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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


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


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


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


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.

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. 

dec 21 2016

Deal of the Day: History and charm at a Victorian-style hotel in the Poconos, from $99


Jim Thorpe, a small town lined with Victorian buildings at the foot of Pennsylvania’s Poconos, is known for its National Register Historic District. The Inn at Jim Thorpe, located in the heart of that District, is arguably one of its most historic buildings. The structure at 24 Broadway was constructed in 1849 and has a rich legacy to speak of. Its guest list over the decades has included, but isn’t limited to, VIPs like President Ulysses S. Grant and William Taft, John D. Rockefeller and Thomas Edison. With its ornate cast iron balcony and fireplaces in the suites, the hotel maintains much of its original old-world charm, much like the town around it, which is choc a bloc with shops and galleries located in landmark buildings. And with skiing trails just 20 minutes away by car, Jim Thorpe is a fine cold-weather destination.

dec 20 2016

Small-town must-see: Pottstown, PA's new carousel

We love the beautiful new carousel in historic Pottstown, Pennsylvania, where a ride will set you back only $2!

(Tom Kelly III For Digital First Media)

It’s no secret that Budget Travel loves small-town America. Our annual Coolest Small Towns contest has celebrated 110 exceptional communities around the U.S. over the past 11 years, and we’re always on the lookout for “small-town must-sees.”

Our latest must-see is the newly opened carousel in Pottstown, Pennsylvania, a historic town on the Schuykill River about 40 miles northwest of Philadelphia. Offering $2 rides, the carousel is a beautiful example (literally and figuratively) of what a community can accomplish when it works toward a common goal.

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