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The Royal Treatment: 5 American Castles to Visit in 2019

By Alexandria, Asheville, Bus Travel, Doylestown, New York, Newport, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Tarrytown

As a country without a monarchy, the U.S. doesn’t offer traditional castles. Yet, many families have lived like royalty over the last two centuries by building extravagant mansions that rival their European counterparts. If you want to feel like a royal on your next getaway, these are the most beautiful castles in America you won’t want to miss.

1. Lyndhurst Castle — Tarrytown, New York

Originally built back in 1839, the Lyndhurst mansion is renowned for its Gothic Revival architecture with plenty of roofline peaks, vaulted ceilings, and decorative touches. The incredibly large home sits on 67 acres just outside of Tarrytown, NY, and while you can’t stay overnight, you do have the opportunity to rent it out for weddings and special events.

Even if wedding bells aren’t in your future, you’re still welcome to visit. The estate offers public tours of the mansion and staff quarters from May into fall. There’s also a walking tour of the gardens and an indoor bowling alley available. During summer, stick around for the jazz concerts every Thursday evening on the lawn, and in autumn, catch the many special events. There’s a Fall Crafts fair in September and the Jay Ghoul’s House of Curiosities Halloween performances in October.

2. Boldt Castle — Alexandria, New York

Boldt Castle is one of upstate New York’s most beloved landmarks — and for good reason. Located on Heart Island, the massive mansion towers over the waters of Alexandria Bay. It’s so grand that it definitely earns the title of “castle.” Yet, that shouldn’t come at any surprise once you realize it was built by millionaire Georg C. Boldt, creator of the famous Waldorf Astoria Hotel.

The facility is open from May through October for tours, but you need to take a ferry or boat tour from Alexandria, NY to access the island. On-site, you can peruse the main home and surrounding grounds as well as the numerous additional structures, like the Dove-Cote, Entry Arch, and Alster Tower. You also won’t want to miss the Power House. Inspired by medieval towers, the structure is much smaller than the main house, but it’s impressive in its own right.

3. Fonthill Castle — Doylestown, Pennsylvania

It’s hard to match the historical significance of Fonthill Castle in Doylestown, PA. It was built by the famed archeologist, Henry Chapman Mercer, who designed the home to display his significant collections of ancient artifacts. He even embedded some of his ceramics collection into the structure. Fortunately, the castle is now open to the public, offering guided tours seven days a week.

4. Biltmore Estate — Asheville, North Carolina

Built by George Washington Vanderbilt II, the Biltmore Estate in Asheville, NC boasts over 250 rooms. There are four floors with 35 guest bedrooms and 21 servant bedrooms; a Bachelor’s Wing with traditional smoking and billiards rooms; and a basement with an indoor swimming pool, gym, and bowling alley. Covering nearly 179,000 square feet, the home is the largest and — arguably — the most beautiful castle in America.

While you can’t stay in the castle itself, there are three lodging options on the 8,000-acre estate: the Village Hotel, the Inn, and the Cottage. There are also one-day visitor tickets available that provide access to the Biltmore House, the gardens, the on-site winery, and the various shops and eateries at the Antler Hill Village. Additionally, the estate offers live music experiences throughout the summer and special holiday festivities throughout the year, including a visit from Santa in December.

5. The Breakers — Newport, Rhode Island

When it comes to American castles, the Vanderbilt family has a legacy of building the biggest and most extravagant ones. The Breakers mansion in Newport, RI was built by George Washington Vanderbilt II’s older brother, Cornelius Vanderbilt II. The magnificent structure offers 70 rooms over three floors, a basement, and an attic — totaling over 125,000 square feet. The home and its beloved gardens are available for tours daily from June to October.

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References

http://lyndhurst.org/

http://www.boldtcastle.com/visitorinfo/

https://www.mercermuseum.org/about/fonthill-castle/

https://www.biltmore.com/

https://www.newportmansions.org/explore/the-breakers

The best cabin getaways can be found all over North America.

4 Stunning Cabin Getaways in North America

By Asheville, Blue Ridge, Branson, Bus Travel, Georgia, Massachusetts, Missouri, New England, North Carolina

North America, specifically the vast countryside of the United States, is replete with breathtaking natural wonders, including forests, waterfalls, rivers, gorges, and valleys. All these things can be experienced when you rent a cabin and plant yourself right in the heart of it all. In this post, we’ll take a look at four prime destinations for a stunning cabin getaway.

1. The Ozarks

Forget everything you’ve heard about the Ozarks, and explore this mountainous region for yourself. Specifically, experience the Ozarks by staying at Ozark Mountain Cabins located on, you guessed it, Ozark Mountain. Each cozy cabin is built with groove, pine tongue, and hand-peeled logs, and inside every cabin is a beautiful stone fireplace. Although the cabins give off a quaint and old-timey feel, they are all fully equipped with modern amenities such as a stocked kitchen, air conditioning, and ultra-soft bath towels. Every cabin has a living room, dining room, and kitchen in addition to multiple bedrooms to really give that homey, spacious feel. Other perks of each cabin include porches, porch swings, and a charcoal grill in the yard.

When you’re ready to venture out of your cabin, take a day trip to Branson, Missouri, to fit in some serious shopping at the local boutiques and craft shops. For outdoorsy activities, go spelunking at Mystics Caverns and try your hand at bass fishing on the Buffalo River.

2. Asheville, NC

Don’t let the idea of camping out deep in the forest fool you. Living it up in the woods doesn’t always equate to “roughing it.” If you’d like to experience the charm of a relaxing, outdoorsy vacation but can’t imagine yourself sleeping in a tent or a barebones cabin, look to Asheville, North Carolina, specifically Asheville Cottages. All cabins sleep four to six people and come with a modern, fully equipped kitchen stocked with treats, cola drinks, and even spices for the nights you decide to stay in and cook. Each cabin is unique in style, but they all offer luxury amenities including a plush, king-sized bed, flat-screen TVs in the master bedroom and living room, and a deck with a hot tub, grill, and patio furniture. Now that’s what we call camping! Plus, the Asheville Cottages are surrounded by world-class hiking trails and are less than 10 miles away from the artsy downtown Asheville.

3. Blue Ridge Mountains

Mountain Top Cabin Rentals in Blue Ridge, Georgia, has perfected the meaning of “go big or go home.” We’re not talking about your ordinary, run-of-the mill, no-running-water-or-electricity cabin. Mountain Top Cabin Rentals specializes is mammoth-sized luxury cabins. And we can’t decide which is more breathtaking: the size and modern architecture of the cabins themselves or the spectacular view overlooking the Blue Ridge Mountains. Many of the spacious cabins come with a back deck, perfect for watching the sun set over the Blue Ridge Mountains with a glass of wine in hand. Some also come with a fireplace on the deck or a fire pit with comfy outdoor chairs on the property.

Beyond enjoying the lavish serenity of your luxury cabin, activities in the Blue Ridge Mountain area include tubing on the river through the Toccoa Valley, riding the Blue Ridge Scenic Railway, and sipping wine at Crane Creek Vineyards.

4. Massachusetts

Fewer regions in the United States do luxury quite like New England, namely Massachusetts. Although there are many excellent camping locations throughout the state (including on the beach and in the woods), we’re recognizing Pine Acres Family Camping Resort for expertly balancing family-friendly activities for the kids and a hint of luxury for the parents. The resort is situated next to the 70-acre Lake Dean, making it an ideal summer getaway destination for families ready to get their fill of water activities. The lake is the perfect spot for Jet Skiing, kayaking, paddleboarding, and swimming. On the campgrounds, guests can take advantage of mini-golf, bike rentals, volleyball, basketball, and other activities well suited for kids.

For accommodations, the campground gives guests the option to pitch their own tent or rent a cabin complete with flat-screen TVs, fireplaces, and spacious bedrooms. If it’s within your budget, consider planning a trip to Martha’s Vineyard and renting a gorgeous cabin right on the coast of this peaceful island. Plan a trip with a large group and book a seaside stay with Martha’s Vineyard Rentals. Various amenities and features include in-ground pools, hammocks on the porch, and, of course, immaculate views of the Atlantic Ocean.

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References

https://ozarkmountainregion.com/pages/cabins-lodgings/

https://www.ashevillecottages.com/

http://mountaintopcabinrentals.com/

https://pineacresresort.com/

http://www.marthasvineyardrentals.org/

A beautiful road opens up to a tunnel covered by lush fall trees. The perfect road trip destination for fall lovers.

5 Breathtaking Travel Destinations to Welcome the Fall Season

By Alaska, Arkansas, Asheville, Bus Travel, Camden, Conneticut, Eureka Springs, Maine, North Carolina, Torrington, Vermont, Woodstock

From beach vacations to camping trips, summer gets a lot of attention. Yet, there are many travelers who spend the entire season counting down the days until fall. If you can’t get changing leaves and crisp, cool mornings out of your head, you’re not alone. Here are the five best travel destinations for fall lovers.

1. Camden, Maine

No other region of the country quite nails gorgeous autumn foliage like New England, and Camden, ME is one of the best spots to view it. Bask in a foliage sea of vibrant reds, oranges, and yellows with a trek through Camden Hills State Park. The park spans over 5,700 acres, all of which is explorable by hiking the area’s many trails. While the observation point on Mount Battie provides exceptional views of the bay, the sweat-inducing climb up Mount Megunticook offers the most picturesque reward, as it’s the highest peak in the area.

If you prefer water views, take a boat tour from Camden Harbor along the tree-lined coast or go kayaking on Megunticook Lake, which is surrounded by woodlands. However, you don’t need to venture far from the village for spectacular autumn views. The Penobscot Bay town’s High Street Historic District offers the ideal combination of eye-catching architecture and beautiful local foliage. Finish off your village stroll with a fresh plate of seafood served alongside impeccable views at Peter Ott’s on the Water.

2. Asheville, North Carolina

Fall in Asheville, NC comes slightly later than in the northeast, but when it does arrive, it’s sure to take your breath away. Even though it’s a metropolitan area, the city is surrounded by the Blue Ridge Mountains, which are covered in a forest. After a long, hot summer, there’s no better way to welcome in fall than immersing yourself in the Pisgah National Forest. Covering over half a million acres, the forest offers numerous opportunities for hiking, fishing, biking, and picnics. Outdoor enthusiasts also have the option to camp.

If you prefer a more tame adventure, head to The North Carolina Arboretum. The botanical garden spans 434 acres with manicured trees, gardens, and well-groomed walking and biking trails. The site also offers guided garden and trail walks weekly, as well as ArborEvenings every Thursday, which features live music, local drinks, and food. For a similar experience, tour the Biltmore Estate’s lavish iconic gardens, followed by a tasting at the on-site winery.

3. Eureka Springs, Arkansas

The Ozark Mountains’ natural beauty attracts visitors year-round. Yet, the hillsides truly come to life in late September when cooler weather arrives, making it one of the best travel destinations for fall lovers. Since Eureka Springs, AR is considered the heart of the Arkansas Ozarks, it’s the perfect spot to enjoy the changing seasons.

The steep hills throughout Eureka Springs provide fantastic views of the area, so you don’t even have to leave town to enjoy yourself. For the best visibility in town, grab a coffee at Eureka Daily Roast and take a stroll through Downtown. For a more in-depth nature experience, view the woods from above thanks to the Ozark Mountain Ziplines, or rent a kayak and head out to Lake Leatherwood City Park.

4. Woodstock, Vermont

If there’s any possible way to enhance the appearance of fall foliage, it’s achieved by adding covered wooden bridges, gently rolling hills, and historic architecture. Luckily, Woodstock, VT is home to all three. The quaint town offers a stunning landscape, which is made incredibly apparent at Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historic Park. The park offers multiple walking trails — surrounded by spectacular trees, shrubs, and flowering plants — that cross the Middle Covered Bridge and lead to the historic Carriage Barn. Tickets for the ranger-led programs are available with bundled admission to the Billings Farm and Museum.

5. Torrington, Connecticut

Fall in Torrington, CT peaks in mid-October and offers around a month of mesmerizing views. Nearby Paugnut State Forest is a must-see location, offering over 1,700 acres and various trails. For an unforgettable look at the Litchfield County countryside in fall, hike up Walnut Mountain, which is the Torrington’s highest point. If you want to take your viewing experience up a notch, book a hot air balloon ride over the county.

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References

https://www.maine.gov/cgi-bin/online/doc/parksearch/details.pl?park_id=14

Home

https://www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/nfsnc/recarea/?recid=48114

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https://www.biltmore.com/

http://eurekaspringsdowntown.com/

http://www.ziplineeurekasprings.com/

http://eurekaparks.com/

https://www.nps.gov/mabi/index.htm

https://billingsfarm.org/

https://www.ct.gov/deep/cwp/view.asp?a=2716&q=435626&deepNav_GID=1650

How to Vacation Like a Royal? Take a trip to historic landmarks across the US.

A Guide to Vacationing Like a Royal

By Asheville, Bus Travel, California, North Carolina, San Simeon

Lest you never follow the news, you might be aware of the royal family’s many exciting travels. You may even be inspired to travel a little bigger and more boldly — and you can do just that, even if you don’t have access to a mind-bending bank account or a direct hotline to the Queen. What does it take to vacation like a royal? Here’s where you can go to enjoy a stately, life-changing experience that won’t break the bank.

Biltmore®

In simplest terms, Biltmore is simply breathtaking. Based in Asheville, NC, the lavish estate has been an institution since 1895. That was the year that George Vanderbilt opened the property to family and friends. It wasn’t until 1930, however, that the home opened to the general public — and with that, a beautiful legacy was born. The house is immaculate at a glance, with magnificent old-world pieces, such as artwork, furniture, and clothing, that tell a tale of a golden period in history when such things were always of the highest caliber. Tapestries throughout the property date from the 16th century, while luxurious spots dotted throughout give you a feeling that you may actually be a king or a queen — if only for a day. There’s a dramatic library boasting some 10,000 books. There’s an indoor pool, naturally, and even a bowling alley. Peppered throughout the home are nearly 65 fireplaces for your comfort.

By far one of the most appealing elements of the home is its dramatic garden. Formally arranged by famed landscape designer, Frederick Law Olmsted, the outdoor space hosts over 250 different types of roses, beautiful water features, thick green forests, and plenty of wide open meadows that are framed by beautifully preserved gardens. It’s difficult to overstate the almost shocking beauty of the place, and while you may be tempted to whip out your phone to snap a few photographs, remember that you’re thinking about how to vacation like a royal here — and you may be best off simply soaking in the wonderful ambiance here.

There are several areas where guests can stay, including the dramatic Inn on Biltmore Estate. Rooms are well appointed with the creature comforts of home, but feel decidedly more upscale thanks to their subtle hues, rich fabrics, and elegant furnishings. If you’re inclined, you might book a suite — all named after Vanderbilt’s friends — for an even grander experience. Dark woods, thick drapes, private dining areas, wet bars, living rooms, and jetted tubs are just a few of the world-class amenities you’ll find inside.

Hearst Castle

First things first: guests can’t stay overnight at Hearst Castle, the world-renowned destination in San Simeon, CA. But it’s worth a visit nonetheless for its incredible views and spellbinding architecture. There are several different tours available, and all provide you with an up-close and intimate peek at what it may have been like to stay at the castle as one of W.R. Hearst’s guests. One of the most popular tours is the tour of the Grand Rooms, which features a look at some of the castle’s most beloved spots — the theater, the gardens, the pools, and the billiard room, among others. If you’re more curious about the castle’s exquisite workmanship and design, book a Designing the Dream tour. You’ll learn about the architect responsible for the lavish estate, tour the dramatic Roman Pool dressing rooms, and see the Art Deco elements that transformed Casa Grande’s North Wing.

There are dozens of hotels in the area, and it’s worth seeking a property in keeping with the regal theme. The Cavalier Oceanfront Resort is a favorite for its beautiful ocean views and proximity to Hearst Castle and nearby wine country. The rooms are simple and inviting, and many consider it the ultimate home-base if they’re spending the day at nearby tourist attractions.

Castello di Amorosa

Designed to replicate a 13th-century Tuscan castle, Castello di Amorosa certainly lives up to its inspiration. The stunning property, situated in Calistoga, CA, is one of wine country’s most impressive, truly royal highlights. To its credit, it opened in 2007 — yes, it’s a fairly new castle — and quickly became one of the area’s most impressive and profitable spots. You can enjoy tours and tastings, of course, and take a peek at a dark room where 100-year-old bottles of family wine are lovingly stored. The property is home to some 107 rooms, 90 of which are strictly used for storing or making wine.

When you’re all tasted out, it wouldn’t be very regal to collapse on the floor. It’s important to find a quality place to stay in the area. Fortunately, there are quite a few royal-worthy hotels in the vicinity that are sure to take your breath away. Among them is Solage, a resort where no expense is spared to ensure a perfect stay from start to finish. Book a sleek, modern studio with a personal patio, or enjoy a luxe suite with a hot tub. Take your experience to the next level at the on-site, 20,000-square-foot spa, where therapies celebrate the region’s natural hot springs and mud. When you’re done, retire to your room for a private meal brought directly to you from one of the facility’s helpful staff.

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Perhaps the final and most sensible way to learn how to vacation like a royal: reach your destination in style and comfort via bus travel. You won’t want for a single thing as you sit back and allow your driver to get you exactly where you need to be. Visit BusTickets.com to book the stay of a lifetime today.

References:

www.cavalierresort.com/

castellodiamorosa.com/

aubergeresorts.com/solage/

Are you looking for a hidden getaway? Naples, Florida is hidden gem.

Hidden Gems That Are Perfect for a Secluded Getaway

By Asheville, Bus Travel, Carbondale, Colorado, Florida, Naples, North Carolina

The United States is home to such an abundance of variety. The rolling hills of Tennessee, the gorgeous beaches of California, the otherworldly, nostalgic ambiance of New Orleans…it’s a massive country with so many unique aspects to appreciate in every region. If you’re looking for a charming little getaway, particularly in a low-key town where you can just unwind and escape the chaos of a big city, look no further. Here are a few awesome hidden gems that are perfect for a secluded getaway.

Naples, Florida

If you can’t make it to Naples, Italy, opt for Naples, Florida, instead. You may not find the world’s greatest pizza in this Florida town, but you certainly will find some gorgeous beaches and unbelievable sunsets. Naples Beach with its white sand, clear, blue skies, and turquoise water, makes an inviting spot for anyone who wants to kick off their flip flops, bury their toes in the sand, and get a whiff of that fresh sea air. After a dip in the ocean and a serious tanning session on the beach, stroll along Naples Pier to watch the sunset, go fishing, or spot a few dolphins.

Consider renting a pontoon or a yacht and cruise around Naples Bay one afternoon before stopping off at Marco Island in Naples. Anyone traveling with kids should check out Naples Zoo at Caribbean Gardens to hang out with monkeys on an island and even feed alligators! For serious shoppers, don’t leave Naples without first hitting up 5th Avenue South, a shopping strip along the water. Once you’ve soaked up the sun on the beach, check out the vibrant arts scene around downtown Naples. It’s the perfect spot to enjoy a low-key dinner on an outdoor patio with some live music.

Asheville, North Carolina

Asheville is that perfect blend of nature and art that you never even knew you needed. Downtown Asheville is surrounded by lush greenery, rolling hills, and breathtaking mountains. Within the town, you’ll be delighted to find an array of craft breweries, local boutiques, cafes, bars, and restaurants. As you walk the quaint downtown neighborhood, you’ll be serenaded with soothing tunes from traveling and local buskers. Wander into independent bookstores, find a vintage jacket at the thrift shop, appreciate local art at the galleries, pick up fresh produce at the flea market, and score the perfect handcrafted artisanal good at the craft shops.

Though Asheville isn’t known for modern architecture and skyscrapers, it does have a few rooftop bars with incredible views of the mountains. Thirsty Monk and SkyBar are a couple of the favorites among Asheville locals and visitors. Since the arts scene is just one part of Asheville, you’ll want to budget plenty of time to hit the trails. Experience the breathtaking beauty of national parks like Pisgah and Nantahala, bike along the scenic Blue Ridge, and keep your eyes peeled for wildlife like birds, elk, and bears! When you hit the trails around Asheville, you’re bound to end up discovering a few waterfalls along the way. Another hiking expedition you should include on your Asheville bucket list is a hike up Mount Mitchell, in Blue Ridge, which is the tallest mountain on the East Coast.

Carbondale, Colorado

Carbondale is a real outdoorsy person’s kind of vacation spot. If you’re all about strapping on your hiking boots, working up a sweat on a 15-mile hike, and kayaking down the Rio Grande River, Carbondale is the place for you. The best part about this little town in Colorado is that it really isn’t on anyone’s radar, so get yourself to Carbondale before the secret is out! Just about every outdoor recreational activity you can think of can be found in Carbondale. The town is home to plenty of prime camping locations, cycling routes, hiking trails, scenic drives, fishing spots, and skateboarding parks. Depending on the time of year you visit, you can plan a hunting trip or a ski and snowboarding trip.

Although the main objective for anyone vacationing in Carbondale is to experience the great outdoors, this town also has great culinary delights for foodies. You’ll find everything from gourmet dining to casual burgers to Japanese cuisine in this town. If you just need to quickly fuel up on something filling before a big hike, you’ll find plenty of sandwich shops and pizza parlors around town. If you are trying to figure out your dinner plans, you can choose from Chinese to Italian to Mexican to good ole’ fashioned American fare.

Ready to start planning your getaway? Make the first step by buying your bus ticket from BusTickets.com today!