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Have you ever treated your spouse to Romantic Getaways in the beauty of Canadian Winter? Would you like to learn how to plan a romantic couples getaway in Ontario
winter wonderland? Did the day, when you married the love of your life, end the romance? Well now is the time to make the fire burn hot again! And you
can have lots of fun in the process too! Romantic Getaways and Retreats found here
will make your dreams come true again and again. Cozy, secluded cottage, hot-tub in the mountain resort, perfect setting for little romance.
So pack the essentials, don’t forget the candles! You are on your way to bring back the passion and rekindle the love. Any thing you can do to make the
relationship seam new and exciting will be good for both of you. Lets remember, that most couples, simply don’t have enough time for themselves.
The daily troubles on your mind, the kids’ practice, the important meeting you simply can not miss. There scarcely is any room for romance and simple being
How can you save those little moment just for the two of you? Remember the excitement of when you first met and you were single guy and
not wait to see him or her.
There was nothing more important then your sweetheart. The day of the date (when you were together couple of times a week) was filled with preparation. The
hair had to be just perfect, the make up, the carefully chosen attire. You took time to plan, because the relationship was so precious. The guys took their
time to get ready, to look good, to smell just delicious, they planned each date, to surprise and excite us. They new what they wanted to do and where they
wanted to take us. Yaah… we all thought that this will last for ever!romantic getaways
Lets forward to the married times. Most days there is no time to eat dinner together, and we are suppose to be romantic? How ? romantic getaways
The answer, may seam funny to most, but it is quite simple: Write it in your appointment book! Most of us are very professional about their world, about
other people and their time. Once we put something in writing, we stick to it. Why not give the same courtesy to our spouses? After all, they are the most
important people in your life! You know you would be lost without him, he knows that without you, the world would just turn to chaos. romantic getaways
The every day stress steals the best years of your life, so take control, reclaim your time with your love. The kids will be fine at the in-laws for the
weekend! Lest get back to the bedroom to pack your bags! We are going away to a romantic getaway. Are you ready?
This romantic get together should not get you stressed out. Set out to have fun. You do not have to act seductively, if you don’t know how… (not all of
us mastered that skill, you know). If you just allow yourself to let go of the stress, be yourself, and smile, you will have time of your life. romantic
Do not think that your romantic weekend away must be spend in bed. That is just one part of it! By all means, sleep as long as you want, cuddle, eat a
delicious breakfast in bed, read a romantic story together, cuddle again, make love, be wild if you want. But also, get out of your room, and into a hot
tub on the snow covered veranda. Perhaps a walk in the forest (don’t forget the snowshoes) would strike your fancy, maybe you love to have some fun on
the slopes, or simply on the cross country trail.
Romantic weekend getaway should also include a candle light dinner for two in a secluded, cozy corner of a restaurant or better yet, delivered to your room.
With your choice of beverage, and some quiet, slow music of your choice, you will set the mood for a great meal and perhaps an adventure of discovery
beyond…in your partner’s arms.romantic getaways
No matter what you choose to do, the assignment for the romantic getaway is to enjoy each other’s company, to listen, to talk. Even holding hands in
silence, for so many of us would be something unusual, different and …romantic in a way.
So what do I pack? you may ask…
Assuming that you are going to a winter romantic getaway, you will need some cozy flannel pajamas – by some, considered quite sexy and becoming. You may,
of course choose to pack your best silky stuff, or the ever popular Nude Sleep wear – Bare Necessities but depending on the type of the accommodations, that
you chose, you may need something warmer.
The plush, warm robe could also be ideal if you want to lounge comfortably on the sofa by the fireplace all day. The swimming attire and large, fluffy
towels, if the resort doesn’t provide those.
You should also pack comfortable weekend clothing, something attractive, jet just cosy enough to go for a walk in. For the evening dancing and
diner “out” or… in, of course something special, nice and elegant. romantic getaways
Leave the worries behind… pack your smile!
Remember that you want to honor your spouse by showing her or him how special they are and how special they make you feel. What ever you do on that weekend
together, do it for your “other half”. They will notice it and return the favor. You too will feel special and loved.
Make sure, to have a positive mind set, if you leave the house angry, or upset, you will most likely arrive at your destination in a similar mood.
You don’t want that! Remember how little time you have together, just the two if you, don’t throw it away by arguing about some little things, completely
not important and small.
If you are tired of not having time for the person that you share your life with, take action and discover what you are missing. You chose to be together,
so do it! Be together, learn each other and enjoy each other. You relationship is the most precious gift, treasure it and protect it. Take your spouse on
romantic getaway and see what happens… You may discover that your wife is the most beautiful women in her own way, you may find out that your husband is
the most charming man alive and he is… all yours. You may fall in love all over again.
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A family booked a rental cottage last summer, arrived safely and just loved the cottage. However, on the second day of their two week stay, the mom got a call to say her father was seriously ill and not expected to live. The family packed up and returned home, and sadly, her dad died a few days later. After the funeral, the renter called the cottage owner and asked what sort of refund she could expect as they had only used 2 days of their 14 day booking. The owner refused to pay any refund with the explanation that she relied on the cottage rental income to pay the costs of her cottage and it was always fully booked through the season. She was not able to find a replacement rental party at the last minute and as the rental agreement stated; if that was the case no money would be returned. Of course the rental group did not have travel insurance, which would probably have covered trip curtailment due to the illness and/or death of a close relative. The rental cost the family over $4000 and they were not able to recover a penny of that money.
Many people believe that trip insurance is only necessary if there is a flight involved; where delay, lost baggage, and the risk of the airline going bust, is covered; and medical cover is required in a foreign country. It’s not considered important, or not considered at all, to buy insurance to cover a trip taken by road to a self catering property in the same province or the same country.
Think again! Most cottage bookings are made several months in advance and many things could happen after you have booked to change your circumstances. Illnesses of any member of the traveling party, redundancy or a call to jury service are just a few of the situations that would be covered by a travel insurance policy. A few insurance companies also offer a ‘change of mind’ clause, allowing you to cancel for any reason after a booking has been made and paid in full. This normally pays out an amount sufficient to cover any cancellation fee the rental agency or owner may apply.
When you book your vacation rental property, check the property owners or agencies cancellation policies carefully. If it is not clear, ask the question. In general, most private owners and rental agencies will attempt to rebook a property if it is cancelled, and refund your money for the period they have rebooked, less a cancellation fee.
The premium paid for trip insurance becomes less significant, the more you are paying, however it is worthwhile at any price, for your peace of mind.
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When introducing a kid to fishing, it has to be about the them. If you are taking your daughter out to the pond, take her to the store to help get some equipment first. Women love to shop and believe me, they enjoy shopping as kids as well. I should know since I do have 3 younger sisters. So, take your daughter to the store and let her pick out some things. A cheap 10 to 20 dollar fishing rod will work and there are plenty of fishing rods for kids on the market. She’ll probably pick out a pink rod and that is fine. Get it for her. Let her pick out a couple packs of hooks and bobbers, then head to the checkout. Make it a short, quick trip and it will be more fun for her. Don’t stand there and look at all of the lures that you wish you had. Involving girls in the shopping experience seems to help get them involved. For the boys, you can still take them to the store to help pick out some equipment, but this is more important for the girls because girls like to shop.
When you take your kids fishing, make it easy for them. Go fish a nearby pond that has some bluegill and maybe even some bass and carp. Set up one rod for each kid. Put the bait on the hook for them. Don’t make them touch the bait or the fish on the first time out. Let them decide if they want to touch the bait or the fish. Once again, it’s about them the first time out.
To get fish in the area, throw some small pieces of bread in the area that you’d like to fish. This is called chumming and it may not be legal in your state so make sure to check your state’s fishing regulations. If chumming is legal, toss some bread out into the water. Bluegill will come to the surface to eat the bread and this will usually keep your kids interested because they can actually see the fish. Use a small bobber, a small hook and a piece of worm. Cast near the bread and teach them to set the hook and wind it in on their own. If they need help then give them as much help as needed, but make sure to back off when they are ready to take control. They will have a sense of accomplishment if they can do something on their own. When they catch a fish, make a big deal out of it. If they lose a fish, so what. Don’t yell at them.
For the first time out, don’t stay out for more than an hour or an hour and a half. Have some fun, catch some fish and get out of there. It’s better to leave a little earlier the first time out than to stay too long and give them a bad experience. When they leave, they should be happy and excited about a return trip next week.
If you can set up another rod with a big minnow for bass or corn for carp, set it up and toss the line out a few feet away from your bluegill spot. Pay attention to this rod. If you get a bite, it should be much bigger than the bluegill. Set the hook and help your kid catch a nice bass or carp. If they can experience one big fish and lots of small fish, they should be hooked. If they don’t have any fun fishing, don’t force it on them. It might not be for them, but if you plan a short trip, cater to the kids, chum the area, catch lots of small fish and get them one big fish, you should have an idea of whether or not fishing is something that excites them.
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Have you ever thought of hopping a plane for spring break in Argentina? Maybe you want to study Spanish in Buenos Aires or learn the Tango in Mendoza? Too difficult, you say? No way, but there are a few things you need to know when traveling abroad. Take advantage of the following top five travel tips for your next trip to Argentina and make it an experience to remember.
1. PASSPORTS – Argentina visitors that are citizens of the US, Canada, the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa will require a passport for entry. US Passport applications can be obtained at http://travel.state.gov/passport/passport_1738.html, with routine services taking up to 10-12 weeks from the date you applied. A Visa is not required for a tourist stay up to 90 days, for longer stays contact your local embassy for information. In the U.S. — Contact the Consular Section of the Argentine Embassy, 1718 Connecticut Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20009 (tel. 202/238-6460). For more information, try http://www.uic.edu/orgs/argentina. In Canada — Contact the Embassy of the Argentine Republic, Suite 910, Royal Bank Center, 90 Sparks St., Ottawa, Ontario K1P 5B4 (tel. 613/236-2351; fax 613/235-2659). In the U.K. — Contact the Embassy of the Argentine Republic, 65 Brooke St., London W1Y 4AH (tel. 020/7318-1300; fax 020/7318-1301; seruni at mrecic.gov.ar).
2. CURRENCY – The current exchange rate is 3 to 1 for the US dollar to the Argentina Peso. The Peso is made up of 100 centavos. Money is denominated in notes of 2, 5, 10, 20, 50, and 100 pesos; and coins of 1, 2, and 5 pesos, and 1, 5, 10, 25, and 50 centavos. US dollars are widely accepted in Buenos Aires, but in the rural areas of the country pesos are the currency of choice and exchange locations are less abundant. American Express traveler’s checks can be exchanged at offices located in Buenos Aires at Arenales 707 (tel. 11/4130-3135), Bariloche, Salta, San Martan, and Ushuaia. Outside of these locations there are very few American Express exchange offices, so when traveling to remote locations be sure to plan ahead. Many of the hotels do not accept credit cards, so check in advance before you assume you can pay your bill that way.
3. CAR RENTALS – Argentines drive very fast in comparison to U.S. drivers and do not always obey traffic lights or lanes. The seat belt law is in effect, though few locals actually wear them. U.S. driver’s licenses are valid in greater Buenos Aires, but you need an Argentine or international license to drive in most other parts of the country. When driving outside the city, remember that autopista means motorway or highway, and paso means mountain pass. It is not advised to drive in rural areas at night as cattle roam free and are hard to see in the dark. Fuel is about $1 per liter, or $4 per gallon. Car rentals are available at Hertz, Paraguay 1122 (tel. 800/654-3131 in the U.S., or 11/4816-8001 in Buenos Aires); Avis, Cerrito 1527 (tel. 800/230-4898 in the U.S., or 11/4300-8201 in Buenos Aires); Dollar, Marcelo T. de Alvear 523 (tel. 800/800-6000 in the U.S., or 11/4315-8800 in Buenos Aires); and Thrifty, Av. Leandro N. Alem 699 (tel. 800/847-4389 in the U.S., or 11/4315-0777 in Buenos Aires). Car rentals are more expensive in Argentina with compacts starting at $50 to $60 per day, ask for special promotions.
4. ELECTRICITY – Electricity in Argentina runs on 220v. Most U.S. laptops run on either 110v or 220v, check yours to determine which one you have. A transformer and a European style adapter will be necessary for any other small appliances. While most luxury hotels will have these items for your use, some smaller or rural hotels will not. Cyber cafes called “Locuturios” are common in Buenos Aires and other major cities, where you can connect for an average of $1.00US per hour.
5. SEASONS – While those of us here in the Northern Hemisphere are used to the seasons that we have come to know, you must remember that things are in reverse south of the equator. The summer months in Argentina are December thru February, perfect for a trip to Santa Cruz. However, Buenos Aires has a very hot, humid summer so it is therefore better to visit in the spring and fall (November or March). If winter sports are what you are looking for, then the winter months of June thru October would be when to plan your next trip.
These tips will certainly give you a leg up when planning a trip to exotic Argentina. Traveling to a foreign county does require a little effort, but the experiences you will gain will last a lifetime. The world is such a global community that visiting and understanding another country’s culture only brings people closer together.
Argentina is waiting for you, use the tips above to plan a successful trip there today!
If you are looking for a European tourist destination, consider the island of Sardinia, a region of southern Italy. Depending on your interests, this beautiful area can be an ideal vacation spot. You can get classic Italian food, and wash it down with fine local wine. Some parts of Sardinia remain undiscovered by tourists, while other sites are favorites of Italian and international jet setters and are priced accordingly. This article presents southern Sardinia. Companion articles present northern Sardinia and central Sardinia.
We’ll start our tour of southern Sardinia at its capital and largest city, Cagliari on the Golfo di Cagliari (Cagliari Gulf). Then we head southwest along the coast to Pula and nearby Nora and then continue on or close to the coast, first southwest and then northwest to Sant’Antioco and neighboring Calasetta. We next visit the island city of San Pietro. Finally we return to mainland Sardinia and proceed north to finish our tour at Costa Verde.
Cagliari has a population of about one hundred sixty thousand or more than twice that when you count the suburbs. It has been inhabited since prehistoric times. The city fought alongside the Savoyards against the French Revolution. When a reward for their loyalty was not forthcoming, all Cagliari rose up against the Savoyards and expelled them and their Piedmont allies. On the last weekend in April Cagliari celebrates this insurgency in the Die de sa Sardigna (Sardinian Day). Their independence was short-lived.
The old city is called Castello (the Castle). It lies on a hilltop and offers an excellent view of the Gulf of Cagliari also known as Angels Gulf. Most of the old white limestone city walls are intact. Look for two Thirteenth Century white limestone towers, the Torre di San Pancrazio (St. Pancras Tower) and the Torre dell’Elefante (Elephant Tower). D.H. Lawrence, who wrote Sea and Sardinia, as well as Lady Chatterly’s Lover compared Cagliari to a “white Jerusalem”.
Among the remains of the ancient city you will find the Second Century Anfiteatro Romano (Roman Amphitheatre), parts of which are fairly well preserved, an aqueduct, ancient cisterns, and the ruins of a small temple. Summers you can attend open-air concerts and operas and concerts in the amphitheatre. The Museo Archeologico (Archeological Museum) located in a Fourteenth Century castle contains many artifacts coming from unique Sardinian stone structures called Nuraghe which are discussed in the companion article I Love Touring Italy – Central Sardinia.
The Duomo, Cattedrale di Santa Maria, (St. Mary’s Cathedral) was built in the Seventeenth Century but underwent major renovations in the 1930s. Other churches worth seeing include the Fifth Century Basilica di San Saturnino (St. Saturnino Bascilica), the Seventeenth Century Church of St. Lucifer, and the Fourteenth Century Sanctuary of Our Lady of Bonaria.
Many old Cagliari neighborhoods retain their charm. Some 1930s buildings were built in Art Deco style, while others such as the Palazzo di Giustizia (Justice Court) conform to a Fascist Neoclassist style. Cagliari also claims one of the longest beaches in Italy, the Poetto beach an amazing 8 miles (13 kilometers), once famous for its white fine-grained sand and one of the largest fish markets in all Italy, the Mercato di San Benedetto (St. Benedetto Market).
Pula, population about seven thousand, is known for its lovely beaches, bays, and coves. Admire the flocks of flamingos in the marshes. Just outside of Pula lies the site of Nora, founded by Phoenicians and perhaps the oldest city in all Sardinia. The excavations, while not yet completed, have uncovered a wealth of ruins from the days of Carthage and Rome.
From the first to the fourth of May each year Nora and Cagliari are home to perhaps the greatest and most colorful religious procession in the world, the Festa di Sant’Efisio, honoring a martyr beheaded by a Roman soldier in 303 in Nora. In 1652 a plague was rampant in Sardinia and half of Cagliari lay dead. According to popular belief this saint’s intervention stopped the plague. In gratitude every year thousands of traditionally costumed marchers transport his statue from a church in old Cagliari to one in Nora and back. The end of the festivities is marked by a torchlight parade.
Sant’Antioco is an island off the coast of Sardinia. While quite small, it is the seventh largest island in the Mediterranean. The island itself was settled way back in the Fifth Millenium B.C. and the city of the same name, population twelve thousand, was settled in the Eighth Century B.C. The Roman causeway is still standing but you’ll probably get to the mainland and back by a modern version.
Make sure to see the Zona Archeologica (Archeological Zone) with its view of mainland Sardinia and an archeological museum. There’s even a necropolis dating back to the days of Carthage. Then stop by the little town of Calasetta, population under three thousand, first settled by Ligurians in 1770. I’m told the residents have kept their dialect that is as incomprehensible to Sardinians as it is to you or me, unless you’re from Genoa or its surroundings. Don’t worry about the language; enjoy the beaches and the port.
San Pietro was supposed to be settled by those Ligurians who ended up in Calasetta. Before long they were enslaved. Upon their liberation many went to Calasetta but some others returned to San Pietro’s town of Carloforte, population about eight thousand, once a center for tuna fishing and now a tourist resort.
Costa Verde is a great combination of wilderness and resort life. You can only get there by a lousy road. Take people’s advice and avoid driving during the heat of the day. But once you are there, Costa Verde is really unforgettable. Sand dunes, wild landscapes, and great beaches abound.
What about food? In spite of its magnificent coastline, native Sardinians don’t seem to go very much for fish and seafood. However, if you are on or near the coast you can get fish and seafood. Look for burrida, a Sardinian fish soup sometimes based on shark. Other bounty from the sea includes swordfish, tuna, sardines, cuttlefish, clams, and mussels. An expensive specialty is mosciame di tonno, salted, air-dried tuna. A more familiar and often expensive specialty is lobster, some of the best in Italy.
Let’s suggest a sample menu, one of many. Start with Impanadas (Baked Stuffed Pastry). Then try Lepudrida (Soupy Legumes and Meat with Ham). For dessert indulge yourself with Pabassinas (Pastry topped with Raisin and Walnut Paste). Be sure to increase your dining pleasure by including local wines with your meal.
We’ll conclude with a quick look at Sardinian wine. Sardinia ranks eighth among the 20 Italian regions in acreage devoted to wine grapes and twelfth in total annual wine production. About 57% of its wine production is red or rosé (not very much rosé) leaving 43% for white wine. DOC stands for Denominazione di Origine Controllata, which may be translated as Denomination of Controlled Origin, presumably a high-quality wine. The G in DOCG stands for Garantita, but there is in fact no guarantee that such wines are truly superior. The region produces 19 DOC wines and one DOCG wine, Vermentino di Gallura. About 15% of Sardinian wine carries the DOC or DOCG designation.
Carignano del Sulcis DOC is produced in the southwestern tip of Sardinia from the red Carignano grape (known as Carignan in France) with a maximum of 15% of other local red grapes. The rosé wine is dry and still or fizzy. The red wine may be dry or sweet. Monica di Cagliari DOC is one of a series of similarly named wines featuring a grape such as Monica, Nuragus, etc. Monica di Cagliari is produced in a large area of southern Sardinia from the local red Monica grape in a variety of styles both dry and sweet.
Niagara Falls is a picturesque destination of Ontario, Canada for travelers, tourists and nature lovers. It is a sprawling 212 sq. km. area with spectacular sports facilities like cycling, biking, 40 top class golf courses, to name a few. With a population base of 80,000 (approx), it is a gorgeous destination for varied attractions. Niagara is an awesome manifestation of Niagara Falls in the city’s delights. There is man-carved lure in the Niagara that includes the Maid of the Mist; Reply’s believe it or not, Louis Tussads wax museum, Spanish Aero car, Casino Niagara, etc.
The Niagara falls have been existent from over 12,000 years and are the most sought after tourist place of visit. The Niagara falls were formed by the melting of glaciers that resulted in the formation of several unsullied water lakes that moved across a sharp rock face called the Niagara escarpment. The Canadian Horseshoe Falls and the American Falls are the two waterfalls that were formed by the rushing waters and the melting of the ancient glaciers. The rushing water of the Niagara River has a velocity of 35 miles an hour.
Moreover Niagara is a hydropower house that generates electricity to the rest of New York as well as southern Ontario. Niagara has its famous wineries and 70 of them have been listed in the award winning category. Many people come to Niagara to smell the rich aroma from the grape fruits and consume them. Several people come over to Niagara to participate in breathtaking stunts and get their names registered in the books of records. At night the Niagara Falls are illuminated by brilliant lights and the sight makes people gay. Another beautiful picture is of the bridges made of ice that accumulate below the chilling falls. No wonder the spectacular spectacles gifted with lure and bliss makes Ontario’s Niagara Falls as the Honeymoon capitals of the world.
Thus Niagara has become the biggest trade centre for its wines and wineries, fruits, tourist haven, military headquarters and hydropower. The Niagara Falls magnetizes writers and poets of the world and brings out the dare devil in everyone.
As it is a big business and tourist hub several travel agents and websites look to capitalize on the opportunity. With the number of business houses and travel points in the rise Toronto web services has taken initiatives to catapult the functioning of websites of various travel agents at Niagara and other websites who advertise Niagara. The travel appoints and beer and wine makers can get a chance to get their websites designed, updated and optimized in the search engines. Customers can increase and web marketing strategy can get a boost with the number of people flooding to your website to book their tourist adventures and Honeymoon at Niagara.
Toronto services also specialize in special tourist catering services like hotel and tourist booking and other superior and desired services.
Is it time for a romantic getaway? If you had to think a moment, chances are it is. The truth is, anytime’s the right time for a romantic getaway. The hard part is coming up with the best destination to let the sparks fly. Here, then, are some of the best romantic destinations in the world.
Paris is known as the “Romance Capital of the World,” and for good reason. For lovers there are so many romantic places to visit: The quays of the Seine, its leafy squares and elegant parks, the many small and romantic restaurants. Or better still, you could book a cruise on the River Seine.
Barbados is an eastern Caribbean island sometimes referred to as the “lover’s paradise.” If walking with your loved one along miles of unbroken sandy beaches appeals to you, then Barbados is your romantic destination. While there try one of the local sunset cruises on a yacht or tall ship.
Never heard of Gretna Green? You should. It’s often referred to as the “Wedding Capital of the World.” Gretna Green is a small, historic village on the west coast in the south of Scotland, on the Scottish/English border, where everything, it seems, is geared to romance. While there you might want to stay at Comlongon Castle, which is located 15 minutes from Gretna, and also serves as a very popular castle wedding venue. A restored 14th Century Medieval Scottish castle, Comlongon offers 14 individually themed 4-poster bedrooms perfect for romance.
The Poconos in Pennsylvania is another destination which has been called the “Romance Capital of the World,” popular as a destination for couples getting married or on their honeymoon. If you want the ultimate in romance, check out the Roman Tower Suite at Pocono Palace, which is designed with a Grand Roman theme. Of course, what’s grand to some is gaudy to others, but the Roman Tower Suite comes with floor-to-ceiling columns, vaulted ceilings, and a 7-foot tall Champagne Glass Whirlpool Bath built for two.
What the world needs is another “Romance Capital of the World.” That’s why there’s Niagara Falls, located on the Niagara River on the border between New York and Ontario. It’s not the tallest waterfall in the world, but it’s certainly the most famous – for its beauty, its power, and its weddings. Niagara Falls is actually a collection of three waterfalls: Horseshoe Falls (called by some the Canadian Falls), the American Falls, and Bridal Veil Falls.
Yes, Virginia, Virginia is for Lovers, as the tourism and travel slogan goes. And, romantic it is. With over 5,000 miles of shoreline on the Atlantic Ocean and Chesapeake Bay, how can you possibly not find romance in Virginia? And, for those wine lovers among you, Virginia is also home to over 60 wineries. While there you might want to stay at one of Virginia’s most romantic B&B’s, Cedars of Williamsburg Bed & Breakfast, located just a 7-minute-walk to Colonial Williamsburg.
Catalina Island is so romantic, they had to write a song about it. The “Island of Romance,” located approximately 22 miles southwest of Los Angeles, has been host to romantics and newly-wedded couples for decades. Try timing your visit with a special event held at the Casino Ballroom, one of the most wonderful art deco treasures in Southern California. If you have an opportunity to dance at the Casino, you have to take it.
Tips to Consider When Planning Your Romantic Getaway
Consider booking the honeymoon suite, if your hotel has one. Honeymoon suites are not just for just-married couples. For a bit more money, you may be able to get a Jacuzzi in the suite, rose petals scattered around or even a heart-shaped bed.
Consider room service. Your romantic getaway can be even more romantic when you include a candlelight dinner in the hotel room itself.
Consider what’s around your hotel or lodging. Think about a romantic walk to a nearby park, or an excursion to a beautiful museum, or a romantic dinner out. There are many things that you can do to increase the romance. Find out what there is to do around the hotel that will be romantic. Remember, planning a romantic getaway is more than just picking a romantic location.
Economic growth this year will be strongest in Canada’s western and easternmost provinces, according to a new provincial forecast prepared by BMO Financial Group. The boom in prices for natural resources, which is benefiting Alberta and Newfoundland in particular, is weighing on the other provinces.
Western Canada will continue to lead the Canadian economic parade in 2006, maintaining the trend of the last few years, the forecast said. “Most of the strength found in the West, as well as in Newfoundland and Labrador, can be attributed to high resource prices,” said BMO chief economist Rick Egelton. “At the same time, these prices are creating a drag on growth in both Ontario and Quebec.”
Also weighing on Canada’s export-oriented industrial heartland will be an even stronger currency, which it forecast will average 89 cents US this year, up from 82.5 cents US in 2005, then rise to 91 cents US in 2007, before easing off to 90 cents US in 2008.
BMO is forecasting Alberta’s economy will surge ahead by 5.2 per cent, followed by a spectacular five per cent rebound in Newfoundland from last year’s stagnant 0.4 per cent. There will also be robust economic expansions of about four per cent in British Columbia, and more than three per cent in Saskatchewan and Manitoba, it added.
Ontario and Quebec will struggle with below potential growth for the fourth consecutive year, with Ontario expanding by just 2.7 per cent and Quebec by only 2.2 per cent. New Brunswick will post growth in the mid two per cent range, and the other two Maritime provinces growth of about two per cent each.
A separate forecast for Ontario’s economy by the University of Toronto’s Institute for Policy Analysis is even more pessimistic. The institute predicts growth for the province of just 1.8 per cent, and warned it will be even less if the U.S. economy weakens more than expected or energy prices don’t ease.
Another bank dismissed recent concerns that a forecast slowdown in U.S. growth will drag Canada’s economy with it. Canada’s economy will continue to operate nearly flat out, despite the weakness in exports, and will surpass the growth in the U.S. economy, National Bank of Canada said.
“It is U.S. recessions, not slowdowns, which cause real pain to Canada’s trade,” said National Bank of Canada economist Yanick Desnoyers. “Despite an expected less favorable international trade picture, the Canadian economy as a whole should be able to produce at near full capacity, despite the U.S. slowdown.”
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