Posted on January 5, 2009 by Sharon Parson
Long time no speak! I’ve had a crazy few months – girls in school, girls home schooled, one girl in, one girl out. I think the public school system wants to kill me. For now, both girls are in school and both are happy, so I’m happy. PHEW. The only thing now, is that I really miss them! I miss planning field trips and hanging out with other homeschool moms (and a few dads) and their kids who we’ve become so close with. So I’ve made a point of staying involved in the homeschool community and of still taking the girls on mini fieldtrips on Sundays and after school.
Last year we were all into zoos, and this year it seems like aquariums have stepped up to bat.
- Monterey Bay Aquarium – Monterey, California
- John G. Shedd Aquarium – Chicago, Illinois
- National Aquarium – Baltimore, Maryland
- Sea World – Orlando, Florida
- Sea World – San Diego, California
- Sea World – San Antonio, Texas
- Oregon Coast Aquarium – Newport, Oregon
- The Florida Aquarium – Tampa Bay, Florida
- Aquarium of the Pacific – Long Beach, California
- Dallas World Aquarium – Dallas, Texas
- New York Aquarium – Brooklyn, New York
- New England Aquarium – Boston, Massachusetts
- Georgia Aquarium – Atlanta, Georgia
- Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies – Gatlinburg, Tennessee
(Thank you Forbestraveler.com for the list!)
Enjoy these and have a whale of a time! (Katie just saw that and rolled her eyes.)
Filed under: Kids Travel, Zoo / Animals | Tagged: High School Student, Mass Tourism, Natureplex, Shedd Aquarium, State Library of Western Australia, Tour Planning, Tour/Travel, Tourism Research, Travel Ideas, Travel Miscellany, Travel Place, Travel Sites, Travel Specials, Travel Transportation, traveling with children, Why Homeschool, Winning Picks, Zoo & Nature | 3 Comments »
Posted on December 24, 2008 by Peter Brody
Merry Christmas and Happy Hanukkah to all! On Sunday night (the first night of Hanukkah) I went to the public lighting of the world’s largest menorah. It was a 32 foot, 4000 pound steel candelabra with gas lamps in a windproof casing. It was designed by Israeli artist Yaakov Agam, inspired by the original menorah that was in the Holy Temple of Jerusalem almost 2000 years ago. Mayor Bloomberg lit the wicks, symbolizing the first of eight nights of the Jewish festival of lights. There was quite a crowd there on the corner of 59th St. and 5th Ave., right near Central Park. This menorah, and about 700 more located all over the world are organized by the Chabad organization and this year have the added significance of standing strong in honor of those who were killed in the recent Mumbai terrorist attacks.
Another popular New York City public lighting took place on Sunday night at Washington Square Park.
The other “world’s largest menorah” is lighting up Washington, D.C. It’s located on the Ellipse, just across from the White House.
Other large scale lightings are taking place all week long in Santa Monica, San Francisco, Honolulu, and Chicago, as well as in 732 more cities in 47 countries worldwide.
Check out this youtube video
from the Chabad of Malibu about their candle lighting initiative. And if you’re curious as to HOW to attend a public lighting, ehow’s got you covered.
Filed under: Events/Misc, Holiday Business | Tagged: Cool Festivals, Fantastico, Free Festivals, Holiday Special, Jewish Holiday, Jewish Living, Jewish Thinking Ideas, Mass Tourism, Natureplex, Shine A Light, State Library of Western Australia, Tour Planning, Tour/Travel, Travel Ideas, Travel Miscellany, Travel Place, Travel Sites, Travel Transportation | Leave a comment »
Posted on November 21, 2008 by Kevin Shaw
Now there’s a concept. I only recently became introduced to the concept of the “wine spa” recently when I treated my girlfriend (who is now an ex-girlfriend, but I promise it was not spa related) to a weekend up in Wine Country that included some spa going. We discovered that it’s quite a trend to include wine and grapes in spa treatments. Apparently it’s a tradition from Bordeaux, France that made its way over to the U.S., and particularly to Northern California. Most of these spas (following) are located in vineyards or are at least nearby. I’ll list the spa and then one or two treatments offered on their spa menu that includes grapes or wine.
- The Spa at the Carneros Inn – Napa, California – Chardonnay Anti-Oxidant Wine Therapy Facial
- Bernardus Lodge & Spa – Carmel Valley, California – Lavender Grape Seed Bath
- Silverado Resort and Spa – Napa, California – Chardonnay Sugar Scrub
- The Raindance Spa at the Lodge of Sonoma – Sonoma, California Grape Seed Antioxidant Facial
- Meadowood Resort – Napa Valley, California – Cabernet Crush Body Polish
- Spa Vigne at the Fess Parker’s Wine Country Inn – Los Olivos, California – Grape Seed Body Butter Massage, Wine Infusion Wrap
- Auberge du Soileil Resort & Spa – Rutherford (Napa Valley), California – Rosehip and Grape Seed Body Masque, Warm Grape Seed Oil Massage
- Mount View Hotel & Spa – Calistoga, California – Rosemary Grape Seed Scrub
- Sycamore Mineral Springs Resort & Spa – San Louis Obispo, California – Chardonnay Anti-Aging Wrap, Chardonnay Antioxidant Sugar Scrub
- Waterstone Spa at the Lithia Springs Resort & Gardens – Ashland, Oregon – Champagne and Rose Body Scrub
- Chateau E’lan Winery & Spa Resort – Braselton, Georgia – Chateau Winery Harvest Crush, Antioxidant Winery Bath
Filed under: California Dreaming, Holiday Ideas, Vacation Plans | Tagged: 3d Cg, California Adventure, California Vineyard, Los Angeles CA, Mass Tourism, Online Travel Sites, San Diego California, San Francisco California, Sightseeing Travel, Southern California Attractions, Spectacular Spas, Tour Planning, Travel Place, University Of Bath, Vacation Ideas, Vacation News, What's Your Trip | 1 Comment »
Posted on September 22, 2008 by Peter Brody
There is nothing unmanly about relaxation. Some guys play video games, some guys work out, and some guys go to spas. When I leave a spa, either after a simple shiatsu massage or after a full day go at skin care and specific body work, I feel so relaxed and distressed that I feel the effects of it for weeks afterwards. According to Men’s Health magazine, “Any vacation is a good vacation. But the best ones can calm your mind, refresh your body, revive your relationships, and maybe even extend your life.” I couldn’t agree more. And it’s a great way to meet chicks…or make one very happy if you’ve already got one. It’s a romantic valentine’s gift or anniversary idea. Or, more likely (for me at least) a way I can get out of the city (or feel like I’ve left the city) and completely relax and take care of my body. A lot of spas have fitness centers on their premises, so you really get to feel like you’re working towards a healthier existence.
Here are some great spas that offer spa treatments for men—sports massages, facials, back skin care, and male manicures and pedicures, among others.
Filed under: Holiday Business, Holiday Ideas, Travel Industry, Vacation Plans | Tagged: 3d Cg, Ayurveda New York, I Love New York 2, Man Women Issues, Mass Tourism, Real Men Of Genius, Sitebuilder, Spa / Day Spa, Spa Day, Spa Weekend, Spa Wellness, Tour Planning, Travel Location, Travel Place, What's Your Trip | 1 Comment »
Posted on July 9, 2008 by Kevin Shaw
I know ski season is over, but I just came across this great resource that lists pet-friendly ski resorts by state. And since I myself have needed a list like this, I thought I’d share. First, from the website, www.petswelcome.com:
“Okay, you’re probably thinking that dogs and cats aren’t meant for skiing. But neither are people. And that doesn’t stop us. So why not take your pet along? When you’re on the mountain you probably spend a lot of time with your nose in the snow anyway, right? Dogs appreciate this. They’ll think you suddenly got some sense and will begin treating you with a renewed respect. They might not even chew on your crutches. So take advantage of this bonding opportunity and hit the slopes with your favorite animal ASAP!”
So, you probably can’t go ASAP, but when you get a chance, here’s where to go:
- Alpine Meadows Ski Resort – Lake Tahoe, California
- Big Bear Mountain Ski Resort – San Bernardino, California
- Boreal Ski Area – Soda Springs, California
- Heavenly Ski Resort – South Lake Tahoe, California
- Mammoth Mountain Ski Area – Bishop, California
- Northstar at Tahoe Ski Resort – Truckee, California
- Royal Gorge X-Country Ski Area – Reno, California
- Snow Summit Ski Resort – Big Bear Lake, California
- Squaw Valley Ski Resort – Olympic Valley, California
- Sugar Bowl Ski Area – Sacramento, California
There’s nothing like sharing a day on the slopes with your dog. One of life’s great pleasures. Continue reading
Filed under: California Dreaming, Costal Vacations, Vacation Plans | Tagged: 2006 Turin, Alpine Skiing, Big Dogs Welcome, Heavenly Ski Resort, Mammoth Mountain, Mass Tourism, Nordic Skiing, Pam Dreyer, Pet Friendly Travel, Pet Stories, San Bernardino County, Ski North America, Ski Slope, Ski USA, Travel Place, Travel Specials, X Country | 2 Comments »