Monthly Archives: November 2009

Spend New Year’s Eve In Myrtle Beach

Ocean Forest PlazaThe holidays are a special time of the year. But when the holidays end it’s time to have some fun. Immediately following the hectic holiday season is New Year’s Eve. If you are planning on visiting Myrtle Beach over Christmas, you should definitely consider sticking around through the New Year’s celebration.

There will be a lot going on in Myrtle Beach over New Year’s Eve. There will be a family-friendly celebration at the Children’s Museum of South Carolina during the day with a ‘ball drop’ at noon. For the adults, there will be a huge celebration at Celebrity Square beginning at 7 PM. You must be 18 to attend and 21 to drink. Just a heads up, there is a one-time cover charge for this event. The highlight of the evening will be the fireworks over Lake Broadway.

If you are planning to join the festivities, you’ll want a hotel that will keep you close to the hot spots. There are three hotels within minutes of both locations. The Best Western Carolinian Beach Resort is one of the closest. This great hotel will entertain the family with the pools and lazy river, while allowing you to relax in a great room. Two more close hotels are the Ocean Forest Plaza Beachfront and the Kingston Plantation Condos.

If you are still not sure about a hotel in the Myrtle Beach area for your New Year’s Eve celebrations, browse the many hotels available and find the perfect one for your stay!

DC Offers Visitors Luxury Accommodations

Room at the Mandarin OrientalWashington DC is a beautiful city rich with history and culture. If you are planning on visiting our nation’s capital any time soon, you may want to consider one of the many luxury hotels to make your DC getaway even more special. If you are lucky enough to visit during the holiday season, these hotels will help make for a memorable trip!

Mandarin Oriental

This hotel, nestled in the heart of downtown DC, is the essence of luxury. Guests will love the Asian-influenced decor and the in-house art gallery. This hotel will keep your family close to attractions such as the Smithsonian Museum, the U.S. Capital, and the White House. Guests can take advantage of the 14,000 square foot health spa, state-of-the-art business center, and incredible views from the guest rooms. When staying in Washington DC, the Mandarin Oriental is the cream of the crop.

The Madison, A Loews Hotel

The Madison has hosted foreign and domestic leaders, including every President and First Lady since the Kennedy’s. If that isn’t enough to convince you of the lavishness of this hotel, consider the amazing accommodations and first class service that made this 5-Star hotel famous. The Madison is located just a few miles away from the Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport and only blocks away from the White House, Embassy Row, the National Mall monuments, and the Metrorail.

Fairmont Washington, DC

This luxury hotel will leave guests wanting more as they take advantage of the in-house dining options, fitness center, and gorgeous indoor garden courtyard. The Fairmont has hosted guests such as Muhammad Ali and President Nixon and was recently featured in the Hollywood blockbuster Enemy of the State. The location in the fashionable West End will keep you close to attractions such as the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and George Washington University.

Whether traveling for business or pleasure, your family can enjoy a little bit of luxury during your next trip to our nation’s capital. Book a room with one of these hotels and start planning your DC vacation!

Recover From the Holiday Season in Southern California

California New Year's GetawayBetween family gatherings, shopping and the general commotion of life, the holidays can be a difficult season for finding time for oneself, though it is also likely the very time when you will be most in need of just such a rest. And while we can’t navigate you through the hectic holiday crowds or deflect some of the more awkward family moments that are sure to occur, we can provide light at the end of the holiday tunnel with the guided California New Year’s Getaway.

This unique package offers an escorted, four night journey through Southern California that will have you enjoying the California sun while your vacation guide handles the details. Along the refreshing journey, you will relax along the coast in Long Beach, attend a New Year’s Eve Gala Dinner Dance with the rest of your travel party, experience the famed Tournament of Roses Parade, and allow the accumulated stress of the holidays to become nothing more than a thing of the past!

Learn more about the California New Year’s Getaway and secure your space on the trip online.

Additionally, you learn about other unique, guided vacations throughout the world online.

The Grand Canyon by Way of Trains, Planes & Automobiles

Grand Canyon Railway Budd CoachThere are few things that represent Americana on as large of a scale as the Grand Canyon, though America’s love for transportation is easily on the short list. From the railroads blazing west, to the daring of heroes including the Wright Brothers and Amelia Earhart, to our general love affair with the automobile, each is decidedly set in American culture. And when combining our love of transportation with the natural beauty of our nation travelers will find a varied way to enjoy the different sights of the Grand Canyon for a full perspective of its depth and beauty.

Grand Canyon Railway Budd Coach

Those looking for a truly nostalgic trip to the Grand Canyon will absolutely want to experience the Grand Canyon Railway Budd Coach. Riding on an authentic coach train from Budd Manufacturing Company, the small touches of the car will go just as far as the mammoth views of the Grand Canyon in creating a memorable experience. Along the journey, you will travel approximately 65 miles, viewing the Grand Canyon from the South Rim. Whether wanting to relive yester year for the first time or all over again, the Grand Canyon Railway Budd Coach offers an authentic experience coupled with incredible sights!

South Rim Airplane Tour

The South Rim Airplane Tour combines panoramic views with the ability to see a lot in a short amount of time to create one of the more comprehensive options for sightseeing in the Grand Canyon area. Along this approximately 45 minute tour, Zuni Point, Painted Desert, Navajo Indian Reservation and, of course, the Grand Canyon will all be seen. And while great on its own, when combined with either a train or motor coach tour the South Rim Airplane Tour provides a perfect 1, 2 punch that allows you to take in both the grand scope of the Grand Canyon and the intimate details.

Grand Canyon Safari & Rim Walk

While the Grand Canyon may be most noted for its size, you won’t truly appreciate the spectacle fully until you have seen it face-to-face, and with the Grand Canyon Safari & Rim Walk you will get just such an opportunity. Along the journey, you will travel from the Kaibab National Forest to the South Rim of the Grand Canyon by way of Jeep. Once at the rim, you will then have the opportunity to explore by foot for a truly up close experience.

Christmas Comes to the Country Music Capital of the World

Gaylord Opryland ResortAs the Winter season officially sets in much of Music City will be covered in the warmth and cheer of the season, if not necessarily a blanket of snow. From luxurious resorts to historic homesteads, throughout the area travelers will find a wealth of options for enjoying a traditional Nashville vacation coated with a touch of the holidays!

Gaylord Opryland Resort

Gaylord Opryland Resort’s encompassing A Country Christmas has all four atriums of the popular resort decked out for the holidays while the resort’s Gaslight Theatre plays host to both Louise Mandrell’s “Joy to the World” Christmas Dinner & Show and the interactive ICE!, featuring classic scenes from “A Charlie Brown Christmas” through exquisite ice sculptures. Additionally, the famed Radio City Rockettes will be performing at the nearby Grand Ole Opry House as part of the festival!

Belle Meade Plantation

Throughout December, the Belle Meade Plantation will tweak its typical historical entertainment and education to provide a more concentrated look at Christmas in the 19th century. Victorian finery and a general sense of luxury and sophistication will be on display as you experience how the elite of yester year celebrated the holidays.

General Jackson Showboat

The General Jackson Showboat and Tim Watson will be teaming up this Winter season to bring Nashville visitors a historic and lively time along the Cumberland River with Tim Watson’s Tennessee Christmas. Tim Watson’s acclaimed fiddle abilities will be put on center stage as he combines his perfected style with the nostalgia of Christmas classics. Of course, dinner and stunning views of Nashville will help compliment your experience for a varied occasion of entertainment.

Santa Clause Visits Branson

Santa visits BransonFor most children, Christmas is the best time of year. The season is full of magic and wonder. And cookies. Lots of cookies. Of course, Santa Clause is pretty cool, too.

As in years past, children in the Branson area will be able to enjoy a special Christmas treat the second weekend in December. This year, Santa’s Workshop will be held on December 12 and 13 in historic downtown Branson.  During this two-day event, children will be able to decorate cookies, make ornaments, and even tell Santa their Christmas wishes in person!

If you are planning on being in Branson the weekend of December 12 and 13, don’t let your family miss this chance for holiday memories. The workshop will be open on Saturday from 9 in the morning to 4 in the afternoon and again on Sunday from noon to 4.

Christmas is the perfect time to make family memories, and this is a great opportunity. Share the warmth of the season with your kids this Christmas at Santa’s Workshop in historic downtown Branson!

Grand Illumination At Colonial Williamsburg

Colonial WilliamsburgChristmas is a special time of year for a lot of travelers. For those looking for that perfect destination to warm their hearts for the holiday season, look no further than Colonial Williamsburg, Virginia. On December 6, Colonial Williamsburg will light up the East coast with the traditional Grand Illumination.

Colonial Williamsburg is already a beautiful city, but during the Christmas holiday season the city will glow with perpetual candlelight. The candles, which will burn 24 hours a day, will be kept burning by the staff of Colonial Williamsburg.

If spectacular candlelight is not enough to amaze you, wait until you visit the Governor’s Palace! Explosive pyrotechnics will bring the heavens to life every night through the season. The  Governor’s Palace is the must-see of the season while it is surrounded by glowing candles and covered with amazing lights!

Make plans to visit Colonial Williamsburg on December 6 for the annual Grand Illumination ceremony to start your Christmas season off right. If you can’t make it on December 6, the candles will be kept burning throughout the holiday season. So make plans to visit the beautiful Colonial Williamsburg!

Grand Ole Opry Performers For November 27 & 28

Grand Ole Opry Ryman AuditoriumIf you’re headed to the Grand Ole Opry this weekend, this is what’s happening at Ryman! Please note that the performances are subject to change at the last minute.

Friday, November 27Order Tickets
7:00 – 7:30
Jeannie Seely
Jim Ed Brown
Rhonda Vincent

7:30 – 8:00
Jimmy Dickens
Bobby Osborne & The Rocky Top X-Press
Lorrie Morgan

8:00 – 8:30
Riders In The Sky
Jan Howard
Jimmy C. Newman
Matt Kennon

8:30 – 9:00
Mike Snider
Connie Smith

Saturday, November 28Order Tickets!
7:00 – 7:30
Jimmy Dickens
Jimmy C. Newman
Jimmy Wayne

7:30 – 8:00
Mike Snider
Jim Ed Brown
The Whites

8:00 – 8:30
Lorrie Morgan
Riders In The Sky
Cherryholmes
Opry Square Dancers

8:30 – 9:00
Bill Anderson
Connie Smith
Brad Paisley

INTERMISSION

9:30 – 10:00
Jimmy Dickens
Lorrie Morgan
Brad Paisley

10:00 – 10:30
Mike Snider
Charlie Louvin
Jimmy Wayne

10:30 – 11:00
Jeannie Seely
Jesse McReynolds & The Virginia Boys
The Whites
Opry Square Dancers

11:00 – 11:30
Bill Anderson
Riders In The Sky
Cherryholmes

Yellowstone in Winter Offers Travelers a Relaxing Retreat

Yellowstone in Winter by SnowcoachBetween Thanksgiving, winter holidays, and the general chaos of life it may be difficult to squeeze some time for yourself into the equation, though that shouldn’t deter you from getting out and truly relaxing this winter season. Even after the holiday season, you will still find a winter wonderland waiting and may even have time to enjoy it!

In particular, Yellowstone in Winter by Snowcoach, set to depart on January 23 & 30, and February 6 & 13, offers a charming romp through Yellowstone National Park during the winter season while being far enough removed from the holidays to allow you the opportunity to find time to catch your breath. Throughout the six day adventure, you will stop over in Salt Lake City to enjoy the Mormon Tabernacle Choir before heading towards Yellowstone National Park to take in views of Firehole Falls and Old Faithful, visit Grand Teton National Park, journey through the National Elk Refuge and much more.

Learn more about Yellowstone in Winter by Snowcoach and securely reserve your spot along the guided vacation experience online.

Additionally, browse other winter related vacation options online.

Most Popular Accommodations In Chattanooga

Comfort Inn & Suites ChattanoogaChoosing a hotel for your vacation can be difficult and we here at Vacations Made Easy want your vacation to be as simple as possible. That’s why we’ve written this blog about our three most popular hotels in Chattanooga. These three hotels are the most-booked accommodations in the area, which means they must be doing something right!

Best Western Battlefield Inn Oglethorpe

The most popular Chattanooga hotel on our site is the Best Western Battlefield Inn Oglethorpe. This hotel is conveniently located right between Interstate 75 and Interstate 24. It may not be in the heart of Chattanooga, but city center is only a short drive away. This hotel also keeps guests close to many attractions, such as Lookout Mountain, Ruby Falls, the Tennessee Aquarium, and Hamilton Place Mall, which is the largest shopping mall in Tennessee! There are a number of room types to choose from, including suites, and guests love the continental breakfast! 

Comfort Inn & Suites Chattanooga

The next hotel on the list of most popular accommodations is the Comfort Inn & Suites in Chattanooga. Guests love the location, which is close to two major interstates while keeping them close to the city center of Chattanooga and other attractions. Will love the outdoor pool during the summer months and the 24-hour fitness center, which includes treadmills, weights, and a sauna. Guests are sure to be happy in the comfortably appointed guest rooms. 

Best Western Heritage Inn Chattanooga

One of the more amenity-rich hotels on the list, the Best Western Heritage Inn ensures that guests enjoy every moment of their stay in Chattanooga. This hotel keeps guests close to several attractions, as well as city center, with it’s convenient location just of Interstate 75 in Tennessee. Guests will love returning to the well-appointed guest rooms after a long day of excitement. Feel free to surf the Internet or watch your favorite movie on HBO while you’re relaxing. If you’re seeking the ultimate in relaxation during your stay in Chattanooga, book one of the spa room or spa suites!