By Oyster.com Staff
America’s “Wine Country,” Napa Valley is one of the best wine-growing regions in the world and is home to hundreds of vineyards that make for beautiful vistas — particularly during harvest season, which starts up this month. Although it can feel a bit touristy at times — after all, it’s common to see a tour bus parked outside of a famed winery — Napa Valley maintains a luxe, refined vibe. Some of the most popular visitor activities are wine-tasting, dining at the area’s top-notch restaurants, shopping and spa-going. But outdoorsy travelers can enjoy hiking, golfing and hot-air balloon tours. READ MORE
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Venture down the stately “Avenue of Oaks” that leads to the majestic Manor House on Boone Hall Plantation in Mt. Pleasant, SC, an impressive remnant of Charleston’s antebellum past that became the star of a real-life fairytale wedding last night.
So you may not be able to plan a star-studded, top-secret, white-tent wedding, or have your $3,000 wedding cake cross 3 state lines in order to grace the dessert plates of Bette Midler or Christian Louboutin … and we’re guessing Florence Welch of Florence + the Machine is probably a bit out of your wedding band budget. READ MORE
In honor of our brand-new Destination: Wedding feature, this week’s Where in the World is a gorgeous boutique hotel in the Caribbean — a perfect place to say your “I Do’s.” But where is it? Leave your guess in the comments and then find out »
Photo Courtesy of Kura Hulanda Resort
Chances are, if you watched The Bachelorette, you’re dreaming of a trip to Curacao this morning. After all, what it lacked in sleepovers, it made up for in fantasy dates.
We didn’t think this season’s trips could be topped, but ABC brought out the big guns for the finale – Emily got to partake in a helicopter tour of Curacao, snorkeling on a private island, a romantic boat tour, a beachside dinner and a swim with the dolphins.
If you’re one of the 20 million people who have read Fifty Shades of Grey, then you’ve probably fantasized about being swept away to Seattle. Well, dream no more, because the luxurious, waterfront Edgewater Hotel is making it possible to have a romantic rendezvous, Christian Grey-style.
With The Edgewater Hotel’s 50 Shades of Romance package, you’ll be welcomed to your room with a bottle of Bollinger Rose champagne and a copy of Fifty Shades of Grey in the nightstand – replacing that other best-selling book, we assume. After cruising through the streets of Seattle with a demo drive in a Mr. Grey-esque Audi, you’ll recreate Christian and Ana’s sailing excursion on Puget Sound. Conclude your weekend with a tour of the infamous couple’s favorite Seattle hot spots, courtesy of a custom Fifty Shades landmarks map. With such a jam-packed weekend, chances are the room’s bed will be put to more practical, rather than creative, use.
Yesterday, the world lost the queen of romantic comedies: Nora Ephron. The movies that she wrote and directed are not only romantic movie staples, they are also about the cities where the relationships blossomed.
Although Nora Ephron is best known for writing and directing Sleepless in Seattle, which highlighted the waterfront communities of Seattle and Baltimore, her other movies celebrated another equally exciting place: Manhattan. When Harry Met Sally, Ephron’s first big hit, and You’ve Got Mail, which reunited actors Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan via dial-up internet, are both romantic comedy classics, as well as love letters to the city that gave her a voice — New York.
Relive Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan’s cross-country romance with our photos of Seattle’s sights and our gallery of Extreme Houseboats, which features homes like Tom’s in the movie.
Chances are if you’re reading this you tuned into last night’s Bachelorette premiere (or at least DVR’d it), to see if single mom Emily Maynard will finally find true love. Here at Travel we’re not wondering who will win her heart so much as where she will fall in love.
For the first time ever the show has been moved from the “Bachelor pad” in Los Angeles to a Southern mansion in Maynard’s hometown of Charlotte, NC, so she could spend as much time with daughter Ricki as possible. Maynard was engaged to NASCAR driver Ricky Hendrick who died in a 2004 plane crash while she was pregnant with their child. READ MORE
by Holly Corbett
Paris may be the city of love, but New York is the city of sexiness. There’s enough food porn, chic wine bars and anonymity to put most couples in the mood to let their inhibitions go. If you’re looking to take your sweetheart to New York for Valentine’s Day, check out these hotels that are offering special packages to help electrify your romance.
For Couples Who Want … a Hot Night Out
Try the… The Room Mate Grace Hotel
The boutique hotel boasts NYC’s only indoor swim-up bar, which has a sexy club atmosphere with an extensive cocktail menu and a DJ who spins 5 nights a week. (If you also like to rock out together to live music, bands play regularly next door at Connolly’s Pub). The Room Mate Grace Hotel’s central location on one of the less busy avenues off Times Square is ideal for exploring some of NYC’s more iconic destinations, such as Broadway, Fifth Avenue, Rockefeller Center and Bryant Park.
Ask for the “Month of Love” specials any time in February and you’ll receive all of the Valentine’s Day necessities: a double room; 30-minute massage for 2; box of chocolates; bottle of champagne; use of the sauna and steam room; and — of course — rose petals on your table. The price without tax and tip is $425, and the regular price would be $810. (If you want only the above features and use of the aqua lounge minus the overnight stay, you can buy the package for $275). Email or call (212) 702-1643.