Traveling Wisely The World

September 13, 2013 by  
Filed under Top Vacation Destinations

There are a lot of plants that you will want to avoid when it comes to camping. You will want to know when you are near poison ivy, poison oak, and poison sumac. You will find that these plants are very painful rashes that will make you itch.

When it comes to the poison ivy you will find that it is the most commonly found dangerous plant in America. You will find that it can grow into four feet scrubs and is commonly a ground cover. It is rarely found in elevation in 5,000 or above, but you will find that it grows in most places that people camp. You will want to keep in mind that when it comes to “leaves of there, let it be”. This is a clear and common sign of poison ivy. You will also find that it can be a dull green or even purplish.

Another common plant to avoid is poison oak. When it comes to poison oak, you will find that it has some multi-lobed leaves, but it can also have fuzzy, fruit-like branches. The leaves are mostly scalloped around the edges, but it can also be wrinkled, rather than smooth like poison ivy. The leaves will grow in threes, but it is more common to see plants with five or more leaves. Usually, the poison oak will go in sandy solid and range from places from New Jersey down the eastern coast to Florida, but it could also go to places as Texas, Oklahoma, and Kansas. A to keep in mind is that poison ivy is the most common poison plant in the east, but it is poison oak that is in the western states and more in the south.

As for poison sumac, you will find that it is the least widespread plant, and it really isn’t in many places, but the swamp areas and peat bogs. You will find that the leaves of this plant is bluish-green with the red tips. You will find that there are cream colored berries on this plant and it is just as toxic as poison oak and poison ivy. You will want to keep in mind that there are oils in this plant that will spread quickly and it will spread to other people through casual contact.


Travel With A Private Jet Charter For Business Or Personal Purposes

September 8, 2013 by  
Filed under Top Vacation Destinations

In today’s demanding business and corporate world, air travel is becoming increasingly expensive and annoying. Travelers are keen on finding solutions to meet their travel needs, and are mostly eager for alternative to commercial airline travel. In the world of private jet charters, the solution has been found.

Do you want to be in charge of your own trip? Then taking things in to your own hands via chartering a private jet means you get to determine the exact nature of your travel, while cruising along in the ultimate of comfort and luxury. Once you realize how stressful the travel experience can be, chartering a jet becomes an attractive option. The less hassle, the better and at the end of the day, you deserve the best. Right?

But why not just travel in first class on a commercial flight? Isn’t it the same experience? Wrong. Chartering a jet reduces the travel time by nearly half. When flying on a private jet charter, you don’t have to wait in long lines when checking in. Private ground transportation can be arranged to take you directly to the plane and pick you up when you arrive. That way, you save money on airport parking costs. What’s more, private jet charters often fly to airports that commercial airlines simply don’t go to. Which means you can get a lot closer to your final destination than you would on a commercial flight.

Travelers also prefer charter travel because of the high degree of comfort this kind of trip offers. Spacious comfortable seats that you just don’t find in normal aircrafts, gourmet meals, bars, and in flight movies are just some of the perks you can expect to find on your next executive jet charter flight. It sure beats those cramped commercial airline flights where you can barely move your legs.

What’s more, private chartering can be a cost effective way of traveling, particularly if you are traveling in a group. Up to eighteen passengers can be accommodated on most private jets, and when the cost is split evenly between passengers, the final amount is often significantly less or equal to what you’d spend on a commercial flight.

If you have many stops on your itinerary, a private jet charter can save you on hotel costs. After all, you get to decide on your departure time and you don’t have to rely on an airline to tell you when you can and cannot travel.

There are many advantages when choosing to fly with a private jet charter service provider and once you have had a taste, it will be hard to fly with a commercial airline again.

Travel To Germany

September 7, 2013 by  
Filed under Top Vacation Destinations

Germany continues to gain popularity worldwide as a tourist destination for vacationers around the world. Germany’s unique culture, friendly people, and distinctive destinations are just a few of the distinctions that have made this beautiful country one of the hottest tourist vacation spots since 2000. Each year, the number of overnight visitors grows. In fact, Germany attracted over 2.2 million visitors from the United States alone within the first six months of 2006!

Travel to and from Germany with ease and in style can be a relaxing and pleasant experience in and of itself. Depending on where the visitor is coming from, Germany can be reached by boat, airline, automobile, or train. With all of these options available, there is a safe, convenient, and affordable option accessible for travel to Germany for every one!

Air Travel to Germany

Air travel affords the world traveler speed and convenience. Germany can be reached as an air destination from major airlines located across the globe. The most accessible German cities by air include Berlin, Munich, and Frankfurt. Germany’s own airline Lufthansa accesses over 75 countries, reaching more than 175 cities. No matter what continent the German tourist is located on, there is a flight headed to Germany nearby.

For the budget-minded traveler, there are a variety of no-frills air fare packages available. Some of the airlines to consider when flying affordably are Air Berlin, Ryanair, Germanwings, and Easyjet. For the most recent and up-to-date deals on airfare to Germany near you, contact your local favorite airline.

Travel to Germany on an Ocean Liner

For the traveler that isn’t in as much of hurry, or wants to combine their German vacation with another unique and memorable experience, visiting Germany by way of a cruise can be the perfect choice for relaxation and fun. The benefits of a cruise to Germany include avoiding the hustle and bustle that can be associated with flying and another option to reaching Germany from an overseas destination than via a plane.

Rates vary substantially with packages, but cruise lines typically offer great deals on packages and for the traveler that is available on a flexible schedule. In fact, some cruise lines can offer rates that come out to be pennies on the dollar when compared to premium air line rates!

Popular cruise lines that port in Germany are Norwegian Cruise Lines and Sea Cloud cruises.

Visit Germany by Train

European transportation is world famous for its efficiency, speed, and affordability. So for the budget-minded traveler, catching a train to Germany is an option that the traveler can’t afford not to look into!

But don’t discount the amenities available aboard trains! Packages offered by German rail travel can vary from the no-frills to the extravagant. There is truly something available for everyone.

Trains allow tourists visiting Germany to relax and enjoy the countryside without the added stress that can come with airline travel. Meeting new people and sharing the experience is a traditional aspect of vacationing in Europe and traveling by train affords the vacationer a unique opportunity to have the option of mingling with their fellow passengers if they want or to ride in privacy if they wish – something no long flights in a plane can present.

Top Ten Reasons To Spend Christmas In Tenerife

September 4, 2013 by  
Filed under Top Vacation Destinations

Having splashed and sloshed our way through the wettest summer in living memory, many of us Brits are severely in need of a bit of light relief. Recent statistics reveal a desperate rush to leave the country over Christmas and head to the gloriously sunny climes of Tenerife. The statistics, from a survey by TravelRepublic, show a massive increase in winter sun holidays in general and Christmas holidays to Tenerife are the most popular of all.

There has been a drop in Tenerife holiday prices this season with many one-week package holidays to Tenerife coming in at under £300. Cheap holidays to Tenerife are clearly a big draw to those of us keen to escape the grim British weather, but could there be more to it than this? Christmas is getting bigger every year and the pressure to get it right is immense. A Tenerife Christmas can remove such hassles, and more. That’s why I’ve compiled a list of ten aspects of Christmas hell and how jetting off on a sunny holiday to Tenerife will turn them all around!

1) In the UK: Presents and shopping

Us Brits spend an average of £384 on 18 Christmas presents. Significantly more than you might be spending on your whole Tenerife holiday!

In Tenerife: Spanish souvenirs

It’s impossible to list all the Spanish souvenirs you could find for your loved ones, but here are five of the most popular items you could pick up whilst on holiday in Tenerife:

Abanico – hand held fans elaborately decorated or carved from wood make a great Tenerife Christmas present.
Football Souvenirs – items brandishing the Real Madrid crest or a miniature replica of the stadium are ideal gifts for footie fans!

Bullfighting Souvenirs – you can buy a representation of the three matadors or even a replica matador’s jacket.

Toro – these miniature Spanish bulls vary in quality from moulded plastic to elaborate pieces hand made in leather.

Art & Paintings – from the country that gave birth to Salvador Dali and Picasso there is a large selection of cheap scenes of everyday Spain.

2) In the UK: Enforced jollity

At Christmas there is no greater sin then appearing to be grumpy. Never mind if it’s raining again when it ought to be snowing. Never mind the awkward family tensions. If your mood isn’t up you’re in trouble – you’re ‘ruining Christmas’.

In Tenerife: Real jollity

Waking up to the bliss of no responsibilities and a day of sunbathing will put you in a naturally good mood, so there’s no need to fake it!

3) In the UK: Inappropriate outfits

Christmas seems to inspire the oddest outfits: fluorescent antlers, hair tinsel, ‘fun’ paper crowns, ridiculous knitted festively themed woolly jumpers – the list is endless and another example of that enforced jollity.

In Tenerife: A good tan

Developing a healthy glow on holiday in Tenerife will make you the envy of all your friends when the glitter of Christmas has died down to a dull fizzle and everyone’s feeling pale and miserable. Ha-ha!

4) In the UK: Guzzling excessive cheap alcohol

To get through the emotional rollercoaster of another family Christmas, many of us, despite our best intentions, will turn to the bottle to ease the pain. The following day’s hangover only makes it that much worse.

In Tenerife: Sipping cocktails by the pool

There are so many fabulous bars in Tenerife that you’ll be spoilt for choice, and there’s no need to overdo it when you’re already having so much fun!

5) In the UK: Office parties

You can already picture the scene: watching what you drink in case you say exactly what you think about your unbearable boss or colleague, whilst pretending not to be disgusted by the cringeworthy advances of the office letch. Finally, you end up dancing wildly with said letch in a mad drunken stupor. The Facebook photos won’t make it any easier to forget.

In Tenerife: Beach parties!

A beach party in Tenerife will really blow away the winter cobwebs. For daytime fun, the main beach of Playa de las Americas is where the party people go to recharge their batteries before the next clubland assault and when the sun goes down you can head to Enramada Beach near La Caleta, where Chiringuito Beach Club hosts parties at the weekend. Many revellers choose to camp on the beach at Las Galletas, bringing their own food and drinks and listening to music into the small hours. Christmas in Tenerife is such fun!

6) In the UK: Christmas lunch

First of all, whoever’s cooking is incredibly stressed, and claims you have no idea how much work there is to do (if you try and help then you’re inevitably doing it all wrong). This leads to petty arguments and numerous kitchen disasters. Meanwhile one member of the family has suddenly decided to become a vegan without telling anyone and refuses to eat a thing, glaring grumpily while everyone else tucks into their turkey.

In Tenerife: Tapas & fresh tropical fruit

Food in Tenerife is very tasty and a lot less stressful than Christmas dinner. Tapas are Spain’s appetizers, scrummy little dishes which are often flavoured with garlic, chillies or paprika, cumin, salt, pepper or saffron. It often comes with seafood such as anchovies, sardines or mackerel in olive oil with tomatoes and sometimes peppers or olives. On your Tenerife holiday you can also sample many delicious tropical fruits like mangoes, paw paw and ‘platanos fritos’ – fried bananas.

7) In the UK: Christmas television

Saccharine Coca Cola adverts, endless repeats of ‘Only Fools and Horses’, soap extravaganzas and ‘Celebrity’ Christmas specials.

In Tenerife: singles – Find a winter romance

For goodness sake, forget TV and get out there onto the lively Tenerife singles scene. If anything’s going to boost your sprits at Christmas it’s a sizzling holiday romance!

8) In the UK: Christmas number ones

Slade’s ‘So here it is Merry Christmas’, Band Aid’s ‘Do they know it’s Christmas’ and Aled Jones’ ‘Walking in the air’. Haven’t you heard them all enough?

In Tenerife: iPod

Forget the naffness – when you set off for your holiday in Tenerife you make sure you’ve got all your favourite tunes at your fingertips so you can sunbathe in peace.

9) In the UK: Carol singers

Expecting you to give them money for one chorus of ‘We Wish You a Merry Christmas’ when half of them don’t know the words and the other half are miming.

In Tenerife: iPod

See above.

10) In the UK: Unrelentingly grim weather

Grrr. Grrr. Grrr.

In Tenerife: Sunshine

Mmm – what a relief!

Top Seven Things To Do In Cabo San Lucas

August 30, 2013 by  
Filed under Top Vacation Destinations

Cabo San Lucas is becoming a sought after vacation destination, and that’s a fact. It’s popularity is steadily increasing. Cabo San Lucas offers something for every vacationer, including: private secluded getaways, beachfront weddings, nightlife and activities. In this article I am going to discuss the top seven things to do in Cabo San Lucas and San Jose Del Cabo. If you are planning a vacation to Cabo, the activities listed below are all a must do!

Diving in Sea of Cortez
Cabo San Lucas is a unique diving destination because the Sea of Cortez is located between temperate waters and tropical waters. The Sea of Cortes is one of the world’s unique ocean environments. It is considered to be the biologically richest body of water on earth, supporting over 800 marine vertebrates species. Diving in Cabo is famous for it’s “sand falls”. The sand falls are actually streams of sand that fall over the underwater canyons. They create sand rivers and this is extremely interesting to see. The nutrient rich waters make for a spectacular population of fish from small inshore fish to large schools of jack, tuna, dolphin, and “sportfish” such as dorado and marlin. There are migratory visits from whales and hammerhead sharks. A fortunate scuba diver may also encounter manta rays, and even whale sharks in the plentiful waters of the Sea of Cortez. It is critical to the success of your dive to plan your dive at the right time. The Sea of Cortez sees good weather conditions June through November. Prior to June, the Sea of Cortez waters temperature is quite cold. If you are not interested in diving you could also snorkel. There are diving and snorkeling tours available. Snorkeling would still allow you to see most of the inshore fish and some of the beautiful coral.

Horseback riding on the beach
Horseback riding for is available for all levels of riders at several stables in the Cabo San Lucas area. There are trail rides in which you are accompanied by a guide. Trail rides can vary from a desert ride, to a beach ride or, in and about beautiful rock formations. Either way it is a great way to see much of Cabo San Lucas’ scenery. Horseback riding is also available for the whole family, with younger children riding with adults. For those of you who are horse lovers you can see pure Andulsian horses at:Cuadra San Francisco Stable.

Whale Watching
Whales pass several hundred meters off of Cabo San Lucas’ shore every year. The best time to see whales are between January and March, when the gray whale migrates. There are several ways to whale watch in Cabo San Lucas. There are boat tours that offer whale watching. Boats of varying size carry the hundreds of whale watchers out to see these marine mammals as they visit our peninsula in their annual migration, every year. It is not uncommon at this time for a curious whale to come close to a boat. Although no trip can guarantee whales, the odds are definitely in your favor. The smaller the boat the better your chances are of getting close.

Have a drink at Cabo San Lucas’ most famous club
The Cabo Wabo cantina is Cabo’s most famous club, owned by Sammy Hagar. If you are in town at the same time as Sammy is, you might even get to watch one of his impromptu performances. If you are not that lucky, you can still enjoy the atmosphere the Cabo Wabo has to offer and live music on most nights. The Cabo Wabo also offers a menu filled with American and Mexican food to feed your hunger.

Hike through the desert
You must be especially careful when hiking in Cabo’s desert lands. You will need twice as much water as you normally would. A trek through the desert is absolutely spectacular. Desert hiking is best in the winter, with the temperature being around 70. It is possible to hike the desert in the summer but, you must go in the early morning. It is dangerous to hike alone, and best to hire an experienced guide from the area, just incase you get lost. The desert offers incredible rock formations, unique vegetation and wildlife native only to this region. Hiking can be for all ages and hiking in Cabo’s desert is something that you will remember. There are also other hiking and natural history tours which include fossil fields, challenging hikes into the Sierra de la Laguna and day trips to old mining ghost towns.

Bird Sanctuary
Close to downtown San Jose Del Cabo is the San Jose Estuary and Bird Sanctuary. In the sanctuary you can find about 200 species of exotic birds which include egrets, herons and brown pelicans. You can rent a kayak to experience this sanctuary. Sunrise and sunset are the most scenic times to visit; however, if you are an avid bird watcher and want to see species and identify them, you may want to visit during daylight hours. There is a also an information center to answer any of your questions. Admission is free at the San Jose Estuary and Bird Sanctuary.

Visit Lover’s beach.
Lover’s Beach ( also known as Playa Del Amor) is another must, but to get to this beach you’ll need some kind of boat or kayak as the beach is not accessible by land. It is possible to hire a water taxi at the marina. Lover’s Beach is surrounded by towering rock formations and is hidden behind Cabo San Lucas’ landmark arch, El Arco at Land’s End. Be careful swimming here, the powerful waves and currents of the Pacific make swimming quite dangerous. You can view where the Pacfic and the Sea of Cortez meet. Lover’s beach offers many spectacular views.

Top Luxury Hotel Costa Rica Is The Hotel Punta Islita

August 28, 2013 by  
Filed under Top Vacation Destinations

This Luxury Hotel in Costa Rica known as the Hotel Punta Islita is quite isolated and positioned on a high bluff between two mountainous ridges overlooking the Pacific Ocean in the northwest Guanacaster Province. You will certainly have a luxurious Costa Rica Vacation here, and it would be an ideal spot for your honeymoon hotel, because of the stunning setting and the isolation

Every room has a king sized bed, and a private patio complete with a hammock. There is a well stocked bar and excellent en-suite facilities. The Punta Islita Suites are worth paying extra for, with a sitting room and a private Jacuzzi. Whatever room or suite you choose, they are all large and the type of luxury you expect from a quality hotel.

The Punta Islita is not on the beach, in fact it is about a ten minute walk, but there are shuttle buses. The hotel beach is in a small crescent shaped cove, and quite calm and protected, but the beach itself is long and almost always deserted. There is also a bar at the beach club, serving drinks and snacks, with a freshwater pool and a swim up bar. There is plenty of room here to relax in the landscaped gardens .

As you would expect from a luxury hotel the food is a feature. Because of the isolated nature of the hotel, after all you need a 4 x 4 vehicle to get you there, there aren’t really many alternatives when it comes to eating. The emphasis at the Punta Islita is on fresh seafood, and a touch of nouvelle cuisine. The meals are served in the Palapa restaurant. The views of the sunset are incredible.

The Luxury Hotel Punta Islita sits at the edge of the tropical rain forest, so the environment is very much an untouched by civilization and the hotel works at keeping it that way. It must be one of the most unspoilt beautiful spots occupied by any hotel.

The staff here are particularly good and helpful, and the canopy tour in the rainforest is a must.

What a lovely luxury hotel in Costa Rica is the Punta Islita. Take a vacation package, or just a holiday, perhaps even your honeymoon.

Top Attractions In London

August 25, 2013 by  
Filed under Top Vacation Destinations

When people think of London they think of the Royal family, the Parliamentary government, and years old tradition. If you plan on visiting London, be sure to stop by these must-see attractions for their history, their beauty, and their regal stature.

The Tower of London is almost a thousand years old and is home to the crown jewels. Make sure to plan ahead and get tickets to the Ceremony of the Keys, a 700 year long tradition of locking up the Tower at night. Tickets are free but you’ll need to get them 6-8 weeks in advance. Because the Tower of London is a hot tourist spot, lines are hours long. To avoid the long lines, buy tickets at any Tower Hill tube station. With your tickets in hand you can bypass the line and walk right in.

Buckingham Palace is probably London’s most famous building, and still a working Palace and home to the Queen. If you go in the summer months when the Queen is in Scotland you can get a tour of the staterooms. Buckingham Palace is also where the famous “Changing of the Guards” takes place. You can see this every day at 11:30am.

The Palace of Westminster and what is now the Houses of Parliament features the famous clock tower Big Ben, which chimes every 15 minutes. If you think of any postcard from London, you’ll recognize the Palace of Westminster and Big Ben. It contains the House of Commons and the House of Lords. While there you can see the Parliament in action by making an appointment ahead of time. The building itself is a masterpiece in its own right. Big Ben and the House of Parliament is one of the top attractions in London.

Westminster Abbey is a cathedral used by the Royals for funerals, coronations, and weddings. It is considered to be the nation’s cathedral. Its architecture is breathtaking and its history is astounding. Poet’s Corner pays tribute to Shakespeare, Chaucer, Dickens, T.S. Eliot, and several others, some of which are buried there. Also here, is the tomb of the Unknown Soldier. Famous Royals like Queen Elizabeth I is entombed here as well as Edward the Confessor.

Once atop the Tower Bridge, the views are outstanding. This is the most famous bridge that spans the Thames River. When you buy a ticket you can go into the engine room that is responsible for lifting the bridge. You can also see video and interactive displays inside the bridge. This is a must-see for London tourists.

If you are visiting London soon, please check into the Westbury Mayfair Hotel. They have exclusive rooms and an ideal location next to the finest stores in London. While it may be a bit pricey, your experience will be unmatched.

A trip to London just wouldn’t be complete with visiting the Tower of London, Buckingham Palace, the Houses of Parliament, the Tower Bridge, and Westminster Abbey. Make sure you add these destinations to your itinerary. You won’t be disappointed!

Tokyo Disneyland Theme Parks

August 22, 2013 by  
Filed under Top Vacation Destinations

A family vacation in a Disney theme park or Disneyland is always a dream holiday for millions of people around the world. The Disney brand is such a resounding success worldwide that it is inconceivable that any child in any developed country do not know what is Disneyland.

If America or Paris is too far away to take your family for a Disney vacation, then you can settle for either of the 2 Disneyland in Asia located in Tokyo and Hong Kong. Disney theme parks, wherever they are located usually have the same theme. For example, in Disney Tokyo will find the following theme parks which can be found on other Disneyland albeit sometimes in different ways the parks are presented.

World Bazaar – Sprawling smack at the entrance of the Tokyo Disneyland is the World Bazaar. This Bazaar is a reminiscent of turn of the century American town with the feeling that you may come face to face with an Apache Red Indian or an outlaw wanted by the local county sheriff.

Here you will find restaurants, shops, restaurants, outlets selling souvenirs and stuff that are appealing to tourists.

Tomorrow land – A space age futuristic theme park. A delightful combination of science and innovative imagination. In Tomorrowland, you can enjoy rides that rockets you to outer space or if you are a science geek, get invited to the “Inventor of the year award ceremony.” One of the favorite rides in Tomorrow Land is to help Buzz Light Year pulverize the Evil Emperor Zurg. Whatever that is.

Toon Town – Bring the children to Toon town, they will love you for this. Toon town is where Disney characters work and play. Toon town is designed to cater exclusively for the kids and is bursting with colors with plenty of kiddy rides.

Fantasy land – How can one be in magical Disneyland without entering the world of fairy tales and cartoons? Meet Disney’s icons Mickey Mouse, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Donald Duck, Cinderella, Peter Pan, Captain Hook and a host of Disney cartoon characters this never never land.

Critter Country – This is the land of the, well, you’ve guessed it, Critters. The critters are small animals from the Disney movie “Song of the South”. Enjoy watching the critters burrowing little homes along the banks of the Rivers of America and on the slopes of Splash Mountain.

Western land – A visit to the Wild Wild West brings you back in time to the earliest settlers of the American West. Perhaps the most important chapter of the American history. Enjoy dinning in restaurants from the wild west era.

Adventure land – This is the where you visit the African, South American and Asian rainforest. You can even take a cruise in a “crocodile infested” river. Tropical jungles in downtown Tokyo? Well, this is what Disney magic is all about isn’t it?

Timberline Lodge In Oregon

August 20, 2013 by  
Filed under Top Vacation Destinations

When skiers think great slopes, they think Oregon. And when skiers want a great place to stay while skiing in Oregon, they choose the Timberline Lodge.

Timberline Lodge is more than a great place to ski; it’s a lodge with history. A master craftsman built Timberline Lodge during the Great Depression. It’s a majestic building that many will recognize from the movie “The Shining”. Many of the outdoor scenes from the classic film were shot at Timberline Lodge in Oregon.

The lodge was completely built by hand, and remains very well preserved. Hand-woven draperies and hand-hewn beams create a rustic charm that beautiful reflects the history of this stunning building. The lodge itself sits amid 1400 acres of land. Thirty-five trails have been created for beginner, intermediate and expert skiers. Timberline Lodge’s top elevation is 8504′, with a vertical drop of 2501′, and six chair lifts are available.

A unique feature of Timberline Lodge in Oregon is that it’s the only lodge in the United States to offer year-round snow skiing. There is an area of Timberline Lodge called Palmer Snowfield that is permanently covered in snow. Beginners are not always allowed on Palmer Snowfield; the conditions are evaluated each day, and the staff determines who will be allowed access to the area.

Skiing, snowboarding, show shoeing, hiking and lodge tours are main attractions at Timberline. Powder is King here, so all activities are snow-related. Mount Hood, where Timberline is located, is an active volcano considered to be dormant. Tremors are occasionally felt, and steam vents are often visible. Skiers and non-skiers alike must visit the Magic Mile for an unmatched panoramic view of the Cascade Mountains.

Timberline Lodge offers guests a selection of dining options. The Cascade Dining Room is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, however hours of operation do change depending on the season. Guests can also choose to dine at the Blue Ox, Ram’s Head, Market Cafe, Wy’East or the Mount Hood Brewing Company.

Skis and equipment is not available to rent at Timberline Lodge. It is essential that you bring your own equipment, but you can buy smaller items like goggles and gloves at the lodge. Some clothing items are also available for purchase. There is a ski and snowboard school on the premises offering private instruction and group lessons.

The historic Timberline Lodge in Oregon is a great choice of skiers looking for a rustic getaway. There may be more luxurious resorts out there, but if your idea of the perfect vacation is pristine slopes and very cool old resort lodge, you can’t beat Timberline.

The Pros And Cons Of Class A Motorhomes

August 17, 2013 by  
Filed under Top Vacation Destinations

These days, lots of people choose Class A motorhomes as their vacation vehicle over trailer travel and fifth wheel. You can see them all over the place now. And make no mistake, there are lots of advantages to traveling in one. There are also a few disadvantages, though, and you should be conscious of them before you decide to get one. Here’s a brief discussion of the pros and cons of Class A motorhomes:

The Advantages:

1. It couldn’t be easier to drive a Class A motorhome on the highway.

2. The kinds of comforts and amenities offered by Class A RVs are second to none. You won’t get the same thing with smaller motorhomes that have less room. You can get almost anything you want in a Class A.

3. You don’t have to worry about compatibility problems. When you tow a trailer, you constantly need to ensure that your vehicle and the RV you’re pulling are completely synchronized. If they aren’t working in tandem, you’ll have a devil of a time with the steering wheel during your whole trip. Nobody needs that hassle. A Class A motorhome has the convenience of being one package. You get in and go—there’s no complicated procedure.

4. When you get to your destination, you don’t even need to leave your RV in the event of bad weather. If you’re towing your RV, by contrast, you’ll need to do some initial set-ups, and you’re going to have to go from your vehicle to the RV. When you’ve got a Class A, home is waiting for you at your destination—wherever that might be.

The Disadvantages:

1. Cost. Class A motorhomes are often very pricey, as the people who make them load them full of expensive features. This trend is likely to continue, unfortunately. New Class As also depreciate pretty badly, so remember that when you’re thinking of getting one.

2. Once you get to your destination, if you want to drive around town for any reason you’ll probably have to tow a more suitable vehicle with you. That’s going to add to the cost. It’s a big pain to get your Class A all set up and ready to go every time you want to go to the store. You can always bring a bicycle or two, of course, but you’ll be limited in your range and ability to travel longer distances in nasty weather.

3. Should your Class A break down, you’re likely going to be spending a night or more at a motel as it gets repaired. Most RV shops will try to give you a turnaround the same day, but if you’re in need of serious repairs, or requiring hard to get parts, you may be out of luck. On the other hand, if you have a towed RV you can always stay “home” while your vehicle is in the shop.

4. Class A motorhomes can be quite long, particularly the higher-priced models, and thus you’re excluded from some campgrounds because they lack the right facilities.

These disadvantages shouldn’t be any reason not to buy a Class A RV. They’re just intended to give you a bit of perspective before you buy. Consider both the pros and cons, and then make a proper decision. Everybody is different, so choose what’s best for you.

« Previous PageNext Page »

Hide me
Sign up below to join my eNewsletter
Name: Email:
Show me

Fatal error: Uncaught SoapFault exception: [aws:Client.AWS.InvalidAssociate] Your AKIAIDNL5QYX5WHMW5SQ is not registered as an Amazon Associate. Please register as an associate at in /home/content/30/10931430/html/wp-content/plugins/wtp-amaslidepro/leo-azonlib.php:244 Stack trace: #0 /home/content/30/10931430/html/wp-content/plugins/wtp-amaslidepro/leo-azonlib.php(244): SoapClient->__soapCall('ItemSearch', Array) #1 /home/content/30/10931430/html/wp-content/plugins/wtp-amaslidepro/leo-azonlib.php(117): AmaSlideWTPAmazonECS->performSoapRequest('ItemSearch', Array) #2 /home/content/30/10931430/html/wp-content/plugins/wtp-amaslidepro/amaslide-content.php(151): AmaSlideWTPAmazonECS->search('travel books') #3 /home/content/30/10931430/html/wp-content/plugins/wtp-amaslidepro/wtp-amaslidepro.php(16): include('/home/content/3...') #4 [internal function]: lwtpamaslide_place('') #5 /home/content/30/10931430/html/wp-includes/plugin.php(505): call_user_func_array('lwtpamasl in /home/content/30/10931430/html/wp-content/plugins/wtp-amaslidepro/leo-azonlib.php on line 244