Monthly Archives: May 2010

Get Your Theater Experience in Myrtle Beach, SC

Typically when people think of plays and theater, Broadway in New York City is what comes to mind. Myrtle Beach, SC offers the same great entertainment right by the beach. Check out these three Broadway-quality plays on your Myrtle Beach, SC vacation.

Blithe Spirit Broadway at the Beach

Enjoy the dark comedy Blithe Spirit going on at Broadway at the Beach. This comedy features a novelist who is haunted by his first wife while trying to make a life with his new wife. The antics of the first wife’s ghost will have you laughing as the novelist struggles to explain his erratic behavior to his second wife. The ups and downs of the comedy will have you in stitches.

Nunsense Broadway at the Beach

Another great comedy awaits you in Myrtle Beach with Nunsense Broadway at the Beach. This comedy will have you rolling in the aisles. The story takes place in a convent where the convent cook accidentally poisons and kills all of the other nuns except five lucky survivors. The survivors are left with the task of having funerals for the other 52 residents. Their story will have you laughing out loud as they try to raise the funds before the situation gets out of hand.

Le Grand Cirque

Le Grand Cirque will give you a different type of theater experience to enjoy on your vacation. Acrobatics combined with theatrical performances will have you on the edge of your seating wondering what will happen next. Jugglers, high-wire artists, and more join together to give you a show that you will never forget. It’s exciting theater entertainment that will have you wanting more.

“Tools of the Trade” Theme Month at Jamestown Settlement

June 1st through June the 30th, you get the chance to explore “Tools of the Trade” throughout the 17th and 18th century at Jamestown Settlement. Learn about the advancement of farming equipment, navigation tools, and other tools that were used in the 17th and 18th century through demonstrations, live interpretations, and even activities that you get to do yourself. It’s a fun way to learn, and a great way to spend some quality time with your family or friends.

While you’re in Williamsburg for the “Tools of the Trade” event, make sure you don’t miss out on any of the exciting activities that the city has to offer. The popular Busch Gardens Williamsburg theme park is a great place to visit for people of all ages. The whole park has a European theme representing countries like Ireland and Italy with great authentic food and fantastic rides. It is one of the premier theme parks to visit this summer!

Another great Williamsburg activity that should not be missed is the Mystery Dinner Playhouse. Enjoy a four course meal and a murder mystery with this fun activity. You can interact with the various characters and bribe them for clues throughout the night in order to decide which character committed the murder. Test your sleuthing skills, and see if you’re fit to be an amateur detective this fun murder mystery dinner.

Washington DC Jazz Festival

Come to Washington DC between June 1 and June 13 for the DC Jazz Festival and enjoy more than 100 performances in dozens of venues all over the city. The DC Jazz Festival is by far the biggest music festival in Washington DC. It is also a very highly anticipated cultural event in the nation. The festival presents music education throughout the year, and concerts for DC residents and students. The Festival is held at venues across DC by talent that is locally, nationally, and internationally-known. Artists at the Festival will include Paquito D’Rivera, Dianne Reeves, Roy Hargrove, the Berklee College All-Stars, and many more.

The DC Jazz Festival’s mission is to help boost tourism and economic development, and provide entertaining and enriching jazz programs for everyone. Also they aim to continue to highlight the legacy of Duke Ellington and other great jazz musicians, and show Washington DC to have a vibrant culture. The Jazz Festival establishes itself as being one of the finest jazz festivals in the world with its year round programming. If you plan on attending the DC Jazz Festival and need a hotel, browse through our great selection of hotels in the Washington DC area.

While you are in DC enjoying the history of jazz, you may wish to experience the rich history of our country. We offer several informative and interesting activities in Washington DC. For example, enjoy the City Sightseeing Double Decker Hop On/Off Pass and tour major DC attractions. You will receive a hop on/off pass that allows you to tour the city at your own pace.

If you want to experience even more exciting history, see the Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament. This dinner and show takes you back in time to witness six knights compete in high speed jousts and sword fights to prove their chivalry and valor.

Hear Tales from the Smoky Mountains in Gatlinburg – Pigeon Forge

 

For the 19 year in a row, the Gatlinburg – Pigeon Forge area will be hosting the annual Smoky Mountains Storytelling Festival, grouping together legendary narrators from around the nation to read from June 10-12. Drink in the tales and wonders started almost two decades ago, and join hundreds of others as they gather in Pigeon Forge’s Grand Majestic Theater to listen to live tellings of stories of the past. In addition to the rousing narrations, you’ll be able to sign up and participate in workshops where you can listen to the storyteller reveal his or her profession and hobbies, adding substance and color to the already brilliant stories he or she has told.

As you stay in the Gatlinburg – Pigeon Forge area, browse through our expansive list of lodgings

If you’re in the mood for more history, drive over to the Titanic Pigeon Forge museum, molded to look just like the great ship! Located in the Smoky Mountains, you can experience firsthand the life of an onboard passenger by receiving ticket and taking a tour of the interior of the ship. 

Other adventures await you in the nearby city of Gatlinburg, where you can walk through a the Ripleys Aquarium, presenting over 10,000 aquatic species to observe through clear tunnels of lighted glass. There are all kinds of exhibits inside for the family, ranging from the Gallery of the Seas to the Shark Lagoon. Remember your experience forever by shopping at the Ripleys gift shop and picking up beautiful treasures and trinquets.

Your vacation in the Gatlinburg – Pigeon Forge  area promises to please both the kids and adults. Prepare for stress-free time this upcoming month.

New and Exciting Tour Opportunities for Nashville, TN

No city does sightseeing like the city of Nashville, TN. The city has outdone itself this time with some of its new tours and established tours with new features. Three of these tours are already becoming popular with their unique opportunities for sightseeing, shopping, and historic information.

The Taste of Franklin is one of the new tours. This tour is a fantastic opportunity to get to know the charming town just outside of Nashville, TN. The historic town was once the battle site of the Battle of Franklin. Today, the town features wonderful little boutiques and antique stores for guests to browse through. While in Franklin, you will visit Henpeck Market. Henpeck Market has been featured three times in Southern Living magazine, so be prepared for the special treat you receive in visiting the marketplace. Your Taste of Franklin experience in concluded with a visit to the Arrington Vineyards. This award winning vineyard will open its doors to you for a tasting and some information on the wine making techniques used at the vineyard.

Another thrilling tour in Nashville, TN is the Fontanel Mansion Tour. This tour will lead you through the mansion formerly owned by Barbara Mandrell. The gorgeous mansion has over 20 rooms, 13 bathrooms, five fireplaces, and is located in a prime area near downtown Nashville. It’s the perfect home for any star, and is incredibly exciting for visitors as they are allowed to not only see the mansion, but they are also allowed to relax in the mansion. Sink into an easy chair, or feel free to turn on a lamp. It’s a great way to see how a star lives.

The final new tour you can’t skip during your vacation in Nashville is the Nashville Nights and Lights tour. This tour takes you out for a night on the town in Nashville. See the glitter of the city lights from a comfortable tour bus. Your tour includes sights of places like the Historic Riverfront Park, Ryman Auditorium, and the Country Music Hall of Fame. You won’t miss any of the most exciting hotspots in Nashville with this tour.

National KidsFest Begins at Silver Dollar City in Branson, MO

From June 5th to August 8th, Silver Dollar City in Branson, MO is more family-friendly than ever with the National Kidsfest festival the theme park is hosting. This 1800s themed park is always a place you can count on for good, old fashioned fun with the family, but Kidsfest makes it more exciting for young children than ever. The rides combined with special guests like Spongebob Squarepants, The Jetsons, and the popular Veggie Tales characters are a fantastic combination for kids of all ages!

While you’re in town for Kidsfest, take your family to White Water. This water park is another wholesome theme park offered in Branson, MO where people of all ages gather to swim and play. Tube rides, slides, lazy rivers, and a wave pool will keep the whole family occupied for the day – you may even have to come back a second day because it is so much fun!  Some of the rides are even tandem, so the younger children won’t be left out of the fun.

Another great family activity for your time in Branson, MO is the Moscow Circus Dinner and Lunch Show. Everybody loves a circus, and this circus is especially enchanting with its world class performers. Andrei the clown will have you rolling in the aisles with his antics while Marina the Ballerina flies through the air. The show includes a delicious Russian-style meal for you to enjoy while you watch the performers.

Discover New Orleans’ Incredible Swamps

Discover the unique ecology of New Orleans’ swamps. When you explore the incredible swamps of New Orleans on your next vacation and you will find a whole world that is unlike anything you have ever seen before. The animals, plants, and atmosphere are completely unique to the swamps of New Orleans, so come and explore the delicate ecosystem of the swamps with 3 fantastic activities.

Dr. Wagner’s Honey Island Swamp Tour

Dr. Wagner’s Honey Island Swamp Tour is an incredible tour through 70,000 acres of stunning swamp lands. Home to red wolves, alligators, feral hogs, cougars, and many other fascinating animals, this swamp tour will take you on a journey that may surprise you with the many faces of the swamp. In addition, Honey Island is home to an active bald eagles nest, so you may even get to see the bird that often is used to represent America.

Swamp and Bayou Tour

Enjoy a boat tour of New Orleans’ swamp and bayous with the Swamp and Bayou Tour. A guide will tell you about local lore and meal creations like gumbo as you take in the thrilling scenery from your comfortable boat seating. After your boat tour, a wildlife show will take place where you can see alligators, raccoons, snapping turtles, and other animals that are native to New Orleans’ swamps and bayous.

Swamp Tour

Get to know an undiscovered side of Louisiana with the Swamp Tour. This tour will take you through areas of swamp that may surprise you with their beauty and diversity. A knowledgeable guide will lead the way and tell you about the swamp lands you pass through and the history of this ecosystem and its inhabitants both human and animal. It’s a unique experience that people of all ages can enjoy.

Grand Ole Opry Performances for May 28th and 29th

The Grand Ole Opry will be having all performances at the historic Ryman Auditorium until further notice.

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 28th – Order Tickets

  • Old Crow Medicine Show
  • John Michael Montgomery
  • Lee Greenwood
  • Mel Tillis
  • and more

Saturday, May 29th – Order Tickets

  • Dan Tyminski
  • Ronnie Bowman
  • Jaron and the Long Road to Love
  • Exile
  • and more

Texas Folklife Festival Displays San Antonio’s Diversity

Be a part of the 39th Annual Texas Folklife Festival from June 11th to the 13th, and see why everyone claims that everything in Texas is bigger. This festival represents over 40 different cultural groups at the Institute of Texan Cultures. Food, music, dance, arts, and crafts from each culture are a part of the festival for you to experience. It’s a great way to learn about other cultures in a completely free and fun loving atmosphere.

While you’re in San Antonio for the festival, make sure you see the sights of this historic city. The San Antonio Grand Tour will take you on a guided tour throughout the historic areas of San Antonio. Your guide will tell you about the Alamo and the men who fought there for the first part of your tour. Later, a riverboat ride will take you down the famous Riverwalk. You will also see the oldest church in San Antonio, Japanese Sunken Gardens, and other exciting sites on this tour.

Get a completely different view of San Antonio in the evening hours with the Ghosts and Legends Tour.  A guide will take you on a walking tour of downtown San Antonio and tell you some of the local legends. Stories of love, betrayal, revenge, and murder will send chills up your spine. The entire experience is full of chills and thrills. The tour has frequent stops along the way for your guide to point out sites of various stories.

National Trails Day Brings Big Fun to Mt Rushmore, SD

Celebrate National Trails Day in Mount Rushmore, SD on June the 5th this year. National Trails Day was created to encourage people to remember their favorite trails in the nation. Mount Rushmore is one of the most popular spots for people to visit during this day because of the incredible landmarks as well as the rolling Black Hills. Come walk or jog the trails of the area and become a part of the National Trails Day tradition.

If you love the trails, one of the activities you are sure to enjoy on your vacation is the Mount Rushmore Audio Tour. This tour allows you to walk the trails while also hearing the history of Mount Rushmore. Interviews, sound effects, and music help bring the story of Mount Rushmore’s creation to life. The fascinating tale combined with the beauty of the area surrounding Mount Rushmore make for a perfect activity that can be as long or as short as you’d like.

While you’re in Mount Rushmore to enjoy nature, you should do something unique and go on the 3 Hour Black Hills Rock Climbing Adventure. This fun activity is great for beginners or intermediate climbers. All equipment is provided for you and a professional guide and climber will be with you to ensure that you are safe while you climb. After this experience, you may become a dedicated rock climber!