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Steve’s Travel Tips #13 – Driving in Italy

Posted on April, 20 2014



Driving in Italy can difficult, Steve tells you the ups and downs! Get travel advice and hear the insightful commentary of Steve Perillo, CEO of Perillo Tour…

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Colorado : This is the Mother of All Ways to Experience the USA Pro Challenge

Posted on April, 20 2014

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001 Stage 7 Chris Graythen Getty Colorado : This is the Mother of All Ways to Experience the USA Pro Challenge

Fans of the cycling circuit are no doubt looking forward to this summer’s USA Pro Challenge in Denver, when the world’s best racers will take on an eight-city route through the Rocky Mountains, including Aspen, Crested Butte, Colorado Springs, Gunnison, Breckenridge, Vail, Denver, and Boulder. The typical spectator might hit one or two of them, but a company called NextGreatTrip has created the mother of all VIP itineraries for the race should you have an extra $ 9,500 lying around.

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Stockholm: Funky Friday: Your Luggage Never Looked Better Than At The Nordic Light Hotel

Posted on April, 20 2014

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NordicLightHotelLobby Stockholm: Funky Friday: Your Luggage Never Looked Better Than At The Nordic Light Hotel

Welcome to Funky Friday, a new segment we’re trying out which features one photo that we think singularly expresses a hotel’s inner psyche. We look for, and often find, a lot of wacky, wild and wondrous designs that seem to have one thing in common: a Type A personality. So why not have a bit of fun as we all wrap up our week by taking a quick look at some hotels that quite frankly, want our attention.

We would have to agree that the most studied, re-purposed, and re-designed space within the modern day hotel is the lobby. It’s all about social interaction, whether it be real or virtual. Typically, it is both. We need a comfortable place to relax, work, or have an informal meeting. Oh, and we want to feel welcome and unpressured. The last thing that a hotel lobby should be today, as it has been in the past, is a busy transfer station for arriving guests and their luggage.

For this week’s Funky Friday, we are featuring a hotel lobby that was intentionally designed around the concept of luggage. At the Nordic Light Hotel in Stockholm, it’s done ever so playfully and in a modern design context, so we’re going to run with it.

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Category: Hotels

6 Best Hotel Sleep Programs

Posted on April, 20 2014

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Between jet lag and the burst of energy that comes with traveling to an exciting new place, getting a good night’s sleep in a hotel room—even a spectacular one—can sometimes be a challenge. To combat that, many hotels have come up with unique strategies that promote a peaceful slumber, no matter how full each guest’s day has been. If you’ve ever found sleeping in a hotel bed tricky, here are the six best hotel progams that can help you snooze soundly.

Four Seasons, select properties

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The Four Seasons’ world-famous bed just got better. Earlier this year, the company began rolling out new beds that feature interchangeable and customizable mattress toppers as part of its exclusive collaboration with Simmons. Double-walled windows, a selection of pillows, and blackout shades all add to the consummate sleeping experience. At the Four Seasons Hotel Singapore, lullabies for grown-ups are offered, while the Seychelles property includes a tropical fragrance spritz made from locally distilled oils on your pillow as part of your turndown service. If you can’t stand the thought of going back to your mattress at home, the Four Seasons’ beds are available for purchase. 

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Hip hotels harvest honey with on-site apiaries

Posted on April, 20 2014

Hip hotels went local long ago with chef-tended herb and veggie gardens. The next wave, make that swarm, is here: hotel honeybees housed in on-site apiaries.

It’s an offshoot of the urban agriculture trend that is playing out across the EU and the U.S. The importance of honeybees in the food chain can’t be underestimated: experts approximate one-third of all food Americans consume is directly or indirectly tied to honeybee pollination. Combine that with the economic advantages concomitant with sustainable food practices and it’s no wonder so many hotels are buzzing.

There’s a good chance one of your favorite spring or summer getaway destinations is buzz-worthy. Here, a nod to a few places that have taken a sweet step to reducing their carbon footprint.

Atlanta

Honey from Four Seasons executive chef Robert Gerstenecker’s terrace apiary is a huge hit, turning up in menu items, the spa and the latest, a line of handmade lip balm. “Bees have an invaluable impact on Four Seasons Hotel Atlanta,” says chef Gerstenecker. “They continue to inspire our food culture, our products and our vision for a more sustainable and organic world.” (The salted honey caramels are a must try!)

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Paris: Where to Go with Your Tax Refund: Paris, Of Course

Posted on April, 20 2014

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 Paris: Where to Go with Your Tax Refund: Paris, Of Course

Tax day is here, and you’re probably excited…but not because you love sifting through receipts and credit card statements. You’re excited because you’re getting a fat refund. Probably. The economy may be on its way back up, but you should try to stretch that tax refund as far as you can…like with a little “you did a great job last year” trip—a Tax Refund Vacation.

If you haven’t yet had the opportunity to fall in love with the Paris, know that spending some extra cash on a trip to the City of Light is worth it. If you have been to the French capital, then you know what we’re talking about and it’s high time for a return trip.

Not only does the city have a laundry list of landmarks, from the Eiffel Tower and Champs-Elysees to the Louvre and Latin Quarter, but both new and return visitors don’t have to be told that the culinary delights alone are tempting enough to deserve a trip.

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Beach Escape: Long Weekend in Nassau

Posted on April, 19 2014

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When the beach beckons, Nassau, not even four hours by plane from New York City and two hours from Atlanta, makes an ideal long-weekend escape. The capital of the Bahamas is not only historic, but also abuts Paradise Island, where you’ll find Atlantis, the 800-pound gorilla of Bahamas resorts. For water-park lovers, it’s a not-to-be-missed attraction and a family favorite—even adults can find something to like here. Unfortunately, it’s also expensive, but for those who are looking to save a bit of money, there is another viable option just next door.

FRIDAY

mayan temple slides Beach Escape: Long Weekend in Nassau

If you book an early flight, you can find yourself poolside before 2 pm. There’s really only one item on the agenda for most travelers to Paradise Island: Pick up a bracelet so you can access the fun at Atlantis’s Aquaventure water park, with myriad water slides and rides. Most families hurriedly change into swimsuits and head out to the facilities whether their room is ready or not, grabbing a quick bite when hunger overcomes excitement. Early flights require early-morning departures (and wake-up calls), so your first night may consist of nothing more exciting than an early dinner and bed. Try Anthony’s (main courses from $ 30) at the Paradise Village Shopping Center (closer to the Atlantis Coral or Beach towers), or Bimini Road (main courses from $ 27), one of the more moderate restaurants in Atlantis’s Marina Village Shopping Center.

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Category: Vacations

Packing for Multiple People

Posted on April, 19 2014

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Someday, my kids will be able to pack for our travels themselves. Until that day, however, I’m responsible for making sure that my girls have enough clothing. (My husband contributes, of course, but I care more about matchy-matchy clothing aesthetics than he does.) On two memorable occasions I have forgotten pants for our youngest and pajamas for our oldest. Since then I decided to get really organized. Here’s a breakdown of how I pack for our family of four.

1. Lists, a smartphone, and more lists

Getting ready means first sitting down with a weather report and our itinerary. How many days? How active will we be? What specialty items do we need? Then I open up Google Keep on my laptop. Google Keep is a note-taking app; you can use the free-form template and the checklist template. I use the checklist feature to build several packing lists: one for the girls’ clothes, one for me, one for electronics, one for dry toiletries and medical items, one for liquid items (as those have to be packed separately), and one for snacks. I like having a small stockpile of familiar, high-protein dry snacks for the airplane or if we’re going to be in a car or coach for a long time.

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Being organized is everything. Photo: flickr, opoponax

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Category: Food

Hop Over to These New England Hotel Easter Egg Hunts

Posted on April, 19 2014

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Eggs Hop Over to These New England Hotel Easter Egg Hunts

Adults and kids will jump for joy at these festive New England outings. Unless you want angry neighbors rapping on your door all day, we don’t typically endorse indulging your kids in a sugar rush while staying at a hotel. But this weekend is Easter, after all – so if your little cottontails are going to get their paws on milk chocolate bunnies, they might as well do it somewhere nice. You know, somewhere with a spa. (That’s for you.)

To save you the trouble of hunting all over the Internet, here are a few New England properties that are hosting Easter egg hunts for kids and families. At the very least, they’ll get the children to play with something other than an iPad. The best-case scenario: Hopping all over the hotel puts them down for a nap, and that spa is all yours.

Omni Mount Washington Resort in Bretton Woods, NH The property is hosting not one, not two – but FIVE different Easter egg hunts that are open to various age groups (and guests and locals alike). Among them: the all-ages “Great Bretton Woods Hunt,” which will scatter eggs (including a prized “golden egg”) across 464 acres of New Hampshire’s largest ski area. (“Powdery treats” are promised as you search.) There’s the “Easter Egg Extravaganza Hunt,” that will hide 600 colored eggs around the hotel itself, and there’s the “Slopeside Pub Easter Egg Hunt,” an adults-only afternoon hunt in the property’s tavern. (Other weekend activities include a “Tortoise and Hare” themed ski and snowshoe race, and story time with the Easter Bunny.”)

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Five remarkable, endangered spots you should know about

Posted on April, 19 2014

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