Monday, June 1, 2009
Just a two-hour detour from Paris, the Loire was once a playground to Renaissance royals. Now its vaunted châteaux are attracting enterprising young couples and artists who have remade them into captivating—and surprisingly affordable—inns.
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FROM OUR BLOG: THIS JUST IN
We spotted on the TSA's blog that screeners have started "asking" passengers to put shoes directly on the X-ray belt instead of in bins. But is it a suggestion or a new requirement? A TSA spokesperson told us the measure is a "recommendation." Officers can get a better look at shoes on X-ray scans when they're not with other items in a bin. What's been your experience?
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A NEW NEW DEAL
Federal cash will change how we travel, a bit like the way FDR's plans reshaped cities and parks during the Great Depression. Check out our slide show
for a look forward and back.
CALLING ALL LOCALS
Our new magazine feature, My Town, is devoted to wisdom from Budget Travel
readers who live in some of our favorite places. We started with Santa Fe. Next up? Charleston, S.C., we want to hear from you! Brag about your town, and we'll publish the best recommendations in our September issue.
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These getaways to small towns and hidden beaches feel a world away—even if they're only a few hours' drive from home.
These hotels are offering reduced rates, free golf, museum passes, and the chance to explore California's gorgeous coastline, wine country, and beaches. Rates start at $89 per night.
why they're a deal
Book early to save on this seven-night cruise from Florida to the Bahamas and back, with stops in St. Thomas and Puerto Rico, all meals, and entertainment, from $399.
why it's a deal
MOST POPULAR REAL DEALS
- Panama Canal Cruise, 14 Nights, $1,199
- Lisbon & Porto, Air/6 Nights, From $688
- Yellowstone & Mount Rushmore Tour, $995
- Malta, Air/5 Nights, From $1,599
- Two Alaska Cruises, From $899
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