Unique Travel: s seen on WGN (part 2 of 2)

More Travel Advice from my recent appearance in Chicago.

  • The Lodge at Buckberry Creek, Gatlinburg, TN – Travelers seeking idyllic mountain escapes in rustic settings or special family vacations will find all they want at the Lodge at Buckberry Creek. Perched on 26 acres only two miles from the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, the lodge is close to Dixie Stampede and Dollywood, the musical dinner theater and amusement park respectively owned by country-music legend and local native Dolly Parton, and the upscale Tanger Five Oaks Mall, which adds to the area’s 500-plus outlet stores. Guests can enjoy special-event facilities, walking trails, catch-and-release trout fishing and spa and health services. Hotels.com rates from $180/night

  • Madonna Inn, San Luis Obispo, CA – SOme call it tacky- others call it AWESOME! I had a friend spend her honeymoon there and she LOVED IT! If you are looking for a relaxing getaway with a twist, visit the Madonna Inn in California’s Central Coast hideaway town – San Luis Obispo. The world-renowned Madonna Inn offers 109 rooms, each uniquely decorated with a special theme and color scheme – and “unique” doesn’t quite capture the true essence of the themes and schemes involved. Guests can check out the many unique room choices available, including the Caveman Room with rock sink basins, the cherry blossom-themed Mount Vernon Room, and the cherub-covered Cloud Nine Room. Hotels.com rates from $198/night