Beach Bombshell

Who said beachwear can’t be glamorous? This chic, all-black one piece and matching cover-up makes the perfect ensemble for poolside evenings and resort vacations. The waist-cinching Shape Swimsuit by H&M will boost your body confidence, while the sensually sheer Beach Dress with deep V-neck and side slit playfully offers peek-a-boo moments. Paired with these trendy platform Lindsey Wedges by Stella McCartney and gold and red accessories from Swell Caroline and House of Lavande, this fetching outfit will surely turn heads at any waterside gathering. H&M Shape Swimsuit [... more]

A Peaceful Paradise

An arguably quieter location than the mainland, the Isle of Palms, South Carolina, makes the perfect getaway for those looking to escape the hustle and bustle of nearby Charleston. Only seven miles long and one mile wide, the semi-tropical island boasts gorgeous views and adorable historic houses as well as a couple of unique dining experiences. Overnight guests can choose from several hotels and resorts including the exclusive Wild Dunes, a 1,600-acre oceanfront oasis offering world-class golf and tennis, pristine beaches, and six dining options. So next [... more]

Fore the Family

Many believe that golf is one of the best skills a business professional can develop; however, getting out of the house to spend time on the golf course can take some finesse. Try this approach: While you work on your game out on the course, bring the entire family along for a stay at the luxurious Renaissance Birmingham Ross Bridge Golf Resort and Spa in Birmingham, Alabama. You won’t hear any complaints from the spouse or kids because everyone will be too busy planning their day at [... more]

Family-Friendly Virginia Escape

After a long winter, your family needs some well-deserved fun. Of course, the ideal vacation includes 5-star accommodations at a resort the entire family will love. Check. But you don’t want to blow your budget. Check, check. The Spring Fever package at Kingsmill Resort in Williamsburg, Virginia, promises big fun on a limited budget. Get two nights of lodging for a family of four complete with tickets to Busch Gardens. To sweeten this already fantastic deal, enjoy daily breakfast in the Bray Dining Room, complimentary transportation to [... more]

Hideaway on Bahia Honda

Spring break and summer vacation mean big crowds for most beach destinations. Hordes of people head to the popular beaches lining the Southern coastline in search of sun, sand, and surf.  If you’re looking for the same thing but without the throngs of people, slip off your sandals at Bahia Honda State Park on Bahia Honda Key, Florida. The 500-acre park offers the perfect launching point for kayaking, snorkeling, and beachcombing. Overnight options include duplex cabins and a full-facility campground with sites on both the bay and [... more]

Luxury in North Georgia

If you love wine like we do, you’ll thoroughly enjoy a trip to Château Élan, the largest winery in Georgia. It doesn’t hurt that the property features a picturesque four-star inn, a golf club with three 18-hole courses, and day and overnight spa facilities. You can also tour the nearby vineyards, where they grow an assortment of grapes including Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Muscadine. Afterward, revitalize and relax with a glass of your favorite red and a much-needed massage.

Jekyll Island Club Hotel

Jekyll Island, Georgia, served as an exclusive destination for wealthy families whose names still grab headlines, such as the Rockefellers, Morgans (as in J.P.), Goodyears, and more. Since money and power go hand in hand, many milestones in American history took place here—the think tank meetings for the creation of the Federal Reserve and the first transcontinental phone call, for example. Lucky for us modern-day folks, the Jekyll Island Club Hotel is now open to the public and has kept its old-world charm and pristine landscape. To [... more]

Florida’s Indoor Treasure

Imagine all the natural beauty of Florida packed inside one vast resort. Visit the Gaylord Palms Resort & Convention Center in Kissimmee, Florida, to see the stunning environments of the Everglades, St. Augustine, and Key West in three separate atriums. Outside, the resort offers an extensive water park for kids and an adult-only pool for those seeking a more relaxed escape. Dining options abound, and special events—such as a Shrek-themed feast—provide distinctive culinary experiences for the whole family. Though located just a few miles from popular theme [... more]

Beachside Bliss in South Carolina

Kiawah Island Golf Resort—Charleston’s upscale vacation experience—may very well be one of those one-size-fits-all kinds of vacation. While the villas and condos feature family-friendly amenities such as multiple swimming pools, direct beach access, self-catering facilities, and nearby Lowcountry oyster roasts during the summer months, the resort’s Sanctuary Hotel also makes a great, intimate escape for couples, groups of friends, or even eco-travelers. (The barrier island is a hotbed for sea turtles, deer, and various species of birds, and I spied several species of wildlife from the balcony [... more]

Destination Relaxation

Texas claims to be bigger and better than anywhere else, and one local spa can back that claim up with confidence. Fodor’s Travel recently named Lake Austin Spa Resort the top fitness and wellness resort for 2014. To celebrate, the spa wants to extend your trip for a well-deserved weekend of rest and relaxation. Book a two-night Ultimate Package by March 28 for stays through December 31 and receive an additional night free. Need another excuse to pamper yourself? Arrive on Sunday, and you get two additional [... more]

Moored in Paradise

Ahh, the Florida Keys. Scuba-diving mecca. Premier sport-fishing destination. Beach-bum heaven. The question isn’t what to do here; it’s where to stay. One popular answer, The Moorings Village and Spa on Islamorada, offers luxury accommodations with nearly limitless amenities. A former coconut plantation, the resort boasts 18 secluded cottages and 1,000 feet of beach—one of the largest private beaches in the Keys. And while a whole lot of nothing might be your desired itinerary, the on-site spa, fitness center, tennis court, kayaks, bicycles, and more are ready [... more]

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