7 Inauguration-Inspired Vacations Slideshow
January 14, 2013
Celebrate American-Style (Washington, D.C.)
Didn’t book a hotel room for inauguration weekend? Well, you still can… for a price. The Park Hyatt Washington’s four-night American Style package includes a stay in the hotel’s corner penthouse presidential suite with a signed, magnum bottle of the hotel’s signature wine, a cabernet franc crafted by winemaker Jed Steele. Daily turndown service includes Blue Duck Tavern’s apple pie, and a set of hardcover books highlighting American crafts, heritage, and art. The closets will be filled with couture gowns and fashions from Saks Fifth Avenue, and a personal stylist will help select inaugural attire. During the stay, guests and up 12 friends are treated to an in-suite tasting of cured meats, American cheese, and pinot noir led by Park Hyatt Washington’s cheese specialist Lisa Hviding, and executive chef Sebastien Archambault and chef de cuisine John Melfi at Blue Duck Tavern will prepare a five-course menu inspired by Obama’s favorite meals. The package also includes a VIP backstage tour of the Kennedy Center Concert Hall followed by a live performance by the National Symphony Orchestra.
Rate: $57,000; available Jan. 18 to 22; to reserve, contact Renee Sharrow, director of public relations, at (202) 419-6625.
Escape the Crowds in The Big Apple (New York City)
New York City is a three-hour train ride from Washington, D.C., and those who want to celebrate the inauguration but bunk in the Big Apple can stay at The Westin New York Grand Central. The hotel’s Presidential Perks package includes President Barack Obama’s favorite snack foods, music, and activities. The package includes a basket of Obama’s favorite treats like salted caramels and trail mix, a $44 in-room dining credit (in honor of the 44th president), and a late 4 p.m. checkout. The package has three accommodation choices and those opting for the presidential level also get round-trip airport transfer in a Cadillac Escalade and an in-room iPad pre-loaded with a playlist of Obama’s favorite songs and musicians.
Rate: Starts at $450 for Secretary of State (premium corner king room), $700 for vice president (deluxe suite), and $5,500 for presidential level (presidential suite); available on weekends until Feb. 28, 2013; mention promotional code POTUS.
Live Like the Commander in Chief (New York City)
For those who prefer to stay in New York before or after the inauguration, travel like the president at Hotel Chandler with the Chandler Commander-in-Chief Package. The package includes a chilled bottle of Perrier-Jouët champagne, overnight accommodations in the presidential suite, a presidential-themed cocktail, car service, a private helicopter ride for two, a guided United Nations tour, and turndown service with complimentary slippers and eye masks.
Rate: Starts at $1,600 in honor of Washington's most famous political address, 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue; available Jan. 18 to 22.
Celebrate Post-Inauguration in Sin City (Las Vegas)
Last October, President Obama stopped by the Bellagio Resort & Casino, where he declared he would like to bring the first family back for vacation. While the city waits for the commander in chief to book his next trip, travelers can travel like the president by booking the Bellagio’s newly refurbished Presidential Suite, which includes a limo ride, a 24-hour butler, private dining room, a solarium, a reflecting pool, separate rooms for an entourage, and White House-approved entertainment. Visitors can take in the aquatic show "O" by Cirque du Soleil at Bellagio (Michelle Obama has seen the show) or listen to pianist David Osborne, who has performed for the Obamas, the Bushes, the Clintons, and the Carters, at Bellagio’s Petrossian Bar, or head to The Mirage to sip the Obamarita, which is available Jan. 19 to 21 only at Onda Ristorante, the High Limit Lounge, The Sports Bar, and the lobby bar at The Mirage. Created by The Mirage’s director of beverage Peter Brattander, the $12 presidential sip Is a combination of Cazadores Reposado tequila, grapefruit juice, lime juice, and agave nectar.
Travel Like the President (San Diego, Calif.)
Book a night in the Penthouse Presidential Suite at the The US Grant. The historic penthouse was originally home to a radio station and the place where President Franklin D. Roosevelt broadcast his first "fireside chat" outside of Washington, D.C. Since then, the 11th-floor suite has hosted 13 presidents. The inauguration package includes accommodations in the presidential suite, a 30-minute helicopter ride, and a chef’s tasting dinner for two at the Grant Grill.
Rate: Starts at $3,500 per night.
Cook Like the President (San Francisco)
Royalty like Prince Charles, rock stars such as Elton John and Tony Bennett, and U.S. presidents including John F. Kennedy have bunked at the Fairmont San Francisco’s penthouse suite that dates to the Roaring Twenties. The $20 million penthouse occupies the entire eighth floor of the main building and includes a formal dining room that seats 60, a kitchen, a two-story library crowned with a rotunda adorned with a celestial map rendered in gold leaf against a sapphire sky, and a secret passageway. Personal staff including a chef and a butler are on hand and stock the gourmet kitchen with organic produce from the Ferry Building Farmers’ Market, California wines, and fresh flowers.
Rate:$15,000 per night.
Head to Obama’s Home State (Honolulu)
Celebrate Obama’s inauguration with a visit to his home state and stay in the presidential suite at The Modern Honolulu. The apartment-like penthouse includes a private dining room, kitchen, a fully stocked bar, and a 1,500-square-foot wraparound landscaped terrace — enough space to host the ultimate inauguration viewing party.