Archive for June 2010
By Barbara Wade © 2010, All Rights Reserved
You’ve dreamed about it for years. You’ve walked down the aisle hundreds of times, designed a thousand dresses in your mind and began envisioning your first kiss as man and wife the day you met. Now that the moment has arrived, you know that nothing less than an intimate Alexandria wedding will do. Old Town Alexandria’s rich history brings elegance and class to the most sacred of events and provides the perfect beginning to a long and happy married life.
History and Romance of the South
Alexandria is brimming with southern charm, making it the perfect backdrop for the most important day of your life. Step into the past on King Street, where historic buildings house world-class restaurants and boutique shops – just the place to find that special bridesmaid gift. Spend a leisurely afternoon strolling along tree-lined boulevards or sipping sweet tea at a sidewalk cafe. Before heading back to your hotel, hop aboard a trolley for a fun tour of Old Town Alexandria.
This charismatic city is close to the hustle and bustle of Washington DC, but miles away in lifestyle. The luxury hotels that line the historic avenues provide an atmosphere of romance you can’t find anywhere else on earth. The quaint neighborhoods and charming architecture are reminiscent of times past when southern belles walked these same streets, arm-in-arm with their beaus.
For you and your modern-day beau, an Alexandria wedding is a fantasy brought to life. From the rehearsal dinner to the honeymoon, every minute of your fairytale will be handled with class. Alexandria offers a variety of venues for your ceremony, from understated elegance to modern and unique. Choose the setting that brings out the princess in you.
Your Alexandria Wedding
Your celebration begins the evening before the big event with a rehearsal to ease everyone’s nerves, followed by a scrumptious dinner. Friends and family will raise their glasses to toast your special day and offer last-minute words of encouragement. You and your fiancé will enjoy being the center of attention before you’re whisked away to your private room in one of Old Town’s luxurious boutique hotels to spend your final night as a single woman.
When your big day finally arrives, take advantage of all that Alexandria offers. Indulge your senses with a trip to a day spa for a massage, pedicure and facial. Relaxing aromatherapy will ease your pre-wedding jitters and a manicure will beautify your hands before he slips the ring on your finger. After a day of pampering, you’ll feel as beautiful as you look and you’ll be ready to meet your groom at the altar with all the grace and charm in your dream come true.
You’ve chosen a perfect life partner, a stunning gown, a gorgeous ring. It’s your day. Make it as enchanting as you’ve always imagined with an Alexandria wedding. Alexandria’s sophisticated style and romantic atmosphere combine to form an idyllic setting for your fairytale wedding. Wedding dreams do come true in Alexandria.
By Barbara Wade © 2010, All Rights Reserved
Looking for a hot vacation in the tropics? Miami is the place to be. Stunning beaches, crystal-clear water, breathtaking blue skies, and luxury living unlike anywhere else are all waiting for you in this tropical paradise. And after a day spent sprawled on the warm sun-bleached sands, you’ll find the nightlife of Miami even hotter. Choose a downtown Miami hotel as your home away from home and everything this thriving city has to offer will be just steps from your door.
Hot Summer Days
By day, Miami is a sun-lovers’ dream. Miles of beaches and open water provide you with plenty of room to stretch out and relax. Lounge beneath a towering palm, take a relaxing dip in the warm waters of the Atlantic or don your SCUBA gear and frolic with the fishes in Biscayne Bay.
For true relaxation in the lap of luxury, charter a yacht and see Florida from the water. You’ll cruise along Miami Beach in extravagant style. From Miami, you can fulfill your sailing fantasies with an outing to South Florida, the Florida Keys or the Bahamas. Even the Caribbean is within your reach when you board a lavish cabin-cruiser. Visit wild tropical islands or relax in an opulent day spa where your every desire is granted.
For the sporting type, Biscayne Bay is an underwater playground teeming with bright fishes and corals, darting stingrays and friendly manatee, and more shipwrecks than any other popular diving spot. Enjoy the enchanting underwater scenery you’ll encounter in the clear waters off Miami Beach.
If you prefer to see the fish from above sea level, a deep-sea fishing trip is just the adventure you’re looking for. The warm waters off the coast of Florida are home to some of the greatest sport fish in the world. Sailfish, swordfish and kingfish are just some of the varieties that live and breed in the water around Miami. You’re as likely to land a marlin as a shark, so every cast is a potential trophy.
Hot Summer Nights
Catch a late dinner, enjoy a drink or two and then dance the night away in some of the hippest and hottest nightclubs in the world. Let the rhythm of the newest dance mix get your blood pumping and your feet moving. After a day relaxing in the sun, it’s good to get a little exercise out on the dance floor. Learn the latest Cuban dance or simply soak up the energy and enjoy the party.
No matter what the calendar says, it’s always summer in Miami. Cloudless skies, white-sand beaches, brilliant azure seas and stunning vistas will make you wish your tropical vacation would never end. Whether you come for the sun, the sport or the nightlife, you’ll enjoy extraordinary luxury when you choose a Miami boutique hotel convenient to all you seek. Sleep where first is the only class and every day is filled with delightful extravagance, and you’ll remember Miami as your hottest vacation ever.