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Ringing in the New Year, the world over

Posted by Paul Kandarian  December 13, 2012 10:49 AM

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Looking for a place to go for New Year's? You have choices, warm, cold and in between.

Just reopened in October after a $30 million renovation, Rancho Valencia Resort & Spa in Sante Fe, Calif., is hosting a New Year's soiree with music and libations from a variety of unlimited bars, including those devoted to champagne, wine, vodka and tequila. They'll also offer up a variety of food, such as sushi, artisan cheese and house-made charcuterie and a range of other items. Check it out at www.ranchovalencia.com

Over the Pacific pond is The Modern Honolulu in Hawaii, where "The Modern Experience" is being hosted by Grey Goose, all over the resort, including one called "The Addiction Nightclub." Get free goodies in the lobby bar and cast your gaze skyward for midnight fireworks. It's all at www.themodernhonolulu.com

Mix it up at The Surrey in New York City, where you can learn how to mix holiday-inspired cocktails such as East Side mulled wine, pumpkin-pie delight and hot Surrey cider. For info, visit www.thesurrey.com

Down the Caribbean way, there's a global gourmet dinner under the stars with "Rock the World Party 2012," at Regent Palms in Turks and Caicos, featuring a gourmet buffet of foods and cocktails from around the world. Check it all out at www.regenthotels.com/EN/Palms Another warm-weather option is the Royal Palms in Scottsdale, Arizona, where new executive chef Todd Sicolo's menu is on hand at T. Cook's Restaurant; Sicolo most recently was exec chef of the Arizona Biltmore Resort and Spa, and brings all that experience over to Scottsdale. For more, visit www.royalpalmshotel.com

On the other side of the thermometer, The Fairmont Banff Springs in Alberta, Canada, celebrates its 125th anniversary and is hosting a family friendly New Year's gala, with dinner, dancing, bowling, games and other festive activities. A draw here is the family skating party, learn about that and more at www.fairmont.com/banff-springs

Up in Maine, there's a lavish black-tie dinner with wine pairings offered at The White Barn Inn, Kennebunkport, where you'll also get live music and a midnight toast with Chef Jonathan Cartwright, followed by a kitchen tour. It's all at www.whitebarninn.com

For a more moderate clime to ring in 2013, check out The Fairmont San Francisco, which provides dinner and dancing with a view of the San Fran skyline from its legendary Crown Room. In the hotel's Conga Room, they'll celebrate a Tiki lounge party with tropical setting that includes party favors, dancing to Island Groove Band and a champagne midnight toast. It's all at  www.fairmont.com/san-francisco

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