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Have you been to Edinburgh? Share your stories or comment on this post and you could earn points! ...

It’s that time of year once again when everyone here in Edinburgh, and indeed all over world, eagerly waits to join in the celebrations of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. The Edinburgh Fringe Festival is one of the most successful and popular performance and music festivals in Europe. The festival itself was humbly established by eight local theatre groups who turned up uninvited to perform at the Edinburgh International Festival, which today has become the largest arts festival in the world.

In the post war period of 1947, eight theatre groups performed uninvited at the introductory Edinburgh International Festival, taking advantage of the large crowds to showcase their own unique alternative style of theatre. A year later, Scottish playwright and journalist Robert Kemp complimented the unintentional performers by stating, “Round the fringe of official Festival drama, there seems to be more private enterprise than before…I am afraid some of us are not going to be at home during the evenings”. And just like that, he inspired the name of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Today, the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and the Edinburgh International Festival are continuing to create a celebratory atmosphere in the city, taking place each year during the month of August. In 2014, there were 49,497 performances in 3,193 shows in 299 venues, making it one of the most successful years in the Festival’s history. Until this day, the policy of the Fringe Festival remains the same – the program of performances will include anyone who has a story to tell and a venue willing to host them.

Visitors of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2015 will have the opportunity to experience theatre, comedy, dance, physical theatre, cabaret, circus, musicals, children's shows, music, opera, spoken word, events and exhibitions. This year the Edinburgh Fringe Festival opens its doors from 07 until 31 August. Edinburgh City will host one more amazing year of the Festival with various venues in the city. Hopefully we will see you around the city enjoying the performances. And we will be delighted to welcome you at the Edinburgh Marriott Hotel for your accommodations.

Marios K.

Edinburgh Marriott Hotel


Insiders, you’re the first to hear about an exciting new Marriott Rewards partnership with NRG Home Solar.


Make the switch to power your home with clean energy from the sun, and earn up to 30,000 bonus points. You can earn 5,000 points just for having an NRG Home Solar specialist come to your home and show you what it’s all about. If you decide to install solar panels on your home, you’ll earn an additional 25,000 points.


Learn more about NRG Home Solar and Marriott Rewards >>


Currently, the offer is only available to Marriott Rewards members in California, Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Jersey and New York who are also first-time NRG Home Solar customers.

A Finger-Food Fourth: Marriott recipes and entertaining ideas for your 4th of July celebration


It’s hard to believe the 4th of July is next week! So what could be more patriotic (and fun) than celebrating with friends and family with a summer meal together? And what could be a better time to try something new on Insiders…


Starting this month, we’ll be featuring menus with printable recipes from Marriott’s expansive recipe files from our hotel and corporate culinary teams, along with entertaining tips and ideas for accompaniments. You can find the recipes in this space on Insiders: The Insiders Dish.

This month, enjoy some of our favorite finger-foods, including Angus Beef Sliders with Mighty Mo Sauce, a recipe with a past.  Ask many Washingtonians about their favorite meal out as a child, and you’ll most likely hear, “A Mighty Mo from Hot Shoppes!” What began in 1923 as a tiny root beer stand in Northwest Washington, D.C. by J. Willard Marriott, Hot Shoppes grew into a popular family-style restaurant chain and winning a sentimental part of the history of our nation’s capital.

Let us know if you prepare any of these recipes and send us your pictures!


The Insiders Dish: A Finger-Food Fourth

Featuring a 4th of July menu



  • Angus Beef Sliders with Mighty Mo Sauce
  • Crab Cake Sliders
  • Lobster Roll Sliders

Can’t find slider rolls in your local grocery? No problem! Just cut hot dog rolls in thirds and you’re set.



  • Caprese Salad Skewers

Skewer a grape tomato, basil leaf and small mozzarella ball through a toothpick, drizzle with a little balsamic vinegar and you have a colorful finger-food salad.


  • Watermelon Stars

Cut slices of watermelon into stars using a cookie-cutter for a patriotic effect.

  • Chocolate Nut Cookies


  • Strawberry 100 Cocktail

Click here to view the recipes

Did you enjoy The Insiders Dish post? Are you interested in seeing other Marriott recipes, menus or foodie posts like this? Let us know by commenting below!


Starting on July 1, 2015 you’ll see an upgraded breakfast at all TownePlace Suites to include hot offerings and more variety. Your standard items will still be available, so whether it’s a coffee and a banana for your fast-paced day or a plate of hot waffles to sit down and savor, TownePlace Suites now has the options to start your mornings off just the way you like them.




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  • Fried eggs with cracked pepper
  • Pork sausage
  • Hot oatmeal and toppings
  • Baked goods
  • Waffles
  • Fresh fruit
  • Assorted yogurt
  • Sweet, savory and crunchy cereals
  • Assorted juices
  • Fresh-brewed coffee and more!

Does anyone have an upcoming reservation at a TownePlace Suites? Let us know your thoughts on the upgraded breakfast.

Ever been to the Sunderland seaside? Share your inside tips by commenting on this post and you could earn points! ...

This summer the Sunderland, England coastline will be host to the International Airshow, commemorating the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Britain. Each year the International Airshow grows bigger and better, and this year promises to be another amazing show. There are not only fantastic air displays to enjoy, but also many family activities on the ground too. We particularly love the Friday evening opening show, with fantastic exhibitions to start the weekend off in style. The show lasts all weekend, from Friday evening right through to Sunday afternoon. Breathtaking displays, aircraft on the ground to view and plenty of attractions to keep the whole family entertained – all we need is the sunshine for it to be the perfect weekend!


As a refreshing break from the Air Show, you can enjoy a barbeque or Afternoon Tea with us at the Sunderland Marriott Hotel, before taking a prime viewing spot on the sea front to watch the amazing Red Arrows display. If you are staying with us over the Air Show weekend, you’ll discover that some of our rooms have fantastic sea views – meaning you never need to miss a minute. A particular favorite of aircraft fans is the Sunderland Marriott’s Superior Sea View rooms, a must if you like to be in on the action!


While in the area, you can also catch the ferry over to North Shields and Tynemouth where you will find a fantastic covered market, famous for crafts, food and vintage items. You can take the ferry from South Shields to North Shields, where you will find the regions busiest fish market as well. Don’t miss the biggest weekend in Sunderland’s event diary. The Sunderland International Airshow will run from 24th-26th July 2015, which is held on the beach opposite the Sunderland Marriott Hotel.


Kate H.

Sunderland Marriott Hotel


Have you traveled to Mount Pleasant, SC? Share your inside tips by commenting on this post and you could earn points!

Visitors strolling through the Historical Old Village of Mount Pleasant, South Carolina will find a site where once stood a wooden bridge that spanned over an area of the Intracoastal Waterway called Cove Inlet. The plank footbridge built on Hogs Head barrels dates back to the late 1800’s, and is known as the Pitt Street Bridge that once connected Mount Pleasant to Sullivan’s Island. Prior to the attack on USS Housatonic and the sinking of the H.L. Hunley in February 1864, the crew of the Hunley passed over the plank footbridge heading to Breach Inlet to test dive their submarine. In 1898, the plank bridge was replaced by a trolley bridge and later replaced by a vehicle bridge in 1927. As popularity and growth continued for Mount Pleasant and the Islands, the Ben Sawyer Bridge was constructed further down the Intracoastal Waterway in 1945 to accommodate the high demand from Mount Pleasant to Sullivan’s Island and the Isle of Palms. Pitt Street Bridge was closed, and the Town of Mount Pleasant removed part of the bridge that spanned over Cove Inlet in order to allow boats to pass through the waterway. 


Today, the bridge extends half of the original length with grass and palmettos trees, allowing locals and visitors to walk, jog and fish from the bridge. Along with the views of the harbor, Fort Sumter and Charleston, remains of the bridge can also still be seen at the end of the walkway. So, when visiting the Charleston area, “Come On Over” to Mount Pleasant, grab an ice cream or a malted milkshake from Pitt Street Pharmacy and head down to the Pitt Street Bridge, a unique site to remember.


Jennifer B.

Residence Inn Charleston Mt. Pleasant


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Posted by communitymanager Jun 18, 2015

For those of you who use Facebook, we wanted to make sure you knew that you can sign-in to your Rewards account using your Facebook login.

If you opt to connect your Rewards and Facebook accounts, this will make it easier and faster to login to Marriott.com, as you will no longer have to remember a separate password. Simply click the Facebook sign-on icon when you login to Marriott.com to get started.


Let me know if you have any questions on this, Insiders!

Say hello to your new Featured Insider: muppetwrangler!

Insider since November 1, 2009


Status: Platinum

About Me: I’m a Canadian ex-pat living in the US. Married and mom to an 11-year old muppet. I enjoy cooking, music, hiking and traveling. I’ve driven cross country 4 times and love to explore and experience new places.  Currently living on the West Coast but will be relocating to the Northeast in the very near future. My real passion is scouting and have been a scout leader for many years.

muppetwrangler has been quick to answer questions and provide some great travel insight. Thanks, muppetwrangler!


Rewarding stays in Canada, coast to coast

We’re excited to announce award-winning Delta Hotels and Resorts is joining Marriott Rewards. You can enjoy recognition benefits during your stays beginning tomorrow, June 18, 2015 — such as Gold and Platinum room upgrades and Elite priority late checkout.


Explore exciting cities like Toronto, Montréal and Québec City, majestic natural areas like Banff and Whistler, and top cultural spots from St. John’s to Vancouver.




Summer Special: Starting tomorrow, June 18th, Marriott Rewards members save 15% at Delta Hotels and Resorts until September 7, 2015.


You’ll be able to earn and redeem points when the brand is fully integrated in 2016. Learn more about Delta Hotels and Marriott Rewards >>


Insiders, do you have a favorite Canadian province? Where are you most excited to travel now that Delta Hotels and Resorts has joined Marriott Rewards? Comment below.

Both images featured are from Delta Toronto.




Have you experienced jazz in Juan les Pins? Share your stories or comment on this post and you could earn points! ...


Home of the Jazz Festival since 1960, Juan les Pins, France follows the footsteps of jazz-addict Gerald Murphy, who had a passion for music and helped both Stravinsky and Cocteau discover jazz by sharing his record library with them. In his Villa America, Gerald assembled the first big collection of the best 78s of blues, ragtime, spiritual Negro and jazz. In 1928, Gerald baptized his new yacht the “Weather Bird”, named after the title recently recorded by Louis Armstrong and Earl Hines which is still today one of the great standards of jazz. Gerald Murphy even had a Louis Armstrong record of Weather Bird sealed in the keel of his schooner.


Juan les Pins also honors the New Orleans born musician Sidney Bechet (1897-1959) with a statue inaugurated in 1960, which you can see in the square that bears his name near the new convention center. Sydney Bechet was a talented American saxophonist and clarinetist who played in Josephine Baker’s famous “Revue Nègre” in Paris in 1925, and who came to Juan les Pins in 1949 to play with French jazz player Claude Luter at the mythical Club du Vieux Colombier. Sydney later married here in 1956. He is known for composing “In the Streets of Antibes” and “Petite Fleur”. Among other American jazz players who performed in Juan les Pins, and whose handprints can be seen at La Pinède, are Louis Armstrong, Ray Charles, and Dizzy Gillespie. Even more jazz stars that have played in Juan les Pins include Count Basie, Nina Simone, Duke Ellington and Miles Davies.


Today Juan les Pins is considered to be the Sister City of New Orleans. The Jazz Festival in Juan les Pins, the longest running in Europe, continues to be a reference point for all jazz fans. We hope you will come to the French Riviera to be inspired by jazz and stay with us at the AC Hotel Ambassadeur Juan les Pins.


Cecile L.

AC Hotel Ambassadeur Juan les Pins

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Last week we shared why backpacks are the smarter choice when traveling. Now’s your chance to win your very own day pack, just in time for getting away this summer.


Introducing the Insiders Post & Pack Giveaway:

Comment on this post for your chance to win the Alps Mountaineering Valdez Day Pack OR its value in points {25,000 POINTS} – your choice. No purchase necessary; void where prohibited. See below for details.

The lightweight Valdez day pack is perfect for summer travel – back vents keep you dry and comfortable while allowing for maximum airflow. With its 25-liter capacity, you’ll be able to fit everything you need.


Entering is easy. Just sign in to your Marriott Rewards Insiders account and comment on this post with your answer to the following question:


What one item would you pack and why?

Whether you’re a hiker, backpacker, business or leisure traveler: what can’t you travel without? What’s the first thing you’d pack in your day pack?


You can comment on this post once you’re signed in. Not an Insider yet? Sign in with your Marriott Rewards account information to create your Insiders profile and comment.

Browse other backpacks and merchandise for sale on Populr.



VOID WHERE PROHIBITED. NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. You have until 4:59 pm ET on July 10th to comment on this post. By commenting and following the instructions in the Post and in the Official Rules, you will automatically have one (1) entry in the sweepstakes. Comment as often as you like, but only the first comment from each Insider will be counted as an entry in the Sweepstakes. On or about July 13, 2015, one winner will be randomly selected in a random drawing from all eligible entries received by July 10th, 2015. Open to registered Marriott Rewards Insiders members who are 18+ at entry. For additional eligibility criteria, odds of winning, a description of the prizes, and more details, see Official Rules.

Earn rewards just for tweeting. It’s easy!


You may have seen a few Marriott Traveler posts updated recently with verbiage around tweeting and earning points. So what’s going on?

-You can now register for #MRpoints – sign up here

-Earn 25 points when you connect your social profiles to your Marriott Rewards account

-Earn 25 points when you post #MRpoints when you see it paired with other hashtags

-Let the earnings begin!

If you didn't see the updated Marriott Traveler posts, search for them above, or click on the marriott_traveler tag below.

Questions? View the #MRpoints FAQs >>

Have you traveled to London before? Share your inside tips by commenting on this post and you could earn points! ...


One of my favorite things to do on a Sunday is to visit Columbia Road, a flower market situated in my part of town, East London. Columbia Road is not just an ordinary flower market -- open only on a Sunday from 8am till 3pm, it has 50 or so shops, antique stores, art galleries, pubs & cafés, all independently owned and run alongside the flower stalls which sell anything from a bunch of tulips to a Yuka plant. Arrive early for a bagel breakfast and a cup of strong tea at The Columbia Cafe where you will hear the stall holders calling out their deals of the day. As you make your way through the market and shops with their Victorian background, it's easy to transport yourself back in time. Although the shops and the beautiful array of flowers are the highlight for most visitors, the highlight for me is the different smells on the street as you make your way along the road; from the fresh smell of flowers to bread baking and coffee brewing, it really is a relaxing place to visit on a Sunday.


To finish the day off, why not take a little walk down to Brick Lane, the area where the infamous Jack the Ripper murders took place and now where the cool, artistic London crowd have moved in. A wide range of markets, bars and restaurants now run throughout the street. London's Bangladeshi community has lined the street with fantastic curry houses which all serve authentic food. As you walk around the market, you will see the locals selling their unwanted households goods for little or nothing; this often brings a wry smile to my face as to what some people think they can sell on the street. A bargain is to be had!


Come discover Columbia Road soon - and stay with us at Grosvenor House, a JW Marriott Hotel.

Ricky B., Assistant Head Concierge

Grosvenor House, A JW Marriott Hotel

Straps and handles let you travel faster, leaner and smarter

Jason H. Harper for Gone, presented by Renaissance Hotels, authors the below article, all about his revolt against the dictatorship of rolling luggage and why he will always choose a backpack over a "rolling pachyderm".

He never checks his bags and has calculated that he has saved over 40 hours a year by being able to sail past baggage claim. He even shares his packing tips and recipe to ensure a wrinkle-free attire.

A Pox On Your Roller Bags! Why Backpacks Are The Smarter Choice >>

"As soon as my packs are in position, I’m in warrior-traveler mode. I don’t want to talk or tarry, I just want to move. Quickly. I’ve come to this place to experience the world outside, not wait around the airport."

I thought this would be fun article to share with the community. Give it a read, and let us know your thoughts. As a notorious over-packer, I'm not sure I could go this route...could you?

About Gone: Smart, surprising and compulsively readable travel stories, launched in partnership with the Marriott portfolio of brands.


There is an article on Marriott Traveler Orlando featuring one of our very own Insiders, billnelson!


View from the Inside: Q&A with Marriott Rewards Insider >>

billnelson volunteered for this interview based on his knowledge of the Orlando area - his job takes him there quite often. His article shares his inside tips while visiting Orlando as well as his love of theme parks with the family. Thanks billnelson for your participation and congratulations on being featured!

Tweet this post using #MarriottTRAVELER and #MRpoints and register to earn points instantly.

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