Photo courtesy of Mandarin Oriental - Atlanta
Traveling this Easter? No need to break the bank on a fun getaway. The following US hotels are offering special packages and programming to help travelers immerse themselves in Easter fun and have an unforgettable holiday.
Have a beach paradise-themed Easter and head to the Gasparilla Inn & Club, said to have hosted guests such as J.P. Morgan, Henry duPont and Henry Ford. Today, they're a member of the Historic Hotels of America and the National Trust for Historic Preservation and are passionate about preserving their unique heritage design and atmosphere. The property is offering an Easter Weekend Package from April 1-5, 2015, including accommodation and a slew of themed activities, like bingo, an Easter egg hunt, a barbecue and family-friendly teddy bear tea party. Rates start at $385 per night based on double occupancy.
From March 21 to April 4, families can head to the Gaylord National Resort to enjoy a PEEPS Easter Event Package, hosted in conjunction with the famous candy company, PEEPS. The offer includes one night of accommodation for four people, a $50 resort credit, holiday crafts, the chance to meet the adorable PEEPS chicken, a children's Easter egg hunt with prizes, a holiday treat bag and a $10 gift card to the local PEEPS & Company store. The hotel is the perfect place to spend your Easter, featuring an atrium with fountain shows each evening, three restaurants, an indoor pool, arcade, spa and waterfront offerings. Rates start at $239 for four people.
Touted as "America's oldest seaside resort," open since 1816, Congress Hall is located in Cape May's intriguing historic district, although on-site you have offerings like a spa, live entertainment, farm-to-table restaurant, cocktail lounge and beach access. They're offering a special Easter package from April 2-7, featuring accommodations, Easter Sunday brunch and late check out on Easter Sunday. Themed activities will abound during Easter Weekend, with egg and scavenger hunts, potato sack and three-legged races, a Mad Hatter Tea Party, family cooking classes and a ballroom that gets transformed into a life-sized Candyland Game, complete with molasses swamp and lollipop forest. The package is also available at sister hotels Star Inn and Sandpiper. Rates start at $209 per night for Thursday and $249 per night for Friday and Saturday.
For those wanting a luxurious Easter, the 5-star Mandarin Oriental in Atlanta is a great choice. The property is known for having one of Georgia's largest spas, as well as tranquil spaces like their magnificent English gardens. On Easter Sunday they'll be hosting a special holiday brunch, complete with poached Georgian white shrimp, succulent rib-eye and local smoked fish, to name just a few items. Holiday-themed activities like an egg hunt, bunny petting zoo and the chance to meet the Easter Bunny himself in the gardens are also part of the fun.
Not only is Yve Hotel Miami's location near attractions like American Airlines Arena, Biscayne Bay and Museum Park worth the stay, but their partnership with the local Wynwood Gallery Art Bastion has led to creative lobby exhibitions for an inspired holiday. Their Easter package -- valid from March 1st to April 5th -- combines art, culture, food and design and includes two nights of accommodation, complimentary breakfast for two at their on-site Biscayne Tavern, a private tour of the nearby Wynwood art galleries with famed artist Sebastiano Varoli, a private cooking demo complete with Dom Perignon, and a shopping tour with personal makeover. Rates start at $1,350 based on double occupancy.
Virginia's Natural Bridge Park & Historic Hotel isn't your average accommodation. In fact, it was started by Thomas Jefferson in the late 18th century, who bought 157 acres of land. He turned it into a welcoming retreat for guests, some of which have included John Marshall, James Monroe and Martin Van Buren. Easter Weekend provides the perfect excuse to visit, as Friday and Saturday are packed with activities and amenities through their special holiday package. This includes two nights of accommodation, seafood buffet for two, two passes to visit their Natural Bridge and 34-story underground caverns, an Easter Egg Roll & Hunt and Easter Brunch tickets. Rates start at $189 including tips + tax per night based on double occupancy. Use Promo Code "EAST" when booking your package.
Hotel Chimayo is an experiential property focused on community, showcasing art and design from 70 local artists and serving up authentic New Mexican food and drink -- not to mention they're accessible to the beautiful Sangre de Cristo Mountains. For a cultural experience this holiday, Hotel Chimayo de Santa Fe is offering a package that assists travelers in doing the Santuario de Chimayo Pilgrimage, which takes place every year during Holy Week. About 30,000 pilgrims set out to Santuario de Chimayo, one of the country's most important pilgrimage site for Catholics. The property's Magical Culture Of Chimayo package -- offered March 27-29 and April 2-5 -- includes discount luxury accommodations and necessary pilgrimage items like snacks, mementos, backpacks, SPF, candles, CDs and a jar for collecting Holy Dirt. Rates start at $259/double occupancy, with 2-night stay required.
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