Thursday, January 31, 2008

Most Romantic Weekend Getaways

Anytime's a good time for a romantic getaway. But, with Valentine's Day just around the corner, it's an even better time.

What are the most romantic weekend getaways?

How about Whidbey Island, Washington, or Lovers Key, Florida? These two destinations are on the list of "Top 10 Romantic Retreats" by Coastal Living Magazine.

And, do you know what the "Most Romantic B & B" in America is? Well, according to BedandBreakfast.com, that would be:

Mount Victoria Bed & Breakfast Inn
28 Fairmount St.
Eureka Springs, Arkansas

What about the most romantic hotel? According to Mobile Guides that would be The Point at Saranac Lake in New York.

These are must a few of the most romantic weekend getaways you and your sweetheart might consider. Want more? Go to our website page at Romantic Vacation Getaways. Enjoy.

Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Pacific Grove Getaway

Looking for an interesting California getaway? Try whale watching. A whale watching tour can add excitement to any California getaway.

One place you might consider is California's Monterey Bay area. Monterey Bay is situated near the mid-section of California's coastline. The bay not only has a shallow shelf by the shore, it also has an enormous and deep submarine canyon. These extremes in habitats permit a large variety of marine creatures to live there.

The entire Gray Whale population migrates past the Monterey coastline every winter and spring, and are present off Monterey from mid-December through mid-May. This time is also perfect for spotting several species of dolphins and porpoise, as well as sea lions, sea otters and harbor seals.

To ensure a pleasant trip, do be sure to dress in several layers of warm clothes as it can be pretty windy and chilly on the ocean.

There are certainly plenty of places to stay in the Monterey Bay area, but I prefer to stay in Pacific Grove, which is a little quieter and less touristy than neighboring Monterey, yet close enough to enjoy all that Montery Bay has to offer, including the Monterey Bay Aquarium, Point Lobos State Reserve and Fisherman's Wharf.

Another reason to stay in Pacific Grove is for a chance to see the Monarch butterflies. You see, whales aren't the only creatures you can spot migrating. The beautiful Monarch butterflies migrate to Pacific Grove from October until March, so if you schedude your getaway from January through March, you can witness grey whales in addition to Monarch butterflies. That's right, a 2fer. Oh, and yes, Pebble Beach is nearby too.

Where might you stay in Pacific Grove? One place to consider is the Martine Inn, a 24-room villa built in 1890 that Bon Appetit magazine has considered "one of the best B&B’s in historic homes." The Martine Inn offers authentic Victorian-era antiques, with some rooms boasting fireplaces, claw foot tubs and Bay views. And, it's only 3 blocks from the Monterey Bay Aquarium.

Monday, January 28, 2008

Fun Stuff to do in Arizona

I just had a couple friends go to Phoenix for a week getaway and they wanted to know of some fun stuff to do in Arizona. There's plenty to do, but here are my "Top 5 things to do in Arizona," all of which can be done on a day trip from Phoenix. (Oh, and you'll want to read the end of this post as I just added some fun stuff to do in Phoenix this June and July):

1. Visit the Arizona Sonora Desert Museum, 2021 North Kinney Road, in Tucson. It's really a fabulous place, with a zoo, living desert museum and botanical garden. You'll walk a lot, so wear good shoes.

2. Hike South Mountain Park in Phoenix. You'll love the view of Phoenix at the summit.

3. Visit Sedona. Sedona's only a couple hours north of Phoenix, and certainly worth the drive. If you love hiking, then you'll want to hike Boynton Canyon in western Sedona.

4. Visit Oak Creek Canyon. Oak Creek Canyon's really part of your Sedona visit, but it's so special that you may want to just devote a day to visit the creek.

5. Visit the Heard Museum, 2301 N. Central Avenue, which has a fabulous collection of Native American art and artifacts.

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Last Minute Getaway Deal to Mexico

I have a link here which will save you $75 off a getaway package to Mexico. The code is valid through 11:59 PM, March 31, 2008.




Where might you want to go on your Mexico getaway? How about Cancun? With its blue lagoons and sandy beaches, it will help banish those winter blaahs. Stop shoveling snow and start building sand castles!

If you do decide to take a Cancun getaway, be sure to tear yourself away from the beach and head to downtown Cancun for some authentic Mexican food and flea market shopping.

If you're into tequilla, you'll also want to do some tequilla tasting while you're there. And, by tasting, I mean tasting, not slugging it down. When you go on a tequilla tasting in Mexico it's like sampling wine, you savor the taste and all the time it took to achieve that wonderful taste.

A great place to sample tequilla is La Destileria. Here you'll find over 100 kinds of tequilla. Ask the concierge at your hotel and you'll be pointed in the right direction.

Saturday, January 12, 2008

Australia Travel Destinations

It may be winter in the Northern Hemisphere, but in Australia, it's still summer, which means it's the perfect travel destination for those of you wanting some sun and fun.

What Australia travel destinations are a perfect fit for you? Of course there's the Gold Coast and Sydney, but did you know that Victoria has some of the finest sightseeing in all of Australia? Go for the wine country, but do plan on staying for a glimpse of a Fairy Penguin on Phillip Island. We have more information for you at our Top Vacation Spots website, so if you're interested in all that Australia has to offer you, go to Australia Travel Destinations.