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Best Western Adirondack Inn
This alpine-style Best Western, located in Lake Placid, NY, has a great location across from the Olympic Center and blocks from downtown Lake Placid and Mirror Lake beach. The cozy living-room-like lobby, indoor pool, Jacuzzi, sauna, fitness center, free breakfast and game room are added bonuses.
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The Annabelle Inn
This rustic Aspen, CO, lodge stays true to its unflashy roots with nicely updated mountain-lodge-style decor in the lobby, including tons of old, unfinished barn wood (even the ceilings), comfy leather couches and a cozy stone fireplace. The layout of the Annabelle is unlike any other in the area, with a 4-story, courtyard-style layout exposing all the stairways and walkways to the elements.
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The Arrabelle at Vail Square, A RockResort
This rustic-luxe, chalet-inspired lodge is one of Vail's premier options, with a location in the heart of Vail Square, near the Eagle Bahn lift. The 62 luxurious rooms feature massive bathrooms, stone fireplaces and scenic balconies. Both the lavish spa and rooftop lap pool pack serious wow factor.
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Crystal Peak Lodge
As one of the higher-end properties in Breckenridge, it has a great winter location on Peak 7, right on the Breck-Connect Gondola line. Upscale details can be found throughout, including exposed wood beams in the open common area and stone fireplaces in the big, individually owned condos.
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Fairmont Chateau Whistler
This 550-room Fairmont Chateau is perched amid Bavarian-styled buildings just outside of Whistler Village, with magnificent views and close proximity to ski lifts. The 2 eucalyptus steam rooms and multiple Jacuzzis make it easy for guests to warm up after a day in the snow.
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High Peaks Resort
Near the Olympic Center and a short drive away from slopes, the High Peaks resort is built on the site of the first Lake Placed B&B, built over 100 years ago. Today, it's a great pick because of its warm, inviting interior and scenic views of the lake (seen from most rooms).
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Loden Hotel
In a bustling coastal metropolis that uniquely offers views of both the mountains and the sea, a boutique hotel is just what you need to come home to in Vancouver. The Loden Hotel will make you feel relaxed after a long day of skiing the nearby slopes.
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Nita Lake Lodge
A luxurious escape from the madness of the touristy parts of Whistler, the 77 suites at Nita Lake Lodge evoke sophisticated, mountain-town style, with high, vaulted ceilings, fireplaces and beautiful balconies with gorgeous views.
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One Ski Hill Place, A RockResort
One Ski Hill Place is located directly on the mountain in Breckenridge, CO, and the on-site Gondola transports guests within walking distance to Main Street. It's a true ski-in/ski-out property, and the views are excellent.
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Pan Pacific Whistler Mountainside
This 121-room hotel has a premier location in the heart of Whistler Village, right next to the ski lifts. Rooms are homey and functional, if not luxurious, with light wood accents, space-saving Murphy beds, kitchenettes and fireplaces. After a day out in the cold, the outdoor Jacuzzi is a wonderful treat.
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The Peery Hotel
The main draw of this quaint, historic hotel is its downtown Salt Lake City location, within walking distance of restaurants, shops, and tourist attractions. The rooms have Tempur-Pedic beds with quality linens and romantic white canopies, iPod docks and Gilchrist & Soames toiletries.
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The Sassy Moose Inn
This homey inn with quaint on-site spa and log cabin decor will help you feel like you’re in your own living room. Its proximity to Grand Teton National Park and Jackson Hole Mountain Resort make it a great, casual destination.
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The St. Regis Deer Valley
The St. Regis offers a true 5-star experience. Skiiers will love its location in Park City, UT: its is directly on the famous ski resort of the same name, offering excellent ski-in/ski-out access for guests.
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Stein Eriksen Lodge
This luxurious 170-room Park City lodge offers ski-in, ski-out access to Deer Valley Resort, and has a design style that could be described as "wilderness chic." Perks such as free ski valets and free shuttles to the slopes from the parking lots are season-long luxuries.
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Teton Mountain Lodge and Spa
In keeping with its name, hideaway has a distinct mountain-lodge vibe. This cozy hotel is just steps from the base of Jackson Hole Mountain resort, and only a mile from the entrace to Grand Teton National Park.
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Vail Mountain Lodge and Spa
This value-for-money hotel is located in a serene, creek-side spot in Vail Village, close to the Bahn ski lift. Among its many other amenities, the excellent, organic Terra Bistro is a favorite with locals as well as guests, and provides free hot breakfasts.
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Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden

Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden

Located in the Miami suburb of Coral Gables, the Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden has displayed a wide collection of tropical flora since 1938. Don't miss the gardens' annual mango and chocolate festivals. 960 1280
Kanapaha Botanical Gardens

Kanapaha Botanical Gardens

You can get lost in Gainesville's Kanapaha Botanical Gardens: they are spread over 62 acres with a view on a large lake. Don't forget Fido when you visit: the gardens are dog-friendly. 960 1280

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Marie Selby Botanical Gardens

Marie Selby Botanical Gardens

Dip your toe into the world of biology in the education-focused Marie Selby Botanical Gardens, located in Sarasota. Don't miss their massive orchid collection, made up of over 6,000 specimens. 960 1280

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Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens

Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens

The Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens, located in Delray Beach, provides a gateway to Japanese culture, with six historically-themed gardens, monthly tea ceremonies, festivals and more. 960 1280

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The Florida Botanical Gardens

The Florida Botanical Gardens

More than 150 types of animals inhabit the 90 acres of wetland managed by the Florida Botanical Gardens, located in Largo. Keep a lookout for bald eagles, tree frogs, tortoises and more. 960 1280

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Harry P. Leu Gardens

Harry P. Leu Gardens

Orlando's Harry P. Leu Gardens is home to the largest rose garden in the state of Florida. It also hosts a number of outdoor film screenings and concerts - which, with Florida's balmy weather, happen virtually year-round. 960 1280

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Eden Gardens State Park

Eden Gardens State Park

Eden Gardens State Park, located in Point Washington in Florida's panhandle, not only boasts 161 acres of gardens, but its beautiful estate house has the second-largest collection of Louis XVI furniture in the U.S.
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Alfred B. Maclay Gardens

Alfred B. Maclay Gardens

For those who prefer their gardens constructed rather than wild, try the Alfred B. Maclay Gardens in Tallahassee. The grounds feature a reflecting pool, secret garden and walled garden. The park is known for its camellias and azaleas, which peak in March. 960 1280
McKee Botanical Garden

McKee Botanical Garden

Vero Beach's McKee Botanical Garden has been a favorite attraction for Florida families since 1922. Kids will love Camp McKee, where they learn all about local plant life and explore the surrounding wilderness. 960 1280
Mounts Botanical Garden

Mounts Botanical Garden

Flora from six continents can be found across Mounts Botanical Gardens' 14 acres, located in West Palm Beach. Plant sales (held three times per year) draw gardening enthusiasts from around the region. 960 1280

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Naples Botanical Garden

Naples Botanical Garden

For the artsy garden visitor, the Naples Botanical Garden features the work of landscape designers from around the world. Check out the Children's garden - complete with Butterfly House and Healthy Eating Garden. (Michelle Obama would be proud.) 960 1280

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Legoland Florida

Legoland Florida

In between time on the lake, head to the world’s largest Legoland park, right in Winter Haven, FL. Spanning 145 acres, Legoland Florida is home to more than 50 rides, a waterpark and botanical garden. Another big draw is Safari Trek, where kids take a jeep ride to explore the wilds of Africa in the form of life-like LEGO animals. 960 1280

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Circle B Bar Reserve

Circle B Bar Reserve

Just outside of Winter Haven, explore more wildlife photo ops, but this time for real. Circle B Bar Reserve in nearby Lakeland, FL, was named by USA TODAY as one of the top places in America to see wildlife. Take in the vastness of the reserve’s 1,267 acres, home to wildlife such as bobcats, snakes and alligators, which you can spot in the reserve’s Lake Hancock. 960 1280

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Waterskiing

Waterskiing

Since the 1930s, Winter Haven has grown into a waterskiing mecca. Learn the sport, in all its pulsating variations, like barefoot skiing, at one of the local schools. Then try your luck out on Winter Haven’s famous Chain of Lakes, the series of lakes that extends across this stretch of Central Florida. 960 1280

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Flyboarding

Flyboarding

Blastoff! For a hot, new -- and extreme -- watersport, try your luck at flyboarding. Suit up with a flyboard, an air-powered jet pack that was invented in spring 2011 by watercraft rider Franky Zapata. Local watersports schools such as Absolute Aqua Sports should have you flying high in under 10 minutes, following your lesson. 960 1280

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Bok Tower

Bok Tower

Spread across 250 acres, Bok Tower Gardens was commissioned in 1921 by Edward Bok, a Dutch immigrant-turned-editor of Ladies Home Journal. At the center of the spacious, 250-acre botanical gardens is this 60-bell carillon. Towering 205 feet high, Bok Tower overlooks a long reflecting pond, with lily pads and koi fish offering great photo ops. 960 1280

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Paddleboarding

Paddleboarding

SUP’s up in Winter Haven. Go stand-up paddleboarding on Winter Haven’s Chain of Lakes. Local watersports companies like Paddleboard Winter Haven offer 2 hours of SUP time, starting at Lake Summit, and passing through a canal into Lake Eloise, one of the larger lakes in Polk County, where Winter Haven is located. 960 1280

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Airboat Nature Tour

Airboat Nature Tour

In nearby Lake Wales, FL, take an airboat nature tour. Hop aboard a 6-person airboat, and get ready for a tour through Central Florida’s swamps and marshes, home to birds like egrets, cranes and hawks … and some very large alligators. 960 1280

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Chalet Suzanne's Famous Moon Soup

Chalet Suzanne's Famous Moon Soup

In between lake-hopping, stop by Chalet Suzanne restaurant, in nearby Lake Wales, FL, for a 5-course meal. The restaurant’s signature romaine soup has been a tradition for over 50 years. It was made famous by astronaut James Irwin, who chose the soup for his menu in space. 960 1280

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Camp Mack’s River Resort

Camp Mack’s River Resort

Before heading out on the water, use Camp Mack’s River Resort as your headquarters. Located on a quiet stretch of the Kissimmee River, the resort is a great launching point for fishing excursions, with crappies, bluegills, shell crackers and Florida largemouth bass among the prized catches of the day. 960 1280

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Westgate River Ranch

Westgate River Ranch

Break up the lakeside pace with a trip to Westgate River Ranch. This dude ranch, roughly 45 minutes from Legoland, offers the chance to find your inner cowboy: Enjoy a rodeo show, go glamping and when the water calls you back, take a swamp buggy ride. 960 1280

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Chain of Lakes

Chain of Lakes

Take a boat ride through Winter Haven’s Chain of Lakes -- so named because of its many connecting lakes. In all, this “chain” of 9 lakes spans 6,000 acres, with plenty of lakeside areas available for onboarding; 22 boat ramps, 30 waterfront parks and 14 public docks are available to boaters. 960 1280

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Water Ski Hall of Fame

Water Ski Hall of Fame

Ever wondered who the ‘Father of Waterskiing’ is? Find out at the Water Ski Hall of Fame. Established in 1982, the museum’s mission is to honor the pioneering skiers who put the sport on the map. As for the founding father, since you’re dying to know, it’s Ralph Samuelson, of Lake Pepin, MN! 960 1280

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Bass Fishing Capital of the World

Bass Fishing Capital of the World

Reel in the catch of a lifetime in the ‘Bass Fishing Capital of the World.’ Winter Haven is home to dozens of lakes, connected by navigable canals, where largemouth bass, well into the 10-lbs. range, swim. 960 1280

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Brendan Mica and Brittani Cotton having a picnic on Little Palm Island Resort

Brendan Mica and Brittani Cotton having a picnic on Little Palm Island Resort

Among the Florida Keys' many luxury resorts, the Little Palm Island is a private, 5-acre resort accessible only by boat or seaplane. The amazing accomodations include an Island Grand Suite, with hot tub, his-and-her bathrooms and a massage room. To complete the day, you can have a romantic picnic on the beach. 960 1280

  

South Beach in Miama Beach

South Beach in Miama Beach

South Beach, a neighborhood in Miami Beach, is another Florida destination where you'll find luxurious beaches, resorts and clubs. 960 1280

  

Penthouse deck pool at the Setai in South Beach

Penthouse deck pool at the Setai in South Beach

One of the swankiest South Beach hotels is the Setai. The resort's specialty suites include a penthouse with a 2,000-square-foot patio, a bar, pool and Jacuzzi. A private chef, butler and concierge are on call for VIP guests. 960 1280

  

Penthouse Suite recording studio at the Setai Hotel in South Beach, Florida

Penthouse Suite recording studio at the Setai Hotel in South Beach, Florida

For those rock stars who need to work while on vacation, the Setai offers a professional recording studio. Artists like Beyoncé and Mary J. Blige have used the facility. 960 1280

  

SET nightclub in South Beach Miama

SET nightclub in South Beach Miama

An evening in South Beach wouldn't be complete without a visit to SET nightclub. Be warned: getting past these ropes can be tough. 960 1280

  

Dance floor at the SET in South Beach

Dance floor at the SET in South Beach

A-list celebrities, such as Rihanna and Leonardo DiCaprio, have been spotted at SET. The Trophy Room offers privacy for those who want to keep a low profile. Bottles range from $500 to $20,000. 960 1280

  

Lucretia Lindemann shows a mansion in Coral Gables, FL

Lucretia Lindemann shows a mansion in Coral Gables, FL

High-end real estate broker Lucrecia Lindemann specializes in multi-million dollar beach homes in areas like Coral Gables, FL. 960 1280

  

$17 million mansion in coral gables

$17 million mansion in coral gables

This mansion in Coral Gables, FL, has got it all, including a private dock. The price tag for this amazing beach house is $17 million. 960 1280

  

top deck on the mega yacht Triumphant Lady

top deck on the mega yacht Triumphant Lady

For those who would rather stay at sea a 155-foot motor yacht called the The Triumphant Lady is the answer. This vessel includes 5 staterooms, a spa and a crew of 8, including a private chef. 960 1280

  

Outdoor dining area of the Triumphant Lady mega yacht

Outdoor dining area of the Triumphant Lady mega yacht

The Triumphant Lady mega yacht also includes an outdoor dining area and a glass-bottom Jacuzzi. The price tag for a week's stay is $150,000. 960 1280

  

Rachel Quinn, Disney Dream Cruise Director

Rachel Quinn, Disney Dream Cruise Director

Rachel Quinn, Disney Dream's cruise director, gives a tour of the ship's 14 decks, 1,250 staterooms and luxury options. 960 1280

  

Roy O Disney Suites

Roy O Disney Suites

Among Disney Dream's accommodations are the Walter E. or Roy O. Disney suites. These concierge-level staterooms are spacious enough for the whole family, and feature a private verandah with your very own hot tub. 960 1280

  

Remy adult only restaurant on Disney Dream

Remy adult only restaurant on Disney Dream

For those adults looking for a getaway, the Disney Dream offers an adults-only pool as well as adults-exclusive dining at its upscale restaurant, Remy. 960 1280

  

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