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This Caribbean airport is building a pool practically on the runway

October 3rd, 2017 by Mariah

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Thanks to a planned pool at the Dominican Republic’s Punta Cana airport — which serves as the gateway to a strip of beachfront resorts and has direct flights to NYC via JetBlue, United and Delta — fliers can cling to those last precious moments of vacation.

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The under-construction swimming hole, designed by local architect Antonio Segundo Imbert to overlook an airstrip and parked planes, is slated to open in December as part of a VIP lounge.

Who gets to take a dip? First- and business-class passengers, to start with. Certain homeowners, club members and elite traveler pass-holders also gain access.

Plebes can join the fun with a $125-per-person entry for the day. (The price drops to $100 each if your group has three or more people.)

Despite the region’s hurricanes, the pool’s still on track.

 

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Click here to read the original article from the NY Post.

Tour Americas Oldest Distillery

October 3rd, 2017 by Mariah

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Even if you aren’t an avid whiskey drinker, you are most likely familiar with the name Jack Daniel’s. Jack is the bestselling whiskey in the world, a global behemoth that moved 12.5 million cases in the fiscal year ending in April.

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“What we would love to be able to do is carry people through their [whiskey] journey,” says master distiller Jeff Arnett. “Our target demographic is hard to figure out. We say, as a brand, it’s bikers to bankers. But from an age standpoint it’s LDA to DND — that’s legal drinking age to damn near dead.”

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Although Jack meets all the requirements for bourbon, it’s classified as a Tennessee whiskey. This means that it undergoes something called the Lincoln County Process, in which the new-make spirit is filtered through 10 feet of sugar maple charcoal before barreling. This “mellows” the whiskey, as Jack likes to put it. The filtration process does not add any flavor to the liquid; it softens it and removes some of the bitter elements. Or as locals like to say, charcoal mellowing “takes out the hog tracks” or adds an “extra blessing.” Without this step, Jack would be another bourbon.

Jack Daniel’s was established in 1866, making it the oldest registered distillery in America. The brand has garnered attention recently for revealing a previously unpublicized part of its history. It is now officially recognized that Jack Daniel was taught how to distill by Nathan “Nearest” Green, a slave at the farm where Daniel lived, which was owned by the Lutheran reverend Dan Call. After Daniel arrived, Nearest taught him the ins and outs of running a still and making whiskey. He subsequently worked as Daniel’s master distiller after emancipation until about 1881.

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In 1947, Jackie Gleason introduced Frank Sinatra to Jack Daniel’s, cementing its future status as an iconic whiskey. For the rest of his life, Sinatra would espouse the virtues of Jack — he was even buried with a bottle of Old No. 7. Over the years, the brand continued to grow in popularity, helped along by bands like the Rolling Stones bringing bottles of Jack onstage and characters seen drinking the whiskey onscreen in Hollywood films like Hud.

 Other expressions have joined Old No. 7 as part of the Jack Daniel’s lineup, including Gentleman Jack, Single Barrel and Sinatra Select, along with some flavored whiskies. This month, Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Rye is rolling out, the brand’s first new mash bill (70% rye) since Prohibition. There have been a few single barrel and un-aged Jack Daniel’s Rye releases over the years, and this new release is a blend of barrels that will be priced at $27.99, making it more of a rye companion to the classic Old No. 7.

TheInnkeeper On Location – The Ringling

September 25th, 2017 by Mariah

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Today I had the absolute pleasure of touring the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art in beautiful Sarasota, Florida. The last time I had visited the grounds was on a 6th grade field trip. Needless to say, I was long overdue.

In this post we will be focusing on the actual museum itself, but I also toured the Ca D’Zan which was the Ringling’s private mansion. I felt like that experience was worthy of its own story, so we will be delving into that another time.

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First a little background on the museum. John Ringling frequently traveled to Europe searching for acts for his Circus, and subsequently started a private art collection from pieces he acquired in his travels. This collection would become the foundation for The Ringling, which opened to the public in 1931.

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Unfortunately his wife Mable passed away two years before the Museum opened but no doubt her influence is felt throughout the grounds. She designed much of the original landscaping on the grounds, including her Rose Garden and Secret Garden.

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Upon his death in 1936, John Ringling bequeathed the art museum, its collections, and his home to the people of Florida in hopes of creating in Sarasota a cultural and educational center.

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To learn more about planning your trip to The Ringling visit Ringling.org!

The New Innkeepers

September 15th, 2017 by Mariah

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There are plenty of fresh faces on the Maine hospitality scene these days — and they’re running some of our favorite destination inns, lodges, boutique hotels, and more.

“A generation of innkeepers hits retirement age,” read a headline in one recent local news story, describing the wave of high turnover washing over Maine’s lodging circuit. Baby-boomer hoteliers — long the driving force behind the state’s inns, B&Bs, sporting camps, and other accommodations — are handing over the keys, and a new crop of hosts are bringing with them fresh aesthetics, new investment, and novel ideas about what it means to be a guest of the house.

From the southern beaches to the midcoast to the North Maine Woods, some of our favorite places to stay in Maine right now are new to the scene or in new hands. Check out (and check into) these 12 standouts. Luxe to rustic, stately to mod, they’re all perfectly welcoming — and all quintessentially Maine.

The Rangeley Inn

2443 Main St., Rangeley. 207-864-3341

Travis Ferland’s first move as owner was to give The Rangeley Inn’s shingles a gorgeous sky-blue paint job. Photographed by Michael D. Wilson


For decades, the 110-year-old Rangeley Inn — for all of its built-in campy rustic opulence — seemed to be lumbering toward white-elephant status. Until four years ago, when Travis Ferland submitted an $800,000 bid in a foreclosure auction and, within months, launched a major restoration project. Ferland, 36, is guided by a returnee’s appreciation for his native state and an intuitive understanding of the hotel biz — when he was growing up, his parents owned Ogunquit’s elegant Pink Blossoms Resort. After a stint in the Peace Corps and the nonprofit sector in New York City, Ferland leapt at the chance to come home. So far, he’s given the inn’s south wing a historically sensitive update (work continues in the north wing): guest rooms have new plank-wood floors, fresh coats of paint, and modern bathroom fixtures; some have been made into suites. The most striking change is in the once-dreary 1950s annex, where rooms are now fresh and contemporary, with balconies that practically hover over serene Haley Pond. ► $110–$265.

 

Tops’l Farm

364 Bremen Rd., Waldoboro. 435-640-6440.

Tops’l Farm’s A-frame cabins get tons of natural light (pull the canvas shade if you’re sleeping in). Photographed by Cara Dolan

Co-owner Sarah Pike grew up the daughter of homesteaders in Montville.


Call it “glamping,” if you want, but the wonder of Tops’l Farm is that Sarah and Josh Pike’s 10 comfy A-frames and wall tents don’t feel ostentatious or out of place on the landscape. Guests are quasi-roughing it, with minimal electricity (solar LED lights) and shared bathrooms, but both cabins and tents are done up in high rustic style, with twin beds swathed in down and flannel, vintage chests and dressers, and cute touches like wildflower bouquets, the odd hourglass, and weathered hardcovers with a Maine camp motif. Both Pikes were raised in Maine, and they bought their 83-acre spread, abutting the Medomak River, after dialing back entrepreneurial ventures (Josh in tech, Sarah in frozen foods) and relocating from the North Shore of Massachusetts. With just one season under their belt, their aim is to make a Tops’l Farm stay experiential, with an emphasis on communal recreation — think group archery classes, foraging excursions, board games in the lounge yurt, and bingo nights in the handsome post-and-beam events barn. “We want to be more than a high-end campground,” Sarah says. “I want this to be joyful.” ► $135, two-night minimum. Closed November–April.

 

Black Duck Inn

36 Crowley Island Rd., Corea. 207-963-2689. 

Photographed by Johanna Billings


Will and Rae Mathewson spent a romantic weekend at the Black Duck Inn a few years back, and last year, while wedding planning, they reached out to see whether the inn might be available to host a ceremony. It was — but it was also for sale. So rather than risk their venue on a change of ownership, the couple (with help from Will’s mother) took the unusual move of buying the place. Will, a 31-year-old UMaine grad and former EMT from Norfolk, Virginia, first visited the Black Duck as a kid. Today, his impressionist paintings hang downstairs, alongside work from other artists that he curates with Rae, a 29-year-old former teacher. Yummy breakfasts are big on baked goods and fruit, and the three suites have an eclectic, country-inn feel, with wild floral wallpaper and views of the harbor. (In case you’re wondering, the Mathewsons tied the knot quietly this year, but they’re still planning a big ceremony at the inn in 2020.) ► $150–$200, with discounts in the off-season.

Mt. Chase Lodge

1517 Shin Pond Rd., Mount Chase. 207-528-2183. 

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Photographed by Jason P. Smith


In a sense, this sporting lodge on Upper Shin Pond is a throwback to the time of its origin, 57 years ago, when hospitality meant rubbing shoulders with your hosts and fellow guests. Lindsay and Mike Downing — 30 and 34, respectively — bought the lodge last year from Lindsay’s parents, who welcomed sportsmen and snowmobilers for four decades. The Downings aim to broaden the clientele — Mt. Chase is an ideal launching point for hikers and skiers heading into Baxter State Park or Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument, and the Downings are savvy guides to both — but they’re betting all comers will appreciate a sporting camp’s ambiance: lodge rooms and cabins with simple, knotty-pine furnishings; loaner canoes for the tranquil pond out back; family-style meals on the back porch, prepared by Mike, a gastronomic whiz. “A lot of our people seek us out because they want a sit-down dinner on the lakeside, and they want that feeling of camaraderie,” Lindsay explains. Leaf peepers, take note: Mt. Chase makes an A+ North Woods foliage road-trip base camp. ► $89–$179. Meal plans available.

Inn on the Harbor

45 Main St., Stonington. 207-367-2420.

Photographed by Dana Moos, Maine Inn Broker, danamoos.com


Dana Durst and Jay Brown spent three years searching for the right inn. On paper, Inn on the Harbor sure looked remote, and 13 rooms sounded like a lot. But as their search dragged on, their broker convinced them to visit. “We got here and we were like, ‘Yes, this is it,’ ” Dana recalls. So Dana, a developmental psych professor, and Jay, a photographer, packed up and moved from Pittsburgh to Stonington last year. While Dana runs the front-of-house, Jay manages the kitchen, dishing out what he calls a “continental-plus” breakfast: daily quiche, French toast casserole, and creative numbers like egg salad and heirloom tomato crostini. And though breakfast is guests only, Durst and Brown have started doing open-to-the-public lunches and evening small plates, so anybody can enjoy what is arguably the inn’s best feature: an idyllic deck over Stonington Harbor, where lobsterboats and schooners cruise past. ► $170–$275, June–November, with discounts in the off-season.

The Trellis House

10 Beachmere Pl., Ogunquit. 207-646-7909.

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Laurence Plotkin and Glen Porter’s renovated Trellis House does coastal modern with fearless panache. Photographs courtesy of The Trellis House


Innkeepers Laurence Plotkin and Glen Porter have New England roots and impressive résumés that include, most recently, stints in high-level corporate recruiting for a Massachusetts tech firm. But when their vacation place in Ogunquit started feeling more like home, Plotkin says, the pair realized, “We wanted to live and work in this little town that we loved.” Buying an eight-room B&B off Marginal Way was phase one — the real work was a top-down renovation that turned a stuffy 1907 summer cottage into an airy and stylish seaside escape, full of bright colors, bold patterns, and fun accents like gleaming vintage ice buckets and a sun-bleached–starfish mirror frame. Breakfasts, served on a wraparound porch, are decadent (lobster benedict, anyone?), and the flip-flop–friendly, come-as-you-are vibe is palpable — emanating, as it does, from the corporate-refugee hosts. “This work can be intense and demanding,” Porter says, “and yet there is no stress.” ► $249–$329, June–September, with discounts in the shoulder season. Two-night minimum, with single-night gaps available. Closed November–April.

A private island lodge, great for groups, has comfy bunks and a huge stone fireplace. Photographed by Greta Rybus

Red River Camps

Debouille Public Reserved Land. 207-435-6000.

Jen Brophy was living in metro DC in May 2009, when her dad called to tell her the main lodge at Red River Camps had been struck by lightning and burned to the ground. He thought he was explaining the demise of the historic sporting camp where she’d spent her childhood, but Jen surprised him. “When are we going to rebuild?” she asked. Brophy always figured she’d take over her parents’ rustic camp someday, maybe in her 40s, but by August, the then–29-year-old had left her job as a wetland engineer and returned to Aroostook County’s remote and wooly Deboullie township. Today, Red River has a handsome new lodge, overlooking one of Deboullie’s dozen-plus ponds (the lodge keeps canoes at most of them), along with a host of 21st-century infrastructure upgrades (solar power, LED lights in the cabins that look so much like lantern mantles, people keep burning them with matches). But the wildflower-strewn camp still looks much as it once would have to Brophy’s longest-tenured guests — some of whom have been coming for nearly 60 years. “This place just gets into your blood,” she says. ► $80–$145 per person. Meal plans available. Closed November–April.

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Acadia Yurts

200 Seal Cove Rd., Southwest Harbor. 207-460-7453. 

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Aaron Sprague and Karen Roper’s MDI yurt camp offers many of the comforts of home. Photographed by Kristin Clements


“We get a lot of people being like, ‘I want to camp, but I want to not-really-camp,’ ” explains Aaron Sprague, yurt evangelist and co-owner of Acadia Yurts, on MDI’s western “quiet side,” where Sprague and partner Karen Roper maintain seven of the Central Asian–inspired tents (and one tiny house) in a peaceful stretch of woods well off the main roads. They’re rented by the week (in peak season) and have heat, A/C, kitchenettes, full bathrooms, and comfy beds. There’s even a separate tent where Roper — a yoga instructor and massage therapist — offers private sessions. Just three seasons in, the pair (who still hold down day jobs) have already expanded from their initial four yurts, although they’re not looking to grow much more. “The larger we get, the more people we have to hire,” Sprague says, “and Karen and I like it just the two of us.” ► $1,050–$1,500 per week, June–September, with significant discounts in the shoulder season. Closed December–March. (Tiny house rents for $650–$825 per week or $100–$130 per night with three-night minimum.)

Inn of Acadia

384 St. Thomas St., Madawaska. 207-728-3402.

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First, it was a nunnery. Then, it was a senior-care facility. Now, the humble two-story building on a quiet residential street, across from Madawaska High School, is the sleekest hotel in Aroostook County, where plush bedding, boutique-y design, local art, and amenities like LCD flat-screens and rain-dome showerheads don’t always come standard. Owner Jonathan Roy converted the building, which his family has owned since its senior-care days, in 2013. A year later, he brought on chef Samantha Berry to run the third-floor Voyageur Lounge, which plates up Acadian specialties (great poutine, naturally) and hearty pub fare from burgers to jumbo lobster ravioli, all of which patrons (and locals) enjoy against the frequent backdrop of live music. ► $96–$139, July–September, with discounts in the off-season.

West End Inn

146 Pine St., Portland. 207-772-1377.

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Victoria Lee Hood’s Maine hospitality roots extend back to her grandparents, who ran a Route 1 restaurant in Kittery in the 1960s. Photographed by Michael D. Wilson


The trick to running a standout B&B in Portland’s West End is to embrace the stately, historic wow factor without letting all that Victorian Yankee severity squelch comfort and style. Victoria Lee Hood, who left the financial tech industry to take over the West End Inn in January, nails that balance with a sense of cultured cool. The handsomely restored 1871 townhouse, designed by John Calvin Stevens, is filled with striking artwork from Hood’s own collection — prints from China, paintings from Provincetown — and she says guests tend to linger around her smartly curated library, paging through the poetry of Eileen Myles or back issues of the history journal Lapham’s Quarterly. The six guest rooms similarly blend contemporary design with poster beds and period fixtures. A cooked-to-order breakfast menu changes daily, and Hood relishes mornings in the kitchen. “It’s nice to wake up at 5 a.m. and bake,” she says, “instead of getting ready to go to the trading floor.” ► $189–$289, June–September, with discounts in the off-season.

Margaretta Inn

330 Main St., Machias. 207-255-6671.

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It was Sherry Radeka’s daughter, Ashley, who suggested buying and remodeling the former Margaretta Motel in 2014. “Think of the fun we’ll have,” Sherry remembers her saying. Now, Sherry and husband Michael co-own the inn with Ashley and her husband, Ryan Maker. The old décor, Sherry says, was “stuck in 1972,” necessitating a remodel “right down to the studs.” With new furniture, fixtures, and heated bathroom floors, the once-dated property now feels like a nice executive-stay hotel (few and far between on the far Down East coast). While the rest of the family still works outside the inn, Sherry, a former school administrator, runs the Margaretta full-time. Among her more thoughtful touches: handsome little cards with weather and tide forecasts, placed every morning in each of the 12 rooms. ► $110–$120, July–August, with discounts in the shoulder seasons. Closed January–March.

 

 

Lincolnville Motel

4 Sea View Dr., Lincolnville. 207-236-3195.

Hello? You might find Lionel Richie perched by the globe and turntable in your cabin. Or maybe Puccini. Or the Talking Heads. Photographs courtesy of Lincolnville Motel


A hip little throwback to the glory days of the Maine motor court, the Lincolnville Motel is making budget roadside lodging fun again. Proprietor and Camden native Alice Amory, 38, left Maine to work in fancy New York kitchens, but after almost 20 years, she tired of the scene, and in 2015, the cluster of cute little Route 1 cottages captured her imagination. After months of tearing up carpets and knocking down plaster ceilings — and, seemingly, a few hundred gallons of white and azure paint — she put a “Vacancy” sign out front, along with a light-up globe and record player in each room and a giant inflatable swan in the pool. Those kinds of details (along with the lack of TVs and WiFi limited to a sunny shared library) give the place a none-too-precious retro feel, and the private sun decks are a bit of luxury you might not expect for the price tag. ► $95–$175. Closed November–April.

 

9 amazing beaches you have probably never heard of

May 29th, 2017 by Mariah

We’ve all been there: Beaches so packed with bodies it’s impossible to take a decent picture without forty random photobombers in the background.

But there’s good news. About 71 percent of the Earth’s surface area is water, so there are plenty of empty, albeit scenic stretches of sand silently waiting to become your next cover photo. And what they lack in crowds, boardwalks, surf shops and ice cream trucks, they more than make up for in Mother Nature.

Below are nine lesser-known beaches worth knowing, along with tips for getting your toes in their sand.

 

1. Secret Beach, Dominica

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Dominica is a far cry from the Dominican Republic people often confuse it with. Pronounced “doe-min-EE-ka,” it’s a Caribbean island relatively untouched by resorts. Known as the “Nature Island” because, appropriately, nature has been left alone to do its thing– Secret Beach is a wonderful example of that. This private cove near Dominica’s Secret Bay boasts unique rock features like a natural bridge and a sea-cliff cave filled with rich marine life. So even if the thought of putting on a snorkeling mask and breathing through a plastic pipe scares you, you’ll definitely want to snorkel here.

Getting there: Guests staying at Secret Bay can take complimentary kayaks or paddle boards to Secret Beach. Otherwise, go to Portsmouth to charter a fishing boat from the Indian River Visitor Center or rent a kayak or sailboat from WaveDancer Water Sports & Park at Coconut Beach.

 

2. Benijo Beach, Tenerife

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When it comes to beaches, Tenerife isn’t really on the tip of most Americans’ tongues. But this Canary Island off the coast of North Africa boasts 70 beaches including Benijo beach, something Sergio Barros of Quest Travel Adventures likens to a natural experience at its purest. “It has fabulous views of the Roques de Anaga rock formations and its sunsets are magical. Especially when the glimmering sea contrasts with the red horizon and the dark outline of the volcanic rocks rising from the ocean depths.” Note: This beach is popular among naturists, so you may see a naked beachgoer or two.

Getting there: Tenerife is a four-hour non-stop flight from London. WOW air also offers Newark to Tenerife fares starting at $239. From Tenerife, drive the winding mountain roads to the village of Taganana where you’ll find a path of steep stairs down to the beach.

 

3. Kennedy Island, Solomon Islands

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Although it’s named for one of the most beloved U.S. presidents, Kennedy Island receives only a handful of American visitors each year. (It has just six reviews on TripAdvisor.) While the uninhabited island has great snorkeling, most visitors come for the historical significance. “JFK, who would be 100 years old this May, was stationed nearby when his patrol boat was struck by a torpedo and he swam to this island,” says recent visitor Lisa Niver of We Said Go Travel.

Getting there: From Fiji, fly Solomon Airlines to Gizo where you can pay a tour operator about $30 to take a half-day boat trip to Kennedy Island. You can also stay at Fat Boys, a budget-friendly resort that takes guests to the island.

 

4. No Name Cay, Bahamas

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The only inhabitants of this aptly named beach are Bahamian swimming pigs. Although these feral pigs are friendly (yes, you can doggie-paddle with them), they don’t appear on Instagram nearly as often as Exuma’s aquatic swine. In other words, No Name Cay is not yet an international swimming pig sensation. Still, it’s only a matter of time before the beach, which locals have deemed “Piggyville,” becomes a major tourist trap.

Getting there: The most direct way to get to No Name Cay is to fly into Marsh Harbour from Nassau or select cities in Florida. From there, head to Abaco Beach Resort and Boat Harbour Marina to rent a boat or book an eco-tour. It’s just a 30-minute scenic ride from the marina.

 

5. Praia Formosa, Santa Maria Island, Azores, Portugal

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Praia Formosa on the island of Santa Maria was once home to a 16th century fort built to deter pirates. Today, visitors who navigate the winding cliffside road down to the beach can walk among the remaining ruins. They can also search for sea life in the pollution-free tidal pools. In fact, Praia Formosa was awarded Blue Flag status — indicating it meets the most stringent international water quality standards set by the Foundation for Environmental Education.

Getting there: The fastest way to get to the Azores from the U.S. is to fly nonstop on Azores Airlines. It’s a four-hour flight from Boston. From the Azores, take a 20-minute flight to Santa Maria where you can rent a car or take a 20-minute taxi ride to Praia Formosa.

 

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Worst airports for summer flight delays

May 29th, 2017 by Mariah

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Even without the snow and inclimate weather, summertime is no picnic for busy travelers. Some delays are inevitable but it turns out several airports perform a lot worse than others during this busy travel season.

MileCards.com recently analyzed on-time arrival data from the U.S. Department of Transportation for the past 10 years dating back to 2007, uncovering the best and worst airports for summer flight delays. The comparison service examined the 50 busiest airports in the U.S.

Three of the four worst airports for on-time summer arrivals are located in or around New York: Newark Liberty International (66.5 percent), LaGuardia (66.9 percent) and John F. Kennedy International (69.2 percent) ranked first, second and fourth in worst on-time arrival percentage between 2007 and 2016, respectively.

San Francisco International and Boston’s Logan International round out the top five worst airports for on-time arrivals in the summer, according to MileCards.com’s 2017 Summer Flight Delay Study.

While undoubtedly better, Chicago’s O’Hare, Philadelphia International, Miami International, Ronald Reagan Washington National and John Glenn Columbus International Airport also cracked the list of the top 10 worst for summer travel with average on-time arrival percentages ranging from 72.3 percent to 73.9 percent.

Hawaii dominates the list of the best airports for on-time arrivals during the summer. Kahului Airport and Honolulu International Airport rank Nos. 1 and 2 at 88 percent and 86.5 percent, respectively.

The West also reigns supreme when it comes to the top-performing airports in the mainland U.S.

Salt Lake City International, Orange County’s John Wayne Airport, Phoenix Sky Harbor International, Portland International, Seattle-Tacoma International, San Jose International, Minneapolis-St. Paul International and Las Vegas’ McCarran International are among the best U.S. airports for summer travel, boasting an on-time percentage of 79.5 percent or better.

MileCards.com’s research also found that 40 percent of the top 50 U.S. airports have more summer than winter delays and that June is the worst month for summer delays—with more than three-quarters of the 50 busiest airports experiencing more frequent delays in June compared to July or August.

The website declared that Houston’s George Bush Intercontinental Airport is the best United Airlines hub for on-time summer arrivals while Phoenix is the top-performing American Airlines hub this time of year. Delta Air Lines’ best hub for summer travel is Salt Lake City.

To combat summer flight delays, MileCards.com recommends air travelers check for waived change fees before they check in, take advantage of in-flight Wi-Fi to rebook on their way to their destination and choose their airports and departure times carefully.

Read the original story from Fox News here.

New Hampshire inn sees surge of business as Navy yard expands

May 29th, 2017 by Mariah

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PORTSMOUTH, N.H. –  It’s a familiar sight: employees of the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard and the staff at The Port Inn palling around on a first-name basis in the lobby of the hotel. They catch up, crack jokes and discuss the day’s events.

Located about four miles from the sprawling PNSY in Kittery, Maine, the Port Inn has become a surrogate home and family for contractors and employees of the nearby shipyard.

This year, inn owner Mark Bouzianis says up to 30 percent of his business will come from the PNSY. Currently, about 20 of the 56 rooms at the boutique hotel are rented by government employees.

“Over the years, the shipyard been a very big component of our business,” he told Fox News – but added that this year the demand is higher than normal. “It’s not like this every year.”

Part of this year’s success can be attributed to a wave of new hires at the PNSY.

Virtually every town and city within a 50-mile radius of the naval base has benefitted from the success of the naval yard. When PNSY does well, business owners like Bouzianis do well.

New Hampshire Democrat Sen. Jeanne Shaheen told Fox News that the shipyard is “not only critical to our national security, but is also a vital economic engine for New Hampshire’s Seacoast.”

“The caliber of people they hire is really high,” Bouzianis said.

Valerie Rochon, president of the Greater Portsmouth Chamber of Commerce, told Fox News, the impact of the shipyard has had a “wonderfully positive effect on the community.”

In 2016, the shipyard made 650 new hires and accounted for $756.1 million in total economic activity, according to an annual report from Seacoast Shipyard Association.

There were 6,914 civilian jobs with a payroll of about $496.2 million – an increase of more than $14 million from 2015.

In New Hampshire, 2,535 civilian workers from 58 communities were paid $177.7 million.

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Maine Bed and Breakfast Is Being Given Away In Contest!

August 23rd, 2016 by Mariah

Calling all dreamers, writers and entrepreneurs. Want to build a new life sparked by creativity and fueled by a burning desire to be your own boss? Imagine what you can do. Imagine who you can become, if you take that leap of faith.

“The opportunity of a lifetime is only achieved…..if you act within the lifetime of the opportunity.”

 

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WELCOME TO FREEDOM HOUSE B and B ESSAY CONTEST.

A modest entry fee of $150.00 (US Funds) and an Essay of 200 words or less can win you this beautiful farmhouse style bed and breakfast located in the center of Dover-Foxcroft, ME, walking distance to shops, theater, restaurants, banks, courthouse and many more. Just think you can fulfill a dream for the cost of a nights stay in a beautiful bed and breakfast. Simply click on the ENTRY, adhere to the RULES, download and away you go.

A little history about the innkeepers.

Empty nesters Dennis & Chris Aplanalp originally from the West Coast, have owned and operated Freedom House B and B for nearly 13 years. They purchased this 1880’s farmhouse in Dover-Foxcroft, Maine wanting to own and operate a Bed and Breakfast. After a year and a half of renovations they opened for business. Owning a bed and breakfast was everything they dreamed it would be and MORE! In its 13 years, Freedom House B and B is well established with a strong following of guests. After the birth of their ninth grandchild, Chris and Dennis are wanting to spend more quality time with their children and grandchildren and have decided to retire. This essay contest is a unique way to share a dream of theirs with someone else. Freedom House B and B has become “the place to stay” in the area.

VISIT THE OFFICIAL CONTEST WEBSITE HERE!

Rugged, remote, otherworldly Utah

August 10th, 2016 by Mariah

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CNN - Sure, you can go on a week’s safari in Africa or spend seven days cycling in New Zealand, but one of the world’s most spectacular spots is closer than you think.

Frequently and unfairly overlooked, Utah is a “state of mind … sculpted by wind, water and time,” its tourism slogans tout.
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That apt description only hints at the natural force and geological artistry shaping southern Utah’s jaw-dropping national park landscapes.
Last year, the area’s five national park headliners — Zion, Bryce Canyon, Capitol Reef, Canyonlands and Arches — collectively drew about 7 million visitors from around the world.
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From ancient petroglyphs and shooting stars to hiking, kayaking, biking, backpacking, mule riding and river rafting, there’s no lack of intriguing pursuits in southern Utah.

Skiers tackle Colorado park’s highest peaks

August 10th, 2016 by Mariah

Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado (CNN) - When wintertime hits rugged Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado, roads close and fair-weather hikers and campers go home.

But for a couple of adventurous backcountry skiers, the adrenaline-filled fun is just beginning.
A year and a half ago, skiers Austin Porzak and Dan Sohner set out to ski and photograph the 50 highest peaks in Rocky Mountain National Park, an adventure they describe as surreal and religious. To be clear, we’re not talking resort skiing with convenient high-speed chairlifts zipping to the summits with long, groomed ski runs down.
Many of these peaks have never been skied before.
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These adventure addicts are climbing peaks sometimes topping 14,000 feet with ice axes and ropes.
Expeditions that involve staying overnight on the slopes require them to carry 50-pound packs on their backs filled with food and tents in addition to climbing and avalanche safety equipment, skis, boots and camera gear.
You “must be 100% in the moment” because of all the unknowns and the constantly changing conditions, said Sohner, 28, who’s a professional photographer when he’s not tackling mountains.
Fear is essential to this risk-taking pursuit, Sohner said. ”If you aren’t scared about something every single day, you’re probably not being safe.”
After reaching the summit, Sohner and Porzak strap on their skis and head down, making their own fresh paths through unpredictable terrain that often involves deep snow, ice and jagged rocks.
The climb up takes anywhere from 10 to 22 hours, and the ski down can be as fast as 30 minutes.

A New Crop of Bed and Breakfasts

August 10th, 2016 by Mariah

Healthy Demand for Intimate Lodging Is Spurring a New Generation of Investor-Innkeepers

The term “bed-and-breakfast” is no longer code for teddy bears, floral bedspreads and doilies.

Karen Lynch, a 49-year-old former stay-at-home mom, and her husband Dan, a 56-year-old IT specialist at Chevron, recently invested nine months and $600,000 gutting an 1860 Victorian home, purchased for $1.5 million. They kept the historic wainscoting and hardwood floors, but replaced the old-fashioned décor with more modern equivalents. Named the Inn on Randolph, the B&B opened in May 2012 and costs $225 to $425 a night. The couple live next door in a restored, 1,600-square-foot bungalow that backs up to the property.

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In February 2007, Raymond Brunyanszki and his partner Oscar Verest bought what was originally a carpenter’s home in the 1870s for $2.8 million. They then spent an additional $2 million on renovations, which included adding a restaurant, reconfiguring the layout and shipping furniture from Italy, Belgium and Spain. Called the Camden Harbour Inn in Maine, the inn’s priciest rooms run around $1,500 a night during high season and are decorated with all-white walls accented by pops of color like purple and orange. “People will change their entire itinerary if these rooms are booked,” says Mr. Brunyanszki, a 44-year old former hospitality consultant, who adds that guests have included members of Boyz II Men.

The fresh look reflects the vitality of the bed-and-breakfast industry, which is attracting a new breed of innkeepers who, instead of being hobbyists, are looking for sustainable businesses. Today there are 15,000 B&Bs in the U.S., up from estimates of between 5,000 and 8,000 in the 1980s and early 1990s, says Jay Karen, CEO of the Professional Association of Innkeepers International (PAII), a B&B trade group.

Bed-and-breakfasts, which grew in popularity in the 1800s as mainstays for travelers, usually were family-run enterprises offering a handful of rooms. They cropped up in rural areas too remote to support larger hotels and often distinguished themselves with homey vibes. “People liked the idea of welcoming the weary traveler and showing off their cooking skills or the antiques they collected over the years,” Mr. Karen says.

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Check Out Our New YouTube Channel!

September 28th, 2015 by Mariah

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TheInnkeeper.com is excited to announce the launch of our new YouTube Channel!
Our first video is of a trip to Maine we took back in August, with our two little boys, Dylan and Jacob.
Watch out for more of our adventures, coming soon.
We hope you enjoy it :)
Sincerely,
Mariah and Denee
www.TheInnkeeper.com

Click here to check out some of our favorite places to stay while in the beautiful state of Maine.

Message from our CEO

June 26th, 2013 by Mariah

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TheInnkeeper.com is pleased to announce the launch of our redesigned website!

We are confident that the changes in place will make the overall experience of the site better for both members, and their potential guests.

Some exciting changes include:

  • Complete redesign of the site, with a bold, eye-catching, yet user-friendly new look.
  • New search functions, making it easier for guests to find the perfect property.
  • Choose between two tiers of membership, Basic and Platinum.
  • Members have the ability to upload their own photos.
  • Interactive map features, and Google maps.
  • Links to TripAdvisor for property reviews.
  • Mobile version of the site compatible with all major devices.
  • Extended social media marketing.
  • Updated blog look and content.

 

Thank you again for your membership and support, and we look forward to a great year!

Mariah Morris CEO of TheInnkeeper.com

Kudos for thoughtful fliers with babies

September 13th, 2012 by Mariah

(CNN) — Flying with 14-week-old twin boys — as a passenger or as their parents — might sound like a nightmare. But a couple reportedly went above and beyond what might be considered necessary to receive a good manners travel award.

The following note was attached to a goodie bag of candies and other delights, according to an Internet poster on Reddit on who goes by the handle gigantomachy: “Hello! We’re twin baby boys on our first flight and we’re only 14 weeks old! We’ll try to be on our best behavior, but we’d like to apologize in advance just in case we lose our cool, get scared or our ears hurt.”

“Our mom and dad (AKA our portable milk machine and our diaper changer) have ear plugs available if you need them. We are all sitting in 20E and 20F if you want come by to get a pair. We hope you have a great flight!”

The photo, posted two days ago, already generated more than 1.6 million views. The poster gave many karma points to the parents for the kind gesture. “The parents were fantastic, and the kids were better than would be expected,” gigantomachy wrote.

CNN tried to contact gigantomachy via Reddit but had not received a response by the time of publication.

A guerrilla approach to flying with kids

“Mom was super nervous and obviously very tired, but still extremely nice to everyone around her. Not a mean or frustrated word from dad either. Saw them meeting his parents at baggage, who were seeing babies for first time, and got a bit teary.”

True or not, the note and the accompanying goodies are an inspiration to parents about to travel with potentially screaming children.

As a parent who has offered other airline passengers a free drink and carried earplugs for those my child might annoy in flight, I celebrate the parents who go above and beyond to consider the comfort of other passengers.

Parents of infants must pack all sorts of equipment and be ready for the slightest scream. Parents of older children should haul a pantry’s worth of snacks and a toy store of games to keep the kiddos busy.

I’ve been in your shoes. Even if you fail, the effort is appreciated.

Join Anne Hathaways Cottage For Garden Week In Virginia

March 11th, 2011 by Mariah

Virginia holds its annual Garden Week April 16-23 this year. What a great way to see Spring at its finest in the Shenandoah Valley!

Make Staunton your headquarters and see 3 or 4 days of open houses and gardens. If you start April 16th you can do Staunton’s Garden Day and then on the Sunday Charlottesville has their day, with a special talk on Monday evening at Monticello.

During the day on Monday you can do the Leesburg Garden Day and if you have any energy left, Tuesday is Fredericksburg’s Garden Day. These are all within a reasonable driving distance from Staunton.

Anne Hathaway’s is offering a special rate of $119 per night for a 2 night stay or stay 2 nights and get the 3rd night half off.

Call today 540-885-8885 or go to http://www.anne-hathaways-cottage.com to book online.

For complete Garden Week schedule:
http://www.vagardenweek.org/schedule.htm

For tickets and tour book:
http://www.vagardenweek.org/tickets.htm