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Hop Over to Last-Minute Easter Gifts, Right at the Airport

Hop Over to Last-Minute Easter Gifts, Right at the Airport

Going home for Easter but not in the mood to pay luggage fees to pack gifts for the family? You don’t have to waste precious luggage space or worry about selecting gifts that will make it through security; these days, you can find fabulous gifts for your loved ones right at the airport, saving you shopping time and energy. Thankfully Easter is a pretty low-maintenance holiday when it comes to giving gifts (looking at you, Christmas and Hannukah), so a simple card and box of chocolates will suffice. Most stores have pre-made Easter baskets and boxes prepared, making your job even easier. If you’re feeling that extra “Spring” in your step, bring home flowers for mom – she deserves it!
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Knowing where to go is half the battle. Plan some extra time at your departure airport or take a little time when you land to find yourself a chocolate shop and a Hudson Booksellers  to purchase cards. Because there are so many quality options at airports these days, you will surely find a gift to bring home for Easter that does not scream “last-minute.” Here is a list of chocolate and gift shops at various airports that will melt your heart (and theirs!):

EasterInsider Tip: While you nibble on that extra chocolate treat you picked up for yourself, use your time on the plane to express how much you care in each of the cards you picked up.  Everyone loves a heartfelt handwritten note!

Romantic Getaways Begin and End at These Airports

Romantic Getaways Begin and End at These Airports

Many of us think the vacation starts the moment we step out of the airport at our final destination. If you and your significant other are going on a trip for Valentine’s Day, however, there is no reason your romantic getaway cannot start (and end) at the airport.  Here are some insider tips to help you find the massage, wine, chocolate and more that will make your Valentine’s getaway start from the moment you check-in!

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Most airports have spas designed to keep you relaxed while traveling.

Nashville International Airport (BNA)

Behind on gifts for your Valentine and planning to fly through the Music City? Amaze her with chocolates from Godiva (B-6) and pair them with flowers from 24-Hour Flower (A/B lounge and C lounge). Head over to Graycliff Cigar Company (C-10) to buy him a fine cigar to enjoy on your vacation after a nice meal. When you are done exchanging last minute gifts with your honey, relax at the Massage Bar (B-1, C-14) for a well-deserved bit of indulgence or grab a glass of wine at Vino Volo (C-7) and enjoy a decadent meal before boarding your flight. You’ll both be ready for romance by the time you land.

Miami International Airport (MIA)

Whether you are departing from Miami International Airport en route to your final destination or en route to return home, you chose a great place to extend your romantic vacation. If you’d like some extra pampering, be sure to make an appointment ahead of time at Jettsetter Spa (South Terminal H) or Xpress Spa (D-10). Both locations offer plenty of services to make you feel relaxed and rejuvenated before your flight.  Next find Beaudevin, located in the North Terminal. Here you can enjoy perfectly paired wine and small plates and escape from some of the hustle and bustle of the airport. Pick up desserts from the highly acclaimed  Icebox Cafe (D-8) on the way to your gate to give your tastebuds a delicious reminder of South Beach and a sweet treat for you both.

The airport holds many opportunities to get closer with your significant other.

San Diego National Airport (SAN)

Enjoy wine and small plates and traveling through San Diego National Airport? You are in luck; Beaudevein is located in Terminal 2, another perfect location to enjoy a romantic meal in a bustling airport. Surprise your significant other with a massage or gift from the Be Real Spa (Gates 26 & 36). You can even get aroma, oxygen & light therapy or a mani/pedi! Who says airport travel is stressful? Not here. And of course it is not Valentine’s Day without chocolate, so buy a delicious box of the famous See’s Candies in Terminal 2 East to share with your loved one over a glass of vino.

Don’t forget to get your Valentine a box of chocolates.

 

Insider Tip: Check out our app if you are traveling other airports around Valentine’s Day. Look out for relaxing spas, dessert shops, and restaurants with a romantic atmosphere. There is no reason for your Valentine’s Day trip to begin and end at the airport.

Unwind with a Glass of Vino at Beaudevin Wine and Tapas Bar

Unwind with a Glass of Vino at Beaudevin Wine and Tapas Bar

 

Relax with the perfect glass of wine and a gourmet small-plate at Beaudevin – one of the most relaxing and beautiful spots you will run across in your airport journey. Beaudevin loosely translates to mean “beautiful wine” in French – we could not agree more! With a menu designed to compliment the wine selection, diners can enjoy a variety of artisan charcuterie, cheese and olive plates to nibble on or a nice Baked Goat Cheese. For a heartier meal, the Smoked Salmon Tartine is an excellent choice. Beaudevin offers three pours: 3, 6, and 9 ounces and around 30 different wines which will satisfy any xenophile in your crew. If you aren’t so sure what to order, check out the leaf iconography next to each wine on the menu for the wine’s level of intensity. If you are feeling adventurous, ask about local selections. In the Charlotte location, for example, they offer several wines produced in North Carolina that you surely won’t find at your next stop. In the Brussels location, you are sure to find some interesting local rieslings. These locations are not only beautiful but are comfy and relaxing amidst the hustle and bustle of the concourse, so kick back and relax!

Insider Tip: While you can enjoy your meal at the fab seating at the bar, why not grab your gourmet dish to go and enjoy it while taking in the scenery at 30,000 feet? Who says you have to fly first class to enjoy a nice meal these days?

Locations: Brussels Airport (BRU) – Terminal A, Charlotte Douglas International Airport (CLT) – Atrium, Chicago O’Hare International Airport (ORD) – Terminal 1, Miami International Airport (MIA) – Terminal D, San Diego International Airport (SAN) – Terminal 2

Image credit: (CC Flickr) Prayitno

The Taste of Cuba at La Carreta

The Taste of Cuba at La Carreta

Experience the delicious taste of Cuba at La Carreta. This airport satellite of a Miami classic is dishing up traditional dishes like Ropa Vieja, Maduros, Picadillo, and Rice and Beans in either a cafeteria or menu setting. Portions are huge while prices are reasonable, and the servers are friendly and accommodating.  If you haven’t tried Cuban cuisine yet, here’s your chance….and if you aren’t that adventurous, even the chicken with black beans and rice is delish.  Need a pick me up? Enjoy a cafecito like a true Miami native.

Pro Tip: Start with the Croquetas and end with the Flan and enjoy every bite in between!

Image credit: Flickr; Kim

Books for Every Traveler (MIA All Terminals)

Books for Every Traveler (MIA All Terminals)

Hudson News and Booksellers offers several Miami airport locations filled with a large selection of books and magazines. Each MIA Hudson is tailored to each store’s specific location to cater to business and leisure travelers alike. More

Britto’s Pop Art Genius (MIA Terminal D)

Britto’s Pop Art Genius (MIA Terminal D)

If you are a Miami or Sao Paolo native, there’s a great chance you’ve seen work by Romero Britto, the pop-art genius. Britto’s colorful masterpieces dot those cities — and this store gives you a chance to bring the art home. Simply, the Britto Store might be the perfect “non-tchotchke” souvenir to bring back to remind you of your trip without emblazoning the name of the city across your chest. The store serves as an art gallery to kill time, too. More

Find Your Admirals Club

Find Your Admirals Club

The luxury lounge offered by American Airlines is available in more than 50 airports (including this one) worldwide. These private areas offer a mix of casual and professional amenities to transform your airport experience. Memberships are available annually (starting at $400), monthly ($99) and daily ($50). More

South Beach Desserts (Terminal D)

Selection of the famous IceBox Cafe

Selection of the famous IceBox Cafe

If the South Beach diet was a heavy dose of baked goods from Icebox Café, we’d be all for it. This bakery is well known as the place on South Beach for delicious desserts and baked goods, and the airport offshoot brings all the same quality to the terminal. There are also all sorts of fresh, healthy salads and sandwiches if you are into that kind of thing. More

A Taste of Little Havana (Terminals D, E & F)

versailles-restaurantCafé Versailles is a Miami favorite known for the best Cuban food in the city and now you don’t even have to leave the airport to enjoy a Little Havana inspired treat.   The menu features hot-pressed sandwiches, fresh Cuban pastries, and strong shots of coffee-perfect to grab and go to your gate or to your final destination here locally if you’ve just arrived. Locations have both sit down and to-go windows.

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