|Halloween is just around the corner, so now’s the perfect time to decide which city throws the best party, so you can decide where you want to celebrate Halloween this year! If you’re reading this at your parents’ kitchen table, debating with your younger brother, which of your neighbors gives out the “good” candy, this article is not for you. But, if you’ve been working for months on a jaw-dropping, one-of-a-kind costume, and are looking for just the right Halloween party to show it off, keep on reading! We went to some of the best Halloween experts we could find to pull together the top Halloween cities and events for 2013. And as WE are the experts in bringing you great hotel deals, we just had to include our own list of the Best Hotels for Halloween in each city so you can save your money for the good candy!|
|George Pachecho’s “Boston’s Best 2013 Halloween Parties”
Where all the boo-tiful people stay in Boston:
|Deborah Flomberg’s “Top 2013 Halloween Parties In Denver”
No one likes a horror-filled hotel, even on Halloween. We prefer awesome in our hotels,
|Jeffrey B. Roth’s “Top 2013 Halloween Parties In Philadelphia”
Looking for the hot guys and cool ghouls in Philly? You’ve found them:
|Sara Lugardo’s “Best 2013 Halloween Parties In Chicago”
It’s a proven fact that witches and warlocks pick the best hotels. In Chicago, they stay at:
|Londonist’s “Halloween Events in London 2013″
Now London is a city that loves a good beheading:
|Kate Wertheimer’s “Best Halloween parties in Los Angeles 2013″
Warm weather? Hot ghosts? Only in Los Angeles:
|Rachel Cooper’s “Best Halloween Events 2013 in Washington, DC, Maryland and Virginia”
We may not know the difference between a goblin and a hobgoblin, but we know that whenin D.C., they both prefer to stay here:
Labor Day weekend is just around the corner, and it’s time for a blow out sale! Since Labor Day symbolizes the end of the summer, we thought that Labor Day weekend will be a great time to present some cool deals for the folks who haven’t had a vacation this summer, and now is their last chance to have one. Book now and save up to 40%!
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Boom! Bang! Summertime excitement. Do these phrases encapsulate the feeling you experience as you turn your head to the sky and watch fireworks explode?
As the 4th of July holiday nears and you begin to think of cookouts and gatherings, your thoughts may wander to determining the most important detail of the day: where will we see the best fireworks?
With so many places to choose from, we’ve outlined a few top destinations for some of the best 4th of July fireworks displays in the nation: Washington, D.C., New York City, New Orleans, and Boston.
Fireworks Over the Capital: Washington, D.C.
You can’t get much more patriotic than spending the 4th of July in Washington, D.C.
Start your day with a visit to the city’s National Independence Day Parade featuring bands of all kinds, including traditional marching bands, fife & drum bands, and bagpipes.
Plan a picnic on the National Mall, visit the historical monuments, and finish the day watching the fireworks.
Bright Lights in New York City, NY
When you think of big American cities, New York’s New York City most likely comes to mind almost immediately. Spend the day exploring the city, and then find perfect spot to watch the celebration.
Released from the Hudson River, this year’s Macy’s fireworks spectacular will include 40,000 fireworks, live performances from artists Mariah Carey, Tim McGraw, and Nick Cannon, and a 25-minute soundtrack of music from a variety of genres compiled by Usher to play in the background as the fireworks explode.
New Orleans, LA
Are you familiar with barge battles? No, we’re not referring to any form of warfare, but a battle of light and color as two barges in New Orleans celebrate the Fourth in style.
Watch the two barges battle for your attention, after a fun-filled day along Mississippi River. Traditional performances by the U.S. Navy Band and other musical performances are common at this annual event.
Consider a trip by riverboat to get even closer to the action!
An annual event, Boston Harborfest is a week-long Independence Day celebration. The festivities kick off on Tuesday, July 2 this year.
July 3rd will bring Boston’s 19th Annual Children’s Day, complete with attractions perfect for the whole family, such as face painting, a bubble machine, paper lantern crafting, and more!
Stick around for fireworks and main day festivities, then join in post-Fourth celebrations with a party on the plaza, and Chowderfest, a day to join in celebrating local restaurant businesses’ clam chowder. There’s sure to be nothing else like it!
Where will you spend the 4th of July? Let us know your plans within the comments below.
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Here are some hotels to stay in while you travel:
Astor On The Park, New York,
Washington Marriott , Washington DC
Father’s Day is fast approaching. Have you considered the gift of travel? Whether you’ll be planning a trip to visit Dad or plan to use the holiday as an excuse to get away, these last minute deals are sure to please the entire family (and your bank account).
Below, we outline three destinations with hotel discounts perfect for your Father’s Day weekend getaway budget: Miami, New York City and Las Vegas.
Palm trees, sand and sea, Miami, Florida is the perfect spot for your Father’s Day weekend trip to the beach.
Set in Southeastern Florida, Miami’s Port of Miami has been known as the “Cruise Capital of the World” and the “Cargo Gateway to the Americas.” While in Miami, be sure to set sail.
Miami special promotions include discounts on the following:
New York City, New York
The concrete jungle where dreams are built and realized, New York City has much to explore. From landmarks and tourist attractions to small, family-run restaurants and street corner markets, there is something every member of your family will want to see.
Up for exploring a hidden gem? Take a walk on the city’s High Line for unique views of the city, seen from between skyscrapers and city streets.
New York special promotions include discounts on the following:
Las Vegas, Nevada
Nothing says a party like Vegas. The glitz, the glam, the gambling—celebrate luxuriously with a trip to the city of sin.
Dad’s not much of a gambler? Enjoy a show or take him out to dinner at some of the nation’s best restaurants, all found readily along the famous Las Vegas Strip.
Las Vegas special promotions include discounts on the following:
So where will you go? Will you take a trip to celebrate Father’s Day this year? Share your plans in the comment section below.
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Take a break from cracking books and award yourself with a much awaited vacation! We at lastminutetravel know how hard the student’s life is. Several people around here went to college, and all of them told us horrifying stories: Endless parties, topless coeds sunbathing atop the dorm’s roof and nightly drinking binges. After going through this kind of ordeals, there’s no wonder you need a break. A Spring Break to be precise! Check out the sweet deals that we have to offer this spring, and in no time you will be able to plan your next vacation and put the horrifying experiences of the last semester behind you.
Need some ideas for your Spring Break vacation? Check out this amazing 4.5-star hotel in Beach Area/Fort Lauderdale It’s located on one of the best beaches in Florida and near many attractions. It’s also offering some sweet spring break deals rates starting from $113!
2010 marks the 30th year of the broadcast of our nation’s premier Independence Day celebration. This year “A Capital Fourth” will be hosted by Jimmy Smits. The all-star line-up features performances from the likes of Reba McEntire, Darius Rucker, Lang Lang and the National Symphony Orchestra.
One of my favorite childhood memories is camping out near the Washington Monument to see the firework show in person. All day we were entertained by concerts, games and other activities and at night the fireworks launching over the Lincoln Memorial was a beautiful and powerful moment.
I definitely think this is one event everyone needs to see in person at least once in their life. If you’re planning on visiting our nation’s capital for the fourth of July holiday you’ll be happy to know it’s not too late to uncover some spectacular savings on Last Minute Travel. In fact, there are still 4-Star hotels for under $100 a night.
More details about A Capital Fourth can be found in the full press release below the jump:
Watching Treme, the new post-Katrina series set in New Oreleans, on HBO? Find yourself yelling “Who Dat!” whenever you see a New Orleans Saints jersey? Do reruns of the Live with Emeril cooking show take up half the space on you DVR? If so, you’re probably building up an appetite for an escapade of jazz and food delights as only New Orleans can deliver.
Here are a couple of Spring 2010 events worth going out of your way for:
- The New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival (aka Jazz Fest) is held at the Fairgrounds Race Course the last weekend on April and the first weekend of May every year. It’s a 10-day cultural feast that features the talents of thousands of musicians, cooks, and craftspeople. A small sample of performers this year include Simon & Garfunkel, Pearl Jam, Van Morrison, The Neville Brothers, Darius Rucker, and more. Book now for April 23 - 25 or April 29 - May 2.
- The Wine & Food Experience is a five day long event in its 19th year that benefits a host of New Orleans charities while dishing up a celebration like no other. Make sure you’re in town May 25-29 to dine with celebrated chefs, renowned winemakers and other industry insiders. Guests like Chef John Besh and Season 5 Top Chef winner Hosea Rosenberg explain why event is on the top ten list of many a food and wine enthusiast.
Photo Credit: Fairview Horns Jazzfest - by infrogmation - http://www.flickr.com/photos/infrogmation/3495175397/
This spring in Anaheim, CA Disney’s California Food & Wine Festival Celebrates the ‘Art of Flavor’ April 16-May 31. The full menu features events like cooking demonstrations, celebrity chef lessons, and signature ticketed experiences. It’s basically a mecca for the west coast foodie.
Look for chefs Guy Fieri and Cat Cora of Food Network, along with Disney culinary masters and special guests as they present their gastronomic talents in a full menu of complimentary demonstrations and signature paid events. The signature events include winemaker dinners, Sweet Sundays, Napa Rose Cooking School and Taste Food-Wine-Life, a night that celebrates the essence of the festival with a mosaic of food, wine and live entertainment.
Disney’s California Food & Wine Festival includes experiences for anyone who appreciates the art of food, wine and beer.
- The Hollywood Pictures Backlot comes to life as the new hub of energy and excitement, complete with artists, musicians and an international beer menu at the Brewers Collection. At the new Festival Showplace located in Stage 12, guests will sample from the delicious tapas menu at the Taste of California Marketplace and relax at the new Hollywood & Wine Lounge.
- Among the most popular events at the festival are live culinary demonstrations and autograph sessions with popular celebrity chefs. Along with Guy Fieri and Cat Cora, those scheduled to present include Robert Irvine, Jeffrey Saad and Kerry Simon.
- Hundreds of complimentary experiences and cooking demonstrations will entertain guests during the 46-day festival, many featuring the talents of Disneyland Resort chefs. Guest will also enjoy seminars that feature outstanding wine, spirits and beer.
- At the spectacular ticketed events, food and wine aficionados will collect cooking tips from chefs, mingle with noted winemakers and celebrate the palette of flavors presented by culinary masters.
- Also new this year is a Brewmaster Dinner on May 7. The ingredients for this memorable evening include savory seasonal fare artfully paired with handcrafted Karl Strauss beers.
Events returning for 2010 include the gala Taste Food-Wine-Life” and other popular experiences:
- Taste Food-Wine-Life: This fun, high-energy evening combines the best elements of the Food & Wine Festival into one grand celebration, May 29. The immersive party has live entertainment, an outstanding selection of wines and colorful décor. Guests will stroll from station to station sampling delectable food dishes created by the chefs of Disneyland Resort.
- Sweet Sundays: The sweetest of all events features a light buffet breakfast and sparkling toast at the new Festival Showplace in Disney’s California Adventure. Guests will see demonstrations and taste signature desserts created by acclaimed pastry chefs, including Richard Ruskell of Montage Beverly Hills.
- Winemaker Dinners: Disneyland Resort chefs partner with premier California winemakers to prepare outstanding culinary delights at exclusive Winemaker Dinners on selected Friday nights. Each festival meal is paired with award-winning vintages and served at Steakhouse 55, inside the Disneyland Hotel.
- Napa Rose Cooking School: Disney Executive Chef Andrew Sutton will once again lead this hands-on course that sells out quickly. Each class will create and enjoy a four-course meal, expertly paired with wines, and each class member will go home with a white chef’s coat embroidered with the festival logo. This rare opportunity takes place in the show kitchen of the renowned Napa Rose restaurant at Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa. Guests must be at least 18 years old.
- Introduction to Wine Tasting: In this entertaining class, Advanced Sommelier Joy Cushing introduces guests to the joys of wine tasting. Guests will learn about wine regions, varietals, growing and harvesting techniques and then test their skills with a blind tasting.
Festival events held in Disney’s California Adventure may require park admission, which is not included in the event price. Some events, including culinary demonstrations, are included with admission to Disney’s California Adventure park. Signature events are separately ticketed and require reservations. For details and pricing information, visit www.disneyland.com/foodandwine.
If this his has wet your appetite, like it has mine, you’ll be happy to know that rooms are still available in one of our ‘Best Value’ 4-Star hotels is available for less than $80 a night with a popular 3-Star ‘Best Value’ available for as low as $60 a night.
Known as “The Great American Race”, the Daytona 500 places 43 of the best stock car drivers in the world together on the same track for the ultimate prize, the title of Daytona 500 Winner after your name. Unlike nearly every other sport where the penultimate event is at the end of the season, in NASCAR you have to come out of the gate hot to win the most desired title short of season champion. Speaking of champion, Jimmie Johnson, who strung together enough accomplishments to be named the AP’s 2009 Male Athlete of the Year, will be kicking off the hunt for his fifth consecutive Nascar championship title at the Daytona 500.
Everyone may come to see the big names on race day, but what makes the Daytona 500 such a spectacular race event is the unparalleled access race fans get to the drivers and the track. In the recently remodeled pit row fans can stand practically in the same garage of their favorite driver. Throughout the week there are special meet and greet sessions, exhibits, other races to enjoy. Plus there are special opportunities to become part of the storied history of the super speedway, such as signing your name on the start finish line.
So how do you get in on this action? Well, first you have to secure a hotel room in the Daytona area. It’s not too late to make your reservation. Not only does LastMinuteTravel.com have some of the best hotels in the Daytona area, we have the best deals too. The big race is on February 14th this year (how sweet!), but qualifying actually starts on February 4th with Wednesday February 10th kicking off the final week of practice and races. Don’t forget that this year there’s a new 1pm EST start time for the race. That will leave you more time to party afterward, or perhaps get started on the next leg of your vacation at the themeparks in nearby Orlando.