I like river cruising. I like watching other boats passing close by, whether they be barges or tugs or fishing boats or boats full of passengers. I like seeing the two banks of a river and not worrying about rough waters. Ideally, I like a river cruise that stops now and then so passengers can disembark and sightsee for a while. But last fall, when I learned that the 147-foot long Columbia Gorge Sternwheeler, a much heralded 1983 replica of an old-time sternwheeler, would be making a one-day repositioning cruise on the Columbia River in Portland, Oregon, I signed up to go. There was no time for sightseeing stops, but, all the same, that trip turned out to be the high point of a visit to Portland.
Cruise passengers whose boats dock in New Orleans always have a rich variety of activities and culinary options. And those who have a pre- or post-cruise stay in the city also have an opportunity to dig deeper into the pleasures of the French Quarter.
Although everyone thinks of the legendary fall foliage in New England, there are plenty of good reasons for your clients travel to there at any time of year. This is where much of America’s early history played out - think Pilgrims, Paul Revere and the Boston Tea Party - so historic sites are everywhere. The arts have flourished for generations and its cities are known for art museums, galleries, orchestras and performance venues.
New England’s coastline draws visitors to long sandy beaches and rugged surf-splashed cliffs; the seafood is superb. Romantic country inns lure couples, exciting fun-parks keep kids happy, and outdoor enthusiasts find Nirvana in its mountains, lakes and rivers. New England is small enough that there’s no need for clients to limit a trip to just one of its enticing regions.
The Quebecois know how to do winter. For two weeks, in late January through mid-February, Quebec City throws a party full of dancing, music, ice slides, sleigh rides, snow swimming, parades and other activities for all ages. In 2018 the Carnaval de Quebec will run from January 26 through February 11.
The Canadian province of Quebec offers some of North America’s best skiing, with the added allure of a distinctly French flair. Canada’s Francophobic province is huge, snow covered in winter, and has more than 40 ski areas within easy reach of the cities of Montreal and Quebec.
You know your clients want to go to Florida for the sun, lots of beach time, and outdoor activities. Travelers should also be aware that the sunshine state has just ramped it up with an outstanding selection of foodie activities. Even better, you can eat and drink at these restaurants while also hanging out in some of the best Florida addresses.
As the helicopter scans the island, my mouth drops open. Unfolding below me is a panorama of gouged chasms, tumbling waterfalls which resemble thick, silk ropes, and the Napali Coast. Its foamy waves crash against a jagged lush coastline. Wow!
Last year, the National Parks Service celebrated the 100th anniversary of its founding. Knowing this, I set off during the summer to see Yellowstone - the park whose landscape in Montana, Wyoming and Idaho inspired it all. On my way there I visited Wyoming’s Grand Teton National Park. On my way back was Mount Rushmore National Memorial in South Dakota.
Standing on the shores of Resolute Bay I unzipped my Anorak, let the foggy mist envelop me and breathed in clean, fresh, cool air, a welcome relief from the relentless humid summer heat that lingered in the Northeast.
Clients looking for cool summer getaways close to home can have a “foreign” vacation in Canada’s Atlantic Provinces and Quebec. The lively French-speaking cities of Montreal and Quebec offer all the urban cultural and entertainment options, as well as fine dining and a European feel.
The world’s highest tides in the Bay of Fundy provide neighboring New Brunswick with plenty of natural attractions, and Gulf Stream waters give it the warmest swimming beaches north of Virginia. More beaches line peaceful Prince Edward Island’s shore, while Nova Scotia is fringed by charming coastal villages. Newfoundland has a far-away feel, and dramatic coastal scenery that rivals the Norwegian fjords.