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Five quick trip splurges to take with the Amazing Race's million dollar win
Now that Victor and Tammy have discovered that they get along with each other quite nicely, AND they've won the million dollar prize on Amazing Race 14, they could pool their resources for some dandy vacations and have plenty of money left over for two houses and the stock market. This is the time to buy. At least, that's what I've heard.
Let's say that Victor and Tammy only have a few days to squeeze in between their Amazing Race trip wins-- considering that they came in first place five times and won trips for most of their Pit Stop triumphs. Just in case they are stumped about where else to go, I've thought of five places I'd head to in the U.S. if I were them. It doesn't hurt to dream a little. Stay tuned for where I'd go in the world.
- New York, New York: Spend three nights at the Plaza Hotel overlooking Fifth Avenue in New York City. For the summer, if you book two nights, the third is free. To add to the luxury, stay in the 2 Bedroom Suite with 5th Ave view Dining, 2 baths, butler service and a pantry. For the two nights that'll be $7,000, not including tax and gratuity. Still that leaves a lot of moola for New York City fun.
- Yountville, California: Dine at the French Laundry in Napa Valley, California. Ever since I read about Scott Haas's experience dining here in his book Are We There Yet?, I've been salivating. Each day there are two new nine-course tasting menus. Haas spent more than $400.00 for his family of four. The tasting menu is $240 a person. Here's today's. Yum! Where to stay suggestion: Yountville Inn. There's a Superior Room with two queen-size beds with breakfast included and complimentary wine tasting. Napa Valley would be a wonderful place for some R&R to celebrate a race.
- Ogunquit, Maine: One of the first places I went on a solo adventure was Ogunquit. I didn't stay, but visited a friend who was working there at a resort hotel. It was gorgeous. The Juniper Hill Inn is a beach front property within walking distance to the historic downtown and the Marginal Way, the path that leads to Perkins Cove. With a two-night stay you can get the Theater Package that includes two tickets to John Lane's Ogunquit Playhouse, a summer theater outing. The most expensive rooms are less than $250 so there's plenty of chump change for lobster and steamed clams to dip in butter. For the best of the best, MC Perkins Cove has a menu that's sublime.
- New Orleans, Louisiana: Whatever else Tammy & Victor decide to do in New Orleans, they need to eat breakfast at Brennan's. I did that once, and it's an experience not to forget. There are also many options for Creole style fine-dining, and a city that has a personality like no others. For slumber, my dreams point to a deluxe King room at The Avenue Garden Hotel in the Garden District. For $124 a night for a King bed Deluxe room, Tammy and Victor can certainly afford a room each.
- Santa Fe, New Mexico: Friends of mine once said that said Santa Fe is the only place they've been that makes them feel like shopping. Seriously, this is probably the most aesthetically pleasing city in the U.S. My hands down favorite thing to do there besides linger at the Museum of International Folk Art is spend a couple hours at Ten Thousand Waves, a Japanese style spa and retreat center. La Fonda Hotel on the Plaza has a gorgeous restaurant, La Plazuela with superb eats. For luxury, the hotel has La Terreza rooms and suites on the top floor that includes a roof top patio. A suite is $595.