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$212.00 per personJanuary 13th thru 16th 2020.  Air and Hotel (Caesars Palace) Included

Caesars Palace – Resort & Casino

4.5 out of 5.0
Price is now:$212 /person
It’s hard to believe, but Christmas is here! What better place to spend the holidays than Las Vegas a place well-known to do everything big! This year is no exception as once again this one of a kind destination steps it up the celebration in a whole new way. From the spectacular holiday themed shows, to the festive gardens at the Bellagio, to even ice skating and a scuba diving Santa Claus, now is the time to visit the Entertainment Capital of the World. It truly is a gift anyone would like to find under their Christmas tree.

The property also has a grocery/convenience store. Guests can unwind with a drink at one of the resort’s bars, which include 7 bars/lounges and a swim-up bar. Wireless Internet access is complimentary.

Caesars Palace - Resort & Casino Map

With a stay at Caesars Palace – Resort & Casino in Las Vegas (Las Vegas Strip), you’ll be steps from LINQ Promenade and 6 minutes by foot from High Roller.

This 4.5-star resort is 0.8 mi (1.2 km) from Miracle Mile Shops and 2.6 mi (4.2 km) from Las Vegas Convention Center.

Make yourself at home in one of the 4391 air-conditioned guestrooms. Complimentary wireless Internet access is available to keep you connected. Partially open bathrooms with showers feature complimentary toiletries and hair dryers. Conveniences include laptop-compatible safes and desks, as well as phones with free local calls.

Relax at the full-service spa, where you can enjoy massages, body treatments, and facials. Before a night out at the casino, the 7 outdoor swimming pools are a perfect way to relax and recharge. Additional amenities at this resort include complimentary wireless Internet access, concierge services, and gift shops/newsstands. Guests can catch a ride to nearby destinations on the area shuttle (surcharge).

Enjoy American cuisine at G. Ramsay Hells Kitchen, one of the resort’s 16 restaurants, or stay in and take advantage of the 24-hour room service. Snacks are also available at the 4 coffee shops/cafés. Relax with a refreshing drink from the poolside bar or one of the 7 bars/lounges. Cooked-to-order breakfasts are available daily from 7:00 AM to 11:00 AM

Featured amenities include a business center, limo/town car service, and express check-in. Planning an event in Las Vegas? This resort features 240000 square feet (22297 square meters) of event facilities. Self parking (subject to charges) is available onsite.

These kind of specials are far and in-between so if you have the time go have some fun!

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HAPPY HOLIDAYS!

CHRIS

Zoom through the Iceways of Salida, Colorado

Snowmobile the Continental Divide and Stay in Salida. Colorado’s Premier Snowmobiling and Affordable Lodging Destination 

Central Colorado is a snowmobiler’s paradise. The Arkansas River Valley has over 150 miles of specially groomed and marked snowmobile trails.

From your base in Salida Colorado, you can ride many passes over the Continental Divide including Marshall Pass, Monarch Pass, Tincup Pass, Hancock Pass, Cottonwood Pass and visit the Alpine Tunnel at Hagerman Pass.

All of these trails are carefully groomed or well marked.

Central Colorado snowmobile routes – Salida, Buena Vista and Leadville 

 

SALIDA, BUENA VISTA TRAIL MAP

Buena Vista Colorado Snowmobile Map, Johnson Village, Nathrop, St. Elmo, Tin Cup, Colorado Vacation Directory

Snowmobiling in Buena Vista

The Buena Vista area is beautiful year round! When winter is at its height and the Colorado mountains are in their snow-blanketed glory, snowmobiling is a great way to get out and experience their splendor. The Buena Vista area snowmobile trails consist of groomed trails located in the San Isabel Forest. They offer varying terrain that is suitable for all levels of expertise, with trails that range from easy to difficult. The trails travel near or cross over the Continental Divide, which is where the water flows to the west, toward the Pacific Ocean, on one side and to the east, toward the Atlantic Ocean, on the other. The Upper Arkansas River Valley is surrounded by several fourteeners, mountains which summit at over 14,000 feet high, just part of the gorgeous scenery in the area. The trails are accessible from the towns of Buena Vista, Johnson Village, Nathrop, and St. Elmo.

LEADVILLE TRAIL MAP

Leadville and Twin Lakes Snowmobile Trails Map, Colorado

From  flat, rolling meadows to steep, craggy mountains, snowmobiling in Leadville has it all. Centrally located, Leadville’s groomed trails are just 85 miles west of Denver, 21 miles south of the Copper Mountain ski area and 35 miles north of Buena Vista. The trails run from 10,000 to over 13,500 feet in elevation and brush the San Isabel National Forest, offering something for everybody. Families will enjoy the East Tennessee Trail, located just off Highway 24 on East Tennessee Road, which offers easy riding and several areas to stop and play. More experienced riders will enjoy the steeper trails near Slide Lake. Whatever your style, though, be sure to exercise caution as many of the trails are shared with skiers.

WHERE IS SALIDA, COLORADO

Come Enjoy a Last Minute Weekend Vacation Deal!

Bring your own snow machine, or rent from one of our local snowmobile rental companies. Salida Silver Ridge Lodge can help you make snowmobile tour reservations and trip recommendations.

This may be your most fun snowmobiling vacation ever.

Recommended Snowmobile OutFitters Below

Monarch Snowmobile Tours

6 HOURS: single $200 / double $300 Two machine minimum

OVERNIGHT: single $270 / double $310 

Holiday Rates

ALL DAY (6 hour) rentals only: Single Riders $270 / Double Riders $310

 

All Season Adventures  Snow Mobile Tours

SNOWMOBILE RENTAL RATES

Must be 16 to Drive • Call for Group Rates

Snowmobile Rental Single or Double Rider

Single Rider 2 Hour 3 Hour
550cc $110 $140
Double Rider 2 Hour 3 Hour
550cc $150 $185

All machines are Polaris 550 RMK or Deluxe touring!!!

Age requirements: Must be 16 or older to drive your own machine and 4 years old to be a passenger.

Come enjoy the deep powder of the Rocky Mountains. Our snowmobiles can take you anywhere you want to go, from packed trails to powder-filled bowls.

CLICK  –  Other Cool Things To Do In The Area

Welcome to the Silver Ridge Lodge!

Silver Ridge Lodge. –  Average $75 per night!

Built in the mid 1960’s Silver Ridge Lodge (SRL) is a wonderful throwback to the days of families and friends packing into their cars to explore and cruise this beautiful country.

$75 per night…  GOCHEEPNOW!

Our architecture takes you back in time – our nicely updated rooms and modern amenities give you a welcoming feeling and opportunity to relax in this wonderful mountain community.

HERE–BOOK THE SILVER RIDGE LODGE. –  HERE

We are nestled right off Highway 50 (Rainbow Blvd) so you can peacefully enjoy the beautiful mountain views all around.

This property is family owned and operated and we would be thrilled to share our beautiful lodge with you! Cruise on over to Silver Ridge Lodge and enjoy your visit to Salida with us!

The Silver Ridge Lodge Has

Clean, comfortable rooms with Refrigerators, Microwaves, Coffee Makers, 32” High Definition Color TVs.

Complimentary Continental Breakfast

Outdoor Hot Tub

Outdoor garden sitting areas

Elevated sundeck above our roof for 360° views of the beautiful mountains all around us

Free High Speed Wireless Internet

Discount tickets for all guests to the Salida Hot Springs Pool and Mt. Princeton Hot Springs Pool

Salida Hot Springs Pool

 

Mt. Princeton Hot Springs Pool

 

HERE  -Check Out Other Hotels / Motels InThe Area. –  HERE

GOCHEEPNOW

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Closest Airport  –  Harriet Alexander Field Airport

Local Must Restaurants During Your Visit

 

Map of salida co restaurants
Currents Restaurant
4.4 (397) · $$ · Steak
122 N F St
Seafood & steak bites in upbeat environs
Amicas Pizza Microbrew & More
4.6 (981) · $$ · Pizza
127 F St
#1 rated Restaurant in Salida
Moonlight Pizza & Brewpub
4.7 (1,062) · $$ · Pizza
242 F St
Creative pies & craft brews with a patio

Pack the Bags, Take a Date, Take the Kids, Fun, Fun, Fun for Everyone!

Enjoy, Chris

Snowmobile Salida

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The Easiest Way To Get A PassPort Today

How to Get Your First U.S. Passport the Easiest Way

Where Is The Nearest Office or Post Office To Submit Information?
So you found a Last Minute Discounted Trip to Mexico or a Super Holiday Sale on a Caribbean Cruise and it’s leaving tomorrow. Unlike pre 911 this would not be a problem, just present the old DL. Today you actually need a Passport and you don’t have one. 
PLACES TO GET PASSPORT PHOTOS TAKEN

Shipping Centers. Both FedEx and UPS offer passport photo services. …

Memberships. The 1-Hour Photo Lab at Costco offers passport photo service. …

Pharmacies & Retail Stores. …

Professional Photography Studios. …

U.S. Passport Offices. …

Registered Passport Expediters.

The easiest way to get a United States passport is to apply for it in person. This is actually a requirement if this is your first passport, or you are under 16. Complete the passport application form DS-11 at the Department of State website. The forms are also available at most post offices and public libraries.
They will look like this…

Take the completed form to a U.S. Passport Acceptance Facility or a passport agency. A post office can serve as an acceptance facility. The form must be accompanied by evidence of citizenship, current identification and a photocopy of that identification.

Check the State Department website for more information on acceptable identification since those rules can and do change. For example, in 2011, the department started demanding a birth certificate that included the full names of the applicant’s parents.

 

  1. Proof of U.S. citizenship (such as a birth or naturalization certificate)
  2. Government-issued photo ID (such as a driver’s license or military ID)
  3. Color passport photo.
  4. Fee payment (check or money order)

 

Pay the fees that apply to your passport. The fees may change based on your age and if there is a photo cost involved. In 2017, an adult passport book and card, plus execution fees, cost $165. The office does not accept credit or debit cards.

IF You Are In A Hurry

Request the Department of State’s Expedited Passport Processing Service if the passport is needed within two weeks. There is an additional $60 fee for this service. Otherwise, the passport process takes about eight weeks.

 

In a hurry? Click here to expedite a new passport in 24 to 48 hours.

 

See, It’s A Piece of Cake….

Enjoy, Chris

Gaylord Ice 2019

I’VE  ATTACHED THE CODE TO THE ACTUAL BANNER OR THE LINKS BELOW.  TAKE THE KIDS  ITS A BLAST. 

No Limit

JUST CLICK THE BUY TICKETS LINK. – EMBEDDED CODE WILL ACTIVATE

HAPPY HOLIDAYS!

 

Be amazed by larger-than-life ice sculptures of Charlie Brown and friends carved from more than two million pounds of colorful ice as you walk through the attraction kept at a wintry 9 degrees. Crafted by master artisans who travel across the globe from Harbin, China, families can enjoy spectacular holiday scenes, colorful characters and ice slides!

 

CLICK HERE  –   1/2 PRICED TICKETS TO ICE AT THE GAYLORD

 

Complimentary parkas are provided for both children and adults to help keep you warm. Learn more about the making of ICE! or catch a sneak peak of the event by visiting www.ChristmasAtGaylordTexan.com.

 

SO MANY THINGS TO DO AND SEE

Ice Skating

Ice Skating

 

-Stay at the GAYLORD TEXAN OVERNIGHT WITH A PARTY OF FOUR -TICKETS TO ICE  ARE INCLUDED

Room Rates are $179 to $279. Weekdays are Cheaper 

STAY AT THE GAYLORD.   – CLICK HERE  –

 

Breakfast with Charlie Brown & FriendsBreakfast with Charlie Brown & Friends

ICE! Featuring A Charlie Brown Christmas

 

 

HAPPY HOLIDAYS EVERYONE!

CHRIS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Saint Simons Island, Georgia – It Must Be Hurricane Proof

SAINT SIMONS ISLAND, GEORGIA

When its time to relax look no further. Life moves at a gentler pace and most days, the islanders have no idea what “hurry up” means. Great for last minute trips, affordable Weekend getaways, weddings, honeymoons. Just about something for everyone

St. Simons Island is one of Georgia’s Golden Isles, lying midway between Savannah, Georgia and Jacksonville, Florida. The islands are a popular resort playground, offering a mix of natural beauty, rich history and quaint charm, coupled with the allure of inviting year-round weather.

Visitors are enchanted by the natural canopy of moss-draped live oaks and the memorable Tree Spirits, hand-carved images of weathered faces that immortalize the area’s sailors who lost their lives at sea.

 It’s is also a very affordable destination. 

 

 -In the Summer Months –

June – August

Things tend to get busier as expected but with that said the island still tends to have a laid back feeling similar to South Padre Island on the southern tip of Texas.

Georgia Florida -College Week- –  The football  game draws thousands of students and fans to this little island due to the game is always held in nearby Jacksonville, Florida on Halloween. It is a really fun weekend if you’re into football.

– In theWinter Months-

September – May 

St. Simons is a lot quieter, the beaches are beautiful and peaceful,  you will experience no waits for activities, rentals and restaurants. You’re  also going to see a price huge price break on hotels and rental houses. Because you are so far south there are plenty

Nearby Airports

Brunswick, Georgia (BQK) About a 1/2 hour drive east.

Approximately 20 minutes away on the mainland, serviced by DeltaSavannah, Georgia (SAV) – About a 1 hour drive north.

Jacksonville, Florida (JAX)  About a 1 hour drive south.  Southwest Airlines have great ticket prices

 

 Reserve or Inquire King and Prince Resort  –  Click Here –

 

 

Driving to St Simmons Island, Georgia. –  Perspective. –

Just five hours from Atlanta, Georgia St. Simons Island is an easy driving destination from cities around the South. It’s nice to have a car in case you want to do a day trip to one of the neighboring islands.

WHERE TO STAY IN ST. SIMONS ISLAND

Thats An Easy Question

The King and Prince Beach and Golf Resort

The King and Prince offers guests a complete resort experience, including oceanfront dining at ECHO, beachfront activities to horseback riding, tennis, biking and fishing.

One of the best things we loved about The King and Prince is that the beachfront is approximately 40 short yards to the beach

Gracious Georgia Resort Accommodations

The King and Prince offers a wonderful choice of gracious guest accommodations in many distinctive settings. Our various accommodations include ocean front and resort view guest rooms, seaside cabanas, luxurious two- and three-bedroom beach villas, and luxurious guest houses. Click here for further details on the Luxury Accommodations.

Accommodations by Room Type

Accommodations by Building
St Simons condo rentals

From seaside to poolside, and from rooms with a sense of history to those with sensational ocean vistas, The King and Prince will delight you with a wide selection of room types.

 

 Reserve or Inquire King and Prince Resort  –  Click Here –

 

The Delights of Dining on St. Simons Island

St Simons restaurants

ECHO

The resort’s oceanfront dining experience is ECHO, serving classic coastal cuisine and handcrafted cocktails in a relaxed atmosphere. St. Simons Island’s only oceanfront restaurant entertains broad, sweeping views and indoor/outdoor dining. ECHO pays tribute to The King and Prince and St. Simons Island’s naval history during World War II.

Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, ECHO brings a fresh flair to St. Simons’ restaurant scene. The bar is open daily, and serves the island’s finest handcrafted cocktails, craft beer, and wine. Our culinary team’s local-first philosophy and longstanding relationships with coastal farmers and purveyors creates a one-of-a-kind menu of seasonal favorites like Shrimp & Grits and Braised Beef Pot Roast.

Sea Shack Drinks

The Sea Shack Bar + Bites (open seasonally)

For a lighter fare, grab and go from the poolside Sea Shack Bar + Bites. Choose from tasty selections such as the shrimp wrap or watermelon salad. Then enjoy your lunch by the pool or on the beach.

The Sea Shack Menu

Pizzeria 201

Room Service

Available daily from 7:00 am until 10:00 pm (Pizzeria 201 available from 2:00pm until 10:00pm)
For those that prefer to dine in the privacy of their own room or balcony overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, our in-room dining is another romantic way to spend your evening with that special someone. Or maybe you just don’t want to leave the comfort of your room and want to call it a day. Choose from our traditional In Room Dining Menu or try one of our delicious gourmet pizzas from Pizzeria 201!

In Room Dining Menu

Pizzeria 201 Menu

St Simons Holiday events

Holiday Dining

Additional dining options are available by reservations for the following holidays: Valentine’s Day, Easter, Mother’s Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year’s Eve.

 

OTHER HOTELS WE APPROVE ON SAINT SIMONS ISLAND, GEORGIA   

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OTHER HOTELS WE APPROVE ON SAINT SIMONS ISLAND, GEORGIA

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OTHER HOTELS WE APPROVE ON SAINT SIMONS ISLAND, GEORGIA  

 

 

THINGS TO DO ON ST SIMONS ISLAND 

YOU CERTAINLY CAN’T EAT THEM, BUT THEY ARE SO MUCH FUN TO CHASE AROUND AND CATCH AND RELEASE!

GHOST CRABS OF SAINT SIMONS

CANNON’S POINT PRESERVE

Cannon’s Point Preserve | Cannon Point Rd – Technically this is a nature preserve but it is on the site of the former Cannon’s Point Plantation. This 608- acre wilderness is home to the last intact maritime forest in St. Simons Island, 6 miles of coastal habitat for wildlife, shell middens dating back to 2500 BCE,  and the remains of the large plantation home and slave quarters built by John Couper in the 1800s.

ST. SIMONS ISLAND BY BIKE

 

Go on a hike, bike ride, launch a canoe, or explore the ruins and experience a different side of St. Simons 

Start on one end of the island and work your way to the other but don’t forget to stop for a snack and keep your eyes peeled for the famous tree spirits. Check out this map.

There are over 30 miles of bike paths on St. Simons Island so you can totally ditch your car at the hotel and cruise underneath the oaks without having to worry about traffic.

If you need to rent a bike while you’re in town, check out these two locally owned shops.

 

SAVE SOME WHALES

THIS ACTUALLY HAPPENED

Pilot Whales beached themselves Saintt Simons Island, Georgia  July 17, 2019.  Local and tourists to the rescue returning them to the sea.

Kayak and Paddle Board rental Companies   –   Click Here.  –

Evening Paddle Board Trips

FISHING ON SAINT SIMONS ISLAND

Try a Cast off the Pier, Need Some Gear, Rent Some Just Steps From the Pier

Or Maybe Head Out To Sea, Jump On A Fishing Party Boat Or Charter

 

Click Here – Fishing Equipment Rentals – Click Here

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CLICK HERE-  LUNCH OR DINNER CRUISE INFO. –  CLICK HERE 

Let Your Hair and take a Cruise!

What better way to enjoy the end of a productive day’s excitement and fun than to jump on board an exquisite cruise with your family or loved ones. Kick your shoes off on a relaxing evening with a cool cocktail and enjoy a beautiful costal sunset.

These ships can bring you a unique cruise experience when it comes to fine dining on the waterfront.  You get to escape and feel the cool evening breeze in your hair. You will get a chance to enjoy peace and serenity and fine dining while enjoying the swishing of the sea waves.

CLICK HERE-  LUNCH OR DINNER CRUISE INFO –  CLICK HERE 

 

AROUND THE ISLAND – POINTS OF INTEREST

VISIT THE ST. SIMONS LIGHTHOUSE 

This wonderful tour has a special history lesson from Curt Smith, Lighthouse Historian.  What a wealth of information presented in a light hearted description about this historic and beautiful lighthouse. The lighthouse was built in 1807 and guarded over by the Coastal Georgia Historical Society. 

129 stairs to the top surprisingly was quite effortless

view from lighthouse

View from the top of the lighthouse.

The Celebrated Christ’s Church

CHRIST CHURCH.

christ church

Such history in this church, it is said that John Wesley preached under the oak trees on this location.

 

One of the oldest churches in Georgia, Christ Church is one of the most popular historic sites on the island. The church is a beautiful gothic style tucked away in the monumental oak trees.

It’s open Tuesday through Saturday from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Christ Church is on the far north end of the island making it a great bike ride from the south/central parts of the island.

Don’t Miss – Fort Frederica National Monument

 

 Established in 1733 to defend the colony from the Spanish, Fort Frederica is now a national monument. Visitors can explore the archeological site and museum that features artifacts found at the site.

 Fort Frederica is also located on the north end of the island so it would be easy to visit before or after Christ Church.

SHOP IN THE ST. SIMONS VILLAGE

 

Make sure you browse  a few shops in downtown St. Simons.  It’s always full of color and fun things. 

 

A MUST!   Lady Jane

GO ON A BOAT TOUR WITH THE LADY JANE

Welcome aboard the LADY JANE, a United States Coast Guard certified passenger vessel. Once a commercial steel hull shrimping trawler she has been retired after years of loyal service to the shrimping industry. 

 She has been painstakingly refurbished for the purposes of eco- tourism, education, and conservation.  Take time out of the day and spend it aboard Lady Jane, while helping the captain and crew sort through the abundant sea life retrieved from the water on each trawl.

  From small bottom dwelling species to apex predators, each catch has new species to offer.  If you’re worried about bad weather, relax!  Each cruise will be in protected waters through the picturesque Marshes of Glynn and it’s tributaries .

Lady Jane provides an air conditioned cabin, restroom, large covered deck with ample seating, and room for you to walk from bow to stern while enjoying the view.

Experience unbelievable views of the marsh, and and it’s charm and amazement, when the nets came in, we got to peek at what’s under the water. 

Where is the best food…

SandCastle Café

 

Southern Soul Barbeque

 

Iguana Seafood

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Georgia Sea Grill

 

Delaney’s Bistro

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Saint Simons Island is truly a Magical Place!  When you watch them recover from Devastating Hurricanes time and time again, you began to appreciate what this Beautiful area of the Great State of Georgia is made of.
Enjoy,
So Glad to Share.
Chris

 

 

 

 

 

 

AFFORDABLE HONEYMOON IDEAS OR LOVERS GETAWAYS!

HONEYMOON IDEAS THAT WON’T BREAK THE BUDGET

Lets face it, weddings can be expensive. Often we find it difficult to come up with the cash to enjoy some needed time away with our new bride or hubby. All is not lost. Here are a few exotic locations that are affordable and with make everyone jealous.

Thailand

You can actually find air and hotel packages for around $1000 per person. Check the TripAdvisor link below

– OR HOW ABOUT –

Riviera Maya or Playa del Carmen

5 Days with flight $700 to $1200 per person

Quite a bit less than Cancun or Cozumel The Riviera Maya! or Playa Del Carmen can be a dream come true. Think of it, world class nightclubs, all inclusive food and cocktails, award winning chefs, crystal blue beaches. It’s a honeymoon dream come true.

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Why not visit  – St. Maarten

AIRFARE and HOTEL 5 Days in St Maarten $900 to $1200

St Maarten looks like a cousin to Havana and is quite less than other Caribbean islands.  It has 1st class accommodations, stunning surroundings, and activities to fit anyone’s lifestyle.

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 -OR BETTER YET –   Cape May, NJ

$150 to $300 per Night for 2

Great little known affordable seaside location! If you’re looking for an alternative to the typical tropical honeymoon, Great place for a romantic getaway.

Carriage rides through the town, and Victorian architecture Cape May lighthouses make you feel as if you’re in a real-life romance novel. 

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HAVE YOU HEARD OF-       Cook Islands

About $2000 per person -Air and Resort, Trip of a Lifetime

The island of Rarotonga in the Cook Islands has an enjoyable climate of high 70˚/low 80˚ temperatures year round! Spend your time on land at the numerous local shops, museums, and quaint cafés around town, and even more time under water, snorkeling the underwater caves, canyons, and sunken shipwrecks.

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About $2000 per person -Air and Resort, Trip of a Lifetime

 Negril should be the first choice for staying on the island. A large town in west Jamaica it is the definition of a picture-perfect honeymoon.With white sand beaches and cascading waterfalls, cool breezes off the beautiful tropical waters. Explore Mayfield Falls with a guide, or float down the Negril River by bamboo raft.  This place is truly a lovers paradise!

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Negril, Jamaica. 5 Days – Air and Hotel – $475 to $700 per person

The Beautiful Florida Keys – Great Deals.

 The Florida Keys are easily accessible and perhaps the most budget-friendly beach destination in the south. Not many crowds and has a relaxing vibe thats second to none. Choose your favorite island and go island hoping…   Great Deals Everywhere!

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The Philippines

Perhaps The Best Values!

Luxury Resorts $350 to $700 Includes Air and Resort

The Philippines is definitely one of our top choices for affordable honeymoon destinations. Nearly all of the Philippine islands are very newlywed-friendly, with modern accommodations and plenty of activities.

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Congratulations on the Wedding!
Glad to be of Service.
Chris

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Jamaica via Montego Bay

Jamaica continues to impress as a world-famous destination for travelers looking to enjoy beautiful beaches, ocean adventures. Enjoy a wide variety of hotels and resorts throughout Jamaica including all-inclusive resorts in Montego Bay, Negril, and Ocho Rios. Jamaica is an island paradise with resorts lining the picturesque shoreline. There are plenty of choices when it comes to Jamaica resorts and hotels to fit both your style and your budget. Plan for a worry-free experience with an all-inclusive resort where the room, restaurants, drinks, and entertainment are all included in your Southwest Vacations®package price. Jamaica is a great choice for your next beach vacation.​​

Montego Bay Reservations and More Info and Here

 

 

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Colorado Springs, Co – Unbelievable Values!

Need a great weekend getaway, possibly a little downtime with the significant other or maybe an extended family vacation. Travel in the Autumn or Spring and get much more than you thought possible. The Cheyenne Resort discounts rooms up to 60%.

United, American and Delta fly to Colorado Springs, but if you really want to save a bundle, fly into to Denver on Southwest.

Find the Cheapest Flights to Denver or Colorado 

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There are rental cars at the Denver airport for as little as $19 a day!  From Denver its a stunning 80 minute drive to Colorado Springs.

 Colorado Springs – Olympic City USA is the most populous city of El Paso County, Colorado, United States. situated on the east side of Colorado.

It’s a short 61 mile drive from Denver. 

 The city sits over one mile above sea level, though some areas of the city are significantly higher. Colorado Springs is situated near the base of one of the most famous American mountains, Pikes Peak, at the eastern edge of the southern Rocky Mountains.

Why Are We Here?  Simple! 

THE CHEYENNE MOUNTAIN RESORT

3225 Broadmoor Valley Road, Colorado Springs, CO, 80906, US

This upscale, wood beam-and-stone resort in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains is 9.8 miles from Colorado Springs Airport and 32.3 miles from Pikes Peak.

The rustic-chic rooms have free Wi-Fi, plus coffeemakers, iPod docks and minifridges. Upgraded rooms have private balconies, pull-out sofas or whirlpool tubs. Suites include separate living rooms and wet bars.

 

The resort has a private lake for water sports and a sand beach, plus 5 pools (including a kids’ pool). There are also tennis courts and a fitness center, plus an 18-hole golf course and a spa (fees). Other amenities include a restaurant and lounge, a cafe and event space.

 

YOUR JOURNEY TO QUINTESSENTIAL COLORADO STARTS HERE

It’s time to explore the infinite opportunities for genuine Colorado experiences while immersed in the naturally breathtaking landscape and exceptional hospitality of Cheyenne Mountain Resort. From family gatherings surrounded by scenic vistas to grand adventures throughout the Pikes Peak Region, your days will be filled with endless possibilities for the extraordinary.

Soak up the restorative powers of a pampering spa treatment – or a little sun, lakeside. Perhaps a quality workout in a state of the art gym.

Feel your pulse race during a thrilling rafting excursion.

Conquer a higher peak.

Splash into the sweet sound of children’s laughter during a rousing game of Marco Polo.

Tee up and go for the green. It’s all right here.

So, go ahead and give in to your wanderlust or simply discover a place of rejuvenation for the soul. However you wish to spend your time, allow

THE CHEYENNE MOUNTAIN RESORT

 to light the path for life’s most cherished moments.

EXPLORE THE RESORT

Rooms and Spectacular Views!

 Dining At The CHEYENNE!

Cheyenne Mountain Resort serves signature dining in a spectacular mountain setting. Savor delicious gourmet bites and hand-crafted cocktails at Elevations Lounge and incredible Colorado specialties and lavish buffets at Mountain View Restaurant. Enjoy relaxing gourmet fare at the Gates Grille or local delights from the General Store.  

Mountain view Restaurant

Locally renowned for its sumptuous breakfast, lunch, and dinner buffets, Mountain View Restaurant offers a mouthwatering array of Colorado-inspired dishes and decadent desserts.

Feast for the Holidays with our specials – including Thanksgiving and Christmas brunches, Brunch with Santa, and Holiday Dinner Buffets. Sumptuous holiday favorites await you and your loved ones!

Elevations Drink Eats

Elevations at Cheyenne Mountain Resort is a rustic Colorado restaurant and bar steeped in local flavors, libations, and culture. Take in panoramic mountain views while dining indoors or alfresco. 

Gates Grille

Take a seat outdoors and marvel at the views of spectacular Cheyenne Mountain and the emerald fairways of the Pete Dye–designed golf course while enjoying casual gourmet fare. 

the general store

This is the place for Starbucks coffee and healthy smoothies as well as delicious, locally prepared ice cream and tasty grab-and-go snacks. Open daily from 6:00 am.

IN ROOM DINING

Enjoy a variety of Cheyenne Mountain Resort’s most popular dishes, delivered right to your door, including decadent desserts and kid-friendly selections. Open daily 6:30 am –11:00 pm

LETS GO OUTSIDE!

Book your next adventure with an off-road jeep tour, mountain biking excursion, fishing trip, climbing, zips and much more…

In our open-air Jeeps, your photo opportunities are unobstructed. Experience the true majesty of Colorado!  Foothills & Garden of the Gods
Our most popular Jeep tour takes you along the foothills of Pikes Peak and and through Garden of the Gods.

Pikes Peak or Bust
See all of America’s mountain! Offered in the morning to take advantage of the best views and weather, this journey takes you to the summit of Pikes Peak.  Jeep Old West High Country 4×4
The heart of Colorado Adventure, exploring the history of the region! Our Forest Service permits allow us to go off-road, cross streams, and explore the tunnels and townsites of the Old West.

Reserve Or Purchase Tickets Here

 Includes weather necessities. All activities are subject to weather modification.

 

JEEP & HORSEBACK COMBO

Reserve or Get Tickets Here

In our open-air Jeeps, your photo opportunities are unobstructed. Experience the true majesty of Colorado!

Take in the splendor of historic Old Stage Road from an open-air Jeep before enjoying a fantastic one-hour guided mountain horseback ride through Pike National Forest.   Includes weather necessities. All activities are subject to weather modification.

Reserve or Get Tickets Here
Prices starting at $129

 

ZIP & DIP COMBO

Get Or Reserve Tickets Here.          

Bighorn Sheep Canyon

Combine a ½ day raft trip down the Bighorn Sheep Canyon, a riverside steak lunch, and then a 2 hour zipline course down 7 cables up to 700ft long and 200ft long.

ZIP & DIP COMBO

Get Or Reserve Tickets Here.          

Lunch included
Prices starting at $169 for adults

 

RAPIDS & ROPES COURSE COMBO.

Reserve Or Get tickets Here 

 Bighorn Sheep Canyon

Combine a ½ day raft trip down the Bighorn Sheep Canyon, a riverside steak lunch and then a 2 aerial ropes course with 9 different difficulty levels.  Lunch included

Reserve Or Get tickets Here 

Prices starting at $149 for adults

 

 

Take in the Rocky Mountain Front Range at sunrise. Enjoy spectacular views for 100 miles in all directions and take a moment to relax and relish in this unforgettable soaring experience!

Includes personalized flight certificates, champagne breakfast following the flight, and the best pilot and crew in The West.

Reserve Or Purchase Balloon Flight Tickets Here

All activities are subject to weather modification.

 

SEGWAY GARDEN OF THE GODS JUNIPER LOOP

Get or Reserve Segway Tickets

Experience one of nature’s greatest treasures: Garden of the Gods! This tour includes sights such as South and North Gateway Rocks, Kissing Camels, Three Graces, Sleeping Giant, Park Overlook, and Praying Hands. Unobscured views and a mellow pace will ensure your visit to this beautiful red rock park is memorable.

Includes Cone Zone training session before heading out on the tour, and the best Segway guides in The West.
All activities are subject to weather modification.

Get or Reserve Segway Tickets
Prices starting at $92

 

Enjoy a morning rafting trip down the Arkansas River, then drive to Play Dirty ATV Tours for 2 hours of mountain trail riding on an ATV or Side by Side vehicle. Experience breathtaking views of the Sangre De Cristo Mountain range, ride up trails and switchbacks up to 8,300 feet above sea level and see peaks like Columbia, Humboldt that are 14,000 feet high! Plan on getting dirty and having a lot of fun.

If you choose a rafting trip from our Cotopaxi location you will have the option to stay for a hearty BBQ steak, chicken, or vegetarian lunch at our private riverside picnic area (Additional fees apply).

ATV TOURS – Reserve Here

Prices starting at $115 for adults

 

FLOAT FISHING

Full Day Float Fishing Option
Spend a full day, with lunch riverside, working the busy pocket water and casting in the gold medal Arkansas River!

Reserve Arkansas Fishing Trips Here

Half Day Float Fishing Option
Fast paced with non-stop casting, this half day float trip will test your casting ability but is typically the perfect duration for most anglers.

Evening Float Option
Enjoy the gold medal Arkansas River with our special after hours permit for a quiet & magical experience.

Maximum 2 people per boat
Prices starting at $349 per boat with up to two anglers per boat

Reserve Arkansas Fishing Trips Here

Must be booked through Arkansas River Tours but can be billed back to guestroom. Please provide your room confirmation number at time of booking.

 

RIVER & RAIL COMBOS

Our most popular combo packages!

Bighorn Sheep Canyon.  Or  Reserve or Get Tickets Here!

Combine a ½ day raft trip down the Bighorn Sheep Canyon, riverside steak lunch, and then 2-3 hour train ride through the Royal Gorge.

Cottonwood Family Float
Combine a 1/4 day raft trip down the Cottonwood Canyon, riverside steak lunch, and then 2-3 hour train ride through the Royal Gorge.

Reservations for The Cottonwood Family Float Here

Extreme Rafting – Reserve Here

Lunch included
Prices starting at $114 for adults

 

Get treated like Royalty for $135 per nights stay!

Enjoy,    Chris

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.