Monthly Archives: May 2017

Bay Vista Lounge Cruise

Experience the exquisite beauty of Wineglass Bay and the Freycinet Peninsula aboard the Schouten Passage II, a 150 seat eco-catamaran.

The journey is spectacular; the vessel will stop and allow you to gaze at the sheer granite cliffs, get up close to the wildlife and provide informative commentary on landmarks, wildlife and history. Wineglass Bay is beautiful and remote, a shimmering crescent of white sand fringes at the edge of a perfect turquoise sea where you will enjoy a Tasmanian Ploughman’s lunch at anchor in relaxed style.

Your delicious lunch is a bento box full of fresh local seasonal produce such as salmon, cheeses and chocolate, (take out the wording in red) prepared by the Freycinet Lodge. Taste local beverages and cool-climate wines available for purchase in nature’s best wine bar in the wilderness.

The Vista Lounge offers floor to ceiling windows, comfortable indoor and spacious outdoor viewing decks, baby change facilities and disabled amenities. You haven’t seen Freycinet until you’ve seen it with Wineglass Bay Cruises.

Enhoy the Moment That You Have on Minnesota and Wisconsin for winter thrills

Though it may be tempting to escape to the sunshine this winter, there’s a lot to be said for revelling in the snow and ice, too. And there’s plenty of beautiful (and bracing) backcountry to explore in northern Minnesota and neighbouring Wisconsin.

As Minnesota gears up for February’s Super Bowl, all eyes are on the state. So, whether you want to whiz across frozen lakes on a snowmobile or wander the woodland on snowshoes, we take a look at the wintry delights the region has to offer. Just make sure you don’t skimp on the thermals.

For downhill childish thrills: snow tubing
Who’d have thought that hurtling down a hill at speed in, what amounts to, a big fat rubber doughnut, could be so thrilling – and terrifying? You don’t need hi-tech gear, or even a whisker of skill – just a gutsy streak.

Try it: Spirit Mountain is a 15-minute drive from Duluth, Minnesota. It has three groomed lanes and a draglift to hoik you up the hill. All you have to do is sit tight until you get to the top and then scream your way to the bottom.
It might look leisurely but cross-country skiing is a full-on aerobic workout, and if you’re new to it you’ll rapidly discover muscles you didn’t know you had.

Minnesota and Wisconsin offer some of the best cross-country skiing in the USA, with hundreds of kilometres of trails to explore. There are no ski-lifts, so no ugly chunks of metal blighting the landscape, and no clatter of machinery.

And because you’re not flying downhill at speed there’s time to absorb the crisp beauty of the landscape and appreciate the quietness. Look out for skittish deer among the trees, or even an elusive wolf.

Spend Valentine’s Day in Paris

Impress your date this Valentine’s Day by ditching the flowers and boxes of chocolate in favor of a wildly romantic trip to Paris.

Today, The Flight Deal found a round-trip flight to one of the most romantic cities on Earth for $421 (more expensive than a Hallmark card, sure, but still cheaper than diamonds). The discounted fares to Paris, on sale with United, are available from the New York City area throughout the month of February, including Valentine’s Day.

Travelers can spend a week strolling hand-in-hand down the City of Light’s cobblestone streets, sipping wine on the banks of the River Seine, and admiring the Eiffel Tower as it twinkles in the nighttime.

If a warm-weather getaway seems more enticing, take your significant other on a holiday to Rome ($381), Ibiza ($424) or the Greek capital of Athens ($471).

And you don’t have to be located on the East Coast to take advantage of these impressive deals from St. Cupid. Los Angeles-based lovers can fly to Paris for $486 round-trip during Valentine’s Day, while steamy Mexican destinations like San José del Cabo, Cancun, and Puerto Vallarta can be reached starting at $166 round-trip.

To find the perfect Valentine’s Day getaway from your home airport, use KAYAK’s Explore tool to find swoon-worthy flight deals in your budget.