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101 Things to See & Do for $10 & Under in the Kenosha, WI Area – Part 4 of 4

I’d rather pay for experiences than hoard a “rich deposit” of materialistic goods that will sit around most of the time collecting dust.  Yes, I need and want basic items to satisfy my likes, values, desires, habits and hobbies, but after a while a lot of possessions will start to control ones mind.  I’m wealthy but not rich.  Being wealthy is more rewarding and satisfying.

When Meridith Jumisko compiled the list of 101 Things to See & Do for $10 & Under in the Kenosha, WI Area for the Kenosha Convention and Visitors Bureau’s website, I had to share.  There is a wealth of knowledge one will gain by experiencing these attractions and events that will not break the bank.  Shed the rich man mindset to become truly wealthy.

76. Create art in the Clay Studio at Lemon Street Gallery! Clay costs $3 per pound

77. Also see incredible art at Re:Vision Gallery, Pollard Gallery, Anderson Arts Center,Kenosha Art Association,Carthage College, and UW-Parkside! FREE

78. Enjoy a scenic bike ride on the Pike Bike Trail or the Kenosha County Bike Trail.FREE

Even the dogs enjoy the Kenosha Harbor Market. Photo by The Walking Traveler

79. Mikey’s features a new menu with gourmet Hot Dogs, create-your-own pizza, and more! Prices vary

80. Find your favorite childhood video game and try it out at Inner Child Comics & Collectibles. Many under $10 /FREE to try

81. Exhibitors bring samples, brochures, giveaways, and smiles to the I-94 Visitor Information Center for First Fridays.FREE

82. Pick up a homemade Bloody Mary mix or lemonade mix at Elsie Mae’s Canning & Pies, who offer more than pies and jams! $6.50/$8.50

83. Hike 4.2 miles of trails at KD Park. FREE

84. Checkmate! Play chess or checkers at the chess tables in Fox River Park; bring your own pieces. FREE

85. Take time to enjoy the distinctive wall murals, unique hand-painted storefront signs, and amazing historic architecture in Downtown Kenosha! FREE

86. Visit Abe! Library Park is home to an Abraham Lincoln statue, as well as the Kenosha County Soldiers’ Monument “Winged Victory”. FREE

87. Take a selfie by the red 1906 Pierhead Lighthouse.FREE

88. A slice of Kenosha nightlife can be found at Fusion, a Downtown performing arts venue. Some events FREE

89. At Scoops Ice Cream, ask for the Badger Brownie: two scoops of ice cream on a warm chocolate chunk brownie, with many toppings! $5.75

90. Aspiring young paleontologists will dig this: Dino Digs are held most Saturday andSunday afternoons at the Dinosaur Discovery Museum. FREE

91. Bring the kids to the Field Station inside the Kenosha Public Museum, where they can explore the arts and sciences in this popular hands-on activity area. FREE

92. Labor Day weekend includes Cheese-A-Palooza (Sept 3-4), the Downtown Kenosha Classic Cruise-In Car Show (Sept 3), and the 14th Annual Car Show To Benefit Our Wounded Warriors (Sept 4). FREE for spectators

93. All ages enjoy getting artsy at Alpaca Art Pottery Painting. $7 studio fee plus the cost of your pottery ($3+)

Street Festivals are better when live music hits the air. Photo by The Walking Traveler

94. At NovelTea Bookstore, you can purchase 2 oz. packaged loose leaf tea in a variety of flavors. Most under $10; average price $7

95. Meet internationally-known cartoonists during the Kenosha Festival of Cartooning,Sept 15-17. FREE

96. Enjoy a picnic at Wolfenbuttel Park, next to Lake Michigan. FREE

97. Electric Streetcars are celebrated during Kenosha Streetcar Day on Sept 17!  $1 & under fare

98. You can’t go to Brat Stop without having the Famous Charcoal Grill Original Bratwurst served with chips! $6.99

99. You’ll find the Lilli Soapworks product line at A Summer’s Garden Florist. These soaps are handmade in Kenosha with shea butter. $5.50

100. Enjoy a delicious made-from-scratch soup in the outdoor Garden of Eatin’ at The Coffee Pot. $2-4

101. The famous “backroom” offers amazing savings at the Jockey Factory Store in Downtown Kenosha. Get a $10 off coupon in the FREE 2016 Kenosha Area Visitors Guide

Thank you again Meridith for your help over the past couple of years.

101 Things to See & Do for $10 & Under in the Kenosha, WI Area – Part 2 of 4

The sun is shining on this early Sunday morning here in Kenosha.  The air is chilly but the temperature is going to rise into the low 60’s…we’ll see.  A walk will be in order this afternoon.  Yesterday we had on and off snow and sun with temps in the 30’s.  Typical Midwest weather in April.  With the sun shining down upon this town, I’m going to jump right in and share part 2 of 101 Things To See And Do for $10 & Under in Kenosha, WI.  Thank you to the Kenosha Area Convention & Visitors Bureau for your continued cooperation.

Fountain outside the Kenosha Public Museum.
Fountain outside the Kenosha Public Museum.

26. At Mike’s Donuts & Chicken, enjoy oversized donuts with wild and unique toppings and fillings! $1-3

27. The get bEHIND the aRTS Studio Tour takes place April 24 in Kenosha. $5 suggested donation

28. Travel back to yesteryear aboard one of Kenosha’s seven authentic Electric Streetcars! $1 & under

29. Walk, bike, or drive through Kenosha’s four historic districts. FREE

30. Stroll through the Kenosha Sculpture Walk, which runs along the harbor and features nearly a dozen inspiring works of art. FREE

31. Gather your friends and enjoy Kenosha Craft Beer Week at PUBLIC Craft Brewing Co. and more businesses, May 16-22. Prices vary

32. Golf nine holes for a deal after 4 p.m. Friday through Sunday and after 5:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday atPetrifying Springs Golf Course and Brighton Dale Links. $10

33. Between May and September, Bristol 45 Diner hosts a car show on the first, third, and fifth Monday evenings of the month. FREE

34. Hold on to your kite! It’s the Outta Sight Kite Flight, June 4-5. FREE

35. Admission is free to Richard Bong State Recreation Area on June 5 for the Family Nature Faire. FREE

36. Enjoy free cheese samples, along with free photo ops (i.e. giant outdoor sign, Isabella the 60-year-old cow, the giant mouse) at Mars’ Cheese Castle. FREE

37. Go Fish! For Free! No fishing licenses are needed June 4-5 in Wisconsin during Summer Free Fishing Weekend!FREE 

The Kenosha Electric Streetcar takes visitors on a tour through dwontown Kenosha.
The Kenosha Electric Streetcar takes visitors on a tour through downtown Kenosha.

38. Splish! Splash! Fly down the 200-foot long water slide at Washington Park Pool or Anderson Park Pool. $5 & under

39. Pretend it’s the 1950s as car hops serve you at Big Star Drive-In and The Spot Drive-In! Prices vary

40. Outdoor Music At The Lake I: Enjoy the Kenosha Pops on Wednesday evenings at the Sesquicentennial Bandshell, mid-June to early August. FREE

41. Outdoor Music At The Lake II: Experience the Twilight Jazz Concert Series on the lawn of Anderson Arts Center – June 28; July 5, 19, 26; and Aug 30. FREE

42. Outdoor Music At The Lake III: Peanut Butter & Jam concerts happen twice every Thursday, July 7 – Aug 25.FREE

43. Outdoor Music At The Lake IV: Enjoy a variety of music during Tuesdays At The Shell, July 12 – Aug 30. FREE

44. Uke’s Harley-Davidson is Wisconsin’s oldest H-D dealership. Explore its roots at their on-site museum! FREE

45. Celebrate some of the finest Civil War soldiers of the Midwest – the famous Iron Brigade. June 11-12 isSalute to Freedom. FREE

46. Take the family out to breakfast on the farm! TheKenosha County Dairy Breakfast is June 18. $6 & under

47.See the largest suspension staircase in the state – inside Kemper Center’s Durkee Mansion (open for tours, April – October). FREE

48. Visit Linnea Bakery in Downtown Kenosha or at its new second location inside Southwest Library for Scandinavian treats! Prices Vary

49. Pause and reflect at the Veteran’s Memorial Fountain and Lone Soldier Memorial at Veterans Memorial Park.FREE

50. On Saturday mornings, you can join the Bike Shop at Southport Rigging on its 26-mile Weekly Common Grounds Coffee Ride. FREE

Don’t forget to visit Kenosha, WI if you are driving along the Chi-Waukee corridor along I-94.

 

Hipmunk City Love: 12 Fun Activities in Houston for Those on a Budget

Blog Post Type: Planning a Trip to a City

If you’re visiting Houston and you need to stick to a tight budget, you don’t need to spend a lot of money to have a wonderful time. A number of destinations in Houston are free or low-cost.

1. Spend an evening under the stars watching classical music, ballet, dance, film, and more at Miller Outdoor Theater in Hermann Park. The events are free of charge, and BYOB is welcome.

2. Art enthusiasts can check out the Menil Collection. This art collection by philanthropists John and Dominique de Menil is a local treasure and one of the top free destinations in Houston. If eclectic, eccentric and surrealism captures your interest, the Menil Collection will satisfy your cravings.

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3. Go on a walk and talk while shopping for fresh produce at the Green Market in Discovery Green Park. If you are visiting in the spring or fall, come back in the evening to listen to live music in the amphitheater.

4. Enjoy a history lesson of the Port of Houston with a 90-minute boat tour. Visitors will see freighters and barges leave and arrive along the 50-mile channel. Reservations are required, but the tour is free.

5. Tour Houston using Houston Greeters. This unique tour offers insights from local residents as they take travelers to local attractions and cultural destinations. Do you need someone to jog with or play a round of golf? You may join a Houston Greeter to take part in various activities.

6. Do you love museums and the great outdoors? The Heritage Society is an outdoor interactive museum and park in Sam Houston Park. The Heritage Society educates and preserves Houston’s rich history through collections and exhibits.

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7. If the summer heat is getting to you while you explore Houston, make your way over to Gerald D. Hines Waterwall Park and cool off with the park’s architectural fountain, which pumps 78,500 gallons of water every three hours. This 3-acre park, surrounded by 186 oak trees, is perfect for an afternoon break.

8. If you’re hungry and don’t want to wait in lines for a meal, go to Doozo Dumplings and Noodles. The line moves quickly, so have your cash ready. Doozo’s is takeout only, so you’ll be in and out in no time to enjoy a classic Japanese meal.

9. Enjoy a $1 afternoon espresso Monday through Friday (4 to 7 p.m.) at Antidote Coffee House. Exposed brick walls, motley groupings of furniture and artwork, and rubberized concrete floors gives this coffee-house a homey feel for those seeking an eclectic getaway and a caffeine rush.

10. Houston will fulfill your sweet tooth with a variety of gourmet bakeries including The Chocolate Bar, Dessert Gallery, Pondicheri Bake Lab + Shop, and more. Don’t deny yourself a tasty sweet treat, especially when you know you’ll burn it off as you continue your city tour.

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11. To save money on Houston’s popular attractions, buy a CityPASS. This booklet of tickets costs $51 for adults or $41 for children. Each booklet has tickets for five attractions. Overall, the CityPASS will save you about half the regular prices you would normally spend.

12. Start your budget savings by staying in cheap hotels in Houston. Hotels are more expensive during the week, but rates go down over the weekend. Plan your travels right, and you’ll save a lot of money in America’s fourth-largest city.

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About the Writer

Tony is a freelance travel writer and photographer, roller coaster enthusiast and self-proclaimed Sudoku master. He’s based in the Midwest U.S. and blogs at The Walking Traveler. He is working with Hipmunk on their #HipmunkCityLove Project.

Venezia: Rejuvenation After a Day of Exploration, Hipmunk City Love Style

Venice is one of the world’s most romantic cities. She’s made up of 117 islands connected by more than 400 bridges. Walking and traveling via the canals are the best ways to traverse this historic island city. Her centuries-old Venetian Gothic architecture and art scene are two reasons to slow down and soak in all of her history. St. Mark’s Square in the center of the city is a hub for people to eat, people watch, and relax before, during and after a day of roaming Venice. With your feet sore and body achy after a day of walking Venice, head back to your hotel for pampering and revitalization for the next day’s exploration. Here are 5 spa hotels that will complement and balance your visit to Venezia.

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1. End your day exploring Venice a little early and head back to the Palace Bonvecchiati hotel and recharge your body in their spa. Detox in a sauna, steam bath, or a whirlpool. Massages and beauty treatments are available upon request. The spa is open from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., so plan accordingly.

2. Wellness at The Westin Europa & Regina, Venice extends beyond a regular spa. Guests can receive an in-room spa where a soothing atmosphere is created, starting with a spa basket that includes aromatherapy oils, music, flowers, a bottle of water and a snack. Finish off the evening with signature Heavenly Bath and White Tea Aloe bath amenities.

3. The Bauer Palladio Hotel & Spa is available to all Bauer hotel clients. The spa offers Spa Rituals for individuals and couples. The Ritual of Dreams, Hammam Ritual, and the “Me & You” Raspberry Wellness Treatment for couples offers various treatments, including Turkish baths, inhalation of balsamic essences, and a dip in the king size Jacuzzi. Individual treatments include massages, a detoxifying silk treatment, and application of volcanic clay. The spa menu is extensive and it has something for everyone.

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4. The Boscolo Venezia Spa and Well-Being Center’s beauty treatments cater to the health, diet and esthetic medicine of its clients. A tranquil atmosphere allows guests to relax while receiving one of many massages offered including a tension-relieving, relaxing massage, a draining massage that encourages lymphatic circulation, and a Quirgolf massage—a deep tissue massage ideal for soothing pain and soreness. Guests can also receive facials, body rubs, a vitamin scrub, and a marine algae wrap. The Boscolo Venezia, Autograph Collection provides luxury from head-to-toe.

5. Located on the private island of San Clemente, The St. Regis Venice San Clemente Palace is an island retreat that caters to the relaxation and rejuvenation of the traveler’s mind, body, and soul. Guests can stroll through the linden, cypress, and elm trees in the six hectares of gardens after a busy day of walking Venice’s streets. This private retreat has a swimming pool, a centuries-old park, and a church to renew wedding vows. If you are seeking privacy and intimacy, St. Regis Venice Clemente Palace is yours for the taking.

Enjoy walking Venice. Let your feet get a little sore and your body exhausted. Your spa retreat will be waiting with the professional caretakers ready to relax and revitalize you to walk the streets another day.

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About the Writer

Tony is a freelance travel writer and photographer, roller coaster enthusiast and self-proclaimed Sudoku master. He’s based in the Midwest U.S. and blogs at The Walking Traveler. He is working with Hipmunk on their #HipmunkCityLove Project.

Hipmunk City Love: 10 Spa Hotels in Barcelona to Soothe the Weary Traveler

Barcelona is the capital of Catalonia in Spain. It’s the largest metropolis on the Mediterranean and the sixth most populous urban area in the European Union. Barcelona is one of the world’s largest tourist centers, with dozens of landmark buildings, monuments, and museums to see. Many parks dot the area and the city has 3 miles of beaches on its coastline, including the world-famous Barcelona Beach. As the 10th most visited city in the world, travelers will experience a day full of crowds and by evening, they’ll want to relax. What better way than to relax than in a spa or sauna back at your hotel. Here are 10 spa and sauna hotels to soothe the weary traveler.

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1. The Fit and Spa Lounge inside the Pullman Barcelona Skipper applies Payot to restore harmony to your body. The Lounge includes two treatment cabinets, spa bath, steam bath, sauna, and other luxuries guaranteed to melt your tension away.

2. The Axel Hotel Barcelona & Urban Spa amenities include a health club, indoor and outdoor pool, and a steam room. Whether you are ending a day of sightseeing or working out, the Urban Spa will relax and rejuvenate your body from head to toe.

3. Pamper yourself with a swim in the pool followed by the services of hairdressers and massage. End the evening listening to live music in the piano bar with a cocktail and good conversation. This is the Eurostars Grand Marina.

4. The Gran Hotel Torre Catalunya has guests in a state of bliss with its sauna, spa tub, fitness club, steam room, full-service spa including treatment rooms, and a Turkish bath. Play hard during the day and let the hotel’s spa take care of you at night.

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5. Guests’ well-being is priority at Grand Hotel Central. Their Wellness Suite is a private massage room with qualified therapists ready to give a treatment that fits your needs. Check out the Thermal Suite for a 45-minute private steam and sauna experience.

6. The spa amenities at Grums Hotel includes a water circuit with jacuzzi, waterfall, swan-necks, a Finnish sauna, steam bath, and hammocks. Facial and body treatments are available upon request.

7. If you haven’t had enough of the Spanish sun, sit or lay out in the sun terrace at the Catalonia Barcelona Plaza. Other spa services include massage treatments, sauna, and solarium.

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8. On the 5th floor of the Silken Concordia Hotel you’ll find sunbeds, an outdoor swimming pool, jacuzzi, and sauna. The 5th floor also has a cocktail bar and mini-golf. If you have kids, take them to see the pirate’s treasure on the swimming pool terrace.

9. The spa at the Sallés Hotel Pere IV is a 120-square-metre oasis that includes a pool with cascades, jacuzzi, sauna, steam bath, and mist and sequential showers.

10. Relax your mind, body, and soul at the spa inside the Catalonia Ramblas. Spa amenities include a sauna, Turkish bath, and jacuzzi. Make an appointment for a cyclonic and aromatherapy showers or a massage cabin. With plenty of choices, guests will drift off to sleep in a state of bliss.

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About the Writer

Tony is a freelance travel writer and photographer, roller coaster enthusiast and self-proclaimed Sudoku master. He’s based in the Midwest U.S. and blogs at The Walking Traveler. He is working with Hipmunk on their #HipmunkCityLove Project.

8 Hotel Rooftop Bars and Restaurant Terraces in Rome

“Blog Post Type: Best Of List”

A long fruitful day of exploring Rome has come to an end. Visiting the Colosseum, St. Peter’s Basilica, and walking The Spanish Steps has left your feet sore, your body drained of energy, and your mind tired. The sun is a couple of hours away from setting. Hungry, thirsty, and unwilling to take your eyes off a Roman sunset? Then it’s time to relax, sip wine, feast on fruits, antipasto, and classic Italian entrée’s at some of Rome’s finest rooftop bars and terraces. With panoramic and unique views of Rome, there is no better way to end a day than from above. Here are 8 rooftop bars and terraces that offer some of the finest views of Rome at sunset.

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1. The Bramante terrace atop the Hotel Raphael-Relais & Chateaux offers the finest organic and natural cuisine. With views of Chiesa Santa Maria della Pace, Castel Sant’Angelo, and Piazza Venezia, your meal, location, and service is the epitome of good Italian living.

2. Bella Vista at Sofitel Rome Villa Borghese is open from morning until night. Start your day with a morning pastry and coffee, but end it with a spectacular view of the Villa Borghese and surrounding area while enjoying original cocktails and fine Italian cuisine.

3. Enjoy the finest Mediterranean cuisine at the rooftop La Terrazza dell’Eden in Hotel Eden. With a 360 degree view of Rome, diners will enjoy views of St. Peter’s, Piazza Venezia, and the towers of the Trinita del Monti. After dinner, end the evening with a cocktail at La Terrazza piano bar.

4. The Minerva Roof Garden at the Grand Hotel De La Minerve offers wonderful views of Rome’s spires and domes. Whether you start your day with breakfast in the roof garden or finish it with a drink and a golden sunset, the Minerva will relax your tension from a day of Roman exploration.

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5. With the Imperial Forum lit after an amazing Roman sunset, the Piazza Venezia across the way, and offering international cuisine using mostly organic ingredients produced in Italy, the Hotel Forum Restaurant atop Hotel Forum will help you unwind after a long day of fun and adventure.

6. Depending on your budget, you can splurge at the elegant and expensive Mirabelle Restaurant or settle for drinks at the American Bar at Hotel Splendide Royal. Whatever choice you make, you’ll have fantastic views of Pinciana hill, Palazzo Medici, and St. Peter’s Basilica.

7. La Pergola Restaurant in the Rome Cavalieri, Waldorf Astoria has a wine cellar with over 60,000 bottles, 29 choices of water and offers the best olive oils and balsamic vinegar from the top producers in Italy. Coupled with panoramic views, La Pergola provides culinary excellence unmatched in the eternal city.

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8. Lovers of Champagne will enjoy Champagnerie ai Limoni Terrace at the Grand Hotel Plaza. Plan accordingly as this tiny terrace only offers champagne on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday evenings from 6 p.m. to midnight.

A relaxing evening at any of these rooftop bars and restaurant terraces will find visitors engaged in conversations, dining on fine cuisine, and sipping on the finest cocktails. Most importantly, guests have unprecedented views of Rome at sunset where fears, stresses, and tension melt away.

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About the Writer

Tony is a freelance travel writer and photographer, roller coaster enthusiast and self-proclaimed Sudoku master. He’s based in the Midwest U.S. and blogs at The Walking Traveler. He is working with Hipmunk on their #HipmunkCityLove Project.

Hipmunk City Love: Inexpensive Exploration of Philadelphia

Philadelphia is synonymous with freedom, liberty, and modern-day American democracy. Known as the “City of Brotherly Love” and referred to by many as “Philly,” Philadelphia played an important role in the Revolutionary War. The first Continental Congress convened here, and the Declaration of Independence and U.S. Constitution, written in the hallowed halls of late 18th-century buildings by America’s founding fathers, are the documents that gave birth to a nation. Ben Franklin is the city’s most famous citizen and The Liberty Bell its iconic symbol representing American independence. Philly’s history runs deep with a lot to see and learn about U.S. history, but there is more to this city than meets the eye.

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Dozens of Movies Shaped Philly’s Image

Hollywood loves Philly. Comedies, dramas, and love stories have shown different sides of Philadelphia’s beliefs and way of life. From The Philadelphia Story (1940) to Trading Places (1983) to Silver Linings Playbook (2012), landmarks used in films have become cultural icons and show the city’s personality. The most famous landmark are the steps at the Philadelphia Museum of Art that Rocky Balboa first ran up in Rocky (1976). Former City Commerce Director Dick Doran noted that Stallone and Rocky did more for the city’s image than anyone else since the days of Ben Franklin.

Philadelphians Love Their Food Scene

Many foods have originated or are deeply associated with Philadelphia. The Philly cheesesteak (sliced beef with melted cheese on an Italian roll) and the hoagie (meats, cheeses, lettuce, tomatoes, and onions on Italian bread) are two sandwiches created in Philly on a whim for hungry workers. The hoagie, named the official sandwich of Philly in 1992, has become a worldwide phenomenon. If you are feeling hungry and want finger food to munch on while walking around the city, soft pretzels sold by vendors on street corners will fill your hunger pangs. Other delectable finger foods unique to Philly include funnel cakes, peanut chews, and Irish potato candy – a coconut cream filling rolled in cinnamon.

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Philly Arts and Attractions on the Cheap

Much of Philadelphia’s art scene does not require you to reach into your pocket. With the largest public arts display in the nation thanks in part to the Mural Arts program, travelers can tour all outside art free of charge. The program has worked effectively to stop graffiti while turning the sides of buildings into art pieces. Another art highlight includes the glass mosaics spread throughout the city. Keep your eyes open if you are near South Street, east of Broad Street, for a sampling.

For a nominal fee, explore Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens. This gallery is a nonprofit space covering a half city block that is home to found objects and contributions from the community. With an indoor mosaic gallery and an outdoor labyrinth mosaic sculpture, guests will walk away more educated on folk, mosaic, and visionary art.

Philadelphia is a very walkable city. There are “Walk! Philadelphia” signs placed all over, guiding visitors to attractions, restaurants, and cultural landmarks. Walk out of one of the hotels in Philadelphia, grab some street food, find a sign, and explore Philly.

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About the Writer

Tony is a freelance travel writer and photographer, roller coaster enthusiast and self-proclaimed Sudoku master. He’s based in the Midwest U.S. and blogs at The Walking Traveler. He is working with Hipmunk on their #HipmunkCityLove Project.

 

Hipmunk City Love Orlando: 8 Spa Hotels for Relaxation After a Day in the Sun

Orlando, FL is one of the world’s top travel destinations for families. Adults love the warm weather and kids enjoy spending time at Walt Disney World, Epcot Center, Universal’s Islands of Adventure, SeaWorld Orlando, and Universal Studio’s Orlando. There is nothing better for a parent than seeing a smile on their child’s face. But after a long day playing on the kid’s stage, parents are ready for relaxation and downtime. Orlando has amazing spa and sauna hotels to sooth mom and dad after a long day in the sun. Here are 8 spa and sauna hotels to rejuvenate every parent.

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1. A stay at the Universal’s Lowes Royal Pacific Resort will give guests access to the Mandara Spa. Relax and recharge in one of the 14 treatment rooms before going to the Wantilan Luau.

2. The Poseidon Spa inside the Grand Bohemian Orlando, Autograph Collection offers massages from its Jewels of the Sea Collection. Other amenities offered by Poseidon include body wraps, body scrubs, couples massage, facials, and in-suite massages. The Poseidon Spa is perfect for couples to indulge after a long day with the kids.

3. Select Massage, Inc. inside The Florida Hotel and Conference Center offers luxurious spas including a Swedish and sports massage. After a long day in meetings or at a theme park, a reflexology session is a perfect way to end the day. Romantic couple’s massages are available as well.

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4. With only 17 rooms at The Eo Inn And Spa Hotel, guests experience special pampering and extra attention. Surrounded by a quiet atmosphere and tranquil environment, travelers can receive facials, massages, and body treatments at this posh hotel.

5. The kids can get in on the action at The Seasons A Two Bedroom by swimming in the kids pool as mom and dad enjoy the outdoor pool and hot tub. A sauna is also available for further pampering.

6. Rock ‘n’ Roll is here to stay. When guests stay at Universal’s Hard Rock Hotel,  they will enjoy an exciting swim in the outdoor pool and a relaxing time in the sauna. Of course this comes after playing air guitar and rockin’ out to great music.

7. Whether in town for a conference or leisure, the Sheraton Orlando North Hotel offers a fitness room, outdoor pool, and spa tub. Conveniently located north of Orlando, the Sheraton Orlando North Hotel allows travelers to get away for a while from the hustle and bustle of the theme parks.

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8. Universal’s Lowes Portofino Bay Hotel has three themed pools on its property including one with a water slide that looks like a Roman aqueduct. The Portofino also has a fitness center and a steam and sauna room to relax in after a jog or walk around the property’s walking path.

Orlando is a giant playground for children and adults. Staying young at heart is essential to longevity and happiness. After a day of playing in the sun with your children, enter into a state of relaxed bliss in a spa and sauna hotel in and around Mickey’s paradise.

About the Writer

Tony is a freelance travel writer and photographer, roller coaster enthusiast and self-proclaimed Sudoku master. He’s based in the Midwest U.S. and blogs at The Walking Traveler. He is working with Hipmunk on their #HipmunkCityLove Project.

Chi-Town: A Few of the Lesser Known Places

“Blog Post Type: Cities Less Traveled”

Chicago has many nicknames known throughout the world, all being embraced by the locals. “Second City” (the locals will say no way to being second except for the comedy troupe), “Chi-Town,” “Chicagoland” (inclusion of the suburbs), “Hog Butcher to the World,” and “The Windy City” (because of the weather, the World’s Fair of 1890, the rivalry with Cincinnati in the 1860’s and ’70’s, or the long-winded politicians? It’s up to you, the reader, to decide).

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No matter the nickname, Chicagoans are hard-working, extremely passionate about their city, and very welcoming to everyone. Imagine a heartwarming welcome of relatives into your home – this is Chicago to the rest of the world. Many outsiders are familiar with Chicago’s sports teams, its skyscrapers, and geography along Lake Michigan. Deep dish pizza, Chicago-style hot dogs, and Italian beef sandwiches are masterpieces of the city’s food scene. Made up of 77 different neighborhoods, Chicago offers so much more than just these well-known foods and attractions. Here are some experiences locals would encourage travelers to engage in while in Chi-Town.

Street Scenes and Markets

Chicago is host to year-round cultural events, festivals, street markets, and street fairs. Famous among them are Taste of Chicago, the St. Patrick’s Day Parade with the annual green dying of the Chicago River, and the Chicago Blues Festival. These special events last no longer than a few days up to a week in any given year. For a year round festival celebration look no further than the Randolph Street Market.

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This European style indoor-outdoor market is an umbrella host to the Indie Designer Market, Modern Vintage Chicago, Chicago Antique Market, and the Holiday Market. Dubbed “the mecca of cool,” “the best hot spot for antiquing,” and “the best Chicago venue for people watching,” the Randolph Street Market is the place to see and be seen in Chicago. If you want to shop, eat, drink, and browse on the last Saturday and Sunday of every month, you’ve come to the right place. Dozens of vendors, thousands of collectibles, live music, and some of Chicago’s finest food served all within a few blocks is a party worthy of attending.

Chicago is Picnic Friendly

The Osaka Garden (a short walk south of the Museum of Science and Industry), Lincoln Park Conservatory, Grant Park, and Chicago Lake Front Path are just a few places to enjoy a summer picnic. But if you are traveling to Chicago and will be spending time in the Loop, head over to Millennium Park. Pack a picnic basket full of your favorite goodies (don’t forget a bottle of wine and glasses), spread out a blanket, and enjoy free music at Pritzker Pavilion. After the sun goes down, music lovers are surrounded by lights from some of Chicago’s famous skyscrapers with the stars shining from above. There is no better place for a picnic in Chicago than here.

Pritzker Pavilion

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Staying at the La Quinta Inn & Suites Chicago Downtown offers easy access to all of Chicago’s attractions, both big and small. Whether bar hopping, museum trekking or restaurant crawling, staying in the heart of the financial district will put you in the center of one of the most diverse cities in the world.

About the Writer

Tony is a freelance travel writer and photographer, roller coaster enthusiast and self-proclaimed Sudoku master. He’s based in the Midwest U.S. and blogs at The Walking Traveler. He is working with Hipmunk on their #HipmunkCityLove Project.

 

Hipmunk City Love: 6 Luxury Bangkok Hotels at Budget Prices for the Smart Traveler

Blog Post Type: Summary of a City Guide

Vibrant street life, cultural landmarks, and a growing market for arts, entertainment, and fashion make Bangkok a top international destination for travelers. Located on the Gulf of Thailand, Bangkok has plenty of budget hotels allowing travelers to pocket more money. There is no way anyone would want to spend their entire time in Bangkok in their hotel room when there are many cultural sites, events, and attractions to see and experience. Book cheap, drop your bags, grab your necessary gear, and hit the streets for an amazing journey through this thriving city. Here are 6 budget friendly hotels in Bangkok.

The Golden Temple

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1. The Grand Sukhumvit Hotel Bangkok is a modern hotel only one block away from the Skytrain. Luxurious to the eyes and friendly to wallet, The Grand Sukhumvit is within walking distance of Bangkok’s energetic nightlife and market stalls. The hotel is a 30-minute walk from Lumphini Park where travelers can get access to boat rentals on the artificial lake.

2. Located in the heart of Bangkok, the Baiyoke Sky Hotel Bangkok is within walking distance of Pratunam Market and Platinum Fashion Mall. If you are in the mood to see ancient Thai antiques including 4000 year old pottery, the Suan Pakkad Palace is close to the hotel. Your money will go a long way in Thailand while staying at the Baiyoke.

3. The Patpong Night Market is a shopping destination conveniently located by the Anantara Bangkok Sathorn. This infamous market in Bangkok’s nightlife district offers goods in which one should bargain hard. With money saved by staying at the Anantara and a travelers ability to negotiate prices while shopping, you’ll easily make your money last longer.

Bangkok

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4. If you are looking for a hotel in the heart of Bangkok that has a great price and in a quiet place with access to the vibrant culture of Thailand, then The Citrus Sukhumvit 13 Bangkok is the hotel for you. Modern amenities coupled with a fantastic location and cheap rooms makes the Citrus 13 a perfect place to relax after a day of sightseeing and shopping.

5. The Royal Princess Larn Luang is a boutique hotel in the old district of Bangkok. The hotel is nearby centuries-old canals, ancient temples, the Temple of the Emerald Buddha, and the Grand Palace. After a day of exploring and learning about ancient Thailand tradition and history, travelers can come back to the Royal Princess and relax in the pool or grab a drink in the Lobby Bar.

Thailand

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6. Hotel De Moc is near the Wat Bowonniwet Vihara Buddhist Temple in the Phra Nakhon district and close to the Temple of the emerald Buddha. Bangkok has plenty of sites to see and the Hotel De Moc is a perfect place to rest and recharge along with having peace of mind knowing you are saving money on your hotel stay.

Bangkok is abundant with inexpensive hotels featuring luxury flare and modern amenities. With ancient temples, palaces, historic landmarks, and a vibrant street scene, Bangkok is a city to experience outside a hotel. Stay inexpensively, splurge intelligently.

About the Writer

Tony is a freelance travel writer and photographer, roller coaster enthusiast and self-proclaimed Sudoku master. He’s based in the Midwest U.S. and blogs at The Walking Traveler. He is working with Hipmunk on their #HipmunkCityLove Project.

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