We accept cash and credit card payments through PayPal. Please e-mail a copy of your completed Application pages, so we can coordinate it with your payment/acceptance.
We highly recommend trip insurance that includes travel health insurance, especially for overseas trips. You don't want to be cut off if you get sick before or during a trip and find that you have no recource or support.
Click here for a link to a page we have written specifically on travel insurance.
You will want to make sure that the company you select is a BBB Accreduted business with an A+ rating. Links for this are here.
Our travel agent and we have used Travelex for years, but that is not to say that there are not other reputable companies that you may prefer.
If you do decide to use Travelex, please mention that you are with Barefoot Contessa Photo Adventures and give them code BCPA 27-6058. Accommodations: (Links require pop-up windows.)
We will be based at the lovely Cranmore Mountain Lodge with charming hosts Frederique (Freddie) and Thierry Procyk. Please be sure to tell them you are with Barefoot Contesa Photo Adventures when you make your reservations!
$137-182/night + tax, depending of the choice of room or suite. If several couples are travelling together, the inn also hase a two-bedroom suite with kitchenette that is $237/night + tax for up to 4 people.
If the Cranmore Mountain Lodge is full, they made arrangements for you to book across the street at:
Please tell Jessica or Bruce that you are with Barefoot Contessa Photo Adventures and are based across the street at Cranmore Mountain Lodge.
Hotels, B&Bs and inns fill up quickly, so we highly recommend making your
reservations early if you are even considering joining us. At this time of year, hotels have no need to negotiate.
If you miss out on any of the above, try TripAdvisor for other choices. Take advantage of the long weekend to return to some of your favorite workshop locations or explore others.
The nearest major Airport is Portland, ME (PWM, about an hour and a half away). Other possibilities are Manchester, NH (MHT, two hours and twenty minutes minutes to the south) or Logan Airport in Boston, MA (BOS, about two and three-quarters hours away).
Navigating the maze of overseas flights can be daunting, totally frustrating, and time consuming as we all search for the best fare. We have two travel agents that we can highly recommend — Cheryl Darwell or her associate Sharon Erickson at Cheryl-CruisePlanners.com in West End, NC. They are both also American Express agents. They are both well traveled and are very savvy in so much more than just cruises. They have access to resources unavailable to us mere mortals and can often find fares that are below the ones on the Internet.
With domestic fares, she does need to charge a fee, but for many, it is well worth it. Call Paula at 978-372-0226 on the east coast or e-mail her. It is not our custom to recommend outside travel resources, so this lets you know how highly we regard Paula.
So, particularly for help with international air, train, and travel-related questions, call Cheryl or Sharon at at 877-693-4535 (East Coast) or e-mail them as noted above.
Please note that in cases where we negotiate special rates with our hotels, you must either book through our travel agent, or use our links and make your reservations yourself. This information is noted for each workshop under Accommodations above.
It is always good to check with your airline before traveling to make sure you are complying with their current rules. Alas, TSA no longer has guidelines and passes consumers along to their airline of choice. Be prepared to do some deep digging.
We NEVER check our camera gear; nor do we ever check our laptops. The airlines will not cover these, and even if they did, you would be up a creek without those items. Common sense dictates that you allow plenty of extra time should TSA ask you to empty your bag and sift through each item one by one.
You may also want to select your airline based on its willingness to work with photographers...
Remember, you may have to check your bag plane-side before boarding smaller aircraft. We have done this numerous times over the decades without any problems ... knock on wood!
If you are a member of a photo association, carry your membership card. It may help
you, but that is not a guarantee.
Finally, too many people bring too much gear. The less you worry about your gear, the more you will see what is around you. Rental Cars: