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The Land of Milk and Honey… and Hummus

Israeli Vineyards

This just in… some super cool packaged tours throughout… you guessed it… The Holy Land. And the holy land to me means… the land of milk and honey and wine, and hummus and hotties!
Plus, no one really thinks about it, but, the Israelis were some of the first successful communists in the good sense of the word… communal. Rocking the kibbutznik farm style, these guys managed to share and deliver duties in an eco-friendly way better than any of their predecessors in Russia or, let’s just say, Cuba. The Israelis not only developed a system of drop irrigation that is now one of the best watering solutions in the world to save water, but, as you can imagine, they also have some pretty old grape vines. So, see the deals on Israel travel and go get yourself some holistic harmony… with a side of the best hummus you’ll have in your life.
  • Israel by Kibbutz
Delve into this soul moving country while staying at a collection of traditional Israeli kibbutz.  Partake in the communal lifestyle of the Kibbutznik people firsthand as you tour this holy land.  This one is called ‘a transformative travel experience’. We believe it. We’ve been to kibbutzim and they’re a pretty cool thing.—-
  • Active Israel Adventure
An active alfresco adventure, you’ll get off the tour bus and cruise, scuba dive, horseback ride, bike, climb and rappel to behold all of Israel’s spellbinding sites fused together with jeep safaris, camel rides, archaeological digs, golden beaches, hot springs and more.
  • Vineyards and Visions
Stimulate your soul and taste buds with this delectable culinary journey showcasing Israeli wine and cuisine.  Taste your way through a mosaic of vineyards and celebrated restaurants, take cooking lessons and stop at all the age-old sites along the way. Bon appetit, we say!

Jerusalem, Israel: Hanging in the Holy Land

There’s one thing I must confess. I married a lovely Israeli man… and I still haven’t made it to the Holy Land. My inner-Heb cries, “If I should forget Jerusalem, my left hand should fall.” Or something like that. In case it sounds pathetic, keep this in mind… we’ve only been married for a year and we’re planning The Big Trip now. That said, as a travel writer, I can tell you all about the top hotels in the world with eye-popping amenities that cost anywhere from $300-$1,000/night, but that doesn’t mean I don’t a) go ga-ga when I find a good deal and b) want to know where the real locals stay.

In my quest, I queried a man whose knowledge of Israel, quality (and that doesn’t always mean 600-thread count Frette linens), and, most importantly, authenticity, is second to none. That’s right… my husband.

So here’s a little secret gem that’s definitely not your generic luxurious, five-star hotel, but rather, an Arab-Israeli owned boutique hotel.

Concentrated in only a few hundred feet are Al-Aqsa Mosque, The Church of the Holy Sepulcher (where even the most die-hard American Jew isn’t immune to the holiness of Christ’s stomping grounds), and, of course, The Wailing Wall, the most important sacred sites of the top three monotheistic religions.

What my main man likes best?

There’s a wine bar in the entrance, it’s cheap (anywhere from $30-$100/night), and a REAL spot for those wanting to see Jerusalem, even if it means you’ll likely hear street-sellers in the morning and the hustle and bustle of Jews – and Muslims – living peacefully side-by-side in the heart of the Holy Land.

As Whoopi on Virtual Tourist says, “Some of the double rooms have a balcony out to the busy street and also have two floors in the room. These are great! The whole hotel is also very relaxed and cozy with lots of things hanging on the walls, everything from garments to photos and poetry. Lots of sofas and chairs everywhere and it gives you the feeling of being in some nice, but weird old lady’s house. Just outside you find everything you need from internet cafes to stores, restaurants, market and tourist attractions.”

And really, when you’re in the Holy Land, what better place to be?

45 Bedrooms, cable satellite in the lobby, on-site laundry, an internet lounge open 24 hrs., a safe deposit box, and a panoramic view of Jerusalem from the roof-top.

Tell them Jaunt Magazine sent you.

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