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Travel Sticky Situation: Delayed/Stranded by Winter Weather

Wednesday, December 18th, 2013

Tis the season to be traveling, so as we prepare for another holiday travel week, let’s review the top winter travel tips. The good news is that The Weather Channel is not predicting any major snowstorms in the U.S. over Christmas. Nevertheless, Mother Nature is never beyond a good storm surprise, so let’s be ready for whatever she throws at us this winter.

Trouble Ahead! Travel To-Dos

AA046865When winter storms approach, airlines begin preemptively waiving change fees in order to avoid stranded travelers.  If you have a trip on the horizon, DO stay tuned to national weather forecasts and check the travel advisories of your airline for delays, cancellations and rescheduling policies to see how any of it may affect your trip. You may not need to cancel your trip yet, but you should be aware of the possibility and begin considering alternate plans.

You are your best advocate. DO always have the hotel phone number, airline number, all of your confirmation numbers, and directions ON PAPER in addition to stored in your smart phone. You never know when you’ll be without battery, coverage or a charger.

If you are heading to your destination and get delayed, DO be sure to keep your hotel informed of your situation so you do not incur unnecessary charges for a no-show. If you are heading home and find yourself needing to stay an extra night, check availability as soon as you can to avoid having to scramble for other accommodations.

If You Get Stranded…

Remember when weather puts your trip to sleep, it doesn’t mean the airline owes you a good night’s rest in a hotel.   If you are already at the airport when delays or cancellations occur, DO be sure to have enough of the essentials to get you through a day… or two. For me, that’s contact solution, my phone charger, laptop and cord.

  • DO pack your patience: you are not the only one trying to cancel and rebook – be kind, don’t give up.
  • DO claim any reimbursement you are entitled to (for example, accidental charges for change fees) in writing and keep a copy. File claims as soon as possible.
  • DO forward copies of all documents to your travel insurer, if you have one.

Road-Trip To-Dos

And if you are behind the wheel this winter, possibly one of the best to-DO suggestions is to make a trip plan.  Pilots file a flight plan before takeoff, so driving our cars shouldn’t be any different. Make sure you DO advise someone of your trip plans.  DO call ahead to your destination and let someone know when you intend to leave, what route you will be traveling and your expected time of arrival.  If someone at your starting point and someone at your destination know your plans, help can reach you much more quickly, in the event of an emergency.

Safe Travels throughout the holidays and a merry and bright 2014!

 
 

 

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#MyFreeNight in Vegas

Thursday, October 17th, 2013

Screen Shot 2013-10-17 at 12.25.58 PMHotels.com sent “improvisor, actor and delicious treat,” Robert Bacon to Las Vegas to kick off #MyFreeNight. All that ensued was the stuff of legend.

We’ll walk you through all the Bacon was able to accomplish during his #MyFreeNight experience  - check it out:

First, Bacon checked in to the MGM Grand Hotel on the Vegas strip. After a trip to the  MGM Grand Spa, where he played in the water fountain on the wall, he stopped at the MGM Grand Buffet for a quick breakfast.

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After a relaxing morning, it was time for a bit of excitement at the Mandalay Bay pool & lazy river. Bacon made himself comfortable and enjoyed a nice drink on the lazy river.


But there wasn’t much time for lounging about… Bacon quickly climbed the stairs to the water slide and slid down wearing his #MyFreeNight helmet and GoPro!

Next up was a trip to Vegas Indoor Skydiving!

“Is it natural to be scared of a giant fan?”

He had no choice but to get over those fears quickly because moments later he was flying.

As if he hadn’t spent enough time in the air, Bacon’s next stop was at the Stratosphere Skyjump, where he jumped into a free fall from the 108th floor – about 1,149 feet up!

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All that excitement can really work up a guy’s appetite – so dinner came next.

Screen Shot 2013-10-17 at 12.37.11 PMAfter  dinner at the Shibuya Restaurant at MGM Grand, he made his way backstage at Jubilee! at Bally’s Las Vegas, where he learned what it takes to be a Jubilee dancer… with his top hat and cane in hand, Bacon realized his dream of joining the show.

About five minutes in, however, it became apparent that a career as a professional dancer might not be in the cards, and decided to head out to enjoy the bright lights of the Vegas strip.

On the strip he made some new friends, saw the Eiffel Tower at Paris Las Vegas and went off in search of his next big challenge…

…Which he found immediately upon strolling into the PBR Rock Bar & Grill and spotting a mechanical bull.

“I’m going to predict that I rip my pants.”

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His wild ride on the mechanical bull lasted a matter of seconds and therefore he walked away unscathed with his pants and his pride intact.

Screen Shot 2013-10-17 at 12.28.52 PMExhausted from the effects a long day and an angry bull, Bacon made his way to the Fountains of the Bellagio. Singing along to Celine Dion’s “My Heart Will Go On,” he held up a lighter and really soaked in the moment.

As he watched the sunrise, Bacon grabbed ‘breakfast’ at the Tao Las Vegas - where his 24 hour #MyFreeNight day came to an end.

Think you can top Bacon’s #MyFreeNight excursion in Vegas? Check out the full video here, below!

Where would you go and what would you do with one free night? Let us know in the comments!

 

 
 

 

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Itinerary of the Month: Somewhere in Time on Mackinac Island

Friday, August 2nd, 2013


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With a few more weeks of summer ahead, transport yourself to another time and plan a visit to Mackinac Island.

Most popular with visitors from the Midwest like Chicagoans, because of its relatively easy access, Mackinac Island is a great summer getaway welcoming more than one million visitors each summer. The island virtually shuts down in the winter and even many of its 600 year-round residents take to the mainland during this time. But the island thrives until its annual close date of October 27th, which leaves you plenty of time to experience the beauty and grace of all things Mackinac.

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Where to Stay on Mackinac Island

As I mentioned in my post earlier this week, the Grand Hotel is the Grand Dame of the island. However, the island is peppered with charming bed and breakfasts and hotels.  Consider staying at:

  • Mission Point Resort, at the southeast end of the island, offers family suites; kids 12 and under eat free, a movie theater, and lots more.
  • Metivier Inn is a boutique bed & breakfast conveniently located in the historic downtown. You’ll love the breakfast and its porches!
  • The Inn at Stonecliffe sits high on the west bluff with amazing views. This tudor style mansion has 16 bed & breakfast suites, and 31 guest rooms in the Summer House.

Things to do on Mackinac Island

To get there, you’ll need to purchase a ferry ticket, which you can do ahead of time online. There are more than 65 ferry trips each day and that includes handling your luggage for you.

Once on the island, breathe in the sweet smell of times past and the island’s confections.  You may want to do more than just smell them. Mackinac is known for its fudge and more than one popular confectionery exists on the island.

With the Victorian architecture and the sweeping views, you’ll feel as if you have literally just stepped into painter Georges Seurat’s masterpiece, “Sunday Afternoon in the Park La Grande Jatte.”

You can rent your very own horse and buggy from Jack’s Livery Stable to get you around town. Of course, you can rent bikes in town, but seriously when would you ever commandeer your own horse and buggy? You have to try it at least one day.  And it really is the best way to see the whole island (which is only 3.8 miles around).

Fort Mackinac is a must-experience attraction! The Fort is the oldest building in the state of Michigan constructed during the American Revolution.  It was captured by the British in the War of 1812 and was returned at the end of the War, remaining an active fort until 1895. Today, the original restored Fort is a National Historic Landmark.

There are 13 other historical structures to visit here, exhibits can be found highlighting military training, battles, medical treatment and what family life was like within the Fort walls.

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Where to eat on Mackinac Island

For Breakfast:  Enjoy breakfast diner-style at Chuck Wagon of Mackinac.

For Lunch: Order the sky-high BLT with smoked Gouda at the Island House Bar and Grill .

If you are like my husband who thinks pizza is a food group then be sure to get one of 3 Brothers Sarducci’s crunchy pan pizza square to go and head out for a picnic in Marquette Park, in the shadows of Fort Mackinac.

Afternoon Tea: Even if you don’t stay at the Grand Hotel, be sure to attend Afternoon Tea in the Parlor.  It is served daily from 3:30pm – 5:00pm.  The cost is $25 per person. There is $10 admission fee for non-hotel guests.

For Dinner:  You have lots of dinner options on the island from elegant to casual fare.  I’ll give you three of my favorites.   The upscale pub, the Seabiscuit Cafe, is housed in an 1800’s brick bank and is really delicious with everything from seafood to steak and also great for drinks and cocktails.  Chianti at the Mission Point Resort has a nice menu and features a Martini Bar just outside of the dining room that serves signature martinis nightly. Woods is my favorite – think German Hunting Lodge. Located at the Grand Hotel, it has a fireplace, a talented piano player, the food is great, and you won’t be disappointed.  It even has America’s oldest operating duckpin bowling alley.

The rest of your visit to Mackinac Island you’ll swim, frolic, play bocce ball, stroll, meander, sip, see, and enjoy! Mackinac is a special place and your visit will stay with you just like in Somewhere in Time.

 

 

 

 

 
 

 

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Itinerary of the Month: Summer Escape to Santa Ynez Valley, CA

Friday, May 31st, 2013

If I had 36 hours in Santa Ynez, CA…

If Wednesday’s post got you excited about exploring California’s Santa Ynez Valley outside of Santa Barbara then you’re ready to start planning! A word of travel warning, a long weekend is definitely the way to go on a trip to the towns that make up this region. Many restaurants, museums and wineries have limited hours and some are closed, Monday-Wednesday. 

Day 1:

Whether driving or flying, arrive in time for lunch at the Bell Street Farm Eatery & Market in Los Alamos. This local favorite is only open Friday – Monday, 11-6 and serves up some amazing sandwiches, salads and sweets made completely of all things local, small-batch and organic.

Glider viewed from aboveYou’ll find yourself in Los Alamos for some of the area’s best meals!

If you want a completely unique experience while you are in Santa Ynez Valley then make your way over to the Santa Ynez Airport, just off Highway 246, and check out Windhaven Glider Rides. Soar above the valley 2500 feet up where you can see Lake Cachuma, the Santa Barbara coastline and even the Reagan Ranch if you let your pilot know prior to takeoff. Flight time is only about 15 minutes and you’ll love every second!

Next pay a visit to the Santa Inez Mission. Old Mission Santa Ines was established by Franciscan priests from 1769 to 1823 and is still an active parish church today. The views from this historic structure are outstanding, and the beauty inside the Old Mission is equally matched, housing a rich collection of paintings, statues, vestments, manuscripts, and artifacts. A taped audio tour guides visitors through the Museum rooms, church and garden. In fact, I will be there to witness my good friends from Los Angeles, Rebecca and Oscar, say their “I do’s” at this very spot in September!

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Feel like some wine? Check out the nearby Sunstone Vineyards & Winery. Walk-in wine tasting groups of eight or less are welcome, and can choose from two different tasting options: $12.00 for our standard tasting of five wines, or $16 for our Reserve Tasting List, including eight wines. The Tasting Room is open Monday – Friday 11-5 PM.

Dinner in Santa Ynez Valley:
Now you should be hungry for dinner. I’ll give you a couple of choices.

If you head back to Los Alamos, and it is a weekend evening, then you want to take a seat at Full of Life Flat Bread. Each weekend, the production bakery space is converted into a restaurant where the community gathers around the stone hearth and enjoys the yummiest, locally sourced but internationally known, Flatbreads. Hours are only Thursday – Saturday 5-9 PM, and Sunday Supper 4-8 PM.

If romance is what you are looking for then travel to the charming town of Ballard and dine at The Ballard Inn Restaurant. With 12 candle-lit tables, soft music, and a roaring fireplace, the restaurant offers award-winning French Asian cuisine and an extensive wine list in an elegant, peaceful atmosphere.

 

Wine & OlivesDay 2:

The local hang out for breakfast in Santa Ynez is definitely the Longhorn Coffee Shop. Serving up breakfast and lunch daily for nearly 40 years: it’s affordable; it’s delicious; it’s exactly what you want a greasy spoon to be. 

Time to pick some fruit! You can get your antioxidant fix by picking some Buellton blueberries at Restoration Oaks Ranch U-Pick Blueberries, five miles south of Buellton. Open now through the end of July, 10:30am-5:30pm. Or, if your taste is more for a crisp apple; late summer and into November is a great time to get fresh picked apples. Greenhaven Apple Orchard, also known as Dittmar’s Apples, in Solvang was the first orchard in the Santa Ynez Valley and dates back to the 1970′s. Today, they have more than 675 trees and 10 different varieties.

Perhaps olives and olive oil are more your style! Open daily from 12-4 PM, Rancho Olivos offers tastings of their award winning olive oils. 

Hungry in Santa Ynez?
Trattoria Grappolo is an informal Italian bistro in the town of Santa Ynez that serves a meal as authentic as the local wines it pours.

Wine Tasting
Solvang is approximately four blocks by four blocks in size. You can stroll the shops, eat some authentic Danish, or meander in and out of more than a dozen wine tasting rooms in town, all within steps of each other. You may remember it from the Academy Award-winning movie “Sideways”, which was filmed here and highlights the region’s wines.

Another fun wine tasting experience is Babi’s Tasting Room in Los Alamos. The tasting room is run by Malibu-based Casa Dumetz winemaker Sonja Magdevski and her fiance, actor-director Emilio Estevez.

And remember, you can purchase The Summer Pass to enjoy wine tasting at the 13 premier boutique wineries of the Santa Ynez Valley from now through August 31, 2013!

 

 

 

 
 

 

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Itinerary of the Month: Portland, ME

Monday, April 29th, 2013

If I had 36 hours in Portland, I would…

Portland really is one of those cities that feels much smaller than it actually is. It seems to have found a balance in that which is quaint and historic, and all things current and modern. Time seems to slow down a bit in Portland, which is good news if you only have 36 hours to spend there.

Portland Head Lighthouse Cape Elizabeth MaineDay 1:

You’ll be out and about in Portland! There’s much to see and do. Start your visit with a cruise on the Bay or in the Harbor. Several cruise lines start their seasons in late May into June and Casco Bay Lines adds fun cruises to its normal inter-island schedule.

Then you can walk the Old Port area of downtown Portland for lunch and peruse the shops and galleries located in this revitalized commercial district.

In the fall, visit an apple orchard during September and October, and pick your own apples, collect pumpkins, and enjoy a hayride. Continue to celebrate Maine apples on the Great Maine Apple Day at the Union Fairgrounds.

If you’re looking for a spot that sizzles for dinner, then look no further than

Grace on Chestnut Street, a New American restaurant housed in an 1850s Gothic Revival-style church. You may just have a spiritual moment when you taste the inventive cuisine.

Day Two:

I can’t think of a better way to start the day than with a walk down the beach. Within minutes of Portland, you can find Crescent Beach State Park in Cape Elizabeth, Scarborough Beach State Park, Higgins Beach, and Pine Point Beach in Scarborough, and Old Orchard Beach. Spend a few hours at the beach and the head off to explore area lighthouses.

Portland Head Light, one of the oldest continuously operating lighthouses on the Atlantic Coast, is located in Fort Williams Park in Cape Elizabeth. Pack a picnic lunch or pick up a deli sandwich and enjoy the view and the park. Continue to the outer ledges of Casco Bay with a stop at Two Lights State Park in Cape Elizabeth to see Cape Elizabeth.

Kids of all ages will enjoy the 19th Century Willowbrook Village, a living history museum of what life was like in 1800’s Maine.

Many of Maine’s restaurateurs are proud to be part of the burgeoning farm-to-table movement and are doing their best to use all produce, meats and seafood from local farmers, fishermen and suppliers. Royalty Free stock

And much like Grace, a few other Portland restaurants are turning old Portland spots into happening dinner destinations. El Rayo Taqueria turned a lonely gas station into a festive Mexican café. And the old Portland Savings Bank became Sonny’s, featuring New World cuisine and excellent bartenders!

If you can fit it in – try not to forget that Maine is home to one of the most respected outdoor outfitters in the world - L.L. Bean. L.L. Bean is located in Freeport, not too far a drive, and is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year

Travel Tip: Be sure to sign up for Groupon deals to Portland, Maine to take advantage of any saving you can find on food and food while visiting. I noticed many deals on restaurants and activities that would save you big on your Portland adventure!

 
 

 

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Itinerary of the Month: Berlin, Germany

Thursday, March 28th, 2013

If I had 36 Hours in Berlin, I would…

On my recent visit to Berlin, I didn’t have too much time to sightsee as I was mixing business and pleasure.  The nice thing about traveling from the US over to Europe is that you can take a red-eye flight and arrive at your destination with nearly a whole day intact.  It’s on this first arrival day that I like to get to know a city, taking in the sites and immersing myself in its culture (if only for a day).

Day 1:

Embrace your inner-tourist and take a Berlin Bike Tour.  You get a thorough overview of the City while making great use of your sightseeing time.  If you start with a good overview then you can spend time on the areas that interest you most.

If you aren’t on a tour, then you can begin your visit at the Brandenburg Gate, the symbol of Berlin, and then walk down Unter den Linden and find yourself a café for some coffee and a pastry.  I have to admit that I can spot a Starbucks a mile away – even in Germany.

You could go to Checkpoint Charlie on your first day.  During the Cold War, this was the famous border crossing between the American and Soviet sectors. Today, what remains is a replica of the official checkpoint – but the museum, the House at Checkpoint Charlie, adjacent to the outpost is well worth your time.  I found it fascinating!  One warning: the fake American and Russian Army soldiers will want you to pay them for any photos that you may take of them.

Not too far from Checkpoint Charlie is Gendarmenmarkt. After you take in the beauty of this historic square, you can visit the nearby chocolatier, Fassbender & Rausch.  You’ll be as amazed as
I was by the hand crafted chocolate sculptures… and the assortment
of sweets waiting for you to take them home!

Day Two:

Located just two minutes from the Brandenburg Gate, the Reichstag is the modern meeting place of German Parliament and one of Berlin’s ‘must-dos’.  Its glass dome is a nod to the country’s commitment to transparency and has a 360-degree view of the surrounding Berlin cityscape. You must register in advance to tour the dome and learn more of the building’s tempestuous history.

If you have the time, visit Museum Island, a unique locale of five internationally renowned museums. The Pergamon Museum has one of the world’s best archaeological collections, and the Neues Museum houses the Egyptian bust of Nefertiti among other gems.

There’s not much of the Berlin wall near the checkpoint.  However, artists from around the world have turned the biggest remaining stretch of the Wall into “the world’s longest outdoor art gallery.” Called the East Side Gallery, it stretches nearly a mile and makes for a colorful stroll.

Souvenirs and Sustenance

You’ve gotta eat… and shop. Try KaDaWe! Its Berlin’s mega-shopping experience and it is fun. All the little bistros on the sixth floor of KaDeWe are a great treat! Everything is super fresh and the Oyster bar is a constant favorite.

If German cuisine doesn’t sound enticing, it’s not all brats and beer in Berlin.  Dining out is much like being in any major city – lots of choices from the Michelin-rated to the late-night lounges.

  • If you want a once in a lifetime fine dining experience, dine at Lorenz Adlon Esszimmer, located in the famed Hotel Adlon Kempinski. (This restaurant will be closed March 31st – April 8, 2013 for vacation).  Select a multi-course meal complete with wine pairings, which will be equally executed by an attentive and personable staff.  Don’t take my word for it – just read the restaurant reviews on this gem!
  • Caffe Bocconi is the most surprisingly authentic Italian restaurant in the heart of Germany. Located on the West side of town.
  • Want a good American Burger? Try Burgermeister!  It’s a great local burger spot located under the railway.  Don’t let the location fool you; the smiles on customers’ faces should be all the endorsement you need.

Nightlife in Berlin

It’s the eastern part of the city that keeps the evening activities going. And nightlife starts late in Berlin – close to 1AM  – not closing at 1AM.  You can celebrate the sunrise at many a late-night spot in this German capital city. Try the Puro Sky Club, a very stylish club set high up on the 20th floor with a spectacular 360-degree view over the city.

There you have it, 36 hours in Berlin, Germany! Any other must-see spots you’d suggest in Berlin?


 
 

 

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Itinerary of the Month: Jackson Hole, WY

Wednesday, February 20th, 2013

IF I HAD 36 HOURS IN JACKSON HOLE….

I’ve often said that Jackson Hole is truly God’s country. No other locale seems to have it ALL so completely. You have the natural geysers (think Old Faithful of Yellowstone) and then you turn your head and there are beautiful prairies, and then you go a bit further and you’ll see the majestic Teton mountains, and lakes, and animals… and I could go on. It is here that He puts it all on display for everyone to enjoy.

So how do you put it all into an itinerary? You don’t! You purposefully have to leave something out so you’ll always have an excuse to come back for more! So, if you are skiing – then ski. The below itinerary is designed for a non-ski visit.

DAY ONE

AFTERNOON

1.  Get oriented with a stroll around the town square, which is framed by four arches made from elk horns gathered in nearby forests. Truly, no elk were harmed in the construction of these arches. You could even hop on a stagecoach. Here are the details:

  • Open: Memorial Day to Labor Day
  • Location: Wooden Shack on Town Square (Corner of Broadway and Cache)
  • Length: 10 minutes around downtown
  • Cost: $4-$6
  • Seats 4-6 passengers.

2.  Visit the local watering hole, the Million Dollar Cowboy Bar to order up a drink and check out the spur collection and other Western memorabilia.

EVENING

Jackson has some really great restaurants that suit most any palate.

The Snake River Grill is one of Jackson’s best-known restaurants — reservations are recommended — and the menu is kept dynamic while maintaining worthy traditions.

Or you can taste the authentic Italian creations at Nani’s Cucina Italiana. The food is as comfortable as the restaurant itself. This family-inspired business is a local favorite and so delicious.

NIGHTLIFE

Most weekend nights find the Center for the Arts abuzz with music and entertainment. The center houses a 500-seat theatre, as well as office, studio and exhibition space for about 20 local arts nonprofits. For all its worldliness, Jackson is a tiny town of about 8,500+ residents.

Jackson Hole Playhouse
Just off Jackson’s Town Square, the Jackson Hole Playhouse puts on performances all summer long. Plays change every year. Enjoy just the show or you can have dinner in the attached Saddle Rock Saloon prior to the nightly performance.

DAY TWO

MORNING

Join local residents lining up for the best coffee in town at Pearl Street Bagels. This bagelry serves its bagels warm from the oven but untoasted – they are soft and oh so yummy!

If you are heading out in the summer or fall then take that warm bagel and head out for a morning hike around Jenny Lake.

Hidden Falls & Inspiration Point Trail
Many people cross Jenny Lake, either by boat or on foot around the south end, and then make the short, forest-shaded uphill slog to Hidden Falls (less than 1 mile of hiking if you take the boat; 5 miles round-trip if you walk around). Just another half-mile and you’re at Inspiration Point where you get an inspiring view of Jenny Lake and the glacial moraine that formed it.

Whichever route you take to Inspiration Point, start early in the day to avoid the crowds.

AFTERNOON

Grab your picnic favorites at Harvest Organic Bakery & Cafe and then a side order of scenery at Snow King Resort. Hike the piney switchbacks 1.8 miles and 1,571 vertical feet to the summit. The view stretches 50 miles to Yellowstone.

Trade in all that hiking for some driving! Fasten your seat belts for an excursion into America’s first national park, Yellowstone, for an ever-changing view of scenery. The park is open all year long. From Jackson, you’ll use the South Entrance. The major scenic attractions (Old Faithful, Mammoth Hot Springs, the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone and Lake Yellowstone) are located on the Grand Loop Road. Its 142 miles long and can have heavy traffic, so be ready to take your time and enjoy the scenery and wildlife along the way.

EVENING

When in Rome… (I mean Jackson) hitch a ride on a Chuckwagon dinner trip for a true Western adventure. Contact BarT5 to recreate the culinary experience of the Old West.

DAY THREE

MORNING

As you say “See Ya Later, Pardner,” rise early to snag a table at Nora’s Fish Creek Inn. Trout and eggs, huevos rancheros and short stack of pancakes make for a hearty start on your day of travel.

Check out yesterday’s post on the Travel Smart Blog for more on Jackson Hole.


 
 

 

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Travel Smart Blog Itinerary: If you Only Have One Day in Maui…..

Thursday, September 27th, 2012

You can stay longer, you’ll want to for sure, but if you need a plan to jump-start a visit to Maui, add the following “Day in Maui” to your vacation itinerary:

*You will need a car to get around the island. But plan to get out of the car as much as possible.

Morning: WAKE UP EARLY for a drive up to the 10,000-foot dormant volcano, Haleakala. Experience the sunrise and tour the crater before making your way down. Try to arrive early to avoid the crowds. It is cold at the summit compared to the rest of the island so be sure to dress accordingly.

Travel down (about 2.5 hours) in the historic whaler’s village of Lahaina.  There you can have lunch, do a little shopping and go whale watching! December to May is peak whale watching season.

Afternoon: A two-hour afternoon whale watching tour departs Lahaina Harbor at either 1:30 or 2:00 PM. You’ll be mesmerized by the humpbacks dancing in the ocean and longing for more as you return to the dock.

Evening: Ready to be entertained? Go to the Old Lahaina Luau at sunset for a traditional Hawaiian luau and feast. Festivities begin at 5:15P each evening. Reservations are recommended.

Whew! That’s a full day. Don’t forget time to just relax and unwind! After all, it is a vacation.

Other things to do in Maui:

Drive the legendary Road to Hana (it will take you all day)

Visit a working Pineapple Plantation

Visit the beautiful red sand beach of Kaihalulu

Kaanapali sunset luau

 
 

 

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