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No summer is complete without a trip to the beach. But instead of the typical best-of roundup, we decided to do something a little different: We had the ShermansTravel staff share their favorite off-beat alternatives to the hotspots that everyone flocks to in drove. We won’t go as far as to call these spots “secret,” but we will promise that you’ll find a relatively intimate excursion with lots of character at any one of them. Ready to feel like a beach insider and stretch out?
One of the great things about river cruise ships and other small vessels is the opportunity to locally source food, beer, and wine. Unlike large cruise ships, which haul aboard tons of frozen foods at the start of each voyage, smaller ships can pick and choose from local and regional farms, breweries, and wineries along their itineraries, buying what they need for a smaller number of guests.
It’s been a long winter, and we are all more than ready for a summer escape. While Nantucket feels like a world away, and often carries an air of exclusivity, it is an easily accessible getaway for north-easterners. As you begin to map out your summer vacation plans, make this dream getaway a reality with a few dollar-saving seasonal offers:
Winter predictably sees travelers heading to tropical islands for their vacations, but what about the cooler weather islands? There are a few advantages to heading someplace where you’ll be packing a sweater rather than a swimsuit: less crowds, better deals, and plenty of interesting things to do.
Here are a few of our favorite cold-weather island getaways.
Shetland Islands, Scotland
You’ll have to wrap up warm if you’re planning to visit Shetland in winter, but you may be rewarded with a sight of the Northern Lights; its far-north location makes it the best place in the British Isles to see them. Besides the aurora borealis, winter brings unique festivals, such as Up Helly Aa, a Viking fire festival held in Lerwick on the last weekend of January.
Just a few weeks ago, we were celebrating National Tequila Day. But that isn’t stopping bars from charging head-on into yet another booze-filled national holiday: National Rum Day falls on August 16 (a Friday, in case you were wondering), in honor of…well, no one’s exactly sure. But who cares? It’s an entire day of sanctioned drinking – and we’re OK with that. So don your pirate hat and grab a sprig of fresh mint. Here are our picks for the best rum cocktails around. Read more
Get a jump on your fall travel plans with JetBlue’s Jet-This-Party-Started Sale. With one-way flights to Boston, Bermuda, St. Croix, San Diego, New York City, and beyond, you’re bound to find your ideal autumn getaway. Keep in mind, you’ve got to think fast: These fares only last until July 31, 11:59pm EST; travel is valid from September 3 through December 18, 2013. There are also day-of-week restrictions and blackout dates from November 22–December 2. Check out some of our favorite fares below! Read more
Things are heating up across the U.S. – and more specifically in New York City. And JetBlue is taking notice: Not only did they just release another amazing one-way flight sale, they also announced they’ll be offering promo codes from today until Saturday, July 20 that will save you 90 percent on round-trip fares from NYC (EWR, LGA, and JFK airports)! Believe it folks, things are going to get hot this week – check out some of the amazing deals going on right now! Read more
Travel to dozens of U.S. cities and Caribbean destinations this summer with JetBlue’s two-day summer sale. With fares* as low as $46, you can unwind on the beach with direct flights to Nantucket and Martha’s Vineyard, Aruba and Bermuda, Montego Bay and St. Croix. Or, visit major domestic cities like New York, New Orleans, Las Vegas, and so many more. These low fares can only be booked directly through JetBlue, and are not available on other sites. Read more
Looking to enjoy a 4-star hotel deal without straying too far from home? From sun-soaked resorts to city escapes, we have a number of upscale hotel deals all within the continental U.S. — perfect for a short road-trip or a quick weekend getaway.
For those of you in the Southwest, the JW Marriott Camelback Inn Scottsdale is offering steeply discounted rates this December. Stay for just $99 per night at this AAA 5-Diamond resort, which features a golf course, a full-service spa, and incredible mountain views. That’s a savings of up to 70 percent on current rates at the hotel. The only catch is that this is a Cyber Monday deal, which means you must book on November 26 or 27 to get these rates. So mark your calendars, and get excited for sunny skies, lounging poolside, and endless relaxation. Read more
Get away to this chic island of Nantucket without breaking the bank: a stay at the historic Jared Coffin House is now available for just $125 a night. Compared with rates as high as $320 per night in the summer months, this “Hot Dates, Cool Rates” special is a real steal. The exclusive rate is valid for travel October 14-31, November 1-30, and December 3-31. It also includes a $25 credit for a spa treatment and a dining voucher ($25 credit for a $100 spend, or $50 on $150 spend). Spring travel – April 1-17 and 20-26 — is available from just $10 more a night and the credit applies to all 2012 travel other than May 17-19 and 25-27.
The Jared Coffin House dates back to 1845 and offers plenty of historic charm paired with modern day comfort. The three-story mansion was originally built as a family residence by Jared Coffin, one of the most successful ship owners of his time, and was the first of its kind on the island. All guestrooms at this charming inn have been recently updated and include air conditioning.
Visit the Jared Coffin House website or call 508-228-2400. Use promo code Sherman to book by June 16. The “Hot Dates, Cool Rates” offer is also available at four other inns and guesthouses on the island starting at $175 a night. See the Nantucket Island Resorts website for an overview of available properties.
Looking to escape to the chic island of Nantucket this spring or summer but don’t want to make the arduous trip on the ferry? JetBlue is introducing a new non-stop route from Boston to Nantucket for just $46 one-way – this is up to 60% cheaper than competitor rates.
To get this deal, travel May 17-23 or May 30-June 13. Book by March 17. Take advantage of a range of local events during this time such as the Nantucket Wine Festival (May 16-20) and the Nantucket Restaurant Week (June 4-10).
Visit the JetBlue website to find out more and book.
For general trip-planning information, see our Nantucket destination guide.
If one of your New Year’s resolutions is to spend more quality time with the person you love, then I suggest you enjoy that togetherness someplace amazing! And what’s better or more romantic than a stunning, sun-kissed island? There’s something innately sexy and bond-inspiring about the sea – floating together in gentle turquoise surf, walking hand-in-hand at sunset, enjoying the day’s fresh catch paired with a rum cocktail or a fine wine. So as the new year begins, here are my top 10 picks for the most amazing islands to escape to together in 2012. Read more
When it comes to value – and avoiding the crowds – fall is the perfect time to visit Nantucket. Bargain prices at Nantucket Island Resorts mean you can stay for as low as $125/night. The Hot Dates, Cool Rates packages also include a $25 dining credit (spend $100) or $50 dining credit (spend $150) and two $25 spa credits (good toward treatments of $100 or more). Participating properties are Jared Coffin House, the Cottages & Lofts, White Elephant, White Elephant Hotel Residences, and the Wauwinet.
THE VALUE: Rates are discounted up to 50 percent off September prices.
THE CATCH: Blackout dates apply. Check with individual properties for available dates.
THE DETAILS: Click on www.nantucketislandresorts.com or call 800-475-2637. Be sure to use promo code GTDLOW.
WE’VE GOT MORE: Use our Travel Search price comparison tool to find the lowest rates on flights, hotels, vacation packages, and more travel deals.
For general trip-planning information, see our Nantucket Travel Guide.
When summer “unofficially” ends and the kids go back to school, Massachusetts’ historic coastal resorts beckon as an ideal couple’s getaway – especially midweek when incentive rates make even the priciest properties quite affordable. Here are four seafront luxury resorts where romance blossoms as the leaves begin to fall.
The White Elephant This landmark 1920s resort, located on the harbor in Nantucket (shown above; courtesy of Nantucket Island Resorts), is ideal for couples who want a low-key ambience with easy walking or biking into the island’s postcard-perfect town, where boutiques and eateries offer up wool sweaters and creamy clam chowder to ward off the evening chill. Sunlit rooms have cheery ivory décor with elegant sea-inspired touches while the Brant Point Grill serves steak and seafood with a harbor view. Weekday rates start at $265/night in late September and $195/night in mid and late October. Read more
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