In a few short months, Walt Disney World is unveiling its most ambitious hotel venture yet. The Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser is a two-night experience aboard the lavish starcruiser Halcyon. It allows its guests to live out their wildest Star Wars dreams in a fully immersive experience. However, you don’t have to drop $6,000 for an incredible Star Wars adventure if you’re planning on visiting Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida.

The United States is a massive country with a vast array of cultures, ecosystems, and historical landmarks. With so much happening in such a large country, it’s hard to decide where to go. The best places to visit in the USA are subjective. Those who travel because they love art may not enjoy the thrills Orlando offers. Foodies might not be interested in the vast network of national parks in the United States.

Traveling and even living in a recreational vehicle (RV) has exploded in popularity over the past few years. While RVing has been popular for a while, the pandemic kicked RVing into high gear. A survey by the RV Industry Association in 2020 reported that 20% of respondents became more interested in RVing due to the pandemic. With travel shut down or restricted, people turned to camping and traveling in RVs as a way to get out while remaining socially distanced.

If you’ve ever dreamed of being a part of Hallmark Channel’s holiday movie magic, now’s your chance! For seven weeks this holiday season, you can step into the charm and cheer of your very Countdown to Christmas resort room. Together with the Hallmark Channel, Club Wyndham has transformed three rooms in their New York City, Nashville, and Vail resorts into real-life Countdown to Christmas wonderland.

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Make sure you pack all your favorite seasonal outfits, as you’ll be staying in the perfect Instagram-able suite busting with holiday decor as well as a floor-to-ceiling backdrop from iconic Hallmark channel movie scenes. Rooms will also include a destination guide featuring holiday experiences so guests won’t miss out on a single seasonal moment on their vacation.

A Classic New York City Christmas

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There’s special holiday magic in Manhattan, and this suite in Midtown puts visitors in the center of it all.  Club Wyndham Midtown 45 is within walking distance to the Holiday Train Show at Grand Central Terminal and the iconic Chrysler Building. In addition, times Square, Rockefeller Center’s Christmas Tree, Ice Rink, and The Rockette’s Christmas Spectacular at Radio City Music Hall are all a short subway or taxi ride away.

A Room Filled with Magic

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After exploring the city, you’ll have a spacious suite to relax in at the end of the day. Kids of all ages can mail a letter to Santa and play a game of Monopoly: Hallmark Channel Holiday Edition. All suites bring extra holiday magic with the press of a button. Guest can customize the room scent from a selection of seasonal favorites and have their own tree lighting ceremony.

A Seasonal Santa Suite

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This one-of-a-kind resort room combines the joy and magic of Countdown to Christmas with the holiday’s hero, Santa. From thoughtful decor to a Santa Suit in the closet to the ultimate hot cocoa bar with every hot chocolate ingredient you could want, it’s a magical space. In addition, parents can enjoy special Hallmark Channel wine to toast this once-in-a-lifetime experience. 

Christmas In Every Corner

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“You know, one thing about Hallmark Christmas movies is that there’s Christmas in every frame of the movie.  There’s Christmas in every corner in these suites too, ” said Holly Robinson Peete, Star and Executive Producer of Hallmark Countdown to Christmas movies. “There was a warmth as soon as I walked in the door, and all I wanted to do was curl up and drink some hot chocolate or some Hallmark wine.”

Celebrate a County Christmas in Nashville

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A top global travel destination, no one does a country Christmas like the county music capital of the world. Club Wyndham Nashville resort is in the heart of Tennessee’s Music Valley. You’re close enough to shows at the Grand Ole Opry and downtown’s live music venues, but in the serene countryside to relax at night. 

Cozy Christmas Cottage Feel

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This one-bedroom condo is decorated with turquoise and plaid holiday accents throughout. With country holiday songs pre-loaded in the room’s entertainment center, grab a glass of Jingle Cabernet from Hallmark Channel Wines and sing along on the in-room karaoke machine. At the end of the day, you can decorate gingerbread cookies in your suite’s fully-stocked holiday kitchen.

Surprise a Super-Fan in Your Life

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Surprise a loved one with a themed holiday getaway this holiday season. Imagine a superfan’s reaction when they walk through the door into this unique hotel room.

“My favorite moment when I shoot  Hallmark Christmas movies is to walk onto the set for the first time. I immediately walk into a Christmas wonderland. It’s the same feeling as I had when I walked into this beautiful suite,” said Holly Robinson Peete, Star and Executive Producer of Hallmark Countdown to Christmas movies.

Snowy Mountain Christmas in Colorado

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Located across from Beaver Creek Ski Resort in stunning Avon, guests can explore all the winter mountain activities Colorado is known for. From skiing, snowboarding, skating, and even taking a sleigh ride, you’ll make memories to last a lifetime.

Enjoy a Snowy Stay in Style

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Back in your Countdown to Christmas room, you can thaw out in front of the in-room fireplace, sip hot cocoa and make the ultimate s’mores. Relax and watch the snow graphics swirl across the ceiling in the ultimate Snowy Mountain holiday suite.

Snowy Seasonal Family Fun 

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After dinner, binge-watch your favorites from the Hallmark Channel holiday movie collection, with all the popcorn and candy to match. Then, while your family or friends are distracted, launch a surprise attack from the snowball-filled shower. 

Sleep in a Countdown to Christmas Set

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“I think when guests walk into these suites, they’re going to feel like they are on the set of an actual Hallmark Christmas movie,” said Holly Robinson Peete, Star and Executive Producer of Hallmark Countdown to Christmas movies. “It’s going to bring people, I think, a sense of joy and happiness and a true spirit of the holidays.

Spread Out in These Condo Resort Rooms

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The three suites feature all of the amenities vacation clubs are known for, such as kitchens for cookie making and separate living and dining spaces adorned with festive décor. These one-of-a-kind rooms also include an ornament crafting station, gingerbread house kits, and wrapped presents under Christmas trees. But is the biggest gift of all private sleeping areas and room for your group to spread out?

Take Hallmark Movie Magic Home

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Travelers who book a stay at one of these unique Club Wyndham rooms will bring the Christmas Countdown magic alive at home. Guests will receive a gift basket including a Hallmark Keepsake ornament, Hallmark Channel wine, a Hallmark Channel Monopoly game set, Hallmark holiday cards, and more. 

Countdown to Booking

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Starting November 1st at 9 a.m EST. , you can book a 2 or 3-night stay running from November 12th to January 1st in one of three custom-styled suites by the Hallmark Channel’s head of design. Each of these one-bedroom condos at popular Wyndham Resorts gives a nod to fan-favorite moments and details from Hallmark’s holiday movies and start at $295 a night.   If you’re a Club Wyndham timeshare owner, you can exchange into one of these suites on select dates throughout November and December.

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Traveling is supposed to be fun, but it can also be time-consuming and overwhelming. The travel checklist can feel endless, from packing to booking flights, dealing with airports, and finding suitable hotels. Traveling during covid has just made planning a trip even more complicated, with testing and entry requirements changing by the day. Luckily there are some incredible travel apps to make these tasks more manageable for you!

The Finger Lakes is an area in northwestern New York filled with beauty and many things to do during any season. But there are especially appealing must-do activities in the Finger Lakes during spring, summer, and fall.

The leading lakes you’ll hear discussed repeatedly are Seneca, Keuka, and Cayuga, and the popular towns include Corning, Watkins Glen, Elmira, Seneca Falls, Ithaca, and Hammondsport.

Here are some ideas to spark motivation to travel there.

1. Visit the Corning Museum of Glass

One of the best museums we’ve ever been to is in Corning, New York. The subject: Glass, including information and pieces to show how it has changed over thousands of years and how techniques and technology have changed over time.

It’s astonishing to see the stunning pieces artists have created that are on display here. They also hold demonstrations throughout the day, and you can sign up to make your piece at the Corning Museum of Glass too.

2. Go on a Seaplane Adventure

When you’re around many Finger Lakes, opportunities to go on the water are plentiful. But have you thought about what it would be like to land on the water from the air? Finger Lakes Seaplanes make it possible, and it’s one of the most fun things to do in Hammondsport.

Sign up for a flight aboard a small seaplane, which seats about four to five people. Take a journey above Keuka Lake, then land on it! The aerial views will be unique, and the entire experience will last about an hour.

3. Stay at a Historic Hotel

The Park Inn has been around since the 1830s. It’s in the center of Hammondsport and is a very charming and a great place to stay. Book one of the Inn’s suites quickly because there are only a handful!

4. Picnic in the Park Inn, Hammondsport Square

If the weather is nice, pack a picnic or get take out from a nearby restaurant for a picnic in the park in Hammondsport, just in front of the Park Inn. This square patch of land with fluffy green grass displays beautiful Cherry Blossoms in the spring. Its central gazebo is great for taking photos.

Bring a blanket to sit on the grass or find a seat on a park bench to enjoy your lunch.

5. Go Fall Leaf Peeping

The Finger Lakes is a gorgeous area for fall Leaf Peeping, as it’s called. Its cities are blanketed in attractive colors as the leaves change from green to oranges, reds, and yellows during autumn.

Depending on the weather, peak season could occur during September or October.

6. Go on a Glider Plane

Unlike a motorized seaplane or airplane you’d fly on a commercial flight, a glider is a mode of flying without a motor. Instead, a lead plane flies the glider up in the air, attached to a cable. And then, at a certain height, the cable is freed from the glider. That allows the plane to fly through the sky silently.

One of the most exciting things to do in the Finger Lakes is taking a glider at the National Soaring Museum in Chemung County, near Elmira.

Don’t worry about learning how to fly because you don’t pilot the plane! A Harris Hill Soaring Corporation member does that while you ride behind the pilot in your seat, enjoying it all.

7. Stay at a Waterfront Hotel

The Harbor Hotel in Watkins Glen is a charming waterfront hotel that is the perfect location for a romantic getaway or family overnight.

Its harbor view is filled with boats of all kinds. Inside, you’ll find spacious, clean rooms, a cozy lounge near the lobby, and several restaurant and bar options.

8. Take a Sunset Sail

Consider a sunset sail aboard True Love on Seneca Lake, especially if you’ll be at the Harbor Hotel in Watkins Glen. This historic sailboat accommodates multiple passengers.

Aboard, you’ll find they have beverages and snacks if you want to enhance your memorable sail around the lake during “golden hour” just before sunset into dusk.

9. Walk Main Street in Corning

Corning’s main avenue in their downtown area is a charming street to walk along. Grab an ice cream or go antique shopping between grabbing drinks or great meals at one of Main Street’s restaurants.

10. Spend Some Time at the Rockwell Museum

Corning’s Rockwell Museum isn’t named for the famous painter yet has plenty of renowned artists in it!

The Rockwell family started this museum in Corning’s former city hall. It’s where you’ll find a lot of art pieces about the American experience, including fantastic paintings and sculptures highlighting Native Americans. You can easily spend an hour or two here.

11. Go Wine Tasting

The Finger Lakes is known for its wine! They have three wine trails you can follow to hit up a few spots along the Finger Lakes’ great cities. There is something for every wine drinker, whether you like white, red, or rose.

Finger Lakes Wine Trails are available to follow around Keuka Lake, Cayuga Lake, and Seneca Lake.

12. Enjoy the Views at a Vineyard

Even if you don’t enjoy wine, there are gorgeous views at many Finger Lakes wineries. That is especially true if it’s summer or early fall when vines bloom and grapes grow in the vineyards.

Don’t miss Heron Hill Winery in Hammondsport for its impressive building and the views.

13. Take a Vineyard Tour

If you’re interested in understanding how wine is made, from grapes to glass, then look into a vineyard tour. Try Atwater Vineyards near Watkins Glen for both the view and their tours.

14. Visit a Distillery

If spirits are more of your thing or you enjoy seeing how they make them, consider visiting one of the Finger Lakes’ distilleries. Sign up for a tour, and then try some in a tasting room.

15. Craft Your Adventure with the Southern Finger Lakes Breweries App

Rounding out your adult-beverage options in the Finger Lakes is beer! Be sure to check out the Craft Your Adventure breweries app to find breweries and cideries, from Corning to Watkins Glen and beyond.

16. Go Kayaking on the Chemung River

You can get excellent exercise kayaking in the Finger Lakes. Paddle around one of the lakes in the early morning or before sunset to enjoy cooler temperatures (especially if you paddle out during summer). Don’t forget your sunscreen and sunglasses!

17. See Waterfalls

There are loads of waterfalls to enjoy in the Finger Lakes! Some you need to hike to see, and others are roadside. The best time to go isn’t perhaps during heavy rain, but just afterward when the water is gushing!

18. Visit Watkins Glen State Park

One of the most beautiful state parks we’ve ever been to is in the Finger Lakes. Their state park has waterfalls and rock formations and is an incredibly romantic destination in Watkins Glen. It’s all simple to hike, too, suitable for any easy-to-moderate hiker.

19. See a Nascar Race at Watkins Glen International

The history of racing in Watkins Glen dates back to the mid-20th century. It’s still a happening activity there today, where there is a track that hosts Nascar races.

If a race isn’t happening on the speedway when you’re in town, consider signing up to drive the track yourself!

20. Visit the Glenn H. Curtiss Museum

Visiting the Glenn H. Curtiss Museum is undoubtedly a must-do activity during a trip to Hammondsport in the Finger Lakes. We learned so much about the advancement of airplanes, especially which directly ties into the Wright Brothers’ history in North Carolina.

Glenn H. Curtiss played a significant role in advancing transportation at the turn of the 19th century. He was an inventor who enjoyed building different bicycles, motorized bicycles (aka: motorcycles), and airplanes. Learn all about it in the museum named after him.

21. Flashback to the 1960s at Maybe Baby Burgers

If you love decades past, Maybe Baby Burgers will be a blast. Their black and white checked floor is the first thing you notice as you enter this unassuming roadside restaurant near the Curtiss Museum. Their menu is extensive and includes everything from burgers to salads, chicken sandwiches, milkshakes, and more.

The memorabilia inside is kitschy yet cute, with poodle skirts on the wall, Saddle Shoes on the ceiling, and old movies playing on two screens. They have outdoor and indoor seating, where you can hear tunes from the era playing over the restaurant’s speakers.

22. Get Ice Cream at a Traditional Ice Cream Parlor

You can still see the ice cream bar as soon as you walk into Crooked Lake Ice Cream Company.

It’s a great place to get a cup or a cone of ice cream to enjoy inside or take on a walk through Hammondsport. They make all their ice cream in-house and have creative flavors as well as classics.

They also have a full breakfast and lunch menu at Crooked Lake Ice Cream Company. So if you’re hungry for more than ice cream, or you are craving something savory, this is the ideal spot to visit in Hammondsport, in the Finger Lakes.

23. Treat Yourself to a Nice Dinner

A must in any location for us is to treat ourselves to at least one “fancy” meal during our stay. That’s why a must-do in the Finger Lakes was an indulgent meal.We headed to the Park Inn restaurant for craft cocktails and finger-licking food. If you stay at the Park Inn, you will only have to travel downstairs for this memorable meal.

24. Listen to a Concert at Point of the Bluff

Point of the Bluff Vineyards is excellent for wine tastings (and local cheese to go with it if you’re peckish), but it’s also an event space.

The most popular events they hold are concerts. Consider looking into their concert schedule if you’re looking for things to do in the Finger Lakes. It’s a quick drive from the Park Inn.

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You work hard, and you play harder. How about a trip to Florida? Unlike any other place, Florida has beautiful beaches and state parks, fun shopping, big farms, thrill-seeking amusement parks, and more. There’s clearly something for everyone. Check out this list of 34 things to do in Florida.

Do you love taking vacations but hate packing? Well, you’re not alone! A recent OnePoll survey found that 65% of people have a difficult time packing for trips. With 33% of people packing their bags only 24 hours before their trip, it is easy to see why two-thirds of people overpack their suitcase, one-third still forget to pack something! One way to alleviate some of that travel-related stress is to be prepared by using a travel checklist or two. Doing so will help to ensure you pack what you need (without forgetting anything) and are prepared before you leave on your trip.