Island Trader Vacations Travel Services Department Explores 2 Stunning Wine Regions

wine tasting 164x300 Island Trader Vacations Travel Services Department Explores 2 Stunning Wine RegionsWhile many think first of California when it comes to wine regions, the U.S. is actually home to over 200 AVA or American Viticultural Areas in states throughout the nation. From Michigan to Washington to Iowa, take a look at 2 stunning wine regions not in California and become inspired with a taste of the U.S.

Willamette Valley – Simply referred to as the Oregon Wine Country, the Willamette Valley stretches from the Columbia River south to Eugene. Encompassing over 5,200 square miles it is the largest AVA in the state of Oregon and is well known for its world renowned Pinot noir.  One of 7 AVA’s in the state, it dates back around 50 years to 1968 when three wine lovers got together and created the first three vineyards in the region despite the disbelief in the project from their friends believing it was too cold.

A mild climate with cool wet winter and warm dry summers, this is a temperate climate combined with coastal marine influences and offers four predominant varieties of wines including Pinot gris, Chardonnay, Riesling and Pinot noir. Home to many large cities, museums, festivals and inns, restaurants and farmers markets, there is plenty to see and do.

Grand Valley – Located in Mesa County, Colorado, this amazing AVA encompasses over 32,000 acres of rolling hills, loamy soils, high deserts and deep pine forests. Viticulture or wine production in this unique area began over 100 years ago in the late 19th century when State Governor George A Crawford planted the first 60 acre vineyard. A continental climate, vineyards are planted at elevations as high as 4,700 feet. Once a hidden gem, the Colorado wine country is fast becoming one of the most popular regions in the state for tourism and has been rated one of the top 10 in the country. Boasting over 300 days of sunshine a year, the cool breezes, low humidity and beautiful refreshing mountain streams make this a must see for any wine lover.

Wines in this region are much different from a “California Wine”. Here, wines are more like those found in Argentina and Spain. The elevation of the vineyards here and low humidity create unique wines. Home to more than one AVA and 7 growing wine regions, the Grand Valley AVA is located 40 miles east of the Utah border. Wines here include Syrah, Viognier and other Rhone varieties in addition to Bordeaux grapes.

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Island Trader Vacations Reviews 4 Amazing Otherworldly Destinations For Travel

Azores lagoa das Furnas in Azores small 300x200 Island Trader Vacations Reviews 4 Amazing Otherworldly Destinations For TravelThe world is amazing. From glowing lagoons to actual living volcanoes, the world is filled with stunning diversity and wonder. While these destinations can be found around the world Island Trader Vacations would like to invite you to explore just some of these awe inspiring destinations for travel. Be inspired and enjoy travel more with reviews on top destinations from Island Trader Vacations reviews.

Lake Hillier, Australia – Referred to by most as simply “the pink lake”, Australia is home to more than one pink lake though this is perhaps the most well known. Situated on Middle Island, this smallish lake, separated from the Southern ocean by a narrow strip of sand dunes and vegetation, is bubble gum pink. Though no one truly knows what makes these lakes so pink, it is speculated that it has something to do with the bacteria living in these incredibly salty lakes.

Kīlauea Volcano, Hawaii – Imagine being able to actually see the birth of an island. That is exactly what you see when you visit the Big Island of Hawaii, more specifically Volcanoes National Park on the Big Island. An active volcano, the mythical home of the goddess Pele, which is accessible to the general public, a trip to Kīlauea is a chance to see the creation of land. While the lava continues to flow out it pours out into the ocean where it solidifies and becomes land.

Mono Lake, California – Located in California’s Great Basin, Mono Lak is an ancient saline lake which covers around 70 square miles. Unique from other lakes, this lake is not home to fish but is instead home to insects and crustaceans including brine shrimp which thrive on this ecosystem. Fed by fresh water sources in the mountains Mono Lake is famous for its twisting limestone pillars which can stand over 30 feet. These towers, called Tufa towers can only grow underwater however, lower lake levels due to diversion of the streams in the 1940s exposed these unique and eerie features.

Zhangjiajie National Park, China – Created by erosion and glaciations, this exotic and unique destination represents one of the strangest landscapes imaginable. Massive pillars of sandstone covered in vegetation tower high above the land sometimes as much as 650 feet. Home to exotic and diverse animals and plants it is more than just a national park but was also named a UNESCO World Heritage Site for its diversity and history.

Whether you enjoy lakes filled with glowing algae or massive cliffs towering above your head, the world offers all this and more. Get out and explore and be inspired when you travel.

Island Trader Vacations Reviews 3 Must Visit Family Destinations in Spring

fam 300x200 Island Trader Vacations Reviews 3 Must Visit Family Destinations in SpringJust because you are parents doesn’t mean Spring Break can’t still be amazing. Duck the party people and head out to some of the worlds best Spring Break retreats without the crowds when you travel with your family. Don’t be afraid to enjoy a Spring Break vacation even with the kids. Take a look at three top family fun Spring Break destinations with Island Trader Vacations Reviews.

Amelia Island, Florida – While Miami Beach and Fort Lauderdale may not be the best choice for a “family” Spring Break adventure, there are plenty of other amazing destinations in Florida which may perfectly meet your needs including the beautiful Amelia Island. One of the most southernmost of the Sea Islands, a chain of barrier islands off the U.S. coast, Amelia Island is named for the daughter of George II and is famous for its history as well as its natural appeal. A great way to enjoy history and culture while taking advantage of the warm weather and the bright sunny days, Amelia Island is a peaceful escape any time of year and offers a wonderful family appeal. Popular family activities include charter fishing, arts, watersports such as canoeing and kayaking, history tours, state parks, and horse back riding.

San Diego, California – Over 70 miles of beautiful sandy beaches, museums, parks, adventure attractions and theme parks in addition to cost friendly accommodations and sunny weather make this an ideal Spring Break destination for you and your family. Spring represents an especially exceptionally time to visit as it is in the heart of whale watching season which runs from December to April. Take your family on a trip they will never forget and enjoy nature, history and adventures in San Diego.

Oahu, Hawaii – From beaches and resorts to historic attractions, cultural events and more, Oahu may not be the cheapest plane tickets but you are much less likely to encounter the crowds of unruly college aged kids and you can guarantee an amazing time for your family. Named the heart of Hawaii, some of the most popular ways to enjoy the island with your family include a trip to the Dole Plantation, a journey underwater at Hanauma Bay Marine Sanctuary or a lesson on how to body board on one of the many beautiful beaches, often quiet this time of year. For the truly adventurous, take a trip to the big island and let the kids get up and personal with living volcano,  that is certainly an experience no one will soon forget.

Celebrate with the ones you love most this spring when you travel and make the most of your time when you travel with reviews to help you from your friends at Island Trader Vacations.

Island Trader Vacations Reviews 3 Lesser Known London Museums

london grunge small 300x200 Island Trader Vacations Reviews 3 Lesser Known London MuseumsWhile the majority of visitor will spend at least part of their trip to London exploring its top museums including the British Museum, the Museum of London, the Tate and even the Natural History Museum and the Victoria and Albert Museum, these are just a few of the many museums found here and offer just a taste of what London Museums have to offer. Take a look at 3 lesser known and unique museums you may enjoy exploring in London in 2014.

Museum of Childhood – Housing the collections of childhood objects from the Victoria and Albert Museum, this lesser known museum still welcomes over 400,000 visitors each year. Home to thousands of objects relating to childhood from around the world dating back as far as the 1600’s, this museum offer visitors insight into what it was to be a child through the ages and from a variety of backgrounds. Spend time exploring the Moving Toys gallery and find out more about trains and more or be inspired by the Creativity Gallery. This museum is open from 10 am to 5:45 daily.

Sherlock Holmes Museum – 221b Baker Street, for those who enjoy a good mystery, this is perhaps the most famous of addresses. Made famous by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle long ago, this museum is a must see for the lovers of a good story. The museum features waxworks, Victorian ephermera and of course a gift shop.

Wellcome Collection – A “free destination for the incurably curious”, this museum is a unique mix of galleries and events. Created by Sir Henry Wellcome, the museum is a place where you can learn and explore a variety of topics relating to medicine through the ages. Not necessarily for the faint of heart, these collections range from sickness and health to genetics, the mind, science and art and education. Part of the Museum Mile other museums within the mile include:

• The British Library
• British Museum
• Brunei Gallery, SOAS
• The Cartoon Museum
• The Charles Dickens Museum
• The Courtauld Gallery
• The Foundling Museum
• The Hunterian Museum at The Royal College of Surgeons
• The Library and Museum of Freemasonry
• London Transport Museum
• Sir John Soane’s Museum
• UCL Museums and Collections

Find and explore the lesser known when you travel.
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Island Trader Vacations Reviews 3 Top Destinations For Romance In 2014

Photo Tips 1 300x199 Island Trader Vacations Reviews 3 Top Destinations For Romance In 2014Make this Valentine’s Day weekend or any weekend I 2014 more special by relaxing and getting away in one of these top romantic retreats.

Sedona, Arizona – Not only will the sunsets and the weather heat you up in February, this lovely remote yet convenient location caters to those looking to get in touch with their inner being or ignite love into passion if you prefer. From couples events to romantic retreats and spa resort experiences, Sedona has a little something for every and all while surrounded by the beauty of nature. Whether romance means biking together, swimming or hiking together or just getting a couples spa massage, Sedona has a little of everything for romance. Renewing your vows, planning your wedding or enjoying an anniversary or special weekend, Sedona is easily one of the most romantic cities in the U.S.

Lahaina, Hawaii – It is not difficult to convenience many of the romance that exists in the Hawaiian islands. From exotic and pristine beaches with awe inspiring views and the peace and tranquilly missing from home, Hawaii is romance at its finest. Located in Maui, Lahaina is home to two of the most famous resorts in Hawaii known for their amenities and accommodations. A historic and beautiful city, it offers the tranquility you can’t fine in Honolulu with all the finest conveniences wrapped up in one. Spas, cruises and remote and peaceful surroundings make this a romantic must see for any couple.

Salt Lake City, Utah – A major city in Utah and famous for its diverse activities and events, Salt Lake City really heats up in February. From concerts to ballets, museum events to dancing, fine dining tours and of course, luxury accommodations, Salt Lake City is a great place to escape for romance during the year. Some of this year’s most popular programs and events include contemporary dance theatres, the Invitational Songwriter Showcase, Ballet West’s “The Sleeping Beauty”, Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto, The Moonlight Serenaders, She Loves Me and much more. Special food events, and accommodations in addition to these and other events make this a great place to relax and enjoy a weekend with the one you love.

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