Weekends in the West
Make the most of your wild, wild west weekend with a day trip to one of our favorite spots out of the city.
Just what you need to cure your wanderlust and turn on your weekend.
From Paris to Puerto Rico, exploring the world has never been more luxurious. Book and stay using Starpoints® at some of our most luxurious resorts now through March 5, 2018, and you’ll save 35% on the suite redemption rate. Explore a selection of participating resorts above and discover why they’re worthy of a spot on your bucket list — and worthy of your Starpoints. View the complete list of bucket list worthy destinations here.
You are off to the races—but which kind? In Indianapolis, you are heading to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway where the very best of Indy car drivers compete in The Greatest Spectacle in Racing, the Indy 500. Find yourself in Louisville, and it’s a given that you’re visiting Churchill Downs for a look at where horses and their jockeys make history year after year. But each city has so much more to offer than just that rush of adrenaline you get watching your favorite Indy car driver or jockey bring home the trophy—from dining to outdoor excursions, get to know each city a bit more below.
Nobody enjoys standing in line at the airport, waiting for what feels like a lifetime to be waived forwards to be looked over and have your documents checked. And when you’re through one line, there’s always another one waiting up ahead.
Detroit is known for many things, cars, music, but most of all its history. Capture your memories and make your own history as the city boasts a multitude of Instagram-worthy photo opportunities. Check out our list of the top Instagram staples for your trip to Detroit. Image via (Masonic Temple, above): Michigan Radio
At either end of Interstate 70 in Missouri, you will find a city bursting with foodie finds, cultural wonders, and history. At the west lies Kansas City on the border of Missouri and Kansas, and on the east you will find St. Louis, bordering Illinois. We recommend a road trip to both, but read on for our top picks in each.
There are no two cities in the U.S. full of more vibrant history and pride than Boston and New Orleans. From the strong Creole roots in NOLA to scenes of the American Revolution in Boston, the diverse culture and storied pasts of each city are evident from the moment you step out of your hotel.
From gorgeous architecture to serene nature preserves, there is plenty of beauty to take in throughout the Chicagoland suburbs. Capture your relaxing weekend in the ‘burbs via Instagram, and recall memories of your Midwestern getaway for a lifetime. Read on for our list of the best spots to Instagram in the suburbs.
There are many charming cities in the Midwest worth visiting. Boasting culture and personality, there is something particularly special about exploring them from behind the wheel. Read on for a few Midwestern cities to make more than just a pit stop in.
Experience Canada in comfort and luxury. Elevate your stay with stunning city or water views and stretch out in our spacious suites. Whether you are finishing up a day exploring one of Canada's cities or kicking off your ski boots after an adventurous day on the slopes, the only way you will want to unwind is at one of our stylish and modern suites.
Far more than an arbitrary date on the calendar, New Years offers us a brief moment to fondly bid farewell to the past, while confidently looking forward to what lies ahead. And one of the most wonderful ways to celebrate the upcoming year is to plan an exciting trip that will help inspire good fortune and happy returns in the days to come. Here are a few suggestions to help you choose the ultimate getaway.
Every corner of NYC tells a different story. From the bohemian style of the East Village to the glamour of Meatpacking, each neighborhood is a hidden treasure. We have written you a New York City neighborhood guide so you can experience and explore the entire city as a local.
The holiday season is upon us, which means plenty of parties. At this busy time of year, calendars get filled with the tried-and-true staples of cocktail hours, dinner parties and holiday brunches. Why not try something distinctively different? Make 3 p.m. your new party time with these effortless-to-execute ideas. Treat your friends to thoroughly modern take on a classic tea party for a perfect Sunday afternoon. Or beat the afternoon lull and socialize over sweet treats with colleagues in a meeting room. We’re sharing our favorite ideas from our new Savor the Moment PAIRED Meeting Breaks to help you celebrate the season in deliciously unexpected ways.
Jenni’s website is where do-it-yourself projects come to life! Started in 2010, the site is focused on the latest trends in fashion and home, and showing you how to recreate them for less. The ISPYDIY site has now expanded into a warehouse studio space that she uses to host events and teaching craft classes!
Guests lists. Flowers. Menu tastings. Leave your to-do list at home for a weekend and get out of town. We know wedding planning is supposed to be fun. But anyone who tells you it’s all cake testing and fun favors is not telling the whole truth. If you’re feeling the wedding blues (and no, these don’t count for your “something blue”), it may be time for a little well-deserved R&R. Grab your significant other and head out for a quick vacation — or staycation! Sometimes a long weekend away is all it takes to remember why you’re getting married in the first place. Good food, cool cocktails and some much-needed massages won’t hurt, either. And if you’re feeling guilty for shelling out dough before the big day, don’t. Use the trip to find a special spot for your rehearsal dinner, wedding or honeymoon.
Travel has played a large part in my life since I was little. My family lived overseas in London when I was 9-11 years old and it is safe to say I caught a case of wanderlust early. Today, as the blogger behind wit & whimsy and as an independent PR consultant, I’m lucky to be able to spend a good part of each year on the road.
If you’re planning on visiting Chicago, you better have your camera ready. The Windy City has no shortage of scenic spots, so why not give your Instagram a boost while you’re in town? From national treasures to local staples, Chicago is as photogenic as it is fun. Check out our list of the most Instagrammable spots in the city.
Who says you have to choose between convenience and comfort when selecting a hotel? Whether making a quick overnight business trip or enduring an unexpected layover, these five properties reimagine the airport hotel as a time-saving oasis. So take advantage of smart gastropubs, polished design and prime locations in the some of the country’s best cities.
From poolside barbecues to rooftop tapas for two lit up by fireworks, summer fun and food go hand in hand. To make the most of summer we have captured the fresh light flavors of the season in our new Paired Summer Tasting Menu. These small plates are expertly matched with premium wines, craft beers and refreshing Coca-Cola® beverages – all inspired by the flavors of summer.
If your weekends are just a 2-day break between meetings, then break right now for Bertha Benz, who changed the world between Friday’s happy hour and the Monday morning commute on one Epic Weekend in History. Switch gears and book your epic weekend today!
After years of dreaming and talking about it, Victoria and Todd Thiessen decided to pack their bags and take their two children on a trip of a lifetime. The family is currently on a 7-month journey through 17 countries with their young daughters. We caught up with the adventurous couple for their advice on traveling internationally with kids.
John T Savage has worked for Starwood Hotels & Resorts for over 25 years and has spent his career traveling around the world. He lives in San Francisco, has an intense passion for wine, a town home in Sonoma County and runs the travel website MySonomaCounty.com. We asked John for his best advice on ways to spot a great wine.
Sometimes the destination might be the difference between a weekend trip and a couples getaway you’ll always remember. We’ve gathered a list of ideal retreats to spend with your special someone, from beautiful beach destinations to surprisingly romantic urban escapes.
When you stay with us, we take care of you. Even if that means accommodating over-the-top guest requests. Take these three concierge stories for example. From a bathtub filled with chocolate milk, to a helicopter ride to our hotel, listen to some of our favorite concierges relive their most memorable guest requests.
A toy, a sweater, a bauble, a tool… these things only last so long on our shelves and in our minds. But a vacation? Those are memories and experiences you’ll carry with you for a lifetime! Let Sheraton help you discover new places and ways to give to your loved ones this season, as we tend to be happier when sharing experiences as opposed to the exchange of more material things. From a mountain top or island beach, a shot of Southern hospitality or wine country panache, Sheraton has just the spot to swap your gift bags for carry-ons.
Not all travel points are created equal. In fact, points expert Brian Kelly, better known as "The Points Guy", calls Starwood's Starpoints "the piece de resistance of loyalty programs." Learn why and how to get the most out of them in this infographic.
Here's to the Journeymakers! They are the ones who continuously dream up ways to make our trips more memorable. The tour guides. Surf instructors. Bartenders. And now, for their 100th anniversary, our partners at American Express Travel want to help you give them the recognition they deserve. Wherever your journeys have taken you, join us. Together, let's recognize the Journeymakers.
When it comes to business travel, all work and no play equals missed opportunity. A survey by BridgeStreet Global Hospitality found that 60 percent of respondents blend business and leisure travel. It’s called “bleisure.” You might not be a fan of the word, but you’ll love these tips for tacking a few days of fun on to your next business trip.
You can learn a lot about travelers -- and people -- from the contents of their weekend travel bag. Naomi Davis runs Love Taza, a blog celebrating motherhood, family, travel, good food and life’s simple joys. Take a peek inside her bag to see how a mother of three creates unforgettable memories one weekend getaway at a time.
You can learn a lot about travelers -- and people -- from the contents of their weekend travel bag. Brian Kelly is better known as The Points Guy, which is also the name of his popular website that teaches passionate travelers like him how to get the most adventure out of their rewards points. Take a peek inside his bag to see how a true travel pro packs for amazing weekend getaways.
Travelers often are tempted by mementos from their trips. Meet Julie Frank, design director of Le Méridien hotels in her New York apartment. She loves to travel and collect mementos from her trips. Here's how to make your items stand out when you return, and how to avoid buying the wrong thing.
You can learn a lot about travelers -- and people -- from the contents of their weekend travel bag. Caitlin Lindquist is a writer based in Scottsdale, AZ, who runs the fashion, beauty and decor blog Dash of Darling. Take a peek inside her bag for great packing recommendations whether you're staycationing or heading out on a Caribbean voyage.
You can learn a lot about travelers -- and people -- from the contents of their weekend travel bag. Rosie O’Neill owns luxury candy boutique Sugarfina with her husband in California. Look inside her bag to get a taste of what it's like to be a globe-trotting candy connoisseur.
Weekends are for exploration and discovery. For seeking out experiences and finding them in the most unexpected places. It’s time to turn on your weekend. Browse The SPG Weekend Channel for local tips, offers and more inspiring bits of information to kick start your weekend.
Welcome to the future of travel. Get a head start on your weekend by getting your room key before you even walk through the hotel doors. Simply download the SPG app to your smartphone or Apple Watch, register your device and you’ll be able to bypass the front desk with keyless check-in at more than 100 participating hotels. Unlock a whole new way to travel.
A weekend getaway is an opportunity to make unforgettable memories with the family, and luckily you can always find an amazing setting close to home. White-sand beaches, mountain trails, historic sites and some of the most picturesque towns in the world are closer than you think.
Weekdays are filled with distractions, and it can be easy to bring these with you into a weekend getaway. Luckily, health expert and relaxation connoisseur Tess Masters, better known as The Blender Girl for her delectable wizardry behind a blender, is here to give you helpful tips on achieving real relaxation during your weekend vacay.
When you’re enjoying a weekend getaway, there are a few apps you can’t live without. Google Maps, Yelp, Instagram -- just to name a few. Beyond those staples, the travel tech options at your disposal are boundless. Here are 11 apps and gadgets to supercharge your next trip.
Greg Seider, author of 'Alchemy In A Glass,' is a New York-based cocktail maestro. He opened The Summit Bar, which New York Magazine named Best Cocktail Bar, and he co-owns the Manhattan Cricket Club. He also created the cocktail program for the lounge at the three-Michelin-starred restaurant Le Bernadin. In this Q&A he lets us in on his favorite New York hangouts for spirits, oysters, pizza, wheatgrass and a little romance. What else is there?
Meet our RunWESTIN Concierge, Christopher Heuisler! As Westin’s official running expert, Chris shares training and race advice, especially for marathons and how to improve performance. Here Chris offers us a nuanced running guide of 10 cities across America.
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