New Orleans was recently named the No. 1 most budget-friendly destination in the country by Travel + Leisure. While many people tend to plan trips around Mardi Gras, there are many other reasons to travel down south this fall. The Aloft New Orleans Downtown’s current discounts are just a few of those reasons.

The hotel is currently offering three deals, including 20 percent off the best available rates this fall; up to 15 percent off weekend stays; and a 40 percent savings on the night following a regular rated room. While enjoying these deals, guests can also enjoy a few new cocktails at W XYZ, the hotel’s bar. The El Diablo drink combines vodka, crème de cassis, lime juice and ginger beer. For the whiskey lovers, We Got the Beat and A Little Bit Country mix Jameson with Disaronno, lemon juice and bitters, or Southern Comfort, iced tea and lemonade, respectively.

The Aloft South Beach was recently sold by JMH Development, with Mitchell Hochberg, to Rockpoint Group for $105 million. Jason Halpern, founder and managing partner of JMH Development, acquired the hotel in 2004 and brought Mitchell Hochberg on as his partner. In spite of the recession, the two of them turned this property into the largest Aloft in the world. During their time as owners, the Aloft South Beach was remodeled into a 13,000-square-foot property that includes 235 rooms, a renovated historic area and a new eight-story tower. The property continues to combine the urban aesthetic of Aloft, while capturing the carefree atmosphere of Miami Beach.

The Omni Louisville Hotel, which is set to open in spring 2018, recently revealed the model for the property’s guest rooms. On display at the nearby Odd Fellows building, the guest rooms emulate Louisville’s warmth and hospitality, while embracing the city’s unique quality and charm.

“What sets Louisville apart from other cities is its visible progressiveness combined with a deep appreciation for its history. As a Kentucky native, I wanted to emphasize that combination of past and present,” says Laura McKoy, Omni’s creative director and vice president of interior design. “We kept coming back to the term crossroads as we considered our room design. We saw how Louisville’s future—new buildings, new industry, new entertainment—literally intersects with the beautiful traditions of the past. Our guest rooms celebrate that unique relationship.”

Each Omni property is designed individually and reflects the local culture of its city. The rooms at the Omni Louisville Hotel, designed by waldrop+Nichols, are draped in deep amber and ice tones, representing the city’s deep connection to bourbon and water. Other design details reference a Louisville Slugger baseball bat, bourbon barrels and bourbon bottles.

Ventura County Coast, California, is a region that encompasses four unique destinations with surf-town vibes and small-town charm: Camarillo, Oxnard, Ventura, and Port Hueneme. Located right off Highway 101 between Los Angeles and Santa Barbara, it is a gateway to California’s Central Coast. Natural beauty reigns supreme in the area, with over 20 miles of beautiful beaches and endless panoramic mountain views—it’s an outdoor lover’s paradise.


Sitting at the corner of Chartres Street and St. Louis Street, the Napoleon House exudes and exhibits French history in a way that “suspends you in time,” says Executive Chef Chris Montero. The historic building’s first occupant was New Orleans Mayor Nicholas Girod from 1812 to 1815, notably offering refuge to Napoleon Bonaparte, from whom the building gets its name, during his exile. Though he never arrived, the name stuck. 


Planners looking for a destination with an array of venue types, all catering to small-scaled meetings, and fun after-hours entertainment need look no further than McKinney, located just 30 miles north of Dallas. Whether historic, nature-based, modern, or situated in a Croatian village, McKinney’s venues are designed to meet your needs and exceed your expectations.