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Thanks for All the Feeback!

Wednesday, May 29th, 2013

Some people argue that this is the most overused word in English.

Every now and then, you just need to toot your own horn.

Social media helps everybody push their personal life to the forefront (should they so desire), and people can be pleasantly showy these days. We post updates and take pictures of our new haircuts, our new shoes, our lunches, our deliciously decadent desserts, our happy-hour drinks, our dogs, our cats, our dogs and our cats and the list goes on.

In general, we like to show who we are, and there’s absolutely no shame in that! On that note, we’re taking a shameless pause today and sharing some of the feedback we’ve gotten over the past few weeks. The weather’s warming up in our hemisphere, and that means people are getting out, doing things, and telling the tales of their adventures. We’re outrageously grateful for all the responses we receive, so if you’d like to share your experiences, feel free to do so in the comments or on any other social outlet – we’re everywhere!

Here are some highlights (all comments are posted as-is; they have not been edited in any way):

Sedona Sunset Adventure

“Our guide was on time, friendly, flexible and attentive to our every need. His knowledge of the area and it’s history was vast and his love of the red rocks was evident. The picnic provided was perfect; tablecloth, candlelight, wine glasses at our request. The food was indeed gourmet and the chocolate surprise ending was to die for.”

-Billie, about the Private Sedona Sunset Adventure with Gourmet Picnic & the Sedona Sacred Earth Vortex Jeep Tour


Shereen Travels Cheap in LA

Friday, October 26th, 2012

Building where Die Hard was filmed (Courtesy of Shereen)

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Shereen is still out and about with Reserve123, and her most recent stop was Los Angeles. It wasn’t her first trip to the city, and it definitely won’t be her last visit, but we were able to help her and the Mister explore the town by night (safely). In my opinion, nighttime is when you can truly get to know a city; the experience is completely different once the sun sets. It seems Shereen agrees, since she was excited about the tour.


“We had a wonderful time on our tour and were a little sad to see it end. We learned more in three hours than we did in three days and I would highly recommend taking it or a similar tour while in Los Angeles. Reserve123 did all the work for me in setting it up… If you have a large travel group, this would be an excellent activity, but it’s also great for just a few of you.”


Los Angles By Night from Anaheim

We’re so thankful to Shereen for letting Reserve123 set up a few of her recent sightseeing activities, and we’re glad she let us contribute to her and her husband’s traveling adventures. If you’re interested in the tour mentioned, find it here (and check out some of our other offerings in Los Angeles… or anywhere)!

A full review is available on Shereen’s site. Careful, it’s a great blog. You might get lost in her posts!


Happy travels.


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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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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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!

What’s the best thing you’ve ever eaten and where? – A Coney Dog

Wednesday, September 14th, 2011

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Reservations Agent Chae said that the best thing she’s ever eaten was a coney dog, specifically with chili fries and, yes, with ketchup on the side.

It was during a family summer vacation in Detroit, Michigan whens she got her hands on this street food delicacy. After a long, lazy summer day, they had a family outing and ended up on the famous 8 Mile Road where Chae remembers grabbing a coney dog at the Omega Coney Island No. 3 diner. What she remembers most about this meal was the steam rising up from a fresh, hot coney dog; and how how hungry she was when she got it.

“It was begging for me to eat it,”  said Chae. For her, it’s the late night street food that strikes her fancy.

It’s kind of  funny how hard it is to find an attractive picture of a coney dog.  It’s one of those ugly-delicious foods that you have to be in the mood for to enjoy, but Chae definitely put me in the mood for a coney dog. I am also a street food aficionado and can’t wait to get myself a New York hot dog… or even a pretzel.

If you’re traveling to Detroit, we offer the The D You Must See Tour in Detroit and Detroit’s Rise, Fall & Renewal Tour.

If you’re like me and look for any opportunities to eat, we have so many food tours to offer! Here are a few to whet your appetite:

Home Cooked Delhi Food Tour
Old Pasadena Food Walking Tour in Los Angeles (we’re twitter friends with them! @meltingpottours
Best of Brooklyn Ethnic Food Tasting & Multicultural Bus Tour in New York Phew, that was a mouthful! (yes, that pun was intended.)

Of course you can see all of them in their delicious glory  on our website under ‘Food Tours’.

Have you ever had a coney dog? Where and when? Did you like it? Do you need a side of ketchup? Or is that heresy?

- Kris

Dearly Departed Tours Captures the History and Intrigue of Tinseltown

Monday, August 24th, 2009

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Scott Michaels, founder of Los Angeles’ Dearly Departed Tours, recently took the time to sit down for a chat about one of their newest additions – the Hollywood Movie Tour.  What follows is a summary of that conversation, which will hopefully give you readers some added insight into the world of Dearly Departed.

Scott was first exposed to death at the age of 3 but didn’t begin pursuing a career relating to it until he was in his twenties.  He started out years ago with Grave Line Tours, the company that did the Cadillac hearses, and he ran that for a few years until it was sold and the person who bought it ended up killing himself.  He decided that he wanted to do something that stuck with the same idea geographically and covered the Tate House murder site and the Ambassador Hotel, both of which are gone now.  Scott has a feeling that’s why a lot of people confuse his tours with theirs.

The movie tours Scott’s company currently has on offer are run through a Hawaii corporation.  Scott says that he once took the San Francisco Movie Tour and loved it.  He didn’t like the movies that were shown, but really liked the idea of seeing the movies on the screen while he was looking at that particular movie site.  From there, the Hollywood Movie Tour was born.

According to Scott, there is a lot of misinformation out there regarding stars’ homes.  For example, with Marilyn Monroe, there are a lot of houses that she was said to have lived in that she never did.  Scott claims that with his tour, there is a sense of fiction meets reality because he actually has pictures of her in front of the house they are showing.  It is not a comprehensive tour per se, but about 50-60 movies and TV shows are covered.  Dearly Departed has the exclusive rights in LA to do it, and they will be expanding to other tours soon.  Scott points out that you don’t have to like the movies shown in order to enjoy the tour, a major plus, I would think, for children who may not have been alive when the movies hit the big screen.

Speaking of children, when asked whether the tour is appropriate for the little ones, Scott says that he would consider it to be PG-13 for language.  Some of the language has been bleeped out of the movie excerpts, so it isn’t that bad, but parents should use their discretion on tours like this.

As far as the most popular location is concerned, the spot that participants get the most excited about is the site of the movie “LA Confidential.”  At this point, most of the tour guests are from LA and they like to see great movies about Hollywood.  Scott describes LA as a city that loves itself.  His favorite movie of all time – and his favorite spot on the tour – is one of the sites where “Sunset Boulevard” was shot.  “Ed Wood” is another that ranks high on his list.  Among the quintessential LA locations shown on the tour, in addition to those mentioned above, are “Pretty Woman” and “Rebel Without a Cause.”  People love to see the hotel where Julia Roberts’ character in “Pretty Woman” lives and also get to see James Dean laying in the street on screen and drive up to the house in “Rebel Without a Cause,” knowing exactly where they are.  As Scott points out, it is like riding right through James Dean’s history.

When asked about any possible future additions to the tours, Scott says it is their goal to keep the tours pretty well-rounded, within certain geographic parameters.  They have lots of material to work with, from the older stuff up to more recent things, and are always balancing it out.  As an added bonus for taking the tour, guests get a complete list of the movies featured at its conclusion.

Scott has obviously had a lot of neat experiences throughout his time working in LA.  His tours have been featured on shows like E!’s “Girls Next Door.” In fact, he told me that Bridget, one of the girls from the show, even attended a séance he held recently.  He was surprised that she actually attended, but said that she has expressed an interest in the paranormal.  Very cool!

Next up for Scott’s company is a tour featuring Alison Arngrim, also known as Nellie from “Little House on the Prairie.”  More details on that tour, and information from Alison herself, to come…

Anaheim to Los Angeles

Thursday, June 11th, 2009

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The Los Angeles Grand Tour from Anaheim is just what you need to add a little glitz and glamour to your day.  Walk down the same path as the stars by visiting Grauman’s Chinese Theatre, the Hollywood Walk of Fame, Melrose Avenue, Rodeo Drive, and more of the famous spots known across America and abroad.  Because Los Angeles is so huge, your tour will depend on the area you are staying in.  If your hotel is in the Los Angeles area, you can take the Los Angeles Grand Tour from Los Angeles, while those staying in Hollywood, Pasadena, the Valley, and surrounding areas can participate in the Los Angeles Grand Tour or the combination Grand Tour and Movie Stars Homes Tour. 

A great way to get the overall vibe of a city is to see it at night.  Take the Los Angeles by Night Tour from Anaheim to see the Chandler Pavilion at the Music Center, where the Academy Awards were originally held.  Then make your way over to City Walk at Universal City, the site of Universal Studios, for some fine dining and something Los Angeles is known for – shopping.  Finally, check out Grauman’s Chinese Theatre and the Hollywood Walk of Fame before heading down the Sunset Strip to Beverly Hills where you can shop like the stars do on famous Rodeo Drive.   

As you can imagine, there is much more to see in Los Angeles than can possibly be covered in one blog post, so visit for more fun ways to spend your vacation in the ‘City of Angels.’

Hollywood for a Day

Wednesday, February 4th, 2009

On your next trip to California, take the time to get a closer look at what’s going on in Hollywood, the center of the motion picture industry and everything related to entertainment.  There are many ways of getting there, but once you have reached your destination there are few companies that give you as thorough of an introduction to the city as Hollywood Tours does.

The Hollywood Fantastic Bus Tour from Orange County, a favorite among travelers, takes you out for a full day of sightseeing in Los Angeles, Beverly Hills, Hollywood, and Rodeo Drive.  There is so much to see in this area, including Paramount Studios, China Town, and the original Spanish settlement on Olvera Street.  You will even get to take a picture of the world famous Hollywood Sign – seen widely across pop culture mediums – from the best location in the city.

Other buildings you will see on your tour include the Staples Center, Walt Disney Music Center, and the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, a large outdoor sports stadium at Exposition Park where the USC Trojans football team plays.  You will see it all by luxury coach and learn about the early Californios – Spanish speaking inhabitants of Alta, California in the 18th and 19th centuries before the United States invasion that precipitated the Mexican-American War – and the gold rush 49ers.  You will have plenty of time to shop at Farmer’s Market, which is a huge outdoor market selling clothing, produce, antiques, and gifts.  This is where you will break for lunch on your own.

Throughout the duration of the tour, you will see many of the world-famous sights that draw large crowds year-round.  You will get to check out the footprints and handprints of the stars at Grauman’s Chinese Theatre, window shop on Rodeo Drive for the latest fashions, and cruise through Melrose Avenue and Sunset Boulevard.  You will also get to see some elaborate Beverly Hills mansions.

For those who love sightseeing and even those who don’t, this tour is a must-see, taking you into the world of the rich and famous and showing you the ropes in case you decide to join the ranks.  Check out even more fun tours of Tinseltown at

A Unique Spin on Traditional Tours

Monday, January 19th, 2009

Ready to roll but tired of taking the same old wheels? Try out one of the many nontraditional tour offerings on your next trip to New York, San Diego, or Los Angeles.  Get out of the habit of the same old thing and start the new year off with a new mode of transportation.  With Reserve123, the options are endless.

On your next trip to New York, consider seeing the city in the comfort of a classic convertible.  You will be the talk of the town and will make heads turn as you cruise through the city streets with the top down.  On the Deluxe Private New York Tour, which runs from May through October and is taken in a classic convertible, your 1975 Chevrolet Caprice will take you to the historic West Village, across the Brooklyn Bridge, and to the Brooklyn Heights Promenade where you can catch the perfect view of the Manhattan skyline.

Another convertible tour that is available is the Classic Car Tour from Los Angeles.  This is a great option for trips in the winter since temperatures in Los Angeles don’t often dip much lower than 50°F.  L.A. also enjoys about 263 sunny days a year and rain is less frequent than in other parts of the country.  You will ride in a classic Cadillac convertible as your tour guide makes sure you get to see all the right spots and learn more about the area to get the most out of your trip.

For a fancy twist on the limousine, take the Los Angeles Limo Tour and see all the best places inTinseltown.  Your vehicle, which is actually a 24-passenger super stretch Hummer, comes equipped with color TV and VCR, complimentary bar, stereo and CD player, wraparound leather seats, and a sun or moon  roof.  You can also request free champagne, a red carpet, fish tanks, smoke machines, and more so they are perfect for a special occasion or a typical day or night on the town.  Of course, with this tour your day will be anything but typical!

A unique spin on the limo ride concept is the VIP Street Rod Limo Grand Tour of Los Angeles.  Your tour will begin in a 1923 Ford T Roadster Limo, which will take you to the most exclusive shops in the area on the famous Rodeo Drive.  The tour also features celebrity homes in Beverly Hills and Bel-Air including those of Al Pacino, Madonna, and George Clooney.

When you are looking for your day to take a spooky turn, check out the Deluxe Haunted Ghost Tour in San Diego.  Your “Ghost Coach” will take you on a 90-minute night tour of haunted San Diego.  Of course it wouldn’t be much of a ghost tour if you stayed in the coach the whole time, so be prepared to get out and stretch your legs as you walk to documented haunted spots.  You will also gain admission to the William Heath Davis House, located in the Gaslamp Quarter.  The tour is completely guided, and as you can imagine it is packed with theatrics.

No matter what kind of nontraditional transportation you choose, your tour will be filled with excitement, incredible scenery, and priceless information.  Reserve your tickets online and save $5 on each adult ticket.

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.

Tours of Sunny Anaheim, California

Friday, September 26th, 2008

There are many ways to see Anaheim and the surrounding area with tours by bus, limo, boat, Jeep, ferry, and helicopter.For nature lovers, there are eco tours to Catalina, trips to Sea World, fishing trips to San Diego and Dana Point, whale watching, and wildlife and zoo tours.You can also spend the day checking out the Newport Beach – The O.C. Experience from Anaheim tour to see where John Wayne and Humphrey Bogart used to live.

Newport Beach 'The O.C.' Experience from Anaheim

Newport Beach

In the mood for a little glitz and glamour? The Los Angeles Grand Tour from Anaheim is just what you need.Walk down the same path as the stars by visiting Grauman’s Chinese Theatre, the Hollywood Walk of Fame, Melrose Avenue, Rodeo Drive, and more famous spots known across America and abroad.Because Los Angeles is so huge, your tour will depend on the area you are staying in.If your hotel is in the Los Angeles area, you can take the Los Angeles Grand Tour from Los Angeles, while those staying in Hollywood, Pasadena, the Valley, and surrounding areas can participate in the Los Angeles Grand Tour or the combination Grand Tour and Movie Stars Homes Tour.

For a deeper look inside the lives of the stars we know and love, take the Movie Star Experience Tour from Hollywood.It actually incorporates 3 tours into one: the Movie Stars Homes Tour, the Sony Pictures Studios Highlight Tour, and the Inside “Heart of Hollywood” Walking Tour.This once in a lifetime experience takes you inside Sony Pictures Studios so you can see where movie classics like “The Wizard of Oz” and blockbusters like “Men in Black” were made.

Other things to do around Anaheim featuring fun for all ages include California Adventure, Six Flags, Disneyland, Knott’s Berry Farm, and the Getty Museum.Anaheim is conveniently located for easy access to Los Angeles and San Diego to see the San Diego Zoo. It is also easy to travel over the border to Tijuana, Mexico for a day of shopping and free time.

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