Great European Spring vacations

Here we are and so is Spring!  It’s been a very long Winter, and you are ready for a vacation.  You have been saving, and you are ready for a European adventure.  Where are the best places for vacations?

First, how about Madrid Spain?

If you are looking for some nice moderate temperatures,  you should consider Madrid.  Their daily temperature hovers between 60-70 degrees.  In addition, you can enjoy fun nightlife, amazing architecture, outside dining, and friendly natives and an unhurried atmosphere.  It is Spain’s largest city and the capitol.  Madrid is in the center of the Iberian peninsula, and makes an excellent headquarters from which to make day trips to outlying points of interest such as Toledo, where you can visit some amazing old buildings steeped in history and charm.

Maybe Spain’s next door neighbor, Portugal?

Why not?  It features lots of charm from it’s colonial heritage, impressive architecture, and smaller crowds and lower hotel prices.  Moreover,  it has world-class beaches, mild Spring temperatures and unique history and culture.  Also, they speak  their own language!  It is one of the least -visited capitol cities in the world.  Lisbon seamlessly blends it’s rich history with a cosmopolitan capital city vibe, combining the two to form one exceptional experience. If you are looking for a blend of the new and the old, this is it.

 Vacations in Monaco

This tiny nation is big on charm, and fun!  The temperature is moderate, it has beaches, and it is famous for it’s casino,  Monte Carlo.   Monaco shares a continent with France.  However, this country  is ruled by it’s own monarchy.   April is the perfect time for a visit.  The room rates are reduced and the weather is lovely.  If you are a sun-seeker, look no further than Larvotto Beach.   Or  if you are a race fan, check out it’s annual Grand Prix race, held this year May 28th.

In conclusion, if you wish to head to Europe, now is the time, and check out these spots.

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Isn’t Winter over yet?

beach2We think that we should be done with Winter for one Winter, however, it doesn’t seem like Winter is quite done with us.  Where can you go to escape the snow, rain, cold, mud and mess that is headed our way?

We have discussed this before, but now things are about to get desperate.  Rain is forecast for the next while, followed by sun, which should be good news, but will bring the snow thaw and all that that means.  Mud, ice, mud, flooding in the low areas, and of course, mud.

If you really need to get out of town until the weather calms itself, here are two  suggestions.

Ever visited South Carolina?

Well, we never have, but after doing this research, we just may need to!

South Carolina boasts over 380 golf courses, so if golf is your game, this might look like heaven.  The courses range in difficulty and varied terrain, and some are even State Parks.

If your’e not a golfer, maybe you should be, but there are plenty of other ways to enjoy your time away from snow shoveling.  For instance, there are beaches.  Seabrook Island is an excellent choice of a lovely beachy place to visit.  Of course, they have sand and the ocean, as well as golf, but if you are looking for more ways to enjoy being outdoors, there is horseback riding, tennis, and nature walks.  Or head to Charleston, only twenty miles away for all of it’s historic charm and exciting dining and shopping opportunities.  Seabrook Island is a steal!  At two-bedroom weekly rental will only cost $995 on average.  Hardly pays to stay home!

If you are looking for something even more family-friendly, check out Edisto Island, also in South Carolina.  The average weekly rental cost for a two-bedroom vacation home here is only $784.  Edisto Island is quiet, but, if you need something to do, you can charter a fishing trip or go dolphin watching.

In conclusion, either of these destinations will be snow-free and warm, and a welcome break from our current weather.

 

 

 

 

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Try these warm Winter destinations!

images-12Brrr!  I don’t know about you, but I think it’s been particularly cold recently.  Here are some US destinations where you can warm up.   If  it is in the southern part of the country, thats a good start….

Number one, Palm Springs, CA

California is close, and if you have never visited there, now’s your chance.  It is cold and and snowy here, and warm and sunny there.  One good option is Palm Springs, CA.   However, what does one do there?  Well, golf, eat, relax by the hotel pool, drink, what more could you ask for?  In addition, you can visit  “living desert Palm Springs” for a closer look at the area’s plant and animal ” local color.”    The average temperature in December, January, and February is a balmy  74 degrees.

Number Two, Scottsdale, Arizona

Since it’s  average Winter temperatures are in the mid-seventies, Scottsdale is another lovely southern US destination for those of you tired of the current “Winter Wonderland”.  Scottsdale has  a vibrant culture which mixes traditional Native American with a trendy, hip and casual vibe.  In Scottsdale, it makes a good mix.  Go shop at a Native Arts shop, or check out local art at the many galleries, and when you get hungry, there is a whole food world to explore.  However, if you need some exercise, you can try an early morning hike up Camelback mountain, or a visit to the ” desert Botanical garden.”   It might be just what you need to warm up.

Number three, Silver City, New Mexico

Silver City was a thriving mining town turned exciting Winter getaway destination.  It features restored turn-of-the-century hotel accommodations, as well as galleries, boutiques, and excellent dining.  It is a great jumping-off point for visits to the  Gila Cliff-dwelling monument.  Or you can visit the town of Hatch, known for growing the best green chilis in North America.

If you are done with Winter and it’s only the end of December, try one of these warm vacation spots.

Enjoy!

 

 

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Winter getaways where it isn’t snowing

images-6Are you tired of Winter yet?  even if you love snow, it can get to be too much of a good thing, and the temperature  is well, cold.  Here are some tips on getaways  to which you can escape.

 

 

 

First, Belize

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According to US News, Belize is close to paradise on Earth.  Combine it’s year-round sunshine with it’s temperature hovering in the 80’s and its sparkling turquoise blue ocean, and it is a destination worth considering  However, you must know in advance that you will want to visit Belize  and when so that you can get reservations.  Where is Belize, you ask?  well, Belize is somewhere in Central America.  No, actually we do know exactly where it is.  You can see on the map to the left.  November to April are peak season in Belize, so book early!

Second, San Diego, CA

In case Belize seems too far away and too foreign, you might consider San Diego, Ca.  While the temperatures in Winter aren’t quite as tempting as those in Belize, the temperature hovers in the high 50’s.  Too cold?  Remember, it’s snowing here!  San Diego offers beaches, a world-class Zoo, and restaurants as well as many cultural activities, and Mexico is close if you feel the need for foreign travel.  Passports required.

Third, Punta Cana Dominican Republic 

With the hurricane season officially over by December, Punta Cana is another possibility.  The Dominican Republic is a short plane ride from Miami Florida.  It’s average December temperature is a balmy  80 or so degrees, and it features sandy beaches and not too much culture to clutter up your sun soaking time.  There are nice affordable hotels in abundance, with an average price per night of $54 for two.  Bears looking into if you’re done with Winter but still have three months to go.

No matter what your travel plans, Winter is a very good time to explore somewhere new.

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