A Much-Needed New Hotel Opens on the Mississippi Blues Trail

By Caroline Eubanks

Posted on 10/16/2019, 4:15 PM

This past summer, The Cotton House in Cleveland, Mississippi, opened as a major boutique-style hotel in the Mississippi Delta, a part of the country that hasn’t usually been strongly associated with full-service accommodation.   Up to now, most road trippers on the Blues Trail, the world-famous music-and-history circuit around the birthplace of the blues, would usually need to make do with b...

Honfleur, France

Normandy Towns for Magnifique Side Trips from Paris

By Zac Thompson

The northwest corner of France, within reach of Paris, is full of art, history, scenery, and brandy. Take a day trip to Normandy using our on-the-ground research.

Will Fall Foliage Be Worth Seeing This Year in New England? Here's An Expert's Forecast

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 09/03/2019, 8:15 PM

New England’s fall foliage show is right around the corner. Leaf peepers are polishing their binoculars, planning their routes, and booking their B&Bs. In preparation for this popular season, I spoke with Mel Allen, the Editor of Yankee Magazine, to get his take on what road trippers can expect in the coming months. Pauline Frommer: I need to start this interview by saying that the website of ...

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You Can Now Rent Hertz Cars in Europe with a Debit Card—but Should You?

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 08/08/2019, 11:45 AM

Rental car company Hertz and the two brands under its corporate umbrella—Dollar and Thrifty—have begun accepting debit cards as a payment option for car rentals in Europe.  Previously, a credit card was required, but that is no longer the case at Hertz, Dollar, and Thrifty locations in Belgium, the Czech Republic, France, Germany, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Slovakia, mainland Spain, and ...

How to Plan the Perfect Nantucket Vacation

A Nantucket Vacation: Making it Affordable and Easy, From Hotels to the Best Beaches

By Pauline Frommer

Nantucket can be a tricky destination. Here's how to have the vacation of a lifetime without raiding the kids' college fund.

Living the Good Life (Affordably) In and Around Traverse City, Michigan

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 07/26/2019, 1:15 AM

In some ways, the Inn at Black Star Farms recalls Tara from Gone with the Wind. Guests are greeted in a marble-floored lobby embedded with a black star (hence the name) in front of a grand curved staircase wide enough for hoopskirted damsels to make a glam entrance. The property is not, however, from that era or located in the South. It's in Michigan's Leelanau County and was built in the 1980s...

A lake view from Sleeping Bear Dunes National Seashore

16 Reasons Why You Should Visit Northern Michigan

By Pauline Frommer

What can you see and do in the Traverse City, Michigan area? Probably a lot more than you think.

Redwoods, Beer, and Bigfoot: Exploring California’s Santa Cruz Mountains

By Alex Cipolle

For a serene outdoor experience near the San Francisco Bay Area, head into the Santa Cruz Mountains to discover redwood cathedrals, laid-back beach towns, and maybe even Sasquatch. 

This Year is A Great Year for Memphis. Our Frommer's Guide Writer Explains

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 06/07/2019, 1:00 PM

When we come out with a new guidebook at Frommer’s, we tap the best local journalists to write it. One such pro is Ashley Brantley, a native of Nashville who grew up in Memphis (and still has family there), making her the ideal person to write the newly released Frommer’s EasyGuide to Nashville and Memphis. I interviewed her on our national radio show about why 2019 is the ideal year to visit Memph...

Florida Finally Gives Tourists a Way to Avoid Rental Car Rip-Offs on Cashless Roads

By Jason Cochran

After years of paying extortionate fees from rental car companies to use cashless toll booths, tourists finally have a solution—if they know about it.

Talking with Frances Mayes About Her Latest Book, 'See You in the Piazza'

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 05/01/2019, 2:00 PM

Frances Mayes, author of the memoir Under the Tuscan Sun, is to Tuscan travel what ketchup is to Russian dressing.  For tens of thousands of vacationers, her tale—both the book that sat on the New York Times bestseller list for two years, and the Diane Lane film that fictionalized it—was the reason they chose to go this bucolic and beautiful corner of "The Boot." Now Mayes has a new book called...

Amish buggy in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania

Beards, Buggies, and Beyond: How to Spend a Weekend in Pennsylvania Dutch Country

By Zac Thompson

In addition to Amish encounters, southern Pennsylvania's Lancaster County has outdoorsy and historical attractions as well as intriguing arts and culinary offerings. That adds up to a well-balanced and rewarding 3-day weekend. 

This Rolling Hotel Moves to Wherever the Surf's Up

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 04/09/2019, 7:15 PM

A new hotel makes traveling among the beaches of southwestern Portugal super-easy—because it's the hotel that does the traveling. The Truck Surf Hotel is just that: a cargo truck that has been converted into a surf hotel. The double-decker B&B on wheels features a kitchen, living area, bathroom, and large sliding doors on the lower level. Upstairs, hydraulic arms extend to make space for fiv...

Smorgasburg in Brooklyn, NY

10 of America's Best Summer Food Festivals

By Elizabeth Bacharach

There's no better way to spend the longer sunshine-filled days than visiting one of the United States' many summer food festivals.

Superbloom! In California, Flowergeddon Approaches

By Claybourne Elder

Posted on 02/14/2019, 5:00 AM

Superbloom may sound like the name of a '90s rock band to you, but in Borrego Springs, California, it means millions of rare wildflowers carpeting thousands of acres of desert. And Superbloom is coming soon. In California's ecosystem, seeds might hide dormant for years until conditions are perfect, and this year, there are signs they have been awakened by recent wildfires and intense rains. Co...

St. Patrick's Cathedral in Dublin

Europe in Spring: Where to Go in March, April, and May

By Frommer's Staff

Our collection of European spring vacation ideas, from places with mild temps and small crowds to those that best exemplify the season’s spirit of rebirth.

Top Alaska Vacation Package Ideas

10 Top Alaska Vacation Packages

By Jason Cochran

Great ideas for tours and experiences across Alaska for vacationers who don't want to do all the planning by themselves.
Anchorage, Alaska

Things to Do in Anchorage: Images of Its Best Experiences

By Pauline Frommer

No matter what month you travel to Anchorage, there's lots to see and do in Alaska's biggest city.
Which Alaska national parks are the best?

Tour Alaska On Your Own: Driving Its National Parks

By Kris Capps

Alaska is home to 23 national parks. Many of those are only accessed by expensive air charter. But you can see a few of the best ones on a road trip by car.

Great Early- and Late-Season U.S. Ski Resorts, the Best Passes, and Smart Savings Tips

By Pauline Frommer

Pauline Frommer talks to a major ski information expert about where you should go for early or late season and how to save money doing it.

The Trends That Will Shape Travel in 2019 by Pauline Frommer

The Trends That Will Shape Travel in 2019

By Pauline Frommer

What will travel hold in the coming year? We asked a wide variety of travel experts to share their thoughts.
Best Castles of the Loire Valley

Loire Valley Castles: The Best French Châteaux You Mustn't Miss

By Lily Heise

From formidable French fortresses to extravagant Renaissance estates, these châteaux tower over the rest in the Loire Valley.
Frommer's' Best Places to Go in 2019 List

Frommer's Best Places to Go in 2019

By Frommer's Staff

The 19 best places around the world to see something new, soak up culture, marvel at nature, and eat great food in 2019.
Great outdoor music venues worldwide

10 Epic Open-Air Concert Venues Worth Traveling For

By Pam Grout

Rock it au natural! Here are 10 fantastic outdoor venues with an unforgettable entertainment setting.

Two New Non-Travel Books May Change The Way You See the USA

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 09/09/2018, 8:30 PM

You drive into a new town. It is not a famous place and it certainly isn’t a tourist magnet. But it has a certain vibe, a personality. You start to explore, stopping by a local store, walking through a park, trying the coffee joint where townspeople are congregating. It’s an interesting exercise, but the takeaways are vague: seems like a nice place, you think. But you don’t think more than that, ...