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Dallas, Texas…It’s Not All Football and Rodeos

Ok, I’ll admit…when I used to think of Dallas, Texas, the first thing that came to mind was cowboys.  The ones that ride horses, and the ones that play football.  But Dallas has developed into such a diverse and exciting metropolitan city, filled with art, music and culture that I thought I would highlight five of the highest ranking attractions in Dallas, as ranked by TripAdvisor reviewers.  I was surprised at a few of them, and I reckon y’all may be too!

The Dallas Arboretum & Botanical Gardens is currently ranked #1 as the top attraction in Dallas.  Featuring over 66-acres on the shores of White Rock Lake, the Dallas Arboretum varies it’s displays four times each year, providing amazing color and breathtaking season changes for visitors year round.

The Morton H Meyerson Symphony Center is located in the Downtown Dallas Arts District and is home to the world-class Dallas Symphony Orchestra and other Dallas-based cultural organizations. The Meyerson’s impressive architectural features, open spaces, touches of elegance, and unsurpassed acoustics make the building the preeminent environment for exceptional events in Dallas.

The George W Bush Presidential Library and Museum also topped this list and the reviewers can’t say enough about how beautiful, clean and educational this library and museum is.  While it focuses on republican President Bush’s time in office, there is such a sense of American patriotism, it doesn’t matter if you are republican or democrat, it is worth a visit.

The Nasher Sculpture Center, in the heart of downtown Dallas, features a collection of more than three hundred sculptures, and twentieth-century paintings and drawings.  This is a beautiful center of indoor and outdoor exhibition space that is filled with natural light and elegant in design.

Dallas Museum of Art Established in 1903, the Dallas Museum of Art features an outstanding collection of more than 22,000 works of art from around the world, from ancient to modern times.  This museum is in the heart of the Arts District, and is highly rated on TripAdvisor.

So next time you are considering an arts and culture getaway, think of Dallas, Texas.   While you may not have had it on your bucket list before, I think you will be pleased, and may be surprised like I was, with what you discover in the heart of this amazing city.

 

Culinary Tours of Charleston, South Carolina

Charleston, South Carolina,  rich in history and southern charm was recently featured in USA Today Travel for it’s popularity as a culinary and beverage destination getaway. With  myriad hotel vacation packages in Charleston, (many of them being food and wine packages), we thought we would highlight some of the more popular culinary tours that are featured in the city.

Culinary Tours of Charleston, Savor the Flavors

This is a wonderful tour for you to experience a more general overview of Charleston’s essential cuisine. This tour is two and a half hours, and highlights downtown restaurants and food shops that will have you sample grits, pralines, benne wafers and more.  During this walking tour, you also learn about the area’s rich culinary history.  While some may find this to be enough of a meal, most who enjoy the tour may need a more substantial meal after the tour is complete, and there are plenty of options in downtown.

Charleston Brews Cruise

Not only is Charleston popular for it’s incredible cuisine, it has also moved up the ranksCharleston Brews Cruise in popularity as a beer-drinker’s paradise. While alcohol laws used to be very strict, they have eased up and the craft beer scene has blossomed.  This “Brews Cruise” is three and a half hours and highlights three local breweries, where you can sample four ounce tasters of IPAs, Porters and ESB’s.  Try any you love? You can buy them and store them in a cooler on the bus!

Charleston Culinary Tours, The Farmer’s Market Tour

The Charleston Farmers Market is an incredible experience for any “foodie”.  It features more than 100 vendors, entertainment and a whole lot of fun! Charleston Culinary Tours has a two hour tour each Saturday that allows you to peruse it like an insider!  Starting off the tour with some architectural history and ending the tour with a fresh brunch that your group creates from fresh ingredients you have gotten throughout the market tour.


Original Pub Tour of Charleston

As we mentioned before, Charleston is absolutely rich with history and some of theCharleston Pub Tour most interesting history comes from it’s centuries-old pubs. On the Original Pub Tour of Charleston, you experience a tour of four pubs, often  the Blind Tiger (whose building was erected in 1803) and The Griffon (also located in a structure that dates to the early 19th century).  Each of the pubs you experience offers complimentary appetizers as your guide shares tales of interesting and engaging characters from American history.  All food is included int he price of the tour, however drinks are not included in the ticket price.

Whether or not you fancy yourself as a “foodie” these tours are sure to please, and are a whole lot of fun!

Are you planning your next vacation getaway? Consider our hotel packages in Charleston, South Carolina where you can reserve a wonderful Charleston hotel package, and then plan a fun culinary tour to complete your vacation itinerary!

Classic Southern California Getaways

 As the dog days of summer count down, don’t miss what may be your Best Summer Vacation Getaway yet! From Los Angeles to San Diego, here are some of the most popular, and quintessential Southern California experiences that should be on your “Fun Bucket List.”

Los Angeles - Do you know of anyone that visits Los Angeles who doesn’t get a picture of either the iconic Hollywood sign, or of themselves by one of the stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame? Check.  Universal Studios and Citywalk are so much fun and a great way to experience the essence of the movie scene in LA.  Madame Toussauds Wax Los Angeles, Hollywood, Jennifer LopezMuseum serves as home to many celebrity figures that bear an eery likeness to the real thing. Instagram op? Check.  LA also is a great option for sports fans wanting to take in an exciting game while traveling - whether it is an NBA basketball game or a professional baseball game, you can watch the Los Angeles Lakers at the Staples Center, or the Dodgers at the world famous Dodger Stadium.  The Santa Monica Pier is also a great diversion,whether traveling with your family, or just friends. Venice Beach offers a world of people watching.  Whether you are into celebrity sightings, thrill rides, NBA or pro baseball, LA has it all, and then some.

Orange County – This region includes Anaheim, home of the famous home of Mickey Mouse…Disneyland Resort, and Disney’s California Adventure which remain to be twoDisneyland, Southern California, Anaheim, Mickey Mouse of the most popular SoCal attractions.  Newport Beach serves as home to the amazing Fashion Island Mall, and beautiful Balboa Island which is a gem, and a special place you can either drive, walk, bike, or take the Balboa Island Ferry to get to.  And then there is Laguna Beach, which is gorgeous seaside town that has evolved into a destination for art lovers that hosts world class artists, festivals and shops.  It is well known for the popular Pageant of the Masters, a one-of-a-kind theatrical “living art” performance every summer.

Then finally, San Diego, America’s Finest City, where one can plan a week’s vacation, and still not fit in all the amazing attractions and fun things to do.  From Legoland, to SeaWorld San Diego, to the world famous San Diego Zoo, San Diego is thriving withSan Diego Zoo, Pandas world renown attractions. In addition to these well known attractions, there are awesome things to experience at the USS Midway Museum and Balboa Park, aka “the Smithsonian of the West”.  And if you need to just relax or take in a round of golf, there are 70 miles of beautiful beaches for you to enjoy, and more than 90 golf courses to work on your golf game.  San Diego is truly a recreational paradise for all!

Southern California, no matter where you go, offers you sunny and moderate temperatures year round and a host of activities and attractions that will please every traveler to the region.

When you are considering your next trip for two, a family vacation consider making a trip to Southern California, and go to our California Getaway page to check out each of these cities to see all the amazing hotel getaway packages that will make for the perfect getaway. Classic Southern California Getaways are always in style. no matter what the occasion for your trip!

America’s Top Free Attractions

What do the incredible and iconic museums and attractions such as the Smithsonian Museums in Washington DC, New Orleans Jazz National Historical Park, The Getty Center in Los Angeles and The Alamo in San Antonio all have in common?

They are free!

CNN Travel and Leisure recently published a list of amazing attractions and museums that do not charge admission fees to visitors.  What an incredible way for you and your family or travel partner to enjoy your vacation in a great American city, all while being a bit frugal at the same time.

Other attractions that were highlighted were Pike Place Market in  Seattle, Washington; the National September 11 Memorial in New York City, Independence National Historical Park in Philadelphia and the Conservatory and Botanical Gardens at Bellagio in Las Vegas.

You know what else all of these fantastic museums and attractions have in common? They are all located in great cities, and we have excellent hotel packages in every city mentioned.  So you can not only save money by visiting them, but you can get even more for your money by purchasing a hotel package through Getaway Packages!

Who Plans the Vacations in Your House?

The other day I read an article about the statistics of who plans the family travel or vacation getaways.  According to that article, a survey done by travel search site Skyscanner concluded that 75% of women said they are the travel planners in their household, according to a recent report in Travel Media Daily. It also showed that one-third of the men said their partner found the best deals and they believe their partners enjoy finding the best travel deals and planning their getaways. This was not surprising to me at all because I always plan the family vacations in our house and my husband is more than happy to just pack what he needs for whatever I’ve planned the night before we leave.

But then, I ran across conflicting information that said 61% of households say that Dad plans the family  vacations.  This poll was recently posted by USA Today.  To be honest, I can’t even imagine my hubby taking the reigns on planning our family trips so I was a little surprised to see these poll results.  

Numerous focus groups, comprised of vacation consumers, tell us that regardless of who in the family plans the vacations, they are looking for the following things:

1) More Value: Hotels and resorts are seeing this trend and are offering many more packages which include amenities and value-adds so they feel like they are getting more for their hard-earned money.

2) Quick and easy travel research: Consumers are looking to make decisions quickly.  Gone are the days where you spend an hour or so at your local travel agent’s office perusing all their brochures.  Finding answers on the internet is the easiest way to go, but they need to find the best packages and deals in the cities they are searching quickly.

3) The ability to communicate their needs with the hotel from the start of the reservation process:  While sites such as Expedia, Travelocity, Hotels.com may offer lower rates in some cases, going through a “middle-man” can cause some challenges.  Difficult cancellation policies, challenges with special requests, and potentially getting placed in the least desirable hotel room location.  Why you may ask? Most hotels will acknowledge that the profitability on guestrooms sold through those travel sites is the lowest, so they generally set aside the least desirable rooms for those reservations.

One of the best things about Getawaypackages.com, is that we make it easy to find just the type of vacation package you are looking for in every part of the United States. Whether you are planning a family getaway, a golf getaway, a girls getaway, a romantic getaway, an outdoor adventure getaway, or a getaway to enjoy fine food and wine, we have the experiential package just for you. Getawaypackages.com makes it is easy to search only the locations you are considering, see the value in the hotel packages, and you book direct with the hotel, so there are no hidden fees or those hard to read cancellation policies. The chances are also good that you don’t get the room without a view or overlooking the parking lot because you got the least expensive rate for your getaway.

 Along with that, many packages include value-adds such as parking or complimentary wi-fi. Many also include perks such as attraction tickets, gift cards, hotel credit to spend, tour passes, spa treatments and more, so that you already have a plan of what to do during your vacation, and you don’t find yourself stuck after arriving to the hotel thinking…ok, what do I plan now that we are here?

GetawayPackages.com understands that planning a vacation getaway should be easy, and that consumers, whether they are men, or women, are looking for added value in their vacation purchase.

So whether you are the husband or the wife, and you are gearing up to plan your next family vacation, be sure to check out Getawaypackages.com to make sure that you are getting the most out of your vacation, and you know what to expect when you get there.

Napa Valley Food and Wine Getaways

The 3rd annual Napa Valley Film Festival (NVFF) returns November 13-17, 2013 to the picturesque communities of Napa, Yountville, St. Helena and Calistoga.  This festival is a celebration of film, food and wine during the most colorful season in Napa Valley.  Hotels throughout the region offer food and wine getaway vacation packages to entice the most distinguished traveler to stay and enjoy their venue during this fun event, or any other time of the year.

Napa Valley, in the northern region of California, is often likened to Italy’s Tuscany region…it’s just a smaller, more Americanized version.  It is home to almost 300 premier wine makers located in between rolling hills and amazing scenery.  When traveling throughout Napa Valley, tourists can tour wineries, taste the wine blends that are being created, enjoy exquisite dining, as well as experience the amenities of the many unique hotels that cater to the most distinguished guests.

Napa Valley Lodge – VIP Winery Tour

Be safe as you explore the beautiful Napa Valley and it’s  wineries.  This number one selling vacation getaway package at the Napa Valley Lodge includes a bottle of wine upon arrival, an in-room champagne continental breakfast, and a five hour winery tour with your own private chauffeur.

The Meritage Resort and Spa - Taste-Cation Package

This award-winning hotel is set amidst the beautiful vineyards of California’s Wine Country and offers an unforgettable vacation getaway package which includes a two-night stay with champagne upon arrival, breakfast for two, a delectable dinner, a tasting at the resort’s own Trinitas Cellars and another winery, and to top it off, bowling for two at Crush Ultra Lounge.

The Silverado Inn – Napa Valley Film Festival Package

Add glamour and excitement to your stay in Napa for the Napa Valley Film Festival.  The historic Silverado Resort and Spa invites you to enjoy the celebration of film, food and wine with a vacation getaway package for this annual Napa Valley event.  Included in your stay is breakfast for two each day before heading out to experience all that the Film Festival has to offer.

Andaz Napa - Napa Film Festival Package (Reels, Reds, and Beds..Oh My!)

The Andaz Napa is nestled in the West End of downtown Napa, and close to the Napa Valley Opera House and Uptown Theater.  This vacation getaway package includes two, five day passes for the film festival with a minimum 3 night stay, select mini bar food and beverage items, welcome beverage upon arrival, wireless internet in guestroom and self parking for one vehicle.
Check out all of these Napa Valley Packages and more!

 

 

 

Great Gatsby Hotel Vacation Packages

“The Great Gatsby” hit theaters recently and while many of us remember having to read the novel in school, and at the time, may have thought it was slightly boring, this blockbuster movie is a alive with opulent colors, drama, glitzy costumes and incredible music that is sure to spark a yearning for nostalgia in everyone who views the movie.

Now hotels from Portland on the West Coast to New York on the East are joining the Gatsby scene by offering romantic getaway packages that honor the age of the Roaring Twenties and allow guests to experience a glimpse of the opulence, elegance and style of this memorable era at their upscale hotels.

The Heathman, Portland, Oregon

Experience the Heathman Hotel and their Great Gatsby Package in downtown Portland Oregon, while indulging in the lavishly exquisite lifestyle of those famed in the new Baz Luhrmann movie!

The Heathman Hotel Great Gatsby Hotel Package includes accommodations in their  luxurious Literary Arts Suite, a copy F. Scott Fitzgerald’s, The Great Gatsby,  DVD of the 1974 Jack Clayton and Francis Ford Coppola adaptation of The Great Gatsby starring Mia Farrow and Robert Redford,  choice of cocktail from The Heathman 20s-inspired cocktails including a Sidebar, Raspberry Rickey, Gin Gimlet or Champagne Julep, appetizers and more! For more information go to Great Gatsby Hotel Packages.

The Willcox Hotel, Aiken, South Carolina

The Great Gatsby Food and Wine Getaway Package offered by The Willcox Hotel Aiken, South Carolina, this summer as becomes an establishment of private  distinction featuring a Speakeasy sub-culture. Their Gatsby Hotel Package includes accommodations, Gatsby-inspired cocktail, Three-course tasting menu for two, a copy of the Great Gatsby and more.

Visit The Willcox Hotel Packages for more information on this limited time offer.

Vanderbilt Grace, Newport, Rhode Island

The Grace Gatsby – Recreate the Gilded Age in the playground of Gatsby at Vanderbilt Grace includes a two-night stay at Vanderbilt Grace, two Mansion Passports to tour any five of the following: The Breakers, Chateau-sur-Mer, Chepstow, The Elms, Green Animals, Isaac Bell House, Kingscote, Marble House, Rosecliff, five course dinner for two with wine pairings, sunset sailing cruise of historic sites of Newport, daily champagne breakfast and more. Visit Getaway Packages Food and Wine Vacations.

Vinoy Renaissance, St. Petersburg, Florida

The Renaissance Vinoy Resort & Golf Club, invites couples to celebrate their love with aomantic Getaway Package which includes cocktails inspired by the Prohibition and a picnic carriage ride through  town, a Charleston style dance lesson, luxurious accommodations in an upgraded bay view guestroom and dinner for two each evening. To learn more about this romantic vacation getaway, visit Getaway Packages Romantic Getaways.

The Plaza Hotel, New York, New York

The Plaza Hotel in New York honors one of their most famous patrons, F. Scott Fitzgerald, with their newly appointed Fitzgerald Suite.  This Gatsby inspired package includes luxury accommodations in The Fitzgerald Suite,  Gatsby champagne cocktails, breakfast for two, champagne upon arrival and a Plaza branded set of ‘His & Her’ flasks to take home.  Visit Gatsby Romantic Getaway.

 

 

 

 

 

Shelter Island Family Vacation

What could be better than you and your family spending your summer vacation surrounded by the sparkling blue waters of San Diego’s Big Bay, on Shelter Island, San Shelter Island SummerDiego’s Marina Resort Oasis?  Shelter Island is a place where you and your family can become sailors for a day, on an exciting boat excursion.  Or you can experience the fun of a family bike ride along the harbor and maybe catch some seals sunning themselves, or feed the ducks and seagulls who love to reside in such a beautiful coastal environment.  For some added thrills, enjoy a sportfishing excursion and catch a host of Pacific fish like Yellowtail, Albacore, Halibut, Dorado and Calico Bass.  Or, plan your Big Bay Vacation around a fantastic summer concert at Humphrey’s Concerts by the Bay, which attracts nationally known comedians and musicians.  There are so many things to do on Shelter Island, you may not want to leave your hotel or the Island!

There are four very distinctive and unique hotels on Shelter Island for your family getaway.  The Bay Club Hotel and Marina which features unforgettable waterfront views; Kona Kai Resort, Spa and Marina, which is beautifully located at the very tip of Shelter Island; Humphrey’s Half Moon Inn & Suites, a tropical-island style hotel; and Island Palms Hotel & Marina, which features stunning views of San Diego Bay and their very own private mega Humphreys Outdoor Concertsyacht marina.
If you do want to experience some of San Diego’s finest attractions during your stay, Shelter Island is only minutes away from San Diego’s most popular attractions like SeaWorld, Old Town State Park, Seaport Village, the Downtown Gaslamp Quarter and the world famous San Diego Zoo.  There are so many iconic and popular attractions in San Diego to experience that the only problem you may have, is deciding what to do during your vacation.
The 4 premier hotels on Shelter Island are ready to welcome you and your family for your own Big Bay Vacation. Book your San Diego trip today at the Kona Kai Resort, Spa & MarinaIsland Palms Hotel & MarinaThe Bay Club Hotel & Marina or Humphreys Half Moon Inn & Suites.

Pacific Northwest Top 5 Hotels

TripAdvisor has just revealed the 2013 US Travelers’ Choice awards.  Five of the Top 25 are in the Pacific Northwest. Unlike other hotel honors, TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice winners are based on millions of valuable reviews and opinions from travelers around the world. Each of these top rated hotels have incredible getaway packages, whether you are looking for a romantic getaway, an arts and culture getaway, an adventure getaway or just a “hot deal”.  When you are planning your next Pacific Northwest Get Away, you should definitely check out one of these top 25 TripAdvisor awarded hotels!

Four Seasons Hotel, Seattle, WashingtonFor the Romantic GetawayRomantic Getaway

Four Seasons Hotel Seattle is close to everything downtown Seattle offers: Seattle Art Museum, Benaroya Hall, and the famous Pike Place Market.  Majestic mountain peaks, a waterfront escape for tow and a never-ending source of entertainment awaits visitors.. From the great outdoors to all kinds of music and world-renowned food and wine, Seattle has the perfect combination of natural beauty and urban sophistication for a romantic getaway.  Their Romantic Get Away package includes breakfast for two at ART Restaurant and Lounge or through In-Room Dining as well as accommodations.

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The RiverPlace Hotel, Portland, Oregon’s Best Hot DealHot Deal Advance Purchase at RiverPlace

In terms of comfort, RiverPlace feels like home. In terms of style, it oozes with Craftsman charm. From the magnificent lobby with its stacked stone fireplace to the solid wood furniture in your fabulous guest room, a stay at the boutique RiverPlace Hotel is the ultimate escape—especially if you love the outdoors as much as we do. Save on advance bookings when you reserve early. This hotel offers great Hot Deals in Oregon.

Allison Inn and Spa, Newberg, Oregon – For a Girls GetawayGirls Wine and Spa Getaway

Situated  in Oregon Wine Country with 85 luxury guestrooms and spacious suites, all accommodations in this Newberg Oregon Inn and Spa have gas fireplaces or a terrace or balcony. The luxurious Allison Spa has 12 treatment rooms, a fitness studio and indoor swimming, hair and nail salon and a retail boutique.Less than an hour’s drive from downtown Portland, this Oregon Spa Vacation should not be missed.

Wine Country Rhapsody

Time to unwind, relax and indulge in the spa. A perfect package for girlfriends who wish to be pampered. There is nothing like a good night’s sleep in the clean country air after a spa treatment to make you feel restored.  This package includes a $200 spa credit for the treatment of your choice, king or double queen bed accommodation, use of the indoor swimming pool, whirlpool, Fitness Studio, sauna and steam room, and complimentary overnight valet parking

Inn at the Market- A Seattle Food and Wine Getaway Experience Garden and Glass Getaway Package

With so many hotels in downtown Seattle, WA to choose from, The Inn at the Market is the only downtown Seattle hotel located directly in the famous Pike Place Market. Inn at the Market’s ivy-covered courtyard is a tranquil hideaway, just steps away from the vibrant atmosphere of Pike Place Market and the Seattle waterfront. The Inn at the Market offers Pacific Northwest style and comfort surrounded by downtown Seattle’s most acclaimed restaurants and iconic landmarks.

Their Chihuly Garden and Glass Package is a Seattle Attraction in itself! Explore the world of Dale Chihuly, renowned glass artist, at the Chihuly Garden and Glass.  Located next to the Space Needle, the Garden & Glass house offers visitors a unique look at the vast and beautiful work of Dale Chihuly. This Seattle Attraction Package includes overnight accommodations, valet parking, two tickets to Chihuly Garden & Glass, and two round trip Monorail tickets.

The Oxford Hotel in Bend, Oregon is great  For an Adventure GetawayAdventure Outdoor Getaway

The Oxford Hotel in Bend, OR,is the only boutique Bend, Oregon hotel,  offering both the amenities and luxuries you simply won’t find anywhere else in town from which you may set out on an adventure of your choice! Their outdoor adventure vacation includes:  2 consecutive nights for 2 adults in boutique lodging, two lift tickets each day and more.


Top 5 Cinco de Mayo Getaways

Cinco de Mayo celebrations commemorate the victory of the Mexican militia over the French army at The Battle Of Puebla in 1862. This celebration includes eating, drinking and dancing all things Mexican and is right around the corner.  Widely celebrated in the USA due to the large hispanic population, this Fifth Day of the month of May has caught on throughout the United States and many of us mistakenly believe this day to be Mexican Independence Day (actually the 16th of September.) The North American “Fiesta” includes sombrero-clad Mariachi (men and women) playing guitars, trumpets and other instruments to accompany Baile Folkloric dancers. These beautiful “Damas” or ladies play their castañets dressed in colorful regional dresses native to the region they represented in Mexico. Red, white and green are the highlighted festival colors which commemorate the National Flag of Mexico. Some of the culinary delights include tamales, empañadas, tacos, savory and sweet candies. Of course no fiesta is complete without tequila,  ice-cold cervezas and Margaritas. ¡Vamanos! Let’s Go!

We thought we would highlight five of the best places for a Cinco de Mayo Getaway in the USA!  Here are a few great getaway packages for each city.

San Diego, California

Old Town San Diego, known as the “Birthplace of California” will host the 30th Annual Old Town Cinco de Mayo Fiesta in Old Town State Historic Park along San Diego Avenue. This vibrant and free festival features multiple stages featuring live music, Mexican dancers, musicians, entertainment and family-friendly activities. The Bazaar del Mundo Shops in Old Town will showcase authentic and handcrafted specialty goods, Mexican food, folklore and fun. So many great places to stay and choose from in our  San Diego Getaway Packages for a fiesta weekend in San Diego!

Los Angeles, California

Fiesta Broadway 2013 kicks off the Cinco de Mayo celebration on Sunday, April 28th at Grand Park in Los Angeles. The festival is touted to be the largest Cinco de Mayo celebration amongst the latino population in the United States. Over 500,000 festival-goers enjoy a huge exhibit of Latino-inspired entertainment, food stalls, craft exhibits and more. Pick your favorite Los Angeles Getaway package and come join the fun in LA!

Chicago, Illinois

Chicago celebrates Cinco de Mayo by hosting a community celebration in the Little Village neighborhood which features traditional mexican food, live music, arts & crafts and activities for kids and families. Bring your family to this fun Little Village Cinco de Mayo Celebration. In addition to this festival, many of Chicago’s well known and popular restaurants will also celebrate the holiday and offer their own celebrations, specials and fun for the occasion. The Windy City options are fantastic – check out our Chicago Getaway Packages.

Portland, Oregon

Voted 2012’s Ovation Award for Best Cultural and Heritage Festival in the State of Oregon, Portland’s Annual Cinco de Mayo Fiesta is presented by the Portland Guadalajara Sister City Association. This event attracts over 300,000 visitors and a significant part of the celebration lies around the city’s connection as a sister city to Guadalajara, Mexico. The festival’s agenda includes a traditional Mariachi Mass, Fire Dancers, a carnival, live butterfly exhibit, flash mob as well as an artisan’s village where unique art and handcrafted specialty goods will be displayed. The acclaimed Heathman Hotel has some incredible Portland Getaway Packages to choose from!

Denver, Colorado

Denver serves as home to a significant Hispanic population and with it, comes one of the largest Cinco de Mayo celebrations in the United States. Musicians, dancers, mariachi bands and a family-friendly carnival are the highlights of this vibrant and exciting festival. Tantalizing culinary delights will be served throughout the festival, along with an annual green chili cook-off that will take place between local restaurants. Over 450,000 attendees are expected at this music-centric event. Great Denver Getaway Packages are offered at the Oxford Hotel right in downtown Denver!