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Plan a golf getaway in New England this summer

Plan a golf getaway in New England this summer Jun 21st, 2009 at 3:00PM: When summer hits, it's time to go north to play golf. After all, who wants to get drenched while pushing through 18 holes on a hot Florida day? Instead, put New England on your itinerary. There are plenty of golf packages being offered in conjunction with the inns and resorts in these six small states. And, where else will you find some courses with unlimited rounds, free carts and unrestricted...

Gadlinks for Monday 5.8.09

Gadlinks for Monday 5.8.09 Jun 8th, 2009 at 7:00PM: This Monday brings some wacky travel posts around the web, as well as some practical tips for summer trips. My True Slant friend, Jeff Koyen, offers up a hilarious list of the world's worst cruises. Believe it or not, a Twilight cruise is set to sail from Seattle to Alaska in August 2010. What is a sexy beach? Thomas Kohnstamm for Forbes Traveler tells us it's a combination of sea, sand,...

Top 10 national parks, thanks to TripAdvisor

Top 10 national parks, thanks to TripAdvisor Jun 6th, 2009 at 12:00PM: More than 3,000 TripAdvisor readers in the United States have selected the top 10 national parks. Big shock: nine out of 10 are out west. Only Maine made it onto the list. But, let's face it – if you want big, impressive national parks, you have leave the East Coast. These readers are definitely interested in the national park scene. More than 70 percent plan to visit one this year, up...

Five quick trip splurges to take with the Amazing Race's million dollar win

Five quick trip splurges to take with the Amazing Race's million dollar win May 13th, 2009 at 9:30AM: Now that Victor and Tammy have discovered that they get along with each other quite nicely, AND they've won the million dollar prize on Amazing Race 14, they could pool their resources for some dandy vacations and have plenty of money left over for two houses and the stock market. This is the time to buy. At least, that's what I've heard. Let's say that Victor and Tammy only have a few days to...

Flight crew tasty, but off-limits

Flight crew tasty, but off-limits May 3rd, 2009 at 4:00PM: Man bites dog? Well, woman bites fight attendant (or tries to, at least). A Russian-born British woman will be spending the weekend in a Maine jail this weekend. She's accused of having popped some prescription drugs and washed them down with a few bottles of wine and – you can't make this stuff up – liquid soap from the plane's lavatory. Amazingly, she had the energy to rumble...

Inn by the Sea to cut rates, benefit Habitat for Humanity

Inn by the Sea to cut rates, benefit Habitat for Humanity Mar 20th, 2009 at 1:00PM: Inn by the Sea, an eco-luxury property in Cape Elizabeth, ME, is dropping prices 50 percent Sunday through Thursday this spring. The goodwill go guests is wrapped in a larger act of conscience – guests taking advantage of this rate will write a $35 check to Habitat for Humanity. The "Hospitality for Humanity" program is sponsored by the Maine Innkeepers Association (MEIA), which raises cash...

More Maine travel: Backstage Pass: Rock & Roll Photography

More Maine travel: Backstage Pass: Rock & Roll Photography Mar 15th, 2009 at 11:30AM: Maine has been on my radar lately. My husband has talked about heading there this summer. A friend who I don't hear from often emailed me about skiing in Maine which prompted a post on skiing in Maine. The options for Maine skiing will take you right on into April. Then while researching for a post on maple syrup festivals I found Maine is involved with the maple syrup action as well. Today while...

Maple syrup festivals: Hit one now through May

Maple syrup festivals: Hit one now  through May Mar 13th, 2009 at 3:30PM: Depending upon where you live, when the temperatures are just right, it's maple syrup time. In Ohio, maple syrup events are scattered across the state from the beginning of March until May. In Canada and elsewhere, there are maple events a plenty. Each offers something different, although syrup and syrup making is the main highlight. I've been to four of them. Each time I go to one of these...

New England: dirty, sexy, sweet

New England: dirty, sexy, sweet Mar 6th, 2009 at 3:00PM: Mud and maple shroud every New England spring. Thanks to an economic climate that is devastating the travel industry, you can indulge for cheaper than ever. Properties in the New England Inns & Resorts Association (NEIRA) are adding maple to mud as the snow melts, and some are throwing in a bit of spice. Mud & Maple Madness: Inn at Ellis River, Jackson, NH From March 15 to May 21, pick...

The United Statements of America

The United Statements of America Jan 19th, 2009 at 3:30PM: In the Strange Maps blog we trust. "In Mottos We Trust? United Statements of America" is a terrific map which features each state's motto -- translated, where appropriate. Check out what yours says here. Some of our favorites? Wyoming: Equal Rights (because they were the first state to give women the right to vote. Way to go, Wyoming!) Oklahoma: Labor Conquers All Things (that depresses the...

Austrian Ski resort kicks off the new year with Europe's largest snowman

Austrian Ski resort kicks off the new year with Europe's largest snowman Jan 13th, 2009 at 2:00PM: To celebrate the start of the new season, and to promote their newest ski resort, the Galtür region in Austria built Europe's largest snowman. The 53 foot tall snow sculpture is called Emil, and stands at the bottom of their new kiddie slopes. The Ski resort used to be a collection of various challenging slopes, but for 2009, designers divided things into 6 different zones and renamed the...

Five things to do to survive freakishly cold weather

Five things to do to survive freakishly cold weather Dec 13th, 2008 at 3:00PM: Even though I'm sitting pretty here in soggy Hawaii (at least it's 70 degrees), it is downright freezing in New England, and I've experienced that too. My five year stint in New England taught me many things, but most importantly it taught me how to be creative when the weather is frightful. I remember stepping out of my dorm on numerous occasions, taking a deep breath, and choking on the cold...

Photo of the Day (11.16.08)

Photo of the Day (11.16.08) Nov 16th, 2008 at 5:30PM: Maine is one of the few states on the East Coast I have never visited. But there's something about the state that I find particularly compelling. I always picture rocky coastlines and vast swaths of virgin pine trees, dotted with tiny lighthouses and foaming surf. Today's image from Flickr user ableimes is pretty much a perfect match for the idea of Maine I had envisioned in my head - sometimes...

Sounds of Travel 4: King of the Road

Sounds of Travel 4: King of the Road Nov 4th, 2008 at 3:00PM: Here at Gadling we'll be highlighting some of our favorite sounds from the road and giving you a sample of each -- maybe you'll find the same inspiration that we did, but at the very least, hopefully you'll think that they're good songs. Got a favorite of your own? Leave it in the Comments and we'll post it at the end of the series. WEEK 4: "King of the Road" sung by Roger Miller When my...

U.S. News: Best (healthy) place to retire

U.S. News: Best (healthy) place to retire Sep 19th, 2008 at 3:00PM: Wonderful exercise options, a robust, eco-friendly economy, and beautiful vistas give Portland, Maine what U.S. News & World Report calls the "best healthy place to retire." (And after reading the article, it doesn't sound like a terrible place to vacation, either.) Here's just a few of the reasons why. A multitude of ways to stay in shape. Portland's proximity to both the water on one...

Travel, summer, rock walls and rasberries bring bittersweet reflection

Travel, summer, rock walls and rasberries bring bittersweet reflection Aug 10th, 2008 at 1:00PM: I've always loved reading Ellen Goodman's columns when I've come across them. Yesterday, was another. Her recent column's theme is one that anyone can reflect upon to divine the relationship to ones own life. Goodman, while on vacation in Maine, notices the rock walls built in the 19th-century and wonders about the people who made them. She wonders if they knew they were done with a wall when...

Photo of the Day (1/09/08)

Photo of the Day (1/09/08) Jan 9th, 2008 at 9:00AM: My first major trip on my own was when I was in the 12th grade. I had a summer job in Maine working at a kid's camp. Great way to learn how to water ski. My mode of transportation was a bus from New Paltz, New York to Augusta, Maine. Oh, the glory of the whoosh of the door before the bus pulled away from the bay. Freedom. Our very own Martha's shot of someone boarding a bus in Puerto Vallarta,...

Fall Leaf Peeping by Rail

Fall Leaf Peeping by Rail Sep 13th, 2007 at 10:00PM: The leaves haven't started to change in Columbus, Ohio-- yet, but they will--soon. This morning the air was crisp and cool. Yep, leaf changing conditions are here, and I expect edges of red will appear in a couple of weeks until eventually there will be bursts of color everywhere. If you are interested in optimum leaf peeping, plan a bit a head. Instead of taking a driving trip for fall splendor...

Extreme Geography in the United States

Extreme Geography in the United States Aug 20th, 2007 at 12:30PM: Catherine's post on the not-so-well-known geographical center of the United States got me thinking: there's something fun and intriguing about visiting, say, the northernmost point in a country, or perhaps driving eastward until you can drive no further -- if only so that you can say, "There's no one further east than me," unless there's someone else standing next to you. If so you'll have to say,...

Jeannie's Breakfast and Chowder House (Bar Harbor, Maine)

Jeannie's Breakfast and Chowder House (Bar Harbor, Maine) Jan 19th, 2007 at 4:08PM: A visit to Acadia National Park isn't complete without stopping in the adjacent town of Bar Harbor. Although its streets are riddled with souvenir shops and other tourist magnets, Bar Harbor holds a few restaurants which possess that small town charm. On a recent trip, I pulled into the town early enough to catch the shops opening for business. I stopped in Jeannie's Breakfast and Chowder House on...

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