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Holiday travel: 5 must-go holiday weekend escapes

Kristin Larson is a nationally published writer on fashion, beauty, travel and entertainment. She has written for MSN, Real Simple, Women's Wear Daily, PeopleStyleWatch.com, LifetimeTV.cm and Glam.com. Besides writing, her other passions...

Amazing holiday getaways

Your most luxurious holiday weekend may be just around the corner. With upscale hotels offering weekend specials, it’s the perfect reason to indulge. Consider the fancy factor: the long-term effects of sleeping on fluffy mattresses with puffy pillows and duvets, sinking into a hot bubble bath and room service (imagine hot coffee arriving in a silver pot—how fun!) could far outlast the weekend. So consider a holiday weekend away—it may be your most relaxing escape ever.

Chicago

1French escape in Chicago

Did you know the Windy City is sister city to Paris? Mais oui -- so why not embrace the French side of Chicago and stay at the five-star French Hotel Sofitel, where everyone says bonjour? Start your day with French press coffee, then stroll through the city's streets full of flowers and trees, much like its sibling across the pond. Try a Chicago River cruise, hosted by the city's Architecture Foundation, for Chicago's answer to a cruise along the Seine. No visit to the Sofitel is complete without dinner at Café des Architectes (where executive chef Martial Noguier was a 2009 James Beard finalist). The seasonal and contemporary menu features outstanding appetizers and entrees like Madagascar Shrimp, Hamachi Carpaccio and Delmonico Steak. The Women Are Magnifique weekend package includes continental breakfast for two in your room, two cocktails in Le Bar, $50 hotel credit, upgrade if available and 4 p.m. late checkout. Rooms start at $195 per night.

Visit sofitel.com to learn more.

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