The anticipation and excitement from American travelers wanting to be among the first to tour Cuba (after nearly 50 years) is almost palpable. With the recent thawing of relations between Cuba and the United States, travel companies are expecting increasing demand for tours to Cuba from the United States. And while a limited number of People-to-People land tours have been operating in the past two years, 2016 will be the first year that cruise lines enter the mix. Soon U.S. travelers will be able to board a ship in southern Florida and cruise to Cuba. We’ll take a look at which cruise ships are ready to introduce cruises to Cuba in 2016.
Have you ever wondered what it would feel like to raft underneath one of the highest suspension bridges in the world? Have you and your friends been planning on taking a vacation and want something more exciting than just laying on the same old beach? Well, in terms of raw entertainment, rafting the Arkansas River in Colorado through Royal Gorge is the best distraction from the typical daily grind you and your friends may every experience.
August is considered to be the dog days of summer, so it’s perfectly appropriate that National Dog Day falls on August 26, 2015. Just as summer temperatures crank up and you and your pooch are in need of a romp at the beach, hotels and inns are treating guests and their doggie pals to some extra special treats.
Here’s a look at some of the best beach getaways for you and your best canine pal this summer.
There’s a new trend on golf courses around the USA and it doesn’t come with high fees or expensive equipment. In fact, you probably have everything you’ll need to play FootGolf already at home. FootGolf is attracting attention as an ideal activity for families to get out in the sunshine and play together, and makes a great activity while on a family vacation. What is FootGolf, you ask? Take a soccer ball and strategically kick it around a beautiful 18 hole golf course into specially designed 21 inch cups cut into the rough of the course. Simple and fun!
When temperatures reach 90 degrees and above (as they have all across the counntry this week) it’s time to escape to the cool breezes of a dreamy mountain and lakeside B&B to beat the summer heat!
As the heat index rises so too does travelers’ intolerance for uncomfortable travel and steamy summer locals. The search for cooler destinations in magnificent locations becomes top priority during peak summer, and there are plenty of B&B’s situated in mountainous and lakeside regions that definitely fit the bill. Here are a few great properties to check out and check into when planning your next great summer escape.
Just because the 4th of July has past, it doesn’t mean Summer festivals in New England are on the wain. There are plenty of warm summer days and over-the-top foodie festivals yet to come. Summer is when the beer and wine really start to flow and seafood of every description is celebrated all across New England. So let’s take a look at some of the best Summer Food Festivals yet to come:
America is dotted with great RV and Camping Parks that attract adventurers all summer long, but they are not all created equal. Before you load up your RV, camper van or family SUV, take the time to check out the very best of resort camping parks across the country.
Summer brings out the best of Maine and the new Inns-Along-The-Coast association of coastal inns makes it easy to go in search of Lobsters, Lighthouses and Blueberry Pie!
With inns in Kennebunkport, Rockland and Bar Harbor, (a 2 hour drive from each other) it’s a simple task to plan a great one week getaway. Best of all, InnsAlongTheCoast has crafted itinerary suggestions for Food Lovers, Outdoor Adventurers and Art and Culture enthusiasts.
“Hey mister…will you take a picture of me and my family?”, will make a grand resurgence at Disney properties beginning on Tuesday, June 30th when a ban begins on selfie sticks in Disney parks.
Citing growing safety concerns with the increasing number of selfie sticks in use at the parks and on amusements rides, Disney has decided to ban these handy photo tools entirely.
Beach-side Bed and Breakfast Inns for the Best Summer Escapes
Travelers, beach season is upon us! When summer temperatures rise, people long for white sand between their toes and a cool ocean breeze on their face. What they don’t crave is the traffic to and from the coast and having a sandy car when the day is done. Why not skip the hassle and stay right on the beach, where you can take in gorgeous sunrises and sunsets while being pampered at a seaside bed and breakfast?
Located in The Pinehills development in Plymouth, MA, the Mirbeau Inn is secluded, surrounded by lush greenery, and well worth discovering. With only 50 deluxe rooms and suites, the Inn is reminiscent of a French country manor home plucked from a Monet canvas.
Treat yourself to a romantic getaway to the Mirbeau Inn (less than a one hour drive from Boston), and you’ll think you’ve skipped away to the Loire Valley of France!
What better way to enjoy an afternoon in the Back Bay of Boston than to visit trendy restaurants, sample tasty appetizers and sip a variety of fine wines with a Certified Wine Specialist?- What fun! This experience is offered by City Wine Tours in four Boston neighborhoods – Back Bay, South End, North End and Harvard Square. Their motto is: Learning About Wine Should Be As Fun As Drinking It, and we definitely agree. Come along as we visit three acclaimed restaurants in Boston’s Back Bay in the company of our own wine expert.
In New Hampshire’s Mt. Washington Valley granite cliffs and glacier carved ravines produce an abundance of beautiful, easily accessible waterfalls just waiting for you to explore.
Follow us to discover 9 spectacular waterfalls in the Mt. Washington Valley that are easily accessible just off paved roads and in short distance from each other. Plan an unforgettable adventure to explore these cascading waterfalls and don’t miss the chance to see them in their full spring rushing glory!
One of the great gifts of spring is Lilac season, when the heady scent of lavender lilacs fill the air. For years I marched out with my garden snippers in hand and brought in arm loads of fresh blossoms to arrange. But alas within an hour or two they had already started to wilt and […]
Baseball season is back! There is nothing better than hearing the crack of the bat on a long warm summer night as you watch the game with some friends and share refreshments. Instead of viewing it on TV, why not get off your couch and see one of America’s favorite pastimes firsthand at one of the celebrated stadiums steeped in tradition? While you are at it, you can stay at a B&B that has just as much history as some of these treasured parks because nothing beats seeing a great win front and center, except maybe a home-run experience in hospitality.
Seattle is one of the most amazing cities in the world. If you can avoid the raindrops that seem to always threaten the city, then you will find an amazing variety of culture and entertainment on display. Everyone tends to hit the big sites like Pike’s Place Market, the Space Needle, and the Pioneer Square when they come into town. These sites are worth a visit, but there are a number of insider places that residents visit regularly that you’ll want to see as well.
If you’re visiting Seattle, then consider these fun out of the ordinary options.
NYC Walking Tour – 3 Wine Bars You Just Shouldn’t Miss
Whether you’re a New York City native or visiting for the first or hundredth time, it’s a great place to explore a variety of wines from tiny wine bars to larger restaurants whose menus are built around wine selections. What better way to learn about wine than to grab your comfy shoes and spend a few hours walking around the Upper East Side (UES) of New York City and enjoy some spectacular wines?
Re-Discover the Forgotten Movie Locations of Venice Beach California
Picture Venice Beach… Are you seeing surfers, hippies, lifeguards and skateboarders? How about Muscle Beach, the basketball courts, tattoo parlors and world-famous Ocean Front Walk?
But what if you could see it as it was in its hay-day in the early 1900’s when dozens of movies and later hundreds of TV shows chose Venice Beach as their ideal location? Don’t worry if you left your time machine at home, because it just so happens that Venice has been one of the world’s most filmed movie locations for over a century and you can tour to discover its most iconic film locations.
Where To See The World’s Most Dramatic Cherry Blossom and Spring Tulip Festivals
This year more than most, everyone is desperate for a glimpse of spring to help them forget what a disgusting winter 2015 has been. All across the world cherry trees are in bud and ready to burst with pink perfusion to create lacy canapes dancing on spring breezes. Likewise, fat garden bulbs are sending their shoots toward the sunshine and soon gardens will sprout with spring tulips painting the landscape in impossibly bright colors. Oh yes, we need a dose of beautiful spring flowers right now! Here’s our master list of the best Cherry Blossom and Tulip Festivals across the globe.