Maid of the Mist Ready for Earliest Launch in History

Maid of the Mist Ready for Earliest Launch in History

For the second consecutive season, the Maid of the Mist will launch on the earliest date in the storied history of one of North America’s longest running tourist attractions.

The 2017 season will begin Saturday, April 1, at 9:00 a.m., from its Niagara Falls, New York, landing. The season runs through November 5. In 2016, the season began April 2.


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“Maid of the Mist VI and Maid of the Mist VII are ready to navigate the waters of the Lower Niagara River to the Maid of the Mist Pool at the base of the Horseshoe Falls,” said Christopher Glynn, president of Maid of the Mist.  “Our captains, crew members and associates are prepared to welcome guests from around the world as we build on last year’s record season, when 1.6 million visitors boarded our iconic vessels.

“Our guests with take with them an experience that will last a lifetime.”

Beginning Apr. 1 through May 19, tours will operate 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (weekdays) and 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. (weekends).

Other schedule highlights include:

Victoria Day Weekend
May 20–May 21
9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
May 22–May 26
9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Memorial Day Weekend
Saturday, May 27
9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Sunday, May 28
9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Monday, May 29
9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

May 30–June 16
9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. (Sun-Fri)
9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. (Sat)

June 17–August 8
9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. (daily)

August 9–August 28
9:00 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. (daily)

August 29–September 3
9:00 a.m. to 7:15 p.m. (daily)

Labor Day Only
Monday, September 4
9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

September 5–October 3
9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
(weekdays)
9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
(weekends)

October 4–October 31
9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (daily)

November 1–November 5
10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (daily)

Adult tickets are $18.25; tickets for children (6-12 years) are $10.65.  Children 5 and under ride free with an accompanying adult.

For more information and to purchase tickets, visit www.maidofthemist.com

Updated – Restaurants Open Christmas Eve and Day 2015

Updated – Restaurants Open Christmas Eve and Day 2015

Not all of us will be home for Christmas, or comfortably seated with friends and family for a Christmas feast… some of us will be on the road.

I-95 travelers looking for a holiday meal can find it quite difficult. You’re tired and hungry so you jump of an exit only to find that every restaurant is closed.

An increasing number of chain restaurants are choosing to remain open during the holidays, or at least opening for limited hours to meet customer demand.

Here’s out list of chain restaurants open for business on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day 2015. (This listing will be updated as additional information becomes available.)

Restaurants located at Interstate Service Plazas and Welcome Centers may be required to stay open.

– Updated 12/18/15  –

  • 99 Restaurants – Open Christmas Eve Day. Closed Christmas Day.
  • Applebee’s Neighborhood Grill and Bar – Most locations will be open Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.
  • Arby’s – Company owned locations will close Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Franchise locations may be open.
  • Bakers Square – Open Christmas Eve day. Open Christmas Day.
  • Bonanza Steakhouse – Open Christmas Eve Day. Closed Christmas Day.
  • Bonefish Grill – Open Christmas Eve and closed Christmas Day.
  • Boston Market – Some locations will be open on Christmas Day.
  • Buca di Beppo Italian Restaurant – Open Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.
  • Buffalo Wild Wings – Most locations will be open on Christmas Day.
  • Burger King – Most locations will be open Christmas Eve Day and Christmas Day
  • Carrabba’s Italian Grill – Open Christmas Eve and closed Christmas Day.
  • Cheesecake Factory – Most locations will be closed Christmas Day.
  • Chick-fil-A – Open Christmas Eve Day and Closed Christmas Day
  • Chili’s Grill & Bar – Open Christmas Eve and closed Christmas Day.
  • Corner Bakery Cafe – Open Christmas Eve and closed on Christmas Day.
  • Country Buffet – Most locations will be open Christmas Eve Day and Christmas Day.
  • Cracker Barrel – Close Christmas Eve Day at 2 pm and closed on Christmas Day.
  • Del Taco – Open Christmas Eve day. Most locations will be open Christmas Day.
  • Denny’s – Open Christmas Day.
  • Dickey’s Barbecue Pit – Open Christmas Eve Day. Closed on Christmas Day.
  • Domino’s Pizza – Open Christmas Eve. Some locations will be open on Christmas Day.
  • Dunkin’ Donuts – Most locations will be open on Christmas Day.
  • El Torito – Most locations will be open on Christmas Day.
  • Fire Mountain Buffet – Open Christmas Eve Day. Most locations will be open on Christmas Day.
  • Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse – Open Christmas Eve and closed Christmas Day.
  • Friendly’s – Open Christmas Eve Day and Closed Christmas Day.
  • Golden Corral – Most locations will be open on Christmas Day
  • Ground Round Grill & Bar – Some locations will be open Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.
  • HomeTown Buffet – Most locations will be open Christmas Eve Day and open Christmas Day.
  • Hooters – Some locations will be open Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.
  • IHOP – Most locations will be open Christmas Day.
  • Jack-in-the-Box – Open Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.
  • Legal Sea Foods – Open Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.
  • Logan’s Roadhouse – Closed on Christmas Day.
  • Longhorn Steakhouse – Open Christmas Eve Day. Closed Christmas Day.
  • Lone Star Steakhouse – Open Christmas Eve and closed Christmas Day.
  • Luby’s – Most locations will be open Christmas Day.
  • Maggiano’s Little Italy – Open Christmas Eve and closed Christmas Day.
  • McDonald’s – Most locations will be open Christmas Eve Day and Christmas Day.
  • Menchie’s Frozen Yogurt – Open Christmas Eve and closed Christmas Day.
  • Old Country Buffet – Most locations will be open Christmas Eve Day and open Christmas Day.
  • Olive Garden – Open Christmas Eve Day and closed Christmas Day.
  • Outback Steakhouse – Open Christmas Eve and closed Christmas Day.
  • Panda Express – Many locations will be open on Christmas Day.
  • Pie Five Pizza Company – Open Christmas Eve Day and closed Christmas Day.
  • Pizza Hut – Most locations will be closed on Christmas Day.
  • Ponderosa Steakhouse – Open Christmas Eve Day and closed Christmas Day.
  • Red Lobster – Closed on Christmas Day.
  • Ruby Tuesday – Open Christmas Eve and some locations will be open Christmas Day.
  • Ruth’s Chris Steak House – Open Christmas Day.
  • Ryan’s – Most locations will be open Christmas Eve Day and open Christmas Day.
  • Schlotzsky’s Deli – Most locations will be open on Christmas Eve.
  • Shoney’s – Open Christmas Day.
  • Sizzler – Some locations will be open Christmas Day.
  • Sonic – Some locations will be open Christmas Eve Day and Christmas Day.
  • Starbucks – Open Christmas Day.
  • Steak ‘n Shake – Open Christmas Day.
  • Subway – Some locations will be open Christmas Eve Day and Christmas Day.
  • Taco Bell – Company owned locations are closed on Christmas Day. Franchised locations may be open.
  • Texas Land & Cattle Restaurant – Open Christmas Eve Day and closed Christmas Day.
  • TGI Friday’s – Open Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.
  • Waffle House – Open Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.
  • Wendy’s – Most locations will be closed on Christmas Day.

 

This list reflects information gathered from various sources. We are not responsible for it’s accuracy. This list will be updated as additional information becomes available. Open locations may have limited hours of operation.


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Restaurants Open Christmas Eve and Day 2015

Restaurants Open Christmas Eve and Day 2015

Not all of us will be home for Christmas, or comfortably seated with friends and family for a Christmas feast… some of us will be on the road.

Highway travelers looking for a holiday meal can find it quite difficult. You’re tired and hungry so you jump of an exit only to find that every restaurant is closed.

An increasing number of chain restaurants are choosing to remain open during the holidays, or at least opening for limited hours to meet customer demand.

Here’s out list of chain restaurants open for business on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day 2015. (This listing will be updated as additional information becomes available.)

Restaurants located at Interstate Service Plazas and Welcome Centers may be required to stay open.

– Updated 12/18/15  –

  • 99 Restaurants – Open Christmas Eve Day. Closed Christmas Day.
  • Applebee’s Neighborhood Grill and Bar – Most locations will be open Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.
  • Arby’s – Company owned locations will close Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Franchise locations may be open.
  • Bakers Square – Open Christmas Eve day. Open Christmas Day.
  • Bonanza Steakhouse – Open Christmas Eve Day. Closed Christmas Day.
  • Bonefish Grill – Open Christmas Eve and closed Christmas Day.
  • Boston Market – Some locations will be open on Christmas Day.
  • Buca di Beppo Italian Restaurant – Open Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.
  • Buffalo Wild Wings – Most locations will be open on Christmas Day.
  • Burger King – Most locations will be open Christmas Eve Day and Christmas Day
  • Carrabba’s Italian Grill – Open Christmas Eve and closed Christmas Day.
  • Cheesecake Factory – Most locations will be closed Christmas Day.
  • Chick-fil-A – Open Christmas Eve Day and Closed Christmas Day
  • Chili’s Grill & Bar – Open Christmas Eve and closed Christmas Day.
  • Corner Bakery Cafe – Open Christmas Eve and closed on Christmas Day.
  • Country Buffet – Most locations will be open Christmas Eve Day and Christmas Day.
  • Cracker Barrel – Close Christmas Eve Day at 2 pm and closed on Christmas Day.
  • Del Taco – Open Christmas Eve day. Most locations will be open Christmas Day.
  • Denny’s – Open Christmas Day.
  • Dickey’s Barbecue Pit – Open Christmas Eve Day. Closed on Christmas Day.
  • Domino’s Pizza – Open Christmas Eve. Some locations will be open on Christmas Day.
  • Dunkin’ Donuts – Most locations will be open on Christmas Day.
  • El Torito – Most locations will be open on Christmas Day.
  • Fire Mountain Buffet – Open Christmas Eve Day. Most locations will be open on Christmas Day.
  • Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse – Open Christmas Eve and closed Christmas Day.
  • Friendly’s – Open Christmas Eve Day and Closed Christmas Day.
  • Golden Corral – Most locations will be open on Christmas Day
  • Ground Round Grill & Bar – Some locations will be open Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.
  • HomeTown Buffet – Most locations will be open Christmas Eve Day and open Christmas Day.
  • Hooters – Some locations will be open Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.
  • IHOP – Most locations will be open Christmas Day.
  • Jack-in-the-Box – Open Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.
  • Legal Sea Foods – Open Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.
  • Logan’s Roadhouse – Closed on Christmas Day.
  • Longhorn Steakhouse – Open Christmas Eve Day. Closed Christmas Day.
  • Lone Star Steakhouse – Open Christmas Eve and closed Christmas Day.
  • Luby’s – Most locations will be open Christmas Day.
  • Maggiano’s Little Italy – Open Christmas Eve and closed Christmas Day.
  • McDonald’s – Most locations will be open Christmas Eve Day and Christmas Day.
  • Menchie’s Frozen Yogurt – Open Christmas Eve and closed Christmas Day.
  • Old Country Buffet – Most locations will be open Christmas Eve Day and open Christmas Day.
  • Olive Garden – Open Christmas Eve Day and closed Christmas Day.
  • Outback Steakhouse – Open Christmas Eve and closed Christmas Day.
  • Panda Express – Many locations will be open on Christmas Day.
  • Pie Five Pizza Company – Open Christmas Eve Day and closed Christmas Day.
  • Pizza Hut – Most locations will be closed on Christmas Day.
  • Ponderosa Steakhouse – Open Christmas Eve Day and closed Christmas Day.
  • Red Lobster – Closed on Christmas Day.
  • Ruby Tuesday – Open Christmas Eve and some locations will be open Christmas Day.
  • Ruth’s Chris Steak House – Open Christmas Day.
  • Ryan’s – Most locations will be open Christmas Eve Day and open Christmas Day.
  • Schlotzsky’s Deli – Most locations will be open on Christmas Eve.
  • Shoney’s – Open Christmas Day.
  • Sizzler – Some locations will be open Christmas Day.
  • Sonic – Some locations will be open Christmas Eve Day and Christmas Day.
  • Starbucks – Open Christmas Day.
  • Steak ‘n Shake – Open Christmas Day.
  • Subway – Some locations will be open Christmas Eve Day and Christmas Day.
  • Taco Bell – Company owned locations are closed on Christmas Day. Franchised locations may be open.
  • Texas Land & Cattle Restaurant – Open Christmas Eve Day and closed Christmas Day.
  • TGI Friday’s – Open Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.
  • Waffle House – Open Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.
  • Wendy’s – Most locations will be closed on Christmas Day.

 

This list reflects information gathered from various sources. We are not responsible for it’s accuracy. This list will be updated as additional information becomes available. Open locations may have limited hours of operation.


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I-95 Gas Price Update – Friday, December 11, 2015

I-95 Gas Price Update – Friday, December 11, 2015

More locations along I-95 are posting gas prices below $2 a gallon for regular unleaded… but you have to be south of Maryland to find them.

The northern segment of I-95 is reporting prices in the $2.05 to $2.30 a gallon range, while prices along the southern segment of I-95 are generally in the $1.80 to $2.05 a gallon range. Connecticut continues to be the state with the highest gas prices along I-95. Bridgeport is reporting $2.35 a gallon for regular unleaded. The lowest gas prices are now in Ashland, ($1.80) and Richmond ($1.81) Virginia and South Carolina, with Santee ($1.84), Manning ($1.81) and Florence ($1.82) reporting the lowest prices.

Listed below are the average posted gas prices as of Friday, December 11, 2015 for unleaded regular gas at selected I-95 exit cities.

Houlton, ME : $2.33/gal Springfield, VA : $2.09/gal
Bangor, ME : $2.15/gal Dumfries, VA : $2.05/gal
Augusta, ME : $2.17/gal Fredericksburg, VA : $1.96/gal
Portland, ME : $2.16/gal Ashland, VA : $1.80/gal
Portsmouth, NH : $2.09/gal Richmond, VA : $1.81/gal
Seabrook, NH : $2.08/gal Petersburg, VA : $1.83/gal
Danvers, MA : $2.08/gal Emporia, VA : $1.86/gal
Dedham, MA : $2.17/gal Roanoke Rapids, NC : $1.99/gal
Mansfield, MA : $2.07/gal Wilson, NC : $1.96/gal
Attleboro, MA : $2.11/gal Selma, NC : $2.01/gal
Pawtucket, RI : $2.10/gal Fayetteville, NC : $1.96/gal
Providence, RI : $2.09/gal Lumberton, NC : $2.02/gal
Warwick, RI : $2.12/gal Rowland, NC : $1.95/gal
Wyoming, RI : $2.12/gal Dillon, SC : $1.93/gal
New London, CT : $2.19/gal Florence, SC : $1.82/gal
New Haven, CT : $2.22/gal Manning, SC : $1.81/gal
Bridgeport, CT : $2.35/gal Santee, SC : $1.84/gal
Greenwich, CT : $2.25/gal Walterboro, SC : $1.89/gal
Rye, NY : $2.24/gal Savannah, GA : $2.04/gal
New Rochelle, NY : $2.24/gal Richmond Hill, GA : $2.05/gal
Bronx, NY : $2.24/gal Darien, GA : $1.96/gal
Secaucus, NJ : $2.27/gal Brunswick, GA : $1.93/gal
Woodbridge, NJ : $2.11/gal Woodbine, GA : $1.99/gal
East Brunswick, NJ : $2.10/gal Kingsland, GA : $1.98/gal
Bordentown, NJ : $2.06/gal Yulee, FL : $1.97/gal
Cherry Hill, NJ : $2.07/gal Jacksonville, FL : $1.99/gal
Penns Grove, NJ : $2.16/gal Saint Augustine, FL : $1.96/gal
Wilmington, DE : $2.14/gal Palm Coast, FL : $2.01/gal
Newark, DE : $2.19/gal Daytona Beach, FL : $1.98/gal
Elkton, MD : $2.17/gal Orlando, FL : $1.99/gal
Perryville, MD : $2.04/gal Cocoa, FL : $1.95/gal
Aberdeen, MD : $2.04/gal Palm Bay, FL : $1.99/gal
White Marsh, MD : $2.04/gal Fort Pierce, FL : $2.02/gal
Baltimore, MD : $2.09/gal Cape Coral, FL : $2.02/gal
Greenbelt, MD : $2.06/gal West Palm Beach, FL : $2.24/gal
District Heights, MD : $2.07/gal Miami, FL : $2.21/gal

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Americans Drive a Combined Average of 25 Billion Miles During the Holiday Season

Americans Drive a Combined Average of 25 Billion Miles During the Holiday Season

Winter weather is here – just in time for many Americans to embark on holiday road trips. According to an online survey commissioned by Bridgestone Americas (Bridgestone) and fielded by Harris Poll in October 2015,* Americans log a combined national average of 25 billion miles on the road to visit family and spend a combined average of $52 billion on travel during the holiday season.** Although many will be taking holiday road trips, only a quarter (26 percent) of drivers in Snowbelt states already have installed or plan to install winter tires this year.

“Many Americans are traveling for the holidays, but most haven’t fully prepared their vehicles to take on challenging winter driving conditions,” said Chris Welty, Bridgestone tire education specialist. “Winter tires are built specially to give drivers better grip, stopping power and more control in snow, slush and ice. The thin layer of water on the road from ice or melting snow can be very dangerous, and winter tires are designed to clear that icy water and grip the road.”

Although they’re planning to drive 147 miles on average to different family members’ homes this holiday season, many Americans are troubled by the freezing temperatures and treacherous driving conditions that accompany the start of winter. Seventy-one percent of drivers admit they are nervous to drive when it’s icy, and many also are nervous to drive during heavy fog (52 percent), heavy rain (48 percent), sleet (47 percent) and snow (45 percent). In fact, when Americans were asked what they dislike in general about the winter season, driving issues topped the list, specifically icy roads (59 percent) and other drivers who drive dangerously (55 percent). Other major dislikes include heating bills (47 percent), removing snow and ice from their vehicle (43 percent), and even cold feet (38 percent).

“It’s clear from our survey findings that Americans are worried about driving in winter weather,” said Welty. “Making the switch to winter tires can help ensure that drivers feel confident in every winter driving condition – whether they are headed to Grandma’s house this holiday or sticking closer to home. The holiday season can be stressful, but hitting the road in winter weather doesn’t have to be.”

To make sure their vehicles are road trip ready, most of those who currently own a vehicle (74 percent) prepare for winter by checking tire pressure (48 percent), windshield wipers (46 percent) or fluid levels (45 percent). When it comes to preparing a vehicle for winter weather, Bridgestone encourages drivers to remember the four B’s – battery, brakes, blades and Blizzak winter tires.

For information about Bridgestone Blizzak winter tires or to find a Bridgestone retailer, visit www.ConquertheCold.com.


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