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feb 21 2017

Deal of the Day: Your daydreams of living on a farm come true in Bourbon Country, from $99

(Travelzoo)

Whether you live in a city or suburbia and you’ve always been curious about waking up with the dawn to collect eggs and milk a cow or whether you grew up on a farm and you’re feeling nostalgic, you might consider taking your next vacation to The Farm. This utterly charming seven-room inn, located on a 120-acre antebellum estate, sits 45 minutes from Lexington and less than 90 minutes from Louisville, but it feels like worlds away from any urban setting. The site includes a complete working farm, so while you stay you can milk a cow, collect eggs, and make butter.

feb 17 2017

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.

feb 16 2017

Deal of the Day: Historic southern Oregon for the modern savvy traveler, from $249/2 nights

(Travelzoo)

Jacksonville has all the trimmings of classic small town America—boutique shops in a quaint downtown, historic architecture, and easy access to hiking and a national park. The fact that it sits in the middle of South Oregon’s beloved wine country just sweetens the deal. Typically luxury does not come cheap in this town, which is on the National Register of Historic Places because of its rich gold mining history. With this Deal of the Day, however, you can book a room for two at the quaint and cozy McCully House Inn, which is located in the oldest home in Oregon, or a private room at Wine Cottage, a sister location, for two-nights for $249 through April 29 and $279 during the month of May. (This deal is not available May 27-28) That’s a savings of more than 50% off standard rates. A 10.8% lodging tax is not included in the price.

feb 15 2017

Locals Know Best: Charleston, South Carolina

Ten years ago, when Yuriy Bekker moved to Charleston from Brooklyn, he was hit by a bolt of culture shock. But it didn’t take too long for the violinist and principal pops conductor of the Charleston Symphony Orchestra (not to mention artistic director of various music festivals and groups and globe-trotting performer), to realize that although there was more sunshine and tranquility and fewer bagel shops as well as Ukranian restaurants like the ones he grew up frequenting as the son of immigrants from Minsk, Belarus, he could feel quite at home in this jewel of a city, where cosmopolitan energy fuses with a laidback southern attitude and European charm.

FEED YOUR BODY, FEED YOUR SOUL

feb 15 2017

Cheap April flights to book now

Do the white sand beaches of Fort Myers, Florida, sound good right about now? April round-trip flights from Chicago start at $103. (Yes, you read that correctly.)

(Courtesy The Beaches of Fort Myers & Sanibel)

Our friends at Skyscanner.com have crunched the numbers to deliver some amazing airfare deals for April. The only catch? You need to pick from an array of enticing destinations and book now.

New York to Fort Lauderdale
Wednesday, April 19 – Tuesday, April 25
Starting at: $159
(Typical ticket price: $204)

feb 09 2017

Safety is travelers' top concern

American travelers told Travelzoo that they are more likely to stick with domestic U.S. trips in 2017 due to security concerns and unrest overseas. Survey participants named New York City (above) one of the safest cities in the world.

(Courtesy kellythewriter/myBudgetTravel)

U.S. travelers are planning vacations closer to home in 2017 and are more concerned about travel safety and security, according to a newly published survey from Travelzoo.

feb 09 2017

Deal of the Day: An African-style safari with a glammy California attitude, from $189

(Travelzoo)

They call it the Sonoma Serengeti and it might be California Wine Country's best kept secret. It’s a wildlife preserve that’s home to over 700 animals, like giraffes, flamingos, buffalo, and antelopes. And in this surprise setting, a West Coast getaway beckons that’s unlike anywhere else in the state. Glamping (read: glamorous camping) has arrived in Northern California, and it’s an experience that’s absolutely within your reach.  

feb 07 2017

Deal of the Day: A Mexican beach resort vacation fit for a king, from $110

If kicking back on a terrace on the Mexican Riviera is your way to treat the winter blues, we have your cure. Las Brisas Ixtapa is specializes in relaxation in scenic, luxurious surrounds that suit all sorts of travelers. There’s an expanse of Mexico’s Pacific shore as well as a jungle surrounds, so you can set off on a guided walks or bird-watching expedition. Same goes for the food. With six restaurants on the property, there’s something to satisfy any appetite, from Mexican fare in a 16th century colonial hacienda-style setting at El Mexicano to the casual lobby bar, which offers exquisite beach vistas, to the romantic and formal La Brisa II and the more laid-back Bellavista, which has beachside breakfast and dinner options.

feb 03 2017

Deal of the Day: Be seduced by Lake Geneva, Wisconsin this winter, from $99

(Travelzoo)

There are plenty of hotels around Lake Geneva, but only the Geneva Inn is located right on the shore, affording scenic water views from the room as well as the restaurant. With this Deal of the Day, which is good for travel through April 30, you get one night in a spacious Deluxe Room. For an additional $30, upgrade to a Lakeview Room, which has a whirlpool tub and private balcony. Two nights in a Deluxe Room goes for $189 with the same upgrade price-per-night. In May 2016, the hotel underwent major renovations, including upgrades to and new furniture in each room.  

feb 01 2017

Locals Know Best: Portland, Oregon

(Erica Schroeder/Dreamstime)

Portland, Oregon’s history is one of ship-building, grit, and organized crime. What a difference a century makes. Today, Portland is strongly associated with organic food, hipster eyewear, elaborate tattoos, craft beer, and artisanal everything. The dining scene is particularly alluring, offering loads of options from classical cooking to hyper-creative modern menus, not to mention the city is less than an hour from heart of Oregon’s wine country. To get a culinary insider’s tips on where to go and what to do around this city, we caught up with Cathy Whims, award-winning chef who owns a variety of restaurants, including Oven and Shaker, which is known for its wood-burning pizza oven, the modern Italian eatery Nostrana, and Hamlet, the newest entrant in her expanding empire which focuses on ham-heavy small plates, craft cocktails, and sherry. You’d think it’d be tough to find down-time when you oversee that many restaurants, but a retro steakhouse, a bird-watcher’s haven, and a visit to a Zumba class with an eccentric instructor are just a few of this long-time resident’s go-to’s.

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