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The Canadian province of Ontario is home to some of North America’s most popular travel destinations, including cosmopolitan Toronto, the nation’s capital, Ottawa, and the majestic Niagara Falls. And while it may seem counter intuitive, winter is actually a great time to visit this versatile state.
If taking a romantic getaway was your 2014 resolution, then you have lots to look forward to next month. Hotels far and wide are putting together some nifty Valentine’s Day packages to help lovebirds get the most out of the holiday. From free spa treatments, to add-ons like champagne and rose petals, there’s a trip here to suit every taste, and save you some money.
For laid-back lovers…
In Curaçao, the Santa Barbara Beach & Golf Resort is making itself extra-accessible to lovers on a budget with their “Love In the Caribbean” package, which is available even after Valentine’s Day. Starting at $379 per night with a 3-night minimum, this deal packs in a couple’s massage, daily breakfast for two, a complimentary dinner at Shore, welcome cocktails, and (why not?) a two-day car rental. Valid for stays through the end of 2014.
It’s been less than two weeks since the Polar Vortex first drove us, shivering, indoors like frightened rabbits. Regardless, the unpleasant cold snap is due to make an encore appearance in the U.S. this week, with Weather.com reporting that highs in Minneapolis will be in the single digits. Yikes. The very thought of it just makes us want to curl up by the fire with a good book and not go outside until it’s summer. If you’re having the same reaction, here are a few ways to stay warm on your travels as you brave the cold spell… Read more
Beer City, USA. The Greatest Place You’ve (Maybe) Never Heard Of. Michigan’s Gold Coast. These don’t sound like obvious nicknames for a city once filled with furniture manufacturing plants. But today, Grand Rapids is (surprisingly) becoming a genuine cultural hot spot.
Whether you’re looking to see an acclaimed art competition, try a bevvy beers, or explore some of the country’s best beaches, Grand Rapids and Michigan’s Gold Coast supply some style and culture in the midst of the Rust Belt. Here’s what to do when you get there… Read more
Frigid winter temperatures are in full force, and for hardy Quebécois, that means one thing: It’s time to bundle up and get down for some serious partying, aka the Quebéc Winter Carnival. This year marks the 60th anniversary of the frozen fete, which happens to be the largest winter festival in the world (last year, it drew 600,000 people). Charming and beautiful all year long, the city will open itself up later this month (Jan 31-Feb 16) for over two weeks of activities, shows, and general merrymaking. Carnival passes start at just $15 CAD (about $14 USD). Here are some fun facts about the festival that are guaranteed to inspire a visit…
There are lots of advantages to booking a brand new hotel (see our top reasons to try it, here) — but our favorite reason is that you can find some great deals at new properties. To celebrate the opening of their new Savannah, GA hotel this summer, Kimpton Hotels, is offering a 20 percent discount at 4-star The Brice. Read more
If one of your New Year’s resolutions is to travel more in 2014, this offer from Amtrak may be the perfect fit: You’ll save 25 percent or more on travel from and to major Northeast destinations when booking at least 14 days in advance. Plus, with the unpredictable winter weather, riding the train provides a more reliable and comfortable way to travel this season. Read more
New Year’s resolutions, as hopeful as they are, aren’t always particularly successful. But even though we might fail at sticking to a daily gym routine, travel-related resolutions are often much easier to keep. As 2014 unfolds, here are five easy things we can do to become better travelers:
Resolve to check your on-board etiquette. While there will always be hot-button issues about passenger comfort on planes (kids in first class? To recline or not to recline your seat?), the increasingly unpleasant flying experience could be made a little less painful if we all were a little kinder to our fellow flyers. A few simple suggestions that, sadly, are overlooked way too often: Save pungent food for the airport and not onboard (really, who wants a seatmate who’s scarfing a tuna sandwich?); don’t be an overhead bin hog or TV screen finger stabber; wear a shirt with sleeves; let the rows ahead of you de-plane before you do. And never underestimate the power of a smile. Read more
It’s the first day of the rest of the year, and for us, that means only one thing: time to start making new travel plans! We’ve got about a million and one ideas cooking, but to narrow the playing field a bit, we’re taking a closer look at where we can go on the cheap. Here, a sampling of the best deals to be had to kick off 2014 – better hurry, though, some of these expire in just a few days! Read more
Outside the Anne Frank House in Amsterdam, if the weather’s pleasant, you may find yourself approached by a tall Canadian man called Neil. Do not be alarmed: for he is Amsterdam resident, part-time comedian and joint-owner of local company ‘Those Dam Boat Guys’, and this tends to be his prime spot for scouting the right sort of curious tourists to join him on his 11-person open-top boat. For $20.50, he provides a 1.5-hour tour of the city by canal, plus tea and blankets (in winter), and a polished history of the place he calls home.
By far the chicest, most cosmopolitan and most highly populated seaside resort in the UK, Brighton is famed for its creative spirit, liberal outlook, iconic piers and tooth-cracking candy. Its Victorian architecture, metropolitan style and growing number of resident commuters have all led to it being broadly known as “London by the sea.” With advance train tickets from the capital as low as $10, and a 45-minute journey time, a stopover during your next UK trip – armed with our insider tips – is a must. Read more
Avoid crowded roads and airports this season and hop on a train to exciting destinations in the Northeast. And the best part? You’ll save 25 percent when booking at least 14 days in advance. Sample routes for this Amtrak sale include:
- Boston to Providence: $11
- Washington, D.C. to Baltimore: $12
- Philadelphia to Baltimore: $35
- Washington, D.C. to Philadelphia: $38
- New York City to Philadelphia: $40
- New York City to Providence: $47
- Boston to New York City: $49
Most travelers to Philly know that they can experience lots of the city’s history and the arts for free or on the cheap, but what else is there to do in the City of Brotherly Love without burning up your budget? On a recent visit, we came across a wide-variety of inexpensive activities that will help you spice up your next trip: Read more
Coffee, one of the world’s most universally beloved drinks, offers a taste of local culture with every sip, in whatever form it’s served (small but strong, organic and Fair Trade Certified, topped with whipped cream, or spiked with whiskey). Inspired by cool fall temperatures and a recent #TTOT (that’s Travel Talk on Twitter, a hashtag travelers should definitely check out if they’re not familiar with it), here we spill the beans on five destinations where caffeine-craving travelers can get their fix.
Vienna: The coffeehouse, or Kaffeehaus, is as much a staple of Viennese culture as the waltz and opera. In recent years, the number of traditional coffeehouses has dwindled as owners face competition from modern chains (yes, Starbucks has several locations here) and increasing real estate costs, but enjoying a cup is still a must-do during a visit. From decades-old institutions with soaring ceilings and immaculately dressed waiters to boho-hip joints that draw a young crowd, you can find the perfect spot for any sipping style.
Can’t-miss spots include Café Sperl, a gorgeous architectural gem that has been around since 1880; Café Sacher, known for its decadent Sacher-Torte; and Café Landtmann, with live music, a celebrity clientele, and live music.
Looking for an easy budget getaway? Tennessee’s Smoky Mountains offer a mix of inexpensive activities and attractions that work for all kinds of travelers, from thrill-seekers and hiking nuts to kids and foodies. Here’s just a sampling of our favorites, broken down by the type of traveler… Read more
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