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The Digital Detox: Can You Really Disconnect on Vacation?

Friday, December 6th, 2013

Thanks to WiFi and 4G and the Internet, it’s nearly impossible to escape the going-ons of life, whether for work or social pleasures.  That’s why “digital detox” vacations are becoming more popular as people find themselves wanting to unplug and go off the grid for awhile, and actually enjoy some quality time with family or friends.

A number of great hotels and resorts in America are ready to help travelers disconnect while on vacation whether its through their remote locale or their take-no-prisoners approach to removing that cell phone from your hand.

Do you need a digital detox?

The hoteliers I spoke to say that it takes a few days for most guests to stop feeling antsy as a result of the separation from their devices. Physical activities, like surfing and yoga, help make the transition easier.

Off-the-Grid at Amangiri Resort


Located in Southern Utah, just shy of the border with Arizona, sits the luxurious and unparalleled off-the-grid desert oasis, Amangiri Resort. With 600 protected acres looking out towards the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, this resort and its minimalist architecture blends spectacularly into the landscape. The resort pampers its guests with exquisitely prepared meals, the 25,000 sq. ft. Aman Spa, and a pool sunken into the rock formations that will take your breath away.

Escape to Little Palm Island

No phones, no TVs and no shortage of fun and romance with a private beach, outdoor pool, and fitness facility at Little Palm Island (a Noble House Resort). Located on Little Torch Key, the only way you are getting to or from this resort is by seaplane or boat. The cottages are lovely (outdoor showers, freestanding soaking tubs), the beaches are private and magical, and the opportunity to unwind and disconnect is yours the minute you make a reservation at this Florida Keys resort.

Silence in the City

Chicago is anything but off-the-grid, yet one hotel is helping some guests achieve silence in the city. The Hotel Monaco Chicago provides guests with a “black-out” option, whereby they surrender their gadgets to reception upon checking in. Guests can fight their gadget addictions and enjoy their stay sans digital intrusion with the help of the hotel’s attentive staff.

Disconnect to Reconnect at the Four Seasons at Peninsula Papagayo, Costa Rica

Guests at the Four Seasons at Peninsula Papagayo can have both an eco-adventure in the Costa Rican jungle and a serene surfing sanctuary. Through a partnership with iPhone case company, Uncommon, guests can choose to surrender their iPhones for 24 hours. And then the resort provides them with a list of 24 things to do without technology during that time at the resort. Phones are returned after the allotted time with a choice of four Costa Rican-themed iPhone cases. Activities include a Costa Rican coffee scrub treatment at the spa, and sipping fresh coconut water by the pool.

Tech-free Zones at Marriott Caribbean and Mexico Resorts

The JW Marriott Cancun Resort and Spa is one of nine Marriott and Renaissance Caribbean and Mexico Resorts featuring “tech-free zones” throughout their properties. These zones are designated to encourage guests to leave their digital devices in their hotel rooms and relax, read, or enjoy quiet conversation. I’d spend my time in the

14-foot dive pool with the artificial reef!

Focus on the Family at the Renaissance Pittsburgh

The Renaissance Pittsburgh is trying to keep families connected with its
“family digital detox package.” Instead of families occupying the same rooms but not sharing in the experience, the hotel encourages them to reconnect with one another. All laptops and mobile phones must be surrendered on check-in, and the television, telephone, and iPhone docking station are removed from the guest room. Instead, families are provided board games and playing cards.

How willing are you to disconnect on vacation?



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Finding Leisure Time During Business Travel

Friday, October 4th, 2013

Cities like Las Vegas and Miami have plenty of business amenities that make them great meeting spots, but a business trip to any meeting destination can be easily turned into a mini-vacation.

A survey conducted by Hilton Worldwide revealed that 84 percent of millennials are likely to extend their business trips to explore cities nearby, so the experts of identified some attractive destinations within an hour drive or flight from some of the country’s top meeting cities.

Businessman walking in ocean tideDallas
Dallas is home to the fourth busiest airport in the U.S. and a major business hub, but close to the metropolitan area travelers can find towns like Denton, a great cultural destination. Denton’s artsy events, such as its Arts & Jazz Festival lures thousands of tourists year-round.

Travelers with more spare time can fly to Austin, a top food destination that has been steadily rising in popularity. Feast on juicy brisket at the famous Franklin BBQ or catch a show at Mohawk.

The Orange County Convention Center in Orlando boasts the second largest amount of event space in the U.S. Travelers visiting in October can drive to Daytona Beach to see thousands of bikers descending upon the city during Biketoberfest.

Beachgoers can also enjoy Florida’s sunny weather by flying to Fort Lauderdale. This city is an ideal relaxing location with more than 300 miles of navigable waterways and over 100 marinas.

Washington, D.C.
Washington, D.C.’s historic landmarks draw flocks tourists each year, but they also offer a setting like no other for conferences and events. Business travelers can take advantage of the region’s food scene by driving to Baltimore, which is known for some of the best seafood on the East Coast.

Travelers who want to take the weekend to unwind can fly to Virginia Beach and visit the city’s 35 miles of coastline beaches.

Regardless of where the meeting is, there’s always time to explore and satisfy your wanderlust after completing your business trip.




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Birchbox Video: Yoga Poses for Travelers with Tara Stiles

Friday, September 20th, 2013

September is National Yoga Month!

Birchbox has shared these fantastic ways to exercise and stay healthy while traveling. Watch as Tara Stiles demonstrates some great yoga poses that you can do in the comfort of your own hotel room!

Are you an accomplished yogi? Or maybe you’re just starting to dive into child’s pose… How do you stay fit during travel? Let us know in the comments below!



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Cycling through Cities: Seeing the Sites on Two Wheels

Friday, August 23rd, 2013

0_153975071This week in Colorado, the best cyclists in the world are convening for The 2013 USA Pro Cycling Challenge drawing record crowds to cheer them on. Now in its third year, the seven-day race includes this year’s Tour de France champion Chris Froome and Tour sprint jersey victor Peter Sagan.

There was a time when bicycling was merely a functional affair. Now, cycling is seen as eco-friendly, cool, healthy, cheap and practical. And bikes- and those who ride them – have become the epitome of style. But it’s more than that! From Millennials to older generations, more people are forgoing cars for bikes; and cities are responding with more bike lanes.

In bigger cities like New York, Denver, Washington, D.C. and Boston, to smaller cities such as Chattanooga, Tenn., and Spartanburg, S.C., bike-share programs are taking off.

Check out this article in last month’s USA Today for the Top Urban Bike Paths Across the US.

New York has one of the newest bike sharing programs that is also the largest in the U.S. so far. With over 6,000 bikes at 330 stations across Manhattan and Brooklyn, visitors can strategically plan their day of sightseeing with unlimited 30-minute trips for about $10. Stay at the Millennium Hilton (4.4 Guest Rating; rooms starting at $199) and take a bike across the Brooklyn Bridge or ride along the Manhattan Waterfront Greenway.

Chicago launched its bike share program earlier this year and will soon have 4,000 bikes at 400 stations in its bike share program. The 18-mile Lakefront Trail along the Lake Michigan coastline is one of the country’s top city bike paths. Stay on the waterfront at the W Chicago Lakeshore (4.0 guest rating; rooms from $199) and explore points north and south of the area.

0_161951320Washington, D.C. was the first city to automate bike sharing back in 2010 and currently has a fleet of 1,800 bikes at 200 stations around the nation’s capital and Arlington, Va. Visitors can avoid the city’s traffic and explore Rock Creek Park or visit the monuments of the National Mallon bike. Stay at the Graham Georgetown (4.6 guest rating; rooms from $229), which is centrally located near many of the city’s paths and trails.

Minneapolis was recently named the number one bike city in the U.S. by Bicycle Times. With over 1,550 bikes at 170 stations across the Twin Cities, visitors can enjoy unlimited 30-minute rides starting at just $6. Stay at the Depot Renaissance Minneapolis Hotel (4.4 guest rating; rooms from $139) for easy access to the riverfront’s many bike paths, as well as the Cedar Lake Trail – a paved three-lane bicycle freeway that connects downtown Minneapolis to the region’s other popular trails. Visitors to Boston enjoying a long weekend can take advantage of the city’s three-day bike share pass for only $12. Stay at the Hyatt Regency Cambridge, Overlooking Boston (4.0 guest rating; rooms from $199) and explore the Charles River Bike Path and the nearby university campuses. Or follow Paul Revere’s famous ride and embark on the Minuteman.

Other major cities including Los Angeles, San Francisco and Philadelphia are planning to introduce community bike projects soon. And even without bike shares, many cities are getting “on the bike” offering visitors a healthy and up close way to see their cities. Do you have a favorite bike tour?



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