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on November 27, 2013 in
You know when you come across an idea that’s so good, you simply can’t believe no one thought of it sooner? That’s how I felt when I realized that some airports (or their connecting hotels) have gyms and special offers for travelers. In our industry, we are lucky for the opportunity to travel a lot—but we all know that it can be much tougher to stay fit and healthy when you’re basically living in an airplane and out of a suitcase. Long hours sitting, scarfing down questionable snacks, dehydration—it can all add up to a pretty miserable experience unless you plan ahead. And with the holiday season upon us (holidays that inevitably include both travel and gluttony) staying healthy is even more important.
For the Canadian traveler, I’ve heard the Fairmont Vancouver Airport is a great gym for a quick pick-me-up between connecting flights; and a branch of Goodlife Fitness Club just opened in Terminal 1 at Toronto Pearson International Airport this fall. Continue reading →
on November 20, 2013 in
It’s that time again–time to slow down, be thankful for all we have, and spend quality time with family. It’s also the time of year to wonder at the idea that we need a holiday in order to do all of these things; but we all know it’s so easy to get caught up in work and the stress of everyday life that we take what we have for granted, and it’s so easy to dwell on the negative rather than focus our energy on positivity and happiness.
So there’s nothing wrong with a little reminder around this time of year: today, I’m grateful for a delicious, satisfying, and relaxing lunch at Maialino with my HD team, and how lucky I am to have a supportive and fun group to work with everyday. I’m grateful for the opportunity to fly to Canada this weekend and spend time with my husband, who I don’t see nearly enough. Continue reading →
on November 13, 2013 in
Growing up in the suburbs of Atlanta, 5-Star hotels were a distant idea for me. They are hidden somewhere in the glittering skyscrapers downtown, next to the Buckhead mansions and classy nightclubs, but I never stepped foot in one. I was certainly missing out.
Forbes Travel Guide announces its Star Award winners twice yearly. This year’s winners include 76 hotels and 28 restaurants. As for 5-Diamond Awards, the AAA reviews more than 30,000 lodgings annually, but less than one-third of one percent make the list. Although the systems have vague universal requirements, these hotels are at the top of the food chain for sure.
My first experience with a 5-Star, 5-Diamond resort came a few weeks ago when I visited Kohler, Wisconsin–a picturesque town built around the Kohler factory. I knew the resort was top notch just by the way everyone already seemed to know my name when I walked in. Continue reading →
on November 7, 2013 in
What a great night at Platinum Circle’s first gala in New York City! A list of some of the industry heavyweights who attended is a veritable who’s who of hospitality: Beers, Beer, Champalimaud, Chi, Yabu and Pushelberg, Traxler, Clodagh, Monk, Bedner, Wilson, Mozer…and many more! Plus joyous appearances by the current honorees: Pam Anderson and Laurie Miller, Daniel Boulud, Margaret McMahon, and Ian Schrager. The crowd adored all of them. Kudos to the Conrad Hotel for a perfect venue and impeccable service. Someone called it “the party of the year” and who are we to disagree? I think PC has found a happy home in New York! Look for photos in the Jan/Feb issue of Hospitality Design.
Jeffrey Beers with Daniel Boulud and his wife
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Two weeks ago, I found myself in North Carolina, attending High Point Market as a guest at their very first Hospitality Designer Day. I knew High Point Market was a design show unlike any other I’d been a part of, but it was still a shock to find myself exploring a design show that took over an entire town for a week! (You think one massive show floor is tiring? Try getting through 180 buildings and more than 2,000 exhibitors in 11.5 million square feet of showspace–yes, you’ll need coffee). While the more than 100-year-old event is primarily for residential designers, anyone could find inspiration here in the incredible range of product and in the passion these manufacturers and designers have for their work.
Designmaster’s Cathy Murdock, Alan Robbins, and Ted Corwin take me on a tour of their showroom.
The Hospitality Designer Day was a great initiative to bring in local hospitality designers and allow them to explore full-sized showrooms, and an opportunity for manufacturers (there were a total of 24 sponsor companies) to display their contract and hospitality capabilities; and at least for me, it was great to see so much more product than can usually fit in a regular booth space. Continue reading →