Have you been to a Christmas festival yet? Most tree-lighting parties have already occurred and Hanukkah started on November 28th, so gift-giving season is definitely in full swing. The weekends might start to get a little dreamy, and (hopefully) your days are getting more cheery. Enjoy it! The time will pass sooner than you expect, and you’ll be trying to stick to those New Year’s resolutions in no time. Wherever you’ll be over the next few weeks, chances are there’s a sweet holiday activity waiting for you – even if you won’t be leaving your hometown. All of our festive options can be found here, and below are some of our picks.
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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
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Easter Sunday is upon us, and you may or may not have started painting hard-boiled eggs, shopping for pastel dresses and looking up new dinner recipes. The kids are looking forward to scavenger hunts and candy baskets, and the holiday aisle at your local grocery store if overflowing with marshmallow-filled bunnies.
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New Year’s Eve is right around the bend, which means it’s time for party people around the world to get ready before time runs out! For the serious celebrators, there are some awesome activities worldwide that simply can’t be missed.
Almost everywhere in the world people will stay up late to see the old year out and the new year in with church bells ringing, fireworks, countdowns, music and merriment. As the clock nears midnight in every time zone, these top 10 cities will push the limit of festivity. Ringing in the new year on any of Reserve123′s New Year’s Eve Tours & Activities is a fantastic experience. Celebrate the New Year in style with spirited parties, cruises, bonfires, fireworks, and much more. (more…)
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.
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.
Limo tours of Sonoma can’t be beat, so it is no surprise that this is the most popular way to see California’s beautiful Wine Country. You can start your tour from San Francisco or from the Napa/Sonoma area and choose from a vintage Packard limousine or a 6 or 8 passenger stretch limo or SUV. Either way you will see the sights in style as you travel around this well-known region.
For a comprehensive tour of Napa and Sonoma, book a limousine for the day 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.
Whether you are going for a romantic feel or are simply looking for a unique way to see the sights with family and friends, limo tours are the way to go. I recently rented one of the 6-passenger stretch limousines during a family reunion weekend in San Francisco so that those who were interested could take a tour of California Wine Country and do some wine tasting. The trip was a total success and our out of town guests were thrilled to have had the experience with us. We stopped at a couple of Estate cellars and also a smaller boutique winery and tasted some of the best ports and brandies available anywhere. I think the family would agree that the memories we made on that day will last us all a lifetime!
Lauren and I recently took a trip to the Bay area, and while we wore ourselves out exploring every inch of the city we could, we had a fantastic time. We stomped around SoMa, sailed by the Golden Gate, strolled around Fisherman’s Wharf, ventured through Alcatraz and even wandered about in Chinatown. Like proper little travelers, we made the best of every waking moment. In our minds, sleep was for the weak, and we were anything but weak. Of course we passed out on the plane ride home, but that means each minute was well spent.
There are countless sites out there with articles on why you should visit San Francisco, and many of them have similar reasons: the crooked street, the Painted Ladies, the cable cars and the list goes on. Honestly, these are all wonderful reasons, but on behalf of the Reserve123 team, I’d like to give you some solid motives to visit the Bay.
#4. The Golden Gate Bridge
I know. You were expecting this one, right? Everybody talks about the Golden Gate Bridge and all it’s glory. It’s featured in virtually every movie that’s set in San Francisco, and it’s been photographed more than your favorite celebrity; it’s practically San Francisco’s mascot – with good reason. This bridge is not over-rated, and it’s even better in person. The orange hue is outrageously vibrant, and one roundtrip ride across will have you in admiring its artistic architecture. In short, it’s a beautiful structure, and it’s well worth all the attention it receives.
#3. The Weather
You may or may not have been expecting this one, but it certainly deserves to be on the list (those who crave the heat may disagree). The average high year-round is between 60 and 70 degrees Fahrenheit, or 16 and 21 degrees Celsius. In addition, cool currents from the Pacific Ocean generally make for a breezy day and nurture some pretty photo-worthy clouds of fog. Sure, the weather may be predictable, but at least you know what to expect and how to dress – layers!
#2. The Food
We’ve mentioned the food before. House of Nanking in Chinatown and Boudin at the Wharf both made our hearts swoon, but there are many other hidden gems around the town. Chinatown also produces some sensational dim sum, and the Mission District boasts some terrific taquerías. You can taste of foods from all over the world in 49 square miles. Furthermore, San Franciscans really fancy local ingredients, so you’re sure to find some amazing markets, especially on the weekends. What more could you ask for?
#1. The People
American author James Michener once said, “If you reject the food, ignore the customs, fear the religion and avoid the people, you might better stay at home.” He was right. Perhaps the most special aspect of any city is the people who’ve chosen to make a home there, and depending on how you approach the community, you may head home with ill feelings. This is never good. Thankfully for San Francisco, it’s citizens are friendly, welcoming, and fun to be around, and this is coming from someone who’s accustomed to Southern hospitality. Obviously I can’t speak for everyone in the city, but in general, these folks are class acts.