For those of us who missed the Cyber/Black Friday deals, why not make another excuse to cross off those gifts on your shopping list, while getting away for a weekend too? Studies show that traditional brick-and-mortar store purchases will still account for about 83 percent of retail holiday spending this year. So for shoppers looking to deck the halls of malls this December, here are a few perfect places to shop, play and stay:
Shop Here: Biltmore Fashion Park
Drop Here: AC Hotel Phoenix Biltmore
The newest hotel in the Biltmore area, the AC Hotel Phoenix Biltmore is a stylish choice located across the street from Phoenix’s sprawling outdoor mall. The hotel also features an expansive and swanky lounge where guests may cap off a long day of shopping with handcrafted cocktails and relax by a fire under the desert sky.
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Shop Here: The Galleria at Fort Lauderdale
Drop Here: W Fort Lauderdale
Less than a mile and a half from The Galleria, one of South Florida’s premier shopping destinations with more than 100 fashion retailers, sits the beachfront W Fort Lauderdale. Guests can kick off their shopping day with sunrise beach yoga or unwind after with unparalleled Atlantic Ocean views and a meal at James Beard award-winning restaurateur Stephen Starr’s Steak 954 and El Vez.
San Luis Obispo, California
Shop Here: Downtown SLO
Drop Here: The Kinney SLO
The Kinney SLO, a fun, brand new boutique hotel near downtown San Luis Obispo, offers a central locale for shopping enthusiasts. From name-brand stores like Lululemon and Urban Outfitters, to locally-owned boutique stores, this darling downtown caters to all types of tastes. Shop one-of-a-kind finds, trendy apparel, and unique memorabilia - all within a mile from the hotel. The trolley stop right out front of The Kinney SLO lobby makes for an easy return, so that guests can have a little fun at Leroy’s—the hotel’s on-site restaurant—which features an innovative menu fare, including local beer and wine on tap, as well as old school games from Skee ball to Scrabble.