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City of the Month: San Francisco, the Most Charming City in the U.S.

Friday, February 14th, 2014

Each city has its own unique personality that shines through just like the characteristics we look for in a soul mate. San Francisco, the seventh most popular domestic destination for Americans according to the Hotels.com Hotel Price Index™ (HPI™), claimed the title of “Most Charming” in a recent Hotels.com survey.  This Valentine’s Day, we are honoring San Francisco as the most charming city to take a valentine, and for the rest of February, we’ll let you in on some of the best hotels, activities and hidden gems in this City of the Month.

How to Spend Valentine’s Day in Charming San Francisco:

Villa Florence, a hotel in the heart of Union Square, oozes 0_BYC59Tcharm.  In contemporary Italian style, it features a breathtaking marble lobby and rooms draped in colors of Tuscany.  The location is ideal, two blocks away from the Theatre district and in the midst of Union Square.  The adjacent restaurant, Kuletos, provides decadent Italian dishes, perfect for a romantic getaway.  Head over to close by Bar Norcini for cocktails in an intimate nightcap to the evening.  The hotel is not far from Fisherman’s Wharf and the Embacadero, where couples can sample delicious local foods, see beautiful sights off the Bay, and even embark on a romantic Valentine’s Day cruise.

To find the latest hotel deals and Valentine’s Day travel ideas, visit Hotels.com and follow @hotelsdotcom on Twitter.

 

About the Survey: Conducted by Google Consumer Surveys between January 25 – 31, 2014. Each question sampled at least 1,200 unique, randomly sampled internet users across the Google Consumer Surveys publisher network.

 
 

 

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Mulled Wine, Snowshoes and Ice Climbing – Best Ways to Brighten Your Winter Months

Thursday, January 16th, 2014

Skiing and snowboarding may be winter’s top activities but there are plenty of other fun ways to embrace the cooler temps. If you’re looking for something to do this winter, whether with friends, on a date, or just some family fun, try a few of these winter must-do’s.

  1. Drink hot buttered rum and mulled wine – and hot chocolate for the kiddos, of course.
  2. Hot tubbing – Kick back in an outdoor Hot Tub. Is there really anything better?
  3. Take a carriage ride through downtown – Assuming that the weather outside is above zero, take a romantic carriage ride through a downtown near you.  By day or by night, there’s something special about snuggling with blankets and the gentle jingle of bells tinkling to the stride of strapping horses.Snowmobiler Driving Through Snow
  4. Ride on a snowmobile – A snowmobile is winter’s convertible.
  5. Take a trip to Reno - The city’s proximity to ski resorts and other recreational areas make Reno a top winter vacation spot. You can find 18 ski resorts in the Reno and Lake Tahoe area.
  6. Stay in the Québec Ice Hotel - The Hôtel de Glace is a must-see attraction to discover each winter. With its huge snow vaults and its crystalline ice sculptures, the Hôtel de Glace impresses by its dazzling decor. From January 5th to March 23th, enter this magical universe and live an incredible experience by visiting this ephemeral work of art.
  7. Strap on some snowshoes – Even your backyard can become a new adventure.  Local outdoor stores have hourly rentals for a one-time extravaganza.
  8. Try ice climbing – Learn to climb waterfall ice in New Hampshire. There are multiple guide companies to help you get your crampons.
  9. Visit Old Faithful and Yellowstone National Park - The famed national park is even more splendid in the. For a very unique experience stay at the Old Faithful Snow Lodge. The only way to get there is by a commercial snow coach.
  10. Watch the 2014 Olympic Winter Games – A great excuse to veg out on the couch and cuddle up by the fire in the dreariest month of the winter.

 

 
 

 

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Travel App of the Month: EpicMix

Friday, December 27th, 2013

The FREE and dare I say, addictive, EpicMix (EpicMix for Android) ski app keeps you in the “snow” if you ski in Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, Keystone (all in Colorado), Heavenly, Kirkwood, or Northstar (all in California). The app is feature-rich, and brings a whole new level of interactivity to your ski vacation.

EpicMix uses scanners mounted on lifts at each of these Vail Resorts ski areas to automatically read radio frequency identification tags embedded on people’s lift passes. Get on a lift and your elevation is automatically tracked. I find it especially interesting to see where my family (my son, in particular) has skied that day since they are typically more adventurous than dear ol’ mom.

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  • Track your vertical feet
  • Access trail maps, lift status, run conditions, weather reports, web cams, and the latest traffic info for all six mountains
  • Race against your friends, family and even four-time World Cup Champion Lindsey Vonn
  • View and download photos taken by the EpixMix on-mountain photographers
  • Connect with friends and family within the app to share your ski results; and you can connect with Facebook and Twitter to share your action photos, activity, and special accomplishments

Special accomplishments? Yes! Skiers who have an RF-enabled Season Pass, Epic Day lift ticket, or PEAKS card earn digital pins for their ski activity and accomplishments on the mountains.
 If you are competitive or curious, it can be a lot of fun. Skiers collect points for each digital pin they earn and can choose to share their point totals to see how they measure up against all skiers and achieve some serious bragging rights. EpicMix posts nothing publicly until a user activates an EpicMix account and chooses to share information.

New for the 2013/2014 Ski Season: lesson goers (that’s me) can track their progress in Ski and Snowboard School with EpicMix Academy.

 
 

 

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Where to Stay in Charlotte: TSB City of the Month

Monday, December 16th, 2013

From gleaming high-rise banking hotels to local B&Bs and water park resorts, Charlotte’s mix of hotel accommodations matches the city’s diversity of business, art and culture. So no matter what you are looking for when planning a visit to Charlotte, you’re sure to rest comfortably in ‘The Queen City.’

For Shopping

In the affluent SouthPark neighborhood, the Hampton Inn & Suites SouthPark at Phillips Place is just steps from shopping, wining and dining. Not to mention this gem is affordable too, with rates from $145/night on Hotels.com.  In the same area you may also want to consider a stay at the Marriott Charlotte Park Hotel.

For Sports

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If you want to get in the middle of Charlotte’s Center City, and close to Bank of America Stadium, reserve your room at the Westin Charlotte. It

has 700 rooms offering beautiful views; there’s even an indoor pool.

The Embassy Suites Charlotte/Concord Golf Resort & Spa is the “official” hotel of Charlotte Motor Speedway and is actually within walking distance. Many NASCAR drivers and teams actually stay here. But fast driving shouldn’t be the only reason to consider this resort; it also features a spa and golf course.

For Romance

It’s hard to not feel the love at the Charlotte landmark hotel where southern charm meet modern luxury. Duke Mansion was built in 1915, features 20 roomsand is on the National Registry of Historic Places. It’s played both home and host to plenty of prominent figures. The hotel operates as a non-profit with proceeds going to preserve and protect the Charlotte treasure.

For Business

A business traveler’s home away from home, The Hyatt Place Charlotte – City Park offers free parking, free Wi-fi, a convenient café/coffee shop for snacks on the go and conference rooms equipped with A/V resources.

2733328_25For Families

Smart parents know that when you are traveling on a site seeing vacation with the kids, planning some “quality kid time” is critical to the trip’s success. Charlotte’s Great Wolf Lodge is a great family destination and even makes for a great staycation for families living in the surrounding communities. A stay at this hotel includes access to the property’s 80,000 square foot water park.

 
 

 

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City of the Month: San Antonio – not your typical Texas.

Wednesday, August 28th, 2013

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IMG_9780If you’re wondering what city to visit on your next vacation, consider the most popular city in Texas: San Antonio. Rounding out our summer vacation this year, we traveled to this city that consistently ranks in the top 10 most popular US destinations on Hotels.com’s Hotel Price Index.

San Antonio is surprisingly easy to navigate. Downtown is made for walking. And, if you don’t want to walk, you can bike share or take a horse drawn carriage, or even a boat along the famed River Walk. We ambled easily from our hotel to the Alamo, parks, restaurants, and museums. The streets and attractions are well marked with signs on every corner.

IMG_9531The meandering River Walk is really something special. A guided river tour is a must-do. The tour guides don’t simply give facts and history but share a true love and appreciation of this Texas City. But how can you not enjoy stories peppered with tales and historic characters such as Davy Crockett, Geronimo, Sam Houston and entertainers like Carol Burnett.

I enjoyed our stay at the Hotel Contessa located on the River Walk. You can’t go wrong with this all-suite hotel. It is perfectly located and we walked everywhere downtown. One warning: parking is a premium downtown. Expect to pay an additional $30/night for all-day valet parking at the hotel.

San Antonio’s interests extend far beyond its downtown. Neighborhoods like Southtown, Tobin Hill, and Alamo Heights are full of locals and visitors enjoying the restaurants, and perusing the stores. Site-seeing and entertainment extend from the Alamo in Downtown to the Texas Hill Country with spas, golf courses, and my favorites: the Witte Museum, the Natural Bridge Caverns and Natural Bridge Wildlife Ranch.

IMG_9552Being able to visit a national treasure like the Alamo is something we all should experience. All over the US, there are spots such as this famed battleground of the Texas Revolution that bring the pages of our history books to life and paint a lasting image of heroes, like the legendary Davy Crockett. In this spot, where a small band of Texans held out for 13 days against Mexican General Santa Anna’s army in 1836, my nine year old son truly processed the events that occurred inside the walls of the Spanish mission turned fortification in the name of freedom.

What I noticed: It wasn’t just families visiting San Antonio but couples, groups of friends, and conference and business travelers too.

Tips for Getting to Know a New City:

  • Talk to local people. They can tell you all kinds of things – and what better way to connect with a place than through human connections?
  • Take detours – planned and spontaneous - off the main highway. See what you can discover.
  • Visit the little museums. Most towns have one. Whether it’s funky or sophisticated, it can give you a glimpse into the town. And be sure to talk with the person at the desk! (It’s usually a volunteer who has lived there a long time.)
  • Stay local. Get to know more about an area by choosing local restaurants or a historic hotel, such as San Antonio’s Menger Hotel, during your visit.

Later this week, I’ll give you an itinerary full of fun things to do in San Antonio!

 

 

 

 
 

 

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How to Babymoon Like a Celebrity

Thursday, June 20th, 2013

With the recent birth of “Baby Kimye” and the anticipated arrival of the “Royal Baby,” Kim and Kate have been setting mommy trends on everything from maternity fashion to babymoons. Parents-to-be looking to plan their own babymoons can recreate and emulate these celebrity travel styles, without the hefty price tags.

BabymoonKimye “City Chic” Babymoon
Kim and Kanye prepped for their new arrival by shopping at high-end boutiques and nesting in the luxury hotels of chic metropolitan capitals Paris and Rio de Janeiro. Expectant parents looking to take one last stroller-less stroll through a city street can steal a page from Kimye’s “city chic” babymoon style by checking out Montréal, Canada or San Diego, Calif.

Montréal, much like Paris, is full of gorgeous architecture and stained glass churches. Shopping is also abundant, whether splurging on some designer duds on rue Sherbrooke or taking a few days to explore the subterranean metropolis of the famous Underground City. A number of hotels connect to the Underground City and are within walking distance of the breath-taking Mont-Royal Park and famous Notre-Dame Basilica, like the 4-star Le Westin Montréal (currently starting at only $200 a night).

Couples looking to get a taste of the laid-back beach lifestyle that Kim and Kanye experienced on their Rio babymoon, need not look any further than sunny, surfs-up San Diego. Rising in popularity over the last few years according to the Hotel Price Index, San Diego will provide the same blend of casual beach-side relaxation and exciting nighttime adventure as Rio, but for a fraction of the price. The Sheraton San Diego Hotel and Marina is a great choice, featuring panoramic views of the bay, this property is approximately two miles from the active city center and less than five miles from the fun-filled Mission Beach.

Royal Island Babymoon
Couples can take a different approach, like William and Kate, who went to the ultra-exclusive Caribbean island of Mustique, located in the West Indies. While William and Kate’s $25,000-a-week getaway consisted of a five-bedroom villa complete with an infinity pool, several private verandahs and a six-person staff, the Caribbean region offers comparable luxuries for far less at destinations such as Vieques, Puerto Rico and Samara, Costa Rica.

According to the latest HPI, rates in Vieques are down a whopping 21% from $407 per night in 2011 to $323 in 2012. Winning numerous industry accolades in recent years for its quiet, virtually untouched beaches, Vieques exudes a certain exclusivity that is akin to the elite island of Mustique. Most of its land is undeveloped due to the presence of the U.S. Navy for over 60 years, so its beaches are pristine masterpieces, surrounded by nature, not commercial development. The island is also home to the largest national refuge in the Caribbean, making for excellent snorkeling. A stay at the W Retreat & Spa might be just what expectant parents need to feel like royalty with its tranquil décor, world class cuisine, and rejuvenating spa – and yes, they offer a prenatal massage.

Samara, Costa Rica is another outstanding choice for soon-to-be-parents taking a cue from the Royal Couple. It is a small, local favorite, rich with Costa Rican culture and well-known for its down-to-earth and friendly atmosphere. Like, Vieques, prices in Samara are also down significantly; a babymoon in this coral reef paradise will cost couples on average 19% less than it did just a year ago. For those who truly want to live it up prince and princess style, private villas like  the Villa de Sol are available starting as low as $143 a night and offer everything from full kitchens and spa tubs to pillow top bedding, private balconies, and more.

Even better, all of the highlighted properties qualify for Welcome Rewards, the loyalty program where members can earn one free night for every 10 nights stayed.

Where would you plan to take your babymoon?

 
 

 

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Must-Read Tips for Planning a Destination Wedding

Friday, May 24th, 2013

It’s wedding season! Time to get out our party frocks and prepare to usher happy couples into wedded bliss. Perhaps you’ll be packing your bags, too, to attend a destination wedding?

destination weddingDestination weddings are growing in popularity thanks in large part to celebrities making it the way the cool kids do it. From Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel’s Italian dream wedding, Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds’ Charleston “I dos,” and Anne Hathaway and Adam Shulman’s wedded soiree on a private estate on California’s Big Sur coast, many celeb couples are taking the plunge in places far from Hollywood and home.

Destination Weddings are also a great way to extend the celebration and give friends and family a two-for-one experience: both a wedding and a vacation. Now, who wouldn’t love that! If you are considering turning your wedding into a remote celebration then here are some helpful tips to get you started.

13 Must-Read Destination Wedding Tips courtesy of The Knot.

Tips for Choosing a Destination Wedding Hotel

For destination weddings, often the hotel is the site for both the ceremony, the reception and the accommodations for your guests. The nice thing about that is everything is usually taken care of – the caterer, cake designer, team of servers and bartenders, wedding coordinator, ceremony, and reception site are available all in one place. There’s not much to worry about in this setting. And most hotels, at the very least, can provide you with a list of trusted vendors.

Try to get a special rate for guests. You will need to work with the wedding or event coordinator for a special rate for your guests at the hotel you’ve chosen. It helps if you can guarantee a certain number of reservations when negotiating rates. Try to do this four to six months prior to your wedding date.

In Las Vegas, some couples end up hosting part of their wedding day festivities in a hotel suite. Luckily, with so many hotel choices, Vegas can accommodate small in-suite ceremonies, receptions or post-reception cocktail parties…and really knows how do a great wedding party!

If you are booking both the rooms block and the wedding reception at the same hotel, there is a good chance that your wedding package includes a complimentary room. In my experience, many hotel wedding packages include a complimentary room for the bridal couple and often discounts for other services and amenities for both the couple and their guests.

Consider a Cruise. More and more couples are turning to cruise lines for affordable and fun getaways. This option is great for couples that want to extend the party with their guests; it especially works well for second marriages or vow renewal celebrations. Cruise weddings have grown a massive 60 percent over the last ten years, according to the New York Times.

Plan for Weather. A Caribbean wedding sounds amazing but maybe not at the peak of hurricane season. Make sure you seriously consider the weather when choosing any destination. Weddings during the off-season can be a great way to save money, but be sure to have an inclement weather plan just in case Mother Nature decides to attend the wedding.

Bride and Groom With Bouquet on BeachWedding Resorts

American Idol season four winner Carrie Underwood wed Ottawa Senators hockey player Mike Fisher in June of 2010, at the chic 251-room Ritz-Carlton Lodge, Reynolds Plantation in Greensboro, Georgia. Weddings at this resort can fit all budgets and the staff will even provide welcome baskets, bridesmaid and groomsmen gifts and a variety of other special amenities to help add that personal touch to your wedding*. *Costs for all items vary.

The Kahala Hotel & Resort located on the Hawaiian island of Oahu is the state’s most legendary property. Weddings at the resort reflect the setting and can either be traditional with a Hawaiian officiant and a conch-shell blower, or modern and lavish at formal reception sites with sweeping sea views. No matter your preference, couples and their guests enjoy delectable cuisine (Polynesian-style buffets are popular) and the attention of an on-site coordinator (wedding packages start at $3,000 and include site fees and ceremony set-up and some décor.)

At the 16 beautiful properties (across 5 countries) of Barceló Hotels & Resorts, book as few as 25 room nights at participating properties and get a free ceremony at one of these family-friendly, all-inclusive resorts. On-site planners handle decor, ceremony and menu requests, as well as helping with any legal requirements.

Sprawling beachfront grounds, tons of watersports and festive nightly entertainment are just a few of the marquee amenities of Iberostar Hotels and Resorts, an all-inclusive five-star chain located in Dominican Republic, Jamaica and Mexico. Couples holding their wedding at one of the resorts also get a free room upgrade, champagne toast and spa discount. Only five rooms must be booked for three nights to enjoy this deal.

Know any other fun destination wedding ideas? Let us know in the comments section!

 
 

 

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Unconventional Weddings & Destinations

Wednesday, May 22nd, 2013

Everyone dreams of having the perfect wedding — whether it’s in front of a balmy, breezy beach, at a lush botanical garden, or in a quaint, country barn. But not all people imagine picturesque trees and fancy ballrooms for their big day. There are those that dream of unconventional weddings that take couples to the most extreme and daring situations, or provide a unique and one-of-a-kind experience.

Roller Coaster WeddingFor those that wish to make their wedding day a bit of an adventure, below are five examples of out-of-this-world wedding ideas, anywhere from the sky to the sea.

Take the Plunge: One unconventional way to get hitched is to do it while scuba diving. Couples inclined to go on extreme adventures, and who feel no remorse from diving into the sea with a full wedding gown and tux, can consider this as a unique ceremony option. Saying your “I Dos” while strapped to an oxygen tank are not as uncommon as you may think. Some hotel resorts, such as the Presidente InterContinental Cozumel Resort & Spa, offer their own scuba-wedding packages for couples that wish to tie the knot under the sea.

Leap of Faith: Those who want even more of a thrill can soar over 120 miles per hour through the air and wed while skydiving. Couples can choose to either tie the knot on the ground before jumping out, or do it after they land. For the more adventurous types, some packages even allow “skydiving preachers” to perform the ceremony in the aircraft on the climb to jump altitude. Many packages also provide fully edited DVDs of the entire skydive for you to relive the experience long after the jump.

Not for the Faint of Heart: Weddings at haunted houses have actually been around for quite some time. For example The Crescent Hotel has been hosting weddings for nearly 125 years. According to Glamour, a construction worker fell to his death during the hotel’s construction. He landed in what would become room 218, where the toilet flushes itself and footsteps fall once everyone’s in bed. At the Kewaunee Inn, children staying at the hotel are often seen playing with a mysterious little boy, reportedly the ghost of a 5-year-old who died there more than 100 years ago. Ring bearer anyone?

Destination Wedding: Planning a destination wedding? Why not hold it at Poldark Mine in the UK, a genuine 18th century tin mine? Experience an atmospheric tour through the partially candle lit mine before having your underground ceremony in an area of the mine known as the Holman Chamber. The site contains everything needed for a wedding facility: parking lot, restaurant, evening function room, children’s play area, and baby changing room. What more reason do you need to host a wedding at this cool venue?

Weightless Wedding: If you don’t like diving of any sort, try having a zero gravity wedding. Zero G provides weightless weddings for those who want an out-of-this world experience. Hop on board their Boeing 727, G-FORCE ONE, that creates about 20-30 seconds of zero gravity at a time while at 24,000 feet in the air. They will give you all the proper pre-flight orientation you need to be ready for take off, so there’s nothing (much) to fear.

What are some unique wedding experiences & destinations that you’ve seen before?

 
 

 

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Three Tips For Long-Term Traveling Twosomes

Tuesday, February 14th, 2012

Carrie and I going to Oktoberfest in Munich, Germany

On February 14, 2001, Carrie came to a Valentine’s Day party at my house. I was in college at the time.

I had finally gotten over a bad break-up (from nearly 2 years earlier), and was hosting a party for everyone who didn’t have anything to do on Valentine’s Day.

Carrie and I had met three days earlier at a German club meeting (at our college). Carrie sort of invited herself to my party (because she thought I was cute).

The party ended up being 8 young women and me. They were (apparently) there because they wanted to spend Valentine’s Day with me .

That’s how Carrie tells the story.

I’m generally pretty oblivious to advances and I still think they just came for the party.

At the end of the party, Carrie had outstayed everyone else, and we spent Valentine’s evening just talking and laughing (okay, we kissed for the first time on Valentine’s Day too).

It’s amazing to think that was 10 years ago, but then I think about all that we have done together in those years. We’ve traveled together on 6 continents, using every mode of transportation possible (except spaceship, camel, and hot air balloon).

And now, we are glad to be able to use our 10 year anniversary to share some things we have learned in our travels together.

When Carrie and I first started dating, we had some things to learn about each other. This is true with all relationships. However, it’s especially true when you travel together in close spaces. This is why we recommend our first tip:

1. Start small

You may dream about traveling the world together. (We just completed a 2-year travel around the world, and it is possible.) However, we recommend you start with a small trip. Take a weekend in Vegas, in the mountains, or at the beach. If that 3-4 day adventure goes well, then plan a week away together. If that works well, then figure out how to travel together for 2 weeks.

Road trips are great adventures to explore how you will get along in close quarters for 1 or 2 weeks. Shorter trips will help you learn each other’s preferences and how to accommodate for them. Whether your travel is short or long however, tip #2 is really important for bringing you closer together.

Carrie and I touring a cheese factory near Parma, Italy

2. Make time and plan for surprises

You likely have an idea of what’s special and important to your travel partner. Take something small along with you as a nice surprise because it will make your time together extra special. As an example, Carrie and I lived in Buenos Aires, Argentina (in 2008) for 6 weeks. Our first weekend there was Easter weekend, and we ended up in a dirty, loud, mold-infested apartment. Because it was Easter weekend, there really was no one to call or email to negotiate and get out of the situation. In the midst of this trying situation on our first weekend in a foreign country, Carrie had a surprise for me.

Before we left, she thought it would be nice to bring some chocolate eggs with her from the states, because it would be a nice way to be able to celebrate Easter. She didn’t know we would end up in the situation we were in, but those chocolate eggs became our rallying point for having some good smiles and laughs in what was an unpleasant situation. For you, the surprise you take could be his or her favorite food, a new skimpy outfit for the bedroom, or something else you know your partner likes.

3. When it comes to destinations, decide ‘what’ before ‘where’

Many people like to decide where they will go based on what destinations are currently on sale. But even more important than where you go is what you want to do. You may like to lay on the beach when you travel, while your partner likes to climb mountains. We’re both good about going with the flow and being up for anything, but it was funny (3 weeks before we were set to leave on our 6-week summer 2006 travel) to discover a miscommunication Carrie and I had. It turns out that Carrie dislikes multi-day camping.

But we ended up spending 8 days sleeping in a tent on the side of the tallest mountain in Africa. It was absolutely one of the most amazing experiences of our lives, and is where we got engaged. But from this experience, we learned to talk thoroughly before booking. If you’re thinking about a luxury room at the Hilton, but she wants to sleep under the stars in the middle of the Mojave Desert, you should communicate about what you want.

Thank-you for giving us the opportunity to share these three tips with you, and may all your travels bring you the surprise you hoped for, in the way you least expected.

Carrie and Jonathan Kraft have been traveling the world together for 8 years and have been to more than 40 countries together. For great travel ideas and tips on how to save money on travel, visit http://www.CarrieAndJonathan.com

 
 

 

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BabyMoons: The Hottest Trend in Couples’ Vacations

Tuesday, June 21st, 2011

Taking a Babymoon is the perfect way to unwind before those late nights. (Photo courtesy of kissesfromamommytobe.blogspot.com)

Romance and relaxation: what could sound better to a couple? How about a baby on the way?

A Babymoon is that last vacation before a new baby joins the family. It’s a time for a couple to relax and reconnect before lack of sleep and midnight feedings take over. In fact, many hotels and resorts are now catering to this special group of travelers by offering “Babymoon packages” and special pre-natal massages and treats for expectant mothers.

Statistically, more babies are born between September and November than any other months, which makes summer the perfect time for parents-to-be to take a Babymoon!

Whether a couple is welcoming their first or fifth child, a romantic getaway may be just what they need! Where should expectant parents go for this memorable trip? Some place fabulous! After all, it may be a while before they travel sans diapers and bottles.

Peter Island Resort & Spa, Peter Island, British Virgin IslandsIf you really want to escape to paradise than look no further than this resort. Between the oceanfront suites, the soft sand beaches and the hammocks that pepper them to the amazing service you will receive, Peter Island Resort does not disappoint. It just might be the perfect place to relax before a new bundle of energy arrives!

W New York Times Square, New York City – Be sure to inform the staff of the W that you are on your Babymoon and order off the Womb Service menu which includes pickles, milkshakes and grilled cheese sandwiches. Stay out late, sleep in, see a show and don’t worry about the babysitter…just yet! Be sure to visit FAO Schwartz for baby’s first NYC souvenir!

Grove Park Inn, Ashville, NC  – Set in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains, The Grove Park Inn is as charming as it is historic. The Spa features a Mother-to-Be package as well as various single services. And dad-to-be can enjoy a round of golf on this hotel’s famed greens that are more than 100 years old.

The Avalon Hotel on Catalina IslandAvalon, CA – Intimate. Friendly. Indulgent. Relaxing. These words best describe this 15-room island retreat. From romance to adventure, the gracious staff is helpful in planning activities at every turn; perhaps a picnic at Two Harbors or a helicopter ride?

The Ritz Carlton, Naples, FL – Luxurious accommodations on one of the world’s most beautiful beaches is the perfect backdrop for a pre-baby getaway. The tropical setting is only a part of the allure of this five-star resort. Women in their second or third trimesters can even indulge in the amazing Mama Mio Mama’s Touch™ spa treatment.

 
 

 

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