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12 Cool Family Getaways for Hot August Days

The dog days of August are stretching out before us, and for most of the country it's been way too hot for way too long. So we've pulled together a great list of cool getaway activities across the USA that your whole family will...

Plantain Wrapped Snapper
Roasted Plantain Wrapped Snapper from Nisbet Plantation

Winner of the Best Hotel in the Caribbean for the second year in a row by the readers of Travel and Leisure Magazine, Nisbet Plantation on the Island of Nevis is a welcoming haven for relaxation and fine cuisine.  Fortunate guests enjoy fresh local ingredients...

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...

Get Off The Beaten Path In Jamaica

Tired of the all-inclusive experience?.. Perhaps its time to embrace the real Jamaica. Many tourists catch flights to Jamaica only to spend their time on the island cocooned inside the confines of their all-inclusive complex. For those prepared to be a little braver and...

Dream-Worthy Szechwan Shrimp

Visiting Tokyo, I was still a bit startled when our host took us to a Chinese restaurant, where we had course after course of truly wonderful Chinese cuisine. The dish that kept me dreaming though, long after the suitcases had been stowed away...

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. ...

Mulu Mountains Borneo
Exploring Borneo’s Giant Cave System

The light-aircraft flight to the tiny airstrip that serves Gunung Mulu's surprisingly luxurious cave resorts is not for the faint of heart but it does give visitors a wonderful view of a lush, dark green carpet of rainforest broken only by winding brown rivers. The...

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. ...

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...

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...