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Fall Fever: Oktoberfest(s)

Friday, October 5th, 2012

October Festivals

We mentioned Oktoberfest in our last post, and while it’s coming to an end this weekend in Munich, you can still catch some of the fun around your town. Lot’s of cities embrace their German heritage this time of year, and so can you – especially since there’s fun to be had. Here are a few to choose from:

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Texas

Both Fredericksburg and Addison have an Oktoberfest each year, but the one in Addison occurred late September. So, if you’re in the Lone Star State, and interested in some beer tasting, head on over to downtown Fredericksburg. It’s about an hour north of San Antonio, and the fun kicks off today. More information can be found here.

Oklahoma

If you thought Oklahoma didn’t know how to party, you thought wrong. Tulsa has one of the top rated Oktoberfests in the country, and from what we hear, it’s certainly worth the hype. The party starts on October 18th, and it lasts through the 21st. There’s even a shuttle service from downtown, so guests can avoid the hassle of parking near the venue. Check their snazzy website for all the details.

Washington

Pacific-Northwesterners can partake in the Leavenworth Oktoberfest festivities three weekends out of month: October 5th-6th, 11th-12th, and 19th-20th. If you can’t make it this weekend, there’s always the next… and the next! With four different live music stages, you’ll have ample opportunity to dance while you drink. Like Tulsa, they also offer a shuttle service. The full scoop is available here.

Tennessee

Nashville, A.K.A. “Music City,” celebrates Oktoberfest for one day only: Saturday, October 13th, from 9am until 6pm. If you’re looking for a reason to hit the tap at 9am, head downtown. Admission and parking are both free, and the entertainment is sure to be delightful. Click here for more information.

Georgia

Nestled in the North Georgia mountains, the town of Helen maintains a Bavarian atmosphere 365 days a year. It’s no surprise their Oktoberfest runs from September 30th through October 28th, with fun festivities happening every day. Oompah! Cruise their website to see how you can join in on the Chicken Dance.

Minnesota

Twin Cities encourages you to throw on your lederhosen, grab your favorite beer stein and get ready to party. Their Oktoberfest starts today and goes through tomorrow at 11pm. If you don’t have your own beer stein, they’ll supply you with a 24 ounce ceramic mug upon admission. More information available here.

New York

Those in the Tri-State area are already having their Oktoberfest fun. The street fair took place on September 30th, but “Das Best” takes place on October 20th, at LA. Venue. Tickets are selling fast, so head on over and book yours now. The price of admission includes a sampling glass and unlimited tastings.

California

Don’t worry, California, we didn’t forget you. Los Angeles hosts a smokin’ hot Oktoberfest on October 20th and 21st. Since those in the Hollywood area tend to prefer the lavish life, they offer a VIP ticket, good for UNLIMITED REFILLS! Of course they also boast great entertainment, beautiful brew maidens, and the best food dishes. Everything you need to know is on their website.

Happy Oktoberfest, everyone!

Fall Fever: Our Favorite Autumn Activities

Tuesday, October 2nd, 2012

Jump into the fall season!

Happy fall, travelers!

Raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens… Oktoberfests, pumpkin spices in kitchens, the paper brown leaves that autumn brings, these are a few of our favorite things! That’s right, autumn is here, officially. For those of us in the states/regions that actually experience season changes (sorry, Southern California), this means colorful leaves, and crisp, cool air. Dust off your favorite jacket, put an extra blanket on the bed at night, and get ready to enjoy the season. We understand football games may have much of your attention this time of year, but there are lots of reasons to get off the couch – or out of the bar – and absorb the great outdoors. Here are our favorite autumn activities.

Oktoberfest(s)

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The Oktoberfest website calls this event “the world’s biggest fair.” The famous beer festival is held in Munich, Bavaria, Germany, and it’s 16 days long. Yes, 16 days of beer, parades, rides, and music. Sound like fun? The party ends this weekend, so if you’re up for an impromptu trip to Germany, go for it! Those of us stuck in reality can enjoy one of the many stateside Oktoberfests. San Francisco, New Orleans, Tulsa, Savannah, and even Savannah, Georgia all have their own version of the popular beer festival, and there’s also a pretty big one in La Crosse, Wisconsin. Check out our list of the best Oktoberfests around the United States.

Apple Picking

It’s our personal belief that apples taste better when you pick them yourself. They’re bigger, they’re juicier, and they have a louder crunch when you bite into them. Furthermore, you don’t have to worry about who’s had their hands on your fruit. They go from nature’s hand directly to yours – fresh, nutritious, and ready to be devoured. Many orchards make fresh apple cider on site and offer free tractor rides around the farm.

Pumpkin Patches

We couldn’t mention apple picking without suggesting a trip to a pumpkin patch. The plumper the pumpkin the broader your carving possibilities, and you can always use the remnants for some homemade pumpkin pie, pumpkin spice, pumpkin pancakes, pumpkin pudding, or whatever else you fancy! Better Homes and Gardens has some unique recipes; fun carving tips and tricks can be found here and here.

Fall Foliage Bicycle Tour in Boston

Fall Foliage Rides

Whether you’re in Washington, DC; Sedona, Arizona; Ottawa, Ontario; Springdale or Van Buren, Arkansas; Boston, Massachusetts or New York City we’ve got a fall foliage ride for you. Between train trips, bike tours and river cruises, there are quite a few ways to admire the changing colors of nature; oh, the fun you’ll have, and oh, the pictures you’ll take!

Speaking of pictures, we can’t wait to see all your lovely fall photos. Feel free to tag #Reserve123 on social media so we can take a look and share with our online community.

Fun facts about Beer from Around the World

Friday, August 5th, 2011

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Today is International Beer Day. I’ve been facebooking it, tweeting it, and now blogging about it, which may lead some people to believe that I am a beeroholic, but I’m not. If you can believe it, all 92 pounds of me is quite a light weight. I do appreciate a good beer every now and then. So without further ado, Fun Facts about Beer from Around the World… world… world… world… (echo, echo, echo)

5,000 years ago, ancient Chinese civilizations brewed s similar beverage like beer called kui.

In ancient Mesopotamia, the majority of brewers were women.

Beer was held highly in Egypt. It was used as medicine, gifts for pharaohs, and was offered as a sacrifice to gods.

The  Greek writer Sophocles thought that bread, meats, some vegetables, and zythos (beer) was the best diet for Greeks.

There are a lot of Christian Saints who are patrons of brewing.

Many Europeans brewed their own beers at home in medieval times.

The oldest commercial brewery is Weihenstephan Abbey Brewery.

Belgium is the country with the most individual beer brands – 400.

England is one of the few countries where cask conditioning is normal. What is cask conditioning? It is when beer is unpasteurized and served from a cask without nitrogen or carbon-dioxide pressure.

Now you know! Now, here are some safety tips to celebrate this awesome holiday:

  • Drink with people you know. There will be more fun and, most importantly, more high-fives.
  • Limit yourself to two really good, high quality beers rather than buying a bunch of cheap, frat party beer
  • Drink beer in tiny beer mugs, so you’ll feel satisfied after drinking 3 glasses but really you drank like 5 oz.  ha.
  • Buy one of those ‘You Pick 8″ containers at the grocery store and celebrate at home in front a large flat screen playing Gears of War.
  • Place your car keys on top of a very tall shelf. You won’t be able to reach it and you may forget… so maybe not do this one.
  • Drink apple juice instead of beer!
  • Eat Guinness ice cream at Taco Mac! Less beer intake, more ice cream intake.
  • Drink O’DOuls…..

But seriously the number one rule is: Don’t drink and be stupid! It’s about enjoying beer, not getting drunk.

*All fun facts were from Wikipedia and The Beer Machine. All tips came from Kris’s brain.

- Jedi Kris

Halloween Haunts for Hire!

Thursday, October 1st, 2009

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Trick or treat?! We usher in the Fall season with massive planning efforts for Halloween over the coming weeks.  For those who don’t plan on staying home to hand out candy this year, here are a few of the places you can go to get spooked:

Plymouth, Massachusetts: Ghosts, orbs, and grave sites, oh my! On the Fright Night Halloween Ghost Tour in Plymouth, you can get an education on the different types of ghosts that stalk the area around Burial Hill.  Mystery and macabre come together on this lantern-lit walk where you can photograph the area and, later, watch for orbs of light in the developed pictures.

Washington, DC: On another walk, the Georgetown Ghost Walk, you will learn about the ghosts and spirits still haunting our US capital.  A trip through DC’s finest Victorian style neighborhood reveals much about the interesting lives of its now-dead inhabitants as they sometimes reveal themselves in spirit form.

Dallas: Whether you choose a Halloween-themed show like Keith & Margo’s Halloween Mystery Dinner Adventure or to put a different spin on things with the Haunting & Healing Paranormal Event in Dallas, you’re in for a good time for sure.  The dinner show includes an hors d’oeuvres reception, full 3-course sit-down dinner and dessert, and live entertainment in the form of an interactive live action murder mystery where you get to solve the crime and figure out whodunit.  The Haunting & Healing event gives you face time with four paranormal experts, which has been enjoyed by the likes of the queen of England and Dr. Seuss.  The experts channel their unique energy into a powerful grid of light and healing for all to witness.  It is truly a sight to behold.

London: If you happen to be overseas this Halloween, check out the Medieval Halloween Banquet in London.  The Brits do it up right with a celebration of the 500th anniversary of King Henry VIII taking possession of the throne.  Live entertainment, a night of disco, and a four-course banquet menu, along with unlimited beer and wine during the meal, make this a festive event to be enjoyed by all.  Not to mention the cast of characters in full dress, which adds to the delightfully scary atmosphere of it all.

No matter where you go or what you do, be sure to make it a scary day for the record books.  If you would like more information on any of these tours, visit www.Reserve123.com and tour type search for “Halloween.”

Check out the Nightlife in Budapest

Monday, March 9th, 2009

When you make a visit to Hungary, you may be anxious to check out the nightlife in Budapest. If you are not sure of the best places to go, take the Pub Crawl Walking Tour. This will give you the insight you need and will give you an idea of places to explore further when you are out on your own.

During the night, you get to go to at least three pubs where the locals hang out, and the tour begins with a shot of palinka with the rest of the tour group. Then you do what is known as a ‘power hour’ where you have a choice of unlimited wine or beer. That will really get you psyched up for the rest of the tour. Next, you will visit the pubs and sample two local beers and some other shots. This is an excellent option for young people who want to see how Hungary parties (only if you are of age, of course).

Your experience with this tour will be absolutely wonderful. It is a great time to meet interesting people, both on the tour itself as well as those patronizing the pubs you will visit. The tour guides are knowledgeable and entertaining and really know how to hold your attention. This tour, which is really more of an event, is a must for anyone who is ready to let loose and have a good time.

The website www.budapesttours.net is a great resource for tours and activities around Budapest. They book fast so plan ahead and book early. Visit the site for more information and to book tickets online for added convenience.

St. Louis Sights

Tuesday, December 30th, 2008

To visit St. Louis is to experience the true uniqueness of the Missouri landscape lined with beautiful architectural pieces that define the city and contribute to its distinctiveness.  St. Louis is a modern city whose focus is primarily on medicine and biotechnology.  However, there is a strong historic influence there as well.  Along Route 66, you will pass by some bowling alleys, motels, and other venues that have managed to hold onto their 1950s feel.

For a closer look at the city’s architectural prowess, take the St. Louis Architecture Tour by SUV.  The tour will take you to the city’s most distinguished buildings from old to new, including Sugar Loaf Mound, Grant’s Farm House, Forest Park and Bevo Hill, among others.  You will also visit all three St. Louis Water Towers.  This is important because only seven historic standpipe towers in the entire United States have survived to this day.

These tours carry only two to six passengers, so groups are intimate enough to ask questions and large enough for you to gain the experience and expertise of others on the trip including your knowledgeable tour guide who will also be present to steer you in the right direction.

If you are dying to take a more nontraditional tour but aren’t sure where to start, try out the St. Louis Beer Lovers Tour.  Throughout the day you will sample a variety of beers from large and small breweries as you travel to Anheuser-Busch, Schlafly, Trailhead, and more.  This trip is personalized to fit the needs of your small group.

As you can see, there is much fun to be had on your visit to Missouri, if you know where to look.  Why not start your trip out right by researching your options ahead of time? Check out www.stlouistours.net for more details and to reserve tickets for your best tours yet!

Seattle Wine, Coffee, and Food Tasting

Monday, January 28th, 2008

There are several different options when it comes to Wine, Food, and Coffee Tasting Tours in Seattle, Washington this year.  Winery tours and cultural food tours are provided daily during the peak season and several times weekly during the off-peak season.  There are also private group tours available which can be modified to work with almost any itinerary.

The most popular sightseeing excursion in Seattle is the Snoqualmie Falls and Winery Tour.  This tour is described as follows:

“The Snoqualmie Falls and winery tour from Seattle is a sightseeing excursion that takes you into the Cascade foothills. See the 270-foot tall Snoqualmie Falls, and visit two award-winning wineries.

Driving over both floating bridges on Lake Washington, we take a picturesque ride past the University of Washington, through rural farm lands, forests, and charming east side towns. You will see the towering 270 foot Snoqualmie Falls and maybe take a hike to the bottom. Next, you will have a chance to sample Washington’s award winning wines from Chateau Ste. Michele and Columbia Wineries.

Sample Washington’s award winning wines from Chateau Ste. Michele and Columbia Wineries.  The choices on this tour are many, and indulging is the name of the game. This is not a day to worry about your waistline as we will sample wine, beer, chocolate, and more. You may also decide to eat a tasty lunch at Red Hook Ale brewery.

Whether you want to go through a chocolate factory, see 40 foot flowering Rhododendrons, or view the legendary floating homes of Lake Union, this eclectic tour is bound to have something for everyone. However you slice it, it is a great, relaxing escape from the city. If you want to get out of the city and experience nature and the finer things in life, then this tour is for you.”

On a recent visit to Seattle, I really enjoyed my visit to Pike Place MarketSeattle Tours provides a cultural food tour that includes Pike Place Market for many tastings.  The website describes this activity as follows:

“Explore Seattle’s culinary riches on this exciting guided walking food and cultural tour of Seattle’s most iconic landmark, Pike Place Market! We will take you beyond the rows of colorful produce and glistening seafood to experience some of our favorite market spots. You will taste locally made foods and beverages that will awaken your palate, meet some of the storied characters and artisans that give the market life, and learn about the market’s rich and vibrant history. Come and be inspired on this intimate journey to taste some of Seattle’s best eats!

By the end of the tour, you will have eaten an array of deliciously famous foods, picked up a few buying tips and cooking ideas, and learned some handy market knowledge.

For your listening comfort, each tour participant will be provided with a personal audio device. You will enjoy crystal clear sound from your tour guide, while still being able to soak up the lively hustle and bustle of Pike Place Market.”

The Wet Your Whistle Tour is a private tour option that has been designed for groups of 8 or more.  The tour includes a visit to a coffee roasting plant, a brewery, and an award-winning winery.  Since Seattle is a coffee Mecca, coffee, beer, and wine define Northwest culture as much as the great outdoors, Boeing, and Microsoft.  This is the perfect excursion for small groups or business outings.

For more information or assistance with reservations and group bookings, please visit Seattle Tours (www.SeattleTours.us) or email info@seattletours.us.


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