“We stayed here in August and used the cottage as a base for walking & bike riding around the Brecons. The local pub was great for the odd evening when we didn’t fancy cooking our own dinner, though most evenings we were happy enjoying the comforts of this home from home. After a week here we didn’t want to leave this peaceful & relaxing location.” – FlipKey review
The Pad: 1 bedroom, 1 bathroom, sleeps 2
Escape into nature together with a stay at Damson Cottage in Wales. This country cottage on a private lane offers the perfect place to clear your head and reconnect with one another. And why do so many couples book this rental when visiting Brecon Beacons National Park? Aside from its charming location, you’ll meet farm animals grazing about the yard and swimming in the nearby pond.
“We stayed for a long weekend and my only regret is that we didn’t stay for longer. The Heavenly Retreat is the perfect place to stay when you need nurturing. It is set within a beautiful area, away from the main road. We sat outside every morning on the decking area and saw a variety of different birds, kangaroos, deer etc. We spent our evenings either in the hot tub (which is fantastic) and sat in front of the fire playing games such as scrabble.” – FlipKey review
The Pad: 1 bedroom, 1 bathroom, sleeps 2
This couples-only accommodation in Victoria has all the amenities you’ll need for Valentine’s Day. A king bed, log fire, deluxe double spa, champagne, and chocolates will all help set the mood. Located in Grampians National Park, the suitably named Heavenly Retreat is surrounded by majestic cliffs and native bush land.
“Beautifully decorated cabin in the woods. We loved listening to the water fountain in the pond just steps away from the cabin. Private, quiet oasis – just as described. Will most definitely stay at this cabin again.” – FlipKey review
The Pad: 1 bedroom, 1 bathroom, sleeps 2
Nestled in the trees, Woodland Oasis overlooks a beautiful gated resort. Cheerful colors welcome you along with leather seating, skylights, gas fireplace, and a four-poster king bed. Grill up dinner while looking out over the mountainside and then, soak in the hot tub together on the wrap-around screened porch. And with the stereo system in each room, setting the mood has never been easier.
“We loved our stay at the villa. The view is absolutely breath-taking of the city and the ocean… I would highly recommend this villa to anyone looking to get away from reality who is also looking for privacy. It was so nice to be able to enjoy our honeymoon without a lot of people being around. We had excellent service and truthfully when we left I wasn’t ready to leave!” – FlipKey review
The Pad: 1 bedroom, 2 bathrooms, sleeps 2
If your aims for Valentine’s Day are privacy and sunshine, you’ll find them both at this Puntarenas villa. Nestled on a hilltop, this villa features the best view in all Manuel Antonio. Gaze out over your infinity pool towards the setting sun as it touches the Pacific Ocean. You’ll be close to nature, too, with monkeys swinging from vine to vine and toucans taking baths nearby.
“My fiance and I stayed in Villa Shamballa to celebrate our engagement and it was perfect. Once we entered the villa on our first day, we didn’t leave again for the whole stay, we had everything we needed and more available to us. With dedicated staff on hand, we availed of the afternoon tea (price included) and cocktail hour by the infinity pool (spectacular view) every day. We also had all our meals served up to us by the pool… The staff were extremely friendly and were always on hand for anything we needed.” – FlipKey review
The Pad: 1 bedroom, 2 bathrooms, sleeps 2
Villa Shamballa is a spiritual haven that offers an intimate and indulgent experience. Perched atop a ravine, this romantic hideaway overlooks the Wos River. With its dramatic river gorge, tropical jungle valley setting, friendly staff and rustic charm, Villa Shamballa is an ideal place to recharge your batteries and revive your relationship.
“On arrival to the Pod House, I was blown away by how awesome the property was. It exceeded what we expected. It looked like this was a home right out of a Home Decor magazine. Very well decorated, giving you the Fijian feeling. The King size bed was very comfortable with high-grade linens…We could not get enough of the spectacular views in front of the home. You could see miles and miles of the bay with an extinct volcano in the background. Every night there were spectacular sunsets to watch as you sip on a glass of wine from the veranda.” – FlipKey review
The Pad: 1 bedroom, 1 bathroom, sleeps 2
Surprise your lover this year with a trip to exotic Fiji. Set on the shores of Savusavu Bay, the Pod House is a purpose-built villa designed for couples. A contemporary design with organic natural features, you enter through your own private courtyard with marble tiled saltwater pool. What could be better than lying in the king sized bed and gazing out over the bay, or relaxing in the sun or shade on one of the day beds around the house?
“We stayed at Rosebud before and after our wedding, and it was perfect in every way. Peaceful, relaxing and absolutely beautiful. The little touches really made it special: the bubbles (both wine and bath!) and breakfast really topped it off. A fabulous place to escape from the world, we didn’t want to leave!” – FlipKey review
The Pad: 1 bedroom, 1 bathroom, sleeps 2
Set in a vineyard, this French country cottage overlooks a nearby lake and the valleys beyond. It features a cozy covered courtyard and an electric log fire to keep you warm during a winter’s night. The “romantic package” includes roses, candles, bath salts, essential oils, pure lavender soap, rose petal trail, outdoor bath experience and a self-cook breakfast.
“This was our third visit to Sunset Watch. One could not ask for anything nicer or better. The setting on the side of a hill above the water enables you to be surrounded by sounds, smells, and views of the sea, sunsets, and sky that are incomparable. This place is secluded, private, quiet. The sounds of the waves can be heard from the bedroom, porch, and deck … A stone stairway with lighting and railing leads to a beach at the foot of the property.” FlipKey review
The Pad: 1 bedroom, 1 bathroom, sleeps 2 A tree-lined driveway through a Caribbean garden welcomes guests to Sunset Watch Upper Villa. Renting the top floor of this affordable Virgin Gorda beachfront home guarantees you a front row seat to awe-inspiring sunsets every evening. With a wrap-around deck, an outdoor shower, and gourmet equipped kitchen, this rental comes equipped with all your needs for a romantic vacation. Access Nail Bay beach through the property’s stone paths or take a dip in the semi-private pool.
“This is a small but very comfortable (great bed!) and nicely decorated apartment in the Monti neighborhood. It is next door to a Metro station, a 10-minute walk from Termini Station and just a few blocks from the Coliseum and Palatine Hill. The area around the apartment is lively, with several good and not too expensive restaurants nearby. The apartment has reliable WiFi and the owner provides lots of maps, guidebooks, etc. We would definitely stay here again if we return to Roma.” – FlipKey review
The Pad: 1 bedroom, 1 bathroom, sleeps 2
Whisk your love away to this private apartment in the trendiest district in Rome. Located near the Coliseum and the Roman Forum, Dolce Roma is on the second floor of a 19th-century building overlooking a piazza and gardens. The rental’s playful artwork leaves you in no doubt you’re in Italy and the knowledgeable owners can help you get the most from your travels in Rome.
“My recent stay at Casa Quintina was actually that good- it’s a little piece of heaven, it really is. The views, over the beautiful garden on to the hills, are spectacular. The location is great – far away enough to feel special but close enough to places to not be isolated. The house was lovely. … Bedrooms are big and the one with the four poster bed makes you feel like a king/queen of the castle or something! Lots of blankets too, which we appreciated in the winter… My favorite part was either sitting on the veranda in the morning overlooking the hills or sitting by the fire at night, having delicious local sausages and wine.” – FlipKey review
The Pad: 1 bedroom, 1 bathroom, sleeps 2
Casa Quintino is the ultimate romantic getaway. The perfect cure for city stress, this 300-year-old farmhouse is the ideal base from which to explore the culture of Tuscany. The property is on the white truffle route and surrounded by oak forests―there’s a spectacular view across the valley from the elegant French windows. What could be better than an early morning horseback ride followed by a long, lazy lunch under an olive tree (along with a bottle of local wine, of course.) And believe us: after that, you’ll be just in the mood for a siesta on the four post East African Carved Swahili bed.
When planning a couples getaway, it’s the famously romantic places like Paris, Venice, the Maldives or Hawaii that immediately spring to mind. But don’t be so quick to overlook what’s within our own borders: namely Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. While it may not have the Eiffel Tower or over-water bungalows, it has more than enough for a romantic, relaxing break, sans the 8+ hour flight and jetlag.
Here are a few suggestions to keep that romance alive and well in Myrtle Beach:
Sailing Charters & Sunset Cruises
Picture yourself gliding over the ocean while watching the setting sun with champagne in hand. Sounds appealing? Myrtle Beach offers many sailing charters and sunset cruises year-round.
A riverboat cruise is a unique way to experience water travel. If you’re an adventurous couple, why not jump on a power catamaran? For the ultimate Valentine’s Day experience, you can charter a yacht offering sunset and dinner cruises along the Grand Strand or Winyah Bay.
Walks on the Grand Strand
The Grand Strand features 60 miles of white sand beaches where you and your significant other can lay in the sun or play in the water. Stroll along the boardwalk at sunset and pop into the many bars, restaurants and boutiques
Myrtle Beach SkyWheel
Located on the oceanfront boardwalk in the heart of downtown, the Myrtle Beach Skywheel is the tallest Ferris wheel in the Eastern United States. The gondolas offer spectacular views over the city and ocean on a 12-minute ride. At nighttime enjoy an LED light show―it’s the perfect secluded spot to steal a kiss!
La Belle Amie Vineyard
Located in the Grand Strand Area, La Belle Amie Vineyard is a popular attraction for visitors and hosts many festivals throughout the year. Sample private label wines in the tasting room before relaxing in a rocking chair on the front porch with a glass of your favorite.
Dining & Nightlife
You’ll find romantic restaurants sitting happily alongside the casual seaside dining and family-friendly eateries in Myrtle Beach. Snack on sushi under the stars at Soho Café & Bar or sample Italian dishes in an intimate setting at Benny Rappa’s Trattoria.. For white table cloths and tuxedoed waiters, make a reservation at The Library, where dim lightingnd elegant furnishings set the mood.
If your idea of a Valentine’s night is closing down the clubs, you’ll find plenty of late night activity in Myrtle Beach. Step back in time at Revolutions or have a daiquiri at Senor Frogs.
The Market Common
For upscale dining and shopping, head to The Market Common. The complex has a ‘town like’ atmosphere, with townhomes, small stores, theaters, parks and restaurants. It’s the ideal place to pick up a gift for your partner with more than 60 retail and specialty stores. It’s especially charming during the holiday season, with colored lights galore and holiday music playing.
Murrells Inlet MarshWalk
Looking for a dinner with a waterfront view? The MarshWalk, a ½ mile wooden boardwalk along the natural saltwater estuary of Murrell’s Inlet, is perfect. Smell the fresh seafood as you stroll in search of five-star low country cuisine (and watch a sunset as the sea birds dive into the surf for their own dinner). But waterfront dining isn’t the only attraction― enjoy live music, water sports, charter fishing, sightseeing tours, kayaking, shopping and seasonal local events.
A historic location and gorgeous art installations make a walk around Brookgreen Gardens a must-do. The sculptures alone are captivating and well worth the visit, but there’s also an aviary, a zoo, education rooms and various art exhibits.
Broadway at the Beach
Stroll this vast shopping and entertainment complex where you can shop along the lake and enjoy an assortment of live music, dance clubs and restaurants. Romance abounds during the summertime as weekly fireworks shows light up the night sky.
Huntington Beach State Park
Huntington Beach State Park surrounds a freshwater lagoon, with nature trails through salt marshes. This is a good area for birding, with at least 300 known species to watch out for. Visit the Environmental Education Center to see loggerhead turtles and other endangered marine creatures.
For most, maintaining a healthy lifestyle ranks at the top of the list of New Year’s Resolutions. With temptation everywhere, keeping up with your health goals is somewhere in the range of difficult to impossible.
It’s especially easy to (over)indulge on vacation, but that’s no reason to cancel your upcoming trip. FlipKey offers hundreds of vacation rentals which conveniently come with gyms included. We let you travel the world without missing a single workout.
The Digs: 5 Bedrooms, 8 Bathrooms, Sleeps 12, from $900/night
A fully equipped gym is one highlight of this architectural marvel. The villa features open plan living spaces with panoramic views over the pool deck and the ocean beyond. The villa has three levels, with an impressive choice of private and communal areas where guests can relax and enjoy the surroundings in style. The villa also features an outside dining and grilling area for the ultimate al fresco feast. The lower floor bedrooms boast their own private balconies overlooking gardens.
The Digs: 4 Bedrooms, 4 Bathrooms, Sleeps 14, from $236/night
For those looking for an incredible rental for your ski trip, try Phoenix 102 in Steamboat Springs. The mountain is a short walk away – about 100 yards. Enjoy the full fitness center after your day on the slopes for a double workout. Soak in heated outdoors pool and hot tubs for relaxation afterwards anddry off while sitting by the gas fireplace.
The Digs: 3 Bedrooms, 3 Bathrooms, Sleeps 6, from $367/night
At Hideaway Penthouse 2 you can work off those vacation meals in the 6000 square foot fitness center. Play a round on the golf course or a few sets on the tennis court and relax in the steam room afterwards. Soak in the sunshine as you lounge on the lanai. Take in the early morning sunrise on the cozy breakfast balcony.
The Digs: 3 Bedrooms, 3 Bathrooms, Sleeps 6, from $650/night
You’ll love this home-away-from-home in San Juan. Walk or bike through lush nature trails or kayak and paddleboard on the nearby lakes. Spend time with your group on the large terrace, overlooking the main lake and the El Yunque Rainforest. Stay in shape by using the treadmills and elliptical machines provided by the resort (complete with TVs!)
A trip to Tuscany means lots of pasta, pizza, and red wine. To stay on track with your resolutions, book a stay in Borgo Finocchieto. Abandoned in the 1960s, Finocchieto had spent 800 years as a farming village. It’s been restored to offer 22 bedrooms, event space for 50, and luxury comforts. Groups can gather in the courtyard, wine-tasting room and teaching kitchen. Everyone can spread out and enjoy the garden, pool, library, gym, or movie theater.
The Digs: 7 Bedrooms, 4 Bathrooms, Sleeps 16, from $1263/night
Two apartments comprise this serviced private building in Paris. You’ll have access to a fitness room with a suite of machines, a spa with sauna, and a double massage room. Careful with this rental: you’ll have on-demand bread delivery services every morning!
The Digs: 5 Bedrooms, 6 Bathrooms, Sleeps 12, from $1574/night
The Big Bear Home is another luxurious rental for a memorable ski trip. This home is 10 minutes from Bear Mountain Ski Resort and close to Barker Pond. A nature-inspired indoor spa waits in the downstairs living room, while agame room and billiard table offer hours of entertainment upstairs. When you’re ready to workout, head into the master suitewhere you’ll find a a treadmill and exercise bike, a flat-screen TV and a gas fireplace. Take in the fresh air in the backyard, where views of Snow Summit peek over the tree line.
The Digs: 8 Bedrooms, 7 Bathrooms, Sleeps 22, from $595/night
If you’re thinking of a relaxing beach vacation, you’ll love this rental in Turtle Key. Turn heads on your private beach after working out in the fitness room complete with spin bike. Gorgeous ocean views surround the living room and kitchen through floor-to-ceiling windows. Rinse off in the outdoor shower and watch the sunset from the hot tub.
“We travel with another family, and the floor plan is PERFECT for that. Everyone has plenty of privacy while still having plenty of space for gathering in the open kitchen/living room and private pool area. Both houses are located within minutes to our most favorite restaurants…As long as these homes are available, we will never stay anywhere else!” – FlipKey review
The Digs: 7 Bedrooms, 6 Bathrooms, Sleeps 20, from $650/night
This home puts a twist on the phrase “contemporary beach house.” Each room is comfortable and spacious with its own custom style. The home is located in an upscale, private gated community. Keep active by playing tennis or basketball, swimming in the pool, or lifting weights in the fitness center.
A day spent on the boat with family, the warm sun on your back, fishing rod at the ready – what could be better?
Of the thousands of charter fishing spots around the globe, a few stand out. Our picks have ideal offshore habitats for big game, along withwarm waters gorgeous scenery, and tropical weather.. We’ve included two of the best charter and guide services in each location to help you plan and book your trip.
Get your line in the water year round in these top fishing destinations:
For Lauderdale beaches offer 23 miles of golden sand and sunshine. Sail the blue-green waters on a chartered catamaran. Then, dive beneath the surface to meet-and-greet the local sea life. With Fort Lauderdale’s geographic proximity on the Atlantic coast, the gulfstream current passes just two miles offshore. If you have ever dreamt of catching marlins, sailfish, tuna, or even barracuda, Fort Lauderdale is for you.
“I have fished many charters and this was one of the best. The price was competitive, the boat was great, 14-foot bow which handles the waves incredibly well. The crew of Mark and Joe couldn’t have been nicer. Joe was energetic, never stopped moving. Captain Mark took us to where the fish were and was quick to spot line releases. Now the fish: we caught 14 tuna, two king mackerel, a silk shark, bonito and ramona. Probably a fish every 15 minutes! Great day!” – TripAdvisor review
“Most AWESOME time had today. Captain Rod and Ashley were both very attentive to all passengers needs. Captain Rod was SUPER great. He made sure that everybody caught a fish to go home with. He took us to spots where the moment I dropped my line, 5 seconds later I pulled up a fish! … Going back again in a couple of days to try night fishing! Highly recommended!” – TripAdvisor review
The Florida Keys are a wonderful vacation spot for families in search of relaxation or adventure. Take scenic U.S. Highway 1, known to locals as “The Overseas Highway” to get there. The area offers a unique fishing environment due to the structure of the islands. Edible, big game fish can be had year round. Florida Bay is referred to locally as the backcountry, home to five of the sought-after game fish among recreational anglers: bonefish, tarpon, permit, redfish and snook.
“I recently had the opportunity to go fishing with a large family group at the end of April on the Captain Michael. It happens that I was getting married the next day and we were looking to accommodate ~20 people fishing without having to pay for multiple boats, captains, split everyone up, etc. The party boat was the perfect solution. The mates Brett and Anthony were excellent, gave expert advice, and helped out significantly on the back of the boat keeping everyone baited up and moving. Even the captain, Ed, made sure everyone had a good time just by talking to individuals that were along for the ride and hanging out upstairs. We did include three kids in our party (4, 6, and 8 years old) who had a great time and all caught fish! I highly recommend it and will be going back. Thanks guys!” – TripAdvisor review
“My son and I stayed at Bud n Mary’s over the holiday break. My 10 yr old son and I made arrangements to fish with Captain Rick Stanczyk…. By far this was the BEST charter that I have EVER been on. We had 20 Jacks, 10 Mackerel, and 2 huge cobias by 10:30 am! Our arms and hands were tired from reeling in fish after fish after fish… It doesn’t stop there. My son caught a 300 lb bullshark shark and a black tip shark. I caught a rare Sawfish. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND RICK!!!! 5 Stars!!” – TripAdvisor review
This stretch of barrier islands extends along 200 miles of the North Carolina coast. They protect the state’s mainland from Atlantic swells and provide beaches and vistas. Charter fishing is one of the biggest draws for vacationing anglers, mainly due to the Outer Banks’ proximity to the Gulf Stream. In some areas, like Cape Point on Hatteras Island, the Gulf Stream is a just a 15-mile boat ride away. Hundreds of blue marlin, white marlin and sailfish are caught and released in their waters every year.
“I live here in KDH and have gone out 3 times now! The crew is great, and it was so simple to set up. The day of our trip it was raining so they changed the hours of our trip. They held the boat for us since we were running late and they were so good about it! You can tell the captain and mate love what they do and Vanessa was so helpful with setting it up! Great atmosphere and it wasn’t crowded. Thank you and I will make sure to bring more friends and family back when they come back to visit!” – TripAdvisor reviews
“Awesome Crew!! Our group had a great time. The Captain showed his experience level when putting in the extra efforts to get a hold on the leader of a Blue Marlin. The mate made extra efforts to show hospitality and assist when needed. We would definitely recommend the Qualifier for an offshore trip!!” – Facebook review
Charleston is the oldest and second largest city in South Carolina. Its waters provide abundant fishing opportunities year round. In the flats and rivers around Charleston, angler’s find Red Drum, Speckled Trout, Flounder, Ladyfish, and Bluefish. The harbors and near shore waters offer Channel Bass, Spanish Mackerel, different types of sharks, and the elusive Tarpon.
“Had an absolute outstanding day on the water with Captain Geoff. We caught redfish non stop and they grew larger with each spot we went to. He consistently put us in the right spot and his knowledge and professionalism were excellent. I would definitely recommend him for your next charter. Geoff is the man!” – TripAdvisor review
“Capt. Legare is a very experienced hard working guide in the Charleston area. Puts you on fish and know the tides and waterways as if he had been on these waters his entire like and guess what . . . He has! Great equipment (Hell’s Bay flats skiff) arched with a great attitude” – TripAdvisor review
New Englanders consider Cape Cod a slice of heaven on Earth. Upscale seaside towns dot the 65-mile stretch of land in Massachusetts. Water sports abound, and yes, plenty of fish are just offshore for the catching. Popular species found in Cape Cod waters include striped bass, bluefish, bonito, tuna, cod, mackerel and even sharks.
“Starting out with Captain Ian at dawn we hoped to catch some fish but NEVER thought we would find ourselves in a pod of humpback whales off of Chatham. He keeps his boat meticulously clean and was constantly on the move to find the fish for us. In the end one striper and one blue fish as keepers but lots more that we threw back. He taught us some tricks about photographing our fish and then even filleted the fish for us on board so no guts back home. A great morning out on the water.” – TripAdvisor review
“From reserving the charter, to fishing, to you name it, Capt. Shane was the best. He and first mate Zak did a great job getting us out to the best fishing spots for striped bass, flawlessly maneuvering the boat to drift through the throngs of fish as we pulled them in one after another. Couldn’t have been better.” – TripAdvisor review
Miami’s reputation and strong Latin influence is well known. By night, dance the hours away in a nightclub, or indulge in a fancy meal at one of the city’s celebrity-owned restaurants. By day, hit South Beach and get a tan. Miami is an angler’s paradise, too. The coral reefs, fast current, and warm water support a diverse ecosystem. Miami’s stretch of ocean is teeming with sport fish that make for a delicious dinner or a great mount.
“Mark the Shark Hunter and his team are exceptional! This is a great fishing charter for a group of not “all fishermen”! … Everyone is sure to walk away satisfied! Oh yeah and I probably should mention the fish…I was first up and that King fish was amazing eating! Thanks to the entire crew for catering to us the entire day! We can’t wait to come back!” – TripAdvisor review
We had an excellent day out fishing with Orlando! He had all the right equipment, bait, and a great boat. He knew exactly where to go for whatever was the best fish to catch at that time of day. He was very knowledgeable about everything that had to do with the fish, explained everything and was very fun to be on a boat with for 5 hours! He also let us keep trying until we caught more before ending the day and once we were satisfied then we cruised back in. Bonus… we ended around 6pm so we got an amazing sunset cruise. Highly recommend Nomad Fishing Charter! Great day!” – TripAdvisor review
Galveston, TX is home to over 30 miles of clean, sandy beaches. Visitors to the area can enjoy a variety of swimming and surfing spots. The warm Gulf of Mexico is a perfect backdrop for your fishing expeditions. Kingfish, snapper, and dorado are abundant within 30 miles of shore. Go a little farther, particularly near the oil rigs, and you’ll find grouper, sailfish, even tuna.
“My two sons and I had a terrific time catching red snappers. The Captain and first mate were outstanding the whole trip, from port to snapper bed and back to port. We couldn’t have asked for better treatment. And the fish we brought back were very tasty.” – TripAdvisor reviews
“We have gone out with Captain Mike a few times now (trout, jetty, and shark fishing), and every trip has been excellent! Capt. Mike knows his fish! He is patience with everyone no matter what their skill level. He is great with kids or seasoned fisherman looking for a “mount worthy” catch! I would definitely recommend Get Bent! Galveston!” – TripAdvisor review
Blue skies, balmy breezes, and beautiful weather are hallmarks of the San Diego area. San Diego embodies laid-back California culture. Fishermen from around the world visit San Diego to fish the bountiful waters of the Pacific Ocean. San Diego is home to 75 state-of-the-art fishing vessels. Depending on the season, yellowfin, bluefin, yellowtail, albacore, mahi-mahi, marlin and mako can be caught offshore.
“Awesome trip on the Malihini! Seriously, one of the best crews I’ve fished with, and I’ve been doing this a long time. The second captain Mike was really great, blending some humor with a lot of passion and friendliness. The captain fished really hard. Galley was great and the cook and other deckhands were also great. Seriously, can’t think of a single negative. Will go again soon.” – TripAdvisor review
“If you’re looking for a relaxing and fish filled day on San Diego Bay, Captain Alan Clowers is your guy. Our party of four, three generations, caught seven species of fish including 15 hard fighting Bonefish. Alan connects exceptionally well with kids ensuring a fun-filled day for all. I highly recommend Captain Clowers Charters.” – website review
Montauk is the small, quiet neighbor to The Hamptons. Known for its natural beauty, Montauk is surround by water on threes sides. Fishing, beachcombing, kayaking and surfing vie for your attention here. The summer season brings live music to the town’s pubs and cafes. Montauk is located over a hundred miles out into the Atlantic Ocean. All the fish from Long Island Sound and waters of Rhode Island and Massachusetts swim by on their annual migrations.
“The Blue Fin IV is simply the best most comfortable charter boat in Montauk. Capt. Michael has no weaknesses whether inshore trolling, bottom fishing (Michael can anchor on the smallest piece there is) or off shore big game fishing. His second generation local knowledge can not be matched. Don’t make the mistake I made, bring large coolers to bring your fresh catch home, he supplied the ice for the coolers too!” – TripAdvisor review
“I’ve been on many fishing charters down in Florida, but this was my first time going out on a charter in Montauk – Capt’n Burt and the crew were great and my friends and I had a ton of fun! Unlike some of my other experiences where the captains have been somewhat apathetic about your experience and not willing to make your time on the water unique (or successful), Burt and the crew were total opposites (plus his boat was clean – bonus!). … When we got back to the docks it was clear that we’d had a much better day compared to the other boats – most of our fish were keepers over 15-20lbs. Fishing with Burt was definitely a highlight of our trip!” – TripAdvisor review
Seward is one of Alaska’s oldest and scenic communities. Three hours south from Anchorage, this seaside village is a combo of shops, galleries, and nature. A sparkling bay for fishing and a rugged mountain flank the village. The Kenai Fjords National Park and Mount Marathon are major draws for tourists, too. Visit during August for the Silver Salmon Derby, the state’s largest. You can get out on the water and cast your line for several-hundred-pound halibut or salmon.
“We were on the all day combo halibut and Salmon with only 6 passengers. Neil was our captain and went out of his way to try and help everyone catch halibut and salmon. The weather was amazing that day and we also saw quite a few hump back and killer whales our boat caught 7 halibut and 3 silvers. I would definitely recommend taking a fishing trip with this outfit.” – TripAdvisor review
If you want to catch a lot of fish and have a great time doing it use Fish Seward Alaska. Captains and crew are excellent and will put you on fish all day long. Service is first class! I will be back next year because it will take me that long to eat the fish we caught.” TripAdvisor review
Ready for an adventure? If you are looking for a vacation that includes an adrenaline boost, we recommend the activities below. Throw caution to the wind as you cross off these bucket list items via land, air, and sea. When your pulse returns to normal, head back to your vacation rental and put your feet up. You deserve it, you daredevil.
“Love, love, love Wilderness Tours. We’ve been taking our boys for years and always have a blast. The guides, the trips, the grounds…it’s all such a great vibe. This year we went with a big group of families, which was even more fun. Most of them had never been … rafting, but everyone loved the experience and is booking again next year. Five stars for service, adventure and a guaranteed good time!” – samyaffe, TripAdvisor review
The Ottawa River never looked better than from atop a 150-foot bungee tower. For many, the plunge into the deep, clear water is the thrill of a lifetime, for others it’s an exciting challenge. Wilderness Tours provides adventure experiences along the Ottawa River, though bungee jumping is our favorite.
About Foresters Falls: History and adventure lovers flock to Foresters Falls. This village dates back to the 1800s when a dam and a road were built over the local waterfall. Today, travelers tour the Ross Museum to trace their family’s lineage. Others raft, kayak, and canoe down the Ottawa River.
“The [staff] were full of amazing facts about the area, about zip lining, and about the incredible nature that surrounded us during our tour. They also kept the experience very light hearted with all of their jokes but were also constantly keeping an eye on safety and making sure everyone was having a safe/great experience.” – Max G, TripAdvisor review
Hocking Hills Canopy Tours resides in the gorgeous Rockbridge area of southeast Ohio. Fly through the air on a thrilling zip line through the canopy of trees. Climb a shallow cliff face or go off-roading on a guided Segway tour through the forest. Feel your heart thump as you hurtle through Hocking Hills at over 50 mph.
About Rockbridge: The area around Rockbridge contains portions of the Hocking Hills State Park System and Clear Creek. The community is named after a natural bridge formed in a large section of sandstone. This ‘bridge’ stretches more than 100 feet long and 10 feet wide over a Hocking River ravine.
“My time on the NFCT was amazing, and I hope to be able to travel through more parts of it in the near future while I visit my fiancé on his 740-mile journey to the tip top of Maine.”- The Wild Outsiders Blog
The Northern Forest Canoe Trail is a long-distance paddling trail connecting the Adirondacks and New England. The Trail links rural communities and untamed forest. This offers canoeists and kayakers endless destinations and adventures. Their itineraries offer access to the finest whitewater and flat water paddling on the 740-mile trail. These itineraries include the services of expert local guides. The guides organize logistics and offer insight into local human and natural history.
“Our trip was absolutely perfect. The experience of the reef with it’s vast marine life was coupled with an amazing crew that allowed me to show my family the most amazing day. For the price, there is simply nothing you can do to get a return quite like Captain Slate’s adventure was able to provide.” – Bryant H, TripAdvisor review
A “founding father” of the scuba diving industry, Captain Slate has dived over 12,000 times. He brings that love of the ocean to his guided diving tours every day. Sail along in a glass bottom boat or feed the sea life on the “Creature Feature” tour – both are great ways to have an adventure in Florida.
About Tavernier: On the tropical Florida Keys near Islamorada, travelers relax under the sun in Tavernier. Most spend their days outdoors – on or in the ocean – riding the waves or meeting the wildlife. Divers seek out shipwrecks and exotic sea creatures. Others picnic with family at Long Key State Park.
“This was one of my favorites attractions! There is so much to learn and see inside the caves that you do not want to get out of them!” – wilmerguevara, TripAdvisor review
Wind your way through a half mile of dark Colorado caverns and explore the wonders of the underground. Travel deep into the mountain, exploring passageways and formations lit only by hand-held lanterns. You’ll learn about the eerie ghost stories and folklore of Cave of the Winds. Knowledgeable guides provide groups with 2 hours of good clean, yet muddy, underground fun. If you prefer to get your thrills (way) above ground, fly on the Bat-a-Pult or Terror-Dactyl.
About Manitou Springs: Manitou Springs is named for its 11 carbonated mineral springs. The town is a haven for artists of all mediums. Ride the famous Pikes Peak Cog Railway on your visit or dine at a creek-side restaurant.
“The great thing about the AT in Shenandoah is you can experience as much or as little as you want, and you’ll be rewarded with good exercise, a sense of wilderness, and spectacular views.” – Wallie, TripAdvisor review
The Appalachian Trail runs almost 2,200 miles from Georgia to Maine and through 12 states between. Three million visitors per year traverse at least part of the trail, while only a few thousand hikers make it the entire way. Thirty trail clubs maintain the path. The majority of the trail is in wilderness, although at times it crosses rivers and towns. Test your skills and be one with nature while walking along the AT – and cross another item off your bucket list.
“Have you ever wondered how it must be to float in air? How it must feel to be on Mars or the Moon? How it must be to be in Zero Gravity like astronauts are in the International Space Station? You can experience all of this on Zero G plane. I was fortunate to go on this flight recently and loved every minute of it. It is by far the most memorable experience of my life!!!!” – GCV1, TripAdvisor review
Sit within the diving Boeing 727 known as G-FORCE ONE. During your flight you and your group will experience 1.8Gs of force and 30 seconds of weightlessness as well as an experience other passengers have described as “zen-like”. Save up – tickets cost just under $5,000.
“Not only if you’re in the area, but this place is worth a special trip for the weekend airshows! Besides hangars full of aircraft from before the Lindbergh flight, they have actual World War I aircraft and others that take to the skies! Those pilots are fearless! Check the website for schedules as it is seasonal, but DO NOT MISS this treasure!” – Anon A, TripAdvisor review
Old Rhinebeck Aerodrome is a living aviation museum. Visitors can explore the world’s largest collection of early airplanes here. Beyond thrilling weekend aerial demonstrations, the Aerodrome also offers four museum buildings. These buildings house static displays of planes from the pioneer, World War I and barnstorming eras.
About Red Hook: You’ll find that classic “Main Street USA” atmosphere in the small Hudson River town of Red Hook. Stop in for a quiet autumn weekend to pick apples or shop at an authentic farmers’ market. Explore the gardens and tour the historic Montgomery Place during your visit, too.
“We’ve been going to Northern Extremes Snowmobiling for 10 years because they are the best. … The snowmobile suits they lent us were perfectly warm on this 18 degree, very windy day. The four of us stayed warm and comfortable for the entire two-hour trip. With the best sleds around and friendly staff, we will continue using them each year. See you guys next time around!” – Brian P, TripAdvisor review
Northern Extremes offers guided snowmobile tours and rentals in the White Mountain National Forest. Hop on a snowmobile and zoom through the New Hampshire snow for an hour, half day, or even full day tour. Ride alone or with a partner, but either way you’ll be on the edge of your seat.
About White Mountains: Experience nature in the White Mountains. This spectacular range is home to every species of northeastern wildlife. The landscape extends from sea level to the highest peak east of the Mississippi River. Depending on when you visit, you can go snowshoeing, witness breathtaking autumn colors, or hike and bike the trails.
“It was well organized from the equipment to the itinerary including the drop-offs and pick ups from the trail. The scenery was beautiful, the accommodations great, and the biking fun. What more could we ask for?” – jsschneider, TripAdvisor review
ROW Adventures plans small group tours to exotic locations across the globe. From exploring the Galapagos Islands to hiking in Machu Picchu, the more exotic, the better. You’ll learn about the area through the knowledgeable guides assigned to your group.
A group getaway sounds like a fun time – but securing a costly block of hotel rooms and dealing with the small space is difficult. Whether traveling with family or friends, book a vacation rental instead. You’ll have space, privacy, and amenities you’re used to at home.
Below we’ve listed the top vacation destinations with thousands of rentals on FlipKey that sleep 8 or more people.. We’ve included restaurant, activity, and attraction suggestions, plus one of the best rentals offered in each destination.
About Davenport: Davenport, Florida: the gateway to Disney. The theme park is the number one reason that families flock here (or nearby Orlando) each year. Take advantage of the area’s other family theme parks, including Universal Studios and Busch Gardens. To beat the heat, check out one of the local water parks. Davenport is also known for its golf courses. For a group that enjoys nature, nearby Little Big Econ State Forest offers miles of hiking and biking trails.
About Topsail Island: Topsail Island is a barrier island near Wilmington, North Carolina. With dense forests and nature preserves hugging a sandy coastline, Topsail Island is diverse and beautiful. Surf culture runs deep here, as the island’s waters are the perfect temperature year-round. One of the unique attractions on Topsail Island is the turtle sanctuary, which preserves the habitat of the island’s growing turtle population.
About Steamboat Springs: Known as “Ski Town, U.S.A,” Steamboat, Colorado is the ideal family ski and mountain vacation getaway. Leave the car at home and ride Steamboat’s free ski shuttle that will get you to the gondola in minutes. Though known best for its slopes, Steamboat Springs transforms into a group activity paradise in summertime. Hike and bike the trails, or just relax in your luxurious rental.
About Miramar Beach: Just a short drive from Destin along the Emerald Coast Parkway, Miramar Beach offers a postcard perfect Florida vacation. Miramar Beach is between Fort Walton Beach and Grayton Beach State Park, two of Florida’s most popular attractions. Your group will love the relative romantic quiet of Miramar and the friendly locals.
About Martha’s Vineyard: As one of America’s top destinations on the east coast, Martha’s Vineyard is a mix of beach bliss with cosmopolitan shopping, dining, and nightlife venues. Martha’s Vineyard is known for its beautiful rocky coastlines, situated at the end of the island, from Oak Bluffs to the ferry. Stroll the quaint side streets and look for antiques, or take a whale watching tour. Watch the sun descend behind the Gay Head Cliffs lighthouse, still lit by modern day keepers.
About Santa Rosa Beach: Step outside your vacation rental onto white sand beaches overlooking the Gulf of Mexico. Your group can swim, snorkel, sail, or sun amidst a clear blue water backdrop. Spend your days biking along the Santa Rosa coastline and through the nearby Point Washington State Forest, which includes more than 10 miles of trails. Also, be sure to explore the fine art galleries and museums, enjoy luxury spas, and indulge in world-class dining after the sun goes down.
About Anaheim: Located in the heart of Orange County, Anaheim offers a textbook California group getaway. As the legendary home of Disneyland and several other popular Anaheim theme parks, this region was made for children and children at heart. Don’t overlook the aspects of southern California that appeal to grown-ups as well. Tour vineyard country and experience a seasonal wine tasting. Visit the beach and spend an afternoon soaking up the golden sun. Play golf or see a live show together during your stay.
About Oahu: Oahu is a melting pot of ethnicities, activities and personalities. As the governmental and cultural capital of Hawaii, Oahu has a pulse like none other. Honolulu and Waikiki flank the southern coast, perhaps the most visited area in Hawaii. Honolulu combines the laid-back island feel with the fast-paced action of a city. Waikiki has been voted one of the best beaches globally countless times. At the opposite end of the island, the North Shore is a top global surfing spot,offering 20-foot waves
About Nags Head: Known for high sand dunes visible for miles, Nags Head has recently become one of the most popular resort towns in North Carolina. If you are looking for high end boutique or fine dining within the town, head to East Mall Drive and Croatan Highway. At Jockey’s Ridge State Park, in addition to climbing the large dunes, it’s possible to take hang gliding lessons. A multi-use path goes through the town along the ocean, ideal for a long walk or bike ride with your large group.
About Nantucket: The Atlantic Ocean crashes onto a shoreline of windswept beaches and rocky cliffs in Nantucket, MA. When traveling around Nantucket leave the car at home, and choose from different bike paths that criss-cross the island. Ride past beautiful rolling golf courses, chowder shacks, and traditional New England cottages. Tour centuries-old lighthouses, spend a day at Surfside Beach, or visit the whaling museum. Enjoy the upscale luxury of a Nantucket vacation.
The iconic Las Vegas sign welcomes visitors to the city.
About Las Vegas: Las Vegas is legendary for its casinos, but this city also offers spectacular sights, a wild nightlife, and an interesting museum scene. During the day, take a walk or drive along the strip just to take in the atmosphere. While the daytime offers plenty of things to do, it’s after nightfall that Las Vegas truly comes alive. In town for a Vegas theme wedding? The Little Chapel of Flowers is famous for quickie nuptials. Off the strip, Red Rock Canyon Tours is a great way to enjoy Nevada’s natural beauty as a group.
Volunteer-based vacations have become a popular option for today’s travelers, combining travel with community involvement, education and a worthy causes. Some of the most common types of volunteering include disaster relief, wildlife conservation and humanitarian work.
We’ve highlighted thirteen of worthy ‘voluntourism’ opportunities below. Consider lending a helping hand to these organizations while planning your next trip and you’ll help people and animals in need.
For those who love birds and bird-watching, a trip to Sitka should be on your list. At the Alaska Raptor Center, volunteers come face-to-face with their favorite birds of prey. The Alaska Raptor Center houses and cares for owls, eagles, hawks, and more endangered species. Each year, volunteers from around the world donate their time to the Alaska Raptor Center. They help with everything from feeding the birds to working in the business office. In 2015, 92 volunteers contributed more than 2,300 hours.
American Conservation Experience (ACE) is a volunteer organization helping restore America’s public lands. ACE’s . The volunteers work for two months in exchange for food and housing. They help the National Park Service, US Fish and Wildlife Service, and Bureau of Land Management.
Angel Canyon is the home of Best Friends Animal Sanctuary and 1,600 homeless animals. Dogs and cats live here, alongside farm animals like horses, pigs, and more. Volunteer activities include socializing with the animals, walking, feeding, grooming and assisting with cleaning. Volunteers can also take some of the animals on sleepovers, which help prepare them for their forever home.
The Bob Marshall Wilderness Foundation connects Americans with their wilderness heritage. It does this by providing access to and stewardship of one of the world’s most spectacular places –Montana’s Bob Marshall Wilderness Complex. It helps hundreds of hard-working volunteers give back to the wilderness by opening trails, restoring worn-out areas, maintaining historic structures and fighting weeds.
Whether you’re a life-long visitor or a first time camper, BMWF’s volunteer vacations are a great way to get outside and help. You can volunteer for as little as one day or a whole week. Families and people of all ages are welcome.
The rescued farm animals at Farm Sanctuary love visitors. Volunteer activities range from farm chores like barn cleaning and raking to shelter work like feeding and helping to care for animals. The sanctuary shares stories of struggle and survival and give visitors insight into the sometimes harsh realities of modern factory farming. Volunteers have been an integral part of the Farm Sanctuary team since the organization began, helping to improve the lives of farm animals and protect them from cruelty.
Girls Leadership teaches the skills to be brave, resilient and connected. This organization equips girls to make change in their world. They structure their work around five central values: inclusivity, authenticity, integrity, quality, and fun. Girls Leadership needs volunteers for many activities from marketing to fundraising and development.
Give Kids The World Village provides cost-free vacations to children with life-threatening illnesses. It provides families accommodations in furnished villas, transportation, tickets to theme parks, meals, and daily entertainment.
Volunteering at Give Kids The World Village means being a part of an organization that inspires hope and creates priceless memories. With more than three million volunteer hours logged, over a quarter of a million people have made dreams come true for children in need.
HistoriCorps provides volunteers with hands-on experience preserving historic structures on public lands across America. Volunteers work with HistoriCorps field staff to learn preservation skills. They then put those skills to work saving historic places that have fallen into disrepair.
Help them hammer, chisel, paint, and sand historic buildings back to life. No need for previous construction experience. Just bring a positive attitude and strong work ethic.
Clearwater is an organization built by individuals donating their time, energy and skills to preserve and champion the Hudson River. Opportunities to volunteer with Clearwater are available year round in varied settings. Some volunteers spread the Clearwater mission through talks at colleges, conferences, or farmers markets, while others live aboard the organization’s sloop or schooner teaching the education program.
Five hundred cats enjoy over three acres of lush grounds at the Lanai Cat Sanctuary in Hawaii. Only five people staff the sanctuary, so they welcome volunteers often. The needs of the sanctuary are many, so the cats count on travelers to visit. Some tasks involve feeding the cats, trimming the grass, and even foster care for some kittens.
lowernine.org is an organization dedicated to the long-term recovery of the lower ninth ward of New Orleans, where rebuilding has lagged behind other neighborhoods after Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. To date, lowernine.org has completed renovation projects on almost three hundred homes. They welcome all willing and able individuals regardless of skill level to volunteer. They provide all necessary project training and tools, even if you’ve never swung a hammer.
Sprout leaders travel, have fun and contribute to the lives of others. They do this by co-leading vacations for people with developmental disabilities. Sprout vacations last 3 – 7 days depending on the time of year and destination of the trip. Some leaders choose to only lead one or two trips a year, while others work for months.
Sprout leaders’ goal is to give participants the opportunity to experience educational and leisure activities through vacations. Leaders are responsible for the safety and enjoyment of their group. Duties include safety monitoring, personal hygiene help, providing physical and emotional support, activity planning, budgeting, logistics, and enhancing fun. The work is hard yet rewarding as you develop leadership skills and gain insight into your own abilities.
Youth Rebuilding New Orleans hosts volunteer groups looking to complete community service projects. Volunteers learn construction, leadership development, financial literacy, homeownership, and more. A traditional day’s work can include the following: demolition, painting, landscaping, tiling, and light construction.
Stretched out along South Carolina’s Grand Strand, Myrtle Beach has access to 60 miles of pure, unadulterated beach paradise. Whether you’re a beach-lover who wants nothing more than to stretch out on white sand, or the active type looking for a chance to fish, sail, or paddleboard out on the waves, 60 miles of beach means you can craft an individualized experience for you and the whole family. Spend the day or night on the Oceanfront Boardwalk and Promenade, or play a round at one of the winning courses in the area. Add in Myrtle Beach’s warm, subtropical climate, and you’re good to go for hours of outdoor fun.
The activities are varied, endless, and a fit for all ages; it’s what makes Myrtle Beach one of the most popular vacation rental destinations for groups. Whether you’re arriving with your family, a group of friends for Spring Break, or the annual retreat for the entire Girl Scout troop – there’s an oceanfront condo, a luxury penthouse or a beach house with your name on it.
Below we’ve rounded up some the best Myrtle Beach vacation rentals for groups on FlipKey. Highly rated and with great amenities – think chef-grade kitchens, beautiful backyards, private pools and panoramic views – all ll of these rentals sleep over 10 people.
Here they are: the best Myrtle Beach vacation rentals for groups
Low Tide Too provides the perfect ocean views with its twenty-foot glass windows. The high ceilings and open floor plan provide a comfortable space for gathering, entertaining and relaxing. The main floor opens up to a massive deck with gorgeous views and a built-in pool. Prepare meals in the fully equipped kitchen with features including granite counter tops, custom cabinetry, stainless steel appliances, dual ovens, a wine cooler and 2 refrigerators. This beautiful home has spacious bedrooms with ensuite bathrooms and ocean views. You won’t have to worry about overcrowded beaches or obstructed views while staying here because there isn’t a high rise in sight.
This executive home has an oceanfront pool, a beautifully furnished and decorated interior, and offers front and back porches on two levels to capture magnificent views of the ocean and creek. With 6 bedrooms and 7 bathrooms, your party of up to 16 people will have plenty of room. Two master suites open to the oceanfront balcony, and both have luxurious baths featuring garden tubs and walk-in showers. There are 9 TVs on site, two wet bars, outdoor shower and (gasp) an elevator. You’ll have boat landing access and a community pool also available.
For a gorgeous private pool and patio, look no further than Summertime Retreat in Myrtle Beach. It has a whopping 6 bedrooms and sleeps to 15 people. Highlights include the screened porch, rocking chairs, hammocks, Jacuzzi, pool table, ping pong table and fireplace. You’ll also love the easy beach access (only a three-minute walk) and the nearby golf course. This rental is pet-friendly, so bring the pup along too.
Families with children will love the Flipside home on Myrtle Beach. Ready for your arrival is a pack & play, high chair, and separate booster seat for your little ones. Getting to the beach is simple and tantrum-free – it’s a quick one-minute walk.The spacious rental features 5 bedrooms and 5 bathrooms, with 2 living areas and 3 master suites. The reverse floor plan allows the upper level kitchen, dining room and living room to have full views of the ocean. Relax on the covered deck on a rocker or hammock. After a long day on the beach, cook up dinner for the whole gang on the charcoal grill.
Described by the owners as “A house as grand as the Atlantic Ocean”, 7th Heaven is located on the oceanfront in Surfside Beach. Whether you’re planning a corporate getaway, family reunion or get-together with friends, 7th Heaven can easily accommodate 21 guests in its 7 bedrooms. A handicap elevator is available to the 1st and 2nd floor for your convenience. Other features include a private oceanfront pool, high speed internet access, stereo system, X-Box, and Wii games. There are high chairs, booster seats, and a crib for younger guests, as well as two sets of washer/dryers for the inevitable spills. Enjoy 3 oceanside porches with incredible views and an outdoor shower.
Come enjoy this completely renovated home away from home. Two Views is surrounded by magnificent vistas and water on each side. This spacious floor plan includes tow living areas, a sun room, wet bar, and hot tub. Your entire party can stretch out on the wrap-around covered porch or bask in the sun on the oceanfront porch while you fry up dinner on the outdoor grill.
This whimsical oceanfront retreat is updated with all the conveniences of a new home, including two master suite bedrooms. Cathedral ceilings and tall, wraparound windows fill the common livings areas with natural light and stunning panormaic ocean views. There are five total bedrooms in this rental, so up to 12 people can stay here comfortably. Your group will love the private boardwalk to the beach, large sun deck, and screen-in porch and hammock. It is also dog-friendly so bring the pooches along!
The Lighthouse is an immaculate 4 bedroom, 3.5 bath house offering all the comforts of home coupled with the luxuries of a vacation rental. This alluring home has beautiful outdoor space with a little pond full of brightly colored goldfish, private pool, and a grilling area for barbecuing. The beach is only a short, half-mile walk from The Lighthouse, but you won’t have a bit of trouble getting there on the golf cart provided with this house.
This North Myrtle Beach vacation rental home has a spacious floor plan with lots of extras that make larger family vacations so much better. The large living room opens out onto a secluded patio perfect for unwinding with a good book and a cup of coffee. The Lighthouse also has DirecTV with whole house DVR available on all 5 TVs.
With the 2016 presidential election (mercifully) just days away, the volatile nature of this year’s contest has made the topic of politics a fixture in our day-to-day lives. On the FlipKey blog we want to forget all about the “who do you support” or “I’m moving to Canada” rhetoric and focus more on the incredible political history of America’s east coast. From presidential libraries and homes, to famous speeches and scandals, we’ve chosen seven spots along the east coast to make for an educational road trip.
JFK Library and Museum in Boston, Massachusetts
Boston, MA – John F. Kennedy Presidential Library & Museum
Your journey starts at the gorgeous JFK Presidential Library in Boston designed by famed architect I.M. Pei. In a city full of historic sites, the JFK Library is a wealth of information on his too-short life. The 35th President of the United States was born and raised in Massachusetts, and the 10-acre grounds include trees, shrubs, and roses reminiscent of Cape Cod.
The interior of the museum portrays the life, leadership, and legacy of President Kennedy. Exhibits include a look at the famous 1960 presidential campaign, a tribute to his younger brother Robert, and a collection of historical materials chronicling mid-20th century politics and life.
Shop in the museum store or dine in the JFK Café. Visitors can walk along the Boston Harborwalk or picnic on the grounds. From May to October, President Kennedy’s 26-foot sailboat Victura is on display. Tickets cost $14 for adults, and children under 12 get in free.
Drive past Brooklyn and Queens and head out to Oyster Bay, NY to visit Sagamore Hill, the home of one of America’s manliest men, Teddy Roosevelt. Teddy lived here from 1885 until his death in 1919.
Teddy Roosevelt bought 155 acres on Long Island in 1880, and hired architects to build the home at his wife’s direction. She helped plan the house, with its many rooms, wide verandahs, and sweeping views of Long Island Sound, but did not live to enjoy it. Teddy raised six children in the home with his second wife, Edith.
During Roosevelt’s time in office, his “Summer White House” was the focus of international attention. It was the political and personal home for Teddy and his whole family. In 1900, Republican leaders gathered at the house to hear Roosevelt accept his nomination for vice president as William McKinley’s running mate. It became his unofficial campaign headquarters in 1904 and in 1912. On the day before he died there, on January 6, 1919, Roosevelt asked Edith, “I wonder if you will ever know how I love Sagamore Hill.”
Explore the natural surroundings and be inspired by the legacy of one of America’s most popular presidents. The home is open to the public by guided tour. Almost all the furnishings are original. Also on the site is the Theodore Roosevelt Museum, which chronicles the life and career of the President.
Men like George Washington, Benjamin Franklin, and Thomas Jefferson planted the first seeds of Democracy at Independence Hall. Independence Hall is the location of the signing of the Declaration of Independence in July of 1776when the founding fathers said “Enough is enough” to Great Britain. The first American flag was flown here one year later, and the US Constitution was drafted in this building 10 short years after that. The original liberty bell was housed here, but has since been moved to another pavilion.
Independence Hall was restored several times, changing the appearance of the building. In 1950 the National Park Service restored it back to its 1776 appearance. Sadly, most of the furniture inside Independence Hall is not authentic—in 1778, British troops occupied the building and used the furniture as firewood!
Independence Hall is located in the middle of the 45-acre Independence National Historical Park. The historic building can be visited free of charge by guided tour between March 1 and December 31. It is open late in the summer, and visitors can take the opportunity to explore on their own.
This small town in Pennsylvania was thrust into the spotlight during the bloodiest battle in American history between the Union and Confederate troops during the American Civil War. Over three horrible days in July 1863, over 50,000 soldiers died on these hallowed grounds. In November of that same year, President Lincoln wrote and delivered the famous Gettysburg Address during the commemoration of the battle.
Today, this 6,000-acre Civil War military park, dedicated to soldiers who fought here, is a beautiful and somber place. There are a number of group tours offered by different carriers—some are on horseback, others on Segways, more by bus or from the comfort of your own car with an audio tape or iPad app. Of course, the best way is to tour the area is with a knowledgeable Park Ranger. Licensed Battlefield Guides train for years and must pass extensive tests administered by the National Park Service to qualify to give tours.
You’ll want to start at the Visitor Center when you arrive and use this building as your home base. Grab an itinerary to see the offerings of the day and week. The Visitor Center also serves as a museum and shows educational movies. There are other special historic sites that are part of the Gettysburg National Military Park, including the Soldiers’ National Cemetery, the George Spangler Farm, the Eisenhower National Historic Site, the David Wills House and the Rupp House.
From what is arguably Lincoln’s greatest moment to his worst—make your next stop further south at Ford’s Theater in Washington DC, the site of his assassination in 1865 by John Wilkes Booth. The President was carried across the street to Petersen’s boarding house where he remained unconscious through the night, and died the next day.
Today, Ford’s is a working theatre, historical monument, world-class museum and learning center celebrating the life and legacy of Abraham Lincoln. On the top level, the restored and renovated theater produces plays and musicals exploring the American experience and Lincoln’s legacy.
Located below the theater is the museum, which transports visitors to 19th-century Washington. The theatre, museum and education center educate patrons about Civil War Washington and Lincoln’s life, assassination and legacy. Highlights of a Ford’s Theatre visit include presentations by actors and National Park Service rangers, exhibits exploring Lincoln’s presidency and the Civil War, and a 34-foot tower of Lincoln books. The collection also includes artifacts related to the assassination, such as Lincoln’s overcoat, Booth’s derringer, Major Rathbone’s gloves and the contents of Lincoln’s pockets when he was killed.
Just over three hours south of DC you’ll find Charlottesville, Virginia. Monticello was designed by Thomas Jefferson in the late 1700s to be a home, plantation, and farm. It’s known as his “essay in architecture”. Jefferson (third president and author of the Declaration of Independence) worked on Monticello, one of America’s most famous houses, for over four decades, updating and enlarging the home based on his tastes. There are Roman, French, and other architectural influences blended throughout the home. Monticello is full of Jefferson mementos and the versatile structure is a testament to this early Renaissance man.
Outside, on the grounds, Jefferson continued his work, showcasing his knowledge of gardening and landscaping. Both ornamental and vegetable gardens, as well as two orchards, a vineyard, and an 18-acre grove were included in his landscape plans.
The Thomas Jefferson Foundation, a nonprofit organization, purchased the property in 1923 and continues to operate it as a museum and educational institution. Tours of the house and gardens are available March to October. House tours are offered daily, though there is a fee for admission.
After a long but fulfilling road trip, treat yourself to a final stop in Palm Beach, Florida, one of the counties where the Butterfly Ballot almost ruined the 2000 presidential election. Many voters cast their vote for the opposition, either Al Gore or George Bush, by mistake!
Voting issues were rampant in the state of Florida: some electronic ballots malfunctioned, lawsuits were brought over the butterfly ballot, and who can forget the notorious “hanging chad”?
You can relax in Palm Beach for the last few days of your road trip by walking along Lake Trail or chartering a boat for a deep sea fishing adventure.
There are hundreds more attractions for political history enthusiasts along the east coast. We’ve left off some major ones like the White House, Capitol Building and Lincoln Memorial—and that’s just in Washington DC! If this election has ignited your love for politics and travel, we encourage you to plan your own road trip and get moving. Staying in vacation rentals along the way will save you a lot of money, plus you’ll have the space, privacy, and amenities you’re used to at home.
A relaxing retreat from modern life, Gatlinburg is one of the most popular vacation rental destinations in the US. With over 2500 rentals available in Gatlinburg on FlipKey, the choices for a perfect cabin getaway for your family are endless. Gatlinburg is a destination of non-stop adventure in the outdoors. From whitewater raft tours to high-octane ski runs down the mountain, every season delivers a range of heart pumping activities.
After building up a hunger, you’ll be happy to know that over 100 restaurants are there catering to all appetites. From Southern-style BBQ and stone ground flapjacks to ethnic cuisine from around the world, the town is an ideal spot for a romantic interlude or a filling family dinner.
Now, for those families with a healthy appetite or a love of fine cuisine, we’ve gathered a list of our best rentals in Gatlinburg for foodies. These rentals are all located near one of the best restaurants in town. We’ve included a brief description of the rental and what the top-tier restaurant nearby is all about.
Here they are: the best rentals in Gatlinburg for foodies
As you drive beneath the canopy of oak and pine trees down the winding country road to MountainLoft, you feel as though you’re entering the nearby Smoky Mountains National Park. From an elevation of 2,200 feet, the clubhouse and vacation homes afford sweeping views of the mountainside.
The rich, earthy colors and traditional American furnishings within will make you feel right at home. Catch a glimpse of deer or a black bear from your balcony or patio. Warm up after a day on the slopes in front of the fireplace or in the whirlpool tub. If you prefer the crisp outdoor air, you can relax in any of four outdoor hot tubs, two heated pools or the sauna.
Taste of Italy is the #1 rated restaurant on TripAdvisor in the Gatlinburg area. The owners are New York transplants and they bring all the classic Italian flavors made with a pinch of love to the Smoky Mountain region. Their goal is to provide locals, tourists and visitors to the Gatlinburg area a locally owned and operated family friendly authentic Italian restaurant with good, nutritious food in a warm atmosphere at reasonable prices with exceptional service. You can munch on hand tossed pizza and Italian favorites like pasta, calzones, lasagna, Stromboli, seafood and more. It is BYOB, so bring your favorite red wine to pair with your meal or sample one of your favorite beers from the tap or glass. Using old world cooking techniques, Taste of Italy has generated hundreds of 4 and 5 bubble reviews on TripAdvisor, making it an incredibly popular choice among vacation rental guests. You’ll love the decor, and for those who are vegetarian or gluten-free, the menu offers a number of options to suit your tastes.
Grand Chalet is one of the best rentals in Gatlinburg for foodies
Mountain views and a rustic decor make this Gatlinburg cabin rental a must-book. It sleeps 8 visitors comfortably in 3 bedrooms, each bedroom having its own flat screen TV. The vaulted ceiling in the living room elegantly frames the wood burning fireplace. The game room offers a pool table and games for all ages. And the bedding, did we mention the bedding? Like sleeping on a cloud that also happens to be in the mountains. What keeps visitors coming back to this rental is the outside deck, though. Featuring a massive jacuzzi, you’ll love watching the Smoky sunset or sitting in the rocking chair sipping morning coffee.
For the lucky ones staying at Grand Chalet, start your day next door at Crockett’s Breakfast Camp. Inspired by frontier life, you’ll love the outdoor and indoor decor of this top-rated breakfast spot in Gatlinburg. You’ll feel home on the range with wood seating and floors, iron frying pans, oak barrels, as well as animals heads perched on every wall. You’ll find fair prices, incredible service, and of course, delicious breakfast food here. From Big Tennesee French Toast, to skillet served right from the pan, to griddle cakes, grits, and eggs benedict – you’ll leave here full and very happy. You’ll never see thicker pancakes than at Crockett’s Breakfast Camp, either. The fresh maple syrup is a dream. This is a must-visit for foodies staying in Gatlinburg.
Perched on a ridge overlooking old-growth woodlands and boasting spectacular views of the mountains, Annie’s Smoky View is blissfully quiet and private—so much so, you’ll be amazed at just how close it is to so many of the area’s attractions. The Great Smoky Mountains National Park, the Gatlinburg Arts & Crafts Loop, and downtown Gatlinburg are mere minutes away. There’s even a trolley close by so that you don’t have to drive into downtown—no worrying about finding parking!
Warm up by the wood burning fireplace or take a soak in the jacuzzi on the deck. As if soaking among steamy jets of water weren’t pampering enough, now you can do so while gazing out at the mountains during the day or up at the star-studded sky at night. The downstairs game room has a full-sized billiard table for guest enjoyment. The kitchen is equipped with all the appliances, gadgets, cookware, and tableware you need. Outside there’s a charcoal grill by the front entrance too if you reel in some trout from one of the nearby streams, grill it up outdoors the way the locals do.
The screened-in front porch has a bistro table where you can sit and enjoy your first cup of coffee while watching the sunrise. There are rockers on the porch as well. With all the conveniences of home, in a beautiful and peaceful location that’s just minutes from hiking, biking, skiing, golfing, go karting, zip lining, and more, Annie’s Smoky View may become the site of your best vacation yet.
Sevier County’s best kept secret is a quarter mile away from Annie’s Smoky View. The popular, very casual eatery pulls no punches with the decor, menu, silverware, or upkeep. It is a hot dog stand and shake shack, no doubt about it, but it “wows” every single person who stops in. If you’re on a diet, don’t stop in. If you want to drown yourself in BBQ sauce, bacon, onions, drizzled cheese, baked beans, shredded cheddar, and a whole lot more on top of your hot dog, this is the place for you. The thick milkshakes are blended by request with flavors like cookies ‘n’ creme, classic chocolate, and peanut butter – all served with a smile from the friendly employees. Do not miss a stop in here.
If you’re a true foodie, you’ll love staying in Bear Den, a short walk to an incredible restaurant in Gatlinburg
Enjoy relaxing on your private deck with sounds of the creek below and unrestricted views of Mt. LeConte. This rental, known as Bear Den, features a large, but cozy living area with gas fireplace, pool table, cable TV, and a pool table. The master suite features a jacuzzi tub, private bath and deck off the master with hot tub overlooking views of the mountains. The outdoor fire pit is stocked with firewood and there is a picnic area just a 1 minute walk from this cabin!
The Mountain Lodge Restaurant is the #5 rated spot in Gatlinburg. Foodies staying in the Bear Den should definitely take the very short walk over to this restaurant for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. Good food at a good value, diners love the steady excellence of Mountain Lodge Restaurant. The biscuits, gravy, and hot maple syrup are all fan favorite at breakfast. A delectable chicken salad is the highlight of lunch and the bacon cheeseburger is a dinner winner for many. Do not miss the blackberry cobbler for dessert, if you have room.
River Cottage, a 3-bedroom, 1-level home, is right in downtown Gatlinburg. You can park your car in the house’s carport and then pretty much forget about during your stay. The Gatlinburg Convention Center, the Guinness World Records Museum, Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies, restaurants galore, the tram to Ober Gatlinburg Amusement Park & Ski Area—you can walk to each of them in minutes.
As its name suggests, the house overlooks a tree-lined river. The view from the deck is gorgeous, and you can see even more from the rental’s tranquil and comfortable hot tub. The leather couches and armchair in the living area are supremely comfortable, the gas fireplace casts a welcoming glow, and the windows bring the beauty of the outdoors in.
Given that you can walk to loads of restaurants from River Cottage, you might not plan on doing much, if any, cooking. Once you see the sparkling kitchen, however, you’re apt to change your mind. With its stainless-steel appliances, gleaming countertops, and wealth of cookware and tableware, the kitchen might bring out your inner chef. In total, River Cottage can sleep 8 people—and even a small dog or two.
The best pizza in Gatlinburg, bar none, is at Big Daddy’s Pizzeria. Pizza lovers and foodies of all kinds should order up a pie from this spot. For the family or group staying at River Cottage, you only have to walk 500 feet to get there. At the heart of Big Daddy’s is a 550 degree, wood-fired flame inside a one-of-a-kind brick oven. The pizza starts with hand-crafted, homemade dough topped with homemade sauces and fresh ingredients. They’re so committed to that freshness that there isn’t a freezer on the premises. The end product pays homage to pizza’s classic Neapolitan roots with a deliciously crispy thin crust. The location in Pigeon Forge has a full blown arcade, which will keep the kids (and let’s face it, the adults) busy for hours.
Located by the Great Smoky Mountains and downtown Gatlinburg, Smoky Mountain Resort offers luxurious one or two-bedroom villas surrounded by breathtaking mountain views. The lodge-inspired villas feature a fully equipped kitchen, a separate living room with queen size pullout sofa sleeper, dining room seating for the family, an over-sized spa tub, washer and dryer, DVD player and more. On snowy days, enjoy a plunge in the indoor pool. During summer months, the outdoor pool is the place to be. Also on site is a fitness center with treadmill, stationary bike, elliptical and nautilus equipment.
A short 128 feet from the Smoky Mountain Resort is the frontier-themed Log Cabin Pancake House. A haven for breakfast lovers, it is the atmosphere that makes this restaurant a treat for foodies. From rocking chairs on the front porch to the massive wagon wheel chandeliers, you’ll feel like you stepped out of the wild west and into pancake heaven. From sweet to savory, you’ll find just what you’re craving here, and the prices are quite reasonable for the area. There are over a dozen variations of pancakes and crepes here, including Peach, Caribbean, Apple, Pecan, Butterscotch and more!
Within walking distance of downtown Gatlinburg, Homespun Hospitality cabin provides all the convenience of home for you and your family. These pet-friendly accommodations are very close to the theme park, outlet mall, and grocery shopping. Guests also receive access to special amenities like a jacuzzi tub for the adults, a game room for the kids, and a gas fireplace to warm everyone up. It has a private drive too, so no parking arrangements need to be made. The house has enough space to sleep twelve guests efficiently with four bedrooms and three bathrooms. There is a full kitchen with all the modern conveniences including a coffee maker, dishwasher, utensils, and cookware. There is free Wi-Fi with the vacation rental home. There is even a fenced in yard so you won’t have to worry about the kids or your furry four-legged companion.
Right nearby: Old Dad’s (1127 Parkway – 0.6 miles away)
Part general store, part restaurant, Old Dad’s has been a staple in Gatlinburg for years. The major draw here is the fresh deli, where they’re serving up three square meals per day with about 50 options, but lunch is where Old Dad’s shines. Hot dogs, burgers, sandwiches, fried fixins’ and more. Besides dropping in for your lunch, come by for beer, wine, and the best Gatlinburg souvenirs around. Grab some Old Dad’s memorabilia on the way out! This country store is the epitome of one-stop shopping in Gatlinburg and foodies will be surprised by the quality of, well, everything. Only a half mile from the Homespun Hospitality vacation rental.
Above Gatlinburg is a pet-friendly, spacious log cabin located within minutes from downtown Gatlinburg attractions, dining and the Great Smoky Mountain National Park. This 3800 square foot cabin, with red oak floors, is absolutely loaded with amenities including a two-car garage and can accommodate up to fourteen people. The main level features a rustic living area complete with leather sofa, love seat, and chair in front of a large stone gas fireplace and a 60 inch HDTV. Also on this level is the fully equipped kitchen and large dining table that seats ten with five additional chairs at the kitchen bar.
The lower level is furnished with an air hockey table, board games, TV, VCR, queen sleeper sofa, and gas stove fireplace. An outside door leads to another deck that overlooks a small golf course. The east wing is equipped with another small kitchen, den, pool table, board games, and 52inch HDTV with DVD player and CD stereo. The den is decorated with a leather sleeper sofa, love seat, and chair in front of a stone fireplace. French doors lead to a screen deck that offer logged furniture overlooking the gorgeous Gatlinburg lights with a six person hot tub.
This little gem is a short 330 foot walk away from the incredible rental known as Above Gatlinburg. Take your family over to Parton’s Deli for a delicious meal. Since 1974 Parton’s has been serving up sub sandwiches steamed in an old fashioned steamer and then dressed to order, that’s what sets this restaurant apart and has customers coming back in droves. Foodies will rave about this rare process. They’re known in the region for their hot dogs and chili dogs as well, so don’t leave without trying one. Cole slaw, deviled eggs, potato salads and all the sides here are homemade, and for dessert, lemon pound cake. Yum!
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