New Airline, New Planes, New Nonstop Options!

January 11, 2023
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2022 has been the year of “revenge travel” (aka: going on all those trips to make up for lost time!) and what better way to get back out there than with another new airline at CVG!

Say hello to Breeze Airways.

Breeze Airways was started in 2018 by the guy who previously co-founded JetBlue. Much like that airline, Breeze is all about the customer experience and making flying, as they put it, “seriously nice.”

Hi there, Huntington Beach!

They started flying around the country in May 2021, and beginning in February 2023, they will start up two of the four new routes that you can book right now from CVG.

Here’s why you should hop onboard and check out one of these cool cities:

Broad St. in Charleston is a perfect place for a quiet stroll.

Charleston, SC
Begins February 8, 2023
Cheapest Round Trip Fare I’ve Seen (So Far): $82

The weather’s always pretty nice , and so are the beaches! We visited a few years ago and even in December, expect an average high of around 61 degrees. The summertime warms up with highs in the 80s and perfect evening weather in the low 70s that makes nighttime strolls even better.

Historic homes line the waterfront in Charleston.
We loved strolling along the water at Joe Riley Waterfront Park. Just across the Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge (which is incredible in itself), we enjoyed Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum, where you can tour multiple ships and even a submarine.
Climb aboard an aircraft carrier or head inside a submarine at Patriots Point.
Our favorite part of visiting Charleston was just wandering the streets. On many blocks, it feels like you’re transported to a different century as you’re surrounded by impressive homes, parks, and architecture.
A comfortable afternoon in Sausalito, CA.

San Francisco, CA
Begins February 8, 2023
Cheapest Round-Trip Fare I’ve Seen (So Far): $276

First, let’s talk about convenience. Right now, San Francisco requires a connecting flight somewhere along the way. Having twice-weekly non-stop service is a game-changer, and you can be in California in under five hours.

Our friends got married in San Francisco a few years ago, and we decided to spend a couple of extra days exploring the city and surrounding areas.

Watching the world-famous cable cars zip around the streets is so cool. We stayed near Fisherman’s Wharf and had a blast at the Musee Mecanique, featuring one of the largest collections of antique arcade games!

Lots of fun at Musee Mecanique including a vintage fun house mirror and arcade Pong!

Taking the boat to Alcatraz Island offers a beautiful view of the city and Golden Gate Bridge. Touring Alcatraz prison is quite an experience as well. Returning back to the mainland, the restaurant choices are endless.

The view of the city from Alcatraz Island is impressive.

Driving the famous Lombard Street, with its switchback roads and steep hill is a must. (We did it twice!) Continue driving over the Golden Gate Bridge and explore the Marin Headlands and Black Sands Beach. Visit the Nike Missile Site SF-88L and see Cold War-era missiles on display. Head over to Sausalito for a breathtaking view and enjoy lunch at one of the restaurants overlooking the bay.

Even cloudy days are beautiful in the Marin Headlands.

And no trip to SF is complete without going to Alamo Square and picnicking on the lawn while singing the theme song to Full House.

Monarch Beach in Dana Point, CA, is located in the southern part of Orange County.

Orange County, CA
Begins March 30, 2023
Cheapest Round Trip Fare I’ve Seen (So Far): $218

Speaking of TV show theme songs: Californiaaaaa… Here we comeeeeeeeee! Non-stop service to Orange County can get you from the airport to the beach in about 15 minutes. It also adds another non-stop way to get to Los Angeles and the rest of Southern California.

Downtown Huntington Beach is perfect for an early morning jog or evening walk.

We’ve spent a few days over Christmas in Huntington Beach. Walking along the miles of sandy shoreline is an instant stress reliever. We really enjoyed the cool surf shops and unique stores in Downtown Huntington Beach and ventured out onto the pier for a view of the coastline. Visit the International Surfing Museum and the Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve. We also loved a hip sushi spot (for Christmas dinner!) and some of the best tacos we’ve ever had.

One of the most pet-friendly towns around!

But the top-rated attraction on TripAdvisor? Huntington Dog Beach. Yepa beach just for dogs (and their people)!

Laguna Beach is incredible!

Farther south along the coast lies Laguna Beach, while just a little farther north along the coastline, you’ll find Sunset Beach. Continue along the Pacific Coast Highway, hang a left, and you’ll hit Long Beach. Check out the Queen Mary (currently undergoing renovations, but you can view from afar) and the highly-rated Aquarium of the Pacific.

Providence is one of America’s oldest cities.

Providence, RI / Boston, MA
Begins March 30, 2023
Cheapest Round Trip Fare I’ve Seen (So Far): $118

Rhode Island has been on my bucket list for a while. It’s the tiniest state with only 39 cities covering just 1,212 square miles. How small is that? You could fit nearly four, yes four, Rhode Islands into the Cincy region (the Southwest Ohio / Northern Kentucky / Southeast Indiana metro area is 4,808 square miles).

Mohegan Bluffs on Block Island offers plenty of space to explore.

Despite its small size, there are some big views to be had along Mohegan Bluffs, one of the most famous cliffs in the state. Roll down the windows and take in the salt air along Ocean Drive. If you’re a fan of architecture, check out The Breakers, The Marble House, The Elms, and eight other historic homes in the Newport Mansions.

That’s a big house!

Set sail on Rhode Island Bay Cruises, or take the Rhode Island Fast Ferry to Martha’s Vineyard. There’s also Fort Adams State Park that is full of history and also offers tremendous views. If you like to shop, check out the quaint Thames Street and grab a bite to eat as well. Rhode Island is also home to the International Tennis Hall of Fame.

Newport, RI, is a charming waterfront community.
You can also visit Boston, just one hour up the road, or pop over to Connecticut. There’s also a ferry from New London, CT, to Long Island, NY.
Castle Hill Lighthouse in Newport, RI.

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-Jay

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