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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. 

Amelia Island – An Enchanting Getaway Destination That’s Easy To Reach and Full of Fun

Amelia Island BeachBeautiful Beaches, Intriguing History, Gorgeous Inns,  Divine Food, Good Shopping – Wow What A Great Vacation Spot! I’ve just spent a completely magical long weekend on Amelia Island in Florida.  If you’ve never visited this beautiful and fascinating island just off the coast of Jacksonville Florida, you’re missing a lot. When I think of what makes a great island getaway destination, a few musts come to mind – long stretches of soft sand beach, awesome restaurants in varying price categories, friendly pubs with quirky personalities, interesting accommodation choices, great walks, a bit of history to learn about, excursions out on the water, and oh yes… artsy boutique shopping.  Amelia Island has all these in SPADES!  Let me tell you about our 3 days of fun on Amelia Island.

Fernandina Amelia IslandGetting to Amelia Island – We stopped by on our (end of winter) drive north from Florida back to Boston.  Amelia Island is located along the Jacksonville coast, making it a quick detour off Route 95 to Route 17 then over the bridge onto A1A.  If you’re flying there’s more good news – JetBlue often has reasonably priced nonstop flights to Jacksonville from many of the cities they serve.  You should be able to find a good array of flight choices into Jacksonville (JAX) airport.

Yes You Can Afford A Luxury Trip to Ireland

Sceptre Tours has introduced a number of luxury tours of  Ireland at really fabulous prices. Over the past few years Sceptre Tours has made a glowing name for themselves by offering budget travel to Ireland, Britain and Italy.   In fact the folks at TravelZoo recently...

Affordable Turks and Caicos – We've Found A Hidden Gem

Grace Bay BeachAs Turks and Caicos continues to welcome an amazing array of new upscale hotels and restaurants that attract a loyal following of celebrities and a-list vacationers, it has also become a financially challenging destination for many. It seems like yesterday when mentioning Turks and Caicos would draw quizzical looks from vacationers – where???  But word soon spread about the 12 mile stretch of pristine beach along Grace Bay and the short less than 3 hour flying time from northeast airports.  Before long world class condo-hotel developments sprang up all along famed Grace Bay beach and the number of visitors grew proportionately.  As new resorts opened, prices inevitably climbed.

The Island ClubThat’s why I’m so excited to let you know about a wonderful (and affordable) vacation property that’s just 900 feet from Grace Bay beach.  Many of you know that Turks and Caicos has been our favorite island destination for many years and we were thrilled to learn about The Island Club

St. Kitts Marriott Beach
St. Kitts A Good Time Island – Trip Report

America Airlines flew us to the intriguing island of St. Kitts from Miami on a 3 hour fully booked flight - lots of vacationers had chosen the sleepy islands of St. Kitts and Nevis for their prized winter vacation.  Grabbing a cab, we followed a...

6 Weeks In The Dominican Republic – A Trip Report

Bavaro Beach Punta CanaWe’ve just left the Dominican Republic after renting a condo in Punta Cana for 6 weeks to escape the miserable New England winter weather, and we’re happy to report is was a great success.  Here’s what you need to know about vacationing in the DR.

Overall Impressions of the DR:

  • As I walked along a sidewalk in St. Kitts today, it struck me that I truly miss the lyrical call of every person passing by offering a cheery, “Hola!” – almost like a song, and always accompanied by a smile.  The Dominican people are a pleasure to know – easy going, likely to be singing, quick with a smile, handshake and hug.  We enjoyed meeting ‘the locals’ and conversed with them as best we could.
Exuberant Spring Festivals

It feels like only yesterday when we were celebrating Christmas and yet Pottsitauny Phil has promised that Spring is already fast approaching. Now is the time to plan your escape to another part of the world this Spring.   Why not take this opportunity to plan a journey to one of the world’s best spring festivals?  Here’s a look at  some of our favorite Spring festivals that are well worth putting our your bucket list.

Brazil (Mardi Gras Carnival)

Brazel CarnivalIf lavish carnivals are your thing then head down to Brazil where the world famous Mardi Gras carnival will be taking place on 5 March. Here Rio de Janeiro comes alive with people dancing in the streets all day and night. Extravagant parades feature colorful floats and costumes that surround you as everyone dances to the rhythm of a Samba beat. Come together with the locals to celebrate this African-American tradition and leave all your worries behind.