‘Double-Date Aways’ are the Hot New Getaway


— An array of new travel opportunities just for the four of you, from the world’s most inviting hotels, resorts and tour operators —

October 2006 (All Over) – Ah, who can forget the “shared tab” and the four-seat “movie theatre hold”? Sigh… While such youthful double-dating rituals may seem light years away, their collective spirit lives on with Double-Date Aways, the newest trend in travel getaways.

A Double-Date Away is a wonderful way for a couple of couples or a foursome of friends to experience the joys of travel together. With delightful amenities such as doubles tennis instruction, simultaneous couples’ massages, adjoining suite accommodations, and reservations for four at the Chef’s Table, there’s always something to keep everybody hopping.

What have we found out there just for the four of you? Read on:

- Adirondack Quartet: With the Adirondacks’ most impressive luxury guest amenities and the beauty of the mountains all around, The Whiteface Lodge in Lake Placid, New York is a one-of-a-kind retreat just for the four of you. Double Date Away-ers can reserve adjoining suites or a single, two-bedroom suite (that’s one up and one down), each sporting balcony, fireplace, full kitchen, laundry, plenty of space to hang out and everything needed for an intimate dinner in. Couples can also reserve a Chef’s Table for four at Kanu Restaurant, play doubles paddle tennis, take a four-seater horse-drawn sleigh ride, enjoy bowling, swimming, hiking, skiing, and movies in the Lodge’s surround-sound theatre, as well as massages in a pair of “couples’ rooms” at the resort’s new spa opening in mid 2007. Suite rates start at $295 per night. For reservations and information contact the concierge at The Whiteface Lodge, (800) 903-4045, www.thewhitefacelodge.com.

- Four on the Shore: Cape Cod isn’t just for summer – or just for families – anymore. Set on the ocean before thoroughly romantic Atlantic views, historic Chatham Bars Inn & Resort is a come-hither destination for double-dating couples. Tuck into adjoining suites with refined furnishings, fireplaces, and luxurious baths. Try doubles tennis on the Inn’s “Classic Clay” courts, double couples’ massages in ultra-exclusive suites at the Inn’s new spa, and elegant dinners at the intimate Chef’s Table and Wine Cellar with a tasting menu for four from the Inn’s renowned kitchen. Boston Magazine called Chatham Bars Inn & Resort the “Best Hotel in Cape Cod”; you’ll call it a foursome to remember. Fall/winter rates start at $180 per night. For reservations and information: Chatham Bars Inn, (800) 527-4884, www.chathambarsinn.com.

- Allure for Four: The beauty of the Caribbean beckons double-dating vacation couples at Caneel Bay, A Rosewood Resort on St. John in the U.S. Virgin Islands. For winter 2007. the renowned seaside resort created by Laurance Rockefeller more than 50 years ago is offering a special “Allure for Four” double-date away including: seven nights luxury accommodations with breakfast and dinner daily, Champagne upon arrival, two Couples’ massages, and each of the following for four: a Self Center session (meditation, yoga, breathing or imagery), five-course starlight dinner, guided snorkel trip, half-day sail, one-day Jeep rental to explore St. John, sunset cocktail cruise, private Champagne and hors d’oeuvres picnic, and round-trip airport transfers. Caneel Bay’s Allure for Four getaway double-date starts at $12,400, also for four. For information or reservations: Caneel Bay, (888) ROSEWOOD, or www.rosewoodhotels.com.

- Quadruple Your Pleasure: A garden paradise offering the ultimate in privacy for couples, families and foursomes, Little Dix Bay, A Rosewood Resort on Virgin Gorda has been a grand Caribbean tradition since its founding by Laurance Rockefeller in 1964. Double-dating couples can experience paradise together with the “Quadruple Your Pleasure” package including: four nights in two new beachfront Rosewood Junior Suites, two couples’ massages, and each of the following for four: private torch-lit beach dinner, private yoga class on the hilltop yoga platform, private doubles tennis lesson, beach drop with picnic, round-trip ferry transfers from Tortola. Little Dix Bay’s Quadruple Your Pleasure starts at $5,500 for four from November 16-December 22, 2006, $7,000 from January 2-April 10, 2007 – plus 17% tax and service. For information or reservations: Little Dix Bay, (888) ROSEWOOD, or www.rosewoodhotels.com.

- Doubles, Mixed: Surrounded by the legendary Green Mountains of Vermont, Topnotch Resort and Spa in Stowe has so much to offer that double-dating couples might not know where to turn first. (Or second, or third, or fourth???) From its renowned Tennis Center (rated #1 in the Northeast by Tennis Magazine) to the newly renovated Spa at Topnotch (one of the “Top Ten” in the U.S. by Spa Magazine) to an endless array of recreational pursuits both on-site and all around, Topnotch has it all. The resort’s new Double-Date Away package can get you started, including two-nights luxury accommodations for four in a two-bedroom Resort Home, dinner for four at Norma’s, a private yoga class for four at Topnotch Spa, four lift tickets for nearby Mount Mansfield, and a doubles tennis lesson at the Topnotch Tennis Center. Starting at $1,695 for four. For information or reservations: Topnotch Resort and Spa, (800) 451-8686, www.topnotchresort.com.

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