Travel Deals and Steals for July 20: Verona, Italy; Chicago, and Seattle

Check out the specials at Palazzo Victoria, the Doubletree Magnificent Mile, and the Edgewater Hotel

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Discover your inner singer — and celebrate Italy’s opera season in style — with a VIP experience from Verona’s Palazzo Victoria.

Deal: Book the “Italian Drama” package, which includes: two nights in a deluxe room, daily breakfast for two, one dinner for two at onsite Borsari 36 restaurant, two tickets to the opera at Verona’s famed Roman Amphitheater and a 30-minute singing lesson. This deal starts at $1,552 (based on double occupancy) and is valid through Sept. 15.

Experience: Original stones, artwork and accents can still be found within the walls of the hotel. There’s an ambience of modern luxury that still celebrates the rich art, culture and architectural innovations made in centuries past. Sip an aperitivo cocktail and stroll the piazza while you fall for the city of love during opera season.

Book it! Online or by phone at 39-045-590566.


The bar at the DoubleTree Magnificent Mile in Chicago, which has a “DoubleTree by Sea” package.The bar at the DoubleTree Magnificent Mile in Chicago, which has a “DoubleTree by Sea” package.

Get up close and personal with sea otters, whales and other marine life. It’s all possible with a stay at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Chicago — Magnificent Mile.

Steal: Book the “DoubleTree by Sea” and receive 4 VIP tickets to the Shedd Aquarium, plus a $20 food and beverage credit per stay to be used on site. A two-night minimum stay is required. Rates are from $229 per night. The package is good through July 30, 2015.

Experience: The Shedd Aquarium, more than 80 years old, features live coral reefs and flooded rainforests — two of the featured exhibits guests love to visit. Extended hours of the Abbott Oceanarium include the special Jellies exhibit and Polar Play Zone, where kids can dress in penguin suits and even take part in a penguin training session. Jazzin’ at the Shedd, the summer jazz festival, runs from 5 to 10 p.m. from June 25 through Sept. 3. When the sun goes down, the sky lights up with fireworks over the Navy Pier.

Book it! Visit or call 312-787-6100.


The Edgewater Hotel’s Beatles Suite; the property is running a special commemorating the Beatles’ 1964 world tour.HASSYMAC2The Edgewater Hotel’s Beatles Suite; the property is running a special commemorating the Beatles’ 1964 world tour.

The Edgewater Hotel in Seattle, Wash., is celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Beatles’ World Tour.

Deal: Book the “Fab Four’s World Tour” package for rates starting at $799 per night, available through December 2014. The package includes accommodations in the Beatles Suite, $20 iTunes gift card to purchase Beatles classics, in-room Bourbon and Coke — inspired by the Beatles as it was reportedly one of the group’s favorite cocktails — and two tickets to the EMP Museum.

Experience: The Edgewater stands watch over the Olympic Mountains and Seattle skyline as the city’s only waterfront hotel. The iconic property offers an authentic Pacific Northwest lodge experience, with river-rock gas fireplaces and handcrafted pine furnishings in every room. Explore landmarks like Pike Place Market, Seattle Art Museum and the Space Needle, all within walking distance.

Book it! On the Web at or call 800.624.0670.

Paula Conway
I am the publisher of Conway Confidential, an entrepreneur, author and small business owner. I write about various lifestyle topics including travel, beauty, food and celebrities.

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