News & Features by Cate Starmer

  • Royal Engagement: Will & Kate's Favorite African Lodges

    His Royal Highness William Windsor and Kate Middleton recently got engaged in Kenya, where the prince has been many times. With dramatic settings and impeccable service, luxury African lodges truly make everyone feel like royalty. Here are some of the places Will and Kate visited during their romantic trip.

    Posted by Cate Starmer on November 18, 2010 at 12:08:53 PM EST Tagged: Hotels, Kenya
  • Best Family Experiences at 5 Top National Parks

    Planning a family National Park trip this summer? Remember that even the most beautiful scenery can quickly become boring for little ones with short attention spans. Here are some of our top family experiences, from cowboy cookouts to animal encounters, at the most popular national parks.

  • Trip of a Lifetime: Rafting the Grand Canyon

    Most visitors to the Grand Canyon are lucky if they even get to glimpse a sliver of the Colorado River below during their whirlwind three-hour tour of the South Rim. However, putting yourself at the mercy of the river and exploring the depths of the canyon from aboard a raft is an entirely different, and otherworldly, experience. No other rafting trip combines so many days of staggering scenery, whitewater thrills, and magical hikes.

    Posted by Cate Starmer on June 30, 2010 at 7:30:35 PM EDT Tagged: National Parks, Arizona, Life Changing Trips
  • 48-Hour Foodie Trip: Toronto

    What better way to explore this multicultural city than a weekend culinary tour around the world? As you see the classic Canadian sights and recently expanded cultural centers, sample the city's diverse flavors such as the many varieties of charcuterie, European-style food market eats, and Ontario ice wine. Top it all off with some shopping and decadent chocolate and you have a perfect getaway.

    Posted by Cate Starmer on June 02, 2010 at 9:10:58 AM EDT Tagged: Toronto, Ontario
  • 4 Easy Green Tips for Eco-Friendly National Park Visits

    National Parks are green travel and eco-tourism hotspots. Just by paying your entrance fee, you're supporting the park system and helping to preserve it for future visitors. But some parks are doing even more in the name of sustainability. Here are some eco-tips to help make your next national park visit even more green.

    Posted by Cate Starmer on April 20, 2010 at 9:50:01 AM EDT Tagged: National Parks
  • England's Top 10 Tudor Homes, Castles, and Palaces

    Royal Divorces! Political Scandals! Beheadings! Anglophiles love the Tudors—both the House of Tudor known for intriguing monarchs like Henry VIII, and the sexy Showtime series that recently entered its final season. These 10 locations have a strong connection to the monarchs, and should please fans of both the Tudors' fascinating history and the many books and movies regularly devoted to them.

    Posted by Cate Starmer on April 13, 2010 at 3:43:47 PM EDT Tagged: Community, England
  • Caribbean Honeymoon: 4 Off-the-Grid Romantic Island Paradises

    The Carribbean has long been a popular honeymoon destination, and for good reason, but where can you go to avoid boatloads of other newly married couples? Whether you're planning your honeymoon or an anniversary celebration, here are our top picks for romantic Caribbean travel off the radar.

    Posted by Cate Starmer on March 01, 2010 at 11:45:57 AM EST
  • 5 Best National Parks for a Sunny Winter Escape

    You don't have to wait until summer vacation for your National Park getaway. If you start planning a winter trip to the right one now you'll be packing your bathing suit, not your hat and gloves. Indeed, some locations can be too hot to visit in the summer months—so now is the perfect time to go.

    Posted by Cate Starmer on February 09, 2010 at 10:46:28 AM EST Tagged: National Parks, Florida, Texas
  • Stick to that New Year's resolution and find out about your hotel's gym in advance

    If you care about specific features in a gym, speak up and ask what you can expect. It could be anything from a room with a single treadmill to a fully stocked gym with exercise classes. Don’t forget to ask about the hours, too.

    Posted by Cate Starmer on January 01, 2010 at 2:00:00 AM EST
  • Outdoor Traveler: Green Gift Guide

    Do you still have an outdoors-lover on your holiday shopping list? Here are six eco-friendly ideas for outdoors enthusiasts. For an extra eco-touch, consider reusing gift bags and wrapping paper.

    Posted by Cate Starmer on December 16, 2009 at 11:12:44 AM EST