Have some fun in the U.S. Virgin Islands at Frenchman’s Reef, relive Beatlemania in New York, and a visit to Washington, D.C, is always a capital idea

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By Paula Conway
Originally posted on NYDailyNews.com


Grab some sun and fun in St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands, with a stay at the Frenchman’s Reef & Morning Star Marriott Beach Resort.

Deal: Book the “Sea, Sun & Spray” package and stay between April 1 and Aug. 31. Rates start at $310 a night — and you receive a $100 activity credit to be used towards a sea or land activity, plus receive a Coola Suncare amenity welcome basket (valued at $112).

Experience: The hotel has four resort pools, a fitness center and a Splash Zone for children. There’s also jet skiing, kayaking, sailing and snorkeling. In town, walk the cobblestone pathways of Charlotte Amalie in old St. Thomas and enjoy the best of duty-free shopping for fine jewelry and gems. Walk up to Bluebeard’s Castle and learn about the infamous pirate as you take in the outstanding views, while having lunch at the Restaurant at Bluebeard’s Castle.

Book it! Online at frenchmansreefmarriott.com or call (800) 228-9290. Use promo code P50.


Head home to New York City’s very own Strawberry Fields to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Beatles’ arrival in America. The party’s happening at the Hotel @ Times Square and the Broadway @ Times Square Hotel.

Steal: Book the “Beatlemania” package for two. Enjoy complimentary daily continental breakfast and in-room coffee, a Saturday brunch at B.B. King Blues Club & Grill — featuring Strawberry Fields, a look-alike and sound-alike Beatles tribute band. The package also includes a city guide map pointing out iconic Fab 4 landmarks in Manhattan, including Strawberry Fields and the Lennon Mosaic in Central Park, the Ed Sullivan Theater, and many more spots. This package starts at $291.99 per night for standard queen bedroom accommodations. A minimum two-night stay is required, and the steal is offered now through May 1.

Experience: The Strawberry Fields Saturday Beatles Brunch buffet will take you on a Magical Mystery Tour complete with mop-top hair, black suits, thin ties and the first four albums of Beatles music. Among the hearty brunch offerings: buttery scrambled eggs, smoked bacon and sausages, cinnamon brown sugar French toast, aged-cheddar-baked macaroni & cheese, barbecue with Memphis-style sauce, buttermilk biscuits, fruit cobbler with pastry crust, shrimp and Andouille sausage jambalaya and more.

Book it! This offer must be booked by phoning Apple Core Hotels’ reservation department at (800) 567-7720. Mention promotion code “BEATLES.”


Washington, D.C., provides the perfect place for a weekend getaway, especially at the Mayflower hotel.

Deal: Book the “Stay for Breakfast” package, which includes deluxe overnight accommodations and breakfast for two adults and two children at Edgar Bar & Kitchen. As an ongoing perk of being a guest at this hotel, guests receive a complimentary tour of the Capitol building and easy access to the National Museum of American History and the Smithsonian museums. Rates start at $219 per night and this offer is valid through Dec. 31.

Experience: The Mayflower hotel, over its 89 years, has been a place to stay for many former Presidents and luminaries. Centrally located near many of D.C.’s famous sites, the hotel’s within walking distance of the White House, the Capitol building and many more spots. There’s also a children’s check-in area with coloring books and postcards that kids can fill out — and a weekend beverage and snack station for younsters.

Book it! For more information and to make a reservation, call (877) 255-6036 or go online to RenaissanceMayflower.com .