Welcome to my scratch of virtual land. Here you'll find travel tips, travel narratives, destination explorations, and much more. To stay in the loop, join my crew by filling out the form below.

(Joining means you'll get a weekly email with new posts, happenings, and more. Find out more here.)

Tales from a Fork’s Spacious Hotels Near NYC

This post originally appeared on Tales from a Fork and is reproduced here with the permission of the content owner.

This post is part of the Hipmunk Hotels campaign.

If you’re traveling to New York City but want more space and amenities than the average Manhattan hotel, try opting for these accommodations. These spacious hotels are only a quick ride away from the Big Apple.


Photo of Manhattan from Weehawken by John Cunniff


Weehawken is one of the best destinations if you want to see a panoramic view of New York City, from the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge to the George Washington Bridge. Once you’re done marveling at the expansive skyline from Hamilton Park or Gregory Park, you can head to New York City via bus, ferry, or train.

Read more.

Stays in Minneapolis and Duluth for Metropolitan and Natural Attractions

Minnesota houses some of the most beautiful metropolitan areas in the nation, but it’s also home to some of the most gorgeous lake areas. No two cities better embody these different appeals than Minneapolis and Duluth. In today’s article, we’ll explore some of the best attractions and hotels for these two great cities.

For the Music World: Loews Hotel

The Loews Minneapolis Hotel is near the Minneapolis Warehouse District, which offers you easy access to dozens of nearby music venues. That includes the Dakota Jazz Club, the Target Center, the Nomad World Pub, First Avenue, Mill City Nights, Honey, Mayslack’s, Acadia Cafe, and many more.

Read more.

The Best Sites and Stays in North Carolina

From historic sites to gorgeous shorelines and beyond, North Carolina has attractions to suit every type of traveler. In this article, we’ll explore some of the most fascinating cities and most comfortable accommodations for your journey.

Asheville: Crowne Plaza

For history fanatics, the Biltmore Estate is a must-see. After your tour, head into the city to check out the Folk Art Center and the beautiful Basilica of St. Lawrence. If you want to spend some time in nature, you can head down Blue Ridge Parkway, which offers hiking trails, waterfalls, and unbeatable opportunities to see the autumn colors.

Read more.

Tripper’s Offbeat Attractions in Flagstaff, Page, Yuma, and More

This post originally appeared on Tripper and is reproduced here with the permission of the content owner.

By means of a strange acculturation process while growing up, I’m more connected to the American culture than I am to the Portuguese. As a result, the United States is high on my list of countries to visit (and the list of offbeat attractions grows with it). I’m still in the romancing phase, but I’m already liking my odds in Arizona and in Pasadena. I have my eye on several attractions in these areas and more, and I’m interested in the best hotels in each area.

1. Experience Space, the Final Frontier in Flagstaff (Arizona)

I love a good alien story, especially if it mixes an “X-Files” vibe with some futuristic storytelling like H.G. Wells’ “War of the Worlds”. However, you can visit some “other-worldly” attractions without leaving this planet. The Lowell Observatory and the Cinder Lake Crater Field are two offbeat must-sees in Flagstaff. I wonder if I can find an alien-themed hotel in Flagstaff? Or at least one with a mysterious alien story behind it.

Lowell Observatory in Flagstaff Arizona

Lowell Observatory in Flagstaff Arizona

Read more.

Syndey Aaliyah Michelle’s Family Fun in Santa Cruz, Carlsbad, and More

This post originally appeared on SydneyAaliyah.com and is reproduced here with the permission of the content owner.


My family recently had a travel planning session over Sunday dinner. We threw around ideas for the family vacation we take every five years. Our trips are unique because they have to appease everyone from age six to seventy years old. I did my research and suggested the California coast. These are some of the cool destinations I found that would make great family vacation spots.

Santa Cruz, California

Image provided by Ron V. via Trover.com

The boardwalk is an underrated attraction in a beach town. It’s so much fun for people who love the beach but hate the sand. Take a stroll on the Santa Cruz boardwalk and you’ll find that it offers attractions such as local dining and amusement park rides. If you stay on the boardwalk, you have quick access to the beautiful Pacific Ocean beach. I can already taste the salt water taffy.

Read more.

Savored Journeys’ Affordable luxury hotels in West Hollywood, Pismo Beach and Dana Point

This post originally appeared on Savored Journeys and is reproduced here with the permission of the content owner.

If you’re seen popular towns like West Hollywood and Pismo Beach on television shows, you already know how swanky and luxurious these areas are. As a traveler, you have many options for affordable luxury hotels in the midst of some of the best shopping, dining, nightlife and beaches the west has to offer. You can’t go wrong with a stay at any of these affordable luxury hotels right in the heart of the action.

West Hollywood, California

Hollywood, California
Hollywood, California (Photo: CC0 Public Domain/Pixabay)

Consider staying in West Hollywood for affordable luxury. It’s right in the heart of Los Angeles, with swanky bars, restaurants, and nightlife, right outside your door. This area is home to high-end shopping outlets and celebrity restaurants. You might even spot a celebrity, if you’re lucky. The Andaz West Hollywood Hotel is in the center of the action on Sunset Strip. It has a rooftop pool and is within walking distance of some of the hottest nightclubs on the strip.

Read more.

Nicki’s Random Musing’s Family Friendly Hotels in Jersey City, Wildwood, and More

This post originally appeared on Nicki’s Random Musings and is reproduced here with the permission of the content owner.

There’s no denying that New Jersey has a lot to offer travelers, aside from easy access to parts of New York, the state has beautiful beaches, scenic views, and plenty of attractions. Families traveling to the state have so many things to do, choosing the right hotel should be easy. These family friendly hotels in Jersey City, Wildwood, North Bergen, and Secaucus take the guesswork out of planning a family vacation.


Ellis Island

Photo by Joey Raymond via Trover.com

For many immigrants entering the United States through Ellis Island, Jersey City was the first destination for some 12 million steamboat passengers. Spend the day at Liberty State Park with your family, where you can canoe on the Hudson River, hike the trails, or even spend the day crabbing. Catch a ferry to Ellis Island for an educational day tracking family roots or see the Statue of Liberty. Hyatt Regency Jersey City on the Hudson offers views of the NYC skyline and the Hudson River, special activities for children, and other luxurious amenities.

Read more.