Foto Friday

Foto Friday: Name Your Price!

by Devon on March 29, 2013

Another Spring Break has come and gone; we’re still lathering up on the aloe and washing the sand out of our clothes. For Spring Break, families, couples, and co-eds travel around the globe to find some fun in the sun, and the Florida Panhandle is a popular choice. Some go luxury and some go value, but it can sometimes be hard to tell which is which…

A  value option is the Crowne Plaza Pensacola Grand. It’s not right on the beach, but enormous room windows provide great views of the Florida landscape, and the sandy beaches aren’t too far from the hotel. Rooms also have great modern amenities, and the hotel has a stocked on-site library. Best of all, rates after often about a cool $120 per night.

On the other end of the spectrum, are the luxury beachfront digs of the WaterColor Inn & Resort. This resort boasts modern in-room amenities, property perks such as pools and bike rentals, and great views. But the standard room costs about four times as much as standard rooms at the Crowne Plaza, at nearly $400 per night. Can you tell which is which? Check out the rooms each hotel offers, take a guess in the comments section below, and then find the answer after the jump!

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Winter is on its way out and spring is making an entrance. But choosing where to watch the clouds part and the flowers bloom can be tricky. Washington, D.C. is one of the most popular spots to visit during the season, thanks to its gorgeous cherry blossom trees and the White House Easter Egg Roll. But over in Europe, Paris is known for its gorgeous tulips and lush green backdrop. So which pick spring city are waiting to see? Take a look at the options below and then enter your answer in the comments section.

Option 1: A Spring Stroll Though Washington, D.C.

Every spring, crowds flock to D.C. to catch a glimpse (and a whiff!) of the city’s iconic cherry blossom trees. Guests staying at the Mandarin Oriental have a  particular advantage on the crowds, with the hotel being just a short walk from the Tidal Basin’s blossoms. After a stroll through the blooming landscape, the White House is a quick drive away, as are tons of parks and landmarks, making the Mandrin the best option for spring visitors.  Read More »

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Foto Friday: Name This City!

by Devon on March 15, 2013

Think you know which city this famous park is in?

This charming, historic city has endless claims to fame. Pictured above is a section of the first public park in the United States, located in one of the city’s most iconic neighborhoods. About two hundred years later, the first American subway system debuted here around the same time that Alexander Graham Bell placed the world’s first phone call, proving that it really is a town of thinkers. But just what city are we talking about?

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Getting physical on Spring Break at Barcelo Puerto Vallarta

Bathing suit season is just around the corner, and we’re getting ready to strut out stuff on the beach once again! Lucky for us, we met some very bendy friends while staying at Barcelo Puerto Vallarta who showed us a few great yoga moves.

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Foto Friday: Name Your Price!

by Devon on March 1, 2013

Spring (and St. Patty’s Day!) are just around the corner, and there’s nothing we look forward to more than lush greenery, open skies, and a nice wool sweater, making Ireland the perfect place to experience the new season. Before going on our Irish adventure, however, we have to find the right place to stay for our budget.

Ireland may have some gorgeous hotels, but for a truly Gaelic experience, visitors can stay in a number of historic castles. Two of the best options on the island are the Ballynahinch Castle in Connermara and Ashford Castle in County Mayo. Even though both are great options, they come at two very different prices. Ballynahinch is located along a stunning river and has homey, country decor. The 18th-century castle also boasts gourmet on-site cuisine and plenty of modern amenities inside its comfy rooms. Ashford Castle, another historic, unspoiled property, also sits along a lovely riverfront location, a spa, and gorgeous rooms with views to match. Even though Ballynahinch  may not have the luxury touches that Ashford Castle has, the price can’t be beat!

Can you tell which is which? Ballynahinch’s high-end rooms start at €135 per night, whereas same-level Ashford rooms start at a steeper €655 per night. Check out the rooms each hotel offers, take a guess in the comments section below, and then find the answer after the jump!

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When you have to take a gamble on your vacations, you better know what your odds are of hitting the jackpot. If the choice is between Las Vegas and Atlantic City, both are viable options for card sharks and those who want to play the slots. Sin City may be the epitome of a gambler’s paradise thanks to endless casinos and 24/7-nightlife, but Atlantic City rules the East Coast, with a more laid-back feel and an easy-to-get-to location. Whether you want to stroll the Strip or take to the boardwalk, these lucky locales each have a distinct approach to pleasing their clientele. So which would you choose? Take a look at the options below and then enter your answer in the comments section.

 Option 1: Getting Your Sin On in Las Vegas

Things can get a little crazy at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas

The MGM Grand is one of the Vegas’ most iconic hotels, sitting in the heart of the Strip, and offering not only dining from celeb chefs but also tons to do on-site before you head to the giant casino. The hotel even boasts one of the best pool scenes in the city at Wet Republic, and, after a recent major overhaul, the hotel got even more grand. Read More »

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Foto Friday: Name This City!

by Devon on February 15, 2013

Show us what you think of this mystery city!

Baseball fans might have an easier time guessing this gorgeous city, whose stadium has one of the highest attendance records in the MLB. But this mystery locale is also known for some of its refreshing feats, including having the largest beer brewing plant in the world, and being the city where 7-Up and commercial iced tea were invented. The biggest reason we love this city, however, is for its contribution to hotels across the country: While staying at a downtown hotel, Cary Grant laid chocolates on the pillow of his female companion, leaving his mark on turn-down service (and surely his lady friend!) forever. But just what city are we talking about?

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Foto Friday: Caption This Photo!

by Devon on February 8, 2013

Ahhh, there’s nothing like kicking back by the pool with a tasty drink and some fruit munchies. On a recent trip to Cancun, we even got to indulge in some poolside R&R at the Westin Lagunamar Ocean Resort – with a little whimsy, thanks to their playful take on tropical refreshments.

Poolside lounging has never looked so good!

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Foto Friday: Name Your Price!

by Devon on February 1, 2013

With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, we’re getting in the mood for love and we’ve been gearing up for that perfect romantic getaway. When planning our trip-for-two to Paris this month, we took a look at two gorgeous and unique hotels in the City of Light, one bursting with over-the-top luxury, and the other more toned down and intimate.

The lavish Hotel Plaza Athenee is a classically Parisian hotel, with luxurious guestrooms, a chic location in the Golden Triangle, and stunning Eiffel Tower views. But the more intimate (and far less expensive) boutique Hotel Joyce, with funky interiors, a quiet-but-convenient location in the 9th Arrondissement, and gorgeous French balconies, is also a fine option for couples. So while the Athenee costs upwards of $1,160 per night, the equally romantic Hotel Joyce starts at a cool $190. Both would make the perfect love nest, but one is fraction of the price. Which is which? Check out the rooms each hotel offers, take a guess in the comments section below, and then find the answer after the jump!

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Most aquatic creatures have their preferences when it comes to taking to the waters. When we venture into to the great outdoors for an active vacation, we always have a tough time deciding whether to kick it  lakeside, or trek to the ocean. Yes, the salty ocean air is be refreshing, but it’s also pretty darn calming by the lake shore. So which would you choose? Take a look at the waterfront options below and then enter your answer in the comments section.

Option 1: Lake Placid Getaway

Many travelers prefer the calming waters of a lakeside retreat.

The secluded High Peaks Resort on Lake Mirror in Lake Placid is the perfect lakeside vacation, with the lush natural surroundings of the Adirondacks and great recreational activities offered on-site such as kayaking and paddle boating.  Read More »

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