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Hold That Smile…Selfie Sticks Are Banned From Disney Parks

Hold That Smile…Selfie Sticks Are Banned From Disney Parks

“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.

June 27, 2015 | By More
Seaside BnB Inns That Can Be Your Summer Home-Away-From-Home

Seaside BnB Inns That Can Be Your Summer Home-Away-From-Home

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?

June 26, 2015 | By More
Hit Your Baseball Vacation Out of the Park at One of These Ace Bed and Breakfasts

Hit Your Baseball Vacation Out of the Park at One of These Ace Bed and Breakfasts

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.

April 24, 2015 | By More
Guilt Free Santa Barbara Launches Diabetes-Friendly Menus

Guilt Free Santa Barbara Launches Diabetes-Friendly Menus

California has always been known for promoting healthy eating habits and has helped spread the popularity of granola, sprouts and avocado to the rest of the country. Now the city of Santa Barbara is taking it all one step further with the introduction of GuiltFreeSB, an initiative to make Santa Barbara the most diabetes-friendly destination in the United States.

April 16, 2015 | By More
Insider’s Guide To Fun Things To Do ONLY in Seattle

Insider’s Guide To Fun Things To Do ONLY in Seattle

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.

April 13, 2015 | By More
Walking Tour of Iconic Movie Locations in Venice Beach California

Walking Tour of Iconic Movie Locations in Venice Beach California

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.

April 3, 2015 | By More
World’s Most Breathtaking Cherry Blossom and Tulip Festivals

World’s Most Breathtaking Cherry Blossom and Tulip Festivals

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.

March 30, 2015 | By More
Surf The World!   Best Surf Cities Around The Globe

Surf The World! Best Surf Cities Around The Globe

Great Cities For The World’s Best Surfing Experiences – Grab Your Board and Soar!

Waves not only produce beauty and excitement, they create magic for those who ride their power. If you are looking for a great surf town for your next vacation then the following list of the world’s best surf towns will guide your way. All are not necessarily picked because they have the best waves, but because they also have superb hotels, welcoming locals, amazing nightlife, soul-satisfying cuisines and lots of fun activities!

March 25, 2015 | By More
No Blarney! Top Parades, Parties, and Places To Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day

No Blarney! Top Parades, Parties, and Places To Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day

We all know the big three St. Patrick’s Day cities that grab all the attention each year for gala green celebrations and boisterous parades. Boston, Chicago and New York are hard to beat for their St. Paddy’s Day enthusiasm and Celtic traditions.

But with more folks claiming to have Irish heritage in the United States than in Ireland, there are lots of other cities that go all out to celebrate their Gaelic connections and hoist more than a few pints of green beer and Guinness. With that in mind, here’s a look at some of the top places to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day across the United States:

March 2, 2015 | By More
Five Best Motorcycle Rides in the Pacific Northwest

Five Best Motorcycle Rides in the Pacific Northwest

When you own a motorcycle you know the trill of traveling a new road, full of twists and turns, and a long stretch or two to give you that flying feeling. If you’re seeking that next new adrenaline rush, you might want to check out these routes in the American Northwest. Don’t let the damp turn you off to some of these incredible roads. The magic of deep forests, the horizon off the ocean, and windswept pines is an adventure unlike any other.

January 30, 2015 | By More
Crashing Waves and Expansive Views – Dramatic California Lighthouse Road Trip

Crashing Waves and Expansive Views – Dramatic California Lighthouse Road Trip

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.

October 6, 2014 | By More
America’s Favorite Fall Foliage Trains

America’s Favorite Fall Foliage Trains

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.

September 24, 2014 | By More
21st Annual Tour des Fleurs – California’s Premier Gardening Event – Trip Report

21st Annual Tour des Fleurs – California’s Premier Gardening Event – Trip Report

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:

August 25, 2014 | By More
Holman Ranch Trip Report – A Magnificent Setting For Family or Group Gatherings

Holman Ranch Trip Report – A Magnificent Setting For Family or Group Gatherings

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.

July 2, 2014 | By More
California Gardening Secrets Revealed at Annual Tour des Fleurs in Half Moon Bay

California Gardening Secrets Revealed at Annual Tour des Fleurs in Half Moon Bay

Ever wonder why your garden doesn’t look as wonderful as the professionals? Well then, you won’t want to miss the 23rd Annual Tour des Fleurs Festival in Half Moon Bay, California, where professional gardeners and farmers share their secrets of success and gardening tips with festival participants.

Every summer, garden enthusiasts throughout Northern California wait with anticipation for the Annual Tour des Fleurs festival in Half Moon Bay, California. Located just over a half-hour drive from San Fransisco Bay, the Half Moon Bay area has been known for it’s dramatic beaches, redwood forests, robust ocean fisheries, and verdant growing fields.

June 27, 2014 | By More
Find Your 4th of July Getaway – Spectacular Fireworks in Unexpected Cities

Find Your 4th of July Getaway – Spectacular Fireworks in Unexpected Cities

Spectacular Fireworks in Unexpected Cities That Make A Great 4th of July Getaway.

The Fourth of July is celebrated annually by enjoying some of America’s favorite pastimes, like barbeques, baseball games, and fireworks. While major cities are famous for illuminating their skylines, BnBFinder has sought out the nation’s best small town pyrotechnic celebrations. So this Independence Day, beat the crowds and enjoy the relaxed charm of these all-American destinations.

June 20, 2014 | By More
Top Family Friendly Places To Visit in LA

Top Family Friendly Places To Visit in LA

City of Angels: What you Need to See The Next Time You Visit LA With Kids. When you’ve burnt yourself out on tourist traps like DisneyLand and SeaWorld, don’t fret, there are still plenty of interesting places to visit in LA that the whole family will enjoy. Family vacations are interludes you will all remember for years, but trying to please everyone in the group can be difficult. The City of Angels might surprise you with how many great sites it has to offer. Here are our suggestions for fun days in LA:

May 21, 2014 | By More
5 Best Pacific Northwest Scenic Sites for Your Summer Roadtrip

5 Best Pacific Northwest Scenic Sites for Your Summer Roadtrip

Northwest Sightseeing – 5 Places to Drive to This Summer

A trip to the Pacific Northwest offers travelers incredible opportunities to see dramatic scenic landscapes. The natural beauty and friendly people attract visitors from all walks of life. The summer represents the best time to experience the vast openness of this growing area. Consider these five locations for your summer roadtrip as they are some of the most prized landscapes in the United States.

May 7, 2014 | By More
Oh Man! – Great Guy Getaways for 2014

Oh Man! – Great Guy Getaways for 2014

The guys have had a long hard winter of shoveling snow and scraping ice off windshields. As warm spring weather is finally on the horizon, its time to plan a great guy getaway. Whether it’s a guys’ golfing weekend, bachelor party or a special Father’s Day experience, here are some of the best reasons for the guys to get together and go out and play!

April 15, 2014 | By More
Celebrate Earth Day With A Mendocino Green Getaway

Celebrate Earth Day With A Mendocino Green Getaway

Every year, on April 22, the world celebrates Earth Day. Since its inception in 1970, Earth Day has been a time to honor the natural beauty of our planet, to demonstrate support for green movements around the globe, and to raise awareness about environmental protection. Today, 44 years after the first Earth Day was celebrated, the “eco” lifestyle has had a beneficial influence on just about every market, including the travel market. Here are some particularly great ‘green’ eco getaway spots.

April 7, 2014 | By More