Gaylord Opryland Resort, recently named best resort in the South by the readers of Southern Living, will transform its nine acres of indoor gardens into a kaleidoscope of colors this summer with experiences inspired by Lewis Carroll’s “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland” and “Through the Looking-Glass.”
From Memorial Day weekend through September 10, the resort’s annual SummerFest celebration, supported by Pepsi®, invites guests to step into the curious wonderland Alice encounters after falling through an enchanted rabbit hole.
Guests can test their skills in the “Follow the White Rabbit” Scavenger Hunt through the resort, or board the Delta Riverboats for some nonsensical magic on Hatter’s Floating Tea Party Cruise along a ¼-mile-long indoor river.
As visitors wander into Wonderland, they will be lured into Carroll’s original storybook with the Queen of Arts Tour, featuring works by local artists. Adding to the magic inside, visitors will find strolling entertainers including Alice herself and other characters from the story.
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Guided hotel and garden tours let guests further explore the resort’s indoor gardens, which are decked out with giant mushrooms, caterpillars, teacups and whimsical décor. Adults 21 and up can add a wine flight, starting with whites and moving to reds, along the tour.
The “Eat Me, Drink Me” Junior Chefs Camp lets aspiring culinarians learn from the hotel’s award-winning chefs and even get their own kid-sized chef hat and apron to take home.
The 2,888-room resort’s 20 restaurants and lounges will feature food and drink inspired by the popular novels, from merry un-birthday cupcakes to teapot cocktails and Rabbit Hole whiskey flights.
Additional activities include free nightly fountain shows, family-friendly films every night and the Aquafina® Splash Party—a poolside experience with music, food, drinks and lawn games. Guests can also make their very own furry friend at the resort’s Build-A-Bear Workshop® experience.
At Relâche Spa, resort guests can have their fingers and “toeses” painted red with the Queen of Hearts Roses Red Manicure/Pedicure and other Alice-inspired treatments. Kids can get wild and wacky with Mad Hatter Hair Color (washable, of course!) and Cheshire Cat face painting.
A trip to Music City wouldn’t be complete without great music. Live stage music takes place not only in the resort but at The Opry Backstage Grill next door and the Wildhorse Saloon in downtown Nashville.
Steps from Gaylord Opryland, guests can take in the wonder of country music’s most famous show—the Grand Ole Opry, as well as the General Jackson Showboat, one of the largest showboats in the U.S., and Opry Mills—Tennessee’s largest shopping destination. Plus, resort guests receive exclusive discounts at the city’s hottest new attraction—Madame Tussauds Nashville.
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Find nearly 2,000 acres of vineyards in Edna Valley and Arroyo Grande wine regions located on the CA Highway 1 Discovery Route, along with old historic California townsites, outdoor adventure, and well, great wine! Edna and Arroyo Grande Valleys offer the perfect growing climate for delicate grapes like Chardonnay and Pinot Noir – warm sunny days that turn into cool coastal nights. Weather that is also perfect for wine tasting adventures and outdoor play!
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Connecticut invites visitors and residents alike to kick off the warm weather travel season with new and improved attractions for families and adults, a new centrally located luxury hotel and plenty of arts and foodie events. Whether planning a romantic weekend getaway or family fun vacation, a day of adventure or retreat, travelers can find all the information they need, including suggested trip itineraries and travel packages, at www.CTvisit.com.
This spring and summer, there are even more reasons to visit Connecticut. Here are just a few top seasonal highlights:
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50 years ago, the “Summer of Love” hit the Bay Area. A half century later, San Mateo is still feeling groovy with one of the largest and most family-friendly events on the West Coast, The San Mateo County Fair (www.sanmateocountyfair.com). Over nine days of diverse entertainment, June 10 – 18, “Tradition Meets Innovation” in the uniquely California experience that matches the enthusiastic diversity of the region. Now through June 1, Pre-Sale Discounted All-Season-Passes are available online: $22 adult; $ 18 junior and senior. The purchase a season pass includes all nine days of the Fair and all concerts, exhibits and attractions.
“We were hip before there were hippies,” quipped Dana Stoehr, CEO of the San Mateo County Events Center and Fair, “Every year is the summer of love at the San Mateo County Fair and there’s something to love for everyone. Whether you’re looking for traditional food, fun and entertainment, or the hottest musical acts around, we’ve got a little something for everyone, and every generation.”
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As you cruise down Highway One from California’s Monterey Peninsula, you can’t help but feel the excitement building up inside you. Those photos you have seen of the magnificent beauty of Big Sur are suddenly coming to life, appearing even better in person. The dramatic Santa Lucia Mountains to the left are sprinkled with yellow, white and magenta wildflowers. To the right, powerful waves crash onto the rocky coastline as cows graze with their calves in the lush green pasture. It truly is what poet Robinson Jeffers has described as the “greatest meeting of land and water in the world.”
“From hiking along the breathtaking coast and wildflowers at Garrapata State Park to driving across the iconic Bixby Bridge to staying in a cabin amongst the giant redwood trees, Big Sur is such a special place where visitors can unplug, relax and enjoy nature’s magnificent handiwork,” says Tammy Blount, President and CEO of the Monterey County Convention and Visitors Bureau (MCCVB)…
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TIGERS Myrtle Beach Safari welcomed March in like a tiger, with the grand opening of its 34th season March 4, 2017.
Founded in 1983 by wildlife conservation expert Doc Antle, TIGERS (The Institute for Greatly Endangered and Rare Species) is a wildlife education organization that promotes global conservation through its interactive Myrtle Beach Safari Wild Encounters Tour and Preservation Station.
TIGERS has been a hidden treasure in Myrtle Beach, but once discovered, the experience is life-changing for our guests. Here at TIGERS, you can reach out and touch, hold and feed from the more than 130 wild animals, including 60 tigers and their cubs, that live on the grounds of this 50-acre wildlife preserve. In the three-hour Wild Encounters Tour, you will meet the rare liger, the world’s largest cat; Bubbles the African elephant; our resident orangutan; apes; wolves; leopards; chimps and tigers as they swim, run and play in their natural habitat…
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