Monthly Archives: January 2014

Valentine’s Day Shows in San Antonio

Spend this Valentine’s Day with your special someone in San Antonio for a fun and unique way to celebrate this romantic holiday! There are so many different activities you can do in the city, as the city is a melting pot of Texas. This eclectic environment gives you the opportunity to enjoy a range of activities, from carriage rides to a tour of some of the countless historic sites in the city. The perfect activity is never too far away, so check out some of these awesome concerts and shows available this Valentine’s Day weekend!

Groucho: A Tour De Farce (February 13 & 14 at 7:30 p.m.)

Join Groucho Marx, as portrayed by award-winning actor J. Damian Gillen, as he teaches you a crash course in the ways of love this Valentine’s Day. In this fast-paced romantic comedy, Groucho will lead you through a show packed with sing-a-longs, dances, romances, and funny-looking pantses. This tribute to one of the funniest comic geniuses of all time will have you laughing on the floor, and don’t forget to join in – audience interaction and improvisations are welcome and encouraged! This show comes with a meal option.

Isn’t It Romantic? at Villa Finale (February 14 from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.)

Experience the romance of Villa Finale on Valentine’s Day with Stan Wayne’s “Isn’t It Romantic?”, an intimate concert of classic love songs in the parlors of this grand historic home. Ideal for sweethearts and hopeful romantics, this show will provide you and your sweetie with a truly magical evening, complete with Valentine-inspired refreshments before the concert and at intermission. Accompanied by a live pianist, Stan Wayne will enchant you with songs made famous by Frank Sinatra, Cole Porter, Bing Crosby, and more!

This Can’t Be Love: A Broadway Valentine (February 14 & 15 at 8 p.m.)

Spend this Valentine’s Day with someone special at Laurie Auditorium, where you will enjoy three Broadway vocalists singing classic tunes about love. With selections from famous Broadway shows like South Pacific, Oklahoma, West Side Story, and The Phantom of the Opera, you don’t want to miss this romantic and entertaining evening with the San Antonio Symphony!

New Orleans Romantic Vacation Package for Valentine’s Day

Celebrate Valentine’s Day in the Big Easy, the premiere vacation spot for lovers looking to party the night away. As the birthplace of jazz, you can celebrate this romantic holiday by visiting a live band, but not before having a meal of the best assortment of Cajun and Creole food in the world! Not to mention, you can visit the countless amounts of historical and cultural landmarks throughout the city, exploring the vast history with your loved one.

The best way to take all of this in is with the New Orleans Romantic Getaway Package, which supplies you with two nights’ lodging at the hotel of your choice and tickets to the Audubon Aquarium of the Americas, where you and your significant other will be able to see all the aquatic creatures that call the aquarium home. With jellyfish, seahorses, sharks, frogs, penguins, sea otters, piranhas, sea turtles, exotic birds, and more, the aquarium is filled with life and color from all parts of the world. And there’s more to see than just the animals.

During the time this Romantic Getaway Package provides, you’ll still have time to enjoy some of the most delicious Southern food in the States, as well as famous monuments and locations like the French Quarter, famous Bourbon Street, and the Destrehan Plantation.

February Events in the Mount Rushmore Area

The Mount Rushmore area has more than just amazing monuments and parks for visitors to view, so next time you’re in the area, check out some of the awesome events available in the surrounding towns like Rapid City.

Black Hills Stock Show & Rodeo (January 31 through February 9 from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.)

Join the Black Hills Stock Show & Rodeo, the second largest event in the state with an estimated 331,000 people in attendance, at the James Kjerstad Event Center on the Central States Fairgrounds & Rushmore Plaza Civic Center in Rapid City! With 96 different agriculture-driven events, the show will take you on an adventure with events like the Ranch Rodeo, Sheep Dog Trials, and Bronc Match, which are all crowd favorites. Aside from the show, enjoy access to nearly 300 vendors set up during the trade show to sell everything from fine arts to front-end loaders.

Rodeo Skate Day at Main Street Square (February 1 from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.)

Come along to Main Street Square for a special Rodeo Skate at Main Street Square, where Sutton Rodeo officials and Main Street Square staff have collaborated to feature Stock Show activities in Downtown Rapid City for the third year. Get autographs of select Rodeo Queens and Xtreme Bull contestants from 11 a.m. to noon. JDProductions will host family entertainment from 1 to 5 p.m., and a western souvenir will be given away with each purchased skating pass. The Main Street Square’s ice skating rink will be open to the public from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Snowshoe Walk in the Park (February 1 at 1 p.m.)

Located in the Northern Black Hills, this Snowshoe Walk is a great way to try something new! No experience is needed, and snowshoes are provided, but pre-registration is needed for those who need to borrow snowshoes. A Mickelson Trail pass is required, which costs $3 daily or $12 annually. Learn more by calling 605-584-3896.

Memphis City Parks for a Change of Pace in the Home of the Blues

If you’re a nature or history lover heading to Memphis, make sure to stop by one of the many city parks while you’re there – you’ll be surprised by the amazing qualities that these little bursts of nature hold! Enjoy the historical aspects of Desoto Park, play in one of the largest parks in the U.S. in Shelby Farms Park, and pay your respects to the King himself at the Graceland Memorial Park!

Audubon Park

This park has a wide assortment of entertainment options for visitors of Memphis, including a golf course, play area, tennis courts, soccer field, and jogging/walking trails. This is the perfect place to take your family while you are in the city, and it is conveniently located near the University of Memphis and the Oak Court Mall.

Desoto Park

Originally built by the Native American inhabitants of early sixteenth-century Memphis, the Desoto Mounds are named after Hernando De Soto, the famous Spanish explorer who stormed through Memphis in his search for gold in 1541. Today, visitors can still view the somber relics, the Mounds which stand tall on the banks of the Mississippi River and allow a unique insight into one of Memphis’ first towns, dubbed Quiz-Quiz by Hernando De Soto. Although De Soto may have moved on in his quest for gold, the park still attracts thousands of visitors every year, who throng here to cherish the little-known aspect of Memphis’ legacy of tradition and culture.

Graceland Memorial Park

Located on the grounds of the Graceland Mansion Estates, this park offers a sentimental time of remembrance for fans of the legendary singer Elvis Presley and an intimate look into his personal life. The beautiful garden setting offers solace to fans, and it also serves as the resting place for the Presleys. At the heart of the park, visitors will find a column structure wrapping a sort of semi-circle around a flowing fountain with the graves of the Presleys surrounding the other half of the fountain’s diameter. If you plan on visiting Memphis soon, be sure to pay your respects to the King.

Shelby Farms Park

As one of the biggest urban parks in the United States, this park, with its 4.500 acres, is nearly five times larger than New York’s Central Park! Formerly home to a working farm, the park is now a recreational haven for Memphis and the surrounding communities. Visitors can enjoy a trail system ideal for walking, jogging, and mountain biking, and anglers and kayakers can enjoy Patriot Lake. Enjoy the 1,000-acre hardwood forests and hiking trails of Lucius Burch Natural Area, which offers plenty of opportunities for wildlife watching, and the area provides homes to hundreds of species of animals, including more than 200 species of birds.

Tom Lee Park

The perfect way to enjoy the natural beauty of Memphis, this park offers visitors a mile and a half stretch along the banks of the Mississippi River, and there are few places to go for a better view of this historical river. Throughout the year, the park also hosts a number of large-scale events, like barbecue contests and jazz festivals, perfect for a family atmosphere. The park is named after resident Tom Lee, who supposedly rowed a small boat through the currents of the Mississippi to save victims of a sinking steamboat, despite his inability to swim.

Spend Valentine’s Day Weekend With Your Sweetie in New York

Take your loved one to New York this coming Valentine’s Day, and explore the City That Never Sleeps for a unique and romantic experience! Explore the iconic places like Central Park, Greenwich Village, and Times Square – few other spots across the country exude romance the way New York does!

Enjoy dazzling skyline views of the world’s most beautiful skyline on Hornblower Cruises’ New York Starlight Dinner Cruise. This scenic cruise will take you through the New York nightlife, and you can see the city lights reflect off the water like stars. Enjoy a freshly prepared four-course seated dinner set to sparkling skyline views, along with live entertainment, stunning scenery, and a full open bar for a memorable evening with your sweetie.

There is no better way to enjoy an evening in New York than sailing along the edge of Manhattan to experience the lights, life, and astounding beauty of the city after dark with your sweetie than aboard the 90-Minute Manhattan Twilight Cruise! See some of the most amazing sights in the city, get some of the best pictures, and experience them in a truly unique way. Also enjoy some of the best narration and professional guided in the city, making this cruise perfect for a quiet night with just you and your sweetheart.

After your evening cruise, take your sweetie to Broadway for a world-renowned production of The Phantom of the Opera, the longest-running Broadway show in history, or Mamma Mia!, the theater’s ultimate feel-good show. No matter what show you see, you and your sweetheart are going to have a fantastic stay in New York City!

New Gallery in the Pigeon Forge Titanic Museum

The Titanic Museum Attraction in Pigeon Forge has always offered visitors the largest permanent museum in the world dedicated to the RMS Titanic, and when you enter this fantastic museum you are introduced to an unbelievable experience! Receive a boarding pass with information about an actual passenger, and at the end of the self-guided tour, discover the fate of your ticket’s passenger. Walk a replica of the grand staircase, touch the surface of a simulated iceberg, send SOS signals, and so much more!

Opening Valentine’s Day Weekend (Thursday, February 13 through Saturday, February 15), you can join Helen Benziger, great granddaughter of the most famous woman aboard the Titanic, for the dedication of the new Margaret “Unsinkable Molly” Brown Gallery! She made history and headlines on a heroic scale – a woman of character and courage, who captured the hearts of nations with bold American enthusiasm and an unflinching sense of duty.

The Pigeon Forge Titanic Museum will be the sole exhibitor of Margaret Brown’s privately held artifact collection. Featured pieces in the collection include furniture, crystal glassware from Ireland, artwork, family photographs, Titanic memorabilia, and many other treasures gathered from around the world to grace the Denver mansion she shared with her millionaire mining husband.

Magic Comedy Shows in Vegas

Las Vegas is known for its magic comedy shows, and the V Theater is happy to provide Sin City with the best magic and comedy shows! Next time you’re in the city, make sure you visit the theater for one of these fantastic shows.

Marc Savard Comedy Hypnosis

This adult-only show will mesmerize you as renowned hypnotist Marc Savard is joined by volunteers from the audience. Beginning G-rated, the show progresses to stunts that become more risqué and wild – and more entertaining! The various acts rotate nightly, so there is no telling what crazy stunts Savard will ask his volunteers from the audience to do!

Nathan Burton Comedy Magic

When you join Nathan Burton, you’ll see stunning showgirls, whimsical illusions, and the boyish charm of Burton himself. Be dazzled by the magic and the fabulous assistant showgirls, and enjoy the other stunning performers that will join Burton on stage, with possibilities including jugglers, comedians, and more!

The Mentalist

There is nothing like going to Gerry McCambridge’s The Mentalist, where he as a renowned mind reader will wow you with his talents that have to be seen to be believed. He will randomly select audience members and read their minds in a fascinating display that will test you preconceived knowledge of telepathy. Enjoy the unique level of audience interaction, as well as some adult content.

2014 Antiques and Garden Show in Nashville

If you’re heading to Nashville in the near future, make sure you check out the Antiques and Garden Show at the new Music City Center on February 7 through 9.

Celebrating its twenty-fourth year, the show brings together extraordinary antique and horticultural dealers, magnificent gardens, and world-renowned lecturers. Attendees can purchase anything from plant materials to museum-quality antiques from over 150 vendors. The 2014 Antiques and Garden Show is the largest show in the country combining these fabulous items, and the vendors, gardens, and speakers make it the ultimate destination for new and ardent antique collectors, avid gardeners, those seeking design inspiration, and anyone looking for a breath of spring air in the midst of winter.

In the last twenty-three years, over $5.5 million has been donated to the show’s beneficiaries, Cheekwood and ECON Charities.

Thursday, February 6

12 p.m. to 3 p.m.

  • Early Shopping Event for Golden Benefactors
  • Private Meet and Greet and Book Signing with Charlotte Moss, Honorary Chairman of 2014 Antiques & Garden Show

5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

  • Benefactors Reception
  • Media Event
  • Mayor Karl Dean Ribbon Cutting

6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

  • Preview Party

Friday, February 7

Open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

11:30 a.m.

6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

  • A Bourbon Party

Saturday, February 8

Open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

1 p.m. to 2 p.m.

4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

  • Music in the Gardens

Sunday, February 9

Open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

1 p.m.

Check Out the Kennedy Space Center in Orlando

While you’re in Orlando, look for a unique way to spend your time with a visit to the Kennedy Space Center. Enjoy one of the exciting tours available, and get up close and personal with the launch pads and more. Take a guided tour through the center, and try some space ice cream. But no matter what you do, make sure you enjoy these awesome exhibits that opened this past summer of 2013.

Angry Birds Space Encounter

This adventure brings to life the space adventures of the famous birds as they follow their kidnapped eggs into an inter-galactic wormhole, come face-to-face with Space Pigs, and gear up with heroic superpowers! Images and sounds from the popular game set the tone for visitors of all ages as the encounter takes you through a vortex transporting them into a strange space universe.

Space Shuttle Atlantis

Take this adventure to experience the world’s most comprehensive attraction devoted to the space shuttle and come nose-to-nose with the priceless Atlantic spacecraft as only astronauts have seen it before – with the payload bay doors open. Guests can conduct a virtual extra-vehicular activity, practice docking to the ISS, extract cargo from the payload bay, create sonic booms, glide to a landing on the Re-entry Slide, and more!

Excellent Shopping in Myrtle Beach

Known for its fabulous shopping and outlet malls, Myrtle Beach is a shopaholic’s dream come true! With a wide variety of factory outlets, specialty stores, and flea markets, Myrtle Beach is perfect for vacationing families on the hunt for a deal! We’ve compiled a list of the best shopping centers and outlets in the area for your spending pleasure!

Tanger Factory Outlet Center 
Tanger Factory Outlet Center is the place to go for great deals on brand names. With brands such as Old Navy, J. Crew, Adidas, Nautica, and The Children’s Place, it is the perfect place to shop for gifts or treats for yourself.

Coastal Grand Mall
This 1.4 million square foot shopping center will offer names such as Dillard’s, Beck, Sears and more.

Myrtle Beach Mall
Offering a wide selection of nationally-know retailers, specialty stores, and restaurants, Myrtle Beach Mall is located next to the intersection of Highway 17 and 22. Stores found at the mall include JC Penney, Books-A-Million, and Bass Pro Shops.

Broadway at the Beach
Shopping doesn’t get much better than Broadway at the Beach! With over 350 acres of stores, restaurants, nightlife, attractions, and top flight hotels, Broadway at the Beach is a one-stop-shop for Myrtle Beach visitors! Shops at the center include Body Central, Rack Room Shoes, and Build-A-Bear Workshop.