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DANBURY – Construction has begun on a new 114-room hotel on Milestone Road.

Hotel Zero Degrees began construction with a groundbreaking at the 9-acre site on Friday.

“We are so excited to be expanding the Hotel Zero Degrees brand into the Danbury community,” said Randy Salvatore, chief executive officer of RMS Companies, in a prepared statement. “The corporate and residential growth over the past few years in this area of Connecticut has been astounding and we are looking forward to providing accommodations for business and leisure travelers as well as becoming the central gathering place for restaurant patrons and social groups.”

Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton joined officials from RMS Companies and the Hotel Zero Degrees for the ceremonial groundbreaking.

Hotel Zero Degrees Danbury expected to open before the end of the year, according to a news release.

Breaking ground for a 114-room hotel in Danbury

Partners come in all shapes and sizes. Like our partnership with the Fairfield County Business Journal. Every week we work with the Journal to produce this page to give you, the reader, a little window into all the great things that are happening in the county. In this column, you also get to hear from one of our members, now more than 260 strong. This partnership has allowed us a platform for getting in front of a business audience and in return, we provide interesting content for the paper—a win/win for all.

Recently, the Cultural Alliance met with Hotel Zero Degrees to talk about how we can partner with it. We have both recently opened our doors in Norwalk. The Cultural Alliance has a new office at Mathews Park, while the hotel has a beautiful new urban-chic hotel on Main Avenue, just off the Merritt Parkway. The hotel is a uniquely designed architectural work of art, but it doesn’t stop there. Rather than buying off-the-rack art to complement the design, it has totally gone local. I was so impressed to see that the entire hotel is filled with art by members of the Silvermine Arts Center Artist Guild, which is just up the road in New Canaan.

In our meeting, hotel officials wanted to know how we could partner. What they needed from us was to understand more about what the greater Norwalk area had to offer their guests. They were most interested in being “in the know” so they can help their guests find unique things to do that are local and exciting. We offered lots of ideas and they agreed that, our online events calendar, is a great resource that they will promote to their guests through in-room advertising, inserts in the guest book and by posting our logo on their website. They also want to see us succeed, so they offered to host a donor cultivation event for us in the future. This month we’ll be at their grand-opening party, along with the Silvermine Arts Center, cheering each other on to success, because that’s what partARTnership looks like.


What do Partnerships Look Like?

Nearly 100 Fairfield business women attended the American Heart Association Women’s Leadership Breakfast, recently hosted by Hotel Zero Degrees in Norwalk. The event, entitled, “Authentic Leadership – Leading From the Heart,” was moderated by Mia Schipani, VP of Business Development for Hotel Zero Degrees and Stamford-based RMS Companies.

Go Red For Women Leadership Breakfast Held in Norwalk

The Empire City, The Big Apple, and The City that Never Sleeps. We’ve all heard these names to describe the infamous New York City, The Big City.  And the concrete jungle is a melting pot of culture, which draws millions every year to experience it.

Tourism at it’s finest.

But how to tour the big city is where many go wrong. If you are looking into skipping the cargo shorts, “I Heart NY” t-shirts, or the fear of calling a taxi, we’ll help you get in touch with how to experience New York City like a local and learn how not to get stuck in the tourist trap.

Pack away the cargo shorts and t-shirts
Now before you decide to go spend hundreds of dollars at Abercrombie & Fitch or stock up on those 4-inch heels or fedoras, let’s consider what you are going to pack for your trip to the N-Y-C.

Don’t pack those trendy clothes, such as Hollister. Almost all New York locals are never seen outside of a Hollister or Aeropostale.

Ladies, those high-heeled pumps that you think are going to have you feel like a local, actually won’t.There is a time and place for everything. If you do happen to bring a pair, think about wearing them during New York’s Fashion week or on a Saturday night going to the club.

Avoid mixing bad patterns, like the classic stripes and chevron pattern.

Now, ladies and gents, one of the biggest mistakes tourists will make when they come to New York City is wearing the classic, “I Heart NY” t-shirt. Now, we’re not saying that you shouldn’t wear it, just not down 5th Avenue.

You should go here, not there.
You’re visiting New York City for the first time. There are a few places every local will tell you to visit.  And what better way to experience them than by riding the subway to get there.

  • Times Square
  • The Statue of Liberty
  • Central Park
  • West Village
  • 42nd Street Theatre
  • IFC Cinema

Tip: Ask your friends who have gone to New York where they went and what their experiences were.

Think like a local
Remember you are in New York City; here are some helpful tips from How Not To Be A Tourist:

  1. Reservations
    If you are going out for dinner, make RESERVATIONS.You’re in New York, so you probably won’t be able to get into any restaurant without any type of reservation.Tip: If your table isn’t ready, head over to the bar instead of standing around frustrated. 
  2. Don’t take that picture
    If you are in Times Square or at the Statue of Liberty, please don’t pull your cell phone out and take a picture of yourself, of others, or buildings. Instead, take a video and upload it to a video journal or another destination on the web. And remember, when you are at dinner and you have a nice plate of food in front of you; DON’T take a picture of it.
  3. Anywhere but there
    Instead of staying at the first hotel you can find availible, think about staying somewhere different and a little classier.  Think about somewhere non-traditional like, Hotel Zero Degrees. Hotels such as this stand out to guests with their location, accommodations and experience.

How to Tour New York City Like a Local

How exciting, your next vacation is about to start, and it is sure to be a good time… or is it? If your children are upset, complaining, or yelling while you travel, your trip will not be as enjoyable as it should be.

But you aren’t doomed to a terrible vacation. With a few simple tips, you can make your next trip the best yet for you and your kids.

Get Them Involved: Before You Take Off
Everyone likes to know what’s going on, and this goes double for your children on a trip. This means that your children should be active participants in the planning of your next vacation.

If you give your children the opportunity to plan certain aspects of your vacation, they will be more informed, and therefor have a better trip overall! 

Bring Lots of Things to Do
This tip is tied in closely with the one before.  If you really want to have happy children throughout your trip, you should bring plenty of things to keep them occupied, and they should have a choice in what makes the cut.

Here are a few great trip activities you shouldn’t go without:

  • Coloring. Everyone loves to color, and the car is a great space for it.  Bring plenty of paper to color on, a variety of crayons, and some great stickers to keep them occupied.
  • Picture Books. Reading in the car can really help the time move quickly, so pack a few favorites, and stop at the library to throw some new reading into the mix, and you’ll have it made!
  • Electronics.  You certainly don’t want your children staring at a screen for the entire trip, but having electronics on hand will help break up the monotony and make the trip more fun for everyone.

Make them Wait
This may seem counter intuitive, especially coming after the first tip, but make your children wait a little bit before you start pulling out the activities.  This ensures that you will have enough activities to last the entire trip while also making your children more excited about the things you’ve packed before they get started. 

Pack the Snacks
A few delicious snacks can make anyone happier, so be sure to pack plenty for your next trip.  A good balance of sweet, savory, and healthy should keep you and your children happy throughout their time on the road or in the air. 

Develop an Awesome Playlist
Any road trip requires great tunes, so make sure to come prepared with a playlist your whole family will love.  Go for a mix of hits your children dig, family favorites, and songs you love personally.

This will create a kind of soundtrack for your trip and make the whole thing more interesting.

You deserve to have a good time on your next trip, and these tips can help! As you look into hotel options, check out Hotel Zero Degrees for an awesome stay you and your kids will love!

Photo by: Bryan

Are We There Yet? How to Keep the Kids Happy While Traveling

Cities can be defined by the classiness of their most famous hotels, such as The Plaza in New York City or The Savoy in London. What would these cities have been like in the time before hotels were established? The first hotel was established in 707 A.D., and it changed the course of history. Here are a few of the highlights from the history of hotels.

Nisiyama Onsen Keiunkan, Yamanashi – 707 A.D.
The first building known to have been built for the express purpose of caring for travelers can be found in Japan. This hotel remained open long enough to hold the Guinness Book of World Records for longest-running hotel: 46 generations.

The City Hotel, New York City – 1794
When New York City was still the size of a college town (approx. 30,000 people), there wasn’t a place that had been built explicitly for travelers to stay and relax until 1794. The City Hotel was then established, including meeting rooms.

The Lismore House Hotel, Ireland – 1797
After having guests visit without proper accommodations, the Duke of Devonshire commissioned this hotel for guests of the Lismore Castle in Ireland. It was evident that by the time this hotel was established, the industry of building hotels was growing globally and continually improving.

It’s been 1,307 years since the first hotel opened in Japan and the tourism industry has expanded exponentially because of it. Today we continue to value customer service and strive to provide the necessary amenities as well as additional comforts.

The History of Hotels

Winter is almost here, and with it comes the opportunity to take a vacation to somewhere new and wonderful.

Some people vacation in the winter to find the best snow, while others want to escape to somewhere warm, whatever your goal, here are a few great cities in the US that will be spectacular this winter.

Phoenix, Arizona
If you are looking for a break from the chill of winter, Phoenix may be the place for you.  This great locale is perfect for lounging around this winter and maybe even getting a tan! 

Casper, Wyoming
For a truly gorgeous, though definitely cold, winter experience, Casper is a great vacation spot.  It is a much cheaper option than many winter vacation spots, and you will have access to some awesome skiing and other great winter sports. 

Houston, Texas
For great middle ground weather that stays around the 50’s, Houston is a great place for winter travel.  The warmer temperatures give more opportunity for outdoor activities without the excessive heat of other winter locales. 

Missoula, Montana
If you are looking for an escape into the great outdoors, Missoula is a great option.  This is truly winter wonderland country where you can escape the crowds and enjoy some amazing ski slopes. 

San Diego, California
For a beautiful beachfront experience, there aren’t many choices better than San Diego.  With moderate temperatures often reaching the seventies, this is a great area to enjoy the sun and escape the chill this winter. 

Waukesha, Wisconsin
This picturesque town is perfect for less extreme winter sports.  Cross country skiing and sledding are both popular options here! 

Savannah, Georgia
This city is a great choice for a history packed winter vacation.  You’ll find the streets uncrowded and the weather lovely on your escape to Savannah. 

Salt Lake City, Utah
Famous for its excellent snow, Utah is a great place to visit this winter season.  You are welcome to hit the slopes on one of many skiing or snowboarding resorts, many of which are within an hour’s drive of down town. 

Nashville, Tennessee
This city is known for a great music scene, and also offers the perfect location for a real country Christmas! 

Stamford, Connecticut
If you are looking for the beauty of the east coast this winter, Stamford may be the place for you!  In this locale, you may want to check out a boutique hotel, like Hotel Zero Degrees to really complete your experience.

Winter brings a lot of beauty with it, and by traveling, you can take full advantage of its mystique.  Contact Hotel Zero Degrees to make a reservation for this winter today!

10 Best Cities to Visit this Winter

Fall is here, and what a beautiful time that is! As the leaves begin changing color and the air becomes crisp and sweet, fall is an amazing time to really look at the world as it begins its metamorphosis into winter.

If you find yourself in Connecticut this autumn, you are especially lucky because there are many amazing places to see the beautiful changes of fall.  Here are a few of the best locations for fall leaves in beautiful Connecticut.

Between mid-October and mid-November, this area of Connecticut is ideal.  The homey views of a beautiful village and stunning waterfall make this area the perfect place to see the changes of fall.  Choose this locale as your next stop to see the intense colors of fall leaves! 

New Milford to Iron Mountain (and Don’t Forget Lake Waramug)
This beautiful drive will give you an hour or more of breath taking fall views.  Take this drive to really experience the feeling of fall, and maybe take a break to step out of your car and breathe in the crisp fall air at Lake Waramug! 

Mystic River
To really get in a great fall experience, you should follow the mystic river and take in the beautiful views this road has to offer.  Drive along the river or take a walk along the banks to truly experience the fall and immerse yourself in the vibrant foliage!

Fall is here, and the season is short, so don’t let it pass you by! Check out the beautiful Connecticut fall on your visit to Hotel Zero Degrees.

The Best Places to See Beautiful Fall Foliage in Connecticut

If you’ll be passing through Connecticut this summer, here are a few of the must-see attractions that you aren’t going to want to miss!

For the Thrill Seekers – Lake Compounce Amusement Park
If you are looking for a lot of excitement, make sure you visit Lake Compounce amusement park in Bristol.  As the oldest and longest running amusement park in America, you’ll get to experience a touch of the historic mixed with the thrills of the most modern rides around.  Complete with a water park and several truly entertaining shows, this is an experience you don’t want to miss!

For the Animal Lovers – 2 Amazing Aquariums
Mystic Aquarium has as many fun marine animals as you’d like to see, as well as a HUGE multi-million dollar Titanic exhibition that helps guests step into the shoes of the divers that found the wreckage.  It’s also got tours of ships, Civil War reenactments, and the world’s oldest active wooden ship.  The Maritime Aquarium is just as amazing, but sets itself apart with some breathtaking seal shows, an amazing new research vessel, and the opportunity to touch a shark!

For the Art Fanatics – Yale University
Not only do you get to enjoy walking through this beautiful and historic campus, but you can also see paintings done by Manet, Picasso, van Gogh and more at the Yale University Art Gallery.  Then take a short trip down to the Yale Center for British Art and enjoy the largest collection of British art outside of the United Kingdom.  Can it get any better?  Actually, yes – admission is free!

For those Who Love Discovery – Take a Walk
Finally, for those of you who love discovery, take a walk around town!  There are many stunning, quaint, and upbeat towns that will delight you with unique boutiques, a wide variety of small restaurants, concerts in the park, beautiful scenery, and a classic New England atmosphere.  So keep these towns in mind: West Hartford, New Canaan, New Haven, Chester, Greenwich.  There are so many amazing things to do in Connecticut!  Don’t miss out on any of them, and remember to book your stay at Hotel Zero Degrees!

Must-See Attractions in Connecticut

It’s summer time, and we are all ready to take a break.  But that brings on many questions, and one of the most difficult is deciding whether to take your break at home, or on the road.  We’re here to help you make the right decision for you and yours.

Relaxation Factor
The number one goal of many trips is relaxation, so how do vacations and staycations compare?  At home, you have access to your very own bed, but you are surrounded by your regular life and will still need to take care of the cooking and cleaning.

So, unless you can push past the normalcy of your home life, the win goes to vacation on this aspect.

Excitement Factor
If relaxation isn’t your thing (and even if it is) excitement is probably one of your main expectations for your time off.  There are certainly ways to make a stay at home exciting—try checking out new restaurants, museums, and the great outdoors.

But, traveling to a new place is where the real excitement lies.  So, if you are looking for a truly exciting break, you may want to take your trip on the road with a vacation.

Cost Factor
One of the most important elements of any time off is always the costs.  In this department, the staycation almost always wins, but that doesn’t mean a vacation needs to be expensive.

Take your next vacation at Hotel Zero Degrees, and check out some of the amazing free activities available, such as:

  • Tours
  • Museums
  • and Parks

With all of the free options, and the luxuries available through Hotel Zero Degrees, you can get the best of both worlds on your next vacation!

Vacation or Staycation

Many people are becoming more conscious of their carbon footprint not just at home, but when they travel as well. Hotels around the globe are responding to the desires of their guests by going green, and Hotel Zero Degrees is leading the pack toward sustainability and environmental responsibility.

In the past, hotels have been incredibly wasteful. From using disposable paper cups, to wasted food and endless cycles of unnecessary laundry, a hotel typically left a very large carbon footprint. Thankfully, many hotels are moving away from the carelessness of the past and are working to be more energy efficient.

An Emphasis on Recycling
Many of our guests recycle in their homes, and at Hotel Zero Degrees, we feel it’s our duty to them, and also to the environment, to recycle as much as we can in our hotel.

While many hotels offer in-room recycling for their guests, we take it a step further by using composted cups and utensils, as well as recycled office materials. We use water efficient bathroom fixtures, as well as energy efficient LED lights, drastically reducing our energy consumption.

Locally Sources Food and Production
Every hotel has a great opportunity to positively impact not only the environment but also their local communities. One great way to do this is to source organic, locally grown food for hotel kitchens.

At Hotel Zero Degrees, our goal is to purchase as much as we can from our local Connecticut community. Whether it’s by buying food from local organic farms, or buying furniture and other products from responsible local companies, we try our best to do our part to support our community, and be more sustainable at the same time.

Taking our guest’s lead
Environmental responsibility can be tough, but at Hotel Zero Degrees we receive great inspiration from our guests. Green living is important to the people we serve, and we want to do our part for the planet as well.

Why Hotels are Going Green

The world is becoming more and more accessible, and for female travelers especially, seeing the world is becoming more of a possibility and a priority.  As amazing as travel can be, there are a few things to keep in mind so that your journey is as safe and memorable as possible.

  1. Prepare Before You Go.  One of the best things you can do to ensure that you stay safe throughout your travels is to prepare before you go.  Learn a few key phrases (like “help” or “call the police” and “where is the bathroom”) so you can be confident in your ability to get out of a tough situation.  Also, choose a hotel that is located in a safe neighborhood.
  2. Stay in Contact.  Whether you decide to call, email, keep up your blog, or post on Facebook, communicating with the folks back home will ensure that someone will notice if something goes wrong.  Plus, this stream of communication will give you a sweet record of your time abroad.
  3. Keep it Light on the Streets.  As you take to the streets, try to keep your belongings to a minimum.  This will keep you from looking like a viable target.  Try to stick with just your hotel key card, a credit card, and some cash.  This will keep things simple and keep your hands free.

As you venture out into the world, remember that your safety is a top priority.  The world is there for you to see, so take advantage of it, and have the experience of a life time!

Smart Travel as an Independent Female

Being sick is never any fun, but there is not anything worse than getting sick while you are away from home.  Whether you are traveling for business, or on vacation, staying healthy is key to having a great experience and making the most of your time away from home.

Because your travel should be be a productive and exciting time, you should never have to spend it sick! Here are a few tips for staying healthy while you travel.

  1. Prepare First.  Before you go on your trip is the best time to begin your travels to healthiness.  Spend the first few days before your trip getting ready by sleeping enough, taking a multi-vitamin, and stocking up on vitamin c.
  2. Manage Stress.  Once you are on your trip, it is important that you stay on top of your stress to ensure that your body is as healthy and capable as possible—whether this means taking some time to meditate, get a massage, or spend some time by the pool.
  3. Make Good Food Choices.  On vacation, it can be pretty easy to rely on a diet of fast food, potato chips, and snack cakes; however, it is a good idea to try to keep your diet healthy while you are away from home so you can make the most of your trip.  It is also important to stay hydrated.

No matter where you are traveling, staying healthy is important to the success of your trip.  So, as you plan your next trip away from home, make your health a focus!

Maximize Your Travel Experience by Staying Healthy

Whether you are in charge of planning a wedding reception or a business party, it’s important to know a few basic tips about event planning before you get started. Every event is unique and different, but the planning stages are the same.

Know Your Budget
Don’t get ahead of yourself before you even start. Look at how much money you have in the budget and make sure you stay within it. Keep in mind that the budget will be paying for everything from the venue and catering to the decorations and entertainment. If your budget allows, you can even hire a professional to be able to figure out that budget for you. Either way, commit to staying within your budget.

Plan Early
This is not the type of thing you want to save until the last minute. If your event is in the winter, it’s not too soon to start thinking about the perfect venue while it’s still summer- or even the winter previous. Popular places book up fast, so start looking around for multiple options. Don’t decide on anything simply based on looking at the website or a one-time visit to the venue. Talk with vendors and see what they have to offer. Don’t be afraid to haggle down on the price, either.

Be Conscious of Food
Depending on what you are celebrating, different foods and drinks are appropriate for different events. For example, it may not be appropriate to have a bar at a Bar Mitzvah, but you may want glasses of champagne to toast at a wedding reception.

Follow these tips and you’ll be on the right track to planning a successful event!

Event Planning 101

Running a small business can be extremely hard work.  Most small business owners find themselves working much harder than their friends and acquaintances who have jobs at larger companies.  However, while the workload is daunting enough, it is often the financial aspect of running a small business that can cause the most trouble.  Here are a few suggestions on how you can keep your finances in order.

Keep Things Separate
While it may seem more convenient to buy something with your business credit card when it’s handy, this can quickly become complicated.  Save yourself the headache and keep transactions separate from the start.

Don’t Do It Alone
Just because you run a small business, doesn’t mean you have to do everything by yourself.  You may find that hiring an accountant to help you with your finances will help you save money in the long run.

Make Time to Review Your Finances
While it may not be your favorite thing to do, reserve 15-30 minutes each week to go over your financial situation.  Being continually appraised of where your business stands financially is an important aspect of running it.

Consider the Labor
Labor is more expensive than most people realize.  Keeping good track of exactly how much you are paying others to work for you can help keep costs manageable.

5 Tips to Keep Your Small Business Finances in Order

Whether you are visiting Norwalk on business or with family, finding ways to make your trip more exciting can be a great way to make your experience memorable.  Norwalk has some pretty awesome sites, and if you have the time, you should check out the three best attractions in Norwalk:

  1. The Maritime Aquarium—this attraction is the perfect way to break up the monotony of a business day.  Take some time to check out the animals in the aquarium, and post a picture of you and a seal to your Facebook page! This will be sure to make your trip more memorable.
  2. Stepping Stones Museum for Children—this site is perfect for you and your family to take some time to not only make a memory but also to learn something new.  This attraction has something for everyone, and you and your children will leave with new (or renewed) excitement for the world!
  3. Sheffield Island Lighthouse and Nature Trail—whether you dig lighthouses, or just need an excuse to see the ocean, this attraction is a great choice for any visitor.  Located on an island, you can visit this lighthouse via a trip on the C.J. Toth catamaran. Make your trip an adventure with a visit to this lighthouse!

No matter what brought you to Norwalk, you will find your trip to be much more fulfilling if you take some time to see the sites and truly experience the area.  Make your trip memorable and see the sites today!

Making the Most of Your Trip to Norwalk

For a regular business traveler, your office is basically the airport. You’re almost always on the move and when you’re not, your bags are packed and ready to go. Having an airport for an office isn’t ideal, but here are a few ways to make your life easier and reap some benefits.

Conserve Space in your Suitcase
Knowing what not to pack can be just as important as knowing what to pack. Carrying around heavy suitcases will wear you down, so always try to keep it as light as possible. Don’t pack the amenities you know your hotel will offer, such as shampoo, soap, and a hair dryer. If you can consolidate everything you need into one carry-on bag, you can save time picking it up from baggage claim.

Earn Points on your Credit Cards
Consider the airlines you frequently fly and the hotels you frequently stay in (or want to stay in), and get the appropriate credit cards in order to rack up those frequent flier points. Anything you earn while on the job should be able to benefit you while you’re on vacation, too. The more points you accrue on your cards, the closer you are to earning free flights. In addition, your status with the airline will only continue to get higher, giving you more perks like early boarding. Remember to always be smart about your cards, points, and budgeting.

BYOW: Bring Your Own Wi-fi
Depending on the airport you’re in, you may or may not have free wi-fi. When you’re traveling for business, it’s best not to take any risks. Thankfully, there’s a “travel-size” wi-fi you can carry with you anywhere. It’s called MiFi, and it’s offered by brands like Verizon and AT&T. Use it anywhere you go, in the airport, on the plane, or in your hotel. You can be confident that you’ll always be able to stay connected.

Keep Track of your Business Expenses
The worst part of traveling for business is coming home and sorting through the receipts to ensure that you get reimbursed for everything. It’s a nightmare when you lose a receipt and have to pay out of pocket for a business expense. Never lose another receipt again with the smartphone app Lemon. It allows you to compile pictures of your receipts all in one place and easily create summary reports that are print-ready.

Pack an Empty Water Bottle
If you travel often, you know that traveling makes you thirsty. Airports, however, are the worst place to buy water bottles. In order to save money, it’s best to invest in a water bottle to carry with you on all your trips. Fill it up at a drinking fountain and if you’re worried about keeping it clean, make sure your water bottle has a filter. Most of them cost around $25 and are available online.

If your business travels bring you to the beautiful state of Connecticut, take a load off and relax here at Hotel Zero Degrees.

Tips for Business Travelers

The big day is coming up and you have a lot to plan. You are excited about picking out the wedding dress, but if you are like most people, you might leave off choosing a wine until the last minute. Here are a few tips to help you choose which wine will be best for your wedding.

Reception Type
Depending on how large and how long you plan for your reception to be, you may only need a few wines or you may be looking at buying a fair amount.

If you are not planning on providing a full meal to your guests, just some simple appetizers or hors d’oeuvres, you will not need anything more than one red wine, one white wine, and champagne for the toasts.

If your party is larger and you plan on providing a meal in addition to the smaller hors d’oeuvres, you can plan on having one red and one white for the beginning cocktails, an additional red and white wine for the meal, and champagne for toasting.

Test It Out
Try as many flavors as you can, or stick to the flavors that you know you love. Either way, make sure it complements the food you plan on serving to your guests. Recently, the trend has been to choose wines that do not necessarily go well with the food being served. However, try to stick to things that go well together.

Last, but not least, do not forget to offer a sparkling drink option for those that do not, or cannot, drink alcohol.

Tips for Choosing Your Wedding Wine

Whether you are getting married or hosting a business event, you want to be able to quickly and easily find the best venue. Unfortunately, oftentimes you do not realize what is wrong with your venue until after you have used it. Here are some tips from the experts to help with your decision and leave you with no regrets.

Is It Appropriate?
When you are in the venue, imagine your guests are there with you. Ask yourself if there is comfortably enough room for everyone, does the venue fit your event, and does it give off the mood you are looking for. If it is not, keep looking for another venue.

Make sure that your guests will be able to see what you want them to at all times. Accommodate for those that may usually have to sit on their parents’ shoulders or for those in wheelchairs. Ensuring good visibility also means checking if the venue has pillars. Columns will block off valuable space you may need for entertainment, as well as diminishing line of sight for many.

Listen carefully to your voice in your venue. Be sure that people will be able to hear themselves talk to each other, while also able to hear the entertainment or the speeches they are meant to hear.

Here at Hotel Zero Degrees Stamford and Norwalk, we work with you to plan your event. With special access to more than a dozen distinct venues in the area as well as our own ballrooms, we are sure to help you find the perfect venue for any celebratory occasion.

Finding the Perfect Venue for Your Next Event

When it comes to your resume, you have an opportunity to show off your skills and experiences in a unique way that makes you even more appealing to all of your prospective employers.  Because resumes are so important to your future, it is a good idea to stand out from the crowd.  By following these few guidelines, you will be able to create a resume that presents you in the best light and will make an awesome impression on your future employer.

  1. Address the Job Directly—This means that when you read the job requirements for a particular position, you should make sure to adapt your resume to reflect your ability to meet the needs of that job.  Using key words and phrases from their job description can help you stand out as the exact kind of candidate they are looking for.
  2. Show, Not Tell—Use expressive power words that show these employers what you have done in the past.  Instead of saying, “Worked hard on projects,” try something more like, “Took initiative in completing tasks efficiently and exceeding expectations.”  Using this kind of wording will set you apart from the crowd.
  3. Use Active Voice—In addition to your word choice, remember to put your resume into active voice, show the things you have “led,” “managed,” or “achieved.”
  4. Keep your Information Measurable—Whenever possible, show your results with numbers and percentages.  Giving specific numerical details provides your employer with an easy image of your success.
  5. Use Simple and Unique Design—An aesthetically pleasing resume will set you apart and show that you have some design skill.  Stick to one or, at most, two fonts, and keep the design consistent throughout your resume.  You will be sure to make a great impression on your future employers.

Resume Tips: 5 Ways to Stand Out