Monthly Archives: January 2010

Enter Spring with California Dreams

Kick off Spring in rejuvenating fashion in 2010 with California Dreamin’, a guided, five day romp through Southern California that features the natural beauty the Pacific Coast is so noted for.

Your journey will begin upon your arrival at the Los Angeles Airport (LAX) with a welcome dinner at the Anaheim White House before retiring to the Knott’s Berry Farm Resort Hotel. Throughout the next four days, you will visit the San Diego Zoo, journey into Palm Springs, cruise to the port city of Avalon on Catalina Island and experience the sights of San Diego.

Upon your return home you are sure to feel rejuvenated by the natural wonders seen and in awe at the man-made accomplishments highlighted through a picturesque look into all sunny Southern California has to offer!

Those interested in being a part of California Dreamin’ are encouraged to view additional information and make reservations online before the only set date of 2010, March 23, sells out.

For those that won’t be able to be a part of California Dreamin’, we encourage you to view other unique spring vacation ideas across the country online.

Explore the Natural Beauty of Chattanooga Above and Below Ground

Chattanooga, TN offers travelers a slow-paced setting complete with inspiring views of natural beauty. Whether staring up into the open, blue sky or delving below the Earth’s surface, a variety of sights await the traveler that would rather forego the hectic city for a rejuvenating romp through the natural wonders of Southern Tennessee.

Lookout Mountain Attractions

One of the more famed attractions in all of Tennessee, Lookout Mountain Attractions is a perfect example of the many charming vistas that await Chattanooga travelers. At Lookout Mountain Attractions, Rock City offers a picturesque Appalachian Mountains setting with a 4,100 foot trail that highlights cave openings, and flora and fauna, while the Incline Railway will help visitors reach the top of the Lookout Mountain for a panoramic view of the land below. Inversely, Ruby Falls will take you inside the mountain range to experience stunning scenes including a 145-foot waterfall!

Crystal Palace Cave

Crystal Palace Cave further highlights the inner workings of the mountain range with picturesque stalactites, stalagmites, soda straws and natural bridges for a wondrous journey into the center of the Earth. Furthermore, Crystal Palace’s Cave Tour will provide knowledgeable insight into the many sights seen for a thorough understanding of the beauty experienced.

Whether passing through for a day or planning an entire vacation around Chattanooga, TN, travelers will find a wealth of options to help them uncover the charming beauty of the area!

The Mt Rushmore Area Offers a Patriotic End to Winter

Featuring numerous small, inviting towns; patriotic, national landmarks; and a general rustic feel; the Mt Rushmore area offers a perfect escape for those looking to end their winter focusing on charm and revered history of America. Certainly, a visit to the area is incomplete without experiencing Mt Rushmore itself, though amidst the shadow of the national tribute to our forefathers, visitors will find a variety of attractions to compliment all that Mt Rushmore stands for.

Located in Lead, SD, President’s Park is one such attraction. Featuring twenty-foot busts of 42 of our nation’s presidents, President’s Park continues where Mt Rushmore leaves off. From iconic figures including Abraham Lincoln and George Washington to current president, Barack Obama, this larger-than-life attraction features a veritable timeline of the men who have guided our country to greatness.

In Keystone, SD, visitors will find a more life-like rendition of our nation’s leaders with the National Presidential Wax Museum. At the museum, visitors will enjoy scenes displaying each of America’s presidents captured in some of their most memorable moments. Whether reliving President Roosevelt’s visit to Yelta, President Washington overseeing the creation of the nation’s flag, or President Bush’s visit to Ground Zero, each step is a veritable trip into the powerful history that helped shape America.

Travel back in time this winter with a visit to the Mt Rushmore area for a memorable look into America’s rich history and a glimpse into the greatness to come!

The Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show and Broadway Offers an Elegant Vacation Experience

For 134 consecutive years, the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show has been highlighting the top pedigrees from over 150 dog breeds, and now is your chance to experience the prestigious event while enjoying the luxury and decadence of The Big Apple!

Set to be held on February 15 and 16 at the iconic Madison Square Garden, the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show highlights the very best in a variety of breeds including hound, toy, non-sporting, herding, sporting, working, and terrier. Dog enthusiasts will certainly enjoy being a part of the second-oldest continuous sporting event in the United States, though even casual dog lovers won’t be able to help being caught up in the excitement and electricity that comes with the prestige of the Westminster Kennel Club and live television atmosphere that permeates the show.

Those looking to turn their Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show experience into a complete vacation will find Broadway features a wide variety of top-tier plays and musicals throughout February, offering a perfect compliment to Westminster. Family offerings such as The Lion King, classic offerings including Chicago, and risque productions like Avenue Q each offer their own, unique Broadway experience, ensuring that there is a show for one and all.

This year, turn the typically ho-hum end of winter into a time of elegant memories with the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show and New York City’s Broadway!

Winter Magic Carries On in Gatlinburg – Pigeon Forge, TN

The holidays may have come and gone, but celebration still blankets the Smoky Mountains with Gatlinburg – Pigeon Forge’s Winter Magic! Running through February 28, Winter Magic offers Gatlinburg visitors a festive winter escape complete with inviting light displays, a heart-warming Winter Special Olympics, and extreme sports excitement with Southern Exposure 2010.

In particular, Southern Exposure 2010, set to take place at Ober Gatlinburg Ski and Amusement Park on February 6, will offer adrenaline-pumping thrills as various skiing and snowboarding competitions are held. Aside from the standard competitions, Southern Exposure also features the always anticipated Cardboard Sled Classic Race, a raucous race that highlights homemade sleds comprised of cardboard, duct tape and whatever else participants find laying around their homes!

Those interested in experiencing Southern Exposure 2010 or any other events featured throughout Winter Magic can find a variety of lodging options throughout the Gatlinburg – Pigeon Forge area online.

Aside from the many celebrations that take place during Winter Magic, Gatlinburg – Pigeon Forge visitors can find a world of wonder and excitement with year-round attractions including Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies and WonderWorks.

At Ripley’s Aquaarium of the Smokies, guests will journey through the depths of the sea, experiencing over 10,000 aquatic animals representing more than 350 different species. From Shark Lagoon to Sting Ray Bay, adventure awaits.

From the mysteries of the deep to the just plain curious, WonderWorks offers numerous interactive exhibits ranging from educational to just plain strange. Experience an earthquake at Quake Café, rest on an authentic bed of nails, or even get a work-out in on the indoor rock wall: you can do it all at WonderWorks.

Don’t spend the rest of your winter waiting for spring; get out and make the most of 2010 with Gatlinburg – Pigeon Forge and the always memorable Winter Magic!

Grand Ole Opry Schedule of Performers for January 15 & 16, 2010

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 15 – Order Tickets

  • Emmylou Harris
  • Joe Diffie
  • Del McCoury Band
  • and more

Saturday, January 16 – Order Tickets

  • Carrie Underwood
  • Dierks Bentley
  • Emmylou Harris
  • Del McCoury
  • and more

Experience the Thrill of Professional Sports in Orlando, FL

The always sunny setting of Orlando offers year-round excitement though sports fans are sure to find an added shot of adrenaline waiting throughout the winter and spring as some of the world-class sports entertainment kicks into high-gear in a number of competitions. From the fast-paced athleticism of professional basketball to the power and engineering prowess of NASCAR, read on to find a sporting event just right for your early 2010 vacation to Orlando, FL!

Orlando Magic Basketball

Having been founded in 1989, the Orlando Magic is a relatively young franchise within the NBA and has worked hard to stay competitive since day one. The one-time home of legendary Shaquille O’Neal, the Orlando Magic have returned to the top-tier form that Shaq brought in the early 90’s with the acquisition of Dwight Howard – a dominate 6’ 11”, 265 pound center who has defied physics by winning the 2008 Slam Dunk Contest. Along with an all-star cast of sharp-shooters, Dwight Howard offers an up-tempo, entertaining brand of basketball that pleases die hard fans and casual viewers night in and night out. Those interested in experiencing the Orlando Magic’s part in returning the NBA to its golden days would do well to plan quickly as the last regular season game is slated for April 14, 2010.

NASCAR at Daytona International Speedway

Just an hour north of Orlando, sports enthusiasts will find the acclaimed Daytona International Speedway to be a hot bed of racing action this winter and spring, including:

  • Rolex 24 – January 30
  • Budweiser Shootout – February 6
  • NASCAR Daytona 500 – February 13
  • Daytona 200 – March 5
  • NASCAR Coke Zero 400 – April 3

Whether interested in a particular game or race, or simply looking for competitive entertainment, both the Orlando Magic and Daytona International Speedway are guaranteed to get the adrenaline running during your next visit to The Sunshine State!

Pay Tribute to a Reggae Legend & Enjoy Natural Beauty in San Diego, CA

This February 15, sunny San Diego will offer soulful, tropical sounds for its 29th consecutive year with the return of Tribute to the Legends. Held at the San Diego Sports Arena, this legendary celebration is set to feature some of the biggest names in Reggae music as the entirety of the west coast takes the day to honor the life and accomplishments of one of the most influential musicians of all time – Bob Marley.

Acts currently set to perform throughout the day include:

  • Gregory Isaacs
  • Capelton
  • Cocoa Tea
  • Barrington Levy
  • Don Carlos
  • Della Grant
  • MC Makeda Dread
  • and more!

Those interested in finding lodging near the San Diego Sports Arena during the Tribute to the Legends can easily view a map of the area and numerous lodging options online.

Additionally, travelers will find a variety of options in the San Diego area to help turn their visit into a truly tropical vacation. From journeying into Mexico to visit Rosarito Beach or enjoy lunch in Baja Ensanada to staying directly in San Diego and viewing whales as they interact in their natural habitat, you can find a variety of unique attractions and tour options to help you complete your visit to San Diego during the always memorable Tribute to the Legends!

Retrace the Adventures of Robert Ripley in Myrtle Beach, SC

Since the days of Robert Ripley’s exotic travels, the Ripley’s franchise has long been noted for adventure and imagination, and when visiting Myrtle Beach in 2010 you will be able to share in the many wondrous sites Ripley explored throughout his lifetime through a variety of interactive and imaginative activities and attractions. From the famed Ripleys’ Believe It or Not Museum to newer, lesser known offerings, read on to learn of the journeys that await your next visit to Myrtle Beach!

Ripley’s Believe It or Not Museum

As the name implies, this legendary museum hosts a variety of exhibits and activities that you simply have to see to believe! From the moment you step foot on the property you will be amazed by even the architecture, which is designed to make the building appear as if it had withstood an earthquake. Inside, you will find everything from model houses made of more than 30,000 matchsticks to an authentic vampire killing kit, as well as a wealth of interactive, optical illusions and more.

Ripley’s Aquarium

Those looking for an aquatic adventure will definitely want to visit Ripley’s Aquarium. The highlight of the experience is undoubtedly the aquarium’s 750,000 gallon tank, home to 10-foot sharks, piranhas and numerous other thrilling animals from the sea. Aside from standard exhibits, Ripley’s Aquarium is also home to a variety of interactive displays including Sting Ray Bay!

Ripley’s Moving Theatre

Experience the ultimate moving theater experience in a way that only Ripley could present with Ripley’s Moving Theater. Employing 3-D technology with rotating and vibrating seats, you will be completely immersed in any number of adventures, exploring the globe just as Ripley himself did during the early 20th century

Saddle Up! to Cowboy Entertainment in Gatlinburg, TN

This February 25 through February 28 Pigeon Forge, TN will be celebrating the 10th Annual Saddle Up! as part of its ongoing Pigeon Forge Winterfest. Throughout the four-day celebration of all things cowboy the city will host a variety of special concerts and celebrations, each uniquely tying to the rugged individualism of America’s Wild West era.

Visitors will find a variety of ticket options available to help in experiencing as much or little of the festivities as you would like. Single day passes are currently $20 and full weekend passes are currently $50. Below, you will find a tentative schedule for 2010 to help you better plan your visit to Pigeon Forge during Saddle Up!

2010 Saddle Up! Itinerary

Thursday, February 25

  • 1 p.m. – Concert at Smith Family Dinner Theater featuring Ray Doyle, Jeff Gore & Silver Valley, Dave Stamey, and RW Hampton
  • 6 p.m. – The Bard and the Balladeer Dinner Show featuring Don Edwards and Waddie Mitchell

Friday, February 26

  • 1 p.m. – Concert at the Grand Majestic Theater featuring Tim Jobe/Cal Farley, Sisters of the Silver Sage, Waddie Mitchell, and Don Edwards
  • 7 p.m. – Concert at the Grand Majestic Theater featuring Ray Doyle, Cal Farley, Jeff Gore and Silver Valley, RW Hampton, Sister of the Silver Sage, and Dave Stamey
  • 9 p.m. – Swing Dance featuring Kata Hay & The Blaze. Separate tickets required.

Saturday, February 27

  • 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. – Clabough’s Camping. This afternoon of activity is set to feature cow roping, cowboy poetry, dutch oven cooking demonstrations, and more.
  • 6:30 p.m. – 9 p.m. – The Virginian Cast Reunion. Enjoy an evening of meet n’ greets, Q & A sessions, and more with the cast from The Virginian.
  • 9 p.m. – Swing Dance featuring Kata Hay & The Blaze. Separate tickets required.

Sunday, February 28

  • 8:30 a.m. – Chuckwagon Breakfast. Separate tickets required.
  • 10 a.m. – Cowboy Church

Whether you plan on visiting for the day or the entire weekend, easily find a variety of lodging in both Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge online and begin planning your wild west adventures in Pigeon Forge with Saddle Up!