WellesleyWeston Magazine

SPRING 2014

Launched in 2005, WellesleyWeston Magazine is a quarterly publication tailored to Wellesley and Weston residents and edited to enrich the experience of living in two of Massachusetts' most desirable communities.

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the good, the bad, and the bedbugs. Trip Advisor can steer readers to outstanding restaurants, away from dodgy hotels, to report on what is under construction or is need of a shout out in a crowded world. "I use Trip Advisor religiously," says Wellesley resident Janet Mannheim. "On our last vacation, it led me to the highlight of our trip to Santa Barbara, a Segway Tour, which I would have never stumbled across had it not been for them." Though, as John Ivey warns: "Be sure to weed out the 'plants' and the 'crazies.'" These are the reviews submitted by the owner's brother or the ones written by the never-satisfied. VIATOR.COM This website has a dazzling array of hand-picked activities in countries across the world. Jam packed with special excursions, off the radar side trips, and VIP head-to-the-front-of-the-line private tours, start here when you book your trip to see if you can add some- thing extraordinary to the usual list of sightseeing hotspots. TABLETHOTELS.COM This is one of the many curated hotel sites that offer travelers choices of unique hotels that typically don't appear in guidebooks or on the mega sites. The edi- tors of this site have visited each of the hotels in this collection and are therefore able to give intimate, comprehensive overviews of each property. Customer reviews give instant feedback, keeping users up to date on prop- erty changes. "This site has the most interest- ing portfolio of hotels on the planet," says William Agush. "The quality is amazing." QUIKBOOK.COM This site is similar to Tablethotels but is more focused on low rates that it negotiates with a stable of hand-picked boutique hotels in large US cities. Unlike other sites, Quikbook allows travelers to book on the site and pay upon checkout, no pre-payment necessary. LUXURYLINK.COM is the granddaddy of discounted luxury hotel vaca- tions online. Luxury Link lists 1,200 luxury hotels and villas where trav- elers can pick up deals up to 65 percent off of published room rates. JETSETTER.COM is another curated site that focuses on the unique hotel properties including villas. What's different about them? Their flash sales, which offer deeply discounted prices that last just a few days. Use this site when you are feeling spontaneous. VOYAGEPRIVE.COM and SECRETESCAPES.COM are both touted as "members only" clubs (membership is not fee based, just fill out a 190 W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e | s p r i n g 2 0 1 4 excursions "a dazzling array of hand-picked activities" luxurylink.com 184-192_WWMa14_excursions_travel_v3_WellesleyWeston Magazine 2/2/14 1:38 PM Page 190

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