Will the Royals Let the Queen and Prince Philip Have a Peaceful Vacation?

Her favorite gold stag brooch and redoubtable headscarf were the Queen’s sartorial signal that she was on holiday. On Tuesday, she and Prince Philip were photographed arriving at Balmoral for a near two-month stay at their summer-getaway Scottish castle where—given the royal family’s year thus far—one could quite understand if the couple got inside and dead-bolted the door, pausing briefly to give a hearty one-fingered salute to the outside world.

They will, it is reported, be visited by family members observing social distancing measures. Since March, the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh—94 and 99 years old, respectively—have been sequestered at Windsor Castle during the COVID-19 crisis, attended by a coterie of servants and aides. Prince Charles, who contracted and survived the coronavirus himself, has spoken about how difficult it was not to be able to be around family. 

The circus of royal drama has not stopped during the pandemic,

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An Old-Fashioned Summer Vacation in New Hampshire’s Lakes Region


Is there anything more quintessentially summer than a weekend on Winnipesaukee?

A breathtaking view from Lake Winnipesaukee’s shores. / Photo by Bobmanley/Getty Images

Whether your pleasure lies in doing it all or doing nothing at all, New Hampshire’s Lakes Region offers an escape packed with superlatives. Let’s start with the town of Wolfeboro, which bills itself as “America’s oldest summer resort.” The twee town centered around Lake Winnipesaukee has all of the usual waterfront diversions (including swimming sans sharks or jellyfish), but to really explore the area, you’ll want to get out on the water. A two-hour ride aboard the Sophie C., a U.S. mail boat and “the oldest floating post office in the country,” or a dinner cruise on the M/S Mount Washington will allow you to soak

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As St. Augustine advances vacation rental policies, legal pressure follows – News – The St. Augustine Record

St. Augustine is facing a wave of legal pressure over its vacation rental regulations.

The city adopted a series of rules for short-term rental operators this year but has yet to begin enforcing the rules. The city plans to start collecting fees and begin enforcing the rules in October.

But the city is facing dozens of lawsuits from property owners who are opposed to the regulations, said Attorney Keith Brady, speaking on The 904 Now online broadcast.

“We’ve already started the process for well over 40 suits, putting them at risk of more than $50 million,” Brady said. “And we’re not going to stop. We’re not going to go away.”

Brady said attorneys are working on cases that have different focuses. One set of cases says the city’s regulations go well beyond what is necessary.

“We were counseled by the nation’s largest property rights nonprofit, and they showed us all

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What will Nicole ‘Snooki’ Polizzi do after ‘retiring’ from Jersey Shore Family Vacation?

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Nicole ‘Snooki’ Polizzi posted a selfie on Instagram. Pic credit: @snooki/Instagram

It seems like just yesterday when Nicole ‘Snooki’ Polizzi entered our lives on the very first episode of Jersey Shore. Back then, Nicole sported a very different hairstyle and claimed her biggest goal in life was to ”move to Jersey, find a nice, juiced, hot tan guy and live my life,” which quickly made her a household name.

Now, a decade later, Snooki has sadly decided to retire from Jersey Shore: Family Vacation after three seasons, leaving our hearts shattered.

But this likely won’t be the last we hear from the meatball since she has a personality that reality TV cameras can’t stay away from. The Jersey Shore alum even claimed she would do a different show if given the opportunity.

Snooki claimed she is open to another reality show

Now that Snooki is

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Looking for a socially distanced vacation? Try a walking tour

Hikers on a Backroads trip head up a trail in Bryce Canyon National Park in Utah. <span class="copyright">(Nadine Orenstein)</span>
Hikers on a Backroads trip head up a trail in Bryce Canyon National Park in Utah. (Nadine Orenstein)

Lorna and Neil Miles are ahead of their time.

For 13 years they’ve been going on walking tours that have taken them away from crowds and to less frequently trod trails.

The retired San Jose couple — she worked as a nurse and he an engineer — have hiked in more than half-a-dozen countries as well as Yellowstone National Park.

They’re keeping their fingers crossed that they can go on two tours this fall with Vermont-based Country Walkers: one in Acadia National Park in Maine and the other in Nova Scotia. (The latter depends on whether Canada opens its borders to U.S. travelers.)

A big attraction for them now is the apparent safety of hiking or walking outdoors in the time of COVID-19. They say their friends’ interest in their foot-powered adventures

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Timely Reasons to Buy a Vacation Home

If you’ve been dreaming of buying a cabin in the woods, a cottage on the beach or some other retreat, you have compelling reasons to pull the trigger. As coronavirus cases surge in parts of the country, being able to shelter away from crowded areas has a lot of appeal. To keep employees healthy, some companies continue to allow telework, reducing the need for workers to be near their offices. Why not plug in with a view of the ocean or mountains?

What’s more, mortgage interest rates have sunk to record lows. In mid July, the average rate on a 30-year fixed-rate mortgage dipped to 2.98%—the first time the rate has fallen below 3% in the nearly 50 years that Freddie Mac has been keeping records.

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But be prepared to compete with other buyers for the house you want. Following spring shutdowns to slow

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Best vacation rentals near national parks (Updated July 2020)

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In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, most international borders are still closed for tourism, but here is some good news for Americans: we live in an exceptionally beautiful country. From coast to coast (plus Hawaii and Alaska), the National Park Service protects over 50 million acres of land, all of which are open for public recreation. 

Among the parks, you can find exceptional wonders from the red rock mesas of Zion National Park in Utah to the snow-capped peaks of Great Smoky Mountain National Park in Tennessee. 

Anytime is a good time to pay a visit to a national park, but the pandemic is inspiring even more travelers to use this time to get acquainted with our national backyard, especially since being outdoors in wide-open spaces, as

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Christina Aguilera shares rare photo of 12-year-old son Max on vacation

Summertime means vacation time, and vacation time means fun photos.

Exhibit A: Christina Aguilera, posing with her son Max, 12, hanging out next to a shiny chrome RV at what we think could be the beach.

“Escaped into nature for a bit,” she wrote in the caption of the photo, which was posted on Instagram Tuesday. She’s got an inside-out shirt reading “Cowboy” on, cleverly knotted at the waist, and a cowboy hat and reflective sunglasses, while Max is also outfitted in a Stetson and striped shirt.

There are two photos (be sure to swipe to see both) and in the second we get the tiniest glimpse of white sand and what might just be the ocean.

Former “Voice” coach Aguilera, 39, has two children, Max and Summer, 5, but doesn’t bring them into the public spotlight very often. Max’s dad is Aguilera’s ex, Jordan Bratman, whom she was married

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One more reason not to try a vacation rental right now

Most movies hit one note, or sell a single idea, and stick to the sales pitch.

“The Rental” is different. It starts out good and turns out dumb, ditching a promising, nicely suggestive first half for second-half payoffs (revealed in the trailer) taking director Dave Franco’s feature directorial debut into lame and lamer slasher-film territory.

The script comes from Franco and producer Joe Swanberg. The story’s a tale of two wormy, competitive brothers. Charlie (Dan Stevens) has just scored some long-awaited seed money for a tech startup. His business partner, photographed in the first scene to suggest a close intimacy, is Mina (Sheila Vand), who’s dating Charlie’s volatile Lyft-driver brother, Josh (Jeremy Allen White).

Charlie’s wife (Alison Brie) completes the foursome, and when Charlie inquires online about a stunning oceanside vacation rental, two things are clear. One: It’s too good to be true, even at a pretty steep price. And

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Dave Franco Realizes His Worst Vacation Fears in ‘The Rental’

People who offer their dwellings on Airbnb recently received a marketing email from the company about trends. As travel restrictions ease, the message said, groups and families will want “stays outside of major cities” where they can rent “entire homes and apartments.”

For Dave Franco, those aren’t trends. They’re the makings of a nightmare.

“I’ve become a little distrusting of strangers,” said Franco, 35, best known for his roles in movie comedies like “21 Jump Street” (2012) and “Neighbors” (2014). “Home sharing is one of these concepts where, if you take a step back, we’re really putting a lot of trust in strangers.”

Franco explores his misgivings to eerie effect in “The Rental,” his feature directing debut (available on demand) about two couples whose getaway at a rented oceanside home turns into a cat-and-mouse game with a mysterious adversary. Written by Franco and Joe Swanberg, the film puts a sharing-economy

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