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Wine Tasting Tours By Carriage in California Wine Country

Tuesday, August 13th, 2013

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California wine country: three beautiful words that roll off the tip of your tongue. Fittingly, this region of the country also provides beauty for all your other senses. The sights are stunning, the air smells and feels fresh and crisp, the atmosphere is breezy and calm and the wines are deliciously alluring.

Are you planning a visit anytime soon?

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Our Favorite Winter Activities

Wednesday, December 12th, 2012

Hello, winter.

 

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Winter doesn’t officially arrive until the 21st of this month, but the temperatures have already started falling and the December decorations are going up. Everyone has their favorite holiday-themed festivities, and even those trying to resist the Christmas spirit find themselves humming along to those catchy carols.

For now, we’re all busy shopping for gifts, entertaining guests, trying new recipes and more, but what to do after you take the tree down and pack the ornaments away? Just because it’s cold outside and the holidays are over doesn’t mean you’re in for a dull remainder of the season. Ski trips get to be a bit pricey, and the fun can quickly fade if you’re not very good on the slopes. A getaway to the cabins is generally pleasant, but sitting around by the fire isn’t always thrilling. So what to do? We’ve got a few ideas.

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Journey through History on a Tour of Philly

Friday, December 12th, 2008
Philadelphia is a great place to spend some time, and whether it’s hot or cold outside there will always be tons to see and do.  Also known as the ‘Birthplace of America’ and the ‘City of Brotherly Love,’ it is packed with historical sites and was once the home of Betsy Ross, the creator of the American flag, and author Edgar Allan Poe.   A few such distinguished sights in the area include the Liberty Bell – which was one of the most prominent symbols of the Revolutionary War and today symbolizes justice and liberty –  Independence Hall, where the Declaration of Independence was mulled over and approved, and the First and Second Banks of the United States. 
Once you arrive in Philly, you will see that there are more attractions than you know what to do with.  An excellent way to cover a lot of them at once is the Philadelphia City Tour by Trolley.  On this survey of the city, you will get to see the Liberty Bell up close, along with Betsy Ross’s house where she was thought to have conceived the idea of the American flag, the US Mint, Chinatown, the Academy of Music, and thirteen other notable locations.  As an added perk, you can hop on and off the trolley as many times as you would like, as your ticket will be valid all day.  If you decide to stay on the trolley and go straight through, the trip takes about 90 minutes.
Should you seek a more leisurely tour, you can take the ever-popular Philadelphia Carriage Tour.  For one hour, you get to sit back and enjoy the ride as you take in the historic sights and learn about their humble beginnings.  As your horse navigates the tree-lined streets of the National Historic Park, which is also the most historic square mile in the country, you will be amazed at how far the nation has come and will get an idea of where we came from.  Society Hill is also a feature on this tour, and it is the largest collection of 18th century homes and churches in America.  This is not all; you will also pass Betsy Ross’s house and much more.  The carriage tour option is wonderful for families but can also serve as a romantic way to spend part of an evening with a loved one.

 

If you have done these two tours and are still thirsting for more, you can do a scenic dinner cruise or tour the town by Segway.  This is definitely not an exhaustive list, so take a look at all that Philly Tours has to offer for your next trip.
 

 

 
 

 

 

Take in the Sights on an Austin Carriage Ride

Tuesday, December 2nd, 2008

If you are making a visit to laid back Austin, Texas, the best way to get around town is on a scenic carriage ride.   There are several to choose from and depending on what you want to see and how long you have to devote to touring, you can have your pick at the four packages currently available.

If taking a peek at the exquisite architecture that lines the streets of the city piques your interest, the Historic Homes Carriage Tour is just right for you.  Along the way, you will visit one of the last Victorian blocks to remain nationwide, and there are more than ten 19th century homes lining this street.  You will also see the Governor’s Mansion and the Capitol Building on your travels.  If what you are seeking is a quiet and romantic ride with a loved one, you will get just that.  Alternatively, if you are looking for more of a guided and narrated ride, drivers are ready and willing to oblige.

The Grand Carriage Tour will take you down historic Congress Avenue where you will catch a glimpse of the largest and tallest Capitol in the US.  You will visit the Victorian block as well, on your way to check out some of the other hot spots in the area.  Ride along the Colorado River and pass through the famous entertainment district to get a taste of the talent and showmanship that exists throughout the city.

Other carriage rides in the area include the Capitol Carriage Tour and the Town Lake Carriage Ride.   If you decide, however, that a carriage ride will not make your short list, the Austin in 90 minutes Tour will provide you with a well-narrated sightseeing journey around Austin by van, with views and background on the UT Performing Arts Center, Austin City Limits, O. Henry Museum, Zilker Park, and much more.

Winter is the perfect time to consider a visit to sunny Austin.  While the temperatures dip down in these months, they are much milder than elsewhere, making it the ideal location for those who wish to warm up a little without stretching the budget and going international.

Visit www.austintours.us for more information on carriage tours and other options for your sightseeing excursion, Texas style.

Fantastic History and Culture in Pennsylvania

Monday, October 13th, 2008

Pennsylvania is a state full of great history and culture.  There are so many fantastic things to see and do in this city and Pennsylvania Tours can help make that happen!

A great way to see the sites in the state capital is by Segway.  This fun contraption is a great way to get around your city and see the beautiful city.  On the Philadelphia City Tour by Segway, you travel through Philly with an experienced tour guide to make sure you catch all the sights that you may miss during your busy day. 

The 1 ½ hour tour takes you into the Art Museum district, Fairmount Park – the “big park in Philly,” Boathouse Row and a stop at a gazebo that overlooks the Azalea Garden and the “Rocky Steps.”  These wonderful locations are perfect for family photo opportunities, romantic moments or just a relaxing end to a stressful day.  This tour is also offered at night with the Lights of Philadelphia Evening Tour by Segway.  The Philly night skyline is breathtaking on this exhilarating tour of the City of Brotherly Love. 

For a truly elegant way to travel through the glorious city of Philadelphia, try a carriage ride.  You will experience an extremely important piece of the country.  You will ride on the large tree-lined streets of Philadelphia’s National History Park where some of the nation’s greatest history is located.  There you will find the Liberty Bell, Independence Hall – the birthplace of the United States, Congress Hall, Old City Hall and Franklin’s Court where Benjamin Franklin’s home once stood. 

Also on this lovely carriage ride, you will pass through Society Hill which holds the largest collection of 18th Century homes and churches than anywhere else in the country.  The carriage ride is perfect for a family, group of friends, or a romantic evening ride through the beautiful city of Philadelphia.

People know Gettysburg as the turning point of the Civil War.  There are many historical locations in the city that are perfect spots to spend your vacation.  If you are looking for a thrilling trip full of the adventure from the past, then the Gettysburg Guided Tour by Bus is an excellent choice to make. 

You will travel through the historic fields watching America’s past come to life right before your eyes.  From the inside of your comfortable and roomy tour coach, you will ride past the spot where the Battle of Gettysburg took place.  Your licensed Gettysburg National Military Park guide will give you details regarding the battle that determined the fate of the United States during the Civil War.  This is the perfect way to learn about this notorious conflict between the North and the South.  A visit to Gettysburg is not complete without it.

With so many tours, activities and attractions around Pennsylvania, you may never want to leave.  To ensure you have the vacation of a lifetime, visit www.pennsylvaniatours.net.

Tours of Sonoma

Friday, October 10th, 2008

Take a romantic Balloon Ride in the Wine Country as you and your loved one sail over Sonoma in a colorful and spacious hot air balloon.  The path is somewhat determined by the weather and wind patterns but you can expect to have a scenic journey through Sonoma Valley featuring exquisite views of the Pacific Ocean, aerial views of several area wineries, and possibly even the San Francisco skyline located about 60 miles away.  On the trip you can inflate the balloon early in the morning and are up in the air at sunrise.  You will arrive back on the ground in about an hour and be greeted with a wonderful champagne brunch.  Along the way you will also get to hear about some of the history of hot air balloon flight and receive flight certificates and a pin to commemorate the occasion.

For a comprehensive tour of Napa and Sonoma, you can also take an Antique Limousine Tour, suitable for 6 to 8 passengers, and design your own itinerary to fit your interests and budget.  There are hundreds of wineries in Sonoma and Napa, and you will get the chance to do tastings and tours at three of them.  This is a fantastic way to spend the day whether for a special occasion or a normal outing, since you can tour the countryside with your closest friends and loved ones in the privacy of a beautiful, fully-equipped limousine.

Those who wish to also visit the casino while in the area can take advantage of the Grapes & Games Tour by Jeep from San Francisco.  This tour covers up to 6 wineries and a trip to the River Rock Casino.   Lasting about 9 hours, this is a can’t-miss tour for wine connoisseurs and those who are feeling a little lucky.  Roll the dice on this tour and you will be glad you did!


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