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June 27, 2020

#AMTRAK #FriendsTravelWestHollywoodCa90069 #JessKalinowsky JESS@FriendsTravel.com

Filed under: Airfare + Hotel Packages,California,Canada Vacations,Canada Via Rail,USA — urbanvacations @ 2:22 am

#AMTRAK #FriendsTravelWestHollywoodCa90069  Summer, Fall, Winter travel reservations. and 2021 too!

EMAIL #JessKalinowsky JESS@FriendsTravel.com 24|7|365

#DiscountAirlineReservations #AmtrakReservations #AccommodationsReservations #CarRentalReservations

If one does not want to drive, we will arrange for appropriate transfers and sightseeing to meet your requirements.

 


#Amtrak’s Private Rooms Provide a Socially Distanced Way to Travel Without Giving up the Views 

Enjoy a relaxing way to take in the scenery without other passengers nearby.

Striking the balance between wanting to get away while ensuring you can physically distance while doing so — Amtrak’s private rooms check off all the boxes for a safe vacation.

Hearkening back to an older and slower style of travel, a train journey can provide a relaxing way to take in the scenery and a private room provides a way to do that while limiting your exposure to other passengers.

“As a truly unique experience when traveling by train, private rooms [offer] our customers added privacy, comfort and space to enjoy the journey without having to worry about maintaining social distance,” Amtrak’s Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing & Revenue Officer Roger Harris, said in a statement to Travel + Leisure, adding that they give people, “even more peace of mind as they travel.”

The rooms, available on more than a dozen routes that traverse all corners of the country, feature two seats that can be converted into beds, free WiFi, and your own private window to watch the world go by from. Some rooms come with an in-room toilet and shower, and all sleeping accommodations include meals.

Amtrak trains pass through several national parks, allowing passengers to take in expansive views of places like #Glacier National Park — visible from the Empire Builder line — without having to mingle with crowds. Keep your eyes peeled for mountain goats and grizzlies as you pass by (the park is known for its fantastic wildlife). Or marvel at the 18-mile wide Grand Canyon from the Southwest Chief line, traveling between Chicago and Los Angeles.

In the fall, make your way from the East Coast through the Potomac Valley toward Chicago on the Capitol Limited line to take in views of fall foliage from the comfort of your private room.

Amtrak has increased its cleaning protocols, including spraying high-touch surfaces with disinfectant and limiting ticket sales, and on May 11, started requiring employees and customers to wear face masks. Moving between train cars is also contactless with an automatic door open button that can be activated with someone’s foot. As we all know, circumstances change daily, and #FriendsTravelWestHollywoodCa90069 will have up to the moment info on the day date time you want to make YOUR travel arrangements. We will counsel you on the best choices.

While cafe seating is currently closed, customers can order food and bring it back to their seat or private room. Cafe dining will be opening soon.

WE get asked all the time, do you do Canada? YES! We have done Canada since 1985.

EMAIL #JessKalinowsky JESS@FriendsTravel.com 24|7|365

#DiscountAirlineReservations #AmtrakReservations #AccommodationsReservations #CarRentalReservations

If one does not want to drive, we will arrange for appropriate transfers and sightseeing to meet your requirements.

 

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#FriendsTravelWestHollywoodCa90069

EMAIL #JessKalinowsky JESS@FriendsTravel.com

Tell us: who will be traveling. Names as they read on ID | passports. Preferred Days/Dates of travel. Home Airport.

Tell us: you wants, needs, desires and expectations and realistic budget, and we will have a firm quote the same or next day.

Tell us: is this a Honeymoon, birthday, anniversary, multigenerational reunion. Ask about group rates.

Tell us: if interested in sports like Golf, Diving, Biking, Hiking, Surfing, Yoga or Spa Services.

Tell us: any special interest you may have or something specific you want to do or see.

The more you tell us, and the more questions you ask, the better job we can do to make your trip perfect!

 

 

June 24, 2020

#USA Private Rentals #FriendsTravelWestHollywoodCa90069 #JessKalinowsky JESS@FriendsTravel.com

#USA Private Rentals #FriendsTravelWestHollywoodCa90069
EMAIL #JessKalinowsky JESS@FriendsTravel.com 24|7|365
We can arrange for the accommodations only,
AND/OR include car rental
AND/OR include airline or Amtrak reservations !
We find the spaces that suit your style

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ALL from the convenience of your home or office computer for the USA and the World!

#USA Private Rentals #FriendsTravelWestHollywoodCa90069
EMAIL #JessKalinowsky JESS@FriendsTravel.com 24|7|365
We can arrange for the accommodations only,
AND/OR include car rental
AND/OR include airline or Amtrak reservations !

TELL US

#FriendsTravelWestHollywoodCa90069

EMAIL #JessKalinowsky JESS@FriendsTravel.com

Tell us: who will be traveling. Names as they read on ID / passports. Preferred Days/Dates of travel. Home Airport.

Tell us: you wants, needs, desires and expectations and realistic budget, and we will have a firm quote the same or next day.

Tell us: is this a Honeymoon, birthday, anniversary, multigenerational reunion. Ask about group rates.

Tell us: if interested in sports like Golf, Diving, Biking, Hiking, Surfing, Yoga or Spa Services.

Tell us: any special interest you may have or something specific you want to do or see.

 

#WesternUSA #Vacations #FriendsTravelWestHollywoodCa90069 #JessKalinowsky JESS@FriendsTravel.com

Filed under: Airfare + Hotel Packages,Avalon,California,NAPA Valley,Vail — urbanvacations @ 1:35 am

Experience #Italy, #Germany, #NewZealand, and more all without leaving the U.S.A.

Travel might be complicated right now, but use our inspirational trip ideas to plan ahead for your next bucket list adventure.

Even though travel across the world has been greatly impacted by the coronavirus pandemic, jet-setters continue to dream of beautiful, far-off places for their next adventure. As lockdowns begin to lift, and experts share guidance on how to explore safely, it’s important for visitors to consider each individual location’s regulations. When the time is right, travelers can head out west to California, Colorado, and Washington to get a taste international destinations like Italy, Denmark, New Zealand, and more. Below, check out eight western U.S. destinations that will seemingly transport you abroad. They’re all a short road trip from home, but will feel a world away. Rent a car and not put the miles on yours!

#Solvang, #California, Instead of #Faaborg, #Denmark

Solvang, California

Along the Central Coast in Santa Barbara County lies Solvang, a charming Danish village that’s home to gingerbread-style architecture, twirling windmills, and exceptionally friendly people. Founded in 1911 by Danish Americans from the Midwest, Solvang (Danish for “sunny fields”) also boasts a variety of wine tasting rooms, trendy boutiques, and farm-to-fork restaurants, like Root 246, alongside a traditional mix of bakeries, chocolatiers, and souvenir shops. Must-try treats include stroopwafels, fruit strudels, and aebleskivers, a classic Danish pastry that’s similar to a doughnut hole or pancake, but puffier.

#Napa #Valley, #California, Instead of #Tuscany, #Italy

Vineyards in Napa Valley California

Located in Northern California, Napa Valley has long been considered a bucket-list spot for wine lovers from around the world. With its acres of vineyards and beautiful golden sunsets, Napa will make travelers feel as if they’re abroad in Tuscany. It’s also home to the Castello di Amorosa, a 13th-century-style castle that appears as if it was plucked straight out of the Italian countryside. The valley also boasts over 400 fantastic wineries, each with their own unique offerings. This destination is ideal for any type of traveler, from couples to friend groups to families.

#Vail, #Colorado, Instead of a Luxurious #European #Ski #Village

Summer day on the golf course in Vail, Colorado

Vail, Colorado, located at the base of Vail Mountain, has the charming look of a Bavarian village and the invigorating atmosphere of a bustling European ski resort. Vail seemingly transports visitors back in time as they stroll through the town’s traditional architecture, cobblestone walkways, and bridges. After a day of adventure on the mountain, guests can make a stop at The Red Lion, which is Vail’s classic après ski bar. In the warmer months, the bar opens up its windows to create an indoor/outdoor feeling, and hosts a series of live music sessions. Nearby, the popular eatery Almresi offers recipes straight from the owner’s roots in Germany’s Black Forest region. Menu selections include schmorbraten (short ribs) and schlitten fondue, a popular, family-friendly offering. Additionally, the Swiss Chalet restaurant serves fondue and raclette (a traditional Swiss cheese), and is located right at the luxurious boutique hotel, Sonnenalp, which is the perfect lodging option for travelers wanting to fully immerse themselves in an authentic European ski town hospitality experience.

#Avalon, #California, Instead of #Positano, #Italy

Overlooking the bay on Catalina Island, California

The surrounding mountains, colorful cliffside homes, and sweeping ocean vistas of Avalon on Catalina Island just off the coast of California resemble those in Positano on Italy’s Amalfi Coast. Offering beautiful sightseeing opportunities and an endless amount of sunshine, travelers dreaming of a trip to the Italian coast can instead look to Catalina for their next beachside vacation. Visitors can trek around on foot, or rent a golf cart from one of the local shops to explore the island and take in the scenic views. After a day of exploring, the Descanso Beach Club along the waterfront and past the iconic Catalina Casinooffers a stretch of sand to relax on with a cocktail in hand.

#Black #Sands #Beach, #California, Instead of #Karekare #Beach, #NewZealand

Black Sands Beach, Lost Coast, Shelter Cove, Humboldt, CA

The Lost Coast region of California is one of the state’s most off-the-beaten path adventure spots, with no major roads to access this ocean-wrapped area. Like the name suggests, the three-and-a-half-mile stretch of Black Sands Beach along the lesser-trekked backpacking trail in Humboldt County is covered in dark-colored sand, which resembles that of Karekare Beach in New Zealand. Visitors can bring a magnet and drag it through the sand, which is a dark hue due to its rich iron content, to find that some of the minerals stick to it, as many of the particles, such as magnetite, are magnetic.

#Mono #Lake, #California, Instead of the #Dead #Sea, #Israel

Mono Lake is a large, shallow saline soda lake in Mono County, California

Nestled at the edge of the arid Great Basin and the snowy Sierra Nevada Mountains in California, Mono Lake is commonly identified by the unique tufa towers (mineral structures protruding from the water). It is the oldest lake in the Western Hemisphere, and one of the state’s most well-hidden gems. This lake is very similar to the popular destination of the Dead Sea. Due to its high salt content (Mono Lake contains about 280 million tons of dissolved salts), swimmers can naturally float in Mono Lake, just as millions travel to the Dead Sea to experience.

#Death #Valley, #California, Instead of #Uyuni, #Bolivia 

Badwater salt polygons in morning light with silhouette two people

Death Valley National Park is California’s second-largest national park, as well as the lowest point in North America. One of the most beautiful portions of the park, the salt flats at Badwater Basin, which sits at 282 feet below sea level, can be compared to the scenery of the salt flats in Uyuni, Bolivia. The expansive stretch of land has been formed over thousands of years from minerals settling into the earth to create a vastly expansive, powerful view.

#Leavenworth, #Washington, Instead of #Bavaria, #Germany

Leavenworth, Washington on a summer day

Leavenworth, Washington, is a charming Bavarian village nestled in the Cascade mountain range. The town boasts beautiful Old World architecture, 800 miles of accessible trails for exploring, two dozen tasting rooms with beer and wine, an outdoor theater, and plenty of culinary options, including brats and schnitzel. The Leavenworth Sausage Garten’s housemade sausages are cooked using local ingredients and Old World traditional cooking methods. Guests should check out the Bavarian Lodge or Enzian Inn for a genuine Bavarian hospitality experience.

Airfare/Accommodations/Car Rental or AMTRAK/Accommodations/Car Rental or Motorcoach Tours

After ‘the plague passes by’ we have package deals to all the International Destinations

THINK: Labor Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years or Winter / Spring 2021. NOW is the time for #BestValues!

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#FriendsTravelWestHollywoodCa90069

EMAIL #JessKalinowsky JESS@FriendsTravel.com

Tell us: who will be traveling. Names as they read on ID or passports. Preferred Days/Dates of travel. Home Airport.

Tell us: you wants, needs, desires and expectations and realistic budget, and we will have a firm quote the same or next day.

Tell us: is this a Honeymoon, birthday, anniversary, multigenerational reunion. Ask about group rates.

Tell us: if interested in sports like Golf, Diving, Biking, Hiking, Surfing, Yoga or Spa Services.

Tell us: any special interest you may have or something specific you want to do or see.

 

June 21, 2020

#LosAngeles Downtown #FriendsTravelWestHollywoodCa90069 #JessKalinowsky JESS@FriendsTravel.com

Filed under: Airfare + Hotel Packages,California,Los Angeles — urbanvacations @ 5:50 pm

#LosAngeles Downtown #FriendsTravelWestHollywoodCa90069

EMAIL #JessKalinowsky JESS@FriendsTravel.com 24|7|365

Couple this great value with a car rental, and best value domestic First, Business or Coach airfare and you have a Deal!

Disappear for a while at a place Conde Nast Traveler has dubbed “a real urban oasis” with an exclusive half-off deal featuring travel options all the way through March 2021.

Spread out in an upgraded Deluxe King room any night of the week from $189. Classic Suites which feature a living room and spacious bathroom are also on sale. No matter which room option you choose, you will receive a $25 in-room dining credit, daily parking and a waived amenity fee which covers perks like continental breakfast for two, Wi-Fi and more.

The Spanish-Colonial style Hotel has played host to celebrities for nearly a century and was a 2019  World’s Best award winner (Travel + Leisure), this 4-star downtown L.A. hotel is offering an exclusive half-off deal which includes an upgraded room, parking, in-room dining credit and more.  Subject to availability.

Eclectically designed to ensure each has its own unique flavor, the 268 rooms and suites speak to the hotel’s enduring reputation as a gathering place for thoughtful individuals with a distinct point of view.

“With great access to DTLA’s thriving arts, culture, and food scenes, this is a real urban oasis” — Conde Nast Traveler

What’s Included

  • Travel through March 2021
  • $189 per night … Deluxe King room, an upgraded room offering more space
  • For a further upgrade of +$20 per night, we recommend the Classic Suite featuring a living room, spacious bathroom and more
  • $25 credit for in-room dining
  • Daily parking (reg. $55)
  • Waived amenity fee (reg. $25) which includes continental breakfast for 2, water bottles, Wi-Fi and more

What You Need to Know

  • Cancellation Policy: Cancellations must be made at least 48 hours prior to arrival
  • Price based on up to two guests sharing a room; maximum occupancy is two guests
  • Children 12 and under stay free of charge when using existing bedding
  • Pet-friendly; no additional fees
  • For more details, EMAIL: #JessKalinowsky JESS@FriendsTravel.com 24|7|365

Why We Love This Hotel

  • The legendary downtown hotel has hosted celebs for nearly a century
  • It earned a spot on Travel + Leisure’s World’s Best awards list for Top Hotels in LA (2019) and is among the top LA hotels on TripAdvisor as well
  • An extensive renovation, completed in 2018, restored the hotel to its former Spanish Colonial roots

  • TELL US#FriendsTravelWestHollywoodCa90069

    EMAIL #JessKalinowsky JESS@FriendsTravel.com

    Tell us: who will be traveling. Names as they read on passports. Preferred Days/Dates of travel. Home Airport.

    Tell us: you wants, needs, desires and expectations and realistic budget, and we will have a firm quote the same or next day.

    Tell us: is this a Honeymoon, birthday, anniversary, multigenerational reunion. Ask about group rates.

    Tell us: if interested in sports like Golf, Diving, Biking, Hiking, Surfing, Yoga or Spa Services.

    Tell us: any special interest you may have or something specific you want to do or see.

June 18, 2020

#USAvacations #FriendsTravelWestHollywoodCa90069 #JessKalinowsky JESS@FriendsTravel.com

Filed under: Airfare + Hotel Packages,Alaska,Arizona,California,Canada National Parks — urbanvacations @ 8:25 pm

This is the perfect time for you to rediscover our continent’s beautiful backyard and cross off those bucket lists that may have been forgotten.

From the Rocky Mountains to the sandy shores of the Carolinas, and the Florida Keys; we help you find the fresh air your are seeking! NYC.  Washington DC. Boston. Las Vegas. Reno. San Francisco. NAPA / Sonoma Wine Country.  Montreal. Toronto. Vancouver.

Air Transportation, car rental, accommodations, sightseeing, everything! Escorted MotoCoach Tours.
YES! and Canada as well.  We offer rail trips any where in USA or Canada.  
Want just one city for a few days! YES! We do do that for you as well and get you THE BEST RATES!

CALIFORNIA COAST

FLORIDA SUNSHINE
NEW ENGLAND ESCAPES
USA NATIONAL PARKS
LAS VEGAS | Reno
SOUTHERN CHARM
GULF COAST – New Orleans
CASCADE MOUNTAINS

We complement your booking with top selling activities!

We hope you find this selection of hotels useful, but if you need more options here’s some other tips to help you get started:

Accommodations by National Park or region! We have a wide range in places like White Mountains National Park in New Hampshire, Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado, the North Carolina Coast more! Just ASK! and we will provide the answers in a timely manner. EMAIL #JessKalinowsky JESS@FriendsTravel.com

#ReadyToGo!!!

National Parks from Sea to Shining Sea! All inclusive: air transportation, car rental, accommodations, sightseeing, entrance fees where required, everything! Just Ask! #EMAIL #JessKalinowsky JESS@FriendsTravel.com 24|7|365 We offer individual trips, and Escorted MotorCoach Tours with a professional guide.

Resorts to meet every want, need, desire or expectation you have, from Florida to Hawaii across this Great Land!

Golden Eagle Grand Canyon Heli Tours

Key West Trips

Boggy Creek  Florida Private Airboat Tour

Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex

California Coast Highway Road Trip
Alaska, Hawaii and all of the USA 48 States!

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#FriendsTravelWestHollywoodCa90069

EMAIL #JessKalinowsky JESS@FriendsTravel.com

Tell us: who will be traveling. Names as they read on passports. Preferred Days/Dates of travel. Home Airport.

Tell us: you wants, needs, desires and expectations and realistic budget, and we will have a firm quote the same or next day.

Tell us: is this a Honeymoon, birthday, anniversary, multigenerational reunion. Ask about group rates.

Tell us: if interested in sports like Golf, Diving, Biking, Hiking, Surfing, Yoga or Spa Services.

#USAvacations #FriendsTravelWestHollywoodCa90069 since 1985 Same owners, same location.

EMAIL #JessKalinowsky JESS@FriendsTravel.com 24|7|365

May 25, 2020

#SanFranciscoHotel #FriendsTravelWestHollywoodCa90069 #JessKalinowsky JESS@FriendsTravel.com

Filed under: Airfare + Hotel Packages,California,San Francisco — urbanvacations @ 12:12 am

The hotels are minutes from Union Square, Chinatown and the Ferry Building.

  • 1 King or 2 Double City View room
    • From $125 per night … Thursday-Sunday
    • From $199 per night … Monday-Wednesday
  • 1 King or 2 Double Bay View room
    • From $135 per night … Thursday-Sunday
    • From $209 per night … Monday-Wednesday
    • Larger Studio Suite with a King bed and separate seating area
      • From $149 per night … Thursday-Sunday
      • From $225 per night … Monday-Wednesday
    • Daily high-speed Wi-Fi (reg. $14.95)
    • Not available: Dec. 31, New Years Eve
  • #SanFranciscoHotel #FriendsTravelWestHollywoodCa90069
  • #JessKalinowsky EMAIL JESS@FriendsTravel.com 24|7|365
  • Air / Hotel Packages + Air / Hotel / Sightseeing Packages
  • A plethora of First class and Deluxe hotels in/near Union Square

May 24, 2020

#SonomaWineCountry #FriendsTravelWestHollywoodCa90069 #JessKalinowsky JESS@FriendsTravel.com

Filed under: Sonoma's Wine Country — urbanvacations @ 11:29 pm

Sunrise overlooking a vineyard in Lake County, a tranquil, scenic Northern California wine district.

The Best of Sonoma’s Wine Country
Sip, eat, and enjoy all that Sonoma has to offer on an incredible getaway. Have your 3-night vacation anytime to maximize your escape. #FlyDrive Packages #ResortPackages #WineTastings #GourmetFood  

#SonomaWineCountry #FriendsTravelWestHollywoodCa90069 #JessKalinowsky JESS@FriendsTravel.com

May 18, 2020

#CaliforniaVacations #SantaBarbara #FriendsTravelWestHollywoodCa90069 #JessKalinowsky JESS@FriendsTravel.com

A night or two at a newly renovated, 4-star, oceanfront hotel in Santa Barbara sounds pretty good right now.

Throw in options through summer (peak season!), an ocean view room and wine and you’ve got yourself an idyllic getaway.

What’s Included

  • Stay in a newly renovated Deluxe Ocean View room
  • June
    • From $179 for 1 night … check in Sunday-Thursday
    • From $399 for 2 nights … check in Friday-Saturday
  • July-August
    • From $199 for 1 night … check in Sunday-Thursday
    • From $599 for 2 nights … check in Friday-Saturday
  • Bottle of Santa Ynez wine ($35 value)
  • Overnight on-site parking (reg. $28)
  • Not available: July 3-4

Inquire about room rates for other months.

Why We Love It

  • You can’t beat the location — across the street from the beach
  • The heated outdoor pool is open year-round and features a fire pit
  • Guest room renovations were completed in April 2020 — doesn’t get much newer than that

Occupancy Rules: Based on double occupancy. Additional adults can stay for $20 more per night. Up to two children 17 years of age and younger can stay for no additional cost.

Additional Hotel Specific Charges: A 12% tax and nightly $4.23 California tourism marketing fee are not included and will be paid directly to the hotel.

Fly – Drive –  Rail from home to Santa Barbara – we have your arrangements waiting just for you!
#AmtrakVacations #TrainTickets #AllAboard

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