Monthly Archives: November 2012

Opry Concerts Nov. 20, 23, & 24

Christmas is drawing near and the Grand Ole Opry is celebrating in style with the Radio City Rockettes! During the show, the audience will view a 3D Christmas movie in addition to the Rockettes. Watch as Santa Claus and his reindeer take on the Big Apple to deliver their presents to all New York City’s girls and boys. Of course, the best part of the show will be when the fabulous Rockettes are dancing on stage. The show will be playing on the Grand Ole Opry stage until December 23.

Don’t worry, the Ryman Auditorium will still be featuring amazing country stars every Tuesday, Friday and Saturday in addition to the Christmas show at the Opry House. So why not pick up tickets for both? Check out which country artists will be gracing the stage this week!

Tuesday, November 20: Performing at the Ryman Auditorium will be Restless Heart, The Black Lillies, Craig Morgan, Bill Anderson, Jimmy Dickens, Love and Theft, and more to be added up until show time. The Radio City Christmas Spectacular Starring the World Famous Rockettes will be performing at the Grand Ole Opry House.

Friday, November 23: Performing at the Ryman Auditorium will be Crystal Gayle, Annie Moses Band, Bobby Osborne & The Rocky Top X-Press, John Conlee, Jimmy Dickens, The Grascals, and more to be added up until show time.

Saturday, November 24: Performing at the Ryman Auditorium will be Elizabeth Cook, Radney Foster, Ricky Skaggs, Riders in the Sky, The Whites, Jesse McReynolds, Jimmy Dickens, and more to be added up until show time. The Radio City Christmas Spectacular Starring the World Famous Rockettes will be performing at the Grand Ole Opry House.

Visit our website for an up to date list of who will be performing each week at the Opry. While you’re there, take the time to subscribe to your favorite country star. When they announce dates at the Grand Ole Opry, we’ll send you an e-mail so you can pick up tickets!

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Showtime in Las Vegas!

Cooler temperatures make fall and winter a great time to visit Las Vegas! Vegas is home to spectacular live entertainment, so be sure to check out one of these great shows while you’re there:

Vegas! The Show
A large cast comprised of some of Vegas’ most talented performers put on a show like no other with Vegas! The Show. A musical revue of the history of Sin City, this show features dance numbers, songs, showgirls, and a live orchestra pay tribute to great performers of Vegas’ past:Elvis Presley, Tom Jones, the Rat Pack, and more. Vegas! The Show’s dazzling blend of old-fashioned Las Vegas glamor and modern entertainment makes for an unforgettable evening.

Sin City Comedy Show
A rotating cast of guest comedians and a crew of sultry burlesque dancers have made the Sin City Comedy Show the top comedy attraction in Vegas. Two comedians perform during each show, and most of Sin City Comedy’s guests are well-known names in the comedy world – you might recognize them from appearances on VH1, Comedy Central, and late night TV shows.

Motown Revue – Hitzville! – The Show!
Hear the biggest soul music hits at Motown Revue – Hitzville! “Entertainer of the Year” Jin-Jin Reeves is joined by a live band and male and female singing groups to perform hits from Motown legends like The Twmptations, The Supremes, Tina Turner, and The Four Tops.

From Las Vegas’ famously luxurious casino hotel suites to quieter lodgings away from the bustle of the strip, we have plenty of great options for lodging in Las Vegas. Take a look!

Visit the Country Music Capital, Nashville

Nashville is known around the world for being the country music capital. Hundreds of aspiring musicians move to the city each year hoping to make their dreams come true. Out of those hundreds, a few lucky musicians manage to garner notice from fans and, more importantly, record companies in order to start the careers they’ve dreamed about since first picking up a guitar or winning a singing competition. Those interested in the history of Nashville’s most-famous musicians will not want to miss the chance to see the Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum or the Nashville Unpublished Walking Tour. Keep reading for more information.

Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum

Learn all about country music’s legends at the Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum. Most country stars start their career hoping for success, radio play, and loving fans. Deep inside they’re hoping to stand alongside country’s most famous musicians in the Country Music Hall of Fame. This museum documents the stories of those who have made it. Located just a few steps away from the historic Ryman Auditorium, the 37 million dollar complex is home to artifacts and information illustrating the story of hundreds of country stars. The interactive museum is fitted with multimedia displays allowing visitors to play video and songs in order to get to know each artist better. Take a trip through decades of artifacts and music at the Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum. Visit this link for more information about the museum.

Nashville Unpublished Walking Tour

Take a look at what goes on behind the scenes on this fantastic tour that shares the stories of villains, tragedy, war, and brothels. The jewel of the tour is a behind the scenes look at Ryman Auditorium. Knowledgeable tour guides share stories about country music legends such as Johnny Cash, Patsy Cline, Hank Williams, Elvis, and many more. These are stories that you won’t be able to hear anywhere else! Find out more about the tour on our website.

Before you start planning your Nashville vacation, take a look at the list of hotel options in the area. If you have any questions about booking your Nashville vacation, don’t hesitate to give us a call (1-800-987-9852) or visit our website.

Escape Cold Winter Weather in Orlando

Escape the winter cold that has plagued most of the United States in favor of a warm Orlando vacation! Florida has the sunniest winter climate in the eastern United States because it is the southernmost continental state. The Florida peninsula is surrounded by warm weather year-round and the sun is almost always shining, even in winter! Of course, the further south you travel, the warmer it gets. So the Florida Keys bathes in high 70 degree weather in the winter whereas, just a few hundred miles north, Orlando sits in low 70 degree weather. That all sounds very good compared to the 20 degree and lower weather that northern United States residents are enduring. The most important tip for traveling to Florida in the winter is to dress in lots of layers. The morning temperatures are known to be cool and crisp after a chilly night spent in the 50s, then a couple of hours later it will warm up to 80 degrees. Now that you know all about Florida’s winter weather, check out some of Orlando’s most popular activities for a winter vacation!

Cocoa Beach Thousand Islands Eco-Tour Cruise

Start out your vacation on an excursion to see Florida’s most-famous creatures, dolphins, aboard an island cruise! The Thousand Islands formed during storm surges when sand accumulated into islands due to flood tides. This natural occurrence created a maze of canals around small islands where local animals flourish. On the Eco-Tour cruise, tourists will have the chance to see manatees, bottle-nose dolphins, and a large variety of coastal birds. These animals love playing in the warm water between these islands so tourists will have several chances to see them. Not only will you see playful animals, you’ll also see the beautiful Florida eco-system these creatures have created. Check our website for more information about ticket prices.

Sammy Duvall’s Parasailing

Treat yourself to an adventure on your Florida vacation with a parasailing excursion! This high-flying adventure starts on the water near Disney World and lifts you approximately 600 feet in the air for an adrenaline rush that you’ll never forget. While you’re soaring through the skies, you’ll be able to see the skyline of Orlando behind the gorgeous Walt Disney Resort. At the end of the breathtaking adventure, you will be lowered back into the boat without ever getting wet! Why soar through the skies alone? Tourists have the option of riding alone or enjoying parasailing tandem with a best friend. Visit our website for more details.

No vacation can start without planning where to stay. Browse through out comprehensive list of hotels in the area to find exactly what you want with the amenities you’re searching for. Looking to extend your stay? Check out vacation rentals in the area!

Christmas Shows in Myrtle Beach

Myrtle Beach is a great destination for Christmas fun without cold weather. South Carolina’s mild winters let visitors stroll the beach, so shopping, enjoy the Saturday night fireworks at Broadway on the Beach, sample mouthwatering Southern food, and of course see Myrtle Beach’s fabulous shows! Special Christmas shows in Myrtle beach are a perfect way to set the stage for a Southern Christmas.

Carolina Opry Christmas Special
“The Holiday Show of the South” is an amazing spectacle of lights, music, and comedy. A Christmas tradition for more than 25 years, the Carolina Opry Christmas Special blends uplifting Christmas classics with more modern holiday songs. A talented cast of singers and dancers, dressed in their holiday best, create a perfect blend of old-fashioned tradition and modern fun, with a healthy dose of raucous country comedy thrown in for good measure.

Legends in Concert Christmas Show
Legends in Concert boasts a cast of the best tribute artists and impersonators around, brought together on one stage to recreate the legendary performances of the past. Elvis, Celine Dion, the Blues Brothers, Alan Jackson, and more of the biggest stars in musical history are recreated before your eyes by look- and sound-alikes. Special effects, lights and lasers, dazzling costumes, and stunning choreography combined with all types of Christmas music make the Legends in Concert Christmas show a must-see.

From beachfront condos to hotels close to the bustle of town, there are plenty of great options for lodging in Myrtle Beach. Take a look at our selection of  accommodations.

Christmas in the Smokies

What better way to celebrate Christmas in the Smokies than Gatlinburg’s Festival of Trees from November 20 through the 24 at Mills Convention Center. At this joyous festival you can see numerous Christmas trees adorned with brilliant decorations, browse through local craft items, put your skills to the test by entering the gingerbread house contest, dress up as a present and take a picture with your favorite tree, and more! All proceeds benefit the Smoky Mountain Area Rescue Ministries, so bring the whole family to help spread Christmas cheer to everyone.

Dixie Stampede – Pigeon Forge, TN

The “Most Fun Place to Eat in the Smokies” is ringing in the holiday season in style this year in Gatlinburg. Christmas comes alive in the Dixie arena with a live nativity scene complete with camels, donkeys, and sheep who arrive in anticipation of Baby Jesus. Lovers of the regular season show will notice a similar format to the Christmas show. The usual rivalry between the North and South dominates the show as usual. The audience will be split into North and South Pole sides to cheer on the Dixie Stampede elves as they compete in the arena. Trick riders present breathtaking horseback riding techniques with the 32 magnificent horses in the cast. While you enjoy an unforgettable show, you’ll be served up a delectable four-course meal featuring a whole rotisserie chicken, smoked pork loin, creamy vegetable soup, biscuits, corn on the cob, herb-basted potato, and scrumptious dessert. No Christmas show would be complete without a visit from jolly Santa Claus to brighten the faces of the youngest members of the audience. Interested in even more fun at the Dixie Stampede? Don’t miss the pre-show one hour ahead featuring nostalgic Christmas music that you won’t want to miss! For more information about the Dixie Stampede in Pigeon forge, follow this link.

Dollywood Smoky Mountain Christmas

During the holiday season, Dollywood is transformed into a wonderland filled with everything Christmas. At Dollywood you will be surrounded by millions of sparkling lights decorating the shops and trees, admire carefully placed decorations, do a bit of Christmas shopping, enjoy a holiday treat at one of the fantastic restaurants, see one of the many Christmas performances, watch as decorated floats pass by in the Christmas parade, and much more! Christmas at Dollywood is a truly unique and memorable experience perfect for everyone. For more information about Dollywood, please visit this link.

Whether you’re looking for a rustic cabin or a comfortable suite, there are plenty of lodging options in the area that are sure to fit your needs. For a full list of lodging in the Gatlinburg area, click this link.

Grand Ole Opry Shows Nov. 13, 16, & 17

There’s a full schedule of great shows at the Grand Ole Opry this week, with a wide variety of country artists set to perform at the world famous Ryman Auditorium. At the Opry House is the Radio City Christmas Spectacular with the Rockettes. Take a look at the upcoming shows– some of your favorite artists might be making an appearance!

Tuesday, November 13: Little Big Town, Billy Dean, Diamond Rio, Del McCoury Band, Miss Willie Brown, Riders In The Sky, Jimmy Dickens, and Jeannie Seely will be performing at the Ryman Auditorium. Billy Dean will be available before the show to sign copies of his new CD, A Man of Good Fortune.

Friday, November 16: The Radio City Christmas Spectacular Starring The World Famous Rockettes will be at the Grand Ole Opry House. At the Ryman Auditorium will be, Charlie Daniels Band, Diamond Rio, John Cowan Band, John Conlee, Bill Anderson, Riders in the Sky and more to be added up until show time.

Saturday, November 17: The Radio City Christmas Spectacular Starring The World Famous Rockettes will be at the Grand Ole Opry House. At the Ryman Auditorium will be Darius Rucker, Mike Snider, The Whites, Jim Ed Brown, Jeannie Seeley, and more to be announced.

Escape the Cold in Savannah

Mild winter temperatures make Savannah a great getaway destination is the winters at home feel a little too cold. The southern city is home to a long and haunted history. Diverse neighborhoods, a vibrant waterfront downtown district, and of course famous Southern hospitality make Savannah a welcoming, fun place to visit.

Ghost Trolley Tour with Pirate’s House and Dinner

Savannah is one of the south’s most haunted cities, and you can try  to catch a glimpse of something spooky for yourself on the Ghost Trolley Tour. The tour includes the infamous Pirate’s House, Georgia’s oldest building and the site of mysterious disappearances. Today, the Pirate’s House is home to a restaurant where you’ll enjoy a delicious Southern-style meal. Experienced guides will share the tales of Savannah’s dark past as you stop by the city’s haunted places.

Savannah Riverboat Cruises

If ghosts aren’t for you, take a more relaxing tour of Savannah aboard a riverboat! The authentic paddlewheeler brings to mind the glamor of the Old South. There are a variety of cruise options, from dinner and dancing to refreshing brunch cruises.

You’ll experience true Southern hospitality at any of Savannah’s hotels. Take a look at  our selection of places to stay.

Your Grand Canyon Adventure Starts Here

Nearly 17 million years ago, the Colorado River began establishing a path throughArizona. As the massive river cut its way though layer after layer of rock, it was slowly forming one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World, theGrand Canyon. Eighteen miles wide, 227 miles long, and over a mile deep, these facts alone bring approximately 5 millions visitors to stare into the depth of the canyon each year. It is not the longest canyon in the world, or even the deepest, but more tourists are attracted to the Grand Canyon than the deeper Kali Gandaki Gorge located inNepaland the widerCapertreeValleyinAustralia. So why is theGrand Canyonrevered over other canyons? Perhaps it’s due to theGrand Canyon’s overwhelming size and intricately colorful landscape. The canyon’s geology represents a sequence of amazingly preserved ancient rocks dating back to 2,500 million years ago. Although the depth of the Kali Gandaki Gorge in Nepal is four times as deep at 8,270 feet compared to the Grand Canyon at 2,600 feet, there is an argument about the gorge’s rim height due to the mountainous landscape of the region in Nepal whereas the Grand Canyon’s rim height is clearly discernable. This fact also contributes to the argument that theGrand Canyon’s size is an astonishing sight that truly isn’t grasped except in person. The fissures and cracks that were created by the Colorado River 17 million years ago wind through the vast landscape giving visitors a spectacular view from the rim and, especially, from the skies. Those brave enough to hike to the bottom or raft on the tumultuousColorado Riverwill experience the devastating depth of the canyon walls.

 

Those looking to explore the massive, breathtaking, tremendous, marvelous, captivating, fascinating Grand Canyon should look no further than these incredible tours listed below. Visit our website to see a full list of all the Grand Canyon tours.

Grand Canyon West Rim Motorcoach Tours – Tourists in nearby Las Vegas can hop aboard this comfy bus for a ride to the amazing Skywalk. The 70-foot long platform allows tourists to stand 4,000 feet above the canyon.

Grand Canyon Helicopter Explorer – Take a helicopter ride to see unparalleled views of magnificent from the skies.

Canyon River Adventure – See the Grand Canyon by air, ground, and water on this adventure that gives tourists the chance to soar through the skies in a helicopter, stand on the edge of the rim looking down, and raft the Colorado River below.

Grand Canyon South Rim VIP Photo Tour – Board a luxury bus inLas Vegas for a comfy ride to theGrand Canyon. On your way, you’ll see the Hoover Dam, Yavapai Point, and the Route 66 Train Museum.

 

Choose from a long list of hotels for your Grand Canyon vacation.

Take A Look At Nashville’s History

Known as the country music capital of the world, most tourists visit the southern city to see their favorite country stars on the Grand Ole Opry stage. However, what most people forget about is the immense amount of history that has taken place in the southern state. Check out these fun historical tours that laid the path forNashville’s country music future.

Belle Meade Plantation Tour

John Harding founded the plantation in 1807 after purchasing 250 acres of land. Harding was from the Commonwealth a Virginia, a state that had become known for thoroughbred racing and breeding, so Harding purchased the land to try his hand at raising his own thoroughbreds. In 1820, He commissioned a modest brick home on the property and officially named the estate “Belle Meade.” He turned out be the most successful man in the country at breeding thoroughbreds and was hailed throughout his life for his accomplishments in racing and breeding. After Harding died in 1886, the plantation passed through several hands until finally being purchased by the State of Tennessee in 1953. The state entrusted it with the Association for the Preservation of Tennessee Antiquities, a nonprofit historic preservation organization that has preserved the plantation as a monument to the Old South. On the tour, visitors will have the chance to see all seven original outbuildings on the property lead by a knowledgeable tour guide dressed in period clothing. For more information about the plantation and ticket prices, please visit the following link.

Civil War Tour: The Battle of Franklin

On December 1, 1864, nearly 2,000 people were killed in just five hours in the Battle of Franklin. This hallowed ground is home to one of the worst disasters for the Confederate Army who showed up with three times the number of soldiers than the Union. As you walk the battleground, you will hear the stories of these brave soldiers who lost their lives and the unfortunate families that were caught in the crossfire. Visit ground zero, the Carter House, a modest farmhouse whose residents graciously aided those injured in the battle including their own family members. Visitors will be able to see the evidence of battle still surrounding the house 148 years later. Thousands of bullet holes are visible in the walls of the house and its outbuildings. This wonderful tour tells the story of the people behind the numbers. For more information about the tour, visit this link.

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