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New DK Eyewitness Top 10 Travel Guides Still Your Best Travel Companion

New DK Eyewitness Top 10 Travel Guides Still Your Best Travel Companion

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.

February 29, 2016 | By More
Norwegian Airlines Is Making Travel To Europe Affordable Again

Norwegian Airlines Is Making Travel To Europe Affordable Again

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.

February 22, 2016 | By More
America’s Best Winter Festivals To Blast Away The Winter Blahs

America’s Best Winter Festivals To Blast Away The Winter Blahs

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

January 11, 2016 | By More
Best Year-Round Trails For Mountain Bike Junkies

Best Year-Round Trails For Mountain Bike Junkies

For Mountain Bike Junkies: Best Places for Year-Round Trails

If you’re a mountain biker, chances are you’re insatiable. You love the feeling of conquering a challenging trail, no matter how high up. But even you aren’t masochistic enough to try mountain biking in the freezing cold and risk running over an icy spot. Luckily, there are a number of different areas you can bike in year-round.

December 28, 2015 | By More
San Francisco Day Tripping – Essential Tips For Visiting Alcatraz Island

San Francisco Day Tripping – Essential Tips For Visiting Alcatraz Island

Don’t Miss San Francico’s Most Popular Day Trip, Legendary Alcatraz Island

Surrounded by a sea of emotions, Alcatraz Island will have you experiencing the feeling of liberty as well as fearing the isolation of captivity in a single day trip. Both these terms are quite contrary to each other, yet both are omnipresent on a visit to Alcatraz. A unique day trip experience to be sure.

October 23, 2015 | By More
BnB Murder Mystery Weekends – Where Ghouls Come Out To Play!

BnB Murder Mystery Weekends – Where Ghouls Come Out To Play!

Our Guide to the Thrills and Chills of B&B Murder Mystery Weekends.

It’s officially the season for spooky happenings, and what better way to spend a few days away than with a Murder Mystery Weekend? While Halloween may offer one enchanted evening of parties, candy, and numerous costumes, a Murder Mystery Weekend puts you in the heart of whodunit – and there are several inns in on all the action during October and beyond. So amateur Agatha Christies unite! If you dare to play detective while you dine, the following inns offer experiences you’ll find very appetizing.BnB

October 16, 2015 | By More
Kids Eat, Stay & Play for Free in San Diego in October

Kids Eat, Stay & Play for Free in San Diego in October

This Fall, San Diego may just be the cheapest place in America to take the family on vacation. San Diego turns into a utopia for family vacations during the month of October with their Kids Eat, Stay and Play For Free promotion. With each paying adult, during the month of October, a child gets to vacation for next to nothing. What more encouragement do you need to plan a great family getaway to this popular seaside city?

September 28, 2015 | By More
America’s Best Fall Foliage Biking Getaways For 2015

America’s Best Fall Foliage Biking Getaways For 2015

Best Biking Getaways To For Fall Foliage Views

Cycling is fun at any time of year, but when Autumn brings a refreshing nip to the air and landscapes explode with fall colors, there’s no better time to hop on your bike and take in the splendor. This fall season a number of wonderful properties across the U.S.A. have put together biking packages that make it easy and enjoyable to go off exploring the countryside on two wheels while being pampered at day’s end at a lovely Inn. Here’s a look at some of the best biking getaways for fall 2015.

September 14, 2015 | By More
Pampered Pet Getaways To Celebrate National Dog Day in August

Pampered Pet Getaways To Celebrate National Dog Day in August

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.

August 10, 2015 | By More
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
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
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
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