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8 Affordable Summer Getaways

Summer’s here and, many travelers are looking for vacation getaways that the whole family can enjoy.Camping is a family favorite and fill our lives with wonderful memories. There are several destinations that are delightful for summer months! With nearly 500 campgrounds across the U.S. and Canada, many Kampgrounds of America. (KOA) locations offer a great outdoor experience any time of year. Whether looking for a great central location to explore a new city’s attractions or a luxurious beachfront vacation with upscale amenities like Deluxe Cabins, KOA offers different types of camping to meet every camper’s needs, and even has an app and online trip planner to make trip planning easy. On-site perks can include beautiful pools, hot tubs, pet-friendly amenities, Wi-Fi and more (varies by location), in addition to standard campground comforts like hot showers, laundry and a general store. Not all of us look forward to camping. If Camping is not your idea of a vacation we have some of the most amazing spots for you as well, with all the luxe amenities. Our list even has an island that’s right here in the USA. The perfect summer vacation for ever budget. Click image for full article

Eagle Ridge Resort & Spa

Located in Galena, just a 2.5-hour drive from Chicago, Tucked among the Galena Territory's 6,800 rolling acres of pristine woodlands and open countryside, Eagle Ridge Resort & Spa offers “country elegant” hotel accommodations and rental homes and villas only minutes from the quaint shopping and dining of Galena, Illinois. Surrounded by miles of hiking and biking trails, Eagle Ridge Resort is a gateway to boundless adventures and activities, from four award-winning championship golf courses and the luxurious Stonedrift Spa to tennis, boating, fishing, riding, and even hot air ballooning.

The North Conway Grand Hotel

Located in the heart of the White Mountains, New Hampshire, the North Conway Grand Hotel is the finest resort in North Conway. Summer or winter, you can enjoy an unforgettable vacation without ever leaving the hotel grounds as we are the only hotel located directly at Settlers Green Outlets.

Wake up to mountain views in our renovated rooms and suites, with charming New England inspired décor, custom designed furniture and marble baths. Enjoy regional cuisine and craft cocktails in the Mountainside Restaurant and Tavern. Relax by our heated indoor and outdoor pools and lounge on the sun deck with the jaw-dropping scenery. Renew your senses in our spa, recharge in the fitness center, enjoy a family picnic by the pond or shopping at Settlers Green next door.

Sea Turtle Getaways

Sea Turtle Getaways offers privately owned homes and villas in Sea Pines Plantation, North and South Forest Beach, Shipyard Plantation, Palmetto Dunes and Singleton Beach. All of our accommodations are fully equipped to meet your expectations. Whether you are in search of an oceanfront home or a villa on a golf course, at Sea Turtles Getaways we promise you will find the perfect vacation accommodation!

Each season of the year brings a surprise to our Island. Every summer the Loggerhead Sea Turtles return to our island to lay their eggs in the warm sand of our beaches. In the fall our beaches are spotted with the Monarch Butterflies on their migratory journey to South America. Our mild winters bring an array of sand dollars and starfish to our uncrowded beaches and the freshest of oysters come from our ocean. In the spring, it is quite possible that you might spot a newborn deer calf beneath the flowering azaleas found across our island.

Hilton Head Island, S.C.

Here you’ll find 12 miles of pristine beaches and everything you need for the ultimate coastal retreat. They have more than 33 world-class golf courses, 300 tennis courts, and hundreds of years of rich and vibrant history. There are more than 250 restaurants to sample, including elegant fine dining establishments, waterfront seafood spots, and everything in between. Enjoy easy days at the beach relaxing in the sun, sand, and surf, embark on an outdoor adventure on land or spend the day on the water. If you’re planning on an island vacation then Hilton Head Island should be top on your list of places to go. It is right here in the USA. It has something for almost every budget. With amazing packages starting at $110 per night.


There’s no better way to enjoy the Charlottesville area than by heading out to a vineyard (or two!) in what has been described by Wine Enthusiast magazine as one of the top wine destinations in the world! With more than 30+ wineries to choose from, there’s something that is sure to please everybody’s palate. While you are sipping on your favorite varietal, be sure to enjoy the views of rolling hills, vineyards, and the majestic Blue Ridge Mountains, which are prominently visible in the distance. If wine isn’t your thing, no worries! The Charlottesville area is also home to nearly a dozen craft breweries, several artisanal cideries, and even a handful of distilleries!

Charlottesville is also home to the historic pedestrian Downtown Mall, which is one of the longest of its kind in the entire country! Featuring more than 120 restaurants, stores, and shops, the Downtown Mall is vibrant year round, but in the warmer months, restaurants and cafes open up their outdoor patio spaces, which quickly fill up with eager eaters looking to dine al fresco under the shade of mighty and mature oak trees.

Additionally, the Charlottesville area is home to a wide variety of festivals and events throughout the year including the Virginia Festival of the Book, the Tom Tom Founders Festival, the Taste of Monticello Wine Trail Festival, the Heritage Theatre Festival, the Charlottesville Opera, the Heritage Harvest Festival, the Virginia Film Festival, the VA Craft Brewers Fest, and First Night Virginia, just to name a few

Newport, Rhode Island

A classic is enduring. Like the ocean, it doesn’t strive to be. It just is.

A visit to The Classic Coast—nine vibrant and historic towns all sharing some seriously prime New England coastline—is both everything you expect and enjoyably unpredictable. This is a place and a people made of surf and soul; raised by the ocean and built by eccentric and outspoken rebels some 300-plus years ago. If you’re looking for classic Colonial architecture and breathtaking New England landscapes, we’ve got ‘em. Trust us. But it’s a feeling you get here that’ll make you never want to leave. It’s that feeling of being away yet connected; switched off yet inspired; engaged yet refreshed. There’s no word for it, but it happens every day on the Classic Coast.

Jamestown was incorporated in 1678 as part of the Massachusetts Bay Colony and transferred to Rhode Island in 1746. Today, Jamestown is a peaceful coastal gem with historic farms, stunning parks, award-winning restaurants, and locally owned shops and art galleries offering a serene atmosphere.

Crystal Springs Resort in NJ

Crystal Springs Resort is a spectacular NJ vacation destination, acclaimed as the New York Metro area's most unique four-season resort. Located in the rolling farmland of the Garden State’s picturesque northwest, our world-class NJ resort is just an hour from New York City, and even closer to most northern and central NJ towns. Crystal Springs Resort offers so much to experience, you may come to think of our 4,000+ acre getaway as a playground for all ages. Golf, Spa, Dining, Weddings, Catering & more.

Innovation, fun and adventure flow like the wine in our Wine Spectator Grand Award-Winning Wine Cellar. From the roots in our farms to the top of our adventurous mountain, you'll find 4-seasons of extraordinary nestled in the heart of the Garden State's picturesque northwest.

Diverse restaurants, which offer outstanding food in breathtaking settings.

Savor the flavors of locally grown and produced cuisine with a myriad of tantalizing choices with one common goal: to surpass your palate's wildest dreams. With your choice of an array of indoor and outdoor restaurants, bistros, pubs, and cafes, ranging from 4-star dining at the award-winning Restaurant Latour and accompanying world-renowned Wine Cellar to New Jersey's newest and freshest culinary experience amidst our very own Chef's Garden, your dining experiences at Crystal Springs will make for delicious memories.

Courtwood Inn

Courtwood Inn was built as an eco-friendly bed and breakfast with energy efficient windows, optimal overhangs for passive solar heating, light reflecting roofing, low VOC paints and ultra-efficient heating and cooling. Plus, our log walls are inherently good insulators. Besides landscaping with drought resistant plants, water from our on-site well is used for the fruit trees, herbs, edible plants and vegetables in our garden, and is filtered for personal use.

Experience Gorgeous Views of the San Joaquin Valley

At approximately 2500 ft., our southern view takes in the rolling foothills filled with pine trees all the way to the San Joaquin Valley. You can sit back, relax and recharge in the private area outside your room.

Courtwood breakfast

The multi-course breakfast begins with the wonderful aroma of fresh brewed, locally roasted coffee made especially for us by Gold Country Roasters. Enjoy a selection of seasonal fruit and then be treated to either a sweet or savory breakfast entrée, along with homemade muffins or scones.

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