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8 AWESOME HOTEL TIPS YOU SHOULD DEFINITELY KNOW

  1. Free airport shuttle

Guess what? Many hotels, especially those located close to airports, offer free airport shuttle service for their beloved guests. Therefore, you don’t have to worry about finding a taxi, renting a car, or figuring out how public transport works. This is one of the greatest hotel tips, isn’t it?

  1. Phone chargers and adaptors

Let’s face it: phone chargers and adaptors are some of the most common items travelers forget to bring and often leave behind on their trips. If you find yourself in this unpleasant situation, ask the hotel’s front desk to lend you one – the majority of them do.

  1. Complimentary Toiletries

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Did you forget your toiletry bag? Worry not, most hotels will provide you with complimentary toothpaste, toothbrush, shampoo, conditioner, shaving products, nail polish remover, and other basic items. Just ask the reception. Also, if you run out of toiletries, talk to the hotel staff and you should be given more free of charge. Yay!

 

  1. Fitness gear

When you’re on the go, you don’t want to pause your workout routine. But lugging all your fitness gear for a short business trip can feel a little bit too much. Many hotels have on-site state-of-the-art fitness centers.  Here’s a precious hotel tip: if your day stay hotel doesn’t have a fitness centre, chances are that they will lend or rent you workout gear such as yoga mats, fitness balls, and dumbbells. Therefore, you don’t have to skip your working our routines. How wonderful is it to exercise just like at home or at your local gym while you’re traveling?

  1. Business centre

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When you’re staying at a day booking hotel during a business trip, you will most likely need to get some work done. Well, lucky you! Most places have a business center that guests can use. Adding to the good news, in most of the cases, these business centers are open 24-hours, so you can do your tasks whenever you want, without any kind of distractions. Sure, you can work in your hotel room as well, but most of us need a professional environment in order to be more productive and focused, so why not take advantage of an on-site working space?

  1. Photocopying, fax, and printing machines

When we’re talking about hotel tips for the business travelers, we have to mention the situation when you might need to print, photocopy, or send a fax. Maybe you have some documents to print or photocopy, or you bought an online ticket for an attraction you want to visit in your daycation spare time and you must have it on paper. Maybe you have to send an important fax. Most hotels will let you use their copy, print, and fax machines free of charge. Moreover, if you don’t know how to handle these machines, ask the hotel staff to do it for you. Useful, right?

  1. Complimentary sewing kits

When traveling for work, your appearance has to be flawless. But what if you suddenly notice a clothing tear, or a button falling off your jacket? Even worse, what if you spot that exactly when you were about to leave your day booking room for a business meeting? Well, here’s one of the most practical hotel tips ever: hotels keep complimentary sewing kits on hand! Talk to the staff and you’ll get one in no time. Ergo, you can fix your outfit and get ready for success in a trice.

  1. Carry on Ziplock Toiletry Bags

You know how the airlines require you to keep all your carry-on toiletries in a transparent, resealable plastic bag? But what if you lost yours? No problem, most hotels will offer them at no additional charge. Just ask the staff, pack your items up, and you’re good to go.

Essentially, these awesome hotel tips will work their magic and make your stay an unforgettable one. There are plenty of perks hotels can offer in order to enhance your travel time.

5 Tasting Experiences to Create at Home

Wine and cheese are a reliable pair, but for your next get-together, spice up your food and drink pairings with unexpected libations and heartier snacks. We talked with Suzanne Halperin, VP, Catering & Banquet Brand Operations at Kimpton, to get her suggestions for the trendiest food and beverage pairings right now, and how to make them work. Here our five new favorites:

Whiskey & BBQ Pairing

The pairing: Whiskey + BBQ

The party: Father’s Day, 4th of July, Labor Day, any summer party

How to pair it: Whiskey and barbecue were made for one another. Whiskey (our pick is bourbon because it’s aged in charred oak barrels) highlights the smoky, maple flavors that complement barbecue, and the underlying sweetness of bourbon matches the sweetness in barbecue sauces and marinades. Scotch whiskey also pairs well with the earthy-charcoal flavors in smoked meats, while lighter Japanese single malt whisky works with grilled vegetables and fish.

Beer Pairings

The pairing: Craft Beer + Savory Bites

The party: Father’s Day, 4th of July, Labor Day, birthday parties

How to pair it: Microbreweries specialize in creating small-batch beers with unique flavors and intensities, making them fun to pair with food. As you plan your menu, make sure your dish and the beer match each other in strength so neither is overpowered. For example, seared pork belly with fruit mostarda on crostini plays well with a hoppy citrus IPA. Or, try beef tartare on toasted sourdough with a robust stout.

Champagne & Mini Bites

The pairing: Champagne + Mini Sweet Bites

The party: Bridal shower, Mother’s Day, birthday party, New Year’s Eve

How to pair it: Nothing says celebration like a little bubbly, and the secret to pairing champagne with desserts is to choose mini-bites that aren’t too sweet. Demi-sec is the sweetest version of champagne and pairs well with tart berries, shortbread cookies, mini pound cakes or lemon bars. If you prefer a dry brut champagne, stick with dark, bittersweet chocolate.

Sake + Fried Chicken

The pairing: Sake + Fried Chicken

The party: Do you really need a reason?

How to pair it: It may not be the most conventional pairing in the world but we bet you’ll never want to have fried chicken with beer again. Crisp and lightly sweet Yamahai Tokubetsu Junmai balances the saltiness of Karaage, or Japanese fried chicken. It helps cut the greasiness while making the rich flavor of the dish stand out.

Nut Milks + Desserts

The pairing: Nut Milks + Desserts

The party: Baby shower, bridal shower, engagement party, wedding, birthday party

How to pair it: Sometimes pairing traditional dairy products with desserts can be on the heavy side, so mix it up with nut milks for a lighter option to wash down rich desserts. Try creamy cashew milk with sea salt dusted chocolate chip cookies, or unsweetened almond milk with butterscotch caramel blondies.

How To Plan A Family Vacation According To Travel Experts

Summertime is just a few weeks away, which means family vacations are likely on the brain.

The idea of planning a vacation with kids in tow can be intimidating. Sure, the actual vacation is supposed to be relaxing (or as relaxing as a vacation with kids can be!), but getting to that point can be a maze of hotel recommendations, travel blogs, flight seat selections and more.

So we chatted with travel experts about their vacation planning tips so you can get that trip booked with ease. From flight hacks to safety recommendations, here’s what they shared.

Avoid Google, at least in the beginning

Google is a helpful resource when planning a vacation, but if you’re at the beginning of your planning process, try to resist the temptation to hop on with your searches.

“If you start with Google, it’s the paradox of choice,” said Julie Danziger, director of luxury travel services at Ovation Vacations. “There’s so much out there and you just don’t even know what you’re looking for.”

Instead, Danziger suggested having a family meeting to learn how far everyone wants to go, what activities they’d like to do, their thoughts about hanging out on beaches vs. exploring local villages, and so on. Then, let Google help you arrange tours and plan other activities.

Erika Richter, communications director for the American Society of Travel Agents, offered the same advice about Google for families who might be overwhelmed about the thought of choosing a destination. She also noted that knowing when you want to go can sometimes help you put together a list.

“Certain places and activities will be more accessible at different times of the year,” she said. “So once parents know exactly when and how long they want the trip to be, the choices can be narrowed down a bit.”

Plan ahead and send important things in advance

Of course, school vacation means peak travel times. Planning ahead can help you and your family avoid higher prices, sold-out tours and the headache that comes after learning there aren’t enough seats together on a flight.

“If you have young children who are not in school and [have] flexibility with dates, it is best to travel at non-peak times. For example, the first week of January after the New Year offers lower pricing than staying over the holiday week,” said Michael Dolan, team leader and travel consultant for Liberty Travel.

Having plenty of advance notice of a trip will also allow you to send important supplies (like diapers, baby products, sunscreen, etc.) to your vacation spot before you leave. Many hotels will happily arrange for this. Plus, sending these things leaves room in your luggage for other belongings.

IOne of our travel experts recommended bringing small wrapped gifts like markers and toys to keep kids occupied on a flight.

Don’t be afraid to ask questions

“If you give the hotel information and tell them about yourselves and about your family, everything can be set up for you,” Danziger said.

Come prepared, but be realistic

The majority of experts we spoke with suggested self-planners pause and resist the temptation to plan several tours or activities a day. They encouraged all families to leave some time in the day to rest. Scott Steinberg, editor-in-chief of Select Magazine, also noted that you should always factor in travel time and wait times when scheduling excursions and other fun things.

Way too in over your head to choose what to do, much less schedule activities? Steinberg has a handy hack.

“A helpful tip would be to phone ahead to concierges at four- and five-star rated hotels such as the Ritz-Carlton and Four Seasons,” he said. “They can give you a quick rundown of top recommendations.”

Of course, the trip planning doesn’t end after the hotel and mode of transportation are booked. Richter encouraged parents traveling by flight to plan on bringing “a handful of small gifts in wrapping paper” to keep kids occupied. Another idea that’s a bit out of the ordinary? Bring blue painter’s tape to distract the kids.

“Blue painter’s tape works wonders on planes,” she said. “It’s cheap, easy, and it doesn’t ruin any surfaces!”

If you’re looking for something that keeps kids occupied and requires no extra belongings, McCabe World Travel’s Jessica Griscavage said to “make the plane ride part of the adventure” and talk to the kids about the trip while traveling. It’ll keep them busy and get them excited about the vacation.

When it comes to safety, Richter encouraged parents taking children to a theme park or similar destination to take a photo of them every morning. If the family gets separated, the photo can be helpful for park employees and officials. Taking a photo of where you park isn’t a bad idea either.

And if you’re traveling internationally, don’t forget to check everyone’s passports, not just your own.

“Remember that children’s passports expire every five years (vs. 10 years for adults), so be sure those are up to date,” Dolan said. “The expiration date on passports must be valid at least six months beyond your date of travel [for some countries].”

Remember that vacations are supposed to be fun!

Planning trips can be stressful, but the research pays off.

“It might be a little extra work on the ground before you go, but at the same time once you’re there it’ll allow you to fully enjoy and appreciate the vacation instead of having to be concerned about it when you’re there,” Danziger said.

And if you are feeling overwhelmed or spotting too many restrictions on your family’s needs at a certain destination, simply go somewhere else.

“It’s easier,” Danziger said. “When you’re ready for those big trips, you’ll take them.”

Dining Ambrosia Indian Cuisine

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Voted Best Indian Restaurant by Monterey County Weekly, the Carmel Pine Cone, and Monterey County Herald, Ambrosia has been answering the call of our Ambrosia Peninsula Patrons, who demand exquisite Indian cuisine that is healthier than it tastes. Since 2007, we have been passionately committed in bringing you the very best of what Indian food has to offer. Prepare to indulge in a euphoria of senses as we bring to you the exotic cuisines from the vast, varied landmass that is the Indian Sub-Continent, while you comfortably lounge in our welcoming courtyard located in your very own front yard on Abrego Street, Ambrosia.

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