Monthly Archives: January 2013

Travel Back in Time in Williamsburg, Virginia

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Now through February 15, Colonial Williamsburg is offering a behind-the-scenes look at how the historic village is brought to life! Colonial Williamsburg has invited their curators, conservators, archaeologists, and actors to give visitors a chance to hear the stories behind the artifacts, paintings, costumes and more. The behind-the scenes look focuses on four interactive experiences including the stories behind the artifacts, costume design, ancient ceramics, and tavern life. Don’t miss out on this fun event that lasts until February 15!

Colonial Williamsburg

Speaking of Colonial Williamsburg, take the time to look at the visitor’s side of the fabulous historic village. After going behind-the-scenes you’ll see Colonial Williamsburg in a whole new light. The small village is an accurate replica of the 18th century city that witnessed the birth of America. Townspeople mill about the village in period costumes, soldiers fight in the Revolutionary War, and shop owners dispute politics throughout the city giving visitors a great representation of what it was like to live through a time of change and uncertainty. Get your kids into history by renting a colonial costume during your stay or immerse yourself in the village by taking the time to learn a trade from the bricklayer or the blacksmith. Colonial Williamsburg is full of endless opportunities so check it out on your next vacation! For more information about Colonial Williamsburg, visit this link.

Ripley’s Believe It Or Not!

After a trip back in time head to the Ripley’s Believe It Or Not! Museum to see the weird. The museum is filled with more than 350 exhibits of oddities that will fascinate and astound visitors for hours including a 500 pound gorilla made entirely of nails, a 1,000 pound Millennium Falcon, and, Robert Ripley’s favorites, genuine shrunken heads. Ripley liked to surround himself with only the oddest of things so you can expect to be amazed! Also at this location, you will find a 4D Theater offering a wonderfully immersive experience into a myriad of films that change year-round. For more information about Ripley’s Believe It Or Not, follow this link.

No vacation is complete without a great place to stay. So be sure you check out our hotel options in Williamsburg, Virginia. From historic to modern, you’re sure to find the perfect hotel for your vacation!

Celebrate Mardi Gras in San Antonio

AlamoCelebrate Mardi Gras in beautiful San Antonio, Texas this year! San Antonio observes the party holiday in style with a parade on the River Walk! A procession of barges adorned in purple and green will make two laps on the River Walk while the public enjoys live music, delicious food, and kid’s art and crafts activities. Mardi Gras, or Fat Tuesday, is a Carnival celebration that marks the last night of eating rich, fatty foods before Lent begins. To enjoy the day, folks dress in costumes, gorge on yummy foods, and dance the day away. Don’t miss out on the fun in San Antonio on February 9!

Natural Bridge Caverns

Winter is the perfect time to go spelunking! The caverns maintain a constant temperature of 70 Degrees so escape winter weather to explore the warm caverns. These amazing caverns were discovered in 1960 by several college students who had a suspicion that an underground world sat beneath an amazing 60-foot natural limestone bridge just outside of San Antonio. The land owner was delighted to allow the young men to explore and explore they did! Several years of exploration revealed miles of passageways that are now open to the public. Gorgeous stalactites, stalagmites, flowstones, and soda straws are forming throughout the cavern, which continues to grow and change everyday. The tour leads visitors 180 feet below ground and a half-mile into the cave. Don’t forget your camera because this is one attraction you’ll never want to forget! For more information about the caverns and the tours that are offered, visit this link.

Grand Trolley Tours

After you’ve seen the beautiful caverns outside of town, head back to the city to sightsee! This fabulous sightseeing tour is one of the best ways to see San Antonio. The tour is given by a very knowledgeable guide who will share stories about Texas culture, and history. No tour of San Antonio would be complete without a drive past the famous Alamo. You’ll also get the chance to see the San Fernando Cathedral, one of the oldest Catholic parish churches in the southwest, La Villita, the oldest neighborhood in the city, and much more. For those who’d rather have the chance to look around the sites on the tour, pick up a hop on and hop off ticket. This allows passengers to hop off the trolley at any of the designated stops to look around until their heart is content then simply hop back on the trolley when they are ready to see more of the city. Don’t miss the chance to see the best of the city! For more information about the tour, follow this link.

After a long day of sightseeing, you’ll need to find the perfect spot to rest your head. There is no shortage of hotel options in this city. Looking to break the bank? Choose a gorgeous hotel with rooms overlooking the River Walk. For those looking to save a little money without sacrificing comfort and amenities, search through hundreds of options to find the right room for you at the right price. Check out

Lilley’s Landing Winter Fishing Tournaments – Branson, MO

Lilley's landing fishing tournamentA lot of folks in the area are experiencing a bit of cabin fever even though winter has just begun. Lilley’s Landing has the cure for your winter blues with the Master Trout Championship on Saturday, January 12, and also the Vince Elfrink Memorial Tournament on Saturday, February 23. These catch-and-release fishing tournaments offer cash prizes and trophies for the top four teams, and also a Big Trout Cash Prize for the heaviest brown and rainbow trout.

Located just two miles from the 76 Strip, Lilley’s Landing Resort and Marina is the ideal destination for your Branson vacation. This friendly, family-run resort is located on beautiful Lake Taneycomo and offers amenities like an outdoor pool, playground, boat rentals, tackle shop, fully equipped kitchens in each unit, guided fishing trips, and much more to make your trip to Branson perfect. For more information about Lilley’s Landing and their winter fishing tournaments, follow this link.

The majority of shows in Branson take a break during the winter months, but some shows stick around all year long. One local favorite is Grand Country Theater’s signature show, Grand Jubilee, which features an amazing lineup of outstanding Branson performers. The quartet, New South, will amaze guests with their renditions of favorite country songs, gospel music, oldies, and more. Find out more about the Grand Jubilee by clicking this link.

Another activity lasting all year is Chopper Charters Branson Helicopter Tours which offers a unique perspective of Branson. A licensed pilot will pass over favorite Branson destinations such as the Branson Landing, Table Rock Dam, Shepherd of the Hills, Bull Shoals Dam, Silver Dollar City, Branson Strip, Big Cedar Resort, and many more locations while providing interesting information about the area. There are a handful of options to fit any budget or schedule, so make your trip to Branson unforgettable with Chopper Charters Branson. Learn more by following this link.

Find a comprehensive list of available Branson hotels by clicking this link. Narrow and sort choices by specific amenities, price, star rating, and customer rating to assure you will find the perfect place to stay during your Branson vacation.



Grand Ole Opry Performances

23Listed below are the artists scheduled to perform this week and next at the Grand Ole Opry. Final lineups for each week are released the Wednesday prior to the Friday show.

January 4 @ 7:00 PM – Grand Ole Opry at Ryman Auditorium – Greg Bates, Kelleigh Bannen, Ricky Skaggs, Striking Matches, and more

January 5 @ 7:00 PM – Grand Ole Opry at Ryman Auditorium – Greg Bates, Maggie Rose, Ricky Skaggs, and more

January 11 @ 7:00 PM – Grand Ole Opry at Ryman Auditorium – Del McCoury, Jana Kramer, Johnny Rivers, Mark Wills, Thompson Square, Vince Gill, and more

January 12 @ 7:00 PM – Grand Ole Opry at Ryman Auditorium – Del McCoury, IIIrd Tyme Out, Josh Thompson, Vince Gill, and more

On Friday, February 1 the Grand Ole Opry will resume shows at the Grand Ole Opry House.

For a comprehensive list of Grand Ole Opry performers and their scheduled dates, follow this link.