Author: Kian Lam Kho

Hotel Shuttle Van

Once again, the DoubleTree by Hilton Fort Lee will be offering shuttle vans to transport our dancers staying at the hotel. The van service is $10 one way and will be added to your hotel room charges.

The hotel has provided two time slots each on Friday (from Manhattan to Fort Lee) and Sunday (from Fort Lee to Manhattan) for our use. There are only twelve seats per bus, so reserve your seats early using our on-line registration system. (Scroll down to find the Shuttle Bus Reservation.) Reservation must be made before midnight Wednesday (10/30).

Where to pick up the shuttle in Manhattan:

New York Hilton Midtown
1335 Avenue of the Americas
New York, NY 10019
(Between West 53rd and West 54th Streets)

Friday (11/1) Manhattan to Fort Lee

2:30pm and 4:30pm

Sunday (11/3) Fort Lee to Manhattan

2:00pm and 4:00pm

Hotel Group Code for 2019 Now Available

Group code for hotel rooms at the DoubleTree is now available. You can either call the hotel reservation line or go online to book your hotel room. Remember the Peel the Pumpkin 2019 special rate of $139 per night is available from Thursday, October 31 through Sunday, November 3. So, come early or stay for another day, and explore New York City. On Halloween night (Thursday, October 31), the Halloween Parade in the Village is one of the most interesting and fun events in the city.

Group Code: J09
Hotel Reservations Line: 800-774-1500

Reserve Your Room Online

It is true that the hotel is at a location that is not conducive for pedestrians. However, a regular shuttle bus service is available for hotel guests to get to and from Manhattan easily. It is also possible to use Uber or local taxi service to get to Main Street Fort Lee, where there is a good selection of restaurants.

Thank You Everyone for Making PTP 2018 a Success

What a wonderful weekend it was! Peel the Pumpkin 2018 “Under the Big Top” has ended and the official count of dancers for the weekend is 123. We welcomed dancers from 17 states and Washington DC, and the top five clubs participating were Times Squares (45), Independence Squares (16), Tech Squares (11), DC Lambda (9) and Rutgers Promenaders (4). Thank you all for dancing with us!

In addition to enjoying dancing with our staff callers that include Sandie Bryant, Betsy Gotta and Ted Lizotte, the Saturday night buffet dinner was a hit. Many people raved about the varied antipasto selections and delicious entrees. Of course the costume parade was one of the most creative in the last few years. The nor’easter that went by on Saturday did not dampen our dancing spirit at all.

We are now looking forward to Peel the Pumpkin 2019 “Sci-Fi Swing By” next year! Register online now to save on registration fee.

Box Lunch for Saturday

There is only a one hour break for lunch on Saturday. So, going out of the hotel to get lunch can be a bit tight. One option is to go down to the first floor of the hotel and order off the menu at Cafe Milano. Or better yet, stay within the ballroom area and get the box lunch at the Dining Pavilion (Bergen/Bluff Point). The box comes with one sandwich that you choose from a delicious selection, plus one cookie and a bag of chips. All this for just $12. Soft drinks and water is also available for $1. Enjoy lunch with your fellow attendees not have to worry about making it back to the dance.

Saturday All Day Registration

For those of you who can only attend Saturday dances, we have a special Saturday All Day registration for $85. This registration includes dancing from 9:00am to 10:00pm and comes with the buffet dinner. You can register online to make it easy to check in at the dance hall.

We also have individual session pass for Friday night, Saturday morning or afternoon, and Sunday morning for $35 each. These are available on site so join us whenever you are able to come.

Hotel Rooms are Going Fast

Make your reservations immediately to ensure a room at the DoubleTree by Hilton Fort Lee. We’ve exceeded our group room block at the fly-in hotel. We’ve requested more rooms but due to the high occupancy rate the number of remaining rooms is very limited and they are going fast. Also note that the group rate is only guaranteed thorugh October 5.

If rooms at the DoubleTree are unavailable, there is a Holiday Inn a few blocks away. We will, however, not be able to guarantee the room rates. So do book your room soon to avoid any inconvenience.

Hotel Shuttle Bus Schedule

DoubleTree by Hilton Fort Lee provides a regular shuttle bus service directly to New York Hilton Midtown at 54th Street and Avenue of the Americas for a fee of $10 one way. You can use this service to get to the hotel from Manhattan. If you’re planning to arrive into New York City by train or by inter-city bus, then take this shuttle to get to DoubleTree by Hilton Fort Lee.

We have arranged special schedule for our dancers to travel from Manhattan to the hotel on Friday (October 26) and to return on Sunday (October 28). Two time slots each on Friday (from Manhattan to Fort Lee) and Sunday (from Fort Lee to Manhattan) have been set aside exclusively for us. There are only twelve seats per bus, so reserve your seats early using our on-line registration system. Bus fares will be included in your hotel room charges.

Where to pick up the shuttle in Manhattan:

New York Hilton Midtown
1335 Avenue of the Americas
New York, NY 10019
(Between West 53rd and West 54th Streets)

Friday (10/26) Manhattan to Fort Lee

2:30pm and 4:30pm

Sunday (10/28) Fort Lee to Manhattan

2:00pm and 4:00pm