Best Christmas Holiday City Breaks for Families in US

You may think there is no difference, but some cities are great, and some are the ultimate family trip destinations for experiencing the best Christmas holiday getaway. There is plenty of family attractions all over the East Coast. We have picked the best family vacation itinerary attractions for budget travelers in the most family-friendly cities in the US. Read on and get ready for the perfect family time this winter holiday season!

San Francisco, California family vacation

San Francisco has a lot to offer for families with young children, teens, and even toddlers. It is easy to travel here with infants as well, as most places in San Francisco offers free parking, so visiting museums, parks, and other attraction will be no problem. You can also get into the old cable car to get around!  From Golden Gate Park with its many attractions to Walt Disney family museum, everyone has something to do here. If your kids want to spend their day in an amusement park, San Francisco will be the perfect place to be – the Pier 39 has all you can imagine. To wrap up the day, go to Chinatown with its colorful lanterns, the smell of fresh dumplings and sweets in tea houses and enjoy the Eastern culture in the heart of the West.

San Diego, California vacation package DIY

Who needs a San Diego package holidays when your family is unique? DIY your own family trip and find the best deals, handpicked and enjoyed only by you. Visit the century-old Belmont Amusement Park or see Balboa dancers mastering the nuances of the dance in Balboa Park. Spend a day outdoors watching tide pools and exhibits, taste the seafood near Shelter Island and watch the sun go down at Sunset Cliffs. Fresh air, the right sizing of the city and location by the coast make San Diego one of the top destinations for a family trip.

Chicago

If one city calls for a “family friendly” label, then it is Chicago. From the Navy Pier to Millenium Park and Shedd Aquarium, Chicago provides loads of attractions for every family member, no matter the age and interests. You can grab an original rainbow cone at Navy Pier, shop around with your family and take the must-have selfie with Cloud Gate in the background. But there is a lot more to it; Jay Pritzker Pavilion, the Crown Fountain and Lurie Garden, among many other awesome attractions are granted to entertain you all day long. For budget travel, remember that Shedd Aquarium has free admission days listed on their website, while the 4D theatre is free for the basic viewing when purchasing the ticket.

Washington, D.C.

If you want to provide your kids with some knowledge of the US and show them the White House, Washington is a place to go. Large, yet airy and dense of parks, it has a lot to offer to those seeking a bit more of an educational trip. You can visit museums specialized in the US history called Smithsonian Institutional Office and just spend amazing time in Washington’s green areas and amusement parks.

New York

From Frank Sinatra to Kevin getting lost in NY Christmas spirit alone, New York has something to offer not only for adults but also for kids. It is exceptionally welcoming for families with pets. Starting with climbing up on the crown of the Statue of Liberty, continuing with the Metropolitan Museum of Art and finishing off with a relaxing day at the Central Park, it is hard to find a better destination for a family city getaway. Do not forget to take your dog with you – at the Central Park, dogs are allowed off-leash between 6 a.m. and 9 a.m. and then 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. In the middle of the day, you can leash your pet and enjoy your time with family for almost free – just check what activities are hosted beforehand. If you happen to love diversity and want to try some new foods, then Chinatown will top your family’s list. Pork buns, dumplings, and hand-pulled noodles are must, and you can also get some vegan bubble tea, or shop around in markets for everything starting from dried fish to herbs and spices. To hang out with locals, go to Columbus Park for playing Tai Chi, chess or mahjong. Still craving some nature? Check out the Bronx Zoo – the largest metropolitan zoo is free on Wednesdays, but if you cannot make it, ask for the general admission ticket for half the price of the standard ticket.

Seattle, Washington

Your family will love the Museum of Pop Culture, and you will have a great time exploring the pop culture form a little bit more scientific perspective. Bundle the museum attendance for free on Thursday with the Museum of Flight and   Pacific Science center for the ultimate winter holiday vacation. With Vietnamese restaurants popping up all around, you must try Pho along with the well-known favorite dessert of Obama Fran’s Chocolates.

No matter which city you choose to go to, remember to enjoy your time with family. Do not plan too much and run around the museums – instead, experience a little different city culture, try new foods, spend relaxing hours in city parks and go to places you have never been before. Most importantly, do not get stressed out trying to provide your family with the perfect vacation – just plan ahead, get to know the best places and take care of everyone’s needs and wants to agree on the places to go to.

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Cuddlynest at ITB Asia 2018

CuddlyNest attends ITB Asia 2018 in Singapore to learn about the latest innovations and technical developments. AI and machine learning is ruling

19 October 2018

  • Startup OTA “CuddlyNest” attends ITB Asia on October 17-19
  • ITB Asia is the leading B2B trade show gathering professionals from MICE, Leisure, and Corporate Travel markets
  • “CuddlyNest” to learn, network and understand industry-leading innovation

This week global OTA startup  “CuddlyNest” attended the leading travel trade show in the Asia market in Sands Expo and Convention Centre in Marina Bay Sands, Singapore. The conference has hit new records hosting more visitors, exhibitors, and countries than ever before. During the three-day B2B, the startup has gathered and established important intra-industry connections, learned about the trending tech solutions and the prospects of Asian and European market convergence and better integration.

This year, the conference hit the record number of attendees and exhibitors, both counting over 1,000 and representing more than 127 countries. The main theme being “Travel Reimagined”, the discussions and stands gave “CuddlyNest” a new perspective to differentiate the inventory to provide the perfect accommodation for any kind of traveler, from MICE and corporate segment to Muslim travelers with their specific needs. Paraphrasing the COO of “Cuddlynest,” we now live in the age where globalization allows everyone to travel – and so, we need everyone to be able to find a place to stay, regardless of their culture, race, gender, budget or religious beliefs.

ITB Asia 2018 was for the 11th year held in Sands Expo and Convention Centre, Marina Bay Sands, and was organized by Messe Berlin (Singapore) Pte Ltd and supported by the Singapore Exhibition & Convention Bureau. The B2B exhibition featured companies from Asia and Pacific, Europe, the Americas, Africa, and the Middle East, and was attended by experts from leisure, MICE and corporate travel markets.

About CuddlyNest

CuddlyNest is a global online travel accommodation marketplace catering to all traveler types willing to book any type of accommodation from over  200 countries with the lowest service/traveler fee. Our innovative booking fee sharing model allows our guests to book for a reduced guest fee, host to earn more. The fast growth of the company’s inventory and partnerships promise a market-leading position in the travel ecosystem.

For partnerships, discussions or interviews, please contact:

Ritesh Raj
Chief Operating Officer
[email protected]

 

CuddlyNest at VRWS 2018


CuddlyNest attends Vacation rental World Summit 2018 in Como, Italy and Closes Partnerships with Local Property Managers

 

  • Startup OTA “CuddlyNest” attends Vacation Rental World Summit (VRWS) in Como, Italy
  • VRWS is the largest independent vacation rental (VR) industry conference in the world
  • “CuddlyNest” to close partnerships with many local businesses and learn about industry innovation and future prospects

 

Global travel online travel agency startup “CuddlyNest” attended one of the main hospitality industry events VRWS on October 6-7 in Lake Como, Italy. During the two day conference, the startup has closed many valuable partnerships with local property managers and participated in the discussion on the future of the travel industry, hospitality, and growth of vacation rental industry.

The conference gathered more than 100 vacation industry professionals from all around the world and gave a stage to leading industry experts from Booking.com, Airbnb, TripAdvisor, hospitality industry regulatory institutions and other marketing and VR tech professionals.  The main topics discussed in the conference verged from the analysis of the state of the VR industry, the risks and opportunities related to state regulations and growing travel accommodation convergence between vacation rentals and hotels, as well as innovation and development. The spotlight of the innovation and development was given to blockchain technology, virtual assistant deployment at homes, and professional management software. More and more importance was given to discussion of the effectiveness of current distribution systems, and the clash between decentralized marketplaces and OTAs versus self-promoted highly local business marketing.

Industry professionals like Simon Lehmann, Andy McNulty, and Tammi Sims shared their insights and opinions of the future opportunities and threats of the VR industry. According to  Lehmann, the property managers are about to become the cleaners and receptionists of the industry if not taking the matter in their own hands and optimizing distribution channels. Another insight of Tammi Sims was, that the hospitality industry is highly local and bound to comply quality over the scale. Therefore, the future expansion and scaling of the vacation rental industry, as well as hotel chain acquisitions of VR are doubted to be successful in the long-term.

About CuddlyNest

CuddlyNest is a global online travel accommodation marketplace catering to any type of traveler willing to book any type of accommodation in more than 200 countries with lowest service/traveler fee. Our innovative booking fee sharing model allows our guests to book for a reduced guest fee,  and the fast growth of the company’s inventory and partnerships promise a market-leading position in the travel ecosystem.

For partnerships, discussions or interviews, please contact:

Ritesh Raj
Chief Operating Officer
[email protected]

 

 

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5 Foods to Try when Visiting Croatia

If you are like us, some of your all-time travel highlights associate with amazing foods you have tried on trips. Be it a flavourful Italian pizza, a traditional rye bread soup in Baltics or the very best homemade Spanish mimosa your host offered whilst in Valencia, you name it. Our taste buds are oftentimes the best travel guides when it comes to new and exciting experiences. Read on and see what Croatian cuisine has to offer – and do not forget to scribble down your own favorites to try on your upcoming trip!

Croatian Cuisine – The Mix of the Best

Visiting Croatia, you will soon realize that the cuisine in mainland Croatia and that in coastal regions is very different in both food preparation and main ingredients. The mainland cuisine brings more Slavic tradition, and shares some traditional dishes and desserts, such as stuffed bell peppers and poppy seed strudel, with it’s neighboring countries – Hungary and even Turkey. The coastal regions, on the other hand, are known for their likeliness with Italian cuisine. If you enjoy salads, fresh fish and other seafood, then Split, amongst other Adriatic sea resorts is a place to go this holiday. However, we advise you to go for diversity – if there is a chance to spend several days in Croatia, go for it! The foodie in you will not regret a second.

Croatia Food – Travel and Experience the Traditional Cuisine

As previously said, one must go around Croatia to get a sense of its diversity – both in culture, folklore and traditional arts and crafts, as well as traditional Croatian cuisine. Therefore, we are guiding you through all regions of Croatia starting from coastal historical regions of Istria and Dalmatia to inland Slavonija. Let’s dive into the taste of Croatia! We have it all for you, whether you are an omnivore, vegetarian, vegan or gluten-free.

1. Croatia for Vegans – Poppy Seed and Almond Strudel

If you think Strudel is for Austrians, think again. Croatian poppy seed-filled strudels that come straight from the oven and fill the air with warm, sweet poppy seed smell, are one of the best we have tried. The slightly crunchy top, sprinkled with snow-white sugar, and the rich taste of poppy seeds make the strudel a perfect start of the day. Coupled with a milky soya cappuccino from freshly ground coffee beans, there is almost nothing that can beat the duo for your breakfast. Our favorite place in Zagreb is Dubravica pekarnica – just make sure to be early enough to get some of the best pastries in town!

2. Vegetarian Croatia Holiday Food – Pag Cheese

If you are into ecological, free range and extremely tasty food, Croatian Pan cheese is a  must. Derived from sheep on Pan island, it is hard, salty and dry, and more so with aging. For cheese lovers, it may remind Italian pecorino. One of the peculiarities if this cheese is the strong and distinct taste resulting from the sheep freely grazing the natural herbs, like rosemary and others. Paški sir, as it is referred to in Croatian, can be tasted also in food tours, so do not forget to check those out before going to Croatia.

3. Korčula White Wine

Croatia weather and climate is especially good for winemaking, and traditional wineries offer one of the best white wine varieties in the region. In Croatia, Korčula island is well known for its winemaking tradition. The island is not only proud of its white sand beaches but also carries the tradition of winemaking. Apart from the dry white grp, which is produced exclusively in Croatia, Korčula’s forests hide two wine villages Čara and Smokvica, where pošip grapes are grown. Both wines go well together with seafood, lamb and even traditional Peka stews. You can also taste the prošek, a dessert wine, to accompany the dessert fruits.

4. Octopus Salad – the Speciality you Have to Try

If there is one reason Croatian cuisine is told to be similar to Venetian traditional cuisine, it is the abundance of seafood in it. When in coastal regions of Croatia, you are officially allowed to order only seafood – otherwise we foresee some serious regrets. While the best Croatian restaurants, such as Konoba Lambik on Hvar island, offer a wide variety of seafood: lobsters, mussels, octopus, even black ink fish foods and others, one of the best and most distinct Croatian specialties is the Octopus salad. Hacked octopus, grilled and served with fresh leafy greens, is the perfect lunch on a hot summer day. Some restaurants (as in the picture, Hvar) add potatoes and capers, whilst some go for cherry tomatoes. You may want to order a glass of grp to go along – and experience the gourmet Croatian cuisine in full!

5. Peka – the Hearty Dish of Dalmatia

With the winter season coming, stews and hearty vegetable and meat dishes take over Croatian cuisine. One of the specialties and must-tries in case you visit Croatia in the cold(er) months of the year is Peka. Traditionally sauteed in a metal pot, this food can include any kind of meat together with root vegetables. Its taste and the fullness of flavor comes from hours of spices, vegetables and meat simmering over the outdoor open flame – and it is worth it. Be sure to include Peka on your dinner or lunch menu to get warm and going.

Taste Croatia Your Own Way

Although reading must-do must-visit Croatia activities, tours and guides may be pleasing, do not forget to enjoy the moment. There is nothing better than tasting the Croatian wine in wineries even without pre-booked tours and enjoying the unexpected activities on the spot. Go to a restaurant, be spontaneous, and keep in mind that every experience counts – you may remember that moonlight swim and a simple beach picnic with grp and pastries much longer than months-ahead booked gourmet dining at the top restaurant.

Enjoy your trip and share your favorite dishes and Croatian recipes in the comments below!

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1 de Octubre: Día Internacional del café

¿Sabías que hay un día para celebrar el maravilloso placer de beberse una taza de café? Pues bien, ese día ha llegado. Cada 1 de Octubre se celebra el Día Internacional del café, una bebida indispensable para empezar con buen pie cada mañana para la mayoría.

Lo que se celebra en realidad, es el viaje del café desde la finca a la tienda local: una oportunidad para rendir homenaje a las mujeres y los hombres que cultivan y cosechan el café que nos encanta.

Por eso, desde Cuddlynest creemos que es la ocasión ideal para hablaros de 4 lugares del mundo de 2018 con los mejores granos de café, porque quién sabe si en vuestra próxima escapada podréis deleitaros con una taza del mejor café en uno de estos lugares.

1. TANZANIA PEABERRY CAFÉ

Esta especialidad de grano crece en el monte Meru y klimanjaro. Tiene un sabor profundo y rico, a menudo revelando toques de grosella negra que suavizan hasta convertirse en chocolate y luego se funden en el persistente y dulce final del café.

Si tenéis la oportunidad de viajar a Tanzania debéis probar un asado mediano, que proporciona un aroma floral y complejo, que a menudo muestra notas de piña, cítricos o coco. El sabor es delicado, a veces revelando notas vinosas y una sensación aterciopelada en el paladar.

2. KENYA AA CAFÉ

Los mejores granos de café de Kenia AA exhiben un cuerpo completo y un sabor fuerte y rico con una agradable acidez que algunos dicen que proporciona el café más brillante del mundo. El aroma de Kenya AA es fragante con tonos florales, mientras que el final es vino con matices cítricos y bayas.

Si alguna vez decides pasear por el país africano añade a tu lista una taza de este brevage, quién sabe, quizá alguna reserva de Masai te puede sorprender con una bienvenida llena de aroma y sabor.

3. HAWAII KONNA CAFÉ

Los mejores granos de café Arábica de Hawai se cultivan a aproximadamente 2,000 pies sobre el nivel del mar en las laderas fértiles de los volcanes Mauna Loa y Hualalai en la Isla Grande de Hawai. El café Kona es conocido por su sabor ligero pero delicado con un aroma complejo.

El café Kona a menudo revela cualidades mantecosas y especiadas y tonos vinosos sutiles con un excelente final aromático. Así que ya sabéis, no hay nada mejor que disfrutar del sabor del grano Konna con las vistas espectaculares que Hawaii ofrece.

4. MOCHA JAVA CAFÉ

Tal vez la mezcla más famosa de granos de café, Mocha Java incluye el café árabe Mocha (Yemen) y el café indonesio Java Arábica, dos cafés con características complementarias. Los mejores cafés Mocha de Yemen exhiben una intensidad vivaz y una frescura placentera que complementa la suavidad limpia y brillante del café Java. La mezcla tradicional de granos de café Mocha y Java crea una copa elaborada compleja pero bien equilibrada.
Que mejor que pasar unas vacaciones en Indonesia recorriendo el maravillosa país y saboreando uno de los cafés con más historia.

Evidentemente la lista no acaba aquí, si de verdad os interesa saber más sobre el proceso de creación del café un lugar esencial es Colombia, las plantaciones de café de la zona son dignas de visita, ya que el cultivo de sus granos es una de las actividades económicas más importantes del país.

De todas maneras, lo importante es sentirse como en casa en cualquier sitio, y eso es algo que se puede lograr con el mejor alojamiento y una buena taza de café.