Archive for August, 2011

Looking for a less-expensive alternative to pricey airline VIP clubs? Check out these independently operated airport lounges.

People with a passion for seafood are usually willing to travel far to get it. And if your destination is New Orleans, you’ll probably put yourself up in any available New Orleans hotel just to be within easy reach. Whet your appetite: The weekend of Sept. 9-11 marks the fifth annual New Orleans Seafood Festival — a culinary extravaganza in a city already renowned for its taste-bud appeal. Here’s a sampling from the virtual platter.

If you’re like me, you savor the good things in life but have a limited budget. So when it comes to family vacations, you look for competitive price tags that don’t shortchange on style. St. Louis is a prime Midwest vacation spot with a menagerie of to-dos, both fantastic and free. Consider these money-saving tips on St. Louis hotels and activities.

The tenth anniversary of the 9/11 attacks is coming up. The National September 11 Memorial, meanwhile, opens to the public on Sept. 12; with the museum to follow at a later date. Leading up to September 11 (and extending beyond it), however, many institutions around town will be commemorating the anniversary.

Thanks to TV shows like “The O.C.,” “Laguna Beach,” and “The Real Housewives of Orange County,” many people have a distorted — or should I say surgically enhanced? — idea of the California county. Parts of it can be as depicted, but most of it isn’t, even in the relatively glitzy towns along the coast, such as Newport Beach and Laguna Beach. In fact, the best way to enjoy life there is do the kind of activities people have been doing for decades.

Today through Sept. 18, play Orbitz 50 Faves on Facebook for a chance to win one of 50 drool-worthy, goosebump-raising vacations to luxury resorts around the world worth up to $15,000. Like Orbitz on Facebook to enter the game, and invite your friends to play. The more friends you invite, the sweeter your chances.

If you’re traveling on business or headed to a convention, you won’t want to miss these top tech items to help the experience go smoothly.

Even to the most dedicated “Disneyphile” in the Happiest Place on Earth, the hot Florida sun can be taxing on the body and the spirit. Fortunately, Disney Imagineers took the weather into consideration and created a wonderland of opportunities for some super-cool fun outside the parks. Two classic indoor experiences that leave everyone smiling are High Tea at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort and Spa and the Hoop-Dee-Doo Revue.

When it comes to travelers’ preferences for Labor Day, it’s a big-city trifecta in the top spots. The Orbitz Labor Day 2011 Index reveals Las Vegas, New York City and Chicago holding the first 3 positions for the last long weekend of the summer vacation season.

With its Great Lakes, Motor City and world’s longest suspension bridge (talk to the mitten, Golden Gate) there’s plenty of pixel-perfect scenery on a summer vacation in Michigan. Cherry pick your way through Traverse City, indulge your sweet tooth on Mackinac Island, and cruise Woodward Avenue in downtown Detroit. And here’s even more incentive for booking your Michigan vacation by Aug. 21:

Marriott’s fast-growing Autograph Collection of independent luxury hotels continues to grow. Here are the latest properties to come on board.

With new and improved event venues and increased air service, Boston is touting its role as a hub for meetings and events. Here’s what’s new.

Whether it’s time to entertain clients or stage a memorable corporate event, the Orlando area has plenty of interesting venues. Here are five great ones.

New York hotels are, by nature, designed to appeal to both leisure and business travelers. And the most recent round of New York hotel openings are an excellent example of how the Big Apple combines style, service and location to serve the needs of a variety of travelers. Anyone planning a New York vacation or business trip would do well to check out these new additions.

If there’s any place in the world that’s more appropriate than Vegas to give yourself a rowdy, pre-marriage bachelor or bachelorette blowout, I’ve never heard of it. What better surroundings to bring your wild and reckless ways to a close in preparation for a life of wedded bliss? Las Vegas vacations win hands down every time in that regard. Here’s a brief round-up of some great Sin City spots to help give you a good and proper send-off into the ranks of the spoken-fors.

What could be better than treating yourself to luxurious pampering at one of Hawaii’s fabulous spas? You’re in paradise, right? Make it a spa vacation to remember. The following amazing Hawaiian hotels and resorts have world-class spas that will have you saying “Ohm.”

Hurricane season is in full swing, and with a month left of the busy summer travel season, these brewing storms still have the potential to threaten many vacation plans. If you’re headed to a destination prone to tropical storms – the East Coast, Florida, Mexico and the Caribbean – here’s some advice that will make traveling during this volatile weather season a little less worrisome.

With so much changing month to month in the gay marriage world, we though it would be useful to review which states and countries actually have full gay marriage (as opposed to the 50-plus places that just civil unions or domestic partnerships), and what the gay scene is like in each place for travelers.

By Nancy LeFever Arizona has some of the most amazing vistas in the world with its mountains, canyons, cliffs and the indescribable Grand Canyon. If you’re heading to the Phoenix area, book a hotel in nearby Scottsdale that gives you the best mountain and canyon views. Make Mother Nature’s Southwest splendor your travel destination! Sanctuary [read more…]

In the coming months, guests at Le Meridien Hotels and Resorts will see an artistic new approach to the arrival experience. Here’s what to expect.