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Over-the-top inauguration packages at D.C. hotels

usatoday.com — No matter who ends up in the White House, Washington, D.C., will throw its biggest party in four years on Jan. 20, and hotels are already gearing up for it. A number of Washington's historic hotels are offering packages for stays in their presidential suites during Inauguration Week, and some have jaw-dropping price tags.

Virgin Hotels to check into Silicon Valley

usatoday.com — This is a rendering of The Fields, the housing and retail complex that will house the new Virgin Hotel Silicon Valley. (Photo: Courtesy of Coe International) Virgin Hotels, Sir Richard Branson's lifestyle hotel brand, is expanding to the West Coast.

Made in Maine: Flavors only found in Portland

usatoday.com — Portland, Maine may be a small town but its food scene is large and growing. This coastal city is attracting young chefs from bigger and more expensive cities like Boston and New York while retaining a loyal crew of native Maine chefs. And they're not just making lobster rolls.

Shimla: This is where I got attacked by monkeys

usatoday.com — SHIMLA, India - The first sign of trouble is when a monkey tries to snatch a handkerchief from my tour guide's back pocket while we are waiting in line to get into Jakhu Temple, the highest point of this northern Indian town in the foothills of the Himalayas.

All aboard the toy train to the foothills of the Himalayas

usatoday.com — ON THE TOY TRAIN FROM SHIMLA TO KALKA, India - Anoop Rawat and his family are on their way home to Delhi from Shimla, the capital of the northern Indian state of Himachal Pradesh, when they decide to adopt a stranger from New York City.

Marriott, Starwood merger gets final approval

wtsp.com — Marriott International has cleared its final hurdle to merging with Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide and becoming the largest hotel company in the world. On Tuesday, Marriott received approval from the Chinese Ministry of Commerce, the last regulatory consent it needed to proceed with the merger.

Marriott, Starwood merger gets final approval

usatoday.com — Marriott International has received final regulatory approval to merge with Starwood Hotels and Resorts. (Photo: Justin Sullivan, Getty Images) Marriott International has cleared its final hurdle to merging with Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide and becoming the largest hotel company in the world.

Car-free Portland: Seeing Maine by trains, ferries and on foot

wcsh6.com — PORTLAND, Maine (USA TODAY/Nancy Trejos) - Michael Gale and Lynsay Erin arrive here during their road trip through New England in search of the best lobster roll, but immediately decide to abandon their car. Instead, they hop on a ferry and head to Chebeague Island, about 10 miles off the coast of Portland in the Casco Bay.

Car-free Portland: Seeing Maine by trains, ferries and on foot

usatoday.com — PORTLAND, Maine - Michael Gale and Lynsay Erin arrive here during their road trip through New England in search of the best lobster roll, but immediately decide to abandon their car. Instead, they hop on a ferry and head to Chebeague Island, about 10 miles off the coast of Portland in the Casco Bay.

First look: Donald Trump's new D.C. hotel

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Sep 27, 2016

New hotel brand alert: @Accorhotels to launch Jo&Joe, a blend of a private rental, hostel and hotel. #hotels

Sep 27, 2016

When you've built 2 large photo galleries, written 4 stories, and attended a work event, and it's only 12:30pm on Tuesday. Gotta keep going!

Sep 27, 2016

RT @lueberroth: Take part in history this January with stays at DC-area hotels incl. @TheJeffersonDC & @WatergateHotel https://t.co/jyT76Mw

Sep 27, 2016

@WyattTweets are you at Skift today? On deadline now but will head over in a bit!

Sep 27, 2016

My story and photo gallery. Made in #Maine: Flavors only found in Portland  http://usat.ly/2dgn7Bj  via @usatoday


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