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Kids Exploration Package available through 21c Museum Hotels in Three Major Cities


21c Museum Hotels is offering the Kids Exploration package at their properties in Louisville, Bentonville, and Cincinnati complete with an in-room camping adventure. more
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Visiting a traditional Japanese Ryokan — not your ordinary hotel


Akemi Nishimura at her Hiiragiya Ryokan in Kyoto
Welcome to the traditional Japanese Riokan. There are these hotels all around Japan, some in the mountains, which offer the chance to try the Japanese hot springs baths called onseng more
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Touring Kyoto with locals and on bikes: seeing more than temples


Wacky scarecrows guard a rice paddy in Kyoto
Kyoto is famous for its Shinto shrines and Buddhist temples. This morning, we’re cycling a 14-mile loop with Kyoto Cycling Tour Project with stops at the Golden Pavilion and Ryoanji Temple with its world-famous rock garden – two of the city’s and Japan’s top tourist attractions. more
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Cruise follies, foibles, TMI, TLI and unexpected discoveries


A squid greets us in Hakodate, Japan
All in all it was a great cruise on the Diamond Princess, stopping in ports we had never heard of in northern Japan and even in Russia, thanks to somebody named Jones (more on that later). But no cruise is complete without its follies and unexpected discoveries. more
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The Plaza NYC Celebrates 60th Anniversary of Eloise


The Plaza in New York City is celebrating the 60th anniversary of the publication of Kay Thompson’s Eloise, which will last all year. more
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Kids have a different take on cultural exchanges aboard cruises


The captain of the Diamond Princess and his family
Listen up parents -- if you thought the educational part of cruising was only seeing historic and cultural sites, you were wrong. It seems much more cultural exchange happens right on board at the kids’ and teen club, kids say. more
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“Stay Free” with Miramonte Resort & Spa in California


Miramonte Resort & Spa in California introduces the “Stay Free” package for summer, which awards a third night free and resort credit. more
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Best of Baltimore Package Available Through Hampton Inn & Suites


Stay at Hampton Inn & Suites in Baltimore Inner Harbor and take advantage of the Best of Baltimore Package now through September 6th more
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In Hakodate, Hokkaido: navigating on our own is not that difficult


Schoolgirl greeters in Hakodate
The ship staff had warned that navigating on your own in Japan is different than elsewhere. Very few locals speak English and signs are only in Japanese. I understand now why in the U.S. Japanese tourists always move in a group with a guide. more
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Book Your Late Summer Getaway in Norfolk Virginia


Norfolk, Virginia’s 144 miles of coastline make it the perfect place for a summer getaway. more
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