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Finding the Perfect Family Vacation at the Perfect Price

Tuesday, August 17th, 2010

I have been in the travel business for 15yrs, and I am often asked the best times to travel to the Caribbean. My personal opinion is between the end of Thanksgiving thru December 19. The weather is great, the prices (especially this year) are low and the resorts are not crowded.

If you are parents of kids under 6, this could be perfect. However, for those of us who can not take our children out of school, we will have to deal with the extra expense of holiday travel, the long lines and crowded pools. Or do we?

As all of the deals pass my desk, I look for value and pick the best ones to share with my readers. I have NEVER seen prices this low for holidays and winter travel. Holiday travel usually is 3-4 times the regular rates, this year, it is the same or lower. If you still have your travel budget put aside – use it now, take advantage of these deals – because I have never seen rates like these before.

In thinking of family vacations, the first one that comes to mind is Club Med. Last time I was there, we still had to pay for drinks, now it is truly all inclusive – drinks, sports, you name it, it is included in the vacation cost. There are many resorts through out the Caribbean that I can recommend for families, but we will focus on Club Med right now, as their prices are phenomenal for the experience and memories the entire family will come home with.

If you do not feel like reading all of my descriptions – go straight to the deal, the best prices are from now to December 19, however, if you keep clicking, you will also find never before seen prices during the holidays and winter!

The basic deal is: 7 all-inclusive nights for the price of 3, which usually is $793per person ($114 a day).  Book by December 15 for travel between 9/15/08 – 4/25/09.

Kids Clubs:
Baby Zone 4mos -23mos: There is no day care for babies under two; however, when you make your reservation, you will tell them how old your children are so you are given the proper room and amenities. They will set you up in the “baby zone” including crib, changing table and all the comforts of home with a small baby.  Adapted to the nutritional needs of children, the meals are created by a team of specialist chefs from the Baby Restaurant. This Baby Restaurant is located in the Baby Club Med At the Baby Restaurant, the G.O® takes on the entire responsibility of lunch but parents can share this time with their child(ren) if they wish.  Children ages 2-4 can utilize the “Petit Club Med”, this is a parents; dream day care center. There is an additional charge for this day care.

Kids 4-10yrs old “Mini Club Med”: this is where if gets really fun and different! This club and all others are included in the basic price. The children are divided up into their age groups and given a plethora of activities to choose from whether it is learning how to sail, flying trapeze, and crafts are playing in the Kids only pool. The staff is dedicated and will teach the children new skills for sports, circus, crafts, etc..

Tweens & Teens: In my former life as a travel agent – these are the ones who had the most fun at Club Med. The activities are perfect for each age group ranging from water sports, learning how to be a DJ and mix, hip hop dancing, hang out rooms, teen only activities at night. There is even a theatre class where children can perform at the end of the week. These kids have a blast and the beauty is you do not have to worry about them as they are always somewhere on the property and there is always staff around to keep an eye on them.

Club Meds Best for Families that are part of this great deal:
Sandpiper: Located in Florida, a bit North of Palm Beach, easy to get to, but once you are there; you are in complete vacation mode. This Club Med has all the kids clubs from babies to teens. Sandpiper is a great, inexpensive short, family get away. Though you are still in the states, you will completely feel like you are away from it all as you feel that Club Med vibe as soon as you walk in. There are special family rooms, a kids room and an adults room; golf for the adults, five swimming pools and more.

Punta Cana, Dominican Republic: All the rooms are large suite like rooms – with different sizes depending on the family size. Renovated Resort with a long private beach bordered by palm trees. Circus school for the little ones, flying trapeze or fitness for adults. From babies of 4 months (at Baby Club Med® – extra charge) to teens, a club devoted to every age. Relax in the sun by the pool or through massages and treatments at the Club Med Spa (extra charge for spa).

Cancun, Mexico: This used to be a run down Club Med for singles – but not anymore! As the newest upscale discovery resort, Cancun Yucatan offers something decidedly different. Enjoy a free excursion and discovery the wonders of the Yucatan Peninsula with your family.
They offer luxurious Jade Suites, with an exclusive bar, concierge, room service and other upgraded amenities. Let your ‘teens and tweens hang out at their very own clubhouse while you take a cooking class. Enjoy an evening Mini Club MedTM performance, where your 4 year old presents a folklore dance on stage. Discover new cosmopolitan flavors at any of the three innovative restaurants at your own speed—Cancun Yucatan provides gourmet dining to satisfy your cravings at any hour.

Ixtapa, Mexico – On the West side of Mexico, easier to get to if you are in the South West or West Coast, this is the newest of the Club Med family. Facing the Pacific Ocean, an elegant hacienda it is coined as “The happiness of having a taste of everything”. The architecture hacienda style offers a new type of elegance.

In summary, if you want a Island type, but different kind of family get away, where you know the kids will have fun and you will relax and try new sports, take advantage of this sale before all the rates go up again.

Whether it is a 3 day weekend from $250pp or weeks’ vacation, from $350pp, take advantage of these incredible prices – if you add up everything included – you will see the savings!

Experience a magical escape with Ireland vacation packages

Wednesday, August 11th, 2010

The longer you spend in Ireland, the more you will desire the endless choice of quaint villages seeped in history and varied attractions experienced through Ireland vacation packages.

A popular Irish vacation option, especially for first-time vacationers or adventure enthusiasts, is an escorted tour.  Ranging from a 45 passenger motor coach with a seasoned driver/guide, to a private, luxury vehicle with a chauffeur/guide, to bike or trekking tours through the breathtaking countryside and coastlines, escorted tours offer an insight into Ireland that is hard to find on one’s own.

Your choices for destinations on guided motor coach tours are wide-ranging, depending on your interests, budget and length of your vacation.  If you prefer, you can even include a tour to nearby Scotland and/or England.

The very popular Ireland Pub tours give exceptional value, especially for a short winter vacation.  Many of these tours are geared for a “taste” of Ireland – the tours only take 4 or 5 days and include a few famous sites and destinations – and of course, requisite stops at warm, and often famous, Irish pubs.

Are you dreaming of a family vacation or reunion – or even a romantic or solitary getaway?  Why not rent a cottage at a golf community where everyone can have enough space to move around and explore, and can share quiet moments by a warming fire or relax outdoors.

Rental cottages are available in every choice of price ranges and destinations – by the beach, in remote areas, in sports communities and even on the grounds of luxury hotel resorts.  Some rental properties feature seasonal activities such as Kid’s Clubs and organized events and may be conveniently near a spa or fitness center and restaurants; others are single homes in quaint locations, where you will be able to experience Irish life and meet the local residents. Renting a home provides a reasonably priced base from which to venture out into the region or rediscover your family’s roots.

Among the most popular Ireland vacation packages for independent vacationers is a self-drive trip that includes accommodations in a combination of B&Bs, hotels and castles. The options are virtually endless based on how far you want to drive and the number of days you will be in Ireland.  If you want to see as much as possible, think about flying into Shannon and departing from Dublin – doing this may eliminate backtracking across the country.

You will find so many unique diversions in Ireland, it will be easy to lose yourself in the country’s splendor.  Consider planning your basic itinerary before you leave home to ensure you will have enough time to visit all your key destinations.

If you are looking for a unique and romantic location for your wedding, consider a fairytale destination wedding at an Irish castle.  To augment this perfect setting, many castles feature elaborate formal gardens, luxurious accommodations, gourmet cuisine and features well beyond those offered in any other destination.

To honeymoon in Ireland, you can choose from romantic castles and cozy B&Bs; luxurious spas to relax after your pre-wedding stress; peaceful walks along the coast or through elegant gardens and tree-lined paths; gourmet candlelit dinners and active nightlife in the cities.

Travel to Ireland truly does provide something for everyone: historic sites; breathtaking scenery; entertaining traditional music; outdoor activities; solitary villages untouched by time and vibrant cities; romantic discoveries and the warm friendship found only in a true Irish Pub.  For the best value travel, now is a good time to discover the magic of Ireland and plan your memorable Ireland vacation packages.

Travel to Ireland planner Jeanne Crouse shares her insider tips and secrets on Ireland vacation packages on her blog: Ireland Travel Deals – Ireland Vacation Packages

A Luxury Family Vacation Or A Romantic Getaway Package

Monday, August 9th, 2010

Looking for a luxury family vacation, or even a romantic getaway package, then the Verandah Resort & Spa on Antigua’s North East Coast is worth checking out

A Luxury Family Vacation on the unspoilt north east coast of Antigua, very much oceanfront, within a 30 acre site, with 200 villa units, this new all suite resort could be the best place for your family vacation in Antigua. The Verandah Resort and Spa is not just tuned to the family it would also be a great place for a romantic getaway package.

Although officially graded as a four star resort many of the guests report it to be of five star quality, and it isn’t unusual to hear comments like ‘The Best Hotel We’ve been to in the Caribbean’, and ‘An absolutely fantastic Resort for all the family’, amongst other flattering remarks.

The Verandah Resort and Spa is new, with superb large villas, large rooms, everything very clean, and huge verandas. You should book an Ocean View if you can, because the views are awesome. The grounds are well maintained and beautiful, and of course will get even more so as the resort ages.

The Verandah Resort and Spa can give you a luxury family vacation, but almost as important an affordable vacation, and you can choose the All Inclusive option which means you have no worries about how much you are spending. This makes it ideal for a romantic getaway package.

If you are travelling to the Verandah Resort and Spa as a family, then you are well catered for with a spacious and beautiful Kid’s Club for children aged from 4-11 with games crafts and activities for the tinys. There are large, well fenced gardens for outdoor fun, and well trained staff to take the strain, so your family vacation can feel like a romantic getaway even with children.

There are plenty of games for the small children, and active teenagers are equally well catered for. They can sail, snorkel, or use a comprehensive range of complimentary non motorised water sports, with instruction as well, so everyone can participate.

Outside the resort, there are of course Antigua’s 365 beaches, all different, all beautiful, to discover, historic sites from Napoleonic times, jeep tours of the rainforest, golf, and shopping in vibrant St John’s. Whatever family activity you are thinking about, you will get good advice from the staff at the Verandah Resort and Spa.

Part of the enjoyment of a family vacation, luxury or not is eating meals as a family. Here at the Verandah Resort and Spa there are three restaurants that will suit guests of all ages. At the Seabreeze where buffet style meals make it easy to pick and choose, you can drop in when you like, and stay as long as you want. Nicole’s is the fine dining restaurant and the menu has quality food, whilst the kids can have what they want. At the Buccaneer, where dining is quite a casual affair, pizza, burgers, pasta and sandwiches are just ideal for the teenagers in the family. Finally afternoon tea at The Verandah is just a great English Classic transferred to the Caribbean.

It can be quite difficult in a few paragraphs to describe and explain why the Verandah Resort and Spa would make an ideal luxury family vacation, and yet this all suite resort also makes a great place for a romantic getaway package, but the pleasant isolation helps. It’s you choice but the Verandah Resort and Spa is worth investigation.

Gareth Jones is responsible for Antigua Vacation Spots as well as authoring several articles about Worldwide Vacation Spots and he recommends Caribbean Vacation Spots His first love is the Caribbean especially the hotels on Antigua.

Davenport Fl Family Vacation

Saturday, August 7th, 2010

If your children have images of Mickey and Minnie floating through their heads while all you can picture are the large crowds and long waits of all their favorite Disney attractions, you need to find a solid middle ground for the ultimate family vacation. A trip to Davenport, FL is quite possibly the best remedy since you are outside of the overwhelming Disney zone but remain only a short drive away from all the fun and excitement your kids simply adore.

Davenport is only a 10 mile drive to Walt Disney World yet seems years away in regards to atmosphere and massive crowds. When you stay in Kissimmee or Orlando, you expect to encounter large groups at all of the nearby attractions and restaurants since everyone who came for the Disney attractions is typically clustered in the same general area. You simply cannot escape the masses who come to this wildly popular area no matter where you turn. In the Davenport area, however, you can retreat to a cozy and slow-paced city that feels just like home or allows you to escape the hustle and bustle you need a break from.

If you are looking to spend a relaxing day at your own pace, head to the nearby Highlands Reserve Golf Club for a round at a top public course. Duffers will love the open and spacious fairways that are forgiving of a slight slice while those seeking a challenge are bound to appreciate the large, fast greens that provide a stiff test of skill and mettle. In addition to the fabulous golf, visitors may be swept away by the remarkable scenery that combines Carolina, Scottish, and old Florida influences to create a one-of-a-kind atmosphere that is certainly worth a look.

When you truly need to getaway from the crowds, make your way to Lake Tohopekaliga for some of the best bass fishing in the country. This shallow lake is located just south of Kissimmee and is the perfect place to commune with nature away from the noise and crowds you desperately want to avoid. For a more family-oriented adventure, consider a nature and wildlife viewing tour on the lake in search of bald eagles, alligators, and a variety of other features native to this area.

While these are great and relaxing ways to avoid the crowds, you are probably going to make your way to Disney World eventually so it is important to consider the different parks that are at your disposal. A must-see on any trip, the Magic Kingdom is the essence of any true Disney vacation as your favorite characters come to life and bring out the child in us all. Another great option is the Animal Kingdom, where 1700 animals and the essential rides await to provide a captivating and entertaining day for every animal lover in your family.

MGM Studios is another fabulous park as it gives you a behind the scenes look at your favorite television shows and movies while Epcot is slightly behind the others but still offers excellent attractions such as the “The Seas with Nemo and Friends” and the “Mission: SPACE” ride. If you are visiting when the heat is blazing, be sure to stop by the Typhoon Lagoon and Blizzard Beach water parks for wet and wild attractions that will cool down and entertain even the most discerning guest.

The Disney area certainly has a lot to offer in the way of thrills and attractions but for those who need to escape from the crowds, a Davenport vacation rental is the ideal place to stay. While still close to all the fabulous options of the Kissimmee area, you can venture outside the regular scope of amusement and seek out your own entertainment without the masses following close behind. Throw in the convenience and amenities of home that come with vacation rentals Davenport FL and you have the makings of the most restful and relaxing Disney vacation you have ever imagined. has the most comprehensive selection of vacation rental homes on the Internet. For an alternative lodging option, consider Davenport vacation rentals for your next trip to the Disney area.

Stay Home or Go on Vacation? May Cost More to Stay Home

Wednesday, August 4th, 2010

Many of us have had to dip into our vacation budget this year and do not plan on taking one in a whileâ?¦but that was then. Most people do not know how inexpensive vacations are both for the holidays and next year. The cost of picture perfect get-aways are at an all time low, and being a travel writer hundreds of “deals” cross my desk. Many, I know, are not really deals, as many times they will tell you it is a deal, but it is really their price. However, at this time, I am seeing some amazing deals this year culminating into some 2009 travel opportunities that really need mentioning. As I sift through loads of great travel deals to some of the worldâ??s most amazing places, I chose only a few, so I came up with the top 5 spots to visit during the holidays, winter, Spring & Summer! The criteria I used in making my choices, included price vs. value, added values, destination and lodging.

Letâ??s move on to the countdown:

5.) Atlantis, Paradise Island, Bahamas – A fantasy-like resort casino, located on Paradise Island, in the Bahamas. The architecture brings you back to another time, every detail of this resort has a special meaning and will truly give you that “I am away from it all” feeling. This is a luxury resort plus. It is so unique; besides Sun City in Africa (same owners) I have never seen anything like it. And the water, weâ??re talking 63 acres of water fun culminating to the Power Tower which contains four waterslides and a rock climbing wall. If the waterslides along with the miles of calming waters arenâ??t enough to satisfy your water-wonderland vacation, then allow yourself to experience the crème de la crème in nautical and spiritual experiences; a chance to swim with the dolphins. Weâ??re not talking â??swimming with the fishesâ? type of montage, but becoming acquainted with one of the oceanâ??s most friendliest and beautiful creature. So, as the Atlantis deal passed my desk, I tools some time to look at it and it is less expensive than they usually charge. Atlantis is offering a dolphin play with every stay that allows you to jump into the water and make a new friend. I found that they are also offering rebates of $250 if you book an air-inclusive package. Of course, as mentioned above, Atlantis is pricey and you will pay for your food and drinks. They do have dining plans and kids 6 and under eat free. Check out their website for all the details. Prices for this Stay and Play with the dolphins start at $499.

4.) Italy – Rome, Florence, Venice, Naples â?? pick these, or any spot in this country for that matter, and you will no doubt come back home wanting more…much more. If you want pleasant weather to take advantage of their beautiful beaches, then travel May â?? July. However, in August, you wonâ??t see too many Italians, as like yourself, they are off on vacation. If crowds arenâ??t your thing and you are interested in local culture, try to avoid August, this is the time when most tourist decide to travel there and most Italians leave. Of course, the winter months are definitely not beach weather, however, can be nice for sight seeing and taking in the culture. Rome receives the same temperate climate as Chicago. Spring or Fall is by far my favorite time to go, nice weather and a taste of everything that Italy has to offer, without so many tourists lurking around. Thinking about Europe and travel, the Eurofly crossed my desk.

I have found some amazing airfares flying directly to Rome, Naples and Palermo. If youâ??re planning on going during the high season, that is Spring and Summer, Eurofly is offering an Early Bird Sale, with prices usually around $1500, they are not offering high season flights for $859. If you are more interested in low cost and sightseeing, wear a jacket and go during the winter. Flights to Italy in the winter months start at just $599. So, you can either enjoy that gelato in the summer, or cozy up with a nice warm cup of “Chocolate” (The Italian version of hot chocolate, that is not to be compared to anything else) all while enjoying the ancient structures, pieces of history, cobble stone streets and incredible food!

3.) Jamaica  – Yes another Caribbean spot, but because of the winter months moving in, I find myself thinking some people are like meâ?¦escape the cold and get to the beach. Jamaica has everything that a true â??summer escapeâ?? should be. I notice many people seem to be “afraid” of this destination. Unless you plan to wonder alone in unfamiliar areas, you are not in any more danger than you would be anywhere else.

The culture is different and there are poor areas, which is why the resorts are completely self sufficient. There are great day trips, but for the most part – your vacation is the resortâ?¦they are small paradises within a bigger paradise. When traveling on a budget, look at what it is you are receiving for the money spent. All-inclusives make it easy to judge the “value”.

Jamaica, with it’s reggae sounds coming from the radio, tastes of jerk-whatever is on the menu and tons of palm trees and beaches as far as the eye can wander, is a paradise of relaxation and activities rolled into one vacation spot. Throw in free golf, 6 restaurants, 4 pools, kids activity club and label it all free and you got yourself a vacation that even the most frugal person might applaud. With savings of up to 60%, now is the time to book for your 2009 travel. A three night vacation package at all inclusive resorts like I mentioned above including air start at $539, and if you match that up with all you receive – Airfare, food, activities, room, all drinks, most sports, kid’s programs – its well worth the trip.

When speaking about all-inclusive resorts, you should adhere to the fact that you are really committed to spending most if not all of your time in the resort, so pick one that will have everything that you will want in your vacation.

2.) Australia – I was torn between picking this as the #1 spot simply because, well, itâ??s Australia! Everything that you have read, heard, and saw on TV or on the big screen (they do have a movie with the same name out right now) is true. The land â??Down Underâ?? is every bit the adventureâ??s utopia. The only drawback to visiting Australia for many is the plane ride. It is a long flight and too many that might be a deterrent from visiting this wonderful land, but sleep on the plane and youâ??ll wake up in the land of diversity, nature, ancient peoples and multi-cultured cities. The #2 best trip goes to Qantas for offering $1199 roundtrip airfare from the States PLUS 3 internal flights within the country so you can hop around and see much of this diverse land. The internal flights go to Sydney, Ayers Rock, The Outback and more. On top of airfare, there are so many different packages to buy; Qantas Vacations can help you with that as well. With Australia, the movie starring Nicole Kidman, coming out, there is a huge interest in visiting this wide and diverse country.

1.) Dublin, Ireland – This place speaks for itself and really, it shouldnâ??t be a surprise that it comes in at the number one spot. The history and culture of Dublin makes this city a favorite destination in Ireland. From the museums to the pubs to the shopping, this electric city has something to offer for everyone. For the animal lover there is the Dublin Zoo. With 235 species of wild animals, you will get your animal-like enjoyment here. Of course, if you’re looking for something a little less â??wildâ??, you can stroll into â??Irelandâ??s No. 1 international visitor attractionâ?, the Guinness Storehouse, where you can learn how to make your very own Guinnessâ?¦sort of. With some extensive research, I located a company that is an expert of all things Ireland. Sceptre Travels makes your itinerary to Ireland one that will take you to these two sites and more. At $399 for a four night package with air, this is a complete steal! Yes, it is winter prices, and yes the temperature does dip a bit, but with the mere thought of what you will do should warm you up significantly. Full Irish Breakfast, airport transfers are also included.

Take full advantage of these deals and have yourself a happy holidays!

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Rich Gonzalez is a travel writer for Dunhill Vacation News, a travel portal with great deals to great destinations every day. Visit them at

Maui: A Family Vacation Destination

Friday, July 30th, 2010

Located on the southwest side of Maui, the Fairmont Kea Lani Maui overlooks the amazing waters off of Polo Beach. The beach here is the center of all water activities such as snorkeling, sailing, kayaking, and even windsurfing.

Visitors here can play on any of the Wailea Golf Club’s three championship golf courses or enjoy a game of tennis at any of the 14 courts the tennis center offers. Parents that are tired can get some much deserved personal time with a massage at the Spa Kea Lani.

The resort accommodations are either suites or villas, so there is no need to squeeze your entire family into a tiny room. There suites here are a minumum of 840 square feet and offer a separate living room and marble bathroom with a separate tub for soaking.

The private two levels villas here are minutes away from the beach and are between 1,800 – 2,200 square feet as well. The villas are ideal for larger families as they offer a full service kitchen and a private courtyard with a plunge pool and barbeque for grilling out.

Keiki Lani is also the hotel’s activity center for kids as well. It’s a state licensed facility for children between the ages of 5 and 13, giving parents a break from watching their kids. Here, children can enjoy painting coconuts, building sand castles, exploring the tide pools, learning how to dance hula, and even making real flower leis. The activity center can accommodate up to 19 children, so be sure to call ahead and reserve a space for your children.

Rates The rates for stay start at $325 per night for a suite. One of the benefits of a family vacation here is the special deals that are almost always available. The Fairmont Kea Lani Maui has several packages available for family vacations.  

If you are planning to explore the island with the kids, you’ll save a lot of money by taking a package that includes a free rental car. This way, you can explore the island at your will without having to worry about paying any extra money.

For a family vacation, Maui is truly a one of a kind destination. There are many different things to do here for everyone in your family, even if they are indeed hard to please.

Once your family experiences Maui and everything there is to offer, you’ll never look at beach vacations the same way again. Maui has that kind of power – especially when it comes to warm weather and pleasing people from all over the world.

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Your Summer Vacation To Breckenridge

Tuesday, July 27th, 2010

Breckenridge has a wide variety of summer activities both at the resort and around town. The beautiful weather and scenery coupled with tons of stuff to do, makes Breck and excellent summer vacation destination. Located about 9 miles south of Interstate 70 on the other side of Frisco and Lake Dillon,

Breckenridge is a great ski town with lots of character and the most amenities and attractions of any town in Summit County. Below is a guide to help you manage you time while in Breck. It will allow you to think about all of the possible activities at your disposal and then maybe you can make a mental itinerary so you are more prepared upon arrival.

There are almost unlimited options for outdoor recreation in the area surrounding Breckenridge. Mountain biking is one of the most popular summertime activities. Breckenridge Ski Resort offers a large amount of trails. The trails are designed to satisfy the needs of users of all skill levels.

The terrain can also be accessed by lift via the Colorado Superchair on Peak 8. Peak 8 also has trails maps and bike rentals available. The Colorado Superchair is the highest ski lift in North America and it takes you almost to the true summit of the peak. Hikers and visitors that want to ride up and enjoy the fantastic views and then ride back to town can also use it.

There are also hundreds of lakes, streams, and rivers in the area that make it a fantastic place for fly fisherman to spend their time. Most of these bodies of water are in the surrounding areas of Arapahoe National Forest and several wilderness areas.

All of these protected areas along the ten-mile mountain range also provide backcountry users with tones of trails for hiking, backpacking, and horseback riding. People with an interest in horseback riding can also organize a ride through the stables on Peak 9. This stable offers a 90-minute ride on the “Breckenridge Trail” and daily breakfast rides.

The ski area does a great job at providing all sorts of activities that are fun for families. Most of these activities appeal to kids and some to the rest of their family as well.

The Superslide is a famous activity at Breck that is very exciting. It is a large slide, which you ride down on sleds, similar to the luge. Sleds hold one adult and a can also hold a small child. There are multiple courses including a giant slalom with multiple dips.

There is also Superputt, a twisty, challenging, mini-golf course with great views of the mountains. Amaze’n Breckenridge is another way for kids to get some hands-on fun by trying to negotiate this life size maze. The maze has two levels and participants get the extra challenge of trying to beat the clock.

Next, the Sky Fly Power Trampoline is a trampoline with attitude. Users are harnessed in and attached to bungee cords. This allows them to bounce, launch, and flip up to 25 feet in the air. Breck also has six Zip Lines. These allow you to fly over the mountain terrain at different distances and difficulty levels. The Spin Cycle allows you to be inside a gyroscope and your body spins in multiple directions at high speeds.

There is also the inflatable Bounce House, home to bouncing and screaming kids at all times. There is even a Children’s Center that provides snacks, lunch, supervision, and childcare for infants and toddlers.

The town of Breckenridge has several other activities to choose from in the area. The Breckenridge and Keystone Golf Clubs provide a total of 72 holes of quality golf. The three different courses provide variety ranging from Jack Nicklaus designed to Scottish links-style.

Whitewater rafting is also available on the Arkansas River in Buena Vista. The river is about an hour away and companies will provide transport along with a trip and lunch. Trip options range form class II rapids to class V. This will depend on what you want, participant’s ages, conditions, and experience levels.

Breckenridge Recreation Center provides a comprehensive recreation center and ice rink facilities. This can be a great place to spend some time on a bad weather day, after-hours, or just when in the mood for some good old-fashioned exercise.

Breckenridge also has plenty of periodic cultural events. There is a small arts district on Washington Avenue and South Ridge St. This area even has a theatre with performances and a film festival each year.

Breckenridge Music Festival happens each year at Riverwalk Center on the weekends from Jun until August. Summit Historical Tours is another option. They provide experienced tour guides to educate visitors about one of the states largest historical districts. There is also the Edwin Carter Museum, which is one of the oldest museums in the state.

Breckenridge is an awesome place to come in the summer because of the huge amount and variety of activities. There is truly something for everyone and it is easy to take advantage because town is much quieter and more relaxing in the summer months. When you come to Breckenridge with family, friends, or by yourself, chances are you will have so much fun that you will want to return for a winter vacation as well!

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Make Every Day A Vacation Day

Wednesday, July 21st, 2010

Living at the Bay Creek Resort and Club in Cape Charles, Virginia is something that can be challenging to describe. Take one part weekend getaway, one part summer vacation and one part your ideal coastal living environment, blend them together and you’ll find that you come close to an idea of what living at Bay Creek is like.

Living at the Bay Creek Resort and Club allows you to take advantage of having a home that gives you easy access to signature golf courses designed by Arnold Palmer and Jack Nicklaus as well as to a golf training academy that can ensure that you’re getting as much as possible out of every trip that you make onto the fairways.

Likewise, living at the Bay Creek Resort and Club gives those who love boating access to a marina and those who enjoy the beach access to a beachfront area where they can relax. Walking trails, great restaurants and shopping: these too are things that you will be able to enjoy when you live at Bay Creek.

Because access to great golf and access to the marinas are among the most important features of the Bay Creek community, those who are looking to live within the community will find that they have a choice to make. They will need to make a decision about whether they will live at one of the golf resort villages – Plantation Pointe, Heron Pointe, The Signature, The Hollies, The Fairways or the New Quarter – or at one of the marina villages – The Colony, Kings Bay, or Marina Villages East.

Within each of these communities, those who are looking to call the Bay Creek Resort and Club home will be able to choose from townhouses, single family homes and duplexes: everyone will be able to find the Bay Creek home that will feel like home to them.

Because home life is not all about golf or getting out on the water, it was important during the creation of the Bay Creek Resort and Club to ensure that other activities would be available. As a result, not only will you be able to enjoy a great meal at home, but also you will be able to dine at one of Bay Creek’s Restaurants. With wide-ranging wine lists, fresh seafood, beautiful views and a number of different options, those who enjoy living at the Bay Creek Resort and Club will fidn that going out for a great meal doesn’t mean having to travel far.

Likewise, those who want to be able to enjoy a casual day of shopping (or, of course, window shopping), living at Bay Creek Resort and Club makes it easy. Whether you’re looking for great clothing, toys for the kids, art, new fishing gear or new golf clubs, you’ll find that it’s right there waiting for you.

Ultimately, what makes living at Bay Creek Resort and Club so unique is that it offers year round residents the opportunity to make every day a vacation day – just as it offers part time residents a great chance to get away and feel refreshed at their homes away from home.

Tim Stewart is a contributing writer for Ideal Living magazine which covers planned and gated communities like Bay Creek as well as other topics of interest to baby boomers. Request a free issue

Great Golf And Spa Vacation Destinations

Tuesday, July 6th, 2010

If you like golf, you deserve a great golf and spa getaway! Great golf and spa resort is one of the best destinations in the world for your golf vacation. In fact, Great golf and spa resort is the best golf destination in the world and country! Some golf courses have hosted the U.S. Open, PGA Championship, Ryder Cup as well as many stops on the pro golf tour.
The all-time favorite place to vacation is the Grand Traverse Great golf and spa Resort. It boasts 54 holes of championship golf including The Bear and an excellent golf school. If you are not exhausted from your day, when you are done golfing you can still can play on the indoor and outdoor tennis courts or at their great health club with both indoor and outdoor swimming pools. Your children might also like the children’s center and day camp. Then you can finish it out with relaxing at their full-service spa, in the shopping gallery, or at one of their great restaurants choices. All within an easy driving distance, this resort has enough holes to keep you busy for however long that you stay.
This one wins a top Great golf and spa vacation spot because it is just so cool to enjoy golf and spa on this truly unique island! The 18 hole public golf course at Great golf and spa resort. The Spas are a retreat into the world of luxury where you can feel your tensions dissolve as you benefit from the countless treatments designed for women, men, teens and even kids. After a challenging and invigorating game of golf it is a pleasurable experience to succumb to the soothing scents of aroma oils and let yourself be pampered by the wide-range of therapies on offer, all administered by highly skilled and trained staff. After a session at the spa you should emerge rejuvenated enough to take on the challenges of the most daunting golf course in the world.
There are certain features that I look for in a company that arranges these types of getaways. First, I want a price that is all-inclusive, so I am not surprised by any hidden charges when it’s time to sign on the dotted line. I want to know about any taxes and surcharges that will be tacked onto the final cost, and I like to get a rundown on the course fees, including cart rental before I go. Great golf and spa vacations should also include guaranteed tee times, and I have found that most travel specialists will handle these details to a “tee”! Great golf and spa is wonderful that is best enjoyed in countryside surroundings; there is nothing that beats a sunny afternoon playing golf, followed by a quiet drink in the local country pub. There is something about great golf and spa that makes it such a luxurious treat.If you’ve been looking for Golf Discount SuperStore, and considering Cheapest golf for sale , then visit:

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Know the Ins and Outs of a Cruise Vacation, Part 5, Kid Friendly

Monday, July 5th, 2010

Although my wife and I have not traveled with children on cruises, we were very fortunate to meet and talk to a number of parents who did bring their children on the cruise with them as well as go on kid friendly cruises, the most notable one offered by Disney.

What we learned was that there are a number of activities for children of all ages. I will do my best to cover all the basis here on what exactly there is to do for your children, including those hard to keep satisfied teenagers.

The cruise ships I have been on have a nice selection of kid friendly programs. For the younger children, you can enroll them in a kids clubs (they are called different things on different ships, but for our purposes here, I will call them a kids clubs). These are more for the younger, 5 to 10 crowd. These clubs are supervised by extremely friendly, polite and courteous hosts. They take good care of the children, making sure they are occupied with a lot of arts and crafts and from what I have been told, a lot of educational programs.

They do a good job of mixing education and fun, a nice combination that you want to hear about, especially if you are parent that worries about what they are doing when you are not around.

One of the most fun surprises was when the children, who were enrolled in the kids program throughout the week, dressed up as pirates and put on a small show for the adults during dinner. It was very enjoyable, and the cruise crew did a great job getting the kids ready in such a short period of time.

So what about those teenagers? Well for starters, most cruise ships have arcade style game rooms. Most are equipped with everything from air hockey to pool tables (on some ships), to a wide variety of video games and other electronic gadgets and gizmo`s. If you are a parent (or a teenager) who may not like the electronic options, most cruise ships have rooms where you will find all sorts of board games, chess boards, checkers, puzzles and literally hundreds of other items to stay occupied.

If you (are lucky enough) have a child that loves to read, no problem with that either. Most cruise ships have wonderful libraries, with a lot of books to choose from.

Even with all the games, electronics and books, if you still have a child that wants more, that is not a problem. On the top deck, you will find miniature golf, volleyball, basketball courts, and some cruise lines offer rock climbing walls, with the newer mega ships offering body surfing on-board! How cool is that!

Other activities for kids include, on some ships, an ice-skating rink, scuba and swimming lessons, bingo for kids and of course, the pool.

Needless to say if you have children and still want to go on a cruise, there is plenty for you and your children to do. At the beginning of every cruise, the cruise director will tell everybody, one of the best things you can do on a cruise, is “to get involved.” If you want to have a great time, you and your kids need to get involved with these activities. It will make the cruise vacation more enjoyable for both you and your children.

By: Bruce A. Tucker

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Bruce A. Tucker is the Associate Director of, an online resource that allows travel agents, cruise lines, and vacation desitnation businesses to post their products and services for sale and in 20,000 cities throughout 200 countries around the world.