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Best Budget Hotels Near NYC, Boston, and Washington, DC

The number one obstacle to a big city vacation is undoubtably the cost of accommodations. Rooms in popular neighborhoods often start at above $300, and that’s for cramped quarters and little or no amenities. Forget about pools, free parking, or complimentary breakfasts. To get these features and save money, consider expanding your search outside major urban areas. We […] Read more

Washington DC in a Day: A Travel Guide

When the National Museum of African American History and Culture opens it will be one of nineteen museums and galleries that compose the Smithsonian Institute in the District of Columbia. You could spend a lifetime getting around to all the historic attractions in our nation’s capital, but here’s how to visit Washington DC in a day, Maven-style. Washington DC […] Read more

8 Hotel Booking Tips That Will Save You Stress and Money

What if there was a checklist of hotel booking tips that could save you from getting lousy accommodations? Even seasoned travelers can be misled by pretty pictures and glowing reviews on hotel booking sites. According to online reviews, the motel I selected in Oceano, CA was “warm, clean, friendly” and “conveniently located, not too far […] Read more

Beat the Empty Nest Blues at the Madonna Inn

I recognized a few of the pale-faced empty nesters huddled at the shallow beach entry of the Madonna Inn’s cerulean pool. Earlier that week I had seen them among the families lugging pillows and plastic crates during Moving In Day at California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo, CA. Now those shell-shocked eyes were […] Read more

10 Top Summer Travel Trends

It’s no surprise to the mavens that road trip getaways are the preferred way to vacation, but did you know that travelers would rather lose luggage than their phones? Lots of surprises in Choice Hotels’ survey of top summer travel trends. Top Summer Travel Trends 1. More Trips, But Fewer Nights Away There will be […] Read more

French Regional Lunch: A Wine Pairing at Disney World

I finally had a chance to check off Epcot’s legendary Food & Wine Festival from my bucket list…only to end up adding new entries. Expecting to sample a variety of foods, I never could have imagined the scale of it all. There were food booths from all around the world, but also concerts, seminars, culinary […] Read more

Wine Pairing with a View at Disney’s California Grill

Location is just as important to dining as it is to real estate. This revelation came to me while at the newly remodeled California Grill atop Disney’s Contemporary Resort in Orlando, Florida. I was there with a group of journalists brought in to experience the Disney Golden Oak lifestyle. In a word–marvelous. Residents of the […] Read more

Wine Pairing at Markham’s in Disney’s Golden Oak

By the time dessert made an entrance, I knew that there was something familiar about dinner at Markham’s. I was in Orlando, Florida–far from my upstate New York home– sharing a wine pairing meal with a group of journalists. Because we were there to experience what it’s like to live in Disney’s Golden Oak luxury residential resort […] Read more

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