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dec 09 2016

Deal of the Day: A luxurious estate hotel in Virgina wine country makes a perfect winter escape, from $249


One hour from the havoc and congestion of Washington DC sits calm, relaxing Virginia wine country, and in the middle of that lush landscape is a 265-acre property on which Goodstone Inn & Restaurant sits. The hotel, in Middleburg, Virginia, features six historic guest houses as well as 18 posh guest rooms and suites elsewhere on the estate. Between the charming French Country décor, seclusion, and the views of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Goodstone scores high on the romance scale. The grounds also feature gardens galore, miles of trails, and a creek where guests can canoe.

dec 06 2016

Deal of the Day: Here's the Vermont winter vacation you've been dreaming of, from $219 for two nights


Proximity to snow areas and hiking, local craft beer, an historic hotel, and all the charms of a small college town (see: art museum, pewter workshop, artisanal chocolate-makers). If this is the stuff that your New Endland winter dreams are made of, the Middlebury Inn is making your dream come true. From now through April, 2017, you can stay at this historic Vermont hotel from $219/two nights, which is nearly half-off the standard rates. 

dec 04 2016

Deal of the Day: A Northern California beachfront hotel is calling, from $199/two nights


If you live in a part of the country that's getting colder by the minute and you're dreaming of falling asleep to the sound of the Pacific Ocean's wave, here's a good excuse to head west: The Beachcomber Motel and Spa in Fort Bragg is offering king rooms with ocean views at nearly half-off the standard rate for stays through May 8, 2017. 

nov 29 2016

Wildfires devastate Gatlinburg and Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Visitors to Great Smoky Mountains National Park view one of the many wildfires burning in the park. High winds and drought conditions have caused wildfires to consume parkland and to endanger people in nearby Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge (home to Dollywood).

(Courtesy NPS Photo)

Wildfires have devastated some of Tennessee’s most popular travel destinations.

Great Smoky Mountains National Park is closed due to the intense and unpredictable fires, which are the result of what firefighters are characterizing as a “perfect storm” of drought and high winds gusting up to 70 mph. The town of Gatlinburg has been evacuated, with approximately 14,000 people hitting the road ahead of flames and dangerously thick smoke; residents and visitors in Pigeon Forge, home to the Dollywood theme park, are also leaving the area. At Dollywood, staff evacuated park cabins and the DreamMore Resort, with local county school buses providing emergency transportation.

nov 28 2016

Deal of the Day: Celebrate the holiday season at a luxurious Palm Springs resort, from $149


If you prefer your holiday season to have a tropical vibe, we’ve got great news: Indian Wells Resort & Spa in Palm Springs is offering rooms from $149 for bookings now through January 12, 2017. This California paradise has all the dreamy amenities you’d hope for in a resort—a flat-screen TV, a private balcony—but you probably won’t even end up using those things when you’re there because of all there is to do in and around the hotel, especially during the holidays when the hotel turns into a winter wonderland without the chill, complete with horse-and-carriage rides, hot cocoa and apple cider stations and gingerbread house-making. (Fees may apply for holiday activities.) And that’s to say nothing of the incredibly luxe spa to two 18-hole golf courses to two pools and, of course, five restaurants, including a modern pizza joint, a coffee house and a sushi stop. Plus it’s only a 10-minute drive to El Paseo, where the streets are lined with shops and eateries, and 20 minutes to glammy downtown Palm Springs.

nov 17 2016

Deal of the Day: Your Bay Area vacation is a lot more affordable through April


Chances are the Tiburon peninsula is not on your radar as a California destination. Fair warning: it's about to be. This Marin County sailing village sits at the edge of a peninsula on the San Francisco Bay, a ferry-ride from the storied city. It's also a 45 minute drive to wine country, so no need to decide between a country visit or an urban-minded holiday. Tiburon is a destination in its own right, what with its historic main street lined with world-class restaurants and charming shops. It's all within reach for an incredible price at the Lodge at Tiburon.

nov 15 2016

Deal of the Day: A Taste of Historic Louisville in an Opulent Hotel, from $159


From its creative culinary scene to the many museums and sites that honor local heritage and native sons (ie: the Louisville Slugger Museum and Factory, the Muhammad Ali Center) to its proximity to the Kentucky Bourbon Trail, Louisville has become one of America's hottest destinations. If you're planning to go see for yourself, you may as well take in as much history as you can and stay at one of the city's most iconic hotels. 

nov 11 2016

Deal of the Day: Old-time Iowa meets modern style at an historic Dubuque hotel, from $99


The elegant and grand Hotel Julien sits on the corner of Second and Main in downtown Dubuque, a site that’s been occupied by a hotel or inn since 1839. In its original incarnation, the Waples House, it was frequented by such illustrious guests as Mark Twain, Honest Abe himself, and Buffalo Bill Cody. Today, after a $33 million renovation, the hotel is a bit more posh—and a lot more modern, of course—than it was in the Civil War era days of gun-slinging macho types and women of the night, but all of its old-world midwestern charm is fixed in place, complete with soaring ceilings in the lobby.

nov 09 2016

Deal of the Day: Let an Historic Boutique Hotel in Arizona Take You Back In Time, from $89


From the beyond-compare sunsets to the swashbuckling cowboys and their saloons to the Granite Dells to the historic Victorian architecture, it's easy to romanticize Arizona. The historic town of Prescott embodies all that and the Hassayampa Inn, which dates back to 1927, makes that history feel very much alive. Given the lobby's grand hand-painted ceiling, the vintage elevator, live jazz in the lobby bar, and lots of refurbished Art Deco details, it's easy to understand why the illustrious personalities who defined the Roaring Twenties (see: Clark Gable, Greta Garbo) sojourned here.

nov 09 2016

Locals Know Best: Savannah


Mention Savannah to most people and they’re quick to free associate: sweet tea, riverboats, peaches, and all the other clichés. But anyone who’s known and loved the city his or her whole life is quick to scoff at those formulaic stereotypes. Ruel Joyner is one of those people who can’t resist slipping into ambassador mode when he starts talking about Savannah. You’d have a hard time finding someone whose story is more deeply woven into the city’s tapestry than Ruel’s. He’s the third-generation owner of 24e Design Co., a store that’s been operating continuously on lively Broughton Street since 1986. Moreover, his grandmother lives in one of the oldest homes in the historic district.

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