Spring breaks are over and the end of the school year is right around the corner. Parents are looking ahead to the family summer vacation.  If you haven’t made any plans, no worries, as you still have time to book a great family getaway.  Our spring newsletter includes ideas for summer family travel & specials, exclusive offers from Virtuoso, fall and early winter vacation getaways, a new hotel, springtime in Vienna, the latest travel magazines from Virtuoso and more. 

The month of May is full of celebrations; Cinco de Mayo, Mother’s Day, First Holy Communions & Confirmations and graduations.  We also pay tribute to men and women who serve in our U.S. Armed Forces on Armed Forces Day and remember our deceased veterans on Memorial Day. 

Destinations by Dixon LLC will soon announce the winner of our 10th annual John F. Klimek Memorial Scholarship; the winner’s name will be announced on Pam’s Facebook page.  “Congratulations” to all graduates and best wishes to all Moms for a very “Happy Mother’s Day”! 

Please note all offers are subject to change, based on availability & restrictions apply.


With a Trafalgar Family Experience your children can take things they learned in the classroom and see them come alive in front of them.  Trafalgar Family Experiences are effortless for parents to plan, they are authentic and fun.  These travel experiences include 4 and 5 star family-friendly hotels, daily breakfast and around 50 pct. of evening meals, air conditioned coach transport, an expertly trained travel director, plus local specialists, planned sightseeing, unique experiences and free family time, VIP access and skipping lines at selected sights, porterage, local tips and charges included.  Travel to the USA, Costa Rica, Europe or South Africa.  There is still availability for these family experiences during the summer. 


From dramatic landscapes to black-sand beaches, the Islands of Hawaii are the perfect destinations for an abundance of activities, charming hospitality and hidden delights.  Create treasured memories with your family.  Save up to $275.00 on a flight and hotel getaway to Kauai, Oahu, Maui or Hawaii Island.  Travel now to 12/15/17.  Book by 05/31/17.


There is still availability for a summer family vacation with Yankee Holidays.  Explore the USA on the “Grand Canyon & Sedona Getaway”, “Seattle Ultimate Getaway” or “Washington, DC Getaway”.  Call Pam as soon as possible.


No cruise line knows kids, tweens and teens like Royal Caribbean International.  Save 30 pct. off every guest during Royal Caribbean International’s Maycation Celebration.  Offer applies to sailings on or after 06/01/2017.  Book by 05/31/17.


Lake Placid Lodge is located in the 6 million acre Adirondack Park.  The resort’s wood beams, stone fireplaces, comfy featherbeds and deep soaking tubs feature rustic romance and adorn the 30 handcrafted rooms and log cabins, set along the water’s edge with views of Lake Placid and Whiteface Mountain.  Year-round activities vary from golfing, hiking and horseback riding in warm weather to winter ice climbing, dog sledding and snowmobiling.  Indulge in a gourmet dinner in the highly touted Artisans restaurant or award winning wine cellar.  Enjoy 20 pct. off three nights.  Plus, receive Virtuoso amenities of: upgrade at time of arrival (subject to availability), complimentary full gourmet plated breakfast for two daily for the duration of the stay, $100 hotel credit to be utilized during stay (not combinable, not valid on room rate), complimentary pickup from Saranac Lake Airport or Lake Placid Airport, early check in/late check out (subject to availability) and complimentary Wi-Fi.  Travel dates: now to 08/3/17.

The Fairmont Waterfront is located in Vancouver, Canada.  Guestrooms at The Fairmont Waterfront overlook the North Shore Mountains, inner harbor or rooftop garden and sparkling city skyline.  Ideal for pre and post cruise stays, the hotel is connected to the Canada Place Cruise Ship Terminal and is steps from Stanley Park, the Seawall and historic Gastown.  Save 15 pct. Valid for travel now through 12/31/17.


Book a select 2017 sailings and receive $1000 off per person on the cruise/land or cruise only price.  Booking must be made, under deposit and discount applied by 6/6/17. 


Take advantage of a limited time spring sale with Uniworld Boutique River Cruises.  Hurry, this limited time offer ends on May 15, 2017. 


Save up to 7.5 pct. on Insight Vacations new itineraries for the 2017/2018 Fall, Winter and Spring seasons.  Please click on the following link to view the new brochure.


The new Hyatt Centric Waikiki Beach is a sophisticated retreat in the heart of Waikiki and offers a contemporary, fresh and inviting experience for modern travelers.  Enjoy locally inspired cuisine, irresistible cocktails and a pool deck with views of Diamond Head and cosmopolitan Waikiki.  The hotel is located two blocks from Waikiki Beach and has 230 distinctive guest rooms and 32 exclusive suites.  Rooms have luxurious Hyatt Grand Beds, cozy, hooded bath robes, BeeKind bath amenities, complimentary high speed wireless internet, mini fridge, iron and ironing board, Keurig coffee maker with Hawaiian Paradise Coffee, complimentary filtered water stations with re-useable bottles, 100 pct. smoke free, beach towels available, USB ports in all guest rooms and RFID lock system.  Hyatt’s “Sunshine on Sale” gives you the 4th night FREE and complimentary daily breakfast for 2.


We still have availability for our 2017 small group Christmas Market tour.  This exclusive tour is personally designed by Pam Dixon and cannot be found with any other major tour operator.   The group will stay in the romantic, wine region of the Mosel Valley in the village of Cochem.   Enjoy day trips to Aachen, Trier, Traben-Trarbach and Mainz, as well as, an excursion to Maria-Laach Abbey and Marksburg Castle.  The dates of the trip are December 2 to December 9, 2017.   The group size is limited to 10 people.   Please contact Pam with any questions and for the complete details and costs.


I had an incredible 5 days in Vienna at the beginning of last month.  The weather had not been very nice in Chicago, but, when I arrived in Vienna it was very sunny and almost 80F!  I chose the beautiful Hotel Bristol, The Luxury Collection for my 5 night stay.    The hotel is 5 Star; however, I always felt so comfortable and “at home” there.  The staff was always warm, welcoming and attentive.  The hotel offers lovely, spacious rooms and suites.  I stayed in a Classic Room (best value room) and I was amazed; walk in closest, full bathroom with American shower and heated bars for my towels, luxurious bathrobe and slippers & a huge bedroom with a king bed, writing desk, fireplace and table with side chair!  The location of my room was the best; at night I could open my windows and hear the live opera projected onto the huge screen outside of the Opera House.  It was wonderful!  Breakfast was included in my stay and there was an abundance of choices from cook-to-order omelets, hot & cold buffets, fresh fruits and an assortment of intoxicating breads and rolls.  Wi-Fi was also included. 

During my stay, I had a private tour of the Hotel Bristol and saw a variety of beautiful rooms and suites.  If you love the amenities of a fine hotel, excellent location and staff, the Hotel Bristol is the place to stay in Vienna.  You are able to walk to all of the sights in the 1st District such as the Hofburg, Albertina, Spanish Riding School, Imperial Apartments, St.Stephen’s Cathedral, etc.  Right outside the entrance to the hotel is the escalator for the U-Bahn station Karlplatz; one of the main connection hubs for the underground public transportation in Vienna.  Public transportation in Vienna is excellent! 

I visited the Schloss Hof (Hunting Lodge of Prince Eugene and later residence for the Empress Maria Theresa), Roman ruins, Kloster Neuburg, Castle Forchtenstein, the Easter Markets at Schonbrunn Palace and the Freyung and did a day trip to Salzburg.  I also did private hotel inspections of the Hotel Imperial, Hotel Sacher Wien and Hotel Sacher Salzburg.  Each night I had a different dinner experience as Vienna has so many different kinds of restaurants to offer.  One of the best times to travel to Vienna is about two weeks right before Easter as you can enjoy the Easter Markets and there is an abundance of wonderful classical concerts at various churches throughout the city.  I attended a performance of the Vienna Chamber Orchestra at the historic Karlskirche (St. Charles Church).  Plus, springtime in Vienna means there no crowds or waiting in lines for sights.   I had an amazing time in Vienna and already look forward to my next visit.


Please note when you reserve the Hotel Bristol Vienna with me, you will receive the following 2017 Virtuoso amenities.

-Upgrade on arrival, subject to availability.

-Full Daily Breakfast for two (in room guests).

-A one-time complimentary lunch for two (in room guests) in the Restaurant Bristol.  Alcohol, taxes and gratuities excluded.

-Suite bookings made at the Virtuoso rates receive in addition to the above.  Chauffeured limousine transfer (one-way) for clients booked in the Penthouse Suite, Opera Suite or Prince of Wales Suite.  Choice of welcome drink: white wine, red wine, Bristol Cuvee & flower bouquet.

-Early check-in/late check-out, based on availability.

-Complimentary Wi-Fi


The May/June 2017 issue of the Virtuoso Life Magazine

The 2017 Specialty Cruise Collection

The 2017 VAST Collection-Active Adventures & Extraordinary Experiences




















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