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BY KATE BUSTILLOS
Best City Getaways by Interest
On your next vacation, try traveling where your heart leads you. Discover why Virginia is for (mermaid) lovers. Wander the Big Apple streets for literary treats. And check out the city that loves you (and animals) back.
Love Mermaids? Go to Virginia
Dive into Norfolk, Virginia Historic charm, a vibrant nightlife, and a magical mascot. Since 1999, the Norfolk mermaid has been making a splash as this waterfront city’s local icon. Take a day trip to see these whimsical sights when you stay at Club Wyndham Kingsgate in Williamsburg, just one hour away.
Meet the Mermaids Explore Norfolk on a mermaid scavenger hunt. Over 100 sculptures of the iconic sea maiden are displayed around the city, each with its own unique design. From the cobblestone roads of Freemason Street to the Neon District’s thriving arts scene, a mermaid could be just around the corner.
Mermaid Winery Home to one of the Norfolk mermaids, be sure to add this stop to your scavenger hunt itinerary. This mermaid-themed wine bar and restaurant is the perfect blend of whimsy and elegance. Savor an array of tantalizing flavors, including mermaid-inspired wines from the winery’s own award-winning brand.
The Mermaid Factory A mer-mazing paint studio and boutique for mermaid-lovers of all ages. Get ready to design and decorate your own miniature replica of the iconic Norfolk mermaid. Each sculpture is made locally, and a portion of every sale benefits the city’s arts programs.
Love Books? New York City Is Calling
Flip through NYC Trade New York City’s busy streets for a world made of paper and ink. Indulge your inner bookworm in the Big Apple at these local literary gems next time you stay at Club Wyndham Midtown 45.
The Mysterious Bookshop It’s a must-see for mystery lovers. This exclusive shop is the world’s oldest and largest mystery bookstore. Sleuth your way through floor-to-ceiling shelves and wooden rolling ladders to uncover the perfect addition to your collection.
Books of Wonder This whimsical bookshop was the inspiration for The Shop Around the Corner,featured in the romantic comedy, “You’ve Got Mail.” Its charming atmosphere and superior selection of children’s books are sure to delight young readers and the young-at-heart alike.
Alice’s Tea Cup Travel down the rabbit hole to an “Alice in Wonderland”-inspired teahouse. From traditional tea sandwiches and scones to waffles and veggie melts, this enchanting hideaway caters to all ages and appetites.
Animals Lovers, Philadelphia is Your Spot
Walk around Philly This city’s brotherly love extends its hospitality to the animal kingdom. A leader in wildlife welfare, Philly is making a difference in a big way. So take a walk on the wide side the next time you stay at Club Wyndham Skyline Tower in Atlantic City (one hour away), or Club Wyndham Shawnee Village in the Poconos (two hours away).
Philadelphia Zoo Visit America’s first zoo. Founded in 1859, the Philadelphia Zoo is dedicated to improving wildlife conservation. The zoo features the world’s first and only 360° observation experience. Here, animals are free to roam above and around the zoo grounds through a network of see-through net trails.
Kawaii Kitty Cafe Celebrate the Japanese Kawaii culture of all things cute in this pastel-hued café and lounge. Enjoy playfully crafted drinks (like a unicorn latte), and befriend one of the many resident felines. All of the cafe cats are rescues from the Philadelphia Animal Welfare Society and are available for adoption.
Adventure Aquarium Hippos, little blue penguins, and a great hammerhead shark are just a few of the aquarium’s unique creatures. Home to 15,000 aquatic species, this haven for marine life offers state-of-the-art opportunities for guests to interact with the exhibits.