Translations In York With Tradewinds Vacations

For nearly 2,000 years York has been considered the capital of the north in England.  The city was founded by the Romans in 71 AD.  York is a walled city; the walls are estimated to be built around the 13the century.  The city is situated on the Rivers Ouse and Foss in North Yorkshire. It is considered to be one of the most impressive surviving medieval fortresses in all of Europe.  It is a city full of historic attractions.  The city attracts millions of visitors annually, and July and August are by far the busiest with tourist flow.

The Minister in York is the largest Gothic cathedral in England and stands at the city center.  The Minister took over 250 years to build and the original construction began in 1220.  The cathedral is most famous for its extensive stained glass. Especially the Great eastern Window that was built in 1405, it depicts the beginning and the end of the world.  The cathedral is open daily from 7:00AM until 6:00PM and admission is free, but a small donation is requested. To climb and access the tower does cost extra.  There are also free guided tours available.

Know that in York, gate means street, and bar means gate.  The Monk Bar is the most preserved gate in all of York, and even has a working portcullis.  York Castle is a complex of mixed architecture of buildings built from medieval times until the 20th century when the entrance to the York Castle Museum was built.  The site of the museum was a former prison. The museum is open daily from 9:30AM until 5:00PM and there is a nominal admission charge.  The museum’s collection displays everyday life in England throughout the centuries and is one of the best in England.  Located within the Castle is Clifford’s Tower. The city’s medieval walls are a popular walk, and they still contain their principal gateways.  To walk the entire walls is about 2 ½ miles.

Every September York has an annual Festival of Food and Drink.  The festival originated in 1997, and has over 150,000 visitors during the 10 days of festivities. The aim of the festival is to feature the cuisine of York and North Yorkshire by promoting local food production and establishments.  One of the most famous of course is the York ham that is traditionally served with a Madeira Sauce.  York ham is generally saltier than most ham, but with a more delicate flavor. Folklore says that the construction of the Minister provided the oak for smoking the original York ham.  Robert Burrow Atkinson butchery shop, located on Blossom Street is said to be the birthplace of the ham and the premises are still famous to this day.

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Winter Driving Tips From Tradewinds Vacations Club

Well friends, the election is over, the Christmas music is already playing in stores across the nation and our East Coast is officially getting pummeled by winter weather for the second time in less than two weeks. Areas throughout the U.S. have already experienced their first snowfall and those who will be traveling need to start preparing. To help you get ready for winter, here is a refresher course on winter driving to help you.

Before You Go

Before you even leave, there are a few things you need to take care of including:

Make sure your vehicle is well maintained and that all fluids are filled and that you have extra washer fluid for salt covered roads.
Make sure all lights are working.
Fill up your tires
Make sure you have packed an emergency kit including batteries, flashlight, blankets and water
Be sure you have a phone and a charger in case of emergencies

While You Are Traveling

Driving on winter roads is much more difficult than on summer roads as they can be slippery and during heavy snow, almost impossible to see. To avoid getting in accidents, take into account the following tips to help keep you and those around you safe:

Slow down and maintain a steady speed
Don’t think that just because you have 4 wheel drive you are immune to accidents, you may find that these people are often the ones who end up in the ditch first.
Never use cruise control during bad weather.
Avoid fast stops and starts as you are more likely to loose traction
Stay off the bumper in front of you. Tailgating is bad even in good weather, add a couple inches of slushy snow and you have a recipe for disaster.

Be smart

If you see that the weather is getting bad and have the option of postponing until the weather lightens and the roads are cleared, you may reduce your risks.

Tradewinds Vacations Club wishes you all the best in the upcoming winter months. Travel safe, travel smart and be safe when you travel. Enjoy the winter!

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The Best Of Brussels

Largest city in the Brussels Capital region of Belgium, Brussels is home to just over 160,000 residents and is dominated by Flemish and French influences. Considered to be the heart of all of Europe, this popular and cosmopolitan city is considered not only enjoyable but cost effective unlike many of Europe’s more well known and popular cities. A unique blend of east and west, the origins of this area date back to around the 600’s. Today, the city embraces its past while doing its part to help the future as an areas known for its green travel. From past to future, take a look at the best of Brussels with Tradewinds Vacations.

Basilica Koekelberg – A huge art deco church it was build to commemorate the 75th anniversary of Belgian independence. Though its construction was begun in 1905 the church was not finished until 1971.

Bozar – Built in 1928, this museum is considered the center of cultural and artistic life. You can enjoy tours of even areas once closed off to the public.

Atomium – Considered the most popular attraction in the city, the Atomium was built in 1958 for the World Exhibition. Shaped after a model of an elementary iron crystal enlarged 165 billion times, this unique piece of art is one to behold. Get in and explore the permanent exhibit inside and even visit the top sphere for great views of the city as well.

Museums of Art and History MRAH – Home to exhibits dating back thousands of years and spanning the globe, the MRAH is one of the best way to learn more about the history of the area and the world while enjoying this diverse and beautiful city.

A rich nightlife, great food options, wonderful events and activities and fine accommodations easily make this one of the top destinations for travel in Europe today.

Tradewinds Vacations would like to invite you to explore this and other amazing areas for travel with us. Review top destinations and tips to help you travel with us and learn to enjoy your vacations more.

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A Trip To Zion With Tradewinds Vacations

Utah’s first national park, Zion National Park offers you a trip back in time. Follow the paths where the first people walked, see the cliffs towering high above you or explore the diverse and amazingly well adapted plants and animals that call this harsh landscape home. First named Mukuntuweap National Park in 1909 by President Taft, the park was renamed Zion and established as a national monument in 1919.

Diverse in not only natural features but also in terms of history, activities popular in the park take advantage of the spectacular natural features of the park as well as embracing the history of the people of the area as well. For the visitor who chooses to visit Zion, the trip will begin at one of the Visitor Centers and History Museum in the park. They include:

  • Zion Canyon Visitor Center
  • Zion Canyon Wilderness Desk
  • Zion Human History Museum
  • Kolob Canyons Visitor Center

Here you can learn more about the history of the area and the people and animals as well as the geology of the area and its features as well. You will also pay your fees which vary depending on how you enter and are valid for 7 days. Ideally, you spend the whole time exploring the area and enjoy the campground or the cabins or Lodge to make it a true trip into the Utah Wilderness.

As with all natural areas, it is imperative that you know what safety issues you need to be careful of. In Zion, common or not so common safety issues include getting to close to wild animals including squirrels, Mountain Lions, and Desert Big Horn Sheep. Home to 69 species of animals, over 200 birds and 29 amphibians, reptiles and fish, it is your responsibility to respect them all and never touch.

In addition, the canyons of the park are prone to flash floods making them a danger during heavy rains in nearby areas. If you see any signs of possible flooding, get to higher ground. Drink plenty of water, prepare for anything and always keep someone informed as to your location for your safety.

Popular within the park:

Weeping Rock
Big Bend
The Grotto
Zion Lodge
Court of the Patriarchs
Zion- Mt Carmel Highway
Kolob Terrace Road
Kolog Canyons Road
Canyon Junction
Visitor Center

Also, take advantage of ranger led programs as well.

Tradewinds Vacations encourages you to get out and explore the beauty and history that is our world. Travel more, explore more and do it with Tradewinds Vacations, your partner in travel.

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Covered Bridge Capital Of The West

The city of Cottage Grove is home to just under 10,000 residents. More than this, this third largest city in Lane County is home to more covered bridges than any other in the state today. For this reason, thousands of travelers make a trip to see and explore this feature of the city today. Bridges dating back to as early as the 1920’s all the way to 1987 can be found throughout the area. Home to 6 bridges all within just minutes of the downtown area, the bridges include:

Chambers Railroad Bridge
Stewart Bridge
Dorena Bridge
Centennial Bridge
Currin Bridge
Mosby Creek Bridge

Each unique from the other, these bridges have come to symbolize the past. Within the county, a total of 20 covered bridges can be toured throughout the region, and 16 of these are listed today on the National Register of Historical Places.

About The City

While well known for its covered bridges, the city of Cottage Grove is known for its friendly residents and its small town charm. Home to a number of golf courses, art galleries, specialty shops and other small shops are popular ways of enjoying the area. In addition, its location near to two lakes and natural areas, swimming, fishing, sailing and recreating in the outdoors are also popular ways to relax and enjoy the beauty of small town Oregon.

Established in 1855, the city of Cottage Grove is conveniently located on the west bank of the Coast Fork Willamette River. In the late 1800’s the Southern Pacific railroad built a track through the area and the town took off. Incorporated as Cottage Grove in 1887, the city and neighboring Lemati were consolidated into one in 1899.

Historic and picturesque, the city of Cottage Grove is a wonderful way to spend the day or a week enjoying the Oregon Country.

Tradewinds Vacation Club invites you to explore amazing cities and towns worth visiting in the U.S. and abroad. Learn and experience the world with Tradewinds Vacation Club, your partner in travel.

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Tradewinds Vacations In Cincinnati

First settled in 1788, the city of Cincinnati is located on the border of Ohio and the state of Kentucky on the Ohio River. Population of around 300,000, Cincinnati is home to a wide variety of attractions and destinations including those dating back to its early settlement, Cincinnati started out as one of the largest cities in the U.S. Located in an area where rail and river meet, Cincinnati has always been important and despite its slowed growth in past years, it is still one of the most iconic cities on the Ohio River today.

Visitors come from all over to enjoy its most well known feature, that of its historical architecture and its cultural sites as well. Known as the “Paris of America”, Cincinnati boasts one of the largest collections of Italianate architecture in the world today. Of historical significance are its downtown historical area as well as the Cincinnati Music Hall, the Museum Center at Union Terminal and others including the German heritage Museum, the Harriet Beecher Stowe House and hundreds of other nearby destinations throughout the area.

Perfect for families and more, the top attractions in the city today include:

A trip to see the Cincinnati Pops
A visit to the Cincinnati Art Museum
A trip to the Union Terminal
A visit with the animals at the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden
Family fun at the Entertrainment Junction
A trip back in time at the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center
A trip to the Newport Aquarium

This time of year is a great one for visiting Cincinnati as many annual festivals and events are taking place. Including a number of fun fall festivals, pumpkin sales and heritage festivals. Visit their website to learn more about all this amazing and historic city has to offer you and travel more with Tradewinds Vacations.

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Haunts In England

Many of England’s most haunted castles have histories that stretch back over hundreds of years. It is of no surprise that many are linked with ghostly tales and peculiar goings on. If you are on a quest for a truly spine chilling experience, England has some of the most haunted establishments around.

In England there are many. The ghost of Anne Boleyn is said to be seen every Christmas Eve when she returns home to Hever Castle in Kent. Her ghostly apparition is seen drifting silently over the picturesque bridge that spans the river Eden. Berry Pomeroy Castle is a Tudor mansion within the walls of castle; it is near the village of Berry Pomeroy, in South Devon, England. It was built in the late 15th century. Berry Pomeroy castle is reputed to be the home to several female ghosts and two brothers. The appearance of the Black Dog of Leeds Castle is said to bring bad luck or death to its occupants. The origins of this belief lay with Eleanor of Gloucester, King Henry VI’s aunt, who in 1431 was found guilty of practicing witchcraft, heresy and treason. During the long and renowned 900 years of its existence, The Tower of London has developed a reputation as being one of the most eerie and spooky places in Britain. The Tower of London has been the sight of beheadings, murders, torture and hangings, as well as being a prison to aristocracy.

Anne Boleyn is believed to also haunt The Tower of London. Henry VIII after having learned that the baby she carried was a boy and was still- born accused her of infidelity. She was taken to Tower Green and was beheaded on May 19, 1536.  Anne appears near the Queen’s House, close to the site where her execution was carried out. She can allegedly be seen leading a ghostly procession of nobles down the aisle of the Chapel Royal of St. Peter ad Vincula. She is said to float down the aisle to her final resting place. Queen Anne is buried under the Chapel’s altar. Her headless body has also allegedly been seen walking the corridors of the Tower.

The Salt Tower is one of the most haunted areas of the Tower of London complex. This is a very old section, apparently dogs will not enter this ancient building, and ever since one of the Yeoman Warders was nearly throttled by a force unseen, they will not go in the area after nightfall. The Yeomen Warders, known as the Beefeaters, are ceremonial guardians of the Tower of London.  They are responsible for looking after any prisoners at the Tower and safeguarding the British crown jewels.

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Music In Austin

The first South by Southwest Music Conference and Festival (SXSW) was held in 1987 in Austin, Texas. SXSW Music is one of the largest music festivals in the United States, with more than 2,000 performers playing in more than 90 venues. SXSW Music offers artist-provided music and video samples of featured artists at each festival via their official YouTube channel.

Austin’s eclectic music scene goes back to early in the city’s history and encompasses a wide variety of music including country, folk, jazz, blues and rock. Central Austin boasts more original music nightclubs in a concentrated area than any other city in the world. The classic problem facing Austin musicians was being isolated from the rest of the world in the middle of Texas. SXSW was a way to reach out to the rest of the world, and bring them here to do business. To do that successfully, SXSW needed to appeal to people other than local artists whether they were from Austin, Ft. Worth, Chicago, Toronto, Munich or Tokyo.

National interest in SXSW was immediate. For years, music businesses on both coasts had been intrigued by what was going on in Austin. The cosmic cowboy, blues, punk and other scenes had already proven that Austin was a receptive place for bands to be creative. With SXSW, music industry executives gained a good excuse to visit. International interest in SXSW began the second year due to many Austin and American bands finding their first success in Europe.

The music event has grown from 700 registrants in 1987 to over 16,000 registrants. In 1994, SXSW added a film and interactive component to accommodate these growth industries. SXSW Film and SXSW Interactive events together attract approximately 32,000 registrants to Austin every March.

SXSW’s original goal was to create an event that would act as a tool for creative people and the companies they work with to develop their careers, to bring together people from a wide area to meet and share ideas. That continues to be the goal today whether it is music, film or the internet. And Austin continues to be the perfect location.

Tradewinds Vacations Club welcomes you to explore the world’s top destinations for travel with us. From the exotic to the adventurous, enjoy travel more with Tradewinds Vacations Club.


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Originally a lumber town and port, Saugatuck, along with the neighboring city of Douglas became a noted art colonies and tourist destinations in the arts and crafts movement of the late 1800’s. In the early 20th century, Saugatuck was home to the famous Big Pavilion, a large dance hall that attracted bands and visitors from across the Midwest. The building was a popular destination on Lake Michigan from its construction in 1909 until it burned down on May 6, 1960.

Today, tourists are drawn to the art galleries, harbor, marinas, scenery, unusual stores, and the view from atop Mount Baldhead, and attractions such as Oval Beach on Lake Michigan, which enjoys a worldwide reputation. Nearby are Saugatuck Dunes State Park and Allegan State Game Area as is the city of Holland

Saugatuck’s primary source of revenue stems from selling salted duck and tourism – though only 1,000 individuals call Saugatuck their year-round home, the population of the town grows to almost 3,000 in the summer. Saugatuck is a prime summer weekend getaway destination for residents of Chicago, Grand Rapids and Detroit areas and many guests are attracted to the many Bed and Breakfasts in the area. In 2010, Saugatuck came in fourth in Budget Travel Magazine’s ten coolest towns in America.

In town, attractions include the many art galleries (over a dozen), small, independent shops, and restaurants, such as the Butler (named after the founder of the town, William Butler), Marro’s Italian Restaurant, The Elbo Room, Coral Gables, and the Mermaid Bar & Grill. The Saugatuck Chain Ferry departs from Wicks Park, near the Star of Saugatuck, a large paddle-wheel boat that gives daily tours of the Kalamazoo River and Lake Michigan. In addition, there are art and music festivals throughout the year, offering fun and unique experiences.

Other attractions include the nearby town of Douglas, Saugatuck’s sister city, and the above mentioned Oval Beach. Saugatuck’s historic churches contribute to a vibrant community while preserving some of the oldest buildings in town. The oldest of these churches is First Congregational Church, founded in 1860. Douglas is also home to the SS Keewatin, a coal-fired steamship formerly of the Canadian Pacific Railway. The 105 year old ship is a floating museum and a fixture in the harbor. Since the 1970s the Saugatuck and neighboring Douglas have been popular as a tourist destination for gay and lesbian tourists from the Chicago, Detroit, Indianapolis, and Grand Rapids area as well as other Midwestern urban areas. It has even been nicknamed by some as the Provincetown of the Midwest.

No matter who you are and where you travel, by knowing what America’s small towns have to offer, you too can enjoy the unique and special experiences offered to top tourist destaitnions. Spend time exploring travel and vacations with Tradewinds Vacations Club.

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History, Culture and Beauty In Cape May

Cape May is a city at the southern tip of Cape May Peninsula in Cape May County, New Jersey, where the Delaware Bay meets the Atlantic Ocean. One of the country’s oldest vacation resort destinations, it is part of the Ocean City Metropolitan Statistical Area. As of the 2010 United States Census, the city had a year-round population of 3,607.  In the summer, Cape May’s population is expanded by as many as 40,000 to 50,000 visitors. The entire city of Cape May is designated the Cape May Historic District, a National Historic Landmark due to its concentration of Victorian buildings. With a rich history, award-winning beaches, designation as a top bird watching location, and many Victorian structures, Cape May is a seaside resort drawing visitors from around the world. Cape May was recognized as one of America’s top 10 beaches by the Travel Channel.

Known both for its Victorian gingerbread homes and its cultural offerings, the town hosts the Cape May Jazz Festival, the Cape May Music Festival and the Cape May, New Jersey Film Festival.  Cape May is also home for the Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts, which offers year-round arts classes. African American history tours are transforming the historic Franklin Street School into a Community Cultural Center.

Cape May is the home of the so-called “Cape May Diamonds”. They show up at Sunset Beach and other beaches in the area. These are in fact clear quartz pebbles that wash down from the Delaware River. They begin as prismatic quartz (including the color sub-varieties such as Smoky Quartz and Amethyst) in the quartz veins alongside the Delaware River that get eroded out of the host rock and wash down 200 miles to the shore. Collecting Cape May diamonds is a popular pastime and many tourist shops sell them polished or even as faceted stones.

The Cape May area is also world-famous for the observation of migrating birds, especially in the fall. With over 400 bird species having been recorded in this area and hundreds of local birders, Cape May is arguably the top bird-watching area in the entire Northeastern United States. The Cape May Bird Observatory is based nearby at Cape May Point.

Cape May’s economy runs on shops, restaurants, lodgings and tourist attractions on Washington Street Mall, along the boardwalk and elsewhere throughout town. Many historic hotels and B&Bs dot the landscape. Commercial and sport fishing are also important to Cape May’s economy. Marine mammal watching, bird watching, and other forms of eco-tourism have become equally important in Cape May. A small wine growing area is adjacent to Cape May, and tourists to Cape May visit the four local wineries: Hawk Haven Vineyard and Winery, Turdo Vineyards, Natali Vineyards and Cape May Winery.

Tradewinds Vacations invites you to start exploring all the world’s top destinations for travel. In the U.S. or around the world, find out what makes you happy when you travel with Tradewinds Vacations.

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