Festivals, Outdoor Adventures and the Boutique Hotels in Austin, Texas

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Austin, the “Live Music Capital of the World”, bustles with music, art, film festivals, Formula One racing, and a series of events throughout the year. The city’s numerous parks, lakes, and nature trails offer excellent opportunity for biking, hiking, swimming, and boating. However, autumn and spring are the two seasons when tourists rush into the city. If you’re planning a vacation in Austin during the festive seasons, book your hotel early. Here’s a list of popular hotels in Austin, Texas, to help you choose the best accommodation.

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Hilton Austin Airport for Business and Leisure

Only two minutes from the airport, the Hilton Austin Airport ensures easy access to the downtown area with frequent shuttle service from the hotel. The hotel is also close to Austin’s famous Formula One circuit. Sound-proof rooms with luxurious king-sized beds, spacious bathrooms, and a range of modern amenities guarantee a comfortable living experience at Hilton Austin Airport. The guest rooms have Wi-Fi, work desks, and cable TVs. Suites come with other features like boardrooms and exercise rooms. An outdoor pool along with hot tubs and a lounge café are also there for recreation. If you’re traveling with your family, check out family packages and special offers on breakfast and Wi-Fi access to save on your stay at the hotel.

Crowne Plaza Austin to Enjoy the Outdoors

Tucked away in a suburban neighborhood on North IH35, Crowne Plaza Austin promises a quiet stay as well as quick access to the downtown hub and the University of Texas at Austin. Elegantly designed guest rooms come with flat-screen televisions, Wi-Fi, work desks, separate living spaces with sofas and coffee tables, and luxurious bathrooms. The hotel offers dedicated Quiet Zone rooms that keep out all the noises and help ensure good night’s sleep. A range of outdoor recreational amenities on site can keep you busy all day. Outdoor activities nearby include hiking, biking, horseback riding, and tennis.

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Hampton Inn & Suites Austin – Downtown/Convention Center

A contemporary hotel in downtown Austin, Hampton Inn & Suites Austin – Downtown/Convention Center is only a short walk from the entertainment center and nightlife of Sixth Street. Due to its central location, the hotel serves as a convenient base for exploring the city. The rooms and suites are equipped with modern amenities, including large writing desks with ergonomic chairs, lap desks, and complimentary Wi-Fi. Free breakfast, a fitness center, and a rooftop pool will keep you energized. Amenities like laundry service, valet parking, and multi-lingual staff add to your comfort and convenience.

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Habitat Suites for an Organic Living Experience

If vacationing is your sole intention to visit Austin, Habitat Suites is the place for you. Surrounded by lush vegetation in a North Central Austin neighborhood, Habitat Suites is like an oasis in the city. Experience eco-friendly living in a hotel that offers non-smoking, hypoallergenic rooms, uses solar energy to generate electricity, and serves organic food without compromising taste and quality. Luxurious rooms with private patios and a range of complimentary amenities (including free breakfast, on-site parking, and your choice of wines and beverages in the evening) can make your holidays special at this eco-conscious boutique hotel.

Explore Virginia’s Historic Attractions and Stay at Some of the Best Boutique Hotels

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With expansive farmland, rivers, and mountains, Virginia offers scenic landscapes and ample opportunities for outdoor fun. As one of the oldest English settlements in America, places like Alexandria, Georgetown, and Charlottesville exude a touch of colonial charm. Explore the historic districts and beautiful wine country, and enjoy your stay at some of the best boutique hotels in Virginia.

Hilton Alexandria Old Town – Stay in One Hotel, Explore Two Cities

Nestled in the historic Old Town district in Alexandria, Hilton Alexandria Old Town is only two minutes from the Washington Metro King Street station. Not only can you access Alexandria’s historic attractions from here, but you can also take a quick trip to Washington, D.C.

The hotel offers stylish accommodation with a range of world-class amenities. Rooms come with luxurious king beds, armchairs with ottomans, televisions, and work desks with ergonomic chairs. The hotel also has a meeting space with state-of-the-art technology. If you want to unwind, hit the lounge or the bar, or visit the fitness center to continue with your fitness regime.

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Holiday Inn Rosslyn at Key Bridge, Arlington – A Value for Money Hotel

With an array of well-appointed rooms, a convenient location, and kid-friendly policies, the Holiday Inn Rosslyn at Key Bridge offers great value for your money in Arlington. Located near the DC metro area, the hotel offers quick access to the city’s historic attractions, such as Georgetown, the Washington Monument, the Smithsonian Institution museums, and the National Mall.

The hotel’s spacious rooms feature sleeper sofas, roll-away beds, writing desks, and flat-screen TVs with cable channels. Kids up to 19 years old can stay for free when sharing rooms with their parents. Cribs and extra bedding are provided on demand. Kitchen amenities include a mini fridge and a coffee maker.

Omni Charlottesville Hotel – Immerse Yourself in Luxury

Only 20 minutes from Charlottesville Airport, the Omni Charlottesville Hotel offers swanky accommodations in vibrant downtown Charlottesville. A short walk from the historic pedestrian mall, this hotel allows quick access to the University of Virginia and the city’s premier shopping malls and entertainment hubs.

Luxurious guest rooms come with plush beds with down pillows, TVs with movie options, work desks, and complimentary newspapers. Enjoy the views of Blue Ridge Mountains from your room, relax in the lush green atrium, or chill out in the pool. Fitness kits are available in the rooms, and the hotel also has a fully equipped fitness center.

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Linden Row Inn, Richmond – A Blend of History and Modernity

Built in the 19th-century Greek Revival architectural style, Linden Row Inn is a three-star boutique hotel in the heart of Richmond. The hotel’s Victorian interior is accented with antique furniture, but you can expect plenty of modern amenities, too. In the guest rooms you’ll find TVs with premium satellite channels, writing desks, complimentary high-speed internet connectivity, coffee makers, and luxurious spa-style bathrooms. A business center, valet parking, local shuttle service, and laundry and dry cleaning facilities further add to your convenience at this classic hotel.

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Omni Richmond Hotel – Experience the Warmth of Southern Hospitality

Located in the Shockoe Slip district in downtown Richmond, the Omni Richmond Hotel awaits with warm hospitality and upscale accommodations. The hotel’s non-smoking guest rooms are tastefully decorated with luxurious furnishings and fine linens. You’ll find plush beds with down pillows, work desks with power outlets, large flat-panel TVs with a LodgeNet system for on-demand movies, and coffee makers. With innovative programs for kids, pet-friendly policies, and amenities like a heated indoor pool and fine dining restaurants, the Omni Richmond Hotel promises a great stay.

Hipmunk Hotels: 10 Affordable Hotels in Northeast USA (in Wildwood, Weehawken, Amsterdam, and more)

The post below was originally published on Earth’s Attractions on June 5, 2016 by Violeta-Loredana P.

If you want to relax in a laid-back atmosphere to unwind and take a break from it all, the American Northeast offers a wide range of choices for all types of travelers. There are several lesser-known cities that will surprise you and give you various entertainment options. From picturesque settings near Amsterdam to the Saxon Woods Park in White Plains, and from the beauty of the western shore of the Hudson River to the Wildwood Beach, there are plenty of options for everyone. Here are four great places to visit along with tips for popular cheap hotels in each area.

Amsterdam, New York

When in Amsterdam, New York, you should visit the Guy Park, a house built in 1774 in the Georgian style. You can also take a look at the Shuttleworth Park, which is home to the Amsterdam Mohawks baseball team, and make sure you don’t miss the Amsterdam Riverfront, which provides a great place for shopping, music, and more. There are several budget hotels in Amsterdam, such as the Super 8 Amsterdam NY and the Valley View Motor Inn, but you can also try the Halcyon Farm Bed & Breakfast.

Wildwood, New Jersey

There are so many entertainment options in Wildwood, New Jersey, that you’ll have a hard time choosing what to do and where to go. A visit to the Wildwood Beach shouldn’t be absent from your itinerary, and if you like water parks, then you can also include Splash Zone Water Park, Morey’s Piers, and Beachfront Water Parks. Other famous sites include the Seaport Aquarium and the Wildwood Insectarium, and you can also relax by playing arcade games or going shopping. The Diamond Crest Motel is a cheap hotel in Wildwood, while the Oceanview Motel will help you save money by allowing you to cook your own meals in the kitchenette. If you want Wi-Fi, choose the Paradise Oceanfront Resort.

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Weehawken, New Jersey

Located on the Hudson River’s western shore, Weehawken is a great town for those who want to travel around the Manhattan area without breaking the bank. It’s a quiet town and one that will make you travel back in time, as the Hamilton Park is the former place for duels. The park offers stunning views of western Manhattan and the Empire State, which makes it a perfect place for night photos. The Super 8 Motel North Bergen and the Explore Hotel and Hostel in nearby Union City are two cheap hotels in Weehawken that will save you money on your trip.

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White Plains, New York

Between the City Center 15 Cinema de Lux, the Westchester Mall, and the Saxon Woods Park, White Plains, New Jersey, offers several relaxation and entertainment opportunities. This town is perfect for those who try to discover lesser-known destinations for their travels, as it offers a great mix of outdoor and indoor activities for a short visit. Choose the Renaissance Westchester Hotel if you want to be close to the Neuberger Museum of Art or the HYATT House White Plains as affordable hotels in White Plains.

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Hipmunk Hotels: Affordable Options in The Less-Traveled South (Myrtle Beach, Richmond, and More)

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The post below was originally published on This Life in Trips by Shaun Robertson.

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When thinking of cities in the Southern states, New Orleans, Charleston, and Savannah come to mind — and with good reason. These cities offer some of the best culture, cuisine, music, and laid-back living that famously comes with this region. Of course, because of this, these popular tourist locations can be expensive to visit and crowded in the peak seasons. With that in mind, check out these great Southern city alternatives and the hotels to stay in for those looking for an affordable and less crowded stay.

Gatlinburg, Tennessee

Gatlinburg is a unique tourist destination, to say the least. Located on the doorstep of the Smokey Mountains, this eastern Tennessee town is a great jumping off point for exploring the great outdoors. That said, it’s also a great spot for family fun. With amusement rides, the Space Needle, and great restaurant choices, Gatlinburg has plenty to see and do within its city limits. Although not as popular as Nashville or Memphis, Gatlinburg receives its share of visitors. For thinner crowds, visit in the winter season or during the week in the summer. Either way, for a great mix of the outdoors and city fun, book your hotel in Gatlinburg in advance for the best savings. Furthermore, Reagan Resorts Inn is a nice option for budget travelers.

Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

Myrtle Beach may seem out of place on this list, but it can be enjoyed on the cheap year-round. Due to its famous beaches, great seafood, and spectacular golf courses, Myrtle Beach draws in over 14 million visitors per year — the majority of which are guests from the North seeking refuge during the cold winter months. Still, with popularity comes plenty of affordable hotels in Myrtle Beach no matter the season, like the Plantation Resort. With festivals year-round and plenty of free activities, Myrtle Beach truly is a budget-friendly destination in the South with much to see and do.

Midland, Texas

Due to its size, Texas is less crowded than other states in the South. Still, Midland, Texas, can provide an authentic Texas experience without the crowds of Dallas, San Antonio, or Houston at a fraction of the cost. Enjoy horseback riding in the sun or stay cool inside one of the city’s great museums. Aviation enthusiasts will enjoy the American Airpower Heritage Museum, and those interested in how the area came to be will enjoy the Museum of the SouthwestHotels in Midland range from high-end chains such as the Hilton Garden Inn and Four Points by Sheraton, to budget brands like the Comfort Inn and Super 8. Regardless of the star rating, hotels in the city, like TownePlace Suites Midland, can be found at a lower rate than those in Texas’s major hubs.

Richmond, Virginia

Richmond, Virginia, offers similar history, character, and charm that’s found in Charleston and Savannah but with the added bonus of a lively downtown core and nearby outdoor activities without the crowds. Civil War history can be found throughout the area, and there are plenty of great restaurants, shops, and bars in town to keep you busy. The nearby James River offers guests the chance for some whitewater rafting, and there are plenty of parks in the area — perfect for hiking and leisurely strolls. Hotels in Richmond are affordable and range from modest to luxury, giving the option to enjoy the outdoors or relax in the city. One such budget-friendly hotel is Courtyard by Marriott Richmond Airport.

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Fredericksburg, Texas

Last on this list is the charming town of Fredericksburg, Texas. Located an hour’s drive away from San Antonio and an hour and a half away from Austin, Fredericksburg is a great spot to explore Texas from. In town, you will find an interesting mix of Texan and German traditions. With its German roots, Fredericksburg has many great events and festivals such as Oktoberfest and Schuetzenfests (marksmanship tournaments), with a Texas-sized twist. Due to its obscure path location, hotels in Fredericksburg, like the Econo Lodge Fredericksburg, can be found at a great value compared to those in bigger cities. So break out your cowhide chaps and lederhosen and visit this interesting Texas town.

Top Pet-Friendly Luxury Getaways in Portland for Unforgettable Family Vacations

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Portland, the City of Roses, welcomes you with its beautiful rose gardens, myriad food courts, picturesque neighborhoods, and the meandering river, Willamette, that flows through the heart of this eco-conscious city. The best way to discover Portland’s charm is by walking or biking. Therefore, choose wisely from an array of luxury boutique hotels in Portland for a comfortable, relaxing stay and get out to explore the city and beyond when you can.

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Brasada Ranch in Powell Butte

Immerse yourself in luxury in a rural setting at Brasada Ranch, a nature retreat in central Oregon. Only 20 minutes from Bend-Redmond Airport and a little more than a 3-hour drive from Portland, Brasada Ranch spreads over acres of lush green landscape. You can choose from an array of luxurious suites, cabins, and guest rooms at this award-winning resort nestled in the peaceful community of Powell Butte. A championship golf course, an on-site spa, plush outdoor pools with lazy river, and sprawling equestrian trails are reasons enough to choose this resort as your next vacation getaway in Oregon. From tennis and basketball to white water rafting, fishing, rock climbing, and helicopter tours, Brasada Ranch will keep you busy with outdoor sports and adventures all day long.

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Aloft Portland Airport at Cascade Station

Only a few minutes’ drive from Portland International Airport, Aloft Portland Airport at Cascade Station is a swanky hotel with stylishly appointed rooms featuring plush furnishings, spa amenities, complimentary Wi-Fi, LCD TVs with plug-and-play games, mini refrigerators, and free mineral water, tea, and coffee. With various activity programs for kids and pets, a bar, an indoor pool, and a lounge to unwind, there is something for every member of your family at the hotel. Portland Saturday Market and attractions like Oregon Museum of Science and Industry, Oregon Zoo, and International Rose Test Garden are about 20 minutes from the hotel.

The Nines, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Portland

Located close to Pioneer Square and Portland Art Museum, The Nines Hotel offers trendy, luxurious accommodations along with a range of upscale amenities including pillow-top beds with down pillows, 42-inch televisions with movie channels, dual-line telephone, Wi-Fi, work desks, and room service. Luxurious en suite bathrooms come with bathrobe and premium bath amenities. The hotel’s central location allows you to quickly access Portland’s business district, Tom McCall Waterfront Park, and MAX Light Rail transit. Shopping and dining options are aplenty around the hotel. You can also join day trips to the mountains or wine countries arranged by The Nines Hotel.

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Hotel Modera in the Heart of Downtown Portland

Hotel Modera is another centrally located luxury boutique hotel that offers quick access to Portland Art Museum, Portland State University, and Tom McCall Waterfront Park. Choose from a range of elegantly decorated non-smoking rooms that come with high-definition LCD TVs, complimentary W-Fi, technologically advanced heating and air-conditioning, work desks, safes, coffee makers, refrigerators, and premium Italian bath products. A beautifully decked courtyard garden and lounge is the hallmark of Hotel Modera. Relax and satiate your taste buds with authentic Italian and French delicacies in the romantic setting of Nel Centro, the on-site restaurant.

Rivertide Suites Hotel on the Shores of Necanicum River

Rivertide Suites Hotel, a relaxing riverfront hotel, is just three blocks from the ocean and a few minutes’ walk from the Seaside Aquarium in Portland, Oregon. Live in a spacious, luxuriously furnished suite and enjoy amenities such as complimentary breakfast, a cable TV with premium entertainment channels, telephone with free local calls, a fully equipped kitchen, and a bathroom with jetted tub. The private balconies offer river or mountain views.  A 24-hour business center, a heated indoor pool, hot tubs, and a rooftop terrace garden are there for your work and relaxation.

Boston Holidays: Five of the Top Hotels for Best Luxury Breaks

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Boston is known for its diverse tourist attractions. Excellent connectivity with its neighboring cities, Cambridge and Brookline, via mass transit and road networks and a plethora of upscale hotels in Boston make it a popular tourist hub in New England. With an array of museums, art galleries, historical sites, nature parks, and waterfront recreational opportunities, Boston easily makes it to the list of top ten tourist destinations in the USA.

Hampton Inn & Suites Boston Crosstown Center, South End

Located at South End, Hampton Inn & Suites Boston Crosstown Center is only a few minutes from the downtown and Back Bay. The hotel runs complimentary shuttle service to and from the airport, downtown and other main business and entertainment districts of the city. Non-smoking guest rooms are furnished with luxurious beds, high-definition TVs, high-speed internet, and work desks. Staying at this South End hotel lets you explore this historic district’s Victorian brownstone neighborhoods at your own pace for an offbeat travel experience.

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Hotel Commonwealth, Kenmore Square

Located in Boston’s entertainment district, Kenmore Square, Hotel Commonwealth allows quick access to Boston’s nightlife and Fenway Park. The hotel’s chic, contemporary interior is designed to match the standard of upscale urban lifestyle in Boston. The hotel’s on-site restaurants are famous for their flavorful culinary delights.  An array of room amenities includes a tab with the hotel’s apps installed in it. King-size beds, writing desks, comfortable sitting areas, smart TVs, refrigerators, and spacious bathroom with bathrobe and premium toiletries are there to ensure your comfort and convenience.

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The Bostonian Boston, Downtown Boston

A few minutes’ walk from Faneuil Hall and Quincy Market, The Bostonian Boston is located in the bustling financial district of Boston. Many of the downtown Boston attractions, including New England Aquarium and Boston Harbor, are within walking distance from this hotel.  With luxurious queen beds, cushioned chairs, sofas, safes, marbled bathrooms, and private balconies, the hotel’s AAA Diamond rated rooms offer luxurious resort for tired travelers. Room service, babysitting, and dry cleaning services are available for added comfort and convenience.

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Boston Marriott Cambridge, Kendall Square

A short drive from downtown Boston across the Charles River, Boston Marriott Cambridge awaits you at Kendall Square, Cambridge with luxurious rooms and a range of amenities tailored for leisure and business travelers. Air-conditioned, non-smoking rooms feature designer bedding sets, telephone, Wi-Fi, flat-panel TVs, work desks with ergonomic chairs, coffee makers, and room service. The hotel’s fitness center is open all day. Other amenities include an indoor pool and sauna. Boston Marriott Cambridge’s strategic location allows easy access to outdoor recreational activities along the river.

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Courtyard Boston Cambridge near MIT

Courtyard Boston Cambridge is one of the few hotels that allow quick access to downtown Boston yet keeps out the commotion of the big cities. The hotel offers luxurious accommodations on the bank of Charles River. Only 7.3 miles from Boston Logan International Airport, Courtyard Boston Cambridge is located in the academic district of Cambridge with MIT and Harvard Business School within walking distance. The guest rooms come with luxurious bedding, 40-inch HDTV, Wi-Fi, writing desks with ergonomic chairs, small refrigerators, and coffee makers. Other amenities include on-site dining, heated indoor pool, hot tub, fitness center, and a rooftop garden for relaxation.
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Washington Vacation: Boutique Stays, Outdoor Adventures, and Natural Retreats

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A vacation in Washington means loads of adventure and outdoor fun. The spectacular river gorges, scenic mountains, fertile national parks, and picturesque coastal towns are ideal destinations for nature lovers. Moreover, there are boutique hotels and resorts, which can serve as a perfect base for exploring various scenic areas in the state.

Skamania Lodge, Stevenson – Escape into the Wilderness

Only a 45-minute drive from Portland, Oregon, Skamania Lodge – Destination Hotels & Resorts awaits you with modern amenities right in the middle of Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area in Stevenson, Washington. Guests can enjoy uninterrupted views of the river and the Cascade Mountains from the hotel rooms. Nestled in the wood of Douglas firs, Skamania Lodge’s newly built tree houses promise an exceptional living experience for solitude seekers. Your stay at the resort entails access to hiking trails and a range of outdoor recreation opportunities including golf, tennis, basketball, volleyball, zip line tours, and excursions into the wilderness of the Cascade Mountains.

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Watertown Hotel, Seattle – Bring Your Pets Along

Located in the University District of Seattle, Watertown Hotel – A Piece of Pineapple Hospitality  welcomes tourists and their pets. Keeping with the vibrant urban culture of the U District, Watertown Hotel offers studio rooms with stylish interiors, king beds, bathrobes, slippers, flat-panel TVs with premium channels, Wi-Fi, microwaves, coffee makers, and refrigerators for modern living. Enjoy complimentary shuttle service to downtown and nearby attractions. Complimentary bicycles are also available for guests.

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Cave B Resort, Quincy – Soak in the Scenic Beauty

If you’re looking for a peaceful retreat, Cave B Inn is the place. The resort’s well-appointed cavern rooms exude a rustic charm, while private balconies overlook the estate’s vineyards and the Columbia River. Rooms feature plush beds, satellite televisions, work desks, and private bathrooms with separate showers and bathtubs. Explore the resort’s wine country and gardens on bicycles, available to guests for free. After a busy day, soak in the outdoor pool while enjoying the view of the river gorge, or rejuvenate your senses with the resort’s signature spa treatments.

Woodmark Hotel, Kirkland – Experience Lakefront Luxury

Situated by Lake Washington, this Kirkland hotel is hardly 10 miles from Seattle. Due to its strategic location at Carillon Point, business travelers may find this hotel convenient. With amenities like kayaks, boats, Jet Skis, and watersports equipment rentals, you’ll have ample opportunity to enjoy your favorite waterfront activities at Woodmark Hotel and Still Spa. Pet-friendly accommodations come with luxurious beds and furnishings, LCD televisions with movies on demand, bathrobes, minibars, work desks, and free access to fitness facilities.

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Emerald Queen Hotel & Casino, Fife – Entertainment on Weekends

With live music, fine dining and casino games, the Emerald Queen Hotel & Casino in Fife aims to provide unlimited entertainment. In your room, watch movies on a 42-inch TV, or use the high-speed internet connection to carry out business transactions. If you want something more than casinos and gaming, Fife Square and other attractions such as the Museum of Glass, LeMay Car Museum, Point Defiance Park, Pacific Bonsai Museum, and Wild Waves & Enchanted Village are easily accessible from the hotel.