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Take A Luxury One-Way Cruise To Your Next Vacation Destination

Take A Luxury One-Way Cruise To Your Next Vacation Destination

How many times have you returned from a busy touring vacation and thought, “Oh man, I need a vacation from my vacation”! Cruising one-way to or from your vacation destination may be the perfect solution.

A growing number of cruise lines are expanding their one-way itineraries. Once called repositioning cruises, that is not their sole purpose any longer. Cruise lines have recognized that travelers enjoy transiting from to their home port to a far away vacation destination.

June 10, 2013 | By More
Kids Go Free! – Cruises, All-Inclusive Resorts and More

Kids Go Free! – Cruises, All-Inclusive Resorts and More

Budgets seem particularly tight this year just as prices are on the rise, so to make sure you can have a great summer vacation, we’ve gathered together an impressive list of family vacation offers where the kids go free!  You’ll have to get the kids there, but once you all arrive, your children can stay, […]

May 6, 2013 | By | 1 Reply More
Stop and Smell The Roses on a BnB Garden Getaway

Stop and Smell The Roses on a BnB Garden Getaway

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 […]

April 29, 2013 | By | Reply More
Cooking and Barge Cruising in France, A Perfect Pairing

Cooking and Barge Cruising in France, A Perfect Pairing

One of the most rewarding aspects of barge cruising in France is that you have a chance to experience all the exotic French cuisine along your route. You can go ashore and explore fine restaurants, stop by out-of-the way cafes, and perhaps even learn a few tricks of your own. But what if the fine […]

April 2, 2013 | By | Reply More
Cruising Into The Future – Where Cruising is Headed in 2013 and Beyond

Cruising Into The Future – Where Cruising is Headed in 2013 and Beyond

Lind and I have just returned from attending Cruise Shipping Miami, a global cruise conference that brings together the world’s major cruise lines, destination representatives and ship building suppliers – quite a heady experience!  For three days we attended seminars, chatted with cruise line CEOs and learned about where the world of cruising is headed […]

March 19, 2013 | By | Reply More
Cuddle and Bubble on a Romantic B&B Getaway

Cuddle and Bubble on a Romantic B&B Getaway

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 […]

February 8, 2013 | By | Reply More
Can I Bring Alcohol On A Cruise? – 13 Cruise Lines That Say YES!

Can I Bring Alcohol On A Cruise? – 13 Cruise Lines That Say YES!

While excitedly packing up for a cruise vacation, most of us have asked ourselves, “Can I take wine or alcohol on a cruise?”  For years the answer has been no, but increasingly that is changing.  We’ve found 13 major cruise lines that now say, yes you can. Half the charm of booking a balcony cabin […]

February 6, 2013 | By | Reply More
Rain or Shine, Mystic Connecticut Has Something For Everyone

Rain or Shine, Mystic Connecticut Has Something For Everyone

Rain and Shine, Mystic Connecticut is a great vacation destination for the whole family. Thirty years ago we took our daughter to Mystic Connecticut on vacation. A mere hour and a half from Boston, it was a great destination for a day trip or longer.  She loved Mystic Seaport http://www.mysticseaport.org  (in a time before animation […]

August 31, 2012 | By | Reply More
Fun Bed and Breakfasts For Fall Foliage Getaways

Fun Bed and Breakfasts For Fall Foliage Getaways

Follow the road less taken to Bed and Breakfasts with fall foliage views Sad about summer ending? Sure, packing up the swimsuits and sandals and saying good-bye to the carefree days of summer is never fun. But, don’t overlook fall. Afternoons spent on the beach cooling off with your favorite ice cream flavors turn into […]

August 27, 2012 | By | Reply More
The ABC’s Of Cruisng With a Toddler

The ABC’s Of Cruisng With a Toddler

  For Everyone Who Ever Wondered, “Can I Cruise With A Toddler?”, Here’s Your Answer Not only can you cruise with toddlers—you should cruise with them!  Cruise lines make it easier than ever to holiday with young children.  They supervise them, entertain them, and they do it all in the safe confines of a specialized […]

August 23, 2012 | By | 1 Reply More
Riverboat Gambling Makes A Comeback

Riverboat Gambling Makes A Comeback

Riverboat Gambling in the United States has a captured the imagination of travelers since the days when Samuel Clemens changed his name to Mark Twain. In the early 19th century, the Mississippi River was a major center of commerce and trade, as both farmers and merchants used the Mississippi River to transport their goods. Naturally, […]

August 20, 2012 | By | Reply More
Carnival Glory Review: A Family Fun Cruise from Boston to Canada

Carnival Glory Review: A Family Fun Cruise from Boston to Canada

Beginning this summer, Carnival Cruise Line began their newest itinerary – a cruise to Canada out of Boston, MA.  Here’s my just-back review of The Carnival Glory which departs from Boston for a five day New England coastal cruise to St. John and Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. Carnival Glory’s short summer and fall cruising season […]

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Ocean View Bed and Breakfast Getaways For Hot August Days

Ocean View Bed and Breakfast Getaways For Hot August Days

Here Are Some Wonderful B&B Getaways with mesmerizing ocean views. Looking for the quintessential summer getaway? You could take off for the picturesque mountains or brave the urban jungle. But, there’s nothing that says “summer” quite like relaxing on the beach while soaking in the ocean views or strolling the coastline at sunset. It’s a […]

July 20, 2012 | By | Reply More
Rhinebeck NY – A Getaway Gem In New York’s Hudson Valley

Rhinebeck NY – A Getaway Gem In New York’s Hudson Valley

Rhinebeck New York is an amazing retreat 100 miles north of midtown Manhattan in the beautiful Hudson Valley.  The village of Rhinebeck is a sort of haute hippie place located close to the Hudson River. This region boasts an eclectic collection of lodgings ranging from lovely historic inns to cozy family run bed and breakfasts.  […]

July 6, 2012 | By | Reply More
Civil War 150th Anniversary – Take The Whole Family On A Living History Getaway

Civil War 150th Anniversary – Take The Whole Family On A Living History Getaway

This is the  Sesquicentennial anniversary – 150 years since the the Civil War in the United States.  Commemorations are taking place all across our country.  Don’t miss the opportunity to relive our nation’s history by visiting the prominent locations that shaped so much of our nation’s history and character. If a unique getaway is what […]

May 11, 2012 | By | Reply More
5 of the World’s Best Train Trips

5 of the World’s Best Train Trips

Its official: the train is still the most romantic and glamorous way to travel. Whatever the destination, going by train makes your holiday all about the journey – below, we list 5 of the world’s best train trips with the most spectacular rail lines in the world. Want to take an epic train journey? Win […]

May 9, 2012 | By | Reply More
England’s Popular Train Journeys – Explore Britain By Rail

England’s Popular Train Journeys – Explore Britain By Rail

Travelling throughout Britain is getting harder and more expensive with rising fuel costs and busy motorways, but there is a much easier way to travel – by Britain’s extensive train service.  Travelling in this way can mean increased comfort and the whole family will be less stressed.  There is no shortage of places served by […]

May 4, 2012 | By | Reply More
How To Save Gas On Your Next Vacation Getaway

How To Save Gas On Your Next Vacation Getaway

Pain at the pump came early this year. Gas prices began rising in the winter, which marked an earlier start than in previous years, and are predicted to soar into record territory by summer. Travel plans will surely take a hit. So, what about that vacation you’ve been waiting all winter to take? Don’t let […]

April 12, 2012 | By | Reply More
Sonesta St. Maarten Hotels – A Room For Every Taste and Budget

Sonesta St. Maarten Hotels – A Room For Every Taste and Budget

I’m just back from a great trip to St. Maarten where I experienced BOTH of the popular Sonesta Hotels; the Sonesta Maho Beach Resort and the Sonesta Great Bay Beach Resort. (Both on Dutch side). The Sonesta Maho Beach Resort and Casino is conveniently located right next to the airport – you’ll be checking in minutes after clearing customs. The hotel has a city feel, although once inside the resort, you’ll find all the tropical amenities you would expect from a beach resort.

March 26, 2012 | By | Reply More
Sailing Through The Caribbean – Star Clipper Trip Report

Sailing Through The Caribbean – Star Clipper Trip Report

Last winter Clint and I were gazing out to sea at sunset from a funky beach bar on St. Kitts. Off in the distance was the most beautiful sailing ship gliding majestically through the bay with soft sunlight reflecting off its billowing sails. Right then and there I knew I had to get on that ship! A bit of detective work determined that the gorgeous 4 masted schooner was one of Star Clipper’s sailing ships and you guessed it… this winter we went sailing with Star Clipper on a journey through the Leeward Islands of the Caribbean. Join me on this memorable journey:

March 12, 2012 | By | Reply More