Hotel Maya, Long Beach, Calif., Ongoing
This chic waterfront hotel doesn't have to do much to mark the occasion, because, as its name implies, it already embraces Maya culture -- from the vibrant color scheme to menu items at its onsite restaurant. The hotel is, however, running a yearlong "The Year to Go Mayan" sweepstakes that offer entrants the chance to win free weekend stays as well as a grand prize trip to the heart of Maya country in Yucatan, Mexico. Other special offerings include a themed dinner show, complete with authentic music and cuisine, on Nov. 14 as well as an End of the World Party on Dec. 21. You can even track the remaining time on the Maya calendar, down to the day, hour, minute and second, on the hotel's website.