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Balboa Park | Spanish Architecture Tour

When visitors talk about their lasting impressions of Balboa Park, the topic of Spanish-Renaissance architecture always tops the list of what they remember most.

Balboa Park was the first place in the United States that this architectural style was prominently featured. The El Prado esplanade and Spanish-Renaissance cultural buildings were developed as temporary exhibition halls for the 1915-16 Panama-California Exposition commemorating the opening of the Panama Canal.

These buildings truly shine at sunrise and sunset any time of year. Take your camera to document your favorite architectural features.

Balboa Park | An Evening at The Old Globe Theatre

If you are looking for culture in San Diego, plan to take your special someone to see a world-class production at The Old Globe Theatre. Start out your evening at the park with drinks and nibbles at the signature eatery, The Prado Restaurant in Balboa Park. Every Tuesday, The Lounge has a special Date Night menu as well as a monthly Old Globe Dinner & Show night. Either choice will set the stage for a beautiful, engaging evening in the world famous Balboa Park.

Tip | Try the Mahi Mahi Tacos if you visit The Lounge for drinks.

Then soak in the culture at The Old Globe Theatre, one of the nation’s top-ranked regional theatres. The Old Globe has been home to the most acclaimed national artists, designers, directors and playwrights in the country. Over 20 productions have gone on to become Broadway and Off-Broadway shows. The Old Globe’s 2005 production of Dirty Rotten Scoundrels was nominated for 11 Tony Awards, and the production of The Full Monty garnered 10 Tony Award® nominations in 2000 for its successful Broadway run.

The Old Globe Theatre current production, Buyer & Cellar, is now playing from April 4th – May 3rd at The Sheryl and Harvey White Theatre. Get tickets

Buyer & Cellar is Jonathan Tolins’s Off Broadway hit that will have you rolling in the aisles. What happens when you put a diva and out-of-work actor together with acres of memorabilia at a Malibu estate? You can only find out at The Old Globe Theatre.

“Seriously funny — a remarkably sustained slice of absurdist whimsy” – The New York Times
“This play deserves a hearty ‘Hello, gorgeous!’” – New York Daily News

Visit The Old Globe Theater for more information on show times, purchasing tickets and the upcoming calendar.

Historical Fact | Did you the original Old Globe Theatre was destroyed on March 8, 1978 by an arson fire?

The Rich History of The Old Globe Theatre
Built in 1935 as part of the California Pacific International Exposition, The Old Globe Theatre was originally designed to present abridged versions of Shakespeare’s most famous plays. At the conclusion of the exposition in 1937, The San Diego Community Theatre leased the theatre and adjacent buildings from the City of San Diego. Today, this non-profit organization continues to manage the theatre and has established the Globe as a year-round professional company. The Old Globe theatre is one of San Diego’s largest arts institutions with more than 250,000 people annually attending productions and participating in the theatre’s education programs and outreach services.

San Diego | Culture in Balboa Park

April is the perfect time of year to enjoy cultural experiences in Balboa Park in downtown San Diego. Whether you love art, history, food, music or all of the above, Balboa Park is the destination for a full day adventure this Spring.

We recommend you start your day early to see the Park at its finest. Start on the west side of the park and enter like the original park visitors who came for the 1915 Panama-California World Exposition. Your cultural adventure begins with a leisurely stroll across the historic Cabrillo Bridge. Get directions to the bridge.

As you approach the bridge on Laurel Street, you will see Founder’s Plaza and the lawn bowling club. From there, you can enjoy panoramic views of the city and harbor as you continue across the bridge and enter on El Prado, the main street of the Balboa Park.

You can soak up the morning sunshine as you enjoy the walk down the Prado. Be sure to snap a few photos of the great Spanish architecture and formal gardens you see along the way. Continue through the Plaza del Panama and past the lily pond as you make you way down to The San Diego History Museum. Download a map of Balboa Park to help you get around for the day.

Visit The Discovery of King Tut exhibition at The San Diego History Museum to learn about the tomb and treasures of Tutankhamun, one of the most famous discoveries in the history of archaeology. The More than 1,000 replicas of the most important finds have been reconstructed to scale by Egyptian master craftsmen. You’ll see a realistic impression of the overwhelming opulence of the offerings meant to serve the king on his magical journey into the Underworld. The exhibition ends April 26th so be sure to book now. Check out the museum’s website for other cultural exhibitions to see while you are here.

Fun Fact | Did you know The San Diego Natural History Museum was founded by a handful of citizen-naturalists in 1874? The museum is the oldest scientific institution in Southern California.

After the exhibition, enjoy a relaxing lunch al fresco on the back patio at The Prado restaurant. You have to try the grilled fish tacos and a margarita with salt – a San Diego tradition. If you want to try something new, try the Prickly Pear margarita – a local favorite.

The afternoon part of your cultural adventure starts with a walk across the Plaza de Panama to The San Diego Museum of Art.  We recommend the Romantic Views exhibition. Explore the romantic adventures of artists Carl Nebel, William Henry Jackson, Charles B. Waite, Abel Briquet, and Hugo Brehme, who traveled to Mexico over the course of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. These diverse traveler artists left behind an extraordinary body of work illustrating the romantic nature and geography of Latin America. You won’t want to miss this exhibition!

End your day where you started with a sunset walk over the Cabrillo Bridge. You can people watch, relax, and enjoy the sun as it sets over America’s Finest City.

Fun Fact | If you are a dog lover, be sure to stop by the dog park (near the Cabrillo Bridge entrance) to see San Diego’s furry friends enjoying the Spring weather with their owners.

For those of you looking for a great place to have dinner, Cucina Urbana is an excellent choice and it’s within walking distance. The dressy, casual atmosphere provides the perfect end to a day of culture. Popular favorites include the polenta board, burnt Brussels sprouts and the roasted Atlantic salmon. This is an extremely popular restaurant so reservations are recommended for table service. Cucina Urbana features a community table and martini bar so you can also enjoy happy hour with seating available on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Dallas | It’s Not All Football and Rodeos

Ok, I’ll admit…when I used to think of Dallas, Texas, the first thing that came to mind was cowboys.  The ones that ride horses, and the ones that play football.  But Dallas has developed into such a diverse and exciting metropolitan city, filled with art, music and culture that I thought I would highlight five of the highest ranking attractions in Dallas, as ranked by TripAdvisor reviewers.  I was surprised at a few of them, and I reckon y’all may be too!

The Dallas Arboretum & Botanical Gardens is currently ranked #1 as the top attraction in Dallas.  Featuring over 66-acres on the shores of White Rock Lake, the Dallas Arboretum varies it’s displays four times each year, providing amazing color and breathtaking season changes for visitors year round.

The Morton H Meyerson Symphony Center is located in the Downtown Dallas Arts District and is home to the world-class Dallas Symphony Orchestra and other Dallas-based cultural organizations. The Meyerson’s impressive architectural features, open spaces, touches of elegance, and unsurpassed acoustics make the building the preeminent environment for exceptional events in Dallas.

The George W Bush Presidential Library and Museum also topped this list and the reviewers can’t say enough about how beautiful, clean and educational this library and museum is.  While it focuses on republican President Bush’s time in office, there is such a sense of American patriotism, it doesn’t matter if you are republican or democrat, it is worth a visit.

The Nasher Sculpture Center, in the heart of downtown Dallas, features a collection of more than three hundred sculptures, and twentieth-century paintings and drawings.  This is a beautiful center of indoor and outdoor exhibition space that is filled with natural light and elegant in design.

Dallas Museum of Art Established in 1903, the Dallas Museum of Art features an outstanding collection of more than 22,000 works of art from around the world, from ancient to modern times.  This museum is in the heart of the Arts District, and is highly rated on TripAdvisor.

So next time you are considering an arts and culture getaway, think of Dallas, Texas.   While you may not have had it on your bucket list before, I think you will be pleased, and may be surprised like I was, with what you discover in the heart of this amazing city.

 

South Carolina | Culinary Tours of Charleston

Charleston, South Carolina,  rich in history and southern charm was recently featured in USA Today Travel for it’s popularity as a culinary and beverage destination getaway. With  myriad hotel vacation packages in Charleston, (many of them being food and wine packages), we thought we would highlight some of the more popular culinary tours that are featured in the city.

Culinary Tours of Charleston, Savor the Flavors

This is a wonderful tour for you to experience a more general overview of Charleston’s essential cuisine. This tour is two and a half hours, and highlights downtown restaurants and food shops that will have you sample grits, pralines, benne wafers and more.  During this walking tour, you also learn about the area’s rich culinary history.  While some may find this to be enough of a meal, most who enjoy the tour may need a more substantial meal after the tour is complete, and there are plenty of options in downtown.

Charleston Brews Cruise

Not only is Charleston popular for it’s incredible cuisine, it has also moved up the ranksCharleston Brews Cruise in popularity as a beer-drinker’s paradise. While alcohol laws used to be very strict, they have eased up and the craft beer scene has blossomed.  This “Brews Cruise” is three and a half hours and highlights three local breweries, where you can sample four ounce tasters of IPAs, Porters and ESB’s.  Try any you love? You can buy them and store them in a cooler on the bus!

Charleston Culinary Tours, The Farmer’s Market Tour

The Charleston Farmers Market is an incredible experience for any “foodie”.  It features more than 100 vendors, entertainment and a whole lot of fun! Charleston Culinary Tours has a two hour tour each Saturday that allows you to peruse it like an insider!  Starting off the tour with some architectural history and ending the tour with a fresh brunch that your group creates from fresh ingredients you have gotten throughout the market tour.


Original Pub Tour of Charleston

As we mentioned before, Charleston is absolutely rich with history and some of theCharleston Pub Tour most interesting history comes from it’s centuries-old pubs. On the Original Pub Tour of Charleston, you experience a tour of four pubs, often  the Blind Tiger (whose building was erected in 1803) and The Griffon (also located in a structure that dates to the early 19th century).  Each of the pubs you experience offers complimentary appetizers as your guide shares tales of interesting and engaging characters from American history.  All food is included int he price of the tour, however drinks are not included in the ticket price.

Whether or not you fancy yourself as a “foodie” these tours are sure to please, and are a whole lot of fun!

Are you planning your next vacation getaway? Consider our hotel packages in Charleston, South Carolina where you can reserve a wonderful Charleston hotel package, and then plan a fun culinary tour to complete your vacation itinerary!

Southern California | Classic Getaways

 As the dog days of summer count down, don’t miss what may be your Best Summer Vacation Getaway yet! From Los Angeles to San Diego, here are some of the most popular, and quintessential Southern California experiences that should be on your “Fun Bucket List.”

Los Angeles – Do you know of anyone that visits Los Angeles who doesn’t get a picture of either the iconic Hollywood sign, or of themselves by one of the stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame? Check.  Universal Studios and Citywalk are so much fun and a great way to experience the essence of the movie scene in LA.  Madame Toussauds Wax Los Angeles, Hollywood, Jennifer LopezMuseum serves as home to many celebrity figures that bear an eery likeness to the real thing. Instagram op? Check.  LA also is a great option for sports fans wanting to take in an exciting game while traveling – whether it is an NBA basketball game or a professional baseball game, you can watch the Los Angeles Lakers at the Staples Center, or the Dodgers at the world famous Dodger Stadium.  The Santa Monica Pier is also a great diversion,whether traveling with your family, or just friends. Venice Beach offers a world of people watching.  Whether you are into celebrity sightings, thrill rides, NBA or pro baseball, LA has it all, and then some.

Orange County – This region includes Anaheim, home of the famous home of Mickey Mouse…Disneyland Resort, and Disney’s California Adventure which remain to be twoDisneyland, Southern California, Anaheim, Mickey Mouse of the most popular SoCal attractions.  Newport Beach serves as home to the amazing Fashion Island Mall, and beautiful Balboa Island which is a gem, and a special place you can either drive, walk, bike, or take the Balboa Island Ferry to get to.  And then there is Laguna Beach, which is gorgeous seaside town that has evolved into a destination for art lovers that hosts world class artists, festivals and shops.  It is well known for the popular Pageant of the Masters, a one-of-a-kind theatrical “living art” performance every summer.

Then finally, San Diego, America’s Finest City, where one can plan a week’s vacation, and still not fit in all the amazing attractions and fun things to do.  From Legoland, to SeaWorld San Diego, to the world famous San Diego Zoo, San Diego is thriving withSan Diego Zoo, Pandas world renown attractions. In addition to these well known attractions, there are awesome things to experience at the USS Midway Museum and Balboa Park, aka “the Smithsonian of the West”.  And if you need to just relax or take in a round of golf, there are 70 miles of beautiful beaches for you to enjoy, and more than 90 golf courses to work on your golf game.  San Diego is truly a recreational paradise for all!

Southern California, no matter where you go, offers you sunny and moderate temperatures year round and a host of activities and attractions that will please every traveler to the region.

When you are considering your next trip for two, a family vacation consider making a trip to Southern California, and go to our California Getaway page to check out each of these cities to see all the amazing hotel getaway packages that will make for the perfect getaway. Classic Southern California Getaways are always in style. no matter what the occasion for your trip!

America’s Top Free Attractions

What do the incredible and iconic museums and attractions such as the Smithsonian Museums in Washington DC, New Orleans Jazz National Historical Park, The Getty Center in Los Angeles and The Alamo in San Antonio all have in common?

They are free!

CNN Travel and Leisure recently published a list of amazing attractions and museums that do not charge admission fees to visitors.  What an incredible way for you and your family or travel partner to enjoy your vacation in a great American city, all while being a bit frugal at the same time.

Other attractions that were highlighted were Pike Place Market in  Seattle, Washington; the National September 11 Memorial in New York City, Independence National Historical Park in Philadelphia and the Conservatory and Botanical Gardens at Bellagio in Las Vegas.

You know what else all of these fantastic museums and attractions have in common? They are all located in great cities, and we have excellent hotel packages in every city mentioned.  So you can not only save money by visiting them, but you can get even more for your money by purchasing a hotel package through Getaway Packages!

Who Plans the Vacations in Your House?

The other day I read an article about the statistics of who plans the family travel or vacation getaways.  According to that article, a survey done by travel search site Skyscanner concluded that 75% of women said they are the travel planners in their household, according to a recent report in Travel Media Daily. It also showed that one-third of the men said their partner found the best deals and they believe their partners enjoy finding the best travel deals and planning their getaways. This was not surprising to me at all because I always plan the family vacations in our house and my husband is more than happy to just pack what he needs for whatever I’ve planned the night before we leave.

But then, I ran across conflicting information that said 61% of households say that Dad plans the family  vacations.  This poll was recently posted by USA Today.  To be honest, I can’t even imagine my hubby taking the reigns on planning our family trips so I was a little surprised to see these poll results.  

Numerous focus groups, comprised of vacation consumers, tell us that regardless of who in the family plans the vacations, they are looking for the following things:

1) More Value: Hotels and resorts are seeing this trend and are offering many more packages which include amenities and value-adds so they feel like they are getting more for their hard-earned money.

2) Quick and easy travel research: Consumers are looking to make decisions quickly.  Gone are the days where you spend an hour or so at your local travel agent’s office perusing all their brochures.  Finding answers on the internet is the easiest way to go, but they need to find the best packages and deals in the cities they are searching quickly.

3) The ability to communicate their needs with the hotel from the start of the reservation process:  While sites such as Expedia, Travelocity, Hotels.com may offer lower rates in some cases, going through a “middle-man” can cause some challenges.  Difficult cancellation policies, challenges with special requests, and potentially getting placed in the least desirable hotel room location.  Why you may ask? Most hotels will acknowledge that the profitability on guestrooms sold through those travel sites is the lowest, so they generally set aside the least desirable rooms for those reservations.

One of the best things about Getawaypackages.com, is that we make it easy to find just the type of vacation package you are looking for in every part of the United States. Whether you are planning a family getaway, a golf getaway, a girls getaway, a romantic getaway, an outdoor adventure getaway, or a getaway to enjoy fine food and wine, we have the experiential package just for you. Getawaypackages.com makes it is easy to search only the locations you are considering, see the value in the hotel packages, and you book direct with the hotel, so there are no hidden fees or those hard to read cancellation policies. The chances are also good that you don’t get the room without a view or overlooking the parking lot because you got the least expensive rate for your getaway.

 Along with that, many packages include value-adds such as parking or complimentary wi-fi. Many also include perks such as attraction tickets, gift cards, hotel credit to spend, tour passes, spa treatments and more, so that you already have a plan of what to do during your vacation, and you don’t find yourself stuck after arriving to the hotel thinking…ok, what do I plan now that we are here?

GetawayPackages.com understands that planning a vacation getaway should be easy, and that consumers, whether they are men, or women, are looking for added value in their vacation purchase.

So whether you are the husband or the wife, and you are gearing up to plan your next family vacation, be sure to check out Getawaypackages.com to make sure that you are getting the most out of your vacation, and you know what to expect when you get there.

Napa Valley | Food and Wine Getaways

The 3rd annual Napa Valley Film Festival (NVFF) returns November 13-17, 2013 to the picturesque communities of Napa, Yountville, St. Helena and Calistoga.  This festival is a celebration of film, food and wine during the most colorful season in Napa Valley.  Hotels throughout the region offer food and wine getaway vacation packages to entice the most distinguished traveler to stay and enjoy their venue during this fun event, or any other time of the year.

Napa Valley, in the northern region of California, is often likened to Italy’s Tuscany region…it’s just a smaller, more Americanized version.  It is home to almost 300 premier wine makers located in between rolling hills and amazing scenery.  When traveling throughout Napa Valley, tourists can tour wineries, taste the wine blends that are being created, enjoy exquisite dining, as well as experience the amenities of the many unique hotels that cater to the most distinguished guests.

Napa Valley Lodge – VIP Winery Tour

Be safe as you explore the beautiful Napa Valley and it’s  wineries.  This number one selling vacation getaway package at the Napa Valley Lodge includes a bottle of wine upon arrival, an in-room champagne continental breakfast, and a five hour winery tour with your own private chauffeur.

The Meritage Resort and Spa – Taste-Cation Package

This award-winning hotel is set amidst the beautiful vineyards of California’s Wine Country and offers an unforgettable vacation getaway package which includes a two-night stay with champagne upon arrival, breakfast for two, a delectable dinner, a tasting at the resort’s own Trinitas Cellars and another winery, and to top it off, bowling for two at Crush Ultra Lounge.

The Silverado Inn – Napa Valley Film Festival Package

Add glamour and excitement to your stay in Napa for the Napa Valley Film Festival.  The historic Silverado Resort and Spa invites you to enjoy the celebration of film, food and wine with a vacation getaway package for this annual Napa Valley event.  Included in your stay is breakfast for two each day before heading out to experience all that the Film Festival has to offer.

Andaz Napa – Napa Film Festival Package (Reels, Reds, and Beds..Oh My!)

The Andaz Napa is nestled in the West End of downtown Napa, and close to the Napa Valley Opera House and Uptown Theater.  This vacation getaway package includes two, five day passes for the film festival with a minimum 3 night stay, select mini bar food and beverage items, welcome beverage upon arrival, wireless internet in guestroom and self parking for one vehicle.
Check out all of these Napa Valley Packages and more!