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The storied Gleneagles Hotel in Scotland is celebrating its 90th birthday with the launch of an exclusive partnership with Virgin Balloon Flights to become the only Scottish hotel to offer guests hot-air balloon rides. For £2,100 ($3,595) groups of between ten and 16 can book a sunrise or sunset ride and get a bird’s eye view of the 850-acre estate and the surrounding countryside.
In the U.S., you can book hot air ballooning packages over Napa Valley at The Meritage Resort; over the Temecula Valley Wine Country at Pechanga Resort and Casino; over the desert floor at the Palm Springs Hyatt; over the canyons of New Mexico with El Rancho Hotel; or the Finger Lakes with Chalet B&B.
Take a look at our slideshow to get a bird’s eye view of some of these packages.
New York City may be at its most appealing in the summertime (picnic in Central Park, anyone?) – but that doesn’t mean you can’t justify a long weekend in the country. Even if you’re not quite cut out for life in the stables, that fresh air is bound to do you good. Here, three upstate farm B&Bs for an affordable escape from the hustle and bustle:
We’re not quite ready to say goodbye to summer. But in just under a month, we’ll be entering into one of our favorite times of the year: fall harvest. Whether it’s apples, pumpkins, cranberries, grapes, or otherwise, we can’t wait to start stuffing our faces with delicious treats homegrown in upstate New York’s ubiquitous farms, orchards, and wineries. Here are a few fun, family-friendly, food-filled festivals to get you in the spirit of the season. And don’t worry about overdoing it on the desserts – after all, the next bikini season won’t be for another nine months. Read more
With spring in full swing and summer fast-approaching, travel season in the U.S. is at its prime. Even places like Chicago and the Finger Lakes – known as cold locales for most of the year – are coming out of the woodwork as desirable summer destinations, and have the prices to match. Take a look at some of our favorite sun-soaked travel deals below. Read more
Food trails are about more than just, well, food – they provide a unique opportunity to explore a region through a specific culinary item or dish. Because trails are usually a loose collection of food-themed destinations rather than a Point-A-to-Point-B route, you can plan a vacation around them or incorporate them into existing travel plans. These six mouthwatering food trails will tantalize your taste buds and satisfy your sense of adventure. Read more
Stumped on what to get your sweetie this Valentine’s Day? Look no further than our Monday Deal Alert, because this week’s travel deals are made for lovebirds, with romance packages from the Windy City to the Big Apple. So book your room, grab your main squeeze, and set out to explore major cities or snuggle up with complimentary wine, chocolate, movies, and more with these specials.
Stay in downtown Chicago, near shopping and restaurants on the Magnificent Mile and the shores of Lake Michigan, at the 4-star PUBLIC Chicago, designed by famous hotelier Ian Schrager. This winter offer, which includes Valentine’s Day and Presidents’ Day weekend, starts from only $125 per night – a savings of over 60 percent at the same hotel in spring and summer. Read more
Around this time last year I suggested a family vacation to Rochester’s Strong National Museum of Play, “the best kids’ museum you never heard of” (to quote myself) and also noted briefly that the Finger Lakes region packed plenty of appeal for outdoorsy families.
It’s the latter idea that gets our attention this week, as New York State’s Ontario county – zestily rebranding its nine thousand square miles of goodness as “Nature’s Health Club”– is suggesting families try out a fitness trail studded with several local points of interest.
The trail in this case can be framed more realistically as a loose driving tour. The sites on the route – an historic site, creperie, sailboarding shop, water park, and apple orchard – lie south of U.S. 90, spanning a 25 mile area that bridges the Canandaigua and Seneca lakes. So the way I’d approach this trip is first spending a day or two in Rochester and then driving the 20 miles southeast to Ganondagan State Historic Site in Victor, NY, in whose vicinity you’ll find more than half a dozen inns and chain hotels hugging the south side of US 90 if you want to add an overnight or two to this tour. Read more
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