Divine Destinations Explores Two Must See Maine Attractions

Divine Destinations Explores Two Must See Maine AttractionsMaine is a coastal state on the Atlantic coast of the United States. Northernmost and easternmost state in the region it is famous for its history and its coastal scenery as well as its fine dining. Before the arrival of the French and English in the 1600’s, this area, like many others, was settled by local native tribes, in this case the Algonquians. Torn apart by war between the first and the new residents, Maine was settled very slowly. Today, Maine ranks as one of the least populous, smallest and safest states in the country. Home to vast unspoiled natural areas in addition to many historic sites and attractions, Maine is a great place to spend some time of the east coast.

While Portland and the Kennebunks may be the most well known regions, they are just the beginning. One of the many reasons to visit this region is the natural bounty found in its state and national parks including our number one must see attraction, Acadia National Park.

Considered one of the most beautiful areas in the state and indeed the country, this 30,000 acre national park offers visitors 41 miles of coastal views, 110 miles of trails to hike and more than 45 miles of carriage roads as well. Host of close to 2 million visitors a year, it is most well known for its views as well as its diverse wildlife.

A coastal state, Maine is home to many historic sites of interest relating to shipping, hunting and bounty which brings us to our second must see attraction, Maine’s lighthouses. Home to over 60 lighthouses, many are open to visitors throughout the summer season and tell the story of the sailors who both one and lost their battle with the sea and a rough coast. Many of these lighthouses are located on islands off the coast making them a great way to get out and explore the nearby coastal sites as well.

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Divine Destinations Travel Club Visits Tallinn

Divine Destinations Travel Club Visits TallinnAn ancient city, Tallinn is an area of just over 61 square miles with a population of over 430,000 residents today. First known as Reval, Tallinn dates back almost 1,000 years ago however, evidence of human settlement in the area dates back well over 5,000 years. An important port for trade between the Scandinavian people and the Russians, this region was highly sought after and saw many battles and changes of power throughout history.

Home to many attractions in and around the city, by far the most popular area of interest is Tallinn’s UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Old Town. The origins of this part of the city of Tallinn date back as far back as the 13th century when the castle was built by the crusading knights of the Teutonic Order. Developed over time, this historic area demonstrates the power and wealth of the region throughout its history and has survived despite numerous wars and fires.

An exceptional example of an almost completely preserved medieval city in Northern Europe on the Baltic Sea, this area was named for its significance in terms of the trading period between the 13th and 16th centuries as well as its many historic structures. From its twisting cobblestone streets and ancient iron street lamps to its Gothic spires and ancient markets, the Old Town is home to many of the area’s most iconic and popular destinations for travel.

Be sure to check out the Tallinn Card when you travel to find out if it is right for you and don’t miss these other amazing sites including:

  • Epping Tower
  • Dominican Monastery
  • Danish King’s Garden
  • Cathedral of Saint Mary the Virgin

Tallinn is a town with a history of division. From upper town to lower town, Tallinn’s upper town was home to the rich and the lower town was for the poor. Today, the upper and lower towns still present unique perspectives and sites of interest for visitors.

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Divine Destinations VI Explores Vermont In Spring

Divine Destinations VI Explores Vermont In SpringThe Mad River Valley is a year-round recreation hub for downhill skiing, snowboarding, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, hiking, biking, cycling, mountain biking, canoeing, kayaking, bird watching, fishing, horseback riding, soaring, golf and tennis. It is tucked between two fabulous mountain resorts, Sugarbush and Mad River Glen in Vermont it is most well known for its skiing but continues to grow in popularity for year round travel.

Mad River Glen and Sugarbush offer an abundance of terrain and superiority that is unparalleled in the East. There are three distinct ski areas that offer 155 trails and a total of 7,050 vertical feet. Mad River Glen is renowned for their trails, which are reserved exclusively for skiers. Sugarbush Lincoln Peak is home to the legendary Castlerock area, a half-pipe, and terrain park. Sugarbush Mt. Ellen offers both challenging steeps and long, uninterrupted cruising runs for skiers and boarders alike. Bountiful amounts of natural snowfall, extensive snowmaking, high elevation, and ideal orientation give the Valley one of the longest ski seasons in New England. This area is not just for outdoor winter sports though, as it’s a wonderful place to visit any time of year for plentiful outdoor activities. In spring, the green returns and the area comes to life with world class golf at Robert Trent Jones Sr. Sugarbush masterpiece, hiking, lift ride, mountain biking, disc golf, zip lines swimming and even a bungee trampoline. Spring and summer events including the BrewGrass Festival in June, amazing July 4th events throughout the region and the Vermont Quilt Festival area just a taste of this entire world class destination has to offer.

If you are looking for a place to stay try a typical east coast B & B. There is no better way to immerse yourself in the beautiful and picturesque surroundings that this area offers. The Weathertop Mountain Inn is not your typical country inn. Behind the deceptively simple cedar-planked facade of their contemporary post & beam, guests will enjoy thoughtful amenities and warm, attentive service from the resident innkeepers. Eight tastefully decorated guest rooms feature private baths, plush bedding and linens, all of the comforts of home and more. Relax in their spacious great room by the beautiful fieldstone fireplace, luxuriate in the hot tub & sauna, or venture into the well-appointed game room for an exciting evening of billiards, darts or foosball. Join the other guests in the bright and airy dining room for hearty breakfasts, eclectic evening fare and a selection of fine wines.

Spring, summer, fall or winter, get out and find out more about this world class destination and plan your next vacation. Enjoy tips and reviews to help you plan with Divine Destinations VI.

Divine Destinations Travel Club Visits Mexico On A Budget

Divine Destinations Travel Club Riviera Cancun For the last few years, Mexico has suffered a major downturn in tourism due to fighting and drug related violence in many of its states. As many areas of Mexico continue to fight, millions of tourists are once again beginning to flock to the areas of Mexico otherwise unaffected, bringing in much need tourist dollars missing for years.

While areas of Mexico still bring with them a warning from the U.S. government, many others are considered quite safe and are offering amazing deals on travel. While the crowds continue to grow, the prices can be expected to continue to rise making now a popular time to visit this amazing destination for travel.  Take a look at a few of the top destinations to choose from on your Mexican retreat.

Puerto Vallarta – Known or its blend of traditional and touristy, Puerto Vallarta is one of the top destinations for travel in Mexico today. Stunning beaches, authentic food and luxury accommodations make it a popular place to visit throughout the year.

Tulum – Once all about the ancient Mayan ruins for which it got its name, Tulum continues to offer new and exciting things. Still quite quaint compared to other tourist sites, Tulum is growing and will eventually likely mimic other top destinations. Now is the time to take advantage of this amazing destination for travel.

Cozumel – Easily one of the most well known tourist destinations in Mexico, Cozumel is an island in the Yucatan and offers a fun blend of historic culture and luxury Caribbean adventures. Cruises, boating, historic tours and great accommodations are just a few of the reasons to visit Cozumel.

Cancun – Cost friendly and accommodating, Cancun is known for Spring Break but that is far from all. Whether traveling for the parties or just a winter retreat to enjoy the tranquility of this time of the year, Cancun is a cost effective option for travel and has plenty to see and do.

Mazatlan – Growing in popularity, Mazatlan was lost and now found. Offering museums, cultural sites and history, it also offers amazing beaches and stunning views.

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Divine Destinations Travel Club Invites You To Explore Bruges Belgium

Divine Destinations Travel Club in BrugesA UNESCO World Heritage City, Bruges is known for its fairy tale appearance however it is much more than just its looks. A long history dating back hundreds and hundreds of years to a time when ancient Romans and Vikings first arrived in the region and trade was young. While human habitation in the area has been found dating back thousands of years, the Golden age for Bruges was in the 12th to the 13th centuries. Situated on a natural channel to the sea, Bruges quickly became an inherently important commercial outpost and a city of trade to the southern trade routes.  Later, a spice trade, the wool industry and advancements in commercial and financial techniques enhanced the growth of the city further. Today, Bruges is the capital and largest city in the province of West Flanders and is home to about 250,000 residents within its greater metropolitan area.

Food, romance, culture, arts, culture, shopping and more all contribute to the city for its attraction to millions who visit from around the world each year.  One of the most well preserved pre motorized cities in the world; Bruges offers a charm and peace not found in cities in Europe. Getting around the city is best done by bike, on foot or by public transportation as parking is quite limited. A majority of the best and most popular destinations are found in and around the historical center making getting around quite easy. From its historic architecture to its historic sites, museums, shops and restaurants, there are plenty of things to see and do. The Groeninge Museum, for example, is a must see. A city museum, it houses a collection that spans several centuries. Other sites of interest include St. Jacob’s Church, the Old Tolhouse, the Provincial Palace, City Gate, Poertoren tower, the Chapel of our Lady of the Blind and St. Giles Church.

Popular ways to explore the city sites include tour boats, horse drawn carts and carriages and historic walking tours. Shops offering unique as well as trendy items, world class cuisine, cultural sites and more offer visitors a world class destination for travel throughout the year.

Bruges is known for chilly and sometimes damp weather, plan accordingly. Learn more about packing for a trip to Bruges here.

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Divine Destinations Reviews Philadelphia

PhiladelphiaThe city of Philadelphia is the fifth most populous city in the U.S. and second largest after New York on the East Coast. Home to a city populous of 1.5 million and a greater metro population of 6 million, Philadelphia dates back to the 1600’s. Founded as the capital city of the Pennsylvania Colony, Philadelphia grew quickly and by the mid 1700’s was already the largest city in British America and only a bit smaller than London. Location of the meeting place of the Founding Fathers and the signing of the Declaration of Independence, Philadelphia is one of the most historically rich destinations in the world. Well known for its art and culture in addition to its historical importance, Philadelphia welcomes millions of visitors each year. From its food to its parks, historic sites and world famous attractions there are many reasons that tourists choose Philadelphia as their top destination, what is yours? Take a look at some of the top destinations for travel in Philadelphia and start planning your vacation.

Franklin Square – One of the original public squares laid out by William Penn, the square today is a family favorite. Recently rated one of the top five playgrounds in the U.S. it also features a carousel, mini golf and of course street food, shopping and more. Festivals also take place here throughout the year.

Philadelphia Museum of Art – Featuring 10 acres of art the Philadelphia Museum of Art houses over 300,000 from masters throughout history. From Cezanne to Newman, the collection is the 3rd largest in the country.

Valley Forge – A national historic park, Valley Forge is over 3,600 acres of history which comes to life in the summer. Trails, beautiful scenery and living history make this a must see for any visitors.

With so much to see and do, it is difficult to single out what you must see and what can wait till the next visit so planning is key. Other sites of interest rated as the top destinations in the city today include:

  • The Liberty Bell Center
  • National Constitution Center
  • The Franklin Institute
  • Longwood Gardens
  • Philadelphia Zoo
  • Mutter Museum

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Happy National Lighthouse Day

Historic fisgard lighthouse at seashore it is the first lighthouse built in vancouver island smallLighthouses are symbols of light in the darkness and have led ships out of the dark and into the light for hundreds of years since their creation. To honor these symbols of history and safety, National Lighthouse Day was established in 1989.

Lighthouses exist around the world, and more millions of tourists, they represent an iconic symbol that must be saved. In the U.S., only 600 lighthouses remain today and to honor these structures and the men and women who operated them, the U.S. will be hosting a number of events throughout the day today. Take a look at some of the many events occurring today. If you can’t make it today, make time to visit a lighthouse on your next journey and see what makes them such a unique part of our history.

Cape Hatteras – North Carolina – The National Park Service will be offering special programs and events beginning at 1 pm.

Ponce de Leon Inlet Lighthouse and Museum – The tallest lighthouse in Florida, events will be taking place thorough the day and visitors will be able to climb the lighthouse as well.

Cape May Lighthouse – Celebrating throughout the day, games, events and refreshments can be enjoyed by all ages for free.

Fort Sumter – A national monument located on Sullivan Island South Carolina, events and activities will be taking place throughout the day as well as offering visitors access to the boathouse, the quarters and the grounds as well.

Hereford Inlet Lighthouse – Located in Wildwood New Jersey, visitors can enjoy music, food and activities as well as a formal ceremony.

Abescon Lighthouse – Located in Atlantic City, visitors can enjoy the Revel Family Arts Festival here at the historic lighthouse.

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A Top 3 Destination Review With Divine Destinations Travel Club

central park The U.S. is home to thousands of amazing destinations for travel. From family hot spots such as Washington DC or Orlando to romantic retreats like Puerto Rico, Hawaii or the Napa Valley region. The most difficult part of planning a getaway is deciding where to go. Take a look at a few of the many great destinations for travel in the U.S. with Divine Destinations Travel Club.

American Samoa – Exotic and remote yet requiring no passport, American Samoa is growing in popularity of late. Located 6 hours from its more well known neighbor of Hawaii, American Samoa offers a similar experience with a much less touristy feel. Filled with natural beauty and luxurious resorts and hotels in addition to amazing sites of historic importance and more, its hard to go wrong with this unique and beautiful destination in 2013.

Arizona – From its deserts and mountains to artist communities, spas as well as national parks and a growing wine region, millions choose destinations throughout Arizona each year. Unique and exciting, popular regions include the Grand Canyon, Phoenix, Sedona and Tucson, just to name a few. From the red rocks to the new Verde Valley Wine trail, any time of the year is the right time of year to enjoy Arizona.

Maine – Home to stunning shorelines, vast forested areas and historic regions dating back to the birth of the nation, Maine is much more than just its amazing seafood. Away from the coast, Maine offers visitors ample opportunities to get out and enjoy the outdoors in addition to a wide variety of cultural diversions as well.

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