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Mar 9 2016

Historical and affordable: The paradores of Spain

Category: Favorites | General | HotelsChristine Norris @ 06:53

Spain boasts a large number of paradores: state-run hotels that are more often than not housed in buildings of historical and architectural significance. Before the word "state-run" has you heading for the comfort of the name brands, take a closer look at some of our favorite paradores—you'll find incredible locations, superb dining (with ample options for vegetarian and gluten-free travelers, not to mention the breakfast spread replete with chilled cava) and something just a little more authentic than a stay at the reliable but typical name brand offerings. While some paradores do have steep prices that are on par with bigger hotels, many are incredibly affordable.

                           

                  The Parador de Ronda clings to its cliffside perch. Photo via Wikimedia Commons.

To say the Parador de Ronda's setting is breathtaking doesn't quite capture how it really does take one's breath away: Dining alfresco means being right on the edge, looking down onto the gorge from 400 feet up; and most rooms have small balconies, which provide fantastic views, whether looking at the city or over the cliffside. Service and room standards here are especially good for a parador, and the restaurant serves hearty, authentic Spanish fare, but it's the location that makes this place a must-stay. This property is definitely going straight to the top of our "Dreamiest Hotels" list.

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Jan 22 2016

The 10 best places to see the Northern Lights

Category: Best Of | Destinations | HotelsMegan Leader @ 06:51

Watching the Northern Lights is certainly a bucket-list-worthy experience. Who wouldn't want to see the sky glow, shift and dance, reflecting hues of green and purple onto the snow below?

We've rounded up 10 of our favorite places to travel for the Northern Lights. Pair these destinations with a great hotel, and you've got a getaway unlike any other. 

1. Alaska. For U.S. and Canadian citizens hoping to stay close to home, Alaska is a great place to travel for a Northern Lights adventure. If you're choosing a hotel, Fairbanks Princess Riverside Lodge is a basic but comfortable lakeside base in one of Alaska's best cities to see the aurora borealis.More...

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Dec 7 2015

Discovering holiday magic in Winston-Salem, North Carolina

Category: Destinations | Favorites | On The SceneMegan Leader @ 05:22

At this time of year, it seems that everybody has his/her own traditions that draw on deep connections to family, home and heritage. I love the holidays because of all the traditions that coexist so beautifully. Twinkling lights, food and family seem to come to the forefront. Your warmest holiday memories may tie to a candlelight service at your church, a great meal cooked by your grandmother, or cocktails and sequins with some of your best friends. The holidays always remind me of why I love to travel: Everyone has a unique story.

When I needed a dose of holiday joy this year, I turned to my current hometown, Winston-Salem, North Carolina, and it surprised me with its cozy, comforting, delightful magic. From stunning architecture dotted with winter greenery to Christmas carols sung by candlelight, this city is full of experiences that will make you feel right at home, no matter where you're from.

Image provided by Old Salem Museums & Gardens.

Old Salem Museums & Gardens. This Moravian settlement is a must-see any time of year. Restored original structures and guides in traditional dress take you back in time to the 17- and 1800s. At Christmas, however, Old Salem More...

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Sep 15 2015

travel42 Best Of: Top 10 mountain lodges

Category: Best Of | Hotels | ListsMegan Leader @ 06:49

By this point in the year, we're all getting ready to say our goodbyes to summer and embrace the fall (and holiday?!) travel season. That means warm hearths, cozy beds, world-class comfort food, and bright foliage giving way to snow-capped peaks.

To celebrate the season and make the most of the chilly weather around the corner, we've rounded up our favorite hotels around the world that capitalize on their gorgeous mountain settings. Grab your camera and bundle up: Let's go exploring!

1. Four Seasons Resort Vail, Vail, Colorado. This Four Seasons is one of a growing number of FS properties with a low room count and large pool of amenities anchored to a More...

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Apr 20 2015

travel42 Best Of: 6 Top Honeymoon Hotels

Category: Best Of | HotelsMegan Leader @ 10:53

Wedding season has officially begun, and that means love is in the air! And we mean that literally—spring newlyweds are jetsetting to all kinds of exciting new adventures to celebrate their nuptials. We love a beautifully planned honeymoon, which is why we've rounded up 6 of our favorite hotels for romantic getaways.

For a romantic Italian honeymoon, it doesn't get any better than More...

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Mar 9 2015

Greek hotels with spectacular views

Category: HotelsMegan Leader @ 11:12

When travelers dream about visiting the Cyclades Islands in Greece, they probably have an exact picture that comes to mind: enjoying a cocktail (or ouzo) at sunset on your hotel balcony while gazing dreamily at a picturesque panorama of the serene sea and the whitewashed buildings that dot the coastline.

The good news is that this dream can be easily made a reality in Mykonos, Crete and Santorini. Hotels on these islands not only afford luxurious amenities, but also the stunning views your clients have always dreamed of. If it's that picturesque, hilltop sea view you're pining for, here are some of our top picks for living the dream in the Cyclades.

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Oct 17 2013

The best new hotels in Panama

Category: Favorites | HotelsChristine @ 05:21

Panama is a place I probably would have never considered for a vacation—until I learned about the fabulous hotels the country has. Why did no one tell me about this before? We recently updated the country's hotel reviews, including seven brand-new ones. Any of these would be worthy of a dream Panamanian vacation. More...

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Oct 16 2013

Where to go (and where to stay) this holiday season

Category: Destinations | Favorites | Hotels | ListsMegan Leader @ 04:14
Every year, it seems like the holidays arrive too quickly, yet just in time. For many, it means going home to see the people you love; for others, it means visiting an exotic destination with the people you love. For the latter, we think these 10 destinations are great choices for this holiday season. More...

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Jul 26 2013

A royal experience at Ottawa's Fairmont Chateau Laurier

Category: HotelsMegan Leader @ 06:27

Ottawa's grande dame, and an iconic fixture in this city's skyline, is the Fairmont Chateau Laurier. It regularly hosts diplomats, politicians and even royalty. (Fun fact: Its opulent architecture and location just across the canal from Parliament Hill means that visitors occasionally mistake it for Parliament!)

For a property with such elegance and history, I wasn't surprised when I encountered a professional staff and great amenities. But what made my stay unforgettable was in the details: Technological innovation, a warm and friendly welcome with lots of laughter, exceptional meals with the freshest ingredients, and true Canadian touches that made me feel right at home in this country's beautiful capital. More...

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Jun 10 2013

Ontario hotels feature innovative technology

Category: Hotels | TechnologyMegan Leader @ 10:35

The Fairmont Chateau Laurier in Ottawa, Ontario, is the Canadian capital's grande dame. A perfect picture of a historical property that stands the test of time, its Scottish baronial architecture is exquisite, and its history is rich and vibrant. I was pleasantly surprised when I visited this property to see that this stately hotel is adapting quickly to new technology, offering interactive mobile features for hotel guests and nonguests alike.

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