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Articles for June, 2011

Kitschy in Kentucky: Summer vacations in Louisville

Thursday, June 30th, 2011

The lovable 21c Museum Hotel hearts red penguins, some of the many pieces within these colorful digs.

By Kristin Dillon

Admit it. Your summer vacation wish list involves palm-studded beaches, swim-up bars, maybe even a theme park. That’s cool, but is there room to consider… Louisville, Kentucky? (more…)

Club Kids: Cheap Caribbean hotels with family amenities

Wednesday, June 29th, 2011

Beachcombing Barbados is a family affair at Almond Beach Village - All-Inclusive.

By Valerie Moloney

To those who have survived a transatlantic flight with a screaming toddler or had to change a diaper in a 4-inch wide airplane bathroom, I commend your plight. Like other parents who travel regularly with their children, I know the highwater you’ve swam just for those precious days on a Caribbean beach.

The good news is, there are plenty of all-inclusive vacations for parents looking for couple time, even if you have to take the kids. Stick with a resort with a decent kids club to keep the tykes entertained and active while you two try something new: say, a couples massage in a beachside palapa. Or maybe just start with a glass of wine. (more…)

Experience Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows – Part 2

Thursday, June 23rd, 2011

By Derek Brown

Experience Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 with a weekend escape to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Orlando’s Islands of Adventure.  Potter fans are eagerly awaiting the IMAX 3D movie’s release on July 15.  You can only watch the final movie and live the Harry Potter experience at Universal Orlando. (more…)

Hotel rock stars: Singing for an upgrade

Tuesday, June 21st, 2011

By Derek Brown

Warm-up the vocal cords, practice in the shower and break out in song when you check in at some Southern California hotels.  Guests are “Singing for an Upgrade” (more…)

Red, white & blue Independence Day in Washington D.C.

Thursday, June 16th, 2011

Fourth of July fireworks over Washington, D.C. Credit: JoshuaDavisPhotography.

By Derek Brown

Celebrate America the Beautiful this Fourth of July in our nation’s capital.  Wrapped in bunting, flags whipping in the wind and fireworks in the summer sky make it one of the most patriotic, colorful and popular times of the year to visit Washington, D.C. (more…)

3 boutique chic San Diego hotels in the Gaslamp Quarter

Tuesday, June 14th, 2011

In San Diego, the only way to cocktail is by rooftop at the Solamar's LOUNGEsix.


By Valerie Moloney

San Diego, once defined by Shamu and sailors, won’t be upstaged by its camera-ready SoCal sister, Los Angeles. A look inside three cheap San Diego hotels in the reigning neighborhood of hip — the Gaslamp Quarter — reveals big-city swagger with VIPs, stylish restaurants and look-at-me spaces to boot. (more…)

A lucky Las Vegas birthday for your 20s, 30s and 40s

Thursday, June 9th, 2011

Celebrate a birthday vacation at Caesars Palace.

By Derek Brown

Everyone’s aging at the same pace, but not every adult embraces the birthday as a treat worthy of vacation.  Las Vegas, the biggest adult playground, is a destination for every style, budget and generation.  Fantastic food, cheap Las Vegas hotels and more games than one could ever play as a kid abound.  Las Vegas birthday parties are about fun, friends and not losing your ID. (more…)

Race to Daytona Beach for a cheap 4th of July

Tuesday, June 7th, 2011

Racing at Daytona International Speedway. Credit: Daytona International Speedway.

By Derek Brown

Sun, sand and a SuperSpeedway make Daytona Beach a booming destination for the July 4th holiday.   Two races at the Daytona International Speedway, the Subway Jalapeno 250 and the Coke Zero 400, will draw tens of thousands of spectators for on and off track fireworks.   (more…)

Luxury for less at the Waldorf Astoria Orlando

Thursday, June 2nd, 2011

Resort pools at the Waldorf Astoria Orlando. Credit: Waldorf Astoria.

By Derek Brown

Cheap luxury hotels exist if you find the right deal.  The Waldorf Astoria Orlando, which offers direct access to the Walt Disney World resort, has rates for less than $170 per night this summer.  A recent deal allowed me to enjoy the Waldorf’s airy marble entrance, refined rooms and relaxing pools during the Memorial Day weekend.  (more…)