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Halloween in Romania


Greetings from Count Dracula’s castle! Today we begin our tales of adventures of the journey that brought us to Romania for Halloween. When will you ever get a chance to spend All Hallows Eve in a vampire’s castle? Let me tell you that isn’t something that comes up in everyday conversation or vacation planning. But take the risk and enjoy the journey.

So off we set to Bucharest where we left on a late flight on British Airways from Heathrow to Romania. With a wonderful in flight meal we were full by the time we touched down in Bucharest. After heading through passport control we hitched a cab. I would recommend pr- arranging the transfers at all cost. The country has its own currency and most of the cab drivers do not take Euros, Pounds or a credit card.

We headed to the RIN Central Hotel. While the hotel has a great rating, the beds were not up to pair and the shower stall floor was so rough that you have to leave the towel in there to be able to stand. The only positive things were that the AC was working and the water pressure and temperature was amazing. However, we were only there for a couple of hours before we were to meet with our tour guide, Diana from Unzip Romania.


Josh and I had booked the trip through Viator and had such an amazing trip. Not only did it include Dracula’s castle, but during the day, we also visited the town center in Brasov and Peles Castle. The castle wood carving was made with such detail I wished I had paid the photo fee to be able to take pictures inside. You even get to see where the secret door is in the library.


We had some free time before the costume party to be able to explore the city center a little more from both with in and out the old walled city portion. We stayed at the Bella Muzica for the night and were rewarded with a  wonderful bed and hot shower that surpassed the first place.


Once all 6 of us where dressed up, we headed to the Bran Castle. The nice thing about having Diane with us was not only her knowledge of her country but the ability to cut the long queue to get into the castle. After a great tour of the castle and the rooms, it was over to the tent outside where the party was happening. That line we weren’t able to cut. It was a little chilly but once you are in the tent you have the ability to buy drinks and warm up a little with the DJ and dancing. We stayed until around midnight then headed back into town.

romania party

A couple of us decided to go out and see the Brasov party life and headed up at the karaoke bar across the street. Not going to lie, there was also a trip to McDonald’s because it was the only thing open at 2:30 am.

The next morning we headed north to see the birth place of Dracula and visit the supposed room where he was born. We also had additional free time to tour the city and pet the city’s welcome dog. We tried to make it back into town to see the place where Dracula was buried however the traffic was pretty bad and by the time we got there it was closed.


With another night at the RIN Central Hotel, I was already dreading it, but we were in a different room and the shower floor was much improved. That was it for the improvements, but its the little things that matter and keeping a positive outlook on the journey. We had an early morning flight back to town where we ended up sitting on the run way for 40 minutes due to the fog in London before we took off. And even then, the fog was still so bad that after landing when I looked out over the wing, I could only see just the tip of the end.

So overall I had a wonderful time spending Halloween at Dracula’s castle, dressing up and meeting new people. A trip I would recommend to people wanting to have a couple of drinks and enjoy getting into character.



Traveline Assists Team USA to Kosice, Slovakia for ISDE 2015

Shannon Scott and Vicky DiMichele from Traveline assisted Team USA with their travel to Kosice, Slovakia. Team USA riders, support staff, friends and family joined in the group of well over 100 members.


The Traveline team arrived early to familiarize themselves with the area and make sure everything was prepared for the trophy team to arrive the following day. Throughout the first few days, most of the group members arrived and were met outside baggage claim by a friendly Traveline face. Then, once their car was picked up and they arrived at the hotel, another Traveline member was there to assist with any rooming questions.

The DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Kosice was the selected hotel for our team along with a few other country teams including Isle of Man. It was in a prime location just outside of the historic district. Just a half a block away begins the walking street full of shops, cafes, restaurants, bars and an array of other sights. The road is also home of the furthest east western-style Gothic cathedral in Europe, St. Elisabeth Cathedral, which is only five minutes walking distance from the hotel and the park with a musical fountain. Košice State Theater is just beyond the fountain with amazing events from ballet to orchestras. Don’t forget to stop by a gelatto stand for some interesting flavors such as Red Bull, Smurf or aloe vera along with the traditional strawberry, chocolate and vanilla.

state theater

Team USA arrived about a week before the event to set up their bikes and walk the tracks where they would be riding for six days throughout the countryside. Preparations went very smooth and most of the riders were done early so they could enjoy some of the sights of the city. The paddock was also where our Traveline girls helped sell Team USA shirts to the many event visitors.


By the end of the week, Team USA was well prepared and hopeful for a great ISDE event. As usual, there was a big parade of all the participating teams which went through the city center to a large stage in the center of the historic district.


After the short weekend, the races began and Team USA was off to a great start with riders placing first in many of the events and trails.

Throughout the week, there were many ups and downs with Team USA from the fastest times to the inevitable injuries. Overall, the races went well. Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing supported rider, Ryan Sipes, became the first-ever American to win the Overall Individual award at the ninetieth edition of the International Six Days of Enduro in Kosice, Slovakia. Sipes pioneered his way to a historical victory aboard a Husqvarna FE 350 by winning most of the tests against the world’s top riders in the globe’s toughest competition. Full Article

After the races finished, it was time to pack up the bikes and get them shipped back to the USA. Then it was time for celebrations. The team had an enjoyable evening out and many decided to join a UNESCO Heritage Tour in the Spiš region with the Traveline team.


The tour included Spiš castle, a lunch break at Salaš (a chalet restaurant offering typical Slovak dishes and homemade sheep cheese products) located below the castle in Levoča and a tour of St. Jacobs cathedral in Levoča. They were transferred by private coach and escorted by two English speaking guides.

The group finally made their leave from this beautiful country on Monday for preparations on their next event or just back to life as usual.

Traveline is honored to assist with Team USA and look forward to next year in Navarra, Spain!

Free Transfer to Ireland’s Dromoland Castle

Dromoland Castle in County Clare is one of Ireland’s finest castle hotels. It is one of the few castle hotels that can trace its ownership back through history to Gaelic Irish families of royal heritage. The Castle offers its guest’s deluxe accommodations and the experience of living like landed gentry, surrounded by breathtaking scenery, absolute luxury and exceptional service.  The castle is just 8 miles from Shannon Airport, making it an ideal base from which to explore the exceptional beauty of the Shannon region. The castle is also close to the rugged magnificence of the Burren and the vibrant cities of Limerick and Galway.


Through your bedroom window, the grounds of the Estate are spread magnificently before your eyes. Each guest room enjoys its own individual personality, blending period decoration with today’s modern amenities.  Dromoland bedrooms give an uncommon degree of comfort to guests, it is refreshing to relax and reflect on the enjoyments of the day in the comfort of your room and perhaps call Room Service to deliver canapés and champagne before dinner.

Dining at Dromoland is always an occasion. It is also a culinary delight; the quality of the food and service is renowned the world over. There is something special for all tastes, a six-course dinner celebration, an afternoon tea in the Drawing Room or a light snack in the Country Club, all can be enjoyed in wonderfully grand but relaxed settings.  The Earl of Thomond Restaurant offers a relaxed but elegant dining experience.  The Fig Tree Restaurant offers a wonderful variety of dining, from 12 noon to 10pm. The menu and presentation have been created for more informal dining, in contrast to the award-winning Earl of Thomond Restaurant.


In accordance with our reputation for fine cuisine, Dromoland’s wine list has been meticulously selected to uphold this standard of excellence.  Formerly the Castle library, the Cocktail Bar at the top of the main Gallery now provides the cosy setting for pleasures of a less literary nature.  Candlelit by evening, Irish ballads provide the background for after-dinner drinks to complete your evening.

Dromoland offers guests a wide range of leisure pursuits, most of which can be organised in advance right here at the hotel. On the estate, guests can enjoy superb golf, tennis, fishing, shooting and boating while our beautiful gardens and secluded woodlands offer any number of opportunities for jogging, cycling or for a leisurely stroll.  Should your tastes extend to more adventurous pastimes like horse riding or deep-sea fishing, we’ll be happy to advise and organise on your behalf.  For those in search of more luxurious pastimes, our health and beauty clinic includes a hair salon and a comprehensive range of rejuvenating body and facial treatments including massage, aromatherapy and reflexology.  


Dromoland Golf & Country Club has undergone a transformation over the past two years, thanks to an investment of €5 million by our owners. The project, undertaken by the late world renowned J.B. Carr, & one of golf’s great course architects, Ron Kirby, has produced dramatic results. Dromoland is one of Europe’s finest estates and now has a golf course to equal the splendour of the setting. Visitors to the course have described it eloquently as “the Augusta of Ireland”.


All 2015 Traveline Guests Receive:

  • Upgrade on arrival, subject to availability
  • Daily full breakfast, for up to two in room guests
    • served in restaurant
  • $100 USD Food & Beverage credit, to be utilized during stay
    • (not combinable, not valid on room rate, no cash value if not redeemed in full)
  • To celebrate Dromoland Castles 50 years as a Hotel, we are delighted to offer Virtuoso guests a complimentary one way or roundtrip airport transfer to Shannon International Airport for all reservations booked before April 30, 2015
  • Early check-in/late check-out
    • subject to availability

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WIN an exclusive, 5-night trip to Scotland


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WIN an exclusive, money-can’t-buy, 5-night trip to Scotland to experience the land that inspired Brave.

Some of the magnificent treats we have in store for our lucky winner include

  • Luxurious accommodation including a 16th-century castle
  • Your own personal tour guide
  • A unique sailing experience across Scotland’s most legendary loch
  • A private sea plane trip to a mystical Scottish island
  • An after-hours guided tour of our National Museum
  • A private viewing of the Scottish Crown Jewels and the legendary Stone of Destiny
  • Archery lessons in the grounds of one of Scotland’s iconic castles

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3 FOR 2 OFFER at Inverlochy Castle Hotel

3 FOR 2 OFFER – 2012/2013

“3 FOR 2” offer – Stay bed and breakfast for three nights and pay for two nights with the proviso that guests take dinner on TWO evenings during their stay.

*** Both of the above breaks are subject to availability and double occupancy***

Weekend Break

Stay Friday night and Saturday night with full Scottish Breakfast each morning, have candlelight dinner for two each evening in our Award Winning Restaurant, and a chilled bottle of Champagne in your room on arrival.

Double Occupancy      Single occupancy

Suite                    £1075.00         £940.00

Junior Suite         £1020.00         £885.00

Superior Double  £970.00           £830.00

Large Double       £860.00          £775.00

Standard Double  £750.00          £615.00

Inverlochy Castle Hotel, Torlundy, Fort William PH33 6SN

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