The Enchanting Mountains of Northern Utah

hidden lake in the Wasatch mountains, Utah

 

When you adventure in the groves of aspen trees high up in the altitudes of the Wasatch and Uinta mountains of Northern Utah, it is hard not to fall in love the surroundings. With the mountains colored green and lush in the summertime, vibrant red and orange in the autumn, and blanketed in beautiful, peaceful, white snow in the winter time, it is always the perfect season to plan an escape into this perfect wilderness.

 

Places To Stay

There are many hotels available in and around the gorgeous Utah mountains. A few of our suggestions include:

 

Outdoor Adventures

One of the funnest ways to tour these mountains is by ATV. ATV’s allow you to get away from civilization and find yourself alone on a mountain top surrounded by bugling elk and pouncing mule deer. You can cover ground a lot faster than hiking, and can reach places that many other types of vehicles cannot.  Besides the ATV trails, the mountains are easily accessible with lots of hiking and horse trails winding through the landscapes.  

Utah is also home to some of the most beautiful lake and waterfall hikes. Just in the Wasatch and Uinta mountains alone, there are hundreds of pristine, isolated mountain lakes to hike to. Simply grab a day pack and go hiking for the day, or pack a technical backpack for a backpacking trip of a lifetime.

Another fun water activity is to take relaxing floats down the several rivers in the region. No matter what adventure you pursue, you are going to discover stunning landscapes and beautiful scenery that are hard to match anywhere else.  

 

Booming Cities and Quiet Mountain Towns

One of the great things about Utah is how close the mountains are to civilization. In the shadows of the mountains, lies booming cities like Salt Lake City and Provo, as well as small mountain towns such as Heber City and Oakley. The small towns in the large valleys offer beautiful views of the mountains from horse ranches and farms. The big cities offer lots of other activities to keep you busy.

 

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Why Vacation in Tahiti

June 20, 2016 by  
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Tahiti is the largest island in French Polynesia and is a great tropical vacation destination. It has beautiful reefs and great waves. The clear blue water is great for diving. While the scenery is amazing for hikes. With its luscious green scenery and white sandy beaches, Tahiti is the perfect vacation spot.

There are things to do for every vacation style in Tahiti; whether you are there on a family vacation or a honeymoon. Here is a list of just a few of the attractions and highlights of Tahiti:

  • Go to Tahiti’s gorgeous beaches like La Plage de Maui and Papenoo Beach
  • Visit the Fautaua Waterfall
  • Catch the Aremiti Ferry
  • Explore local markets
  • Enjoy the free botanical gardens
  • Swim with sharks, stingrays, and fish
  • See a traditional Polynesian dance
  • Go whale-watching in the Austral Islands

Tahiti not only has a great spirit of adventure, it also has delicious food. Tahiti is known for having fresh fish and exotic produce. If you are a true foodie, make sure to visit Papeete; it is said to have the best food on the island. Here are some dishes you won’t want to miss:

  • Poisson Cru is the national dish of Tahiti. It features raw red tuna marinated in a blend of coconut milk and lime juice.
  • Hima’a is a meal prepared in an underground oven. These meals are usually prepared in baskets that are woven from banana leaves. You can try a variety of meats like chicken, fish, pig, shrimp, etc.
  • Fresh fruits are found all over Tahiti. Get delicious bananas and sweet pineapple on this tropical island.
  • Fresh seafood is a staple of a Tahitian diet. Try some of their delicious fresh fish at just about any restaurant on the island. Sample breeds of fish you’ve never tasted befor.

But one of the best kept secrets of French Polynesia is Tahiti’s “sister island,” Moorea. Moorea is an island that is only ten miles from Tahiti. Its silhouette is even visible from Tahiti. You can access the island by ferry. Moorea offers the feel of a small island while still having all the luxuries you could ever need.

Moorea has eight mountain peaks, and a picturesque lagoon. It is shaped like a heart, making it a great destination for a honeymoon. The breathtaking landscape is coupled with opportunity for high-adventure, with so many things to do around the island. Try visiting the beaches, going on a bike ride, kitesurfing, or golfing. And if you are looking for a great place to stay in Moorea, check in at the Hilton Moorea Lagoon Resort and Spa.

But whatever you decide to do in Tahiti, we know that you will fall in love with the atmosphere and people of this French Polynesian Island. Start planning your vacation now.

Disneyland Vacation Done Right

This is a guest post from Brandon Doyle, a travel blogger on Twitter.

I was born and raised in northern California. I am the oldest of five children. We went to Disneyland a lot growing up. Those vacations were some of the best experiences I had as a kid. I am now married with 3 kids of my own. My wife and I thought it was time to take our kids to Disneyland for the first time.

When I first looked up Disneyland ticket prices, I was a little surprised. They’ve really jumped up in recent years :/. The hotels near Disneyland are also very expensive, and provide little room for a family of five (we were also making this trip with a few married siblings, so we wanted something bigger). I began looking around for house options. That’s when I found Anaheim Vacation House company.

Anaheim Vacation House was definitely the right choice. Their service is impeccable. The location of the one we stayed in was perfect (~10 minutes from Disneyland). The house was spacious and beautiful. And the backyard was magical. We stayed there in the middle of January, and the weather was 75 degrees each day. The heated pool didn’t hurt either :). Here is the Anaheim vacation rental we stayed in.

I would (and will) stay there again, and again, and again. Being together with family in a big house is better than staying in separate, crammed hotel rooms. We had so much fun for the week we were there. It was easily the best family vacation I’ve ever had. If anyone is interested in staying there, use the coupon code DoyleG25 for $25/night off any house!

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5 Vacation Sites To Take Your Drone

November 25, 2014 by  
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We probably don’t need to remind you to take your drone with you when you go on vacation. If you’ve forked over the cash to own a drone or rent one you’re probably planning your vacation around the fact that you plan to buzz your little UAV up in the air at some point.

To get you thinking about possible vacation sites, here’s a quick list of 7 vacation spots that you’d be a real dummy to not bring your drone to.

Because of recent FAA regulations we had to eliminate all U.S. National Parks and large cities, especially ones that are within 5 miles of an airport. We also had to consult various UAV laws in foreign countries (this site is helpful), but we recommend making sure you get any necessary permits and permissions before even bringing your drone to the country, as several have been known to confiscate them before letting you into the country. Flying non-commercially is sometimes okay but it’s wise to not take any risks.

1. Maldives, Indian Ocean

The Maldives, Indian Ocean

This island nation located in the Indian Ocean-Arabian Sea area is known (as are many locations on this list) for its beautiful coasts and clear blue water. Consider listening to some Tommy James and the Shondells beforehand to get yourself in the mood.

2. Riomaggiore, Italy

Italy

This coastal village in Italy is among the more photographed cities in the world, and for good reason. The buildings lining the coastal cliffs have great personality and the shore itself makes for great aerial photography. Who knows, maybe you’ll fall in love and just decide to live there forever and ever.

3. U.S. Virgin Islands

US virgin Islands

This picture shows Cruz Bay on the island of St. John, but basically anywhere on the Virgin Islands is sure to be a prime drone destination. Just be sure to check for any hurricane warnings before booking a flight.

4. North Shore, Oahu, Hawaii

North Shore Oahu, Hawaii

Aside from being beautiful and gorgeous and all things wonderful, the North Shore of Oahu, specifically near Pupukea, is also known for being a hotspot for surfers from all over the world. Known as the Banzai Pipeline, this coastline is sure to have plenty of huge waves and brave surfers to film with your airborne camera.

5. Columbia River Gorge, Oregon, USA

columbia river in oregon

We chose this spot located between the state border of Washington and Oregon mostly because of this sweet dronie, but the Columbia River Gorge still boasts gorgeous water lines and stunning mountaintops, giving you some great visual meat for your drone to chew on. See, we’re good at metaphors.

Drone flight regulations might make things difficult when considering where to fly it next, but these stunning locales are sure to make the effort worth it. Just make sure to actually enjoy your vacation by not spending half the time whizzing your drone through the air.

Louvers and Weathervanes

October 9, 2014 by  
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There’s nowhere quite like New England in the fall. Trees bursting with bright oranges, reds, and yellows provide a painterly backdrop for historic structures — colonial churches, neoclassical town halls, and ornate Victorian homes. All this beauty combined with the crisp fall air keeps New England on the top of our list of places to visit this autumn.

But for those of us who can’t make the trip east this season, we can draw inspiration from the timeless Victorian style and perhaps add a little East Coast to our own homes.

Some of the most distinct features of Victorian houses are their louvers and weathervanes. What better way to add some charm to your home than with a copper rooster or reindeer on your roof?

 

Here are some of our favorite New England homes and weathervanes:

New England Home with Weathervane                New England Home with Weathervane

While many Victorian homes maintain a dark, neutral palette, some have a more whimsical look, painted in bright colors or pastels.

Pastel New England Home                    Pastel New England Home

Even the more traditional farmhouse-style home can look timeless with the help of a weathervane.

Farmhouse Style New England Home

From simple compass designs to whales, weathervanes come in all shapes and sizes. Whether elegant or playful, they add a touch of character to every home.

Colorful Weathervane  Whimsical Weathervane   Whale Weathervane

New Concept Louvers offers a wide variety of weathervanes. From the more traditional sailboat to the more fanciful wine bottle or dragon, New Concept Louvers has something to please every home owner.

Dragon Weathervane Wine and Grapes Weathervane Sailboat Weathervane

 

 

Vacationing and Cheesemaking

September 15, 2014 by  
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Getting away from life and relaxing is an important part of existence. But most vacations are filled with activities, lots of driving, and making sure you make it somewhere before it closes. But what about the rest & recuperation that is supposed to accompany a vacation? Instead of rushing from place to place, snapping pictures of popular locations, why not try your hand at cheesemaking?

Agritourism is becoming more and more popular. It gets you away from the city, into some fresh air, and out on the farm. Whether you’re riding a tractor across acres of land, or in the barns milking the cows, agritourism offers a new experience that you can take as far as you’d like, spending the rest of your time actually resting and enjoying the gorgeous countryside where these farms and agricultural sites exist.

One of the most fun and interesting of these agricultural attractions is that of cheesemaking. Step onto the farm, see the cows, watch the milk be processed and batched into large wheels of cheese. And the best part of visiting a cheesemaker: you get to eat the cheese! If you’re in Western Canada, Danlac Canada Inc. is a great, family-owned business that offers the best in cheesemaking as well as the cheese itself. And if you don’t want to go on the farm but would rather make cheese at home, Danlac’s associate website, Make Cheese, will provide the means and expertise for you and yours.

If you’re not in Canada, there are numerous opportunities across Europe where you can volunteer or visit, including Woofing, where you can stay on a farm as long as you’d like, required you help out around the farm.

Whether or not agritourism is your thing, it can be a welcome reprieve from the repetitive, frantic schedules of a normal “vacation.”

The Best Travel Guidebooks, Magazines, and Online Databases

July 22, 2014 by  
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If you plan on packing your bag and driving, flying, taking a train, walking, running, parasailing, or whatever you have to get to another place, you may want to check out a traveler’s guidebook before taking off. Guidebooks, magazines, and online databases are a great way to gain some knowledge about different places around the world. Guidebooks can provide massive amounts of information about the area you plan to go to, or give you ideas of where to go next. There is advice on which restaurants to try, what hotel to book, and how to immerse yourself in the culture.

Travel Map

Travel Guidebooks:

  • Moon Handbooks

    • Expert writers give excellent advice and travel tips with a little bit of humor mixed in. These handbooks hope to help the traveler have a unique experience rather than the typical touristy experience.

    • The Moon collection includes a number of international destinations, as well as 8 United States guides.

  • DK Eyewitness Travel

    • Here’s a guidebook that gives you a little bit of the history of the city or country, the culture, architecture, and art! Learn everything you’d want to know about the place you’re visiting before you even go there by giving a DK Eyewitness book a read.

    • With over 200 destinations you’re sure to find the place you’re headed!

    • Each guide includes photographs, maps, illustrations, and stories.

  • Rick Steve’s

    • If you’re looking to travel to Europe, look no further than’ Rick Steve’s collection of guidebooks. He has been exploring Europe since 1969 and is now known as America’s most respected authority on European travel.

 

Travel Magazines:

  • Budget Travel

    • If you’re a savvy person in general, there is no reason to feel like you have to “splurge” in order to go on a vacation. Budget Travel helps people discover Real Deals.

    • It also provides consumers with practical and timely tools and tips!

  • National Geographic Travel

    • Includes amazing photography and in-depth stories to help you feel like you are a part of everything.

    • It is a magazine more about place, experience, culture, authenticity, and living like the locals, rather than tourism.

  • Global Traveler

    • Written for frequent business and luxury travelers.

    • Includes articles on news, deals, reviews, spas, golf, wine, international products, chefs, sports, and more.

  • Outside

    • A magazine all about the newest gear, adventure, fitness, and more.

    • Learn what it takes to be a true person of the outdoors.

  • Taste & Travel

    • Discover the newest and greatest culinary schools, gourmet destinations, epicurean lodging, culinary cruises, vineyard visits, food trails, fine dining, and more!

 

Online Guides:

  • Let’s Go!

    • If you’re a student looking to get away, look no further than Let’s Go. It’s an online database put together by students like you. It includes information about hostels, your destination, shopping, and provides trip information and tips.

  • Lonely Planet

    • A service that provides over 100 million travel books in one.

    • It includes different mobile and digital travel products

    • as well as an amazingly dedicated traveler community to answer questions and share stories.

  • Arrival Guide

    • Includes unique city break guides.

    • Leading network for destination information that can help people plan for and enjoy their vacations.

  • Fodor’s

    • Includes current information regarding food, shopping, hotels, and culture recommendations.

    • Enjoy the writings of over 700 travel writers who share their thoughts and experiences through Fodor’s.

The Ocoee River; The Only Olympic Whitewater Run in the US

July 7, 2014 by  
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The Ocoee River, which flows through the Cherokee National Forest in Polk County, Tennessee, is one of the most popular whitewater destinations in the U.S. and the only one to boast an Olympic Whitewater Course. The Ocoee whitewater is a roughly 10 mile long stretch of river with over 30 major rapids. Rafters are welcome to try the full 10 mile run, but those short on time might choose from two 5 mile runs, the Upper and Middle Ocoee, each boasting impressive rapids.

Entrance to middle ocoee river tennessee

 

Middle Ocoee

The Middle Ocoee’s five mile stretch is one of the most popular whitewater runs in the United States. The run is 90% whitewater and contains over 17 major rapids, guaranteeing an exciting trip from beginning to end. You’ll wish you had more time to admire the gorgeous scenery as you ride through a deep gorge that cuts through the Cherokee National Forest.

 

Upper Ocoee

The Upper Ocoee doesn’t have quite as many continuous rapids as the Middle Ocoee run, clocking in at “just” 70% whitewater with 13 major rapids. However, the Upper Ocoee has something no other run in America can claim: The 1996 Olympic Course. The Olympic Course is 1500 meters of pure whitewater excitement. Nothing quite compares to it. Don’t worry though. Although the Ocoee can be an intense rafting experience, beginners can rely on experienced river guides to help them through it safely while having a great time.

Ocoee whitewater rapids are rated Class III and IV (intermediate to advanced) on the International Scale of River Difficulty. Don’t let that scare you though. Even inexperienced rafters will be fine going with a river guide company such as Quest Expeditions, which does individual runs on both the Upper and Middle Ocoee as well as combined runs all summer long.

If you’re not convinced after all that, I really don’t know what to tell you. Oh, what’s that? You’re worried the water is too cold? Although that can often be a problem on whitewater runs, you don’t have to worry about it rafting the Ocoee. The Ocoee River is fed from a lake where the water sits under the sun until it flows down the river nice and warm. I wouldn’t take a bath in it, but don’t worry about the water being too cold. You can even do it wearing a kilt!

whitewater rafter wearing lifejacket and kilt

I bet you thought I was joking, didn’t you?

 

Glacier Express

June 5, 2014 by  
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The Swiss Alps is one of the premier tourist destinations. It’s hard to imagine fulfilling your dream of visiting Europe without making a trip to Switzerland. The skiing is fantastic throughout the Swiss Alps, but even just passing through is enough to leave a lasting impression; you’ll never see anything quite like it. The Glacier Express was created to give tourists the ultimate experience when visiting Switzerland. It is hailed as “the slowest express train in the world.” Lasting for 7-8 hours, the train will start in the luxurious village of St. Moritz and travel through the beautiful Alps until you reach the town of Zermatt, home of the world famous Matterhorn. The train goes both directions, so you are just as able to begin your journey in Zermatt and end in St. Moritz.

 Glacier Express Train

The train features panoramic windows in the viewing cars to completely immerse you in all of the surrounding beauty. There are countless scenic highlights on your journey between the Engadine mountain valley, Landwasser Valley, and the Valais glacier landscape. Enjoy gorgeous vistas like the Rhine gorge, the various mountain lakes, and the magnificent Matterhorn.

Glacier Express Train over the Bridge

 

The train line will take you across 291 bridges, 91 tunnels, and exquisite viaducts that are still regarded as masterpieces of railway technology. Your journey will travel through St. Moritz, Davos, Landwasser Viaduct, Chur, the Rhine Gorge, Disentis, Oberalppass, Andermatt, Brig, and Zermatt.

Enjoy these majestic vistas in extreme comfort with on-board dining. Your lunch may be served to you whether you are at your seat or in the dining car. All of our food is prepared fresh aboard the Glacier Express.

So if you’re looking to spend a day in which you experience the absolute best that the Swiss Alps has to offer, then do not hesitate to book your passage aboard the Glacier Express. You will never forget the experience.

View from Glacier Express

Amazing Plants & Animals of the Caribbean Sea

May 20, 2014 by  
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One of the best parts about vacationing near a beach are the amazing creatures you can see beneath the sea’s surface. The Caribbean Sea is home to some of the most interesting plant and animal life.

PLANTS

  • Various types of algae (including but not limited to):

    • Papyrus Print Alga – A very thin green algae that has distinct veins running through it

    • Fragile Feather Alga – A green algae that has feather-like leaves sprouting out of white stalks

    • Fleshy Twig Alga – A number of two-lobed branches growing in a tangled mess together.

    • Green Net Alga – Very thin algae that looks much like netting

    • Flat Green Feather Alga – Dark green, feather-shaped leaves that grow upwards from the sand on the ocean floor.

    • Mottled Crust Alga – Generally orange algae with red spots, found in shallower water.

    • Reef Cement – Algae that takes the shape of the ground below it.

  • Sponges

    • Rope

    • Ball

    • Vase

    • Tube

    • Barrel

    • and Encrusting shapes

  • Corral

    • Pillar

    • Finger

    • Rose lace

    • Wire

    • Feather

    • Gorgonian/Sea Fan

    • * Each of which are named after the shape they take on

 

ANIMALS

  • Various types of clinging crab (including but not limited to):

    • Red Ridged – Its body has grooves along its body, blunt claws, and sharp spines.

    • Banded – Has a hairy body and legs, and smooth claws.

    • Hairy – Dark red/brown body with short little hairs everywhere.

    • Green – Smooth green body and legs.

    • Nodose – Deep grooves and knobs cover the entire body.

  • Various types of cowrie (including but not limited to):

    • Atlantic Dear – Has a round shell and dark spots.

    • Measeled – Have an elongated shell with either spots or stripes.

    • Atlantic Triton’s Trumpet – Has an elongated shell with many little knobs everywhere.

  • Various types of nudibranch (including but not limited to):

    • Long Horn – Has tufts of cerata and usually tan or white markings.

    • Purple Ring – Transparent/orange body with long cerata.

    • Lynx – Has a very prominent blue line that runs down its entire body.

  • Various types of blenny fish (including but not limited to):

    • Blackcheek – Has red eyes and various sizes of white spots.

    • Arrow – Has a long pointed face, a red body and yellowish tail.

    • Ringed – Includes white bands as markings all the way down the body.

  • Various types of parrotfish (including but not limited to):

    • Blue – Has a light blue body with yellow eyes.

    • Redband – Large scales and small black dots behind the gills.

  • Various types of groupers (fish) (including but not limited to):

    • Strawberry – Named after the fruit because of its strawberry-like appearance.

    • Tiger – Lighter bars that turn to spots on other parts of the body.

    • Yellowfin – Darker rectangular patches cover this fish’s body.

  • Various types of dolphin (including but not limited to):

    • Bottle Nosed

    • Spinner

    • Orca

  • Banded Coral Shrimp – Known as a cleaner shrimp. It’s got really long antennae and has dark red/purple coloring.

  • Blue Tang – A bright blue fish with black markings.

  • Christmas Tree Worm – Has Christmas tree-shaped gills, thus its name.

  • Creole Wrasse – Travel in large dark blue schools.

  • Yellowtail Damselfish – A very brightly colored fish that feeds crustaceans, plankton, and algae.

  • Green Moray Eel – Actually a brown colored animal, but the yellow tint from the mucus it secretes makes it look green.

  • Nurse Shark – A docile species you can pet, it feeds off the bottom of the ocean.

  • Spotted Eagle Ray – Has a very elegant body covered in spots. They feed on molluscs and crustaceans. They can even crush shells because of their flattened teeth.

  • Squirrelfish – This is a brightly colored fish that is mostly active at night.

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