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Share your Insider travel adventures to Pennsylvania by commenting on this post and you could earn points.

 

In just under 8 hours from Chicago, Washington D.C. or Ottawa, Ontario, your family fun summer adventures just got even more exciting as they land you in enchanting Erie, Pennsylvania. We invite you to come explore the rich history of this city, the natives’ Eriez Nation first discovered around 1654.

 

ENTRY 2_pisunset.jpgHidden in Erie is one of the top freshwater beaches in the country, found in Presque Isle State Park and believed to be formed some 11,000 years ago. This National Natural Landmark is also home to the second oldest lighthouse on Lake Erie, circa 1874. The park contains 3,112 acres featuring 11 beaches, 13.5 miles of biking/hiking trails, a plethora of water activities, outdoor concert series, and some of the most stunning sunrises and sunsets. In the 1800’s Presque Isle was the home base for Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry’s fleet during the War of 1812; his tall ship ‘Niagara’ which once sunk and is now rebuilt calls Erie home today. Presque Isle hosts over 4 million visitors a year from around the world, basking in the fun and sun while they discover treasured beach glass, or enjoy a hotdog at Sara’s, or even spend the day at family-owned-and-operated Waldameer Water World. Waldameer World, which dates back to 1896 and was once just a family favorite picnic spot, now boasts a 500,000 gallon, 1000 person outdoor wave pool and has been celebrating family fun for over 100 years.

 

Also at the gate of the historical Presque Isle State Park, year-round visitors can learn more about Erie’s rich and historical significance at the Tom Ridge Environmental Center. While taking part in interactive activities, educational exhibits or touring the 75 foot observation tower overlooking Presque Isle, it’s hard to not feel the rich history and memories of the past. Here visitors can learn about the variety of plants, animals and even turtles that call Presque Isle home. We hope you will visit and expERIEnce the natural jewel of Erie, Presque Isle State Park, located just an hour and 1/2 between Buffalo, New York and Cleveland, Ohio. And we invite you to stay with us at the SpringHill Suites Erie.

 

Christopher Anderson

SpringHill Suites Erie

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Share your Insider stories about travel to Budapest by commenting on this post and you could earn points.

 

Everything about the Hungarian capital of Budapest is just stunning – the atmosphere, the parks, the architecture and bridges… As Europe’s most lavish river, the Danube flows proudly through the city making the scenery even more majestic. Walking over the Chain Bridge to witness the beauty of Buda and Pest looking back at one another across the Danube is pure perfection. When the lights come on in Budapest, make your way down to the river and take in the splendor of the two cities.

 

The Parliament is the most representative building of Budapest and the third largest parliament in the world. It is the seat of the National Assembly of Hungary and one of Europe’s oldest legislative buildings of Budapest and all of Hungary. The imposing Buda Castle overlooking the city is home to a number of cultural institutions and museums. The Fishermen’s Bastion is known for its beautiful view over the city. The seven towers symbolize the tents of the seven tribe leaders that led the Hungarians into their nation by the end of the 9th century. Gellért Hill is visible from almost everywhere in Budapest, with the impressive Freedom Monument on its peak; it is one of the city's most memorable landmarks.

 

The 96-metre St. Stephen’s Basilica can also be seen from virtually all parts of the city. This Classicist-style building houses Hungary's most sacred relic: the Holy Right, which is the mummified right hand of St. Stephen. Heroes' Square is located at the end of Andrássy Avenue, which is the entrance to the City Park where the Széchenyi Thermal Bath, one of the largest spa complexes in Europe, is located. The city also has 118 springs, which some are natural and others artificial. Take a dip inside the majestically appointed art Gellért Baths complete with majolica tiles and Roman columns; partake in a game of chess in the water at the enormous, palace-like Széchenyi Baths.

 

Shopping in Budapest offers plenty of options to find good bargains. The number of shops has heavily increased since the 1990’s, with big shopping malls, new fashion stores and boutiques appearing on every corner of the city. With so many restaurants in Budapest, choosing a place to eat out is not an easy task. The city is very proud of its five Michelin-star restaurants, such as Costes, Onyx, Borkonyha, Costes Downtown and Tanti Restaurant. Ruin bars, occupying formerly dilapidated buildings and courtyards, are now a firmly established fixture on the Pest party scene. Big-hitters such as Instant and Szimplakert, an assortment of agreeably ramshackle and heavily graffitied spaces, draw huge crowds for their broad mix of music, dance and film.

 

Budapest offers year-round entertainment in the form of festivals, cultural events, concerts, exhibitions, fairs, sporting events, and national celebrations. Special mention has to be made of the Sziget Festival, now established as one of Europe’s leading music and cultural gatherings. Held each August on Óbudai-sziget, an island in the middle of the Danube, this impressive 266 acre site hosts fabulous acts every year and attracts nearly 400,000 visitors.

 

We hope you will come discover our captivating city soon and stay with us at the Budapest Marriott Hotel.

 

Edina L.

Budapest Marriott Hotel

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If you haven’t heard, Marriott Rewards is now the Global Hotel Partner of Spartan Race, the world’s leading obstacle race company. We love their sense of adventure, enthusiasm and grit; these people travel around the globe to race and reach their goals. We think you might be interested in the challenge and fun of Spartan too. So we are looking for an Insider, along with a few friends or family members, that might want to run the June 11th race in the Chicago area with some of the cast of Friday Night Lights. That’s right, some of your favorite cast members – Taylor Kitsch, Minka Kelly, Zach Gilford and Aimee Teegarden – are reuniting to race as part of Marriott Rewards sponsorship of Spartan Race worldwide, and you can join their team and race alongside them.


Here's how it works:


  • Starting now through Friday, May 20th, comment on this post and tell us if you want to race the Spartan Super on June 11th with the Friday Night Lights cast, who you would want to bring with you and why. Your comment on this post is your submission to the contest.
  • 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.
  • We’ll review all of the comments on Monday, May 23rd and choose an Insider who has posted the most compelling reason why they want to race with the Friday Night Lights cast on June 11th.
  • The Insider can take up to 3 additional people to run the June 11th race in Illinois. Marriott Rewards will pay for travel and 2 room nights per person to race with the team. We will handle the race registration, details and provide training materials and support with one of our Elite racers to get everyone ready for the big day.
  • You can check out race details here: http://www.spartan.com/en/race/detail/1133/overview

 

 

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY.  Void where prohibited.  Open to all registered members of Marriott Rewards Insiders who are the age of majority or older as of the date of entry.  Begins 10:00:00 AM ET on Tuesday May 17; ends 4:59:59 PM ET on May 20, 2015.  To enter, sign into your Marriott Rewards Insiders account and leave a Comment on the official “Reunited to Race with Marriott Rewards & Spartan Race” post. One entry per person. One (1)(Grand Prize will receive air fare for self as well as 3 additional people (total airfare no greater than $750 per person), $100 stipend for travel and food expenses (per person) and two room nights per person at hotel selected by Marriott Rewards . Total ARV of all prizes: $4,600.  For complete rules and eligibility requirements, see Official Rules. Sponsor: Marriott Rewards.

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Share your Insider travel adventures to Austria by commenting on this post and you could earn points.

 

Höhenrausch 2016 is devoted to a theme related to last year’s “Mystery of the Birds” - the protagonists are also to be found in the heights and far beyond: “Different Angels”. This exhibition is very famous in Linz, and every year a new theme attracts many visitors. Angels are generally regarded as ambivalent "in-between beings" that do not really belong to any world, neither the world of ghosts and gods nor the world of living beings. They are charged with different meanings depending on the cultural sphere - they appear as protectors as well as guards and soldiers, cosmic craftsmen and civil servants of heaven, and as journey companions and messengers.

 

The Höhenrausch exhibition leads you first through a collection of everyday angels - arranged as confusingly and kaleidoscopically as we might encounter them in every-day life -- as adorable celestial residents in car ads, as dapper garden figures, or in esoteric magazines and announcements. Following this burst of reality, an elaborate path frees our minds for new and entirely different angel images: the still familiar and yet already surprising theme of biblical angels is extensively covered in the Ursuline Church, anchored like a joint in the exhibition path at the beginning and at the end. The attics and roof tops are again part of the exhibition. The voestalpine open space turns into a space of mirrors, and a botanical angels' garden grows on the parking deck.

 

Here are the exhibition details:

HÖHENRAUSCH 2016: “Different Angels“

Exhibition: 20 May – 16 October 2016

Opening: Friday, 20 May, 6:00 pm

Opening Hours: daily 10:00 am – 10:30 pm

Information and Guided Tours: www.hoehenrausch.at or info@ooekulturquartier.at

 

We hope you will come visit us this year to experience the Höhenrausch exhibition and stay with us at the Courtyard Linz.

 

Petra G.

Courtyard Linz

Hey Insiders, here’s a heads up: We’re enhancing our security as we prepare for the Marriott and Starwood merger, and that means some members will need to update their password.

 

If you’re one of those members, you’ll receive an e-mail from us asking you to make the change. In that case, please take action promptly: Simply visit your online account profile from any device (not the mobile app), update your password and you’ll be done. Protecting your information is our ongoing priority, and we want you to know that if you receive this email, it’s coming from us, and is not spam or a phishing scheme. We want to ensure you have uninterrupted access to your account and everything our program has to offer. Thanks in advance for taking time to update your password information.

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Racing with Rewards

Posted by carat May 8, 2016

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Big news:  we're bringing something new to Rewards.  Along with Spartan Race we have discounts on races and a chance to reunite your favorite people to run a race in June with a special team.  We'll give you more details soon, until then, check out Marriott Rewards | Spartan Race.

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Share your Insider stories about travel to Manchester by commenting on this post and you could earn points.

 

The Parklife Music Festival takes place at Heaton Park in Greater Manchester, England on June 11-12, 2016. The festival is a Mancunian institution of urban, electro, indie and pop music across the two days. This is the seventh year for the music festival, which attracts about 150,000 people across the weekend. Each year Manchester’s musical heritage invites some of the biggest international acts to play at the festival: last year DJs Mark Ronson and Fatboy Slim, Jess Glynne, Rudimental and George Ezra took to the stage. When the festival ends for the day, Manchester city center becomes alive with official after parties being thrown all around the city. Heaton Park is located just 5 minutes from Manchester city center, and is within easy access to public transportation. Tickets for the festival usually cost from £79.00/£145.00 across the weekend and are released starting in mid-March.

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After all the festival fun has exhausted you, we also invite you to plan a theatre visit, where you can sit back, relax and let the entertainers entertain. Starting in August, 2016 the Palace Theatre in Manchester has the spectacular West End Sister Act musical hitting the stage. Based on the smash hit movie, this fabulous, family-friendly, feel-good show is packed with songs inspired by Motown, funk, soul and disco. The show was seen by more than a million people last year, so book your tickets today!

 

Anna H.

Worsley Park Hotel & Country Club

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Cape Town, Cairo, Dubai, Red Sea beaches and much more – Insiders, now’s the time to plan an exciting getaway you’ll never forget. Take a look at the legendary destinations and resort spots where you can get big savings. Plus you’ll have a choice of eight brands including JW Marriott®, Protea Hotels® and extended-stay brands like Residence Inn®.

 

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Share your Insider tips about travel to Moscow by commenting on this post and you could earn points.

 

The city of Moscow, Russia is always booming with new events, activities, festivals, and creative ideas on how to pleasantly surprise its natives and dear guests. Below you’ll find a short summation of the capital’s main events for late spring and beginning of summer 2016. Keep them in mind when planning your next vacation! 


The month of May begins with the opening of “Port at VDNKh” on May 1st, a sports and entertainment complex in Moscow’s amusement park and exhibition space. The new leisure facility has outdoor swimming pools, sun loungers, a Jacuzzi, volleyball courts, a children’s playground, table tennis, a restaurant and bars, and for those who enjoy dancing – an illuminated dance floor! The month continues with one of the country’s most important holidays – Victory Day on May 9th. On this day, some of the main streets of the city become closed off to allow for the Military Parade, which is watched by millions as it goes through the city. The servicemen, army vehicles, tanks, and air crafts are truly a sight to see and will make anyone appreciate the history of the event even more.


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Also by May, all river cruises begin their tours around the Moskva River again. You can choose from a sightseeing tour, a cruise for food lovers, or a more active cruise – with dancing and karaoke at night. Whichever cruise you choose, you’ll be sure to enjoy the most famous sights and attractions from a boat with a slight breeze. And if you’re lucky, you’ll even get to watch the sunset over the Moscow skyline. And it goes without saying that on May 6th the 2016 IIHF World Championship will begin at the VTB Ice Palace (Park of Legends), located one metro stop away from the Courtyard by Marriott Paveletskaya Hotel. The games will continue until May 22nd, so be sure to purchase tickets in advance if you want to root for your favorite team in the arena.

 

June will begin with pleasant news for fans of eating outdoors. The Krasny Oktyabr Chocolate Factory and Museum will become home to Moscow’s first outdoors food court. Dishes from different countries will be presented to the public, and for those who prefer entertainment with the meal there will be game, chill-out, sports, and concert zones.  Next, comes Russia Day on June 12th – a truly cultural experience. On this day, citizens demonstrate their national pride with concerts throughout the city and a fantastic show of fireworks, which can be seen from the embankments of the city and in most other public places such as parks. The Red Square, located 10 minutes walking distance from the Courtyard by Marriott Moscow City Center hotel, will have one of the best fireworks shows of all.

 

In general, spring and summer are the perfect time to take long walks through the city and explore its mix of historical and modern locations. As you take in the scents of the blooming lilac trees, you’ll realize that the city is filled with numerous beautiful fountains throughout parks, squares, and popular attractions. A dancing fountain in Tsaristyno Park, in front of the Bolshoi Theater near the Red Square, and the famous bright red fountains on the Poklonnaya Gora Memorial are just some of the many fountains you’ll get to see while exploring the city. And at night, they’re even more magical!  

 

Ekaterina Z.

Courtyard Moscow Paveletskaya

Courtyard Moscow City Center

Hey Insiders, a big thank-you to everyone who participated in our Elite Stories feature! We’re excited about the 932 stories you posted from December through March. Here are some of the recurring themes – it’s great to know you especially appreciate Elite service that:

  • Helps members feel at home away from home, from Orlando to Shanghai
  • Makes difficulties easier, whether stranded at an airport or recovering from a broken heart
  • Surprises you with a delightful extra, whether a culinary treat or a special discount

 

Each month, everyone who posted a story was entered in our monthly drawing. Here are the winners:

 

March: Platinum member sduganMade Me Look Like a Big Shot!

February: Platinum member waterpoloxxAn unforgettable Stay in Sanya Renaissance Hotel

January: Platinum member dobbie1Staying in Paris on Points

December: Silver member dakins68Marriott Courtyard at 35  Foxboro Blvd in Foxborough,  ME is AWESOME!

 

You can view more stories here: Elite Stories

 

And kudos to the hotel that delivered the best Elite service during the period from December through March: The Renaissance Sanya Resort & Spa

 

Be watching for our next Elite feature, coming soon – with more opportunities to share and more chances to win.

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Share your Insider travel adventures to the French Riviera by commenting on this post and you could earn points.

 

Jewels of the French Riviera, the Lérins Islands are the maritime history and spiritual icons of Cannes. Sainte Marguerite is the first of the Lérins Islands, just a few minutes by boat from Cannes. It is an exceptional island where nature, culture and relaxation join in total harmony. As soon as you disembark, you will be captivated by the fragrance of pine and eucalyptus. Almost entirely covered with a forest of Aleppo pines and green oaks, the island also retains a few historical relics in the Royal Fort, which today houses the Sea Museum.


Famous since the Middle Ages for the spiritual influence of its abbey, Saint-Honorat is the smaller of the two largest Lérins Islands. Inhabited by a community of Cistercian monks, it lives in the rhythm of the seasons. Here are a few things you can do there:

  • Follow the marked trails that take you on a botanical and historical tour of the site.
  • Stroll by the Batéguier pond with its numerous species of migratory birds to the “Point de la Convention” to find unique plant species.
  • Discover a spiritual place founded in the 5th century: Lérins Abbey, with its seven chapels and ruins from the past, runs guided tours as well as wine and liqueur tastings.
  • Continue on to the “Fort Royal”, which was used as a prison from the 17th century, the former residence of the Man in the Iron Mask.
  • Discover the Maritime Museum, a museum of archeological finds from the area.

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For lovers of pure relaxation Sainte-Marguerite Island is really is not to be missed. One option is to rent a private boat and explore the Islands by the sea. Discover the hidden beaches and find your secret paradise.... and then share with us your experience of this unique getaway! Guided tours are also available, so just ask our concierge here at the JW Marriott Cannes.

 

Cecile L.

JW Marriott Cannes


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