Slainte in New York Chicago for St. Patricks Day

On this week’s We Hear, kiss me I’m Irish. A few things popped up on my calendar the other day when I flipped to March. Let’s see March is national peanut month, Women’s History Month, the 6th is national frozen food day, there’s of course Pi Day, and then Good Friday.

And the biggest day on the calendar is highlighted in green St. Patrick’s Day on March 17th. Experience the annual St. Patty’s Day parade down Fifth Avenue in New York featuring over 150,000 marchers that includes bands, firefighters, military and police groups, and more. Lining the sidewalk along the two and a half mile route is a crowd of two million spectators waving shamrock posters and maybe even drinking green shamrock shakes. If you’re coming to town to celebrate with a pint of McSorley’s and a plate of corn beef, checkout Hudson Hotel located just off Columbus Circle. This chic property offers designer toiletries, HD TVs, and iPod docking stations inside the rooms, and a swanky upstairs lounge that is popular with the locals. Hudson is offering a same safe deal plus discounts if you booked on their website. Or since you’re in town for a parade keep the party going at the Standard Hotel, where you can book the kill the minibar special that allows you to clean out the in-room minibar for free. Eat those snacks, and drink those little bottles of booze because they’re all included in the price of the room.

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Hurry, this special ends at the end of March. With the mild weather, you can enjoy a brisk evening stroll on the High Line and then enjoy the delicious burger at the always packed beer garden. If you’re heading to the Windy City for St. Patty’s, mark your calendar for the weekend of March 12th. For over 40 years Chicago has celebrated this holiday on the Saturday before the 17th with festivities that start with the dying of the Chicago River a bright shamrock green. The parade will last about three hours rain or shine so dress warmly. As far as finding a place to stay, how about considering something hip and stylish that won’t break the bank. Think we scoped out the Acme right around the corner from The Magnificent Mile and we love the affordability, the creative decor, and high-tech touches like extra-large LED TVs and free access to Google glasses. Acme’s offering a few different specials, but since we’re talking about St. Patrick’s Day, we like the Hair of the Dog offer.

Upon check-in you’ll be provided with Gatorade, aspirin, and a gift certificate to hot spot, M Burger to help you with your morning-after hangover. Another uber hip hotel we like is the first ever US property by Richard Branson’s Virgin. Centrally located, Virgin Hotel impresses with cheeky design touches like the signature red shag carpeting and little red Smeg fridges that work as the minibar. Download the hotel brand’s smartphone app, named Lucy, onto your own device and use it to order room service and manage your stay. Check their site for specials including advanced booking discounts and a couple spa getaway deal. Oh and if you need a lift while you’re there Virgin will give you a ride in the hotel’s Tesla. Of course you can always fly into Dublin.. Ohio. Fly into Columbus from Chicago for under two hundred dollars on any of the major airlines.

The town’s parade is the biggest one in Central Ohio and delivers on the promise of being the green is parade in the whole state. That’s it for this week’s We Hear. Be sure to download our dedicated blog on your Roku and Apple TV devices where you can catch all of our latest free streaming episodes. Travel Savvy and see you next time!.

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