October 21, 2012

Holidays, hotels, new york city, travel

The mention alone of a winter holiday is enough to evoke warm feelings even when there’s frigid temperatures outside. For us the holidays have always included family gatherings and hopping from house to house for get-togethers with friends.

In addition to our usual celebrations, my husband and I are always looking to establish new family traditions. Our ideas get better each year. This year we discussed the idea of spending the Christmas holiday away from home followed by a few ideas to stay put since we are expecting a little one this December.

My thoughts immediately went to the movie, The Holiday. You know the one where Cameron Diaz and Kate Winslet play two ladies on the opposite coasts longing for a holiday escape. They exchange residences and enjoy a glimpse into each other’s lifestyle and find love in the process.¬† Every year I watch the film and wish I had thought of doing it when I was a single gal. When I mentioned it to my husband, the excitement of creating the same type of adventure became infectious. Then, I introduced him to

I’d received an email about their Christmas in London Promotion and learned they also have similar options here in The States via New York City. By booking a vacation with we’d experience the life of a London local, get recommendations on what to see and do, all the while living in their home while they’re off on their own adventure.

The accommodations feel more like a stylish boutique establishment more than a hotel chain. Prices range from approximately $240 a night for a comfortable one-bedroom New York City apartment to $1,600 a night for a grand townhouse in London neighborhoods. I could easily make myself at home in almost any of their 500+ quintessential residences.

These images Old Brompton Road, one of London’s most exclusives addresses, may be enough to woo us.

or experience New York City via Mulberry Street suits everyone from regular business travelers to London or New York, to couples and families with children looking for exciting vacation alternative.

Thinking of going to London for Christmas? They’ll give you New Year’s for free! Get the details here.

In the meantime, we’ll be here awaiting our own little holiday blessing! So excited!



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About Erika Ward

Multi-passionate entrepreneur, spokesperson, speaker, and philanthropist, Erika Hollinshead Ward worked in the design-build industry as an accountant before turning her passion for interior design into a successful business. Named by Atlanta Tribune as having one of the top design firms for two consecutive years, Erika is a highly sought after expert whose work has appeared in several media outlets such as House Beautiful Magazine, Better Homes and Gardens Magazine, Fox 5 (Atlanta Affiliate), Huffington Post, and many others. Her influential voice in the home improvement sector has lead to marketing collaborations with leading home and lifestyle brands including Home Depot, S.C. Johnson, and Home Decorators Collection. Erika holds an undergraduate degree from The University of Georgia and resides in Atlanta with her husband and five children. With her sharp business acumen and design prowess, you can rest assured that she is one to watch as a voice for working mothers, women entrepreneurs, and interior design enthusiasts.

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