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One of the best ways to get to know a place is through its public green spaces. Next time you’re traveling, pack a picnic and enjoy. Here are our picks for the best places to picnic in the U.S. this summer. Read more
Director Baz Luhrmann’s “The Great Gatsby” – starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Carey Mulligan, and Tobey Maguire – brings to life the lavish, decadent Jazz Age. Although those days are long gone, you can still step into Jay Gatsby’s world with these seven destinations and experiences. Read more
Making sure the kids (and adults) are entertained while on a summer road trip can really make or break your vacation. The new book What’s Great About . . . I-95 by road trip expert Barbara Barnes offers a fun and educational way to pass the time while cruising down one of the U.S.’s most-traveled stretches of highway.
“It really does make [the ride] go faster,” says Barnes of the book. “It keeps the driver alert, and it makes the drive more fun.”
With sections broken down by state and points of interest designated by mile marker, Barnes maps out all 1,925 miles of I-95 from Houlton, Maine to Miami. The book highlights sights to look out for from the highway (like the John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge in Pennsylvania and the National Museum of the Marine Corps in Virginia) while providing little-known facts about notable people and places (The first woman to run for president? Victoria Woodhull, in 1872).
Now that you’ve got the car ride entertainment covered, we asked Barnes for her advice on planning the rest of your vacation. Here are five tips for the perfect I-95 road trip:
Hilton Head, one of South Carolina’s most popular Sea Islands, recently welcomed the renowned Omni Hotels & Resorts brand to its coastline. To celebrate its recent re-branding, the AAA four-diamond Omni Hilton Head Oceanfront Resort is offering nightly stays as low as $152 per night – 45 percent off pricing later in the season. Travel March 17-21 or March 23-29. For just $27 more per night, stay April 21-May 18. Another great perk, stay two to three nights and receive $100 in resort credit; stay four or more nights, and receive $200 in resort credit.
The Omni Hilton Head Oceanfront Resort offers a slew of amenities such as mini-kitchens, private balconies, an on-site spa, a fitness center, a kids club, two bars, and two restaurants. The resort’s best feature, by far, is its pristine location. Set upon a miles-long Atlantic coast beach, the resort provides direct beach access with beach-side pools and volleyball. When you’re ready for a break from the sand, explore the resort’s five miles of biking paths, have a go at a tennis match on one of the resort’s 23 clay courts, or practice your swing at three championship 18 hole golf courses. Read more
With an eye toward summer, ShermansTravel.com’s Top 10 Family Beaches roundup rightly includes South Carolina’s tranquil Hilton Head and good-naturedly takes a pass on the state’s Myrtle Beach, which in summer is about as untranquil as untranquil gets.
Myrtle Beach likewise gets that its June through August peak season and serenity don’t go together. That’s why the area begins to lure families in May, last year debuting its 1.2-mile boardwalk during the month-long MayFest, which yielded free concerts and deals and promises more of the same next month.
Almost as fast as you can say sesquicentennial, April 12 will be here. The date will mark 150 years since Confederate soldiers fired on Union ones at Fort Sumpter in Charleston, South Carolina, effectively beginning the Civil War. And even if you don’t have Civil War buffs in your midst, there is something about this anniversary and the pageantry surrounding it that could translate to a nice learning vacation this spring.
Many celebrations will be planned around battlefields, and “they’re all over the east,” observes Lonely Planet U.S. travel editor Robert Reid, and “battlefields from Charleston to Bull’s Run are planning particularly ambitious events.”
The clock is quickly ticking, but all you lovebird procrastinators (or maybe you’re just spontaneous) still have 19 days to book a last-minute Valentine’s Day getaway. The big day falls on a Monday this year, making it perfect for a long weekend. My inbox has been flooded with possibilities – from great deals to extravagant splurges. Here are 14 packages worth perusing:
1. Cities Across North America: The “Magnifique Romance” package at Sofitel (www.sofitel.com) – which includes accommodations, chocolates, flowers, champagne, and room-service breakfast – is available throughout North America (Montreal, New York, Washington, D.C., Philadelphia, Miami, Chicago-Water Tower, San Francisco, Minneapolis, and Los Angeles) with rates starting at $140/night if booked by February 13.
2. Riviera Maya: Ceiba Del Mar Beach Spa and Resort, located on Mexico’s Caribbean coast just south of Cancun (shown above at left; courtesy of Ceiba Del Mar Beach Spa and Resort), has a four-night “Romance Experience” package that includes accommodation in an oceanview suite, a champagne cocktail welcome, a private candlelight dinner for two with a bottle of wine, and a 50-minute couples massage, from $1,440 for four nights.
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