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GuestQuest by Traveler Vacation Guide takes you on a guided tour to various vacation locations. We feature information about accommodations, attractions and activities in many travel and vacation destinations. Providing you with article coverage on our advertisers, their amenities and services will assist you in making the right decision on choosing your accommodations, recreation, entertainment and more. Please visit our web site for additional advertiser information and links to their web sites. Distributed three times a year, Spring, Summer and Fall / Winter, with separate editions to Ohio, Pennsylvania, New York, Illinois/Indiana, North Carolina, Georgia/Alabama, New Jersey/Maryland, Tennessee/Kentucky, Virginia/Washington D.C., and Ontario, Canada. Serving our advertisers and readers since 1984. For advertising information, questions or comments, call 1-800-644-8460. P. O. Box 33547, Cleveland, OH 44133. The accuracy of the information contained in these listings is the responsibility of each individual advertiser. Every effort has been made to offer up-to-date information. Reproduction of editorial or graphic content in any manner without written consent of the editor is prohibited. 2





Making a long road trip with children by: C.S. Mackay This is the year that you are going to take a thousand mile road trip. It would be fun and enjoyable with just your spouse, but now your family includes others. Those others include a preteen ten year old that is already developing a teen attitude. Also included is an over energetic eight-year-old son that thinks his purpose in life is to tease both of his sisters. Last of all there is that sweet four-year-old ball of fire that has determined that she is in charge. On the top of your list of challenges is the item to make this trip and be sane when you return home. Everything will be fine getting things ready and even after you arrive at your destination. It is those hours in between that have you worried. Back when you were a little kid your parents had to grin and bear it. They played games to keep D O W N TO W N


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you entertained and searched license plates for a new state. At the end of the trip they were too tired to enjoy their stay. They just rested up for the return trip and a rerun of the previous trip, arriving home exhausted. What a vacation? This will not happen to you if you are willing to take advantage of the new car video technology. With the introduction of car videos children can enjoy the trip with some of their favorite videos. There are several types available on the market now. There are the standard mount to the ceiling models. Now there are hang over the seat models with ear phones so that each child can have their own if necessary and these are moveable from seat to seat. Also, available are head rests with video screens built in them that can replace your present head rests. Now there

are even car videos to put on sun visors or on the dash. With this car video technology you can now take your children’s favorite videos and let them play them over and over and it will not drive you crazy because they have ear buds. This means that you can still carry on a conversation with

were very few problems and parents and grandparents were just tired from the ride not tired from fighting. I personally felt that the portable video was best because we could shift it between seats and then the unoccupied child did what we used to do play games.

Preparing parents for a student trip (NAPSI)-Asking a few pertinent questions can go a long way toward making a student’s trip safe and memorable. The experts at the Student and Youth Travel Association (SYTA) suggest parents can be better informed and prepared by asking the following questions: • What is the travel provider’s experience in youth and student

Hotel Maritime Plaza Located in Montreal, Quebec, Hotel Maritime Plaza offers 214 meticulously decorated rooms – each offering a unique touch of elegance and warmth with superior quality personal amenities. Enjoy the indoor heated saltwater swimming pool with seasonal sundeck, exercise room, souvenir boutique, wireless high-speed internet, local newspapers and more. Relax in the bar lounge with pool table. The Bistro Le Beau Rivage has a delicious selection of continental

someone and not always be interrupted with the inevitable “Are We There Yet”. By the way ipods and MP3 players will do the same for your teenager. I can attest to the above because I just got off a road trip of 16 hours with these three youngsters and four adults. There

travel? How long has it been in business? • How many chaperones are going on the trip? What is their background? • Is the tour provider a member of a professional travel association such as SYTA? Many consider SYTA the “Seal of Approval” for travel companies working with students and youths.

Member companies must commit to consumer satisfaction and a strict code of ethics. To learn more about student travel and get a copy of Travel Safety Tips, visit or call 1-800-509-SYTA (7982). If your child is going on a student trip, make sure you have a 24-hour contact number to use in case of emergency. ¤

Rock Harbor Lodge – Isle Royale National Park / MI cuisine in a casual and relaxing atmosphere. The hotel is near the Montreal Casino, area restaurants, unique shopping spots, celebrated area landmarks, professional sports arenas and much more. Hotel Maritime Plaza offers a unique touch of elegance and warmth to ensure your comfort at a rate that will fit your travel budget. Hotel Maritime Plaza 1155, rue Guy Montréal, Quebec H3H 2K5 Canada 800-363-6255 ¤

Isle Royale National Park, an island wilderness in northwest Lake Superior, is only accessible by seaplane or boat. Rock Harbor Lodge provides the only lodging in the Park (cabins, lakefront lodge rooms, full service restaurant.) For the adventure traveler, naturalist, outdoor enthusiast, avid fisherman and hiker, Isle Royale provides a dramatic escape from the fast pace of everyday life. Enjoy scenic hikes to view Lake Superior panoramas and sightseeing cruises to historic lighthouses and abandoned copper mines.

With over 165 miles of hiking trails and 16 hours of summer daylight, visitors extend recreational activities beyond normal hours. Summer visitors often experience the magic of the Aurora Borealis. Ferries run seasonally from Grand Portage, MN; Houghton and Copper Harbor, MI. Seaplane runs from Houghton, MI. Open Memorial Day through Labor Day. Room / ferryboat packages available. Birding tours and kayak ecotours available. Rock Harbor Lodge 866-644-2003 ¤

It’s all here! Hotel Le Cantlie Suites located on prestigious Sherbrooke Street offers spectacular views of the Montreal skyline, the majestic St. Lawrence River and the pastoral beauty of Mt. Royal. All rooms at the Hotel Cantlie are spacious suites, significantly larger than what you will find in most hotels with multi-room executive suites also available. The Cantlie offers all the amenities travelers have come to expect in a luxury hotel. Indoor valet parking ($), room service, 28th floor outdoor pool and a fitness room. ONTARIO ~ SPRING 2010

Each room features remote access voice mail, individual climate control, working desk, WiFi high speed internet($), hairdryer, iron and ironing board. Most suites have European style kitchens. Inspired by French cuisine, Garçon is Le Cantlie’s award-winning restaurant ~ voted Canada’s best new restaurant for 2005 by EnRoute Magazine. Hotel Le Cantlie Suites 1110, Sherbrooke Street West Montreal, Quebec, H3A 1G9 1-888 CANTLIE (226-8543) ¤




How to buy discounted flight tickets by: George Alarcon Everyone who travels wants to save as much as possible when flying. Why would you want to pay the regular going cost when you can get flight tickets cheaper? I have provided a few clever ways of saving yourself a ton of money on your next air trip. 1) Book online instead of offline; you’ll save money from the paper processing fee. 2) Clear out your cookies. Why? Many travel websites use the cookies to log when you search for a particular route and will quote you higher when you return to that site to

search again. 3) Many airline websites update their airfare shortly after midnight. A little research about the route you are looking will help you get the best airfares before they are sold. 4) Stay less than 30 days. Most airfare tariffs have a month’s limitation stay restriction. If you require more time, you will pay a higher priced ticket. 5) If you are traveling with a child under 2 year of age, your child is qualified to travel for free. Buying a separate seat for your child is really expensive. 6) Be ready and open to have

The Hub City of South Texas Alice was established in 1888 and named after the daughter of Captain Richard King, who established the King Ranch. Historically the community is associated with cattle, the vaquero and the American cowboy. Several museums share historical artifacts about Alice and South Texas. The South Texas Museum offers an overview of the early days in the Hub City. The Tejano R.O.O.T.S. Museum showcases Tejano artists and legends in the Birthplace of Tejano music. The Maxine Flournoy Third Coast


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different departure and return dates. Mark “anytime” in the search window. 7) Buy flight tickets during the off-season periods; flight tickets are usually cheaper. 8) Buy flight tickets in advance; you can save a lot. 9) Buy from an air courier service; these are companies that will buy your luggage space in exchange for lower-priced tickets. 10) If you fly a lot, join a frequent flyer program; such a program offers long-term discounts.

Enjoy the excitement of the times – be it 1859 or today! Listen for the train whistle, hear the sound of an old oil lease barker or enjoy the sights and sounds of a nickelodeon or band organ while you travel through “the valley that changed the world.” Learn about the history of the oil industry at Drake Well Museum in Titusville or Venango Museum of Art, Science & Industry in Oil City; ride the vintage Oil Creek & Titusville Railroad; mail a post card from the only operating Railway Post Office in the US.

Recreational opportunities include over 60 miles of asphalt-paved trails, perfect for hiking, biking or walking. The Allegheny River is the perfect place for canoeing, kayaking or fishing. Our towns have many artist studios where you can observe them working or buy a beautiful piece of art for you or your home. Many educational, recreational and cultural events are awaiting your arrival. Oil Region Alliance 1-800-483-6264 or ¤


Squadron Museum is open on weekends. La Copita Ranch is available for family, business or group activities. Wildlife, hunting, fishing and bird watching are favorite activities for residents and visitors. Golfers can choose from the Alice Municipal Golf Course and Alice Country Club Golf Course. With over 500 hotel rooms, you are so close to everywhere! Alice, Texas 361-664-3454 ¤

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East Liverpool Has It All! 234-517-7052 Tour Our Potteries & Purchase Wares • Visit The Museum of Ceramics • Specialty Shops • Antiques Riverfront Wharf • Lou Holtz Upper Ohio Valley Hall of Fame • Parks • Lodging • Boating • Dining Victorian Mansion • Golf & Disc Golf • Entertainment at nearby Race Track & Gaming Resorts

On the Ohio River Just 30 Minutes From Pittsburgh! East Liverpool Tourism Bureau | 126 W. 6th St., East Liverpool, OH 43920

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The adventure awaits when you visit New Jersey Whether your path leads you through the New Jersey countryside or the New Jersey turnpike, the Garden State offers something for the whole family to enjoy. Explore the 127 miles of sandy beaches from Sandy Hook to Cape Make. Discover the seaside resorts, quaint Victorian towns and the legendary lighthouses of the Jersey Shore. There are numerous cultural attractions, award-winning theater and sporting arenas. Rediscover your heritage in New Jersey, “The Crossroads of

the American Revolution.” As one of the 13 original colonies, there were more than 100 Revolutionary War battles between 1776-1783. Restored towns let visitors step back in time. If shopping is on your vacation agenda, New Jersey has large malls, quaint shops and discount outlet centers. As an added bonus, shopping for clothing and shoes is tax free in New Jersey. The state has wondrous places for the family to enjoy including zoos, a drive-through safari, amusement parks, water

parks, planetariums, aquariums, the largest miniature railway in the world and more. Your family’s trip isn’t complete without a day at the beach. Sandy Hook is home to the nation’s oldest lighthouse and it is part of the Gateway National Recreation Area. The beaches along the Shore area are within walking distance of everything and are perfect for swimming, surfing, fishing and other oceanfront activities. The Wildwoods features wide beaches, bustling boardwalk,

amusements, thrill rides and waterparks. Accommodations include Victorian homes, quaint seaside cottages, colonial homes, country farms, luxurious spas and hotels.

There is something to suit your family’s taste and budget. New Jersey has it all! For more travel information, call 1-800-VISIT NJ or check out ¤

An Oceanfront Family Resort of Casual Elegance The Reges Oceanfront Resort, family owned and operated since 1972, has enjoyed a long tradition as one of the most popular destination resorts in Wildwood Crest, New Jersey. We are proud of our AAA three diamond rated, oceanfront accommodations. Each room’s private oceanfront balcony comes complete with breathtaking views of large white sand beach and Atlantic Ocean. Each room includes color cable TV with DVD, telephone with data port and voice mail, electronic locks, wireless high speed internet, refrigerator, coffee maker and microwave. Family and friends may never want to leave our comfortably heated pool and beachside setting. Our Hospitality Suite, sheltered veranda and oceanfront sundeck offers guests magnificent ocean views. ONTARIO ~ SPRING 2010

For added value, we offer many special packages with breakfast in our beautiful poolside Café and dinner at preferred fine area restaurants.

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New York

Begin your adventure with a New York getaway Beyond the cultural metropolis museums, theatres and of New York City with its famed sightseeing options lies the Statue of Liberty and multitude of endless vacation opportunities that make New York a destination for visitors from all over the world. Sure to please business Try your luck at casinos found & leisure travelers alike. in Niagara Falls, Salamanca, and Verona and across the state.

Explore the 176 state parks, seemingly endless waterways, mountain ranges and forests where you can ski, snowmobile, hike, swim, fish or enjoy unlimited other outdoor adventures. Sample regional wines at the many vineyards, shop for antiques

along scenic highways, or delve into history, art, baseball and more at the many museums throughout New York. Explore regal mansions, castles and other fantastic architectural gems, some of which offer accommodations. But if those

don’t fit your budget, lodging ranges from vacation rentals, cabins and lodges, to hotels, inns and bed & breakfasts. Adventure begins with a New York getaway. For more information, visit

Country Inn & Suites - Mount Morris • Indoor pool • Fitness area • Adjacent to Letchworth State Park • Complimentary hot breakfast • Smoke-free facility

130 North Main St - Rt 36, Mount Morris NY 14510 Reservations: (800) 456-4000


With its charming décor and comfortable amenities, Country Inn & Suites Mount Morris provides a warm and welcoming atmosphere sure to please business and leisure travelers alike. 60 spacious and tastefully decorated guest rooms include Whirlpool suites,


one-bedroom king suites and standard deluxe queen double. We are large enough to provide first class amenities, but small enough to retain the country charm that is the hallmark of our brand. When it’s time to relax, guests can enjoy a heated indoor swimming pool, whirlpool and fitness center.



Located in the scenic Mount Morris area, the hotel is near the entrance of beautiful Letchworth State Park. Other area attractions include the Genesee County Village Museum, Corning Glass Works, Alfred State College, Niagara Falls and the Jell-O Gallery.


Country Inn & Suites by Carlson Mount Morris 130 North Main St - Rt. 36 Mount Morris, New York 14510 585-658-4080 mountmorrisny ¤


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Ontario - Just waiting to be discovered You’ll be amazed by Ontario’s diversity in environment, culture and history. From the dramatic majesty of the north to the unique landscape of the south, each region has renowned must-see attractions, as well as hidden gems waiting to be discovered. Ottawa Let your spirits soar in Canada’s capital region where over 300 years of nation building have blanketed the landscape with glorious heritage buildings, diverse museums and cultural venues. Meander along the banks of the historic Rideau Canal and watch boats being lifted by hand-operated locks dating back to 1832. Board an elegant Edwardian style vessel for a cruise on the Ottawa River. Go museum hopping through all your special interests and be sure to

try a BeaverTail - a unique, sweet pastry treat. Plan to spend your vacation in a capital destination a place of endless attractions and warm hospitality that’s an engaging blend of English and French. Niagara Falls and Region Delight in a tapestry of flowering parks and gardens, bountiful orchards and lush rolling hills gracefully set down between the shores of two Great Lakes. Be awed by the mighty grandeur of Niagara Falls - rightly considered one of the world’s greatest natural wonders. Feel your heart quicken as you cruise right into the basin of the famed falls aboard the Maid of the Mist. Set out for a hike and spot scores of raptors on the Niagara Escarpment. Celebrate the bounty of the vine in September

at the annual Niagara Grape and Wine Festival and at January’s Icewine Festival. Come and stay in charming bed and breakfasts and country inns during every season in this enchanting region. Eastern Ontario Feel the pride of a nation and the rich sense of history at the heart and soul of the country. Delve into the long-ago days of the Loyalists, faithfully preserved in towns and villages that dot the region. Cruise down wondrous waterways and past emerald islands numbering in the thousands. Pamper yourself at a Victorian country inn. Traverse rolling hills, rocky highlands and soaring sand dunes. Enjoy warm hospitality and “joie de vivre” in charmingly rural French communities. Wander through the valleys and highlands for a

spectacular show of fall colors. No matter what time of year it is, Eastern Ontario provides a rewarding retreat. Central Ontario Gaze out over glorious lakes, sandy beaches, rocky islands adorned with windswept pines and stunning scenery tucked around every inlet and cove. Spoil yourself at a grand resort set on sparkling lakes and surrounded by lush forests. Sail, scuba dive or fish in the clearest, bluest waters you’ve ever seen. Be spellbound as you trek through dense woodlands and along towering sand dunes and limestone cliffs. Whisk away a winter day skiing, try your luck at ice-fishing or snowmobile over a vast, white network of groomed trails. Central Ontario is a playground open for recreation, relaxation and adventure - 12 months a year. Greater Toronto Area Explore Canada’s largest and most exciting urban centre with

museums, galleries and theatres that rival the best in the world. Globetrot to culturally diverse neighborhoods with eclectic shops and restaurants serving delectable cuisine from all corners of the world. Follow the Lake Ontario shoreline to the Royal Botanical Gardens and awaken your senses with over 50 collections of magnificent blossoms and blooms. Hop aboard a vintage streetcar or ride historic rails through a showy display of fall colors. Combine the best of city and country life on a vacation in this glorious region locally referred to as the GTA (Greater Toronto Area). Information provided by the Ontario Tourism Marketing Partnership through, the official website of Ontario Tourism. For travel tools including brochures, links, and more visit online or call 1-800-ONTARIO.

Canada's Wonderland Package Enjoy our affordable #1 selling Canada Wonderland family getaway package in North Toronto. At only 10-15 minutes from the largest amusement park in Canada, the 4-diamond Sheraton and 3-diamond newly renovated Best Western Parkway Hotels are perfect for your next stay. We offer our guests FREE parking and FREE access to our 25,000 sq. ft. recreations centre, including 1 outdoor salt water pool, 2 indoor pools, basketball, tennis, volleyball, pool tables, table tennis, a full size

gymnasium and virtual golf! Enjoy an action-packed, excitement filled day at the park then come home to discover over 30 restaurants all within walking distance. The Canada Wonderland package includes tickets, accommodation, breakfast, free virtual golf and if you call 1-800-668-0101 and mention rate code ONDER-GQ you will receive a free upgrade to a Jacuzzi Suite when you book at the Sheraton, or a FREE snack-pack when booking at the Best Western. ¤

Suite dreams await you Cartier Place Suite Hotel, family-owned and operated, is located in a quiet neighborhood bordering the Rideau Canal. Only a few steps away are the trendy boutique area of Elgin Street and most of the major attractions of Ottawa. The hotel is a favorite among families and business travelers alike. There are 250 spacious one and two bedroom suites complete with fully equipped kitchens, separate bedrooms and private balconies. The hotel features V.I.P. suites with Jacuzzi, ideal for those special occasions. Guests may enjoy the 8


games room, children’s playroom, the private outdoor garden patio and playground complete with shuffleboard court. The indoor pool, whirlpool, sauna, exercise room and the friendly atmosphere all contribute to a memorable stay. The Cartier Place Suite Hotel offers special rates and packages throughout the year. Cartier Place Suite Hotel 180 Cooper Street Ottawa, Ontario, Canada K2P 2L5 1-800-236-8399 613-236-5000 e-mail: ¤ ONTARIO ~ SPRING 2010



So you think you know Florida? Think again! The road less traveled in the Sunshine State begins with VISIT FLORIDA’s publication, Been There, Haven’t Done That. The full-color guide highlights 105 fun and quirky attractions and activities from Pensacola to the Florida Keys. Locals and visitors alike will be pleasantly surprised by some of the unique experiences that Florida has to offer. Been There, Haven’t Done That offers an eclectic group of experiences across Florida: • Visitors not afraid to get a little wet can sleep with the fish at

Jules Underwater Lodge, an authentic underwater research habitat in Key Largo. • Architectural enthusiasts can brag about seeing the largest collection of Frank Lloyd Wright buildings in the world at Florida Southern College in Lakeland. • Those with a discerning palate can try the “Swirl of Squirrel” from Linger Lodge in Bradenton, declared one of the top five weirdest restaurants in the country by Al Roker from NBC’s Today Show. • Produce lovers can go bananas at the Fruit and Spice Park in

Homestead, featuring more than 500 varieties of fruits, spices and other plants. • The Nation’s Smallest Post Office can be toured by anyone with a spare minute. Located in Ochopee, the post office measures 7x8 feet and services a population of 11. • The aquatic couple can say “I do” with Weddings on Water, America’s first floating wedding chapel, located at the St. Petersburg Pier in St. Petersburg. • Adventure seekers can white water raft down the only Class III rapids in Florida at Big Shoals

State Park in White Springs. • Visitors with a sweet tooth can chew on some fresh sugarcane while touring a working sugar cane farm through Sugarland Tours in Clewiston. • Ghost hunters are likely to find a soul or two hanging around Monticello, The South’s Most Haunted Town. “The beauty of Florida is in its diversity,” said Rayme Samuels, Arts & Culture Expert. “Whether you are a nature lover, history buff or just a weekend warrior, there is a quirky and quintessential Florida

experience that anyone can enjoy.” Consumers can log onto ere to find detailed information about each attraction and activity in the brochure. They can also download videos and photos of locations across the Sunshine State, post their own photos, and request a free copy of Been There Haven’t Done That. Guides are also available by phone at 1-800-274-5941 or by visiting any of five Official Florida Welcome Centers. This article courtesy of

Days Inn of Port Charlotte Peacefully situated among The Days Inn of Port Charlotte century old oak trees, Days Inn Port offers free wireless high speed Charlotte is the highest rated Days internet access throughout the hotel Inn in the system. and a complimentary Continental breakfast. All rooms have refrigerators, coffee makers, dehumidifiers, hair dryers, iron/board, and remote control 27" TV with extended cable.

The Days Inn Port Charlotte, centrally located in Murdock, is minutes from Charlotte Sports Park, historical Punta Gorda, Fisherman’s Village, water recreation, nightlife, shopping and dining. Our staff can help you find the best fishing guides, award winning golf courses and activities the entire family can enjoy. Nearby are

sightseeing cruises, trolley rides, Days Inn of Port Charlotte local amusement park, arcades, flea 1941 Tamiami Trail markets, miniature golf overlooking Port Charlotte, Florida 33948 Charlotte Harbor, wildlife tours, 941-627-8900 guided kayak tours and ¤ canoeing/boating trips. Come visit Charlotte County & The Gulf Islands and take advantage of our good nature!

A haven of blissful relaxation Royal Flamingo Villas is situated on 7.5 acres of beautifully manicured grounds, between Ft. Lauderdale and Palm Beach five minutes from Boca Raton. 40 individual villa homes are secluded in the tropical beauty of south Florida along a 300-foot private ocean beach with dock facility on the Intracoastal Waterway.

Each villa home has fully equipped Weddings can be held on the kitchen, dining area, living area, DVD beach in front of the ocean, while the players, high speed internet and wedding guests can stay in the villas private porch. One bedroom villas for the weekend. sleep up to 3 people and 2 bedroom Royal Flamingo Villas villas sleep up to 6 people. 1225 Hillsboro Mile Barbeque grills, tiki huts, Hillsboro Beach, Florida 33062 in-season cabanas, heated pools and 800.241.2477 fishing on site add to your relaxation and enjoyment. email: ¤


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DREAMING OF DAYTONA BEACH? DREAMING OF DAYTONA B Relax to the sound of waves crashing against the shore. Awake to the sun rising over the Atlantic Ocean. Dream Inn oceanfront rooms and jacuzzi suites offer breathtaking direct views of the beautiful Atlantic. Spend a night or romantic weekend away, or celebrate a birthday or anniversary with one of our special packages. Call the motel directly at 1.386.767.2821 to create your special stay. We offer the personal attention that will make your vacation dreams come true.

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