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Visit Willie Nelson and Friends Museum

The oldest continuously operated country artist museum in Nashville, dedicated to honoring country music pioneers, is the Willie Nelson & Friends Museum and General Store.

You can easily spend a few hours browsing the displays of hundreds of personal items chronicling the musical history of Willie Nelson and more than 30 other famous country music artists including Patsy Cline, Dolly Parton, Ronnie Milsap, Webb Pierce. They’re always adding more memorabilia to the incredible collection which includes Willie Nelson’s Martin guitar, from his Grand Ole Opry debut in 1963 and his 1979 CMA Entertainer of the Year award.

You’ll find handwritten lyrics, personal diaries, and concert outfits from entertainers like Kenny Rogers and Barbara Mandrell. There’s even Ronnie Milsap’s one of a kind autographed Playboy magazine, printed in Braille!

Willie Nelson and Friends MuseumThe General Store is the largest souvenir shop in Nashville with Jack Daniels, Elvis and Johnny Cash merchandise, along with hundreds of other novelty items and t-shirts, mugs, keychains and the like. You’ll easily find just the perfect gifts for anyone on your list, young and old, and probably a few items that you just can’t do without.

No trip to Nashville would be complete if you don’t have the right hat, and Willie Nelson’s General Store has hundreds of western hats from which to choose. Be sure to include this fun museum and store on your next Nashville trip.

The Most Fun Place to Eat

Make plans to see the show at Dixie Stampede while you are in the Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge area.  Dolly Parton calls it the most fun place to eat in the Smokys, and so far no one’s arguing with Dolly.

Kids and adults alike all have a great time at this Dinner Show.  You’ll be seated and served by a ‘civil war soldier’ either blue or grey, depending on your seating.  And they serve a bunch of food, rotisserie chicken, pork tenderloin, potato, vegetable soup, and dessert.  And you get to eat with your fingers…..so there’s plenty of napkins.  Route for your team as they complete in pig races, stunt riding and other competitions, you may even be chosen to participate, but the whole audience gets Dixie Stampede involved cheering and stomping your way through a high-energy show.  See real live buffalo, a hoe down, and a bit of comedy, too.

A fabulous show, and a feast….it really is the most fun place to eat.

Last Week for Christmas Events in Gatlinburg

Christmas lovers in Gatlinburg have just a few more days to enjoy their favorite holiday! The week of December 29 through January 4 will be the last week for the following Christmas programs in Gatlinburg, so all fans of everything holly jolly are encouraged to get their tickets today!

Smoky Mountains Christmas Festival
A five-time award winner of America’s Best Christmas Event, Dollywood’s Smoky Mountain Christmas Festival presented by Humana, Nov. 9 through Jan. 4, 2014, features four million holiday lights and spectacular holiday performances, including Dollywood’s A Christmas Carol, an all-new adaptation of the Dickens classic.

In A Dollywood Christmas Carol, the three spirits of Christmas visit stodgy Ebenezer Scrooge in this inspiring story of redemption told through song and story. The original musical adaptation entertains audiences with a 15-member cast, fully orchestrated musical tracks, Victorian scenery and period costuming. Familiar holiday favorites Christmas in the Smokies, An Appalachian Christmas, ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas, O’ Holy Night, Christmas with The Kingdom Heirs and Carol of the Trees return, too.

From the more than 20 rides and attractions and elaborate holiday decorations to the twinkling lights and Christmas-themed menus, Dollywood captures every essence of the holidays while celebrating the true meaning of Christmas.

Dixie Stampede Christmas Show
Christmas comes alive in the Dixie arena with a live nativity scene complete with camels, donkeys, and sheep who arrive in anticipation of Baby Jesus. Lovers of the regular season show will notice a similar format to the Christmas show. No Christmas show would be complete without a visit from jolly Santa Claus to brighten the faces of the youngest members of the audience. Don’t miss the pre-show featuring nostalgic Christmas music! January 1, 2014 is the last day to enjoy the Dixie Stampede Christmas program!

For more information about events, attractions, and places to stay in Gatlinburg please visit http://www.vacationsmadeeasy.com/GatlinburgPigeonForgeAreaTN/

Grand Ole Opry Performances for September 23, 24, and 27

Head to the Grand Ole Opry this week for some outstanding performances from your favorite country music artists. With exciting acts like Dolly Parton and Point of Grace, there’s bound to be a night that you would love to attend. Order your tickets and get ready for an incredible time at the Opry.

The following performances will take place at the Grand Ole Opry House:

Friday, September 23 – Order Tickets

  • Katie Armiger
  • Jimmy Wayne
  • Mark Wills
  • Point of Grace
  • And more

Saturday, September 24 – Order Tickets

  • Dolly Parton
  • Nitty Gritty Dirt Band
  • Charlie McCoy
  • And more

Tuesday, September 27 – Order Tickets

  • Rascal Flatts
  • Charlie Daniels Band
  • Terri Clark
  • Brett Eldredge
  • And more

Ice Carving Competition at Branson Titanic Attraction Promises Winter Fun For All

The coldest months of the year prove to be the most eventful in Branson this winter season!  Audiences will be fascinated by the incredible artistic skill of the National Ice Carving Association’s Titans of Ice when they attend the 5th Annual Ice Carving competition at Titanic – The Legend Continues in Branson. The event will be taking place January 15, 2011.  Visitors can visit with the artists and watch them work on their sculptures in progress.  The artists are competing for cash prizes, and the event ends with an award ceremony in the afternoon.  This one-day event is complimentary for the public, so it will be the perfect outing for families!

After visiting the Titanic – The Legend Continues Museum Attraction, see more historical exhibits at the Hollywood Wax Museum!  Families love getting a chance to see replicas of their favorite celebrities from times gone by.  Each wax figure is so life-like, it will make you feel like you are standing in front of a real person!  Be sure to bring your camera and take photos with your favorite celebrities and historical figures.

Sightseeing surely makes one work up and appetite, so be sure to consider Dolly Parton’s Dixie Stampede Dinner & Show for your next activity.  Not only does the friendly staff serve up a delicious meal of rotisserie chicken, creamy vegetable soup, buttered corn and herb-baked potato, but they also perform an incredible show! The North vs. South variety show, featuring horses, magicians and jugglers will be a pleasant memory for years to come.

Festival of Nations Brings World Culture, Entertainment to the Smoky Mountains

This March 27 through April 26, Dollywood will be holding its 25th annual Festival of Nations. Throughout the month of April, guests will find the general Smoky Mountains charm that Dollywood exudes infused with lively cultural demonstrations from around the world! In particular, steel orchestras from Trinidad and Tobago; hang drums from Switzerland; and vocal groups from Zambia will all be on-hand for a fascinating look into world entertainment complete with the traditional thrill rides, theme park dining, and live shows that annually draw millions of people to the park.

Those visiting the Gatlinburg – Pigeon Forge area during Dollywood’s Festival of Nations will find that Splash Country Waterpark offers a perfect compliment Dollywood and its Festival of Nations. As Dollywood’s sister-park, guests will find all of the quality excitement expected from Dollywood, but with a wet and wild twist. Whether lounging on the lazy river or racing through tubes and down chutes, there are a variety of experiences waiting to ensure a fun-filled day for one and all at Splash Country!

And for those looking for a complete Dolly Parton experience while in the Gatlinburg area, there is Dolly Parton’s Dixie Stampede. This encompassing time of entertainment combines interactive competition and equestrian entertainment with a hearty meal for a lively evening of dinner and entertainment.

This spring, explore the world from America’s backyard with Splash Country, Dixie Stampede and Dollywood’s Festival of Nations!

Treat Yourself to a Holiday Break in Myrtle Beach

Dixie StampedeAlready need a break during the holidays? Luckily for you, Myrtle Beach, South Carolina has many festive and fun options that are the perfect excuse to plan a quick getaway to the shore. From fun Christmas shows to an easy New Year’s Eve vacation, Myrtle Beach is a fantastic holiday destination for you and your family.

Dixie Stampede Dinner and Show

At the Dixie Stampede Dinner and Show, you will find one of the most fun Christmas shows in the country! You will see a live nativity scene complete with live animals as well as a festive battle between the North Pole and South Pole that features entertaining games and tricks. Of course, you can expect the same classic horsemanship and great music that you find at the Dixie Stampede during the regular season. To top it all off, you will be enjoying a delicious four course meal. Before the show, you can spend some time in the Carriage Room and enjoy Christmas music and family entertainment.

Christmastime with the Twelve Irish Tenors

If you are looking for a relaxing and festive show, check out Christmastime with the Twelve Irish Tenors at the Palace Theatre. Fresh off of their very successful World Tour, the Twelve Irish Tenors have landed in Myrtle Beach for the Christmas season. This show features the classic harmonies and mellow voices that have won the world over. You can catch this show in Myrtle Beach until January 2, so you can enjoy it either before or after Christmas. The Twelve Irish Tenors perform a variety of holiday music, from traditional Christmas carols to songs from their childhood.

Coastin’ Into the New Year

If you do not have time for a getaway before Christmas, plan a relaxing New Year’s Eve vacation in Myrtle Beach. Because we are Vacations Made Easy, we have the perfect New Year’s Eve package ready to go for you. The Coastin’ Into the New Year package contains three nights’ lodging on the beach, six meals (three breakfasts, three dinners), afternoon tea at Ripleys Aquarium, Christmas show at Alabama Theatre, tickets to the Carolina Opry, dinner and New Year’s Eve celebration, and Gospel brunch and performance at the House of Blues. With everything pre-planned, all you have to do is book the vacation and head to Myrtle Beach for a fantastic New Year’s vacation.

Gatlinburg: A Great Place for Families

DollywoodGatlinburg features a host of entertainment options for you and your family year round. From theme parks to dinner shows, you will always be able to find a great activity for your vacation.

From now until August 2, Dollywood, Dolly Parton’s Smoky Mountains theme park, is featuring KidsFest, which makes it the perfect time for you to visit this great theme park. KidsFest features a variety of special events and activities, including a 4D presentation of the film Journey to the Center of the Earth, character breakfasts with Pippi Longstocking, Strawberry Shortcake, and Bluetik Hound at Aunt Granny’s (not included in admission), Creature Adventures with the Kratt Brothers, Kamp KidsFest, Dolly’s Imitation Playhouse with Penguin Group USA, and Sandscapes, a special sandcastle exhibit. All of these great activities are on top of the year round attractions that have made Dollywood so popular!

Dollywood is full of attractions for both you and your family. Younger children will love the special attractions just for them, like the Beaver Creek, Busy Bees, and Lucky Ducky rides and the play areas. Thrill seekers will love the roller coasters like the Tennessee Tornado and White Lightning, while country music lovers will enjoy the many entertaining shows throughout the park. The park even has Dolly Parton’s old tour bus on site that people can tour!

If you are looking for a place to cool off during the warm summer months, check out Dollywood’s Splash Country water park, which features slides, tube rides, and a water roller coaster. Popular rides include the Bear Mountain Fire Tower, the Big Bear Plunge, and the Raging River Rapids. The park features a number of terrifyingly high water slides, including the Butterfly, which features a 55-foot drop and the Fire Tower Falls, the park’s tallest slides at 70 feet high. Splash Country also has rides and attractions for younger visitors at the Little Creek Falls. Splash Country is open until September 7, so you still have plenty of time to have a great day at Splash Country.

Vacations Made Easy offers many vacation packages in the Gatlinburg area that include tickets to Dollywood. Packages include lodging and attraction tickets.

Experience Branson with the Branson Shows Vacation Package

Instead of scrambling to pack as much entertainment into your Branson vacation as possible, have your major entertainment options mapped out for you with the Branson Shows Vacation Package. Included in the package is a three night stay at a hotel of your choice, plus admission to three of Branson’s most popular and well-received shows: the Shoji Tabuchi Show, Dolly Parton’s Dixie Stampede, and Noah the Musical.

Witness “the first family of Branson,” the Tabuchis, with the Shoji Tabuchi Show. The talented family – made up of violinist Shoji, his wife Dorothy, and their daughter Christina – will treat you to two full hours of music and dancing from genres ranging from classical, 50’s, 60’s, and more. Dolly Parton’s Dixie Stampede brings the Civil War period back with entertaining horse-riding and ostrich competitions. All the while, you will be enjoying a delicious four-course meal. And finally, Noah the Musical is a classic retelling of the story of Noah and the Ark. The live animals and great lighting effects will keep you talking for days.

Take some time for yourself to explore Branson during your stay. With unique shops, great dining, and a wide variety of museums and other attractions, Branson can account for any visitor. End each evening in a hotel option of your choice: near the Landing and its great shopping options, in the surrounding area away from the commotion, or right along the 76 Strip with Branson’s entertainment options right on your doorstep.

Whether you are a frequent visitor searching for something new or a first-time visitor trying to choose from the plethora of fun opportunities, the Branson Shows Vacation Package will place you among Branson’s most popular entertainers for three fun-filled days.