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SATURDAY, JUNE 22ND, 3PM-4PM - IRELAND & SCOTLAND Who doesn't want to take a vacation to the beautiful Emerald Isle of Ireland? Having been there many times, I can tell you it's everything you imagine it to be. Boasting more shades of green than you thought possible, Ireland continues to be a popular destination and a good value for your vacation dollar. The splendid wind-swept scenery, thatch-roofed cottages, jagged coastal cliffs, lush rolling hills…and the people. The warm, hospitable people who not only love Americans, but seem to have family members living and working in every corner of the United States. If you want to experience charming countryside villages and mingle with the locals over a "slowly poured" pint of Guinness inside a cozy pub - you won't have to look far, they're everywhere. Or perhaps you prefer cultural and cosmopolitan getaways complete with big city dining and hotel offerings, Ireland has that too. Maybe you're a golfer and want to tee-it-up on one of Ireland's world-class courses or indulge in luxurious accommodations at an ancient castle…once again, the luck of the Irish is with you. Many people touring Ireland include a sidetrip to Scotland. Due to its close proximity, a quick visit to Scotland may include some of the highlights such as Edinburgh Castle, Loch Ness and the Highlands. Take it from me, a taste of Scotland guarantees a return trip. Susan Cloyd, the product development manager for CIE Tours International, will be my in-studio guest next Saturday from 3pm-4pm on "Let's Talk Travel with AAA", on WHP580. Born and raised in Ireland, Susan will give us an expert overview of what to see and do during your first or fifth visit to Ireland and Scotland.
SATURDAY, JUNE 29TH, 3PM-4PM - "Discovering the road less traveled throughout Pennsylvania" If you really want to know and explore a place, get off the highway. It's the two-lane roads where you'll make your most memorable discoveries. When you get off the highway in Pennsylvania, you'll never lack for scenic and historic drives. And one of your discoveries could be a unique and authentic stay at one of the many state's Bed and Breakfast Inns. Whether you're visiting a village, city, mountain, lakeside, riverside or farm country - PA innkeepers are the destination experts. These one-of-a-kind, family-run accommodations will make your visit special and memorable. Do you want a busy itinerary touring museums and historical sites or a relaxing getaway reading and lounging your day away on a comfy front porch rocker overlooking a picturesque green pasture? Kathryn White, Beechmont B&B (Hanover) Innkeeper and Dee Fegan, Pheasant Field B&B (Carlisle) Innkeeper and Chairperson of the PA Association of Bed & Breakfast Inns, will be my in-studio guests at 3pm Saturday on "Let's Talk Travel with AAA" on WHP-AM580. From high-end, luxurious accommodations catering to well-traveled adults - to families on a budget - to pet-friendly properties…you'll find the ideal Bed & Breakfast Inn perfectly suited for you and your tastes. Currently there are 70 B&B Inns across the state that are members of the PA Assoc. of B&B Inns. Every property must have 2 -25 guest rooms/suites and pass a quality assurance process each year. So…if your perception of a B&B Inn is a small, dark room in an old house with one shared bathroom for all guests…think again. www.painns.com ; www.patravelandtourism.org
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Florida's climate and natural resources have been attracting tourists, from near and far, for longer than anyone really knows.
Florida is the kind of destination that brings an immediate image to all of us. Beautiful beaches ; palm trees ; family vacations ; world-class resorts ; warm weather ; tropical breezes and glorious sunshine. (Hence - "The Sunshine State".)
Florida is a really big state - I'm talking 50,000 square miles of America's favorite vacation land. And you'll know what I'm talking about if you ever drive on I-95 from "Mile 378 Southbound to Miami" or if you decide to take Amtrak's Silver Service from Tampa/Miami to Jacksonville. (We took Amtrak's Silver Palm several years ago from Ft. Lauderdale to Philadelphia and it seemed as though we would never get out of Florida - but that's another travel story.)
Basically Florida is divided into 4 separate regions. North Florida , Central Florida , South Florida and The Keys.
* Jacksonville is a favorite North Florida region with popular Atlantic Beach and Neptune Beach. Home to "The Players" championship, golfers have been drawn to Ponte Vedra Beach for years. (www.visitjacksonville.com)
* Central Florida is best known as lake country (554 at last count) and of course - the most famous themed parks in the world. You got it - Disney, Universal and SeaWorld - and lucky for us, beginning May 24th, Frontier Airlines will be flying low-fare, nonstop from Harrisburg to Orlando. (www.frontierairlines.com ; www.flyhia.com)
* As a frequent Ft. Lauderdale and Miami cruiser, I spend a lot of time in South Florida. I am always amazed how much there is going on in the area and how there is always something new to experience. South Florida is all about glam, glitz, food and wine. If you're looking for a great night of dining, check out the "Chef's Night series at Da Campo Osteria" at "il Lugano". The chef-driven cooking class features the art of Tuscan fare complete with dinner, wine and olive oil to take home. (www.illugano.com) I've always loved staying a few nights ,pre-cruise, particularly in Ft. Lauderdale. Hyatt's Pier 66 sits on the intercoastal and reminds me of "old Florida" while the Ritz-Carlton is all about high-end luxury, discreet service and quiet elegance overlooking the beach and famed beach boulevard. (Tip - both hotels offer excellent overnight cruise packages and special savings throughout the year, especially during low-season, June through September.) (www.hyatt.com ; www.ritzcarlton.com) I don't think you can talk about South Florida without including "the rich really are different" Gold Coast favorite - Palm Beach. Of course there's shopping on swanky Worth Avenue and touring the Flager estate - but if you can afford the splurge, staying at the iconic Breakers hotel is truly a travel memory you'll treasure. (Tip - it's the luxury properties nowadays offering great savings, particularly on getaway packages.) (www.thebreakers.com)
* Heading southwest from the mainland, with126-miles of overseas highway connecting 40 isles, is best known as the Florida Keys. Experts claim it is America's most unusual scenic drive crossing 42-bridges with the Gulf of Mexico on one side, the Atlantic on the other. Famous for fishing, diving, natural tropical environs and of course, popular Key West. An excellent walking and touring town, picturesque Old Key West is a must - with stops at President Harry Truman's Little White House , the surrounding Truman Annex, the Hemmingway House and the old Key West Lighthouse. Mallory Square and Duval Street - the downtown of Key West - are filled with shops, art galleries, alfresco cafes, theaters and bars. Busy and diverse Duval Street is another popular walking stretch boasting the touristy Sloppy Joe's bar and the Southernmost Point (90-miles from Cuba) at the very end of Duval. Having been to Key West several times, I've found the following to be true : Everything and anything goes in Key West (meaning fantastic people-watching). The sunsets are absolutely glorious. Key lime pie tastes different and better than what we get at home. The island is truly a boater's paradise. The locals are laid-back and love to party. (Tip - Get your picture taken at both the Southernmost Point marker and during a sunset at Mallory Square.) www.visitflorida.com