Chatham Bars Inn in Massachusetts

When you walk into this weathered, gray-shingled Cape Cod landmark, which sits on a bluff above the Atlantic Ocean and Pleasant Bay, it is easy to imagine what life was like at the beginning of the last century. A spacious porch filled with comfy wicker furniture, a huge lounge with over-stuffed chairs, vases of fresh flowers, marble-topped tables, comfortable sofas, blue-and-white striped beach cabanas, and a wood paneled library set the tone.

 

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The inn has been welcoming guests since 1914 when it opened as a hunting lodge. At that time you could sit on the porch and sip a frosty glass of lemonade while watching the world go by on land and sea.

 

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Accommodations are spread throughout the property. You can stay in the main inn itself, in one of the cottages or houses on the water, or in one of the spacious new master suites featuring hand-painted furniture, fireplaces, upholstered window seats, and sliding doors that open onto decks.

 

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The inn has a private beach, large pool on the edge of the beach, and tennis courts. Spa treatments, including Swedish, sports, deep-tissue, and aromatherapy massages and sea-salt scrubs, are offered at the Health & Wellness Centre. You can work out on Stairmasters and other state-of-the-art equipment in the fitness center.

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The White Barn Inn

The White Barn Inn, a cozy enclave consisting of cottages, an 1850s homestead, and two 170-year-old barns, has been carefully crafted by owner Laurence Bongiorno, to meet the expectations of guests who come to Kennebunkport looking for privacy, luxury, and over-the-top dining. They are not disappointed.

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One of the most romantic places to stay is located by the pool and has a king-size bed, double-sided fireplace, living room, whirlpool bath, and steam shower. The new loft suite features a private deck, cathedral ceilings, and a private entrance as well as a king-size bed, oversized marble bath, steam shower, and whirlpool bath.

 

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All rooms and suites are decorated with a mix of traditional furnishings and contemporary accents with coordinated fabrics and wall coverings that are stylish and handsome. Furniture is mostly nineteenth-century polished traditional pieces such as carved mahogany four-poster beds and Chippendale chairs.

 

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The White Barn Inn restaurant is adjacent to the cottages. As you walk into the lofty candlelit room, you will see at once the huge window wall framing a changing tableau each season: in the spring, brilliant displays of flowers and greenery; at Christmas, close to twenty trees all silvery with balls, bows, and white lights dusted with snow.

 

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The White Barn Inn celebrates all seasons. In the summer lawns, flowers, and shrubs invite you to linger; in the winter the courtyard is alive with tiny white lights that glow against the snow and purple light of night creating a beautiful fairyland. Spring is light and lacy with new flowering shrubs and trees; fall is bold and colorful.

 

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The World of Digital Imaging

How it works:
A digital image begins as a file of information. That file is the digital equivalent of a negative, but you can work with it in ways never practical with film, revise it, enhance it, archive it to disk or transmit it over the Internet. Some basics:

Resolution
The quality of a digital image is defined by its resolution, expressed in pixels, the more pixels the better. Most digital cameras offer several resolution modes, from standard to superfine. Typically, the higher the resolution, the higher the quality of the image. Resolution determines the size of the image file. Anyhow, if you are looking for trail cameras, you can find a deer camera here. If you are unsure of what kind of trail camera you need, they can give you an advice. Just visit the site and see all their cameras.

California Hotel

Since it was built in 1926, La Valencia, the legendary “Pink Lady of La Jolla” has been a San Diego tradition attracting the rich and notable such as Groucho Marx, Lilian Gish, and Mary Pickford. More recent famous guests have included Pearl Jam, Madonna, Rush Limbaugh, and Ellen DeGeneres.

Reigning over La Jolla Cove, this elegant pink palace is planted in the heart of the trendy seaside town of La Jolla, within walking distance of many great little boutiques and restaurants.

 

Villas, which range from 400 to 1,200 square feet, come with separate sitting room, patio or balcony, dining area, and huge bath. Most have fireplaces and are designed so that from your king-size bed you can look through the living room out to the patio, gardens, and sea.

 

Room features include hand-painted Mexican tiles, a Lyceum digital audio system, bathroom with steam shower, down duvets; Italian marble floors, sinks, and bath, Jacuzzi tub, and a private butler service.

 

On the ocean side there is a park and a coastal walk leads to a small cove, a popular hangout for seals. With an average year-round temperature of 70 degrees, you can almost be guaranteed springlike weather whenever you come.

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Hyatt Regency Grand Cayman

Basking in the sun, playing golf on a unique championship course, and enjoying a side order of super scuba and snorkeling are all part of the honeymoon experience at the Hyatt Regency Grand Cayman. Entering the resort’s palm-lined driveway, you quickly leave the hubbub of life back home far behind. The Hyatt’s British-inspired, low-rise colonial buildings are surrounded by lush green foliage and a rainbow of tropical flowers. The Caribbean is just across the way, where the Hyatt recently built 53 new beachfront suites.

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Location: Directly across from Seven Mile Beach

Romantic Highlights: Seven Mile Beach at sunset; tropical walkways laced through the property, sunset sail on the 65-foot Spirit of Ppalu catamaran

Accommodations: 289 rooms and suites in 6 buildings; 53 new beachfront suites, and 50 villas offering one to four bedrooms with kitchen and laundry facilities.

 

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Most Romantic Room/Suite: Bilevel Governor’s and Georgetown Suites
Sports and Facilities: Red Tail Sports has 2 locations on the Hyatt property and offers every water sport imaginable. Special activities include scuba/snorkeling trips to Stingray City and parasailing over Seven Mile Beach. The resort’s golf course is designed by Jack Nicklaus.

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5 Basic Plumbing Tips You Can Try at Home

As anyone who has ever tried to do a bit of home plumbing knows, it can be fraught. You need to have some understanding of what you are doing or things can go haywire very quickly. Here are 5 basic plumbing tips to help you around the home, but remember, if you are unsure it’s best to bring in the experts, a company like http://www.hallandbaum.com.au/

 

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Tip 1: It’s All about Flow

Water should flow out from your pipes. Back flow will occur when there is sudden drop in water pressure causing the water to flow back through the pipes. If you are a keen gardener and do a lot of watering outside you may experience impeded flow inside. You can install a vacuum breaker fitting to the valve mounted on the outside of the house. This will prevent back flow from your garden hose. These fittings are mandatory in some council areas. You can also install a backflow preventer.

Tip 2: The Right Connections

Gas lines are also considered to be part of the plumbing. When you are installing a new gas appliance to an existing gas line you need to ensure you are using the correct connections. You must make sure the thread is compatible. An iron pipe for example will be incompatible with a flexible connector. Using incorrect connectors can be disastrous. The best solution is to buy a universal connection kit. This will come with a variety of adapters.

Tip 3: Know the Location of Pipes

One of the most common plumbing problems experienced in homes is caused by damage to pipes, usually by the efforts of the home handyman. When you are nailing or driving screws in, make sure you know where pipes run. A stud sensor is excellent for helping detect pipework and wiring and is an excellent investment. In the case of damaged pipes an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. If the wall you are working on will be covered by whatever you are installing, say a bathroom cupboard, you can cut a small hole in the wall to help locate pluming.

Tip 4: Make Neat Cuts

You cannot make a neat join water tight or gas tight unless the ends are cut neatly. This is very important. You need the right tools. Buy tubing cutters, reciprocating saw blades, hacksaw baldes and a plastic pipe saw. This investment will save you a lot of many and a lot of headaches in the long run. You need to remove any burrs from the pipe whether it is a plastic or copper. Make sure the surfaces are completely smooth before attempting to solder or glue them. Time spent preparing the surfaces will go a long way to ensuring a good water or gas tight join.

Tip 5: Beware Over-Tightening

A properly cleaned smooth join does not need to be hugely tightened. Bring the parts together with a firm hand tighten and then use a wrench to tighten a further half turn. Over-tightening will cause damage to your fittings.

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Hotel in Quebec

La Pinsonniere

Location:
On the banks of the St. Lawrence River, in the picturesque Charlevoix region north of Quebec City

Romantic Highlights:
Private fireplaces, terraces above the river, whirlpool baths for two

Most Romantic Room/Suite
Room 312, which has a rosewood king-size bed, whirlpool bath for two, and sauna with a spectacular view of the St. Lawrence River, Room 211, a creamy white confection with king-size bed, white lace duvet cover, double whirlpool, fireplace, marble bath and deck.

Sports and Facilities
Indoor pool, hiking, beach, tennis, kayaking, skiing, skating, sauna, whale-watching, massage therapy.

Arrival/Departure
There is a very small airport, St. Irenee, about 3 miles from the inn; free pick up can be arranged.

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