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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 and tour type search for “Halloween.”

Seattle Dinner Cruises

Monday, June 15th, 2009


Cruises around Seattle are a great way to unwind at the end of a long day of sightseeing.  Those looking for a way to relax and see the sights at night can take advantage of Seattle Dinner Cruises, which are offered year round and include special cruise packages for Father’s Day, Thanksgiving, the Fourth of July, and Valentine’s Day. 

See gorgeous Elliott Bay aboard a fully-equipped state-of-the-art boat with its smooth velvet seats, cork decks, granite bars, and beautiful marble dance floors to experience the dramatic views of the waterfront and Seattle’s city skyline.  This cruise is a great way to celebrate a special occasion, and it is also appropriate for a regular night out.  The food is delicious and freshly prepared by the chefs from Elliott’s Seafood Restaurant.  The staff on board are very accommodating and their goal is to make every guest happy and comfortable. 

For a twist on the traditional dinner cruise experience, check out the Murder Mystery Dinner Cruise in Seattle for a 3-hour cruise with 3-course dinner while enjoying an entertaining live murder mystery.  You can sit back and watch the mystery unfold, or you might end up being involved in the investigation! The actors do an excellent job of hiding the identity of the “murderer” and at the end of the night it is interesting to see what actually had happened. 

Depending on the day, type of tour, and season, you will find these cruises departing at 4, 6, 7, 7:30 or 8 pm.  The price of tickets includes your meal and beverages.  Book early at to ensure availability on the date you are requesting. 

A Night of Murder and Mystery in Dallas

Thursday, April 2nd, 2009

For a unique experience, take Keith & Margo’s Ultimate Mystery Dinner Adventure at Old Mill Inn in Dallas.  This interactive show is a great nighttime activity to take loved ones to on a special occasion, and the performers are happy to custom write a part incorporating that into the festivities.  Throughout the night you will conduct an investigation into a fictitious homicide case.  You play a crucial part in the investigation as you evaluate evidence and interrogate suspects.  Of course you can’t be ruled out as a suspect, so you may find yourself being interrogated as well. 

During the show you will be served a catered dinner, complete with cash bar and assorted fruit, cheeses, and crackers plus a fresh double entrée and dessert.  Enjoy your fabulous meal but be ready to get back to work solving the crime! You will not want to miss a beat and will enjoy pouring over evidence and comparing your theories about motive.  At the conclusion of the show, everyone will present their theories and the Homicide Detective will expose the murderer after piecing all the details together.  You may even win the Grand Prize if you turn out to be the most accurate and detail-oriented so break out your magnifying glass and get to investigating!

The dress code for this event is upscale casual but do not wear jeans or t-shirts and sneakers. This is an incredible way to spend the evening and is recommended for anyone who is ready to put their ‘thinking caps’ on and decode the mystery.  For more on this activity, visit

Napa Wine Tours

Thursday, February 5th, 2009

There are a number of ways to tour beautiful Napa and its famous wineries that make up California Wine Country.  Tours are offered by bus, train, carriage, or hot air balloon, but the very best way to tour the wineries is in the comfort of a private, chauffeured limo.  This way you can tour Napa and Sonoma Valley while someone else takes care of the driving.  Tours range from 5 to 8 hours and include a wide range of wines to taste along the way.

For those in the mood for a little romance, you can fly over the picturesque Sonoma Valley in a hot air balloon as you meander between mountains and above the grapevines and beautiful bodies of water below.  These tours last about an hour and, depending on the wind currents, can cover about 3 to 10 miles of ground. 

Yet another option to consider on your travels is the Napa Wine Train or, for a creative twist, the Wine Train with Gourmet Dinner and Murder Mystery.  Choose this option on one of your visits to California and you will not be disappointed.  The trip begins with an informal wine tasting where you sample two different types of wine.  The dinner theatre portion of the ride consists of a four act interactive drama and four course gourmet meal.  The cast is fully costumed and takes time to mingle with the crowd, dropping hints that might help solve the mystery.  This is a great way to spend an evening while experimenting with different wines and enjoying great company and delicious food.

For more details on tours and activities like those mentioned here, visit

A Night of Mystery and Intrigue in Virginia Beach

Monday, December 15th, 2008

When you think of Virginia Beach, chances are you invoke images of sand and surf, and a time to be wild and carefree.  What you might not think of is all of the wonderful shows and entertainment at your fingertips in this great area that will give you that same feeling of being truly alive.  Virginia Beach Tours offers you the chance for fun and excitement in a unique way…through the eyes of a skilled detective!

Virginia Beach’s superior performers help you to tap into the mystery and scheming that goes along with any high-quality murder mystery show.  At the Mystery Dinner Playhouse, anything goes.  Your dinner will be served to you by one of many characters actively involved in the crime-solving – and sometimes crime committing – and you will receive clues intended to get you closer to solving the mystery at hand.  Some will help you and others may throw you off course, but either way you are in for the time of your life, and don’t forget to keep good notes!  They will surely help you as you struggle to put the pieces of the puzzle together one at a time.

As dinner is served, you will have the opportunity to ask questions of the suspects, so be ready to inquire as much as you can between scenes.  The end of the evening brings prizes to those who best solve the mystery, so think carefully about your answers before they are submitted to the panel.

From now until the end of April, the playhouse will be showing “Who Killed the Boss?”  Your setting will be a company party, and the details of the crime are anybody’s guess.  So join Rob from Marketing, Bill from IT, intern Amanda, and the rest of the animated bunch from National Universal Technology Services for an evening of deception and chilling murders.  You will be so glad you came, saw, and solved that you will feel like your own version of Sherlock Holmes.

Check out one of the murder mystery shows at the Mystery Dinner Playhouse, and for a special way to spend the holiday, join in on the fun during a special performance on New Year’s Eve.  Details and booking information are available now at

Norfolk, a City Rich with History and Natural Beauty

Wednesday, December 3rd, 2008

Norfolk, Virginia is a city steeped in history.  Officially founded in 1682, the area started out as the Upper and Lower Norfolk Counties, the latter eventually becoming what we know today as Norfolk.  It was incorporated in 1705 but became a casualty by the later part of the century, having burned down during the Revolutionary War.  It was, of course, rebuilt and remains alive and well today.

Here are a few interesting facts about Norfolk and the surrounding vicinity to get you acquainted with the area and its history:

Lay of the Land: The city of Norfolk is comprised of 66 square miles of land, including 7 miles of Chesapeake Bay beachfront.  Much of the land is dedicated to residential neighborhoods, and as of July of 2007, 235,747 residents call Norfolk home.  In the immediate area, Norfolk is second only to Virginia Beach in population.

Climate: The average temperatures place Norfolk in the humid subtropical category.  The area tends to enjoy milder winters and hot, humid summers.  Although snow falls every winter, the average for the year is only 7 inches.

Natural Beauty: The area has been designated as a Tree City, since it is surrounded by beautiful trees and flowers, and it also houses the Norfolk Botanical Garden.  The luxurious landscape is just one of the attributes that add to the city’s incredible charm.

Military Background: Norfolk is home to the largest naval base in the world and serves as the headquarters for the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO).

Art & Culture: Norfolk has become a cultural center, housing several major performing arts companies, yearly festivals, and parades.  To awaken the art lover in you, visit one of the area’s fine museums located in nearby Williamsburg and Newport News.  You can choose whether you would prefer a more historical attraction like Colonial Williamsburg or one devoted to wildlife.

A Day at the Theatre: If you are in the mood for something to get your heart pumping, attend a show at the Mystery Dinner Playhouse in Virginia Beach.  Now in its twelfth year, they are pros at keeping the audience involved and entertained throughout the performance.  You will laugh at the hijinks that ensue as the gang tries to make sense of the clues that surface, which will hopefully lead them (and you) to the ultimate conclusion of whodunit.  For those closer to the Williamsburg area, you will not be left out in the cold.  You can also jump on the murder mystery bandwagon, as there is a Mystery Dinner Playhouse waiting for you as well.

Travel: Norfolk is in an optimal location, giving you easy access to seven local cities.  The Seven Cities of Hampton Roads, located in the southeast portion of Virginia, are composed of Chesapeake, Hampton, Newport News, Norfolk, Portsmouth, Suffolk, and Virginia Beach.

Keep tuned in to for up to date information on the tours and shows going on in the area.

Living it Up in D-Town

Thursday, November 6th, 2008

Dallas is the third-largest city in Texas and the ninth-largest city in the US.  It is home to the Dallas Cowboys and the well-known Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders.  When traveling to the Dallas area, it is a great idea to plan ahead and book spaces on some of the many tours and activities offered.  You can take an adventure tour, go duck hunting, or fly over the area in a helicopter.  The possibilities go on and on.

For a unique experience, take Keith & Margo’s Ultimate Mystery Dinner Adventure at Old Mill Inn in Dallas.  This interactive show is a great nighttime activity to take loved ones to on a special occasion, and the performers are happy to custom write a part incorporating that into the festivities.  Or, for a romantic twist, take your partner on a Classic Gondola Ride in Dallas.  The ride will take an hour, and this is a great opportunity to spend some quality time with your loved one on an anniversary or any other day.  For an added touch, you can pay to have a personalized message in a bottle made, and it will appear next to your partner at some point during the cruise.

Other travel ideas include goose, turkey, and hog hunting in Seymour, Texas and a visit to a Texas dude ranch.  With so many country western themed activities, you will truly feel like a cowboy or cowgirl by the end of your trip! Just remember to bring along your own gear on the hunting excursions and, as always, have a rootin’ tootin’ good time!

Stepping Out in the ‘Rock ‘n Roll Capital of the World’

Tuesday, October 7th, 2008

Cleveland, along with Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, has been named one of the most livable cities in the United States and it is also considered to be the best city for business meetings in the continental US.  The city’s top landmark is the magnificent Terminal Tower, which stands at an amazing 708 feet tall.  Up until 1964 it was the second tallest building in North America outside of New York City and the tallest in the city of Cleveland.  Perhaps the best way to see the city is on a cruise down the Ohio River.

There are many cruise options should you decide that you want to see the city from out on the water.  You can opt to take a brunch or lunch cruise for a laid back sightseeing experience or a Sunset Dinner Cruise for an evening of food and entertainment.  Another option is the Rock N Roll Museum & Lunch Cruise where you can enjoy an unlimited buffet as you ride underneath historic bridges and take in the beauty of the Cleveland city skyline.  You will stop at the Nautica Entertainment Complex located on the West Bank of the Cleveland Flats.  The complex is encompassed by a half-mile long boardwalk which serves as an excellent vantage point to see the skyline.  Included in the price of the cruise is a ticket to the famous Rock N Roll Hall of Fame with its unique architectural structure and rich musical history.

Yet another option for while you are in town is to get tickets for Murder Mystery Dinner Theatre in Columbus.  This is a wonderful interactive way to spend the evening, and ‘Murder at Bedside Manor’ is packed with humor and entertainment.  You  will love getting to know the characters that make the show tick and you may even be called on to participate in the production.  After all, audience participation is the key to any successful murder mystery show.  There are many others to choose from, including ‘Killing Mr. Withers’ and ‘Marriage Can Be Murder.’  Regardless which show you choose, you are definitely in for a wickedly funny performance.

Cleveland is a wonderful city to get to know.  Whether you decide to take a cruise, go to the theatre, or explore the city on foot, you are sure to have the time of your life.  For more tour and activity ideas, visit

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