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Friday, July 14, 2017

If there is one West Coast city worthy enough to roam every inch of, it’s San Francisco. Thanks to an endless stream of unique attractions and nearly 1 million vibrant residents, the “city by the bay” played host to a record number of travelers in 2016 – 34.9 million people to be exact – and with so much to see and do, that number is expected to break yet another record in 2017. From famed attractions such as the Golden Gate Bridge and Alcatraz, San Fran is undoubtedly the crown jewel of the bay area and an international tourism icon. But there’s more to this progressive city than notable landmarks and attractions. Eccentric festivals, a salt-brined artist’s workshop along the coast, innovative industries and a booming tech economy coupled with stunning scenery, progressive individuals, and salty waves, you’d be remiss not to take part in discovering one of the most enchanting coastal cities in America. Make the most of your getaways to the coastal shore of Southern California and let us help you navigate the best things to see, do, and where to stay.

What to Do:


Kick-off your getaway in San Francisco in the SoMa neighborhood, which is short for South of Market. Stretching from Market to Townsend and Embarcadero to Eleventh Street, this trendy neighborhood boasts a patchwork stylish nightlife, art galleries, several museums, shops, and more. Admire over 30,000 pieces of breathtaking contemporary art at the newly renovated San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. Catch a ballgame (and an incredibly gorgeous view of the bay) at AT&T Park, home to the world-champion Giants. After, take a few steps from the park and soak up the San Francisco sun at The Yard, an outdoor space brimming with top eateries and a brewery.

You can’t spend a weekend in San Francisco without walking along the iconic Golden Gate Bridge. The best way to see it? By bike. Rent some wheels and cycle over the bridge before taking a quick walk to Golden Gate Park, which some would say is the “Central Park of California”. From scenic trails to picturesque picnic spots to gardens, courts, and even museums, there’s enough to see and do to spend an entire day exploring.

Named after generations of fishermen that sold their daily catches on the harbor many years ago, Pier 39 on Fisherman’s Wharf, is the number one leading attraction according to SanFranciscoTravel. Featuring plenty of shops and restaurant options, the pier also includes expansive bay views.

From the pier, catch a boat to another iconic San Francisco attraction: Alcatraz. A must-see for tourists, Alcatraz, the former federal prison that housed some of the nation’s most notorious criminals (we’re talking about you, Al Capone), is a piece of American history set on the small, rocky Alcatraz Island. Get up close and personal with interactive cells, voiced over by inmates and prison guards, and enjoy the complimentary audio tour, free with your ferry ticket.

Did you know that San Francisco is home to the largest Chinatown outside of Asia? Boasting the oldest and most expansive Chinatown in America, this San Fran neighborhood is lined with an impressive display or market shops, specialty stores, restaurants, and stunning Chinese architecture.

Where to Stay:


“Our valued guests will tell you…Life has a slower pace a little further uptown (1-12 blocks), in the Pacific Heights neighborhood”, says the owner of The Queen Anne Hotel. For those looking to escape the hustle and bustle of downtown, this charming property offers guests a quiet, elegant retreat. Noted for excellent dining options, Jazz District, and grand Victorian mansions lining the streets, this luxurious property exudes a timelessly romantic and stately ambiance similar to the style that the Gold Rush brought to San Francisco in the 1800’s. Blending luxury and history, a stay at The Queen Anne Hotel brings forth unforgettable memories of a bygone era. Furnished with heirloom vintage antiques and modern conveniences such as free WiFi, flat-screen TV’s, luxurious bathrooms, and more, each guest room or suite features engaging spaces flooded with natural light. Wake up each morning to a delectable continental breakfast and take advantage of the properties 24-hour front desk service, a concierge desk, valet dry cleaning, afternoon tea & sherry, and parking access (both self and nearby).

Set in an upscale yet quiet and residential neighborhood of San Francisco, My Rosegarden Guest Rooms is located in a part of the city known for its scenic walks with views of the Golden Gate Bridge and the Pacific Ocean. Centrally located among great restaurants, shops, and public transportation, this B&B is the perfect option for travelers looking to experience the heart of the city and all of its attractions without having to stress about proximity. Situated next to Presidio, which is now a National Park, and within walking distance to the beautiful Golden Gate Park, My Rosegarden Guest Rooms serves as a comfortably quaint haven for summer travelers. Breakfast is a pure delight -  a feast for both the eyes and the stomach – with staples including everything from vibrant fruit to freshly brewed coffee and tea, eggs, scrumptious coffee cakes, tortes or quiche, set in the warm persimmon colored dining room. The inns signature breakfast, the San Francisco Sourdough Waffles, are a guest favorite and always made with local fruits purchased when in-season.

Take a step back in time at The Inn San Francisco and experience the elegant experience of the Victorian era. Originally built in the early 1870’s, this historic twenty-seven room Italianate Victorian bed and breakfast is set among nearby Bay Area attractions and activities including fantastic eateries, museums, theaters, shops, and convenient public transportation. Ranging from charming to cozy and intimate, each guest room is individually designed to reflect its own unique atmosphere. Relax on the inn’s rooftop sun deck, where you can see sprawling views of Twin Peaks, Cathedral Hall, City Hall, Union Square, the Financial District and The Bay Bridge. Centrally located, The Inn San Francisco allows guests to experience the surrounding neighborhoods of the city: Noe Valley, The Castro, The Civic Center, and South of Market.

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Going out west this summer? Whether you’re planning to soak in some spectacular Canyon vistas, looking to dip your toes into the Pacific or hoping to hang in a hammock alongside the Rocky Mountains, you can be sure you’ll satisfy your wanderlust with a journey out West. Listen to some tunes in Seattle, explore the country’s largest ponderosa forest in Flagstaff and be sure to take in those views in The City Above the Clouds. We’ve rounded up some of the top West Coast destinations and the best places to stay. Here are our top picks:

Flagstaff, Arizona

Set along the base of the beautiful San Francisco Peaks, Flagstaff is home to the longest stretch of America’s famed scenic byway, Route 66, and the country’s largest ponderosa pine forest. With plenty of opportunity for fresh air fun, Flagstaff is a stone’s throw away from seven national parks and monuments and only 80 miles from the Grand Canyon. Add to that a historic, pedestrian-friendly downtown teeming with eclectic architecture, a dose of college-town flavor and plenty of laid-back charm and you’ve found yourself a perfect northern Arizonian escape. For an absolutely charming B&B getaway, head to England House Bed and Breakfast in the heart of the city. Whether you’re in town for sightseeing, skiing or shopping, England House Bed and Breakfast offers a perfect locale, plenty of character and a home-cooked, gourmet breakfast. Plus, you’re sure to enjoy the endless supply of fresh-baked cookies.

Woodland Park, Colorado

Nestled on the North side of Pikes Peak, Woodland Park, known as the City Above the Clouds , offers the perfect mountain getaway surrounded by unspoiled wilderness. Just 20 minutes up the Ute Pass from Colorado Springs, Woodland Park serves as a hub for outdoor recreation as well as a vibrant arts community. With its hometown charm, deep blue skies and fresh mountain air Woodland Park provides a pretty spectacular hideaway in the Rocky Mountains. And for some luxe accommodations with a coveted 9000- foot vista of Pikes Peak, head to Pikes Peak Paradise for a secluded, mountainside retreat. Each room is equipped with private hot tubs; fireplaces, decks and 1200 thread count sheets. Plus, you’ll enjoy a full gourmet breakfast in the morning and four hours of complimentary beer or wine with dessert in the evening.

Seattle, Washington

No doubt, Seattle is a sightseer’s paradise. The Pacific Northwest city composed of culture, scenery and a healthy dose of quirkiness has so much to offer from the Seattle Great Wheel to the nine-acre Pike Place Market. Take a walk on the waterfront. Enjoy more than 400 works in the city’s public art collection lining public parks, bridges, and streets. Listen to the contemporary sounds of the Seattle Symphony Orchestra. You’d better get started because there really is so much to see in the Emerald City. For a room with a view, head to Three Tree Point Bed & Breakfast tucked on a quiet hillside overlooking Puget Sound. From your private unit, equipped with a kitchen, living room, bedroom and bath, soak in some panoramic views of Mount Rainier and the Olympic Mountains. And, if you happen to be visiting Three Tree Point Bed & Breakfast during the summer, check out the Seattle International Beerfest at Fisher Pavilion or Bumbershoot, a festival of music, comedy and the arts.

Beaverton, Oregon

Just outside of Portland is the city of Beaverton. Tucked in between the West Hills and Tualatin Valley farmland, Beaverton is more than Portland’s next-door neighbor. Believe it or not, this place is just as diverse and dynamic as Portland, named “one of the best places to live” by Money Magazine. Beyond the quaint downtown shopping district dotted with boutiques and local eateries, miles of trails weave through forest groves and more than 100 city parks, beckoning you to ditch the car and explore the city on foot. After getting a dose of fresh air, check-in to the Cornerstone Bed and Breakfast, nestled in the Willamette Wine Country. Stay in one of three themed rooms celebrating Oregon’s history and enjoy bucolic views from the wraparound porch.

Westport, California

With the Redwoods, Scenic California Highway One and the sandy beaches of the Pacific Coast, you really can’t go wrong in Westport, California. If you’re planning a summer getaway, look no further than the Howard Creek Ranch Inn. Ribboned with miles of beach and mountains on the beautiful Mendocino Coast, Howard Creek Ranch Inn is a historic, 60-acre ocean front paradise. Visit the properties award-winning gardens or take a stroll over the 75-foot swinging footbridge over Howard Creek. Feeling adventurous? Head out on horseback along the beach or through mountains. Soak in the splendor of the 60-mile long stretch of wilderness. It’s as good for the soul as the full ranch breakfast.

Monday, July 10, 2017

There are over 60 boardwalks dotting America’s coastlines that have lured seaside-goers for more than a century. Whether visiting an iconic summertime destination like Coney Island or a quaint Cape Cod oasis like Sandwich, boardwalks offer both a quintessentially American summer experience and a time-honored way to experience classic seaside pleasures like vinegar fries, carousels and saltwater taffy. Here are some of the top U.S. boardwalks to visit this summer and B&Bs offering a cozy place to retreat after a day of strolling.

Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, California

Stroll along the historic Santa Cruz Boardwalk and you’re sure to find postcard-perfect views of the sand and sea. Slip back a century listening to the original Ruth & Sohn band organ play alongside the classic Looff carousel or climb aboard the Giant Dipper, California’s oldest wooden coaster circa 1924. The Santa Cruz Boardwalk was created more than a century ago as the West Coast answer to Coney Island. Which holds fairly true-if Coney Island had palm trees, balmy breezes, and Monterey Bay. The Boardwalk — named the No. 1 Boardwalk on USA Today’s 2016 Reader’s Choice list –has attracted scores of beach-going tourists. For true seaside serenity, check in to the West Cliff Inn, a distinctive Santa Cruz bed and breakfast perfectly placed on a bluff across from Cowell’s Beach and the famous Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk. “West Cliff Inn’s perch down the street from the lighthouse gives guests a splendid view of the beach below, and famous Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk beyond. We’re only a mile from the Boardwalk’s classic 1924 wooden roller coaster and other attractions, a nice stroll for those who want a little exercise before enjoying the rides (and indulging in seriously yummy garlic fries). There is so much to do in this area, from local wine tasting to visiting the Surfing Museum, but spending a day on the Boardwalk is still on everyone’s must-do list,” Four Sisters Inns President Shelley Post says.

Sandwich Boardwalk, Massachusetts

Nestled on the bay side of Cape Cod, the Sandwich Boardwalk offers visitors postcard-worthy seascapes in lieu of Ferris wheels and cotton candy. Originally built in 1875, the Sandwich Boardwalk, sometimes called the “Plank Walk,” is about 1350 feet in length, crossing Mill Creek and the marsh before leading to the Town Beach on Cape Cod Bay. Destroyed in Hurricane Bob in 1991, the boardwalk was rebuilt with support from locals whose names and messages are now inscribed on the wood planks leading out to the beach. Stretching over low windswept dunes flecked with rugosa roses, the Sandwich Boardwalk offers some of the most coveted views of Cape Cod Bay. Watch the marsh grass sway against a hazy summer backdrop. Toward the end, you can look out over the bay as it winds around the beach with views of Sandy Neck, Wellfleet beyond the stone jetties and canal entrance. When visiting the Cape’s oldest seaside village, head to the 1750 Inn at Sandwich Center, which is just a short stroll away from the Sandwich Boardwalk. “Guests at our inn love the fact that they can walk to the Sandwich Boardwalk. The walk there winds through the marsh where the warm, salty breeze carries the scent of beach roses. The boardwalk itself crosses Mill Creek and leads over to the dunes of Cape Cod Bay. It is a magical place,” 1750 Inn at Sandwich Center innkeeper Jan Preus says.

Wildwoods Boardwalk, New Jersey

A true sensory overload of tantalizing sights, sounds and smells, Wildwoods Boardwalk hosts one of the kitschiest boardwalks in the country. Stretching two and a half miles of neon splendor, the boardwalk packs in all the shoreline classics from funnel cakes to arcades. There’s also the famous Wildwoods Boardwalk Sightseer Tram Cars – known for the phrase “Watch the Tram Car, Please!” A playground for adults and children alike, the Wildwood Boardwalk has often made the travel Top 10 lists and Trip Advisor offering visitors some of the best seaside entertainment on the East Coast. Just blocks away from the beach, boardwalk, and amusement parks, The Sea Gypsy bed and breakfast offers a romantic getaway in the heart of the Wildwoods.

Myrtle Beach Oceanfront Boardwalk & Promenade, South Carolina

New to the boardwalk scene, the palm-lined Myrtle Beach Oceanfront Boardwalk & Promenade has brought new life into the Grand Strand beachfront since opening in 2010. With a myriad of souvenir shops, arcades and an oceanfront park near the 2nd Avenue Pier, the 1.2-mile walkway plays host to live entertainment each summer evening. On any given night you’ll enjoy the tawdry sideshows of roaming stilt walkers, jugglers, bagpipers, and a weekly fireworks display. Still, the overwhelming favorite is Peaches Corner, a Myrtle Beach institution since 1937. Head there for beloved for root beer floats and foot-long hot dogs. With its close proximity from Myrtle Beach entertainment, shopping and, of course, the beach, the Serendipity Inn offers a quiet retreat and a convenient locale. “Folks enjoy staying here because it’s quiet and close to the beach, but far enough away for some privacy. There’s plenty of entertainment, lots of nice restaurants and the boardwalk is about four miles south of us,” Serendipity Inn innkeeper Phill Mullins said. “People love to go for walks along the boardwalk and finish the day with an ice cream cone.”

Rehoboth Beach Boardwalk, Delaware

A mid-Atlantic beauty first built in 1873, the mile-long boardwalk in Rehoboth Beach has recently undergone a facelift. Lined with yellow pine herringbone planks, the Rehoboth Beach Boardwalk itself might be new, but the vintage feel remains the same, with throwbacks like Funland, Surfside Arcade, and Dolle’s, a favorite for caramel corn, chocolate-covered pretzels and saltwater taffy since 1926. Located right in the heart of Rehoboth Beach, the Rehoboth Guest House offers a romantic retreat in a charming Victorian house just steps from the Atlantic. “With our location being close to the boardwalk plus being close to the beach—guests just love it,” Rehoboth Guest House Innkeeper Tom Napier-Collins says. “And guests just love our gardens. When you walk outside here, you’ll think you’re stepping into Key West.”

Ocean City Boardwalk, Maryland

Thronged with beachgoers on summer evenings, the three-mile promenade at the southern tip of Ocean City, Maryland is considered one of the best boardwalks in the country. Thrasher’s, a perennial favorite since 1929, serves up twice-fried French fries doused in apple cider vinegar while Mug & Mallet dishes up terrific Maryland blue crabs by the bucket, just steps from the beach. With so much packed into this wooden boardwalk, you’ll find visitors queuing up for a spin aboard the Herschel-Spellman carousel built in 1902, indulging in hand-dipped doughnuts at Fractured Prune and revisiting shipwrecks at the Ocean City Life-Saving Station Museum. Just one block from the Ocean City Boardwalk is the Atlantic House Bed & Breakfast. While 10 miles of a beautiful sandy beach is only a short stroll away, you enjoy still enjoy your morning coffee in privacy in the inn’s sunroom, where a delicious home-style breakfast buffet is served daily. “The Atlantic House is a historic building, it’s super homey, and we are only one block from the beach and the boardwalk. It’s a one stop place for the beach, the boardwalk, the food, and the sunsets,” Atlantic House Bed & Breakfast innkeeper said.

Friday, July 7, 2017

If you’re headed south this summer, you’ll find that the folks living in the region are as warm as the weather. From the foothills of the Smoky Mountains to the banks of the Mississippi, a sweet summertime escape to the South awaits. Connect with history, feast on decadent dishes and recharge on a front porch with a glass of sweet tea. We’ve rounded up some of the top destinations in Southern cities and the best places to stay. Here are our top picks:

Asheville, North Carolina

Known for its vibrant art scene, historic architecture, fine shopping, spectacular dining, and the legendary Biltmore Estate, it’s no wonder why Asheville was dubbed as one of the “coolest cities in the South”. A short stroll from downtown Asheville and you’ll stumble upon the incredibly sweet Carolina Bed & Breakfast. With its yellow stucco exterior and almost an acre of lush gardens, the 1901 Arts and Crafts Style B&B is the kind of place you visit for wonderful conversation, great food, and a good front porch. In a town like Asheville, which prides itself as a foodie haven, the Carolina Bed & Breakfast has earned a reputation for cuisine that’s creative, fresh and prepared with love. From its sumptuous breakfasts to its hot and cold canapés that range from coconut shrimp to peach ricotta bruschetta, the inn believes that food is a celebration. Enjoy a leisurely stay in one of the inns six well-appointed rooms featuring original artwork and antiques.

Sevierville, Tennessee

One of Tennesee’s best-kept foodie secrets and famously known as Dolly Parton’s hometown, the small town of Sevierville nestled in The Smoky Mountains offers travelers an ideal southern summer escape. At the crossroads of local heritage and hospitality, you’ll find Blue Mountain Mist Country Inn and Cottages. Picture sitting in a rocking chair on a wraparound porch, a cup of coffee in hand, watching as blue mist emerges from the valleys. Or imagine listening to the birds sing while sipping on a refreshing glass of Southern sweet tea? Or maybe you’d like to indulge in a slice of Blue Mist Cream Cake? Sounds pretty good, doesn’t it? The inn’s 10,000 square foot Victorian farmhouse features 12 rooms and five romantic cottages in the rolling foothills of East Tennessee. Your shady hammock awaits.

New Orleans, Louisiana

Effortlessly blending both the past and present with plenty of Nawlin’s flare, Avenue Inn Bed and Breakfast transports guests back to a time of antebellum and Southern splendor. Tucked in the heart of the Garden District, and nestled among the centuries-old oaks on the famed St. Charles Avenue Streetcar line, this 1891 Thomas Sully mansion offers turn-of-the-century charm to match its historic location. Stroll down to Magazine Street to find specialty boutiques and bistros, and start each morning with a delicious continental breakfast served on the Creole-style veranda. After a day of exploring NOLA, retreat to your uniquely furnished room for a great night’s rest.

Savannah, Georgia

With its emerald tree canopy, quaint cobblestone streets and historic beauty, it’s easy to fall in love with the city of Savannah. With plenty of local activities, charm, and beauty, the beloved coastal city offers something for everyone to indulge in. Nestled in the heart of the historic district on Oglethorpe Square, The President’s Quarters Inn features 16 richly appointed suites, each named after a United States President who has visited the city. Several rooms feature private balconies overlooking the courtyard garden. You can expect a gourmet breakfast made-to-order each morning, enjoyed in the historic inn’s front parlor, or in the courtyard gazebo, relax with afternoon hors d’oeuvres and wine, and indulge in evening cordials and your nightly turndown service.

Natchez, Mississippi

Brimming with spectacular river views and a rich history, the storied Magnolia State town of Natchez beckons travelers looking for to dive into a truly distinctive Southern story. From its vantage point on the highest bluff of the Mississippi River, this Southern town is home to countless eateries, shops, live music festivals, and more. Escape to quieter times and a place rich in both history and comfort at Devereaux Shields House. In a city known for its architecture, the inn is a lovely Queen Anne Victorian home set on pristinely manicured gardens lush in Natchez crepe myrtles and camellias. Enjoy your stay in the main house or Aunt Clara’s Cottage, a four-room guest cottage with a lovely front porch. The inn is a short stroll to the Mississippi River Bluff, the old town center and both the Historic and Garden districts of Natchez.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

From long, sunny days to bonfires at sunset, and spectacular fireworks to barbecues, there’s no wrong way to start off the summer season, but if you’re asking us, lounging poolside at a beautiful B&B sounds like a pretty good start. In celebration of the summer solstice, we’ve rounded up some of the coolest bed and breakfast pools.

Thursday, June 15, 2017

For many of us, vacations offer the chance to finally catch up on our ever-mounting stack of books we’ve been collecting. Your inner bibliophile will be happy to know that some  B&Bs are now catering to book-lovers with literary-themed suites, lending libraries, and reading nooks filled with classics? We know. What a novel idea. Check out some of these storybook settings to unleash your inner bookworm.

Fairview Inn, Jackson, MS

Steeped in the rich history of Jackson Mississippi, the Fairview Inn offers the charm and hospitality of yesteryear in the heart of the Belhaven historic district. With 17 rooms in the colonial revival mansion, the Fairview Inn is dripping with true southern charm. Plus, the inn offers close proximity to local downtown Jackson’s Arts, Theater, Museums and Shopping, delicious brunch at the 1908 Provisions Restaurant. Raft cocktails can be enjoyed at its on-site bar, dubbed appropriately, The Library Lounge, reimagined from an original 1908 library at the Fairview Inn. Celebrating famed Mississippi authors and stacked with a Civil War book collection; contemporary fiction and non-fiction works of famous writers like Eudora Welty, John Grisham, William Faulkner, Willie Morris and Tennessee Williams, the Library Lounge really offers a taste of all things Mississippi. Catering to both Fairview Inn guests as well as the public, the intimate lounge setting offers a quiet corner for cozying up with a good book and reading until your heart’s content.

The Spencer Hotel & Spa, Chautauqua, NY

To fully embrace your inner bookworm, retreat to The Spencer Hotel & Spa, the only literary-themed hotel in the United States. Trust us, from the personalized libraries in each guest room to the hand-painted murals dedicated to famous authors, you’re sure to be in bibliophile bliss. Located in the heart of Chautauqua, ranked #1 on Smithsonian’s America’s 20 Best Small Towns, The Spencer Hotel & Spa features 24 guest suites dedicated to the lives and works of famous authors. Journey to Africa with Isak Dinesen as you slumber under a safari tent and embrace the wildlife that surrounds this beautiful suite. For the ultimate romance story, stay in The Browning’s Suite which pays homage to the love story of Robert and Elizabeth Browning with a dreamy palette. Adventure with Alice in Wonderland in the Lewis Carroll suite or follow the river into the woods with the Brontes children in the Brontes Suite. Each suite comes appointed with a thoughtfully curated library and musical selections in keeping with the period. Best of all, if you can curl up with a good book on Victorian sofas, chairs or rockers on one of the front porches overlooking the famous Chautauqua Amphitheater.

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Sometimes the smallest of towns make for the greatest of weekend getaways. Better yet, a small town with a big city feel is a travelers dream. Set in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, New Hope is home to eclectic shops, beautiful vistas, premier riverside dining, an impressive theater scene, and numerous cultural attractions. Since it was incorporated in 1837, New Hope has grown to be one of the most sought-after and beloved American small towns. This vibrant, artsy riverside town is a true hidden gem with historic charm bustling with things to do.Here’s everything you need to know before you plan your trip, from what to do and where to stay.

What to Do:

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All aboard! Leave your subway card at home and relive the golden age of rail travel. Explore the scenic Bucks County countryside and experience a glimpse into travel of the bygone era on a historic 1925 steam locomotive. The New Hope & Ivy Railroad pulls passengers through sprawling hills and valleys on a nine-mile scenic journey while a guide narrates the history and folklore of the railroad, passing towns, and points of interests for travelers.

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Shopping, anyone? Head to Main Street and you’ll find yourself surrounded by dozens of unique shops and boutiques popular among locals. From hand-crafted antiques and jewelry to European fashions and designer apparel, you’ll be sure to find something that strikes your fancy. After a stroll down the shop-lined Main Street, head across the walking bridge and cross the state line to nearby town Lambertville, NJ. There, you’ll find an antique mall dating all the way back to 1839. With over 50 dealers selling specialty items, browse the artisan jewelry, furniture, vintage clothing, and more.

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Step back in time with a tour of the scenic Delaware Canal, the last functioning segment of the 19th-century towpath, which has become a haven for hikers and cyclists. Serving as part of the Delaware Canal State Park, this 60-mile long path runs directly through town, paralleling the Delaware River from Easton to Bristol.

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What do famous theatrical legends such as Grace Kelley, Robert Redford, Dick Van Dyke, Liza Minnelli, and Helen Hayes have in common? Other than being the bona fide who’s who of American theater royalty, they’ve all graced “America’s Most Famous Summer Theater”, Bucks County Playhouse. Within its 70-year history, some of the most illustrious stars have entertained audiences in the town of New Hope. Now operating year long, Bucks County Playhouse is still putting on show-stopping performances and garners over 50,000 plus audience members a year. The past year’s record-breaking lineup included Robert Harling’s Steel Magnolias starring Susan Sullivan (“Castle”), Patricia Richardson (“Home Improvement”) and Jessica Walter (“Arrested Development”).

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The New Hope Arts Center, a non-profit organization, showcases the work of many talented local artists with rotating exhibits displaying everything from fashion design, sculpture, woodworking, and photography. Dedicated to furthering the creative heritage of New Hope as a hub for the arts and artists, the Arts Center supports local artists by cultivating a community that creates opportunities and provides a space to create freely.

Take a peek inside one of New Hope’s original founders’ homes, the Parry Mansion. Built in 1784 by Benjamin Parry, the property has been home to four generations of direct descendants up until 1966 when it was acquired by the New Hope Historical Society. Share in the rich history as your tour guide tells stories of the past that have been passed along through generations. Each of the 11 rooms reflects a different time with furnishings from varying styles of past decades.

Where to Stay:

Pineapple Hill Inn Bed & Breakfast, 1324 River Rd, New Hope


In the 1700’s it was customary to place a pineapple on your front porch as a way of letting friends and neighbors know that they were welcome. Today, the beautifully restored Pineapple Hill Inn Bed & Breakfast is built on that same premise and creates a warm, welcoming atmosphere. Built in 1790 and set on nearly 6-acres, this Bucks County B&B rests between New Hope’s center and Washington Crossing Park. Featuring 9 guest accommodations, 3 suites and 6 rooms all with their own private baths, and 8 with gas fireplaces, Pineapple Hill Inn provides a home-away-from-home to guests visiting New Hope.

HollyHedge Estate, 6987 Upper York Road, New Hope


With beautiful English country gardens, elegant décor, and romantic rooms, you’ll feel like you’re living in a fairy-tale when staying at the HollyHedge Estate. Ranging from cozy to grand, each one of the inns fifteen rooms are decorated with classic Bucks County charm, complete with private baths and cable. Situated on twenty serene acres, this gracious stone manor home is the perfect place to stay for those looking for the ultimate romantic getaway.

Carriage House of New Hope, 8 East Mechanic Street, New Hope


Experience the combination of luxury and history at the Carriage House of New Hope. Each of the three well-appointed guest rooms includes custom-built shaker-style cabinetry hand-crafted by a local New Hope woodworking shop accented with contemporary stainless steel hardware, creating a sophisticated contrast to the rustic planked walls and walnut hardwood floorings.

Friday, June 2, 2017

From lazy to crazy, these Father’s Day getaway ideas are sure to wow dads of all tastes and interests. Whether he wants to perfect his golf swing, sample craft beers and tour breweries, go off the grid, or ride some waves, there’s an ideal escape for him on the list. We’ve rounded up 6 special destinations and B&Bs perfect for Pops.

For the Adventure-Loving Dad

Perched on the banks of Naknek River in beautiful King Salmon, Alaska’s Gold Creek Lodge is an Alaskan fishing and adventure lodge offering a truly remote wilderness experience. Using the adventure lodge as a luxury base camp, head out to the Naknek River where you can fish five species of salmon and trophy rainbow trout. Alaska’s Gold Creek Lodge offers the ultimate package for outdoor enthusiasts in search of adventure. This all-inclusive Ultimate Fly Out Adventure package includes first class log cabin accommodations; three meals each day, and daily float plane fly-outs. Plus, you’ll get to use top-of-the-line fishing equipment with expert licensed guides. From kayaking to paddle boarding to trap shooting, all lodge activities are included with the all-inclusive package, available for four or seven nights.

For the Dad Who Loves a Good Brew

This Father’s Day, skip the set of golf balls, the tie, and avoid the barbecue set Instead, brew up something special for Dad that he can really savor—a weekend overflowing with immersive beer experiences. Located in the heart of New Hampshire’s White Mountains, the Woodstock Inn Station & Brewery has it all for your suds-loving Dad. From educational experiences such as brewery tours and hands-on “learn to brew” Brewer’s Weekend set in their unique micro-brewery, to stopping by the onsite Brew Pub and sipping on some of their signature, award-winning ales. On Father’s Day, the Woodstock Inn Station & Brewery is hosting an all-you-can-eat buffet piled high with stuffed French toast, sticky buns, a prime rib and ham carving station, made-to-order omelet bar, and more. It will be a hoppy Father’s Day, for sure.

For the Dad Looking to Catch a Wave

Surf’s up in New Smyrna Beach! Known for its expansive water views, salty coastal breeze and signature Southern-style breakfast dishes, the Black Dolphin Inn in New Smyrna Beach boasts a European-inspired “barefoot elegance” along the Indian River Lagoon. The 14-room Inn is tucked in a quaint Old Florida beach town, renowned as being one of the Top 20 Beach Towns in the world by National Geographic and one of the best surf breaks on the Eastern Seaboard. So whether Dad is in need of a refresher or maybe he has never even seen a surfboard, Black Dolphin Inn offers a surfing adventure package for all ages and levels of wave-riders. With the Surfing-Safari package, Dad will enjoy a one-hour surf lesson with a certified instructor including all necessary surf gear from the board to the wetsuit to the surf wax. Oh, and a six-pack of locally crafted beer comes as a bonus.

For the Golfing Dad

Is your Dad a golf-lover? The LODGE at Spirit Hollow offers one or two-day packages with unlimited golf. That’s right, unlimited golf. While visiting Spirit Hollow, Dad will be able to perfect his swing with unlimited golf, along with breakfast and dinner at The Claret Jug, Spirit Hollow’s onsite restaurant named affectionately for the Open Championship. With its championship golf course, ranked number two in Iowa by Golf Digest and Golf Week, the inn offers an exceptional golf experience.

For the History Buff Dad

If Dad gets just as excited about American history as Nicholas Cage does in National Treasure, he might want to consider staying at the Morris House Hotel this Father’s Day. A historical landmark steeped in longstanding Colonial tradition on Father’s Day, the Morris House is a National Historic Landmark transformed into one of Philadelphia’s finest luxury boutique hotels. Complete with all the comforts of a B&B, like it’s fresh-brewed coffee, Revolutionary-era lounge, and sumptuous five-course meals served on-site at the M Restaurant, Dad is sure to enjoy his stay. Just a short stroll from one of Philadelphia’s most photographed treasures, the Morris House is perfectly placed in America’s most historic square mile. With so many historic gems hidden throughout the neighborhoods of Philadelphia, from the Walnut Street Theater, to Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell, the Morris House offers a window into the colonial past.

For the Dad Who Wants to Get Away From it All

Want to go off the grid? Fall off the Map? Disappear for the weekend? Why not do it in style? If your Dad is in serious need of some R&R, check out the award-winning Cedar Crest Lodge in Pleasanton, Kansas. Less than an hour from Kansas City, the property is set on over 100 acres featuring sweeping views, serene walking trails among trees and ponds, and a tranquil outdoor pool. Dad can enjoy the wonder of nature whether he’s out fishing at the lake or cozying up by the fire pit. And, with a breakfast spread fit for a king, Dad will be treated to a two-course dining event featuring delicious stuffed French toast, pumpkin pancakes, and frittatas.

Thursday, June 1, 2017

As the days get longer and the weather gets warmer, classic Northeastern cities and beach towns come alive. From the island region of Martha’s Vineyard to Connecticut’s famous Gold Coast, sun-filled summertime fun awaits travelers looking for a beach escape. We’ve rounded up some of the top destinations and coastal enclaves along the Northeast, and the best places to stay. Here are our top picks:

Kennebunkport, Maine

Home to the freshest New England cuisine, beautiful beaches, rocky shores, and even the Bush family summer home, Kennebunkport is made up of everything that makes Maine well…Maine, but on a much smaller, less touristy scale. Get the true Maine experience and stay in a former sea captain’s home, a quaint B&B called The Captain Jefferds Inn, conveniently located within a short walking distance to Dock Square, Kennebunkport’s town center. Enjoy a full, three-course breakfast each morning in their beautiful dining room before hitting the town and taking in all of the gorgeous lighthouses and preserves, pristine local beaches, golf courses, and more. Each of the inn’s 16 charmingly appointed guest rooms are individually decorated and feature impressive amenities such as private baths and some with gas fireplaces or wood-styled stoves to add to the romantic ambiance.

Ledyard, Connecticut

Set along the Thames River and located just minutes from the famous coastal town of Mystic, Ledyard is a water-lover’s haven. Abbey’s Lantern Hill Inn is the perfect place to stay for summer travelers seeking the best of both worlds: the intimacy of a secluded getaway alongside the thrill of nearby attractions. So very close to the famous town of Mystic and casinos such as Foxwoods and Mohegan Sun, the inn is within optimal proximity to entertainment and attractions, yet feels so far away from it all. Serving as a quiet getaway in the country and nestled on six acres of picturesque woodlands, the B&B is situated among the beaches of Southeastern Connecticut and Rhode Island. A boutique bed and breakfast, Abbey’s Lantern Hill Inn features six rooms as well as a dog-friendly cottage, all tidy and inviting, complete with wood-burning fireplaces and Jacuzzis to soak in the serenity.

Cape Cod: Brewster, Massachusetts

With a quiet, bucolic feel and a laid-back pace, the Lower Cape town of Brewster is home to a number of stunning conservation areas, biking, quaint antique shops, and beaches. If you’re looking to experience a colonial seaside town filled with history, lined with tree-shaded streets, and quaint shops, you’ll love the “Olde Cape Cod” feel that Brewster embodies. Brewster By The Sea Inn, a 9-room, luxury boutique bed and breakfast, includes modern baths with artisan amenities, farm-to-table breakfasts, and a bright, calming, and comfortable ambiance. Built in 1846, the gracefully restored Main House offers four exquisite guest rooms and a grand parlor complete with a cathedral ceiling, perfect for relaxing at the end of a long day exploring. Dine alfresco on the inn’s sun-filled patio among gorgeous gardens, then return to your room and indulge in homemade lavender spritzers and salts, while getting cozy in their plush, robes and sumptuous Turkish towels.

Ocean City, New Jersey

From boardwalk eats and candy shops to beautiful beaches and nearby parks, Ocean City has received the title of “The #1 family beach community in the country” by the Travel Channel. Boasting with eight miles of sparkling ocean and bay beaches, two and a half miles of boardwalk, and free outdoor entertainment during the summer season, this Northeastern coastal town is especially popular among families. Located away from the downtown crowds, Inn The Gardens B&B is set in what is known as New Jersey’s quiet residential “Gardens” section but is also only 8 miles from Atlantic City for those looking to explore the nightlife scene. Start your day with a mouth-watering breakfast before walking a short distance to the beach and bustling boardwalk. You’ll even receive complimentary beach tags when staying at the inn (a huge bonus!). With 7 modern guest rooms and two first floor apartments, this charming colonial property offers everything you need for an Ocean City getaway: accessibility to the beach, boardwalk, bay, and eateries, a bike rack to store your bikes, free Wi-Fi, and year-round specials.

Martha’s Vineyard: Vineyard Haven, Massachusetts

Effortlessly blending both the past and present with a touch of bohemian, Vineyard Haven is home to the Martha’s Vineyard ferry port, boutique shops, restaurants, golf courses, beautiful beaches, and a myriad of water activities. Laid-back, relaxed and unassuming, this Martha’s Vineyard town also hosts a number of celebrities – you may very well bump into David Letterman or the Obamas. The Nobnocket Boutique Inn is the definition of island luxury, but with a twist. Set on 1.5 acres of lush gardens and woods, Nobnocket’s pristine exterior exudes luxury. Designed with curated collections of contemporary furnishings from leading modern designers and artists (Marcel Wanders, Moooi, Caligaris, Knoll, and Sarah Holl to name a few), the inn boasts spacious and airy common areas, a bright sunroom, a sun-filled outdoor patio, and a private veranda. Each of the artfully designed rooms features chic decor, en-suite bathrooms, individually controlled heating and AC, Bluetooth radio/speakers, luxurious Frette linens and towels, sophisticated Gilchrist & Soames toiletries, and more.

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Do you know who is celebrating one epic birthday this year? If you guessed the second largest country in the world, Canada, you’re correct. The sesquicentennial marks the anniversary of the Canadian Confederation, when all of the country reunited. With 150 years under its belt, the nation is celebrating with festivities throughout all of its provinces and territories.  And the best part? They have a party gift for you!

You are invited to explore the country’s national treasures with a free Discovery Pass. All of their national parks, national historic sites, and national marine conservation areas operated by Parks Canada are accessible.

The biggest day for celebrating is July 1, Canada Day, however, you don’t have to wait.  In June, celebrate at Ottawa’s multi-award-winning 65th Canadian Tulip Festival, showcasing the capital’s official flower as a symbol of international friendship with millions of tulips.  Later that month, check out The Ottawa Dragon Boat Festival, North America’s largest dragon boating festival where the four-day celebration will offer free admission to a variety of entertainment such as concerts, amusement attractions, sports demonstrations, various artisans, exhibitors, delicious culinary treats, a children’s area, and non-stop racing.

Need a break from all of the hoopla?

Those celebrating in Ontario and looking for some peace and quiet outside of the birthday festivities are in luck as the incredibly tranquil Connemara House located in Greely delivers just that.  Guests staying at the inn will experience quiet seclusion while being surrounded by towering trees yet still being within close proximity to the bustle and attractions of the country’s capital. Tucked in the southern end of Ottawa, Ontario, Greely is largely rural yet only a short 27 minute drive from Parliament Hill, one hour from Upper Canada Village in Morrisburg, two hours from Montreal, and 45 minutes from Merrickville.

Connemara’s rooms are each appointed with handmade quilts and Canadian-made pine beds. Fill up in the inn’s kitchen or dining room with a delicious made-from-scratch breakfast like Peggy’s homemade quiche or Angus’s fruit salad.

Named after the perfectly preserved land in Connemara, Ireland, where St. Patrick would often retreat after hours spent preaching, the innkeepers strive to maintain the utmost warm and comfortable atmosphere. Welcoming guests with the same hospitality practiced eras ago; Angus and Peggy hope to offer all guests a retreat of their own, with the goal of having everyone leave the inn refreshed and rejuvenated in mind, body, and spirit.

Like we said, there will be nonstop sesquicentennial celebrations all year. So whether you’re planning a visit during the Ottawa Jazz Festival or Escapade in June, the Mosaicanada or Ottawa Bluesfest in July or Cityfolk in September, check out the Connemara House for some restful accommodations and party like it’s 1867!

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