Archive for September, 2010

San Antonio is a city rich in culture and history. From exploring the Alamo and River Walk, and enjoying Sea World and Six Flags Fiesta with the kids to admiring the incredible McNay Art Museum, this city has it all. And with its numerous, reasonably priced San Antonio hotels, it’s no surprise that San Antonio is one of best destinations for family vacations.

As of September 30, 2010

Florida – All Florida beaches are open to the public. All Oil Impact Notices for Florida have been rescinded with the exception of Perdido Key west to the state line in Escambia County.

Alabama – The Alabama Department of Public Health has lifted all swimming advisories in Gulf Shores, Orange Beach and Fort Morgan

Mississippi – A health advisory in Hancock County from Nicholson Blvd in Bay St. Louis west to Oak Blvd in Lakeshore. A health advisory in Harrison County from Henderson Point in Pass Christian to Azalea Avenue in Biloxi.
A health advisory in Jackson County from Main Street in the Beale Fountain area west to Seashore Avenue.

Louisiana – A health advisory exists for all gulf waters from Martin Beach on the LA/TX state line to Fontainebleau State park near the LA/MS state line.

GulfIslands National Seashore – Beaches are open, but an Oil Impact Notice is in effect for property in both Perdido Key and Pensacola Beach.

A fall California vacation in Wine Country is a sensory feast. Lush vineyards stretch in every direction, beckoning to passerby with their vividly colored leaves and rich, ripened grapes. Aromatic wines delight the palette, and wineries come to life during grape crushing season in mid-September.

American and Southwest airlines have fought for control of Raleigh-Durham airport ever for years. Now Delta Air Lines is challenging the status quo.

One of the most popular places, south of the border, for all inclusive vacations is Cancun. Here, you can explore ancient dwellings and jungle life with a loved one, escape with friends for a fun weekend, or enjoy the beach and outdoor activities with the kids. From all inclusive resorts geared toward families and kids to those designed for adults only, here are the top five memorable all-inclusive vacations to consider when booking a trip to Cancun…

Building on the momentum of our new hotel search experience, we’ve redesigned our hotel property pages to make it faster and easier to get to know each hotel inside and out.

Football fans are enjoying the start of another electric Saints season. If you’re planning a NOLA pilgrimage to catch a game with the Super Bowl XLIV champs, check out these popular New Orleans hotels for the perfect start to any “Who dat?” celebration.

Mired in the worst occupancy and nightly-rate slump in years, the lodging industry continues to open hotels at a fast pace. That’ll keep room rates down.

Looking for a Halloween event for the whole family? Mark your calendars and plan your Williamsburg vacation now for some frightening fun at Busch Gardens Williamsburg! Starting today, the park kicks off its ghoulishly popular Howl-O-Scream event and will be open Fridays-Sundays through Oct. 31.

You’ve heard about the popular Caribbean vacation destination Atlantis, but it’s hard to gauge the size of this mega-resort until you arrive. Nearly 3,000 rooms are spread around the property, from the more affordable Beach Tower lodgings to the newest arrival, Cove, and its slew of suites. New attractions seem to debut every time I visit.

Just because it’s autumn doesn’t mean travelers should skip a California vacation or a scenic drive along the Pacific Coast Highway, one of the best drives in America.

Delta Air Lines wants the take-off and landing positions that American Airlines and British Airways gave up to get antitrust immunity for the Oneworld Alliance.

Between The Wizarding World of Harry Potter opening at Universal Orlando Resort earlier this summer and the latest Harry Potter flick due for theatrical release in November, this is a big year for Harry and his mystical friends. Which is why it may also be the year for a Europe vacation, during which you can tour many of the film locations and places that inspired J.K. Rowling herself. Here are a few of the spellbinding spots found in Harry Potter’s England.

All of the big U.S. carriers except American Airlines reported a profit for the second quarter of 2010 and you may be surprised to learn which was the nation’s most profitable–Alaska Airlines.

The 2010 Epcot International Food & Wine Festival from Oct. 1 to Nov. 14 makes its annual return, transforming the park into a food and wine lover’s paradise.

Want to set sail on an amazing cruise vacation? Planning it may be much easier than you think. Forget about taking an expensive flight to the port and stressing about making it to the ship on time – some of the best cruise deals can often be found right in your backyard … or at least within driving distance! With 21 U.S. ports to choose from, your dream getaway might very well be right around the corner. Check out the cruise options from your area as well as some handpicked itineraries that are unique to your region.

In addition to its iconic ferries, eclectic music venues and crave-worthy restaurants, Seattle sports some of the best boutique hotels and trendy hotel destinations. Here are four super-chic hotels in downtown Seattle.

Faced with a bearish market at home, where low nightly rates and miserable financial conditions have stressed overextended property owners, the major U.S. lodging chains have set their sights on faster expansion overseas.

As the warm weather slowly fades away, that familiar chill begins to fill the air, and for me, it always means heavenly powder and a ski vacation are just around the corner. Others may long for the days of summer, but I look to the Colorado mountains and find myself excited about the first snowfall. And, why not? While the ski resorts won’t be in full swing until Thanksgiving, fall is one of the best seasons to visit your favorite ski resort. Deals are plentiful, and it’s easy to find low rates combined with great discounts. Plus, local restaurants that would normally charge the winter traveler much more offer great deals in the fall.

Everything that other islands offer in terms of hotels, amenities, activities, food and service can be found at Punta Cana hotels, but for less.