Freeport In The BahamasWritten by Clint Leung
Freeport in Grand Bahama Island is closest of all Bahamas to USA. A quick 45 minute flight from Fort Lauderdale or Miami will get you into Freeport. It is a very popular destination because of its close proximity and fact that US dollars are widely accepted. There are two main clusters of hotels and resorts on Grand Bahama Island. One is at Port Lucaya area located on south shore of island and other is near downtown Freeport which is more inland. There are also other individual resorts scattered around west and south shores of 97 by 17 mile island.
I have traveled to Freeport twice and stayed in Port Lucaya area both times. Most of hotels here are next to Port Lucaya Marketplace which is a collection of restaurants, boutiques and other retail services. In addition to higher end retail, there are also small outdoor vendors selling cheaper goods such as souvenirs and t-shirts. One should be aware that much of items available for sale from these vendors are not actually made in Bahamas but overseas in Asia. There is also a nice sized marina here for those coming to island via private boat. For those interested in scuba diving, Unexso operator is very convenient since it is located next to marketplace. There are also deep sea fishing excursions offered here as well. At center of marketplace is Count Basie Square where free entertainment is featured on some evenings. A casino is on location here as well. The white sand beach is quite nice with no rocks in water but it could use some cleaning up since I did see some cigarette butts and small litter scattered around. This is also true for some of areas around Port Lucaya area in general as it seems that nobody wants to take responsibility for bottles and other trash visible to tourists.
Gatlinburg Cabin RentalWritten by Dani Martin
Gatlinburg cabin rental options range from old-fashioned rustic “log cabins” to cottages, Swiss-style Chalets, and upscale condominiums full of luxurious modern amenities. In addition, hotel and motel rooms are also available for rent in Gatlinburg, a favorite cabin rental destination located in eastern Tennessee. Gatlinburg boasts instant access to beautiful scenery, outdoor activities, shopping, and dining.
While many modern cabins have sprouted up, there are still cabins in Gatlinburg that date back more than two centuries. Founded in 1800s as White Oaks and later renamed Gatlinburg, charming town began attracting recreational visitors with opening of Great Smoky Mountains National Park in 1934. In past few decades Gatlinburg has developed into a top-notch vacation spot that welcomes visitors year-round.
In renting your Gatlinburg cabin, you have choice of a private tucked-away cabin or a more community-centered vacation. Some resort communities feature swimming pool, clubhouses, meeting rooms as well as central patios. Cabins located within such communities are spaced apart to ensure maximum privacy and peacefulness.
www.E-GatlinburgCabins.com explains that many different types of lodging plans are available: single and double occupancies, family-oriented vacations, corporate rentals, and exclusive wedding and honeymoon packages. Gatlinburg cabin rentals with one bedroom are typically priced from $110 to 150 per night. Two bedroom cabins are typically priced from $120 to $170 per night. Larger family packages, such as three and four bedroom cabins tend to range from $130 through $250 per night, and wedding and honeymoon packages can range anywhere from $250 to over $1,000 for an entire stay.