Refreshing Fridays: Say Cheers to St. Patrick’s Day!

- Melanie Zieba,


Each year on March 17 one of the biggest celebrations of a Catholic Saint occurs; St. Patrick’s Day.

shamrockPeople from around the world will be celebrating with the Irish, wearing green, sporting shamrocks, singing folk songs, kissing the blarney stone and of course having a pint…err many pints of Guinness!

The best place to be on St. Patrick’s Day is an Irish Pub, where fiddles will be in full force and the beer will be flowing. And what could be better than a trip to Ireland for the big day? Start packing your bags because we’ve got some of the best hotels in the country for you to stay at.


The Westbury Hotel:
Come visit the Westbury Hotel in Dublin’s city center where the city will be celebrating all week during St. Patrick ’s Day with comedy, cultural, music, film and family events. The St. Patrick’s Day parade is only a short stroll away from the hotel making this the perfect spot to get a little Irish. And for the event the Westbury is offering a “Stay Irish” package which includes an overnight stay, breakfast at their restaurant Wilde, dinner for two at their Café Novo and the best part of all, two pints of Guinness in The Marble Bar. I’ll say cheers to that!


Adare Manor Hotel & Golf Resort:
Steeped in the mythical history of an ancient Irish manor is the Adar Manor Hotel & Golf Resort. Surrounded by beautiful gardens, the River Maigue and lush greenery, this is truly Ireland at its best. And as a special St. Patrick’s Day treat why not indulge in their Spring Gourmet Midweek package that includes a two night accommodation in the Manor house, a full delicious Irish breakfast and the best part; an Eight Course Tasting Menu for two one evening in their Oakroom Restaurant. This package also includes a complimentary daily guest activity for you to participate in such as historical tours of the area or wine tastings.


Inchydoney Island Lodge & Spa:
Come and experience the beauty of the Irish coast. The Inchydoney Island Lodge & Spa sits alone along a stretch of land with undisturbed views of the ocean, and just outside the colorful town of Clonakilty. This is the place to be to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in utter luxury. Art lovers will enjoy the Inchydoney as they feature a number of annual exhibitions with an emphasis on local Irish art. And if you are looking for adventure, this place is a haven for those who love to surf, and those wanting to learn.

If you can’t make the trip to Ireland here are couple of your next best alternatives to having a fun filled St. Patrick’s Day:


Visit Boston and the Mandarin Oriental Boston:
The city of Boston is home the largest Irish-American population in the United States and that being said you can be sure that the St. Patrick’s Day festivities will be in full swing here. If this is your first visit to Boston, The Mandarin Oriental Boston is your perfect home base for discovering the city’s great culture, shopping and history. Be sure to visit South Boston known for its Irish neighborhoods that continue to keep its Irish heritage alive. And don’t miss out on the St. Patrick’s Day Parade starting at 1pm on Sunday March 14th.


Visit Chicago and the Allerton Hotel Chicago:
Probably one of the most exciting things about how this city celebrates St. Patrick’s Day is that their Chicago River is dyed green each year as a part of the celebration. And with the Allerton Hotel Chicago being only a few blocks away this is a sight to be seen. Located right in the heart of downtown on Michigan Avenue’s Magnificent Mile this is a great spot to bring the whole family. And with their Family Fun Package, you will get an overnight accommodation for four, a $50 gift card for the Disney Store close by, a Gino’s East Priority Pass letting you enjoy some of Chicago’s famous pizza and breakfast for four in their M Avenue restaurant.

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