Austria – A Short Homage

I’m a big fan of Austria. Similar to Switzerland for its views but a lot less expensive. Good beer (think Steigl) and food. Nice people. Great climate for a full 4 seasons. Tranquil and peaceful.

You’ve got a number of well known cities (Vienna, Salzburg, Innsbruck) but getting into the valleys and to an alpine town gives you all of what Austria has to offer.

Here’s a short photo essay from my trip to Austria this past August:

Hohensalzburg Castle
Stiegl in Salzburg
The streets in Salzburg
And into the Achental Valley…





Surprisingly Fun Towns You Don’t Want to Miss Like Lake Geneva, Wheeling, and More

The post below was originally published on Awe Inclusive on September 7, 2016 by Michalea Hall.

New travelers might be tempted to leave small town America off of their travel wish list.

It’s easy to think that lesser known cities don’t have the draw that larger ones do.However, small cities offer more than meets the eye.

Here are a few cool spots that I’ve recently discovered. I think you’d enjoy a visit to any one of them.

Photo by Sarah via Trover

Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin

Fire-breathers, glass walkers, and human pretzels.

If you thought Wisconsin Dells would be your average city, you’re mistaken. Along with the extraordinary wonders that you’ll find here, visitors will be delighted to discover many other attractions.

From indoor water parks to wildlife adventure parks, you won’t run out of things to do in Wisconsin Dells. Stay at the Cedar Lodge & Settlement for a spectacular view of the Wisconsin River and lots of fun at its indoor water park.

Milwaukee, Wisconsin

If you’re a beer lover, Milwaukee won’t disappoint.

For everyone else, you’ll find plenty of places to visit beyond the breweries. Borrow one of the bikes available through the local bike share program, and enjoy a day exploring Milwaukee in a new way.

A few places of interest include the Milwaukee Art Museum and the Milwaukee Public Market. For an unforgettable stay, book at the Brumder Mansion Hotel. Guest rooms are in limited supply, so don’t wait too long to make a reservation!

Lake Geneva, Wisconsin

You’ll have around 21 miles of lakefront to explore if you’re lucky enough to vacation in Lake Geneva.

Visitors can enjoy sunbathing at one of the many beaches or participating in water sports on the Lake.

Other not-to-be-missed attractions include museums, theaters, and wineries.

Stay at the Timber Ridge Lodge and Waterpark. Not only do guest rooms feature fireplaces, whirlpools, and kitchens, but your reservation also comes with water park entry.

Wheeling, West Virginia

Without droves of tourists to crowd the major attractions and skyrocket prices,Wheeling is the perfect town to live as a local.

Take your time exploring your surroundings at your leisure, and connect with those who call Wheeling home. From Oglebay Park to the Suspension Bridge,visitors will not tire of scenic attractions to traverse.

The Wheeling Island Hotel is a sure bet for a stay that will never get boring. Enjoy on-site attractions, including a racetrack and casino, for nonstop fun and entertainment.

Herndon, Virginia

Located 24 miles outside of Washington, DC, Herndon is a welcomed reprieve from the extreme business of urban life.

Not only will you find enough restaurants to maintain variety in your trip, but you’ll also enjoy a wide selection of novel attractions, like the Herndon Escape Room and the Perils of the Lost Jungle Miniature Golf.

The Candlewood Suites Washington, Dulles Herndon isn’t your typical airport hotel. Guest rooms are well-equipped and include a spacious kitchen and workspace.

Even though these towns aren’t featured on many folks’ top ten lists, lesser known cities can surprise you with their unique attractions and fun accommodations.

Carve out some vacation time to see what everyone else is missing!

Hipmunk Hotels: Find Comfort in Wheeling, Newport, Norfolk and More!

This post was orginally published on the Nomadic Chick Blog on August 10, 2016 by the Nomad Chick.

Photo courtesy of Nenna via Trover

It’s that time of year to travel and a staycation is a great way to save money, but still have a satisfying trip.

If you live in the northeastern part of the states, take a chance on some off-beaten places you might otherwise ignore.

They are less busy, have hidden gems, and are usually has something for every family member, children included.

Enjoy this guide to what to do and where to stay along the northeast:

SpringHill Suites in Wheeling, West Virgina

West Virginia is a state full of history and natural beauty. Take a stroll through Oglebay Park or get a picture view of the suspension bridge, built in 1849. The most comfortable hotel is SpringHill Suties because it really caters to your needs. With a full service snack bar, indoor pool, spa, and fitness center, it really is a perfect home away from home.

Ambassador Inn & Suites in Newport, Rhode Island

Picturesque Rhode Island evokes ocean views and a calmer life (with a dash of luxury thrown in). One of the most beautiful drives you will ever experience is along Ocean Drive. And if you want to fit in a slew of historical sites and buildings, consider taking a historic tour. For cozy accommodations, the Ambassador Inn & Suites will be perfect for you. Savor a free breakfast and use free WiFi to plan your day. After you return from sightseeing, take a dip in the outdoor pool and then sink into your king-sized bed.

The Melrose Georgetown Hotel in Alexandria, Virginia

Just located outside of D.C., Alexandria is a quaint destination with fascinating historic tones. Don’t miss the Christ Church, Carlyle House, and the George Washington Masonic National Memorial. Since you’re taking a walk down history, why not stay at the Melrose Georgetown Hotel. Right in the heart of everything you’d want to be near (including the JFK Center), enjoy fluffy duvets, brocade love seats, and all the amenities, like room service or the hotel restaurant.

Aloft Chesapeake in Norfolk, Virgina

Norfolk really has a lot of treats and shouldn’t be overlooked. The MacArthur Memorial is a must-see, along with Harbour Park. Those two are a great mix of nature and architecture. A terrific place to rest your head is atAloft Chesapeake, a charming hotel that’s loft inspired and pet friendly. Share a meal in the café and an exercise session in the fitness room together.

Hotel Bethlehem in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania

A city with interesting history, you’ll enjoy what Bethlehem has to offer. Book a tour at the Burnside Plantation, to learn how a plantation operated. Another fun activity is to do a walking tour of the town and take in some sites at an easygoing pace. For that final touch of antique, stay at Hotel Bethlehem. Built in 1922, it’s a mix of colonial style with modern flair. Photograph the grand lobby with its Palladian windows as you make your way to two choices of restaurants. All the comforts are there!