Making plans for a little Valentine's Day getaway? A month ahead is a good time to begin with ideas for a memorable celebration with your love...Consider these U.S. destinations for your travel plans with your sweetheart - Maui, Idaho and, well, of course, California!
Ah Vegas! Always a celebration here so no doubt they have festivities galore up their sleeves for Chinese New Year. I was there twice last year, once in Spring and once for Thanksgiving so I am sure this would be a great time and reason to visit. Just look at everything in store, how can you not plan for a weekend trip over?
North Carolina’s small wonder is packed with big adventures. From attending special events, discovering the island’s natural beauty, competing in exciting tournaments, or simply enjoying spectacular views by the sea, Kure Beach, N.C. is perfect for your next vacation destination. Head east this winter and spring for mild temperatures, off season lodging rates, signature events and miles of beautiful beach.
Live by the Land and Sea
Each year, the North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher installs a new, one-of-a-kind exhibit for visitors to enjoy. For the first time ever in 2016, visitors had the chance to view animatronic, life-size dinosaurs at the aquarium! While the dinosaurs have packed their bags and headed back to their prehistoric home, you can experience a day in the life of your favorite creatures during every season – the aquarium is open year-round.
Reel It In
Get your tackle box ready for a fishing frenzy! The late spring through the fall is packed with annual fishing competitions like the Pleasure Island Fall Surf Fishing Challenge, King Mackerel Tournament and Fall Memories Flounder Tournament. Fishing is a popular year-round pastime at Kure Beach, where you can cast a line off the Kure Beach Fishing Pier, fish from the surf or even reserve a fishing charter for an afternoon adventure.
Jump start your day with the sunrise or unwind with an unforgettable view of the sunset. Get outdoors while exploring Fort Fisher State Recreation Area. Bike the trails, hike through the salt marsh, paddleboard down the coast or simply pack a picnic.
Fun in the Sun
Throughout 2016, visitors let loose during the Boogie in the Park Concert Series, featuring live music performances, then shopped local at the Kure Beach Open Air Market, filled with handcrafted goods. You can always count on a one-of-a-kind experience at the island’s legendary annual events such as the Pleasure Island Chowder Cook-Off and Pleasure Island Seafood, Blues & Jazz Festival.
Find your zen by practicing yoga on the beach, catch a wave while surfing, or embark on a kayak adventure at Zeke’s Island Reserve.
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Yet to experience a proper glamping trip here but this year is the 100th Anniversary of the National Parks and in celebration, Under Canvas--America’s premiere luxury camping and outdoor events company, has redesigned their seven bedroom luxury log cabin estate Bar N Ranch and launched Under Canvas Adventures: Yellowstone. Sounds like music to my ears!
Nowadays, before trying to book a hotel room for my travels, I first jump onto AirBnB to see if I can find a comparable and cost effective option there. With the booming sharing economy, there’s no doubt services like AirBnb are thriving and I am probably one of their big fans. While I do enjoy the hotel stay experience, sometimes factors like cost, availability, distance and additional amenities all make the AirBnB experience a much more enticing proposition. So here are some inputs on being a good AirBnb guest, wherever it is you decide to opt for that experience.