Two Sides of Georgia in Five Hotels

Georgia has always held a bit of mystery for me. It’s where I was born, but I never really lived there. What I love most about Georgia is that depending on where you visit, you are always going to find modern mixed in with traditional southern charm. Each city has a unique signature, and these hotels do a great job showing the many sides of Georgia.

Midtown Casual

Like the area of town suggests, Midtown is the mid-point in Atlanta. The Atlanta Marriott Midtown Suites is a laid back southern smooth hotel situated in the middle of the city and its many suburbs. The casual hotel has an excellent staff and amenities for the serious business traveler and the family on vacation. All the rooms are suite-style which makes it a perfect stay for large groups. Its central location allows easy access to Piedmont Park and the Atlanta Aquarium.

 

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Midtown Elegance

A modern structure in midtown isn’t out-of-place. In fact, it has become a draw for tourist and locals alike. The Hyatt Atlanta Midtown offers guests state of the art rooms with slick gray tones marble tubs and high thread count sheets. The hotel’s neighbors are CNN and Coca Cola. After you spend time exploring Atlanta, return to the hotel and enjoy a craft cocktail in the lobby’s famous Juniper Bar. The huge hotel is exceptional in making each guest feel special and at home.

Buckhead Opulence

East of Midtown is the famous Atlanta suburb, Buckhead. Known for its trendy restaurants, chic hotels and upscale shopping, Buckhead is the place to see and be seen in Atlanta. At the center of the madness is the InterContinental Buckhead. The enormous hotel has incredible views of Atlanta from each spacious, comfortable room. It’s one of those hotels where you want to stay and enjoy. From the salt water pool and jacuzzis to the spa and award-winning restaurants, the Buckhead staple rivals any stay and play resort in the south.

Savannah Luxury

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If the big city isn’t your scene, consider a trip to Savannah, Georgia. Savannah, like Atlanta, is the perfect blend of old and new. With its walking-friendly city and picturesque tree-lined streets, the many outdoor activities make it a draw for families all year round. Located in the center of the world’s largest historical district is the Hilton Savannah DeSoto Hotel. Its old southern charm and luxury are on display in the hotel’s lobby. The rooms are massive and cozy. The staff takes pride in making you feel like part of the family.

Savannah Riverfront Casual

On the edge of the historic district, next to the Savannah River is the Savanna Marriott Riverfront Hotel. It is a modern hotel with comfortable decor and a family friendly atmosphere. Just steps from the hotel, walk the bustling riverfront and grab a drink and enjoy the boats as they sail by on the lazy river. Enjoy the nightlife as the boardwalk offers entertainment for adult and families.

What do you love about Georgia? 

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Great Budget Midwest Accommodation in Branson, Fort Wayne, Cleveland and More

This post was originally published on Go See Write by Michael Hodson.

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The Midwest is a beautiful area of the country that has a wealth of different options for those who are looking for a destination for their next vacation. From the Ozark Mountains to the cosmopolitan cities, there are plenty of activities to enjoy, from outdoor pursuits to glamorous stage shows. If you are looking to travel on a budget, there are plenty of places that balance great attractions with affordable accommodation options, and here are a few suggestions for your next Midwest trip.

BRANSON

This lovely town in Missouri has a wealth of things to offer the visitor, with the riverboat cruises on the ‘Branson Belle’ having an old-time charm, while there are also great theaters for those who want to enjoy a show, and a series of excellent golf courses here too. In terms of good places to stay for those on a budget, check out these Branson hotels, with the Gazebo Inn being one affordable option that boasts an outdoor swimming pool.

ROSEMONT

Rosemont is a town found on the fringes of Chicago, that is often useful for those looking for accommodation near O’Hare Airport, but it is also the host to Chicago Comic Con and other popular conferences at its event center, while also having a museum with a huge collection of M I Hummel figurines. When it comes to finding budget accommodation in Rosemont, there are some options available, with the Best Western at O’Hare regularly having rooms available for under $100 per night.

FORT WAYNE

Built at the junction of three rivers, this Indiana city has always been a meeting point both in terms of the early traders who brought their wares here, and, culturally, where the French, English and American cultures met. This is certainly reflected in the attractive local architecture. There are many budget options if you are staying in the Fort Wayne, with the Rodeway Inn and the Wayne Motel offering rooms from $50.

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GRAND FORKS

This lovely little city that lies in the north east of North Dakota is best known for its sporting teams, with the Ralph Englestad Arena being home to the Fighting Sioux hockey team of the University of North Dakota, which has been said is among the best sporting venues in the country. There are plenty of budget hotels in Grand Forks, with several offering rooms under $50 per night, including Grand Forks Inn & Suites and Americas Best Value Inn – Grand Forks.

CLEVELAND

Lying on the shores of Lake Erie, Cleveland is a vibrant and modern city that is famous for being passionate about sports and boasting several great sports teams, while also having some lovely museums and plenty of green parks too. As a larger city, the hotels can be a little more expensive, but Cleveland’s budget accommodation options can also include the Airbnb listings which can be searched at the same time through the Hipmunk Hotels website.

You don’t have to break the bank to enjoy an excellent vacation in the United States. Look up some of these destinations to find budget-friendly accommodations for the whole family.

Relaxed, Active, Luxury and Budget Hotels in Maryland

I lived in the DC/Maryland area for four years and loved it. Maryland is unique. In one state, you can enjoy a variety of vacation settings, from the ocean to the harbor to luxury and budget city offerings.

Oceanside Relaxation

If you like beach vacations, stay at the Tidelands Caribbean Hotel and Suites. Located in Ocean City on the boardwalk, this suite hotel has all the great amenities you look for by the ocean side. Suite rooms, steps from the Atlantic Ocean, offer full kitchens and multiple bedroom options, perfect for large groups and family vacations. When you think of boardwalk, Atlantic City, and Jersey Shores are well known, but Ocean City’s Boardwalk is just as entertaining. The boardwalk dates back to 1902. If you’ve never done the boardwalk thing, check it out. It offers many excellent restaurants and bars. In the summer, you’ll see tourists sampling the salt water taffy, riding the rides, and trying their luck at the carnival games. The atmosphere makes for a cool family experience steps away from the Tidelands Hotel.

Active Harbor

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My favorite spot in Maryland is the Baltimore Inner Harbor. Located in the eastern part of the city, the Harbor offers fun and excitement Maryland style. Located in the middle of it all is the Royal Sonesta Harbor Court. Minutes from fantastic seafood restaurants, make sure you try the crabs. The Harborside offers views that are beautiful at night. For the sports fan, Camden Yards is a must see. If you visit during the season, grab some cheap seats and enjoy a hot dog, a beer, and the game. Even in the off-season, the stadium has a cool old-school vibe that you need to check out.

Luxury in the City

Built in 1906, Hotel Monaco offers another sort of old-school, sophisticated luxury that abounds in this Baltimore City hotel. The hotel itself is an attraction with its marble staircases and crystal chandeliers. The lobby is awe-inspiring, and the rooms are no different. Geared toward the old and young, the in-room Xbox will occupy the kids while the adults partake in yoga or spend time at the world-class spa. Don’t miss out on the complimentary glass of wine by the fire before stepping out to enjoy the city nightlife.

Budget in the City

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The Best Western’s Baltimore Star is a budget friendly option in downtown Baltimore. The rooms are huge and comfortable. The hotel offers rooms and suites. As the closest hotel to the Baltimore Cruise Terminal, it’s a favorite spot for the cruise crowd. It offers complimentary shuttles to some of Baltimore’s well-known attractions, like the Inner Harbor, Camden Yards, and several local museums. The hotel offers options for business travelers as well. The conference center is a perfect place for business meetings and events.The in-hotel restaurant, The Tradewinds, provides guests with free breakfast daily.

Maryland is an exciting city with attractions and activities for every type of traveler.

What is your favorite Maryland attraction?

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Hipmunk Hotels w/Adventures in Amarillo, McAllen, Irving and More.

The post was originally published on Project Domestication on June 15, 2016 by Becky.

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Make some late summer or early trip plans to explore Amarillo, McAllen or Irving, Texas or skip over the ocean to Puerto Rico for an adventurous time in Fajardo.

Amarillo, Texas
Start planning the perfect fall trip to Amarillo. This time of year brings much more mild temperatures in the Panhandle town. Driving on Route 66, horseback riding, and visiting the Texas Air and Space Museum are just a few activities to get you started in this exciting city. If you plan ahead far enough, you can score a great Airbnb location. But if that’s not your thing Amarillo has traditional luxury hotels and a smattering of cheap hotels. Fifth Season Inn has pretty good ratings and is consistently under $50 a night. Even the Marriott is under $100 per night.

McAllen, Texas
Unless you’re a big bird watcher, chances are you haven’t heard of McAllen, Texas. The most popular stop is Quinta Mazatlan, a bird and nature center located in an old historic mansion. You’ll find other family-friendly activities around town in their malls, golf courses, and more. The Best Western Garden Inn & Suites along with many other budget hotels run around $50 or $80 per night.

Irving, Texas
If visiting Cowboy stadium is on your list, consider staying at Irving instead of Dallas for a more affordable trip. Spend a day watching football and stay a while to explore Irving; don’t miss the plethora of outdoor activities along with the sites and landmarks like the Mustangs of Las Colinas. The Hotel Las Colinas is centrally located and has a pool to cool off. Plus, they’ve got a free cancellation policy, if needed.

Round Rock, Texas
It’s not hard to find a great hotel deal in Round Rock, Texas. Most good-to-great rated hotels will run you between $75 and $100/night. The Austin Marriott North ranks top of the list, boasting amenities like spas, pools, a business center, and child activities. When you’re out and about the city, experience Flix BrewHouse, America’s first cinema brewery, or take the kids to the Play for All park for a memorable day in the sun.

Fajardo, Puerto Rico
Puerto Rican beach vacations are often overshadowed by California, Hawaii, and Mexico for most Americans. But what most travelers don’t know is that visiting a city like Fajardo, on the Eastern side of the island, is completely affordable and luxurious. Visitors most memorable experiences are full of beauty and adventure: kayak along Bioluminescent Bay, explore Las Cabezas de San Juan Nature Reserve (day or night), or ride horseback on the beach. Airbnbs are a great option for large groups and families. But even the local Waldorf Astoria hotel is around $200/night.

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Oh, Canada! Hipmunk’s Guide to The Great White North

This post was originally published on Hipmunk’s Tailwind Blog on March 3, 2016.canadian_travel_imageBy: Hipmunk Staff

From the famed ski slopes of Whistler to the roaring majesty of Niagara Falls, some the world’s greatest travel destinations are just north of the border, in Canada.

With an overload of Canada travel options, which of these destinations are most popular among travelers? Hipmunk analyzed its travel data from 2015 to find out.

The 25 cities below make up 80 percent of all hotel accommodations in Canada. We also included their average hotel and Airbnb booking prices, as well as average airfare (if flying from the US or within Canada) to each city. Note: all prices are in US dollars.

Here’s how they ranked:

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Straddling the border between New York and Canada, Niagara Falls takes the cake as the most popular Canadian city for tourists. The city’s world-famous waterfalls — which flow at a rate of six million cubic feet of water per minute — attract some 12 million visitors every year and commands 16 percent of all Canada city searches on Hipmunk. Just north of Niagara Falls, Toronto closely trails in second, garnering nearly 15 percent of total Canada hotel search volume.

Hotels

At an average of $194 per night, Whistler has the most expensive hotels of any Canadian tourist destination. Following closely are Mont-Tremblant ($177) and Banff ($172). Each of these destinations is known for its ski slopes in the winter and hiking in the summer.

It’s important to note that these hotel prices can vary tremendously depending on the season. As a general rule, most cities are more affordable during winter months (when it’s very cold) than in the summer months, when weather is more amenable. Below, we’ve broken down these hotel prices by season.

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Ski resorts seem to be a notable exception to this rule. In Whistler, for example, hotels are nearly $100 more more night during the winter than in the summer!
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Flights

Over course, if you’re planning to visit any of these locations, hotels won’t be your only cost: you’ll have to fly there as well. Typically, flights into most major airports in these regions range between $350 and $420.

In general, flights to Canada’s easternmost popular cities seem to be a bit more expensive than those on the western coast. Like hotel rates, flight prices are seasonal: in the warm summer months, flights cost slightly in the summer than they do in the winter.

Total

Now that we have laid out hotel and flight costs, let’s compile this into one handy total expense chart. For the purpose of this calculation, let’s assume the trip is for two people (two flights) who are sharing one hotel room for three nights.

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Whistler comes out on top again. With $194 per night average hotel rooms, and flights that average $372, Canada’s premier ski destination is not particularly cheap. It’s a wonderful city to visit year-round, and its prices reflect that.

Cities that experience more brutal winters (Winnipeg, Edmonton, Calgary) seem to be on the cheaper end (though this rule doesn’t hold 100 percent true).

When to Go

Last, just in case you’re interested in finding the best deal for any city on this list, we’ve broken down these prices by month. Let’s take a look at the median hotel price and median flight price into each of these cities throughout all of 2015. Are there any opportunities to save money by going during “almost” peak season?

Below, we’ve listed the price of the a flight plus three nights in a hotel room by month. We’ve highlighted some of the months that are almost at peak season where you can get an especially good deal.

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And so travelers, now you have all the data you need to find a great deal on practicing your French skills in Montreal, hiking in Whistler, or carving fresh powder in Banff. Happy travels!

Methodology: Hipmunk analyzed its daily median booking prices for Canadian hotels, Airbnbs, and airfare (arriving to Canada from the US or within Canada) in 2015 to determine average prices.