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jan 18 2017

Escape winter with these Caribbean deals

The Verandah Resort & Spa in Antigua & Barbuda is a spectacular winter escape, and it can be yours for just a little more than $100 per person per night with a great deal from Expedia.

(Courtesy The Verandah Resort)

This is the time of year we always get a little tired of the winter grind, and the snowstorms across the country this past week sure don’t help. A nice Caribbean escape could sure come in handy right about now. Here, three of our favorite "ultimate islands" that won’t break the bank.

ANTIGUA & BARBUDA is inviting Americans to discover this elegant, beautiful pair of islands with (no kidding) 365 beaches -- yes, you could literally stay all year and never visit the same beach twice. The Verandah Resort & Spa is a high-end luxury property but the good news is... Expedia is offering a great all-inclusive deal: $462 for a room that sleeps four -- that’s just a little more than $100 per person per day for lodging, meals, beverages, and non-motorized water sports included.

jan 17 2017

Deal of the Day: Pack up and head down to the Colorado mountains for a cozy cabin weekend with friends, from $195

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Grand Lake is one of those postcard-ready Colorado mountain towns with a quaint main street lined with restaurants and shops. Two blocks from that thoroughfare is Daven Haven Lodge, which consists of 12 comfy wood cabins, all of which have fully equipped kitchens, some of which have wood-burning stoves or fireplaces. Some cabins are pet-friendly. There is also a low-key steakhouse on the premises.

jan 13 2017

4 places where travelers can honor Martin Luther King Jr.'s legacy

The Civil Rights Memorial Center, in Montgomery, Alabama, is one of several sites across the American South where travelers can celebrate the birthday of Martin Luther King Jr. and learn about important events in the civil rights movement, such as the Montgomery Bus Boycott of 1955-56.

(Michael Hanson)

You can celebrate Martin Luther King Jr.’s towering achievements by doing one of your favorite things: traveling. A variety of sites operated by the National Parks Service and nonprofit organizations offer the opportunity to enjoy your three days off by immersing yourself in the history of the civil rights movement in vibrant communities across the American South.

jan 13 2017

Deal of the Day: Southern luxury abounds at an historic Mississippi inn, from $119

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To say the Monmouth Historic Inn, in Natchez, Mississippi, has southern charm is a little like saying Lebron James is a great athlete or Ella Fitzgerald has a good voice. In other words, its Southern charm is beyond compare. The inn, a National Historic Landmark, sits on 26 acres of fountains, ponds, gardens, and abundant oak trees and Spanish moss.

jan 11 2017

Deal of the Day: Kick back in a Canadian retreat with a European soul, from $299/two nights

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Hankering for a European vacation? Don’t underestimate the power of Canada to curb your craving. Yes, it’s true: well beyond Quebec City and Montreal, both a paradise for Francophiles, there’s Malahat on Victoria Island, British Columbia, a swoon-worthy locale for anyone who adores Italy. The Tuscany-inspired Villa Eyrie Resort, a sprawling mountainside resort with jaw-dropping views, captures the area’s European soul, from the Mediterranean fare at the hotel’s elegant Summit Restaurant to the Italian architecture in the glamourous, fireplace-equipped rooms to the sublime regional wines. And through March 30, you can stay for $299 for two nights, a 40% savings off the standard rate.

jan 10 2017

Locals Know Best: Sacramento, California

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There once was a time when Sacramento was, to put it kindly, in a rut. Locals cast their gazes longingly towards San Francisco and Oakland, epicenters of creativity and culture. Then Sacramento State graduates Maritza and Roshaun Davis had an idea: give Sacramento’s creative class an outlet for showcasing their talents and watch them—and the city—thrive. Enter: Unseen Heros, the lifestyles event production company they founded.

jan 06 2017

Every country wants you to come visit. Here are the slogans they use to entice you.

Tourism is a competitive business. Every destination—cities, states, nations, hotels, historical landmarks, etc.—is vying for your attention, time and money. All of which, of course, is in limited supply. But neither the time nor the money comes into play if the place doesn’t have your attention. And that’s where savvy marketing comes in. Nearly every country on this vast planet has a slogan to make you perk up and take notice and inspire you to come visit. And let’s just say some slogans have a good chance of grabbing your attention by the collar while others might float past you unnoticed with bland reminders of their beauty or friendly residents or geographic locale (Portugal, for instance, beckons with the claim “Europe’s West Coast” and Nigeria announces “Good people. Great nation.”). And others might just make you giggle or, in some cases, furry your brow in bewilderment.

dec 30 2016

Deal of the Day: A Boston hotel charges the outdoor temperature on Fridays through March

No matter how much you hate winter's chill, you'll be hoping for cold if you head to Boston this winter. The Colonnade Hotel, a landmark located smack in the middle of the city, has a fun deal they’re calling “Frosty Fridays,” running through March 29, 2017. It goes like this: Book a Friday and Saturday night stay. Check the temperature Friday at 5PM. Your fee for that night’s stay is the exact same as the temperature. The fee for the Saturday night stay is $289.

dec 28 2016

Deal of the Day: A San Francisco splurge you can afford, from $119

(Rien van Rijthoven)

We’ve been telling you about quite a few California deals lately. Sorry—can’t help it. The visions of sugar plums dancing in our heads have been replaced by California dreaming. We did a double-take when we dug up this Deal of the Day, which scores you a slick, ultra-modern room in Hotel Diva, a stylish boutique in the center of San Francisco. Its location, in fact, couldn’t be more enticing. Less than two blocks from bustling Union Square, one of the city’s main shopping districts, it’s across the street from both the world-class Curran Theatre and the American Conservatory Theatre and a short walk to the iconic cable car that goes to Fisherman’s Wharf as well as the BART train to the airport. 

dec 27 2016

Locals Know Best: Cleveland

When you think of destinations for music-lovers, Nashville, Detroit, Kansas City, and Austin easily spring to mind. But you’d be remiss if you left Cleveland off that list. Home to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, the city, a longtime industrial metropolis that suffered economic decline, devastating pollution, and population flight in the 1970s, is in the throes of a renaissance today. But its old-world character persists. Beyond the roster of tried and true tourist must-sees, like the world-class Cleveland Museum of Art, the shores of Lake Eire and, of course, the house made iconic by “A Christmas Story,” there’s a booming circuit of local restaurants and a vibrant indie arts scene to be explored. We caught up with Greg Harris, President and CEO of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, to give us the lowdown on this magnificent city with a resilient rock’n’roll soul. 

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