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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Brooklyn is an amazing and diverse borough in New York. One of the most populous areas of
the nation with over 2.5 million residents, almost 40% of whom are immigrants, you can find
just about anything here. Whether you’re looking for arts and culture, fun and entertainment, the
best in cultural cuisine or just about anything else, Brooklyn has it to offer. Here are 5 reasons
you should visit Brooklyn the next time you’re in New York.
Since spring has officially arrived (according the calendar, anyway), that means the season for golf is getting underway as well. In addition to the best in beds and breakfasts, many B&B’s across the country also offer great golfing packages that are on par with some of the bigger resort experiences. Here are a few to consider scheduling some tee time with.
The Charles Hotel in Cambridge, MA Welcome’s Grammy Award Winning Artist- Michal Camilo
The newly renovated Charles Hotel, , located in Cambridge, Massachusetts, kicks off their Summer Jazz Series on April 1st. Michael Camilo is returning to the stage after taking time off to work on his new compositions, including an Off-Broadway play.
Play Fair in New York Is The Ultimate Play and Toy Experience, Consider It The Willy Wonka of Toys and Play
In early February, WickedGoodTravelTips was invited to attend the first annual Play Fair and Toy Fair (http://playfairny.com and http://toyfairny.com) at the Jacob Javits Center in New York City. With my husband and son in tow, I headed to Manhattan on the coldest day of the year so far. This experience was like being a kid in a candy store, but instead of candy, there were toys, play activities, and everyone’s favorite characters from favorite shows, plus so much more. If you have children, this is one event you won’t want to miss.
In this age where most everything is turning digital, DK Eyewitness Travel Guide Books are still your best travel companion for quick, well researched, destination information. DK Eyewitness Travel has just released their newly redesigned Top 10 Guides in a streamlined size that’s perfect for throwing in your backpack or travel bag. Any avid travelers knows that DK Eyewitness Travel guidebooks have always been well known for their succinct information coupled with lots of maps, photos and illustrations.
Norwegian Airlines is grabbing lots of attention as the newest major low-cost carrier flying between the United States and Europe. Their growth has been rapid and they are now the 3rd largest low-cost airline in the popular transatlantic marketplace. Also known as Norwegian Air Shuttle, the airline has just announced new direct flights between Charles de Gaulle Airport in Paris and New York, Los Angeles, and Fort Lauderdale all beginning this spring.
Although winter can be a daunting season, it is also filled with gala celebrations including Mardi Gras, Valentine’s Day and Presidents’ day. It seems there is no shortage of reasons to celebrate and have a party during winter months, so we’ve gathered together a guide to America’s Best Winter Festivals to temp you off the couch. Grab your mittens and slip into you Ughs and head on out to a gala WinterFest, Ice Fest or Brew Fest from New England to California!
Guide To America’s Very Best Winter Festivals