Monthly Archives: April 2008

Grand Ole Opry Schedule of Performers For May 2 & 3, 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, May 2 – Order Tickets

Jeannie Seely
George Hamilton IV
Justin Townes Earle
Jimmy Dickens
Jimmy C. Newman
Mark Wills
Bill Anderson
Connie Smith
Mountain Heart
Jim Ed Brown
Jack Greene
Brad Paisley

Saturday, May 3 – Order Tickets

6:30 performance

Jimmy Dickens
Jeannie Seely
Mel McDaniel
Phil Vassar
Charlie Daniels Band
Emily West
The Steeldrivers
Jim Ed Brown
Jan Howard
Connie Smith
Opry Square Dancers
Bill Anderson
George Hamilton IV
Mountain Heart

9:30 performance

Jimmy Dickens
Mel McDaniel
Emily West
Jeannie Seely
Jack Greene
Charlie Daniels Band
Jim Ed Brown
Stu Phillips
Phil Vassar
Opry Square Dancers
Bill Anderson
Connie Smith
Mountain Heart

Capture Family Moments, Romantic Memories & More in NYC With PhotoTrek Tours

Half the fun of any tour is being able to look back at the many memories made during your journey. And while being completely hands-on can offer its own sort of fun, there is always the hassle of trying to create just the right shot, finding people to take the pictures for you and even just the inconvenience of lugging a camera around. However, with PhotoTrek Tours you’ll find a personalized tour experience of New York City that is guided by a professional photographer! Along this one of a kind tour you’ll not only have the added advantage of traveling with a knowledgeable NYC local that is more than proficient at bringing out the best in every shot, but your tour will be completely private to ensure that your memories stay focused on you! Both two and three hour tours are offered by PhotoTrek Tours, with the two hour tour guaranteeing at least 75 images and the three hour tour guaranteeing at least 125 images, and both options offering delivery of your pictures on CD-Rom within 48 hours of your tour. Times Square and the Theatre District, Central Park, Uptown Manhattan, Midtown Manhattan, Downtown Manhattan and The Brooklyn Bridge are all possible areas of exploration. Or for those looking for an extremely personalized time through the town, you can even mix and match which areas you’ll visit to ensure that you capture just the memories you hope to during your next visit to The Big Apple!

Click here to learn more about PhotoTrek Tours

While booking your PhotoTrek Tour, you can also easily browse through an extensive list of over 100 New York City hotels as well. Whether you’re looking for an economical stay, trendy suite in the heart of Manhattan or even elegant lodging removed from the city itself and resting on the outskirts of New Jersey, you’ll find nearly every type of NYC hotel imaginable to help you find just the stay you’re imagining for your next vacation experience.

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And for those looking for an encompassing, romantic time in New York City, but have no idea where to start, there is the NYC Honeymoon/Anniversary Broadway Getaway. This romantic outing features the option of choosing from two or more nights at the hotel of your choice, as well as tickets to one Broadway show of your choice, dinner at one restaurant of your choice, and your choice of either the two or three hour PhotoTrek Tour!

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Great Ideas For Experiencing the Culture of Chicago, IL

The city of Chicago can offer travelers a variety of vacation experiences throughout its metropolitan setting, but of all the experiences available immersing yourself in the culture of Chicago itself is easily the best way to make the most of your next visit. From hitting the town for a night of blues to exploring Chicago’s distinct past, we’ve featured a variety of different ways to have a decidedly Windy City time during your next visit to Chicago.

Architectural River Tour

With the Architectural River Tour you’ll not only uncover the amazing sights of Chicago, but detailed insight into the many famous buildings and landmarks as well. Along the tour you’ll visit Mies van der Rohe, Skidmore Owings & Merrill, Helmut Jahn and more. From exploring the busy Navy Pier to admiring the design of the Sears Tower, the Architectural River Tour can definitely offer a time centered on the unique aspects of Chicago.

Chicago Club Crawl

A night on the town in Chicago is a night to remember, and with the Chicago Club Crawl you’ll be able to kick back and relax as just where to go and how to get there are completely taken care of for you! Along this journey you’ll visit two popular nightspots of Chicago: Checkerboard Lounge and Kingston Mines. And with your first drink covered at each stop, you’ll be sure to feel the electricity of the Chicago throughout the night.

The White City – Chicago’s 1893 Columbian Exposition Tour

Chicago’s 1893 Exposition helped usher in an entirely new era to the city of Chicago through technological advancement, popular culture and even a touch of the macabre. Throughout the tour you’ll visit numerous areas pertaining to the 1893 Exposition, including Jackson Park and the University of Chicago, and learn of the many strange tales that permeated from the hysteria and hype caused.

Dinner Shows Offer Complete Time of Entertainment in Myrtle Beach, SC

While the mention of Myrtle Beach may bring to mind an expanse of endless, lush golf courses and sandy beach settings, there’s also a strong sense of live entertainment in the area to add much needed excitement to the relaxing setting that is Myrtle Beach. In particular, the area is home to two of the nation’s most popular dinner show attractions – Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament and Dolly Parton’s Dixie Stampede. And whether you’d prefer to travel back in time to explore the Civil War or push even further into the days of the renaissance, there’s sure to be a fanciful, entertainment setting to cap off your Myrtle Beach vacation.

Dolly Parton’s Dixie Stampede

Equestrian arts are put at the forefront of Dixie Stampede as 32 horses take center-stage to star in this impressive dinner show. At the beginning of the night the crowd is separated into two groups: one side cheering for the North and the other for the South. After the initial introduction, a variety of competitions including horse racing and ostrich racing take place as the North and South battle it out and you, the spectator, dine on a down home feast. Along with the intense time of competition, guests will also find interludes of song, dance and comedy to help keep the night ever lively.

Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament

With Medieval Times you’ll be transported back to a time of shining knights, charming princesses, stoic wizards and benevolent kings. Throughout the evening six knights will compete for the hand of the princess and glory as the crowd cheers on the respective knight. During the course of the tournament, guests will be treated to a kingly four-course meal for a complete time of dining and entertainment. From jousting matches to full-on hand-to-hand combat, excitement will be at the forefront.

Grand Ole Opry Schedule of Performers For April 25 & 26, 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, April 25 – Order Tickets

The Whites
Bobby Osborne & The Rocky Top X-Press
Rebecca Lynn Howard
Jimmy Dickens
Connie Smith
Dailey & Vincent
Ray Pillow
Ernie Ashworth
Jesse McReynolds & The Virginia Boys
John Conlee
Eddy Raven
Kathy Mattea

Saturday, April 26 – Order Tickets

6:30 performance 

Jimmy Dickens
Connie Smith
Rebecca Lynn Howard
Trace Adkins
Ashton Shepherd
The Infamous Stringdusters
Crystal Gayle
Ray Pillow
Jan Howard
Eddy Raven
Opry Square Dancers
The Whites
Elizabeth Cook
The Grascals

9:30 performance

Jimmy Dickens
Connie Smith
Crystal Gayle
Trace Adkins
The Infamous Stringdusters
Ashton Shepherd
Ray Pillow
Eddy Raven
Rebecca Lynn Howard
Opry Square Dancers
The Whites
Elizabeth Cook
The Grascals

Go Wild in New Orleans, LA

Despite all it’s been through since 2005, the city of New Orleans has bounced back in stellar fashion, preserving its history as best as possible and sprouting new additions to its city that are sure to keep visitors enthralled in the unique atmosphere that permeates The Big Easy. In particular, those interested in animals will find a variety of zoological attractions and natural areas to explore, each with a unique variety of critters. From upscale zoo settings to natural tours of Louisiana’s back country, there’s a way for everyone to come in touch with nature in New Orleans.

Audubon Zoo

Situated across 58 acres and providing a home to roughly 2,000 animals, the Audubon Zoo is regarded as one of the top zoos in the country and offers an upscale look at animals from around the world. From cute orangutans and ferocious lions to the always popular offering of komodo dragons and gila monsters, there’s something for every member of the family to enjoy while visiting the Audubon Zoo. And best of all, you’re sure to walk away from this zoo attraction not only entertained but educated on animal species and safety as well.

Audubon Aquarium of the Americas

The Audubon Aquarium of the Americas offers the same quality setting as the Audubon Zoo, but with a shifted focus towards marine life. And just as with the Audubon Zoo, visitors will find a wide range of attractions ranging from shark encounters to penguin exhibits for a breadth of sights that can appeal to one and all. Underwater inhabitants from both North and South America call the Aquarium of the Americas home, and you’re invited to visit!

Swamp and Bayou Tour

If you’re looking for a more immersive animal experience, then the Swamp and Bayou Tour is definitely the way to go. Along this one of a kind journey you’ll trek into the backwoods and swamps of Louisiana in search of its many hidden sights and unique wildlife. From learning of Louisiana’s ancient customs – including how gumbo came about – to experiencing snakes, snapping turtles and alligators up close, the Swamp and Bayou Tour is an interesting experience that will have you talking for quite some time afterwards.

Grand Ole Opry Schedule of Performers For April 18 & 19, 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, April 18 – Order Tickets

Jim Ed Brown w/ Helen Cornelius
Connie Smith
Del McCoury Band
Jimmy Dickens
The Whites
Suzy Bogguss
Bill Anderson
Jimmy C. Newman
Diamond Rio
John Conlee
Jesse McReynolds & The Virginia Boys
Jack Greene
Avett Brothers

Saturday, April 19 – Order Tickets

 6:30 performance

Jimmy Dickens
Jimmy C. Newman
Emily West
Jim Ed Brown w/ Helen Cornelius
George Hamilton IV
The Whites
Del McCoury Band
Jeannie Seely
Jack Greene
Mark Lowry
Lorrie Morgan
Jan Howard
Nitty Gritty Dirt Band
Opry Square Dancers
Bill Anderson
Connie Smith
Lee Greenwood

9:30 performance

Jimmy Dickens
Del McCoury Band
Lorrie Morgan
George Hamilton IV
Emily West
Nitty Gritty Dirt Band
Jeannie Seely
The Whites
Mark Lowry
Opry Square Dancers
Bill Anderson
Connie Smith
Lee Greenwood

Explore the Natural Beauty of Chattanooga, TN With Family Fun

Situated between the Appalachian Mountains and Cumberland Plateau, with the Tennessee River emptying into two area lakes, Chattanooga features a vast array of scenery ranging from shimmering bodies of water and lush green to sharp ridges and swooping valleys. And when visiting the area you’ll definitely want to hit the outdoors and explore the natural beauty that covers the land. Below, we’ve highlighted a few different options for gaining an up-close view of Chattanooga’s refreshing natural setting.

Chattanooga Riverboat 1.5 Hour Excursion

Set upon the Southern Belle Riverboat, the Chattanooga Riverboat cruises take Chattanooga visitors on an eye-opening cruise along the Tennessee River. During the journey you’ll pass incredible up-close views of the river bank, as well as panoramic scenes of the Smoky Mountains looming in the background. And with a variety of cruise options available, ranging from general sightseeing cruises to encompassing dinner cruise options, you’re sure to find just the right cruise for you. If you’re looking for an easy time of unbelievable sightseeing, the Chattanooga Riverboat Excursion may be just what you’re looking for.

Lookout Mountain Attractions

This interactive attraction actually features three activities (Rock City, Incline Railway, Ruby Falls) in one for a full-day of outdoor exploration. Rock City is an interesting setting that features a variety of geological rock formations dating back to 200-million years ago; the Incline Railway, as the name implies, is a railway with a 73% steep that travels to the top of Lookout Mountain for an unprecedented view of the Chattanooga surroundings.

Chattanooga Nature Center

For a more controlled look at nature, the Chattanooga Nature Center offers views of wildlife in natural habitats. The center features 30 different native species for an encompassing look that is still unique to Tennessee.  Along with the many species of animal, visitors will also experience a unique surrounding that includes wetlands and a 1,400 foot boardwalk.

Spirit Cruises in Washington DC

Found along the East coast and in Chicago, Spirit Cruises offer travelers a luxurious time of sightseeing and dining while on vacation, and this sentiment certainly holds true when visiting Washington DC. Whether you’re looking for lunch along the Washington Harbor, a relaxing night of elegant dining and entertainment or a simple sightseeing cruise, there’s a Spirit Cruise just for you waiting at the docks in Washington DC.

Spirit of Washington DC Lunch Cruise

The Spirit of Washington DC Lunch Cruise offers travelers a wondrous buffet-style lunch consisting of a wide range of salads that include everything from typical garden salads to pasta and tuna salad, entrees such as stuffed sole Chesapeake, Szechwan beef and roasted vegetable lasagna, and decadent desserts like creme brulee cheesecake and chocolate marquis cake. Of course, food is only half the equation of a Spirit Cruise with quality live entertainment, sightseeing and the chance to do a little dancing yourself all rounding out your experience in the Washington Historic Harbor.

Spirit of Washington DC Dinner Cruise

The Spirit of Washington DC Dinner Cruise is much the same as the lunch cruise with the notable exception of enjoying a starry DC night along the Washington Historic Harbor. Additionally, a carving station is added to the dinner cruise buffet with cob smoked ham and rosemary round roast adding even more variety to an already exceptional spread. Whether you’re looking to spend your night in DC sightseeing, being entertained by a live variety show or would simply like to dance the night away, you’ll find it all offered along with a decadent buffet aboard the Spirit of Washington DC Dinner Cruise.

Spirit of Washington II – Mount Vernon Sightseeing Excursion Cruise

Varying from the typical Spirit Cruise, the Spirit of Washington II – Mount Vernon Sightseeing Excursion Cruise is a three hour sightseeing cruise to Mount Vernon along the Potomac River. The narrated tour offers insightful information into the many historic and gorgeous scenes that the cruise passes, and for those that get hungry there is a snack bar complete with everything from pizza and hot dogs to juice and cold beer.

Shop Til’ You Drop in Las Vegas, NV

One of the most popular activities to take part in while on vacation is shopping, and with the wide variety of special shopping excursions offered on Vacations Made Easy you’ll be able to spend the countless amount of money you’re sure to win gambling in stellar fashion and great savings! And with shopping excursions revolving around everything from beauty & fashion to golf, there’s sure to be a shopping experience everyone can enjoy waiting in Las Vegas, NV.  We’ve highlighted just some of the many package options offered on VME below, giving you an idea to build your next shopping excursion in Sin City upon.

Shop & Beauty at Fashion Show

Even before embarking on your shopping journey through Fashion Show you’ll find star treatment with a complimentary facial, make-up application and hand care treatment. Of course, that’s just the beginning! With this shopping package you’ll also find complimentary gifts waiting at a variety of top stores including Marmi Shoes, Crabtree & Evelyn and L’Occitane, as well as a Fashion Show signature shopping bag and Fashion Show passport with great savings and coupons.

Shop & Dine at Grand Canal Shoppes at the Venetian

With a visit to the Venetian you’ll find a wondrous Venice-like settings and great shopping. And with Shop & Dine you’ll find star treatment awaiting your first-class time of shopping. With this package you’ll gain a $15 gift certificate good to any of the restaurants at the Grand Canal Shoppes, premier passport incentive book filled with great savings and numerous complimentary gifts. For a full day of shopping, you can’t beat the Shop & Dine at Grand Canal Shoppes at the Venetian.

Shop & Play at The Forum Shops at Caesars

The Forum Shops at Caesars offers an extravagant, Roman-style setting with over 160 shopping options. And with the Shop & Play you’ll be able to shop this extravagant setting in extravagant style. You’ll receive a signature shopping bag, VIP booklet filled with savings throughout the center and an OPM – Beyond Ordinary Nightlife VIP Pass as well.