Holiday Shopping and Relaxing Getaway Go Hand in Hand at Hotels and Resorts from New England to the Caribbean
Skip the malls, ditch the catalogs and flee the incessant tick-tick-tick of the holiday countdown with a well-timed escape to a destination where relaxation and shopping are far from mutually exclusive.
In Newport, R.I., Hotel Viking entices with a jackpot of Black Friday (Nov. 25) and Cyber Monday (Nov. 28) deals. Purchase a $100 gift certificate for One Bellevue Restaurant and get 25 percent off the face value. That’s a $100 gift certificate value for $75. Within easy walking distance of downtown Newport and its historic waterfront, Hotel Viking is also command central for holiday shopping and revelry. Now in its 46th season, Christmas in Newport hosts a roster of community events with a focus on recapturing the magic of a bygone era while the town’s exclusive shops and one-off boutiques offer a low-key alternative to crowded malls. Shop ’til you drop then grab a ride back to Hotel Viking. The hotel’s driver does drop off/pick up at certain times and locations. Restrictions apply. Contact Hotel Viking at 401-847-3300 or visit www.hotelviking.com.
Located in Naples, Fla., Lemon Tree Inn is within easy walking distance of some of the best shopping neighborhoods in the United States. Book a three-night stay at Lemon Tree Inn Dec. 15–21 and get a $25 Visa gift card to jumpstart holiday shopping. Chic meets chill at Fifth Avenue South where an eclectic mix of shops and dining venues line pedestrian-friendly promenades. A pleasant one-mile stroll from Lemon Tree Inn, Third Street Southencompasses Naples Pier as well as shops selling everything from avant-garde fashions to fine art. Bargain-hunters find nirvana atNaples Outlet Center. The sprawling shopping center, home to more than two-dozen outlets is a short drive from Lemon Tree Inn. For more information or to book a reservation, call 888-800-LEMO or visit www.LemonTreeInn.com. Use promo code SHOP when booking Dec. 15–21 to get a $25 Visa gift card.
Embrace the holiday season in the Caribbean at Caravelle Hotel & Casino. Located on the island of St. Croix, the hotel is just steps from one-of-a-kind shops and galleries. Looking for the quintessential St. Croix gift? Head for Sonya Ltd, home to the original St. Croix Hook Bracelet. The design, by Sonya Hough, dates to the mid-1960s. Locals know to wear the hook facing up toward the heart if they are in a relationship and facing down if they are single. Also on Company Street is The Blue Mutt which sells pet care products and accessories in addition pet-themed T-shirts, gear and gifts. Profits support the St. Croix Animal Welfare Center. Art lovers find inspiration inside Caravelle Hotel & Casino where works by textile artist Debbie Sun complement guestroom décor and pieces by mixed-media artist Donald Diddams grace the walls. Works by both artists are available for purchase via their websites. Call 800-524-0410 to make a reservation or to request information.