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Thanksgiving, eh?

Did you know that Americans did not invent the Thanksgiving holiday? It may come as a surprise to many, but Canadians actually had Thanksgiving, with turkey and all the trimmings, 43 years before the pilgrims gave thanks in 1641 for the bounty that ended a year of hardships.

There are many similarities between the celebrations in these two countries. Aside from turkey and pumpkin pie, Thanksgiving is a day set aside to celebrate and give thanks for the year’s harvest, to gather with loved ones and enjoy a feast as you reflect upon the blessings of the year. The major difference between the American and Canadian holiday, is the date. Whereas in America the holiday is the fourth Thursday in November, Canadians celebrate Thanksgiving on the second Monday in October. And we think that is an additional reason to be thankful, since you can easily have two Thanksgivings every year.

Oh Canada Eh? Dinner ShowWhy not plan to spend the weekend in Niagara Falls, for the October 13 Thanksgiving, and give thanks for our neighbors to the North and the beautiful Niagara Falls? Book a Weekend in Niagara Falls Getaway, for two-nights lodging in your choice of more than 50 hotels, plus admission to the All Canadian Tour, and the Oh Canada, Eh? Dinner Show.

With the All Canadian Tour you will encounter some of the most beautiful natural scenes at the falls. Check out the Maid of the Mist, Journey Behind the Falls, Bridal Veil Falls, Giant Whirlpool and more! The breathtaking scenery will fill you with true awe and wonder.

In addition to your tour, you will also get to experience the Oh Canada Eh?! Dinner Show. This dinner show will entertain you as it pokes fun at various Canadian stereotypes through song. As the show continues, you will be introduced to many famous Canadian characters such as Anne of Green Gables, lumberjacks, and mounties. It’s a three hour comedy show that the whole family will love!

Two Thanksgivings? Now, there’s something to be thankful for, eh?

Country Music Fan Vacation

While you are in Nashville to visit the Grand Ole Opry, include a trip to the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, for a full-on country music experience.

Vacations Made Easy has a convenient vacation package that includes your admission to the Grand Ole Opry, the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, a Homes of the Stars Tour and four nights lodging in your choice of more than 90 hotels.

Tour the Nashville area past homes of some of your favorite recording artists, like Alan Jackson and others, plus former homes of musical pioneers, including Hank Williams.  There is plenty on this tour to satisfy any country music fan appetitie.

Country_music_hall_of_fame2The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum is a work of art in itself.  The astounding building designed to resemble piano keys, and in the shape of a bass clef, houses exhibits along the timeline of country music.  Country music fans will delight to explore at their own pace the countless artifacts and memorabilia and the Hall of Fame.

Of course the Grand Ole Opry is the main attraction, with an amazing line-up of artists.  Make a plan to enjoy a Country Music Fan Package.

Try them All in San Diego

Have you ever perused a menu in a restaurant and couldn’t decide what to order because it all just looked so good?  Then to your delight noticed a sampler platter, so you could try everything?  Its an ideal solution when you have a variety of equally appealing choices.

Have you ever visited San Diego, and couldn’t decide which theme park to visit because they all look like a perfect choice?  Wouldn’t it be great if you could order a theme park sampler?

You can!

LegolandThe San Diego Theme Park Sampler includes admission to SeaWorld, LEGOLAND California, and the San Diego Zoo.  Plus your transportation is provided, and you can choose from 95 hotels for your four nights lodging.

At SeaWorld, you’ll find a zoological attraction that will introduce you to the many strange sights of the deep. From regal penguins to terrifying sharks, the sights are varied and accompanied by select thrill rides and live shows for an outing that is sure to stay exciting from beginning to end.

San Diego ZooEnjoy thrilling rides like the Bionicle Blaster, Aquazone Racers, and Coastersaurus at the amazing LEGOLAND California! You’ll see amazing exhibits constructed solely of LEGOs, and receive a free LEGOLAND waterpark pass with each LEGOLAND general admission ticket. Kids and adults alike will enjoy this plastic paradise.

With several different Animal Zones to choose from, it’s easy to find your favorite of the 4,500 animals at the San Diego Zoo. From the Polar Rim to Panda Canyon and from Urban Jungle to Asian Passage, these exotic animals will delight even the most mature Zoo visitor. Animals include flamingos, koala bears, monkeys, Komodo dragons, and several, vividly-colored butterflies.

Now the only tough choice is where to go first!

Romantic LA Weekend

If you need a little help planning a super-romantic weekend for someone special, we are here for you.  If you have an anniversary coming up, want a memorable trip to ‘pop the question’ or just need a little getaway, look no further.

With this unique Romantic Getaway Package, you get two-nights lodging in your personal choice from more than 60 hotels.  Then enjoy a magical experience flying on your own private helicopter tour.  On this private and personal tour, your experienced pilot takes you over some of California’s most breathtaking vistas.

You’ll take off from Los Angeles for a 45-minute flight over sights like Beverly Hills, Bel Air, the iconic Hollywood sign and Universal Studios.  Then take an exhilarating tour along the magnificent California coastline, past the Santa Monica Pier, landing in Malibu.  Once you’ve landed, you are whisked away to a secluded, romantic Champagne picnic.

Couples Vacation in Orlando

Visit Orlando and enjoy a day on the water at the Walt Disney World Resort.  Learn to water ski with personalized instruction, or choose to wakeboard or tube.  No matter what your experience level you’ll have an exciting time and pick up some new skills.

Take advantage of our Orlando Couples Vacation Package, which includes the Orlando Ski Boat Experience and admission to the Treasure Tavern Nighttime Show and Dining Experience.  The Pirate’s Den gourmet dinner is accompanied by performances of live music, daring acrobatics and lots of laughs.

The package also includes a sunrise tour in a hot air balloon.  What a lovely way to start a day with someone special, viewing the beautiful sunrise and view of Orlando from the air on an Orlando Balloon Adventure.

Choose from more than 90 hotels for your three nights lodging.  Stay close to the action of Disney World, or Sea World, or choose a quiet suburb for a relaxing stay in Florida.

Entertainment Getaway

As always the Grand Ole Opry has a fantastic line up of the top Country Music artists gracing their stage in August.  Why not plan a quick getaway to catch your favorite performers at the Opry, and enjoy some time in Nashville?

Vacations Made Easy offers a super Nashville Entertainment Vacation Getaway, that includes your admission to the Grand Ole Opry, your choice of 89 hotels for your three nights lodging, plus admission to the number one dinner show in Nashville.  Nashville Nightlife Dinner Theater features outstanding performances of Country hits, plus a feast of home-style cooking.

We make it easy for you to take it easy and enjoy the best of Nashville.  Browse the upcoming schedule, choose your hotel, and pack your bags.

See you in Nashville!

High Flying Adventure at Niagara Falls

For an exquisite view of all three Falls at Niagara Falls, you should see it from the air.  Take the tour of a lifetime with a National Helicopter Tour circling the skies above the falls.  All seats on board the chopper are window seats, so you are guaranteed a fantastic view throughout the 20 minute flight.

If you suddenly have the urge to skydive while you’re looking down from your helicopter ride….you’re in luck.  Don’t worry, the chopper will land you safe and sound back on the ground.  But you can skydive in complete National Helicopters Tours - Niagara Falls, ONsafety with admission to Niagara Freefall Indoor Skydiving.  After 20 minutes of pre-flying training, don your flight suit and enter the vertical wind tunnel.  Wind speeds up to 140 mph propel you in the padded tunnel.  Free fall to your heart’s content, in this outstanding indoor adventure.

Vacations Made Easy has convenient packages that include your helicopter ride to view the falls, Indoor skydiving, and three nights lodging at your choice of more than 50 hotels.  Book your Niagara Falls Tour Package, and get ready for this high-flying adventure.

Walk the Walk – San Antonio’s Riverwalk

Deep in the heart of San Antonio lies an urban oasis of lush backdrops, paved pathways, arched bridges made of stone, picturesque waterfalls and the welcome cool shade of cypress trees lining the smooth flowing water of the San Antonio River.  The San Antonio Riverwalk is a meticulously landscaped 2-1/2 miles along the river from The Alamo through the downtown district of all the best dining, shopping, museums and architecture.

A level below the automobile street and a world away, the Riverwalk is a scene to absorb and from it you can access The Rivercenter Mall, The San Antonio Museum of Art, The Pearl Brewery, and dozens of boutiques, eateries, bars, and attractions.

So many dining options you’ll have a hard time deciding.  You can find Old World, Italian, BBQ, French fine dining, and of course, Tex/Mex.  This is the place to find the very best fajitas, enchiladas, and chile rellenos North, South, East, aaand West of the Pecos!  The Iron Cactus Agave Bar Room features more than 100 kinds of tequila.Riverwalk Cruise

The Rivercenter Mall is home to more than 100 retail shops,  restaurants, movie theaters and the Marriott Hotel.  With your favorite stores from Macy’s and Hot Topic and specialty shops like Life in Alamo City and The Dallas Cowboys Pro Shop you will find this an ideal location for a shopping bonanza.

You can walk along the River enjoying the scenery and stopping at your leisure at the fine shops, restaurants and museums.  You also have the option of biking, or renting a segway for your trek up and down the beautiful riverbanks.  For a very relaxing treat, reminiscent of an Old West Venice, you can cruise along the waterway in a boat.  You’ll float along past the Alamo, The San Fernando Cathedral, and La Villita, San Antonio’s first neighborhood.  Your guide on the river cruise will share area history and point out all the highlights along the way.

OmniThere are plenty of hotels right along the Riverwalk too, so you can stay where you play and have quick and easy access to all the galleries, dining and night-life the Riverwalk has to offer, plus enjoy the view from your room.  The Omni La Mansion del Rio is a Spanish style Hotel that really captures the areas culture, plus they have an indoor pool with dive-in movies, a spa and fitness center and they are famous for the Sunday Champagne Brunch.  Overlooking the Riverwalk and only three blocks from the Alamo its an ideal location for experiencing all the best of the San Antonio Riverwalk.

 

The Honeymoon Captial of the World

Niagara Falls has long been a honeymoon destination.  The beauty, energy and excitement of the raging falls seems to echo the passion of newlywed couples.  But how did it become known as the ‘Honeymoon Capital of the World?’

Credit for the first recorded honeymoon at Niagara Falls goes to the daughter of US Vice President Aaron Burr who spent her 1802 honeymoon there.  Shortly after that the brother of Napolean Bonaparte took his new bride to the falls and captured the attention of the world.  Countless couples have celebrated their nuptials at the Falls over the last 200 years.

Maid of the MistSince 1959, nearly one million couples have taken advantage of the opportunity to receive a ‘Honeymoon Certificate’ signed by the mayor of Niagara Falls, ON which is a spectacular keepsake and comes with a free pass to many of the areas attractions.

Even if you missed the chance when you first got married, it’s never too late for a Romantic Honeymoon Vacation.  Spend three nights at your choice of more than 50 hotels, see the IMAX movie and museum, and take the Royal Canadian Tour of the Falls.

Treat yourself and your significant other to a romance-filled vacation at one of the most romantic places in the world.

Paradise in Nashville – Gaylord Opryland Resort

The Gaylord Opryland Resort is a place of such unique beauty and majesty you must see for yourself.  Located on the banks of the Cumberland River, the rich Southern opulence is the way to experience Music City.

A short drive or riverboat cruise to downtown Nashville, only minutes from the Nashville International Airport, walking distance to The Grand Ole Opry, and the General Jackson Riverboat, it is the prime location.  But the Opryland Resort is a world of its own.

The resort is known for its genuine Southern hospitality, and paradise-like interior.  Nine acres of lush gardens, babbling brooks, and splashing waterfalls are housed within the climate-controlled glass atriums.  The hotel’s culinary offerings run the spectrum, from Italian or Mexican to Steaks and Barbeque you will find an on-site restaurant no matter your taste.  You can end the night sipping a whiskey at the Jack Daniels Saloon.

Gaylord Opryland HotelTake advantage of the fitness center and spa with a dip in the sparkling pool, a work-out, a massage or maybe a meticulous manicure and pedicure to be looking your very best when you head to the Grand Ole Opry, right next door.

Staying at the Gaylord Opryland Resort is a taste of divinity in the heart of Nashville.