Monthly Archives: September 2013

Right by the beach: great places to stay on the world’s loveliest islands

This is the time of the year my thoughts drift southward to the “islands”.  When I say “islands” I am referring to the Caribbean, but the “island dream” reaches much farther than that.  Let’s just say, “Tropical”.  From now through May of next year the tropical world opens up with splendor and beauty.  The weather is warm, but not hot, and the local people are ready for us!

Don’t waste precious travel time dragging your flip-flopped feet to the beach. We’ve rounded up ten places to stay on some of the world’s most beautiful islands – and they’re all a stone’s throw from the beach. Best of all, you don’t need to sell your granny to enjoy an island getaway, we’ve picked everything from luxe resorts to apartments to hostebeachhotels1_csls, ensuring a beachside break for every budget.

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Top 10 Fall Foliage Destinations

 OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA I am a big fan of Autumn. The changing of the leaves is a photographer’s dream, and the cooler temps in some parts of the nation mean more outdoor activities and kitchen’s full of warm smells of cooking apple pies and pumpkin seeds.  One phenomenon of this time of year is the pilgrimage of “Leafers.” The parade of colored-leaf hungry citizens looking for the panoramic views some places in the nation seem to be famous for.  If you have your “leafer” card, and are not sure where to spend your Autumn vacation days, here are some clues from Yahoo Travel. – My suggestion?  Maine.  Stop and get some Lobster rolls while you are there. Tell em Gene sent you!

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Top 10 Fall Foliage Destinations

Nothing – not sweaters, not the smell of fireplaces, not pumpkin patches, and not apple picking – says “fall” like the blazing red, glimmering gold, and burnt-orange leaves that cover trees and crunch underfoot during the autumn months. Whether you’re practically a professional leaf-peeper or just a casual enthusiast, you’ll need to know where to take in the season’s splendor. Lucky for you, we’ve scouted out the 10 best fall foliage travel destinations – and while some perennially popular places made our list (because it just isn’t possible to do a story on foliage without including New England), we think you’ll be surprised by some of the less-obvious-but-just-as-glorious destinations that did, too. Oh, and no need to fret about when the peak colors will peek out – we’ve done the research for you, as well.

 

Aspen, Colorado

While it’s the place to see and be seen every winter, autumn brings a sense of serenity to Aspen – and the golden foliage of the town’s namesake tree along with it. While Colorado’s aspens don’t offer the vibrant fall color spectacle of say, the Northeast, the yellows, golds, and bold oranges that cover the mountainsides here, against a backdrop of intermittent evergreens, are still reason enough for a visit. Mid- to late September is the ideal for fall foliage travel, but with the color change lasting just about a week, timing is everything.

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