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Top Resorts for Gran Canaria Holidays

Thanks to year-round sunshine, Gran Canaria is a great holiday destination no matter which time of year you plan to visit.  With beautiful sand dunes in the South, stunning mountainous scenery in the centre of the island and pine forests in the North, it offers amazing landscapes, all of which can be explored on foot, by bike or even by Jeep, should you enjoy keeping active while on holiday. As you'd imagine, the resorts here are as varied as the island itself.MaspalomasWith the famous sand dunes right near the town which is a peaceful haven, plus the lively Playa del Ingles just a short journey away, Maspalomas offers the best of both worlds. Beautiful beaches, plenty of restaurants and some of the island’s most luxurious hotels are found here. It also has a small animal park and is near Aqualand waterpark too.Playa del InglesRenowned as being the nightlife capital of Gran Canaria, this is a resort that has been built solely for the pleasure of the tourists that visit it. It has …

The 2012 Hawthorne Hotel Halloween Ball - A Spectacular "Solstice of Souls" in Salem!

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It wasn't a dark and stormy night and the weather outside wasn't frightful even though Super Storm Sandy was making her way up the coast and due to arrive soon on the night of Saturday, October 27th when the Hawthorne Hotel hosted it's annual Halloween Ball.  For almost an entire year I had been looking forward to once again getting the chance to be a judge at what is undoubtedly the best Halloween party on the North Shore and the big night had finally arrived!


One of my fellow judges and friend from England, Claire aka The Doodologist, had flown all the way in from Great Britain to lend her best Simon Cowell impressions to the judging and it was with great anticipation that we arrived at the hotel shortly before the doors opened at 7:30. The first order of the evening was attending the pre-party pep rally for the staff which is held in the Grand Ballroom of the hotel and where everyone gets their marching orders for the evening.


As you can see from the photo below that …