WORLD: 4th of July and Bastille Day ideas!

WORLD: 4th of July and Bastille Day ideas!

Celebrating the red, white, and blue this summer? Whether planning to watch fireworks by the grill, or belt out La Marseillaise, activities abound on both sides of the pond for the Fourth of July and Bastille Day.

For the Fourth…

Nantucket Island Resorts – Nantucket, MA

Though most Nantucket properties may be sold out over Fourth of July weekend for 2010, keep the All-American island in mind for next year as Nantucket was recently voted one of the best places to watch fireworks in the United States by Stay at the White Elephant and watch the fireworks explode in the sky right on Nantucket Harbor while sipping on cocktails from the Brant Point Grill.  Or stay at the romantic Wauwinet and catch the spectacular displays from aboard the inn’s charter boat, The Wauwinet Lady. Either way, the gray shingled houses, cobblestone streets, and authentic shops and sites of Nantucket will remind you what the world looked like on July Fourth many years ago, when our founding fathers pressed pen to paper!

Park Hyatt Washington – Washington DC

Celebrate independence in the Nation’s capital with the American Holiday offer. Over the Fourth of July weekend, guests are invited to stay at a special holiday rate and receive a complimentary upgrade, breakfast for two, and a 50% credit toward valet parking. All guests will also receive a festive red, white, and blue welcome gift.

This package is available July 1-5 with rates starting at $249 per night.

Park Hyatt Aviara – Carlsbad, CA

Opening later this month, the Park Hyatt Aviara is just in time to celebrate the Fourth of July in grand Californian style.  Guests of the north San Diego resort can come for a long weekend of holiday relaxation, from golf, tennis, spa treatments, or a simple afternoon on the beach.   Children can also have a full itinerary of fun, with activities from pool games to roasting s’mores to exploring the natural sanctuary that is part of the resort’s 205 acres.  Lawn bowling, anyone?

The evening of July 4th will kick off with a chic barbeque party in the Palm Courtyard and a live performance from The Heroes, a San Diego band playing favorite American tunes, from swing to Motown.   Once the sun sets, the private fireworks show will dazzle the guests, all of whom have a front row ‘seat’ – and no traffic jams at the end of the night.

Guests are welcome to book the Introductory Offer at the new Park Hyatt Aviara and stay three nights for the price of two over the holiday weekend.  Rates start at $395 per night.

Inn on the Alameda – Santa Fe, NM

Laud the Fourth, Southwestern-style, and sip wine at the Santa Fe Wine Festival held at the historic Rancho de la Golondrinas. Stay a few nights at the cozy Inn to discover what makes this the ‘city different,’ and catch the only not-sold-out performance of Madame Butterfly at the internationally renowned Santa Fe Opera House on July 7. Keep those eyes peeled for celebrities roaming around town filming the movie, “Cowboys & Aliens” – already spotted: Daniel Craig and Harrison Ford.

For the fête…

La Réserve Paris – France

Fireworks explode above the Eiffel Tower in celebration of La Fête Nationale, and the streets and parks around it fill with revelers. Watch the whole spectacle from a luxurious apartment with views of the Tour Eiffel and all of the celebrations. If it looks like too much fun to resist, just run outside and join the party.

Apartments start at $1,860 per night

Pavillon de la Reine – Paris, France

Take advantage of a low summer rate at this boutique hotel. As the only hotel on the Place des Vosges, Pavillon de la Reine is in the heart of the Marais and near all of the great shopping and restaurants. It is also a quick walk from the spot where the formidable prison, La Bastille, once stood (while the storming of the Bastille demolished the stone structure, its outline is marked with special paving stones). Walk a few hundred feet over to the Parc Henri IV and see a few of the remaining stones.

The summer rate is available July 9 – August 25, starting at just $394/night for a superior room (compared to the usual $492) and includes a full breakfast and access to the Carita Spa, the gym, the Jacuzzi, and the steam bath, plus a parking space in the private lot.

For a combination…

Grand Hyatt Tokyo – Japan

For those with dual citizenship, Grand Hyatt Tokyo is having an American style BBQ, with a Provence twist! La Terrace Provence Barbeque at The French Kitchen’s revamped rooftop bar, La Terrace, will be grilling expat style barbeque snacks on an outdoor grill, accompanied by 90 minutes of free-flowing champagne and a selection of summer beverages.  The French Kitchen opens La Terrace on weekdays from 5:30 – 8:00pm.

Rates start at $549 per night. Best of both worlds, n’est-ce pas?