Monthly Archives: September 2012

Fall Festivities in Nashville

The Southern Festival of Books has inspired countless other literary festival across the world, and Nashville will host its original book festival once again October 12-14. More than 200 authors of all genres, including Junot Diaz, Tony Horwitz, Sharon Creech, and Daniel Woodrell, will each be involved in panels, readings, and book signings. There’s something for even the smallest readers, since the festival include kid-friendly readings, activities, and appearances from favorite characters.

Nashville Nights and Lights Tour with Dinner
After a day a the festival, relax and enjoy a delicious barbecue dinner from one of Nashville’s locally owned restaurants, then go exploring with a twist on the typical sightseeing excursion. A comfortable tour takes you to view the glittering evening lights of Nashville. See the Ryman Auditorium, Tennessee’s State Capitol, the Country Music Hall of Fame, and the Parthenon. You’ll also have some free time to get a taste of Nashville’s great nightlife on this fantastic evening tour.

General Jackson Showboat Lunch & Dinner Cruises
Nashville is famous for terrific country music performances, and there’s no better way to take in the city’s best entertainment than aboard the General Jackson, an authentic paddlewheel riverboat. A four-course meal of mouthwatering Southern cooking accompanies a terrific show of comedy, music, and dancing.

Nashville Zoo
The cool fall weather is a great time to spend an afternoon perusing the Nashville Zoo. The zoo houses animals from all across the globe in meticulously curated habitats that reflect their natural environments. Each of the zoo’s exhibits teaches something new about the natural world, like The Unseen World, which showcases birds, insects, and reptiles that are experts at hiding from predators.

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Alternative Universe Music Festival Comes to San Antonio

October brings the Alternative Universe Music Festival to San Antonio! The annual festival strives “to enhance and ignite music lovers” with a weekend of music at the Alamodome. Because the festival is held indoors, guests are guaranteed comfy air conditioning, clean indoor restrooms, and good weather. The organizers are intent on furthering the creative momentum in the city of San Antonio by featuring inspiring bands such as The Wallflowers, Ghostland Observatory, and Nobody Beats the Drum to name a few. This fun alternative music event should not be missed!

Natural Bridge Caverns

After enjoying the music, take to the underground in the Natural Bridge Caverns. These fascinating caverns were discovered in the 1960’s by a couple of college students who were hiking in the country outside of San Antonio. Intrigued by the amazing 60-foot limestone bridge, they were convinced that unexplored caverns were hundreds of feet below the ground. After years of exploration, the amazing Natural Bridge Caverns have been christened the Jewel in the Crown of gorgeous Texas attractions. The caverns have also been designated a National Natural Landmark. Guests will have several tours to choose from including the Discovery Tour, the Lantern Tour, and the Hidden Passages Tour to name a few. The tours last a little over an hour and guests are taken approximately 180 feet into a magnificent underground world. Tour guides will recount how these caverns were most likely created over 20 million years ago by fault lines that created tectonic stress to the rocks in the area. See amazing stalactites, soda straws, flow stones, stalagmites, and much more as you explore these beautiful caverns. Visitors will love the fascinating adventure that awaits at the Natural Bridge Caverns. Follow this link for more information about Natural Bridge Caverns.

Open Pro Rodeo

A trip to Texas wouldn’t be complete without the rodeo! Every Saturday night country music will blare while you are entertained by bull riding, bull fighting, and calf roping. The show is open until November so don’t miss your chance to see the Texas Series Champions!

At the end of the day, you will want to find the perfect place to stay in San Antonio. Whether you’re looking for a hotel room in a skyscraper with a fantastic view of downtown or cozy hotel room close to Schlitterbahn Water Park, you will be able to find a comfortable hotel just for you in San Antonio, Texas. For a list of hotels in San Antonio, click here.

Visit San Diego for the 2012 MCAS Miramar Air Show

The magnificent Blue Angels will be aiming their flight patterns for San Diego in October! The 2012 MCAS Miramar Air Show is taking place October 12-14 and the theme is “Marines in Flight: Celebrating 50 Years of Space Exploration.” The show, which is the largest military air show in the nation, will take place at the MCAS Miramar base and is free to the public but tickets will also be sold for bleacher seats. Featured throughout the weekend extravaganza will be several amazing military and civilian performances. The audience will have the chance to see the Marine Air and Ground Task Force Demonstration Team display the techniques of air support, armor, artillery and infantry forces as F/A-18 Hornets and AV-8B Harriers provide cover while helicopters bring in platoons of riflemen. The show will also feature exhibits on the ground showcasing historical equipment used by the Marines. This is truly a one-of-a-kind show that should not be missed!

Hornblower San Diego Lunch, Dinner, and Sightseeing Cruises

After staring at the skies, why not set sail in the San Diego Harbor aboard the Hornblower. Guests have the choice of lunch, dinner, and sightseeing cruises that depart throughout the day so you can easily choose which would be the best for you. Whether you’re wanting to spend the day whale watching with the whole family or looking to spend a romantic evening with a date, the Hornblower is sure to please! The sightseeing cruise gives sailors the opportunity to view the gorgeous monuments of the city as well as whales and dolphins playing in the bay. Or try the Champagne Brunch Cruise to spend the afternoon sipping on champagne with friends. Enjoying your day? Stay for a formal three-course meal complete with live music and dancing under the stars. Whatever cruise you choose, you will have a fantastic time aboard the Hornblower seeing the beautiful sites of San Diego, California! Follow this link for ticket information.

San Diego Zoo

Your next stop should definitely be the world famous San Diego Zoo featuring more than 4,500 animals of over 800 species from all over the world. The San Diego Zoo is a great place to take the whole family for a great learning experience and a day of fun! In addition, the San Diego Zoo hosts a variety of special events and demonstrations giving you the chance to experience educational programs, hands-on fun, and more. Travel from the “Urban Jungle” to the “Lost Forest” to see thousands of animals up close in beautiful, natural habitats. Click this link for more information about the San Diego Zoo.

No trip is complete with a wonderful place to stay. Find a room with a breathtaking view of the harbor or a hotel next door to LEGOLAND for great access to the park. You’re sure to find the perfect place to stay to complete a fabulous San Diego vacation. For more lodging information in San Diego, click here.

Celebrate October with Pumpkin Bog Fest

Prairie Berry Winery is celebrating the month of October with Pumpkin Bog Fest, featuring fun events every Saturday starting October 6 and lasting until October 27. For the first week, the winery is going to celebrate the artist that designed this year’s label for their Pumpkin Bog Wine, a seasonal pumpkin and cranberry wine that’s released each year. Get a signature from the artist and take home your own bottle on October 6. The next week, they are hosting live music from Tony Memmel, a songwriter who was born without his left forearm and has taught himself to play several instruments. His music and story are an inspiration that should not be missed. Finally on October 27, bring the kids out to enjoy Magic Keith as he performs fascinating tricks and creates amazing balloon art. All events are appropriate for the whole family and are free to the public.

Mammoth Site of Hot Springs

Visit the world’s largest mammoth research facility in Hot Springs, South Dakota, where more than 26,000 years ago large wooly mammoths roamed. In 1974, the bones of these fascinating creatures were discovered near a spring-fed pond in Hot Springs, South Dakota. Hundreds of scientists dedicated themselves to carefully excavating 59 of these magnificent creatures. Now, years later, they have built a climate-controlled museum around the site creating a world-renown research center for Pleistocene studies. Most of the mammoths have remained in the ground creating a one-of-a-kind museum experience. More and more mammoths are being found each year. Find out more about visiting Mammoth Site of Hot Springs at this link.

Flying T Chuckwagon Supper & Show

Receive a true Old West experience at the Flying T Chuckwagon Supper & Show where you’ll be treated to a hearty meal, hilarious comedy, and toe-tapping Western music. The Flying T Wranglers will delight you from the moment that you arrive at this fun cowboy show. The show starts when the bell rings at which point you will be served a feast including buffalo stew, chicken and dumplings, cole slaw, cornbread, and Native American-inspired blackberry pudding. Once you’re stuffed, the show will start on the live Western Stage Show. The show is appropriate for folks of all ages to enjoy. The Flying T Wranglers will play a mixture of cowboy classics, bluegrass, and country swing music. For more information about the show and how to get tickets, follow this link.

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Pirate Fun for Everyone in Memphis, TN

Aye Aye Memphis visitors! Watch out for pirates this weekend in Memphis! Yer all invited to The Mid-South Pyrate Faire at Mud Island River Park. Travel back in time to the swashbuckling 1700s when scurvy dogs sailed the high seas in search of adventure and treasure. Scallywags are welcome to enjoy events lasting all weekend on Saturday, September 29 and Sunday, September 30. Wear yer best buxom outfit to join the pirate family fun in Memphis, Tennessee. Avast!

Elvis Presley’s Graceland Experience

No trip to Memphis, Tennessee is complete without a trip to Elvis Presley’s Graceland. Walk in the footsteps of the King of Rock n’ Roll as you tour his famous mansion. The tour tells the story of a humble man that rose to super stardom. Visitors will have the chance to tour eight rooms, which gives the perfect view into the lifestyle of the Rock n’ Roll legend. Follow along a narrated tour with voice excerpts from Lisa Marie and Elvis giving you insight into the family memories that were made at this luxurious Memphis mansion. You will also have a chance to explore the 14-acre grounds and pay homage to “The King’s” grave in the family cemetery. Upgrade your tour for a more complete look into Presley’s life including entrance to a memorabilia museum and an up-close look at Presley’s plane and automobiles. Follow this link for more information on this fantastic tour.

National Civil Rights Museum

While you’re in Memphis, don’t miss the opportunity to celebrate another great, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. On April 4, 1968, the man that fought for the rights that he and every American deserved was assassinated on the balcony of the Lorraine Hotel. Between 1987 and 1991, the hotel was transformed into a museum to celebrate the life of Dr. King and the countless others who fought for civil rights. Exhibits featured tell the story of important events including the March on Washington, the Montgomery Bus Boycott, and the story of Booker T. Washington among others. For more information about the National Civil Rights Museum, visit this link.

No trip can start without a place to sleep. The Vacations Made Easy Team can help you find the perfect hotel near your destination in your price range. Looking for a sentimental experience? Book your stay at Elvis Presley’s Heartbreak Hotel located conveniently close to Graceland. Or maybe you’re looking for a Best Western. Look no further than this link for the perfect lodging for you.

New York City Wine & Food Festival

There are quite a few fall festivals to experience in New York City, and the Food Network New York City Wine & Food Festival is at the top of the list with over 100 restaurants serving their top dishes and wines. This festival is from September 29 through October 3 and is host to numerous events with several of them being complimentary. During the festival you will have the opportunity to watch top chefs at work, learn kitchen tips and tricks, taste different wines, sample top-notch dishes, and much more.

New York, New York Sightseeing Tour

Fall provides the perfect weather for some comfortable outdoor fun during your trip to New York City. While visiting the Big Apple, experience some of the most iconic landmarks and sights on the New York, New York Sightseeing Tour. Ride in a comfortable coach while you view Columbus Circle, Lincoln Center, Central Park, Fifth Avenue, Rockefeller Center, and more. Your knowledgeable tour guide will accompany you while you tour sights such as Times Square, the Chrysler Building, SoHo, Chinatown, Little Italy, Wall Street, and more along this 4 hour sightseeing tour of New York City. To learn more about the New York, New York Sightseeing Tour, follow this link.

CityPASS – New York

If you want to experience all the top attractions of NYC at your own pace during your trip to New York City, the CityPASS, which includes paid admission to the top six attractions, is a perfect fit! You’ll have nine days after the first use of your CityPASS to use your general admission tickets for: Empire State Building Observatory, American Museum of Natural History, Guggenheim Museum OR Top of the Rock, The Museum of Modern Art, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, and Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island OR Circle Line Sightseeing Cruise. For more information about the CityPASS – New York, click here.

During your trip to New York City, choose a hotel that will perfectly fit your needs. Browse a selection of great hotels with comfortable amenities by clicking this link.

Myrtle Beach Welcomes Pawley’s Island Festival of Music & Art

Kicking off on September 27 is the Pawley’s Island Festival of Music & Art. The festival is designed to celebrate musicians, authors, artists, literature, history, and much more throughout the course of two and a half weeks. The festival culminates on October 14 after showcasing musical guests including Steve Tyrell, Mac Arnold and Plate Full o’ Blues, Fireworks Ensemble American Tapestry, and much more. Other daily events include an art gallery crawl, an exhibition of the World’s Smallest Airport, a Wine Gala, and Chalk Under the Oaks which showcases the tradition of Italian street painting on the sidewalks of Myrtle Beach. With a different event everyday, visitors and residents of Myrtle Beach will never be bored!

Pavilion Nostalgia Park

When you’re finished at the festival, travel back in time to ride the classic amusement rides of yesteryear in the Pavilion Nostalgia Park. Enjoy all the classic fair rides that remind you of your childhood including the teacups, a boat ride, racing rides, and, the big favorite, the famous Herschell-Spillman Carousel that dates back to 1912. Take a break from the fun rides to enjoy all kinds of yummy treats such as funnel cakes, caramel apples, corn dogs, and cotton candy. While you’re there, take some time to gaze out at the beautiful view of the Atlantic Ocean. Family fun is guaranteed at the Pavilion Nostalgia Park. For more information about ticket prices and rides, follow this link.

Pirate Voyage Fun, Feast, and Adventure Dinner & Show

After a relaxing day on the beach, get ready for adventure at the Pirate Voyage Fun, Feast, and Adventure Dinner & Show. The audience can expect to enjoy a delicious five-course pirate feast, amazing acrobatics, and acting as the Pirates fight their way to victory in a 15-foot deep indoor lagoon. The audience is separated into two swashbuckling crews to cheer on the Sapphire or Crimson Pirates while experiencing an excellent dining experience with an attentive wait staff. Arrive early for a fun pre-show! Find out more about ticket prices at this link.

Choose from a variety of lodging options including beach side resorts, hotels with spectacular views, fabulous vacation rentals, and more. Whether you’re looking to stay only a few nights or a couple of weeks, you are sure to find the perfect hotel for you in Myrtle Beach!

Savannah Jazz Festival September 23-30

Mark your calendars for the Savannah Jazz Festival going on September 23 until September 30. Celebrate jazz, America’s truly original art form, with different bands and performers for the whole week! The festival welcomes musicians from around the world, namely European and African natives who have to come to embrace this soulful music. The festival is free to the public. This amazing event should not be missed!

Ghosts & Gravestones of Savannah

After the festival, head over to the Ghosts & Gravestones of Savannah Tour to learn why Savannah, GA is known for being “America’s Haunted City.” You will not want to miss a chance to hear the spooky, spine-tingling stories yourself. If you have what it takes, then board the trolley for a scary adventure through the streets of Savannah. Visit the historic city’s ancient cemeteries, antebellum mansions, and former battlegrounds that have been host to some of the bloodiest tragedies in America. Many of the stops will take you off the trolley and into the ominous buildings to experience the presence of the paranormal. They include the Marshall House Hotel that once stashed amputated body parts under the floorboards and the Shrimp Factory that once chained slaves to the walls. For ticket prices and booking questions, refer to this link.

Paula Deen Culinary Tour

Once you’re good and scared, take the time to enjoy some yummy food on the Paula Deen Culinary Tour. Lasting four hours, the tour will take to a couple Paula Deen’s favorite restaurants that she visited as a young chef when developing her own style and flair. Then you’ll have the chance to stop by her very own restaurant, Uncle Bubba’s Oyster House, the perfect eatery to enjoy Deen’s famous southern cookin’. Aside from the food portion of the tour, you will also have the chance to delve into Paula’s personal life on a trip to nearby Bethesda, MA, where she was married.  Check out ticket prices and a full itinerary of the tour at this link.

Savannah offers a variety of hotels and several historic bed and breakfasts to choose from. Whether you’re looking for a quaint B&B or a comfy hotel room, you are sure to find the perfect resting place after a long day of fun in Savannah, GA. For a list of hotels in Savannah, click here.

 

Visit VegFest in Washington, DC

The DC VegFest is coming up in Washington DC! On September 22, visitors can enjoy the free outdoor festival designed to celebrate vegetables and vegetarians in the DC area. Come on down to the nation’s capital to enjoy cooking demo’s, speeches, a kid’s play area, and, of course, delicious veggies! The event will be held at Yard’s Park.

DC After Dark

After the festival, go on a journey to see the nation’s capital lit up under a blanket of stars on the DC After Dark Tour! The three hour tour will take you on a trip to see DC’s historical monuments aglow from their very own spotlights. You will see the Lincoln Memorial, the Jefferson Memorial, and the White House to name a few stops on the jam packed tour. Other popular tours in the area include the Open Top Double Decker Bus Tour giving you a fantastic vantage point to view the city, the DC Segway Tour, which gives you a chance to pilot your own segway through the city streets, and the Capital City Bike Tour, a beautiful to view the city like a true resident of the area. Follow this link for more information on DC sightseeing tours.
Mystery Dinner Playhouse

Next head to nearby Arlington, VA, to play a fabulous game of “whodunit” at the Mystery Dinner Playhouse. Audience members will enjoy a delectable four-course meal while the actors present a show! There will be five short-scripted scenes set throughout the theater and you will be a part of the action. You will have the chance to grill the actors with questions, bribe them for answers, and even accuse them of crimes. At the Mystery Dinner Playhouse everything is a clue so you’ll have to keep your eyes peeled in order to solve the mystery! Follow this link for show times and ticket information.

With a variety of hotels, suites, and inns for the greater Washington DC area, you will be sure to find the perfect spot to spend the night. Your options include a stay in the city of Washington DC or in nearby Arlington, VA. Choose from an abundance of hotel options at all price ranges or choose a vacation rental to extend your stay. Check out all the great options by clicking here.

San Diego Restaurant Week September 16-21

San Diego Restaurant Week starts September 16 until September 21, to give visitors and residents of the area a chance to try out delicious cuisine at a discounted price. Held twice annually, this beloved tradition is a great way to experience over 180 restaurants at a price that won’t break the bank. The event website lists all of the restaurants participating in the event giving diners the option to enjoy a two-course lunch for under $20 and a three-course for under $50, a terrific price for the elegant dining options on the list. Now is the time to try fun new cuisine!

SeaWorld

Meet the famous Shamu, the regal prince of the deep, at SeaWorld San Diego! The amazing park offers 22 acres of marine attractions where you will meet sharks, dolphins, whales, and many more species of underwater creatures. Don’t miss the chance to climb aboard the fast-paced water ride, Journey to Atlantis or the exciting Bayside Skyride. You will also have the chance to enjoy several shows including Believe, the Sea Lions LIVE, Blue Horizons, and Sesame Street presents Lights, Camera, Imagination. A trip to SeaWorld is guaranteed to be full of family fun! Check this link for more information about SeaWorld.

LEGOLAND California

A trip to San Diego is not complete without a stop a LEGOLAND, featuring more than 60 live shows and attractions. The ability to let your imagination soar while you create is the best part about this interactive park suitable for all ages.  Kids will love the thrilling rides including the chance to drive a larger-than-life LEGO Technic vehicle on a roller coaster track! The kids will be begging to ride again and again. The park also features water rides giving guests a chance to cool off during hot summer months. Looking for a specific LEGO set? Head to the shop to pick it up. Can’t find what you’re looking for? Take the opportunity to create your very own LEGO bricks! A trip to LEGOLAND is sure to satisfy the whole family. For more information, follow this link.

After a busy day in San Diego, you will find an copious amount of hotel options in the area that is perfect for you.  Whether you’re looking for a hotel with a pool, a hotel close to your favorite attractions, or a hotel with an amazing view, you are sure to find exactly what you’re looking for in San Diego!