Monthly Archives: September 2013

Enjoy Warm Weather in a Beachside Resort

Summer is gone, and fall is slowly but surely making its presence known across the U.S. As the cooler temps approach, we must bid farewell to our beloved outdoor activities in favor of indoor-friendly plans. Enjoy the mild weather of Myrtle Beach while you still can by staying in one of their magnificent beachside resorts!

Patricia Grand Resort Hotel
Boasting an impressive four-star rating from AAA, Patricia Grand Resort Hotel offers families every amenity imaginable for a fun in the sun vacation! For kids in the family, the hotel offers a child-friendly kiddy pool, sure to keep them occupied for hours! While the kids splash the day away, get some much needed rest and relaxation at the hotel’s spa or make your way to one of the hotel’s two featured hot tubs. For even more fantastic water fun, visit the MyrtleWavesWaterPark, just over two miles away!

Paradise Resort
Paradise Resort does right by its namesake, as it provides guests with a little piece of paradise. Offering visitors spacious indoor and outdoor pools, as well as hot tubs and a lazy river water way, this resort will have everyone in the family excited for some time in the water! White sand beaches and crashing waves border the Paradise Resort, making guests feel as though they are truly in paradise.

Westgate Myrtle Beach Oceanfront Resort
Oceanfront rooms with immediate access to the beach make the Westgate Myrtle Beach Oceanfront Resort the ultimate place for families wanting to enjoy the last days of warm weather! A heated lazy river as well as outdoor swim areas, an oceanfront lap pool, and children’s water play area make this resort the perfect place to spend your family vacation before fall ends and winter begins! Incredible stretches of beach await guests as they leave the hotel and set out on beachside adventures!

For more information about these resorts and others in Myrtle Beach, as well as activities and things to do, please visit http://www.vacationsmadeeasy.com/MyrtleBeachSC/

Washinton DC Night Tours

DC is beautiful at night – no question about that! But with winter closing in, it will become increasingly difficult to stand the chill on these awesome night tours, so make sure that you check these out before fall has come and gone. Each tour offers a unique look at the amazing sights that DC has to offer, and you will be stunned by the glimmering lights as you experience the historical aspects as well as the architectural beauty of Washington DC.

When darkness falls, DC’s national monuments are beautifully illuminated, and this DC After Dark tour is an absolute can’t-miss for your trip to the Nation’s Capital! This is the perfect way to see DC’s most popular landmarks in a unique way, as it traverses the city from the Lincoln Memorial to the Capitol Building. You will see the city in a whole new light as you view the Library of Congress, the Supreme Court, the White House, Georgetown, Kennedy Center, and many more from the comfort of your coach. You will even have the chance to explore up close and on foot the Jefferson Memorial, Lincoln Memorial, Vietnam Memorial, Korean Memorial, and the FDR Memorial. These famous sites and more will be at your disposal and grandly lit for a stunning evening tour. Learn more:

For another look at the city at night, Old Town Trolley Tours is happy to help with the top-rated Monuments by Moonlight tour. Your experienced tour guide will take you to some of the Capital City’s most popular monuments and let you experience them in their glowing glory! Enjoy sights of the many memorials like the Iwo Jima Memorial, FDR Memorial, Lincoln Memorial, Korean War Memorial, Vietnam Veteran’s Memorial, and the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial. Traveling from site to site, you will be transported back in time as you ride along the same streets that presidents have traveled for decades, and listen to historical stories about the city’s history. Learn more:

Starting at the Old Post Office, the DC the Lights! Tour offers an incredible look at the lights of the Nation’s Capital! After the sun sets, DC changes faces, with sparkling lights and beautiful displays round the city. This tour allows you to experience that beauty and wonder for yourself, as Washington DC is one of the most beautiful cities in the world lit up at night! At each stop, your dutiful tour guide will join you, showing you the Capitol Building, World War II Memorial, Vietnam Memorial, Lincoln Memorial, Korean War Memorial, Iwo Jima Memorial, Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial, and lastly the White House before returning to the start point, the Old Post Office.

These tours provide a special opportunity for learning more about our Nation’s Capital and the history of our great country! For more information on all tours, activities, and hotels in Washington DC, please visit our website!

Treat Yourself to a Parents-Only Weekend in Williamsburg

Being a parent is one of the most rewarding, and often challenging, roles that a person can take on. As you dedicate so much of yourself to your children, every now and then you and your partner deserve some alone time! Upcoming weekend events in Williamsburg have everything that you and your spouse need to make the most of a weekend away from the kids! This sample itinerary for a kid’s free weekend during October 4th-6th gives you and your partner some well-deserved down time!

The most important part of any weekend getaway is reserving the perfect hotel for your stay, and Williamsburg presents visitors with several options! For couples wanting to make the most of their time alone, there is no better hotel than the Hampton Inn and Suites, located only one mile away from Colonial Williamsburg! Luxurious rooms and choice accommodations offered at the Hampton Inn will leave you feeling pampered and well-rested once the weekend is over. If you want to feel “at home” during your stay, consider a bed and breakfast! Cedars of Williamsburg B&B, and Brick House Inn are both quaint lodging options in the area that will give you the leisure of a weekend away while keeping you comfortable in warm, pleasant surroundings. Once you’ve reserved your room, you’ll need to get out and enjoy the city! Consider the following “parent-friendly” activities to fully enjoy your time spent together!

Merchants Square—85th Birthday Bash!
After checking into your room, head on out to Merchant’s Square, Friday October 4th, to celebrate their 85th birthday! From 7 to 9 pm, enjoy free music from the Right On Band, as you dance the night away to 70’s funk and disco! Hot dogs, burgers, brats, and shrimp will all be available to purchase in the square’s food tent during the festivities. Admission to the event is free and the celebration starts at 6 pm.

Yorktown Wine Festival
Spend Saturday, October 5th sampling premiere wines and enjoying the sounds of Bobby “Black Hat” Walters at the Yorktown Wine Festival! From noon until 6 pm, you will have the opportunity to taste wines from some of Virginia’s finest wineries, including Belle Mount Vineyards, Williamsburg Winery, and Good Luck Cellars. After a day of wine-tasting, don’t miss the festival’s dinner event! Enjoy a romantic 4-course dinner, accompanied by harmonious air provided by the Williamsburg String Trio.

Williamsburg Hot Air Balloon Rides
Spend the last day of your parents-only weekend cruising along delicate and slow-moving clouds in the Williamsburg sky. A hot air balloon ride is the perfect way to unwind with your partner as you cherish your last day free of the kids. Relax as you soar effortlessly high above the countryside, and allow yourself to ease into the gentle breeze before your departure back to Virginia soil. After your ride, you will be ready to return home, rested and at ease.

For more information about activities in Williamsburg, where to stay, and things to do, please visit http://www.vacationsmadeeasy.com/WilliamsburgVA/

SeaWorld San Antonio Halloween Ideas

Autumn is here at last, and after a long summer, SeaWorld San Antonio is ready to celebrate the fall season and Halloween! Help support the SeaWorld Busch Gardens Conservation Fund with the Run for the Fund, and be sure to enjoy these great Halloween favorites!

On October 5, get ready for the fourth annual Run for the Fund, which benefits the SeaWorld Busch Gardens Conservation Fund! For an unforgettable run through SeaWorld San Antonio, participate in a 10K, 5K, or Family Fun Walk, and enjoy the view of sea lions, dolphins, wild birds, and reptiles. Help support conservation efforts around the world! After the race, every participant will get to enjoy the after-race festivities and never-before-seen Shamu show!

SeaWorld San Antonio is already getting ready for Halloween! On September 27, they begin to celebrate their Daytime Halloween Fun and Howl-O-Scream on every weekend. For kid-friendly shows and attractions, enjoy the Daytime Halloween Fun, where your kids can participate in trick-or-treating, watch Clyde & Seamore’s Monster Mix-Up, and experience Shamu’s Rockin’ Creep Show!

At 7 p.m., Howl-O-Scream begins, back this year like never before! The park’s “scare level” will become too intense for young kids, and this event is not recommended for children under 13. Check out the Frightmare Forest, where corpse creepers come out to bring your worst nightmares to life, sending you hovering on the edge of chaos and insanity. Also travel to the Den of the Departed, where the New Orleans Voodoo Queen has reclaimed her Louisiana cemetery, or to the S.O.S. Maze, where a twisted group of carnival misfits known as the Smiley Face Clown Gang has taken over! Be sure to look at the new haunted attractions: Blood Thirsty Vampire Bar and Prey: Where the Hunter Becomes the Hunted!

While visiting SeaWorld during the Daytime Halloween Fun and Howl-O-Scream, make sure everyone dresses up, but remember, only kids under 10 can wear masks.

Top Rated Hotels in the Mount Rushmore Area

Mount Rushmore and the surrounding area is home to one of the nation’s most beloved and significant landmarks, as well as the Mammoth Site of Hot Springs, and authentic gold mines in Keystone. With so much to see and do in the Mount Rushmore area, you will want to make certain that you are comfy and cozy during your stay. Finding the right hotel for a Mount Rushmore excursion can be a hassle for prospective travelers, so consider the list below of top rated hotels in the Mount Rushmore area to help you in your search!

Comfort Suites, Rapid City
Boasting an impressive five-star rating from AAA and four-star rating from customers, this hotel will help you to make the most of your stay in the Mount Rushmore area. With a fitness center, heated indoor pool, hot tub, hot continental breakfast, and free daily newspaper, you will have everything you need to get some much needed rest after a day of exploring! After such a deep, relaxing slumber you might be tempted to sleep in—but that’s okay! Comfort Suites provides guests in a hurry with the Grab & Go bag, available for two hours prior to breakfast. With Mount Rushmore less than three miles from the hotel, this is the ideal location for any South Dakota visitor.

Hampton Inn, Rapid City
Hampton Inn in Rapid City caters to each guest with valet parking, laundry service, free continental breakfast, an On the Run breakfast bag for those in a hurry, and on the house issues of USA Today. With an indoor waterslide for the kiddos, and state-of-the-art fitness center for mom and dad, it’s no wonder that AAA gave this hotel four and a half stars. Nearby attractions include Mount Rushmore and The Journey Museum, all less than three miles of the hotel.

Hilton Garden Inn, Rapid City
Hilton is a name synonymous with luxury and comfort in the world of hotels and lodging, and during your stay at the Hilton Garden Inn in Rapid City, you’ll see why. Superb customer service and unparalleled accommodations give this hotel its four-star rating from AAA. The complimentary shuttle service that takes guests within five miles of the hotel, along with free Wi-Fi, free parking, as well as microwaves and refrigerators in all rooms will have you feeling right at home. With three restaurants on-site, first class room service, indoor and outdoor pools and a hot tub, you may not want to leave!

For more information and other lodging options, please visit http://www.vacationsmadeeasy.com/GreaterMountRushmoreAreaSD/

Halloween and Fall Festivals at Orlando

Fall has officially begun, and Orlando offers many fascinating activities for the upcoming season! Enjoy the autumn festivals and get ready for Halloween, because these great events will have you grinning from ear to ear and excited to participate in these fun activities!

Visit Epcot for its International Food and Wine Festival at Walt Disney World, where nearly two dozen international food and wine marketplaces give you the opportunity to find culinary masterpieces from countries across the globe. Kiosks throughout the park will feature refreshing beverages and unique dishes as you learn about each country. Also enjoy cooking demonstrations, special dining events, wine tasting classes, and live musical performances!

While in Epcot, don’t forget to enjoy the most popular rides and destinations at the park, like hang-gliding and a half-hour show incorporating lifelike Audio-Animatronic figures of historical events. You can also explore some international cultures at Epcot’s attractions. Experience the Canadian outdoors in the Canada Pavilion, where you can shop and dine amid totem poles and watch the 360-degree Oh Canada! film. In the China Pavilion, visit the extraordinary architecture and culture at the Temple of Heaven. Take a journey through other international worlds as well, including France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Mexico, the United Kingdom, and more!

This trip to Epcot’s International Food and Wine Festival will have you jumping with excitement at the wide range of cultural and historical information available.

You can also visit SeaWorld for their Halloween Spooktacular, which is sure to thrill and scare you and your kids! Here, you can ride a scary roller coaster, splash through a water maze, and slip down winding water slides into the cool blue at this Halloween Spooktacular hosted by Shamu the Killer Whale. Kids and parents will be able to take part in a wide variety of activities, like putting on a spooky costume and trick-or-treating around the entire park! The kids can join in on the costume parade, and everyone can enjoy a Halloween-themed show with Shamu!

Sesame Street characters take to the stage in the Countdown to Halloween musical, and you can explore the park and search for treasures. Check out the weird and creepy creatures at the Wild Things at Seafire Inn show, and of course, don’t forget to check out the other shows, rides, and exhibits that SeaWorld Orlando has to offer!

Cruise through NYC Waters

Now that fall has arrived, winter will soon follow, and many of the New York cruises along the Atlantic coast will be closing for the winter soon. While the Big Apple is beautiful covered in delicate flakes of snow, you do not want to miss out on these last chances to enjoy the autumn weather before it gets cold! These cruises and other tours will only be open for a little longer, so make sure to check out the exciting and interesting opportunities below!

Join a Clipper City Sailing Cruise upon a two-masted sailing ship and head out into the waters of New York Harbor for a relaxing sightseeing cruise! On this cruise, you can enjoy many famous monuments, sites, and other attractions from the comfort of your ship, including the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, the Brooklyn Bridge, and more! This excellent view of the Big Apple is aboard an actual sailing ship, allowing you to enjoy a luxurious and relaxing way to unwind from the busy New York streets. The Clipper City Sailing Cruises create a unique way to tour the area across the sparkling waters of the New York Harbor!

You can also check out the Shearwater Classic Schooner Sailing Cruises for a trip through Manhattan on a signature schooner! This 1929 schooner, built from native hardwoods and measuring an impressive 82 feet in length, is a designated floating landmark of New York City, and the ship has been sailing passengers around the Manhattan area since 2001. This historic trip is an amazing way to experience the city, giving guests many options of different types of cruises, and it truly provides a spectacular view of Manhattan!

For a magical twilit cruise along the Manhattan coast, consider taking the New York City Twilight Cruise, which will take you on a 90-minute cruise past the Manhattan skyline, providing views of the city that you will never forget! This cruise is accompanied by entertaining and informative commentary, along with food and bar service available on board. As the sun sets and the buildings begin to darken, the Big Apple transforms into a vibrant display as thousands of lights dance across the harbor!

For more information on New York cruises and tours, check out our website!

Fall Friendly Activities in Memphis

Fall is here and in true Bluff City fashion, Memphis is host to a wide and exciting range of ways to enjoy the season! Whether it be exploring the sites of the city, or pondering the wonders of the universe at Sharpe Planetarium, residents and visitors to the birthplace of rock and roll with find themselves presented with a variety of things to do this fall! Check out the ideas below, load up the car, and make your way to Memphis!

Star gazing at Sharpe Planetarium is the perfect way to spend a brisk autumn night in Memphis. As entertaining as it is educational, this budget-friendly activity is a seasonal favorite among Mid-Southerners! A guided tour of the seasonal night sky will highlight the constellations, astronomical events of the season, and fascinating stories of the star patterns.

To see Memphis stars of a different kind, be sure to reserve your tickets for the Memphis Music Attraction Discount Pass! See where rock legends like Elvis, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Johnny Cash recorded with your admission to Sun Studios, one of the most famous recording studios in music history! After spending some time at the studio, head over to Graceland, the famous home of Elvis Presley and don’t forget to visit Stax Museum of American Soul Music and the Rock ‘n SoulMuseum!

But, don’t forget that Memphis history includes more than just music! Book tickets to the Historic Memphis Walking Tour to explore the city’s most fascinating landmarks including Cotton Row, the Magevney House, and the old Shelby County Jail. Your friendly and knowledgeable tour guide will discuss the Civil War, cotton, music and how each of these has made Memphis what it is today. Enjoy leisurely walks through historic downtown Memphis on a beautiful autumn day with this enlightening tour!

For more information about these activities, hotels, and things to do in Memphis, please visit us at http://www.vacationsmadeeasy.com/MemphisTN/

Make the Most of Las Vegas Weather

Fall is one of America’s most beloved seasons. Crisp autumn air, brilliant colors, and of course, football, make this season a nationwide favorite but as we welcome fall with open arms, we say goodbye to summer and its warm weather. As the seasons change, don’t fret away the last days of these outdoor friendly temperatures! Las Vegas offers many exciting outdoor activities from the dusty trails of the McCullough Mountain range to the impressive high walls of the Black Canyon cliffs, and so much more! Take a break from the bright lights of the city and bask in what is left of these warm weather days with an exhilarating Las Vegas adventure while you still can!

Black Canyon River Rafting
There is no better way to enjoy the scenic beauty of Las Vegas than by floating along the calm waters of the BlackCanyonRiver. A knowledgeable guide will lead you through the splendor of BlackCanyon as they share with you the history and significance of the area, leaving you free to relax and admire the scenic beauty surrounding you. As you travel through the launch area at the base of the Hoover Dam, you’ll see the dam as very people have seen it, and you may even spot an osprey flying high above as you careen through the river before ending at WillowBeach.

Bootleg Canyon Zipline
Soar like a rocket from the top of a mountain with a Bootleg Canyon Zipline Tour! Take an aerial tour of one of the world’s most extreme mountain biking mountains, Red Mountain, and obtain a bird’s eye view of this remarkable mountain range! Offering the highest and maximum amount of safety, along with qualified guides, you will be left breathless after flying through the air! What better way to make the most of a warm Vegas day?

Dig This: Construction Playground
Leave the Tonka trucks at home and get behind the wheel of an 82,000 pound bulldozer! Dig This is an interactive, hands on chance to do something completely different on a hot Las Vegas day! Climb inside one of these magnificent pieces of machinery, and stack 2,000 pound tires, dig gigantic trenches, or play “bucket basketball”! The choice is yours, whether you prefer the impressive power of a bulldozer or the long neck boom of the excavator!  When the day is done, you’ll leave with a certificate of completion to show off your construction skills!

Birthday Bash Weekend at the Grand Ole Opry

The Grand Ole Opry in Nashville has been celebrating country music stars for more than 75 years, and these stars have come to the Opry stage to play their music in a terrific show. You never know when famous members will stop by, and the surprises are exciting! Now located in the Opry House, the Grand Ole Opry gives country music fans the opportunity to enjoy the brilliance and thrill of joining this great tradition of this live radio broadcast.

While any show at the Opry is a treat, October 4-5 is the celebration of the Grand Ole Opry’s birthday, which always makes for an exciting and entertaining show! Every year, the Opry honors all of the great things the show has done and introduced to the country community. Although this is celebrated throughout a whole month, the real celebration takes place during the Birthday Bash Weekend! During these two days, country artists come together to celebrate the Grand Ole Opry show with musical performances. Be prepared for some undisclosed special events and special appearances that can take place before the evening show!

This year, the Opry will be joined by Kathy Mattea and many more on Friday October 4, and by Casey James, Sarah Darling, Tate Stevens, and many more on Saturday October 5! Don’t forget to buy your tickets now! This Birthday Bash Weekend is sure to sell out soon!