Monthly Archives: June 2013

2013 Summerfest in Ashland City, Tennessee

Whether you live around Nashville or are visiting on vacation, consider a quick trip to nearby Ashland City, Tennessee for the 2013 Summerfest! This fun-filled festival is held at Riverbluff Park from June 25-29, and has something for everyone! During Summerfest there are plenty of things to do including FREE concerts from 6 until 10pm each evening, the Cumberland Catfish Cook-off on June 29 from 5 to 7pm, a fireworks display at 9pm on June 29, plus over a dozen rides, games, and concessions at the Dixieland Carnival from 6 to 10pm every evening. Ashland City is a short 30 minute drive from Nashville, so make plans to come on out for the 2013 Summerfest!

There are plenty of activities to fill your days while in Nashville, Tennessee. Take a cruise along the Cumberland River and enjoy lunch aboard the General Jackson Showboat Midday Lunch Cruise, catch a glimpse at the homes of country legends like Alan Jackson, Dolly Parton, Martina McBride, and more with the Homes of the Stars Tour, or enjoy a narrated tour of downtown Nashville on the Music City Trolley Hop!

General Jackson Showboat Midday Lunch Cruise

See Steve hall & the Shotgun Red Band aboard the General Jackson Showboat Midday Lunch Cruise while enjoying a delicious buffet lunch! This 2.5 hour cruise along the Cumberland River provides beautiful scenery, hilarious comedy and catchy tunes, and a mouth-watering Southern-style buffet during your trip to Nashville, Tennessee. Learn more about General Jackson Showboat Lunch & Dinner Cruises by clicking this link.

Homes of the Stars Tour

If you are a true country music fan, you will certainly love the Homes of the Stars Tour which visits the beautiful homes of stars like Taylor Swift, Toby Keith, Martina McBride, Garth Brooks, Trace Adkins, and many more! This 3.5 hour tour transports guests aboard a comfortable 25-passenger bus to different stars’ homes, and then takes a trip through the streets of downtown Nashville to see top attractions like the Tennessee State Capital. To learn more about the Homes of the Stars Tour, click this link.

Music City Trolley Hop

The Music City Trolley Hop is a fun and unique way to see and learn about downtown Nashville. You can hop on or off at stops along the tour which include Antique Archaeology (American Pickers on HISTORY), Country Music Hall of Fame, Ryman Auditorium, Parthenon, Bicentennial Park, and more every day from 10am to 4 pm, or sit back and enjoy an hour long narrated tour of downtown Nashville! To find out more about the Music City Trolley Hop, visit this link.

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Grand Ole Opry Shows June 11, June 14, & June 15

The Grand Ole Opry is well known for its top notch performances from legendary country music superstars and incredibly talented new artists, but this week at the Grand Ole Opry is particularly exceptional with names like Vince Gill, Patty Loveless, Loretta Lynn, Rascal Flatts, and more! See details, get tickets, and view the full Grand Ole Opry schedule at this link.

Grand Ole Opry on June 11 at 7:00 pm: Performers at the Grand Ole Opry House include Rascal Flatts, Sara Haze, Diamond Rio, Dailey & Vincent, Josh Thompson, Riders In The Sky, and Connie Smith.

Grand Ole Opry on June 14 at 7:00 pm: Performers at the Grand Ole Opry House include Patty Loveless, Jenn Bostic, Sarah Darling, Joe Diffie, Vince Gill, and Pure Prairie League.

Grand Ole Opry on June 15 at 7:00 pm: Performers at the Grand Ole Opry House include Patty Loveless, Vince Gill, Loretta Lynn, Joanna Smith, and Pure Prairie League.

There is certainly something for everyone in Nashville, Tennessee with its numerous informational tours, dynamic attractions, incredible shopping options, plus a wide variety of restaurants! See for yourself what Nashville has to offer by clicking this link.

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37th Annual American Crafts Festival in NYC

After a day filled with shopping, sightseeing, and dining, take some time to visit the FREE 37th Annual American Crafts Festival located at the Lincoln Center on 64th Street at Columbus Avenue in Manhattan on June 8, 9, 15, and 16! See hundreds of select master artisans from all across the globe displaying their brilliant artwork, and also take the opportunity to view numerous craft demonstrations. Thousands of visitors are anticipated at the American Crafts Festival to view hand-crafted porcelain, leather, jewelry, glass sculptures, and many other brilliant works of art.

American Museum of Natural History

While in Manhattan, make plans to visit the American Museum of Natural History for an immersive look into the complexity of Mother Nature and its progression over the years. Some current exhibitions include Frogs: A Chorus of Color which explores the diversity of frogs and their existence, Whales: Giants of the Deep which spotlights the largest mammals on earth and takes a look into their evolution, biology, and more, plus numerous other interesting temporary and permanent exhibitions. Find out more by visiting this link.

CityPASS – New York

If visitors wish to visit the American Museum of Natural History plus other top attractions in New York City, the CityPASS booklet is the perfect solution! The CityPASS includes general admission to the American Museum of Natural History, Empire State Building Observatory, Guggenheim Museum or Top of the Rock, The Museum of Modern Art, Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island, and The Metropolitan Museum of Art. So skip the ticket lines and start enjoying top attractions in New York with the CityPASS at this link!

Get Thrifty in Memphis, Tennessee

Memphis is home to the Memphis Flea Market, “The Big One” which opens on the third weekend of each month at the Agricenter located at 7777 Walnut Grove Rd. in Memphis. Thousands of eager shoppers and bargain hunters come to the Memphis Flea Market every month to browse through hundreds of indoor booths which have home décor, clothes, knick knacks, fragrance and makeup vendors, and tons of other collectibles and hidden treasures just waiting to be found! While you shop, stop to enjoy a snack or beverage from one of the concessions located on site. Stop on in during your trip to Memphis to find a truly unique souvenir!

Memphis Guided Bus Tour

The Memphis Guided Bus Tour is the perfect option for visitors who wish to explore Memphis’ most prominent landmarks, history, culture, and legends. The three hour guided tour transports guests in a climate controlled tour bus to see famous destinations in Memphis including the downtown area, Mississippi River, a stop at the Schwab General Store, Beale Street, and more! If you are interested in Graceland, you also have the option to pair your Memphis Guided Bus Tour with the Graceland Platinum tour! Learn more about this tour and options by clicking this link.

Elvis Presley’s Heartbreak Hotel

Plan well in advance for your stay at Elvis Presley’s Heartbreak Hotel! The Heartbreak Hotel is less than a mile from Graceland and features 128 1950s-style rooms to make your trip in memory of the King of Rock & Roll perfect! See all the included amenities at Elvis Presley’s Heartbreak Hotel at this link.

8th Annual Smoky Mountain Tunes & Tales

Come to Gatlinburg for the 8th annual Smoky Mountain Tunes & Tales every night of the week from June 14 until August 10. This summer long event takes place throughout downtown Gatlinburg, and will feature artisans, performers, storytellers, and much more. This family-friendly experience is highly entertaining, educational, and interactive, so come on over to Gatlinburg, Tennessee for free entertainment along the Parkway all summer long! After a day filled with fun and entertainment, check out one of the dinner shows in the area listed below.

Hatfield and McCoy Dinner Feud Show

While in Gatlinburg, take the family to relive one of the most retold stories of the South at Hatfield and McCoy Dinner Feud Show. After you are seated on either the Hatfield or the McCoy side of the arena, you will enjoy a hearty meal which includes fried chicken, pulled pork, soup, mashed potatoes, beans, cornbread, and all the fixings of a country style feast. This action packed show features stunt performers, singing, dancing, and talented actors all engaged in a friendly feud between the Hatfields and the McCoys! Get your tickets by clicking this link.

Dixie Stampede – Pigeon Forge, TN

No trip to the Gatlinburg/Pigeon Forge area is complete without an evening spent at the Dixie Stampede! Watch in awe as trick riders perform gravity defying stunts on meticulously trained horses while enjoying a delicious, silverware-free feast! Plan ahead to enjoy the comedy and musical talent of Mountain Rukus at the Dixie Belle Saloon Opening Act beginning 50 minutes before the exciting main show! Schedule your trip at this link.

If you are also searching for the perfect place to stay during your trip to the area, click this link for a comprehensive list of hotels in the area.

Summer Fun in San Antonio, Texas!

There is so much to see and do in San Antonio, it is easy to please every member of the family during your summer vacation! They say everything’s bigger in Texas, and that certainly rings true for the intense rides at theme parks around San Antonio including SeaWorld San Antonio, Six Flags Fiesta Texas, Splashtown Waterpark, and Schlitterbahn Waterpark San Antonio!

SeaWorld San Antonio

Thrill rides at SeaWorld combine sensory aquatics along with extreme speed and height! The Great White was the first coaster at SeaWorld, and features over 2,500 feet of track with speeds as fast as 50 miles per hour! The Shamu Express is perfect for younger kids with a height of 13 feet and a length of 230 feet. Rio Loco is sure to entertain riders with rolling rapids along a twisting river! In addition to the rides, there are numerous dining options, interesting exhibits, and fascinating shows! Get your tickets for SeaWorld San Antonio by clicking this link.

Six Flags Fiesta Texas, San Antonio

Six Flags Fiesta is the perfect example of fun in Texas! There are over 40 rides with plenty of options for riders of every age and height. Goliath, Superman: Krypton Coaster, Boomerang, and The Twister are a few of the more extreme rides at the park. Family rides include Crow’s Nest Ferris Wheel, Little Castaways, S.S. Overboard, and many more! Six Flags Fiesta also has special rides just for kids like Taz’s Tornado, Whistle Stop, The Gully Washer, Wagon Wheel, and other captivating options.

After a few hours in the Texas heat, spend some time cooling off at White Water Bay which is included with your Six Flags Fiesta Ticket! At White Water Bay you can choose from 11 refreshing water rides, or lay back and relax in one of the world’s largest wave pools! Get your tickets to Six Flags Fiesta Texas at this link.

Whether you are traveling to San Antonio on vacation or just live nearby and want a staycation, we can help plan your trip! You can find a full list of available activity options as well as hotels in San Antonio at this link.