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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. 

dec 02 2016

Great travel bargains for 2017

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As 2016 winds down, it’s time for travelers to think about... next year’s vacation, of course. This morning, I spoke with Jim Cantore live via Skype on the Weather Channel's AMHQ to share incredible international destinations that won’t break the bank, courtesy of our colleagues at the amazing Lonely Planet magazine and LonelyPlanet.com and their Best in Travel 2017 package. (Click here to watch my appearance on this morning's AMHQ.)

dec 01 2016

Intrepid Travel's philanthropy is making this holiday season bright

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“Giving Tuesday” might be behind us, but some companies don’t play by the officially-designated-day rules. And we couldn’t be happier about that. Take, for instance, Intrepid Travel. On Giving Tuesday, the company, which specializes in adventure travel, launched a campaign called Travel for Good that runs far longer than just that one day. Through December 20th, when you book a tour with Intrepid, they’ll donate 10% of the cost to four community projects around the planet.  

dec 01 2016

Deal of the Day: A glorious mansion in Niagara-on-the-Lake is a glamorous trip, from $130


From the grand columns that welcome you at the entrance and in the dignified yet relaxed lobby to the stately and relaxing library space, Queen’s Landing, an historic, recently renovated  CAA 4-Diamond mansion hotel in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, places you squarely in the mind of 19th century elegance. The fact that there’s so much shopping, dining, and wandering to be done in Niagra, said to be one of the best-preserved 19th century North American towns, is just gravy. 

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).

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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 23 2016

Don't miss these Black Friday & Cyber Monday travel sales

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It's official: holiday shopping season is here! Before the last of your leftovers are gone, a virtual catalogue of sales, deals, and bargains - most of them high on the is-this-for-real-I-can't-believe-it scale - will be live online and ripe for taking. Here's a sampling of the Black Friday/Cyber Monday deals on a range of hotels, resorts, airlines, and travel packages. So go ahead - check it out. If nothing else, it's a great way to shift the conversation away from politics. 

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. 

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