12 Days of Aspen in Colorado
By : Jake Smith
Aspen is one of the United States’ most premier winter travel destinations for the amazing skiing and snowboarding it has to offer. One of our favorite winter events also takes place here in December which is the 12 Days of Aspen. Travelers can celebrate one of the most festive times of year including Christmas, Hanukkah and New Year’s Eve. The 2016 festivities runs from December 20th through the 31st and is filled with tons of events for all sorts. We will highlight some of them below: 12 Days of Aspen Fireworks
There is an Aspen Film Screening on December 21, 22, 23, 26, 27, 28, 29 and 30. During these days 20 films will be previewed. There is an admission fee for these events.
From the 24th through the 31st of December there is a Hanukkah event each night from 445 to 5pm at the St. Regis Resort where the lights of the Menorah will be lite accompanied with Jewish blessings. Plus on December 26th from 3 to 430pm there is a Hanukkah Crafts event for children.
Building up to Christmas there is at least one holiday themed event each night.
• December 20 – Family Skating Park and Holiday Gift Making
• December 21 – Visit Santa and his Reindeer
• December 22 – Teddy Bear Story Hour and Carriage Ride with Santa
• December 23 - Santa’s Fire Truck Sleigh Tour
• December 24 – Christmas Eve Dinner
• December 25 – Christmas Day Dinner
Christmas Day has a free event that is the 12 Days of Aspen holiday giveaway from 12 to 4pm. Also, don’t miss the holiday concert with The Ten Tenors to take in all the great holiday songs.
The final day of 12 Days of Aspen is New Year’s Eve and they don’t hold anything back. There is a free event at the St. Regis Resort from 5pm to 2am. One of our favorites is the bonfire in Wagner Park that has a DJ playing music from 8pm to midnight. There are 2 fireworks options to pick from at 8pm and 12 midnight as well as a few dinners. But don’t forget the Dom Perignon Party. This is the one to be at with bottomless Dom Perignon. You must buy tickets to attend this event but it’s well worth the money for such an excellent set up.
Make sure not to miss this spectacular event in Colorado: 12 Days of Aspen. We know you will have an amazing time celebrating the holiday season in this fantastic city. For more information and complete breakdown of daily events click here (Schedule of Events for 12 Days of Aspen). Also, you can search for great prices on hotels using our travel comparison tool found at this link (Search for Great Hotel Prices).
Grand Opening of MGM National Harbor
By : Todd Smith
Today, December 8th at 11 p.m. marks the opening of the brand new resort casino in Maryland the MGM National Harbor. This hotel is located approximately 15 minutes from Ronald Reagan National Airport (DCA) and a little over 20 minutes from Washington DC. Guests can take a taxi or UBER and there are also public transportation options. The NH2 Metro Bus can be taken from the King Street (Blue/Yellow line) metro stop, the NH1 Metro Bus can be taken from Southern Avenue metro stop (Green line), as well as the Routes 35 and 35a of Prince George’s County Transit bus all service the MGM National Harbor. If you are driving the address for GPS purposes is 7100 Oxon Hill Rd, Oxon Hill, MD 20745. For the time being parking is complimentary but the resort will shift to paid parking sometime in the future. Guests of the hotel can check in 3 p.m. or after on the day of their arrival.
The rooms of the hotel come with your choice of 1 King sized bed or 2 Queen sized beds. Guests can keep up with their favorite television shows on the 48 inch flat screen. High speed Wi-Fi is also available in each room so guests can check their email and surf the internet. Computers can be stored in the safe inside your room. When booking you can select between a view of Washington DC or a view of the Potomac River. MGM National Harbor also offers suites in their hotel as well.
This resort comes plush with amenities for its guests to enjoy. There is an outdoor pool that is seasonal. Guests can keep up with their normal workouts in the hotels fitness center. A spa is also available which offers different services for a fee. There are several great restaurants inside the hotel such as Marcus, Fish by Jose Andres, Ginger, Voltaggio Brothers Steak House, National Market as well as many others. After dinner grab a drink at one of the several bars in the hotel like Felt, Blossom or the Lobby Bar. There is also a 3000 seat theatre in the MGM National Harbor where you can see some of your favorite music artists. In the coming months there are artists like Bruno Mars, Cher, Ricky Martin, Sting, and the list just goes on and on. For a full listing of upcoming concerts and comedy events click here (Upcoming Music and Comedy Events).
Lastly, let’s not forget the casino in the MGM National Harbor. Patrons can play slot machines or any of their favorite table games like blackjack, roulette, poker and more. The casino is open to both guests of the hotel as well as travelers and locals who want to try their luck at winning some money!
Guests can check out the morning of their departure any time before 11 a.m. We know here at TravelingWarrior.com that you will love the new MGM National Harbor. You can search for low prices on this hotel and others in the National Harbor area by clicking this link (Search for Great Hotel Prices).