Christmas Getaway ideas

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    I subscribe to LivingSocial Deals, which basically provides discounts for restaurants etc.  Yesterday's deal sounded delightful!  Although I can't use it (too many kids and grandkids) anyone who wanted to travel over the holiday could use this.  $144 gets you two nights in the hotel, a $50 GC for dinner, a bottle of wine and a cheese plate.  What's not to love?  I pasted in the details below:
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    The bell is ringing, angel: Time to spread your wings and fly on up to upstate New York. This week, you're following in the steps of George Bailey with an Escape to Seneca Falls, the mill town that served as an inspiration for the holiday classic, It's a Wonderful Life.

    There'll be no run on the bank this holiday season with your two-night stay ($144) at the four-star Hotel Clarence, including $50 to spend at Chef Sean Agate's critically acclaimed DiVINE Kitchen & Bar. The newly renovated hotel -- named for the guardian angel who earned his wings by showing George Bailey the value of his life -- exudes the classic charm of Bedford, er, Seneca Falls with its clean lines and elegant archways. You'll feel like you've finally lassoed the moon when you set foot in a guestroom to find a bottle of Finger Lakes wine and a cheese plate waiting.

    Stroll down George Bailey Avenue and meander along the canal to the steel truss bridge that gave this community its brush with Hollywood. Or, explore the town that started the Women's Rights Movement with a visit to the Elizabeth Cady Stanton House or the National Women's Hall of Fame. Then come back to the Hotel Clarence and tuck into the truffle butter-poached lobster tail or sous-vide beer-braised veal cheek that has earned Chef Agate foodie fandom.

    So don't delay -- not even mean Mr. Potter could ruin this getaway.

    • "The theme of the beloved movie 'It's a Wonderful Life' permeates every aspect of the hotel and reminds the traveler of times gone by. This gem should not be missed by those planning a trip to upstate New York."

      -- Seneca County Chamber of Commerce

     
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    Re: Christmas Getaway ideas

    We go to friends Christmas Day, but many years we have spent the week before in the White Mountains. The hotels and condos around the ski areas in NE are quite inexpensive the week before Christmas. You need to depart Christmas Day or the day after, because after that it gets very busy. The lifts may or may not be open. There may or may not be snow. If there is no snow you can still go hiking. It's good to have a condo so you can stockpile some food and cook up a storm....because "storms happen" and because the local restaurants often can't get their staff to come in on Christmas Eve :-)

    For a single? I'd grab a flight somewhere warm....with a great First Night celebration.

     
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    We're still in limbo while awaiting the kids and nieces' plans...

    You can't go wrong heading anywhere within New England to hit the most festive places.
    Fantasy(time-wise it's just not possible):
    London for a Dickens holiday.

     
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    In Response to Re: Christmas Getaway ideas:
    [QUOTE]We're still in limbo while awaiting the kids and nieces' plans... You can't go wrong heading anywhere within New England to hit the most festive places. Fantasy(time-wise it's just not possible): London for a Dickens holiday.
    Posted by PeteK68[/QUOTE]


    London sounds great!
     
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    [QUOTE]In Response to Re: Christmas Getaway ideas : London sounds great!
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    Some of London shuts down between Christmas and New Year's...many places you'd hope would be open aren't (I went with a former friend a few years back).  And if you don't book something for New Year's (if you're not doing Trafalgar Square craziness), you can't even get into a pub for a dinner and drink.
     
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    Re: Christmas Getaway ideas:London

    That's good to know, LWhitt!

    We went over to Newcastle for a friend's wedding a few years ago, right after Thanksgiving; it was already looking very festive. 
    Maybe *next* Christmas, sigh.              

     

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