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Travel Easter Eggs – Five Last-Minute Weekend Breaks

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Easter weekend is here and so are five places to enjoy the weather, the sights, or simply the sense of vive la difference

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The Times Square Edition Hotel, New York

Times Square Edition Hotel ©editionhotels

Like the Mandarin Oriental Hotel, entry to the EDITION is off the street straight into an elevator upstairs with the Paradise Club on the 7th floor, Terrace at EDITION on nine, Hotel Reception on ten, fine dining restaurant 701WEST plus bar on eleven, and hotel room floors above.

Ian Schrager of Studio 54 fame went to town on the Paradise Club, and the Terrace at EDITION has walls decked with photographs of the City and its denizens, and the bar has a wall of decanters very fetchingly arranged.  There is also an outside terrace (hence the name) which will be super-prime real estate come New Year’s Eve as the corner looks directly onto where the Times Square ball drop occurs.  One of the signature drinks is the death trap cocktail, which includes cognac and bergamot (think Earl Grey tea).  Menu wise, the selection is wide, with something for everyone.  The seafood tower is very tasty, comprising shrimp, mussels, and oysters, with an upper tier of fresh crudités.

See www.editionhotels.com for more details

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Southampton Inn, New York

Southampton Inn ©Erik Freeland

The Inn is located within the historic Village of Southampton, New York, which offers a variety of restaurants, shopping, and historical sites, as well as proximity to many year-round sports and leisure activities. Whether you prefer enjoying the Inn’s many on-site amenities or plan outings arranged through the boutique hotel’s guest services, visitors can have the Southampton Inn orchestrate their ideal stay.

For those of you who already know the Inn, this past winter a substantial refurbishment exercise was completed, adding new carpeting, improvements to the landscaping, and some new furnishings in the guest rooms. Stay at the Southampton Inn this April 2019 and visit for school break, summer house-hunting, or simply to get away to the magnificent beaches, with overnight room rates starting at $175, plus tax.

April 2019 is pet month at the Inn – Bring along your pet to also enjoy a getaway and receive 50% off the pet fee when you stay at the Southampton Inn in April. Plus, do not miss the Southampton Animal Shelter Adoption Day at the Inn on April 27, 2019.

Alternatively, why not take a midweek vacation this May 2019? Check in on Sunday and check out the following Friday morning, enjoying five nights in the heart of historic Southampton Village. Rates for two adults, for the entire stay, start from $1,000, plus tax.

See www.southamptoninn.com for info

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Hilton West Palm Beach, Florida

Hilton West Palm Beach ©Hilton

A quick cab ride from the Breakers and Palm Beach islands social attractions, the Hilton West Palm Beach is a best-kept secret for budget-conscious winter and spring travelers to Palm Beach. This AAA Four Diamond accredited property was recently constructed with an outdoor pool and poolside service for sun-worshippers, plus a gym with modern equipment including two Peloton bicycles for fitness fans.

The rooms include 43 suites ranging in size from 650 to 1,600 square feet.  You can dine at the destination restaurant Manor, which serves breakfast and lunch using seasonal, locally-sourced ingredients. Executive chef Miguel Santiago applies classic techniques to the simple yet elevated handcrafted recipes, and takes pride in natural, fresh flavors. Reminiscent of a classic manor home, Hilton West Palm Beach marries homegrown authentic fare with global influences, to leave you with a refined and memorable dining experience.

See www.hilton.com to learn more

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Hotel Aspen, CO

Hotel Aspen Great_Room ©Hotel Aspen

The Hotel Aspen is a great choice for accommodation when visiting Aspen with any kind of budget, due to it possessing the magic word – location. The Hotel Aspen is about a five-minute walk from the Jerome Hotel, which is great for breakfast or an afternoon drink at their new speakeasy, Bad Harriet.  The hotel is located just 10 minutes from the center of town and nearer 15 minutes (esp. with ski boots on) from the Ajax Mountain ski-lifts.  With ski season at an end, carrying that mountain bike, golf clubs, or hiking gear to the bus is so much easier to bear.

About 50 feet away is the bus stop to the Snowmass and Highlands Resorts.  A similar distance away is the bus stop for Buttermilk.   The rooms are traditional and cozy, and some have a cute stove in the corner.

See www.hotelaspen.com for more information

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OPUS Hotel, Vancouver

Opus Hotel, Vancouver ©Opus Hotels

Located in the trendy Yaletown neighborhood (think equivalent to New York City’s Meatpacking District) and surrounded by bars, restaurants, and nightlife such as current hotspot Elisa Steak, the OPUS Hotel Vancouver is a boutique experience not to be missed.

OPUS Vancouver hotel rooms feature spa bathrooms with heated floors, all in vibrant colors, with contemporary furniture and Apple iPads in all guestrooms and suites, Frette bathrobes, and Herman Miller ergonomic chairs providing the perfect urban retreat for business or pleasure. Top floor guest rooms, while slightly smaller in square footage, offer the advantage of a step-out terrace to enjoy the outdoor sights and sounds of Yaletown.

See www.vancouver.opushotel.com for further information

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