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Holiday travel: Hotels with shopping incentives

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...

Holiday shopping & travel packages

Calling all fashionistas: With the holidays in full swing, why not plan a shopping weekend? We’re not talking the Saturday jaunt to the mall with your best girlfriend, but a relaxing weekend away at a stylish hotel in the city, where you can shop all day and lounge luxuriously at night (after dinner and drinks, and maybe spa treatments). The following chic hotels in cities known for fabulous shopping — Los Angeles, Chicago and, of course, New York — offer amazing discounts at the best stores and boutiques in town. Just don’t forget your cash or credit cards. Happy holiday shopping!

Chicago

Chicago

Enjoy world-class shopping on Michigan Avenue and shopping discounts in the Windy City. At the elegant Four Seasons, guests who book the "Suite Holiday Rewards" package receive a $50 gift card to the shops at 900 Michigan Avenue (stores include Bloomingdale's, Michael Kors, Gucci and more) — located right next to the hotel and accessible without even going outside in the cold. Guests also receive a gift bag full of items and savings from participating shops, two cocktails to toast the holiday season in the hotel's Seasons Lounge and a "Shopper's Foot Indulgence" — a spa foot-soak and -scrub to soothe and rejuvenate tired feet.

There's more: A complimentary holiday messenger service will pick up your packages while shopping fashionable Michigan Avenue, or as Chicagoans call it, the "Magnificent Mile." Executive suites, which feature a luxurious marble bathroom with a deep soaking tub to rejuvenate you after a day of shopping, start at $520 per night; visit fourseasons.com/chicagofs.

Down the street at the glamorous Ritz-Carlton, the "Saks, Spa and City" package combines the best of three worlds: shopping, spa treatments and city life. Guests reserving this package will receive a $50 gift card to Saks Fifth Avenue, a $75 daily spa credit to the Spa at the hotel's Carlton Club and daily breakfast for two. Room rates begin at $415 per night.

Visit fourseasons.com/chicagorc.

Where to dine: For a dinner to remember, head to Seasons Restaurant at the Four Seasons; this modern American fine dining restaurant is a recent recipient of a Michelin star and offers seasonally inspired menus. For something more casual, the steaks (and people-watching) at legendary Gibson's (gibsonssteakhouse.com) are outstanding.

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