Monthly Archives: October 2012

Take A Warm Winter Vacation to Orlando

The holiday season is approaching meaning that cooler temperatures are hitting most of the United States. So why not head to Orlando this winter to escape the winter weather? Most days during the winter in Orlando, the climate stays in the low 70’s. So escape to Orlando to enjoy a warm weather vacation. While you’re there, check out these fun attractions!

Kennedy Space Center Tours

“What do you want to be when you grow up?” Almost every child has answered that question with: Astronaut! At the Kennedy Space Center in Orlando, visitors get the chance to see space ships and their launch pads up close. The in-depth bus tour of the facility includes a visit to the Saturn V Exhibition, the Astronaut Hall of Fame, and Observation Gantry. Experience what it’s like to be in space on the G-Force trainer. Before you leave, you’ll have a chance to meet a real astronaut! The Kennedy Space Center Tour can be combined with several other tours including an Airboat Safari, Astronaut Luncheon, and the Astronaut Training Experience. Why not enjoy life as an astronaut for the day at the Kennedy Space Center! For ticket pricing and vacation package information, visit this link.

Pirate’s Dinner Adventure

‘Ahoy Mateys! If you never thought about being an astronaut, then you most certainly considered being a pirate! Why not relive that dream at the Pirate’s Dinner Adventure? The action-packed show is set aboard an authentic 18th century Spanish ship replication, so audience members will truly feel like they are on a pirate ship. The ship is anchored in a 300,000-gallon indoor lagoon featuring night sky lighting. The audience is seated in six ships scattered throughout the lagoon. Each ship will have the chance to support their own fearless, swashbuckling pirate mascot as he participates in jaw-dropping stunts throughout the show. Actors, singers, and stunt performers will amaze the audience as they are backed by explosions, cannon blasts, and pyrotechnics. Dress the part because more than 150 scallywags from the audience will have the chance to participate in a swashbuckling adventure. This show is perfect for a fun date or an event that the whole family will love. For ticket information, click on this link.

After a busy day sightseeing the city of Orlando you will need to find the perfect hotel. Settle down in a fun-filled Disney resort near Walt Disney World, book a cozy stay in the quiet outskirts of town, or choose a skyscraper hotel for gorgeous view of Orlando!

Great Attractions in San Diego

Dear San Diego Visitors,

The largest one-day street fair in the nation is held right outside San Diego in Crlsbad, California. The Carlsbad Fall Village Faire is a great opportunity for holiday shopping or simply a day of fun with the family. More than 900 vendors will be selling clothing, accessories, antiques, jewelry, plants, and much more. The international food court hosts more than 50 food vendors. There are also plenty of activities for kids: games, slides, rock climbing, face painting, and arts and crafts. The Fall Village Faire is November 4 from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Seaworld
Learn about the mysteries of the sea at SeaWorld, the world-famous marine attraction. Thrill rides, shows, and ocean exhibits combine for an unforgettable experience. Meet the famous orca Shamu, be dazzled by the spectacle of Blue Horizons, and ride the thrilling Journey to Atlantis roller coaster. Touch a dolphin, count the teeth on a shark, and see dozens of exhibits with beautiful and fascinating sea creatures.

San Diego Zoo
The San Diego Zoo is world-famous for its huge variety of animals and realistic habitats. More than 800 species are housed at the zoo in zones that range from  Polar Rim to Outback and Lost Forest, demonstrating the remarkable diversity of habitats across the globe. The zoo is also home to many exotic plants, making the animal habitats more realistic and the showcase of global biodiversity more complete. Click here to see more:

Safari Park at San Diego Zoo
If you’d like to get up close and personal with the denizens of the zoo, then the Safari Park is perfect for you. Walk through diverse “safari” habitats ranging from grasslands and steppe to wetlands, and get a great view of exotic animals like elephants, cheetahs, lions, and giraffes.

For a great place to stay in San Diego, check out our selection of lovely hotels in the area.

Fall Sightseeing in Washington, D.C.

The cooler temperatures and changing foliage make fall the perfect season for sightseeing, and there are plenty of things to see in Washington, D.C., from famous monuments to important historical sites.

Old Town Trolley Narrated Hop-On Hop-Off Tour
Knowledgeable tour guides share stories and history about the capital city’s most prominent destinations on this trolley tour. The tour visits the Lincoln Memorial, Washington Memorial, the war memorials, Union Station, the U.S. Capital, the White House Visitor Center, and many more popular destinations. Feel free to disembark from the tour if you’d like to do some in-depth exploring, then hop back on one of the old-fashioned trolleys to see the rest of the city.

DC After Dark Tour
For a different perspective on the monuments and memorials of Washington, D.C., take a look at the famous landmarks after the sun goes down. At night, the monuments are lit by special spotlights and take on a whole new appearance. This 3 hour tour is fully narrated by experienced drivers.

Mount Vernon and Old Town Alexandria Tour
After seeing the city’s wealth of monuments and tributes to the founding fathers, take a look at the life of George Washington as you tour his historic home, Mount Vernon. You’ll see the house itself as well as the gardens and outbuildings, including the kitchen, greenhouse, and slave quarters. There is also a four-acre working farm with a reproduction of George Washington’s sixteen-sided barn. This tour also visits the picturesque town of Alexandria, with views of the Christ Church, Fort Washington, and the Pentagon.

You’ll need somewhere to stay on your next adventure in Washington, D.C., so take a look at our selection of cozy hotels in the area.

Take a Warm Winter Vacation in Myrtle Beach

A Christmas Carol, allowing visitors to truly take a step back in time as they stroll through the 19th century holiday marketplace. Visitors will also enjoy the chance to attend an authentic Victorian tea, historic holiday home tours, and festivals celebrating Christmas decorations from around the world. TheMyrtle Beach convention center is completely transformed starting November 8 and lasting until November 11.

 

Medieval Times Dinner & Show

When you’re done enjoying the holiday fun, treat yourself to a fantastic dinner and show! At Medieval Times, you will witness an epic battle between six brave knights while you enjoy a delectably, hearty feast. You’ll be seated in color zones to support one knight throughout the show as he battles to win the hand of the beautiful Princess Catalina. The show plays out under the watchful eye of Don Carlos, the King, who is searching for a competent man suitable for his daughter. Cheer for your knight as he competes in jousting, hand-to-hand combat, and horseback riding among other competitions. At the end of the competition, the winning knight will be announced amongst the cheers of the crowd. The true stars of the show are the magnificent stallions. Medieval Times owns more than 400 horses which are bred and trained on the Medieval Times ranch in northernTexas. Each horse is trained until making their show debut at age 3. After a few years in the spotlight they retire to their birthplace back inTexasto continually be treated like royalty.

While you are entertained, you will enjoy a delicious meal including creamy tomato bisque soup, a juicy oven roasted chicken, a yummy herb potato, a tender spare rib, and a tasty pastry to finish off the meal. To enhance the medieval experience, visitors will be served their food without utensils. Medieval Times also offers a vegetarian meal. To complete you Myrtle Beachvacation, you will not want to miss the Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament! For tickets prices and show times, click here.

 

Wake up to the sound of the ocean in a beach front hotel, extend your vacation with a vacation rental beach house, or leave all the details to someone else when you choose to stay in an all-inclusive resort. No matter where you choose to stay, you are bound to have a fantastic time inMyrtle Beach,South Carolina.

Celebrate the Holidays in Gatlinburg-Pigeon Forge

Soak up the holiday spirit in Gatlinburg-Pigeon Forge by riding the Trolley Ride of Lights. The magnificent light show features one-of-a-kind LED light displays that have helped Gatlinburg visitors and residents celebrate the holiday season for more than 20 years. Recently, the city converted the entire winter lights program to LED bulbs saving the city 95 percent in energy costs. So, head to Gatlinburg-Pigeon Forge to ring in the holidays! While you’re there, enjoy these other attractions available in the area.

Cirque de Chine Acrobatics Show

High-flying stunts, incredible acrobatics, and magical performance, these are just a few of the ways to describe the tremendous Cirque de Chine Acrobatics Show. Each and every show is a breathtaking experience that will keep the audience at the edge of their seat as the magnificent “Hoop Divers” dive through up to 10-feet high and the “Five Flying Motorcyclists” race their bikes around a 26-foot steel ball narrowly dodging crashing into each other, a feat that has to be seen to be believed. The two-hour show features many more unbelievable acts that will leave the audience begging for more. What’s even more amazing is the fact that the incredible acrobats perform the entire show with no safety nets! This show is not to be missed on your next trip to the Smokies! For ticket information and prices, visit this link.

Ober Gatlinburg Aerial Tram

For spectacular views of the gorgeous Great Smoky Mountains, take a ride on the Ober Gatlinburg Aerial Tram! The tram boards in downtown Gatlinburg then takes passengers through the skies ending at the Ober Gatlinburg Ski Resort & Amusement Park. This time of year is breathtakingly beautiful in the Smokies. The trees have turned spectacular autumn red, orange, and yellow. Take the tram just for the views or stay in the mountains to enjoy the Ski Resort on top of the mountain where guests can enjoy skiing, snowboarding, tubing, animal encounters, gourmet restaurants, and shopping. The tram departs every 20 minutes from downtown Gatlinburg. Catch your ride anytime throughout the day! For more information about the tram, click on this link.

 

Book your Gatlinburg-Pigeon Forge vacation in a cozy hotel in the city or head to the mountains to extend your stay in a vacation rental cabin or chalet. Your Gatlinburg-Pigeon Forge vacation awaits!

Grand Ole Opry Concerts Oct. 30, Nov. 1 & 2

Only the Grand Ole Opry could present such a dynamic group of artists every week. With hundreds of members and thousands working as hard as they can to reach the famous stage in Nashville, you are sure to see the best of the best on the Grand Ole Opry stage. This week at the Opry:

Tuesday, October 30: Kellie Pickler, Kristen Kelly, The Isaacs, The Farm, Mindy Smith, Jimmy Dickens, Sarah Darling and more to be added up until show time.

Friday, November 2: Josh Turner, Greg Bates, and more to be added up until show time.

Saturday, November 3: Dailey & Vincent, Heidi Newfield, Brett Eldredge,  and more to be added up until show time.

The Grand Ole Opry adds performers up until show time. Visit our website to sign up for e-mail alerts for your favorite artists. It’s the perfect way to know when your favorite country artists will be in Nashville at the Grand Ole Opry!

 

Christmas Has Arrived in Branson

Believe it or not, Christmas will be upon us soon, and Branson is already starting to celebrate the season! From twinkling lights and traditional stage plays to energetic variety shows and comedy, Branson has something for everyone at Christmastime.

Christmas in Hollywood

Singers and dancers in dazzling holiday costumes pay tribute to the beloved holiday entertainment of Hollywood in this festive variety show. Scenes from The Nutcracker and Christmas in New York will be recreated live on stage, along with performances of favorite Christmas songs and appearances by Santa and his elves. This year’s show features a special tribute to the film White Christmas.

Trail of Lights

Enjoy the beauty of thousands of sparkling Christmas lights without leaving the warmth of your vehicle at the Shepherd of the Hills Homestead. This 2 mile trail features life-size 3D figures in animated scenes like the Nativity and Santa’s Workshop. A variety of scenes, from religious and patriotic to fantasy await visitors to the Trail of Lights. When the lights tour is over, ride to the top of Inspiration Tower for an amazing view of Branson from above.

Christmas on the Trail Chuckwagon Dinner Show

For more holiday cheer at the scenic Shepherd of the Hills Homestead, take in the Christmas on the Trail show. You’ll enjoy an authentic cowboy-style dinner served from the chuckwagon and join the cowboys in singing carols around the campfire. Admission to the Trail of Lights and Inspiration Tower is included with the price of the show, so you’ll get the full Shepherd of the Hills experience.

For a cozy place to stay on your holiday vacation to Branson, take a look at our great selection of hotels: http://www.vacationsmadeeasy.com/BransonMO/lodging/

Get in the Holiday Spirit in Williamsburg

Get in the Halloween spirit this Friday at Freedom Park in Williamsburg. The evening will kick off with story-telling around the fire. The stories will be spooky but not too spooky for the young kids. The night will be capped off with a viewing of the classic “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown.” This is sure to be a night that the whole family will love. The event is on Friday, October 26 at Freedom Park from 6 pm to 8 pm.

A Colonial Christmas at Colonial Williamsburg

The holidays come to life in Colonial Williamsburg. During the holiday season, the historic city will be adorned with twinkling lights, lush wreaths, and beautifully decorated trees. Take a carriage ride through the city to see the sites. Indulge in a Christmas feast inspired by the 18th century in which guests will dine in one of the historic taverns surrounded by balladeers, fifes and drums, and madrigal singers. Create magnificent holiday memories at a holiday tea which features a one-man performance of A Christmas Carol. Perhaps the most exciting event is a true 18th century holiday celebration. In historic Williamsburg holiday celebrations included fireworks and firing of guns. A Colonial Christmas is no different, the revolutionary city lights up the night with the Grand Illumination by shooting off fireworks from the three different locations in the city. Aside from all the festive additions to Colonial Williamsburg, visitors will still have the chance to enjoy all the historic sites of Colonial Williamsburg including tours of the historically accurate sites, the colonial costumed residents, and the gorgeous architecture of the entire city. The past comes alive in Colonial Williamsburg. Renew your holiday spirit in Colonial Williamsburg starting November 23 and ending December 30. For more information about a Colonial Christmas, visit this website.

Mystery Dinner Playhouse

“Who Killed the King?” The mystery abounds at the Mystery Dinner Playhouse in Williamsburg welcomes one and all to the coronation of King Ronald, Lord of the Ville. Guests will dine with the most prestigious members of the kingdom’s court including Prince Ronald, the Princess, the Queen, and the Royal Tax Collector. Enjoy a grand feast washed down with ale while you collect the clues to the mystery. Beware! At the end of the evening, no one will be saying “Long live the King!” Pay close attention because everything could be a clue! For ticket information, click on this link.

A plethora of lodging options awaits in Williamsburg, Virginia. Whether you’re interested in a historical stay at Colonial Williamsburg or a convenient modern stay in the city, you’re are sure to find the hotel for you in Williamsburg!

Dia de los Muertos Celebration Starts November 2 in San Antonio

November brings the unique occasion of Dia de los Muertos to San Antonio. The Mexican day of celebration literally means “Day of the Dead.” The holiday gathers together family and friends to pray and remember loved ones who have died. People dressed in ornate skeleton costumes fill the streets of San Antonio every year in observance of the day which is part ancient ritual and part family feast. The holiday starts early on November 1 as Halloween comes to a close and peaks on November 2 when ancient tradition states that the souls of loved ones return to partake in the offerings of gifts and food laid out for them. Although the event sounds spooky, folks who celebrate say that there is nothing scary about the celebration. It is intended to promote family togetherness while honoring the memories of loved ones who have passed. The celebration will take place all over the city on November 2. Visitors can admire the celebration or join in at the San Antonio Museum of Art, Market Square, La Villita, Institute of Texan Cultures, and many more places throughout the city.

Sea World

Starting November 17, Sea World will be transformed into a winter wonderland. The dolphins will perform to music from the Nutcracker. Elmo will be searching for his Christmas wish in the Sesame Street Bay of Play area. Join a sing-a-long of your favorite holiday tunes with Santa and Mrs. Claus. But the most popular attractions is, of course, Shamu. Shamu Christmas… Miracles will immerse guests in the joy and celebration of the holidays through a story of reflection and understanding of the everyday miracles that surround us throughout the year. There will also be roaming musicians throughout the park whose music will fill your ears as you get into the true holiday spirit. Don’t want to leave? Stay the night at the South Pole surrounded by penguins! The Christmas sleepover is for children between the ages of 3-14 years old who will get to experience the nighttime antics of the mischievous penguins. Finally, no Christmas celebration would complete without sitting on Santa’s lap. Jolly old St. Nick will be making his list and checking it twice in the Christmas market. For more information about Sea World at Christmastime, click on this link.

Rio San Antonio River Walk Cruises

See the beauty of San Antonio in the best way possible, on a barge cruising down the San Antonio River. You’ll be guided down the 2.5 mile river that winds its way through the city past famous landmarks including the Alamo, where 200 Texans fought for independence for 12 days, the San Fernando Cathedral, a beautiful church founded in 1731 that still welcomes 5,000 visitors every week, and La Villita, San Antonio’s first neighborhood located in the heart of the city. The guide will also share historic stories throughout the ride. No trip to San Antonio is complete without a stop at the famous San Antonio River Walk! For more information about ticket prices, visit this link.

An abundance of lodging options awaits in San Antonio. Whether you’re looking for something luxurious with a gorgeous view of the view city or a convenient, affordable hotel located near Sea World, you are sure to find the perfect lodging for you!

Celebrate United States History at Mount Rushmore

Carving the likenesses of President George Washington, President Thomas Jefferson, President Theodore Roosevelt, and President Abraham Lincoln into the granite rock face began in 1927 in order to promote tourism to the majestic area and to celebrate the 130 years of history in the United States. Using dynamite to remove 450,000 tons of rock, sculptors carved into the four faces into the mountainside for over a decade. They finished the monument in 1941, 14 years later, and began to welcome visitors from all over the country. These days, 70 years later, Mount Rushmore National Memorial hosts almost three million visitors each year from across the globe. Visitors come to the area to marvel at the magnificence of the monument overlooking the beautiful Black Hills. So take your next vacation to Mount Rushmore in South Dakota. For more information on things to do while you’re there and lodging in the area, click on this link.

National Presidential Wax Museum

See all 44 Presidents of the United States in one place at the National Presidential Wax Museum! Gain insight into the nation’s history with life-like depictions of the United States most famous political moments. The wax museum sets the scene of the signing of the Declarations of Independence with all the framers of the constitution gathered around. The accurate detail and beautifully designed sets will make you feel like are there with President Franklin Delano Roosevelt at Yalta as the beginning of the Cold War, or join President Richard Nixon as he welcomes the astronauts back from their first moon voyage, or step into the room with President Ronald Reagan when he learns that the Berlin Wall fell. Historical artifacts at the museum include the ballot boxes from Florida’s controversial hanging chad election in 2000 and President Bill Clinton’s famous red, white, and blue saxophone. Find out more about this fun, historically accurate museum located in nearby Keystone, South Dakota by clicking on this link.

1880 Train: A 19th Century Train Ride Tour

Explore the beautiful Black Hills area of South Dakota aboard an authentic 19th century train! The historic steam engine departs from Keystone and chugs along past several historic sites including the Holy Terror Mine, a mine that went down 1,200 feet and was one of the richest in the Black Hills, Kennedyville, an 1800s mining community, and Lafferty Gulch, an area that once housed the workers of a big feldspar quarry, to name a few. The signature train whistle marks the beginning of a smooth train ride guiding you through the gorgeous landscape of South Dakota. For ticket information, visit this link.

Mount Rushmore sits near many towns in the area. Visitors have the choice to book their stay in Rapid City, Keystone, or Hill City among many other. An abundance of lodging options awaits you in the Greater Mount Rushmore Area!