Mark Your Calendars: Must Attend 2016 Festivals
Whether you're interested in food, music or cultural celebrations, we've gathered an exciting list of festivals in the US for you to peruse. Book your hotel in advance and start exploring!
Make Music — A Road Warriors' Insider's Tip!
You can always count on us to bring you the most new and exciting travel information, and so we've scoured everywhere to bring you the hottest 2016 music festivals in the US. Avoid the heat, drama and cancellations of Coachella or Bonaroo, and try the up-and-coming KaaBoo Music Festival in San Diego instead. From September 16-18th of 2016 (the earlier you start planning and getting tickets, the better!) you and a group of friends can enjoy the music of Jack Johnson, the Avett Brothers, and even throw it back with the Goo Goo Dolls. Since its inception last year, KaaBoo has been celebrated for bringing a cleaner, more pleasant experience that has something for dancers, comedians and artists alike — so you can enjoy great music in a venue that touches all aspects of creativity. There are a variety of different festival passes available, so, whatever your budget, KaaBoo has something that will work for you.
Find a New Art Piece
Do you love fine art, but lack the budget for a Sotheby's estate sale? Great art doesn't have to cost as much as a down payment on a house — and it should be accessible to everyone. That's where New York City's Affordable Art Fair comes in. Taking place from March 30th to April 3rd of 2016, the art fair features works in a variety of lower price ranges from over 1,000 artists. So whatever your style is, which room of the apartment you're looking to improve or how much money you have, you're guaranteed to find something that works for you.
No matter what your interest, whether you're a social butterfly or a brooding solo traveler, hitting up a festival is the ideal way to celebrate yourself and your passions.
Traveling to Houston for the Final 4
It's almost that time of year again — are you ready for March Madness 2016? We know that some other, more "low-key" fans are content to just watch the games on their TVs all cozied up on the couch, but not you. You're heading to the final four in Houston to experience the madness firsthand. Looking for some of the best sports bars in Houston, or in need of a list of what to do in Houston before, in between or after the games? Keep reading. You know we've got you covered. So book your hotel room and get ready for a great time.
If your team lost and you find yourself needing to blow off some steam, or if your team won and you’re looking to celebrate, head over to Lucky's Pub downtown. With over 250 beers to choose from, a reputation for enormous portions, and skee-ball, darts and — did we mention? — one of the biggest TV screens of any bar in the city, you are sure to find a way to either lick your wounds or clink glasses in celebratory pride. There's great music, even better company and a kitchen that's open past midnight. Lucky's is the perfect way to experience the city like a local.
Heights Cigar Lounge
When you’re tired of the sports bar scene, an afternoon or evening at Heights Cigar Lounge should do the trick. Celebrated for its friendly staff that’s more than willing to make recommendations for amateurs and aficionados alike, Heights Cigar Lounge refers to itself as "your den away from home." Packed with (what else?) leather sofas and recliners, plenty of card game tables for you to meet — and challenge — new friends, and, of course, wifi, TV and the all-important fireplace, Heights Cigar Lounge is the perfect way to really unwind in Houston. Don’t worry if you don't have time to stay to enjoy a smoke before the game; you can pick up a cigar for that win you're counting on later and even speak with one of the bar's knowledgeable tobacconists for advice on something new to try. You can head in, pick up your cigars and walk out just in time for the tipoff. Discover new flavors, find that cigar you enjoyed years ago, or simply enjoy the lingering scents in the air.
While we can't guarantee that your favorite team will walk away with the championship, we can pretty confidently promise that you'll have an amazing time and have no problem finding fun activities in Houston to keep you and your group entertained. Be sure you check out our tips on hot margarita spots in town, too. One thing you can count on when you visit gorgeous Houston is you’re sure to find out just how much this vibrant city has to offer — from basketball to margaritas, day lunching to cool evening vibes, this hip town has something for everyone.
Winter Adventure: Snowmobiling
Looking to bump up your adrenaline? Are you known for your sense of adventure? Then taking a destination vacation completely dedicated to snowmobiling might be the perfect way to start your year off right. Instead of doing something predictable —how many times can you sit in front of a fireplace and drink hot cocoa before it starts to lose its charm? — gather a group of friends, book a hotel room and head to one of these places known for the ride of a lifetime. Read on to learn about some of the best snowmobiling in the US!
Snowmobiling in Yellowstone
Everyone already knows that Yellowstone is arguably one of the country's most beautiful destinations — but don’t cross this trip off your list just because it’s winter. Imagine how it would feel to see it covered in snow. Whether you want to snowmobile through this national treasure with a small group, or you prefer to be a part of a large group tour, you’re sure to have an experience you'll never forget while really getting up close and personal with nature. And no need to worry about packing up snacks and food for the day out on the snow — the park has it all figured out. Several restaurants and rest areas dot the paths of the best and safest snowmobile routes.
Snowmobiling in Denver
It's no secret that for the true thrill-seekers, Colorado is one of the best places to snowmobile in the country. With plenty of snow vehicles available to rent, you can explore over 100 miles of historic, carefully groomed trails that pass through Vail and the Rocky Mountain range. Though many opt for the self-guided tour option, the opportunity to travel with a guide is a wonderful option for novices or larger groups. The snowmobile tours also offer different trails based on your level of experience and on how much of an adrenaline junkie you are. The High Adventure tour is for those who are more focused on speed and jumps than those who are primarily interested in seeing every detail of the trail itself. And the Prospector Tour is for those a bit more interested in stopping to smell the roses. This option is best for those traveling with children, as this tour allows parents to ride with their children or allows for couples to take a romantic ride while sharing a snowmobile. Every tour comes with an instructional lecture by a professional, so there's no need to be concerned about feeling unprepared.
Whether you want to explore nature on your own schedule, have a group vacation that still lets everyone do his or her own thing or want to explore a new hobby, a destination vacation to Yellowstone or Denver will help make sure that your snowmobiling extravaganza will glide along smoothly. Don’t be afraid to embark on this unusual but thrilling excursion — book your trip today!
Presidential Trivia & Road Trip Guide
There's no doubt that we all appreciate President's Day for the time off from work, but with an election right around the corner, there’s never been a better time to start taking the day a bit more seriously than we normally do. If the last time you cracked open a history book was your senior year of college, or if you're a history buff who hasn't had the time to indulge in your interests lately, why not use this President's Day to brush up on your Presidential facts? We've combined some of the greatest historical landmarks in the US alongside fun bits of trivia about our nation's leaders. There's more to Presidential memorials than Mount Rushmore. Let's explore some new sights together.
We can’t think of a better place to start your journey than Atlanta, Georgia, known for its hospitality and irresistible food! And after you check in to your Atlanta hotel, head over to check out Jimmy Carter's Presidential Library and Museum! Home to over a half a million photographs and 27 million pages of notes and memos from Carter's Presidency from 1977-1981, you'll never run out of things to see. The museum has something for everyone — and don’t count it out just because you don’t consider yourself a bookworm; take in the stunning Japanese garden designed by Kinsaku Nakane, or explore the rest of the property's 35 acres on foot. Part research library, part museum and total historical landmark.
A fun fact about Jimmy Carter? He was a speed-reader himself, enrolling in a speed-reading course and famously devouring about four books a week. Sounds like the library is a perfect tribute to him.
Since you're already in Georgia, why not take a little detour to Augusta. Just a couple hours east of Atlanta, Augusta boasts childhood home of President Woodrow Wilson, who governed our country from 1913-1921. Built in 1859 with red brick and gorgeous green shutters, the house is done in perfect Southern style, and is one of the best-restored presidential homes in the country — the Wilsons lived in the historic home during the Civil War, adding an extra element of historical awe. Take in a huge piece of our country's history during your stay in Augusta.
A fun fact about Woodrow Wilson? He was the first US President to obtain his PhD, so technically, he's Dr. Wilson!
Pineville, North Carolina
The often-overlooked 11th President of the United States, James K. Polk, was born in scenic Pineville, just an hour or so outside of Charlotte, North Carolina. His birthplace home has become a memorial and educational site to showcase what life was like in the late 1700s. An ideal place for curious children, you’ll learn how to churn butter, sew and even hear about how people dressed in Colonial times. The house has several staff members who participate in historical reenactments.
A fun fact about James K. Polk? His nickname was "Young Hickory," as he supported the "Old Hickory," Andrew Jackson.
Whatever your interests are, make this President's Day a trip to remember by visiting some of the country's most beautiful and moving historical landmarks and sites.
Texas Road Trip Stop 1 - Explore Dallas
Do you ever feel like you just want to get away from it all? If you’ve read your copy of Kerouac's On The Road one too many times and are in desperate need of itching your wanderlust bug, or if you wish you'd taken that cross country drive the summer between high school and college, we’ve got a spot for you. It’s never too late to grab a couple of your best friends, or even hit the open road on your own, and finally take that long-awaited road trip. The first stop on our list? The fascinating, ever-evolving city of Dallas, Texas, the perfect mix of eclectic and modern, charm and sass. So book your hotel room, fill up your tank and get ready to explore Dallas on the first leg of your road trip.
Dolly Python Vintage
If you have even a tiny bit of fashionista in you, one of the top 10 things to do in Texas will no doubt be hitting up the holy grail of vintage shopping, the fabulous Dolly Python Vintage. Fashion Blogger Sea of Shoes calls it "Dallas' Treasure Chest." Searching for an antique gold brooch in the shape of a longhorn skull? They've got it. Want to indulge in a little Texan folk art? You've come to the right place. On the hunt for the perfect pair of well-worn cowboy boots, the dress no one else has or just hoping to get more in touch with the local music scene? Pretty much anything you're looking for, Dolly Python either has or can get. Catering to the needs of both ladies and gentlemen who think (and dress!) outside the box, Dolly Python is a gem not to be missed. Get your weekend in Dallas off to the right start by hitting up this one of a kind spot.
Bishop Arts District
After you’ve exhausted yourself with a full day of shopping, you’re probably going to be in need of a cup of coffee, but when’s the last time you had one that's actually worth waiting in line for? If part of your Dallas trip includes finding your next great read or meeting some locals and learning about events going on later in the evening, or maybe even hobnobbing with some of Dallas' finest — and most fascinating — characters, then off to the Bishop Arts District you must go. Grab some coffee with Latin flair at Espumoso Caffe or pick up a new signature scent at Society. And, most importantly, make time to enjoy some real Texas-style BBQ at Lockhart Smokehouse. With items like Blue Cheese Slaw, a half-pound of pork chops and of course brisket made just how you like it, there is truly no way to go wrong when you order at this iconic eatery. The best part? You can walk it all off by continuing to peruse the numerous shops after your meal. No need for regrets.
Dallas is known for its ultra-cool but welcoming vibe, and is fast becoming a tourist hot-spot for artists, students, musicians and writers. It's the perfect place to get your road trip off on the right start.