Where to Celebrate National Margarita Day

Fairmont Mayakboa

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.

Spur Teton Mountain Lodge

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.

6 Last Minute Labor Day Escapes

Ritz Carlton Naples

Labor Day is just around the corner, only three weeks away. Whether you are looking for an adventure, relaxation or fun with the family, find amazing deals at 6 of my favorite resorts from Arizona to Jamaica–the perfect Labor Day escapes. Who wants to go?

1. The Ritz-Carlton, Naples Naples, Florida

Deal: The Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort, Naples is running a great Summer Beach Package with a 30% savings compared to normal summer rates. I was there in April for my honeymoon, and it is beyond incredible in every way!

  • The package starts at $229/night and includes:
  •  Overnight accommodations
  • $50 nightly dining credit toward lunch or dinner in Terrazza at The Ritz-Carlton, Naples (beach resort) or dinner in Lemonia at The Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort, Naples
  • Daily American breakfast for two
  • Use of two beach chairs and one umbrella at Vanderbilt Beach
  • Valet parking
  • Shuttle to-and-from the beach and golf resorts
  • In-room wireless internet access
  • Guests have full access to all amenities available at The Ritz-Carlton, Naples (beach resort).

ritz carlton new orleans

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

Deal: ‘Paris without the Jetlag’ package

Paris without the jet lag this summer in a city with a vibrant and rich culture at the iconic Ritz-Carlton, New Orleans. La Nouvelle-Orléans more commonly known as New Orleans is a destination infused with cultural influences of the French from the cuisine, architecture, and art.  Located on the edge of the French Quarter in the 1908 Beaux Arts Maison Blanche building, The Ritz-Carlton, New Orleans is a temptation of senses offering guests personalized experiences with the touch of it’s lively and unique surroundings (it’s an amazing location, and one of my favorite places to stay in New Orleans). Venture outside the hotel into the French Quarter to iconic New Orleans establishments such as Café du Monde and sip café au lait blended in New Orleans style while eating fresh beignets and feel transported to another world. ‘Paris without the Jetlag’ package includes:

  •      Deluxe room accommodations
  •      Two welcome cocktails from the Davenport Lounge
  •      Discounted Valet parking for $29/night
  •      Starting rate of $199 USD per night

Tanque Verde Ranch

3. Tanque Verde Ranch Tucson, Arizona

Deal: Kids Stay Free (What a DEAL!)

Tanque Verde Ranch is offering families a “Kids Stay Free” package that is perfect for last-minute Labor Day travel plans. This package allows families, friends and loved ones to take on glorious adventures, relaxation, authentic Southwestern cuisine and ultimate family time without breaking the bank. Tanque Verde Ranch’s all-inclusive rates offer deluxe lodging in expansive accommodations, three daily hearty meals, a supervised and fun-filled children’s program, horseback trail rides and lessons, fishing, guided hikes, mountain biking, nature programs and much more. Book a minimum of 3 nights and 2 children from ages 4 – 11 can stay for free. This package is available from May 15 – September 16, with rates starting as low as $550/night.

Teton Mountain Lodge

4. Teton Mountain Lodge & Spa  Jackson Hole, Wyoming

Deal: Wyoming on the Fly

Fall is legendary for fly-fishing in Jackson Hole. Whether a seasoned angler or a novice, you’ll be dazzled by the scenery as you float on the clear waters of the Snake River along the dramatic Tetons. Your seasoned guide will take you to their favorite honey holes where a native cutthroat trout is waiting for your caddis.

  • 3 Nights at Teton Mountain Lodge & Spa
  • Half Day Private Guided Fly Fishing for Two
  • Welcome Amenity Fly Box w/ Select Flies for Snake River Success
  •  Beer Sampler of Our Local Snake River Brew

Fern Tree Spa Half Moon Resort

5. Half Moon, A RockResort Montego Bay, Jamaica 

Deal: Natural Harmony Package

Half Moon offers luxury accommodations with a view, signature oceanside dinner at Seagrape Terrace, one 30-minute massage remedy and daily internet access in guest room with a starting rate of $189. Valid from September 1 – 30, 2015.

La Contessa Westin Lake Las Vegas

6. Westin Lake Las Vegas Resort & Spa Henderson, Nevada

Deal: “Escape to the Lake” Package

With rates starting at $109, this package includes overnight accommodations and daily American breakfast at Rick’s Cafe. Retreat from the neon lights of the Las Vegas “strip” to a lakeside paradise where guests can unwind with the sights and scents of northern Africa at the Moroccan-inspired Spa Moulay, discover what drives them on the newly restored Jack Nicklaus signatures golf course, or indulge at the Japanese cuisine at the signature restaurant, Marssa Steak & Sushi. Guests can begin their weekend retreat with an outdoor activity, such as kayaking across beautiful Lake Las Vegas and exploring the hidden coves. Experience the brand new Family Fun Zone on the patio at Rick’s Café, where guests can play fun games such as Ping Pong or giant chess. Relax in the Arabesque Lounge listening to soothing piano music while sipping on delicious cocktails, or join the beach party on Las Vegas’ only white sand beach and listen to live DJ music with a bonfire, s’mores and fun family games! Last, but not least, when the sun sets, but the evening is still warm, guests will have the opportunity to relax on a “floatie” in the amazing pool and watch a favorite family movie at the Dive-in Movies (how fun).