Located in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Asheville, N.C., is a smart pick for those on a shoestring. With a busy downtown and access to hostels, camping and plenty of trails, Asheville is a fun, mid-sized city with lots of Appalachian charm.
Waking up at Sweet Peas Hostel is a great place to start a day in Asheville, where comfortable private “pods” cost only $35 a night. From there, stroll over to Malaprops cafe and bookstore for a “Rocket Surgery”— one of their specialty drinks made with macadamia nut mocha ($4.25).
For architecture buffs, just walking along the city streets can be its own reward in Asheville. The town boasts one of the most fantastic collections of Art Deco-style buildings in the country. Asheville residents play up the genteel, old-fashioned feel and there are a number of vintage boutiques where you can spend the cash you saved by staying at a hostel.
Snag a fried green tomato sandwich at the Sunny Point Cafe ($9.50) and get ready to explore one last place in Asheville that’s completely free: the beautiful Smoky Mountains. Several scenes from The Hunger Games were filmed in the area, and fans can visit recognizable locations at Triple Falls and DuPont State Forest.
Streets lined with festive holiday lights and decorations is a tell-tale sign the holidays are right around the corner. My favorite holiday tradition is going to Shady Brook Farm in Yardley, Pennsylvania, and driving through the Holiday Light Show. My family and I have gone pretty much every year since I was a little girl.
Bleisure — it’s a term we’re all familiar with these days. After all, millennials drive the rising trend, combining business and leisure trips regularly. Take a few days to decompress in a new destination after a hectic schedule of meetings and business.
Norwegian Cruise Line’s newest ship is here! Anyone who follows the cruise industry can tell you the timeline between when a ship is announced to when it is open for passengers is a lengthy one, taking years and spanning different milestones. Norwegian Cruise Line’s newest ship, Encore, recently passed another major milestone when it departed Meyer Werft shipyard in Germany to sail toward its next destination, through to its recent christening and subsequent sailings.