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Holiday travel: 5 must-go holiday weekend escapes

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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.

Amazing holiday getaways

5Enjoy the views in New York

Sex and the City helped propel the once-gritty Meatpacking District into the limelight. Live like the SATC gals for the weekend at the Gansevoort Hotel, the first luxury hotel in the Meatpacking District, located on the city's West Side. The lavish guestrooms feature sophisticated color palettes, marble bathrooms, plush featherbeds and goose-down pillows. The light-filled rooms also offer expansive views of the city to the north (look for the Empire State Building) and Hudson River to the west. While there, dine at Carte Blanche, the stylish lobby bar and lounge. And don't miss the year-round rooftop heated swimming pool—the views of Manhattan are amazing. Hotel Gansevoort's Ultimate Shopping Spree Escape offers deluxe room or suite accommodations, pool access and complimentary poolside beverage, complimentary valet parking, late 2 p.m. checkout and most important, a Shopping Gift Bag, with discounts at local stores like Diane von Furstenberg, Catherine Malandrino and Trina Turk. Rooms start at $495 per night.

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