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I was honored to have been able to accompany Kendra Thornton on her WGN-TV segment talking travel deals! As an intern for Thornton PR, I was able to assist with researching the travel and hospitality industry to find the best deals for WGN viewers. Working for Kendra gave me the opportunity to be involved in both public relations and broadcast television and I couldn’t have asked for a better internship right out of college!


Take a sneak-peak behind the scenes with me and get a closer look inside the hotels that Kendra mentioned on WGN-TV.


The hotels that were discussed on the segment were:

The Canary, A Kimpton Hotel in Santa Barbara, California


The Canary, A Kimpton Hotel is a charming luxury boutique situated less than a block from Historic State Street in Downtown Santa Barbara. The hotel offers exquisite décor guestrooms inspired by the Canary Islands. Relax on the rooftop perch to enjoy a 360-degree bird’s eye view of the beautiful American Riviera. Guests can partake in the Urban Wine Trail, just a mile from the hotel, to learn about and taste different varieties crafted from Santa Barbara’s best vineyards. This urban oasis is footsteps away from the shopping district, making it the perfect place to flock right before the holidays. Rates starting at $240/night in November and December. 

The New York Palace in New York City


The New York Palace is located directly in the heart of the city and is famed for holiday events and attractions. Twinkling lights and colorful decorations, the spirit of the season surrounds hotel guests and local visitors alike throughout the month of December. The hotel’s award-winning Concierge team will provide you with details on all the attractions within walking distance including: the Tree and Rink at Rockefeller Center, Radio City Music Hall, and Fifth Avenue for shopping! Rates start at $329/night for the month of November.

Dreams Huatulco Resort and Spa in Huatulco, Mexico

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Dreams Huatulco Resort and Spa, located at the Southern tip of Mexico, offers all the privileges of Unlimited-Luxury® escape on the exquisite Tangolunda Bay. Drop the kids off at the supervised Explorer’s Club and relax and rejuvenate in the Dreams Spa by Pevonia, complete with state-of-the-art treatment rooms, oceanfront cabins, fitness center, and a beauty salon. Dining options include six international gourmet venues and six friendly lounges, all serving unlimited premium beverages. Evenings will bring live shows, parties, and dancing. This 7-night all-inclusive package is available through Apple Vacations for $949 per adult. Price includes airfare, hotel accommodations, meals, drinks, and hotel activities. Travel is good for Saturday departures of 11/8 – 11/29.

Naples Grande Beach Resort in Naples, Florida

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Naples Grande Beach Resort is Southwest Florida’s insider secret for couples and families looking for a beach retreat with panoramic views of the Gulf of Mexico. Enjoy championship golf, tennis and water sports on three miles of sugar sand beach; three signature pools, including one with a 100-foot water slide; rejuvenating spa and inventive dining options. Just a short stroll or bike ride on palm-lined streets to unique shops, restaurants and galleries including the luxurious Waterside Shops. The resort is currently underway on an $18 million renovation. Take advantage of all Naples Grande Beach Resort has to offer with rates starting at $169/night for travel over Thanksgiving.

Hotel Jerome in Aspen, Colorado


Hotel Jerome, located in the heart of Aspen, is a AAA Four Diamond Award-winning hotel. Hotel Jerome is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is a beloved piece of Aspen’s legendary history with several celebrated restaurants and bars. Hotel Jerome just recently underwent a multi-million dollar remodel, which includes a brand new Auberge Spa as well as high-speed Internet access, LCD TVs, mini-bars, airport and in-town transfers, state of the art fitness center and outdoor heated pool with Jacuzzis. Plan a Thanksgiving retreat in the mountains from November 25th for a 4-night stay with rates as low as $225/night or enjoy rates as low as $350/night when traveling the first half of December.

Paradisus Punta Cana Resort in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic


Paradisus Punta Cana Resort is the perfect destination for a family getaway. The Paradisus Family Concierge Suite carries an array of family-friendly amenities that include: private beach areas with valet service, Life Enriching activities arranged just for family (like sushi making), and an Action Park that houses a batting cage, archery, bicycles, and a climbing rock. Adults can enjoy alone time at one of the nine bars, casino, or a relaxing day at the world-class spa while the kids enjoy supervised fun at the Kid’s Camp. Stay the first week of December for 7 nights at the starting rate of $1,597.80 per person through Apple VacationsPrice includes airfare, hotel accommodations, meals, drinks, and hotel activities.

To book these trips and more, contact Royal Travel at or call 1-800-747-7695.

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