Tuesday, February 18, 2014
Yeah, traffic may be backed up because of those drivers who are freaked out by ice and snow, the temperatures are so low you simply can’t put on enough clothing, and school has been called off yet again. Why not forget about all that and actually enjoy this fabulous winter? This is pretty easy to do if you head to Michigan to check out three equally marvelous resorts, all of which provide enough winter sports fun to make you think that winter might turn out to be your favorite season after all.
The Grand Traverse Resort…
Read More… in Acme, Michigan, located near Traverse City, boasts an incredible, soaring, 17-story glass tower of luxury hotel rooms with an amazing view of the surrounding, snow-covered fields, in addition to the Shores Condominiums overlooking East Grand Traverse Bay. There’s plenty to do at the resort and the surrounding area includes lots of microbreweries and wineries but our favorite activity was dog sledding.
Thursday, December 26, 2013
The holidays are drawing to a close and, once you have taken down all your decorations and are ready for a little getaway, a big city may be your best choice. Often, the prices are lower in the winter, you can get some great and reasonably priced hotel accommodations, and enjoy the local attractions with fewer crowds.
Read More…: Those icy cold winds may whip off Lake Michigan during the winter in The Windy City, but bundle up and enjoy this beautiful location while there are fewer crowds and better prices. Experience the ultimate in luxury with a stay at the Villa D’Citta bed and breakfast in Lincoln Park and you may never want to leave. Or make a reservation for an executive suite at the Hyatt McCormick Place and enjoy your incredible view of Lake Michigan and Navy Pier. Plan dinner one night at The Storefront, a lovely neighborhood restaurant with delicious food and a delightful atmosphere.
Thursday, November 7, 2013
As a major holiday, there are numerous activities and festivities to see and be part of, but none equals a spectacular Thanksgiving Day Parade. Nowadays, you can choose what location you want to the see the festive floats, giant character balloons and the marching bands, from New York City to Chicago to Philadelphia. It just one of those things that the TV cannot do justice to, the sights, the sound and the smell, so plan ahead to take you and yours on a memorable trip to celebrate Thanksgiving Day.
New York City: The Macy’s Day Parade
As one of the most famous parades, the annual Macy’s Day Parade is televised across the world for all to see. On the procession route, the streets are literally teaming with about 3-million spectators. Almost in its 90th…
Read More… year, it’s no wonder it is the most popular parade with its gigantic character balloons that effortlessly float down the street, the creative floats, marching bands, cheerleading, dance groups and the list goes on.
Tuesday, October 15, 2013
The official first day of fall has come and gone, the weather is slowly getting cooler and the days shorter so beach vacations may seem like a thing of the past at this point but, in reality, this is absolutely the best time of the year to visit many beaches. After Labor Day, the crowds diminish as children head back to school, and the prices are lowered, but the weather in many of these areas is still warm enough to enjoy the beach, have a swim, have some great seafood, shop and visit the local spa.
Here are five suggestions for locations we have visited in the fall that make perfect beach destinations for this time of year.
1. Tybee Island, Georgia…
Read More…. Located right off the coast of Savannah and frequently referred to as “Savannah’s Beach”, small and quaint Tybee is a beautiful place with lovely, tan sand beaches and some great
Tuesday, September 17, 2013
You sigh, walk on by and sit at the airport’s main departure lounge, carry-on luggage at your feet, and jacket on your lap, only now putting back things into your pockets after the security check.
What would it really take for you to access the airport lounge where you could put your feet up, relax and sip on something refreshing before your flight? Most travelers do not travel first class or business class which is the key to opening the lounge door, but there are others ways to gains access to the airport lounge without breaking the bank.
The One-Day Pass…
This will grant you access to an airport lounge at the cost of $50.00. You need to check what restrictions exist like do you have to be traveling on the same airline as the airport lounge, and can you take a guest in for free? Continental Airlines state their pass is valid for a year so you don’t have to worry what day you want to use it.
Thursday, September 5, 2013
When you think of Christmas Markets the first place that comes to mind are the traditional ones located in Europe – specifically in Germany and Austria, where old cobbled streets decorated with stringed lights house wooden chalet stalls that sell everything festive.
Located in the Rhine Valley, Strasbourg is a sprawling metropolitan city. It has a mix of French and German cultures because of its proximity to the German border. Here you will find the Christkindelsmarik or Christmas Market which is the oldest in France. Located in Place Broglie near the gothic Cathedral of Our Lady of Strasbourg the area comes to life with over 300 chalet-style booths, singing choirs of people, hot mulled wine and trinkets for the Christmas season. The market gets busier as the time progresses with about 2 million visitors during the season, but it only adds to the atmosphere and excitement. There is also the aroma of baked goods especially Gingerbread which comes on all shapes, sizes and varieties.
Thursday, August 15, 2013
Have you ever visited Kaua’i? Chances are, if you did you saw terrific beaches, not to mention great hotels, world-class golfing, sweet local restaurants, and (if you got really lucky), the elusive “green flash” which supposedly appears on the famous north shore of the island just as the sun dips below the horizon.
Of course if you go to Kaua’i for spiritual travel, there’s a lot more to see and do than have a Mai Tai and take a Jeep tour or go to a traditional Hawai’ian luau, though these activities are also not to be missed! Here are some suggestions for diving down deeper on a spiritual tour of this most wonderful Hawaiian island:
On the beautiful coastal road of Kauai’s north shore is a gorgeous mystical wet cave called “The Blue Room.” It is one of the island’s many unusual geological formations. A peaceful feeling instantly settles upon you when you enter this cave.
Thursday, June 27, 2013
One of the most important things I learned when I was in South Beach, Miami for a day recently is that if you are “in the know” you call it SoBe…
Read More…. If you find yourself in SoBe for a day and you like to shop, eat and lounge on the beach, here’s what I did to give you some ideas.
You have some choices when heading to SoBe from another part of Miami, but one of the cheapest and best ways to get there is on a city bus. We were leery when the hotel concierge suggested this, but I found the Miami buses to be clean, air-conditioned and comfortable. They also run on time, operate all over the city and are very reasonably priced. We walked to the airport near our hotel, then hopped on a bus to SoBe for only $2 each way.
If you are up for shopping, one of the first places you should go is Lincoln Road.
Tuesday, April 23, 2013
According to the Guinness Book of World Records, Milwaukee plays host to the world’s largest festival. From late June to early July each year, Summerfest takes over a 75-acre festival park with over 700 entertainers on 11 stages over an 11 day period. Last year despite a record setting heat wave, Summerfest attracted over 800,000 people participating in one or more days of the festival.
Along with some regional musical acts, this festival also attracts headliners including The Foo Fighters, the Beach Boys’ 50th Anniversary Tour, Iron Maiden with special guest Alice cooper and Lady Antebellum. Whatever your musical preferences, you will be able to find acts that make your heart sing. Stay connected to the Summerfest website for updated listings of this year’s lineup that should start to roll out in April 2013.
Add into this mix a range of children’s activities and this day can become a family affair.…
Thursday, April 18, 2013
Before we arrived at lovely Navarre Beach, we stopped at a Publix grocery on the way to pick up drinks and snacks to stock the fridge in our condo. We stopped before we got to Navarre because the last time I was there several years ago, there was no grocery store. You had to drive to nearby Pensacola or Gulf Breeze if you wanted to pick up groceries.
As we pulled up near the bridge to cross over to the snow white sand of Santa Rosa Island and the gorgeous Navarre Beach, I was surprised and pleased to see a brand new Publix grocery. This means that, with the incredible beach, fabulous accommodations and small, locally owned restaurants on Navarre Beach, you may never have to leave the area for your whole vacation!
Navarre Beach is located on Santa Rosa Island, just a few miles down from popular Pensacola Beach. I have stayed in both areas over the years and consider Navarre Beach to be superior mainly because it is so lovely, quiet and family-friendly.…
Saturday, February 16, 2013
If you’re tired of being clobbered by hotel bills, find traveling alone has lost its allure, or you long to see a city through the eyes of a local, it’s time to go CouchSurfing.
That’s the amazing international initiative where people open up their homes to travelers and show them around the local sights. Although a free bed is certainly a huge attraction, it’s not just a scheme for cheapskates. It’s also the best way to experience a foreign country or a different city. Hooking up with a native who’s happy to be your guide will let you discover real life behind the tourist façade by hanging out at local haunts, seeing attractions off the beaten track, and getting tips on using the public transport. It’s free to join, and members post a profile of themselves and describe the accommodation they are offering. It can be a one-way affair too, since you can surf even if you can’t host.…
Thursday, January 24, 2013
Virginia has long been a reliable source of natural beauty. Preservationists have taken on the painstaking responsibility of conserving their national forest and parks, while making them available to campers and other nature lovers. So far their success has been phenomenal.
Virginia Beach Campgrounds
There are many campgrounds available on Virginia’s pristine beaches.
First Landing State Park…
Located by the Chesapeake Bay, First Landing State Park also hosts a camp store, bath houses, and a lovely boardwalk area for visitors. Campers can stay up to fourteen days for the very affordable fee of $24 without electric and water or $30 if you prefer those amenities for your visit.
Campers at First Landing State Park can expect to be offered nature, boating, swimming, and history programs. Cabins are available as well as campsites with restrooms and showers nearby. With over twenty miles of trails on 2,888 acres of virtually untouched earth, this campground may be the perfect place for your Virginia Beach camping vacation.
Tuesday, December 4, 2012
Charlotte, North Carolina is commonly neglected by the multiple books and websites that create lists of the best places to visit. When people think of the state, a couple things usually come to mind: either the talented athletes at University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill and Duke University or the gleaming beaches of the Outer Banks.
What many do not realize is that Charlotte is a bustling metropolis and an important financial city of the United States. With the amount of money and residents that have been pouring in since Bank of America made the Queen City its home base, the cultural features have also expanded. Charlotte now offers a variety of activities for both locals and tourists alike to explore its rich historic and artistic aspects.
For Civil War buffs, the Levine Museum of the South offers details of how life in the area changed after the South surrendered. This museum features a wide range of both permanent and temporary exhibits.…
Tuesday, October 23, 2012
Does your winter warm-weather search include a stop in San Diego? If it doesn’t, it should. Mild winters make this destination a favorite for anyone seeking an escape from snow and cold. It’s not uncommon to go walking on the beach on Christmas Day in flip-flops and shorts or jogging on New Year’s in a tank top.
What’s good for you is good for Fido, too. San Diego is emerging as an extremely dog-friendly destination with a number of hotel properties allowing dogs in guest rooms. As a result, many December, January and February visitors to the land of Shamu and the World-Famous San Diego Zoo are bringing their four-legged companions to enjoy a little of that winter warmth in California’s furthest southern city.
The San Diego Convention & Visitors Bureau even keeps a running list of various dog-friendly activities and special offers from participating hotels. At this time, several popular properties are offering special pet-friendly packages:
Loews Coronado Bay Resort…
“Loews Loves Pets” program, pets are welcomed with a note listing dog-walking routes, veterinarians, groomers and other resources.