Who else doesn’t have New Year’s plans yet? I may get out of town for a night or two, and I found some great New Years travel specials that sound like a blast! From fun destinations such as Hawaii to Chicago, you can find some really great travel deals that offer something for everyone:
1. Hilton Waikoloa Village – Hawaii, The Big Island
As temperatures cool off, travelers aren’t the only ones heading to warmer climates. Humpback whales journey to the refreshing waters of Hawaii, and Hilton Waikoloa VIllage offers guests the chance to kick off the New Year with a splash and Sail with the Whales, starting at $274/night. Sounds like fun, huh?
After a New Years evening of island music, champagne toasts and hula dancing, guests of the Pacific playground begin 2013 with a whale watching cruise that explores the Kohala Coast and the National Marine Humpback Whale Sanctuary that lies just off the shore of Waikoloa. The Ocean Sport’s whale experts deploy hydrophones so whale watchers can hear the eerily beautiful songs of the humpbacks, and experienced captains maneuver the catamarans for the most spectacular views of the breaching animals. How cool is that?
To encourage the preservation of the majestic mammals, Hilton Waikoloa Village donates proceeds of their in-room toy dolphins, about $10,000 each year, to benefit the Pacific Marine Life Foundation. I love that! For more information, visit www.hiltonwaikoloavillage.com
2. River Terrace Inn – Napa, California
River Terrace Inn and Restaurant Cuvee invite you to “Sip, Sip, Hooray” at midnight, while you sip on bubbly straight from Napa’s most famous sparkling wine maker, through an exclusive New Year’s Eve party partnership with Domaine Carneros. After shouting Sip, Sip Hooray at Restaurant Cuvee, revelers sink into heavenly bedding at River Terrace Inn and wake up to coffee overlooking the Napa river. Surrounded by cool breezes and flickering fires, it is the quintessential place to enjoy fine cuisine in a casual setting. The restaurant artistically offers comfort food flavors reengineered to a level of “high cuisine” with a kicked back distinctive wine country personality.
New Years Eve Special:
New Years Gala with Domaine Carneros and live entertainment by “spinout” from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m., featuring a specialty tasting menu. Price for the tasting menu, including Domaine Carneros toast at midnight, is $95. (Hours 4:30 p.m. to 2 a.m.)
3. Hard Rock Hotels & Casinos
To kick off the New Year, Hard Rock Hotels and Casinos (with hotel locations from Bali and San Diego to Singapore and Macau) invites music lovers to enjoy VIP events ranging from DJ Shows to Kid Rock’s performance. See below for a list of exclusive events hosted at Hard Rock Hotels & Casinos.
Hard Rock Hotel Chicago – NYE Soiree
• 4 Hour Top Shelf Hosted Cocktail Reception
• Champagne All Night
• Hors D’oeuvres and delicacies
• Exquisite chocolates and desserts
• Celebrity DJ’s, DJ Mark Centennial, DJ Katy
Hard Rock Hotel San Diego
• 3 Floors, 5 venues, 12 DJ’s
• Headliner: EC Twins
• Stay an extra night from only $99
Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Hollywood (Florida)
• Kid Rock concert
• Tickets start at $104
For more information or to book a stay at any of the Hard Rock Hotels & Casinos, please visit www.hardrockhotels.com.