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The Best Eats in Nashville

Friday, October 25th, 2013

chicken stand1. Mafiaoza’s

With countless pizza toppings for an any-way-you-want-it experience, two for one slice and beer specials, and free bits of dough for the kids to play with while you wait, Mafiaoza’s is the place to be if you’ve craving a good, southern pie. They’ve even got gluten-free options available upon request!

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Halloween Screams

Tuesday, October 1st, 2013

halloweenWell hello there, October! Haven’t seen you in a few months. Well, 12 really.

Pumpkin Spice flavoring is everywhere around this time of year. Coffeehouses, grocery stores, restaurant seasonal dessert menus, your kitchen… By the time this month rolls around, thoughts about hayrides and Halloween are on your mind more than ever. If you’re taking a trip soon, or looking for a themed adventure in or around your own town, we got a few to choose from.

Here are a few of our favorites.

Charleston Halloween Ghost Sail

On this family-friendly tour, you’ll set sail for a nighttime adventure featuring spooky stories about Charleston’s past. (more…)

Celebrity Homes in Nashville

Friday, August 16th, 2013

nashville homeFor those of us who consider ourselves pop culture connoisseurs, the Homes of the Stars Tour in Nashville is a definite must.  This driving tour gives travelers the opportunity to drive through some of the most elite neighborhoods that many popular country music stars call home.

Many country stars live in this great city, including a personal favorite, Martina McBride. This tour allows passengers to see her house as well as the homes of Alan Jackson, Brooks & Dunn, and Trisha Yearwood.  The people of America have become so intrigued by the lives of today’s celebrities, and this tour satisfies that desire to take a closer look into the lives of the icons of generations past and present. 

Luckily, this tour includes free hotel pick-up, so there’s no need to pull yourself out of crazy fan mode to concentrate on driving back to the hotel. This tour should make anyone’s short list while they are in Nashville. It’s only about three hours long, but it covers much ground so you definitely don’t want to miss it!

 

Happy star-struck travels!

Y’all… We’re Taking it Behind the ABC Nashville Scenes

Wednesday, July 10th, 2013

In case you haven’t heard, ABC recently produced this amazing prime-time drama named Nashville.

Who are we kidding? Of course you’ve heard of it! Even if you’ve literally been living under a rock, chances are at least one of the tunes from the show has seeped into your little hideout. The series just wrapped its first season a couple months ago, and fans are already anticipating this fall’s premier. It’s got a pretty good storyline, y’all, and it highlights all the effortless beauty of Music City. Don’t worry; they don’t really say “y’all” that much.

While you’re waiting for the second season to begin, allow us to recommend taking a trip to Nashville and experiencing the real deal: Music Row, all the Honky Tonks along Broadway, the Country Music Hall of Fame, the Grand Ole Opry and the list goes on. Seriously folks, this ain’t your mama’s rodeo.

The nightlife is vibrant, and there’s never a dull moment in the city, especially if you check out our new ABC Nashville TV Show Experience Tour. Explore real-life filming locations featured in the show. Visit the homes of the main characters. Go inside the Bluebird Café to find out why playing at this classic venue is a songwriter’s dream gig. Learn which famous artists got their start in this spot and why the lines to get in the door are always so long. The tour only operates on Sundays, but this would be a great way to start your week.

 

Happy Travels!

Top 10 Tours & Activities in the USA

Friday, April 5th, 2013

There are countless things to do in our great nation. In any given city, town, metropolis or even rural area, chances are there’s a cool sight to see or unique tours to try.

So, whether you’re looking to visit the states for the very first time, or your a citizen seeking to explore a different side of the country, this list may help you decide where to go and what to do. Here are our most popular stateside product offerings, after the jump!

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Everyone Needs a Nashville Getaway

Tuesday, February 26th, 2013

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The Reserve123 team runs most of our operations from the great southern city of Atlanta, a wonderful viagra order no prescription destination for anyone looking for an East Coast vacation. We’ve got unique restaurants, a diverse culture, noteworthy attractions, and fairly decent weather. Atlanta will certainly tickle your travel fancy. (more…)

Holiday Tour Season is Here

Tuesday, November 13th, 2012

See the Holiday Lights of New York Tour by Minibus

The most wonderful time of the year is here. By now, you’ve likely already made booked your flights and/or rental cars, and all your holiday travel preparations are probably in order. The kids are getting excited. Everyone is getting a jump start on the grocery shopping. You’ve dug up those criminally decorative sweaters from the hidden depths of your closet, and the camera you received Christmas last year is charged, loaded and ready capture.  The local department stores have put up the lights,  holiday commercials have began to air on television, and depending on where you live, there may now be snow on the ground. In general, the atmosphere has shifted, and unless you’ve been bitten by the “bah, hum-bug,” you’re ready to spread and share the cheer.

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Holiday lights are always fun to explore. Which house has the most extravagant display in the neighborhood? How will the park top last year’s arrangement? If you keep your eyes peeled, you might even catch a live nativity demonstration somewhere. The music is merry and bright, Santa is on every other corner, and it’s perfectly acceptable to sip eggnog with breakfast, lunch and dinner. While you’re re-creating you’re favorite recipes in the kitchen, consider adding some spice to your leisure time as well. Take a holiday excursion of some sort! Cruises, coach tours, and trolley rides are all sure ways to see a town in all its magical glory. Here are some of our favorites

General Jackson Holiday Dinner Cruise & Show in Nashville (here): Everything takes place in a glittering two-story theater, where you will enjoy a delicious holiday dinner, and a heart-warming show, filled with holiday classics and contemporary songs of the season, with a country twist. Check it out, y’all!

See the Holiday Lights of New York Tour by Minibus (as pictured): Other tours might keep you on the bus the whole time, but on the Holiday Lights of New York Tour by Minibus, your guide will hop off the shuttle with you and show you Christmas the way New York does it. You’re guaranteed to see the best holiday lights NYC has to offer.

Holiday Lights Tour on the Waikiki Trolley in Honolulu (here): If you’re lucky enough to be spending the holidays in Hawaii, then you’ll definitely want to see downtown Honolulu. It comes alive in a veritable galaxy of festive holiday lights.

Classic Cable Car Holiday Lights Tour in San Francisco (here): The Classic Cable Car rides are already glamorous by themselves, but when you throw the holiday lights in the mix… well, there are no words. You’ll even get a complimentary Santa’s hat!

We’ve got plenty of other holiday touring options, so take a look and see how you can participate in making things festive this year. Even if you won’t be traveling this season, explore your own town! We hope you’re pleasantly surprised by the sights.

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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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!

Free Things To Do in Nashville

Monday, November 7th, 2011

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Photo by G. O’Graffer

So you kind of got crazy at the Pancake Pantry again and dropped about $50 on pancakes (this will happen to me, I’m sure), and now you need to cut corners on your second day in Nashville to make ends meet. Don’t fret, my little pancake fiend, because I give you 10 free things to do in Nashville!

1. See the 42-foot statue of Athena and the Parthenon in Nashville’s Centennial Park

2. Go to a Nashville Cowboy Church service in the Texas Troubadour Theatre. Country music artists and local songwriters perform their favorite gospels in this interdenominational service.

3. Visit the Tennessee State Museum that features the history of Tennessee starting from the pre-colonization to the 20th century.

4. Have fun and play in Nashville’s favorite children’s park – Dragon Park. The park features a sea serpent made by Pedro Silva and is decorated by hundreds of local artists.

5. See a piece of Nashville history when you visit Fort Nashborough.

6. Take a guide through the Tennessee State Capitol to view the governor’s reception room, House of Representatives, Senate, and the old State Library.

7. Walk over Tennessee’s Shelby Street Pedestrian Bridge.

8. Check out the latest exhibition at the Vanderbilt University Fine Art Gallery.

9. Have a picnic in the Edwin and Percy Warner Parks

10. Go star gazing at a star party at the New Sudekum Planetarium.

There you have it, you can have your pancakes and see Nashville too.

- Kris
http://reserve123.com

We pick our favorite tours for the Fall – Pt 2.

Tuesday, September 27th, 2011

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Photo by Ray Wise

Photo by Ray Wise

This is a continuation from our Favorite Falls blog post.

Honestly, any tour in Savannah in the fall would be great,  especially ghost tours.  Walking tours are fun and you can get a real feel for the city and its history.” – Michael

I couldn’t agree more. Savannah can get really hot, but it starts to cool down in late September – early October. Savannah is definitely a walking city, so walking tours are pretty common.

Scary Ghost Walking Tour
Walking Martini Tour

“My favorite fall tour would have to be the Medieval Halloween Banquet in London because I love monsters, theatrics, food, and boos. :)  We have a bunch of Fall tours that may tickle your fancy, whether you like celebrating the season or Halloween!” – Lauren

“My recommendation for the PERFECT Fall tour is definitely the Fall Foliage Tour by Bus from Boston. It’s only available for about 6 weeks, but it’s always been a favorite of our customers. There isn’t anything prettier than New England when the leaves change. I have personally been in Vermont and New Hampshire during this time and the colors are spectacular!” – Barbara

I always book the Open Top Hop On/Off Tour when I am visiting New York.  I normally stay in Manhattan so my guests and I walk to Gray Line New York’s office and pick up our boarding passes.  The tour picks up and drops off at all the popular attractions (Empire State Building, Chinatown, Madison Square Garden, Rockefeller Center, etc.).  With a map in hand (available at the Gray Line office), we plan our stops.  When we are done, we simply go back to the drop off site and wait for the next bus to come by.  It’s never more than 15 minutes.  The guides are very knowledgeable and you can tell they are proud of their city.  It’s a great way to see a large city in a short amount of time.” – Sacki

“My favorite tour would have to be the “Grand Ole Opry House Backstage Guided Tour in Nashville”. I got to go backstage when I went to the Opry with Michelle and Barbara and it was great! The dressing rooms are AMAZING and you get to see where the stars hang out.   A must for country music fans!” – Allison

- Kris
www.reserve123.com


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