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Ritz-Carlton Round Up

Written by Patti on July 3rd, 2011

Good Morning Darlings!

My buddies at the Ritz are sooo busy. You have got to see the treats they have in store for you.

No plans yet for July 4th? My sweet friend, Sandra Ryder is giving me the insider scoop for hanging out at the best place for catching the fireworks at Lenox Plaza, without dealing with the immense crowds.

The Ritz-Carlton, Buckhead
Join us for a BBQ buffet at The Café on July 4 from 6 p.m. featuring Baby Back Ribs with Mesquite Barbeque Sauce; 48 Hour-Smoked Beef Brisket with Peach Barbeque Sauce; Cedar Plank Salmon with Lemon Herb Mayonnaise, Free Range Chicken with Peach Barbeque Sauce; and Ginger Barbequed Quail with sensational sides and delectable desserts. Then relax outside on the Café Terrace and watch the fireworks at Lenox Square. $89 per person.

Call 404-240-7035 for reservations.

If you are itching to get out of town, you could always hop a flight to Marana, Arizona (Tucson adjacent) to dip your tootsies in the water while dining on the most creative southwestern cuisine. Bonnie, can you give us more details?

Splash Diners at The Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain are seated at tables placed into the waters of romantic, night-lighted Turquesa Pool. They check their shoes upon arrival and are invited to wear shorts or knee-length pants for the special occasion, which begins as they wade to their reserved seats partially submerged in the pool. A customized meal prepared by the chefs of The Ritz-Carlton is then served by a wading server team, with dessert personally delivered by a chef wearing the aquatic version of chef’s whites.

A once-in-a-lifetime resort experience, Splash Dining offers a pre-reservable three-course menu including champagne toast and is priced at $300 per couple. For reservations, please contact The Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain at 520-572-3000.

Dang, Bonnie, that sounds great right about now.

This looks perfect to me. The water, the clear Arizona skies at night. What could be better?

Love your PDA so much you sleep with it? The Ritz-Carlton understands. You can now check in with an updated Four Square application. This is too cool. Laura and Allison, can you tell us more?

Chevy Chase, MD. (June 27, 2011) — Travel the globe, check in to locations and landmarks in 25 countries, and you will find far more information than you were expecting from a luxury hotel operator as The Ritz-Carlton introduces the World Concierge on Foursquare. This is the first time a luxury hotel brand has extended their exclusive services to a mobile public audience. Tips will be populated regularly by concierges from all 75 Ritz-Carlton hotels around the world contributing, with the knowledge-base growing and evolving every week.

There is not a mention to be found about the soup of the day at a particular hotel; instead, the ladies and gentlemen of The Ritz-Carlton have taken their phenomenal knowledge and expertise beyond the four walls of the hotels in which they reside, providing insight into cities such as Toronto, Miami, Berlin and Dubai to name a few. The result: hundreds of tips and insights about local destinations and landmarks all over the world.

“Guests of The Ritz-Carlton have always enjoyed the expertise of concierges who are the best in the business. Their local knowledge, VIP access and incomparable contacts make them an invaluable resource for travelers”, said Chris Gabaldon, chief sales and marketing officer, The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company. Foursquare enables The Ritz-Carlton Concierge to travel with you. “It’s possible to access their destination knowledge instantly as you check in to multiple global landmarks,” added Gabaldon. “Starting today, Foursquare users across the globe are invited to access knowledge and valuable tips just by following The Ritz-Carlton on Foursquare. For the first time ever, the collected local knowledge of The Ritz-Carlton is available in your pocket.”

Foursquare users are able to find local information by visiting the profile of The Ritz-Carlton or by checking in to numerous locations of interest around the world. To receive tips as they go live you can follow The Ritz-Carlton on Foursquare. To start exploring, visit Alternatively, you can always connect with The Ritz-Carlton on Facebook and Twitter to see featured tips as they go live by visiting and

Check in, link up, learn more.

The Ritz-Carlton in your pocket? Now that’s hot. Summer temps and all.

xoxo, Patti

Today blogging to Nelly – Hot in Herre (yup, that’s how he spells it.)


2 Comments so far ↓

  1. Lisa says:

    The phrase “putting on the Ritz” has become part of our lexicon for good reason! They never disappoint and, for large hotels, manage to make every guest feel special.

  2. Patti says:

    So true, isn’t it, Lise? xoxo, P