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Fireplace at the Devil's Thumb Ranch Resort
Devil’s Thumb Ranch Resort

A roaring fire in the fireplace, snow gently falling outside your window, and somewhere in the distance, sounds of laughter drift from a nearby ice skating pond. There’s nothing quite like a winter wonderland getaway, and the United States is filled with exceptionally beautiful places to escape when the... Read More

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Facebook/Barbados Tourism Encyclopedia

For many of us, the long cold nights of winter inspire dreams of jetting off to someplace warm. But, this season, why not shake things up a bit? Instead of falling back on the tried-and-tested winter hot spots, choose someplace new instead. Popular Destination: Jamaica Go Instead: Barbados Often overlooked by U.S.... Read More

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Princess Cruises/Facebook

From Australia and New Zealand to the Mediterranean and the Caribbean, cruise ships large and small are hosting big-time holiday celebrations.  We’re talking traditional meals, elaborate decorations, and extravagant Christmas trees. And, depending on the cruise line, there may be visits from Santa, carolers strolling, religious services, giant gingerbread houses... Read More

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Flickr/Fredo

It looks like a storm’s blowing through the airport, and so are you — on a trip that can’t be rescheduled. When it’s you vs. inclement weather, it might seem like there’s not much you can do. But here are a few expert tips to make flying during a storm as speedy... Read More

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Reykjavik/iStock

We recently told you about how to take an Iceland road trip in any season, but now we’d like you to consider taking one in winter. It may seem like the wrong time for a road trip in Iceland, but it’s arguably one of the best times to experience... Read More

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Kennebunkport, Maine in winter - Christine Wei
Christine Wei

In coastal Maine, Kennebunkport and Kennebunk make up a popular holiday area that’s referred to as “the Kennebunks” — generally known as a more upmarket, small town-y escape compared with hip sister city Portland to the north. Travelers stop in to taste the state’s famed seafood and farm-fresh cuisine, browse... Read More

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A view of the Times Square ball from the rooftop of The Knickerbocker
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All around the world, the last night of the year is always one of the most fun-filled: from performances headlined by big-name artists and the Times Square ball drop to spectacular fireworks above some famous landmarks, December 31 promises a rockin’ good time. And for some with deep pockets... Read More

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The Shops at Columbus Circle in New York City
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In the market for the right gift for that special someone? These are to best malls to seek out. From super-sized to high-end, they have something for everyone on your shopping list — plus an opportunity for you to get a dose of holiday cheer. Mall of America (Bloomington, MN) The... Read More

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Hotel Majestic Barriere in Cannes, France
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If you’ve always thought that Cannes was the exclusive domain of the glitzy elite, think again. A vacation in this posh French community by the sea is now more accessible, thanks to an off-season promotion at the 4.5-star Hotel Majestic Barriere. This offer takes 75 percent off fall and winter stays, lowering... Read More

Deal Alert: End-of-Winter Savings Offers in Finger Lakes Wine Country
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In just a couple weeks’ time, spring will be here. We’re definitely looking forward to trading in the layers of outerwear for lighter duds, but there’s one thing that we’re happy to have while winter sticks around: lower rates in the Finger Lakes Wine Country. If you’re looking for... Read More

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Crested Butte Mountain Resort ski and snowboard
Crested Butte Mountain Resort

The most intense snowfall of the year is (hopefully) just about over, but there are plenty of reasons to hit the slopes in spring. Skiers and snowboarders will find soft powder, endless sunshine, and temperatures warm enough for lingering outdoors après ski, and fun events like slush slaloms and pond... Read More

Edson Hill inn, Stowe, Vermont
Edson Hill

It’s difficult to put a price tag on staying at a sparkling new property and saving some money while you’re at it — especially during high season. But that’s exactly what you can do in the coming weeks at Edson Hill in tiny Stowe, Vermont. ... Read More

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sunrise on boggy creek airboats in kissimmee, florida
Experience Kissimmee

We’ve all been there: feeling like you need a vacation from your vacation. This can be especially true when you’re faced with days the crowds, the frenetic pace, and the barrage of merchandising in Orlando’s theme parks. Luckily, a natural escape awaits just outside of the popular sunny city, packed... Read More

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By: Thayer Walker The Sierra Nevada mountain range runs through California like a 250-mile snowcapped spine, with the area around 22-mile-long Lake Tahoe, straddling California and Nevada, as its winter sports epicenter. Other ski areas dot the Sierras, but the Tahoe region is the shining star of the range, with... Read More

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3, 2, 1 . . . Happy New Year! Whether counting down to 2013 at tried-and-true celebrations like New York’s annual Times Square extravaganza, or by eating a grape for every stroke of midnight in Barcelona, your adrenaline is sure to be racing as 2012 winds down at our... Read More