Have you ever made a fanciful sandcastle that is so enchanting you wanted to step inside and spend some time? Well now your daydream has become a reality in the Dutch cities of Oss and Sneek. As last winter’s Ice Hotels slowly melted into the landscape, the Dutch came up with a new challenge for their talented ice sculpture artists….create a Sand Hotel for the summer season! Now childhood fantasies are coming true as the world’s first sandscastle hotels, complete with drawbridge and turrets open for occupancy.
Bolongo Bay Beach Resort, on the island of St. Thomas, has a September-to-Remember promotion that is perhaps the best friends’ getaway idea that we’ve every heard of – 3 adults stay free with every paying adult! St. Thomas has never been more inviting for an adult getaway than it is with Bolongo Bay Beach Resort’s amazing deal. I think it’s time to text the girlfriends and get a group together!!!
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.
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?
Have you toyed with the idea of owning a Bed and Breakfast someday? Here’s the basics of what you need to be a successful Innkeeper.
Move over Lorelai Gilmore and Bob Newhart, do you think you have what it takes to be an innkeeper? I can’t think of any other profession that combines the knowledge from as many different disciplines as innkeeping does. From cook to concierge, housekeeper to historian, gardener to greeter, mediator to marketer the list goes on and on, so to be successful you need to know your limitations and know when to get help.
Top Seven Ways to Travel Like a Jedi With Star Wars Inspired Vacation Rentals. In a nod to Star Wars Day which occurred this week, we bring you fantastic vacation rentals where you’ll feel just like your in a Star Wars film. Grab your light saber and here we go:
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.
Have you been scared away from visiting Europe because it’s just too expensive? Well there’s good news on the horizon. Not only is the dollar strong again and climbing in value against the Euro, but seasoned traveler Matt Kepnes (a.k.a. Nomadic Matt) has shared his secrets for How to Travel The World on $50 a Day.
It’s been 50 years or more since Arthur Frommer first peaked America’s imagination to head to Europe for $5 a day. Generations have now hopped-the-pond to explore Europe, and the world, on a budget. Matt’s terrific guide for traveling smarter in today’s economy should be on everyone’s book shelf.
HotelTonight.com was made-to-order for times like this – stop procrastinating and find a great last-minute deal on a romantic Valentine’s Day getaway. With Valentine’s Day falling on a Saturday this year, the pressure is on to plan a big event to celebrate your love. Couple that with all the weather events across the country and everyone is ready to just getaway! But where to begin? Thankfully, HotelTonight is coming to your rescue with ready-made LOVE packages!
The Best of Northeast Skiing Country Inn Getaways
One of the best perks of winter in the Northeast is ski season and all the great chances to get out and play in the snow. Whether you prefer cross-country or downhill skiing, romantic sleigh rides or just sitting in the lodge by the fire with your drink of choice, ski trips are something everyone looks forward to. Here are some terrific country inns that make a perfect place to stay while you hit the slopes this winter.
Know anyone who’s a diehard “Frozen” fan? True fans of the movie can now vacation like Elsa and Anna thanks to this list of cozy cabins and charming castles inspired by the kingdom of Arendelle, courtesy of HomeAway.com – the world’s largest vacation rental site. Is your vacation fund melting faster than a snowman in the Sahara? Not to worry – with rates starting at just $60/night, there’s a destination for almost any budget. So enjoy these enchanting vacation rentals all inspired by the Disney movie, Frozen.
Every time I book a hotel stay in Europe, I have to stop and try to figure out just what those meal plan initials mean…. EP, MAP? While All-Inclusive and BnB are pretty self explanatory, who can figure out the meal plan difference between European Plan and American Plan? I know one of them includes lunch, but for the life of me, I can never remember which one it is. Here’s a great Infographic prepared by itravel2000.com that walks you through the differences in meal plans and how to determine which plan is the best for your next vacation.
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.
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.
Discover Lubec, Maine, Eastern Most Town in USA, For Fresh Lobster, Wild Blueberries and Heavenly Chocolate
Most vacationers consider a visit to Downeast Maine to be a weekend spent jostling through the crowds in Bar Harbor. But if that’s as far as you venture, you would be missing the true rugged beauty of a coastal Maine town that embraces the rhythm of the sea and centuries of seafaring traditions.
For an authentic Downeast experience far from summer tourists and Starbucks, drive past Washington County’s wild blueberry barrens, and along Maine’s Bold Coast to discover Lubec, Maine on the edge of Passamaquoddy Bay. Perched at the furthest point east in the continental United States, the West Quoddy Head Lighthouse greets the very first rays of sun each day before the rest of America
Every young girl has dreamed of being a princess. For more than 75 years, Disney princesses have captured our imaginations and transported us into magical worlds that only exist in our daydreams. HomeAway.com, the world’s leading vacation rental website, is helping make childhood fantasies a reality with this list of Disney princess-inspired vacation rentals. You won’t have to wish upon a star to stay in these properties on your next getaway – rates start at just $105 a night!
Last-minute bookers and spontaneous travelers, give a cheer! Last Minute Travelers Will Soon Get Help From Airbnb
San Francisco-based Airbnb is now experimenting with a new service that will enable the company to enter the very delicate and crowded field of booking last-minute accommodations over the phone.
When I yearn to get away from the stress and break-neck pace of everyday life, I prefer to head somewhere snug and comfortable. Sure, you can find those adjectives in a 25-story luxury resort, if you’re looking – but I think small. A lot smaller, in fact. ‘Tiny houses’ appear to be all the rage. Modest and minimalistic, a diminutive domicile can provide an excellent opportunity for clearing your mind and providing focus.
If you want to take the cozy experience for a test drive, there are a myriad of ‘tiny’ vacation rentals out there. From spaceship-inspired houses in the shadow of the towering Alps to Northwestern Oregon treehouses, the options wide and varied. Let’s take a look at a few unique selections…
Have you taken a peak outside from under the warm covers yet? The days are getting longer and warmer and the birds have begun their early morning serenade. After a winter that seemed like it would never end (and still hasn’t for some), spring finally is upon us. Need another sign? The flower buds have […]
Love is in the air. But, do work schedules, kids’ appointments or the never-ending alerts sounding off from your smartphone have you and your loved one running circles around each another? Maybe it’s time to stop, take a deep breath and get back to basics this Valentine’s Day. If you’re not sure how, let Cupid […]