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Enjoy cooler weather with these walking tours

Monday, September 12th, 2011

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This is around the time of the year where you can get a breath of fresh cool air (especially in the South where the Reserve 123 office is located) and realize that the weather is starting to cool off. It’s time to put away those weird misters that people wear and start to enjoy the cooler temperatures! What better way to enjoy the changing season than with walking tours – a much more slow and romantic way to see a new city or learn more about your hometown.  I picked some of my favorite walking tours that I’m sure anyone will enjoy.

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Photo by Gail des Jardin  from flickr

French Quarter Walking Tours in New Orleans

The New Orleans French Quarter Walking Tours take you on a walk through the Quarter and shows you sights and tells you stories that many visitors miss. There’s more to this city than meets the eye; there’s the architecture, the food, the folklore, and the music to get you started, but there’s more to learn in this 2 hour tour.

Photo by Outdoor Traveler from flickr

Photo by Outdoor Traveler from flickr

Charleston Strolls History Tour

This tour was mentioned in Southern Living Magazine, the New York TImes and the AAA Tour Book (only the absolute best and coolest for Reserve 123 customers :) ).  Enjoy the Old South as you meander through alleys passing hidden gardens in Charleston’s historic district on the 2-hour ‘A Walk With History Tour’.  Learn about one of the country’s oldest cities and enjoy historic highlights and famous landmarks, including Rainbow Row, The Battery, antebellum mansions and the Old Exchange Building. You need at least four people to do this tour, so make sure you bring your friends!

Photo by BeastandBean from flickr

Photo by BeastandBean from flickr

Food Tasting & Cultural Walking Tour in Bucktown/Wicker Park Chicago

Walk through the streets of Chicago and take a glimpse at unique venues, histroic mansions, and some inside information on local entertainment and restaurants. You’ll be able to taste wonderful samples from a number of restaurants that will fill you up, so make sure you’re not too hungry when you come.

If you want to browse all of our walking tours, check out our website. If you have any questions, email me at kristina@reserve123.com or leave a comment in the comment box.

What is your favorite city to see in the Fall? Please leave an answer in our comment box.

- Kris
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Fall Food, Festivals, & VooDoo in the Big Easy

Wednesday, September 7th, 2011

Wine Tasting Program

In New Orleans, you can never get too much of a good thing. Think all there is to the Big Easy is Mardi Gras? Now is actually the best time of the year for TONS of festivals, special events, and fun-filled tours! Check out these cool things to do.

We have the famous New Orleans Seafood Festival only a few days away (September 9-11), for everything from crawfish broils to seafood gumbo to fish tacos. Then, get ready to rock out at Ponderosa Stomp (September 15-17), and then savor a slice of Germany at Oktoberfest (September 23-October 22 on Weekends)! Inspire your creative side at the New Orleans Film Festival (October 14-20). And submissions are still open for the 2011 Vampire Film Festival! ;[

Enjoy delicious food, visual art, and the top performers from southern Louisiana & Mississippi at the Crescent City Blues & BBQ Festival (October 14-16). Then, get spell-bound at the Voodoo Music Experience (October 28-30) for great music, food, crafts and culture. Speaking of witchcraft, Halloween in New Orleans (October 28-November 1) would be frightful to miss out on. Experience the incredible Halloween parade, music festival, cemeteries, and plenty of voodoo magic.

If you’re a fan of fangs like me, I dare you to discover the Vampires lurking in the French Quarter on our Vampire Tour in New Orleans. Visit sights and locations associated with these creatures of the night, including a visit to a noted Vampire tavern! Learn the REAL secrets of the Vampires of New Orleans. For more Blues, Boos, and fantastic tours, explore all of our popular activities at Big Easy Tours!

See the Home of the Original Hurricane Cocktail

Monday, July 20th, 2009

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For a look at another side of New Orleans, take the Original Cocktail Walking Tour in New Orleans. Walk through some of the famous bars and restaurants in the French Quarter and get the back story of some of the cocktails made famous here. As you walk up and down Bourbon Street, you are sure to find many places serving the popular Hurricane drink, often in Hurricane Glasses that you can take with you. Other drinks created here include the Hand Grenade and Pimm’s Cup.

As you follow this unique tour, you will listen to some stories about New Orleans’ history and culture, including some entertaining tidbits about some of those who frequented the bars and restaurants you will visit. This is a great way to meet and converse with other travelers.

This tour lasts two hours and is a great way to introduce yourself to the vibrant night life in the area. Once you have participated, you will never look at your cocktails, or the bars they were made in, the same way again!

Check out www.BigEasyTours.us for more fabulous sightseeing tours and activities.

NOLA at Night

Thursday, April 30th, 2009

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The Crescent City Nights Walking Tour with Dinner in New Orleans gives you a look across the board at New Orleans night life.  Included in the tour are dinner, Café au Lait and Beignets at Café du Monde, a jazz club stop, and a walk down Bourbon Street.  The night starts with dinner at Tujague’s Restaurant, which has served dinner since 1856 to locals as well as visitors, from the guy or girl next door to presidents, poets, and local dignitaries.

After dinner, you will take a short walk to one of New Orleans’ local jazz clubs to enjoy some of the music that New Orleans is known for.  You can groove along to the music or sit and sip on a complimentary cocktail and have a listen.  Next you will take a walk along Bourbon Street, which is likely the image that initially pops into your head when you think of New Orleans.  During your walk, you will have the benefit of your guide’s knowledge and he will share with you some of the unique history of this neighborhood. 

At the end of the night, you will taste some beignets, or French doughnuts, and some Café au Lait at Café du Monde, which is considered a local tradition in New Orleans.  This shop is world famous for its coffee and beignets as well as for being a great place to people watch.  It is the perfect way to end the evening and you will be transported back to your drop-off point by taxi.  For anyone who has wondered what all the buzz is about with New Orleans, here is your chance to see it all up close!

To check out more activities on offer in New Orleans, visit www.bigeasytours.us

Tours of Gorgeous Oak Alley Plantation

Tuesday, January 20th, 2009

Take a trip back in time to the days of the Old South with the Oak Alley Plantation Tour from New Orleans.   Built in 1839, the Oak Alley Plantation boasts a breathtaking view of a quarter-mile long alley of 28 magnificent oak trees that are each over 250 years old.  This plantation is one of the South’s most picturesque settings and may even be the most photographed plantation ever.  It has been featured in many movies including ‘Interview with the Vampire’ and ‘Primary Colors.’ It was even used as the shooting site for the wedding of Bo and Hope on ‘Days of Our Lives.’

On your way to your destination, you will enjoy a fully narrated motorcoach ride, during which time you will get a better understanding of life back in the Old South, including information on how plantations used to be run and the impact of those times on our lives today.

Beyond just passing this gorgeous plantation, you will get a guided tour inside it, with its immaculate rooms and perfectly color coordinated décor.  This classic Greek-revival style antebellum home sits on a lot of a tremendous 1,360 acres! In four and a half hours, you will become familiar with these popular grounds and will hear some amusing stories about its history – a must for anyone interested in the history of the Old South.

This tour is certainly not the only game in town.  There is plenty to do on your visit to beautiful New Orleans, so check out www.bigeasytours.us for information on how to make your trip exactly what you want it to be and more!

Entertaining Dinner Shows Across the Globe

Monday, November 10th, 2008

Everyone needs something fun and entertaining to do during their vacation evenings.Many venture off to experience the city’s nightlife while others simply enjoy a nice dinner out and head to bed earlier to be ready for the next day’s activities.One thing that everyone seems to enjoy is a thrilling dinner show.

Dinner shows can be appreciated by people of all ages with all sorts of interests.Wherever you plan on vacationing, you can see if there is a dinner show near you on the Dinner Shows’ website to take your group out for an evening full of fun!

One of the most popular locations with hundreds of dinner shows is Branson, Missouri.This is a great place to have some fun on a riverboat, in a theater, or any other fun venue.Aboard the Branson Belle Riverboat, you can enjoy an elegant cruise, delicious food and non-stop entertainment.

Additionally, you can watch western classics during one of the many Chuckwagon shows that are performed in cities all over the U.S.

Another great location for a dining show is Nashville, Tennessee.Like Branson, this city is full of great shows that everyone in the family will love.For a blast from the past, the Cowboy Town Wild West Show & Campfire Supper is a great choice.The General Jackson Dinner Cruise & Show is another great opportunity.The showboat will float along the Cumberland River providing you with an excellent meal and even better Broadway style performances.

Dinner Shows offers many types of entertainment so you can pick and choose which one best fits your interests.Additional locations include Atlanta, Orlando, Richmond, Chicago, Niagara Falls, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Hawaii and many, many more!

Each of the shows listed on Dinner Shows’ website, www.dinnershows.us, are extremely popular so if you find one that strikes your fancy, reserve it soon as they sell out quickly.

Explore Festive Louisiana

Wednesday, October 29th, 2008

Louisiana is the world’s festival capital which means there are fun and exciting festivities to be enjoyed year round.  In addition to have many, many fun activities throughout the year, Louisiana is an extremely charming place.  There is no other way to experience Louisiana’s charm than by diving into its unique culture.

A great way to see some of the major aspects of the state is by taking part in the New Orleans Ultimate Tour by Van.  Louisiana Tours offers this fantastic ride through the city streets and is something you should not pass up.  This tour also includes a real Cajun lunch that you are sure to love!  It is a real adventure as all the guests not only get to see the great locations within the city, but also have a chance of taking a ride on a high-speed airboat on the bayou.  Additionally, you may even get to hold a baby alligator!

If you fell in love with the Cajun bayou then you will love this:  the Cajun Swamp Boat Private Tour.  This ride through the southern Louisiana swamplands is a one-of-a-kind experience that the whole family will enjoy.  Your guide is a Cajun native and can let you in on the secrets and legends of the area.  During this tour, you will spot the local wildlife like alligators, snakes and egrets as well as some pretty spectacular views.

For a fun night out during your vacation, try out the New Orleans Dinner & Jazz Cruise.  New Orleans is well known for its music scene and once that is combined with the views aboard the boat, you may never want to leave.  Once aboard the massive steamboat, you will receive breathtaking views of the New Orleans night skyline, enjoy a delectable buffet style meal, and be completely entertained by the live jazz performers.

In the French Quarter Walking Tour, you will see parts of the state and hear incredible stories that the average visitor may miss.  Your local guide provides you with stories and tales of America’s oldest and most unique neighborhood.  This tour will take you to the most famous sites in the Quarter like beautiful courtyards, the Pharmacy Museum, Bourbon Street, historic streetcars, the Jackson Square artists and much, much more.  Many of the spots that were destroyed in Hurricane Katrina have been renovated and replaced so this is a great way to see the old and new mesh together.

For a truly wonderful vacation, visit Louisiana.  Here you can experience thrills, fun, romance and history making it a very worthwhile trip.  Book your vacation activities at www.louisianatours.net.

Life in the Big Easy

Friday, October 3rd, 2008

The largest city in Louisiana, New Orleans is known for its 17 historic landmark districts and multicultural heritage as well as its famous French Quarter and Bourbon Street.  Its Mardi Gras festivities are also tops on the list of reasons why New Orleans is known worldwide.  If you have plans to visit this cultural ‘melting pot,’ there are a number of things you will not want to miss out on.  To get a general overview of the area and hit some of the hot spots, take the New Orleans City Tour.  This tour will walk you through St. Louis cemetery, an above ground burial site, where you will learn more about this unique practice of burying above ground.  Because of the ground water levels in New Orleans, underground burial is considered impractical, necessitating the creation of a new system.  You will also visit the French Quarter, Jackson Square, and the Garden District along with some of the other incredible architecture that made New Orleans famous.

Take a trip back in time to the days of the Old South with the Oak Alley Plantation Tour from New Orleans.   Built in 1839, the Oak Alley Plantation boasts a breathtaking view of a quarter-mile long alley of 28 magnificent oak trees that are each over 250 years old.  This plantation is one of the South’s most picturesque settings and may even be the most photographed plantation ever.  It has been featured in many movies including ‘Interview with the Vampire’ and ‘Primary Colors.’ It was even used as the shooting site for the wedding of Bo and Hope on ‘Days of Our Lives.’

Experience Cajun Country

Monday, September 15th, 2008

 

Oak Alley Plantation

Oak Alley Plantation

 

For a look at some of the history and culture behind New Orleans, check out the Grand Tour of Cajun Country by Van from New Orleans.  In this tour, you will have a chance to visit two plantations – the gorgeous Oak Alley Plantation and Laura Plantation, a historic Creole sugar plantation built in 1805.  The Laura farmstead is surrounded by sugarcane fields and comprises 11 historic buildings that are on the National Register.  These include slave cabins where Br’er Rabbit was recorded over 140 years ago.  The plantation segment of the tour gives an excellent overview of life on a Creole plantation and along the way you will see exquisite views of the majestic oak tree alley at Oak Alley Plantation and the swamp land that is ever-present in the New Orleans area.

Lunch is included over at Oak Alley Plantation and takes place at their Cajun restaurant.  The food is delicious so you will want to save plenty of room for all the traditional fare.  As if this all wasn’t enough, also included on this valuable tour is a Cajun Bayou Tour, which is taken at the start of the day.  You will drive out to Cajun Country, first traveling through the wild cypress swamps and over the Mississippi River.  The trip will be led by a fantastic guide who will give you some information on the Cajun lifestyle.  Once at your destination, you will go on a narrated boat tour where you will learn about the swamp and its wildlife including reptiles, birds, and healing plants.  At the conclusion of the boat tour you will visit the swamp zoo on Bayou Boeuf. 

The whole tour lasts 9 hours and is a wonderful foray into Cajun and Creole history.  You will not want to miss this insider’s look into the spirit and beauty of Louisiana.    


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