Hipmunk Hotels Northeast: Exploring Lancaster, Roanoke, Bar Harbor and Beyond

This post is in cooperation with Hipmunk Hotels Winter 2016 campaign and was originally published on The Next Big Adventure on March 29, 2016.

The Northeast of the United States is a perfect location to delve deep into the history that built this country, all while experiencing the conveniences of modern life. Step back into history and explore this country’s deep roots, all while enjoying comfortable accommodations and amenities.


Roanoke, VA. for instance, is now well-known as a major adventure area located scenically in the Blue Ridge Mountains. And yet many do not know that the city was a major hub for Great Wagon Road — one of the most heavily traveled roads of the eighteenth century. While there, consider the Hilton Garden Inn for your accommodations. After a day of touring the Virginia Museum of Transportation or taking the Blue Ridge Parkway scenic drive, relax in this hotel’s indoor pool and spa or dine in the top rated restaurant.

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If you are looking to visit a truly unique spot in United States history, check out Lancaster, Pa. Lancaster famously served as the capital of the country for only ONE day during the Revolutionary War and now boosts more public outdoor cameras per capita than any other city. Both facts are impressive in their own right! While keeping with the unique and unusual perspective, consider staying at the Cork Factory hotel, which was converted from a 19th-century factory and is located close to downtown.

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Atlantic City

Atlantic City, NJ. is a popular vacation destination, but did you know there is more to do than gamble? In the roaring 20s, the Steel Pier was a hotbed of entertainers from The Rat Pack to the Beatles. Although it was destroyed by fire in the 1970s, developers have revived the Pier to its former glory. If you are looking for a hotel that’s a bit more glamorous, perhaps The Revel is right for you, with its floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the windswept beaches. It’s also within walking distance of this famous pier.

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In 1774, Paul Revere rode to Portsmouth, NH, warning that “The British are coming.” Relive this amazingly history for yourself while staying at the Ale House Inn. Formerly an 1870s factory building, the Ale House is ideally situated 5 minutes from Prescott Park and the Market Square. It retains its authentic charm, all while offering up all the modern amenities needed for a comfortable stay.

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Bar Harbor

Finally, consider scenic Bar Harbor, ME., a well-known getaway for the rich and famous. Once the summer home of much of high society’s elite crowd, Bar Harbor was often frequented by the likes of the Rockefellers and Vanderbilts. Residing next to Acadia National Park, Bar Harbor offers up a touch of old money history with endless outdoor activities. In keeping the history alive, consider a stay at the historic Shore Path Cottage. Built in 1880, this lovely bed & breakfast once housed many of America’s wealthiest citizens. Family owned and operated, The Shore Path Cottage is ideally situated for both city sightseeing as well as more rural hiking.

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The historic Northeast United States is brimming with vacation possibilities. Whether your interests lie in the Revolutionary or Civil Wars, modern shopping and attractions, or outdoor activities, there is something for everyone.

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Branson, MO’s Chateau On The Lake Resort & Spa Offering Appealing “Day On The Lake Package”

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The AAA Four-Diamond Mountaintop/Lakefront Resort ~ Chateau on the Lake Resort & Spa – Is A Great Choice For A Summer Family Vacation

If you are seeking a fun family getaway this summer, you should consider the “Day On The Lake Package” being offered by Chateau on the Lake Resort & Spa. Featuring a beautiful Ozark mountaintop setting overlooking Branson, Missouri’s scenic Table Rock Lake, the AAA Four-Diamond resort boasts the full-service Chateau Marina which offers water sports activities that rivals any other resort in Missouri.

Perfect for those who enjoy time on the water, the resort’s “Day On The Lake Package” includes: lake-view accommodations in a newly renovated guest room at the resort for two nights. Also a $150 credit at the resort’s full-service Chateau Marina to be used toward one of the many water sports offered. Free indoor parking and free Wi-Fi are included. The package includes a complete picnic lunch for up to four people. The lunch includes sandwiches, bottled water, chips, vegetables with dip, fruit, and more.


Chateau Marina offers an array of boat rentals, such as ski boats, wake boats, luxury pontoon boats, and wave runners. Parasailing, catamaran and guided fishing excursions, scuba diving, and snorkeling, are among the many other available options. The package, which is available through September 30, 2016, starts at $225 per night, plus tax (with a two-night minimum). The package price varies based on dates of stay and room type selected. The offer is based on availability. Chateau Marina (ChateauMarina.com) reservations are recommended prior to arrival.

“Table Rock Lake is truly beautiful, and this package is a terrific way for the family to enjoy the resort’s wonderful lakefront setting, as well as the many other fun and diverse recreational options available at the resort and in Branson,” said Stephen Marshall, vice president and general manager of Chateau on the Lake Resort & Spa.

For more information or reservations, call 1-888-333-LAKE (5253) or (417) 334-1161, or visitChateauOnTheLake.com , specifically chateauonthelake.com/specials-packages/index.cfm (orhttp://tinyurl.com/oj72qhh ).

Chateau on the Lake Resort & Spa is known for its breathtaking vistas of scenic Table Rock Lake, lush gardens, and surrounding mountains. The resort offers an array of recreational options, award-winning service, and a location convenient to the entertainment offerings of Branson.


Not resting on its many laurels, the resort completed the renovation of its 301 guest rooms and suites in 2015. The resort’s guest rooms and suites feature Serta Perfect Sleeper plush mattresses, elegant cherry wood headboards, custom-made toppers with down insert. Enjoy two types of fluffy king-size pillows, 300 thread-count sateen sheets, and a color scheme with rich tones of brown, beige and yellow. Guest rooms and suites have granite-top desks and bedside tables, beautiful window treatments, custom-made shower curtains, Gilchrist & Soames bathroom amenities, and two desk and bedside phones.

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The resort’s spacious guest rooms and suites also feature tiled stone baths, 37” inch flat-screen HD televisions, dual-line telephones, iron and ironing board, Keurig coffee maker featuring Green Mountain Coffee made from Central American and Indonesian beans, in-room safes, and in-room on-demand movies (at a nominal fee).

Recreational options at the resort include the exceptional 14,000-square-foot Spa Chateau. The full-service European-style spa features 10 luxurious treatment rooms; customized body treatments; a soothing Infinity Tub that is filled from the ceiling; an opulent outdoor Roman Bath situated beneath a waterfall overlooking Table Rock Lake; a lake-view Movement Therapy Studio for Zumba, Yoga or Pilates; and a hair salon.


The resort also features Crawdaddies Kids Club (seasonal) for children ages 4-12, a 24/7 fitness center, two lighted tennis courts, a 24/7 year-round indoor pool and hot tub (adults only after 10 p.m.), an outdoor (seasonal) hot tub and pool, hiking and biking trails, an indoor video theater, and full-service concierge. Golf at six area courses, which includes two of Missouri’s finest, also is available to guests.


The resort’s dining options include the award-winning Chateau Grille, known for its elegant presentation and exceptional cuisine. Casual fare options include:  the Downstairs Deli (seasonal), serving bistro-style sandwiches, hand-made pizza, and “to go” box lunches; Atrium Café & Wine Bar, in the lobby beside an indoor waterfall and stream; and The Sweet Shoppe, offering ice cream, baked goods, candies, and specialty coffees.

Described as the “Live Music Show Capital of America,” Branson features more than 80 live shows per day during the season, and a variety of impressive attractions. Among the recreational options in Branson is Silver Dollar City, which features 40+ thrilling rides and attractions, live shows daily, two dozen unique shops, and many restaurants. Festivals and events at Silver Dollar City include:  Star-Spangled Summer, running through July 24, 2016, with wonderful shows (including The Harlem Globetrotters Experience, The Magic of Peter Gossamer – Up Close and Personal, and Championship Cloggers); Moonlight Madness from July 24-August 7, 2016, with special shows and exclusive events; and Southern Gospel Picnic from August 25-September 5, 2016, with performances by some of the biggest names in Southern Gospel music.

Other Branson highlights include the Titanic Museum and The Branson Landing in downtown Branson on Lake Taneycomo. The Branson Landing features festivals, musical events, a variety of waterfront dining options, and 400,000 sq. ft. of specialty shops and galleries.

Additional features at the resort include a 10-story sky-lit atrium that has streams brimming with colorful Koi fish. A library lounge with a great stone fireplace is beautiful. Chateau on the Lake Resort & Spa is owned and managed by Springfield, Missouri-based John Q. Hammons Hotels & Resorts. For more information, call the resort at 1-888-333-LAKE (5253) or (417) 334-1161, and visit ChateauOnTheLake.com .

7 Tips For Traveling Across The Country On A Budget

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This post was originally published on Hipmunk’s Tailwind Blog on August 11, 2015.

If you’re going to try to see the countless amazing sites across America, you’ll need to get started now. And if you’re hoping to remain within a budget, you should definitely follow these tips.

1. Use Technology for Cheap Gas

Imagine if you knew which gas stations along your route had the lowest-priced fuel. Just think of how much you could save! That’s exactly what GasBuddy does. You can check out their website or download the app, and never overpay for gas again!

Tips Traveling Across Country Budget

2. Bring Your Own Groceries

If you’re driving across the country, a cooler with lunch meats, soda and condiments can come in handy at rest stops. Even when you’re staying at a hotel, it’s best to have food stored in the refrigerator. Save eating out for those special restaurants that you just have to try.

3. Invest in a Federal Recreation Pass

Some cities are always going to be expensive, but if you think ahead and buy a Federal Recreation Pass, you can enter federally-funded recreation areas throughout the United States for free. This includes places like the Grand Canyon and Yellowstone Park. You can even have some friends tag along!

4. Check out Free Sites

Even if you don’t pay for a pass to see national landmarks, there are countless sites you can visit for free. From the in D.C. to the French Quarter — which also has low cost hotels in New Orleans like Historic Streetcar Inn — there are definite stopping points that can be accessed on a shoestring budget.

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5. Bring Friends Along

If you’ve opted to see the country via automobile, one of the best ways to stay within your budget is to bring friends along. Not only will you get a better value on your Federal Recreation Pass, but you’ll also be able to split the cost of fuel and your lodging. Just imagine, for instance, how much more affordable a trip to The Big Apple would be if you weren’t footing the bill for New York hotels and taxis alone.

6. Utilize Travel Aggregation Sites

Online travel sites have become a popular way of saving money. Using travel aggregation sites like Hipmunk, which seek out the lowest prices from all the top travel sites, is an ideal way to save money on traveling.

 7. Avoid Dining in When Eating Out

When you do opt to buy food from a restaurant, it’s best to place your order to go. This will minimize the necessity of tipping. Even if you find a cheap hotel in cities ranging from Chicago to El Paso, tipping can quickly wipe out the money you’re saving on a low-cost hotel.

Tips Traveling Across Country Budget

Traveling across the country doesn’t have to be an expensive proposition. There are now many methods for saving on cross-country trips. Fortunately, this means great travels without breaking the bank.

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5 Tips to Help Beat the Heat at Walt Disney World

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One of the best pieces of information for those of you visiting Walt Disney World® Resort in the heat is “be prepared!” The temperature may say 90 or 92 but add in really really high humidity and it can often make you feel like you’re melting! And…don’t forget your sunscreen (and re-apply often).

#1 – Take an Afternoon Break at Your Hotel

This is the perfect solution for those with little ones or for those that do not do well in the heat! Whenever possible, refresh at your resort during the heat of the day with a cool shower, a little nap, or a dip in the pool. Not only will this help cool you down and refresh you, but it will give you a break during the busiest times (noon to 4 p.m.) and the hottest times (noon to 3 p.m.). During the summer months the parks stay open a little later so leaving mid-day and coming back later on is very easy to do.mickey float

#2 – Take Advantage of the Numerous Indoor Shows

Cool off in the air conditioning while you enjoy a show! For example, at the Magic Kingdom Park, you can do this in the Enchanted Tiki Room, Hall of Presidents, Mickey’s Philharmagic, Carousel of Progress, Monsters Inc. Laugh Floor, Dumbo the Flying Elephant indoor circus play area, and Enchanted Tales with Belle. Cool off at Splash Mountain too! Each park offers indoor areas and shows that will have you out of the sun and in the air conditioning.

#3 – Splash ‘N’ Soak and water rides that get you wet!

Throughout the day you can head over to different areas in the parks and take a leisurely stroll through splash n’ soak areas or get soaked riding Splash Mountain at Magic Kingdom Park or Kali River Rapids at Animal Kingdom Park and you are sure to stay cool until your clothes dry! Throughout the day never miss a cooling day wet spot!

#4 – Enjoy a Table Service Meal

Plan a sit down meal for a late lunch/early dinner so you can relax and cool off in an air conditioned dining location during the hottest portion of the day.

#5 – FREE Ice Water

Stay hydrated! Take advantage of the fact that Walt Disney World offers FREE ice water at all quick-service locations. This will keep you cool and hydrated.

How do you usually beat the heat at Walt Disney World?

Make a Difference on a Fathom Cruise with an “Insider” Discount!

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Is Impact Travel for you?

A 7-Day Fathom™ cruise may be the most memorable journey you’ll ever take. Combine your love of fun and adventure with your desire to give back by tutoring students in English, making water filters that bring clean water into Dominican homes, replacing dirt floors with concrete floors in the homes of needy families, all while enjoying the beauty and historical sites of Puerto Plata.

The more you give, the more you’ll receive, and no vacation makes giving more fun and rewarding than a Fathom™ cruise.

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There’s a reason the Dominican Republic is by far the most popular destination in the Caribbean. In fact, there isn’t just one reason; there are dozens of them. Powder-white beaches and high mountain waterfalls. Outdoor adventures and excursions. The eclectic mix of Colonial architecture and traditional Caribbean culture. Evenings of dining on local specialties and dancing to infectious island rhythms, as the sun sets low over the sea and the friendly Dominican people extend you a genuine “Bienvenido.” Welcome. So bring along your intentions, your commitment, and your desire to make a difference. But, whatever you do, don’t forget to bring along your sense of adventure.

Almost from the moment you step on board your ship in Miami, you’ll realize that a Fathom™ voyage is anything but travel as usual. Yes, of course you’ll have leisure moments, creature comforts and time for recreation. But, during your time at sea, you’ll also be focused on building a community with your fellow travelers, as you participate in on-board activities designed specifically to prepare you for your on-ground impact experience.

Once your ship docks in Amber Cove, you’ll put all that preparation to good use. During your time on the ground, you’ll work alongside local community members on carefully chosen projects focused on improving educational, environmental, and economic conditions in the Dominican Republic.

Your ship sails from Miami on Sunday afternoon and will serve as a comfortable home base throughout your journey. You’ll spend Monday at sea before arriving in the Dominican Republic around midday on Tuesday. For the next three days, you’ll work alongside local people on projects that serve local community needs. On Friday afternoon, you’ll begin your return voyage to Miami.

As you travel from Miami to the Dominican Republic, on-board orientation and training will prepare you for the varied activities waiting for you onshore. During your outbound voyage, you’ll also feast on Dominican-inspired cuisine, get to know your fellow travelers, and have plenty of free time for relaxing and recharging.

Within obvious limits, your on-ground experience can be almost anything you want it to be. Maybe you’ll choose to help a community gain access to clean water. Or to work alongside local women to start or maintain a cottage industry. Or to make a contribution to local reforestation efforts. What you choose to do will depend, in large part, on your passions, your interests, and your skills. And on what, inside your soul, is the cause that matters most to you.

Use this LINK TO BOOK/JOIN or Discount Code: Insider1549 for an additional savings from $50 to $150 (depending on travel dates). Ship sails from Miami and cruises run Sunday to Sunday (transportation to Miami not included):

What’s Included?

Just about everything, actually. Including the opportunity to make a difference. And there’s no way to put a price on that.

  • Impact Activities on the Ground
  • Cabin on Board
  • Meals
  • On-Board Events
  • Ground Transportation

The inaugural season rates below are already low – but use this LINK TO BOOK/JOIN or Discount Code: Insider1549 for an additional savings from $50 to $150 (depending on travel dates). Ship sails from Miami and cruises run Sunday to Sunday (transportation to Miami not included):


$ 2,499


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Outside Cabin:

$ 599

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