Experience the Olympics Without Going to London
We can't think of one reason why you shouldn't head to London for that full 2012 Olympic experience. (And it's not too late to catch some hyped events in person.) But if you're anything like us, there may be factors that prevent you from crossing the pond (like family, time, money and jobs!). Thankfully, plenty of hotels and resorts are offering exciting Olympic-themed packages closer to home, so you can still experience the Games outside of your living room. Check out our roundup of hotels and resorts that put you one step closer to the Summer Olympic Games.
New York CityWith a smashing opening ceremony party that included a screening on a big outdoor screen, the Eventi luxury hotel offers daily events to celebrate the Olympic Games in the very first "Event Olympics." Creative games include Beer Olympics (beer slides, keg stands, quarters, arm wrestling), Astroturf Wars (tug-of-war, horseshoes), free arcade games like Pac-Man and Street Fighter, and neighborhood-wide scavenger hunts. Best of all, the games are open to the public -- and free!
Palm Beach, FloridaThe well-appointed Brazilian Court Hotel & Beach Club is so into the Olympics they're offering a package that goes beyond the Olympic Games’ dates. Until Oct. 31, guests booking the "Summer Games, Golden Sands" package can participate in a variety of Olympic-style games, including sail boating, tennis, biking and swimming. Furthermore, the popular Cafe Boulud is offering British-inspired dishes (like filet of beef with horseradish and traditional bubble and squeak) to continue the celebrations.
Park City, UtahHome of the 2002 Winter Games, Utah has several Olympic-themed attractions and specials for visitors. The Washington School House, an 1880s-era school transformed into a boutique hotel, has a truly exceptional package for Olympics fans. Guests can enjoy a cocktail by the flame of the Park City Winter Games torch (one of the actual Olympic torches) on the hotel's hillside terrace. Guests can also ride down the bobsled course on the same tracks where the 2002 gold medal was won at Utah Olympic Park.
Lake Placid, New YorkThe Adirondacks are a favorite mountain retreat in upstate New York, and Lake Placid was home to the Winter Olympics in 1932 and 1980. The destination's Olympic heritage has been preserved and cherished since 1980's closing ceremony, and visitors can still experience Olympic-themed activities. Guests at Golden Arrow Lakeside Resort can add Olympic excursions at discounted rates. For $20, they can experience the Olympic Training Center Tour to see where athletes trained and lived and, with a Golden Arrow Adventure Package, they can also check out all the incredible Olympic sites and venues, including the Olympic Sports Complex where visitors can see what it takes to be a biathlete.
Fort Myers-Estero, FloridaGuests staying at Hilton's Embassy Suites can "Catch the Olympic Spirit." The hotel has 4 packages available (Gold package, Silver package, Bronze package and Olympic Celebration package), all of which include complimentary tickets to the Art of the Olympians museum, which is based in Fort Myers and showcases artwork from previous Olympics. It's also one of the only facilities in the world that can show the trademarked Olympic rings! The packages run until December, so guests can still book for Paralympic Games that run Aug. 29 to Sept. 9.
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