Monthly Archives: December 2008

Find Fun in the San Diego Harbor

Spirit Of San Diego
Spirit Of San Diego

The southern Pacific setting of San Diego showcases beautiful weather year-round, offering a great time to enjoy a cruise off the city’s coast no matter when you plan to visit. And while some may view a cruise as little more than being stranded in the middle of the ocean, there are actually a variety of activities that can be experienced while exploring the waters of San Diego. Whether you’d prefer an elegant time of dining, informative sightseeing tour or would even like to get in touch with the area’s wildlife, it is all possible aboard a cruise in the San Diego Harbor!

San Diego Harbor Excursions Dinner Cruise

Along this elegant evening the lights of the San Diego skyline will sparkle off the rolling water as you enjoy a three-course gourmet meal. You’ll be greeted with a boarding glass of champagne, offering the perfect start to your evening. As the night carries on you’ll not only enjoy the sights of San Diego from the Harbor and a delectable feast, but also be provided entertainment for a complete night out. Whether looking for the perfect romantic setting or merely hoping to enjoy a formal evening with friends, the San Diego Harbor Excursions Dinner Cruise can accommodate a wide range of traveler.

San Diego SEAL Amphibious Sightseeing Cruise

Part land tour, part cruise; the San Diego SEAL Amphibious Sightseeing Cruise offers an informative and encompassing look at San Diego from a variety of vantage points. On land, you’ll experience the San Diego International Airport, Maritime Museum and the Cruise Ship Terminal, amongst other sites. Of course, the real fun will come once you splash into the Harbor! Along the cruise portion of the tour you’ll travel through the north end of the Bay, experiencing a variety of wildlife including California Brown Pelican, Blue Heron and perhaps even Sea Lions!

Nature Cruise of San Diego Harbor

Those hoping to find a sightseeing cruise with an emphasis on the natural setting of San Diego will find it with the Nature Cruise of San Diego Harbor. Along your journey you’ll cruise to the Islas Los Cornados where you’ll find a variety of marine life. Possible sights along the cruise include dolphins, whales, seals, sea lions and dozens of different varieties of birds for an encompassing look at the natural habitat of the San Diego Harbor.

Whistler Offers Exceptional Skiing in British Columbia

Whistler Blackcomb Resort
Whistler Blackcomb Resort

British Columbia is well regarded for its renowned ski resorts, so it should come as no surprise that the Whistler area would fall in line and present travelers a world class time on the slopes of the Whistler and Blackcomb Mountains. In 1997, the resorts of Whistler and Blackcomb combined to form the Whistler-Blackcomb Mountain Resort, with the mega resort having since gained constant praise as one of the top North American ski resorts from reputable publications including Skiing Magazine, TransWorld SNOWboarding, and Ski Magazine. Along with the many accolades, the conglomeration also helped transform Whistler-Blackomb into the largest ski resort in North America with over 8,000 skiable acres!

Visitors will find a wide range of skiing and snowboarding options offered, presenting a challenge for nearly every skill and preference. In total, over 200 groomed trails are featured, with roughly 20% considered beginner, 55% intermediate, and 25% advanced. In addition to varying skill levels, visitors will also find variety through five terrain parks, one super pipe, and one cross country trail. And for those visiting with non-skiers, there are a wealth of shopping and dining options, as well as general activities, spread across the two mountains.

With so much to experience throughout Whistler-Blackcomb it’s difficult to make the resort a one-day destination, though for those looking to plan a complete vacation to the area the Whistler-Blackcomb Ski Vacation is an easy way to plan your visit complete with lift tickets and lodging. In particular, the Whistler-Blackcomb Ski Vacation couples your choice of three, four, five, or six-day lift tickets with your choice of area lodging. As for lodging, you’ll find everything from the encompassing Hilton Whistler Resort & Spa to the cozy Delta Whistler Village Suites located directly within Whistler Village.

Whether you’re looking for quality or quantity in terms of this year’s ski vacation, Whistler-Blackcomb can provide both for a ski vacation without compromise!

Begin Planning Your Spring/Summer Vacation to Williamsburg, VA

Loch Ness Monster
Loch Ness Monster

Busch Gardens Europe and Water Country USA may be closed until the spring, though both offer great activities to base your entire visit around. With either park, you’ll have the option to purchase combo tickets, as well as single park passes. So whether you’d prefer to sample both parks or fully indulge in one, you’re sure to find just the right option to suite your upcoming vacation needs.

Busch Gardens Europe

Busch Gardens Europe takes on the theme of six European countries amidst an always quality line-up of thrill rides, live shows and theme park dining. The park is divided into regions meant to represent England, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy and Scotland, with each sections dining and rides fashioned after the culture of the area represented. Aside from the overall ‘European’ feel of the park, guests will also find a small area dedicated to French Canada, as well as a variety of traditionally American-style dining and shows sprinkled throughout the park.

Water Country USA

There’s no better way to cool off in Virginia than at Water Country USA. The park features a beach scene reminiscent of the care-free days of the 50’s and 60’s, and 35 exciting rides! Whether you choose to lounge around the wave pool or shoot through the park’s array of tube slides, there’s a way every member of the family to beat the heat at Water Country USA.

Grand Ole Opry Schedule of Performers For January 2 & 3, 2009

Hear the Best Music at the Grand Ole Opry
Hear the Best Music at the Grand Ole Opry

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, January 2 – Order Tickets

John Conlee
Jimmy C. Newman
Bobby Osborne & The Rocky Top X-Press
Jimmy Wayne
Jimmy Dickens
Jan Howard
The Whites
Del McCoury Band
Mike Snider
Jean Shepard
Jim Ed Brown
Restless Heart
Jeannie Seely
Riders In The Sky
Jack Greene
Dailey & Vincent

Saturday, January 3 – Order Tickets

Jimm Dickens
The Whites
Jesse McReynolds & The Virginia Boys
Jimmy Wayne
Riders In The Sky
Jeannie Seely
Jim Ed Brown
Del McCoury Band
Mike Snider
Jean Shepard
Restless Heart
Opry Square Dancers
John Conlee
Jimmy C. Newman
Connie Smith
Dailey & Vincent

Rossland, BC Paints a Comprehensive Ski Destination

British Columbia is well regarded for its numerous ski options and general views of natural beauty, and heading up the list of BC ski locales is Rossland. The quaint ski town of Rossland is located in the Monashee Mountains, and is neighbors with Red Mountain Resort. So whether you’re simply looking to take to the wilds on a cross country ski excursion or would prefer the modern conveniences and groomed slopes of an actually resort, you’ll find a variety of ski options waiting.

While Rossland itself is located in the Monashee Mountains, Red Mountain Resort takes advantage of, as the name partially implies, the Red mountains and Granite mountains. In total, travelers will find 87 groomed trails at Red Mountain Resort, though a terrain park helps to ensure that a variety of thrills await both skiers and snowboarders. Of the 87 groomed trails, Red Mountain Resort has labeled 15% beginner, 45% intermediate, and 40% advanced.

If you are interested in visiting Red Mountain Resort chances are you’ll want to stay in the area for more than a day, and with Vacations Made Easy you’ll easily be able to find numerous vacation packages built around the resort. From honeymoon-themed excursions to the Rossland, British Columbia Ski Vacation and Red Mountain Resort Ski Vacation, you can easily find a combination of lift tickets and lodging to perfectly accommodate your plans.

As for lodging, there are a variety of options located on-property at Red Mountain Resort to help provide convenient access to the lifts and a fitting atmosphere. Condos including Silvertip Lodge Condos, Red Rob Condos, and 88 Creekside all offer cozy condo settings with a variety of room options. And for those that need a true home-away-from home, options including White Wolf Cabins, The Lofts – Rental Homes, Copper Chalets, and Carolyn’s Corner Homes each provide a full-home setting where you and your travel companions can kick back in comfort and seclusion.

There are a lot of options for skiing in British Columbia, but few offer as encompassing a setting as Red Mountain Resort and the Rossland, BC area.

Skiing in the Summer With Melbourne, Australia

While most of us in America are used to the idea of the ski season running from November through April, this can sometimes put a cramp in the plans of those that simply can’t find time to take off during the winter months. However, with options such as Melbourne, Australia’s Mt Buller you’ll find that the Southern Hemisphere is the perfect way to experience skiing in the summer!

The city of Melbourne itself is a large metropolis that can offer all of the typical trappings of the modern city; however, the surrounding areas are ripe with a variety of outdoor activities with Mt Buller leading the way. At the popular ski resort, you’ll find a wide range of options for skiing with the terrain considered 30% beginner, 45% intermediate, and 25% advanced, and including groomed runs, steeps, moguls, off-piste, and three terrain parks. In total, guests will find over 750 acres of skiable terrain. Aside from skiing, Mt Buller is home to a resort village complete with over 30 bars and restaurants to keep your time on the mountain both challenging and accommodating.

If you are interested in escaping to the slopes during the summer months, there are a couple different vacation packages being offered that are based around the Mt Buller and Melbourne ski experience. Both the Mt Buller Ski Vacation and Melbourne, Australia Ski Vacation provide a wealth of ski options ranging from not skiing at all and merely visiting the ski resort to helpful lessons for beginners and unlimited lift tickets for those looking to do it all. Additionally, you’ll find that you are able to choose from a variety of lodging options with both packages, ensuring that you have the home away from home that fits your wants and needs perfectly while in the Melbourne area.

If the conditions of your current surroundings simply won’t cooperate while planning your vacation then simply travel a world away to the beauty of Melbourne, Australia and enjoy skiing in the summer with the Mt Buller Ski Vacation and Melbourne, Australia Ski Vacation

Cavern and Cave Tours in Chattanooga, TN

The Chattanooga area offers travelers a variety of beautiful settings for outdoor adventure and exploration, though some of the most exciting offerings can’t be seen from above ground. Throughout the area a variety of caves and caverns can be found to offer amazing geological sights and a thrilling tour experience. In particular, Crystal Palace and Sequoyah Caverns can provide even those who’ve never stepped foot in a cave before a fun and informative journey into the underground of Chattanooga.

Crystal Palace Cave Tour

The Crystal Palace Cave Tour is a 45 minute guided tour. You’ll cover just over a quarter mile of cave throughout the journey, learning about general geological facts and Crystal Palace in particular. Sights seen along the tour generally include stalactites, stalagmites, soda straws, fossils, natural bridges and rimstone pools. Come experience an entirely different world during your visit to Chattanooga, TN with the Crystal Palace Cave Tour.

Sequoyah Caverns and Ellis Homestead

Located on the Ellis Homestead, the Sequoyah Caverns offers another pristine look into the underworld of Tennessee. At the Ellis Homestead you’ll have the opportunity to tour the Sequoyah Caverns by either day or night, offering a choice of unique perspectives. And just as with the Crystal Palace, you’ll find a wide variety of unique shapes found both in caves across the nation and completely unique to the Sequoyah Caverns.

Golden, BC & Kicking Horse Resort Combine For a Great Winter Ski Destination

Located in the Canadian province of British Columbia, Golden presents a wonderful view of natural beauty to its visitors. And during the winter months, this beauty translates into outdoor activity with the help of neighboring Kicking Horse Mountain Resort. From exciting skiing to luxury lodging, a complete winter vacation experience awaits!

Kicking Horse Resort is a newer ski resort, having opened in 2000, but has quickly become one of the more popular areas to visit during the ski season. Visitors will find over 2,700 acres of skiable terrain and an amazing vertical drop of 4,133 feet! What’s more, throughout the massive resort you’ll find a healthy variety of challenges with approximately 21 beginner trails, 21 intermediate trails, 47 advanced trails and 15 expert trails for those looking to truly experience the next level.

Of course, chances are that you’ll want to stay in the area for more than one day, and with our numerous vacation packages you’ll find a complete stay that can perfectly embody the traditional ski vacation experience. With a wealth of cabins, chalets, and lodges, there’s not shortage of ambient lodging. You can even choose to stay directly on the mountain with Copper Horse Lodge.

Start browsing vacation packages including the Kicking Horse Resort Ski Vacation and Golden, BC Ski Vacation to gain ideas, and make your plans for winter adventure today!

The 2009/2010 Ski Season: Skiing in Fernie, BC

With the ski season having just begun, it’s not too late to start putting together your winter ski plans. And for those looking for big time skiing amidst a quaint setting, Fernie, British Columbia is definitely an option you’ll want to explore. Routinely reported to have the highest annual snow fall of any resort in the Canadian Rockies, Fernie offers a pristine setting that will impress with both its beauty and technical conditions.

At the Fernie Alpine Resort, ski enthusiasts will find over 100 trails spread across more than 2,500 skiable acres. Guests will find a healthy mixture of difficulty levels with approximately 30% of the trails deemed “novice,” 40% “intermediate,” and 30% “advanced.” Additionally, both skiing and snowboarding are welcome at Fernie to offer an even wider breadth of variety for resort visitors.

Those looking to spend more than a day at the popular resort will find a variety of vacation packages available including the two-night Fernie Weekend Ski Getaway and 4-night Fernie Ski Vacation. With each package you can select the exact lift ticket that will best fit your plans as well as your choice of lodging!

As for lodging, travelers will find that the area is home to a range of options, each with its own unique draws. Those wanting to stay directly in Fernie would do well to look towards the Best Western Fernie Mountain Lodge, while neighboring Banff is home to several options within proximity including the Spruce Grove Inn Banff, Banff Voyager Inn, and the lakeside Bow View Lodge complete with on-site dining and entertainment.

Come experience the beauty of British Columbia and the unprecedented skiing options of the Canadian Rockies with a memorable visit in Fernie!

End of the Year Branson, MO Attraction & Show Options

While the majority of Branson begins to shut down during the winter months, many of the city’s more popular offerings will still be open through the rest of the year to ensure that you are able to make the most out of your last-minute vacation to the Ozarks. From classic Branson attractions such as Silver Dollar City to special New Year’s Eve performances from local theaters, you’ll find a wealth of activity to not only keep you busy, but focused on the holidays during your winter vacation to Branson, MO!

Dolly Parton’s Dixie Stampede Christmas Show

Throughout the holidays, Dixie Stampede transforms from a competition between the North and South to a competition between the North and South poles. The entire performance will feature the sights and sounds of Christmas while still presenting the competitive excitement and hearty dining that the show is famous for. Those looking for an encompassing time of dining and entertainment complete with the cheer of the holidays will definitely want to look into Dolly Parton’s Dixie Stampdede!

Silver Dollar City – And Olde Time Christmas

Silver Dollar City is always one of Branson’s more popular attractions, though during the winter months the theme park hosts its annual Old Time Christmas transforming the park into a must-attend attraction for anyone looking to celebrate the holidays in Branson. From a spectacular lights display featuring over one million lights to special performances such as A Dickens’ Christmas Carol, guests will find memorable odes to the holidays during every step of their journey through Silver Dollar City during and Old Time Christmas.

Showboat Branson Belle

While the Showboat Branson Belle may not hold any special performances related to the Christmas season guests will still find the popular paddlewheel boat up and running through the end of the year. A variety of entertainment ranging from Broadway-style performance and artistic dance to comedy will ensure that the entire family’s attention is kept while the elegant dining options are sure to please the taste buds. What’s more, you’ll time to explore the natural beauty of the Ozarks from the deck of the Branson Belle during each cruise!

Acrobats of China featuring the New Shanghai Circus

While the Acrobats of China provide a taste of international culture to Branson visitors year-round, it becomes an especially popular show near the end of the year due to a constant stream of show dates right up to its special New Year’s Eve performance. Those that will be visiting the area past the New Year will definitely want to check out availability for this special performance taking place from 10 p.m. to midnight. If you’re looking to end your holiday vacation to Branson on a high note you’ll definitely want to look in to the Acrobats of China’s New Year’s Eve show to cap off the journey