Beyond the Boroughs — June 25, 2013 at 3:51 pm

Star Spangled Vacations


Planning your 4th of July weekend can be stressful. Many places book up fast and cost quite a pretty penny. Nix the at-home barbeque and do something nice for yourself this holiday weekend!


Looking for a hot getaway? Check in to the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess in Arizona, for its third annual ‘Fourth of July Freedom Fest,’ taking place July 4-7th. Room rates for this fun-filled weekend start at just $179 per night and AAA members receive a 10% discount. Check out their Sip, Savor & Splash Package ($189/night), which includes a daily $50 resort credit, concerts, fireworks and any complimentary resort activities, with late check-out available until 2pm. Guests can partake in fun festivities on the Princess Lagoon Lawn, July 4-6, while they enjoy tribute concerts, sky divers, and fireworks, with each beginning with a Presentation of the Colors in a joint effort by the Army, Air Force, and Arizona Naval Sea Cadets. Additionally, on the holiday, Specialist First Class Josh Bullis of the US Army, a triple amputee, will be presented with a iBOT Mobility System. A portion of the proceeds from every vacation package during the Freedom Fest will benefit the Arizona branch of EANGUS and Friends of Freedom.


Get to know your country’s birthplace a little bit better by spending your holiday weekend at The Rittenhouse, located on historic Rittenhouse Square in Philadelphia. The ideal location of the iconic hotel will make it easy for you to check out amazing historic landmarks such as the Liberty Bell, Independence Hall and the Betsy Ross House. Additionally, the hotel is nearing the completion of a huge renovation, which includes expanded Tea Service in the hotel’s Mary Cassatt Tea Room and the debut of The Library Bar, which will offer beer, wine and cocktails, along with complementary small plates. Rates start at $224.


Another all-American vacation destination is Cooperstown, New York, complete with baseball, breweries, and historic hotels. Otesaga Resort Hotel is offering an amazing deal for those wishing to celebrate in style. All weekend long, you can enjoy summer in their outdoor heated pool, canoe on Lake Otesaga, play golf, enjoy delicious meals and a spectacular fireworks display. Their 4th of July weekend special includes a traditional guest room, breakfast for each guest for each night’s stay, a manager’s cocktail reception on the evening of July 5th, fireworks on July 6th, fun activities for the kids, lawn games, classic movies, a historic tour of The Otesaga, cocktail demonstrations, live music, dancing and more! To partake in the festivities, you must book at least a two night stay. Room rates start at $399 per night.

Charles Hotel

Last, but not least, The Charles Hotel in Cambridge, Massachusetts, is a fantastic location for any American looking for a getaway. The hotel is offering amazing special rates starting at $199 per night, from June 30-July 7th. While you are vacationing, you can enjoy a historic stroll along the Freedom Trail, watch fireworks on the esplanade, take a ride on one of the hotel’s complimentary bikes or enjoy a great meal outdoors at Henrietta’s Table. Use the code JULY13 to book your stay.

Snag Roundtrip Flights UNDER $150.


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