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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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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 or leave a comment in the comment box.

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- Kris

Historic Homes in Charleston

Thursday, August 20th, 2009

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For two and a half hours that is worth spending, take the Historic Homes Tour in Charleston.It features dramatically beautiful homes and landscapes that have been well preserved.Charleston’s Historic District has stood the test of time, and it comes to life through the stories left behind, now told by the skilled tour guides leading you down these flower and plant lined streets.

Historic Homes Tour in Charleston

Historic Homes Tour in Charleston

One of the stops on the tour is the Edmondston-Alston House, which houses the valuable possessions of the Alston family including their paintings, furniture, books, and silver which remain in virtually the same place they have been for the last 150 years.Many of the treasures were collected on family trips abroad.

Next, you will visit the Nathaniel Russell House, circa 1808, located in one of the most exclusive residential neighborhoods amid the canopied streets of this gorgeous area.This house is an incredible sight, with its elaborate designs and geometrically shaped rooms.Other historic sights along the way include the historic Rainbow Row, where houses are painted all in pastels, the High Battery, St. Michael’s Episcopal Church, and the historic County Courthouse and City Hall.You will also have an amazing view of Charleston Harbor and Fort Sumter, where the first shots were fired marking the beginning of the Civil War.

This tour is a must for those wishing to capture the brilliance and charm that is Charleston.With its rich history and lovely architecture, tied together by an expert tour guide, you are sure to have a fun and educational time to remember for years to come.

Charleston, a City Enduring History

Thursday, March 26th, 2009

When you first arrive in Charleston, I would highly recommend taking a comprehensive Charleston Tour by Minibus to orient you to the area and show you some of the city highlights. This tour is 75 minutes packed with history and dramatic scenery. You will get to look out at the view of Charleston Harbor at historic Fort Sumter and hear about the Confederate submarine, Hunley. Many movies were shot on location here, including ‘The Patriot’ and ‘Cold Mountain,’ and you will get clarification on their historical context during the tour.

charleston-tour-by-minibus2Along the way you will see the beautifully painted houses on Rainbow Row, the Market – which is essentially 3 blocks of open air market with produce, handmade crafts, restaurants and shops – and scores of historic houses and churches. The great part about this tour is that with all that ground to cover it is nice to see it from the comfort of an air-conditioned minibus so you don’t have to worry about transportation from point A to point B and having to navigate around the city streets on foot.

This tour allows you to travel through history to the times of the slave trade, the Civil War, and the original ‘Walled City’ as you are driven through the narrow streets of Charleston and are provided with unrestricted access to the Historic District. It gives you a great view of many of the homes and churches that have made this city famous, and after this tour you will definitely want to venture out in the city to take advantage of all it has to offer.

For more information on this tour and other fantastic options, visit

A Musical Cornucopia in Myrtle Beach

Friday, January 23rd, 2009

Music aficionados will not want to miss the chance to see all that Myrtle Beach has to offer.  A show that should be tops on your list is the Good Vibrations Show.  Featuring music from the 60s, 70s, and 80s, this production is a music extravaganza.  Filled with elaborate costumes and vibrant stage lighting, it will certainly give you a night to remember.  The talent is staggering, with top performers from the Carolina Opry headlining.  Mixed in with the music and dance is a smattering of old school comedy, the kind you grew up with or raised your kids with.

Children will be entertained and adults will be captivated by the sheer talent that is on display.  Whether you remember these times fondly or are interested in getting to know them for the first time ever, this show is a definite must.

If you are excited about reliving your youth or are just yearning to be nostalgic for a bit, go and see thisshow.  It runs from February to October so there is just enough time to book your spot now for the upcoming season at

Musical Tributes to the World’s Brightest Stars in Myrtle Beach

Friday, November 28th, 2008

How many times have you found yourself wishing that you could have seen your favorite musical legend in concert but were disappointed to find that all the shows in your area had sold out? Or, how many people have wished that they could have been alive to witness the talent of the great Elvis Presley live? If you fall into one or both of these categories, there is something out there that was built to satisfy.

As you may or may not know, Myrtle Beach is the home to many talented stage performers, both musical and theatrical.  While we all know that Elvis isn’t coming back to life and Madonna’s show tickets are not getting much easier to secure, you can take advantage of the large talent pool that Myrtle Beach has to offer and make a visit to one of its greatest tribute shows.  While you won’t see Lionel Richie or Garth Brooks performing live, you will see a talented cast of professional celebrity impersonators that are so close to the real thing that you often forget who you are watching as you are so engrossed in the power of their voices.

The Legends in Concert show in Myrtle Beach is quite possibly one of the greatest celebrity tribute shows that there is.  Of all the impersonators out there, Myrtle Beach has nabbed the best of them.  You will bob your head to the tunes of Springsteen and the King of Pop and will find yourself singing along to the songs of the Temptations.  With performances by the stars of yesterday and today, there is something for everyone.

For more information on this and other exciting performances and activities, visit  You will be so glad that you spent your time so wisely and will not be able to get your old and current favorites out of your head!

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,, are extremely popular so if you find one that strikes your fancy, reserve it soon as they sell out quickly.

Get Away to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

Thursday, October 16th, 2008

If enjoying a theatrical performance is your thing, Myrtle Beach is the place to be.  Known as a major tourist destination, Myrtle Beach welcomes over 10 million visitors a year.  You may recognize it as somewhere to go for a mild winter, but it is also home to some of the most entertaining productions as well. 

At Christmastime, you can get tickets for the Carolina Opry Christmas Special, which is one of the most popular Christmas productions in the south.  The show is a balanced mixture of comedy and holiday-themed music paired with dancing and Christmas-inspired set decoration.   It is, not surprisingly, attended by arts enthusiasts from near and far.  The musical score includes pop, rock ‘n roll, country, and Broadway hits that you have grown to know and love over the years.

For a taste of the theatre the rest of the year, check out the Good Vibrations Show.  Featuring music from the 60s, 70s, and 80s, this show is sure to delight and entertain you.  If you are ready to feel nostalgic and groove to the tunes of the Righteous Brothers, Don McLean, the Beach Boys, and more, this is the show for you.  Both the Christmas and Good Vibrations shows are presented by entertainer and entrepreneur Calvin Gilmore and are equally entertaining for adults and children.

If you are looking for fun of the spooky variety, take the Ghost Walking Tour or attend the Ghost Show in Myrtle Beach.  The walking tour, led by entertaining and knowledgeable guides, takes you on a moonlit adventure through the swamps of Gauses Inlet which are said to be haunted.  This tour is family-friendly but children must be accompanied by a responsible adult.  The Ghost Show brings to life stories from the most haunted place on earth, the South Carolina coast.  Some of the characters you will meet include Blackbeard, the most famous pirate; Alice Flagg, one of the most well-known ghosts in the area; and the famous ghost of the Gray Man.  Natural disasters and intricately woven tales of the Grand Strand are depicted throughout the show, which is based on historical fact.

No matter how you choose to spend your time in Myrtle Beach, there is something that is sure to meet your interests and time constraints.  Visit for the best in Myrtle Beach activities and tours.

Historic Sights Come Alive in Charleston

Thursday, October 2nd, 2008

For water babies and those just looking for a good way to relax after a long day of walking, there is no better way to see Charleston than from the observation deck of a historic harbor boat.  On the Historic Harbor Boat Tour in Charleston, you will see St. Michael’s Episcopal Church, which was painted black during the Revolutionary and Civil Wars to avoid being an easy target and has somehow managed to be spared from destruction against all odds.  Now painted white again, this is quite a sight as it is in excellent shape considering all it has been through.  You will also see some of the stately homes along the Battery that have endured through the worst of times and a host of natural disasters including hurricanes and earthquakes, and of course war. 

The boat tour takes you past forts Moultrie, Johnson, and Sumter, which have all played a pivotal role in American history, and you will also pass Patriot’s Point, the home of Yorktown.  Throughout the ride you will likely see some beautiful displays of nature, as a dolphin feeds on the water’s surface or a bird swoops down over the water to catch a fish.  This is an excellent opportunity to sightsee and watch as nature takes its course.    

On board you will have access to two decks, both providing an exquisite view of Charleston Harbor.  Bars are located on both decks for your convenience, and one deck serves as an observation deck while the other is used for dining.  The boat is a massive 85 feet long, so there is plenty of room on board for up to 300 passengers.  While the tour only lasts 90 minutes, you can feel free to purchase sandwiches and snacks while you are on board if you wish, whatever will make the ride the most comfortable for you. 

Charleston in all of its Splendor

Tuesday, September 16th, 2008

You can connect to the beauty of Charleston by joining a tour by mini-bus, horse-drawn carriage, boat, or on foot.  You can also see nearby Hilton Head Island by trolley or take a ride on a kayak on one of the creeks and rivers close by.  For a walk through history, there is the Boone Hall Plantation Tour in Charleston, where you will see the historic ‘Avenue of Oaks’ and take a walk through the famous grounds and gardens.  Knowledgeable guides will help by giving you an overview of plantation life in general as well as what it was like specifically living at Boone Hall.  Another popular plantation tour is the Magnolia Plantation Tour in Charleston, which features the area’s oldest plantation and what is regarded as ‘the most beautiful garden in the world.’ This tour also includes a tour of the plantation house and a fully narrated 45 minute tram ride through the rice fields and wildlife habitat. 

To see Charleston by foot, take the Charleston Walk Tour which includes early highlights about the Carolina colony and Charleston’s endurance through the Civil War, American Revolution, and various natural disasters.  It will also touch on current preservation efforts in Charleston.  Some of the highlights of the tour include a trip to Charleston’s oldest church, a view of some historic mansions in the area, the Dock Street Theater, Fort Sumter – where the shots beginning the American Civil War were fired – and John C. Calhoun’s grave.  This walk is a comprehensive look at Charleston and its impact on history. 

Fans of the classic movie ‘Gone with the Wind’ will be thrilled to find that there is a tour with you in mind.  The Gone with the Wind Charleston City & Mansion Tour shows you the French Quarter, the Market, Old Citadel, and the Rainbow Row of homes painted in pastels.  You will stop at the Battery overlooking Fort Sumter and will visit the Joseph Manigault House, an amazing southern mansion complemented by incredible architecture and fine antiques.

To see Charleston from the water, guests can take the Santee River Kayak Tour from Charleston and enjoy the Santee River all day as you paddle along the untouched and undeveloped lower portion of the river.  You may even see an alligator or some otters along the way. 

Any of these tours will give you the introduction you need to one of the most beautiful cities in the world.  There are several combination packages to choose from that will allow you to see a little of everything, and I would highly recommend doing one of these while you are visiting the city. 



Gone with the Wind Charleston City & Mansion Tour

Gone with the Wind Charleston City & Mansion Tour




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