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by Cheryl-Anne Sturken | April 3, 2015

April 2 is World Autism Awareness Day, and this year more than 13,000 structures around the globe, many of them iconic landmarks such as the Empire State Building in New York City and the statue of Christ the Redeemer in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, marked the occasion by cloaking themselves in blue light. That's the official color of Autism Speaks, part of the organization's Light It Up Blue campaign, which launched in 2007. Hotels from Boston to Baku, Azerbaijan, are doing their part to bring awareness to this disorder, which affects millions worldwide, by offering some pretty creative "blue" initiatives of their own during the month of April. Here is a sampling:

• The 193-room Palm Beach Marriott Singer Island Beach Resort & Spa in Florida is offering a new meeting break for the month of April — the Blue Break special. Groups who opt in can enjoy items such as blueberry granola parfaits, blue cheese stuffed dates and blue velvet mini cupcakes. The hotel is donating 10 percent of all sales to autism research.

• At the 470-room Hyatt Regency Cambridge in Boston, the hotel's fine-dining restaurant, Zephyr on the Charles, has created two new blue-themed menu items to show its support for the cause: A portion of the sales of its Code Blue cocktail and the Blueberry Tart dessert will go directly to benefit Autism Speaks.

• Not only did the 415-room Fairmont Washington, D.C., Georgetown, light up its lobby a pretty blue for World Autism Awareness Day, the property has concocted a special blue cocktail, the Blue Karizma, made from vodka citron, tequila and blue curaco, which it will offer all month long, with a percentage of all sales going to Autism Speaks.



• Staff members at the newly opened 171-room Four Seasons Baku, in the capital of Azerbaijan, are wearing blue ribbons and puzzle pins (the official symbol of Autism Speaks), and its three restaurants are creating daily blue dessert specials all month long.