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Mushroom Martini
Mushroom Martini – A Key West Kick

Some of the greatest fun in dining while traveling is trying things with unlikely sounding names. Case in point is a Mushroom Martini at the delightful Mangoes on a prominent corner of the main drag, Duval Street in Key West FL. ...

hotels.com giftaway
Free Gifts From Hotels.com

Don't you just love getting free stuff? Hotels.com agrees and has launched a Summer Giftaway promotion that gives away free Kindles and gas cards. Just book your summer getaway at Hotels.com and you'll receive super gifts as well as reduced prices. ...

Newport Rhode Island
The Gala Newport WineFest Is Coming Up

Now that Memorial Day is over, summer has really begun and it's time to start planning some great weekend getaways. One of the best outings in New England is the Newport WineFest that takes place in along the glittering waterfront in Newport Rhode Island...

Cucumbers
Don’t Eat Cucumbers in Germany This Summer!

Caution:  We've just read a report that Germany is in the grips of a large and dangerous E. coli outbreak that has already infected over 1,000 people and has resulted in at least 18 deaths.    It is expected that E. coli infections will continue to...

Dramatic, Secluded Lighthouse Bed and Breakfast Inns

Popham Beach LighthouseDramatic lighthouse accommodations dot the coastline along the east and west of the United States and along the shore of the Great Lakes.  Imagine wandering along a craggy coast this summer and staying at an historic lighthouse that’s been turned into a charming Lighthouse Keepers Inn or captivating Bed & Breakfast.  Fascinating Lighthouse Inns can also be found in Canada, Scotland, Wales and The Netherlands.

Images of perfect solitude embrace guests of lighthouse dwellings. Perched at the very edge of the continent, lighthouses were built to withstand all of natures furies and to offer warmth and security to lighthouse keepers and their families as they kept beacons illuminating dangerous coastal passages. Many of these lodgings are listed on the National Registry of Historic Places and offer a peak back to simpler times when nothing came between man and nature.

If you’re ready to feel the exhilaration of breathtaking views from coastal bluffs and headlands, check out some of these prominent Lighthouse Lodgings:

New England
Keeper’s House, Isle au Haut, Maine – Weekly stays only at present
Popham Beach B&B, Phippsburge, Maine –
The Lighthouse Inn, West Dennis, Massachusetts
Race Point Lighthouse, North Truro, Massachusetts
Rose Island Lighthouse, Newport, Rhode Island
Saugerties Lighthouse
, Hudson River, New York

Europe all inclusive
New Source for All Inclusive Europe Vacations

We've found a great UK company that is specializing in convenient, budget friendly all inclusive vacations for Europe and beyond.   FirstChoice.co.uk is the first mainstream travel company to offer all its hotels and resorts on an all-inclusive basis. There is no doubt that all-inclusive vacations are...

Road Trip
Hotels That Give Rebates to Offset High Gas Prices

We've got some great news to relieve the stress of high gas prices when planning your getaway this summer.  Several lodging companies have come up with creative promotions to refund the cost of your tank of gas - or at least take a bit of...

Rental Car Companies Charging $9 a Gallon for Gas!

Watch Out - gas charges could be a total budget buster!  You are probably well aware that rental car companies offer you a full tank of gas at a relatively fair prices when you pick up your rental car.  But you probably are not aware...

Aqua Resorts Hawaii Has Quirky 15% Off Deal for Summer

I love it when a travel company puts their tongue firmly in cheek and comes out with a great quirky promotion.  Hat's off to Aqua Resorts, a  budget friendly hotel company with dozens of nice properties throughout the Hawaiian islands.  As a nod to President...

4 Night Inn to Inn New England Heritage Getaway

[caption id="attachment_7405" align="alignleft" width="177" caption="Rosewood Country Inn"][/caption] Come summer, the rolling green hills of New Hampshire beckon 'flat-landers' to come explore its bucolic byways, picturesque villages, and historic attractions.  We've found an incredibly great Inn to Inn getaway package that is both fascinating and affordable. ...

Paris By Pastry – Exquisite Madeleines

There are so many iconic French foodie experiences, it's hard to know where to begin.  Surprisingly it's often the simplest ingredients executed to perfection that produce the tastes we crave long after returning from a trip to France.  While many famous French confections ooze with...

Extreme Teen Adventure Camps That Make Memories For a Lifetime

When your kids have outgrown swimming at the lake and singing summer camp songs, it’s time to send them on a grand summer adventure that will challenge their mind and body,  shape their futures and spark interest in the world around them.

Here are three well respected companies that specialize in exciting and adventurous summer camp programs that your teens will remember for the rest of their lives.

National Geographic Student ExpeditionsSend your inquisitive teenager on an exciting expedition with top National Geographic Society scientists.  National Geographic Student Expeditions specializes in summer adventures for teens completing grades 9 through 12.  Nat Geo invites them to ‘Explore, Engage & Create’ with noted National Geographic photographers, writers and scientists.  Student Expeditions follow the footsteps of legendary explorers in exotic locations across the globe from the Galapagos Islands, to  New Zealand, Barcelona, Costa Rica and Yellowstone National Park, where students learn to view landscapes and cultures with new appreciation.  Programs are offered in varying lengths from 10-12 day workshops to 2 or 3 week in-depth expeditions.  Send your inquisitive teenager on an expedition Indiana Jones would have been excited to participate in. 

Florida Is Calling With Great Summer Deals

We've had an unusually cold and snowy winter and spring so far is rainy and cool, but there's  good news from Florida - the weather is beautiful and warm.  Now that all the snowbirds have migrated back north, perhaps it's time to plan a well...

Caribbean Pineapple Fried Rice – A Taste of Spring

Last year Clint and I had a fabulous vacation stay at The Fernandez Bay Resort on Cat Island in the Bahamas.  Not only did they have a spectacular oceanfront setting, but the food there was wonderful.  Each evening we enjoyed a delicious buffet filled...

Austin-Lehman Kayak Adventure
Hurry – Win a Trip with World’s Best Adventure Tour Company

Austin-Lehman Kayak AdventureDon’t miss this outstanding sweepstakes opportunity to win $5,000 towards an adventure tour for two with Austin-Lehman Adventures. Austin-Lehman has been offering small group multi-sport adventure tours for more than 35 years, and was recently named the #1 adventure tour operator and safari outfitter  in the world by Travel and Leisure Magazine.  Their carefully crafted adventures focus on history, culture and nature while treating guests to distinctive accommodations, fine cuisine and expert guiding.

This is the very first sweepstakes offered by Austin-Lehman and here are 3 reasons you should  enter today!

  1. A generous and flexible prize – $5,000 toward an adventure trip for two that YOU choose – select from tours across 5 continents. 
Qantas Does Dallas – New Nonstop Flights to Australia

Anytime I can avoid a layover in LAX (my least favorite airport) it's a great day.  That' why I was so happy to hear that Qantas Airlines is beginning non-stop flights to Australia from Dallas Texas.  Beginning on May 16th.  Qantas will begin flying 4...