Archive for July, 2009

By Zeke George My family and I recently went on a one-week family vacation at Disney World in Florida. The trip was three days at an Orlando hotel, and four days on a Disney cruise.  I will give you some of my impressions in this blog. Just so you know, I’m in 6th grade and [read more…]

By Alexandra Karlesses (14 years old) I have been on a few family vacations before, but my trip to Naples, Florida, has been one of my favorites so far.  Cleveland winters do not make you happy, and I felt I had not seen the sun in forever. That is why when we were landing in [read more…]

By Michaela Karlesses (age 10) One early sunny morning, I woke up in my beautiful, pink room. I climbed out of bed and raced down the stairs to have some breakfast. I was excited because this was the day I was going on a family vacation to Chicago! We were meeting my Aunt and my [read more…]

By Lena Katz Just like the Riviera Maya separated from uber-developed Cancun, the Mexican Pacific coast north of the Nayarit state border is divorcing itself from overbuilt Puerto Vallarta to the south. And what does that mean to travelers? Many more beach hotels — many of them self-contained and/or all-inclusive resorts. More golf courses, more [read more…]

By Kate Schwartz About 34 percent of Americans don’t take all the vacation time they earn each year, a recent survey showed. I am not in that 34 percent — not by a long shot. In fact, I am currently in the negative for vacation days, yet still planning my next adventure. This year, in [read more…]

By Joe Brancatelli INTERNATIONAL ITINERARY Lufthansa’s Plans to Dominate Europe’s Skies Advance: Lufthansa is quietly taking the next steps in an audacious plan to dominate the European continent. (Or, more accurately, the skies above the continent.) European regulators have approved Lufthansa’s bid to gain controlling interest in Brussels Airlines, the carrier created several years ago [read more…]

By Samantha Chapnick Say “Bahamas” and most people think of Atlantis, the massive resort on Paradise Island. With a water park, dolphin swim program, casino and gourmet dining from some of the world’s most renowned brands, it’s easy to think that’s all there is to a Caribbean vacation in the Bahamas. Actually, there are plenty [read more…]

By E.C. Gladstone Las Vegas may be “Sin City,” but it’s also “Fun City,” and while our Las Vegas hotels may not promote it, there are so many elements of a great family vacation here, you can take your pick and still not do everything you want to. But don’t try to find them all [read more…]

By Lena Katz It’s summer in my city, Los Angeles — and don’t all us locals know it. From the weather (90 degrees, cloudless, perfect) to the events (day parties, outdoor concerts) to the restaurant scene (BOOMING), it’s high season for California vacations in the City of Angels. And whether you’re visiting L.A. for a [read more…]

By Joe Brancatelli NEED TO KNOW On-the-Road Intelligence to Help You Travel Smarter: Here’s good news from US Airways: On December 17, the airline will launch a daily nonstop flight to Honolulu from its Charlotte hub. The only other East Coast nonstop to Hawaii is operated by Continental Airlines from its Newark hub. And here’s [read more…]

By Joe Brancatelli THE EX FILES II Maybe ‘W’ Stands for ‘Walking Away’: The owner of the W Hotel in San Diego is taking the extraordinary step of walking away from the property. Sunstone Hotel Investors has forfeited the 258-room property to lenders after it failed to reach a compromise on a $65 million mortgage. [read more…]

By Joe Brancatelli THE EX FILES I Falling Traffic Means International Flight Cuts: The unprecedented decline in traffic on international flights, especially in the premium classes, is leading to big reductions in overseas flying. After previously announcing a 10 percent cut, most of which would be frequency reductions, Delta Air Lines says it will trim [read more…]

By Antionette Bierman Savannah is my favorite city in Georgia. The beautiful historic district and quaint Southern charm are definitely reminiscent of time gone by, so I was excited to hear that Savannah is also a diverse, progressive city and host to the annual Savannah Pride Festival. This year will mark the festival’s 10th anniversary, [read more…]

By E.C. Gladstone It’s pretty well known that Las Vegas is a serious destination for fine dining; what often isn’t considered is how much great wine can be enjoyed here too. Want proof that Vegas is awash in vino, veritas? Well, just last week, Michelin 3-starred Joel Robuchon at MGM Grand was one of only [read more…]

By Samantha Chapnick Chances are you’ll visit Times Square on at least one New York vacation. Most of the New York hotels are there, Mamma Mia, Billy Elliott and other spectacular Broadway shows live there, and it has more lights than most small cities. Slowly, it’s finally starting to get a few establishments that focus [read more…]

By Lena Katz Whether the Hawaii headline of the minute is a fancy food festival, a football game or a visit from The Bachelor,  the real story is always the same: Beaches, beaches and more beaches. Hidden coves where you can cuddle in private with your sweetheart; epic scenescapes with 10-foot waves and world-class surfers; [read more…]

By Joe Brancatelli HOTEL HOT SHEET New Hotel Options Debut Around the World: A newly built Doubletree hotel, called The Wit, opened in Chicago just a half-block from the Chicago River. It has a rooftop bar that is already winning raves. After a $100 million renovation, The Pierre Hotel on Central Park has reopened in [read more…]

By Joe Brancatelli AIRPORT REPORT Back in Milwaukee, Southwest Makes Its Move: The long-term issues that Republic Airways may face transforming Midwest Airlines into a regional operation probably pale in comparison to the immediate challenge: fending off the arrival of Southwest Airlines in Milwaukee. Just hours before Republic announced its Midwest buy in late June, [read more…]

By Joe Brancatelli ROUTE MAP The New Big Name in Small Airlines Is Republic Airways: Two troubled smaller carriers, Denver-based Frontier Airlines and Milwaukee-based Midwest Airlines (fka Midwest Express), were purchased in rapid-fire succession late in June. The moves were made by Republic Airways, the new big name in small airlines. If you don’t know [read more…]

By Anthony Grant Few destinations evoke images of slowness and beauty the way Florence does. There’s something about the way this Italian city is cradled in the lush Tuscan hillsides and about the richness of its Renaissance past that’s still such a force here you can practically taste it. And art, art everywhere, beginning (or [read more…]