We have a new phrase here at Vacation-Offer: Vacit. Essentially, Vacit means ‘Vacation-It’ or get what you really want in a vacation getaway. With many other sites, you are thrown in a thousand different directions trying to book your optimal vacation. Prices change as you go through the booking process and you are constantly ’sold’ on additional deals.
Vacation-Offer isn’t about that. We want our customers to simply and efficiently find the best vacation getaways that are around. We want to provide a straightforward process where you know what you are getting. We want our customers to Vacit.
Been cooped up in the house too long and want to get away for the weekend? Vacit.
Looking forward for the winter ski season and want to find a great lodge to crash? Vacit.
Depressed that the summer is over and want to stay in the sun a little longer at a beach resort? Vacit.
We all know about that standard Vegas experience. You go, you conquer, and then you need to leave immediately before you go insane. After spending any more than 2 days in Vegas we all start to feel a bit claustrophobic - those casino walls start closing in on you, you can’t get the slot machine ringing out of your ears, and you feel like the smell of cigarettes has become your natural body odor. Not to mention the constant gaudy flashing lights, zombie-kin feeding the penny slots and overall sterile environment.
What if you could go to Vegas and escape to a tropical paradise, a perfect sanctuary sheltered from the hustle and bustle of the outside city? That’s exactly what Cancun Resort Vegas is. This Vegas resort is complete with cascading Mayan waterfalls, luxury beach villas, comfy hammocks swaying in the breeze, and an ice cold drink in your hand at your beckon call. Somehow this sanctuary exists right off the noisy Vegas strip, as if in some sort of alternate tropical dimension.
So, if you somehow get bored of being pampered in luxury all day, you can head out and experience ‘normal’ Vegas for the night. Rest assured though, soon after you encounter the standard long lines, stale air, loud slots, and drunk college kids, you’ll wish you were back within your protected sanctuary.
So what does a weekend in paradise cost? Well, as you expect, its normally fairly expensive. However, if you don’t mind getting escorted around Cancun Resort for 90 minutes on a timeshare tour, its actually quite affordable. Vacation-Offer.com currently is promoting a Vegas weekend getaway (friday & saturday night) at Cancun Resort Vegas for only $199 total. Not only that,but the deal includes 2 free tickets to a great Vegas show and a free dining experience.
So next time you are debating about whether you want to ‘deal’ with Vegas for a weekend, debate no longer. Escape to a tropical paradise within Vegas.
The goal of a romantic getaway weekend should be to find a relaxing and quaint place to reconnect with that special someone in your life. Ideally this should be a place far away from the hustle and bustle of your daily lives. That’s what makes a romantic getaway to Lincoln, New Hampshire the perfect east coast summer or spring escape.
Nestled in the shadow of the idyllic White Mountains, Lincoln New Hampshire has so much to offer for couples looking to spending a relaxing couple of days. When most folks think of a romantic New Hampshire getaway they might first think about a ski weekend. It’s true that Lincoln is home of the fantastic Loon ski resort which devotees flock to each winter season. But just because there is no snow on the ground doesn’t mean there isn’t going to be fun to be had in Lincoln, NH.
Many happy couples have discovered a unique treasure during their romantic New Hampshire getaway. During the summer months, the Papermill Theatre presents an exciting season of award winning shows. This is where professional Broadway actors, singers, dancers and designers come to spend their summer. As a result, the theatre is able to tap into an amazing amount of talent. Take in a show then stroll into the quaint town for a candlelight dinner. Can it get more romantic then that?
Outside of the theatre season, Lincoln also plays host to the Highland Games. This is the largest Scottish cultural festival in the northeast. If you’ve never tossed a log, listened to bagpipes or tasted haggis then this could be a fun and unique way to spend a couple of days with your significant other. You’re sure to make new friends. Even if you’re not Scottish, you’ll still be warmly welcomed!
Residents of Lincoln pride themselves on making guests feel right at home. On any given weekend there are treats in store such as murder mystery games sponsored by local businesses, as well as live music and karaoke at several clubs. There are also summer brewfests and a good ol’ fashioned 4th of July celebration. The kind of patriotic party that you’d expect from small town America.
Of course you don’t need to be kept constantly busy on your Romantic NH Getaway. There’s an amazing array of picturesque bed & breakfast inns in Lincoln for you to spend a quiet weekend together. Sit out on the porch and catch up on your reading or take a bicycle ride through town. Most of all the superb restaurants and cafes you’ll find in Lincoln will most likely be within walking distance of your inn.
Speaking of walking, there are also some amazing trails in the White Mountains. These Flume Gorge is the perfect place for packing a picnic lunch and spending the day among nature. This pristine mountain range is a National Park and as a result of that status offers up options for camping. The bottom line is that when it comes to romantic New Hampshire getaways, no matter what time of the year it is, you should think of Lincoln.
We’ve always been happy to go to Disney World, Universal Studios, Sea World, Busch Gardens and all of Orlando’s awesome theme parks. These are the places where kids can immerse themselves in magical worlds, and adults can become kids again by experiencing incredible attractions.
These parks constantly update their attractions based on the latest and greatest themes, from hot movies to new Disney characters. I’d like to take a look at some future theme parks and attractions in Orlando: some that are a sure thing and others that are just wishful thinking.
1. The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, Universal Studios Orlando: This one was inevitable with the success of the Harry Potter books and movies. Universal’s Harry Potter website recently launched and revealed some of the rides that will be contained within this magical park.
Wizarding World is slated to have two high speed coasters: Dragon Challenge for those thrill seekers and Flight of the Hippogriff for the faint of heart. You’ll be able to finally enjoy the taste of Butterbeer at a restaurant called ‘Three Broomsticks.” You will also be able to visit Hogwarts, complete with a Defense Against the Dark Arts classroom and Dumbledore’s Office.
One potential ride that Harry Potter fans also must be looking for is the ability to play some quidditch! Be sure to check back for an update on when the park is slated to open.
2. The Avatar Theme Park: With the recent international dominance of James Cameron’s Sci-Fi movie ‘Avatar,’ there is sure to be a theme park on the way. The Avatar movie immerses viewers in a imaginative 3-D world like none other, complete with a new language, exotic species, and breathtaking views.
Just like how ‘Star Wars’ inspired a number of rides and attractions across the globe, Avatar also will open up the doors for new attractions as well as the possibility of its own theme park. This one is sure to be high-tech if Cameron has a say in it : imagine a total immersion experience that will include running alongside the Na’vi and interacting with Pandora’s many unique species.
- Mountain Banshee Twister - Visitors get to try and tame a Banshee just like a true Na’vi warrior by flying, twisting and turning across a scenic landscape. This ride would probably utilize a motion simulator that moves in uniform to a 3-D experience.
- Toruk Makto Coaster - In order to give justice to this massive airborne predator, this coaster would need to be fast. Imagine a seamless combination of 3-D visuals and precipitous drops.
3. Social Network World: This one is a bit out there but who says it can’t happen? ‘The Facebook Movie’ is apparently slated to start production this year, with participating names including writer Aaron Sorkin (The West Wing, A Few Good Men) and actor/performer Justin Timberlake.
With all the current buzz around internet sensations like Google, Twitter and Facebook, why not create a theme park? The park could include high tech connectivity that would allow visitors to utilize their mobile devices to interact with the various rides, as well as share their experiences instantly with friends and family.
- It’s a Google World - Google searches from around the world (perhaps minus China) would scroll across the walls as you are carted along an ‘internet highway’ from country to country.
- Tweet Mountain - A high speed roller coaster that would instantly share the best facial expressions with the world as people experienced G-force speeds.
Can you think of any other good theme parks of the future? Feel free to contribute! And if you’re thinking of heading over to Orlando to experience any current or future theme parks like Disney or Universal, be sure to check out Vacation-Offer’s Discount Orlando Vacation Package, which includes 3 nights in a luxury suite as well as 2 tickets to your choice of theme park.
The mighty thoroughbreds are guided into the starting gate. Your pulse begins to race. You spot your horse and jockey. They’re looking good. Your pulse begins to race. The final horse is in the gate. A pause and then they’re off! You leap to your feet. The entire crowd cheers on their favorite. A flurry of powerful galloping the horses round the corner with one goal on their mind: the finish line. And then it happens: win, place or show. Did your horse come in? The excitement of that moment can be relived time and time again at the luxurious Oaklawn Race Track located in historic Hot Springs Arkansas, which just opened for its 2010 season.
Throughout the 2010 season, you can find many thrilling races taking place every Thursday through Sunday at the Oaklawn Park Race Track. What makes these races all the more exciting is your chance to place a bet and possibly score some winnings.
Every racing session consists of nine races. Each of these races are different course lengths with different horses. Many factors such as breeding, track condition, jockey and past performance goes into picking a winning horse. You can bet on one or all of the races as long as you get your bet in by the post time of the race. There is plenty of time between races to place you bet. Some folks even like to lay out their bets for the entire evening before the first race. That’s going to mean a little bit of homework!
There are a variety of race-betting combonations available in just as many denominations. Not only can you bet on a combination of horses to win, place or show in every race but there might be opportunities to combine the winnings of more then one race together for an even bigger pay off. Everything is explained in the daily racing guide provided to you when you show up at Oaklawn Race Track.
You can also get plenty of betting info at Oaklawn.com. There you can find info on the daily races that are handicapped by the pros. This means they can help you pick the winner if you follow their advice. Of course, nothing in racing is guaranteed! You’ll also find a handy first timer’s betting guide that takes you step by step through the betting process. If you’ve never bet on a horse race before, don’t worry. The friendly staff of Oaklawn is standing by to answer your questions.
As much fun as the Oaklawn horse races are, you’ll discover just as much fun next door at Oaklawn Gaming. Here you can get in on all the thrills of playing poker and blackjack. There are challenging tournaments for players of all levels happening all the time. You’ll be able to hone your skills in a comfortable setting.
You can even bet on the races while playing cards. There are video poker machines as well. When you’re hungry, the amazing Lagniappe’s buffet is standing by to satisfy your appetite. Whether you’re out with a group of great friends or on a date with a special someone, a night at Oaklawn Race Track and Gaming will certainly make for a memorable time.
Wondering where to stay during your weekend visit to Oaklawn? Sunbay Resort sits just down the road in a tranquil scene on Lake Hamilton. Vacation-Offer is currently featuring an Oaklawn Park Vacation Package which is perfect for a weekend getaway to Hot Springs. The package provides 2 nights at Sunbay Resort, as well as a bonus complimentary dinner for two at Oaklawn Park’s Carousel Terrace Restaurant, all for just $89 (not per night, total!)
Ski season is upon us, and New Hampshire has been getting plenty of fresh snow for those avid and first time skiers. Loon Mountain, located in Lincoln New Hampshire, has been a popular ski destination for New England visitors for years. Not only is Loon only 2 hours away from Boston, but it also features an array of ski slopes for all skill levels across three distinct peaks.
Lincoln New Hampshire is a quaint and beautiful town that features restaurants, shopping, natural wonders, and great attractions. I’d like to take this opportunity to provide a brief guide for visitors to Lincoln New Hampshire who plan to Ski Loon Mountain.
1. Driving Directions - Loon is easily accessible from Boston or any direction: From the north or south take exit 32 off I-93. Turn left; and head 2-½ miles up Route 112 on the right. From east or west, take Route 112, Kancamagus Highway, and 2 1/2 miles east of Lincoln.
2. Loon Mountain nearby Lodging - Although there are a variety of lodging options in the Lincoln area, Vacation-Offer is currently running a special Loon Ski and Stay Package. This deal offers a 3 night stay at InnSeason Resorts South Mountain, located right at the base of Loon’s South Peak, as well as 2 free lift tickets, all for $239.
3. Ski Loon Mountain - Based on the ski skills of your party, you should decide which of Loon’s 3 peaks you should head over to.
- Loon Peak - For families with young children and beginners, Loon Peak is the perfect starting point. Loon Peak is home of Bear Claw Trail, which a good starter trail for first time skiers. This is also where Loon’s Gondola Ride starts, which is a great way to experience the incredible views Loon Peak has to offer. East Basin (which is a part of Loon Peak) is a great place for expert skiers to test their skills on a steep slope.
- South Peak - For intermediate skiers, South Peak offers two fast and curvy runs, Boom Run and Cruiser, which will take you on either side of the peak on some true New England ski trails. Rip Saw is a double black diamond trail that breaks off of Boom Run, for adept skiers only.
- North Peak - North Peak is Loon’s highest point, and offers some great windy ’scenery trails’ that are perfect for breathing in the fresh mountain air and taking in the magnificent natural landscape.
4. Lincoln New Hampshire Dining Options: Although there is a variety of restaurant options in Lincoln, I’d like to highlight a few of the best places to hit up after a day on the slopes.
- Common Man - Right on Pollard Road, Common Man has become a common stop for skiers and hikers coming out of the White Mountains for good reason. Common Man prides itself on serving American Fare like prime rib, and baked mac n’ cheese in a casual atmosphere.
- Gordi’s Fish and Steak House - Located on the Kancamagus Highway across from the Lincoln Shopping Center, Gordi’s is the place to go for surf and turf. The rustic atmosphere is the perfect complement to the friendly service, and classic steak, burger and fish plates.
- Vita Cafe and Restaurant - Vita’s is a quaint restaurant and cafe on Main St which offers the feeling of eating delicious homemade food at grandma’s house. They have a great selection of domestic and international wine and beer to top it off.
5. Franconia Notch State Park - Visitors staying in Lincoln gain easy access to one of the White Mountain’s most beautiful splendors. Franconia Notch State Park provides deep-set hiking trails that wind through the woods, offering views of sheer rock walls, rushing rivers and icicle laden evergreens. The Flume Gorge and the Old Man and the Mountain historic site are two particular highlights within Franconia Notch that are more than worth a visit.
The Winter of 2010 is underway and vacationers across the country are itching to hit the ski slopes with all this talk of snow. If the upcoming Vancouver Winter Olympics isn’t getting you excited for some skiing action, then the great deals and packages at ski resorts across the country should jump start your planning for ski-a-palooza 2010.
I’d like to take you on a cross country tour to some of the best ski destinations for skiers of all levels and breeds, including the slopes with the freshest powder to the highest verticals to the coziest hot tubs. So without further ado, I present our awards for 2010’s Top Ski Destinations:
1. Freshest Powder - Alta, Utah - Alta is one of the country’s only ski resorts with a seemingly never ending supply of fresh powder. Known for its unspoiled wilderness and pure powder skiing, Alta provides both beginners and intermediate level skiers the experience of a lifetime.
2. Best Vertical - Cannon, New Hampshire - Located in New Hampshire’s Pristine White Mountains, Cannon has the most vertical of any ski mountain on the east coast, providing for some great black diamond trails. Olympic Medalist Bode Miller grew up skiing Cannon, and hopefully can get some gold in Vancouver!
3. Best Instruction - Breckenridge, Colorado - Breckenridge sits on the Rocky Mountains and offers some of the best views and slopes the country has to offer (which is why it’s been one of the most popular ski resorts for several years running). Although the slopes are often full with out-of-town vacationers, Breckenridge offers some of the best instruction for first time skiers and beginners. The mountain also boasts the highest chair lift in North America.
4. Best Ski Town - Jackson Hole, Wyoming - For those who want to truly experience a ’ski town,’ Jackson Hole is a must see. The town sits in the valley of the Grand Teton Mountain Range, which provides some of the most challenging terrain and ‘out-of-bounds’ free ski areas to be explored by experts. The small town itself is lined with quaint art galleries, mom-and-pop shops, and delicious restaurants that make it an irresistible ski town.
5. Coziest Hot Tubs - Vail, Colorado - Vail is the second largest ski mountain in the US, and has some of the best lodging options for sitting back and relaxing in a hot tub. After a day out on the slopes, nothing is better for a set of tired legs than the soothing, bubbling waters of a hot tub. Find yourself a nice glass of red wine and some good company, and you’ll never want to leave Vail again.
6. Best Ski and Stay Deal - Loon Mountain, New Hampshire - InnSeason Resort and Vacation-Offer are currently offering an incredible Loon Ski and Stay Vacation Package at the highly rated Loon Mountain in Lincoln, New Hampshire. During the winter, Loon becomes a winter wonderland, providing thrilling slopes and scenic views for skiers of all levels. This is the perfect place for a romantic weekend getaway or a family ski trip on the cheap: for only $239 you can book a 3 night stay which includes 2 free adult lift tickets to Loon.
7. Most Peaceful - Big Mountain, Montana - For those solace seekers that are looking for an unspoiled and unadulterated skiing experience, Big Mountain is the place where you can find your peace of mind. Located in the wilderness west of Glacier National Park, Big Mountain won’t be the first stop for bus loads of international tourists, which often equates to getting the whole slope to yourself. Just you and the mountain.
We’re all pretty happy that 2009 is behind us. Many people have taken a year long hiatus from vacationing in 2009 to save some money. Now that the economy is getting back to normal, we have the opportunity to visit some new places and also revisit some great travel destinations of old. One vacation destination that many people will visit for the first time in 2010 is Orlando Florida: renowned for fun theme parks, great dining options, incredible resorts and more.
Whether you are planning your Orlando Vacation to visit Disney World, Sea World, Universal Studios, or a number of other hot attractions, getting ready for the big trip can often be quite a process. I’d like to take this opportunity to provide an overview of how to best plan out your Orlando Vacation and determine where to go, stay, eat, and play.
1. Pack Right
Although it is usually very warm in Orlando, be sure to check the upcoming week’s weather and pack the right clothes. If you have young children, you will probably want a few layers on top of the standard bathing suits and warm weather clothes in case the night air gets chilly.
2. Find a Resort or Hotel Nearby the Theme Parks
Although many resorts are offering great deals around the Orlando area, many of them are inconvenient in terms of access and distance to Disney and the other theme parks. Your trip will be less stressful if you have easy access to the fun places you want to go.
Vacation-Offer is currently providing a great Orlando Florida Vacation Package to the Courtyard Suites which provides luxurious accommodations and is the closest hotel to the main entrance of Walt Disney World. On top of that, the deal provides 2 FREE one-day passes to Disney.
3. Discover your Theme Park
If you are a first time Orlando visitor and have a limited amount of time, how can you decide between Disney, SeaWorld, Universal Studios and Busch Gardens? A lot depends on who you are vacationing with and what you are looking for.
- Family with Young Children : If you are with young children, Disney World is a sure bet; the Magic Kingdom and Epcot will provide a a great deal of fun and a lifetime of memories for those impressionable young minds.
- Family with Teenagers : If you are traveling with teenagers (who are hard to impress), Universal Studios can provide them countless hours of high-tech fun that revolves around the hottest movies and trends.
- Romantic Getaway : If you are on a romantic getaway, Downtown Disney’s Pleasure Island is a great place to grab a drink and romantic dinner. Busch Gardens is also provides a fun day-time adventure for a couple looking for a good time.
- Animal Lovers : For animal lovers, Sea World and the Animal Kingdom are the places to experience the adventure of Underwater Seascapes and African Savannah.
New Years 2010 is a big one. The first double digit year of the millennium should be welcomed in style, and what better way to ring in the New Year than by visiting one of the most exciting places on earth - Orlando, Florida.
Orlando’s stable of incredible theme parks including famous Walt Disney World have provided the backdrop to some epic New Years celebrations.
So what does Orlando have in queue for New Years 2010? I’d like to provide a synopsis of Orlando’s upcoming celebrations as well as reasons why an Orlando vacation should be your target New Years Eve celebration destination.
Walt Disney World - Each of Disney’s theme parks has a distinct and fun filled celebration planned for New Years Eve. All parks are open past midnight for the special occasion.
- The Magic Kingdom : The Magic Kingdom will once again bring back the acclaimed ‘Fantasy in the Sky’ fireworks show from retirement to ring in 2010. Fantasy in the Sky’s fiery pyrotechnics and creative lighting are sure to blast off a great start to 2010.
- Hollywood Studios : Guests to Hollywood Studios can welcome the New Year like a star, by first viewing the spectacular ‘Fantasmic’ show at 8:30 p.m., then seeing the spectacular ‘Lights, Camera, Happy New Year’ firework show as the clock strikes 12.
- Animal Kingdom : Disney’s Animal Kingdom is the perfect place for those with youngsters who won’t be able to make it till midnight. They can enjoy an afternoon of fun at the Animal Kingdom - ‘Mickey’s Jingle Jungle Parade,’ featuring a procession of famous Disney characters with a final showing at 4:45 p.m.
- Epcot : Epcot will feature an end of the year laser light show called ‘Illuminations: Reflections of Earth” at 11:40 p.m., just before the clock strikes 12. Reflections of Earth is a tranquil and entrancing way to ring in 2010, as flowing fountains and vibrant flames capture your imagination.
Old Town Kissimmee : If you’re on a budget, Kissimmee offers a free New Years Eve parade in Old Town. Old Town’s celebration has something for everyone, including food, drinks, music (Jim Van Fleet and the Reign), rides, and a fireworks show at midnight.
Nick Hotel Slime Drop : If you want to show your kids a great time on New Years Eve, or you’re just a fun loving adult, the Nickelodeon Hotel makes the offer to slime you to ring in the new year. Don your swim trunks and party the evening away at the Nick’s lagoon poo l,and then get ready to be slimed as 2010 rolls in!
Wall Street Plaza: Wall Street Plaza in downtown Orlando is one of the hottest New Year’s Eve destinations in the world. Adults looking to ring in the new year with drinks, dancing and fun, should head over to the Full Moon Street Bash 2010, featuring 8 side by side night clubs and outdoor bars. Admission is only $25, which will include a free champagne toast at midnight.
SeaWorld : SeaWorld Orlando is famous for putting on one of the best New Year’s celebrations in town. Their annual planned festivities include food, drinks, a full jazz ensemble, and an all night DJ to help you welcome 2010.
Wherever you plan on spending your Orlando New Years 2010, be sure to stay at one of Orlando’s most luxurious and comfortable hotels - the Courtyard Suites Orlando. Vacation-Offer’s Orlando Florida Vacation Package offers a discount 3 night stay at the Courtyard Suites Orlando, with the added bonus of 2 free one day passes to Disney.
Oaklawn Race Track has been a cornerstone of Hot Springs visitor entertainment for years. Oaklawn not only provides exciting thoroughbred racing, but also includes a new casino gaming facility (the largest in Arkansas). The 2010 racing season is set to kick off on January 15th at 1 p.m.
The excitement is already beginning to build as many of Oaklawn’s favorite horses arrive in Hot Springs, and the preparations begin for the first meet of the season. The horses have just begun training at Oaklawn Race Track this week!
If you are planning a visit to Oaklawn Race Track in 2010, be sure to reserve your tickets now. In the meantime, Oaklawn provides a multitude of activities to keep vacationers, visitors and Hot Springs residents at the height of entertainment.
The state of the art Oaklawn Casino was a recent addition to the facility and includes poker tables, blackjack tables, slot machines, double diamond and more. The newest additions to Oaklawn Gaming are the instant racing games, which allow horse racing fans to instantly view and wager on digital races.
Another featured series of upcoming events at Oaklawn are the college bowl series, which should have their assignments complete in early December. Oaklawn is planning to broadcast any Arkansas Razorbacks bowl games in various stations across the facility.
All in all, sounds like a really exciting 2010 for Oaklawn Race Track. Every year, more and more Hot Springs visitors have an experience at Oaklawn that they won’t forget.
If you are coming from out of town for the races or gaming, be sure to consider our Hot Springs Vacation Package, which includes a 2 night stay on nearby Lake Hamilton for only $89, as well as a complimentary romantic dinner for 2. Stay in a comfy full condiminium by the lake, away from the hustle and bustle, but only a few miles down the road from Oaklawn’s entertainment complex.