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Mention lighthouses and most folks think about the craggy coast of New England. But we would be remiss not to appreciate the majestic Pacific coast lighthouses guiding ships in from the far east or after rounding Cape Horn to reach California in the great gold rush era. Like the Spanish missions, lighthouses were built in strategic locals all along California’s coast.
Come along with us as we map out a dramatic 950 mile road trip (perfect for an RV vacation) traveling north to south to explore 7 distinct areas and 15 lighthouses along the Pacific coast of California.
On October 12, 1810, Bavaria celebrated Prince Ludwig’s upcoming nuptials to his bride with the citizens of Munich, Germany. The celebration took place in front of the city gates and included copious amounts of beer, food and games. It was so much of a success that they decided to host the event again the following year. Fast-forward 204 years and the tradition of Oktoberfest is not only celebrated in Munich anymore, it has traversed countries and continents snowballing into a world-wide event held every October.
The United States loves their beer, food and games just as much as Germany. Here’s a look at fun Oktoberfest celebrations across America:
There are of course the many famous beaches along the east coast; their beauty attracting people from all over. But I’m not exactly a beach person; my natural refuge is ideally surrounded by an endless variety of vegetation instead of sand and water. To my surprise, North Carolina has no shortage of incredible state parks. I’ve made it a task to visit every state park within NC, so here’s a look at the remarkable landscapes they offer:
This year why not let someone else do the driving while you sit back and relax with nothing to disturb your leaf-peeping revelry. We’ve pulled together a guide to America’s favorite rail journeys that travel past the country’s most stunning fall foliage vistas. Whether you have one day to spare or a week, here are the best train routes for doing some serious leaf peeping.
From New England, to the Blue Ridge Mountains and the narrow gauge rails of the west, there’s spectacular foliage scenery all along the way.
Okemo Mountain is Vermont’s perfect vacation spot For ALL SEASONS.
Summers and Fall at Okemo Mountain Resort offers outdoor fun for everyone. The Adventure Zone is a hub for family fun with the Mountain Coaster, Sawyer’s Sweep Zipline Tours, Haulback Challenge Course, Disc Golf Courses, Lumberin’ Cal Miniature Golf, Stump Jumper Bungee Trampoline, Climbing Wall, AMP Energy Big Air Bag and my personal favorite Segway Personal Transport Tours.
Vegas has become Dog-Friendly. Here’s Where to Find The Best Pet Friendly Hotels in Las Vegas.
Taking your dog with you to Las Vegas is no longer a traveler’s dream, it’s a reality. More than a hundred Las Vegas hotels, since 2011, have added dog-friendly services to their already extensive list of amenities. Massages for your four-legged friend, plush beds, personalized water bowls, mouth-watering menus and easy to access dog-walking services have made Las Vegas one of the most pet-friendly destinations in the US.
Hawaii is a diver’s ultimate dream come true. From the Big Island to Oahu, Maui, Molokai and Kauai, meet a group of exquisite and beautifully-lush islands with no requirement of a passport to travel to for US citizens. With a perfect geographical location of 2500 miles from the closest continental landmass, it is one of the world’s most remote Archipelagos. This isolation from the rest of the world could only mean one thing: you get to share the sea with endemic and rare species.
Some of the top scuba sites you will not want to miss out in your scuba trip include:
Fall is right around the corner. Soon warm summer breezes will give way to crisp autumn air and the season’s harvest will reach its peak, yielding delicious fresh produce. BnBFinder has paired exceptional orchard destinations with beautiful bed & breakfasts and inns to create unforgettable autumn getaways. So take advantage of the small window of time for leaf-peeping and apple-picking this fall and visit some of these outstanding local farms.
I can almost smell the aroma of grilling meat now! For everyone who just can’t get enough of the charred, finger-licking goodness of summer BBQ, your nirvana will be in Brooklyn next weekend at the Taste Talks All-Star BBQ where grilling masters will set up for a three day food obsessesive weekend. On Sunday, September 14th, the East River State Park will become a waterfront BBQ mecca as 25 of America’s trendiest chefs will gather to show off their grilling skills and talk some serious BBQ throw-down smack.
Going back to school has never been such a treat as when you stay at an historic Schoolhouse Bed and Breakfast. While Labor Day means back to school and some sad faces, you won’t mind a bit when you’re heading for one of these converted schoolhouses that are now outstanding inns. They’ll be no complaining about staying late, or dozing off, as these charming properties will have you reminiscing for the simpler days of small communities school. And these fine establishments will be swapping the three R’s from Reading, Writing and ‘rithmatic, to Rest, Relaxation and Romance. So take notes on the Best Schoolhouse BnB’s across America.
21st Annual Tour des Fleurs. was a huge success and a wonderful day spent meeting growers along California’s stunning Half Moon Bay. This unique event offers the public a special once-a-year opportunity to tour local nurseries, greenhouses, wineries, harbor, and farms – many of which are not ordinarily open to the public. With anticipation July 26 arrived and I was headed to Half Moon Bay, a sunny coastal city south of San Francisco. So come along with me on my day of discovery:
Soon the temperatures will begin to ease from summer’s heat and cool breezes will blow down from the hills and mountains. Before long, the urge to dress in bright orange will become irresistible. No, not for Halloween – for a great guys getaway to the wilderness! It’s nearly time to gather your buddies and take to the woods for a hunting, fishing and laughs. Combine the all-time favorite guy activities of fishing, hunting and hiking and go RVing and camping in some of America’s best spots.
Here’s a look at some of America’s best RV and Camping Parks for hunting, fishing and hiking:
Discovering The Best Kept Secret Activities of Atlanta
If you live in or have ever traveled to Atlanta, you likely know about attractions such as the Atlanta Braves’ Turner Field, the High Museum of Art, the CNN Center, the Atlanta Zoo, and Piedmont Park. You probably don’t know, however, about the vast array of other activities that are home to this charming southern city. Atlanta has a hidden collection of activities for those who are sick of seeing the same tourist traps time and time again.
Yard sales are one of the best ways to bring in a little extra cash or find a hidden treasure. Did you know that the late singer Marvin Gaye’s passport was recently found in a vinyl album cover bought at a yard sale?
While most yard sales only span the width of a single yard, some go the whole nine yards and beyond, stretching 100 miles or more! Many BnBFinder inns are located along these lengthy routes, providing comfortable lodging and delicious food amidst all the bargains you are sure to come across.
Why visit Poughkeepsie, NY you ask? Well let me tell why Poughkeepsie is a great secret kept for family getaways. Located in the Hudson Valley, Poughkeepsie has a great deal of culture and history.
If you like to enjoy the great outdoors, there are amazing hiking trials, the Walkway Over the Hudson, wineries, apple picking and many historical sites to see. With it being less than two hours from New York City, and accessible to many types of transportation, it makes for a great getaway destination. The views around the Hudson Valley make it well worth the drive. The Dutchess County Tourism website has an abundant amount of resources and events that will help you plan your vacation trip.
Whether you’re passing through a national park on the way to your grandparents’ house or your road trip is your vacation, there is no end to the wonders you can see out on the open road.
Here are six of North America’s little-known, but most intriguing sights, perfect for either a day of sightseeing on a cross-country trip or as your primary vacation destination.
When the highway clogs with summer vacationers heading off to Cape Cod and Cape Ann, we suggest you drive a bit further north to York Maine, where you’ll find great beaches, festive amusements and even a bit of early American history. Just over an hour’s drive north of Boston, York, Maine, offers something to interest every member of your family. Whether you’re looking to outlet shop, collect antiques, play at amusement parks or simply sit with your toes in the sand, York has you covered in spades.
Which Outer Banks Town Is Perfect For You? Here’s a look at 5 of the Barrier Islands’ tiny towns to see which one best fits YOUR vacation personality.
Whether you like to spend your vacation bouncing around from one excitement to the next, or you prefer to hide away from the world and immerse yourself in nature, look no further than the Outer Banks of North Carolina, where there is a little something to suit everyone.
Holman Ranch…A place where ANYTHING and EVERYTHING is possible for your family or group gathering!
Holman Ranch, located in the hills of Carmel Valley, California is Monterey Peninsula’s best kept secret, and our much anticipated destination for a travel writer’s gathering. A 400 acre guest ranch awaited us and what we were about to see transported us to another world. Discover with me the unique offerings at Holman Ranch that make it an unforgettable spot for multi-gen family gatherings, weddings and group meetings.