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Loews Hotels Roll Out Family Fun Programs for Summer

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It seemed like New York would never emerge from the clutches of winter up until a few days ago. But with the temperatures now in the 70s and Memorial Day weekend nearly here it seems like summer has finally arrived.

To celebrate that, Loews Hotels is rolling out the “Summer of Loews” to treat families to the extra things that make the season so much fun—including dance parties, BBQs and roving ice cream carts.

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Vacationist Hotel Deals: Rustic California, Vermont, and New York

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Cedar-and-glass bungalows, restored farmhouses, a roaring fireplace in an expansive main lodge: there are so many ways to do a rustic retreat. Vacationist is spotlighting three of our favorites today, from a premier lakeside spot in California wine country to a mountain escape in Stowe, Vermont—even a celebrity hideaway on 14 wooded acres an hour north of Manhattan. You’ll stay there for less when you book with Vacationist.

Not what you’re looking for? Click here for Italy, Dominican Republic, Acapulco, Mexico and more.

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New App Delivers 1-Night Hotel Deals for Stranded Travelers

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Innovator Sam Shank

Who He Is: “I got bitten by the travel bug late in life,” serial entrepreneur Sam Shank says. He’s certainly making up for lost time. In the past decade, Shank founded the hotel site travelpost.com, and dealbase.com, which compiles online travel discounts. His latest venture, Hotel Tonight, comes to the aid of stranded travelers.

His Big Idea: While on a business trip to Seattle last year, Shank’s plans changed at the last minute and he needed to stay an extra night, so he tried to book something on his phone—a surprisingly difficult process. The result? The free Hotel Tonight app (iPhone/iPad), which instantly delivers three one-night hotel deals per city in different categories and lets you book one in just seconds. The app is available for Boston, Chicago, L.A., New York, Miami, San Francisco, Seattle, and Washington, D.C., with Las Vegas on the way.

Photo courtesy of Sam Shank

Oregon’s New Cyclist-Friendly Hotel

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Cyclist-friendly Oregon has a stylish new rest stop for weary pedalers. Inspired by their biking trips to Italy, owners Glen and Sandy Crinklaw created the four-room Coastal Mountain Sport Haus (66845 Nehalem Hwy.; 503/429-6940; doubles from $199, including meals, two-night minimum) 50 miles north of Portland in the logging town of Vernonia (population: 2,300). The cedar inn—near some of the Pacific Northwest’s most picturesque biking paths—pays homage to the region with design touches such as bathroom sinks set in slabs of reclaimed black walnut and molted elk antlers used as towel hooks.

Photo by Heidi Swift/Courtesy of Coastal Mountain Sport Haus

Eat Your Pudding: Chef Marcus Wareing Opens New Restaurant in London

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It’s one of the most buzzed-about and eagerly anticipated hotel openings across the pond: London’s iconic St. Pancras railway station has reinvented itself as a sumptuous new Renaissance hotel, and last week unveiled The Gilbert Scott restaurant. Celebrated chef Marcus Wareing (of the Michelin two-starred Marcus Wareing at The Berkeley) derived inspiration for his second restaurant from both the historic building itself, as well as from dishes that are nearly 200 years old, but cooked with modern techniques.

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Q&A: Moby’s Life on the Road

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During his 25-year career, the musician, DJ, and tea entrepreneur has traveled the globe, staying in thousands of hotels—which helped inspire his new album, Destroyed (Mute, $15), and an accompanying book of his snapshots (Damiani, $40). T+L checks in with him about his life on the road.

Q: Tell us about your latest project.
A: My photos document the unglamorous side of touring. And almost every song on the record had its genesis in a hotel room, usually at around three a.m.

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Cost of Martinis Around the World

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Value is not measured by room rate alone. You also have to consider how much a hotel’s goods and services cost. To get a sense of the relative expense of luxury properties, T+L determined the average price of a hotel bar martini, from Buenos Aires to Bangkok.

Montreal: $16
New York City: $19
Mexico City: $12
Rio de Janeiro: $15
Buenos Aires: $17
London: $23
Prague: $10
Lisbon: $12
Cape Town: $7
Rome: $23
Paris: $25
Dubai: $17
Mumbai: $15
Bangkok: $10
Singapore: $18
Shanghai: $13
Sydney: $21

Photo courtesy of DNY59/iStockphoto

Vacationist Hotel Deals: Pacific Escapes

201105-b-casaoceanojpgWhen the weather outside is dreary, we dream of warm sand and sea. Which is why this week, Vacationist spotlights a handful of destinations close to the pounding Pacific. We’re headed to oceanfront villas in Maui, where surf lessons and barbecues are on offer; an eco-friendly lodge in Costa Rica, where zip-line tours in a dense tropical rainforest can be paired with trips to the shore; and a mid-century Santa Monica stunner, just a few blocks from waterfront Ocean Avenue.

Not what you’re looking for? Clip here for Chile, Puerto Rico, Arizona, Mexico, and more.

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TODAY Show: Easy Weekend Getaways

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No matter what your plans are for this summer, there's an easy (and affordable!) weekend getaway that will work for you. Here, a few of our favorites: a foodie getaway in Charleston, a culture-packed weekend in downtown Chicago, and a wellness retreat in southern Utah. For more ideas, visit TravelandLeisure.com/weekend-getaways. Start packing now!

Vacationist Hotel Deals: Memorial Day in Mexico

201105-b-navidadjpgLess than a week after Cinco de Mayo, we’re still thinking about Mexican beach escapes and margaritas. Happily for us, so is Vacationist! On sale now: three deals south of the border. Spa goers will prefer Villa del Palmar Flamingos in Rivieria Nayarit, with hydro-treatments at the 17,000 square-foot spa; beach lovers will opt for Grand Bay Hotel Isla Navidad Resort, on a private island off Manzanillo; and for those of you just looking for a rocking good time? There’s always Cabo San Lucas, and a stay at Marquis for more than 44 percent off the standard rack rate.

For deals on the Italian coast or in the Caribbean, click here now.

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