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  • Link: Kempton Place: Less than 10 min. away from the Downtown Mall and UVA

    — http://www.staycharlottesville.com/vacation-rental-home.asp?PageDataID=93977

    1 Kempton Place: Less than 10 min. away from the Downtown Mall and UVA

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    13 Kempton Place: Less than 10 min. away from the Downtown Mall and UVA

     

    • 3 bedrooms, 2.5 baths, sleeps up to 6 people

    Perfect for week long stays or monthly rentals, this newly built home has everything you should need for a comfortable and stylish stay. Featuring many upgraded touches like natural hardwood floors on the main level, and new furnishings throughout the home. The kitchen has brand new stainless steel appliances, including a beautiful gas-range for the chef at heart. The kitchen also has granite countertops and a large granite kitchen island that will give you ample room for entertaining or preparing your favorite meal. If you feel like grilling out, located off of the kitchen there is a back patio wit a charcoal BBQ!

    Enjoy stunning Blue Ridge Mountain views from the double front porches. One is located off of the main level living room and the other is off the master. Pour a glass of wine, sit back, and enjoy a sunset!

    The three bedrooms are upstairs on the 3rd level. The master suite features a queen sized bed with it’s own en suite bath . The bathroom has travertine tile and dual sinks, so you don’t have to share. The second bedroom has a queen bed. The third has a full sized bunk bed with a twin on top making this room ideal for the kids or individuals. These two bedrooms share a full bathroom.

    This home also has a 1-car garage, and a spot for off-street parking in the driveway. Additional parking can be found on the street. This home has easy access to I-64 and is just around the corner from Martha Jefferson Hospital. The close by Pantops shopping center is convenient for grocery shopping and grabbing a bite for lunch. If you are wanting to go downtown it’s only 4 miles away!

     

    Amenities


    -3 bedrooms
    -2.5 baths
    -Master bedroom: Queen sized bed with full en suite bathroom with dual sinks. Private porch with mountain views.
    -2nd bedroom: Queen sized bed
    -3rd bedroom:Full sized bunk bed with twin on top.
    -Fully equipped chef’s kitchen with gas range and all new appliances
    -Private outdoor patio out back with charcoal BBQ!
    -Additional private front porch with seating and mountain views
    -Internet and WiFi
    -LCD Cable TV/1 DVD/CD/ Stereo
    -Central Air/Heat
    -Washer/Dryer
    -Garage parking for 1 vehicle
    - Additional on Street Parking
  • Link: 24 HOURS IN CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA WITH ELISA BRICKER

    — http://www.designsponge.com/2014/08/24-hours-in-charlottesville-va-with-elia-bricker.html

    “To share a day with a local is always the best way to see a city. But if you can’t find one to take you around to see the sites, it’s always nice to have a photographer give you some amazing imagery to help guide you. Elisa Bricker, a local Charlottesville, Virginia photographer is doing just that with us today. From a morning fitness break and bakery pitstop to wine tasting and dining al fresco, Elisa guides us on an idyllic 24 hours in Charlottesville – including gorgeous pictures! -Stephanie”

     

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    illustration by Libby VanderPloeg

    Read the full guide after the jump…

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    all photos by Elisa Bricker

    I began my life in Charlottesville as a student at the University of Virginia. Twelve years later (time flies!), I love this town even more than when I first arrived. Charlottesville offers a unique blend of small town life and big city amenities. 

    8 am: Start the day out right at Pure Barre. I love these high-energy classes that lift, tone and burn. Bonus points for the positive atmosphere and upbeat music.

    9:30 am: It’s off to the Corner – a stone’s throw away from the University of Virginia. Stroll across the iconic lawn, view the Rotunda, and peek in the gardens before heading to Para Coffee for the best coffee in town. This hip spot is beloved by students and townies alike, and creates its own nut milks in-house. My drink of choice? An almond milk flatwhite. Yes, please and thank you.

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    10 am: Want a mid-morning goodie? Food is never far from my mind, so on the way downtown for shopping and strolling, I stop by the Purple Building on West Main Street for some of the best gourmet goods to be found. I stop by Albemarle Baking Company for some Chocolate Cherry Bread for the husband, and some house made granola for me, then go next door for Gearharts Chocolates, one of the finest chocolatiers I know of (If you like dark, you’ll love the Maya, Taj and Earl Grey truffles. They are all equally my favorites). Other noteable spots in this building include The Organic Butcher and Feast (for the best cheeses and the finest grocery goods in town).

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    11 am: Ready to head downtown for a stroll on the walking mall. It’s full of great shops and resaurants. My favorites include Petit Bebe for beautiful curated baby clothing and gifts, eg for boutique women’s clothing, and Roxie Daisy for the best of home goods (think linen bedding, candles, and kitchen goods that remind you of France). I stop in to Rock Paper Scissors for all things paper and pretty.

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    1 pm: I’m off to ladies-who-lunch with close friend and hair and makeup artist Lora Kelley. Since I’m downtown, Revolutionary Soup is a great place to pop in. They label their locally sourced and made-from-scratch menu for ordering ease with gluten free, dairy free, vegetarian and vegan options. I recommend the shrimp and grits, the gulf coast salad and their classic tomato basil bisque (which always comes with bread and an apple). 

    2 pm: In the afternoon it’s time for one more rewarding shopping stop at Scarpa for the best shoes around. I find a few pairs I love, mentally negotiate with myself, make my decisions and then it’s time to head outside of town. To the south, there is Pippin Hill Farm and Vineyard, owned by fabulous tastemaker Lynn Easton, with its unmatched views and great wine selection. If you appreciate good cider you are in luck – one of the world’s formost cidermasters, Brian Shanks, creates delicious brews at Bold Rock. Take a blanket and lay in the sun. If you’re in luck the food trucks will be on hand. For the history fan, head east of town for a visit to Monticello, the home of Thomas Jefferson, and while you’re in the area enjoy an apple cider donut at Carter Mountain Orchard.

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    7 pm: I’m blessed with the dificult decision of deciding where to go for dinner and whether or not to see a show. I opt for just the former and the hubby and I decide to visit the bar atC&O for drinks (and a cheeseboard … and I might be back later for their crème brûlée) before making our way to Red Pump for dinner dining al fresco. Their pizzas and salads are delicious and their décor only adds to their charm.

    10 pm: Mas, located in bucolic Belmont, is a great late-night scene with a hip vibe, perfect for meeting with friends over a drink and some artful Spanish tapas. We linger over sangria and bacon wrapped dates, wishing we had room for the tuna steaks, too. Since they are open until 2 am, it’s still a lively crowd when we say our goodbyes and call it a night.

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  • Link: Travel specialists at Andrew Harper have selected our property to be listed on Luxury Rentals by HomeAway, the worlds largest source for high-end vacation homes! 

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     Travel specialists at Andrew Harper have selected our property to be listed on Luxury Rentals by HomeAway, the worlds largest source for high end vacation homes! 

     Travel specialists at Andrew Harper have selected our property to be listed on Luxury Rentals by HomeAway, the worlds largest source for high end vacation homes! 

     

    5 bedrooms, 5 full baths, 2 half baths, sleeps 10

    The drive to Crossfields, through the horse farms and countryside of Keswick, ‘has often been cited as one of the most scenic in America, ‘ writes the New York Times. Crossfields’ white fences invite guests in through the plantation gatehouse and along a landscape of rolling hills that hold the on-site farm.

    The Crossfields main house comes into view after a bend in the road, revealing the red brick and white columns of distinctive Virginia colonial architecture. The front sunning deck and covered outdoor lounge offer views of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Guests enjoy quiet, peacefulness, and privacy on the 23 acre estate.

    Inside, Crossfields offers the best of Virginia hospitality. The living room, designed with a palette of pale blues and stunning parquet wood floors, is large and filled with light. A Steinway grand piano sits in the corner, ready to be played and enjoyed. Combined with the formal library and a dining room that seats 10 guests, the gracious downstairs of Crossfields is the perfect space for entertaining.

    Guests at Crossfields often find that their favorite indoor spot may just be the Crossfields kitchen. The amenities for cooking and hosting are myriad, including a Sub-Zero refrigerator, Wolf Gas six burner stove and oven, a warming oven, wine fridge, and an outdoor gas grill just outside the back door. A butler’s door leads back into the dining room. A decorative indoor fire place, wide-screen television, exposed wooden beams, and gracefully-appointed seating areas create the ideal space for relaxing with friends and lingering over long conversations.

    The second floor offers five bedrooms, each with its own private en-suite bathroom. With the finest mattresses and linens, a night’s sleep at Crossfields is always a good one. The four guest bedrooms include three queen beds and a fourth bedroom with a set of twin beds. The master bedroom holds a gorgeous four-poster king sized bed, a sitting area by the decorative fireplace, mountain views, and a generous walk-in closet. The master bathroom includes his and hers sinks and an indulgent bathtub for relaxing at the end of the day.

    The grounds at Crossfields come with their own delights. The private outdoor swimming pool, located just outside the main house, sits on the well-manicured side lawn. The lawns and driveways surrounding the main house provide abundant space to host a wide range of events. Though the estate offers a bucolic setting, Crossfields is located only 15 minutes east of Charlottesville, and is a short drive to an Arnold Palmer golf course, Martha Jefferson Hospital, a spa, the area’s best fine dining, and many local vineyards.

    Please call to inquire about reservations at Crossfields.

    Amenities

    1 King
    3 Queen
    2 Twins
    5 Full Baths
    2 Half Baths
    Each bedroom has a private en-suite bathroom.
    SubZero Refrigerator
    Wolf Gas 6 burner stove and oven
    Warming Oven
    Gas Grill
    Wine Fridge
    Washer/Dryer
    WiFi
    Indoor Dining For Ten
    Outdoor Swimming Pool
    Outdoor Covered Terrace
    Grand Piano

  • Link: Charlottesville Restaurant week

    — http://charlottesvillerestaurantweek.com/about/

    In case you haven’t taken advantage of Restaurant Week, get out there this weekend to support local business and enjoy great food!

    For any diner who has ever dreamed about fine dining without breaking the bank, Restaurant Week is that dream… come true. Modeled on similar events in other cities, this is seven days of good food and good fun. Diners get to choose from each participating restaurant’s special prix fixe menu and enjoy three courses— typically an appetizer, an entree, and dessert— for just $16, $26 or $36. (Beverages, tax, and gratuity not included.)

  • Link: And the Happiest City in America Is…

    — http://www.goodhousekeeping.com/health/wellness/happiest-cities-in-america?src=soc_fcbks

    Looks like Virginia isn’t just for lovers — it’s for happy people, too.
    BY MEGAN FRIEDMAN

    Looking for a change of scenery? Consider Virginia. A new study finds that you just might be happier there.

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    The study, lead by a team of Harvard researchers, initially set out to find out why people still choose to live in declining cities. The researchers used national survey data, from sources such as the Centers for Disease Control, to track how citizens rate their lifestyle satisfaction on a concrete scale. Then, they crunched the numbers to find which cities were the happiest — and the most miserable. Some good news: Year after year, the vast majority of people surveyed say they are either “very satisfied” or “satisfied” no matter where they lived, whether it’s a booming suburb or a down-on-its-luck city. Even still, the study found that happiness levels often vary within geographic areas.

    Charlottesville, Virginia, is the happiest city in America, according to the study. The University of Virginia college town narrowly beat Rochester, Minnesota, Lafayette, Louisiana, and Naples, Florida. At the bottom of the list was Scranton, Pennsylvania, and judging by Jim and Pam’s reactions on The Office, we’re not surprised. Other unhappy cities include Erie, Pennsylvania, and Detroit, Michigan.

    But back to the original question researchers wanted to answer: Why do people still live in unhappy places, like declining cities? The study, which was published by the National Bureau for Economic Research, found it’s all about money. “The residents of unhappier metropolitan areas today do receive higher real wages — presumably as compensation for their misery, the study’s authors wrote. Plus, if everybody moved to Charlottesville today, the congestion and sky-high home prices would make it pretty miserable, very quickly.

  • Link: 10 Best: Southern Tourist Attractions Worth the Crowds

    — http://www.usatoday.com/experience/south/best-of-lists/10best-southern-tourist-attractions-worth-the-crowds/12483079/#experience-comments-container

    We’ve all been there. A place that’s clogged with so many tourists that the first reaction is “get me outta here!” Be that as it may, there are a few tourist attractions in the South that both bear and wear their title well – and definitely merit a visit. Muster the courage, block out the noise, and you’ll be rewarded with an enlightened experience of the South.

    Charlottesville’s Monticello was ranked #1

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  • 9 Ideas For A CVille Stay-cation

    By Judah Witkower

    1. Stay Charlottesville

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    400 E Water St Suite B, Charlottesville, VA 22902
    Website | Facebook | Twitter | Photo: Stay Charlottesville FB Page

    Stay Charlottesville offers you the chance to stay in CVille’s finest carriage houses, apartments, historic homes and estates! You’ll find yourself in some of Charlottesville’s most charming city neighborhoods on a nearby bucolic farm or on a mountain overlooking a valley. Perfect for getting away from home for a few days without all of the expensive and exhausting travel!

    2. Montfair Resort Farm

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    2500 Bezaleel Dr, Crozet, Virginia 22932
    Website | Facebook | Photo: Montfair Resort Farm FB Page

    Bring the family for a stay in one of Montfair’s delightful cottages and spend your days canoeing, biking, fishing, hiking or just relaxing!

    3. Peach Festival

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    1435 Carter Mountain Trail, Charlottesville, Virginia 22901
    Website | Facebook | Twitter | Photo: Carter Mountain Orchard FB Page

    Plan a fun weekend for the family at the July 26 and 27 Peach Festival at Carter Mountain Orchard! Featuring games, contests, hayrides, great food, wine tastings (for the adults) and much more, one day of fun just won’t be enough.

    4. Oakhurst Inn

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    100 Oakhurst Cir, Charlottesville, Virginia 22903
    Website | Facebook | Twitter | Photo: Oakhurst Inn FB Page

    Stay at this beautiful Boutique Hotel in CVille, adjacent to the University of Virginia’s “South Lawn,” and spend the day wandering The Corner, eating good food and seeing the sights!

    5. The Wintergreen Summer Music Festival

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    Website | Facebook | Photo: The Wintergreen Summer Music Festival

    From July 7-August 3, you can choose from more than 200 events and performances highlighting South American music, dance, theatre, film, poetry, literature, history, food and wine. Bring the family and have a great time at the Wintergreen Resort!

    6. James River State Park

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    104 Green Hill Drive, Gladstone, VA 24553
    Website | Facebook | Twitter | Photo: Virginia State Parks FB Page

    Bring your tents and camp on the banks of this historic river. Here you can spend your days relaxing or pick any of a number of fun activities. Don’t miss the chance to take a canoe, kayak or tube out onto the river!

    7. Endless Caverns & RV Resort

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    1800 Endless Caverns Rd, New Market, Virginia 22844
    Website | Facebook | Twitter | Photo: Endless Caverns & RV Resort FB Page

    Bring the RV and the kids to this amazing vacation spot where you can get a glimpse of some of the amazing caves we have here in Central VA. If you get tired of the caves, you can always relax at the pool, check out the game room, fish at the catch and release pond or try one of the nature trails!

    8. Albemarle County Fair

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    North Garden VA 22959
    Website | Facebook | Photo: Albemarle County Fair FB Page

    Plan some fun-time for the family on the weekend of July 31-August 2. You can see animals, exhibits and pageant queens, enjoy entertainment for the whole family and have some great old-time country fun!

    9. Arcady Vineyard Bed and Breakfast

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    1376 Sutlers Rd, Charlottesville, Virginia 22902
    Website | Facebook | Twitter | Photo: Arcady Vineyard Bed and Breakfast FB Page

  • Birdwood North – Ideal Property for Wedding Parties, Golfing Weekends and touring the best of Charlottesville’s western wineries

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    4 bedrooms, 4 baths, and sleeps up to 8 people

    Comfortably sleeping up to 8 people, Birdwood North is the perfect getaway! It’s ideal for your wedding party, or that weekend getaway with your friends who are wanting to explore all the wonderful wineries the surrounding area has to offer. Located directly across from Birdwood Golf Course, and right beside Farmington Country Club the location doesn’t get any better. It’s only a few minutes drive to UVA or Downtown, so you certainly have the best of both worlds.

    This newly built home has an inviting open floor plan that makes you feel instantly welcomed! It’s elegant appeal is sprinkled throughout with it’s many marble counter tops, high-end commercial appliances, and luxury bedding in every room. Everything about Birdwood North is well appointed, and is sure to delight the senses.

  • Posted on July 7, 2014 by 

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     Cheers Check in: Monticello Wine Tour & Coach Co.If you’ve ever taken a ride through the picturesque surrounding counties, you’ve probably enjoyed one (or more) of the many wineries, cideries, and breweries in our area. And you’ve probably pined for the day you could be chauffeured along the countryside as you taste and sip to your heart’s content.

    Introducing Monticello Wine Tour & Coach Co., a new, local company focused on creating tailored wine tour and limousine experiences. Justin Stone, Operations Manager of Monticello Wine Tour & Coach Company (MWTCC) and local wine extraordinaire, recently shared an inside look at the company.

    Stay tuned for an exciting pop-up event with MWTCC, including a Cville Niche giveaway for the event!

     Cheers Check in: Monticello Wine Tour & Coach Co.

    Photo Credit: Kristen Finn

     Cheers Check in: Monticello Wine Tour & Coach Co.

    Photo Credit: Kristen Finn

    Q&A with Justin Stone

    When and why did you decide to launch the company? Give us a brief history of the company. From conception to actuation, talk about the founding of the company.

    The company began to come together early last fall when I met with its principle owners over a couple lunches. [Bizou and Rapture are great incubator locations; always order the specials.] I have been floating about our area’s wine and food industries since my years at UVA, always harboring ideas of how to make a living doing what I enjoy most.

    When Travis Wilburn and Bill Chapman pitched launching a wine tour and transportation company as a natural extension of their existing ventures – Stay Charlottesville and Old Metropolitan Hall – I immediately began planning my departure from the large company I worked for at the time. Travis had long been holding onto the idea of a tour and transportation business, waiting for the moment to get it rolling. By March 2014, they had everything in order. We launched in April.

    Describe Monticello Wine Tour & Coach Co. in 10 words or less.

    Moving beyond standard limousine services; creating personal, tailored, localized experiences.

     Cheers Check in: Monticello Wine Tour & Coach Co.

    Photo Credit: Justin Stone

    What about Cville and the surrounding area makes it ideal for the company?

    There is more Virginia wine, farmhouse cider, and craft beer flowing here now than any other post-prohibition period. In addition, there is a strong collaborative community of producers and an ever-growing population of visitors and locals that appreciate what is coming out of our region. It is more than ideal to be here; it just makes sense, and is a lot of fun!

    Let’s talk about this fleet. What can people expect from their countryside ride in style?

    “Countryside” this region certainly is; there are some back-road wineries and event spaces out there! As a tour company we believe it is not just about the destination but also about the journey, especially around Charlottesville. When riding with us guests can look forward to a laid back sense of luxury, always with a personal touch from our gregarious guides/drivers. We will keep you safe, keep you laughing, and keep you drinking. I do not pretend to be a “car guy,” but so far we’ve brought great vehicles on board. They are modern and suit the area we drive through. I am excited to see what we bring on next.

     Cheers Check in: Monticello Wine Tour & Coach Co.

    Photo Credit: Justin Stone

    How have you seen the company grow, including the overall participation and excitement from local wineries?

    Well, it has been less than a season. This year’s grapes are older than we are but like them we are coming in nicely. Monticello Wine Tour & Coach benefits from a diversely experienced staff across the local wine, event, and accommodation industries. We all have deep roots here and enjoy sharing what we know. The area wineries, cideries, breweries, and event venues have been supportive of our services and style.

     Cheers Check in: Monticello Wine Tour & Coach Co.

    Photo Credit: Kristen Finn

    It has been a busy spring with tours and transfers every weekend but I am always happy to take more folks out. It is scary to think how many people drive themselves every weekend, I wish more would give us call. I know everyone in the industry would agree!

     Cheers Check in: Monticello Wine Tour & Coach Co.

    Photo Credit: Justin Stone

    What are some of the options for the standard tours (3-4 wineries/breweries/cideries, 5 hours)? Can a group craft a custom tour, or are they set packages and routes?

    Sounds like you’ve done this before. Yes, our tours are usually 5 hours, allowing us to visit 3 – 4 spots. With over 45 wineries, cideries, and breweries within the Monticello AVA to visit, groups can go almost anywhere they’d like. Now whether it makes sense or not, that is where we get to come in. I think I have driven just about every loop there is and continue to taste the area’s libations. I like to take this knowledge into each itinerary while working with our guest to create a tour that intrigues them. We are working on set packages but we will always be able to craft tours and transfers to our guest’s liking.

    What’s next for the Monticello Wine Tour & Coach Company?

    I am hoping for a fully booked summer and fall; we are well on our way! You know, we’ve started successfully with our private wine tour offerings but Charlottesville’s wine industry is so collaborative and social; we are in the midst of organizing a more communal wine tour experience. By occasionally offering individual seats on our vehicles instead of private bookings we hope to provide a chance for people to meet and taste wine collectively in a fun and social setting. Look for the first one to kick of later in July.

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    5 Destinations Every American Should Visit

    June 20, 2014 -

    Clifton Inn exterior Check out what Luxury Magazine has to say about Charlottesville! Orbitz.com suggests the following top five destinations every American should visit based on their natural beauty, historical value, educational draw, and overall appeal as a vacation hot-spot.

    Charlottesville, Virginia (pictured above)

    What would the Fourth of July be without a tribute to our forefathers? Home to three of the Founding Fathers to become President, Charlottesville offers a number of opportunities to relive the spirit of our past. Visit Monticello, Thomas Jefferson’s home, or enjoy some true American cuisine at Michie Tavern (established in 1784).

    Estes Park, Colorado

    Estes Park sits in the heart of the Rocky Mountains just 90 miles northwest of Denver. Majestic views can be enjoyed in every direction with gold-medal fishing rivers, iconic peaks and fertile valleys, and vibrant wildlife dotting the landscape. Rocky Mountain National Park is a short distance away, bordering the eastern side of the city.

    St. Louis, Missouri

    Home to America’s tallest man-made monument, the Gateway Arch, St. Louis offers a multitude of historical attractions from the historic Old Courthouse to the Museum of Transportation. Adventure seekers can tour the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial and get a glimpse of where Lewis and Clark set out on their westward expedition or take in Forest Park, home to the 1904 World’s Fair and one of the largest urban parks in the country.

    San Juan Islands, Washington

    Situated in the northern reaches of Washington State’s Puget Sound, the San Juan Islands are a unique archipelago of over 450 islands, rocks, and pinnacles. Accessible by ferry or plane, and a quick day-trip from Seattle, this is one of the most beautiful, untouched areas of the Pacific Northwest. While sixty of the islands are populated, many are occupied by a scarce amount of houses, allowing visitors to take in the natural beauty that surrounds.

    Houston, Texas

    Home to the Johnson Space Center and Mission Control for all U.S.
    manned space missions, Houston boasts an out-of-this world experience for travelers. Dozens of state-of-the-art exhibits, hands-on activities and films help you explore the legend and lore of the great beyond. Be sure to tag along on the NASA Tram Tour, which takes travelers to Mission Control as well as Rocket Park, where original space program rockets can be viewed.

    Visit website: Orbitz.com

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