Monthly Archives: September 2008

Eddie Money Set to Perform at the Hard Rock Velvet Sessions in Orlando, FL

This October 30th, the Hard Rock Hotel will once again be holding its monthly Velvet Sessions concert series, offering visitors the chance to hear some of the top acts of today and yesterday, as well as party it up amidst the rock star glam and glitz of the Hard Rock Hotel itself. Each party is sponsored by a specific spirits brand, with that particular drink on the house all night. In addition to the free drinks, concert goers will also find a variety of finger foods and a cash bar as well. Of course, it will be featured artist Eddie Money that truly sets the atmosphere for this rockin’ time in Orlando.

Those looking to extend their rockin’ good times need look no further than the Hard Rock Cafe itself. Whether heading over after the concert or grabbing a quick bite before you head towards the festivities, the Hard Rock Cafe is not just a restaurant, but an attraction in itself. Guests will find great dining options ranging from beef and chicken dishes to salads and veggie burgers, ensuring there’s something for everyone on the menu. Of course, the memorabilia housed in the restaurant is sure to be what captures your attention. Featuring a variety of pieces from KISS, Elvis and even The Beatles, the Hard Rock Cafe Orlando takes visitors back to the basics of rock while still keeping its finger on the pulse of today.

Of course, if you’re looking to turn your visit to the Hard Rock’s Velvet Sessions into a complete vacation, then you may be interested in the Go Orlando Card. Offering admission to over 45 activities and attractions for just one price, the Go Orlando Card is the perfect way to save money while exploring all that the Orlando area has to offer. From museums and historical sites to theme parks and dinner shows, you’ll find a varied time of entertainment waiting with the Go Orlando Card.

Find Culture and Fine Art in New York City

New York City offers travelers a cultural experience quite unlike any other metropolis in the United States. From the overall feel of the city to its progressive music scenes and ever-popular Broadway district, there are a variety of ways to experience culture in New York City; however, it is in the city’s museums that you’ll find the widest view of the history and heritage of New York City and the world. Below, you’ll find everything from individual museums to encompassing passes to help enrich your next New York City vacation.

American Museum of Natural History

The American Museum of Natural History is a historic landmark and engrossing experience that New York City visitors must visit at least once. Topics covering all cultures and time periods can be found within the museum, and with our special Super Saver ticket you’ll find entrance to the museum, Rose Center for Earth & Space, Planetarium Space Show, IMAX and the museum’s special exhibits.

Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum

The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum offers an exceptional display of modern and contemporary art forms, with the building itself being one of the most impressive pieces of the collection. Designed by Frank Loyd Wright, the Guggenheim features modern classics as well as new avant-garde works looking to break into the mainstream. Those that prefer an abstract touch to their art are sure to find the pieces of the Solomon R. Guggenheim to be an interesting time.

CityPass

If you can’t decide on a single museum during your New York City visit, then save money while exploring the city with CityPass. CityPass New York offers admission to the Guggenheim Museum, American Museum of Natural History, and Museum of Modern Art, as well as admission to the Empire State Building Observatory and two-hour Circle Line Harbor Cruise. With this great pass you’ll be able to explore three popular museums and a little of the city itself for a thorough look at New York City and its art scene.

Remember Your Time in Boston, MA with PhotoWalks Sightseeing

From helping shape our nation since the 17th century to continuing as one of the major cities of the 21st century, Boston has more than its fair share of historical and monumental sights to capture. And with a photo tour, you’ll be led to some of the most picturesque spots throughout Boston, and even given helpful tips to turn you picture into a masterpiece. Below we’ve listed the various photo tours offered with a little explanation as to what you’ll find with each tour.

Back Bay PhotoWalks Tour

The Back Bay PhotoWalks Tour focuses on the Back Bay District of Boston. French inspired boulevards create wondrous angles in the street layout while a collage of architectural styles offers a diverse back drop. Some of the sights you’ll pass by on this particular tour include Copley Square, Trinity Church, John Hancock Tower and many other popular sights that you’ll be able to capture for memories to last a lifetime.

Beacon Hill Masterpieces PhotoWalks Tour

Beacon Hill may be one of the most popular districts in Boston, and with good reason. Much of Beacon Hill was built during the 19th century, offering a unique time piece to capture with the helpful tips you’re guide will provide. The main draw of this area is the many homes that have been inhabited by famous individuals over the years. From Louisa May Alcott to John Kerry, you’ll find homes that have housed a wide range of American figures with the Beacon Hill Masterpieces PhotoWalks Tour.

Footsteps to Freedom PhotoWalks Tour

This photo tour focuses on the historical events that have taken place in Boston and shaped our nation. Along with helpful photography tips, your knowledgeable guide will also share a wealth of information about the historical aspects of the sights seen to ensure that the pictures you take carry true meaning with them. Some of the more popular stops along this tour include Paul Revere’s House, Boston Massacre site, Old City Hall and King’s Chapel.

Postcards of Boston PhotoWalks Tour

Taking place primarily in Boston’s Public Garden, the Postcards of Boston PhotoWalks Tour provides a variety of Boston sights to capture with the camera. As with the other tours featured, you’ll travel with a guide as they provide insight into the many scenes you’ll encounter, and offer helpful tips on catching just the right photo. With the Postcards of Boston PhotoWalks Tour you’ll stop by George Washington Statue, Beacon Hill’s Louisburg Square and Acorn Street, amongst others.

The Waterfront PhotoWalks Tour

With The Waterfront PhotoWalks Tour you’ll be able to capture one of Boston’s most beautiful sights: its beautiful waterfront. From Boston Harbor to Commercial Wharf, the many popular waterfronts of Boston will be covered during the tour along with other popular sites including Christopher Columbus Park, Paul Revere’s House and Old North Church.

Travel Through the History of Charleston, SC

As one of America’s oldest cities, having been established in 1670, Charleston has more than its fair share of history and tall tales alike to provide a vacation experience that can completely pull visitors into another world. From the trials and tribulations of slavery and haunting tales of ghosts to remnants of beautiful architecture long lost to modernity, let the history of Charleston provide you with not only a different atmosphere for vacationing, but an entirely different era as well.

Haunted Jail Tour

During the Haunted Jail Tour you’ll explore the cramped hallways and dingy cells of Old City Jail for an eerie look into Charleston’s less savory past. The jail was in operation from 1802 until 1939, and housed an array of criminals ranging from pirates to Civil War prisoners. Those interested in prisons, history buffs and general Charleston travels will find a wealth of insight into 19th century jail operations and the atmosphere of Charleston with this unique experience.

Historic Homes Walk

The Historic Homes Walk takes visitors into two of Charleston’s more prestigious antebellum mansions: The Edmonston-Alston House and The Nathaniel Russell House. The Edmonston-Alston House offers a stunning coastal view with a location just off the Charleston Harbor, while The Nathaniel Russell House will impress with its lush garden that sits on the property. Along with the two mansions, the tour also takes its guests along various back-alleys and streets to view even more popular estates in the Charleston area.

In Slavery & Freedom Walk

Being that Charleston was one of the first colonial cities founded, there’s no denying that the old ports and streets of the town have seen its fair share of slavery and injustice. With In Slavery & Freedom Walk Charleston visitors will find a riveting and educational experience that sheds light on the horrors slaves faced. Stops along the walking tour include the Old Slave Mart, plantations and other pertinent areas as everything from Reconstruction to Civil Rights Movement is covered.

Grand Ole Opry Schedule of Performers For September 30, 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.

Tuesday, September 30 – Order Tickets

Del McCoury Band
The SteelDrivers
Jesse McReynolds & The Virginia Boys
The Infamous Stringdusters
James Monroe
Dailey & Vincent
Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver
The Grascals

Experience the Hot Spots of Memphis, TN

The city of Memphis offers travelers a hotbed of activity through a wide range of attractions. However, when Memphis is mentioned it is almost impossible to not have certain thoughts come to mind: Beale Street, barbecue, Graceland and the mighty Mississippi River. And it is with that thought in mind that we’ve highlighted the various ways to enjoy some of Memphis’ most popular landmarks and attractions during your next visit.

Blues City Cafe

Located directly on Beale Street, Blues City Cafe offers a first-hand look at Memphis’ most renowned street and a taste of some of the city’s popular barbecue. Ribs are obviously at the front of the menu when you visit Bleus City Cafe, though visitors will also find other area favorites including fried catfish and live music served up at the Blues City Cafe. If you’re looking for great food and great times that represent the culture of Memphis, then look no further than the Blues City Cafe.

Memphis Riverboats Sightseeing Cruise

Engrained as a focal point of the Midwest’s history, the Mississippi River offers a unique trip through not only the city of Memphis but our nation’s past. Whether passing by the Pyramid or retracing steps of the Civil War, this encompassing tour can provide a brief glimpse into the far reaching history of the Mississippi River while in Memphis.

Elvis Presley’s Graceland Platinum Experience

The home of Memphis’ prodigal son still stands as one of Memphis’ focal draws in terms of tourism, and easily one of the most popular private residences throughout the nation. Simply put, you can’t pass up a visit to Graceland while in Memphis. From uncovering the intimate details of Elvis’ life to merely understanding the effect he had worldwide, you’ll come away from a visit to Graceland understanding Elvis on a number of levels

Grand Ole Opry Schedule of Performers For September 26 & 27, 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, September 26 – Order Tickets

Jimmy C. Newman
Jesse McReynolds & The Virginia Boys
Jack Greene
Suzy Bogguss
Jimmy Dickens
Del McCoury Band
Terri Clark
Ricky Skaggs
Jean Shepard
The Whites
Darryl Worley
Jim Ed Brown w/ Helen Cornelius
Stonewall Jackson
Connie Smith
The Grascals

Saturday, September 27 – Order Tickets

7:00 p.m. performance

Jimmy Dickens
Jeannie Seely
Jimmy C. Newman
Del McCoury Band
Ricky Skaggs
Jean Shepard
Tennessee Mafia Jug Band
Opry Square Dancers
Marty Stuart
Keith Urban
Carolina Chocolate Drops
Connie Smith
Sharon & Cheryl White

9:30 p.m. performance

Jimmy Dickens
The Whites
Jeannie Seely
Del McCoury Band
Marty Stuart
Jan Howard
Tennessee Mafia Jug Band
Connie Smith
Jim Ed Brown w/ Helen Cornelius
Bobby Osborne & The Rocky Top X-Press
Keith Urban
Opry Square Dancers
Ricky Skaggs
Jean Shepard
Carolina Chocolate Drops

Fall Sightseeing Cruises in Chattanooga, TN

As the temperature continues to cool and the colors of the leaves start to change the beauty of the Chattanooga area perfectly comes into view. And with a relaxing cruise along the Tennessee River you’ll have a front row seat for the magnificence of the area nature complete with the charming atmosphere of an old time paddleboat. And with dinner cruises, lunch cruises and general sightseeing cruises are all offered in the area you’re sure to find just the setting you’re looking for during your next visit to Chattanooga, TN.

Chattanooga Riverboat 1.5 Hour Excursion

Set upon the Southern Belle Riverboat, the Chattanooga Riverboat 1.5 Hour Excursion takes 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. If you’re looking for an easy time of unbelievable sightseeing, the Chattanooga Riverboat 1.5 Hour Excursion may be just what you’re looking for.

Chattanooga Riverboat Lunch Sightseeing Cruise

With the Chattanooga Riverboat Lunch Sightseeing Cruise you’ll float the Tennessee River as you enjoy a deluxe deli buffet and an afternoon of sightseeing along the banks. The deluxe deli buffet features baked beans, cole slaw, potato chips, moon pies and, of course, a wide selection of fresh deli meats. Whether you’re looking to save time by dining and sightseeing at once or would simply like a peaceful, unique dining experience while visiting Chattanooga, the Chattanooga Riverboat Lunch Sightseeing Cruise can deliver.

Chattanooga Riverboat Dinner Sightseeing Cruise

The Chattanooga Riverboat Dinner Sightseeing Cruise is a constantly changing experience that offers travelers a variety of cruise options while vacationing in Chattanooga. Nearly every night the Chattanooga Riverboat changes its theme for a choice of five cruise options throughout the week. Each cruise offers a filling dinner with the Dixieland Cruise featuring the sounds of the Riverboat Ramblers, the Family Night Cruise featuring the Riverboat Ramblers as well as magicians and other performers, Gospel Music Cruise featuring a variety of gospel performers, Summer Monday’s Cruise complete with Papa John’s Pizza for dinner and the Classic Country Nashville Cruise bringing country sounds and themes to the river. To learn more about each individual cruise and find schedules, visit the link below.

Autumn Cruise Options in Branson, MO

The leaves of the Ozarks are beginning to swirl through the air in a wondrous mixture of reds, oranges and yellows, offering a vivid view of the Branson outdoors. And with a variety of cruise options running on both Table Rock Lake and Lake Taneycomo, there are a variety of ways to experience the full spectrum of the Ozarks natural beauty. From luxurious dinner cruises to the always fun Ducks, you’re sure to find a cruise option just right for your next visit to Branson, MO!

Showboat Branson Belle

A time of entertainment, dining and sightseeing await with the Showboat Branson Belle! You’ll cruise Table Rock Lake aboard an actual paddlewheel boat, and experience the award-winning variety show “Steppin’ Out” while enjoying gourmet dining. “Steppin’ Out” features a variety of acts ranging from a medley of popular show tunes to acrobatic dance numbers and comedic interludes. If you can’t decide on one particular activity when in Branson, then do it all with the Showboat Branson Belle.

Branson Landing Cruises

You’ll experience modernity meld with nature as you depart from the Branson Landing for a cruise along Lake Taneycomo. Along the Branson Landing Cruises you’ll have the chance to witness Branson Landing’s popular Fountains attraction, featuring water, fire and special lights, as well as the natural beauty that surrounds the banks of Lake Taneycomo. Furthermore, with options ranging from general sightseeing to complete dining experiences you’ll find a variety of cruise options waiting with the Branson Landing Cruises.

Ride the Ducks Branson

A light-hearted adventure that can be both fun and informative, Ride the Ducks Branson is a great activity for the entire family. You’ll ride along both the land and water aboard the same vehicle! And with tours taking off from both the Branson Landing and Table Rock Lake you’ll have the option to experience two different areas of Branson for double the fun.

Washington DC Dining & Sightseeing Cruises

A cruise in the Washington DC area is a perfect way to experience the history and sights of the culture while, at the same time, providing a unique experience in itself. And for those thinking of getting away to our nation’s capital, there are a variety of ways to cruise the waterways. Whether you’re looking for a formal evening of dining or a leisurely look at DC that they entire family can enjoy, you’re sure to find the cruise experience just right for your party.

Spirit of Washington DC Lunch Cruise

With the Spirit of Washington DC visitors will find a time of sightseeing, dining and entertainment for a complete experience. You lunch features a buffet spread complete with a spread of appetizers, entrees and desserts. Aside from the dining, you’ll have time to take in the views of Washington DC from the outer deck before enjoying a musical revue with song and dance.

DC Ducks

More than a cruise, more than sightseeing even, the DC Ducks is an experience. You’ll ride an amphibious World War 2-era Duck both through the streets of DC and into the water for a time of sightseeing that captures the sights of the city from every angle. Union Station, Washington Monument and Korean War Memorial are just a small sample of the many sights seen along this tour as you explore DC by both land and water