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Planning a Trip to Sedona? Here is Your Guide

Cathedral Rock is one of the most hiked red rock formations in all of Arizona. Travelers come from all over to see the gorgeous geological formations. Additionally, the city of Sedona that sits surrounded by multiple red rock formations is a popular destination for those seeking a higher power and rejuvenation. Sedona has a lot More »

Sante Fe Welcomes You

Do you long for the good old days? Do you wish that people stopped and took the time to help you out or share a story? What if you heard that old-fashioned friendly hospitality still existed? You’ll find it in Santa Fe! Santa Fe Hotels are a Home Away From Home Santa Fe hotels delight in More »

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Six Best Budget-Friendly Hotels in Rosemont, Illinois

Located a mere 20 minutes from downtown Chicago, Rosemont may fool you into thinking that it’s only a sleepy little suburb, but the city itself is virtually in Chicago O’Hare International Airport’s backyard. With the city itself receiving close to 75,000 visitors a day, according to the city’s website rosemont.com, you can be certain Rosemont More »

Planning a Trip to Sedona? Here is Your Guide

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Cathedral Rock is one of the most hiked red rock formations in all of Arizona. Travelers come from all over to see the gorgeous geological formations. Additionally, the city of Sedona that sits surrounded by multiple red rock formations is a popular destination for those seeking a higher power and rejuvenation. Sedona has a lot to offer visitors and should be on your list of must see cities. Book a room at one of the many affordable hotels in Sedona, and discover all this magical city has to offer. 

Getting to Sedona

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There is a small airport in Sedona, but unless you plan on flying your private plane or chartering a small jet, you won’t be making a stop here. Instead, you will need to fly into Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport (PHX) and drive the 118 miles to Sedona, or catch the commuter flight from PHX to Flagstaff and drive 30 miles. Most visitors say it is easier, faster, and more enjoyable to drive direct from PHX, as flights to Flagstaff are often delayed and the 30 mile drive from Flagstaff will take almost an hour to make.

Best Places to Stay

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There are many great hotels both downtown and in surrounding areas: resorts, boutique hotels, chain hotels, and bed and breakfasts. With so many options, where you decide to stay depends on what you have planned.

If you are interested in seeing all that the great outdoors of Sedona has to offer, so choose accomodations like the Sky Ranch Lodge. From here, you can see all the famous red rock formations as well as the small town of Jerome in the distance. On the other hand, you may be more interested in art and culture. If so, choose to stay downtown at The Orchard Inn of Sedona surrounded by several spiritual shops and restaurants. No matter where you choose to stay, you are sure to leave Sedona feeling refreshed and rejuvenated.

Must See Attractions

 

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There is much more to see in Sedona than first meets the eyes. In fact, one of the biggest attractions in Sedona is not something you can see; the Sedona vortex draws visitors year round. It is said that in addition to the natural beauty, Sedona has an empowering force that possess healing powers and rejuvenates the soul. If this force appeals to you, you should consider reconnecting your mind, body, and soul with a Restorative Yoga in Red Rocks. This is a fantastic yoga class that focuses and embraces the vortex powers.

Many of Sedona’s must see attractions involve being outdoors. Cathedral Rock, Red Rock Scenic ByWay, Broken Arrow Trail, and Devil’s Bridge Trail are just a few of visitors’ favorites. US News Travel has ranked what they believe are the best sights and attractions in the Sedona area; this is a great resource for the first time Sedona visitors looking for tips on what they should do and see.

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Carrie Dahle is a multi-talented writer living no place in particular. Why, because she is too busy traveling. Her travels have included bike rides down volcanoes, maneuvering the waves of Hawaii, sailing the seas of the Caribbean, and so much more. While Carrie has spent countless hours in copywriting, and producing website content, she has transformed herself into a fantastic travel writer

Sante Fe Welcomes You

Do you long for the good old days? Do you wish that people stopped and took the time to help you out or share a story? What if you heard that old-fashioned friendly hospitality still existed? You’ll find it in Santa Fe!

Santa Fe Hotels are a Home Away From Home

Santa Fe hotels delight in going the extra mile for their guests.Employees turn on the charm from the moment you arrive at DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Santa Fe and receive a warm, welcoming chocolate chip cookie. Its trained professionals can help you plan a large or small onsite event or simply make sure your room is comfortable. It’s telling that 96 percent of Hipmunk.com users say the DoubleTree’s staff members are friendly. They’re even more enthusiastic about the workers at the Inn at Sante Fe. A near perfect 97 percent of Hipmunk.com users give the employees at this independent hotel the thumbs up. It’s not uncommon to read reviews praising the way the staffers go the extra mile to ensure their guests are happy and comfortable.

Santa Fe has Great Spas for Extra Pampering

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Santa Fe has plenty of full-service spas which can make you feel really special on your vacation. Enjoy a taste of Oriental indulgence at Ten Thousand Waves, a unique spa inspired by Japanese mountain hot spring resorts. A more traditional spa can be enjoyed at Absolute Nirvana. This establishment only employs master-level therapists with at least 17 years of experience.If you’d rather not travel to enjoy a dose of pampering, why not check out The Hacienda and Spa at Hotel Santa Fe? This decadent spa employs licensed practitioners in everything from energy work to sports and cranial-sacral massage. It’s ideally located on the grounds of the secluded Hotel Santa Fe.

Warm Hospitality at Family-Run Restaurants

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Santa Fe is legendary for its fiery cuisine, but it’s more than good food that makes its local eateries some of New Mexico’s best. The warm hospitality of local restauranteurs helps make these Santa Fe establishments really special. This is a city where you’ll find few chains. Instead most of the independent restaurants are still run by the families that established them years ago, such as Café Castro, Casa Chimayó, and Atrisco Café & Bar.

Fly Home from Nearly Private Airport

Too often air travelers feel like cattle as they’re herded through the gates of large scale airports. At Santa Fe Municipal Airport, they do things a bit differently. The majority of flights from the airport are provided by planes carrying a maximum of 30 passengers, so things never get too crowded. With fewer passengers to look after, the airport staffers have more time to ensure you’re left with a positive impression of Santa Fe. Read Hipmunk.com’s guide to flying from Santa Fe to learn more about this unique travel hub.Where have you received the best customer service on vacation? Make sure to share your story below!
Author Bio: Lauren Katulka is a happily married freelance writer living on Australia’s Central Coast. When she’s not playing around with words she loves roller skating, spending time in the kitchen, watching indie films and cuddling her Devon Rex cat, Gizmo.

Six Best Budget-Friendly Hotels in Rosemont, Illinois

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Located a mere 20 minutes from downtown Chicago, Rosemont may fool you into thinking that it’s only a sleepy little suburb, but the city itself is virtually in Chicago O’Hare International Airport’s backyard. With the city itself receiving close to 75,000 visitors a day, according to the city’s website rosemont.com, you can be certain Rosemont has plenty of hotels to accommodate them. Here are the six best budget-friendly Rosemont hotels.

1. Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Chicago O’Hare

With its convenient access to Chicago O’Hare International Airport and public transportation to Chicago, the Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Chicago O’Hare can’t be beat for its affordable room rates and amenities. Best of all, the hotel’s Shopping Package treats you to shopping at the Fashion Outlets of Chicago with vouchers for a Green Savings Card that can save you up to $800 at participating retailers.

2. DoubleTree by Hilton Chicago O’Hare Airport – Rosemont

Sophisticated elegance and the comforts of home await you at the DoubleTree by Hilton Chicago O’Hare Airport. A popular spot for events, the Donald E. Stephens Convention and Conference Center is directly across the street from the hotel. For those seeking an in-room workout experience, check out the Cardio Room.

3. Best Western at O’Hare

Three major highways, one airport, and one train ride into Chicago all make the Best Western at O’Hare a cheap and convenient place to stay. Some of the great travelers’ perks for this place include complimentary, 24-hour airport shuttle service and free overnight parking with the “Sleep and Fly” promotion. Plus, a complimentary continental breakfast awaits guests each morning.

4. Aloft Chicago O’Hare

Travelers can avoid paying for airport parking during their stay at Aloft Chicago O’Hare with its seven-day, on-site complimentary parking package. Guests not only enjoy parking savings but also more savings on the room rates, 20 percent for a two-night stay and 30 percent for a three-night stay.

5. Embassy Suites Chicago-O’Hare/Rosemont

The Embassy Suites Chicago-O’Hare/Rosemont is one class act of a Rosemont hotel. But its value to business travelers, in particular, can’t be overlooked with its one and two week “Park, Stay, and Go” packages, which includes seven or 14 days’ worth of free parking in the hotel’s garage, plus complimentary shuttle service to O’Hare. Package prices start at $129 for the seven-day option and $149 for the 14-day option.

6. Residence Inn Chicago O’Hare

When you’re traveling, coming back to an inviting hotel room is like entering your own home at the end of a workday. The Residence Inn Chicago O’Hare offers travelers just that sort of feeling, with apartment-style amenities, including kitchenettes, dining, living room, and bedroom spaces. A complimentary evening social hour, including a full buffet-style dinner, is served Monday through Thursday.

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Explore more about these hotels on the hotels in Rosemont page on Hipmunk. Have you been to the area and stayed at one of the hotels mentioned here? Share a few comments about your experience.

 

Author Bio: Michael Vyskocil is a travel writer who enjoys writing about unique people, places, and things to do in locales across the country. His tourism and travel industry experience includes writing for Hipmunk. Michael’s tourism career spans more than seven years in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, at visitor destinations such as the Gettysburg National Military Park Museum and Visitor Center, and the Gettysburg Seminary Ridge Museum. He is currently working on the #HipmunkCityLove project.

 

How to Stay in Cambridge on a Budget

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Cambridge is the fifth-largest city in Massachusetts, and it’s filled with history, diversity, and innovation. Home to prestigious universities like Harvard, Radcliffe, and MIT, Cambridge feels like a college town, but has attracted a wealth of technology companies like Google and Microsoft, lending to its reputation as Boston’s funkier, more progressive neighbour. The city is easy to navigate using public transportation, benefitting from Boston’s ‘T’ train system and local buses. It’s also very bike-friendly, and the Hubway bike-sharing program makes it easy to hop off the subway and onto a bike for cheap and easy exploration.

Eat Like a Cantabrigian

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Locals love the low-budget Tex-Mex cuisine at Border Cafe just outside Harvard Square, and can’t say enough about the traditional Irish pub fare and twice-weekly live music at The Druid. To satisfy your sweet tooth on the cheap, don’t miss Toscanini’s Ice Cream, which The New York Times credits with “the world’s best ice cream”, and be sure to hit L.A. Burdick in Harvard Square for a cup of famously rich hot chocolate. To sample local beers, head to Cambridge Brewing Company, where you’ll sip alongside MIT and tech company types.

Swanky Stays that are Easy on the Wallet

Visitors can find Cambridge hotel deals at popular chains like Sheraton Commander Hotel, with 173 newly redesigned rooms and complimentary high-speed Internet, or the Hyatt Regency Cambridge Overlooking Boston, which offers a complimentary shuttle to nearby attractions. Cambridge also offers an abundance of small inns and bed-and-breakfasts, like Harding House and Whitman House Inn, which offer an affordable alternative to traditional hotels. Rooms at the luxurious Charles Hotel are pricey, but you can grab a guidebook and enjoy a tour of its regional American art collection at no charge.

See Free Local History

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There’s lots to do without spending a dime, thanks to Cambridge’s walkability and abundance of history. If you’re not afraid of ghosts, wander through Mount Auburn Cemetery, a National Historic Landmark and the final resting place of notable figures like Dorothea Dix, Buckminster Fuller, and Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.

Get a feel for campus life by taking a free student led tour of Harvard.  After, enjoy the street musicians and eclectic shops of Harvard Square or stop by the tiny Passim folk club that once hosted Bob Dylan and Bonnie Raitt. Architecture buffs can take the Red Line T to Kendall Station and find buildings created by modern masters Ghery, Pei, and Saarinen. End the day with a stroll along the Charles River, stopping for a game of tennis, a concert at Hatch Memorial Shell, or to take photos of the beautiful Boston skyline.

Cambridge packs so much in.  With theaters, museums, shopping areas, historical attractions, and more you’ll be tempted to forget all about the big city of Boston nearby and spend your whole trip here. The concentration of universities and new businesses means a constant flow of new arrivals, bringing enthusiasm and diversity to this already-eclectic enclave of culture, entrepreneurship, and history. You’ll feel the energy as soon as you step outside, and the brisk New England weather and picturesque scenery will keep you coming back.

AUTHOR BIO: Rebecca Metz is an avid road tripper, hotel hopper, and sufferer of wanderlust. She has a soft spot for national parks and wine regions, and writes about her adventures either online or in a well-worn journal, preferably while relaxing in a beach chair.

 

5 Cool Things to do in Vegas that Don’t Involve Casinos

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Las Vegas promises to keep your secrets as you enjoy a good time, but not all the fun is found in the strip bars, raunchy shows and casinos. If you are looking for cool things to do in Las Vegas that don’t involve gambling, drinking or other events that could lead to trouble, there are plenty of things for you to do in the Entertainment Capital of the World.

360-Degree Dining

The slow rotation of the Top of the World Restaurant adds to the delicious food, excellent lunch specials and a spectacular view of the city. Check out what Vegas has to offer as you eat lobster bisque, rack of lamb or the rib-eye steak. Expect to pay a pretty penny for the meal and dress for the occasion, but know that every bite will be worth it.

Manly Toys

Play with the big boys in a sandbox only a man could dream up (though women are more than welcome). The heavy equipment playground, Dig This, lets you move mountains of dirt with bulldozers, excavators and more. Or, you can test out your sharpshooting skills with a rifle, hand gun or machine gun at the firing range.

Wise Guys

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You might not normally get a kick out of museums, but the local Vegas Mob Museum is really something to experience. From the mob that ruled Vegas to the men and women who brought them down, the museum presents both sides of the story within a historical federal building. This museum tells the secrets that were once so violently protected by the infamous Vegas wise guys and highly sought after by national law enforcement.

Floral Exhibits

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If you appreciate nature and a wallet-friendly adventure, then you will love the Conservatory and Botanical Garden. Stroll through the stunning exhibits for free and enjoy the seasonal displays. The gardens change throughout the year, so if you’ve seen it once, you still should go see it again. Thousands of colorful plants and floral sculptures will have you enthralled for at least part of your day.

The Unsinkable Ship

Once a gem of the United States, the Titanic tragically sunk on its first voyage into the open waters when it hit a submerged iceberg. In a beautiful and memorable way, Titanic – The Artifact Exhibition offers a look into the historical ship and the passengers that died when tragedy struck. It’s easy to picture yourself on the trip in this special museum and you will enjoy the journey whether you are a history buff or a sentimental soul. View personal artifacts of those lost, read interesting facts about the voyage, and appreciate the meticulous detail of the somber exhibit recreations.

The above are just a sampling of non-casino attractions in Vegas. Others include bungee jumping, the Lied Discovery Children’s Museum, the Pinball Hall of Fame, Bonnie Springs Ranch, the Neon Museum, and a hike at Red Rock. There are so many things to do in Vegas; you will have trouble fitting them all into your trip. Hotels like the Wyn Las Vegas offer tourists many fun events, shows and activities other than gambling. With so much fun jam-packed into every corner of the strip, you won’t know what to do first!