AFFORDABLE LUXURY IN ALABAMA – Orange Beach

 

Turquoise Place – Orange Beach, Alabama

Orange Beach is one of the most overlooked beautiful places in the United States. When you hear “Alabama” the first thing that comes to mind is usually not tropical vacation destinations.

Being overlooked has a great advantage, it falls into the GoCheepNow concept when it comes to affordability on those last minute trips, weekend getaways or family vacations.

Our favorite place to stay among many beautiful locations is “Turquoise Place” located on the shore of Orange Beach.

MAKE RESERVATIONS – Turquoise Place  -HERE

It is listed as a condo but also rented like a hotel. The property is also loaded with amenities such as restaurants, bars, lazy river, indoor pool, steam, tennis, kids area and much more…  The peak season June, July and August and can reach $350 per night but when you consider you are staying in 2, 3, and 4 bedroom units thats quite a bargain. 

Being on the Gulf Coast, the peak season is not an issue, the weather stays above 80 degrees March, April May and September, October, November. At these time the units go as low as $150 per night.  now thats a bargain! 

Turquoise Place units are spacious three and four bedroom condos with plenty of room for the entire family. …

Enjoy amenities such as our lazy river, indoor and outdoor pools, steam rooms and saunas, fitness centers, tennis courts, playground, life-sized board games, and more.

 

MAKE RESERVATIONS – Turquoise Place  -HERE

 

Other Options for Accommodations – Hotels and Condos In Orange Beach, Alabama

The Alabama Gulf Coast is warmed by sunshine, history, culture and unspoiled natural beauty. You’ll find 32 miles of sugar-white sand beaches made almost entirely of fine, quartz grains washed down from the Appalachian Mountains thousands of years ago.

Once you visit the Gulf Coast area of Baldwin County, you quickly realize these are some of the finest beaches in the world, and one of America’s hidden gem locations.

You’ll  yearn to return year after year to feel the sand between your toes, splash around in the turquoise water, smell the salty air and admire the jaw-dropping sunsets of Gulf Shores and Orange Beach, Alabama.

Some of the best fishing in The Gulf of Mexico is also available!

Can You Say Red Fish

Charter Links

Fishing Charter Links / Reservations

 

Here Are A Few Activities Orange Beach, Alabama Has To Offer

Activities Locator – Click Here

 

Activities Locator – Click Here

 

Other Options for Accommodations – Hotels and Condos In Orange Beach, Alabama

 

Gulf Shores and Orange Beach have spectacular award-winning restaurants. The pricing maintains a $$$ out of $$$$$ for gourmet dining. Here are a few of our favorites.

 

Specialises in fresh fish and seafood dishes full of wonderful flavours. Oysters, tuna, crab and lobster are all in abundance and there’s also a spectacular selection of sushi on offer. For those less enthralled by fish, the chefs at Big Fish Restaurant and Bar know how to prepare a steak and a mouth-watering burger too. The restaurant’s classic signature dish is the hand trimmed fish of the day, sautéed, grilled, bronzed or fried. This place will not disappoint.
Unlike most restaurants along the coast that asks guests to cover up to eat, swimwear, sundresses and flip flops are all perfectly acceptable here. An open-air restaurant, diners are treated to incredible views of the ocean that are especially beautiful at sunset. Surf and turf lovers will be in their element with Bimini Bob’s array of fish, shrimp, crab, oysters and beef brisket burgers, and children will love watching dolphins play as they tuck into their kids-sized meals. Happy hour lasts nearly all day and local bands regularly perform.
Serves delicious authentic Italian classics and fresh seafood in an incredibly romantic setting. Bring a loved one here and feast on a tasty dinner of toasted ravioli, shrimp and artichoke soup, Tuscan grilled snapper and a Capri side salad. Or keep it simple with a crisp, create your own pizza. For drinks, try the Sicilian iced tea or the pineapple upside down cake martini. All of the dishes here are beautifully displayed and the view across the water is simply spectacular.
Home to both the Upstairs restaurant and the Dockside restaurant. Both are excellent, with Upstairs offering guests the chance to revel in an upscale dining experience as they sample the chef’s latest seasonal creations such as roasted oysters with leek garlic butter, and stuffed flounder with lemon burre blanc. Dockside on the other hand, is a much more casual, family oriented venue, with an excellent Sunday Brunch.
The ideal choice restaurant for those after simple yet delicious dishes cooked to perfection. The menu features tempting dishes such as pork tenderloin with a butternut squash risotto, New York strip steak with cheddar mashed potatoes, pan seared salmon with roasted red potatoes, and lobster mac ‘n’ cheese. Gilbey’s also boasts a fantastic selection of wines, available both by the bottle and the glass, and the bartenders here certainly know how to whip up a good cocktail.
Makes for a chilled out lunch, dinner or drinks spot. The staff here keep the vinyl spinning to create a friendly and relaxed atmosphere, and the cocktails and cold beers flow into the evening. Sit outside and enjoy simple yet wholesome fare such as tuna tartar with avocado, grilled swordfish with raw local tomatoes, a handmade Gulf burger in a brioche bun or a fried grouper sandwich. The type of place that makes people completely lose track of time, The Gulf is the epitome of the holiday vibe beach bar.
Dishes are prepared using a wood burning stove and grill to create amazing combinations of flavours. Try the grilled beef fillet mignon, the beer braised short ribs or the bone in pork chop. Villaggio Grille also has plenty to satisfy seafood lovers, the white truffle honey Gulf coast shrimp and the fried oyster Caesar salad are both absolutely delicious.
We Truly Hope You Enjoy Orange Beach and all it has to Offer!
Enjoy,   Chris

Swim With The Dinosaurs – Glen Rose, Texas…

GLEN ROSE, TEXAS

From ancient history to modern recreation, Glen Rose has it all. Hunt for footprints left by dinosaurs millions of years ago,  play a round at Squaw Valley Golf Club,  tour Fossil Rim Wildlife Center, a wildlife safari park in Texas.  Swim with the Dinosaurs!  Regardless of what you enjoy, you’ll find something to love at  in Glen Rose.

If you decide to visit Glen Rose on vacation or for a weekend family getaway our recommendation for accommodations is always  going to be OakDale Park.
OakDale park located in Glen Rose Texas it’s  just shy of a two hour drive from Dallas and an easy ninety minute drive from Fort Worth.
One visit will keep you coming back time and time again. Whether you like to camp, bring a travel trailer or RV or stay in a quaint little cabin house full of history, they have it all.  On weekends bluegrass entertainers flock to the sound stage within the park providing free concerts. They also have a beautiful olympic (plus sized) pool for relaxing on warm Texas afternoon.

Sound Stage
Across the street, roughly a three minute walk, you will find Big Rock Park one of many wonderful places to enjoy a natural swim or a float on the river.
If you don’t like nature and are here for the scenic sites, downtown explorations or in search of Dinosaurs there are some hotel choices as well. Here are two that we have stayed that we can recommend.
If OakDale Park is booked up we like best
Averages $100 a night, upscale and beautiful grounds
Averages $75 a night, clean and free breakfast included
Top Attractions in Glen Rose

History

Earliest visitors

Archeological evidence suggests humans have occupied this area for many centuries. Native American Indians lived at sites in the park from about 6,000 years ago until Europeans arrived. They came here for the water and the abundant game, fish and mussels. They were probably ancestors of the Tonkawa, who lived in this region in later times.

 

The Tonkawa were bands of hunter-gatherers. Besides hunting game and catching fish and mussels in the river, they harvested pecans and walnuts, wild grapes and other local foods.

 

In the 1700s, Wichita groups migrated south from the high plains into this area. Wichita people built villages of conical huts, hunted buffalo and farmed.

 

Nomadic bands of Comanche also moved south into Texas about this time. The Comanche were highly skilled horseback riders. One of the largest bands of Comanche, known as “Wasps” or “Honey-Eaters,” rode through present-day Somervell County. They spent winters in this area, grazing their ponies on the grass prairies, protected from the cold north winds by limestone bluffs.

 

French traders and explorers were likely the first Europeans to travel through this area, also in the 1700s.They traded with and gained the support of the Comanche and Wichita. In part, this was because the French would supply guns and ammunition.

 

Evidence in stone

In 1908, a flood of epic proportions roared down the Paluxy. It washed out all bridges and culverts on the river and scoured the riverbed.

A year later, nine-year-old George Adams discovered something amazing in the river:  large, three-toed tracks – theropod tracks

 

Nearly 20 years later, a fossil collector for the American Museum of Natural History in New York named R. T. Bird saw one of the theropod tracks in a shop in New Mexico. He decided to come to Texas and check out the site. While exploring in the river, he was amazed to discover what looked like sauropod tracks, along with the theropod tracks. The tracks were the first proof that sauropods walked on land.

Saving the tracks

The 1,587-acre Dinosaur Valley State Park opened in 1972. Its mission:  to preserve these valuable dinosaur track sites and to allow people to learn from and enjoy them.

 

You can’t miss the models of an Apatosaurus (70 feet) and Tyrannosaurus rex (45 feet) near headquarters. The fiberglass models were on display at the 1964-65 New York’s World’s Fair. 

Dinosaur Valley State Park – Info Here

HISTORY

Have you ever wondered how Fossil Rim Wildlife Center came to be, or how we have changed and grown over the last 30-plus years? Our history is an interesting story of one man’s passion, a couple’s call to

conservation and the sustaining efforts of many dedicated people whose love for animals brought them to a small Central Texas town to fight on the behalf of endangered animals.

 

 

Fossil Rim Wildlife Center is where Africa comes to Texas. Our 1,800-acre facility offers a 7.2-mile scenic drive where you can interact with approximately 1,100 rare and endangered animals roaming free in their herds.

 

Stay in your car, reserve your Fossil Rim Wildlife Center is where Africa comes to Texas. Our 1,800-acre facility offers a 7.2-mile scenic drive where you can interact with approximately 1,100 rare and endangered animals roaming free in their herds.

 

Stay in your car, reserve your spot on a guided tour, or even spend a night at our Foothills Safari Camp or The Lodge to see 50-plus species of wild animals including cheetahs, wolves, giraffes, rhinos and more. The delicious food at The Overlook Cafe is paired with an incredible view overlooking the park and our Nature Store offers an array of souvenirs to take home to family and friends.

 

While Fossil Rim is sure to provide a unique experience and exciting adventure, we are dedicated to the conservation of species on the brink of extinction. Fossil Rim conducts scientific research, trains professionals, responsibly manages our natural resources and is committed to public education.

 

In the early 1970s, Fort Worth businessman Tom Mantzel had a penchant for making money in the oil industry and a passion for exotic animals. In 1973, he purchased an exotic game ranch called “Waterfall Ranch.” He renamed the place “Fossil Rim Wildlife Ranch,” and enthusiastically set about adding to the exotic hoofstock herds that he found there.
What began as a weekend retreat for Tom soon became a full-time obsession.

Growing concern over loss of wild habitat and species extinction compelled Tom to experiment in captive breeding at Fossil Rim. In 1982, he brought Grevy’s zebras to the ranch in his first effort to propagate an endangered species. Fossil Rim became the first ranch to participate in a Species Survival Plan (SSP) of the American Zoo and Aquarium Association (AZA). Success with the Grevy’s SSP spurred work with other endangered animals, such as the African addax.

 

You Will Love This Place!
The Lodge At Fossil Rim.   Reserve Here

The Lodge and the Foothills Safari Camp cabins are just about the closest you can get to camping on a safari in Africa without traveling out of Texas. The Lodge itself was originally the house built by Tom Mantzel – the man who started this great wildlife park. It boasts five bedrooms: two on the first floor, two on the second floor and one on the third floor.

 

The two on the first floor are named the Hummingbird and Egret rooms, and they each have two full-size beds, a closet, a dresser and a fireplace in them. They share a bathroom at the end of the hallway.

 

Each of these rooms has a spectacular deck that is easily accessible from sliding doors in each room. The deck overlooks the pasture in the front of the house, where you can see a variety of our animals in their natural habitat, such as herds of addax or sable antelope.

 

The common area located on the first floor is full of family-friendly amenities such as books, a pool table, board games and a few binders full of facts about Fossil Rim and the animals here. There is also a wet bar that has beautiful stained glass; this is where the adults can enjoy themselves and have a drink or two. Currently, The Lodge and Foothills Safari Camp are BYOB.

Wrapping around the second floor, there is a covered deck that allows guests to have an elevated view of the pastures that surround The Lodge and the creek that runs through the property; it is the perfect place for watching our animals.

 

Fossil Rim is open 362 days per year, so it is always a good time to stay in the land of the Texas safari.

Reserve The Lodge at Fossil Rim  –  HERE

 

HISTORIC COURTHOUSE SQUARE

 

ABOUT THE HISTORIC AREA

The Historic Courthouse Square in Glen Rose provides an opportunity to almost step back in time to a more relaxing and simpler time. The Courthouse was built in 1893 and the community has grown up around it.

Downtown squares and especially courthouse squares were the heart and soul of small-town America.

It was no different in Glen Rose with movie theaters, restaurants, most retail stores and offices all located within walking distance of each other. Today, the Glen Rose Courthouse Square features several specialty shops and museums.

 

The Courthouse is within in easy walking distance to restaurants and even a historic inn.

BRONZE STATUE

One of the 1st things a visitor is sure to notice on the Courthouse Square is a bronze statue, titled “Barnard’s of the Brazos – First Family of Glen Rose.” The bronze pays tribute to Charles and Juana Barnard, who were the founding patriarchs of Glen Rose.

The bronze was sculpted by noted Glen Rose artist Robert Summers. He also created the John Wayne statue for John Wayne Airport in Orange County, California, as well as other major works of art located around the country.

Swimming and Tubbing Over the Dinosaur Tracks in the  Paluxy River

What a thrill and a beautiful way to spend the day!
This is as close as you can get to an actual Dinosaur
The best six dollars you will  ever spend!
This is a must see when in Glen Rose, fun and full of laughs – make sure you watch the 20 minute video when you arrive or you may be lost in the presentation –

The Creation Evidence Museum of Texas is an educational museum. The Museum is funded solely by contributions from individuals or groups wishing to see the truth of creation made known.

They are located in Glen Rose in Somerville County. The museum was founded in 1984 by Director Carl Baugh for the purpose of researching evidence and displaying exhibits that support the Biblical creation.

 

The Creation Evidence Museum provides scientific evidence for creation to thousands of people each year.

 

Every year, new artifacts and documents are added to the museum’s collection through the generosity of individuals. 

What a Magical Place Glen Rose, Texas is…
Our favorite time of the year to visit is March through November
Enjoy!   Chris

If you decide to visit Glen Rose on vacation or for a weekend family getaway our recommendation for accommodations is always  going to be OakDale Park.
OakDale park located in Glen Rose Texas it’s  just shy of a two hour drive from Dallas and an easy ninety minute drive from Fort Worth.

One visit will keep you coming back time and time again. Whether you like to camp, bring a travel trailer or RV or stay in a quaint little cabin house full of history, they have it all.  On weekends bluegrass entertainers flock to the sound stage within the park providing free concerts. They also have a beautiful olympic (plus sized) pool for relaxing on warm Texas afternoon.

Sound Stage
Across the street, roughly a three minute walk, you will find Big Rock Park one of many wonderful places to enjoy a natural swim or a float on the river.
If you don’t like nature and are here for the scenic sites, downtown explorations or in search of Dinosaurs there are some hotel choices as well. Here are two that we have stayed that we can recommend.
If OakDale Park is booked up we like best
Averages $100 a night, upscale and beautiful grounds
Averages $75 a night, clean and free breakfast included
Top Attractions in Glen Rose

History

Earliest visitors

Archeological evidence suggests humans have occupied this area for many centuries. Native American Indians lived at sites in the park from about 6,000 years ago until Europeans arrived. They came here for the water and the abundant game, fish and mussels. They were probably ancestors of the Tonkawa, who lived in this region in later times.

 

The Tonkawa were bands of hunter-gatherers. Besides hunting game and catching fish and mussels in the river, they harvested pecans and walnuts, wild grapes and other local foods.

 

In the 1700s, Wichita groups migrated south from the high plains into this area. Wichita people built villages of conical huts, hunted buffalo and farmed.

 

Nomadic bands of Comanche also moved south into Texas about this time. The Comanche were highly skilled horseback riders. One of the largest bands of Comanche, known as “Wasps” or “Honey-Eaters,” rode through present-day Somervell County. They spent winters in this area, grazing their ponies on the grass prairies, protected from the cold north winds by limestone bluffs.

 

French traders and explorers were likely the first Europeans to travel through this area, also in the 1700s.They traded with and gained the support of the Comanche and Wichita. In part, this was because the French would supply guns and ammunition.

 

Evidence in stone

In 1908, a flood of epic proportions roared down the Paluxy. It washed out all bridges and culverts on the river and scoured the riverbed.

A year later, nine-year-old George Adams discovered something amazing in the river:  large, three-toed tracks – theropod tracks

 

Nearly 20 years later, a fossil collector for the American Museum of Natural History in New York named R. T. Bird saw one of the theropod tracks in a shop in New Mexico. He decided to come to Texas and check out the site. While exploring in the river, he was amazed to discover what looked like sauropod tracks, along with the theropod tracks. The tracks were the first proof that sauropods walked on land.

Saving the tracks

The 1,587-acre Dinosaur Valley State Park opened in 1972. Its mission:  to preserve these valuable dinosaur track sites and to allow people to learn from and enjoy them.

 

You can’t miss the models of an Apatosaurus (70 feet) and Tyrannosaurus rex (45 feet) near headquarters. The fiberglass models were on display at the 1964-65 New York’s World’s Fair. 

Dinosaur Valley State Park – Info Here

HISTORY

Have you ever wondered how Fossil Rim Wildlife Center came to be, or how we have changed and grown over the last 30-plus years? Our history is an interesting story of one man’s passion, a couple’s call to

conservation and the sustaining efforts of many dedicated people whose love for animals brought them to a small Central Texas town to fight on the behalf of endangered animals.

 

 

Fossil Rim Wildlife Center is where Africa comes to Texas. Our 1,800-acre facility offers a 7.2-mile scenic drive where you can interact with approximately 1,100 rare and endangered animals roaming free in their herds.

 

Stay in your car, reserve your Fossil Rim Wildlife Center is where Africa comes to Texas. Our 1,800-acre facility offers a 7.2-mile scenic drive where you can interact with approximately 1,100 rare and endangered animals roaming free in their herds.

 

Stay in your car, reserve your spot on a guided tour, or even spend a night at our Foothills Safari Camp or The Lodge to see 50-plus species of wild animals including cheetahs, wolves, giraffes, rhinos and more. The delicious food at The Overlook Cafe is paired with an incredible view overlooking the park and our Nature Store offers an array of souvenirs to take home to family and friends.

 

While Fossil Rim is sure to provide a unique experience and exciting adventure, we are dedicated to the conservation of species on the brink of extinction. Fossil Rim conducts scientific research, trains professionals, responsibly manages our natural resources and is committed to public education.

 

In the early 1970s, Fort Worth businessman Tom Mantzel had a penchant for making money in the oil industry and a passion for exotic animals. In 1973, he purchased an exotic game ranch called “Waterfall Ranch.” He renamed the place “Fossil Rim Wildlife Ranch,” and enthusiastically set about adding to the exotic hoofstock herds that he found there.
What began as a weekend retreat for Tom soon became a full-time obsession.

Growing concern over loss of wild habitat and species extinction compelled Tom to experiment in captive breeding at Fossil Rim. In 1982, he brought Grevy’s zebras to the ranch in his first effort to propagate an endangered species. Fossil Rim became the first ranch to participate in a Species Survival Plan (SSP) of the American Zoo and Aquarium Association (AZA). Success with the Grevy’s SSP spurred work with other endangered animals, such as the African addax.

 

You Will Love This Place!
The Lodge At Fossil Rim.   Reserve Here

The Lodge and the Foothills Safari Camp cabins are just about the closest you can get to camping on a safari in Africa without traveling out of Texas. The Lodge itself was originally the house built by Tom Mantzel – the man who started this great wildlife park. It boasts five bedrooms: two on the first floor, two on the second floor and one on the third floor.

 

The two on the first floor are named the Hummingbird and Egret rooms, and they each have two full-size beds, a closet, a dresser and a fireplace in them. They share a bathroom at the end of the hallway.

 

Each of these rooms has a spectacular deck that is easily accessible from sliding doors in each room. The deck overlooks the pasture in the front of the house, where you can see a variety of our animals in their natural habitat, such as herds of addax or sable antelope.

 

The common area located on the first floor is full of family-friendly amenities such as books, a pool table, board games and a few binders full of facts about Fossil Rim and the animals here. There is also a wet bar that has beautiful stained glass; this is where the adults can enjoy themselves and have a drink or two. Currently, The Lodge and Foothills Safari Camp are BYOB.

Wrapping around the second floor, there is a covered deck that allows guests to have an elevated view of the pastures that surround The Lodge and the creek that runs through the property; it is the perfect place for watching our animals.

 

Fossil Rim is open 362 days per year, so it is always a good time to stay in the land of the Texas safari.

Reserve The Lodge at Fossil Rim  –  HERE

 

HISTORIC COURTHOUSE SQUARE

 

ABOUT THE HISTORIC AREA

The Historic Courthouse Square in Glen Rose provides an opportunity to almost step back in time to a more relaxing and simpler time. The Courthouse was built in 1893 and the community has grown up around it.

Downtown squares and especially courthouse squares were the heart and soul of small-town America.

It was no different in Glen Rose with movie theaters, restaurants, most retail stores and offices all located within walking distance of each other. Today, the Glen Rose Courthouse Square features several specialty shops and museums.

 

The Courthouse is within in easy walking distance to restaurants and even a historic inn.

BRONZE STATUE

One of the 1st things a visitor is sure to notice on the Courthouse Square is a bronze statue, titled “Barnard’s of the Brazos – First Family of Glen Rose.” The bronze pays tribute to Charles and Juana Barnard, who were the founding patriarchs of Glen Rose.

The bronze was sculpted by noted Glen Rose artist Robert Summers. He also created the John Wayne statue for John Wayne Airport in Orange County, California, as well as other major works of art located around the country.

Swimming and Tubbing Over the Dinosaur Tracks in the  Paluxy River

What a thrill and a beautiful way to spend the day!
This is as close as you can get to an actual Dinosaur
The best six dollars you will  ever spend!
This is a must see when in Glen Rose, fun and full of laughs – make sure you watch the 20 minute video when you arrive or you may be lost in the presentation –

The Creation Evidence Museum of Texas is an educational museum. The Museum is funded solely by contributions from individuals or groups wishing to see the truth of creation made known.

They are located in Glen Rose in Somerville County. The museum was founded in 1984 by Director Carl Baugh for the purpose of researching evidence and displaying exhibits that support the Biblical creation.

 

The Creation Evidence Museum provides scientific evidence for creation to thousands of people each year.

 

Every year, new artifacts and documents are added to the museum’s collection through the generosity of individuals. 

What a Magical Place Glen Rose, Texas is…
Our favorite time of the year to visit is March through November
Enjoy!   Chris

Are Your Paws Cold! Best Travel Blankets…

Are You Always Cold! 

Here is a great list of the latest greatest lightweight travel blankets.

 

Cabeau Fold ‘n Go Travel and Throw Blanket Plus Compact Case – For Home and Travel – Doubles as Lumbar Pillow and Neck Support Pillow – French Microfiber Comfort – Blue.     $19.99

EXTRA SOFT & WARM: Goodbye scratchy blankets and pillows and hello luxuriuos French microfiber covering you from chin to toes. The Fold ‘n Go blanket home and travel companion gives you the comfort and warmth you need to relax and sleep.

HOME & AIRPLANE USE: The blanket measures in at 60 inches x 36 inches, offering the complete and deluxe coverage that other travel and throw blankets lack. Get ready to rest cozy at home or on the airplane with this comfort accessory.

COMPACT CASE:

The Fold ‘n Go travel blanket easily folds down into a 12 inch x 6 inch travel case with a durable handle that can conveniently attach to all your other luggage. While in the case you can also use it as a pillow, seat cushion, or lower back and lumbar support.

MACHINE WASHABLE: Both the Cabeau Fold ‘n Go blanket and its convenient carrying case are machine washable for easy cleaning between all of your flights, trips, and vacations.

MONEY BACK GUARANTEE:

Cabeau is committed to your complete satisfaction. Accordingly, we will replace all damaged or defective products due to materials or workmanship, upon your receipt of product.

Get One Now Only $19.99

 

BlueHills Premium Soft Travel Blanket Pillow Airplane Blanket Packed in Soft Bag Pillowcase with Hand Luggage Belt and Backpack Clip, Compact Pack Large Blanket for Any Travel (Royal Blue T003)

$26.95

PREMIUM SOFT MICRO PLUSH MATERIAL: this super soft, warm travel blanket with patent pending creative design has a very high level of comfort and can be used while sleeping in a variety of different locations and will keep you warm in many situations – especially during airplane travel.

SOFT CARRYING CASE WITH THE BLANKET AS A PILLOW – this blanket comes with a soft Micro plush, minuscule carrying case, allowing it to be taken to many different situations, such as in a car, plane, airport, while camping, and allows it to be stored easily at home. When blanket is stored in this case, this case can be used as a pillow. This easy Portable Pack measures 11.5 “X 10” with an attached hand luggage belt allowing you to easily transport it.

HAND LUGGAGE BELT MAKES IT PERFECT FOR AIRPLANE TRIPS: Hand Luggage Belt in the case makes it Perfect for Airplane Travel Transportation: this blanket case has an attached soft belt, allowing it to be easily attached to a work bag, a backpack, a suitcase, hand luggage, and many more bags/luggages.

BACKPACK CLIP INCLUDED IN THE PACKAGE: With the backpack clip / carabiner, you can clip this blanket pillow to any backpack or to any other luggage.

CAN BE USED AS A THROW BLANKET: this blanket measure 60 “length X 43 “width, allowing it to easily fit on your couch as a throw blanket/while watching a movie, while also not taking up too much space to not be easily stored on the couch.Best Gift for any traveler.

 

Material: 30% Cotton and 70% Natural Bamboo Fiber. Excellent Expansibility & Strong Hygroscopicity & Skin-Friendly. Premium Soft, Warm, Cozy and Comfortable.

Appropriate Size: 67″x 43″ of Opening Size Suitable for Most of People, and 5.9″x 8.6″ of Foldable Size and about 1.1 lb for Easy Carrying

Easy Portable Pack: Being Folded to a Small Zipper Bag with Carry Handle. Small and Lightweight Enough to be Carried Along Wherever You Go.

Carry Bag with 5# YKK Zipper: Using World-Famous High-Qualitied YKK Zipper, Ensure Smooth Opening and Closing. Keeps Blanket Small and Clean.

Function: Perfect for Auto, Car, Train, Airplane, Board and travel, Using this Wonderful Blanket Provided for Health Consideration. Also can be used as a Pillow Case when Blanket is not in Use.

 

Portable Travel Blanket Airplane Office 4 in 1 Micro Mink Fleece Poncho Blanket Folable with Pocket and Built-in Bag – Great for Airplane Car Train Travel – Ultra Soft and Cozy, Grey

$23.99

MULTI-FUNCTIONAL – This cozy travel blanket could be used as throw blanket, pillow for head, neck, and lumbar support, while you traveling on planes, in the car, at sporting events, at cinema, even office or lounging at home.

PONCHO STYLE – Wearable blanket, covers shoulders, will not slip down.

 

PORTABLE DESIGNED – Front pocket with zipper for small items like smart phone, Folds into attached zipped portable carry bag with handle for easy transport.

Lightweight plush micro fleece provide warm and comfortable, perfect for holidays gift, Mother Day’s Gift, Thanksgiving gift, Christmas gift.

SIZE FEATURES – As throw blanket : 40″ x 60″ : as carry bag / pillow : 13″ x 12″. 15 ounces.

ULTRA SOFT AND LUXURIOUS.    Get One Here  $23.99

 

 

ComfortPlus 3-in-1 Premium Travel Blanket (Charcoal)

by ProductsFour.   $24.95

Microfleece

3 In 1 travel blanket with convenient carrying strap – can be used a blanket, neck roll, or nap pillow

Luxurious non-pilling 200 gram microfleece provides luxurious all season comfort.

 

Roll up design makes travelling with a blanket less cumbersome than traditional travel blankets.

Adjustable travel strap for easy hands-free carrying convenience

Blanket dimensions: 60″ x 48″. Rolled pillow dimensions: 15″ x 5″ x 5″. Nap pillow dimensions: 15″ x 11″ x 3″.    

Get One Here.  $24.95

 

Proglobe Travel Blanket Luxury Travel Set – Ergonomic Airplane Neck Pillow 100% Pure Memory Foam and Super Soft Fleece Blanket – Premium 3D Sleep Mask & Earplugs – Ultimate 4-in-1 Travel Kit Black.      $29.99

 TRAVEL IN SUPERIOR COMFORT with the Ultimate 4-in-1 Premium Airplane Travel Set. This has everything you need to relax and sleep in peace to arrive at your destination refreshed and energized. All top quality items manufactured to the highest specifications. No wonder this set is a favorite with experienced travelers everywhere.

SUPER SOFT POLAR FLEECE BLANKET keeps you warm in the car, train, bus, and plane. This blanket miraculously transforms into a carry bag that perfectly holds this entire set. It’s the efficient design that saves space while providing outstanding convenience.

 PREMIUM MEMORY FOAM NECK PILLOW has the 100% new ergonomic design that lets you dream with relaxing support. No more arriving stiff and sore from a long night on a plane. It has a removable cover that is machine washable. Enjoy on every trip for years to come. Other travelers will want to know where they can get their own!

3D CONTOURED EYE MASK blocks out all light and glare while never touching your eyes. This is the smart design everyone prefers. Lets you quickly fall to sleep to rest in any environment. Great for catching a few Z’s at the airport, at work, or anywhere you have a few moments to yourself. Also includes bullet style earplugs made of soft, lightweight foam. Which blocks out outside noises and conversation. Find the eye mask and earplugs in the side compartment of the carry bag.

 100% MONEY BACK GUARANTEE ensures this will quickly become your favorite no-risk purchase. Many people are buying several to share with family. Just right for upcoming vacations. Hurry and buy now while we have this very popular value set in plentiful supply. This makes a fine birthday gift, holiday present, anniversary gift, or for Father’s Day.

Get One Here.  $29.99

 

 

ZIDELI Travel Blanket – 4-in-1 Luxury Travel Set – Premium 200gsm Lightweight Airplane and Camping Blanket for Men & Women – Inflatable Velvet Pillow with Neck Support + Eye Mask & Ear Plugs (Gray)

$27.49

Fleece

 NO MORE CARRYING: Are you tired of carrying all your travel accessories separately? Our travel blanket and pillow set are easy to fold, place in one carrier bag and attach to your luggage of backpack

COMPLETE SET: We want you to truly enjoy a new and improved traveling experience, so we have created a complete luxury traveling kit that includes alongside the soft blanket and inflatable velvet neck pillow, a large eye mask, and earbuds.

 COMPACT DESIGN: When on the go, the last thing you need is bulky and big accessories. Luckily, the travel neck pillow and blanket set is compact since all the accessories are foldable and easy to add to your luggage.

WHAT YOU NEED: If you too are one of the avid travelers who love to explore the world, or you are always on business trips, then we have the answer for a more comfortable traveling experience: the premium travel blanket set!

 

 LIFETIME WARRANTY – 100% SATISFACTION GUARANTEED: We’re so confident that you’ll enjoy the benefits of our Luxury Travel Blanket Set that if it’s broken, we will replace or repair it free of charge.

Get One Here.  $27.49

 

 

Polyester

 PERFECT SIZE – Compact enough to carry on your backpack or carry on, but large and thick enough to keep you warm on a plane. 12×10″ Zipped up and 40 x 60 inches open

CONVENIENT – Our Plane packable blanket travels with you in a variety of ways! A special strap that perfectly fits a carry on luggage and a Hand carry strap you can use or clip on to a backpack.

 PRACTICAL – Made of Warm Thick Plush Polyester and Equipped with 2 Mesh pockets designed for everything you need on a plane, from travel documents to snacks. **Pro-Tip Using our built in Pocket is a great place to place your phone while your sleeping!

 VERSATILE – Our Blanket is great a soft pillow, warm blanket, document holder or can be used some extra lumbar support. It’s great for airplanes, road trips, camping or just snuggling with at home.

 VERSATILE – Our Blanket is great a soft pillow, warm blanket, document holder or can be used some extra lumbar support. It’s great for airplanes, road trips, camping or just snuggling with at home.

BONUS TRAVEL PILLOW – We’ve included a blow up air travel pillow inside our blanket pocket! We know you and your family will love travelling in comfort with our blanket we are happy to offer a 100% money back guarantee no questions asked

Get One Here.  $24.87

Stay Warm!   Happy Travels!
Chris

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Eyelashes Are OverRated – Visit a Volcano!

Four Relativity Safe, Active Volcanoes  to get Up, Close and Personal!

What is it about fire and extreme heat that gets our senses in a wondrous and hypnotic state. Researchers at Harvard University have determined that fire, despite being dangerous, is at the core of our humanity, and somewhere deep inside the layers of our brains, we remember it as the true beginning.  There same theories hold true for volcanoes. If you’ve ever watched the footage of a volcano erupting, you know how hard it is to take your eyes away from it.

You can see how potentially deadly they are, but the spectacle is a reminder of where we come from, of the rawness and fragility of the planet.  Lucky for us, there are active volcanoes out there that we can explore and observe up close. They are only a hike, a boat ride, or a cable car away, so get up off your seat and go witness the Earth’s fiery power.

You may even want to take a swim with one!

Kilauea, Hawaii – VOLCANO

Hotels Nearby Kilauea Volcano

 

Kilauea is one of the world’s most active volcanoes. It is a shield-type volcano that makes up the southeastern side of the Big Island of Hawaii. The volcano rises 4,190 feet (1,227 meters) above sea level and is about 14 percent of the land area of the Big Island. The summit caldera contains a lava lake known as Halema`uma`u that is said to be the home of the Hawaiian volcano goddess, Pele.

Things to do in Kilauea

A once-glowing grotto at the bottom of The Blue Room.

Mokolea Lava Pools

Submerged lava formations create incredible waterworks.

Coco Palms Resort

Kaua’i’s very first resort is now an abandoned relic.

Kalalau Trail

This narrow coastline trail through the dense Kauai wilderness is among the most beautiful and dangerous in the world.

Lithified Sand Dunes

A prehistoric landscape hidden in the cliffs of Kilauea, Hawaii.

Spouting Horn

This Hawaiian blowhole is supposedly caused by a trapped monster.

Kauai Glass Beach

This industrial area was the dumping ground for mass amounts of trash that became tiny bits of sea glass.

To the casual observer, Kilauea appears to be part of the larger volcano Mauna Loa, but geological data indicates that it is a separate volcano with its own vent and conduit system. Kilauea has had more than 60 recorded eruptions in the current cycle, according to the U.S. Geological Survey, and has been erupting on a continuous basis since 1983.

On May 3, 2018, the volcano erupted dramatically, several hours after a magnitude-5.0 quake struck the Big Island. The eruption spewed lava into residential subdivisions in the Puna district of the Big Island, prompting mandatory evacuations of the Leilani Estates and Lanipuna Gardens subdivisions, the Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported.

 

There are not one, but three active volcanoes located on the island of Hawaii (Hualalai, Mauna Loa, and Kilauea) and you can easily check them all out. That said, Kilauea is the only one of the three that’s been erupting continuously since 1983 — the other two have not erupted in a little while — so this is the one you want to focus on.

There are many tour companies that will take you on boat rides to witness the Kilauea lava flowing into the ocean. Note that the lava does not enter the ocean every day, so you should check the status of the volcano before heading all the way there.

You can also check out the steaming craters of Kilauea and the flow of lava on land.

Hit the Crater-rim drive tour (11 miles).

Drive the Chain of Crater Road (18.8 miles).

Drive Chain of Craters Road

Chain of Craters Road is an Exceptionally Scenic and Spectacular Drive.

Chain of Craters Road
Chain of Craters Road

Since 1986, lava has flowed repeatedly over Chain of Craters Road/Highway 130. The Park’s acreage has been increased by hundreds of acres and nearly 9 miles (14.5 km) of road have been inundated by the flows. In June 1989, Waha‘ula Visitor Center and associated buildings were burnt and covered by lava. The Waha‘ula Heiau was surrounded by lava more than once and finally buried entirely in August 1997. The Kamoamoa village site, heiau, campground, picnic area, and black sand beach were covered by lava in November 1992.

In 2003, flows covered Chain of Craters road just past the Hōlei Sea Arch. When conditions permit, a drive down to the “End of the Road” offers visitors an opportunity to view excellent examples of the slow advance of lava across the coastal plain. These flows are characteristic of pāhoehoe on relatively flat terrain at a great distance from its vent.

Presently, the Chain of Craters Road is 18.8 miles (30.3 km) to the end of the road with an elevation change of about 3,700 ft. (1,127.8 meters). Chain of Craters Road begins off of Crater Rim Drive, 3.3 miles or 5.3 kilometers south of Kīlauea Visitor Center.

 

If you are able to, we suggest you put on your hiking boots and hit the Halema’uma’u Trail

(1.8 miles round trip). Depending on the danger level, you may be able to get very close to the main crater, but if the signs say for you to go no further, respect them. You don’t want to be breathing in high levels of sulphur dioxide or be at the wrong place when the volcano erupts and throws rocks and lava. There are more day hikes

for those who want to explore further.

For those with a decent fitness level and enough time, there are several wilderness hikes

that will take you as close as safely possible to the flow of lava and craters. One of the most popular backcountry hikes, the Nāpau Trail (14 miles round trip), follows the flow of the magma underground through exposed lava fields.

Hotels Nearby Kilauea Volcano

 

Things to do in Eyjafjallajökull, Iceland – VOLCANOS

Hotels near Iceland’s Volcanos

 

If only Volcanos were the only reason to visit Iceland you would still be thrilled, but Volcanos are only the tip of the Iceberg. We’ll get into in a bit.

There are enough volcanoes in Iceland for you to hike them for the rest of your life (130), but if you want to check out the most active volcanoes on the island, Katla, Hekla, and Eyjafjallajökull are the ones to conquer.

How many volcanoes are there in Iceland? How often do they erupt? What is the chance of an Icelandic volcano going off on your holiday? Are they safe to visit? Read ahead for the ultimate guide to volcanoes in Iceland.

Now, both Katla and Hekla (the Angry Sisters) are about to burst, so it is highly recommended that you don’t summit them. Volcanoes are cool and all, but we don’t want you to die in horrible circumstances while trying to cross something off your bucket list.

You can hike the infamous Eyjafjallajökull (the glacier that caps the top of the volcano), but only as part of a guided tour. Even then, as of winter 2018, there are many new large crevasses that are quite dangerous, so you may have trouble finding someone to take you there (even on a Jeep tour). Whatever you do, don’t go without an experienced guide; it’s not worth taking a chance.

What you can do, however, is hike the 15.5-mile Fimmvörðuháls trail that is located between Katla and Eyjafjallajökull (you can do it in one day or two days depending on your fitness level and your preference).

You get to see two volcanoes in one hike and you remain safe. Jackpot!

Hotels near Iceland’s Volcanos

 

 

 

Mount Etna, Italy. VOLCANO 

Hotels Near Mount Etna, Italy. VOLCANO

 

Mount Etna is the second most active volcano in the world after Kilauea and the largest volcano in Europe, so if you’ve got “getting to the top of an active volcano” on your travel to-do list, this is a good one to consider bagging.

In the summer, hikers can check out the steaming craters in the summit area of Mount Etna (you can also see the lava flow when the volcano is very active) from the south and the north entrances.

You can hike on your own from Rifugio Sapienza (you’ll have to get there by car or public transport) until meter 2700. After that, you’ll need to jump in a cable car (funivia) or a 4×4 minibus to reach the summit.

 

If you don’t feel comfortable hiking Etna on your own, you can hike with a group for the “long trek”. There is only one group departure daily early in the morning leaving from Rifugio Sapienza.

If you want to hike a little, but don’t feel capable of hoofing it all the way, you can hike with a group for the “short trek”. The short tour includes the cable car (about 15 minutes), 4X4 (about 40 minutes), and a short trek (40 minutes) to a low crater.

There is no way to hike to the very top of Mount Etna (meter 3300) without a private certified mountain guide that you would have arranged in advance.

You will depart from The Village of Linguglossa to Piano Provenzana, the main ski resort on Etna. From there, you can hike on your own or book guided treks or 4×4 excursions.

Hotels Near Mount Etna, Italy. VOLCANO

 

Whakaari, New Zealand  VOLCANO

Hotels Near Whakaari, New Zealand  VOLCANO

 

If you thought New Zealand’s beaches and mountains made it the cool kid on the block, you have not seen anything yet.

New Zealand Beaches

 

BEST New Zealand BEACH HOTELS AND PRICES

 

VOLCANO TRAILS

Things to Do In New Zealand

The country has the world’s most easily accessible active volcano — an island 30 miles off the shore of the North Island in the Bay of Plenty.

To visit Whakaari

you can take a chopper (get ready to pay through the nose) or take a 90-minute boat tour from Whakatane (still expensive, but much more reasonable and you may be able to see dolphins and whales on the way there). Both options provide a guided tour.

Because this is a marine volcano (most of it lies beneath the ocean), there is no hiking needed — you’ll be dropped off right into the crater.

You’ll have to wear masks and hard hats for safety purposes — the last eruption was in April 2016, so you’re never too cautious when hiking around the crater of an active volcano that’s constantly releasing sulphuric acid.

The place is super colorful (yellows, greens, reds, and blues all over the place) due to the levels of sulphur on the island and it’s steaming like a good active volcano should

Hotels Near Whakaari, New Zealand  VOLCANO

 

 

The Hilton Anatole Dallas… July or December – Full of Surprises!

 

SPLASH INTO JADE WATERS

Entrance to the waterpark is Free when checking into the Hotel

Summer Packages
The overnight room package during Summer at the Anatole includes a deluxe guestroom, free breakfast (up to 4 people), free internet access, free access to the world-class Verandah Club and free parking for just $129 per night. “Room only” rates start as low as $99 per night, based on availability.

Summer Fun
Everyone knows the pool is the place to be in the summer, so the hotel will transform its seven-acre Sculpture Garden and stunning outdoor pool area into a summer playground complete with volleyball, badminton, croquet and bocce ball. Dive into an array of entertaining activities each and every day this summer. The staff at the Hilton Anatole has taken care of every detail in planning an extravagant and memorable summer stay for you. On Friday nights, dive into the pool and watch your favorite movies while Saturdays will feature a live DJ.

Kids Eat Free
All summer long, Kids Eat Free during your family staycation at the Hilton Anatole. For every adult meal purchased at the hotel’s Media Grill, kids under 12 will be treated to an entrée from a special children’s menu which includes favorites like chicken fingers, spaghetti, macaroni and cheese and pizza. So after diving into the pool, your kids can dive into a delicious meal at no cost. How sweet is that!

 

Summer Pool Membership
Local guests can now enjoy unlimited use of the outdoor Hilton Anatole pools – even without staying the night. Go for a swim, or soak up the sun, at the outdoor pool with swim-up bar. Then enjoy the tranquility of the lush Anatole Sculpture Park. Members can even bring a guest to enjoy the day together. The new Family Pool Membership is just $125 per month, plus tax. Members can select from a 30-, 60- or 90-day plan. Memberships are limited, so visit or call the Verandah Club today to register.

Lounging by the pool is a fun way to escape the summer heat. Summers in Dallas, Texas get HOT! So when we plan a family weekend there, we look for Dallas resorts with pools. One of our favorite resorts is the Hilton Anatole with its resort-style pool complex, Jade Waters. This seasonal pool complex is two acres of summer family fun with water slides, lazy river, poolside grill and bar, plus a host of summer activities.

It’s fun to get away with the kids, check into our favorite Dallas area hotel, and have a relaxing weekend away. For the past two summers, our family has enjoyed going down to Dallas to stay at the Hilton Anatole. We rarely leave the hotel when we visit, because we enjoy lounging by the pool, order up food and drinks from the outdoor grill, and taking part in the many planned poolside activities. We last visited Memorial Day weekend for a press trip. This year they added a holiday fireworks show and invited us to come see it. We love fireworks and so we had to go! I actually videoed it Live on Facebook if you want to see it.

POOLSIDE OUTDOOR FUN AT THE ANATOLE POOL

Aside from water fun, the Hilton Anatole has a full schedule of planned weekend activities for you to enjoy. Kids can hunt for gold coins in the Gold Coin Plunge, attend the Kids Pool Party, play yard games, or enjoy a movie under the stars.

All these activities are included in your stay. Then there are other fun activities like the Geppetto’s Marionette Show, Duck Race and Express Train Ride (new for 2018) which are available for a fee. The best deal on these is to get the FunPass. Look at the graphic below for additional activities and what’s included with the FunPass.

 

Exclusive to hotel guests, JadeWaters features a leisure pool with swim-up bar, kids splash and play area, lazy river, luxury cabanas, two 180-foot slides, JadeWaters Grill & Bar and more! Games in the park are available daily and a variety of kids activities are available on weekends during its operating summer months.

Leisure Cove Pool: Open daily from 9:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m. (year-round, weather permitting)

 

CABANA AND DAYBED RENTALS

Cabanas and daybeds are available to hotel guests for daily rental at JadeWaters during operating hours in the Summer.

 

 

 

Wintertime or Summertime Our Family Loves

The Hilton Anatole Dallas

Enjoy,

Chris

 

 

 

The Best of Both Worlds – Sulphur, Oklahoma

Here’s a great Weekend Getaway or Mini Vacation just a 90 minute drive north from Dallas or a two hour drive south from Oklahoma City.  Perfect for the kids, or a Romantic Getaway. It really is the best of both worlds located across the street from each other in Sulphur Oklahoma.

Chickasaw State Park and The Artesian Hotel 

CHICKASAW STATE PARK

 

THE FUN’S JUST BEGUN.

Spend the day catching rays and floating down the side of a mountain in crystal clear cold natural spring water.

A 77-foot waterfall carved out of the mountains. One of Oklahoma’s best fishing lakes. Fine gourmet chocolate. The story of a rich cultural heritage. More than 30 miles of hiking trails.

Start the day at the top of the mountain in the water and never get out as you work your way down navigating waterfall after waterfall. At the end of your journey “Little Niagra” awaits! 

An Oklahoma Oasis

Springs, streams, lakes – whatever its form, water is the attraction at Chickasaw National Recreation Area. Relax in the coolness of shaded streams or take a dip in a swimming hole. Little Niagara and Rock Creek beckon waders and swimmers. Veterans Lake calls anglers to test their skills. Lake of the Arbuckles provides excellent opportunities for motorboating, skiing, fishing, and swimming.

Little Niagara Falls and swimming area

The swimming area at Little Niagara Falls

If you are not camping the park is free to the public
Campgrounds
Empty campsite with picnic table and fire ring
A lakeside view at The Point campground.

NPS/Natasha Moore

Chickasaw National Recreation Area has six public campgrounds. Facilities vary in each and are listed in the chart below. Some individual campsites, as well as large group campsites, can be reserved in advance. Individual sites have a fire ring, picnic table and parking pads. The campgrounds at the Lake of the Arbuckles have sites that will fit most large RVs (up to approximately 40′ in length) and provide easy access to the lake. The three campgrounds of the Platt Historic District are ideal for tent and family camping.

Some of our campsites are on a reservation system. Reservations can be made at www.recreation.gov or by calling 1-877-444-6777.

Sites at Chickasaw National Recreation Area under reservation system:

  • Group sites at Rock Creek, Central, and Cold Springs Campgrounds – Rates are $30.00 per night, per site
  • Buckhorn Campground, Loop C – Rates are utility sites (water and 30 amp electrical only no sewer) $22.00 (Loop C only) per night, per site; premium utility sites (water and 30 amp electrical only no sewer) $24.00 (Loop C sites #4, 5, 6, 7) per night, per site; and non-utility sites $16.00 per night, per site.
  • The Point, Upper Loop (sites 42-56) – Rates are utility sites (water and 50 amp electrical only no sewer) $22.00 per night, per site & non-utility sites $16.00 per night, per site.

Fee machines for first-come-first-serve campsites are located at the entrance to the campgrounds. These machines will accept credit cards only.

Handicap accessible sites are not on the reservation system.

Camping and Park Regulations
Fees and Reservations
Campground Schedule

 

If You Are Finished With Nature and Need a Little Pampering

A stay at The Artesian brings no shortage ofactivities and adventure for outdoor lovers, foodies and history buffs, and most are just minutes away. Explore a handful of scenic sites and attractions to explore in south-central Oklahoma’s Chickasaw Country.

$149 / $169

STYLE & SOPHISTICATION

The original Artesian Hotel was an oasis of luxury, tucked away near the restorative springs of Sulphur. Today, the reimagined and rebuilt Artesian Hotel, Casino and Spa took that original vision and grew it into southern Oklahoma’s foremost destination for pampering, dining, gaming and indulgent relaxation. This is the getaway you’ve earned, and it’s our utmost concern that when you choose to stay at The Artesian, your stay be utterly concern-free.

 

ARTESIAN DINING

EXPERIENCE THE TASTE OF THE ARTESIAN.

Whether it’s breakfast, lunch or dinner, fine cuisine or refreshing cocktails, The Artesian can please any palate.

 

SPRINGS AT THE ARTESIAN

AH, THE JOYS OF SPRINGS.

Springs at The Artesian brings you unique breakfast, lunch and dinner dishes, as well as any cravings in between. It’s a fine-dining experience, with high-end, homestyle-inspired fare in generous portions, where each bite is sure to delight in texture, temperature and taste.

Springs is perfect for a romantic date night, but our lively and stately 140-person main dining room is great for group events, too, from birthday and bachelorette parties to an evening out with friends. You’ll find Springs at The Artesian is just what you ordered.

 

THE FOUNTAIN CLUB

GO WITH THE FLOW AT THE FOUNTAIN.

 

The Fountain Club offers a perfect place to unwind after work, or actually, anytime. Our rich décor, sleek setting and refined atmosphere make any martini, Manhattan, craft beer — your favorite drinks — go down smoothly. We also feature select, delectable menu items from our Springs at The Artesian restaurant.

At the Fountain, we’re here just for you (and all your friends).

 

BEDRÉ CAFE

THE MALT SHOP YOU REMEMBER.

 

It’s another of The Artesian’s quaint signature experiences. Our jukebox gives off a malt shop vibe, which is complete with every treat you want to eat. Hand-dipped ice cream cones. Special sundaes, shakes and smoothies. Fresh-made deli sandwiches and wraps. There’s our own array of Bedré Fine Chocolate, including meltaways, crisps, bars and more. And you’ll always find a warm cup of great coffee and espresso drinks.

Come make your own malt shop memories.

 

 

SOLE’RENITY SPA

THE PATH TO WELLNESS STARTS AT SOLE’RENITY.

Named one of America’s Top 100 Spas of 2018 (the only Oklahoma spa to be included), Sole’renity is a world-class oasis in the heart of Chickasaw Country. Upon entering, you’re greeted with the soothing sounds of gently cascading water and a calming, serene environment. From there, an array of therapeutic and wellness treatments is yours for the choosing; each is designed to renew, replenish and revitalize. It’s the ideal place to heal your mind, body and soul.

 

Sole’renity is located on the second floor of The Artesian Hotel, and the spa serves women, men, children, couples and groups. Be sure to check out the packages too, as they’re perfect for special occasions like weddings, birthdays and anniversaries.

LITTLE SOLES

A SPA JUST FOR KIDS

 

A world of glitter and shimmer, soaks and scrubs awaits. Bring your young divas and dudes to Little Soles and a bright, friendly atmosphere will greet them as they’re introduced to the benefits of health and wellness in a fun and imaginative way. Whether they’re creating their own lip gloss, shimmer lotion or sugar scrub sundae, or indulging in a mini mani-pedi, your little souls will enjoy the star treatment while they’re being catered to and pampered. Be sure and ask about birthday and pool party packages, too. Advance booking is required.

POOL & BATHHOUSE

SOAK IT UP.

No luxury hotel is complete without an inviting pool to take a dip in, and The Artesian is no exception. While the original hotel gained popularity for the area’s natural springs, today’s indoor-outdoor pool serves as a nod to the past and a refreshing escape no matter the weather. But the real gem is the modern-day bathhouse. The oversized whirlpool features a stone waterfall and tiled pool with six separate seating areas that can accommodate four to six people each. Together, the cascading falls, churning water and LED lighting combine for a relaxing way to unwind.

There is nothing quite like Sulphur, Oklahoma Hope You Get A Chance To Visit Reserve              

The Artesian Hotel Reserve Here

Enjoy,

Chris

Hide That Booze On The Cruise Or Anywhere Else

Best  Flasks to Hide Your Alcoholic Beverages.

Its So Funny!

Is it forbidden to take your alcoholic beverages on cruises, concerts  the beach, or anywhere else excessive drink charges occur.

 

Here are some of the best and most current containers that today’s market provides. You can’t help but smile when you see some of these creative innovations

Here’s a few ideas and where to get them…

GoPong Hidden Lotion Flask, Sneak Alcohol Anywhere, 3-Pack.  $7.99

Lotion Flask  ORDER HERE –  $7.99

 

The Original  Bev-Brush Paddle Brush Secret Flask.   $15.99

 

Flask Brush   ORDER HERE  –  $14.99

 

Wrist Flask Booze Bangle | Women’s Bracelet Shot Flask for Liquor | AAA Grade Stainless Steel – Rose Gold No Rust | Secret Spill Proof Jumbo Wine Alcohol Bracelet for Festival / Party 4 Ounce by Nova.    $21.99

Bracelet Flask.  -ORDER HERE. –  $13.99

 

Binocktails 5 OZ Camera Flask.  $21.99

 

Camera Flask. – ORDER HERE. –  $15.99

 

Forum Novelties 52943 Double Sided Binocular Flask.     $16.99

 

Binocular Flask.    -ORDER HERE.  –   $16.99

 

 

The WineRack  The Wine Rack, Large.  $55.00

Wine Rack Bra Flask. –  ORDER HERE. –   $55.00

 

Multi-Flasking’s Bev-Cans Secret Body Spray Flask.  $36.98

Body Spray Flasks.  –   ORDER HERE.   –    $36.98

 

 

Binocktails Bev-Satch Secret Messenger Bag Flask. $40.00

Bev-Satch.  –   ORDER HERE.  –    $40.00

 

FlaskScarf Women’s Jersey Infinity Novelty Flask Scarf (Hidden 8 Ounce Bladder).  $29.95

Flask Scarf.  –   ORDER HERE.  –    $29.95

 

Wine Purse Tote + 2 Disposable Wine Baggies – Holds Up to 4 Bottles- Wine to Go Made Easy!- Neoprene BYOB Insulated Beverage Carrier with Spout -Wine Lover’s Gift for Mom, Women, Friends or Her.    $27.95

Drink Purse.  –   ORDER HERE.  –   $27.95

 

 

BoozeBrella by Smuggle Mug. Disguised 9 Ounce Umbrella Flask.  $16.99

 

Umbrella Flask.  –  ORDER HERE.  –    $16.99

 

 

 

 

Brass Eagle Brandy Flask Smugglers Walking Cane    $64.99

Gold Eagle Flask Cane.  –   ORDER HERE.  –    $64.99

 

 

 

StashPad Flask + Collapsible Shot Glass.   $36.99

Features You can take your favorite drink anywhere with this iPad-sized flask First ever tablet sized flask Holds 12 shots Secret compartment that holds up to 4 mini cigars Suitable for rye – vodka or another favorite spirit Specifications Capacity: 12 oz Weight: 0.8 lbs

Tablet Flask.  –   ORDER HERE.  –   $36.99

 

 

GENNISSY 12pcs with 1 Funnel Travel Plastic Flask Cruise Kit – Premium Sneak Alcohol Runner Concealable Flasks to Smuggle Liquor Rum Cocktails Spirits.   $9.99

Flask Cruise Kit.  –   ORDER HERE.  –    $9.99

 

So Much Fun!

Enjoy,   Chris

Why Are So Many Scared To Vacation in Beautiful Bermuda

Bermuda

 

Is it the  Bermuda Triangle 

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Bermuda,  A British self-governing territory in the western North Atlantic Ocean. It is a stretch of many islands. 7 main islands and about 170 additional named islets and rocks, situated about 650 miles east of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina, U.S
The stretch of islands are about 24 miles long and averages less than 1 mile  in width. The main islands are clustered together in the shape of a fishhook and are connected by bridges. The largest island is Main Island, 14 miles  long and 1 mile wide. The Peak, at 259 feet on Main Island, is the highest point. The capital is Hamilton. 
The islands are composed of limestone sitting atop a dead volcanic mountain range rising more than 14,000 feet above the ocean floor. The limestone surface is overlain by a shallow layer of fertile soil. The islands are fringed by coral reefs and have no lakes or rivers, but the soil is highly porous, and standing water is not a problem.

 

The climate is mild, humid, and equable. August is the warmest month, with an average daytime high of 86 °F (30 °C), and February is the coldest month, with an average nighttime low of 57 °F (14 °C). Mean annual precipitation is about 57 inches (1,450 mm). Occasional dry spells can be critical, as the supply of drinking water depends almost entirely on rainfall.  A number of migratory birds visit the islands annually; other wildlife is limited to lizards and frogs.

About three-fifths of the population is of full or mixed African ancestry, including immigrants from the West Indies or their descendants,Just a beautiful place to spend surfer vacations, weekend travel, Special celebration and so much more.

THINGS TO DO IN BERMUDA WITH KIDS

Bermuda with kids is an incredible destination where we spent 8 days exploring what’s on offer to families. We discovered as many child-friendly activities as possible to write this detailed guide on what to do in Bermuda with kids. It’s one of my all time favourite family vacations, I have such fond memories of this tiny island, with such diverse landscape and unique experiences. 

We were incredibly happy that it’s a small island with low key walks, easy to reach attractions, without the crowds at popular tourist destinations.  It doesn’t matter if your visiting Bermuda with baby, a toddler, or kids, its a perfect place for anyone.

It’s just a short flight for anyone living on the East Coast of the US and a 7.5 hr flight from the UK, British Airways fly direct regularly. Bermuda is located a good way north of the Caribbean, so don’t expect tropical weather all year around! We visited Bermuda in January, the weather was sunny and warm, but still a little chilly for swimming some days. We definitely needed clothing layers.

High season in Bermuda runs from May to October when the weather is hot and sunny (and great for swimming with the kids) but prices can match the demand. Shoulder season (April-May and October-November) can be a good option for striking the balance between sunshine and cost when it comes to the best time to go to Bermuda.

So Why Does This Beautiful Destination Get Such A Bad Rap?    

THE BERMUDA TRIANGLE!

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Scientist ‘solves’ mystery of the Bermuda Triangle – by claiming there was no mystery in the first place

Karl Kruszelnicki says everything can be explained by human error, bad weather, and heavy air and sea traffic – not alien abduction or energy beams from the lost city of Atlantis

Defying 70 years of fevered speculation, a sceptical scientist has dared to declare that the mystery of the Bermuda Triangle has been ‘solved’ – by claiming there was no mystery in the first place.

Karl Kruszelnicki has insisted the reason why so many ships and planes vanish without trace in the area between Bermuda, Florida, Puerto Rico is nothing to do with aliens or fire-crystals from the lost city of Atlantis.

Instead, the Australian scientist ‘revealed’, the high number of disappearances is explained by nothing more supernatural than plain old human error plus bad weather and the fact that lots of planes and ships enter that area of the Atlantic Ocean in the first place.

Mr Kruszelnicki told news.com.au that not only does the Bermuda Triangle – (aka ‘Hodoo Sea’, ‘Devil’s Triangle’, ‘Limbo of the Lost’ and other headline-friendly monikers) – cover a large, 700,000 square-kilometre (270,000 square-mile) swathe of ocean, it is also a particularly busy patch of sea.

“It is close to the Equator, near a wealthy part of the world – America – therefore you have a lot of traffic,” he said.

So, said Mr Kruszelnicki, when you then compare the number of disappearances to the large quantity of ships and planes passing through the Bermuda Triangle, you find there is nothing out of the ordinary about the area at all.

“According to Lloyd’s of London and the US Coastguard,” he said, “The number that go missing in the Bermuda Triangle is the same as anywhere in the world on a percentage basis.”

Mr Kruszelnicki, who has a fellowship at Sydney University for communicating science to the broader community, also said there were simple explanations for the disappearance that did the most to start the whole Bermuda Triangle speculation: the loss of “Flight 19.”

This was a flight of five US Navy TBM Avenger torpedo bombers that set off from Fort Lauderdale, Florida, on December 5 1945 for a routine two-hour training mission over the Atlantic.

 

 

Don’t Let Myths Detour You From This Amazing Place

 

THE LURE OF BERMUDA’S Water Wonderland 

Cerulean, turquoise, azure – there are many colours to describe Bermuda’s brilliant blue water, and even more ways to enjoy it. Set sail on the Atlantic Ocean, paddle around coastal cliffs, ride to hidden coves on a jet ski or take a sunset cruise in the Great Sound. Interested in what lies beneath? Go scuba diving to explore colourful coral reefs and ghostly shipwrecks. Take a whale watching tour in the spring, or fish for wahoo, tuna, rockfish and spiny lobster during season. Or go parasailing for an unforgettable view from above.

 

HOTELS

Ok friends I realize this hotel does not fit into the GoCheepNow concept but it is our favorite on the island. It averages $300 to $450 a night but it really is worth every penny when you experience a stay here.

Fairmont Southampton, Bermuda Beach Resort

 

 

Here is a list of affordable 3 star and higher hotels scattered about the island. We have pulled out the ones on the list that we can honestly not recommend.

Nice Hotels With Reasonable Rates In Bermuda. Inquire Here!

Example Property  –  Fourways Inn, Paget.

$144 / $260 per Night

Book The FourWays Inn Paget, Bermuda.  Here

 

 

 

Want To Make The Vacationing in Bermuda Even More Affordable…

Here Are Some Hotels with Kitchens Through Trip Advisor

Example Property With Kitchen    –  Dawkins Manor,  Bermuda –    

$145 / $205  

Per Night  

Inquire or Reserve  Dawkins Manor,  Bermuda.    -HERE-

 

 

 

Just for Fun Here’s The Most Expensive Hotel In Bermuda.  

The Rosewood Bermuda.  $550 to $750 per Night

 

Inquire or Reserve The Rosewood Hotel Here

 

We truly hope you get a chance to visit Bermuda, If reserved correctly it really can be quite affordable!

Thanks,  Chris

Swim With The Sharks – Yes / No

Here’s a Few Places to Swim with the Sharks

After everything I learned about sharks I still changed my mind last minute,  I prefer dolphins! 

Do Your Research!

Before you just dive headfirst into the ocean, do your homework. Find out as much as you possibly can about the area in which you want to experience a shark encounter. It is of the utmost importance that you find out which species of shark inhabit your chosen area, and how they behave. Not all sharks react the same way, and having this knowledge prior to jumping in shark-infested waters is a great precaution. Furthermore, sharks oftentimes conduct themselves one way in the daytime, and another way at night. Weather, water turbulence, and the season may also have major impacts on the ways in which different species of sharks act. Therefore, it just doesn’t hurt to investigate the waters before you delve into them.Sharks are disappearing at an alarming speed.Sharks are not vicious.

There is one shark killed every three seconds in the world. “It’s one of the biggest issues in the ocean right now,” explained Petit. “Sharks are maybe the most important key species living in the oceans and making them disappear could have unknown, but very strong consequences, on a global level.” This infographic is beyond eye-opening.

 

 

Every year, Shark Week enters our lives for a fleeting seven nights of nail-biting, heart-pounding programming on the Discovery Channel. But before you even have the chance to cue up the “Jaws” theme song, the exciting event concludes, leaving us longing for more adrenaline-pumping adventures. 

Sharks are disappearing at an alarming speed.

There is one shark killed every three seconds in the world. “It’s one of the biggest issues in the ocean right now,” explained Petit. “Sharks are maybe the most important key species living in the oceans and making them disappear could have unknown, but very strong consequences, on a global level.” This infographic is beyond eye-opening.

Isla Mujeres, Mexico Near By Hotels

Photo courtesy of Flickr/Brian Lauer

Brush up on your whale-speak (à la Dory from “Finding Nemo”), slip into your scuba suit, and hop into the warm  waters to rub shoulders with the largest concentration of whale sharks in the world. Take the plunge any time between May and September, which is when the gargantuan creatures are known to congregate by the hundreds. The species might be the biggest sharks on the planet (they can grow to be 46 feet long and weigh up to 15 tons), but breathe easy — they’re vegetarian.

Isla Mujeres, Mexico Hotels

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 Sharks don’t want to eat humans.

This is probably the most important fact and I cannot emphasize it enough. Let’s take a look at why: Like I learned above, sharks are opportunistic and curious, so they are always exploring their environment, but humans are big. Only a few species [of sharks] are big enough to even consider humans potential prey. “99% of the times they meet a human, they have absolutely no interest in him,” said Petit. “There is a particular thing we’ve noticed — the bigger the shark is, the more shy it is. It is very easy to attract small reef sharks close to the boat and humans, but to attract a big shark, you have to be patient as they escape the boats and the swimmers most of the time.”

2. Gansbaai, South Africa. Near By Hotels

 

 

There are few things in life that will make you feel like as much of a badass as coming face-to-face with a great white shark. Luckily, Gansbaai, which happens to be the OG spot for great white shark cage diving, offers some of the best seats in the house for watching the predators swim through. More good news: Those who chickened out and stuck around on the boat won’t miss out on the fun — the sharp-toothed animals still circle around the area, making for some exciting point-and-scream sightings.

Gansbaai, South Africa. Near By Hotels

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It’s true — Sharks are attracted to Blood.

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But not yours! Let me say it again for the people in the back — sharks do not want to eat humans. Their intention is to prey on animals that are in their natural food chain and, of course, one of the senses they use to do this is smell. “Their senses are incredibly developed,” said Petit. But if it’s blood you are worried about, perhaps you should turn your attention to what noises you are making. “Sharks rely on their sharpened sense of hearing to detect the sounds of an injured fish from very far away.” This sound can be easily replicated by crackling a water bottle beneath the surface of the water, a tactic biologists use to study sharks in different waters and was demonstrated to me by the team. We were able to spot a lone lemon shark this way, which was incredible.

3. Beqa Lagoon, Fiji  Near By Hotels

 

One of the most impressive shark dives on the planet, this area is home to not one, but eight species. Get up close and personal with tigers, bulls, sicklefin lemons, silvertips, and more. Once you descend, you’ll have the opportunity to watch local Fijians feed the massive bull sharks by hand. It may seem intimidating at first, but the photo ops are worth it. While you’re submerged, expect to also encounter giant groupers, eagle rays, morays, and a variety of tropical reef fish.

Stay close to the action:

Pricing for Beqa Lagoon Resort

Beqa Lagoon, Fiji  Near By Hotels

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Swimming at dawn or dusk still isn’t a great idea.

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For as long as I can remember, I’ve heard not to swim at dawn or dusk, since that’s when sharks are feeding. Because sharks are opportunistic, you’re not necessarily going to be attacked, but you’ll be putting yourself in a questionable situation without the upper hand.

“Sharks are opportunistic so they will try to have the advantage on their prey,” explained Petit. “The lack of visibility [at those times] is a very good advantage to them as they will sense your presence a long time before you do. That said, this is a warning particularly for bull sharks, tiger and great whites. 95% of the sharks species don’t care about humans and the time of the day you swim in the ocean.”

Located about 300 miles off Costa Rica‘s Pacific coast, this uninhabited island (which also happens to be the inspiration for Michael Crichton’s “Jurassic Park”) is accessible by a liveaboard vessel. Above ground, it’s cloaked in verdant rainforest, cascading waterfalls, and a diverse array of plant and animal species. Underneath it all, things look a bit different. Come summer, the waters are teeming with hammerheads, whitetip sharks, and manta rays, to name a few. Here, the dives (literally) roll deep — about 100-feet, to be more specific. With strong currents, chill waters, and a remote location, it’s not built for the faint of heart (or first-time plunger).

 

Cocos Island, Costa Rica. Near By Hotels 

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Use The Buddy System

You are not the only one who believes that swimming with sharks is a fantastic idea, and if you get the courage to jump in, I wouldn’t suggest that you do it alone. You may not be fortunate enough to have plenty of adrenaline junky friends, but there are plenty of people out who share a shark passion. If you plan to experience sharks while in a cage with trained professionals, that would be awesome, it is actually what I suggest if you have never worked with sharks before. However, if you are the type of person who has no problem diving in close proximity to sharks, please don’t do it unaccompanied. It doesn’t hurt to have another set of eyes around, and in fact, if would be wise for you and your partner to come up with hand gestures in order to communicate with each other.

Swimming With Sharks

5. Guadalupe, Mexico. Near By Hotels

 

 

Swimming with the dolphins was fun and all, but you’re ready to up the ante on the adrenaline scale. For a thrilling adventure, sink into the waters surrounding this volcanic island to cruise with some great whites. Although tucked behind a cage, you’ll get within arm’s reach of the animals. And thanks to the seal population (a.k.a. shark fuel) and clear, warm waters, your chances of a sighting are high.

 

Guadalupe, Mexico. Near By Hotels

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You Are A Guest In THEIR House!

Whether you are anticipating a meeting with giant fish or not, always be on you’re best behavior upon entering the Ocean. In truth, we should all be on their best behavior whether on land or sea; but since we are less familiar with the deep blue, I will emphasize the importance of behaving underwater. Remember that there is an unbelievable amount of life in the ocean, and we should look out for them as well as the sharks. Now when it comes to the sharks themselves, be sure to conduct yourselves with the utmost amount of respect. Do not reach out to the shark; let the shark come to you. They may decide to inspect you, or they may not. No matter what, do not try corner or handle them in any way; they may become threatened by your gestures, and feel the need to protect themselves. Also, do not forget to avert your eyes. I understand that the sight of a shark is unforgettable. Nevertheless, staring is rude whether it be at people or sharks. The last thing any diver wants is to make a shark uncomfortable or defensive, therefore, be sure to keep an eye on the shark without letting them bug out of their sockets.

Swimming With Sharks

6. Galapagos, Ecuador. Near By Hotels

 

 

Home to an array of wildlife like penguins, tortoises, and iguanas, nothing brings on the wow factor like face-time with a shark. Visit the remote dive sites at Darwin Island, which boasts warm waters, colorful corals, and schools of hammerheads, whale sharks, manta rays, and golden rays.

 

Galapagos, Ecuador. Near By Hotels

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Don’t Feed The Sharks

If you happened to tune into “Shark Week” on the Discovery Channel, you may have seen a few professional divers and scientists feed fish to the sharks they encountered. However I place emphasis on the world “professional.” If you do not deal with sharks professionally, do not try to stick a fish in a shark’s mouth. While it may make sense to give food to the shark in order for them to realize that you mean them no harm, this may very likely cause other sharks to come to the vicinity. Remember that sharks have an outstanding sense of smell, and if the scent of your bait catches their noses, they will come. Swimming with sharks may be awesome, but accidentally luring many food-expecting sharks is a whole different story.

7. Tiger Beach, Bahamas. Near By Hotels

 

 

Eat up the chance to experience a heart-racing shark dive. Folks will take a high-speed boat from Grand Bahama Island to the open seas, where guides use bait to lure all kinds of toothy predators — tiger sharks, hammerheads, Caribbean reef sharks, and lemon sharks, to name a few — while swimmers float on the top to take in the thrilling views.

Tiger Beach, Bahamas. Near By Hotels

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Don’t turn your back to the shark

“One of the things that a lot of people don’t realize is that in the vast majority of shark attacks, [the victim] didn’t know the attack was going to occur,” explained Dr. Kim Holland, lead researcher with the HIMB Shark Research Group.”Being aware that the shark is there and staying away from it, that can do a lot.”

8. Bora Bora, French Polynesia  Near By Hotels

 

 

Bora Bora might be a sought-after honeymoon destination for its pristine beaches and luxe overwater bungalows, but it also boasts some of the most impressive (and popular) shark feeding trips. Step out of your comfort zone and head out for an excursion in a crystal clear lagoon, where you’ll witness guides feed blacktip sharks. Daredevils will even have the opportunity to buoy over a different area to catch lemon sharks below.

Bora Bora, French Polynesia  Near By Hotels

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Don’t force a “moment”

 The growing number of videos featuring shark and human interactions can give the average swimmer the false impression that sharks can be easily approached.

But even the most experienced divers consider the huge risk factor when approaching a shark and only do so after making an educated assessment. In the short film “Variables,” Werner explained her decision to swim alongside a great white shark: “All of my years of hunting taught me how to read a fish’s body language,” she said. “The way that she was moving, the way that her fins were out, all of it showed me that she wasn’t looking at me like prey.”

 

About a one-hour flight from Tahiti, Rangiroa is home to warm turquoise waters and unforgettable shark adventures. No island runoff equals visibility that extends over 150 feet. The Tiputa Pass, which offers an opening to the ocean, is well-known as one of the world’s greatest shark dives. Here, divers will find themselves in the company of throngs of grey, blacktip, whitetip, lemon, and nurse sharks.

 

 

Rangiroa, French Polynesia. Near By Hotels

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Don’t FREAK OUT

Resisting the urge to panic can be difficult when a toothy apex predator is approaching, but it could mean the difference between life and death. “When most people see a shark, they freak,” said Jim Howe, Hawaii’s ocean safety chief of operations, but their panicked movements have been known to draw the shark even closer.

“[When a shark approaches], nine times out of ten, they’ll just kind of leave you alone,” Howe told The Huffington Post. “Many, many, many experienced divers and ocean people have had interactions where the sharks come in and take a real good look at them, and just swim away.”

 

10. Osprey Reef, Australia  Near By Hotels

 

 

Brace yourself for majestic creatures like gray reef sharks, silvertips, hammerheads, dogtooth tuna, and even whale sharks at Osprey Reef, which lies northeast of Queensland. You’ll have to take a liveaboard vessel to get here, but the tropical climate (an average of about 70 degrees in the winter and 85 degrees in the summer) makes it a year-round diving destination. Don’t miss the shark feeding frenzy that goes down at North Horn, located at the northernmost tip of the reef.

 

Osprey Reef, Australia  Near By Hotels

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Aliens at the Texas Boarder, Yes, But Not What You Think! Marfa, Texas

Marfa Texas is Quirky little town located in far West Texas.  It’s loaded with bizarre art, funky accommodations and yes The World Famous Marfa Lights!

 

“The ‘Marfa Lights’ of west Texas have been called many names over the years, such as ghost lights, weird lights, mystery lights. I must say the lights are quite amazing when you catch a glimpse for the first time. By no means are the lights constant but if you stay for a bit every now and then they will pull off a light show that will send chills down your spine. They actually look like a fleet of UFOs zooming through the night sky as if they are in control of their flight pattern. There is a widened shoulder on Highway 90 about nine miles east of Marfa that is a great place to experience this amazing occurrence.

What’s Marfa Like?

 

Marfa, Texas is a small West Texas town, a favorite activity of the locals is congregating when someone paints a wall simply to watch the paint dry.

Besides this there are a few other things of interest, The Marfa Lights, Bizarre Artwork, Amazing accommodations, and a near by natural spring Swimming Hole second to none.

The mystery lights are sometimes red, sometimes blue, sometimes white, and usually appear randomly throughout the night, no matter the season or the weather. If you have never seen them we recommend adding to your bucket list. It would make for a great weekend getaway or a great stopping point on your way to another vacation destination.

Marfa is southwest of Midland/Odessa and southeast of El Paso, between Carlsbad Caverns and Big Bend National Parks, near the Davis Mountains. Most major airlines (American, Southwest, Delta, and United) serve Midland (MAF) and El Paso (ELP) airports. The Marfa Airport (MRF) is just 3 miles north of town on highway 17 and services smaller passenger planes.

 

 

The first historical record of the Marfa lights is that in 1883 a young cowhand, Robert Reed Ellison, saw a flickering light while he was driving cattle through Paisano Pass and wondered if it was the campfire of Apache Indians. Whole generations of Texans have been looking for the answer to the question, “what is this”

 

 

They circle around, split apart, melt together, disappear, and reappear again. The best time to see them are clear nights. There is also a designated  viewing station set up off Highway 67 outside of Marfa, from which the lights may be observed. The lights have been attributed to an array of things–ground temperature fluctuations creating static electricity, the piezoelectric effect (having to do with the expansion and contraction of quartz rocks), and, of course, magic and UFOs. 

Things to See and Do in Marfa

Today, Marfa is a tourist destination with both historical and contemporary attractions including Ballroom Marfa, Building 98, Blackwell School, the Chinati and Judd Foundations.

 

chinati

 

There is very unique artwork scattered throughout the town and displayed proudly in open fields on the outskirts.

Make your plans now to join us in Marfa for Chinati Weekend 2019. Events include open viewing of the permanent collection, the opening of a special temporary exhibition, scholarly talks, music performances, and the annual benefit dinner on Saturday evening, which is our largest fundraising event of the year. Tickets for the benefit dinner are now on sale.
 

For a complete list of where to find inspiration visitmarfa.com has links to all the city’s wonderful creative spaces, restaurants, shops, and hotels. Be sure to stop by the Marfa Visitor Center, located in the former USO building, for maps and itineraries to guide you around Marfa and the surrounding area.

Balmorhea State Park reopened its 1.3-acre swimming pool March 1 after 10 months of repairs to the rock-walled oasis, which was built around San Solomon Springs in 1933. 

 

Sometimes the best summer moments are unplanned—a spontaneous road trip, a lazy day at the lake, or an impromptu backyard barbecue. But some of our state’s most memorable summer diversions require advance planning. Balmorhea State Park’s star attraction, the pool, reopened March 1 after being closed nearly 10 months for repairs, and visitors are already returning in droves to cool off in the aquamarine water of the world’s largest spring-fed swimming pool.

 

 

With day-use passes now capped at 900 to protect the natural environment of the West Texas oasis, summer travelers should plan to reserve their spots ahead of time using the Texas Parks & Wildlife Department’s new online booking system at texasstateparks.reserveamerica.com.

 

 Open daily from 8 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. all summer long. “It’s really the only place in the desert where you have a place to swim as well as snorkel and dive,” park superintendent Carolyn Rose says.  Along with strongly recommending travelers secure their passes ahead of time.

ACCOMODATIONS

Marfa has many hotels in the area like you might find on any street corner, but for a real treat and get  the true feel of this funky little town, you must stay at

EL COSMICO

TEE PEES, TRAILORS TENTS, INDIAN STRUCTURES, HOTEL ROOMS  ETC…

 

The moment you step foot on El Cosmico’s property, the atmosphere is just different (in a great way), and the openness of the space pulls you in. That being said, the trailer I stayed in was great, and insanely clean.
 The mini bar contained several amenities at somewhat reasonable prices maybe a dollar more than usual. Most importantly though, I felt safe. The area feels like a common campground, and in that sense, it felt like other guests were more respectful and friendly in the common good of keeping the area feeling safe. Similarly, the hotel staff was superb and immediately jumped on any questions or requests I had.

 

 

THIS ESTABLISHMENT IS A MUST WHEN VISITING MARFA

RESERVE – EL COSMICA  –  HERE

 

If you are looking to truly treat yourself for a few days you may also enjoy Marfa Saint George,

a glossy 55-room hotel that’s the fanciest thing Marfa’s ever seen.

 

There’s Aesop in the showers, sheepskin rugs on the floors, and an impressive array of local art on the walls. And you can actually buy a lot of that art at the downstairs MarfaBook Co., which is chockablock with thick art tomes and original prints and paintings made by local artists.

For those seeking a bit of Texas history and architecture, the historic Hotel Paisano won’t disappoint. Designed by architect Henry Trost and built in 1930, the hotel was headquarters the movie Giant. Book in advance to reserve the Rock Hudson, James Dean, or Elizabeth Taylor suites.

Book MARFA SAINT GEORGE HERE

A Bit More Affordable Than The St George and Absolutely Beautiful

THE LINCOLN provides all the comforts of a private vacation home, just steps away from everything Marfa has to offer. All of our eclectic suites are booked exclusively online, delivering a self-check-in experience with no front desk. 

MARFA SAINT GEORGE Reserve HERE

 

The Riata Inn. Under $100 Per Night  -Reserve Here –

The Riata Inn. Under $100 Per Night  -Reserve Here –

 

Other Hotels In and Near Marfa Texas. – Reserve Here. –

 

Just as world-renowned artists have flocked to Marfa, so have chefs, making this tiny town in the desert a foodie destination. The list of dishes served in Marfa restaurants runs the gamut from miso-glazed black cod with seaweed salad to giant burritos served out of a small house. Come with a big appetite and consider progressive meals to experience it all—a pizza parlor, wine garden, and hip bars. Many of these spots have garnered national attention, and for good reason.

And Don’t Forget The Food Trucks!

 

The list of places to eat in Marfa is ever-changing, so you can return to your favorites while discovering new spots on each visit. Homemade falafel, freshly-rolled pasta, Swiss chocolate, vegetarian chili, and cheesy enchiladas have all been enjoyed on tables here. Start your day with a hand-crafted latte and breakfast then grab a bag of organic espresso beans from Big Bend Coffee Roasters to take home. Enjoy the afternoon by splitting a bottle of rosé or a six pack of local Big Bend Brewing Co.’s beer on one of the many patios in Marfa. Toast to a gorgeous West Texas night over dinner at one of the many upscale Marfa restaurants. Cheers!

List Of Top Restaurants In Maria Texas

Get a Taste of the Mississippi South – South Beach Biloxi Hotel & Suites

These days Biloxi, Mississippi is thought of as a Casino Town but if you can steer clear of these gambling establishments you will find a beautiful town full of coastal history, wildlife and beautiful quiet beaches.

It’s a perfect place for a romantic weekend getaway or spend a few days on the coast with friends and family

Get a real feel of  Southern Charm.

Take The Historic Tour  / The Kids Even Enjoyed This

 

Historic Train Tour Info

 

When we go we like to stay on the beach  if this sounds like something you would like there is only one hotel that we can recommend.

 

The South Beach Biloxi Hotel

Biloxi Lighthouse stands next to Biloxi Beach on the Mississippi Sound. The Maritime and Seafood Industry Museum offers exhibits on boatbuilding and seafood-processing. The Beauvoir estate and Jefferson Davis Presidential Library explore the life of the Confederate leader.
Offshore, Deer Island shelters pelicans and loggerhead turtles.

There’s no time quite like family time in Coastal Mississippi. Here, it’s not only who you’re with – it’s what you’re doing too.

 

 

Board a Biloxi Shrimping Trip to watch the captain haul in nets of our tasty local seafood.

I can’t truly express how much fun and educational this is for the entire family, the process is a blast. Not many people have experienced actual shrimping on an authentic shrimping vessel.

 

 

Explore the INFINITY Science Center to see a rocket engine up close and ride the ISC OMEGA Flight Simulator.

 

 

Ride slides or the waves waterparks

 

 

Take in a nature tour on the Pascagoula River or visit the Pascagoula River

Audubon Center.

 

 

Ride a train and learn the history of trains in the US at the free Mississippi Coast Model Railroad Museum.

 

 

Still need ideas? You can rent jet skis or kayaks along our beaches. Or, you can simply relax on our white sand.

 

 

 

If you prefer to stay in a beautiful Casio Hotel you will find a complete listbelow. Once again it appears Hotels.com has everyone beat when it comes to pricing. Just keep in mind if you wake up in the morning with a beautiful ocean view you are still just a 10 minute ride to the casinos.

 

 

Casino Hotels In Biloxi – Here

 

Restaurants

The first four mentioned we have been to and can highly recommend. The rest is a list from The Biloxi Sun Herald where the locals have expressed a list that they love and recommend to visitors.

Taranto’s

in Biloxi is known for their boiled crawfish in a no-frills atmosphere that’s kind off the beaten path. But locals love their Coast cuisine — boiled seafood, gumbo, sandwiches, po’boys and affordable lunch specials that include a fountain drink or tea.

 

Chef Scott’s Sushi

in downtown Ocean Springs is open for dinner on the weekends, but locals say it’s worth the wait. The menu is filled with unique sushi rolls and hand-crafted appetizers.

 

Half Shell Oyster House

has three locations on the Coast — one in downtown Gulfport and two in Biloxi — and it has become a staple in the post-Hurricane Katrina dining landscape on the Coast. From it’s char-grilled oysters to martini selections to seafood pot pie, the menu is vast. Diners can get a po’boy or a fish feature or fresh-grilled steak. One of the most popular side items, the sweet potato creme brulee, is often ordered for dessert.

 

Trapani’s Eatery

in Bay St. Louis serves New Orleans-inspired seafood dishes with Coast flair. And you can’t beat the view from the second-floor lounge. Popular items include spinach dip with fried bowtie pasta, shrimp ecstasy, meatballs and red sauce, and the stuffed flounder Bay St. Louis. The restaurant’s website claims Trapani’s is “one of Jimmy Buffett’s favorite beach bars.”

 

Mary Mahoney’s

in Biloxi offers casual fine dining on the Biloxi Beach, just across the way from the hustle and bustle of Hard Rock Casino and Beau Rivage. The restaurant is iconic among locals and is known for their “world-famous” seafood gumbo and Sisters of the Sea Au Gratin.

 

Dempsey’s Seafood and Steak

in Kiln is casual and delicious. It was in Waveland before Hurricane Katrina but relocated to Kiln, and the line for dinner is often wrapped around their large porch every day of the week. They are known for large portions, fried seafood platters, and their famous house-made macaroni and cheese.

 

The Blind Tiger

restaurants in Bay St. Louis and Biloxi have stunning views of the Mississippi Sound and have a come-as-you-are atmosphere. The menu is small and written on a chalkboard. They are known for their burgers, boiled shrimp and fish tacos. You also shouldn’t pass up the cucumber cilantro margarita or the Blind Tiger bushwhacker.

 

Aunt Jenny’s Catfish Restaurant

in Ocean Springs is inside an antebellum mansion from the 1800s. And if you go for dinner, make sure you’re hungry. Their fried chicken, fried shrimp and fried fish is each served all-you-can-eat.

 

White Cap

is a seafood restaurant in Gulfport that used to overlook the harbor, but the restaurant moved a tad bit inland (but not too much) after Hurricane Katrina. The gumbo, lunch po’boy specials and dinner plates keep regulars and visitors coming back.

 

The Fillin’ Station

in Biloxi is a late-night spot where the locals go for a great cocktail and exquisite fourth meal. The crawfish nachos are piled high with a special sauce. The sandwiches are pressed and the half-pound burgers are hand pressed. Dress light — most of the seating is on an outdoor deck overlooking downtown Biloxi.

 

Pirate’s Cove

in Pass Christian is a Coast po’boy shop that’s been around for decades. It’s a favorite among celebrities with Coast ties, including Robin Roberts and Tig Notaro. Recommendation: Bring a friend and get a large shrimp po’boy and large roast beef-po’boy and split it. Make sure to get a side of corn nuggets, and wash everything down with a glass bottle Barq’s Root Beer.

 

 

Harbor View Cafe

on Jeff Davis Avenue is family-friendly and has a wraparound porch for outdoor seating. They serve breakfast on the weekends and are popular among Long Beach locals. Their menu includes appetizers, sandwiches and an array of desserts.

 

 

Salute

in Gulfport puts a Coastal flair on traditional Italian food. Yes, you can get gumbo at this Italian restaurant, or try one of their signature Italian dishes like fried lasagne or chicken Florentine. Their pesto is Coast famous, and don’t forget about their pizzas — they are made in-house and are quite affordable.

 

Now I’m Hungry!   This is truly a great weekend getaway town or a mini perfect vacation. Very family friendly  March through mid September.

 

 

ENJOY BILOXI,  MISSISIPPI 

CHRIS

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hawks Cay Resort – Duck Key Florida – A Great Place For Your Hard To Please Teens

Hawks Cay Resort- Duck Key, Florida

Located in Duck Key, about mid-way down the Florida Keys, Hawks Cay is a sprawling resort on a key all to itself. There are countless activities to keep your teens entertained actually the entire family. This is one of those unique places It’s hard to say goodbye.

There is is a man-made lagoon in the center of the resort, with plenty of water activities. Snorkeling, paddle boarding, windsurfing and kayaking, just to name a few. A highlight for sporty teens is the Indies club that has basketball courts, putting greens, volleyball court and a full-size soccer and football field.  Teens Night Out  is a big hit from 9 to 11 every evening where teens can hang out and play in the game room.

This resort stands alone in the Florida keys as the most, hands down, family friendly establishment. Sure, that’s a big call to make. But when you consider all there is to do on this sprawling property, a week scarcely suffices to fit in all the fun.

Hawks Cay saw considerable damage during Hurricane Irma in 2017.Winds destroyed the exterior and flood water found it’s way inside many of the buildings and major damage was done. The difficult decision to close the resort was made, and for one year, the entire property was restored and repaired. Hawks Cay reopened in August, 2018. — and we’re here to tell you it’s better than ever.

After Hurricane Irma

Today

The resort is located where the Upper Keys meet the Middle Keys on the Key West. Duck Key is actually five small islands separated by boat canals spread across 60 acres. Hawks Cay occupies the first island, along with Duck Key Marina. The other four islands of Duck Key are residential areas where you can go for a stroll or pedal your bike. Hawks Cay’s location features the unique opportunity to view fantastic sunsets and sunrises. 

The Rooms!

With 177 hotel guestrooms and 250 additional mutli-bedroom villas , there are a few different lodging options — from the standard hotel rooms in the main building to two-story villas spread out on the property, featuring multiple bedrooms, full kitchens and private laundry facilities. If you’re planning on staying more than a few days with the whole family, the villas are definitely the way to go since you can prepare your kids’ meals in the full kitchens and really spread out.

The resort has five pools, including a dedicated family pool near the kids’ center and the much-loved pirate ship pool, with its water play features, fountains and slides. But despite the resort’s oceanfront setting, you can’t actually swim in the ocean here (the closest thing to it is a shallow, man-made saltwater lagoon with a sandy bottom and inflow of saltwater that doesn’t look nearly as inviting as the open water).

The lagoon pool tends to get warm since it’s shallow, and it’s a good, safe place for kids to swim. There’s another family pool area on the property the kids’ center, as well as an adults-only tranquility pool.

The resort’s kids club, called Camp Hawk, is housed in a separate facility surrounded by beach volleyball courts, mini-golf, the pirate ship pool and family pool, and a nice playground area shaded by large banyan trees. There is a sports court, soccer field, air conditioned and high-tech hangout area for teens. Bike rentals are available, too.

Kids will love the resort’s own dolphin adventure. Dolphin Encounters is set in the canal just a few steps away from the main pool area. Families can watch from the dock as the dolphins are trained and fed each day or participate in a program where you can hang out in the water with these 300 pound mammals. Kids can pet the dolphins, shake fins and even get a kiss and give a hug. This unique experience is a must when staying at Hawks Cay.

Duck Key Marina is just a short walk from the main hotel building and villas. The marina sustained damage during the 2017 hurricane season and is currently in the process of being repaired. While the boat docks are not yet functional, water sports are still available to rent here. You can set out on a snorkeling or kayaking adventure or take a sunset cruise out on the water.

Despite the fact that the rooms and villas are spread out across the property and the main dining areas are found in the main building, Hawks Cay is a very walkable resort, with sidewalks linking the marina to the main building and villas (you can consider renting a golf cart to get around, but it’s not necessary — there’s even an open-air shuttle bus making rounds to transport guests from point A to point B on property).

And as for your fellow guests? While some couples come to Hawks Cay for a romantic escape, they soon realize this is very much a family-oriented destination. With the exception of the adults-only pool area and restaurant, kids are welcome everywhere. As a result, vacationing families abound.

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You Will Love This Place!

ENJOY, CHRIS

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California cities are not normally known for affordable accommodations  This is why you might be surprised on how many cheap or free attractions San Francisco has to offer. Just because you’re on a budget doesn’t mean you can’t have a wonderful and enjoyable time in a town with breathtaking views,  local landmarks and years of history. Some people have even left their hearts there.

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 Rodeo Beach

 

This wide sandy beach sits on the sand spit that separates Rodeo Lagoon from Rodeo Cove on the west side of the Marin Headlands in Golden Gate National Recreation Area. The beach is made up of small colored pebbles that give it an incredibly unique look. Walk to the south end of the beach to see majestic rocks in the surf, and take your binoculars so you can see the birds on Bird Rock.

Baker Beach

Located near the Golden Gate Bridge (and with awesome views of it to boot), Baker Beach is one of the many popular spots in the Golden Gate National Recreation Area. Baker Beach isn’t safe for swimming, but you’ll have the Battery Chamberlin, a large historic military gun installation from 1904, to entertain you.

 

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China Beach

China Beach is visually stunning, facing north toward the Marin Headlands with a great view of the Golden Gate Bridge. The rock walls on both sides create a small protected area that was once a camp for Chinese fishermen, which is how it got its name. The area just south of the cove is called Lands End and has some excellent hiking trails and a hidden surprise.

 

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 Fort Funston Beach

Unless you’re very familiar with the Northern California coast, you may not have heard of Fort Funston Beach. It’s the southernmost beach on the Pacific Coast side of the city, and it gets windy here… so windy, in fact, that we’d recommend skipping it if the forecast calls for heavy winds. Horses and dogs are welcome here, so it’s a great place to go with your furry friends.

 

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Sutro Baths

 

Once upon a time (in 1896) the Sutro Baths, elaborate privately-owned saltwater and freshwater pools, opened for public use. They eventually shut down after some financial struggles, and in 1966, they burned to the ground. Their remains are now a historic site, and they happen to be surrounded by a beautiful beach.

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And While you Are there Enjoy The Sutro Baths

The ruins of the Sutro Baths are an historic site on the western waterfront of San Francisco. In March of 1896 these elaborate privately-owned saltwater and freshwater pools opened to the public. After years of financial struggles the baths finally closed and in 1966 their remains burned to the ground. All the remains are the concrete foundations and walls. The beach below the baths is wide at low tide and all wet at high tide. The easiest access is at the south end of the baths near the Cliff House Restaurant. Large rocks, including the Seal Rocks, are just offshore from the Sutro Baths. Above the baths to the north is the Point Lobos Overlook. A tunnel through the rock below Point Lobos is popular with tourists, but be careful in there at it is dark and slippery. Trails meander all about the hillside behind the baths. For a longer hike, the Lands End Trail starts at the parking lot and leads to Mile Rock Beach.

The best place to park for a trip to the Sutro Baths is the Lands End Visitor Center (680 Point Lobos Avenue) which is directly above the baths. This entire area is part of part of Golden Gate National Recreation Area. When the tide is high and access to the beach at Sutro Baths is cut off, nearby Ocean Beach is a good alternative.

Mile Rock Beach

 

Located in a small cove below the Lands End Viewpoint in San Francisco’s portion of Golden Gate National Recreation Area, Mile Rock Beach is small and rocky – but it’s a lovely beach to visit. In addition to the nearby hiking trails, you’ll find picnic tables, a shipwreck, a lighthouse and plenty of beach to explore.

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Affordable or Free San Francisco must see activities many locals have no idea about!

Biking

This is one of the best ways to experience Golden Gate Park. Weave your way through the tree-lined roads and take in the many spectacular views across the park. The best day to ride a bike through the park is on Sunday when the main road through the park is closed to cars. Rentals are available at the park. Visit golden-gate-park.com/biking for more information.

Segway Tour

San Francisco Electric Tour Company offers fully narrated Segway and Electric Bike Tours. Tour the eastern section of the park via winding trails and bike routes. See the best views while listening to the legends of the park. Check out their Yelp and Tripadvisorreviews for more detailed info on the experience.

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Tennis

With 21 courts, temperate weather year-round and stunning views of the park, you’ll be hard pressed to find a better location to play tennis. Costs for walk-in play for the weekdays is as follows: residents ($4), non-residents ($6), seniors 65+ ($2), and youth under 18 are free. During the weekend and evening, the fees increase for residents ($5) and seniors 65+ ($5). On the weekends, all youth are expected to pay $2. You can reserve courts by time to guarantee yourself a spot. Players of all skill levels are welcome. Lessons at these courts are also available if you’re interested.

Disc Golf

Familiar with disc golf? The process involves throwing a flying disc from distances to a metal basket target. It was popularized by college students and has a reputation for being a hippy sport, but it’s become more popular over the years with courses in many destinations. The Golden Gate Park disc golf course is the only one in San Francisco. It features 18 holes. It is free. But you’ll need to bring your own discs.

Lands End Labyrinth

Land’s End
This labyrinth off of the Coastal Trail is made with grapefruit-sized stones and inspired by traditional walking labyrinths from monasteries, where the goal is contemplation and meditation even though you could step over this beauty to the center. “I once saw a proposal happen here with a school of dolphins playing in the waves, “I’m pretty sure she said yes.”  Start your journey at Eagles Point near 32nd Avenue and El Camino del Mar. You can find parking along the golf course on Lincoln Highway. The #1 bus will get you close to the area if you’re relying on public transportation, but being on the far reaches of SF, this is a journey best left to a cab or Uber. Follow the Lands End Trail along the coast until you reach a right turn towards Mile Rock Beach. Keep going down that trail, and just before you hit the beach, turn right up a small dirt path that leads to the labyrinth.

 

Golden Gate Bridge

You can’t visit San Francisco without getting an up-close look at the Golden Gate Bridge. Luckily, this attraction fits into any budget, because it’s free. You can walk or ride a bike across the 1.7-mile bridge. You can even participate in a free walking tour on Thursdays and Sundays so you can hear the history of this landmark as you explore.

 

 

Free San Francisco Walking Tours

The Golden Gate Bridge is not the only place you can tour for free during your visit. You can also take part in one of the many free tours offered by the San Francisco City Guides. They offer tours all year, with some of the destinations including popular neighborhoods like Castro, Haight-Ashbury, Westwood Park, Chinatown and Potrero Hill. Some of the tours also focus on local ghost stories, murals, past earthquakes, fires and the history of many landmarks.

Now The Tourist Attractions That Are The Most famous And Why Not!

Alcatraz Island

If you were to overhear someone talking about “The Rock” today, nine out of 10 people would think that the subject of conversation was action movie star and former wrestler Dwayne Johnson. But if you had overheard the same conversation eight decades earlier, when James Cagney was the toughest guy in movies and wrestlers had names like Gorgeous George, there would have been no doubt what the topic of conversation was. The only “Rock” back then was Alcatraz, the maximum-security prison perched on a small island in San Francisco Bay.

For almost 30 years, Alcatraz was the ultimate destination for many of the country’s most dangerous and wily criminals. Prisoners who were uncontrollable at other penal institutions were at last tamed by the severity of life at Alcatraz, while restless inmates who made a habit of breaking out of other prisons on the mainland found that their days of easy escapes were over. Almost 40 tried, but no one ever successfully escaped the citadel perched on the rock in the bay.

 


 

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CHINATOWN San Francisco

The story of Chinatown is the story of a neighborhood; an American neighborhood, an old neighborhood, an immigrant neighborhood, where the old country still lives inside the new one. The past and the present are inseparably woven together in this neighborhood defined by Broadway, California, Kearny and Powell streets.

In the mid-1840’s, following defeat by Britain in the first Opium War, a series of natural catastrophes occurred across China resulting in famine, peasant uprisings and rebellions. Understandably, when the news of gold and opportunity in far away Gum San, (Golden Mountain- the Chinese name for America) reached China, many Chinese seized the opportunity to seek their fortune.

The Chinese were met with ambiguous feelings by Californians. In 1850, San Francisco Mayor John W. Geary invited the “China Boys” to a ceremony to acknowledge their work ethic. However, as the American economy weakened, the Chinese labor force became a threat to mainstream society. Racial discrimination and repressive legislation drove the Chinese from the gold mines to the sanctuary of the neighborhood that became known as Chinatown. The only ethnic group in the history of the United States to have been specifically denied entrance into the country, the Chinese were prohibited by law to testify in court, to own property, to vote, to have families join them, to marry non-Chinese, and to work in institutional agencies.

The success and survival of Chinatown depended a great deal on the family and district benevolent associations which served as political and social support systems to newcomers. The members strove to meet the basic needs of the community, and represented a united voice in the fight against discriminatory legislation process.

“CHINATOWN” offers a revealing look at how a group of people bound geographically, culturally, linguistically and economically during hostile times has flourished to become a vibrant, courageous and proud community for Chinese Americans and greater San Francisco, referred to as Dai Fao (Big City) in Chinese.

San Francisco Attraction Passes

If you’re intent on seeing all that San Francisco has to offer–without going over your budget the CityPASS may be your best bet. With CityPASS, when you pay for an adult or child ticket, you get access to the California Academy of Sciences and the Aquarium of the Bay, as well as a one-hour cruise around the Bay. Your CityPASS also lets you use both the Muni bus and the famous cable cars to get around the city without paying extra. You can then choose between a visit to the de Young Museum or the Exploratorium. With Go San Francisco, you can get a variety of multi-day and option packages. Choose from more than 25 attractions and activities, such as the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Oracle Park Tour, San Francisco Dungeon and beyond destination tours to Muir Woods and wine country.

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PIER 39

Some of the main attractions at PIER 39 may be the dozens of stores and eateries, but not everything has to cost a lot. One of the best activities here is free, and that’s watching the sea lions as they relax just a few feet away. Of course, there are also amazing views of Alcatraz and the Golden Gate Bridge. So if you want an affordable day out, grab some ice cream or coffee from one of the nearby shops and stroll around admiring the views from the pier.

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Gotta Have My Tunes! JBL Waterproof Speakers

Always Need My Music When I Travel
I own three models of these wonderful speakers going on four years now. Bought all three for different reasons and have been happy with every purchase. They’ve all been knocked off of table tops, dropped, fallen off on the back of our family’s cars and trucks. All have held up great and sound brand new today. You can actually float them in the pool with you. I have two passions in life. Travel and Music. These small JBL waterproof speakers are the first thing I pack.  They also have a 100% guarantee, no questions asked.
The JBL Charge 3 is looking to make its mark in the mass of Bluetooth speakers out there, but its name gives it an advantage straight away – JBL has always stood out as one of the best, most reliable brands out there.

Aside from the top-performing sound, its Charge line of Bluetooth speakers allow you to charge your device up while you’re blasting out tunes… hence why they’re all called Charge.

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The JBL Charge 4 only offers minor updates to the previous generation but it remains an excellent value in wireless speakers. The Charge 4 can pump out gobs of bass that doesn’t overwhelm, lasts forever, and can top up your phone in pinch. If the bulky size of the Charge 4 doesn’t bother you, it should be at the top your shopping list.

The Charge 3 also features a built-in mic so you can use it as a speakerphone for conference calls. Overall, my friends and family found the mic quality clear and many didn’t realize I was talking to them through a speaker.

 

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The JBL Charge 3 offers excellent sound for the price. The addition of waterproofing makes it a Bluetooth speaker you can take just about anywhere… provided you don’t mind lugging its extra weight around. It’s also nice knowing you can use the speaker as a powerbank for your phone to keep the tunes playing.