There are so many great beach resorts in South Florida,, one being the beautiful Diplomat Beach Resort in Hollywood, Fl. I was first introduced to this awesome resort when I hosted the August 2018 Girl's Night Out event in the lobby. Check out the photocap from that night: Ft Lauderdale Girl's Night Out Aug at The Diplomat
So I decided to go back for a full weekend to see how a couples getaway vacation at The Diplomat would be. I am happy to say that it was a lovely vacation spot that I highly recommend you all experiencing!
From top rated oceanfront dining, pristine beach lounging, beautiful pools, and luxurious suites- this resort is one not to miss. There is so much to do, you may need to book extra days to visit the beautiful local area! Rooms are spacious with awesome views of the ocean and pools. The infinity pool is pthe perfect way to spend a day relaxing and their friendly staff will deliver cocktails and food to your lounge chair or cabana! The beach is only steps away.
A visit here, allows you the chance to experience Hollywood's historic oceanfront boardwalk, which listed among America's 'Best Beach Boardwalks' by Travel + Leisure magazine, only one mile away
The Perfect South Florida Luxury Resort
I had a fabulous 3 days at the Diplomat Beach Resort, a luxury South Florida hotel, and highly recommend it to anyone for a Florida getaway!
The Diplomat Beach Resort
3555 South Ocean Drive
Hollywood, Florida 33019
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR: MANDY CARTER
Mandy manages the South Florida and SWFL Communities of Housewives In the City. She is mother of two who loves to travel, shop and try new cocktails. In addition to planning events and blogging for Housewives In The City, she is a published writer, working model, freelance marketer and family travel blogger at Acupful.com.
Sipping cocktails al fresco never looked so good
The days of spring and summer travel breaks are here and it’s time to sit back and relax. Here’s a roundup of hotels across the U.S. with Insta-worthy porches and picture-perfect verandas. From people-watching to star-gazing to enjoying salty harbor air, here’s where you can pull up a chair in style and share your #currentview with friends and followers this summer
Baron’s Cove, Sag Harbor, NY
Best porch for: Harbor views
Situated directly in front of the harbor, this water-side Hamptons retreat offers several outdoor seating options including an outdoor veranda with its own wood-burning fireplace and a restaurant terrace overlooking the harbor, but the hottest (or coolest) seat in town is on a rocker on the hotel’s charming front porch, located directly in front of the water capturing those perfect harbor breezes. Baron’s Cove’s front porch greets guests upon arrival and is a popular seat for both locals and guests to enjoy a morning coffee or pre-dinner cocktail and catch up on summer reading. It’s also one of the hotel’s most popular photos on the ‘gram. baronscove.com
Virginia Hotel, Cape May, NJ
Best porch for: People watching
An impeccably restored 1879 landmark building, The Virginia Hotel and its darling front porch set the standard for luxury hotels in Cape May, NJ. Nestled on a tree-lined street in the heart of historic Cape May and just a half a block from the beach, The Virginia Hotel’s front porch is one of the most popular seats in Cape May. A prime location for people watching after a long day at the beach, guests can have a seat on the porch and enjoy artisanal cocktails and exquisite small plates from the hotel’s popular restaurant, The Ebbitt Room. virginiahotel.com
The Broadmoor’s Cloud Camp, Colorado Springs, CO
Best porch for: Rocky Mountain sunsets
Guests at The Broadmoor’s Cloud Camp may enjoy Insta-worthy Rocky Mountain views from the porch at this all-inclusive hideaway atop Cheyenne Mountain. Situated at a breathtaking 9,200 feet above sea level, Cloud Camp’s 360-degree views provide a picture-perfect backdrop for guided nature walks and luxurious lodge living. At 3,000 feet above The Broadmoor, this unique resort site is perfect for watching the sunset on the Rocky Mountains and plains below. Bonus: It’s all-inclusive, including cocktails. Rocky Mountain morning mimosas, anyone? broadmoor.com
Kingsmill Resort, Williamsburg, VA
Best veranda for: History buffs and foodies
Kingsmill Resort’s James Landing Grille is a scenic spot is where family and friends gather to enjoy fresh, locally-sourced cuisine, while enjoying the beautiful sunsets over the historic James River. Open seasonally, the James Landing Grille is the only riverfront dining experience in Williamsburg, making photos and memories extra special. kingsmill.com
The Inn at Death Valley, Death Valley, CA
Best porch for: Panoramic desert views and stargazing
A natural oasis located in the middle of Death Valley National Park, one of only eight designated "gold tier" International Dark Sky Parks in the United States, The Inn at Death Valley’s porches provide the perfect spot for sipping on cool desert cocktails while watching the vast desert sky turn dark for optimal stargazing. The sky is so clear that star-gazers can actually see the Milky Way with the naked eye. oasisatdeathvalley.com
Grand Geneva Resort & Spa, Lake Geneva, WI
Best veranda for: Beautiful country landscapes and greenery
No filter needed at Embers Terrace at Grand Geneva Resort & Spa in lush Lake Geneva. This Midwest hotspot offers guests the perfect gathering spot for after-dinner desserts, drinks, roaring fire pits, and grammable views of the beautiful Wisconsin countryside. A picturesque setting to unwind after a day of golf at the resort’s award-winning courses. grandgeneva.com
El Tovar at Grand Canyon, South Rim, AZ
Best porch for: Taking in a world wonder
What better way to celebrate crossing off the Grand Canyon from your bucket list than a festive toast overlooking a world wonder? Located on the South Rim of the Grand Canyon, a small veranda at El Tovar directly outside the lounge has spectacular views, famous for enjoying the Arizona sunsets. Guests can enjoy a light meal and cool beverage while planning what’s next on their itinerary. Take in the view knowing that guests such as Teddy Roosevelt, President Bill Clinton, and Sir Paul McCartney have dined and shared stories within these walls. grandcanyonlodges.com/lodging/el-tovar-hotel
The Woods at The Source Hotel, Denver, CO
Best porch for: Craft brews and views
In Colorado the sun regularly paints the sky with vibrant oranges, pinks and purples as it falls behind the mountains. To catch the phenomenon, head to the trendy Source Hotel + Market Hall’s eighth-floor rooftop bar, The Woods. Here you can take in the best of what Colorado has to offer. Look east and you’re staring at the unparalleled views of Downtown Denver, look west and you’ll take in the sunset and mountain views stretching from 14,000-foot Pikes Peak to the south of Long’s Peak in the north. While enjoying this urban patio, you can sip on creative craft beers brewed exclusively for the restaurant by the small-batch New Belgium brewery on the hotel’s ground floor. thesourcehotel.com/the-woods
Great places to stay in BauhausLand
“What’s a Bauhaus hotel room like?” As the world marks the Bauhaus centenary, 2019 is a great time to visit BauhausLand, the tourism region named for the design movement that changed the way we live. As well as visiting, fans can stay in Bauhaus-influenced buildings. Head for the German states of Saxony-Anhalt and Thuringia; check in – and sleep like a Bauhausler!
DESSAU Welcome to student life: sleep like a Bauhäusler
Emblazoned with the word BAUHAUS, the Bauhaus Dessau Foundation complex is the No 1 destination for modern design enthusiasts. Extra special is staying in the Prellerhaus, one of Germany’s first-ever student dorms. Built in 1926, the 28-room building still offers an authentic student experience of the past: streamlined rooms, with washbasins, built-in furniture, plain beds and tables. But there are also stylish Martin Stam-designed steel-tube cantilever chairs. Down the hall are contemporary bathrooms and communal kitchenettes. Special are rooms themed for former Bauhaus occupants, such as Josef and Anni Albers. Hearty German breakfasts are served in the student café. Note: the Prellerhaus has no elevators! (Single rooms from US$45; double rooms from US $70; www.bauhaus-dessau.de/en/service/sleeping-at-bauhaus/booking-request.html )
PROBSTZELLA Off the beaten track
South of Weimar, Probstzella is important for its imposing “Haus des Volkes.” Designed by architect Alfred Arndt in 1927, this grand community center, Thuringia’s largest Bauhaus complex, even includes a hotel. Lovingly restored in 2005, the Bauhaushotel provides contemporary comforts, from modern tubs to thick towels. And the “Haus des Volkes”, built for workers 90 years ago, still has the cheerful Blauer Saal restaurant, a bowling alley, cinema and saunas. Offering rare video footage and interactive technology, a lively museum tells the building’s story, from Bauhaus days through World War Two and the Cold War (Double rooms from US$90 with breakfast; www.booking.com/Share-6a0WAD ).
WEIMAR The Steiner Connection
Bauhaus teachers, such as Wassily Kandinsky, were influenced by the philosopher Rudolf Steiner. In Weimar, Steiner lived in a handsome 18th-century house. Now a hotel, the Villa Hentzel is on – appropriately – Bauhausstrasse (From US$125; www.booking.com/Share-Kw1vro).
WEIMAR The “Goethe didn’t stay here” Design Apartments
Enjoy the 21st-century Bauhaus effect! With the witty name “Goethe didn’t stay here”, these contemporary vacation rental apartments were designed and decorated by Bauhaus University graduates. Close to the city’s attractions, this is a real insider tip (From US$110; www.booking.com).
MAGDEBURG Where art and architecture meet
In Saxony-Anhalt’s capital, compare century-old Bauhaus design with today’s avant-garde architecture. Finished in 2005, Magdeburg’s bright pink Grüne Zitadelle (Green Citadel) was Austrian architect Friedensreich Hundertwasser’s last project. This complex of homes, shops and cafés includes the artHOTEL. The 40 rooms have jazzy bathrooms, with Hundertwasser’s trademark colorful tiles (from US$100; www.arthotel-magdeburg.de/Hotel-Philosophie-EN ).
BAD BERKA: ON YOUR BIKE!
Bicycle steel tubing inspired Bauhaus designer Marcel Breuer to create his famous chairs. And cycling is still a fun way to explore BauhausLand. From Weimar, pedal part of the Feininger Cycle Trail, dedicated to Bauhaus artist Lyonel Feininger; head off through the beech and spruce forest to stay in the spa town of Bad Berka. Here, the funky velo inn provides B&B accommodations for cyclists and hikers. Design highlights include eco-friendly (but comfy) beds, made by local carpenters, using no screws, bolts or nails! (www.booking.com)
MONEY & TIME SAVING TIPS
Use the Weimar Card and Thuringia Card for discounted admission to the region’s main attractions, and the WelterbeCard to explore the Heritage Region around Dessau. In Jena, get the JENA à la CARD.
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With 17 miles of white sand and beautiful blue waters, New Smyrna Beach, located on Florida’s Atlantic Coast, is a prime spot for families wanting to plan a getaway this spring. And with so many kid-friendly attractions, camps, and free activities, they’ll want to do more than just build sandcastles and splash in the surf (although we love that too!). Take a peek at some of the fun:
Marine Discovery Center: 5-Day Spring Adventure Camp (March 18-22) With pontoon rides, fishing, and arts and crafts, the kids will be too busy having fun to notice they’re learning about New Smyrna Beach’s wildlife and environment.
The Hub on Canal: Art Fun 4 Kids with Heather Pastor (March 13, April 10) Kiddos can channel their inner Van Gogh with an art class at The Hub on Canal. Instructor Heather Pastor teaches about famous artists, then children create their own masterpieces with a variety of mediums.
Surfin’ NSB: Ride the Waves: Little thrill-seekers will love a private family surf lesson from the pros at Surfin’ NSB. An instructor will bring boards right to your hotel or condo, so all you need to do is walk out onto the sand.
Turtle Mound River Tours: Set sail on a two-hour narrated tour of the Indian River Lagoon for a chance to see dolphins, manatees, and incredible views of Canaveral National Seashore.
New Smyrna Museum of History: Encourage a love for learning by exploring NSB’s interesting past through cool artifacts, models, and photographs. Kids will love the vintage boards and other local memorabilia in the surfing exhibit. Parents will love that it’s free admission.
Fishing Charters: Reel in the fun on the Indian River Lagoon with a local guide, like Captain Drew Cavanaugh of Florida Inshore Fishing Charters. From hauling in a prize catch to close-up views of local wildlife, a charter is a perfect way to spend a day on the water.
New Smyrna Speedway: Zoom zoom! Watch as stockcars and trucks vie for a spot at the finish line. Races are held weekly and children 11 and under are free.
New Smyrna Beach Escape Room: Older kids and teens will love this combo scavenger hunt and puzzle-solving activity. Participants attempt to escape from a locked room by deciphering riddles and puzzles. Choose from themes like “Alien Autopsy” and “Houdini’s Secrets.”
About the New Smyrna Beach Area
The New Smyrna Beach area includes the communities of New Smyrna Beach, Edgewater, Oak Hill, Osteen and Port Orange in east Central Florida. New Smyrna Beach is an eclectic mix of old and new; of subtle sophistication and bohemian soul that is as “real” as Florida gets. It occupies a notable place in history as the second oldest city in Florida, site of the largest single attempt at British colonization in the new world. In 2018, New Smyrna Beach celebrated its 250th birthday. The city’s barrier island is recognized worldwide for its incredible surf with Surfer magazine recently touting it one of the “Best Surf Towns in America” and National Geographic magazine including it in its “World’s Top 20 Surf Towns”. Accommodations range from charming bed and breakfast inns to family-size condominium units and oceanfront hotels. Natural attractions include 17 miles of sandy beaches from Ponce de Leon Inlet to Canaveral National Seashore and North America’s most diverse estuary – the Indian River Lagoon. Two distinct downtowns along Flagler Avenue and Canal Street and connected via the Waterfront Loop welcome visitors with independent restaurants, unique shops, artisanal coffee shops and art galleries.
For more information, please visit www.VisitNSBfl.com or call 386-428-1600. Follow @NewSmyrnaBeach1 on Twitter, Facebook.com/VisitNewSmyrnaBeach or @visitnewsmyrnabeach on Instagram for the latest news. Download the free New Smyrna Beach Mobile App for iPhone and Android to receive this information on-the-go.
My family is always looking for great day trips from the Tampa area. I recently had the opportunity to explore Sarasota, and I am so excited to share some of their amazing attractions with you. My drive from the north part of Tampa was only about 90 minutes, which I consider the perfect distance for a day trip. If you’d rather make a weekend of it and explore further, I have a great recommendation for accommodations!
ST. ARMANDS CIRCLE
Fun fact – my family and I lived in Longboat Key when I was six years old. My school bus drove through St. Armands Circle every day, but at only six years old, I did not appreciate the draw of this great area. St. Armand’s is boasts luxury shopping and delicious restaurants, and hosts unique events throughout the year. When I visited in November, the 30th Annual St. Armands Art Festival was underway with large crowds, but an impressive 175 artists and craftsman displaying their work.
Do not miss St. Armands’ restaurants when you visit! We enjoyed a fabulous dinner at Tommy Bahama Restaurant (yes, that Tommy Bahama!), where we ate their World Famous Coconut Shrimp, Filet Mignon Flatbread, incredible Pina Colada Cake, and so much more! Want to enjoy a taste of Tommy Bahamas at home? Check out this recipe for their Happy “Huladays” Cocktail!
I loved our visit to The Ringling! Initially, I thought the museum was simply going to display the history of the Ringling Circus. It turns out that circus life is only the focus of the Circus Museum portion of The Ringling. While we did begin our tour by viewing scaled models depicting every detail of circus life in the fictional Howard Bros. Circus, then walking through artifacts from the circus life, The Ringling itself has so much more to offer. When I return with my family, we could very well spend all of our time viewing and experiencing the circus displays, but there is so much more to see!
The grounds are also home to Mable’s rose garden, John and Mable Ringling’s 56-room home Ca’ d’Zan on Sarasota Bay, and the impressive Museum of Art. Ca' d'Zan was the winter home of the Ringlings, one of America's richest couples. The opulence has to be seen to be believed, and there are various tours available to view different areas of the home.
I truly had no idea the Museum of Art had such an extensive collection. I was reminded of my visits to European art galleries with pieces ranging throughout history.
The location of The Ringling is itself a beautiful setting. I am eager to bring my family back to the grounds to leisurely walk along the paths among the banyan trees. For more information about The Ringling and ticket information, visit their website: https://www.ringling.org/.
We are so lucky here in Florida. Finding a resort for a beach vacation is as easy as picking a beach and checking for the good reviews. We have the beauty of the Panhandle's beaches, the excitement of the Atlantic beaches, and the tranquil setting of the Gulf beaches. However, while it is easy to FIND resorts to visit, it is not easy to CHOOSE which resort would meet all of your needs and create lasting memories for your entire group. Luckily, I'm here with an amazing resort to put at the top of your list to please everyone you are traveling with. The Resort at Longboat Key Club has it all, and the staff puts your comfort and pleasure first in all areas of the resort.
FUN IN THE SUN
Like many gulf beach resorts, The Resort at Longboat Key Club recently faced the issue of a shrinking beach space due to erosion. I spoke with the general manager, Jeff Mayers, and learned that the resort chose to bring in sand from a Citrus County mine, rather than dredging in the Gulf, making it more environmentally friendly. The powdery white sand is the perfect setting for their queen cabanas and lounge chairs, along with any beach activities your heart desires!
GOLF AND TENNIS
The Resort at Longboat Key Club is set amidst their highly-rated golf courses and is a golfer's dream! Not an avid golfer but want to try it while on vacation? Build on your skills with their instructional golf programs!
Golf has never been one of my interests, but I was so excited to experience a tennis lesson while staying at the Resort! The Resort at Longboat Key Club has been named the #7 top tennis resort in the world by Tennis Resorts Online in its highly competitive annual listing. The lessons on the Har-Tru court were individualized for my skill-level (I haven't held a racket in about 15 years!) and a perfect way to get some exercise during the trip. I highly recommend spending time on the courts!
You will not have trouble finding delicious food - this AAA Four-Diamond resort boasts eight exceptional Sarasota restaurants featuring fresh ingredients for all tastes. I had the pleasure of dining at Portofino at the marina for amazing Italian food, Sands Pointe for a perfect filet, Tavern & Whiskey at the pro shop for a fresh lunch (order fries, you won't regret it!!), and room service for a relaxing breakfast in my room. I'll let the photos speak for themselves!
Bringing Innovative Style and a Vibrant Unique Social Scene to Peru’s Buzzing Capital
Peru’s most distinguished hotel group, Libertador Hotels, Resorts & Spas, is pleased to announce the opening of the 164-room Aloft Lima bringing innovation, modern style and a vibrant new social scene to the Miraflores district. This will be the first Aloft hotel in Peru and will feature bold and stylish design throughout as well as tech-forward features such as SPG Keyless entry.
Guest rooms are gracefully spread among 10 floors with a variety of intriguing social spaces located on the mezzanine and two relatively small stylish restaurants, Quinoa and Barrio, on the ground floor. The reception and lobby areas are seamlessly connected as a multifunctional open space that serves as a welcoming breakfast and lounge area or as an ideal co-working place during the day.
Designed to serve the increasing number of hyper-connected global business and leisure travelers visiting Peru’s buzzing capital, the hotel is located in the heart of Miraflores and is part of a new pedestrian friendly multi-use complex. Additional dining options include Re:fuelSM by Aloft, a café created for breakfast and lunch “on the go” and signature cocktails and light bites can be found at the WXYZ® Bar.
Other onsite amenities include Aloft’s signature Re:chargeSM fitness center and a splash pool to unwind and relax. Aloft Lima guests will be able to enjoy programming unique to the Aloft brand, including access to exciting emerging artists and musicians via Live At Aloft Hotels. There is also 278 square feet of meeting space.
“We are pleased to introduce the first Aloft in Peru, which will significantly change the hospitality scene in Miraflores in so many inspiring and vibrant ways,” said Libertador Hotels, Resorts & Spas CEO Jorge Melero. “The Aloft is in an unbeatable location and will serve as an excellent complement to the Westin Lima Hotel & Convention Center in the city’s central business district of San Isidro.”
About Libertador Hotels, Resorts & Spas
With exceptional hotels in Peru´s most attractive destinations, such as Cusco, Paracas and Lima, Libertador Hotels, Resorts & Spas is preparing to add two more hotels to its already impressive portfolio consisting of The Westin Lima Hotel & Convention Center; Tambo del Inka, a Luxury Collection Resort & Spa in the Sacred Valley of Urubamba; Hotel Paracas, a Luxury Collection Resort south of Lima; Palacio del Inka, a Luxury Collection Hotel in Cusco, the new Aloft Lima Miraflores and the upcoming AC Hotel (opening in Lima in 2019). For more information, please visit www.libertador.com.pe.
About Aloft Hotels and Marriott International, Inc.
With more than 150 hotels now open in over 20 countries and territories around the world, Aloft Hotels, part of Marriott International, Inc., delivers a fresh approach to the traditional staid hotel landscape. For the ‘always on’ next generation of traveler, the Aloft brand offers a tech-forward, vibrant experience and a modern style that is different by design. For more information, please visit www.alofthotels.com
Marriott International, Inc. is based in Bethesda, Maryland, and encompasses a portfolio of more than 6,700 properties in 30 leading hotel brands spanning 130 countries and territories. Marriott operates and franchises hotels and licenses vacation ownership resorts all around the world. The company also operates award-winning loyalty programs: Marriott Rewards®, which includes The Ritz-Carlton Rewards®, and Starwood Preferred Guest®. For the latest company news, visit www.marriottnewscenter.com; for consumer information, visit www.marriott.com.
Did you guys know that we have a Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville Restaurant in Chicago at Navy Pier?! One of my favorite things from when I lived in Vegas was this place and we have one! It is located at navy pier, perfect for a beginning or end to the day strolling around the lake!
We sent our partner Ashley with Rare Affairs on a date this weekend to check it out and they had a blast! They tried the pear margarita and the wings and yum!!!!
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There is nothing better than getting away for the weekend to have some family time and relax. So this past weekend my family and I headed up to Gatlinburg, TN to enjoy the peacefulness of the mountains and spend the weekend at the brand new Margaritaville Resort in Gatlinburg.
The staff was great during our entire stay and genuinely eager to help with anything that we needed. The rooms were nice and spacious with fun, relaxing decor. We opted for a double queen room which is the perfect size for a family of 4.
For those of us that need a little extra help relaxing or just want to pamper themselves. Margaritaville St. Somewhere Spa provides just that. The aromatherapy as you walk in the door immediately relaxes you. Plus, they offer a variety of services for you to choose from, including: massage, facial, manicure, pedicure, waxing, spray tan, hair cut/color, make-up, and more.
We were in St. Louis for my 34th Birthday this week (it was the 13th)! I have not been down to the Gateway arch in nearly 10 years but I am loving what they have done with the National Park area! There is so much green space to enjoy a stroll!
Did you know that the Gateway Arch is only 4.5 hours from Chicago? It also is the tallest Arch in the world as well as the tallest man made monument in the United States!
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