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Art Deco South Beach Hotel
Art Deco Gems of South Beach Miami

Miami Beach is notorious for its wild Spring Break parties but this was not the allure for me. It was, in fact, the Art Deco architecture hemming the Miami coastline that was behind my visit. Consequently, whilst my fellow dorm-mates were sleeping off the night before...

Maine Windjammers
Discover a Love For The Sea on a Maine Windjammer Cruise

When did the urge to go to sail on a Tall Ship first tickle your imagination? Was it while watching Errol Flynn swashbuckle his way through tropical ports, reading Jim Hawkins' adventures on Treasure Island, humming Crosby, Still & Nash's Wooden Ships, or perhaps...

Crescent City Cooking
Garlic Soup a New Orleans Classic

We were staying at the Dauphine Orleans Hotel on Dauphine St. just across the street from the famous Bayona Restaurant. A leafy courtyard first attracted us as we strolled past; the adjacent old stone house had been converted into a restaurant. Only later...

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. ...

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...

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

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. ...

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...

Wheelchair Accessible Hot Air Ballooning In Sonoma California

Mobility is no longer a barrier to experiencing the romance of soaring above the picturesque valleys and vineyards of Sonoma County California on a majestic hot air balloon ride.  Up & Away Ballooning has recently acquired a state-of-the-art balloon basket that was custom crafted 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.

Get Ready For Summer Vacation at Houseboating University

One of the great iconic family vacation experiences in the United States is piloting a houseboat on Lake Powell on the Arizona, Utah boarder. Just picture drifting over the quiet blue-green waters on Lake Powell with nearly 2,000 miles of scenic shoreline to explore -...

Grab A Taste of Mardi Gras Near You

Just because you couldn't jet down to New Orleans to celebrate Mardi Gras this year doesn't mean you should miss all the fun.  Why not head out this weekend for some great NOLA cuisine close to home?  We've found a great article written by the...

Grand Canyon Mule Trains To Be Dramatically Reduced

If the iconic descent by mule train from the lip of the Grand Canyon to Phantom Ranch at the base of canyon's floor has always been on your 'someday' list, you'd best start making your reservations now.  The National Park Service has announced a dramatic...