Monthly Archives: September 2011

Check Out the Circle Yer Wagens Volkswagen Show in Gatlinburg!

September 30 – October 3, 2011 is the Circle Yer Wagens Volkswagen Show at the Sevier Country Fairgrounds in Sevierville, TN. This annual event draws Volkswagen owners and enthusiasts from around the country to Sevierville for a unique and exciting event that features competitions, showcases, activities and more. Volkswagens from across all eras compete in various classes, and owners get the opportunity to show off their pride and joy! The annual Miss Circle Yer Wagens will be crowned as Volkswagens from across the years burn rubber in several heats of burn out. Competition classes range from restored stock and custom classes to the off-road Battered Buggy competition, and kickin’ systems will blast off in the stereo contest and a unique twist on the classic car show, Circle Yer Wagens is calling on all VW owners! While you’re in the area try to stop in to these great activities of Gatlinburg.

Titanic Museum

The Titanic Museum boasts a wide range of artifacts and memorabilia as you are taken on a historical journey through the tragic events of the Titanic, as well as into the personal lives of its passengers. The museum features twenty rooms, which include a full-size replica of the Grand Staircase, actual lifeboats used by survivors and victims, the ship’s bridge, and more. Even the building itself has been built to half-scale in the image of the Titanic and sits anchored to water for a realistic effect. Inside the rooms, you will find over 400 artifacts and personal items, as well as chilling accounts, SOS messages, and so much more.

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Back to the 50s

You can experience a blast to the past with Back to the 50s at the Smith Family Center. The show features fast-paced songs from the 1950s, Grease, and an Elvis Presley tribute. From time to time T.G. Sheppard performs live. In the 1960s, he performed under the stage name Brian Stacey, and was the opening act for groups like Jan & Dean and The Beach Boys. You can hear Sheppard singing his song from the ’70s, Devil in the Bottle, and his other oldies in the live show.

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Helicopter Rides in the Smokies

Enjoy a bird’s eye view of the Smoky Mountains with an exciting helicopter ride that travels over the cities of Pigeon Forge & Gatlinburg, as well as the rolling foothills of the Smoky Mountains! These rides are a guaranteed thrill no matter your age. Choose from a variety of flight options ranging from quick two minute flights covering eight miles to 15 minute excursions that cover a total of 30 miles! These flights will give you unforgettable looks at the majesty of the Smoky Mountains, the charm of Gatlinburg and the Pigeon Forge area, and the natural beauty of Tennessee.

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Grand Ole Opry Performances for September 30, October 1, and 4

Look who’s coming to the Grand Ole Opry! Next Tuesday is an all-star bill with Carrie Underwood and Randy Travis. What a night of country fun it will be. Plus, there are two shows on Saturday night starting back this season. So grab your boots and scoot to the Grand Ole Opry.

The following performances will take place at the Grand Ole Opry House this week:

Friday, September 30 – Order Tickets

  • Josh Kelley
  • Exile
  • The McClymonts
  • And more

Saturday, October 1, 7:00 pm– Order Tickets

  • James Wesley
  • Jimmy Dickens
  • Mike Snider
  • Laura Bell Bundy
  • Jason Jones
  • Sarah Darling
  • And more

Saturday, October 1, 9:30 pm– Order Tickets

  • James Wesley
  • Laura Bell Bundy
  • Jason Jones
  • Sarah Darling
  • And more

Tuesday, October 4 – Order Tickets

  • Carrie Underwood
  • Randy Travis
  • Josh Turner
  • John Anderson
  • Craig Morgan
  • Gene Watson
  • Connie Smith
  • Joe Stampley
  • Eamonn McCrystal
  • And more

Oktoberfest in San Antonio Begins Saturday, October 1!

San Antonio’s Oktoberfest will be held at the Beethoven Halle and Garten starting this Saturday, October 1 though 9. Make sure to visit, and enjoy authentic German foods, beers, music and hospitality. Whether a full-blooded German or merely looking for a good time, Oktoberfest will satisfy. From tasty German foods to incredible brews, be ready for a variety of flavors that you’ll cherish for a lifetime. Bring the whole family for a day filled with entertainment and culture. And while you’re at it, stay a few night in the city at one of our remarkable hotel options and check out more of what San Antonio has to offer.

Just thirty minutes from downtown San Antonio, the amazing world of Natural Bridge Caverns awaits you! Natural Bridge Caverns is the largest cavern in the state of Texas, and offers a range of tour options that will take you through the various rooms of the cavern. The cavern features a variety of interesting geological formations such as stalactites, stalagmites, flow stones, chandeliers and soda straws. Take some time to explore the underground world of Texas’ largest cavern with a visit to Natural Bridge Caverns!

You will have a great time touring the beautiful Texas Hill Country in style with a San Antonio Hill Country Tour. This tour will take you on a comfortable air conditioned bus through the rolling hills and ruggedly beautiful landscape to the many historic and cultural sites in the Hill Country. This is a fun event for the whole family. On this tour, half the fun is getting there! Your tour bus will take you through the scenic back roads of the Texas Hill Country to the German community of Fredericksburg. In Fredericksburg, you will enjoy time to shop in the many boutiques and dine in the restaurants lining picturesque Main Street. You will also have the opportunity to visit the Historic Center, Admiral Nimitz Museum, the History Walk of the Pacific War, and the Japanese Garden of Peace.

Although San Antonio may be most famous for its proximity to Mexico and its Mexican heritage, it also has a sizable German community. On the San Antonio Wine Tour, you’ll have an opportunity to learn about this segment of San Antonio while sampling some of the area’s fine wines. This day tour starts with a trip to the German heritage town, Fredericksburg, where patrons can shop, explore the town, or enjoy lunch on their own. Afterwards, the tour will continue to various wineries in the area, where patrons will learn about the wine making process.

Don’t Miss the Fiddlin’ Brewin’ Bar-B-Q’N Cook-off in Nashville!

In Nashville, TN next Wednesday and Thursday (September 28 & 29) the Fiddlin’ Brewin’ Bar-B-Q’N Cook-off will be taking place at Gaylord Opryland. This is the third annual year for this delicious event where some of the best BBQ recipes in the state will go head to head for the Tennessee State Championship. And this year is all the more special because Iron Chef Bobby Flay will be in attendance! Join in with some great food, refreshing beer, and some Nashville country music legends like Cross Canadian Ragweed and Micky & the Motorcars. While you’re at it, check out our outstanding lodging options in the area as well as other activities that are sure to be a must while you’re around.

No visit to Nashville is complete without a visit to the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. This 37 million dollar structure will have you marveling at the two-story display of every gold and platinum record to hit the country charts, and the museum features 40,000 square feet of country music’s history on display, as well as a full-service restaurant and gift shop. The 214-seat Ford Theater is also housed here. Don’t miss out on your chance to see the history and the future of country music first-hand.

Welcome to the Nashville Zoo, home to hundreds of animal species, including over 75 species of reptiles, amphibians, insects and birds with keen abilities to hide from predators, leopards, lemurs, meerkats, white-cheeked gibbons and more. The Nashville Zoo, which ranks among the top 10% of American zoos, also features the Jungle Gym, a world-famous playground that can accommodate over 1,000 children. A restaurant and gift shop are also available at the zoo, making it easy and convenient to spend the entire day mixing it up with the animals!

On the six hour Jack Daniels Country Tour, you’ll have the opportunity to learn the secrets behind Jack Daniels’ Tennessee Sipping Whiskey. Learn more about the man who bought the nation’s oldest registered distillery at age 13 and then enjoy free time to explore quaint Lynchburg, Tennessee. Stroll through the unique shops or visit the Tennessee Walking Horse Museum, then travel back to Nashville while viewing working Tennessee Walking Horse farms. Get ready for an entertaining and educational experience.

Numerous Celebrations in Orlando September 23rd – 25th!

It is a festive time of year in Orlando and surrounding areas as this weekend will be the host of several different events ranging from film festivals to Puerto Rican celebrations. Put your party hat on, and get ready to dance to some jazz music or partake in the spreading of global peace depending on which of these events you plan on attending in the upcoming days. If you’re feeling up to it, you might as well spend a day at each of them!

Yesterday, September 20th, the Global Peace Film Festival began at the Orlando Science Center and will commence through Sunday the 25th. This event was established to promote world peace, not in relation to specific causes like anti-war protests, but for the betterment of communities and environments around the globe.

Personal messages are reflected from the power of motion pictures during this awareness celebration, and such films are shown throughout the five day festival. Movies span across many genres: documentaries, comedies, dramas, etc. In addition to the featured films, many activists will be displaying their art, hosting educational panels, and letting you know how to get involved. Passes can be purchased for the entire festival or for single days. If you’re a movie buff or are inspired to get involved in the spreading of peace, then don’t miss the Global Peace Film Festival!

Bring your kids out to Central Florida Zoo to help celebrate the 6th annual Fiesta del Coqui. In 2006, the zoo acquired a collection of rare Puerto Rican Coqui frogs which are known for the melodic sounds and songs that they make. Since the zoo did not have any species from the Hispanic regions of the world prior to the frogs, the Fiesta del Coqui festival was born to honor Puerto Rican and other Hispanic cultures. On Saturday and Sunday, the property will host a variety of musical performances, dancing demonstrations, and food dishes that are native to Latino cultures. Come out to the zoo this weekend for an incredible time that will be educational too. And don’t forget to visit the Coqui amphibian exhibit while you’re there!

For those who are more into music, rather than films, the 11th annual New Smyrna Beach Jazz Festival is going on all weekend as well. The kick-off party will be on Friday, the 23rd, at Toni & Joe’s Patio, and following the party, Saturday and Sunday will offer two full days of free jazz group shows featuring some of the greatest jazz musicians from around the country. Concerts on the 24th-25th will take place on Flagner Avenue and Third Avenue, hosted by various venues. Don’t miss this chance for a fun weekend with top quality music, good crowds, and a chance to support the music community of the area. Plus, it’s free!

Grand Ole Opry Performances for September 23, 24, and 27

Head to the Grand Ole Opry this week for some outstanding performances from your favorite country music artists. With exciting acts like Dolly Parton and Point of Grace, there’s bound to be a night that you would love to attend. Order your tickets and get ready for an incredible time at the Opry.

The following performances will take place at the Grand Ole Opry House:

Friday, September 23 – Order Tickets

  • Katie Armiger
  • Jimmy Wayne
  • Mark Wills
  • Point of Grace
  • And more

Saturday, September 24 – Order Tickets

  • Dolly Parton
  • Nitty Gritty Dirt Band
  • Charlie McCoy
  • And more

Tuesday, September 27 – Order Tickets

  • Rascal Flatts
  • Charlie Daniels Band
  • Terri Clark
  • Brett Eldredge
  • And more

Check Out the 2011 Atalaya Arts & Crafts Festival in Myrtle Beach!

Huntington State Park in Myrtle Beach hosts the Atalaya Arts and Crafts Festival every year, and this year is no exception. The festival brings over 100 artists to Murrells Inlet where they showcase their best works that are available to you for purchase. Not only are there plenty of arts and crafts here, but there’s also food and entertainment to make it an exciting afternoon. Don’t miss the fun on Friday, September 23rd through Sunday, September 25th. Grab a place to stay in Myrtle Beach and also make time for some of the best attractions in the area.

Ahoy, mateys! The Pirates Voyage Fun, Feast and Adventure Dinner and Show is the most popular new attraction to hit Myrtle Beach in years. This show is full of swashbuckling excitement that will have your whole family shivering in ye boots. During the show, you can dine on a delicious dinner that is fit for even the heartiest pirate appetite and watch a live show featuring dueling pirates and so much more. The set is one of the highlights of the show, and is designed to transport you right into the high seas to provide you with a realistic adventure experience. Make plans to check out this phenomenal show while you are in Myrtle Beach!

You will know you’re in for an unusual experience before you even step foot in the Ripley’s Believe It or Not Museum in Myrtle Beach, which boasts an unforgettable exterior that has the appearance of being ravaged by a hurricane. As you walk through the museum, you will be amazed by the wide range of completely strange but entirely real oddities of the world on display. Make plans to have a bizarrely great time in Myrtle Beach with a stop at the Ripley’s Believe It or Not Museum!

Enjoy an old-fashioned good time with tickets to Pavilion Nostalgia Park where funnel cakes, corn dogs, midway games, and rides abound. With something for the whole family, you can enjoy good, clean fun in Myrtle Beach. With classic rides like carousels, boat and teacup rides, pirate ships, and more, everyone will have a truly remarkable time. This is a great way to spend time together during your trip.

Have a Remarkable Time in Gatlinburg on a Budget!

Looking to take a vacation that’s easy on the wallet? Well, look no further because Gatlinburg – Pigeon Forge Area has plenty of attractions that are affordable and first-class. From shows to activities, there’s a lot to see and do on a dime. Don’t let anything stop you from taking a weekend away. Head to Gatlinburg and check out some of these fantastic options for you. We even offer budget-friendly accommodations to make your trip comfortable and convenient. Here are a few ideas to get your getaway started.

The Ober Gatlinburg Aerial Tram is a wonderful way to travel to the Ober Gatlingburg Ski Resort & Amusement Park. It is conveniently located on the streets of Gatlinburg and is fun for all ages, providing a beautiful aerial view at the same time. It also is a great transportation system for people wishing access to the activities and attractions on the mountain.

The family and kid-friendly indoor exhibit of RainForest Adventures Discovery Zoo features hundreds of exotic animal species, including venomous snakes, brilliantly-colored birds, giant tortoises, lemurs and more! A 25-foot indoor jungle waterfall and ancient ruins add to the realistic rainforest feel of this attraction, and an interactive show featuring expert handlers and plenty of animals lets the children get involved in learning about these exciting species. There’s plenty of excitement to keep the entire family entertained, and the admission price includes a keepsake RainForest Adventures Discovery Zoo passport!

Add some magic to your Pigeon Forge vacation with seats at the Wonders of Magic show. The Wonders of Magic brings you the legendary talents of master magician Terry Evans who has been performing in the Pigeon Forge area for almost fifteen years. This family-friendly show will amaze people of all ages and features comedy, music, illusion tricks, impersonations, and even some Houdini-style escapes. Terry is joined on stage by an amazing support cast, and the show features spectacular sets and costumes that add pizzazz to the stage. Prepare to be wowed at Wonders of Magic.

Find Great Tours of All Types in Savannah!

When you take a trip to Savannah, you ought not worry about what to do because there are so many options. There are over ten different sightseeing tours alone. The great aspect of a tour is that you’ll be taken to the best spots in the city that only the knowledgeable locals know about. You’ll have the inside scoop on the best restaurants, the most significant landmarks, and the scariest spots. No matter what your interest is, there is bound to be a tour for you in Savannah. Make sure to check out our lodging options in the area and browse through a few of these tours to get you started!

There’s nothing in the world quite like the down-home tastes of good Southern cooking, and there’s no better place to enjoy Southern treats than on the Savannah Foody Tour, which takes you on an exploration of Savannah cuisine. Food lovers everywhere will want to experience the amazing tastes of some of Savannah’s most popular restaurants and best-kept secrets on this great tour. You will be led by a professional tour guide through Savannah’s beautiful streets on foot or in a tour bus, stopping at a total of seven restaurants. If you take the bus, you can watch short clips about the restaurants you will be visiting next and the foods you will be treated to.

Enjoy two and a half hours of Savannah with the Savannah Historical Experience Tour. You’ll get an in-depth and up-close look at the city and its history as you explore the many different districts that make up Savannah: Historic District, Victorian District, Thomas Square, the Beach Institute and Victory Drive. A great way to learn more about the city and take advantage of many photo opportunities, the Savannah Experience Tour is just that…an experience!

Savannah holds a rich and at times dark past. Throughout the city’s history, residents and visitors alike have reported ghostly and supernatural events in Savannah. The Savannah Scary Ghost Tour takes you on a comfortable tour bus to some of the city’s most haunted sights. As you pass by the sights, you can view clips of locations that have been featured in TV shows. Some of the many sights included in this tour are the Hampton Lilibridge House where multiple exorcisms have taken place, the Mercer House that was featured in the movie Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, and more. Spend some time exploring the supernatural side of Savannah.

Grand Ole Opry Performances for September 16, 17, and 20

The following performances will take place at the Grand Ole Opry House:

Friday, September 16 – Order Tickets

  • Montgomery Gentry
  • Pam Tillis
  • Dailey & Vincent
  • Gene Watson
  • And more

Saturday, September 17 – Order Tickets

  • Pam Tillis
  • Steve Wariner
  • Ricky Skaggs
  • Kristin Chenoweth
  • The Boxcars
  • And more

Tuesday, September 20 – Order Tickets

  • Thompson Square
  • Randy Houser
  • Del McCoury Band
  • The Quebe Sister Band
  • And more