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What are the best trips to book 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 in October.
For an Off-Radar Escape: Grand Rapids, MI
You might never guess that Grand Rapids — the Rust Belt city between Chicago and Detroit best known for its beer — has a thriving arts scene. Fall is when the performance season kicks off, and you’ll find everything from classical fare to rock music to even “Star Trek: Live in Concert” at the Grand Rapids Symphony. The Grand Rapids Ballet also returns home in October after a West Coast tour. The city is home to a likewise diverse culinary scene, with everything from classic Italian, to dim sum and tapas, to ramen. There’s also a growing vegan food culture here and the focus is, of course, on hyper-local, farm-raised vegetables.
Hotel Tip: Love luxury for less? Check into Amway Grand Plaza, a historic AAA Four-Diamond property that recently had a $14 million makeover. For a look back into the early 1900s, when the original building was first constructed, stay in rooms with restored moldings, rich wood furnishings, and bathtubs in the Pantlind wing. For a more contemporary experience, the new Glass Tower rooms boast neutral hues, modern fixtures, and spa-style bathrooms with rain showers.
Walk up and down King Street in Charleston and it’s easy to see that money flirts with charm. So many cobblestoned paths lead to high-end hotels, wine bars, antique stores, restaurants, and apparel boutiques. But no worries, you can still carve out a quality weekend at this Southern hotspot without blowing a lot of cash.
Charleston, South Carolina, is known for its rich culinary history and dozens of award-winning restaurants. But if you don’t want to spend all of your time with other tourists and can’t score a reservation at Husk, there are plenty of under-the-radar and local restaurants to enjoy. You don’t need to call ahead to these casual spots or worry about breaking the bank for a good meal. Read more
If there’s one responsible thing you do over Labor Day weekend, let it be solidifying your Thanksgiving plans. We know it’s difficult to think ahead to the next big holiday while you’re still working on taking advantage of the current one, but we hear from our friends at Hipmunk that airfare is expected to rise significantly after the holiday. If you don’t already have a destination in mind, consider some of our favorites for Thanksgiving.
Museums can take years, even decades, of planning. These eight concepts have had a long and sometimes bumpy road on the way to becoming a reality, but we’re already big fans and looking forward to the ribbon-cutting dates. If you’re traveling to these cities in the next couple of years, here are the museums of the future to include on your itinerary:
You put in an order weeks ago to make sure mom gets flowers on Mother’s Day. We even did a roundup of great travel deals, so you can whisk her away on vacation. But what about Dad? The latter holiday, which falls on June 15, tends to get lost in the shuffle between graduation season and the beginning of summer. This year, take advantage of off-season travel deals to take Dad on a trip he’ll never forget. From a beachside resort in the Caribbean, to a golf-themed southern getaway, here are five affordable itineraries you can book right now:
If you, perhaps wisely, chose to refrain from the pandemonium of holiday travel, a new 48-hour JetBlue promotion could have you back in the sky sooner than you thought. The appropriately titled, if slightly laborious, FLY LA LA LA LA LA LA LA LA sale went up this morning, covering 49 departure cities scattered all over the map – Albuquerque, Long Beach, St. Thomas, Charleston, San Juan, Las Vegas, to name a few. Even for January, a notoriously dead travel season, we found some pretty decent rates like New York to Oakland for $317 roundtrip, or Boston to St. Thomas for $330 roundtrip.
All flights must be booked by 11:59 p.m. EST on Wednesday December 18th, with a travel window spanning from January 7 – February 12 (individual blackout dates apply for specific routes).
So, what’s on offer? Let’s take a look:
Charming Charleston, South Carolina, has received lots of accolades, including “Top U.S. City” in Condé Nast Traveler’s Readers’ Choice Awards for the past three years, but this southern belle hasn’t traditionally been known as a low-cost destination.
All that changed when budget carrier JetBlue started offering twice-daily nonstop service from New York City and daily flights from Boston earlier this year. And with a new limited-time getaway package, which includes half-priced airfare for travelers booking an air-and-hotel combo package, visiting Charleston has become even more affordable. Read more
Well, it’s officially September. While some cities are still seeing warm temperatures, we’re already skipping ahead in our minds to fall…and worse, winter. But, rather than let the changing seasons get us down, we’ve decided to just plan our next vacation. From Boston to Washington, D.C., and West Palm Beach, JetBlue’s Book Smart Sale (one-way fares; book by tomorrow at midnight; travel dates September 17 to December 18) is offering some great fares on key destinations: Read more
We know it’s hard to think about autumn travel as the summer winds down. But booking now will definitely pay off when you see the fare sale that JetBlue is advertising for their Leave-With-the-Changing-Leaves Sale. Travel is valid on one-way flights September 3 – December 18, and you must book by August 21 at midnight (blackout dates apply). Check out a selection of our favorite fares below. Read more
In a city more known for its picturesque harbor, baseball park, and greatest television series known to mankind (yes, I’m still mourning The Wire), Baltimore also deserves a nod for its culinary hot spots that go far beyond the crabs. Here’s the deal: Most visitors’ stay in the Inner Harbor area – which is lovely – but riddled with chains. My advice? Lace up your sneakers or spring for a taxi on a few great meals outside the area. Here are three must-stops for some great bites in Baltimore. Read more
Charleston is not all about fancy plantation homes and spooky ghost tours, y’all. This city is serious when it comes to food and has earned cult status as a culinary destination for foodies. It would take weeks to chow your way though this charming destination, but here are three must-stops to get you started. Read more
It used to be that travel loyalty programs were only for grown-ups, or at least those who had finished elementary school. No matter how many miles your 10-year-old racked up jetting back and forth to Grandma’s each Christmas, none of them translated into rewards or elite status. While that’s still largely the case, a growing number of programs geared toward the under 12 set offer a chance for the little ones to earn their own perks. Here are a few of the newest for hotels, airlines, and destinations.
Even though summer doesn’t officially start until a month or so after the Memorial Day weekend, most of us treat this three-day holiday as if it marks the onset of the season. Of course, it helps that it’s often the first warm long weekend in months, which means backyard barbecues, alfresco concerts, picnics in the park, hitting the links – you name it, so long as it’s outdoors! Our top 10 Memorial Day getaways won’t require extensive travel – or, an extensive budget, for that matter – but will definitely help you have a most memorable weekend.
Forget the bald eagle or the Statue of Liberty. In America, the car is still the ultimate symbol of freedom, empowering us to shift our daily routines out of idle and “go anywhere,” as long as we make peace with the traffic report before we go.
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