Alcohol inspired trips to get you feeling light headed!

1) The Jack Daniels Distillery, Nashville, USA.
Jack Daniels was brought up in Lynchburg, Tennessee and started distilling whisky at an early age. He bought the distillery at the age of 13 and began making his famous whisky; however conflicting accounts and lost records means that nobody is sure when he was really born- all we know is that it was in September, and so his birthday is celebrated all month long. The distillery is open every day except Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas, New Year’s Eve, and New Year’s Day, and tours are free, lasting around one hour and fifteen minutes.

The Jack Daniels Distillery

Don’t worry if you can’t make the trip over to Tennessee to visit the distillery- you can take a virtual tour here.

Where to stay:

Hyatt Place is a new kind of hotel that puts style, innovation and The Hyatt Touch within everyone’s reach. Our guests will enjoy a spacious guestroom with a 42″ flat panel high-definition television, our signature Hyatt Grand Bed, a plush Cozy Corner oversized sofa sleeper that is separated from the sleeping area, and complimentary high-speed Wi-Fi Internet access throughout the hotel. The innovation extends beyond the guestroom. Our Gallery is a warm and open area that features a self-registration kiosk, an intimate coffee and wine cafe, a TV den and an e-room with free access to a public computer and printer. Guests at Hyatt Place may purchase signature hot breakfast entrees along with Starbucks® specialty coffees or enjoy a free continental breakfast. Hyatt Place also offers a variety of freshly prepared, café quality items, including made-to-order entrees, sandwiches, soups, salads and pizza which guests can order 24 hours a day, seven days a week via a touch screen menu in the Guest Kitchen or from the Guest Host.”

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2) The Scotch Whisky Experience, Edinburgh, Scotland.

Maybe Nashville is a little too far for a whisky tasting, so why not head up north to Scotland for something distiller a little closer to home? Scotland is known for its scotch whisky- simply known as ‘Scotch’- which is distilled in Scotland and aged in an oak barrel for three years. Take a trip to Edinburgh and you’re surrounded by whisky shops and tours- visiting The Scotch Whisky Experience will allow you to become a part of the whisky making process as your swirl around a replica distillery discovering what it is that makes you like the drink so much!

Where to stay:

Le Monde is one of the premier boutique hotels in Edinburgh. Its popularity and reputation continues to grow. Winner of Scottish Boutique Hotel of the Year 2009,Winner of the Scottish Hotel Design Award 2006 , BEDA Club of the Year and the Hotel Nightclub of the Year, Le Monde is chic and contemporary whilst retaining the classic standards of service you would expect from a top luxury hotel in Scotland.Le Monde is two minutes from Princes Street and the famous Harvey Nichols and has a taxi rank just on its doorstep. All rooms are equipped with DVD players, plasma TVs, mini bars and complimentary WIFI access. Chic, contemporary and beautifully crafted service with style is always top of the menu.”

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3) Oktoberfest- Munich, Germany

Oktober fest is a massive beer festival held annually in Munich, Germany during the last few weeks of September and the first week of October. Although this year’s opening ceremony has been and gone, it’s worth keeping in mind for next year- get to the Schottenhamel tent in plenty of time to see the mayor tap the first barrel. Throughout the beer festival there is plenty to see and do, including music, parades and a handheld canon salute in front of the Bavaria statue.

Where to stay:

The Hilton Munich City Hotel is located in the heart of Munich’s artists’ quarter, Haidhausen, and is close to the Deutsches Museum, the River Isar and the Marienplatz. Guests can try Bavarian specialties in the hotel’s restaurant, Zum Gasteig, sample local beers in Metropolis Bar or have a coffee in Caffé Cino. All of the spacious guest rooms have a contemporary style and come with wireless internet access. Ideal for the business traveller the hotel has conference rooms and a business centre. The Hilton Munich City Hotel also offers a concierge desk, fitness room and babysitting service. ”

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4) Guinness Factory- Dublin

Hop over to Dublin and go for a pint of Guinness where it all begins; you start off the tour in the world’s largest pint glass, which, if full, would hold 14.3 million pints of Guinness. The tour tells you all about the origins of the drink in Dublin and its growth into a global brand. Make sure you go for a pint in the gravity bar at the top of the building and take in the breathtaking panoramic views of Dublin.

Guinness Factory, Dublin

Where to stay:

“The elegant Burlington Hotel is conveniently located in the heart of Georgian Dublin, just a five minute walk from the city centre and close to Stephen’s Green and Grafton Street, where guests will find world class shopping. All modern rooms are air conditioned and equipped with all the amenities needed for a comfortable stay, including a bathroom, telephone, satellite TV, tea and coffee facilities and an iron and ironing board. Guests can dine in the hotel’s two fantastic restaurants, ranging from a relaxed meal to fine dining. The stylish Bellini Bar is also the ideal place to enjoy a cocktail. With its range of facilities, The Burlington hotel offers the perfect base from which to explore the city of Dublin.”

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 5) Heineken experience- Amsterdam

Take a trip to this former brewery and really get to grips with Heineken– four levels of interactive fun to test all your senses will make this a day out to remember! As well as learning about the brewing and bottling experience, you can get your own personalised bottle of Heineken which makes a really cool gift to take back for your family and friends.

Where to stay:

NH Barbizon Palace is located in the centre of Amsterdam, in front of the central railway station and conveniently close to the shopping, business and leisure areas, as well as the National Museum, West Church, Boom Chicago, Dam Square, Heineken Experience, Walibi World, Linnaeushof, The Amsterdam Dungeon, Artis Zoo, The Amstel and Museum Van Loon, making it ideal for business and leisure guests. The hotel features a unique conference centre, the 15th century St. Olof Chapel, ideal for any business or social event. All luxurious rooms are air conditioned and feature a private bathroom with a toiletries kit, a hairdryer, telephone, satellite TV with in-house movie channels, internet access, a mini bar, piped music, ironing facilities, tea and coffee making facilities and a safe. 24 hour room service is also available. The 15th century St. Olof Chapel, the hotel’s unique conference centre, is the ideal setting for any type of business or social event and guests can enjoy the internationally awarded Vermeer restaurant, with a luxurious cocktail lounge. There is also the informal Hudsons Terrace and Restaurant and the bar for leisurely drinks. Guests can also enjoy the fitness centre, sauna and solarium and unwind in the Turkish steam bath or with a massage. ”

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6) Vodka Museum, Russia

This one isn’t for lightweights! Moscow is home to the Vodka museum, celebrating the origins and distilling of Russia’s national drink. One piece of advice for this museum is not to buy your souvenirs from the shop as the prices are considerably marked up. You can get a whole range of vodkas from local markets at a much better price.

Where to stay:

The Cosmos Hotel is four star establishment located in the suburbs of Moscow. Situated in the tourist district of Moscow, it is very popular with visitors to the area as it is comfortable and close to the metro station, only fifteen minutes from the city centre. Opposite the hotel guests, will find the VDNH Expo Centre, a park, some shops and more. Red Square is just a twenty minute drive away, along with the Torre TV building and the Ostankino Palace. Rizhsky railway station is three kilometres from the hotel. Facilities on offer include air conditioning, an entrance hall with twenty-four hour reception, a currency exchange facility, a cloakroom, lift access, a café, a hairdresser, a bar, a pub, a nightclub, an auditorium and a casino. Guests may also make use of the six on-site restaurants and the swimming pool, as well as conference facilities, internet access, and room and laundry services. Parking is provided for those arriving by car. Sauna and massage services, a gym, a bowling alley and a theatre are also available for guests’ enjoyment. The rooms at the Cosmos are spacious and bright and provide all the facilities guests might need, each coming with an en suite bathroom with hairdryer, as well as a direct dial telephone, satellite/cable TV, a radio, internet access, a minibar, a double bed, individually adjustable air conditioning and a safe.”

Cosmic Hotel

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