Monthly Archives: December 2012

Learn the History of Hard Rock Cafe – Myrtle Beach, SC

Myrtle Beach HRCDuring your next trip to Myrtle Beach, take time to visit the Hard Rock Cafe located at Celebrity Circle. This hard-to-miss restaurant greets guests with a 70-foot pyramid and is decorated with an Egyptian theme inside and out. Although the theme is Egyptian, the menu offers American classics like cheeseburgers, BBQ chicken, delectable desserts, regional favorites, and many more delicious options prepared from scratch by a team of culinary connoisseurs.

The main attraction, though, is the wide variety of music memorabilia like Elvis’ cape, Paul McCartney’s wool suit, Johnny Cash’s black leather boots, and countless other rock n’ roll artifacts. See the guitars of music legends such as Carlos Santana, Eric Clapton, BB King, and Brian Wilson as a state-of-the-art sound system plays favorite rock n’ roll tunes. Don’t forget to stop by the Rock Shop for unique rock t-shirts and hoodies designed by artists like Green Day, Jon Bon Jovi, and Shakira, collectable pins, Hard Rock Café logo items, glassware, hats, and so much more! To find out more about the Hard Rock Cafe Meal Card and menu, click here.

History of Hard Rock Cafe

It all started with Eric Clapton (a brilliant rock n’ roll legend), and his love of a peculiar American diner located in London called the Hard Rock Cafe. The diner was once a Rolls Royce dealership, and was transformed into a feel-good restaurant with great food that boasted a certain welcoming charm. This made the Hard Rock Cafe an instant classic.

Clapton soon befriended the young music-loving American owners and asked for his favorite spot to be marked by a brass plaque baring his name. Instead of a plaque, the owners suggested hanging one of Clapton’s guitars on the wall to mark his spot. Clapton then presented the owners with one of his guitars, a Fender Lead II, which they proudly displayed on the wall. About a week later, Pete Townshend of The Who sent his Gibson Les Paul along with a note saying: “Mine’s as good as his. Love, Pete.”

Since Eric Clapton’s guitar was first displayed in the 70s, Hard Rock Cafe has acquired over 70,000 guitars, shirts, pianos, harmonicas, microphones, scarves, shoes, handwritten lyrics, cars, bikes, a buss, and other assorted rock n’ roll memorabilia from hundreds of well-known rock artists. This eclectic collection is by far the largest and most valuable of its kind, and is displayed at over 160 Hard Rock Cafes, Casinos, and Hotels in more than 50 countries.

For other Myrtle Beach attractions and lodging information, click this link.

 

Savannah’s 13th Annual Low Country Home & Garden Show

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Savannah Historical Experience Tour

Take some time to immerse yourself in the rich history of Savannah on the Savannah Historical Experience Tour. Along the tour, you will see stunning views of the city while learning about its extensive and interesting past. This three hour tour includes sights of the Historic District, Victorian District, Thomas Square, the Beach Institute, and many more landmarks. To learn more about the Savannah Historical Experience Tour, follow this link.

Savannah Foody Tour

Explore all Savannah’s Historic District has to offer and visit seven restaurants and specialty food locations including Lady & Sons (owned by Paula Deen), and six other alternating restaurants on the Savannah Foody Tour. The restaurants’ staff and owners will demonstrate how these delicious dishes are made, and all food items are included with the price of the tour.

On this tasty tour, you can choose to walk through parts of the Historic District or take a bus tour for even more sights. Between stops, your informative guide will tell about Savannah’s rich culinary history and how international flavors have influenced it. To learn more about the Savanna Foody Tour, click here.

 

 

Celebrate New Year’s Eve in Gatlinburg

Take a trip to Gatlinburg for a New Year’s celebration you won’t soon forget! This year at the 25th Annual New Year’s Eve Ball Drop and Fireworks Show, celebrate 2013 with musical entertainment, choreographed fireworks, party favors, and much more excitement. This celebration has become a tradition over the years, and hundreds families and friends gather in Gatlinburg from all across America to welcome the New Year. Also keep an eye out for special celebrations at area attractions and restaurants!

Smoky Mountain Opry

Before the big countdown, take time to see a show unique to the Smoky Mountains at the Smoky Mountain Opry where you and your loved ones can celebrate the true meaning of Christmas. See Santa and his dancing reindeer, merry music played by the biggest band in the area, a living nativity scene, flying sugar plum fairies, and special effects like sparkling snow, mysterious fog, lasers, and other effects to add extra Christmas charm.

Hatfield & McCoy Dinner Feud Show

Combine one of the most legendary stories of the South with a hearty meal for one heck of a time at Hatfield & McCoy Dinner Feud Show. Watch as stunt performers, talented actors, skillful dancers, and brilliant singers bring the story of the Hatfields & McCoys to life as you enjoy a Southern home-style feast of fried chicken, pulled barbeque pork, mashed potatoes, beans, cornbread, coleslaw, and Granny’s special dessert.

If you plan on taking a trip to the Smokies, browse through our list of hotels in the area to find one perfect for your travel needs by clicking here.

Christmas in the City That Never Sleeps

With only a couple of weeks until Christmas, everyone is scrambling to purchase all their gifts for loved ones and wrap them with care. This year, why not treat yourself to wonderful Christmas getaway before Christmas day? Start planning your impromptu December vacation with these great holiday-themed attractions in New York City!

New York City Holiday Lights Tour

See the city that never sleeps all lit up! Okay, it’s always lit up but this time of year it’s lit up with twinkling Christmas lights perfectly accenting department store window displays, the sprawling Central Park, and, of course, the largest light experience in the city is in Rockefeller Center. The Rockefeller Center Christmas tree lighting has been a New York tradition for more than 75 years! The 80-foot tree is bedazzled with 30,000 LED lights before being topped off with Swarovski crystal star. It is truly a sight that should not be missed during a New York City Christmas vacation. What else can you expect to see on the tour? The 2-hour narrated tour will also stop at the Brooklyn Fulton Ferry Landing where there is an absolutely perfect view of the Manhattan skyline. Other stops include Times Square, the Laser Light Show at Grand Central Station,Trump Tower, Radio City Music Hall, and much more! So ring in the holidays in style in New York City on the New York City Holiday Lights Tour! Find more information at this website.

The Rockettes Radio City Christmas Spectacular

Once you’ve toured the city of lights, you won’t want to miss one of the best Christmas attractions in town – the Radio City Rockettes! Featuring fantastically precise choreography, gorgeous costumes, and beautiful Christmas songs that everyone knows and loves, this show should not be missed! This year marks the 85th year since the Rockettes were founded in St. Louis. It is their 80th year at Radio City Music Hall and not much has changed. The beautifully dancers still have legs for miles that the girls managed to synchronize in their famous kick lines on stage and they still wear some of their best costumes from the 50s to now . Their Christmas show is a compilation of the classic Christmas story the Nutcracker, the presentation of a live Nativity scene, the March of the Wooden Soldiers, and ends with Santa’s flight over the crowd. Pick up your tickets today before the Christmas spectacular ends! For more information about the show, click on this link.

Pick a gorgeous hotel overlooking the city lights in Times Square or find a high-rise hotel in Brooklyn with amazing views of the breathtaking Manhattan skyline. Wherever you choose to stay will just be the cap on a fantastic New York City Christmas vacation!

Dec 11, 14, & 15 at the Grand Ole Opry

Check out what’s going on at the Opry this week!

Tuesday, December 11: Performing at the Ryman Auditorium will be Keith & Kristyn Getty, Diamond Rio, Easton Corbin, Jimmy Wayne, Jeannie Seely, The Grascals, John Conlee, and Riders in the Sky. The Radio City Christmas Spectacular Starring the World Famous Rockettes will be performing at the Grand Ole Opry House.

Friday, December 14: Performing at the Ryman Auditorium will be Old Crow Medicine Show, Del McCoury Band, Canaan Smith, Striking Matches, Connie Smith, John Conlee, Jesse McReynolds, Bill Anderson, 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.

Saturday, December 15: Performing at the Ryman Auditorium will be Old Crow Medicine Show, Buddy Miller & Jim Lauderdale, Del McCoury Band, Jonathon Jackson, Lennon and Maisy Stella, Charles Esten, Bill Anderson, 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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Take A Historical Trip to Nashville

Don’t miss the Skaggs Family Christmas Concert at Ryman Auditorium tonight! This is the 10th year that the family will be presenting its Christmas show and this year it coincides with the 15th Annual Concert for Cumberland Heights, an alcohol and drug addiction treatment center. Making an appearance at the show is the entire Skaggs family, Steven Curtis Chapman, and Emmylou Harris. Don’t miss this fun show at the Ryman Auditorium tonight at 7pm.

The Hermitage – Home of President Andrew Jackson

The seventh President of the United States, Andrew Jackson, built his last home just outside of Nashville in 1804. Now, 208 years later, the plantation that was his home for 41 years has been transformed into a historical site that tells the story of the United States first Democratic president and his family. Jackson purchased the 640-acre farm in 1804 for $3,400 and named it “The Hermitage” meaning rural retreat. Within a couple of years,Jackson was growing cotton on the farm which grew to 1,050 acres by 1820. This is when Jackson decided to build a two-story brick dwelling in the middle of the property. After renovations and restorations, this modest brick dwelling is now known as The Hermitage Mansion where Jackson raised his family. When Jackson took office in 1929, he kept The Hermitage as his vacation home and relocated to the White House. He held two terms in office then returned to The Hermitage in 1837 where he lived out his years on the property until he died in 1845. Jackson left the property to his adopted son Andrew Jackson Jr. Through financial blunders and bad investments, Jackson Jr. was forced to sell the home to the state of Tennessee in 1856. The state of Tennessee spent years attempting to come up with a plausible plan for the massive plantation outside of Nashville. With no good ideas, The Ladies Hermitage Association formed in the late 1800s with the goal of maintaining the 1,050-acre plantation. Their intervention and success helped create the historical monument that is now visited to hundreds of thousands of people every year.

Today, the property is a popular tourist destination and one of the largest maintained historical sites in the United States. The grounds and outbuildings have been fully restored to represent what the plantation would have looked like when President Andrew Jackson lived there with his family. The mansion is decorated with most of the Jackson family’s original furniture. Next to the mansion, lies a one-acre garden that Jackson had designed for his wife Sarah, a lover of flowers. Andrew and Sarah Jackson are buried in a tomb-like temple in the garden. Visitors to The Hermitage will also see the Jackson’s original log cabin built on the property before the mansion was constructed and Alfred’s Cabin which is the home of one of the Jackson’s slaves who lived his life out at The Hermitage before dying in 1901. Visitors will also have a chance to see the thousands of artifacts that have been uncovered through archaeological digs on the property. More than 800,000 artifacts have been discovered to document and tell the story of the slaves who once called The Hermitage home. Costumed interpreters lead thousands of guests through the massive historic site every year educating people of all ages on Jackson’s influence on American history. For more information about The Hermitage and ticket prices, visit this link.

With an abundance of lodging options, you will have no problem finding the perfect hotel in Nashville with the amenities that you desire. Start planning your Nashville vacation now!