September 15th, 2008
Money Magazine has proclaimed Portland, Oregon as the “Best Big City” in North America. This region combines natural beauty with modern amenities that makes for a bustling local setting. The city of Portland offers its visitors plenty of fine dining and friendly accommodations that make them feel right home. Most of the sights and sounds can be accessed from the region’s eco-friendly transportation system. After one visit, you’ll understand why so many people flock to the city of Portland year-round.
Places to Visit:
Pioneer Courthouse Square - the award-winning Pioneer Courthouse Square is located right in the heart of Portland, home to many of the city’s annual events.
Portland Saturday Market - this is the biggest outdoor arts and crafts market in the United States, a huge tourist attraction.
Portland Zoo - Portland houses the oldest zoo located west of the Mississippi. The Portland Zoo showcases 200 different species of amphibians, birds, invertebrates, mammals and reptiles.
International Rose Test Garden - Portland is home to the oldest public rose test garden in the U.S. The facility is still as beautiful as ever and houses more than 8,000 roses.
September 14th, 2008
Nothing is prettier or more humbling than the fall foliage in Vermont. Plan a trip to Vermont in the fall and take in all the wonder that nature has to offer.
If you are interested foliage viewing trip, plan ahead as fall is the busy season for Vermont so getting your reservations in ahead of time is going to ensure you are able to get a flight and lodging for this time of year. The area loads up with what they lovingly call “leaf peepers” specifically there for the fall foliage. Driving tours are available to all the best locations to see the stunning colors.
The Shearer Hill Farm Bed & Breakfast really fills up fast for the brief three to four weeks when the Vermont fall foliage is peaking. With only six rooms and a carriage house, once they are booked you have missed it for the year.
The area also offers winery tours, wagon rides and wonderful little shops to go window shopping in. Many festivals are planned in the area at this time also to take advantage of the spectacular views in nature for the outdoor festivities.
September 13th, 2008
Anyone that has heard anything about Seattle will tell you that it rains all the time. Most people probably translate that into not a very nice place to live but this assumption could not be any further from the truth.
Not even rain can dim the beautiful mountain views found in this city and, of course, the view of the Pacific Ocean from the top of the Space Needle can not be topped. In addition, as one of America’s most unique cities, there is always something to do.
The Pike Place Market offers the opportunity to buy local produce, fish, flowers, art, and much more. A walk around the market watching the workers throw fish and listening to street musicians play is always a pleasant way to spend some time.
Fly into Seattle and enjoy the museums, parks and zoo offer plenty of ways to spend your free time without spending a fortune. The restaurants in the Seattle area are great but make sure you check out Ray’s Boathouse. With incredible chefs, fresh seafood that you can choose from the tanks yourself and the see through floor that allows you to view the ocean under your feet, a weekend visit may not be enough for you.
September 12th, 2008
Miami is a great place for an all girl getaways with your best girlfriends. Start with checking out South Beach, one of Miami’s hottest spots to visit with everything girls love from shopping to partying.
The Miami Metro zoo is known as one of the best zoos in the nation as the variety of animals that can adapt to the climate in Miami is huge. With no cages, this zoo is one of the first in the country to be a free range zoo. While you are doing the nature thing, the Miami Seaquarium is an awesome outdoor aquarium that is only possible in Miami’s type of climate.
Of course, Miami offers plenty of beaches for you and your girls to choose from for working on that perfect tan. If you are up for a more thrilling adventure, try the new Miami Skylift. This new attraction in Miami’s Bayfront Park is a huge helium balloon that describes Miami to you as it lifts you five hundred feet into the air above the park.
Don’t leave without checking out the Coral Castle which is a 1100 ton creation built as a monument by Ed Leedskalnin as a monument to his lover.
September 11th, 2008
Orlando offers the best of the best when it comes to family fun adventures. Famous, of course, for Walt Disney World, there are many other options that offer fabulous fun for any family.
Walt Disney World in Orlando has many themes to choose from including the Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Hollywood Studios, Animal Kingdom, Blizzard Beach and Typhoon Lagoon. Also don’t miss Universal Orlando that feature great performance by groups like the Blue Man Group.
Some families may be interested in space travel and would be better off heading to take a tour of the Kennedy Space Center that presents the tour followed by an IMAX movie.
If you are looking for sports don’t miss the Orlando Magic at the Amway Arena. For your dining pleasure with the family make sure you stop at Jungle Jim’s where your kids can get all their favorites like hamburgers and French fries in a jungle-like atmosphere surrounded with stuffed animals and waterfalls.
September 10th, 2008
There is no better place to visit on your vacation, if you are looking for pure relaxation, than Charlotte, North Carolina.
Visit the Amber Crest Winery and become a winemaker for the day. They have a wonderful program that allows you to create, bottle, cork and custom label your own micro batch of wine. In addition to being a good time, you can create awesome gifts or wedding favors by doing this.
The Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden is another wonderfully relaxing way to spend some time. This unique location is a huge garden that spans over 110 acres of stunning, manicured gardens, featuring amazing colors, textures and displays of nature. Twelve sparking fountains are there to enjoy while wildlife mingles around the gardens with you. Explore the grounds on the natural woodland trail.
If you would like to see some more exotic animals, stop at Buffalo Beal’s Animal Park where there is forty acres of viewing grounds for you to see and feed wild animals including primates, giraffes, zebras, ostrich, antelope, kangaroos and more. Find a flight to Charlotte today and enjoy the many family friendly activities this cosmopolitan city has to offer!
September 9th, 2008
San Diego may not be well known for being a top romantic getaway spot but if you do it once, you will find that there are many romantic features in the city.
The La Jolla Cove is a breathtaking place to stroll and take in the ocean below. The nearby La Jolla business district is perfect for dining and window shopping.
Even if you can’t afford to stay at the Victorian Hotel, take a flight to Coronado Beach and enjoy the best stretch of sand in the county with the Victorian hotel in the background. A walk or picnic on the beach is about as romantic as it gets.
The Bahia Belle offers a really inexpensive cruise around Mission Bay aboard this Mississippi-style stern wheeler. Romantic carriage rides can be found in various parts of San Diego and the surrounding areas.
See the San Diego sites or visit the small mountain town of Julian and stay at a cozy bed and breakfast there. With the best weather in the country, you can enjoy the Pacific Coast from a nice park, a restaurant patio, or your hotel balcony!
September 8th, 2008
Whether you have visited Dallas before or are looking to find ways to save money on your vacation, there are many fun and unusual things in Dallas that you can do for free or very little cost.
The Pioneer Plaza Cattle Drive is the largest bronze monument of its kind in the world located on the actual Shawnee Trail drive of the 1850’s. There are many other places that offer sculptures for viewing that are absolutely amazing. Be sure to take in the Outdoor Sculpture Tour on the sidewalks of Downtown, the Art Garden at the base of the Trammell Crow Center or the Mustangs Sculpture in Las Colinas.
How about visiting Lee Harvey’s bar featuring a popular dog run and good food next to a junk lot? Need to do your laundry? You won’t find a better place than Bar of Soap where you can do your laundry while hanging out at Fair Park bar. The Dallas Farmer’s Market is a must see that is open all day every day and offers everything from fresh fruit and vegetables to yard art and furniture. It is easy to make your next trip to Dallas a vacation to remember!
September 7th, 2008
Visiting New Orleans can be one of those vacations you need a vacation from, when you get back but it is certainly worth it. The food alone makes New Orleans a favorite among travelers.
When in New Orleans, one of the highlights to see is The French Quarter. With over 300 restaurants in the French Quarter, you will find plenty of wonderful cuisine, the atmosphere New Orleans is famous for, and shopping like nowhere else. When you are ready to relax and listen to some music, be sure to visit Bourbon Street.
Don’t leave the city without taking the Streetcar Tour of the Garden District which is the oldest continuously operating streetcar in the country. The route takes you up St. Charles Avenue, past some of the grandest homes in the south, past Tulane and Loyola Universities, and up the riverbend to Carrollton. You can add Cajun dancing, Horse Carriages and Riverboats rides and stay busy taking in all the sites for days.
For a great place to slow down for a little while, check out Faulkner House Books located in the French Quarter townhouse where William Faulkner lived while he wrote his first novel.
September 7th, 2008
Fall is the perfect time to hop on a plane and get away from the city. Airlines flights are usually cheaper, as it is the off season, as well as hotel and resort rates. There is a wide variety of flights from Boston to take you to just about any destination you had in mind.
The fall foliage can be quite stunning depending on where you go and the weather is usually more cooperative. Crowds will be much thinner in the fall at most any location you are interested in visiting.
Colorado is a beautiful destination to visit in the fall with the beautiful foliage and breathtaking mountain. If you are a golfer and would like to get away and hit the golf course, Arizona, Hawaii and Florida are great locations to hit some awesome golf courses and beautiful scenery. Small towns like Martha’s Vineyard are relaxing and homey and you can save a great deal on flights and accommodations at this time of year. Many places offer super shopping and festivals that you can easy fit into your itinerary.