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Shelley Seale

Picture a vibrant town square lined with red brick buildings, a main historic market, hip boutiques, and art galleries gallore — all beneath a backdrop of the stunning Blue Ridge Mountains. That’s Roanoke, a southern Virginia city known for its natural beauty, quality of life, and thriving central core. Here’s an art-filled itinerary for enjoying this charming town, all without breaking the bank.

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Robert’s Maine Grill

There’s some incredible food south of the Mason Dixon line, no doubt. But if you aren’t traveling to that stretch of land anytime soon, you can find some fine options all over the United States. From California to Maine, here are 14 of our favorites.   Read more

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Fort Lauderdale Harbor Beach Marriott Resort & Spa

What’s one of the best ways to nab hotel savings in Florida? Go during the summer. If you can stand the heat and humidity of the Sunshine State during the next few months, you’ll be rewarded with ultra-cool savings. Try one of these six deals, from as low as $73 per night.

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Copamarina

Seeking paradise without a passport? Venture off from the overdeveloped city of San Juan on your next Puerto Rican vacation and explore the island’s best affordable resorts. Offering respite from the tourist market, these properties deliver a getaway filled with sandy beaches, copious palm trees, and a perfectly made margarita.  Read more

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Vacations are short, and weekends are even shorter. And when the beach beckons with its sun, sand, and relaxation, you don’t want to spend most of the time stuck on the road. Luckily, you can skip the traffic and get to these great, easy-to-access beaches much more easily by train. Don’t forget the sunscreen!

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Jupiter Beach Resort & Spa

Snug in Florida’s Palm Beach County, Jupiter Beach is a more relaxed alternative to Miami, even though it’s just 90 minutes away. Here, expect the same top-notch dining, water sports, and beach access. To entice you to visit, Jupiter Beach Resort & Spa, a 168-room oceanfront property, is throwing in a third night for free when you book two nights through the end of the year.

The Jupiter Jaunt deal makes it easier than ever to enjoy the hotel’s 1,000-foot stretch of private beach, oceanview pool, spa, and excursions like fishing and sea turtle walks. We found regular rates of $250 per night for weekends throughout the summer, including Fourth of July weekend. This means that, with the deal, you’d pay $500 for three nights — translating to $167 for an average nightly rate over all. It’s a steal compared to other nearby resorts, including Wyndham Grand Jupiter at Harbourside Place, which is charging $197 per night night for weekends in August, and Marriott’s Oceana Palms, from $399.

For further perspective, the special rates are a huge savings off the hotel’s own high season prices in January, February, and March. You can expect to pay as much as $410 per night over the last two weekends in February, plus every weekend in March, for example. (January weekends are slightly cheaper, at $340 per night.) So if you were to splurge on three nights during high season, you’d pay between $1,020 and $1,230 total. That’s double of what the Jupiter Jaunt will get you.

The hotel is designed to coax guests into relaxation, with beach chairs included in the daily resort fee ($25). Each room incorporates a soothing buttery yellow palette, with palm tree and pineapple accents, and mahogany furnishings. WiFi is free in all rooms, and some feature balconies. Elsewhere onsite, you’ll find two restaurants: the elegant Sinclair’s Lounge, open for breakfast, lunch and dinner; and the poolside Sandbar, with seafood-focused cuisine in a casual environment. The spa offers a menu of 10 different massage treatments, plus a facial that folds in organic seaweed extracts.

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With practically the entire summer ahead of us, winter was far from our thoughts — until now. Norwegian Air Shuttle is launching flights from the East Coast to Guadeloupe and Martinique for $79 one-way and $99 for the return flight beginning December 3.

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Kristine Hansen

Last year’s psychological thriller “Gone Girl,” based on the 2012 book by Gillian Flynn, thrust the town of Cape Girardeau, Missouri into the spotlight. Dubbed “the Cape” by locals (and named North Carthage in Flynn’s book), the town of 77,000 lies along the banks of the Mississippi River. Here are the must-do experiences in this small town, including sites from the film.

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The Embassy Row Hotel

If you casually observe D.C’s skyline on any given day (ideally over a cup of coffee or locally brewed The Corruption IPA-style beer), you’ll see at least 60 cranes hard at work hoisting steel and glass. Chances are, many of them are creating shiny new digs to keep up with the demands of the city’s visitors.

To be more specific, the demand for more stylish places with a sense of place is ever-increasing — around $9 billion worth of hotel improvements are currently underway. And both boutique hotels and bigger chains have risen to the occasion by creating places you’ll want to call your second home, at least for a few days. Here are a few of our favorites:

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Where are the best trips to be booking right now? Our monthly Where to Go column tells you the smartest places to go each month for savings, special events, and all around great experiences. Here’s what’s hot for August.

For the Epic Long-haul Trip: Singapore
If you’ve yet to cross Singapore off the bucket list, now’s the time. Characterized by fantastic street food, urban greenery, and of course diverse culture, this Asian destination has become increasingly popular over the years. And August is one of the best times of the year to create an epic itinerary, thanks to the plentiful events packed into the month. Dive right into Buddhist and folk traditions during Ghost Month, when you’ll see locals making food offerings on the streets and hosting live stage performances meant to entertain the spirits. On the last two weekends of the month, street performers, local and international artists, and interactive light installations take over the city for the Singapore Night Festival. And that’s not to mention the International Festival of the Arts, running through most of August and into September, that hosts 36 theater, dance, and music performances for just $25-$50 SGD ($19-$37 USD) each.

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Confessions of a Floatplane Pilot in Alaska

Flying close to 10,000 feet and over 100 miles per hour toward Mt. McKinley, the tallest peak in North America. (Photo: Ko Im)

By Ko Im for Yahoo! Travel

Mark Stadsklev has been flying floatplanes for 25 years. The Nebraskan turned long-time Alaskan is also a nature photographer who leads photo safaris. The charismatic pilot for Rust’s Flying Service shares what it’s really like in this sub-airline industry.

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Skiing in Valle Nevado Chile

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If the summer is getting too hot for you, look south. Ski season in the other hemisphere is just getting underway. And Valle Nevado, a ski resort at 17,000-feet elevation and snug in Chile’s Andes 37 miles from Santiago, is offering more than 50 percent in savings — if you can time your visit strategically.

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Jaymie DeGaetano

Many American airline carriers now offer enhanced economy options for fliers, which usually entails just a sliver of extra legroom, often at the front of the plane — all for an exorbitant price. Luckily, this isn’t the case with Singapore Airlines’ new premium economy class, which debuts on August 9, Singapore’s Independence Day, with service from Singapore to Sydney. Stateside, the service is launching from Los Angeles and New York in December, followed by San Francisco in January. In the meantime, here are five premium economy perks that go above and beyond the extra legroom.

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Which cruise lines are making headlines this week? Travel journalist Donna Tunney — ShermansTravel’s cruise expert — has all the latest news. Check back every week for trends, new amenities, and money-saving ideas that help you plan a perfect vacation at sea.

Launch update for Virgin Cruises.
Months after Richard Branson announced his new cruise project in December, we’ve finally learned that Virgin Cruises will debut in 2020, with one ship homeporting in Miami. Two more will launch in 2021 and 2022, and all three ships will be mid-sized and carry 2,800 guests each. None of the ship names were revealed yet, but we know the first one will be offering weeklong Caribbean cruises from the South Florida port.

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After a relationship has tanked to the point of no return, there’s nothing quite like getting in the car — either by yourself or with a bestie or two — and taking your mind off everything on the open road. So queue up Tom Petty’s “Free Falling” and set the GPS for one of these epic post-breakup road trips.

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