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Pack For Your Holiday Travels With Ease

Believe it or not, the holiday season is upon us! Whether you’re flying across the country or just driving a few hours to your in-laws’ house, traveling during the holidays can extremely stress-inducing. This holiday season, leave the stress behind you at home, and enjoy your trip with our holiday packing tips.

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Cape Air’s Cessna 402 in Martha’s Vineyard by Tim Johnson
  1. Do you need to bring presents for those you’re visiting? Why bother with the extra baggage? Either send them to your destination ahead of time, or keep it simple. A gift card or cash is always a great gift, and takes up little to none of your precious luggage space.
  2. Don’t check a bag. Forget about lugging around a giant bag, waiting at baggage claim, or worst case scenario- dealing with lost luggage. Pack light, and bring only one, small carry on. Using a rolling bag is easiest so you don’t kill your shoulder carrying it around the airport. If you do decide to check your bag, be sure to look up your airline’s baggage policy ahead of time so you’re aware of guidelines and any fees. Also, avoid checking any essential items.
  3. Make a list. We get it- packing only a small carry on is a frightening thought. But think about how many times you stuff a giant suitcase to the brim and then only wear 1/3 of what you brought? Before you start throwing clothes in your suitcase all willy-nilly, stop and write down what you need. Start with your toiletries and electronics, then organize your clothes by outfit- pajamas, dinner outfit, day 1 outfit. Not only will this help you avoid over-packing, but you’ll be less likely to forget items.
  4. Mix and match outfits. After you make your list of outfits, look back and see if there are any pieces you can mix and match for different looks without having to pack a lot of items. Have a super-chunky sweater you’re going to wear while away? Save space in your bag, and wear it on the plane as well.
  5. Do your laundry while away. Are you staying at your family’s house? They likely won’t mind if you have to throw a few items in the wash.
  6. Don’t forget to properly pack your liquids. If you’re flying, don’t forget about TSA’s liquid and gel guidelines. All liquids must be 3.4 oz or smaller, packed in a single, clear, quart-size, zip-top bag. If you’re driving, pack your shampoo, face wash, lotions, etc. in a plastic bag just in case they explode or you accidentally don’t close the bottles tightly!
  7. Use your personal item wisely. Don’t waste your personal item on a tiny purse. Instead, bring a larger purse or tote so you can pack additional items and save space in your luggage. Do you have kids? Bringing a larger tote leaves more space for books, snacks, and toys to keep them entertained.
  8. Pre-pack your snacks! Save money at the airport or on the road by packing your snacks instead of buying them on your trip. Not only will you save precious dollars, but you’ll be able to make healthier choices. During the holidays, those are two things that are hard to do! Flying? Freeze your smoothies, and keep in mind that certain foods like peanut butter and pudding are considered gels, so keep in mind the TSA guidelines. Easy-to-pack snacks include baggies of trail mix, pieces of fruit, 100-calorie packs of nuts, baggies of carrots and celery sticks with individually packaged hummus.
  9. Use packing aids. Having a really hard time not over-packing your clothes? Use the vacuum-sealed bags to shrink your clothes and be able to lay them flat. There are also other great packing aids such as zipper envelopes and compartments to keep your bag organized so you can fit more items.
  10. Don’t stress! Remember why you’re traveling. Yes, regardless of how much you prepare, things always happen while traveling- airports may be jam-packed and traffic might be at a standstill. However, keep things in perspective, and remember why you’re traveling, to be with loved ones during a joyful time of year! So if you forget to pack something, no sweat. Most things you can run out to the store and pick up once you’re there!

If you’re traveling across New England and the Northeast, in the Midwest, across Eastern Montana, or down in the Caribbean, check out Cape Air’s flight schedule. Serving 35 cities and offering over 400 flights each day, flying with Cape Air makes your holiday travel easy and convenient. To book your flight, check your flight status, and view Cape Air’s flight schedules, visit www.capeair.com or call 800-CAPE-AIR.

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Get Swept Up With Cape Air

In recent months we have revamped our blog and gained a few new followers, and it has been quite some time since we have simply informed you about our services. Yes, in addition to sponsoring events and giving you the inside scoop about the amazing destinations we serve, we do in fact provide air transportation to such destinations. Plus, a lot has changed since our first flight in 1989, so here is a quick refresher…

Cape Air began in 1989 with one flight between Boston and Provincetown. Since then, we have grown immensely, now serving the Northeast, Caribbean, Montana, and the Midwest.

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We now operate a fleet of 88 Cessna 402s, and we are getting ready to introduce the brand new Tecnam P2012 Traveller to our fleet next winter.

During high season, we can fly up to 525 flights per day, and last year we carried over 626,000 passengers, making us one of the largest regional airlines in the country!

Things to know about traveling with us:

  • You can bring your furry friends! Cape Air allows passengers to bring their four legged family members on board so the whole family can vacation together. (Read more about our pet and service animals policy.)
  • Connections are simple. Cape Air has agreements with most major airlines so our passengers can enjoy the convenience of a single itinerary and baggage check-through’s when making their connections.
  • Every seat is a window seat. On Cape Air, every seat is a window seat, so whether you are traveling over colorful foliage or clear oceans, you are guaranteed a beautiful view. Also, depending on space constraints, passengers are even given the opportunity to fly in the co-pilot seat- the best view in the house!
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(photo by Tim Johnson)

Whether you are traveling to a weekend in Nantucket, island hopping in the Caribbean, or need to get to Billings, Cape Air can get you there. To book your flight, check flight updates, or view flight schedules, visit www.capeair.com or call 800-CAPE-AIR. And enjoy the ride!

 

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Scrub Island Resort, Spa & Marina; A True Luxurious Experience

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Scrub Island Resort, Spa & Marina opened its doors in 2010 and is named after its location; a serene 230-acre private-island haven situated at the east end of Tortola in the British Virgin Islands.  The hotel is a luxury, AAA Four Diamond hotel and the first member of Marriott’s Autograph Collection in the Caribbean.  The resort is tucked into a  cliff overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, Caribbean Sea and neighboring islands.  It features 52 guest accommodations as well as a collection of two, three, four, and six bedroom villas, Spa, world class restaurants, three private beaches and a 55-slip marina.  Scrub Island Resort, Spa & Marina is the first luxury, private-island resort development to be built in the British Virgin Islands in more than 15 years.  This fabulous resort has added four new hillside villas to its inventory.  These new private villa estates range from 3,000 to more than 6,000 square feet.  A perfect retreat for small, large and multi-generational families, the villas feature daily housekeeping, transportation service on demand, and exceptional amenities.

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The Spinnaker House, The Drake House, The Shoreline House and The Leeward House take their names from their unique locations, inspiring views and individual personalities.  Each villa features large balconies and terraces, as well as Subzero and Wolf appliances, enclosed rain showers and infinity edged or plunge pools.  The villas are among the most lavish accommodations in the British Virgin Islands.  If you love a secluded serene vacation with your very own exclusive private island villa and all the amenities of a five-star resort, Scrub Island is for you. Living Room.jpg  Villa Bedrooom 1.jpg

Bathroom.jpgKitchen.jpgFor more information on Scrub Island Resort, Spa & Marina or to make a reservation, call toll free U.S. (888) 678-8912 or visit www.scrubisland.com.

Getting to the BVI’s is easy.   Hop on a flight from any major city in the U.S. to San Juan, then jump on a quick 40 minute Cape Air flight to Tortola and you’ll be there faster than you imagined.  Check out Cape Air’s Tortola schedule with more than 15 daily flights to choose from. Book your flight to Tortola now at www.capeair.com or call 1-800-CAPE-AIR.

 

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Delight Your Taste Buds At Porta Del Sol Gastronomic Festival

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Porta del Sol Gastronomic Festival in Mayaguez, Puerto Rico is the most anticipated event in Puerto Rico’s western region. It is hosted by the West Puerto Rico Chamber of Commerce and in 2017 it will return in its tenth edition. Events will take place April 28th to April 30th in Mayagüez and will feature international culinary leader Chef Giovanna Huyke and Chef Ibrahim Sanz of Haven Riverfront Restaurant & Bar Edgewater, New Jersey

The West Puerto Rico Chamber of Commerce is a nonprofit professional organization which represents small and medium business owners from the 17 towns that make up the Porta del Sol region, including Quebradillas, Isabela, Aguadilla, Moca, San Sebastián, Aguada, Añasco, Rincón, Mayagüez, Las Marías, Maricao, Hormigueros, Lajas, Cabo Rojo,San Germán, Sabana Grande and Guanica municipalities.

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  • April 28th-VIP cocktail event at the Mayagüez Resort & Casino with Puerto Rican cuisine exponents and famous international chefs concocting exquisite plates paired with exotic drinks.
  • April 29th– This is the main event will be held at the Mayagüez’s Parque del Litoral with over 25 prominent local and international chefs, more than 75 exhibitors including 40 restaurants, and 15 wine and liquor houses and the fifth edition of the Top Chef Porta del Sol competition where 10 chefs will battle for the big tittle.
  • April 30thBrunch and Mimosa Tasting, this is the closing event at the Mayagüez Resort & Casino.

After nine years of successful trajectory and proven experience to sate the most demanding palates, the new edition of this festival will feature some of Puerto Rico’s most prestigious chefs and restaurants, wines and liquor exhibitors. The gastronomic soiree will also offer live music and multiple attractions.After nine years of successful trajectory and proven experience to sate the most demanding palates, the new edition of this festival will feature some of Puerto Rico’s most prestigious chefs and restaurants, wines and liquor exhibitors. The gastronomic soiree will also offer live music and multiple attractions.foto3-09.jpg

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Tickets for Saturday, April 29th and the VIP all-inclusive, all-access tickets to the three events may be purchased at www.festivalportadelsol.com and www.ticketpluspr.com. Attendees can also enjoy special offers on accommodations on surrounding hotels and guesthouses during this weekend.

For more information, please visit the Gastronómico Porta del Sol’s Facebook page facebook.com/GastronomicoPortaDelSol/www.festivalportadelsol.com, or call the West Puerto Rico Chamber of Commerce at (787)832-3749 or (787) 363-6955.

Getting to Mayagüez is easy. Hop on any of Cape Air’s four daily flights between San Juan and Mayagüez and you’ll be there in 35 minutes.  Check out Cape Air’s schedule and book your flight now at www.capeair.com or call 1-800-CAPE-AIR.

 

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Sangria Lovers, Rejoice

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If you are a Sangria lover, make your way to San Juan, Puerto Rico on March 4th. The Puerto Rico Convention Center will host the 10th edition of Sangria Fest. This festival celebrates the best of sangrias, wines and tapas. Sangria Fest holds a Guinness World Record for the largest sangria tasting event in the world.

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At Sangria Fest you will also enjoy a great gastronomic event with the best tasting experience of sangrias and wines from all over the world paired with tapas from the best restaurants in Puerto Rico.

There will be live entertainment and performances of Flamenco, Jazz, 80s music and more. The main event is the Sangria Competition where the public will vote for one of the night’s awards, “The People’s Choice Sangria Award” with three winners. A panel of judges will also vote for “The Best Sangria” in three different categories. Part of the proceeds go to local Puerto Rico charity, Iniciativa Comunitaria.

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For more information and to buy tickets for Sangria Fest call 787-902-5252 or go to www.tcpr.com.

Getting to San Juan is easy. Hop on a Cape Air flight from any of our Caribbean destinations to San Juan, and you’ll be sipping sangria in less than 40 minutes.  Check out Cape Air’s schedule and book your flight now at www.capeair.com or call 1-800-CAPE-AIR.