It’s been a busy week for Twig Travel with a wonderful highlight of traveling to Bloomfield Hills, MI for a Wedding Wire Conference. Between a lot of work and a little bit of playing, it was a wonderful time.

I was lucky enough to stay at the Radisson Hotel http://www.radisson.com/bloomfield-hills-hotel-mi-48304/mibloomf (http://www.clubcarlson.com) where it’s so wonder I didn’t just stay in bed and sleep through everything. Their sleep number beds, comfortable balcony rooms complete with bathroom toiletries, hairdryer, bottled water, coffee maker, complimentary newspapers, mini-refrigerator, room service, Super Nintendo (although I really didn’t get a chance to play Mario - darn), in-room internet, bathrobes, a beautiful courtyard amongst many other amenities, could be enough to entice anyone not to leave.

Upon checking-in their concierge was kind enough to offer his services; including to carry my one bag. Of course, I couldn’t stay in my room and had to venture out to their 24 hour work out room, a swimming pool complete with hot tub, and they also have spectacular restaurant venue. Their restaurants are courtesy of the locally renowned Matt Prentice Restaurant Group http://www.mattprenticerg.com/ with Deli Unique, a tavern and their restaurant, Northern Lakes Seafood Company http://www.mattprenticerg.com/northernlakesseafoodcompany.html where everything was absolutely delicious, but I have to say, the lobster bisque was out of this world!!! I most definitely need the recipe!!!

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(Photographs courtesy of Carlson Club)

So, after all this investigation, it was off to the Iroquois Club http://www.theiroquoisclub.com for a wonderful conference with http://www.weddingwire.com and local Wedding Pros. Let me first say, walking into the Iroquois Club was like walking through a magical door. The ambiance was marvelous along with their wonderful hors devourers and servers.

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(Photograph courtesy of The Iroquois Club)

From the greetings, the interior design, the tables set with candles, low lighting, background music and entertainment provided by http://www.startrax.com/, and even more cookies, cakes, and other treats provided by http://www.sweetheatheranne.com/. One couldn’t walk away without a smile on their face and The Metropolitan Gallery of Photography http://www.themetropolitangallery.com/ was sure to capture all the wonderful moments

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(Photograhpy courtesy of The Metropolitan Gallery)

Twig Travel was able to connect with so many wonderful vendors in order to better serve our cliental and is looking forward in the continual search for the utmost service of vendors for our clients.

 
 
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As I type the words I am wondering where May has gone, and why am I still searching for that “perfect” present. It’s my significant other . . . let’s just say that the best laid plans don’t always work out and now I am scrambling for Plan B.

I am always the one who is so prepared but when it comes to my husband, I have a guy who wants little and needs nothing. I have given him gifts from creative to practical to quite the surprise, and this year, I need to get busy. I’ve even tried the “if you could have anything”. . . His answer, “Just two bags of Grub X for the lawn”. Ummm, yes, I have some work to do.

I am the travel girl, the girl with creativity and vision. I am one to jump in the car, catch a plane and be off on an adventure. So why is this so hard? This got me thinking. First off, life always seems to be a bit chaotic and crazy around here with everyone on different schedules and times. Secondly, I really have a hard time buying a gift just for the sake of purchasing a gift. I will shop and shop (and shop) until I find the “it” gift. I know it’s kind of silly, but I want the gift to represent not just my recipient, but also me. I am sure I am probably more in love with some of the gifts that I give, but isn’t that where “it’s the thought that counts” came to mean? And thirdly, I want the gift to be looked at, remembered, and to bring a smile for more than just that moment. Yes, it seems like I have a lot invested in this gift searching, but I know that it will be well worth it.

So, after another day of uneventful shopping, I came home empty handed and wondering what to do? I go back to work and there before me is the answer … Chateau de Leelanau http://www.chateaudeleelanau.com/ from Suttons Bay, Michigan and a recipe that would make any Sunday happy. Cherry Wine Sangria at http://www.facebook.com/CDLWinery

CDL CHERRY WINE SANGRIA
2 Bottles CDL Cherry Wine
1/2 Bottle CDL Sparkling Cherry Juice
1 Pineapple (sliced)
2 Oranges (sliced)
2 Lemons (sliced)
1 Lime (sliced)
1 Quart fresh strawberries (cut up)

Mix and Enjoy!

Now I have a plan and another trip to the store with a mission. I hope that my wonderful husband will sit back and relax with an appreciation of knowing how much he is loved!!! Grub X and Cherry Sangria - hym, what more is there to want on Father’s Day?!

 
 
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“A time for warm thoughts and fond memories, for expressing
the feelings and words that often go unspoken, for letting those special people in our lives know that they are loved and
appreciated - always”

Happy Mother’s Day and yes, it is right around the corner. With Springtime quickly turning into Summer, here are some last minute
ideas from Luxury-to-Deals, that any Mom, Sister, Aunt or that special someone would be more than elated to receive such a gift. I have a
few favorites here myself in which I might just have to drop a few
hints to my family.

On a side note, I would like to thank my children for allowing me
to be their mother ~ what a beautiful gift in itself! And especially
to my own mother who has let me become who I am today.  I
thank her for all her grace, compassion, and her ever-present love
for me!!! Without the special people in my life I would not be who
I am and for that, my deepest love to all! Thank you and may
your day be just as special as you are!

Bed and Breakfast - http://www.bedandbreakfast.com/
Quaint, romantic and luxurious, a Bed and Breakfast is a wonderful way to celebrate Mom. Beautiful rooms, delicious menus and superb hospitality will set the scene for Mom’s relaxing weekend.

Camping - Plan a weekend camping trip and enjoy the nature http://www.reserveamerica.com

Casino Day - In addition to the excitement and fun of roulette wheels and slot machines, casino
vacations often provide a superb opportunity to take in live shows, museums, nightclubs, fine dining,
delicious buffets and maybe some lucky winnings!

City Getaway - What better place to entertain Mom. From extravagant shows to 4-star dining and
luxurious hotels, the city offers an exciting backdrop for a variety of activities from fun to romantic. Go on a walking tour of the city, spend the afternoon at a museum, or surprise her with a spree. On a quieter note, take her to a hip café, bookstores, art galleries, and just spend the day seeing the sights.

Outdoor Adventure - Plan a backpacking getaway, go biking, visit the beach, horseback riding, a hot air balloon ride, go up the mountain and have a scenic picnic, kayak/boating on a river, or pack up the car
and just go exploring.

Spa - Treat Mom to a relaxing spa resort where she will get her much deserved pampering. You can easily shop spas by region, online at: http://www.gayot.com/lifestyle/spa/top10destinationspas/best-us-top10-destination-spas_01us.html

Wine Country Tour - A weekend wine tour can be a wonderful treat. Think about hiring a limo or
designated driver for the day so Mom can truly enjoy.


INDULGEMENTS AT LUXURY BEACH RESORTS FROM VIRGINIA TO GEORGIA


The Sanctuary at Kiawah Island Golf Resort
- South Carolina
877-683-1234
http://www.kiawahresort.com/accommodations/the-sanctuary/
This multi-award winning resort ranks at the top of the list, having received these and many other
coveted awards since opening in August 2004. Located within a secluded complex on a pristine barrier
island about 45 minutes from Charleston, this hotel offers casual oceanfront luxury at an exceptional level. Amenities and activities include swimming, five championship golf courses, world class tennis, a garden designed spa, canoeing, kayaking, bicycling, cookouts, oyster roasts and more.

Sea Island Resorts
- Georgia
Sea Island Resorts, are located halfway between Savannah and Jacksonville, and feature three championship golf courses, state-of-the-art tennis courts, spa and fitness services, riding stables, a beach club and more.

Sea Island The Cloister & The Lodge
912-634-3903
http://www.seaisland.com/
This a 40-room property which opened in 2001 offers spacious and exquisitely appointed accommodations, Atlantic Ocean or golf course views, personal butler service and more.

The Boardwalk Inn at Wild Dunes Resort - Isle of Palms, South Carolina
843-886-6000
www.wilddunes.com
Situated on the northern tip of Isle of Palms, a picturesque barrier island off the South Carolina coast, Wild Dunes Resort covers 1,600 acres of private, oceanfront property, bordered by the Atlantic Ocean and the Intracoastal Waterway. Less than 30 minutes from historic Charleston, Wild Dunes offers year-round golf, tennis, spa services, bike and walking paths, several dining options and more. The Boardwalk Inn features 93 luxurious rooms and suites, designed in the Low-country style with residential touches.

The Inn at Palmetto Bluff - Bluffton, South Carolina
843-706-6500
http://www.palmettobluffresort.com/
Located about 12 miles from Hilton Head and 30 miles from Savannah Airport along the picturesque May
River, the Inn at Palmetto Bluff offers a haven for relaxation in the beautiful South Carolina Low-country. Accommodations include an array of cottages & village home; many with fireplaces & scenic water views.

Hilton Head Island - South Carolina
World renowned for its pristine beaches, abundant golf courses, superb tennis facilities and picturesque
natural environment, Hilton Head attracts close to 2.5 million annual visitors. Five top rated hotels:

The Inn at Harbour Town
843-363-8100
http://www.seapines.com/accommodations/inn-at-harbour.asp
The Inn at Harbour Town offers casual elegance with Scottish flair in the style of a European boutique
hotel, featuring such luxurious amenities as imported Frette bed linens and 24-hour butler service. Located within the 5000-acre world renowned Sea Pines Resort, the guestrooms at this hotel have views of the famed Harbour Town Golf Links or the Sea Pines Racquet Club.  In addition to an array of recreational amenities, The Inn at Harbour Town is within walking distance of popular Harbour Town, where visitors enjoy dining, entertainment, shopping and great photo ops at the historic Harbour Town Lighthouse.

Crowne Plaza Beach Resort
843-842-2400
http://www.ichotelsgroup.com/h/d/cp/1/en/hotel/hbicr
Situated within the gated Shipyard Plantation resort community, the Crowne Plaza Oceanfront Beach
Resort offers access to one of Hilton Head Island's best beaches, plus indoor and outdoor swimming pools, miles of biking and exercising trails and numerous other amenities. It is adjacent to the Van Der Meer
Tennis Center and the Shipyard Golf Course, and is close to shopping, restaurants and other Hilton Head attractions.  Each of the 338 rooms, including 9 suites, has a mini bar and high speed internet access at an extra charge. Camp Castaway offers seasonal activities for children ages 3 to 12.
 
Hilton Head Marriott Beach and Golf Resort
843-686-8400
http://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/hhhgr-hilton-head-marriott-beach-and-golf-resort/Overlooking the Atlantic Ocean and offering three miles of beautiful beach, three golf courses, excellent
tennis facilities and more, this Marriott hotel is situated in the popular Palmetto Dunes resort community. Conveniently located mid-island, this year-round resort is close to shopping, attractions and an array of
dining options. The 512 guestrooms, including 36 suites, wireless high speed internet access and private balconies (many with ocean views). Other amenities include indoor and outdoor swimming pools, two year-round and two seasonal restaurants and a wide range of recreational options.

Hilton Oceanfront Resort
843-842-8000
http://www1.hilton.com/en_US/hi/hotel/HHHHBHF-Hilton-Oceanfront-Resort-Hilton-Head-Island-South-Carolina/index.do;jsessionid=137B5AE5B8B100EB957976A2A8579ADF.etc23?ctyhocn=HHHHBHF&brand_id=HI&brand_directory=/en/hi/&xch=846528,4U2V5SR4IFGBECSGBIVM22QKIYFC
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The Hilton Oceanfront Resort is located in the Palmetto Dunes resort community and claims the widest
private beach on the Island. Winding pathways through tropical gardens surround idyllic lagoons and
swimming pools at this five-story resort hotel. All of the 324 guestrooms, including 20 oceanfront suites,
have private balconies and kitchenettes with a mini-refrigerator, sink and microwave, a very popular
feature for family vacationers. In addition to the private beach, recreational amenities, include 22 nearby tennis courts, three adjacent championship golf courses, and the Shelter Cove Marina for water sports.

Westin Resort and Spa
843-681-4000
http://www.starwoodhotels.com/westin/property/overview/index.html?propertyID=1050
The Westin Resort, located in the Port Royal Plantation area at the northeastern tip of Hilton Head Island, is the top rated hotel on the island. Overlooking a wide beach, the Westin Resort offers Southern hospitality and turn-of-the-century ambience with an array of recreational amenities for all ages including three championship golf courses, sixteen tennis courts, bicycle and jogging paths, several outdoor pools and a heated indoor pool. Several dining options are available including The Barony Grill.

Myrtle Beach
- South Carolina

Marina Inn at Grande Dunes
843-913-1333
www.marinainngranadedunes.com
Centrally located to all of Myrtle Beach's top attractions offering 200 guest rooms and villas, naturally landscaped beach, summer family activities and a variety of activities and amenities. The AAA 4 diamond Marina Inn at Grande Dunes includes a combination of oversized guest rooms, two and three bedroom villas. Our naturally landscaped beach is a unique beach experience unlike any other in Myrtle Beach offering secluded beach space exclusive for Marina Inn guests complete with towels, chairs and umbrellas. Light dining, beer and wine are also available. Golf options are first class with two championship courses located onsite. Also enjoy water sport rentals available at the marina and a first class tennis club. First class amenities include wireless internet throughout hotel, 24-hour business center, 24-hour fitness facility and indoor pool, outdoor infinity edge poolscape with 2 whirlpools. Disabled rooms available. Enjoy a variety of dining options from elegant, sustainable to outdoor casual. Hotel bar onsite. Myrtle Beach airport 15 miles

Myrtle Beach Marriott Resort at Grand Dunes
843-449-8880
www.marriott.com
The Marriott Myrtle Beach Resort & Spa at Grande Dunes provides the perfect balance of resort accommodations and business-friendly amenities, ideal for all types of travelers. If you're booking space
for an organization or company event, our Myrtle Beach resort's 45,000 square feet of meeting space will meet your needs perfectly. Our Marriott resort in Myrtle Beach offers 405 luxurious guest rooms, most with ocean views, equipped with two telephones with separate lines, data ports, and high-speed internet. As part of the Grande Dunes, an upscale 2,200-acre plantation-style residential community, we offer more amenities than most other resorts in Myrtle Beach and the Carolinas. Activities include championship golf, tennis, fitness center, large beachfront pool with a waterslide, a European spa with an indoor pool, or the simple but priceless pleasure of sitting on our pristine beach. Experience the finest of resorts in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina at the Marriott Myrtle Beach Resort & Spa at Grande Dunes.

The Tides Inn - Irvington, VA
804-438-5000
www.tidesinn.com
The intimate 106-room Tides Inn, set on its own waterfront peninsula in the charming town of Irvington on Virginia's Northern Neck, has been a Chesapeake Bay tradition for more than 60 years. A preferred mid-Atlantic getaway for couples, families and groups, this Leading Hotel of the World has become a
destination spot for romance, relaxation and corporate bonding. With dedicated state-of-the-art
conference facilities certified by IACC and a devoted, onsite Meetings & Special Events team, leading corporations have come to trust the Tides Inn to provide legendary Virginia hospitality and personalized service in one of nature’s most beautiful settings
 

GETAWAY DEALS FOR MOTHER’S DAY


Phoenix, AZ
Hospitality Suites Resort
480-949-5115
http://hospitalitysuites.com/
3 pools and a Jacuzzi
Up to 25% off from $63

Anaheim, Ca
Desert Palms Hotel and Suites
888-788-0466
http://www.desertpalmshotel.com/
Free breakfast, nest to Disneyland Resort
Save 35% off from $92

Los Angeles, CA
Radisson LA Westside Hotel
888-201-1718
http://radissonla.com/
Features pool and hot tub
Save up to 40% off from $74

San Diego, CA
The Sofia Hotel
619-234-9200
http://www.thesofiahotel.com/
Near Shopping and dining
Save 50% off from $74
San Francisco, CA

Westin St. Francis
415-397-7000
http://www.westinstfrancis.com/location-directions
Spa and kids club
From $149

Denver, CO
Warwick Denver Hotel
303-861-2000
http://www.warwickdenver.com/
Spacious, newly renovated rooms
From $102

Washington, DC
Latham Georgetown Hotel
202-726-5000
http://www.thelatham.com/
Georgetown’s only rooftop pool
From $179

Fort Lauderdale, FL
Ramada Plaza Ft. Lauderdale
877-784-6835
http://ramadaftlauderdalefl.com/description.asp?HotelID=106600
60-seat movie theater
From $56

Miami, FL
Deauville Beach Resort
305-865-8511
http://www.deauvillebeachresort.com/
Oceanfront in Miami beach
Save 25% off from $96

Orlando, FL
The Palms Hotel and Villas (Kissimmee, FL)
800-867-9996
http://www.thepalmshotelandvillas.com/
1.5 miles from Disney’s main gate
Save up to 45% off from $59

St. Pete Beach, FL
Postcard Inn
800-237-8918
http://www.postcardinn.com/

Chicago, IL
Inn of Chicago
312-787-3100
http://www.ascendcollection.com/hotel-chicago-illinois-IL383?promo=bingmap&channel=bing&camp=local
Kids under 18 stay free
From $109

New Orleans, LA
Le Pavillon
800-535-9095
http://www.lepavillon.com/
Save 40% off from $111

Northern Michigan
Grand Traverse Resort & Spa
800-236-1577
grandtraverseresort.com

Resort Gift Card - Purchase $500 in Resort Gift Cards, now through May 8, 2011, and receive one (1) complimentary room night 800-236-1577 for details.

Ashleigh's (at Grand Traverse Resort) "Ears to You" Receive a free pair of earrings when you purchase a Brighton necklace and bracelet. Regular priced merchandise only. Offer valid April 22 - May 8, 2011. Call Ashleigh's at 231-534-6714.

Mother's Day Specials at Spa Grand Traverse - All moms receive $15 OFF any 50 minute spa service!* Call 888-437-2SPA or email us to schedule an appointment. Plus a Mother’s Day gift card offer as well… Purchase a $100 gift card and receive $20 towards any spa service valued at $99 or more.

Mother's Day Brunch at Aerie Restaurant

Applesauce Inn B&B in Bellaire near Shanty Creek Resort
231.533.6448
applesauceinn.blogspot.com
Join us for Friday and Saturday nights, May 5th and May 6th. Fresh flowers will greet Mom in her room. Enjoy evening Happy Hour—an hour of local wine and spirits along with dessert, both Friday and Saturday nights. On Sunday morning, enjoy our Mother's Day Champagne Brunch featuring some of guests favorites, cherry cream cheese stuffed French toast, 4 stack apple cinnamon pancakes, ham and cheese omelettes, fresh baked muffins, fresh fruit, champagne mimosas and other juices. $275 per couple.

Mother’s Day Brunch in The Lakeview Restaurant, Shanty Creek Resort
Reservations recommended. 231.533.3070 shantycreek.com
This fabulous buffet includes cedar-smoked salmon garnished with capers and onions, iced peel and eat shrimp, omelettes, garlic pierced top round with pinot, spice roasted ham, quiche, cinnamon French toast, double smoked bacon, fresh potato hash, roasted bistro chicken with capers, olives and artichokes, herb-roasted tropical fish with lemon butter sauce, herb-tossed pasta with peas, sun dried tomatoes and Parmesan cream sauce, cheddar mashed redskin potatoes chef’s selection of fine pastries.
Adults: $22.95 • Seniors: $20.95 • Children 6-12: $11.50 • Children Under 6: Free.

Stafford's Perry Hotel, Petoskey
800-737-1899
www.staffords.com
Two nights lodging, $30 in Stafford's Dining Dollars (redeemable at any Stafford's location), our classic Mother's Day Brunch on Sunday and the treat of a late checkout (2 pm) on Sunday. Rates starting from $249 + tax, based on double occupancy

Grand Hotel, Mackinac Island
grandhotel.com
Treat Mom to a truly special weekend. Includes a Friday evening Welcome Reception, Saturday evening Grand Cocktail Reception, the Grand Luncheon Buffet on Mother’s Day, a Grand Hotel History Lecture and free golf green fees (cart fee required).
Package also includes:
* Accommodations for up to 5 people
* Breakfast and dinner daily
* Friday evening Welcome Reception
* Saturday Evening Reception
* Saturday Grand Hotel History Lecture
* Mother's Day Grand Luncheon Buffet
* Free golf green fees (cart fee required, subject to course availability)
* Special discount on ferry boat tickets
* No tipping within Grand Hotel
Package Price: $659 per room
Stay Sunday, May 8, 2011 for $159 per room, per night.

The Homestead Resort in Glen Arbor 
(231) 334-5100  
thehomesteadresort.com
Complete tour package includes: tuition, two nights' lodging in a Fiddler's Pond guest room.
For more information or reservations call the Great Lakes Photo Tours: 517.230.1655 or visit http://www.markscarlson.com/
A favorite Great Lakes Photo Tour for dazzling spring wildflowers! Participants are treated to one of the most naturally beautiful areas in Michigan. The splendor of the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore and the quaintness of the Leelanau Peninsula offer outstanding scenic views of sweeping sand dunes,
vast Lake Michigan shorelines and Wyeth-like farm scenes full of blooming cherry orchards, all fresh for the season. From flowing landscapes to artistic close-ups, this tour offers exceptional photographic subject matter and unparalleled guide service to digital 'snap shooters' and advanced amateurs alike. All participants will benefit and improve their photography skills by learning from the professional
photography team of Mark S. Carlson and Bob Grzesiak. 'Spring Dunes' is that memorable get-away weekend /eco-photo tour experience participants thoroughly enjoy!

Atlantic City, NJ
Comfort Bayside Inn
609-484-1900
http://www.comfortinnsuitesac.com/
Free breakfast and shuttle service
From $86

Las Vegas, NV
The Venetian Resort Hotel Casino
http://www.venetian.com/
19 Restaurants and 80 Boutiques
From $222

New York, NY
Affinia Dumont
212-481-7600
http://www.affinia.com/Default.aspx
Unwind at Oasis Day Spa
From $268

Belvedere Hotel
212-245-7000
http://www.belvederehotelnyc.com/
Near Fifth Avenue shopping
From $204 

A few more last minute ideas: Mother’s Day Festivals, a Cooking Class, visit Historic Sites, some quiet time, dinner out or dinner prepared for her (kitchen and dishes cleaned afterwards of course). Whatever you do, your thoughts will be most appreciated just by letting her know how much she means!