Monthly Archives: March 2008

Sightseeing Options Throughout Vancouver, British Columbia

British Columbia is blessed with a wide variety of natural and man-made sights that can all at once be inviting and breath-taking. From metropolis settings to quaint villages and trickling rivers, there’s something for nearly any style of traveler that can make Vancouver a must visit destination. Below, we’ve highlighted just a small sample of what British Columbia can cook up to help emphasize the options available to you, and to help you get started on planning your visit to the Vancouver area.

Harrison Hot Springs Tour

The town of Harrison Hot Springs offers Vancouver visitors a peaceful day trip into the area wilderness that can offer a relaxing look into the quieter side of British Columbia. After crossing the Fraser River by way of ferry you’ll travel by motorcoach to Harrison Hot Springs. Once in the town, you’ll be able to fully enjoy a refreshing dip in their renowned Hot Springs Pool, and even browse the towns various shops if you’d like. However, regardless of what you actually end up doing in Harrison Hot Springs, the key to the experience will be in experiencing the beauty of the country side and friendly atmosphere of the small town itself.

Whistler Mountain Tour

Whistler is a premiere ski resort in British Columbia that can offer images of towering, snow-capped mountain ranges, gentle waterfalls and lush green all in one view. And with the Whistler Mountain Tour you’ll experience all of this beauty, and so much more. Once you actually arrive in Whistler you’ll be able to take in a variety of activities ranging from exploring sights such as Howe Sound, Horseshoe Bay and Shannon Falls, and even take in a little shopping at Whistler Village.

Vancouver Highlights Tour

While the natural surroundings of Vancouver are certainly amazing, the city itself can also offer a number of exceptional sights. With the Vancouver Highlights Tour you’ll be led through the city by a knowledgeable guide as you explore not only the many popular views of Vancouver, but the history behind the sights as well. Tour highlights include the scheduled 2010 Olympic sites, Gastown, Canada Place, Stanley Park, Queen Elizabeth Park and numerous other buildings, parks and natural sites throughout the city.

Classic Cars & Classic Music Highlight Spring in Branson

This April 13 – 15, Branson will be flooded with classic and custom cars as the Spring Fling Car Show comes to town. Held on the premises of the Southern Oaks Inn, the Spring Fling Car Show offers Branson visitors three days of pristine cars, live music, cruises, prizes and much more! Whether you’re looking to show off your own ride or merely hoping to take in the myriad of sights of metallic muscle, all are encouraged to share in the festivities of the Spring Fling Car Show, and the charming vacation setting of Branson, MO.

Of course, those visiting Branson for the Spring Fling Car Show will definitely want to check out 57’ Heaven as well. Located in Dick Clark’s American Bandstand Theater, 57’ Heaven presents an unbelievable collection of mint condition vehicles from the 50’s. You’ll encounter everything from Dodge pickups and Fairlines and Cadillacs, and even more unique vehicles such as fire trucks and police cars. Each vehicle is not only showcased in mint condition, but also features a stat sheet to give you insight to just exactly what is under the hood as well! A must visit attraction for car lovers, and great time of nostalgia for those who grew up in the 50’s, 57’ Heaven is always a popular stop in Branson, and a great addition to the Spring Fling Car Show.

Carrying through with a complete time of nostalgia, the Righteous Brothers’ Bill Medley & Paul Revere and the Raiders can present a lively time of classic rock n’ roll that perfectly captures the spirit of the 50’s and 60’s for a varied time of music. From the unmistakable hit, “You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feeling” by the Righteous Brothers to Paul Revere classics including “Indian Reservation,” the Righteous Brothers’ Bill Medley and Paul Revere & the Raiders offers Branson visitors a jam-packed time of classic tunes.

TCA Spring Craft Fair Offers Artistic Look at Nashville, TN

Entering its 37th installment, the Tennessee Association of Craft Artists will be hosting the always popular TACA Spring Craft Fair this May 2 – 4 at Centennial Park in Nashville, TN. Voted as one of the ‘Top 20 Events in the Southeast’ by the Southeast Tourism Society, the TACA Spring Craft Fair routinely offers both a setting for area artists to showcase their wares, as well an exciting event for locals and area visitors to enjoy the creativity and artistry of the area. In total, the 37th TACA Spring Craft Fair is expected to feature 170 exhibitors. Aside from the wide array of crafts found throughout the event, visitors can expect to find an international food court, live entertainment and special demonstrations throughout the TACA Spring Craft Fair for a lively time that can keep the entire family entertained.

Those that will be planning on visiting the TACA Spring Craft Fair for the entire weekend, Vacations Made Easy can help in making your plans as easy as ever. Along with information on the event, we offer a wide variety of hotel options throughout the Nashville area.

Whether you’re in need of something close to the actual event or are looking to retreat to the nearby Murfreesboro area, you can easily sort through our lodging options, find detailed information and securely make reservations.

And if you will be staying in Nashville throughout the entire weekend, why not uncover a little of Nashville’s history as well? With the Nashville Unpublished Walking Tour travelers will find an intimate look into the legends and lore of Nashville as you experience numerous historic sites with the company of a knowledgeable guide.

Unique Views Of Gatlinburg – Pigeon Forge, TN

With the Smoky Mountains ever looming in the background, Gatlinburg – Pigeon Forge offers travelers unprecedented natural beauty. And while experiencing the sights of the area in any fashion can be a moving experience, there are a number of unique ways to tour the area that can make your adventure all the more special. Below, we’ve covered just a few of the many less traveled ‘roads’ to experiencing Gatlinburg – Pigeon Forge for a memorable time in the Smokies.

Monster Truck Rides

While it’s not exactly a tour, Monster Truck Rides in Gatlinburg is still set amidst the Smoky Mountains, and is certainly a thrilling experience. Housing a 454 motor atop 66 inch tires, Monster Truck Rides in Gatlinburg will take guests around the off-road track at Wildcat Motorsports for a bumpy, adventurous thrill ride. If you’re more interested in the actual means of transportation than you are seeing sights, then the Monster Truck Rides is definitely an option for you.

Horseback Rides

Located in nearby Townsend, a horseback ride at Apple Valley Riding Stables is a great way to explore the base of the Smoky Mountains. Passing through light forests and trickling streams, a horseback ride is the perfect tour for those wanting an intimate look at the lay of the land. And the best part is, due to Apple Valley Riding Stables expert care and handling of their horses novice and seasoned rider alike can enjoy this beginner’s horseback ride along the Smoky Mountains.

Ober Gatlinburg Aerial Tram

The Ober Gatlinburg Aerial Tram offers Gatlinburg – Pigeon Forge visitors unparalleled views of the Smoky Mountain area. The tram travels from downtown Gatlinburg to Ober Gatlinburg Ski Resort & Amusement Park, offering guests approximately 20 minutes of panoramic sightseeing. And the best part is, you don’t get just one ride with your order, but an unlimited two day pass! So whether you’re looking to get just the right photo opportunity or merely enjoying viewing the Smokies from the sky, you’ll be set.

Explore Colonial Crafts With Williamsburg’s Colonial Craftsman’s Fair!

The Colonial Craftsman’s Fair is once again making its way to the Williamsburg area this May 17 – 18 for a time of master crafting and general entertainment. Scheduled to be held at Endview Plantation in Newport News, VA, the two day event will feature a variety of craft demonstrations including furniture-making, spinners, doll makers, weavers and more. Along with craft demonstrations visitors will also be able to take part in a variety of activities that are set to include live entertainment and door prizes.

Sticking with the colonial theme, visiting Colonial Williamsburg during your visit is a great compliment to the Colonial Craftsman’s Fair. Colonial Williamsburg offers a historical representation of 18th century America year-round through a variety of exhibits and reenactments, and is consistently one of the main draws of the area.

And for those looking to turn the Colonial Craftsman’s Fair into a full-blown vacation, Vacations Made Easy offers the ability to build your own custom vacation to ensure you have everything just the way your family wants it.

Myrtle Beach Heats Up With the SOS Spring Safari

The SOS Spring Safari is an annual celebration in Myrtle Beach that places a focus on bringing the beach fun of yesteryear to the masses in modern times. The focus of the festival is placed upon the beach dance craze known as “The Shag,” with competitions taking place throughout the week. Of course, you don’t need to have any previous expertise in “The Shag” to enjoy the events. Other than competitions, there will be a parade, dance workshops and live entertainment for a general time of fun and revelry. This year’s SOS Spring Safari is scheduled to be held from April 18 – 27 at various locations along Ocean Drive.

To truly encompass yourself in the beach lifestyle, you’ll definitely want to find beachfront lodging. Luckily, that’s no problem in Myrtle Beach. There are a variety of popular lodging options, ranging from Breakers to Hilton, offering exquisite accommodations just steps from the calming beach.

And while the SOS Spring Safari will provide more than enough in the way of great times, you probably won’t see much of the ocean past the packed beaches. However, with a visit to Ripley’s Aquarium you’ll be able to gain a full perspective of the ocean from its peaceful beaches to the complex ecosystem that thrives below the water’s surface. In particular, Ripley’s Aquarium features a 750,000 gallon tank filled with a wide variety of aquatic life.

Grand Ole Opry Schedule of Performers For March 28 & 29, 2008

Please Note: The Grand Ole Opry does not release final lineups until the Wednesday prior to each performance. This list will be updated weekly as new performers are confirmed and added to the lineup.

Friday, March 28 – Order Tickets

Jeannie Seely
Mel McDaniel
Jimmy C. Newman
The Steeldrivers
Jimmy Dickens
Jesse McReynolds & The Virginia Boys
Jack Greene
Jennifer Hanson
Bill Anderson
Jean Shepard
B J Thomas
Jim Ed Brown
Ralph Stanley
Restless Heart

Saturday, March 29 – Order Tickets

 6:30 performance

Jimmy Dickens
Jimmy C. Newman
Phil Stacey
Vince Gill
Kellie Pickler
The Time Jumpers
Neal McCoy
Jean Shepard
Jan Howard
Ralph Stanley
Opry Square Dancers
Bill Anderson
Bobby Osborne & The Rocky Top X-Press
Jack Greene
Charlie Daniels Band

9:30 performance

Jimmy Dickens
Mel McDaniel
Phil Stacey
Jeannie Seely
Neal McCoy
Kellie Pickler
Vince Gill
Jean Shepard
The Time Jumpers
Opry Square Dancers
Bill Anderson
Ralph Stanley
Charlie Daniels Band

Great Dining Ideas in New York City, New York

As large as The Big Apple is, the last thing you need is to be planning your next move once you’ve arrived. From easing stress to simply offering more time to see the sights, planning your meals before you arrive can help to keep your vacation experience flowing smoothly. And while it is impossible to know of every last eatery throughout the five boroughs, there are a number of notable options that you can not only be informed of before arriving in NYC, but actually purchase meal tickets for to ensure that you have a smooth experience during your vacation. Below, we’ve highlighted a few of the city’s more popular options to help you get started on planning your next visit to New York City

Planet Hollywood – New York Times Square

With support from Bruce Willis, Demi Moore and Sylvester Stallone, Planet Hollywood not only offers a Hollywood dining experience, but is actually backed by some of Hollywood’s biggest stars. This unique dining atmosphere features a delectable menu of burgers, sandwiches and pastas, all wrapped in the energy, and memorabilia, of the movie industry. New York City establishments may be noted for their trendy settings, though few can match the star power of Planet Hollywood.

Hard Rock Café

If music is your passion, then you simply must stop by the Hard Rock Café while vacationing in New York City. Along with offering a great time of dining, Hard Rock Cafés are known for their extensive rock ‘n’ roll memorabilia collection; and Hard Rock New York City is certainly no exception. Pieces of interest at this particular establishment include a 1974 El Dorado motorcycle owned by Billy Joel, collarless suits custom tailored for The Beatles, a guitar handmade by Bo Diddley and two-piece gold satin stage suit worn by James Brown.

New York Meal Ticket

Those looking for a complete time of dining while visiting New York City will have a tough time finding a better option than the New York Meal Ticket. Offered as 1, 2, 3 and 5 day passes, the New York Meal Ticket offers breakfast, lunch and dinner for the specified number of days at a variety of popular New York City restaurants. In total, the New York Meal Ticket features both the Heartland Brewery Empire State Building and Heartland Brewery South Street Seaport, Spanky’s BBQ, Mars 2112, Cyber Café, Planet Hollywood, Heartland Chophouse Times Square and the South Street Seaport Food Courts. In addition to offering breakfast, lunch and dinner at the aforementioned dining establishments, the New York Meal Tickets also comes with full-color brochure with maps, restaurant descriptions, menu options and operating hours.

Explore Cajun Culture in Charleston, SC

This April 6, James Island County Park will be hosting its annual, always entertaining, Lowcountry Cajun Festival. Set to be held from noon to 6 p.m., the Lowcountry Cajun Festival will offer Charleston visitors a lively time of authentic Zydeco music, delectable Cajun and Creole dining, and an assortment of activities to keep things active. Whether you’re specifically looking to enjoy Cajun culture while visiting the Lowcountry of South Carolina or simply hoping to find fun times, the Lowcountry Cajun Festival always brings out the best in the Charleston area.

And while the festivities of the Lowcountry Cajun Festival can certainly offer a time to build your vacation around, Charleston itself has a rich history itself that is just waiting to be explored. Along the In Slavery & Freedom Walk you’ll find an informative look into the tragedies faced by African-Americans in the pre-Civil War South. Knowledgeable tour guides will lead you past numerous points of interest as topics ranging from Jim Crow laws and plantation life to the Reconstruction and Civil Rights Movement are covered in depth.

Those looking for a more encompassing look at the Civil War and the changes it brought about may also enjoy the Civil War Walk. As the name implies, the Civil War Walk offers an intriguing walking tour through Charleston, highlighting the many areas that were integral during the Civil War. Whether strolling past the Charleston Harbor, browsing Ft. Sumter or visiting White Point Gardens, you’ll learn just how important Charleston was during the Civil War while seeing the sights of the city as well!