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The great American road trip has captured travelers’ imaginations for decades. For your next jaunt, give the bland chain motels a miss and pick one of these unique hotels to rest up while you are on the road.

For West Coast Road Trippers:

The Madonna Inn, San Luis Obispo CAMadonnaInnThe iconic bright pink sign of the Madonna Inn beckons roadtrippers toward a slice of Americana that befits its Highway 101 location. The bright color scheme extends into this 50-year-old hotel and through many of the 110 individually themed guestrooms. Rooms on offer include the “Caveman” room, “Swiss Chalet,” “Country Gentleman,” and “Love Nest.”  Rates start at $189.

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SONY DSCWhether you’re splurging or saving on your hotel, there’s a way to get more out of your stay. A property that offers free, outdoorsy perks is perfect for guests who favor an active getaway for spring. From complimentary rounds of golf at a lakeside resort in Wisconsin to paddleboarding classes at a Chesapeake Bay retreat, here are our favorite hotel freebies this season: Read more

riverpark-nyc-restaurant-week-2014-winter-620At first glance, Restaurant Week might seem like a great way for travelers to try their destinations’ most beloved restaurants for less. The annual or biannual discount dining program typically offers three-course, prix fixe dinner in the $20-$40 range – and sometimes lunch for even less – at establishments that could typically set you back by more than $100 a meal. Alas, some restaurants will cut corners during this time, and the specials aren’t always all that special. Here are some Restaurant Week pitfalls to watch for, and how to avoid them: Read more

transitappIt’s no secret that Google Maps is a lifesaver if you’re traveling without a car. Generally, this, and similar sites like Hopstop, are incredibly reliable for planning your travel route on public transportation. But what if you want more precise information – like when to leave for the station in order to make the next train, for example, or detailed schedules that tell you how often buses and trains arrive?

This is where locally-based transit apps come in. A whopping 246 public transit systems across the nation make schedule and GPS-generated location  data accessible to developers so they can incorporate them into new programs. Here are some of the best free transit apps for iOs and Android that are worth downloading before your next trip… Read more

Facebook/DeltaEvery week, Delta publishes its Weekly Web Fare Specials. This week, we spotted flights between select cities for $80-160, each way – a great-sounding deal. If it seems too good to be true, consider that availability is very limited: departures are permitted on February 1 only, and return flights on February 3 or 4 only.

If you’re looking for a last-minute weekend getaway, and the cities match your needs, you’re in luck. Here are a few examples of available routes. See the rest on Delta’s website. Read more

EdgartownA month ago, we were lamenting the onset of winter, with its shortened days and frigid temperatures. But there are some good things about the season: for example, a steaming bowl of chowder, prepared with fresh local clams, served by the fire as you watch the tide gently rise outside. If every day winter day could be spent like that, we might just stop our seasonal whining altogether. Here’s a look at New England’s most delicious waterfront restaurants that offer some of the best views around, no matter the season. Read more

620x400_FlickrMariosp_SFOWho needs five star resorts, marble bathtubs, and caviar dinners? Sure, those perks are nice, but for travelers seeking a quick, easy getaway that won’t leave them in the financial lurch, there are better ways to go about it. Rather than overindulge, focus instead on fun, practical activities that are unique to the destination, whether that means hiking in a state park or snagging $9 seats to a symphony orchestra. To get you started, here are ten US cities perfect for budget travelers, plus tips on what to do when you get there: Read more

Brooklyn Bridge, Manhattan Bridge, New York CityWe have already detailed the good reasons to book into a brand new hotel, but how about up-and-coming neighborhoods? Areas that, until recently, didn’t offer much in the way of quality lodging options? It’s in these emerging neighborhoods that you will find some of the city’s newest and hippest hotels — and, most likely, a good deal.

(Note: All rates quoted are for late October weeknights)

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West Coast FlightsEscape on an end-of-summer getaway, or start planning your fall and winter travel early, with this sale from Virgin America. Fly one-way, nonstop to Los Angeles, San Francisco, Las Vegas, and more. While travel for these low rates is valid for a while (August 24–December 3, 2013), booking ends on August 8, at 11:59 CT. Certain day-of-week restrictions and blackout dates from November 21–December 3, 2013 also apply. Check out some of these great fares below! Read more

JetBlue Flight SaleGet 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

Portland Oregon by BikePortland, Oregon is one of the most bicycle-friendly cities in the world. Whether you’re looking to just take a quick ride around or are looking to truly experience the city like the locals, you’ll find this Pacific Northwest destination incredibly easy to navigate around on two wheels. To give you an example of how popular riding bicycles is around here: Not only are there designated bike lanes, but there are also bike stop lights! For a perfect biking day in Portland, follow our advice: Read more

NYC Blog TravelArriving to a new city can be disorienting. With most of our energy exerted on deciphering the public transportation system and finding a decent place to eat, we end up forfeiting the other, more rewarding aspects of urban travel: exploring lesser-known neighborhoods, learning local history, and zeroing in on key cultural happenings.

Local blogs can be of immense help when it comes to quickly finding out what’s happening in a new city – and what’s worth your time. Unlike travel guides, which limit themselves to hotel and restaurant reviews, maps, and at-a-glance neighborhood descriptions, blogs offer curated, useful information on a particular aspect of the city, updated on a regular basis by locals in the know.

Here are a few top-notch online sources that will turn you into an expert the next-time you find yourself in… Read more

JetBlue Flight Deal SaleMaybe you haven’t had a chance to plan your summer getaway yet, or perhaps you’re just holding out for the best deals. Either way, you’re in luck. JetBlue’s two-day summer and early fall sale has amazing one-way flight deals from New York to Bermuda and beyond. Check out some of the amazing rates (starting at just $46) on these popular routes below! Read more

America's Best Farmer's MarketsIn most parts of the country, summer is the best time of year to visit your local farmers market. Not only will you find the widest variety of fresh fruits, vegetables, and local delicacies as you stroll among the stalls, but you’ll also find some of the best deals on produce around. Add to that the fact that everything being sold is often virtually farm-to-your-hand fresh and you’ve got a recipe for a great summer trip to the local stand. Although nearly all major metropolitan areas (and quite a few smaller ones as well) have farmers markets, these nine have become destinations in their own right.

1. Lancaster Central Market (Lancaster, Pennsylvania)

Located in the heart of Amish country, Lancaster’s Central Market is proud to tout their title of the nation’s oldest farmer’s market – at over 275 years running! Opened Tuesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays all year long, the market showcases regional specialties like Pennsylvania Dutch Sausage, headcheese (that isn’t cheese at all), and scrapple (a breakfast meat). Read more

JetBlue 2-Day Flight SaleFly to your choice of U.S. cities, beaches, and Caribbean islands this summer for less with a two-day summer sale from JetBlue. Starting with one-way flights from $39, these are some of the best rates we’ve seen from JetBlue all season, including the following routes: Read more

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