At Travelzoo, we’re lucky enough to have a wealth of travel know-how at our fingertips, from more than 250 Deal Experts in 28 locations across the globe. Each week, we combine that knowledge to bring you our top weekend tips for some of our favourite cities -- and what’s more, many of the events are free (or, as you’d expect, represent terrific value).
Live the life of a star without a blockbuster budget, if only for a weekend. Rub elbows with movie stars over dinner at Beso Hollywood, a pan-Asian hot spot frequented by Jennifer Aniston and Victoria Beckham. Two can enjoy the Zagat-praised cuisine for $49 (reg. $102). We’ve also found two-for-one admission to the GRAMMY Museum for $13, where you can pay homage to your favorite rockers. Looking to flee the paparazzi for a few days? Book a room with views of 90210 at the legendary Beverly Hilton for $199 per night. The 4-star hotel plays host to the Golden Globes, and royalty and presidents, including Barack Obama, have stayed there.
Three times a year, the biggest fun fair in the north of Germany rolls into Hamburg -- the Hamburger DOM. As well as merry-go-rounds, tons of sweets and a big wheel with views over the city, you’ll find a unique, old-fashioned Christmas market. The highlight is a big fireworks display every Friday at 10:30 p.m. The fair starts tonight and lasts until Dec. 9.
After the city battled Hurricane Sandy last week, seize the opportunity to enjoy it again. Catch a one-act play at the Westside Theatre for $49 (reg. $79). The stage adaptation of Chaim Potok’s best-selling novel, “My Name is Asher Lev,” has been praised as “excellent” by The New York Times. Release workweek stress with a 60-minute hot stone massage at Supple Spa for $49. Or, devote an afternoon to the ongoing hurricane relief effort in all five boroughs.
Christmas starts with a bang this year in Manchester city centre as excitable crowds flock to Albert Square on Friday, Nov. 9, to be entertained by some of the hottest entertainment acts before the big Christmas light switch-on. This year’s celebration welcomes “X Factor” finalist Misha B and boy-band chart toppers The Wanted. The free show starts at 7 p.m.
The largest Veterans Day Parade in Northern California is taking place this Sunday in little Petaluma, 40 miles from San Francisco. For a quiet escape, head to the Ivy Hotel Napa Valley. A one-night stay is $99-$119 and includes breakfast, Internet and parking.
The 685thLord Mayor of the City of London has just been appointed -- and it’s not Boris. Alderman Roger Gifford has been named as the head of the City of London Corporation, and to celebrate, a three-mile-long procession will take place this Saturday, all the way from Mansion House through the historic streets of the Square Mile to the Royal Courts of Justice. Watch out for the 254-year-old gold Lord Mayor's State Coach, which can usually be seen in a window at the Museum of London. There will also be 22 marching bands, 125 horses, 18 vintage cars, 21 carriages, an original American stagecoach, a Japanese Taiko drum band and an F-type Jaguar with Olympic winner Jessica Ennis at the wheel. The Lord Mayor’s Show 2012 is from 11 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
From Nov. 10-16, head to the UNESCO World Heritage City of Alcalá de Henares in Madrid for the Short Film Festival Al Cine, which has launched the careers of some of Spain’s most important directors, including Alejandro Amenábar, Isabel Coixet and Fernando León de Aranoa. In addition to screenings of movies, attendees can also attend workshops held by new directors as well as after parties and other events. Tickets start at $1.40 (1.10€). In between the festival excitement, take advantage of this offer from the central Hotel Regina in Madrid.
Spend an afternoon getting pampered at Jurlique Spa at Mayfair Hotel & Spa, with a 60-minute aromatherapy massage and a tangerine mimosa body scrub for $99 (reg. $194). Afterward, sip Champagne in the 4-star hotel’s rooftop pool overlooking Biscayne Bay.