may 8, 2009
Jan Gets a Blog!
I realized one of my long-time goals and launched my Girl on the Go blog covering travel-related news, events in Atlanta and relationships. Check out other blogs from travelgirl contributors here.
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Yearning for Yurts
I'm not much of a camper, but I'm tempted to experience a night in a yurt, which apparently are starting to become popular in many of the nation's campgrounds. But of course I want one that comes furnished with beds, microwaves, heat and air and a coffee pot. I've already picked out the location for our yurt adventure: Campfire Lodgings in the Blue Ridge Mountains, near Asheville. These are built on a deck on the side of a mountain, with large windows for the view and a fireplace. To find a campground that has yurts, try googling "yurt" and "campground" in the state you want to visit, or check with yurt manufacturers at www.pacificyurts.com, www.coloradoyurt.com.
Girls Getaway –
on a Private Island
Girls can really get away to this small island off the coast of Georgia, where up to 12 can kayak, fish, make a bonfire or just relax in the hot tub in front of a brick fireplace at the lodge. The "Girls Escape to Eagle Island" includes five pounds of Georgia shrimp, two bottles of champagne, an Eagles Island cap and tote bag. The cost for three weekday nights is $1500 and for the weekend, $1700.
JetBlue to Barbados
The airline is planning daily direct flights to Grantley Adams International Airport in Bridgetown from JFK, starting October 1. Flights are expected to go on sale in June at www.jetblue.com. Check out their website for other featured fares. For travel information on Barbados, visit www.barbados.org.
The elders at the Upper Village of Moenkopi in Arizona are opening the Moenkopi Legacy Inn, the first hotel to be built on Hope tribal land in 50 years. Scheduled to open in September, the hotel will connect visitors with authorized tour guides for visits to the villages including Oraibi, Sipaulovi, Walpi and Dawa Park, which are among the longest continuously inhabited places in North America, dating back to 950 A.D. A Travel Center across from the hotel just opened, with food, a convenience center and four stores selling Native American merchandise. www.ExperienceHopi.com
pick of the week
We travelgirls are big fan of Tilley hats, and I recently got the chance to try out their underwear as well. The high-cut briefs are extremely comfortable and you can travel with just two pairs – no matter how long you are gone. Just rinse them out in the sink and they're dry before you know it. And I really love the Tilley Coolmax® Extreme Tank. These are comfortable, and if the climate is warm, the tank keeps perspiration away from your sking. But what I really love about them is that I can wear them as a layering piece as well – adding a stylish layer of extra warmth. High-cut brief: $18; Extreme tank: $16, www.tilley.com