too. If that’s a go, move on to the next step:
2. Cancel Your Trip
Of course, take time to see family and enjoy the holidays. But if you can get most of your bonding time done in a couple days and skip the week-long out-of-state trip, do it. Announce to family and friends that you just won’t be able to swing it this year. It doesn’t have to be a big deal - with the craziness of the holidays, most people will understand anyways. Tell them you’re going to enjoy a smaller holiday with the family.
Excellent. Moving on.
3. Deposit Your Trip Money
No use spending all your vacation money on soon-to-be-broken toys and plastic Christmas decorations - put that money away in a bank. Discover Bank offers competitive CD rates for larger sums and encourages account holders to earn some extra interest.
Now - you wait. Finish out the season with a bang, watch Home Alone, drink some eggnog, and enjoy the snow (if you have any!). You’re setting yourself up, step by step.
4. Plan Out Your Bigger Trip
This is the fun part!
Nobody takes vacations in the first few months of the new year, but you guys will. You’ll have access to competitive rates of the off-season, less crowds, a growing vacation fund, and a family itching to get out!
You’ll probably be accruing more vacation time as well. Working around the kids’ schedule can be difficult, and many schools are pretty set in not letting kids miss too many days. Regardless, do what you can and organize a bigger, better trip with your increased funds and time off.
5. Enjoy Your New Vacation!
Like I said, many tourist spots will be monumentally cheaper after the Thanksgiving/Christmas rush ends. You’ll have saved up more money, more vacation time, and lots of pent up energy! Take the kids out of school, pack that suitcase, and start your adventure.
My recommendations: Estes Park, Colorado (I’ve mentioned this place before, because it’s so great); mainly known for the backdrop of Stephen King’s The Shining, Estes Park is a great little getaway for the busy family that love outdoorsy-mountain settings. Bring a jacket.
Orlando, Florida is another excellent spot (another location I’ve praised before!), because no matter when you go, it’s probably going to be warm, sunny, and fun. Of course, consider stopping by Disneyworld for the kids, but Orlando is known to have a lot of great adult scenes for the vacationing couple or family. Definitely a viable option.
Finally: San Diego. “Winter” doesn’t have the same meaning there, either - “cold” over there usually refers to about 60 degrees. Another perfect scene for the family who loves the warm weather, beaches, and sunny ocean view.
Are you able to skip your Christmas vacation for a better trip?
Most families don’t have the luxury to extend or postpone their trips, but if you’re able, I highly recommend it. Spend Christmas with the family, but work harder for a better trip in the future. Sometimes, it’s better to give up something good to get something great later.
Posted by Elizabeth on 12/19 at 09:39 AM
Can You Hear Spain Calling Your Name? Welcome to Galicia Pardor de Monforte de Lemos
In the north west of mainland Spain lies the wild and rugged area of Galicia. This is the most remote of all the Spanish regions and is windswept, misty and mystical. Back in the medieval times, Europeans believed that the world ended here and there was nothing else beyond. With two coastlines on the Atlantic, this is not your run of the mill holiday destination, and the accommodation here is far from typical.
Galicia offers some of the most interesting and quite unique holidays in Spain. The accommodation, like the landscape itself, is a million miles away from the crowded resorts on the Mediterranean. You won’t find any apartment blocks or high rise hotels in Galicia, as they would be veritable blot on the lush, verdant countryside. Here is just one of the amazing holiday accommodations you will find in this quite outstanding Spanish region.
Parador de Monforte de Lemos
On the highest point of Monforte de Lemos town sits the majestic San Vicente de Pino monastery. This massive complex is combined with the palace of Condes de Lemos, and here you will find the Parador. There are guest rooms within the monastery while the castle offers several function rooms. At the left hand side of the main building stands a castellated tower/keep dating from medieval times which you can climb for a small charge.
The monastery’s focal point is a stone cloister which is built in neo-classical style and is 3 storey’s high. Sitting at the centre is an ancient cistern which is used for the storage of rain water which is collected from several curved channels cut into the flooring. In keeping with the origins of this wonderful building, you will often hear sacred choral music softly playing in the background.
The guest rooms are located around this cloister. Whitewashed walls are offset by rich, elegant furnishings, velvet curtains and terracotta floors. The bathrooms are very large and have been fully modernised to suit today’s discerning traveller. There is a formal restaurant where you can dine on local Galician specialities on velvet chairs with high backs beneath wood beamed ceilings. There is also a café if you fancy something lighter such as tapas or a sandwich.
Stepping Back in Time
If you are lucky and time your trip accordingly, you may be able to take part in one of the spectacular medieval banquets which are held on special occasions. These really are something very different and are a step back in time. Forget the medieval banqueting craze which swept the UK at the back end of the last century, this is the real McCoy. Everything is perfectly replicated from medieval times from the food, to the costumes to the entertainment, and it is certainly not to be missed.
Out and About
On the site itself you will find a swimming pool that operates seasonally and a sauna. Nearby you will find hiking, golf, canoeing, fishing and caves to explore. It is recommended if you are staying at the Parador de Monforte de Lemos that you hire a car as its hilltop location makes it difficult to walk into the town and back. The town of Monforte de Lemos is quite charming, and is totally unspoilt. There is a decent selection of restaurants here if you wish to dine in town, and it gets very busy in the summer as the monastery is one of the regions major tourist attractions.
You will find few tourists here who are not Spanish, and to be honest the town benefits from this. The European visitors tend to flock to the eastern side of Spain, leaving this area as rural and untouched as it has been for centuries. The town makes for a pleasant stroll and as with all these towns which are off the tourist track there are some real gems to be found down the cobbled back streets.
There is a tourist office to give any advice you may need and there are festivals all year round so it will be harder to miss one that take your trip at the same time that one it taking place. It is a great cliché, but this is the real Spain in all its glory. Untamed and untouched by the 21st century, Galicia is a very special place to visit, and the Parador de Monforte de Lemos somewhere very special to stay.
Posted by Elizabeth on 12/16 at 07:00 AM
Fab Friday: Holiday Miracles
Is that a tear or a sparkle in your eye? West Jet (as pictured above) does it right. Holiday miracles are happening this Fab Friday!
Everyone loves holiday surprises. Check out this tear jerker from WestJet.
Is anyone else concerned for Buddy the Elf and these unanswered questions?
Posted by Elizabeth on 12/13 at 09:54 AM
#WestJetChristmas Wins The Internet
Airlines are getting so crafty these days to stay connected with their customers through social media. But this effort is a Christmas miracle! You have see the amazing work WestJet did for the people of one very special flight.
I know. Tear jerker, right?
And that’s not all! You can win airfare with WestJet, too. Check out their site for more details.
Posted by Elizabeth on 12/10 at 02:41 PM
Fab Friday: Counting Down to the Holidays
Posh is just checking in to Le Bristol (as seen above). Don’t be jeal! We still have lots of fun holiday stuff for you on this Fab Friday!
Man the beach is looking gorge. I know you’re definitely into this over that snow out your window. Check out Pink Sands.
Omni knows how to do it right. For the holidays take the brood somewhere special.
Dude where’s my ranch? Grab your lasso and check out these locales to get your fix.
We’re all busy. But you need a vacay! Here’s some great ideas.
Posted by Elizabeth on 12/06 at 01:54 PM