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The Great American Staycation

As economic times cause us all to tighten our belts and close up our wallets, many families are turning to the idea of a "staycation" rather than a traditional vacation. But how do you make sure you have a fun, relaxing and fulfilling staycation at home? The Great American Staycation will show you how staying at home can be one of the best vacations of all. Whether it's a romantic staycation for a couple or one for a family with kids, this book will help you out with plenty of top tips.

Travel and Terror

A federal grand jury in Detroit has indicted Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab in the failed Christmas Day terrorist attack on an Detroit-bound airliner. Following is a TSA (Transportation Security Administration) guidance for passengers on heightened security measures in place following this incidence.

Illinois Getaway Guide

It is the season to get a deal on your Illinois winter getaway with exceptional rates and packages. From decorated mansions and festive zoos to miniature trains and giant snow sculptures, Illinois offers a variety of events to experience the magic of the season. To enjoy mile after magnificant mile of family fun click on the link below.  For further information on the state of Illinois and the great city of Chicago also browse in our travel section.

Beautiful Hawaii

Dreaming of a warm climate and place to visit?  You can soak up the sunshine in Maui, Oahu & the big Island in Hawaii.  The Waikiki beach is a great beach to surf or just enjoy the white sand shores.  The fresh, floral air energizes you. The warm, tranquil waters refresh you.

Frankenmuth

FrankenmuthEvery fall my family enjoys visiting Frankenmuth, Michigan.  Our visit always gets us in the holiday spirit.  We always start with the world famous family style chicken dinner at Zehnder's or the Bavariann Inn.  Then we head over to Bronner's, the world's largest Christmas store.  If you would like to visit Frankenmuth or another Michigan city, start with The Michigan Travel Companion for a list of accommodations.

Forbes Travel Guides

Forbes has issued its first set of four and five star awards for hotels, and restaurants as the new brand name for what was formerly known as the Mobil Travel Guide. The awards were given out under the Mobil brand for more than 50 years. The ratings are based on evaluations of more than 500 attributes. For a complete list of winners go to http://www.forbestravelguide.com..

World Heritage Sites

The new book "World Heritage Sites", is a treasure trove of information. Readers will be impressed with this all encompassing testament to world culture. It describes 878 sites from 141 countries which the United Nations has designated as culturally or enviromentally important to the world. "World Heritage List", has proved to be a valuable tool in the battle to preserve much of the world's cultural and natural heritage. Its strict criteria results in only the world's most spectacular and extraordinary sites making it onto the list. The list has been publicly available online at http://whc.unesco.org but never in a book format like this.

Ellis

Many of us have ancestors who made their way from foreign lands to a small island at the mouth of the Hudson River. Once known as Little Oyster Island, Ellis Island acquired it's present name from a colonial New Yorker named Samuel Ellis. The immigration station opened in 1892 where 12 million immigrants were processed before it wound down in 1924 and finally closed in November of 1954. For every thousand weary faces that passed through there were a thousand different stories of hope, promise and anticipation.

An excellent new book on the topic is American Passage: The History of Ellis Island by Vincent J. Cannato. Learn more about this place and the people who came together to form this unique blend of customs and cultures we call America.

In the Heart of the Canyon

For those of you who have wanted to do some adventure travel, you will want to read Elizabeth Hyde's new fiction book — In the Heart of the Canyon. Everyone who signs on to this trip gets more than they bargained for, the elements of heat and white water being only the parts they planned on, the rest comes from their fellow travelers. As a reader you will hold your breath at times for the next turn in the river and be grateful you are safe at home reading the book. This will make you view your fellow travelers in a whole new light as you learn the reasons and secrets of our adventurers on this trip. Enjoy!

Disappearing World: 101 of the Earth's most extraordinary and endangered places

Disappearing World will take readers on a remarkable journey to the world's most extraordinary and endangered locations. Since 1972, sites of natural, historic, and cultural significance have been designated as World Heritage sites by the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization. Discover the earth's most amazing places before they disappear completely.

31 Places to Go For Halloween

Looking for a new and different way to enjoy Halloween? Looking for something or some place that is creepy, spooky, or haunted? Julie Blakely of travelgearblog.com has created a list of 31 creepy places to visit throughout the world.

I Love New York

I love New York. You see it everywhere from T shirts to key chains. For me it's true; I love New York City. If you've never been there you have to go. If it's been a while it's definitely time to go back. There is something for everyone in "The Big Apple". If you love shopping and night life there's the Garment District and Times Square. If smaller artsy boutiques and quaint sidewalk cafes are more your style try Greenwich Village or Little Italy. Whether it's uptown, downtown or midtown you're sure to have a wonderful time exploring one of the world's greatest cities. We have an excellent selection of travel guides for New York City in our collection. Come in and check them out.

Polish-American Heritage Month

October is Polish American Heritage Month and your library can help you celebrate! Our International Language Collection features fiction and non-fiction materials written in Polish. Who wouldn't savor, Cooking the Polish Way by Zamojska-Hutchings. Children may enjoy I am Polish American by Samuel Kapowski, about a young boy who talks of his Polish heritage, including foods, customs and famous Poles. If music is more your style our CD collection features Homage to Polish Music and myriad polkas for all. For additional information on Polish Heritage Month visit the Polish American Center.

5 websites for frugal travelers

 

Everything you need to know about traveling. To help you plan ahead and increase your odds of smooth sailing, here is a list of some helpful websites. Take advantage of an expert's experience. 5 websites for frugal travelers

Kerrytown BookFest 2009

The 7th Annual Kerrytown BookFest is coming to the Ann Arbor Farmer's Market on Sunday, September 13 from 11:00AM-5:00PM. Jane & Michael Stern, authors of Roadfood will speak at Noon and at 2:00PM Aunt Agatha's presents Mysteries to Cook By with JoAnna Carl, Julie Hyzy, and Miranda Bliss a.k.a. Casey Daniels. Featured guest, Jeffery Deaver will speak at 4:00PM.

Fun Festivals & Fairs

As summer begins to wind down and fall begins to rev up, keep the fun going! Visit one of Michigan's great fall Festivals & Fairs.
The Michigan State Fair is going on now through Labor Day. See www.absolutemichigan.com for a schedule of events.
Check out www.Michigan.org for the many festivals and fairs available in just about every city.
Visit our large selections of materials on festivals and fairs. Some to check-out are:

Looking for a Fun Family Vacation Before School Starts?

Start with one of the Michigan adventures in the new book The 10 Best of Everything Families : An Ultimate Guide for Travelers by Susan H. Magsamen. Will it be a trip to the Sleeping Bear Dunes, Mackinac Island, Greenfield Village or just a Sunday ride to the Diary Store at Michigan State University? Organized regionally and thematically, from the local to the national and the international (itineraries for Cape Town, London, Vancouver, and Hong Kong), the book is filled with ten-best lists, sidebars, maps, and more. A perfect resource for planning a week-long vacation with grandparents, a dream trip across the country, or a short getaway close to home.

Michigan Renaissance Festival Opens Saturday

Travel back to the 16th century when the 31st annual Michigan Renaissance Festival opens Saturday, August 22 for a 7-week run. Hilarity and merriment will ensue, with live entertainment from Ded Bob, Ric Roc, Owain Phyfe and other faire favorites, plus jousting, wine-tasting and special events each weekend. The festival runs every Saturday-Sunday through October 4.

Website of the week: CDC Travel Page

It is the height of summer and everyone is in the middle of travelling. Since the recent outbreak of swine flu, travelers are becoming increasingly worried about their safety abroad. Before you travel it is essential to know any possible health risks you may or may not be exposed to at your destination. "The Center for disease Control and Prevention" is a site managed by the U.S. Department of Health Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that offers advice and tips for travelers. They have a database of countries that will tell you valuable health information. Before you see your doctor, first go to the CDC Travel website and read their updated page on the country you plan to visit. This is the same website the doctors use, to see which vaccines are needed, as well as Malaria and other issues.

Michigan's Upper Peninsula by Josh Bishop

Travel writer and Michigan native Josh Bishop provides an insider’s view of the Upper Peninsula, from Mackinac Island’s horse-drawn carriages and historic Grand Hotel to the dense yet easily accessible Hiawatha National Forest. Moon Michigan's Upper Peninsula gives you all the points of interest and the finest attractions and the finest attractions and maps to help one plan a perfect trip to the Upper Peninsula.