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Proven Strategies For Visiting Orlando on a Budget

Another money-saving list? I wouldn’t say so.  The truth is that those money-saving lists do very little to help a vacationer achieve the goal of visiting Orlando on a budget. You might end up saving a few bucks at one place only to spend more...

Bocage Plantation Inn
Stately Historic Inns for Warm Weather Getaways

If you do decide a warm weather escape is in order, you may want to think about staying at a historical inn. You’ll not only get a chance to bask in the soothing rays of sunshine but also under the shadow of stunning Victorian,...

Christmas Scene
Affordable Family Friendly Christmas Vacation Rentals

Good news: there are ways to hang on to your hard-earned dough when planning a Christmas vacation for the whole family. Spacious vacation rentals offer up an affordable alternative to hotels, and kid-friendly cities are easy enough to enjoy on a shoestring. You just have...

Arnold Black Bear Inn
Thanksgiving Dinner is Served at B&B Thanksgiving Getaways

Thanksgiving brings to mind days of planning a feast filled with turkey, stuffing, cranberry sauce, pecan pie and other goodies followed by hours prepping and cooking (not to mention the cleanup) once the holiday arrives. This year, you can leave all that to the birds....

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...

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. ...

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...

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.

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...