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Weekend Getaways: Getting Ready for The Holidays

Hotel & Resort | Scott Laird | November 17, 2016

Weekend Getaways: Getting Ready for The Holidays

PHOTO: Christmas Tree at Fairmont Scottsdale Princess. (Photo courtesy of Fairmont Scottsdale Princess)

The holidays are a great time to stay in hotels, for the end of the year is the time when many hotels in all categories rolls out the holiday decorations and specials for seasonal travelers. Whether it’s a weekend in the big city to enjoy some sights and shopping, or a country getaway to escape the stress, there are plenty of hotels around the country offering packages tailor-made for the holiday guest.

Christmas in the Ozarks

The AAA Four-Diamond Chateau on the Lake Resort & Spa in Branson, Missouri, offers the best of the region for holiday travelers. From Dec. 10 the hotel celebrates “A Victorian Homecoming” with warm apple cider served in the lobby, as well as caroling, storytelling, and other events. The Silver Dollar City theme park runs “An Old Time Christmas Festival” and the hotel’s views of the lake and mountains make for some memorably cozy moments.

The Ozark Mountain Christmas Package starts at $187 per night for a standard room and is available for stays as short as two nights. The package includes accommodations, a $50 food and beverage credit for use during the stay, a specially selected Christmas ornament, access to the pool, hot tub, and fitness facilities, and two adult passes to Silver Dollar City. The package is subject to availability and is available through Dec. 30.

PHOTO: Gingerbread Houses at Chateau on the Lake Resort & Spa. (Photo courtesy of Chateau on the Lake Resort & Spa)

A Desert Holiday at the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess

Christmas at the Princess is celebrating its seventh year with annual activities such as a skating rink, carousel, shopping, lit up lagoon, Christmas characters, and fire pit rentals. All of this is in addition to the resort amenities the AAA Five Diamond Fairmont Scottsdale Princess offers year round to guests.

The Sip, Savor, & Celebrate package is offered Nov. 22 through Jan. 1 and includes nightly accommodations, a $100 daily resort credit, and 2 adult/3 child VIP express passes to enjoy the Christmas at the Princess festivities. Rates start at $219 per night before taxes and $30 resort fee and are subject to availability.

Earn the Keys to the City in Chicago

The Peninsula Chicago is celebrating 15 years in 2016, and they offer a number of great holiday programs, such as the Peninsula Sky Rink, situated on The Terrace and surrounded by Chicago’s iconic skyscrapers, holiday themed afternoon teas and special holiday menus for Thanksgiving and Christmas. Overnight guests can also take advantage of the hotel’s “Keys to the City” program, which is available through the concierge and unlocks VIP experiences to the city’s most iconic attractions that are only available to guests of the hotel, such as tours of Vosges Haut-Chocolat’s “Chocolate Temple,” or an exclusive behind-the-scenes tour of the Michelin three-starred restaurant Grace.

The 15th Anniversary Celebration Package includes complimentary overnight parking, a welcome champagne amenity and daily breakfast for two in the hotel’s restaurant or via room service with rates from $574 per night. Advance purchase rates without the package inclusions are as low as $414 per night.

Stay tuned for more upcoming holiday packages, and I may have some Cyber Monday deals to share next week.

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