Music unites us all. Each year, nearly 40% of the adult population of the United States attends concerts, music festivals, and a slew of other musical performances. From college students, to vacationing families, to golden oldies, music has the power to bring people from all walks of life together. Here are the top five best music cities in America where you’ll always find great performances to spice up your vacation:
For many people, a chance to swim with sea turtles is a dream come true. There are seven species existing today that can be found swimming and diving to the depths below seas. Sea turtles have been around for over 110 million years – since the time of the dinosaurs. You can swim with turtles on any continent (except Antarctica). So get your swimming costume on, swap sandals for a pair of flippers and get ready to paddle around with one of Earth’s most ancient creatures.
Cook Island Marine Reserve is a small protected island located on the Gold Coast in the south east of Queensland. With plenty of soft and hard coral gardens it’s the perfect sanctuary for a rich marine life. Visitors can see a variety of tropical sea life the including clown fish, damsel fish, angel fish, the occasional manta rays and of course the resident green sea turtles. The turtles can be spotted all year round in these oceans so you’re guaranteed a chance to swim with some when you visit.
Unconditional love – it’s what pets give every single day. If you’re a pet owner, you understand the special place they hold in our hearts. When you’ve had a tough day at work you can be sure a wagging tail (and maybe a happy bark), or a soft purr and a rub are waiting to greet you. Your mood can go from blue to new just by walking through your front door.
When the time comes to leave for a getaway, it’s hard to look into those puppy dog eyes and say good-bye. Fido and Fluffy are like family members, so leaving them behind is especially hard. Luckily, there are many B&Bs that allow pets to accompany you on a getaway, depending on size and behavior. Pet-friendly B&Bs provide amenities for your furry friend, including beds, water dishes, toys and treats.
I have lived 10 minutes from the Belmont Stakes for 13 years and have never gone there. I would never have thought to take my family there because it’s a racetrack, and I had no idea that they would have attractions geared towards families and children. I was checking one of my usual go-to sites for things to do, MommyPoppins.com and they had Belmont Stakes listed as one of the things to do on the weekends. We decided to take our toddler for the day and we all had a surprisingly great time. Here’s what you can look forward to:
Sunday is Family Fun Day At The Park
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The first thing you should know about Bethel Inn’s golf school is that the student/instructor ratio is 3:1, meaning everyone gets lots of personal attention and the coach and students can actually play a round of golf together. I knew straight away that I was going to like golf pro, Mark Mallory, when he scolded husbands about shouting “Keep Your Head Down!” to their wives – explaining that was not the true problem. Golf pros Mark and Niko escorted us to the dedicated golf training range where they put us through our paces and reveled all kinds of wonderful golf tips…. Wondering how much to bend your knees? Simple, “Imagine you’re standing in your ski boots.” – brilliant!
The State of Connecticut recently ran a “Fan Favorite” campaign for residents and visitors to vote for their favorite town in Connecticut. The winner was the charming town of Niantic, a village of East Lyme, located a short distance from Mystic. I had never been to the Connecticut shore, so just had to see what everyone was raving about. My visit just so happened to coincide with a visit by Governor Malloy who was presenting the town with a video. It all started with a video the town submitted to the Fan Favorite contest, have a look: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DM0tROLWfVY . After one day in Niantic I knew exactly why this wonderful small town was voted Connecticut’s favorite town.
Meandering through the lovely village of Historic Deerfield reveals a fascinating glimpse at life in colonial America that is amazing, beautiful and extremely educational.
Approaching Old Main Street, we immediately became time-travelers dropping in to peer at life from 1673 to the 1800′s in the Pioneer Valley. We strolled narrow streets and experienced the sights, smells and hospitality of yea olde New England. English settlers traveled to this incredibly fertile land to farm, establish a settlement at the edge of civilization and raise their families.
When traveling for business as well as for pleasure, the wide variety of foods that you can taste and enjoy is often one of the most exciting aspects of the entire trip. Regardless of where in the world you find yourself awaking or how tired you may feel, a hearty breakfast is a great way to start the day, lift your spirits and make you feel like a local.
Western-influenced breakfasts have crept their way onto menus around the world, but be adventurous and tempt your taste buds with the following hotel breakfasts from countries across the globe during your travels.
New York City is a magnet for travelers both foreign and domestic. And it’s no surprise: NYC is packed with sights, sounds and people from all walks of life. Although the cost of living in New York is notoriously high, the cost of visiting doesn’t have to be. New York City has a lot to offer for travelers with a tiny budget.
If you’re looking for a few days’ worth of sightseeing without going broke, these activities, museums and memorials are absolutely free:
Be in the studio audience for a late-night show. New York is home to The Late Show, The Daily Show, The Colbert Report, The Tonight Show, Saturday Night Live and more. Tickets to see a taping are free, but they can be hard to get ahold of. Check a show’s website to find out how to reserve tickets. Plan far in advance to boost your chances of gaining admission to your favorite show.
What do you envision when you hear ‘bed and breakfast?’ If you’re like most people, you probably think about an historic Victorian or Queen Anne draped in lace and tucked away in a quaint corner of town. While it’s true that many inns were grand, former homes of the town’s well-to-do, some were not even used as homes at all.
From schoolhouses and churches, to working lighthouses and sail boats, some B&Bs lived completely different lives before opening their doors to travelers and serving up delicious breakfasts. So, next time you fall asleep in class, don’t be too hard on yourself. In fact, you may be onto something!