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Great New York City Bars!!

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If you are thinking of taking a trip to the Big Apple, here are a few of the best night life options…

Top 5 New York City Bars

Is New York City calling you? If you are thinking of taking a trip to the Big Apple, here are a few of the best night life options to give you a good time and an incredible view of the city.

The Plunge Location: 420 Park Avenue at the Gansevoort Park Hotel

The Plunge Rooftop Bar and Grill is located 20 stories high above Manhattan at the luxurious Gansevoort Park Hotel. This wonderful rooftop setting provides everyone with amazing unobstructed views of the city including an unbelievable view of the Empire State Building. The focus of the rooftop is the black lit bar. With its high ceilings, a window wall which sweeps the New York City skyline, and the VIP room Blue Room, Plunge provides everyone who visits an experience they will not soon forget. The Blue Room provides even more incentive for partygoers because it sets a perfect stage for some of the world’s best deejays to come, and you can be certain that when the best deejays come to town so do some A-list celebrities. Once you have had enough of the VIP room you can go relax out on the Rooftop sundeck which will provide you with 360 degree views of the city.  If you are looking for a similar experience in a different part of the city, this bar also has a sister bar on the rooftop of the Gansevoort Hotel in the Meatpacking District.

230 Fifth Location: 230 Fifth Avenue

The 20th floor rooftop lounge and bar which is 230 Fifth is a location which is unparalleled by most rooftop hotspots in New York City. 230 Fifth made its mark quickly. Within its first year of opening in 2006, 230 Fifth was named the #1 Rooftop Garden and fully enclosed Penthouse Lounge/Bar in New York. Boasting one of the largest rooftop lounges in the city 230 Fifth is a perfect location for a night out or hosting a private function. It is hard to complain about the fact that it is open year round, and it is free admission everyday to the public. Inside the lounge provides panoramic views of the skyline while the outside benches provide room for more than 500 people to take in breathtaking views of the city.

Bar 13 Location: 35 East 13th Street

If you are looking for a bar with a slightly younger crowd, Bar 13 is the place to go. While people of all ages do flow into Bar 13, it has a strong following from collegiate students. The bar is three floors containing two inside bars and a rooftop bar. The first floor is famous for its two-for-one drink specials and its spacious dance floor. Moving up to the second floor one can find another bar and deejays playing all of the latest house music providing an international club feel without having to leave New York. Finally the rooftop bar provides people with an escape from the wild dancing and loud music. It gives them a chance to take a glimpse of the romantic skyline of New York City.

Rooftop at Rivington Location: 107 Rivington Street at the Rivington Hotel

The Rooftop at Rivington provides one of the most stunning views of New York City you could find. On the 20th floor of the Rivington Hotel, you won’t believe what you see all around you. If you are looking for a place that is more focused around the scenery and view than the bar or nightclub experience itself, this is the ideal bar for you. Although the bar and nightclub life are still fun, the focus of this bar is to captivate everyone with its tremendous panoramic views of the city. They even have a bathtub on the rooftop! If the rooftop scene gets to be too much, you can go relax on the other two indoor floors of the hotel which also provide unbelievable views of the city with ceiling to floor windows.

Roof Garden Café Location: 1000 5th Avenue at 82nd Street atop the Metropolitan Museum of Art

Looking to get the most out of a trip to the New York Metropolitan Museum of Art? Well the Roof Garden Café located on the 5th floor of the Met is what you need. Bring your family, friends, or just come by yourself and see one of the best views of Central Park the city has to offer. With the great scenery the art provides, on top of being able to sip on a drink while overlooking New York’s famous Central Park, the Roof Garden Café provides a great relaxing rooftop experience for anyone. This is not the place for late niters because it closes at 4:30 p.m.  on weekdays and 8:00 p.m. on the weekends, but if you are lucky enough you should stay to watch the beautiful sunset over New York City and Central Park..

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10 Great Places to Explore

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I visited Isla de Margarita 40 years ago – there are new hotels and changes but it is STILL a Secret to many travelers.  Located off the coast of Venezuela it is popular with South Americans and has a true foreign flavor.

Here is a great article that tells you more about this little gem and 9 other destinations that are among the best kept secrets of the world!



The Real Deadwood

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By: Globus

Thanks to HBO, no Western town is as well-known today as Deadwood in the Black Hills of South Dakota.  The series has brought a flood of history-lovers to the real town of Deadwood – an outpost that still has a wild edge, since every saloon and bar has been turned into a lively casino.  In the summer, motorbike enthusiasts cruise the streets like modern-day cowboys.  But was the original Deadwood quite as raunchy and violent at the show depicts?  As with so many dramatic recreations of the Old West, the answer is yes and no.

The basis of the series is absolutely true: In 1874, gold was discovered in the Lakota Indian Reserve, supposedly off-limits by treaty with the United States Congress, and white miners immediately made their way illegally into the area to found the rough-hewn town of Deadwood in its heart.  The first sheriff of Deadwood was indeed named Seth Bullock, as in the series, and there was a Gem Saloon run by a certain Al Swearingen, of whom little is known.

But perhaps the most famous real-life character was the gunslinger Wild Bill Hickock, who arrived in 1876 to try his luck in Deadwood with the notorious Calamity Jane; not long afterwards, a cowardly poker player named Jack McCall walked up behind him in the so-called Number Ten Saloon and shot him in the head.  Hickock usually sat with his back to the wall, but for reasons unknown changed his practice that day; his poker hand of aces and eights is still known as “the dead man’s hand.”  Today, the event is recreated throughout the summer in Deadwood for enthusiastic tourists inside a saloon that has been rebuilt on the site; the original burned down.

While most other plot lines of the HBO series are fictional, the writer David Milch was trying to depict a broader historical truth about the Old West, where civilization was born from chaos. Now you can relive the historic


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Fewer Flyers on Thanksgiving?

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jetAmazing that November is here already. I know it’s a cliche to say the years fly by but they really do don’t they?

Thanksgiving will be here awfully fast and it’s a legendary time of traveling home for the holiday.

According to this article in USAToday there will be 2% fewer people flying this year. Not much of a drop. So if you’re flying home, be sure to take your time and pack lots of patience.

Are you going somewhere or will family come to you this year?.

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Red Mountain Spa Adventure

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View from Red Mt Resort

We just had another wonderful experience with our group to St George Utah to the glorious outdoors and Red Rock country – this is our 8th visit to the Red Mountain Spa and we plan to do again next year – why don’t you join us.  From pampering at the Sagestone Spa to Rock climbing , hiking, lectures and cooking classes – there is something for everyone..

hot air balloonsNew Mexico has launched a fun marketing campaign to attract different segments of traveler to visit the Land of Enchantment.

This promotion appeals to you fans of the old west in general and Billy the Kid specifically. The scavenger hunt promotion will reward one “posse” for bringing in an arrest warrant on The Kid.

The gun slinger / cattle rustler / murderer was hung in a jail in New Mexico about 130 years ago so naturally that location is on the trail. Since the jail is reported to be haunted, that should help attract at least some of you ghost hunters even if you’re not interested in competing in the scavenger hunt (did I mention the $10,000 prize?).

Those of you who just enjoy the fun of a scavenger hunt may want to jump on this too — especially if you’ve never been to beautiful New Mexico. And $10,000 is a nice incentive too.

Give us a call at 1-800-8401 or drop us a line at info at preferredtravel dot com (write that like a normal email address) and we’ll get back to you the next business day to help you plan your western adventure..

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are meant to rejuvenate mind, body and soul.  Since the 1800’s people have traveled around the world to take in the healing properties of hot springs, mineral baths and other restorative sites.  Today’s traveler has a wide range of ‘healthy’ destinations to choose from.  If you are looking for restful spa waters or a challenging fitness regimen,   

One of my favorite places to visit is Red Mountain Spa Resort1.  Red Mountain is one of the premier resort spas that offer adventure, fitness and luxurious spa services.  Wake up each morning to unspoiled vistas of red sandstone cliffs.  Hike through nearby Zion National Park and Bryce Canyon National Park. Challenge yourself with guided hiking and biking, or go rock climbing.  Star-gaze by night and take a geology walk during the day for a more leisurely outdoor experience.

 If pampering is more what you have in mind, you can get a signature spa treatment at Sagestone Spa & Salon at Red Mountain.  Experience an Adobe Lavender Hydrating Cocoon or Desert Pearl Facial. 

 A Red Mountain Spa vacation offers unlimited fitness classes, health and fitness assessments, cooking demonstrations and personal coaching sessions.  It’s the perfect vacation destination to restore, relax and rejuvenate you.

As I write this, Preferred Travel is planning our annual Spa Vacation.  (I told you that Red Mountain is one of my favorite vacation spots!). Take your healthy lifestyle to a new level by joining us on this annual adventure.  Relax, challenge and renew yourself.   Click here to book your Red Mountain adventure!.

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Great Places to Hike

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Here’s a wonderful article from USA Today with beautiful pictures. It talks about 51 great places to hike here in the United States.

Hiking is a wonderful way to see beautiful sights while exercising and getting in touch with nature. Be sure to carry water, first aid supplies, and cell phone. But don’t trust that phone. Be sure to give your itinerary to friends and family.

Arrange to call them when you get back to your car, camp, or home. Discuss with them a reasonable time for them to wait before trying to reach you and / or before calling for help.

Here are some additional hiking safety tips and here are some tips for hiking safely with your dog..

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