Archive for July, 2010

Orbitz is celebrating Shark Week this year with a guide for the adventurous. A Discovery Channel treat that many eagerly await–not unlike ravenous sharks– Shark Week brings tales from shark attack survivors, great whites blasting from the water and even shark-themed favorites like Mythbusters. If you’ve always loved Shark Week, now’s the time to get off the couch and see them up close–like no amount of HD magic can reproduce.

I’m jogging on a sublime stretch of California coastline that “Dr. Beach,” Stephen Leatherman, just named one of the top 10 beaches in America, Coronado Beach. Straight ahead, the white crescent of sand curves to the left, leading to the bluffs of Point Loma and the thrashing waters of the Pacific. Behind me is one of the most famous hotels in America, Hotel del Coronado, looking like a multi-tiered wedding cake with its red-shingled roof and turrets. As I breathe in big gulps of salty air, I realize this has to be the image most people think of when they dream about California beach vacations.

Take a Caribbean vacation for the sun, sand, warm breezes, but most of all, romance. A few things on my checklist for worthy romantic getaways are picturesque surroundings, a feeling of sanctuary from the rest of the world, and impeccable hotel amenities and service. (After all, I have a lady to impress.) These three Caribbean islands and respective hotels definitely have my stamp of approval.

It’s hard to think of a better way to spend beach vacations than with a trip to the Bahamas. Sun, sand, luxury and the outstanding service of world-class resorts await on a Bahamas vacation–the perfect getaway. You might just catch me at one of these four Bahamas destinations this year:

I’ve lived in Naples Florida for the past nine years and it has now become an annual tradition for us to take a short vacation in our own backyard every summer. Why? Quite simply, some of the very best values are found during the summertime in Southwest Florida which allows me to experience all of wonderful things that my destination has to offer while realizing some amazing savings at luxury hotels by traveling off peak.

United Airlines has seen success selling travelers “bonus” Mileage Plus credit on a per-flight basis, American AAdvantage has decided to do the same.

For those of you planning a California vacation with your own pups, you’ll definitely get four paws up if you add these dog-friendly Sonoma wineries to your must-see list.

The W Retreat & Spa Vieques Island is the perfect spot for a Caribbean vacation. I can pass my time diving into the bioluminescent bay or horseback riding on the white sand beaches of the beautiful Puerto Rico coast. There’s an activity for everyone in the family (even pets are welcome), and a peaceful respite for some R&R back at the hotel.

Seattle is a walkable city, which is great for people traveling with pets. Of course, you may need to walk with an umbrella, but it’s walkable nonetheless. Many of the popular attractions are located within a small, convenient area and there are several pet-friendly downtown Seattle hotels with easy access to them all.

Whistler and Banff are renowned winter ski destinations, but you ‘ll be amazed by the many summer activities you’ll find here, too, like world-famous golf, scuba diving, summer skiing, and other gorgeous outdoor adventures.

Chicago’s Hotel 71 has become the epicenter of the Transformers 3 mayhem, as shooting continues on Wacker Drive. The hotel, which morphed into Bruce Wayne’s penthouse in The Dark Knight has reclaimed its Hollywood limelight in the third installment of the Transformers series.

The idea of getting away for a week or two, totally free of responsibilities and worries, probably sounds great, right? Unfortunately, for many of us, leaving the “real world” behind for that long to indulge in a fun-filled vacation is often easier said than done. But if you can spare a mere three or four days – and even two can work – a short or weekend cruise could be the perfect way to relax, recharge, and have some fun without having to stress about being away from the kids … or work … or the dog … for too long.

I’ve always enjoyed visiting Baltimore in the summertime. The city’s beautiful Inner Harbor is the anchor to endless activities. A favorite perk of staying near the Inner Harbor is that I can park my car and never use it again until I head home. You can walk or use the water taxi to check out the harbor’s . It stops at fun places like the aquarium, the Science Center, and Fell’s Point for wining and dining.

No one would argue that downtown Seattle–or downtown anywhere–needs more hotels, but business travelers looking for iterations of their favorite mid-priced chains in the Emerald City now have more choice. Hyatt Place has opened a 160-room outlet on 6th Avenue North near Denny Way. Not too far away, in Pioneer Square, a 222-room Courtyard by Marriott has opened in the historic, turn-of-the-century Alaska Building.

Now that Lost has ended, I’m guessing fans might just take a trip to Hawaii to see the gorgeous landscapes that made up the mystical fictional island, first hand. I know it’s on my bucket list.

A friend’s wedding took me to Palm Desert, in the geographic center of the Coachella Valley and a mere two-hour drive from Los Angeles. Preparing to exit off the 10 freeway, the picturesque Santa Rosa Mountains and warm breezy air of this bright little city welcomed me in and hugged me tight. This gloriously mellow city, such a short drive away, had me wondering why my California vacations hadn’t brought me there sooner.

Nobody likes a know-it-all … until it comes to booking hotels. Our latest TV ad will show you why Orbitz is better than a crystal ball.

I’d describe the recently debuted Loews Atlanta Hotel as “contemporary Southern style meets classic luxury.” The Southern flair extends to their signature restaurant, Eleven which serves fine farm-to-table cuisine. Bar Eleven features live music and local microbrews, and Market Eleven has coffee and picnics to go — just grab a basket and enjoy your Atlanta vacation wherever it takes you.

The Department of Transportation has rolled out another series of passenger protections that could become effective as early as the fall. Here’s a quick summary:

This July and August, spa enthusiasts will delight as many of Miami’s most sought after spas participate in the third annual Miami Spa Month. During this time, several Miami’s spa’s are offering up some of their most innovative treatments for just $99, making it hard to resist some much-needed spa time on your Miami Vacation. With over 35 Spa’s are taking part this year in Miami Spa Month, here are some of my top picks: