Luxurious Weekend Escape | Las Vegas, Nevada

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Las Vegas is known around the world for its extravagant resorts, vibrant casinos, and non-stop nightlife. It’s the perfect destination for a quick escape from everyday life. One of the best things about the city is that there are countless activities and attractions that are open all year round. Whether you’re celebrating a birthday, special occasion, or just need an indulgent weekend, you can always treat yourself to a lavish Las Vegas vacation.

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ARIA Las Vegas

Aria Las Vegas is the pinnacle of luxury casino resorts. You can appreciate the property’s award-winning design as soon as you walk into the lobby. The hotel’s countless amenities offer anything you can possibly need during your stay, including mobile check-in, spas, three pools, a fitness center, and an on-site salon. Elevate your experience with the Tower Suites VIP Package. The add-on includes round trip luxury airport transportation, two welcome cocktails at the lobby bar, an in-suite welcome amenity, and in-suite breakfast for two. 

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JEWEL at Aria

If you’re looking for Las Vegas’ hottest nightlife destination, look no further than JEWEL Nightclub at Aria. The upscale club is just over a year old and is the latest addition to the famous Hakkasan Group’s portfolio. It spans over 24,000 square feet of precisely designed space with multiple floors and the latest in sound and lighting technology. View the event calendar to see the rotating roster of world-class DJs and performers.

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Head over to the Forum Shops at Caesar’s Palace, known as “The Shopping Wonder of the World.” It’s Las Vegas’ definitive shopping destination, comprising over 160 retailers, restaurants, and attractions. Its high-end roster includes Louis Vuitton, Versace, Valentino, Gucci, and many more. Visit the giant 50,000 gallon aquarium, watch the Fall of Atlantis animatronic show, and gaze upon the ornate architecture as you walk from store to store.

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Qua Baths & Spa

After a long day of shopping, relax and rejuvenate at Qua Baths & Spa inside Caesar’s Palace. This elegant sanctuary has been ranked 28th among the top 100 resort spas in the world. The expansive 50,000 square foot paradise offers unmatched amenities and a holistic approach. There are three Roman baths that harness the ancient healing powers of water, and a snowing Arctic ice room that’s the only one of it’s kind in the world. Browse their wide range of services online.

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Alizé

Alizé is Michelin-starred, multiple award-winning contemporary French restaurant with one of the best views in Las Vegas. Located on the 56th floor of the Palms Casino & Resort, it offers remarkable cuisine, a world-renowned cognac collection, and a 2-story wine tower. Executive Chef Joshua Bianchi has literally and figuratively taken Las Vegas dining to new heights at Alizé. Order the 7-course tasting menu to get the full experience. They also offer a pre-theater prix fixe menu for early diners if you plan to watch one of Las Vegas’ famous shows.

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No Vegas trip is complete without a show! “O” is an aquatic masterpiece presented by the world-famous Cirque du Soleil. The performance weaves together artistry, surrealism, and theatrical romance inspired by the concepts of infinity and water. The talented acrobats, swimmers, and divers put on a truly one-of-a-kind experience, showing exclusively at the Bellagio.

 

Culture and Cuisine in San Francisco, California

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San Francisco is West Coast icon and one of the most well known cities in the United States. The urban metropolis is brimming with people, art, and a personality all its own. It’s also one of the most renowned culinary destinations in the country – at any given time, there are more than 3,500 restaurants open in San Francisco! Here are a few places you won’t want to miss on your next trip to the Bay Area.

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Hotel Fusion

Stay at Hotel Fusion, an urban boutique hotel located right outside of Union Square. You’ll be in the heart of the city, just steps away from some of the best shopping and dining options in the area. The property blends classic Asian design with a contemporary San Franciscan flair. Hotel Fusion also includes upscale dining and drinking options. Taste on Ellis restaurant and bar offers Hawaiian and Hispanic fusion cuisine with a modern twist, while the stylish Infusion Lounge boasts a 6,500 square foot dance floor with VIP rooms and bottle service options. Book the Food & A Flick Package to make the most of your stay. It includes overnight accommodations for two, dinner for two at Taste on Ellis, and a $30 gift card to the ultra-modern Metreon movie complex.

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The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA), is a short 10-minute walk from the Hotel Fusion. SFMOMA is a nonprofit organization that carries an internationally recognized collection of contemporary artworks. The current collection includes over 33,000 pieces in various mediums spanned across 170,000 square feet of exhibition space. Be sure to check out Noguchi’s Playscapes, on display now through November 26, 2017. Artist Isamu Noguchi explores themes of art, education, and humanity through playgrounds and play structures. The exhibit includes models, sketches, set designs, and archival images.

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Ferry Building Marketplace

San Francisco’s famous Ferry Building Marketplace is the perfect place to stop for a quick lunch. The expansive building comprises multiple eateries, vendors, restaurants, and a bustling farmers market that’s open 3 days a week. With so many choices it’s easy to get overwhelmed, so we recommend taking a few minutes to stroll through the marketplace and browse your options. Our favorite is Gott’s Roadside, a casual diner that’s been serving upscale classics since 1999. Order the California Burger, a 1/3 pound Niman Ranch beef patty piled high with Swiss cheese, bacon, arugula, balsamic onions, and a fried egg. Pair it with a hand-spun ice cream shake for the perfect meal.

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de Young Museum

The de Young Museum was founded in 1895 and is an integral part of San Francisco’s culture. Located in Golden Gate Park, the state-of-the-art facility brings together art, architecture, and nature from all over the world in one inspiring destination. Beyond the Surface: Worldwide Embroidery Traditions displays a unique collection of costumes and accessories from around the globe. The exhibition explores the distinguished craftsmanship and cultural traditions multiple countries.

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The Progress

The Progress is a new American restaurant that serves family-style dishes with seasonal ingredients and intriguing flavor combinations. The restaurant recently earned a Michelin star, and it’s no surprise why. Everything from the inviting staff to the artfully designed interior is truly remarkable. The building was originally a theatre built back in 1911 and the restaurant retains that same historic charm. The rotating menu changes frequently, so don’t hesitate to ask your server for recommendations. Reservations are accepted up to 30 days in advance. Be sure to book a table prior to your visit!

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The Forgery

End your night at The Forgery, a San Francisco staple known for “modern cocktails and classic craftsmanship.” What is now a 2,000 square foot bar was previously home to a printing press and glass blowing studio in a building that’s been a part of San Francisco’s history for many years. Today, the historical space features an open-air layout with floor-to-ceiling windows, exposed brick, and natural wood. It’s one of the cities best cocktail bars and carries over 300 different spirits along with beer, wine, and non-alcoholic selections. Ask your bartender about the featured Forgery Punch Bowl, a rotating recipe that serves 4 guests.

 

Colorado City Life | Denver, Colorado

While Colorado has plenty of natural beauty (four national parks, 42 state parks, and eight national monuments to be exact), it also has its fair share of arts and culture. Enjoy an urban getaway in Denver, where there’s always something going on. Here are the best spots to check out in the Mile High City.

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The Crawford Hotel

Located inside trendy Union Station, The Crawford Hotel incorporates Denver’s rich history into newly renovated spaces. Each floor showcases a different era of Denver’s past, with styles ranging from Victorian to art deco. The unique hotel has views of the Denver skyline and the Rocky Mountains. Add even more excitement to your stay with the Stranahan’s Curated Special. In addition to a two night stay, the package includes a tour of local distillery Stranahan’s (with Tesla chauffeur service), a bottle of whiskey, and two tasting glasses.

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Union Station

First established as a train station over a century ago, Union Station was recently renovated and transformed into “Denver’s Living Room,” a collection of local restaurants, bars, and shops. Be sure to stop by Milkbox, where you can choose from 16 flavors of local ice cream and a selection of boozy milkshakes – we recommend The Dignitary, with Coconut Almond Fudge and rum. To learn more about Denver’s past, you can tour Union Station. Tours include information about the building’s art and history and culminate in your choice of beer or wine at the Terminal Bar.

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Denver Botanic Gardens

The Denver Botanic GardensYork Street location provides natural beauty in the midst of central Denver. Stroll through dozens of gardens featuring both local and international plants. Be sure to see (and smell) the Fragrance Garden, a collection of flowers and herbs that stimulate the senses, and the Victorian Secret Garden, inspired by the tropical gardens popular in the 1800s. Right now you can also see Calder: Monumental, a collection of sculptor Alexander Calder’s bold, geometric creations.

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Denver Art Museum

Famous for its variety of exhibitions and iconic architecture, the Denver Art Museum is one of the city’s best attractions. See everything from European paintings to bamboo carvings to interactive installations. La Musidora, on through October 29th, features colorful wicker rocking chairs that double as musical instruments – simply sit and rock in them to create your own music. Admission to the Denver Art Museum is free on the first Saturday of each month.

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Fiction Beer Company

Fiction Beer Company was created by a book lover and a beer lover that merged their interests and created “liquid literature.” Their brews are inspired by their favorite books, and categorized into “genres” including Classics, Adventure, and Fantasy. Try Old Bums and Beat Cowboys, a pale ale with citrus and tropical fruit flavors that was inspired by Kerouac’s On the Road, a novel that prominently features Denver.