Sometimes a staycation is the best vacation. Take a break from the day-to-day responsibilities and relax in your own city, home country, or don’t leave the house at all. The staycation is on the rise, so let us fill you in on the benefits and insights of this trend.

Why
The staycation trend enlarges your holiday possibilities, as the perfect little getaway might be closer than you think. You don’t have to leave your home country to have a well-deserved and relaxing trip. Nowadays, it is easy to hop on a plane and explore an unknown destination, but have you fully discovered your own country yet? Often, it has more to offer and see than you realize, creating the possibility to increase your knowledge about the place you call home.

How
Spending your holiday at home might not sound as exciting as last year’s exotic destination, but you can easily create that holiday feeling at home. To not fall back to the daily routine, the staycation requires a plan. Maybe you want to try that touristy activity in your hometown you never did before, finally finish that book on your bedside table or spend more time with your family. Make your vacation extra special and go all out at the supermarket, turn your bathroom into a retreat with your favorite toiletries and pamper yourself!

Staycation in Amsterdam
Living in The Netherlands? Recharge your batteries and plan a staycation in Amsterdam. The unique hotspots in different parts of the city, fun activities, plenty events, and vibrant atmosphere ensure your trip becomes a true holiday. Plan your staycation at Pulitzer Amsterdam before the 29th of February 2020 and receive a special staycation discount as an inhabitant of The Netherlands. Send an e-mail to reservations@pulitzeramsterdam.com or call to +31 20 5235235 to book your staycation.

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One hotel, 25 canal houses, 50 years, infinite stories… Pulitzer celebrates its 50th birthday this year! From the former residents of the Golden-Age-era houses to the opening of Hotel Pulitzer in 1970 and the transformation of the hotel in 2016, the history of Pulitzer is as captivating as ever. Of course, will celebrate the festive year with many activities.

Pulitzer’s History
The 25 historical canal houses date back to the 17th and 18th century, all with a rich history and its own story to tell. The founder of the hotel, Peter Pulitzer, bought the first ten houses in 1968. “The house of your neighbor is for sale only once” being his motto, resulted in an expansion throughout the years. In 1970, Hotel Pulitzer officially opened its doors for guests and, from this moment on, the hotel welcomed over four million guests from all around the world. Ten years ago, the Amsterdam Canal district was added to the UNESCO World Heritage List, including the part where the hotel is located.

Home away from home
From the first guest checking in 50 years ago until now, the main goal of the hotel has remained the same: giving guests that “home away from home” feeling while staying in one of the unique canal houses. In 2015, an intensive renovation and re-styling of the 400-year old canal houses took place and, after 1,5 years, Pulitzer Amsterdam reopened its doors as the independent hotel it is today. The new design reflects the history and characteristics of each canal house individually.

Festivities
The year 2020 will totally be in the light of the 50th birthday of Pulitzer Amsterdam; from a special edition of the yearly Garden Party to the revelation of the Peter Pulitzer Statue. The theme for the celebration year is “Stories To Stay”, putting the focus on stories from the former residents, visitors, and hotel guests from the past 50 years. Celebrate with us and have a look at the 50 Years website to discover 50 reasons to visit Pulitzer Amsterdam and the exclusive celebration package. Of course, as it’s our birthday, we treat! We give away 50 overnight stays at Pulitzer Amsterdam on Instagram and a cocktail in Pulitzer’s Bar for everyone turning 50 in the hotel’s birthday month: October.

Discover nature in Amsterdam and enjoy it with the perfect picnic. In this article we listed some lovely parks as well as some fun activities for all ages to tailor your day out.

Westerpark
This is a park created around a former gas factory. Nowadays it’s the place to go for many locals. Westerpark has a charming green area with plenty of playgrounds. A nature adventure trail, Het Woeste Westen, lies at the end of the park where the little ones can release their energy with activities such as, building a raft of catching tadpoles. If you want to picnic until the sun goes down: the Westerpark is the only one in Amsterdam where you are allowed to barbecue. Also, nearby are lots of trendy cafes, bars and nice restaurants to visit!

Bike:                                  15 min
Public Transport:             16 min: 10 min walk to bus stop Marnixplein – bus 21 to Haarlemmerplein – 4 min walk

Amstelpark
Besides the fact that Amstelpark is a cozy one, it’s also a place full of fun activities. Play some minigolf or taste a delicious scoop of homemade ice cream. See all of the park in the Amsteltrain or look at the view from the Ferris wheel! Next to the playground, the city farm is located. Here, you can find animals like goats, chickens, donkeys and bunnies. For the full Dutch experience, you can visit the mill called ‘Riekermolen’!

Bike:                                   30 min
Public Transport:              21 min: 10 min walk to metro station Rokin – metro 52 to Europaplein – 2 min walk to bus stop Europaplein – bus 62 to Amstelpark.

Sarphatiepark
Enjoy your afternoon picnic like a local in the Sarphatiepark, located in the popular neighborhood ‘De Pijp’. This park is a real city park: it radiates luxury and is surrounded by stately homes. The coziness of this park makes it the perfect place to savor a picnic. In for a game? Play Frisbee or compete in a table tennis contest.

Bike:                                   13 min
Public Transport:              19 min: 10 min walk to metro station Rokin – metro 52 to Vijzelgracht – 7 min walk to Sarphatiepark.

Amsterdamse Bos

This forest has everything and more. An idyllic scenery with your picnic and more than enough activities to choose from; climb and zip through the Fun Forest, visit the goat farm, sup/canoe through the lakes or enjoy a performance at the forest theatre. When temperatures are rising, the lakes, pools and waterways are ideal for a swim or to find refreshment. The visitor’s center is the place to ask your questions, reserve your activity such as, a boat excursion or to give directions.

Bike:                                   37 min
Public Transport               44 min: 13 min walk to busstation Elandsgracht – bus 347to busstop Van Nijenrodeweg/Amstelveenseweg –  7 min walk to Amsterdamse Bos

 

Photo: Time Out Amsterdam.

Now the Tulip Mania has come to an end, there are new events to look forward to! Curious about what’s on in Amsterdam in May? We selected our top four events of this month.

Vondelpark Openluchttheater
Enjoy the lovely weather in Amsterdam with cultural festivities the city’s most popular most hang-out: Vondelpark. Starting in May, the weekends will be all about music, cabaret and other performances with young talents as well as well-known artists. Visit the website for the full program: http://www.openluchttheater.nl/.

When: Weekends May-October
Where: Vondelpark

Remembrance Day & Liberation Day

Every year, on the 4th of May at 20:00, the Dutch remember the victims of World War ||, other wars and peace missions. A ceremony including a two-minute silence is held on several locations throughout the country with the largest one on the Dam Square. The next day, festivities are organized to celebrate our number one privileged right: freedom! A selection of well-known liberty festivals on this day are: Het Vrije Westen, Het Amsterdams Verbond, Vrijland and KinderBevrijdingsFestival.

When: May 4 & 5
Where: Dam Square / Several festival locations throughout the city

Rollende Keukens 2019
Foodlovers be aware! From May 29 until June 2, the Westergas area will turn into your favorite food festival. Enjoy dishes, wines, beers and other spices and delights. With a good atmosphere, foodtrucks, sunshine and live music, Rollende Keukens has all the ingredients for a great time.

When: May 29 – June 2
Where: Westergasterrein

Hemeltjelief Festival 2019
On the 30th of May, the NSDM-wharf will turn into a colorful universe! Hemeltjelief its spaceship will take you to the most astonishing places the universe has to offer. This family festival is filled with amusement for all ages with exciting bands, grooving DJ’s, culture, arts and lots of other fun activities. Once the little ones are off to bed, the after-party kicks in at Noorderlicht Café. Never a dull moment at Hemeltjelief!

When: May 30
Where: NSDM-wharf

Photo: Het Amsterdams Verbond.

With Christmas just around the corner, festive decorations are giving every interior and exterior an extra sparkle. The one thing that can’t be missed during this month is the green, white or colored Christmas Tree that will light everybody up!

Even in 2018 the Christmas Tree trends vary in every perspective; Go bold or go home – use warm accents, be creative or stick to tradition – when creating your perfect Christmas Tree, there is no specific trend to follow, find the decoration that suits you and your living.

Speaking about decorations; this year, Pulitzer collaborated with the biggest department store in the Netherlands named de Bijenkorf. The result, you ask? An 11-meter-tall Christmas Tree that emphasizes this year’s theme – “Make Classic Fantastic”.

While overlooking the Pulitzer Christmas Tree this cozy December month, warm yourself and your beloved ones up at the Pulitzer Winter Garden. Relish with hot chocolate decorated with mini marshmallows and enjoy the sparkles during day and nighttime.