Luxury Briefs: North Carolina hotel to be a green building

Greensboro, N.C., will live up to its name when the 137-room, 10-suite Proximity Hotel opens in August.


According to the hotel's owner, Quaintance-Weaver Restaurants and Hotels, the Proximity Hotel's eight-story tower will use 40% to 55% of the energy of a conventional hotel, thanks to a sophisticated air-exchange system, oversize panes of glass and 96 solar panels atop the building.

Quaintance-Weaver is hoping to attain Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Gold Certification for the Proximity Hotel.

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Argent to become a Westin

The owners of the formerly independent Argent Hotel in San Francisco have decided to renovate the property and reopen the 667-room hotel as the Westin San Francisco Market Street this spring. Outdoor meetings space will be added.

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Stoweflake Mountain Resort & Spa in Stowe, Vt., will host the Vermont Chocolate Show on May 26 and 27.

The AAA Four Diamond property is offering a two-night package priced from $440 per person, double, for those attending the show.

The Stoweflake's Sweet Retreat deal includes two nights' accommodations, one 80-minute chocolate spa treatment per person, a chocolate welcome basket, daily admission to the chocolate show, daily breakfast and use of spa and fitness facilities.

The show will include art displays, a kids' "chocolate land" and a chocolate martini and beer lounge.

For more information on the show, visit For Stoweflake, call (800) 253-2232 or visit

A celebration of soul

Memphis, home to the Stax record label that made stars of Otis Redding, Wilson Pickett and others, will celebrate its soul music heritage this year under the banner "Memphis Celebrates 50 Years of Soul."

The city has proclaimed the week of June 16 to 22 "Seven Days of Soul." During this week, tourism officials said Memphis would engage visitors with sights, sounds, attractions and events inspired by soul music.

Concord Records will host a concert in Memphis featuring contemporary artists and Stax Records artists such as Isaac Hayes and Booker T. & the MG's.

For more information on Memphis' celebration of soul, visit

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