Archive for the ‘LODGING’ Category

Hotel Castel Dracula in the village of Piatra Fântânele

Hotel Castel Dracula in the village of Piatra Fântânele
Text & photos Copyright © Estrella Azul AT THE END OF OCTOBER our firm took us on a haunted castle-themed, weekend team building trip to Piatra Fântânele in Tihuța Pass. Tihuța is a high mountain pass in the Romanian Bârgău Mountains (Eastern Carpathian Mountains) connecting Transylvania...
November 18th, 2016 | ACTIVITIES, EUROPE, LODGING, Skiing, STAFF, WALKING/HIKING | Read More

Doing Spain as an Introvert

Doing Spain as an Introvert
By staff writer Cathie Nichols. Photos Copyright © Cathie Nichols. TO SAY THAT I was shy growing up is an understatement.  I rarely spoke and I never wanted anyone’s attention so I did nothing to draw it to myself.  I wore a uniform of turtlenecks, baggy pants, and quiet sweaters.  However, in...
August 17th, 2012 | EUROPE, HOSTELS, MEMORIES, STAFF | Read More

Garner State Park: Caves, Trails, Tubing – and Texas swing!

Garner State Park: Caves, Trails, Tubing – and Texas swing!
By guest blogger Valeka Cruz RECENTLY I HAD the absolute joy of visiting Garner State Park. I am very fortunate to have grown up near this gem of a Texas state park. I hadn’t visited it in years but it was just as beautiful as I remembered it being! It is one of the most heavily visited parks in...
June 8th, 2012 | CAMPING, GARDENS & PARKS, GUEST BLOGGERS, USA MAINLAND | Read More

A Somewhat Romantic Getaway in Wales

A Somewhat Romantic Getaway in Wales
By guest blogger Steven Hampshire. Photos Copyright © Steven Hampshire. AFTER SIX MONTHS of stagnate Surrey dwelling, the wife and I thought it might be nice to take an extended mini-break somewhere we hadn’t yet been. I wanted to drive, and Lindsay wanted to see some coast, so we figured “Why...
January 13th, 2012 | COTTAGES & CABINS, GUEST BLOGGERS, Interesting Towns, Scenic Wonders, THE UK, WALKING/HIKING | Read More

Sunrise at Rangitukia, New Zealand

Sunrise at Rangitukia, New Zealand
Story by staff writer JM Merchant. Photos Copyright © Joanna Abram. GETTING BACK ONTO the little green bus after our stay at Tatapouri was difficult. We were all reluctant to leave our newfound patch of paradise, but we knew there were more wonders to come. We were traveling with Kiwi Experience, an...
January 10th, 2012 | COTTAGES & CABINS, NEW ZEALAND, ROAD TRIPS, Scenic Wonders, SERIES, STAFF | Read More

My Dream Vacation in Maui

My Dream Vacation in Maui
Story by staff writer Betsy Villanella. Photos Copyright © Betsy Villanella. WHEN I WAS a teen, I found out that my parents were going on a vacation to Hawaii to meet my brother, who would be there for R&R during his service in Vietnam. It disappointed me greatly when I was told I couldn’t go...
November 29th, 2011 | HAWAII, ISLANDS, LODGING, MEMORIES, OUTDOORS EATING, Scenic Wonders, STAFF | Read More

Finding an Oasis in the Desert – Review: Westin La Paloma Resort & Spa, Tucson, Arizona

Finding an Oasis in the Desert – Review: Westin La Paloma Resort & Spa, Tucson, Arizona
By guest blogger Cathie Nichols. Photos Copyright © Cathie Nichols. BOOKING A TRIP to Tucson, AZ, was never on my “bucket list.” But with a daughter who decided the University of Arizona is the place she would like to attend college, it suddenly became important for me to figure out where the rest...
October 3rd, 2011 | GUEST BLOGGERS, HOTELS & MOTELS, KID-FRIENDLY, Reviews, USA MAINLAND | Read More