Last Travel Fling Before Wedding Bells Ring: Cliff House Resort & Spa, Maine

The Cliff House Resort & Spa was one of the suggestions for my bachelorette trip. Here’s the scoop:

* Who: Gals who want to enjoy New England’s great outdoors, biking, swimming and quaint villages while knowing a mani/pedi is just minutes away.

* What: A classic New England Seaside retreat with pampering amenities, luxe spa treatments, eco-friendly practices and fabulous oceanfront dining. Opened in 1872, the resort features 194 guest rooms each with an oceanview balcony.

* When: Ideal for summer or fall. During July and August, the resort offers complimentary trolley service to Perkins Cove, downtown Ogunquit and Ogunquit beach.

* Where: Located on the south coast of Maine, just an hour from Boston, its a great option for a road-tripping girl’s getaway.

* Don’t Miss: Spa lovers will be in heaven! The oceanfront, adults-only spa building contains a full-service spa, 75-foot lap pool, whirlpool, sauna, steam room, fitness center, spa boutique and 32 oversized guest rooms. Local ingredients are incorporated into spa services such as the Maine Blueberry Body Wrap and the Maine Blueberry Manicure and Pedicure. Other body treatments, facials and massages sound great too including the Cliff House Seashell Massage (uses warm seashells to balance your energy, improve circulation and boost lymphatic drainage) and the Wild Lime Blossom Scalp Massage.


* Booking: The resort offers a variety of year-round packages. My favorites are the 3-night Seaside Shopper and Spa Sampler programs or the 2-night Spa & Coastal Shopper. Pricing varies by season and mini-suites are available too (extra $50 per night) for an even more luxe getaway.

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Stressed out by Wedding Planning? Try a Weekend at the Absolutely Stunning Ritz-Carlton, Palm Beach

Globetrotting Cindy just got back from the The Ritz-Carlton, Palm Beach which reopened following a whopping $120-million renovation. If you’re looking for distressing ocean views and the best pools in Palm Beach, there is nowhere better to spend a long weekend.

Take your choice of spacious guestrooms, luxurious suites or their famous Presidential Suite. For dining, the Terrace restaurant (the only oceanfront terrace dinning in Palm Beach) features a fire pit that is ceremoniously lit each evening – perfect for torching S’Mores.

firepit

The highlight of the property has to be their new $30-million Eau Spa, which opened in March 2009. The 42,000-square-foot haven is unlike any spa I have ever seen, and is the grand finale of the resort’s four-year transformation project. For a private day, a spa day with the girls, or a romantic retreat with your man, visit one of the 19 treatment rooms, most with private gardens. You’ll find an open air garden with hanging chairs suspended above a reflection pond, the first of its kind “scrub and polish bar” where guests can mix up their own scrubs and polishes with the help of an on-site mixologist, a bath lounge, three couples spa villas with oversized tubs and outdoor rain showers, and a fitness center offering yoga and spin classes.

GTB SpaGarden

Here are some of my favorite spa specials that are currently running. Best of all, every treatment includes their signature mini chocolate cupcakes. YUM!

GTB Massage

Bite Size Beauty – Spa Samplers – Try a 25-minute taste of heaven, perfect for when you are watching the $$$, but still need some pampering!

– Eau De Facial Sampler Starting at $75

– Eau De Massage Starting at $69

– Play Together For Couples Sampler – $199 Includes: 
Scrub and Polish Bar experience for two
, 25-minute massage for two (together or in private spaces). This sampler packages also include time to pause in 
the Self-Centered Garden and time to play in the Bath Lounge.

Mention TASTER when making your appointment for the samplers.

Two is Better than One! Enjoy 50% off your 2nd Treatment – Book a treatment and get your second treatment for half price. Some restrictions apply.

They also offer a full range of destination wedding packages.

Have a great weekend!

Summer Loving – Take a break from wedding planning and score a travel bargain

Summer vacations are the best and the deals now are better than ever! So put the wedding planning on hold for a bit (I promise, your fiance will thank you) and hit the road.

If you’re in the market for a cruise bargain or cheap hotel rooms, book them fast. Need some inspiration?

Seabourn Cruises, Crystal Cruises and Silversea Cruises still have some amazing summer deals left (like 65% off certain dates!).

Grab your girlfriends and head down to Miami for a girl’s getaway. You’ll find cheap hotel rooms, great beaches, restaurants galore and miles of shopping.

Even NYC is on sale right now! The famed Waldorf-Astoria has rooms for under $200 and if you come soon you can take advantage of our NYC Restaurant Week. And don’t forget the shopping…Topshop, Kleinfelds, and Sephora, oh my.

Europe is a great deal now so why not grab your guy and head over the pond for a little pre-honeymoon getaway? London and Paris have slew of cheap hotel rooms (yes, we’re talking under $100) available with the the money you’ll save you can do a little shopping!

Bon voyage!!

Summer Loving – Take a break from wedding planning and score a travel bargain

Summer vacations are the best and the deals now are better than ever! So put the wedding planning on hold for a bit (I promise, your fiance will thank you) and hit the road.

If you’re in the market for a cruise bargain or cheap hotel rooms, book them fast. Need some inspiration?

Seabourn Cruises, Crystal Cruises and Silversea Cruises still have some amazing summer deals left (like 65% off certain dates!).

Grab your girlfriends and head down to Miami for a girl’s getaway. You’ll find cheap hotel rooms, great beaches, restaurants galore and miles of shopping.

Even NYC is on sale right now! The famed Waldorf-Astoria has rooms for under $200 and if you come soon you can take advantage of our NYC Restaurant Week. And don’t forget the shopping…Topshop, Kleinfelds, and Sephora, oh my.

Europe is a great deal now so why not grab your guy and head over the pond for a little pre-honeymoon getaway? London and Paris have slew of cheap hotel rooms (yes, we’re talking under $100) available with the the money you’ll save you can do a little shopping!

Bon voyage!!

Recessionista Summer Getaway! Life’s a Beach Jet Blue Sale!

If I have a choice, I’ll always pick a Jet Blue flight. I love that they feed me snacks and entertain me with TV and movies making even a long trip seem quick. (Note: We flew to St. Martin last week and I was disappointed to learn that only the movies work once you get an hour away from JFK. What’s up with that Jet Blue???)


Jet Blue is known for their amazing sales and they’ve got a great Life’s a Beach Sale going on now that is offering up some great fares ($29 – $139 each way!) to Mexico, the Caribbean and Bermuda. There are some amazing hotel deals right now so be sure to book a summer getaway if you haven’t already.

Need a bachelor or bachelorette trip, mini-moon or honeymoon? Hurry up, you have to book by Friday and travel between July 14 and October 6.

How to Pack for Your Honeymoon from Jet Set Girls

Happy Labor Day! I’m taking the day off to relax but I’ll leave you with this great post from Jet Set Girls, one of my favorite websites for planning girlfriend getaways.


How to Pack For Your Honeymoon

Enjoy!

Sedona, AZ: A great warm weather destination wedding and honeymoon hotspot awaits…..

If you’re looking for a scenic, easy to reach, warm-weather locale with friendly locals, Southwest charm, hotels galore and great food, look no further than Sedona, Arizona. In addition to offering up red mountain views at every turn, Sedona has an array of sights and attractions sure to please every wedding guest or honeymooner.

The Globetrotting Groom and I visited last month and had a fabulous trip! Sedona is about 90 minutes north of Phoenix and yes, Jet Blue’s TV’s made our 5 hour flight from NYC a breeze. You’ll know you’re close when the views suddenly turn from dusty desert to technicolor reds and pinks. It reminds me of the Wizard of Oz when it goes from black and white to color. It’s really amazing.

I’ll be writing more about hotspots for destination weddings but here are some things you’ll want to check out if you’re planning a Sedona honeymoon, girl’s getaway or destination wedding.

– Sedona is super easy to get around and there are free shuttles if you don’t want to rent a car. Get your bearings on a Sedona Trolly tour or if you’re feeling more adventurous, try one of the many Pink Jeep Tours.

– Get out and explore Red Rock Country’s state parks, hidden canyons, red rock trails and famed vortexes. Hikers, mountain bikers, campers will be in heaven but for those who want a relaxing vacation (like me) there are plenty of scenic drives, sunsets, star gazing shows and activities like exploring Indian ruins and petroglyphs at Palatki (this was seriously cool).


– You’re on vacation so kick back with some great food and drinks! For Mexican, we loved the Elote Cafe and Javelina Cantina. For a gorgeous creekside backdrop with top-notch food and service, visit L’Auberge de Sedona. For mountain backdrops and fine dining, try Hundred Rox at Amara. For Italian bistro dining, check out Joey Bistro. For contemporary fare and happy hour action, visit Reds at Sedona Rouge. There are also local ice cream parlors and wineries so be sure to explore.

– No vacation is complete without shopping and Sedona shopping packs a punch. There are so many art galleries and shops where you’ll find everything from jewelry, glass sculptures, pottery, photography, artwork, textiles, home decor, clothing and gifts galore. The Tlaquepaque Arts & Crafts Village, Hillside Sedona and “Uptown” boutiques were my favorites.

Of course, you’ll also find great spas, golf, kid-friendly spots and nearby Grand Canyon activities making it a sure to please spot for all. Travel promotions abound so be sure to check out the latest travel deals and discounts.

And, stay tuned for the scoop on Sedona destination weddings…