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The Battle Begins GIRLSGUYS VS. VISITMUSICCITY.COM getaways Who will win the battle for the best getaway itinerary- the girls or the guys? Let the games begin. michelle marie arean music & drinks Nashville offers all the makings for a fun girls' night(s) out, plus Southern charm. The Loews Vanderbilt Hotel Nashville has two packages to help ladies plan the perfect party. "Nashville is one of those cities that can't help but be fun. We have great music, great restaurants, great bars, great shopping, great weather, and tons of attractions for a variety of ages and interests. It's also still pretty affordable and easy to get to by car or by plane, so it's a great central meeting spot," says general manager Tony Phillips. The "tame" Belles & Whistles package (starting at $229 per night) includes a champagne welcome amenity, cocktails at Mason Bar, and a choice of breakfast or lunch at Masons, plus late check-out. Now, for those who are ready to party hard and take in the music scene, the Rhythms of the South (starting at $274 per night) includes two tickets to a Grand Ole Opry performance, two tickets to the Country Music Hall of Fame, and a $25 food and beverage credit. Both packages include two nights in luxury accommodations and complimentary self-parking. In Top left: View from Hotel Zamora in Florida. Top right: Grand Ole Opry. This photo: Accommodations at the Loews Vanderbilt Hotel Nashville. 54 august 2015 addition, director of public relations for the hotel Christina VerHeul points out that "this is a focus for 2015 and we will be creating new offerings throughout the year to appeal to even more people within this segment." (800) 336-3335; For a legendary guys' getaway fit to party like a rock star, gamble, and have a rambunctious time, Vegas is always the answer. Insert ARIA, home to the LIQUID Pool lounge, an adults-only poolside experience featuring world-class DJs; luxe cabanas with 40-inch, flat-screen TVs; plush daybeds; and access to two semiprivate dipping pools. Lots of partying options can be found on-property including the largest selection of absinthe in the nation at Sage, where guys participate in a Russian-style absinthe tasting. During the tasting, the server ignites the drink and pours the blazing potion into a glass of OJ, then traps it in the glass with a cloth napkin. Guests then inhale the warm air through a straw, and exhale it as they finish the drink. Guys up for a challenge can take on the 7-second beer chug at the Todd English P.U.B. at Crystals. If they can pound a pint in seven seconds flat, the beer is on the house-talk about a pre-party. Guys can also take on a hand of poker or a round of golf on site. The Sky Suites are the perfect complement to an epic guys' getaway, offering the ultimate "man-cave" with views of the Strip, oversized flat-screen TVs, 24-hour butler service, roundtrip airport limo service, private entrance to the hotel, VIP check-in and access to the Sky Suite lounge for round-the-clock complimentary drinks and hor d'oeuvres. The Suite Escape package offers a $500 resort credit with any three consecutive nights booked. (866) 359-7757; › http://www.VISITMUSICCITY.COM

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Recommend August 2015

Editor’s Notes
Hotel Desk: AC Hotels by Marriott
Tour Talk: Cuba Calling
River Cruise Update
AmaWaterways’ AmaCerto
The Girls—& Guys— Just Wanna Have Fun
Martinique Travel Planner
Sint Maarten’s Three All-Inclusive Sonestas
Puerto Rico
Hard Rock Hotel Riviera Maya
Update on Air, Hotels & Tours
Israel: A Journey of Divine Discovery
Festival Time: “Step Outside the Ordinary”
Official Florida Travel Industry Education Program–Beaches Course
The Battle Begins: Girls vs. Guys Getaways

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