February 12, 2018

Get Romantic Around Oregon

Valentines Day is this week!  If you are behind and think you can’t pull of something romantic for that special someone, it’s not too late! One of the most romantic things any couple can do is travel; a special getaway is one way to create a wonderful memory of intimate moments together. There’s some incredible places to go close to home for a mid-week retreat, or to plan as a gift to give on Valentine’s Day, and then embark on a later date. Listed below are some Oregon romantic destinations ideas to get you inspired. 

The Oregon Coast- We all know it, we all love it. What else says romance like watching the waves along the beach at sunset, or from a cozy fireside? Not sure which beach or coastal town is the right one? Check out our upcoming Hidden Gems of Oregon small group hosted trips we have planned. Give the gift of the trip on Valentine’s Day, then extend our romance with a trip in the spring, summer or fall.

River Cruises- There’s still some room left on one of the Portland Spirit River Cruises Valentine’s Dinner Cruise. Travel along the Willamette River with live music and a romantic meal for two. The Portland Spirit Cruises aren’t limited to our River City. Cruises along the Columbia River Gorge encompass the coast in Astoria along the river into Cascade Locks. One of our Hidden Gems of Oregon includes a day cruise on the Sternwheeler in Astoria, taking you along the sites that were seen by Lewis and Clark.

Bed & Breakfasts. Take it from personal experience, one of the most romantic places to stay in Portland is the White House Bed & Breakfast in the historic Irvington neighborhood. One night or a long weekend together in a beautiful and romantic garden and a charming and luxury appointed room, and you can’t go wrong. This is the perfect place to celebrate a special anniversary too- such as I did with my Husband for our 50th anniversary not long ago.

Other romantic destinations close to home include Mt Hood, where you can stay at the historic Timberline Lodge, and the Sunriver Resort just outside of Bend. If you and your special someone love the theater and chocolate, how about a slightly belated Valentine’s Day celebration in Ashland with the Oregon Chocolate Festival? Wine lovers will enjoy a long weekend drive along the Willamette Valley where you can choose among over 500 wineries to stop by for a tasting, lunch or dinner, and even a romantic overnight stay.

If you are ready for a romantic getaway, for Valentine's Day or any time of the year, let us take care of the details while you relax and enjoy time with that special someone. Visit our Website to learn about different trip ideas, the latest deals, exciting offers and our service fees. Don’t forget, Cruise Wave Season is still going strong, this is the best time of year to book your next romantic cruise for two!

January 19, 2018

Fall in Love with the Oregon Coast, Again- (Part One)

When was the last time you were at the Coast? If you're like many Oregonians, chances are, not that long ago; or perhaps it has been a while after all. The Oregon Coast, and its 300+ miles of accessible beach along the Pacific Ocean is an ideal place for us to get away for a quick trip out of town. There's something for everyone, whether you're visiting Astoria in the north, Port Orford in the south, or somewhere in between, there are explorations and adventures to be had all throughout the year.

Anyone whose spent time at the Coast is sure to have stories of fun memories complimenting the breathtaking views and spectacular natural wonders which can be found in this lush region of the state. Many of us have our favorite haunts, small towns and parks which we love to return to time and again. But how well do you REALLY know the Coast? If it's been awhile since you've visited a town on the Oregon Coast for the first time, or you've never been to a particular beach before, make 2018 the year you get off the well-loved path to the Coast which you know so well, and discover something new.

When it comes to the Central Oregon Coast, first thoughts turn towards Newport and Lincoln City, and the Chinook Winds Casino. The region itself runs from Lincoln City, south down to Yachats. Known as the "Heart of the Coast", this area has some incredible gems worth visiting.

One such place is Cape Kiwanda in Pacific City.  You can visit Cape Kiwanda Natural Area day-use park year round, where it's said some of the most spectacular waves can be seen. You've probably seen Haystack Rock in Cannon Beach, but Cape Kiwanda has it's own Haystack Rock too, another monolith still standing against the power of the sea.  The park is a favorite stop for fishing and picnic afternoons.

The beaches around Lincoln City often have a treasure of their own waiting for the lucky person to find it. From October through May, over 3,000 hand-crafted glass floats are "hidden" along the beaches. These aren't from old fishing nets on the other side of the Pacific. These are made by local glass artists, and strewn about the 7-mile stretch of beach 6 months out of the year. These vibrant and unique pieces of art are there for the taking, "Finders Keepers" they say, it's all about spreading a bit of joy in an already beautiful place.

Many know of Devils Punch Bowl, an incredible, natural bowl of carved rock exposed to the Pacific Ocean. But have you heard of Thor's Well?  This is a sight which needs to be seen in person to truly appreciate what it is. Located along Cape Perpetua near Yachats, this natural phenomenon is best observed at high tide. This gaping rock hole along the Coast appears to be draining the ocean, as waves rush in water drains away. It can be a risky place to visit, staying back at a safe distance is imperative, but the sight to see is one to remember.

If you are ready to explore the Central Oregon Coast, you can do so with ease and comfort on our upcoming NW Small Group trip with Agent Host, Steven Kay, April 20-23, 2018. Let us take care of the details while you relax and enjoy an Oregon Coast getaway. This trip to the Central Coast is not the only one we have planned, Visit our Website to learn more, including about the latest deals, exciting offers and our service fees. Be sure check back here soon for part two of our series about the Hidden Gems of the Coast, you'll fall in love with the Coast all over again.

*Photo Attributions:
MiddleLeft: Kape Kiwanda: By Thomas Shahan (Kiwanda Tide Pool  Uploaded by Jacopo Werther) [CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons 

Bottom RIght: Thor's Well: By John Fowler from Placitas, NM, USA (Thor's -- Well???) [CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons 

January 12, 2018

Cruise Wave Season- What is it?

Cruise travel is popular for a reason, well many reasons actually. There’s a wide range of cruise ships available, varying by size, destination focus, on-board amenities, off-board excursions and even budgets, making this type of travel suitable for just about anyone. One of the biggest allures of cruise travel are the conveniences available. On a cruise, you need only unpack once, while you visit several different locations, sometimes even different countries, in one trip. Many cruise lines offer activities and explorations designed for different ages, ideal for a family vacation to ensure everyone has a great time. Another draw to cruise travel are the special deals which passengers can take advantage of. 

The start of a new year means one thing in the world of cruising, Cruise Wave Season.  As soon as January 1st arrives, and sometimes before then, it seems that every cruise line has an incredible offer, or two or three, available.  Cruises are typically booked well in advance of a departure date, and the sooner you reserve your stateroom, the sooner you’ll be assured to get what you want from your cruise, such as the ideal stateroom for your needs and budget, and access to pre-booking popular excursions and on-board amenities. 

Chances are, if you’re ready to plan a cruise now, you’ll be traveling later this year, or perhaps even the next. This is where Cruise Wave Season comes in. A new year is a new start, and what better way to start planning a new vacation than with some excellent deals? To encourage guests to reserve their cruise sooner rather than later, cruise lines offer some of their best deals of the year during Cruise Wave Season. For anyone given the gift of travel over the holiday season, yet still needing to decide on where and how to go, these sales come at the perfect time.

Each cruise line offers their own special promotions, some of these sales have brief booking windows, where travelers need to act fast to take advantage of them. Others last longer, from 1-4 months, allowing a bit more time to research your options and discuss your ideal cruise itinerary with your Travel Professional. The variety of Cruise Wave Deals makes it easier to find the best options at the best prices, now

Here’s a peek at just a few Cruise Wave Season Deals that are now available:

Princess Cruise Line- Anniversary Sale- Up to $600 On Board Spending! Offer Expires 2/14/18

Holland America Line- View & Veranda Upgrades & up to $500 On Board Spending! Offer Expires 3/15/18

Azamara Club Cruises- 50% Off 2nd Guest Passenger & Free Wi-Fi! Offer Expires 2/28/18

MSC Cruises- 2 for 1 Cruises! & Up to  $150 On Board Spending! Offer Expires 3/31/18

The agents at C.P. Trips Inc are putting together information on Cruise Wave Season deals to add to our website Cruises Page. The ones listed above are just the beginning. Discover more helpful information such as our service fees policy and other travel promotions, at our Website, which is under a New Name: www.cptripsinc.com

December 4, 2017

Return to Your Roots Through Travel

Knowing where you come from can bring with it a deeper sense of belonging to something more. It seems almost daily someone is sharing their world-wide roots through DNA testing, which is gaining in popularity. Sometimes known family history is confirmed. Other times, many a surprising connection to various places are revealed. But what do you do once you know where you’re from? Taking a trip to your ancestral homelands is a wonderful way to connect with your roots, and yourself.

Travel today offers more than just big tour buses and photo ops. With a focus on unique and in-depth experiences, travel is about connecting with different cultures and histories as much as it’s about connecting with yourself and your travel companions. Whether you travel independently or through a specialized tour or cruise company, you can plan a magical journey to remember. Such a journey can be made even more special if it’s to where your family comes from.

We have become such a melting pot of heritages and cultures, going back to the places we come from is a wonderful way to connect with our past and discover a part of who we are. My husband Tony and I were able to experience this on a trip we took to Spain recently. Our travels there also highlighted just how connected we two really are.

My father’s side of the family is from Ireland, but before reaching the Emerald Isle, our ancestral clans were in Spain, part of the Celtic tribes of the Iberian Peninsula who were some of the earliest Europeans to migrate to Ireland.

My Husband, Tony, looks every bit of a Roman-Italian with his olive skin and dark hair and eyes. While his family left the Naples area of Italy for American shores, his ancestral roots actually go back to the Spanish-Jewish migration which was brought on by the Inquisition of the Middle Ages.

Imagine how interesting it was for us to discover both our families come originally from Spain. With both of us having ancestral roots in Spain, our travels there were that much more special through discovering in person a part of our own past which we in turn share together.

When we connect with the past, we connect with ourselves and help create new connections for future generations. Taking a multi-generational trip to where your family once lived not only offers something special for everyone, such a trip can bring your and your loved-ones closer through the memories created in your ancestral homeland. This is what makes knowing where your roots are from such an amazing thing. A journey to your roots is a journey to yourself. 

We would love to hear from you directly about your family’s roots, and the exciting connections you have discovered yourself. Call or email us today and tell us all about your past, and we can help you plan an exploration to your ancestral homelands.

Discover more travel inspiration, promotions and other helpful information such as our services fees at our Website

November 17, 2017

Discover the World's Best Holiday Lights Destinations

With the holidays fast approaching we thought it would be fun to share some of the best, world-renown destinations to enjoy holiday lights and festivities. There are winter holidays across cultures around the planet. Whatever your celebration focus may be, a getaway to one of these magical places is sure to add to your holiday spirit and memories. 

Albuquerque New Mexico: River Of Lights
A  River of Lights created by local artists takes you through the ABQ BioPark

 Ayala Triangle Gardens, Manila-Philippines -Dancing Light Show
Incredible choreographed lights with classic Holiday music- wow- just wow!

Kobe Japan, Luminara Light Display
These exquisite lights evoke the feeling of being within a grand cathedral, and more.

Medellin, Columbia - City of Lights
More than just an incredible light display to walk through- this is a city-wide festival of the holiday spirit. 

Melbourne, Australia- Town Hall Light Show
Melbourne's town hall comes to life with holiday fun and their Light Show performances.

Nashville, TN- Gaylord Opryland Resort
Millions of lights inside and out, this is a truly spectacular sight!

Niece, France- Village de Noel
Lively and fun experiences day and night, it's a village affair

Tivoli Gardens, Copenhagen
The Old World and the Modern, International World come together here through the spirit of the holidays.

Victoria B.C.- Find Christmas Here
Forests of Lights and so much more- The holiday spirit is alive and well Victoria B.C.

However you celelbrate the holidays, we hope you have a wonderful season full of blessings and joy. Discover more travel inspiration, helpful information such as our service fees policy and travel promotions, and more at our website.

November 8, 2017

Give the Gift of Travel

Thanksgiving is right around the corner, and before you know it Christmas and New Year's Eve will be here and gone again. The Holiday season is upon us, with a wide range of cultural and religious celebrations happening all over the world, this is the also the season of giving. No matter how you celebrate, time spent with family and friends is to be cherished, and as one year ends, now is the time when many of us are able to come together for some quality time.

It's also the time for giving gifts to those we love. Often we are faced with a conundrum when it comes to gift giving. What do you give to someone who has everything?  What can you give to someone who, try as you might, won't give you a wish list? And what can you give to that special someone which will make their heart melt and their spirit soar?  The answer is simple-  Travel!

The gift of travel is an ideal gift for just about everyone, no matter their likes and dislikes, a vacation to somewhere is sure to please. Travel is also a gift which keeps on giving, in the form of life-long memories to share and re-live once you return home. To give the gift of travel is to give the gift of a unique experience.

Is it time for a family vacation soon?  Why not surprise the kids during the holidays with a cruise or theme park vacation?  You can still plan a quick getaway during the season, or reserve your space for next spring break or summer when school is out. The holidays are a great time to book your travel plans as there are a lot of year-end sales going on.

Are you looking to enjoy a romantic getaway with that someone special? A long weekend at the coast or in Mexico could be just the way to go. Near or far, there are a log of romantic travel ideas, such as staying at a Bed & Breakfast in Gold Beach on the Southern Oregon Coast, or an all-inclusive beach resort near Mayan ruins in Cancun.

A girlfriends getaway to a luxurious spa need not just be for an afternoon. Surprise your best friend with a trip to Arizona, where some of the best, full-service spa resorts can be found. Or perhaps it's time for a guys' weekend to the extreme, treat your pal to a fishing weekend in Alaska, it will be time well spent and full of memories.

The holidays are a great time to also surprise a loved-one with a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. Recently engaged? Why not surprise your fiance with the gift of travel for your upcoming honeymoon, The Cook Islands are a tropical paradise like no other, or perhaps a magical trip to Ireland is in order. Do you or a loved one have a special birthday or anniversary coming up next year? Go big with your gift with a European river cruise or an African Safari.

The world is an amazing place, the gift of travel can take you and your loved ones all around the globe, and leave you with experiences and memories to treasure for a lifetime. For more inspiration, check out our Website for vacation ideas, special deals and more, including our service fee schedule. Then call one of our agents such as Cindy Passannante at 503-658-5646 or by email cptrips@aol.com, to get the conversation started towards planning your Gift of Travel this Holiday Season.

November 3, 2017

Take Your Fundraiser to the Next Level with C.P. Trips’ Fundraising with Travel Program

You can take your fundraiser to the next level when you pare a benefit auction with a travel package. If you work with an organization which depends on donations, where fundraising is key to successfully helping others in the community, C.P. Trips can help you generate more interest, and possibly more funds for your nonprofit group.

Many benefit fundraisers include auctions to help raise significant amounts of funding. Often the challenge can be finding those unique items or experiences which gala guests will be truly excited about. Doing so with a small budget can add to the challenges.

C.P. Trips can help! Our Fundraising with Travel program connects nonprofit organizations with unique and exotic destination travel packages for auction benefit fundraisers. Working with private villa owners, and luxury tour companies, we can provide you and your organization with a range of intriguing and exciting destinations which are sure to gain the attention of Auction guests, no matter the event.

Benefits of Fundraising with Travel include:

  • Travel Packages are a proven revenue-generating package that will bring excitement to your fundraising efforts and add dollars to your bottom line.
  • Risk – Free opportunity with NO upfront costs.
  • Added Concierge Service for your Organization and your clients.
  • Two–Year expiration on all packages provided (a distinct advantage over the traditional one-year expiration date for many auction items)
  • Unlimited sales potential as you can sell to as many bidders as you like (including post event sales to friends, family and those who did not attend your event.
  • Trips are sold exclusive of airfare --- However, Winner’s may use the services of C.P. Trips, to assist with airfare and additional options for their exciting package, for a small fee ($75.00) or this fee may be included this in the Reserve.

So where in the world could your donors travel to with the C.P. Trips Fundraising with Travel program? Choices begin with a special sailing along the Columbia River; or perhaps a retreat to Mexico where a private condo awaits is just the ticket. With villas in Italy and Bali, or our African Safari option, the ultimate in once-in-a-lifetime experiences.

The best way to learn more and determine which Fundraising with Travel Package is best for your next fundraiser is to call Cindy Passannante, Owner and President of C.P. Trips, at (503) 658-5646 or email cptrips@aol.com. We also have information on our Website, with travel packages and options being updated regularly.