Where to Celebrate National Margarita Day

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Looking for the best places to celebrate National Margarita Day on February 22? Here are my top picks:
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Fairmont Mayakoba | Playa del Carmen, Mexico 

Fairmont Mayakoba is a truly amazing tropical resort located in Mexico’s Riviera Maya. I just returned from there, and it’s perfect for travelers seeking adventure, relaxation, fabulous cuisine, luxurious accommodations, warm temperatures and pure white sand. Celebrate Mexico’s national drink with their speciality margarita, Cucumber Habanero Margarita. The Habanero pepper is one of the most popular hot chili peppers in Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula and gives any cocktail that Mexican kick and flavor!

Blackberry MargaritasCheeca Lodge & Spa | Islamorada, FL
The oceanfront property with panoramic views features its Black Rita with an Islamorada twist is this beautiful oceanfront resorts delicious margarita. It’s is served with Patron Reposado Tequila, Triple Sec, Agave Necter, lime juice and lightly muddled blackberries garnished with mint for added flavor.

The Resort at Pedregal | Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

The Resort at Pedregal is showcasing the drink that they know best with loads of refreshing Tequila-based treats including the Cabo Cadillac Margarita made with Tequila Clase Azul Reposado, Damiana Liquor, Fresh Lime Juice, Fresh Orange Juice and Simple Syrup; the Carrot Margarita with Tequila Clase Azul Platino, Cointreau, Fresh Lime Juice, Fresh Carrot Juice and Rich Lavender Syrup; and the Cucumber Jalapeño Margarita consisting of Tequila Clase Azul Platino, Triple Sec, Fresh Cucumber Juice, Fresh Jalapeño Pepper Juice and Simple Syrup. Need I say more?

The Ritz-Carlton, Naples | Naples, FL

In one of my favorite Ritz Carlton properties in the world, enjoy tasty margaritas looking onto ocean views with frozen margaritas at Gumbo Limbo at The Ritz-Carlton, Naples beach resort. Indulge with flavors like strawberry, mango, raspberry and banana to satisfy all margarita tastes and cravings, or kick it up a notch with the Gold Brick Margarita, of course using Patron!

The Ritz-Carlton Key Biscayne, Miami | Key Biscayne, FL

The Ritz-Carlton Key Biscayne, Miami takes Margarita Day to the next level with on-site Tequilier Heriberto Ovideo’s specially selected Cantina Beach Margarita at Cantina Beach. The Cantina’s own Double Barrel Herradura Reposada is served sugar rimmed with the perfect mix of Cointreau, sour mix and a float of Chambord on the rocks. For a little extra kick, indulge in a tequila tasting with the with the Tequilier, exclusively at The Ritz-Carlton Key Biscayne, Miami.

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Spur at Teton Mountain Lodge & Spa | Jackson Hole, WY 

Spur’s Spicy Margarita is made with infused jalapeno tequila, muddled citrus, passion fruit or blood orange puree. Located slope side, Spur offers the most elevated aprés ski experience after a day of adventure on the mountain. Enjoy locally sourced, elevated mountain cuisine at Spur Restaurant & Bar.

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FIRE Restaurant, the ART Hotel | Denver, CO

Raise a glass to National Margarita Day at FIRE Restaurant, Terrace & Lounge by enjoying the FIRE & Blood Orange Margarita while overlooking downtown Denver’s thriving cultural district. This specialty cocktail puts a spicy spin on the classic margarita – composed of Peligrosso Blanco Tequila, ancho reyes chili liqueur, blood orange, and lime, topped with with San Pelligino, sea salt and chili rum.

Tavern on The Square at The Arrabelle at Vail Square | Vail, Colorado

After a long day shredding the slopes, nothing sounds better than celebrating with delicious après ski offerings at the Arrabelle at Vail Square. For those looking to celebrate National Margarita Day, try the Mountain Margarita Made with Grand Marnier, Don Julio Resposado, homemade sours, and a lime garnish, it’s hard to stop at one! Just steps from the Eagle Bahn Gondola, there’s no better way to say olé. Drink by the lobby fireplace or in your room by your own in-room fireplace.

The Pony Room at Rancho Valencia Resort and Spa | Rancho Santa Fe, California

One of my favorite resort bars at the my top pick for best stays outside of San Diego, Rancho Valencia head straight to the The Pony Room, is the perfect place to grab a margarita for National Margarita Day. With five amazing margaritas on their menu featuring The Pony Express, The Silver Pony, The Palomino, Skinny as it Goes, and the daddy of all margaritas, The El Jefe. The El Jefe is made with Don Julio 1942 Añejo Tequila, Grand Marnier 100, Cointreau and fresh lime juice. For the less ambitious, The Pony Express is made with Fortaleza Reposado, Cointreau, and fresh lime juice.

10 Best Holiday Decor Resorts

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Happy Holidays and first day of December!  I have rounded up some of my favorite luxury hotels who are going above and beyond with their holiday decorating this year. From the world’s largest gingerbread pirate ship to hand-sculpted sand tree reaching over 20 feet tall, and snow in San Diego (yes snow), these 10 best holiday decor resorts are the perfect place to celebrate this festive season.

1. The Ritz-Carlton, Key Biscayne

Experience the holidays the Miami way at The Ritz-Carlton, Key Biscayne with a hand-sculpted sand tree reaching over 20 feet tall. Inspired by the sea, the tree is decorated with sand dollars and seahorses and laced with lights. The details on this immaculate sand tree are truly astounding. Each tier is sculpted to perfection and a starfish tops off the incredible masterpiece.

The Ritz-Carlton Key Biscayne, Miami is just minutes from the city’s cosmopolitan center, yet feels like a secluded island getaway with its lush tropical gardens, infinity ocean views and the only South Florida beach on Dr. Beach’s Top Ten Beaches in the U.S. list. Connected to Miami by a picturesque causeway, the luxury resort is a renowned spa destination, has four globally-inspired dining venues and marketplace café, which takes guests on culinary journeys to Tuscany, Coastal Mexico and St. Tropez, and has the largest tennis center of any Ritz-Carlton in the world.

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2. Rancho Bernardo Inn, San Diego

Located in North County San Diego, Rancho Bernardo Inn is full of Christmas cheer, and there’s never a dull moment between caroling, photos with Santa, cookie decorating for kids, storytelling, exploring Christmas Tree Row (approx. 8 full size christmas trees decorated to the hilt), outdoor christmas light show, plus special refreshments for grown-ups (in festive ‘red’ cups) and more! Every December, locals and guests alike are welcome to participate in the merriment! Each year the property has a life-size gingerbread house constructed in the lobby, housemate by Chef Margaret Carvallo. It’s made of only edible ingredients like a real gingerbread house would be. In addition to enjoying seasonal hot chocolate and cider, cookies and popcorn while soaking up some holiday cheer, dining options at the Inn include a special dinner buffet at Veranda Fireside Lounge and Restaurant ($33 adults/$12 kids | 4-9pm), Grab & Go concessions at Granada Room, or a la carte dining in AVANT Restaurant.

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3. The Ritz-Carlton, New Orleans  New Orleans, Louisiana 

This year, The Ritz-Carlton, New Orleans will be transforming their annual gingerbread house into a beautiful winter castle.  Enter the ornate edible structure to find glass displays of scenes inspired by the popular movie Frozen, highlighting all of the lovable characters and favorite scenes. The Ritz-Carlton, New Orleans’ ornate castle will bring a winter wonderland to the hotel this holiday season.

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4. The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island, Florida

Guests will find the World’s Largest Gingerbread Pirate Ship returns to the Lobby at The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island.  This culinary masterpiece is made with over 600 pieces of gingerbread and adorned with sculpted pirates with colorful fondant clothing and a chocolate cannon and cannon balls. The ship sets sail on December 27th. Also enjoy beach time looking for sharks teeth on the shore and an amazing kid’s club.

5. The Ritz-Carlton Bal Harbour, Miami

The Ritz-Carlton Bal Harbour, Miami presents a chic twist on holiday décor. Curated mannequins dressed in traditional green foliage and flowers, inspired by the latest fashions seen from designers found at the nearby Bal Harbour Shops will be displayed throughout the hotel lobby this holiday season. A fashionable twist on the traditional Christmas tree!

6. Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego, CA 

This holiday season the tallest waterfront hotel on the West Coast is bringing the snow to sunny San Diego. From December 22-31, the lobby of Grand Hyatt San Diego will be snowing (yes, you read that right, snow!). The property will be creating a winter wonderland complete with a gingerbread village, “snow” sandcastle and more, along with the fabulous snowfall that will occur four times a day, for thirty minutes each time.

7The Ritz-Carlton, Fort Lauderdale

Throughout this holiday season The Ritz-Carlton, Fort Lauderdale will have holiday decorations and various jolly events popping up all over the resort, making it the perfect destination for guests to get their fill of holiday cheer…and milk and cookies. The resort will be throwing a crazy milk and cookies party in the lobby the week of Christmas and Santa himself has already RSVP’d! Make sure to stop by, as guests will be delighted to find yummy holiday themed cookies and fun colored milk. Guests can also take part in an ornament-decorating workshop or catch some live music on Christmas Day with a live band playing holiday tunes at the Christmas Day Brunch Buffet. To really top off the resort’s holiday spirit, guests will find a changing array of holiday treats at all times in the lobby – think rum cake, yum!

8the ART Hotel, Denver, CO

Celebrate the holidays in the heart of Denver’s cultural district surrounded by the beauty of the ART Hotel’s captivating in-house art collection. Special for the holiday season the property is taking a twist on classic Christmas tree decorations, and adding to the hotel’s art esthetic with unique pop-art inspired trees throughout the lobby and halls. (Think: Andy Warhol inspired Christmas trees!) Artfully designed by local florist, The Perfect Petal the trees will inspire the playful Christmas spirit, as well as draw from the culture of Denver’s surrounding museums.

9The Ritz-Carlton Resorts of Naples Florida

Escape to a Swiss winter wonderland at The Ritz-Carlton Resorts of Naples (one of my favorite Ritz Carlton Hotels) with a giant Swiss chalet-inspired gingerbread house. The chalet, reaching almost 13 feet in height uses over 1,200 gingerbread bricks and over 60,000 pieces of candy. With European touches, guests will feel like they’ve transported to the Swiss Alps with this oversized gingerbread chalet built at The Ritz-Carlton Resorts of Naples.

10The Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota  Sarasota, Florida

The Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota will debut a penguin-themed gingerbread display this holiday season designed as a penguin wonderland.  Filled with both adult and baby penguins, these gingerbread creations can be seen playing, sunbathing, and more.  A slide is also built into the extravagant gingerbread house making it an interactive experience for the youngest guests of the The Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota. 1,200 gingerbread bricks are used along with 400 roof tiles, 450 pounds of flour, 675 pounds of sugar, and 200 pounds of candy are used to build this penguin wonderland.