Each year thousands of leaf peepers tumble into their cars and head north toward the mountains of Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont to be dazzled by fall foliage displays. Highways become clogged, restaurants are filled to overflowing, hotels are sold out and prices are at their max.
This year we have a smarter suggestion for you, instead of heading north, point your car toward central Massachusetts and discover the beauty of ancestral farms, hillsides awash with fall colors and small towns chock full of farm stands, art, music, history and artisan craft shops. Fall foliage is just as brilliant in this verdant region, but you’ll miss the annoying crowds.
West Coast BnB’s for an Unforgettable Fall Foliage Getaway
People often praise New England as a prized spot for catching the best of fall foliage, but least we forget, the West Coast offers some spectacular Autumn vistas too. From Washington to Oregon to California, the trees aim to please with breathtaking colors that are surrounded by equally stunning landscapes. Here’s a look at striking BnB inns that are perfect for fall getaways.
New Travel Tips for Las Vegas
Las Vegas, one of the most well known vacation destinations in the world, is the ultimate destination for anyone who enjoys gambling. Apart from enjoying games such as keno, poker, roulette, wheel of fortune, craps, blackjack, and baccarat, people who love to play slot machines, visit sites like Royal Vegas as well. While many other cities boast of casinos, Las Vegas is the most popular casino city in the world and entertains visitors 24 hours a day. Little wonder that those who visit this city once keep on returning.
The Finger Lakes Region of up-state New York has always been known for its beauty and abundance of acclaimed vineyards. While most travelers are drawn to the southern region to visit Watkins Glen, Hammondsport and Corning; I’d like to draw your attention further north to the delightful city and lake known as Canandaigua.
Come along on our exploration of the Canandaigua Lake area to discover acclaimed vineyards, craft breweries and fine cuisine.
Famous TV and Movie Coffee Shop Hangouts
All of our favorite TV sitcom shows seem to have a comfy neighborhood coffee shop where all the popular characters gather to exchange their inner-most feelings and to share a laugh or two, even if it is supplied by a phony laugh-track…. Even so, travelers love to search out the real diners and coffee shops that were used as TV settings. Probably Tom’s Restaurant in Manhattan is the most famous, as the gathering spot for the Seinfeld gang.
When in Pennsylvania, do as they do, go to Dutch Wonderland and Crayola Experience
Recently we were looking for a fun weekend getaway with our 5-year old. We decided to try out Lancaster, PA and Easton, PA for some serious kid fun. Joined by our good friends and their 4-year old we headed out for a smile-packed weekend.
Sometimes you come across an inn that is so delightful, you feel like you’d like to move right in. That’s exactly the experience we had at the 1837 Cobblestone Cottage Bed and Breakfast in up-state New York. Canaddaigua is both a town and a “finger” lake located just south of Rochester NY, about a five 1/2 hour drive from Boston straight out Rt 90 – the Mass Pike.
The 7 Best and Most Spectacular Hikes in America’s West.
Yes the West is huge. It can be hard to figure out where, exactly, one should strike out for a mind-blowing hike. Other than tropical jungle, there’s every type of terrain imaginable. There are rainforests, high deserts, mountains, canyons, plains, and even an entire landscape of nothing but lava rock called Craters of the Moon.
Lake Erie Wine Country stretches for 50 miles along the southeastern edge of Lake Erie (Erie, PA to Chautauqua County in up-state New York) and wine tasting is just one of the awesome activities that attract in-the-know travelers to this bucolic corner of America.
What’s that you say….you never heard of it? Well, I suspect everyone has been trying to keep it a secret for themselves. Come along as we discover what makes this region a fun and “spirited” getaway destination well worth discovering.
Here Comes the Luxury! Beautiful BnB Wedding Sites For Your Special Day.
Many bed and breakfasts are often celebrated for their romantic surroundings – and as the ideal spots for couples to reconnect. Did you know there are plenty of properties that also offer luxurious packages and amenities designed with weddings in mind? Not only can brides and grooms enjoy nuptials onsite, they’ll have access to accommodations for the Big Day and beyond for both themselves and their guests too. Here are a handful consider for those waiting to walk down the aisle.
Cool Mountain and Lakeside B&B’s Invite You to Escape the Summer Heat
As the heat index rises so too does travelers’ intolerance for uncomfortable getaways. The search for cooler destinations in magnificent locations becomes top priority during summer, and there are plenty of B&B’s situated in mountainous and lakeside regions that definitely fit the bill. Here are a few to check out and check into when planning your next great escape.
Our family was recently hosted by Sugartooth Tours, who specializes in sweat walking dessert tours in NYC.
What could be more inviting than walking the streets of New York City, stopping to sample delicious ice cream along the way. Come with us as we take a walking tour along the sweet streets of NYC.
Best Urban Beaches From Paris to Philadelphia – Summer City Beaches Are Popping Up In Land-Locked Cities Around The World
July is almost here when all thoughts turn to lazing at the beach with friends. In major land-locked cities across the globe, temporary beaches are popping along river banks to give city-dwellers and visitors a bit of sun and sand fun. City beaches are not a new idea but, when Paris brought in sand and palm trees to line the banks of the Seine River in summer, the world took notice. Paris Plages become an immediate passion for Parisians who couldn’t escape to the Med for a beach vacation. You just can’t keep a good idea from spreading and soon pop-up urban beaches were being created in major cities across the world. So grab you flip flops and beach chair and head to one of the world’s most popular pop-up city beaches!
Mid-Atlantic Roadside Oddities Worth Stopping For
If you’ve got your RV or SUV fueled up and fully loaded, you’re always ready for a road trip – the real question is, where do you want to go? It’s easy to pick a well-worn tourist route, or return to a favorite vacation spot, but if you truly want something off the books, hit the roads of America. The United States is home to more one-of-a-kind roadside oddities than anywhere else.
Here are our picks for some of the weirdest and most entertaining roadside attractions in the Mid-Atlantic States:
With all the excitement of Father’s Day this past weekend you may have missed another wonderful holiday…National Martini Day that takes place on June 19th each year, and this year it coincided with Dad’s day. But it’s never too late to sit down and savor a really good martini, especially when you’re on summer vacation or need to feel like you are.
With that in mind we share with you 12 colorful recipes for summer-spirited martinis created by some of America’s top chefs and mixologists at top resorts across the country. Get your shaker ready!!
Bring On A Toast to Summer! BnB’s along Brewery and Wine Trails
Summertime calls for beer and wine, and there are numerous inns located on some of the best trails in the US. There are even regions that are celebrated for both breweries and wineries, so guests don’t have to choose between the two. Here are a few inns from New York’s Finger Lakes and Virginia where you can sip, sample, and stay while enjoying the best breakfasts and beds in between.
Calling all lobster lovers, it’s time to plan your summer road-trip to sample the best lobster in America! Sure you have your favorite lobster or clam shack that your family has visited for years…. but you could be missing another memorable experience just down the road a piece. Thanks to the updated and revised edition of Lobster Shacks, A Road-Trip Guide to New England’s Best Lobster Joints, finding the best lobster and clam shacks near you is a cinch.
America’s National Park Service is celebrating 100 Years of protecting the country’s most precious and awe-inspiring scenery while welcoming visitors to experience their grandeur. In 2015, more than 300 million visitors enjoyed the beauty and history of our National Parks and this year promises to be even more popular. On August 25, 2016 the National Park Service will commemorate its official anniversary as they celebrate across the country with free admission and special events from 8/25-28.
How many of our National Parks have you visited, and can you guess what the top 10 most visited parks are? Here they are in order of popularity:
Spoil Mom this Season! Celebrate Mother’s Day the BnB Way!
Mom’s big day is on its way, so there’s no time like the present to start thinking of a gift that you know she would want to get. At inns across the country, mothers can indulge in weekend escapes and enticing events with family and friends that really show her just how much she’s loved.
From Taboo to What’s New – Cannabis Themed Tours Are Sprouting Up in America
As the old song says: Times they are a changing… What was considered a taboo some years ago is now becoming a tourist trend. Long gone are the times when Cannabis was an issue that had to be hidden. Now the winds of change have brought legal reforms and are remaking the once evil branded plant into an advantageous factor for economic growth. Colorado, Oregon, Washington, and Alaska have already legalized the “drug” for recreational use among adults and more States are changing their legal frameworks making Cannabis use acceptable for medical purposes.