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Adventure Awaits in Catalina Island

 

Living in Los Angeles can feel quite exhausting whether it’s a daily commute in rush hour traffic on the 405 freeway or working hard to keep up with the cost of every day living expenses. Fortunately, there is a charming island off the California coast line that is only an hour-long ferry-boat ride from Long Beach where you can escape to at several different times on any given day. Sitting at only 22 miles long and 8 miles wide, Catalina Island is a California paradise with tropical weather during the summer and awesome scuba diving conditions year round. In this article, we’ll highlight our favorite activities and magical moments to showcase why Catalina Island should be your next get away!

Flexible Travel Options: 

The Catalina Express provides one-hour ferryboat trips from three mainland cities: Long Beach, San Pedro, and Dana Point. One other available method of transportation is a fifteen-minute Helicopter ride on the Island Express. The Catalina Express is our preferred choice of transportation and the boat offers an upgrade to the Commodore Lounge, which we highly recommend. The Commodore Lounge includes comfortable seating arrangements and a complimentary first beverage and snack

In our experience, we truly enjoyed the upgrade that was provided by Catalina Express. There was a separate line for all Commodore passengers that was significantly shorter in size to board the vessel creating a fast and efficient transition from land to boat. In addition, we selected two complimentary mimosas to start off our morning, that were accompanied by two adorable miniature sized Chandon Champagne.

Finally, our ticket also included a choice of either a packaged sized snack of Famous Amos chocolate chip cookies or spicy trail mix. Our recommendation would be to opt for the upgrade, as it is only a $15.00 difference in price. 

Awesome Activities & Adventures:  

Catalina Zip line Eco Tour

 

The Catalina Zip Line Eco Tour is an exhilarating approach to view the island’s landscape from an aerial perspective and jam-packed with excitement! The tour includes full equipment complete with two guides that will explain in detail safety instructions at the beginning, and delivers five platforms high above the canyon floor. Experience dropping at heights of 600 ft above sea level across lines up to 1,100 lineal ft at speeds up to 30 mph! The tour guides are very knowledgeable about the islands history and the animals that reside on Catalina Island. Each platform holds information displayed on a stand for reference while each tour guide explains the details of each animal. 

In our experience, our tour guides were extremely friendly and patient which allowed us to have a great time. We want to give a shout-out to Brandon for really going above and beyond and making sure we were having a blast on our tour. He always kept us smiling and laughing and was very enthusiastic. The weather was also in our favor, which is important to remember when participating in outdoor activities. We recommend this tour to any visitor on the island no matter what age or size as it will enhance your island experience!

    

Catalina Island Aerial Adventure

   

Adventure awaits you at the newest addition of Catalina Island with the thrilling Aerial Adventure course! There are five self paced and guided courses ranging from two beginner, two intermediate and one advanced. Each course is creatively designed with rope ladders; log bridges, balance beams and zip lines for your enjoyment. Prepare to climb, swing and slide from tree to tree through a series of obstacles and elements suspended high above the canyon floor

  

In our experience, we completed the second beginner course, along with both intermediate courses in the two-hour increment allotted for this activity. This excursion was our favorite, and we recommend it to anyone looking for an adventure. 

      

Escape Room

 

A fast paced growing trend in the United States is the variety of escape rooms that are popping up all over the country. We had the pleasure of participating in the Catalina Room Escape and enjoyed every minute of it. The escape room is designed with a pirate theme complete with costumes for your amusement. 

Unfortunately we did not escape the room. Instead we had one more riddle to solve in order to escape before the 60-minute clock ran out. Although we’d like to discuss the details of this awesome experience, we understand the importance of keeping it secret for other visitors. What we can tell you is we would recommend this activity to every tourist who visits the island as we feel it is a great representation to Catalina as a whole. We had the pleasure of working with Matt. Matt and his wife Jeannette are the owners of the escape room. They are very kind, professional, and really go out of their way to make sure you enjoy your time on the island. Good luck and happy solving!

Delightful Accommodations:

 

Escape the ordinary at the Aurora hotel on Catalina Island. This lovely boutique hotel offers ocean view rooms, an outdoor rooftop lounge overlooking the marina, complimentary wine and cheese Friday evenings, and Saturday morning complimentary breakfast with a mimosa bar. The check in to check out process is seamless with the amazing staff at this hotel, and the centralized location makes it perfect when deciding what to do on the island.

 

In our experience, we recommend this hotel for an overnight stay or a long weekend get-away. This establishment is family friendly, and a pleasant and luxurious environment for your trip.

Cultural Cuisines & Delicious Dining Choices:

Descanso Beach Club

 

The DBC also known as Descanso Beach Club is a fantastic place to enjoy lunch and cocktails. The area is situated directly on the beach above the ocean with views of the canyon and the famous Casino on the island. The menu is tasty with items such as the islands iconic favorite drink, the “buffalo milk”, to delicious appetizers such as Tricia’s Nacho platter

 

In our experience, we ordered two Pina Coladas accompanied by a Black & Blue Caesar salad and a Descanso Cobb salad for lunch. The items we chose were very tasty and the service was impeccable. We recommend this restaurant to every tourist looking for feel good island vibes and appetizing food choices.

 

Blue Water Avalon

 

Looking for the best seafood on the island? Do you enjoy a waterfront patio with stunning views while dining? The Blue Water Grill has been voted “Best” of Catalina Island, and we would have to agree. This restaurant is perfectly situated in the middle of the Avalon harbor. This establishment offers great service, impeccable food, and an island ambiance to enhance your visit. 

  

In our experience, we ordered two buffalo milks, which are known as the island’s favorite iconic beverage, an order of the cedar plank salmon and lemon pepper crusted mahi mahi accompanied by jumbo shrimp cocktail and a cup of the clam chowder. This was definitely the best meal we had the pleasure of eating on the island. We recommend this restaurant to all visitors, whether the length of stay is a day or a week, as we feel this is the best dining establishment on Catalina Island

 

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Have a great one, and always remember your Adventure Awaits!

Sip, Sip, Hooray! Malibu Wine Safari

Sip, Sip, Hooray!

MALIBU WINE SAFARI

What do the colors red, white and blush mean to you? In the world of wine enthusiasts these common terms can have a variety of different descriptions. California is prevalent with an abundance of wineries ranging from colossal brands such as Napa Valley, Paso Robles, and Santa Ynez in the north, and quality labels like Temecula Valley in the south. Although each one offers there own unique style of tastings and activities, we recently encountered something unlike anything we’ve seen before. Malibu Wine Safari’s takes the game to a whole new level of fun! The idea of mixing exotic animals with exquisite beverages has captured our hearts, and we’ll highlight our top reasons why everyone should experience these magical moments. Welcome to the Saddlerock ranch and Vineyard!

Stanley the Giraffe Experience 

Although there are multiple safari tours available at Malibu Wines, there is one in particular that seems to be a crowd pleaser and a favorite. Stanley the Giraffe is a famous retired movie animal with such hits like, “The Hangover 3” under his giant size belt, and a number of commercials including Verizon and Doritos to name a couple. The tour’s first stop will take you straight to this loveable creatures habitat where you’ll have a few memorable moments feeding and petting him. The driver will explain interesting details about Stanley before or after you visit with him, which allows for a more personable encounter. Our experience was nothing short of magical, and we would recommend this tour to people of all ages. 

Animal Safari Adventure

  

Zebras, Alpacas and Ox’s, oh my! Ok so that last phrase sets the tone for entering into the Wizard of Oz, however, this also may depend on the number of wine tastings you’ve had at this point. In any case, you’re in luck because this next stop of the tour will bring out your inner animal lover side. Grab a couple carrots and get ready to hand feed a Zebra! These gentle mammals are calmly waiting gate side for tourists to give them a healthy snack accompanied by a friendly pet. Next will be a couple of international ox’s who are just as hungry, and anxious to meet you! Finally, there will be a group of alpacas of all different shapes and sizes eager to make your acquaintance. Luckily, your tour guides will have buckets of chopped up carrots and lettuce heads to feed your new hungry friends, and of course the tour wouldn’t be complete without some heavy petting. This was our second favorite part of this wonderful tour, and we recommend having your camera ready for those great shots!

  

Wine Tasting Flights

  

It’s time to discuss the goods, and what you all have been patiently waiting for the wine! There were two wine tasting stops on our tour. The first stop was directly after the Giraffe experience, and started off with all white wines. The three wines included a Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Grigio, and Stanley’s very own Moscato label. On the second stop, the red wines included a Pinot Noir, Merlot and our personal favorite the Syrah. Once you have tasted all three wines you will have a chance to revisit the ones you liked. Each stop will have a picturesque background with rolling hills of vineyards that is perfect for photo ops! The tour guide is extremely polite and will offer to take complimentary photos with your camera or phone. In our experience, we recommend taking a picture on the wooden bridge over the quaint lake during your second destination. Smile for the camera!

Overall our experience was absolutely amazing and truly a fantastic fun-filled day! 

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Escape Krampus in Downtown La!

Escape Krampus in Downtown La

What’s more terrifying than a, “half goat, half demon,” known as Krampus? How about being locked in an extremely dingy and spine-chilling room for 60 minutes with frightening sounds and terrorizing tasks at your fingertips to escape the claws of death! Still not convinced? In this article we’ll highlight our favorite reasons why 60 Out Escape Rooms should be your top pick to visit when looking for a scary time with friends and family.

Wonderful Location:

The city of Los Angeles can be a giant headache when it comes to driving at any given time of any day of the week. Whether it’s the congested rush hour traffic or limited parking spaces available, it is common to feel the frustration that people of this spectacular city have felt. 60 Out Escape Rooms is located just outside the main hub of towering infrastructures and high-rises with plenty of parking space available. In addition to the stress-free environment, there are also a variety of restaurants, sit down or fast food, ready to service you before or after your trip. In our experience, we arrived for an evening session of fun with two other couples, and were able to park with ease, take a 3 minute walk to the building, and sign in worry free all in about 5 minutes.

Diversified Games:

Each new season brings a selection of new games that can be played. In our case, Krampus is a part of their winter season selection of spooky rooms. Today there are over fifteen escape rooms offered at 60 Out Escape Rooms and they are excited to be introducing two new ones, Jumanji and Time Machine! These exciting rooms range from mystery, action, funny, to horror, and usually are played with anywhere from 2 – 10 people depending on your room. Krampus in particular felt like a rollercoaster of excitement with one hair-raising task after another. Some escape rooms might have one big room with clues scattered throughout and only one way to escape. Other rooms will have multiple doors that lead to multiple rooms with riddles and puzzles that can easily be solved in groups. Even though we aren’t able to tell you the exact description of the Krampus room in hopes of not spoiling it for the others, we are able to vouch for it’s creepy appearance. Krampus delivers an exciting experience that will keep you on your feet the whole time! A word of advice, try not to look behind you and don’t be scared of the dark!

Level of Difficulty:

On a scale from 1 – 10, we would rate this escape room as being at an intermediate level. Some rooms can be less difficult than others, and in this case we would recommend attempting to complete with a group. We have visited almost half a dozen escape rooms from northern to southern California, and only had a 20 percent chance of escaping them all. In this case, we were unsuccessful at escaping Krampus with only one more task to unscramble and seconds left on the clock. There is always a bittersweet taste of freedom when the buzzer goes off, and you’re still locked away inside the room. In our experience, we enjoyed every minute of this thrilling room, and recommend it to anyone seeking to enter into a fear driven world of Christmas mayhem.

Ireland’s Lucky Number Seven

Ireland’s Lucky Number Seven

Have you ever wanted to visit the “Emerald Isle?” How about following a rainbow to that pot of gold? Legend says that the luck of the Irish can bring fortune and fame according to Hollywood movies. Let’s take a trip across the Atlantic Ocean to the Northwestern part of Europe where we’ll find a beautiful island nestled on the continental shelf. Imagine infinite rolling hills covered with lush landscape draped with vibrant shades of green. Welcome to Ireland, land of the green Shamrock! Come explore with us as we uncover our top seven favorite places to see on your next Ireland vacation.  

#7 – City of Dublin

 The city of Dublin is abundant with rich Irish heritage, and happens to be the capital of Ireland. The international airport located in this vicinity will most likely be the arrival and departure point for your trip. In our experience, it was convenient to use this as a central location when navigating around our list of sights to see. Dublin is also home to one of the most famous dark beers ever created, the Guinness Stout. A massive factory resides in the heart of the city, which brings us to our next topic of conversation; the Guinness Storehouse!

 #6 – Guinness Storehouse

 

 In the year 2000, the Guinness Storehouse was created and quickly became one of Irelands top tourist attractions. The building consists of seven floors surrounding a glass atrium in the shape of a Guinness pint, and has received over an estimated four million visitors year to date. A rooftop bar is located at the very top of the structure where guests are invited for a free tasting of the world-renowned beverage. In our experience, we spent a total of about four hours touring the facility before making our way to the rooftop. The interesting history and entertainment is well worth the $30 USD admission, however, with a Dublin pass entry is complimentary. In any case, have fun and enjoy!

   

#5 – City of Cork

 

 If a rental car is within your budget and adventure is what you crave, there is University City just three hours north of Dublin. The city of Cork boasts rustic buildings with new age fashion, and is the perfect place to spend a holiday. Aside the local Quinlans restaurant which serves outstanding fish and chips for a hearty meal, there are also creative dessert bakeries such as Sticky Fingers that can satisfy even the most intense sweet cravings at your disposal. In our experience, the neighborhood was extremely courteous to us, and we are forever grateful for their hospitality!

#4 – Blarney Castle & Gardens

   

 Welcome to the Blarney Castle & Gardens located about fifteen minutes outside the beautiful city of Cork in the south of Ireland. This tourist attraction has captured audience’s hearts around the world with its grace and beauty. These grounds consist of a historical castle, a royal mansion, multiple magnificent rock and garden formations, and the famous Blarney Stone. The tradition of kissing the Blarney Stone became popular in the 1800’s, and although there are many legends surrounding this ritual one thing is for certain. The gift of eloquence will be bestowed on whoever kisses the bluestone stone wedged at the top of this medieval fortress.

In our experience, we recommend purchasing the delicious ice cream cones topped off with a chocolate treat at the front gate before making your way to the castle.

Once you have climbed the ancient stairs to the top of the castle there will be a designated person waiting for you to lay down on your back, grab the rusted metal with both hands, and lean down for a smooch on the magical stone. The price of this excursion is about $17 USD, and the hours of operating are from 9 am – 4 pm. This activity is family friendly and the perfect photo op moment.

 #3 – Village of Doolin

Have you ever pictured yourself wanting to take a international vacation to a foreign land, and you wind up in a local pub where the drinks are flowing all night accompanied by singing Irish folk music? Now is your chance to experience a night just like the one mentioned above in a quaint little village known as Doolin. This delightful discovery is somewhat off the beaten path, and surprisingly close to the famous Cliffs of Moher. In our experience, we enjoyed a fantastic evening of laughter, meeting new friends, singing along to authentic Irish music, and enjoying life to its fullest as a married couple in this very location. We would recommend a visit if your itinerary allows a little bit of freedom.

 #2 – Cliffs of Moher

 The Cliffs of Moher rise above the Atlantic Ocean at a maximum height of seven hundred feet and about eight miles across the coast of Ireland with majestic views and landscape that will take your breath away. This destination is a regular site for filming, and has hosted big blockbusters such as “The Princess Bride,” “Leap Year,” and the well-known series “Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince.” Admission is completely free to this magnificent tourist attraction; however, parking can be an extra cost. Tourists can typically spend an average of fifteen minutes to one hour when visiting. In our experience, the day we went was extremely windy with rain clouds, but we still recommend trekking the distance past the far off wooden gates to the left in order to capture the best footage of these spectacular cliffs. Have fun and enjoy the scenery!

#1 – Giants Causeway

  

Saved the best for last is a phrase that has been used across the world, and a perfect description for our number one Ireland attraction. Located at the northern end of Ireland lies an area of about 40,000 interlocking basalt columns from a volcanic eruption known as the Giants Causeway. This marvelous design of nature has been ranked as the fourth greatest natural wonder in the United Kingdom. Legend says the causeway was built by an Irish Giant, and destroyed by a Scottish Giant when he realized he did not want to fight.

  

In our experience, we arrived extra early around 6:45 am. The Causeway opens to the public at 9 am. This is the absolute best time to snap a few picturesque photos before the anxious audience arrives. Breakfast awaited us at the Causeway hotel on the cliff above this amazing site directly afterward, and we recommend this to everyone visiting the awesome country of Ireland.

  

 

Tis’ The Season: Big Bear, California

Tis’ The Season: Big Bear, California

Southern California is known for its charming coast line, variety of cultural food, and within a few short hours of driving scenic views of lakes, forestry, and mountains. Big Bear Lake is located adjacent to the San Bernardino Mountains, and holds a vast majority of activities throughout the seasons. In particular, we are going to focus on our top five winter attractions to do in Big Bear, California.

#5 Bear Mountain Ski Resort

 

On December 8, 2017 the much-anticipated opening day of Bear Mountain arrived. Although there were only a handful of lifts available at this time, beginners to the experienced visited the mountain. In recent years, the monstrous Mammoth Mountain Ski Resort had joined forces with Bear Mountain Resort to create one conglomerate of a company. The upside to this merger was that the mountain would no longer be able to sell out of tickets, however, the downside is that prices were raised across the board on all lift tickets. Overall, our experience was nothing short of entertaining, and we recommend this as our number five activities on our list of things to do.

 

 #4 Mountain Room Escapes

 

Lights, Camera, Action! Imagine that you are trapped inside an avalanche covered ski resort, with nothing but riddles and clues at your disposal where you have exactly one hour to escape while the rush of anxiety keeps building second after second! Escape Rooms have quickly blossomed around the west coast and east coast area, and welcome large groups of people to participate. In our experience, we played the game with ten of our closest friends, and escaped with 15 minutes to spare on the clock! If you are one of the lucky escapees, there is a bonus room with extra games and puzzles! Best of luck!

#3 Action Segway Tours

 Are you ready for a fun, beautiful scenic two-hour tour gliding on a Segway lakeside through the forest while exploring the remarkable quaint town Big Bear has to offer? Action Segway Tours provide a professional and wonderful experience year round. They provide certified trained guides that will teach you the history of Big Bear and make sure you have a great time. This tour is not only educational, it is an exhilarating adventure. Although we opted for the zipline tour with Action Tours, we can’t wait to return and join a Segway experience! We have heard amazing reviews of the tour and have experienced the amazing staff ourselves! We highly recommend trying Action Segway Tours when visiting Big Bear. 

#2 Action Zipline Tours

 Get ready for a thrilling ride as you race through the Big Bear forest between nine zipline platforms! This three-hour tour will have you on an adventure of a lifetime! Start off your morning with a safety instruction video to ensure a fun-filled day, then relax during a 30 minute drive to a privately owned landscape paradise. Once you’ve strapped on the necessary equipment including a safety helmet, board their safari vehicles for your off road ride up to the platforms and allow yourself to live life on the edge while zipping through giant pine trees. After the first zipline, you will take a crazy walk on a fun suspension bridge. During our experience, our guides were very knowledgeable, funny, and knew how to make us have a great time. They were very helpful and explained to us how to work the brakes. They were always available to take pictures and always made sure we were having fun. The last two ziplines were our favorite. They were what we call the Big Mamas!! The best part on the last two ziplines was that we were instructed to not use our brakes and just fly! This was a blast! The ziplines all range from 140’- 860’ long and they are up to 85’ above forest floor. Action Zipline Tours was professional and we highly recommend this company! The tour operates in summer and winter, so whether you are flying high through the snow or zipping on a bright sunny day, get ready to make memories that will last forever!

 

#1 Snow Play

  

Dashing through the snow, on winter inner tubes, holding hands we go, sledding down in two’s! Snow Play is an area located right off Big Bear Blvd that is designated for people of all ages to come sled the day away on one of the eight slippery slopes offered! There are a lot of reasons why we chose Snow Play as number one on our list of top activities to do when visiting Big Bear. There is no age limit, which means that anyone is at liberty to enjoy the day at this family friendly establishment. The price of a ticket is $35 per person for anyone that is 7 years old or older. The hours of operation are from 10 am to 4 pm daily, which is perfect timing for daylight. In our experience, two hours was more than enough time to be able to ride 5 times each down the small mountain, and capture some pretty epic footage along the way. We recommend this activity as a must do when visiting big bear that’s only skill required is to have fun! Enjoy!

 

Iceland: How to Make the Most of your Layover

Iceland: How to Make the Most of your Layover

Getting to Iceland:

If you are looking for extremely low fares, WOW Air is a great airline for budget friendly travel. The airline offers the lowest prices you will see in today’s market. Iceland now offers free stop-overs in Reyklavic. You can either fly into Reyclavik or Kevalivik airport. Once you’ve arrived in this beautiful country, we recommend locating Thirfty car rental and renting a car from them. They are quick, effiencent, and the cheapest deal for the day. We recommend renting a car over taking the tour busses so that you can not only explore the island, but the conveince and cost is well worth it. It is much cheaper to rent a car then to take public transportation.

Activities:

During our layover, we had the opportunity to visit one of the wonders of the world, The Blue Lagoon! It was breathtaking! We highly recommend visiting the Blue Lagoon if you have an adequate amount of time on your layover in Iceland. It is very important to make reservations online in advance as the lagoon sells out very quickly and will almost always be sold out day of. We recommend the Comfort Package for your best deal which includes a towel, your first free drink (alchool included), and an additional algae mask. We truly enjoyed this package and felt it was well worth our money. The grounds at the Blue lagoon are beautiful. There is many places to take pictures and the staff are very friendly and welcoming.

  

One key fact about the Blue Lagoon is the average temperature of the water is 100 degrees farenheit on a daily basis. We recommend purchasing early evening tickets no later than 8pm. In some cases, depending on the time of year, you may be lucky enough to see the northern lights during your time in the geothermal lagoon.

  

If you would like to enchance your experience, massages are available inside the lagoon and we highly recommend dining at the world reknown Lava restaurant. Our top favorites on the menu were the Royal Mojito and the Filet Tenderloin.

Before you make it back to the airport. We recommend taking a drive to the town of Recjklavic.. Here you will find great shopping, the beautiful Hallgrimskirkja church which is the largest church in Iceland and among the tallest structures, and the fun-filled Icelandic nightlife.

We stumbled into a local bar called Vedour which we highly recommend. Iceland is known for their famous alchohol Brenemin. We definitely advise ordering an Icelandic mule!

The Ultimate Winter Getaway: South Lake Tahoe

The Ultimate Winter Getaway: South Lake Tahoe

South Lake Tahoe is a California resort city located on Lake Tahoe in the Sierra Nevada Mountains. It’s known for nearby quality ski resorts and high-profile grand casinos. Tourists from all over the world have plenty of reasons why they choose to visit Tahoe all year round, and we are going to pin point in detail our top reasons on why South Lake Tahoe should be considered the ultimate winter getaway!

The Ridge Tahoe

The Ridge Tahoe is an amazing 11-acre resort located high above the crowds of South Lake Tahoe at 7,600 ft. elevation. The Ridge is the only on mountain ski in / ski out resort via their skier express for Heavenly Mountain which creates a wealth of convenience. In addition to the breathtaking panoramic views, there are also luxury suites complete with full kitchens, an indoor sports complex, indoor/outdoor swimming pools and jacuzzis, lavish full service spa, and a delicious restaurant and bistro which makes this a perfect destination for family vacations or romantic getaways. Our recommendation would be to secure the highest room available in whatever building you’re assigned to ensure that spectacular view!

     

 Heavenly Mountain Ski Resort

Heavenly Mountain Resort is a ski resort located on the California-Nevada border in South Lake Tahoe. This substantial summit offers 97 action-packed runs and 30 lifts that are spread between California, Nevada and four base facilities. Sitting at a peak elevation of 10,067 ft. and a peak lift elevation of 10,040 ft., it’s no wonder why this colossus is considered to have the highest elevation of the Lake Tahoe area resorts. The best time to plan a ski or snowboard trip would be the middle of December extending out to early February as only 11 runs were open the beginning of December in our experience.

  

 The Loft Theater

Abracadabra! This might be one of the many magic words you hear when attending a fun-filled night at the award-winning live performance Loft Theater. This entertaining experience is located in the vibrant Heavenly Village. Enjoy a fancy cocktail, or choose from the Best of 2016 award-winning wine list accompanied by an exquisite handcrafted Italian cuisine directly from the high-end ultra lounge before or after your designated show. Although there are always special events scheduled throughout the year, we are delighted to have witnessed the wonders of Titou! (French award-winning Magician) We were lucky enough to be chosen as volunteers for one of his famous magic tricks where he captivated the audience by making Ashley’s wedding ring disappear from her hand, and reappear in a fully packaged chicken cup of noodles that was locked in a treasure chest I was holding!

 

Heavenly Village Ice Rink

The Heavenly Village Ice Rink is a charming outdoor ice rink located directly in the center of the shops at Heavenly Village, and just a few steps away from everything one needs!   Enjoy a family holiday or romantic night out at this picturesque skating rink. Upon arrival it’s clear to see that the entire rink is decorated with brilliant lights strung across from side to side with large luminescent snowflakes that light up the ice like a winter wonderland! Our recommendation would be to wear a heavy jacket and thermals under your clothes for comfort in the freezing temperatures to fully enjoy your experience. 

Trapped in Tahoe

The newest addition of activities around the lake and only escape room in the area is called Trapped in Tahoe! There are five rooms offered at this location that will deliver heart pounding tension, mind-bending puzzles / riddles, and crazed amusement that will last for the duration of your trip. In our experience, we attempted The Test, which is one of their highest levels of difficulty rooms. Unfortunately, we were unable to escape with four people in our group; however, it was one of our favorite events we encountered in our visit to South Lake Tahoe!

 

 

Tis the Season: Heavenly Village Ice Rink, Tahoe

Heavenly Village Ice Rink

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas … especially in Tahoe! Nestled in the Sierra Nevada mountains, South Lake Tahoe is a California resort city that is known for its nearby ski resorts and beaches. One other trademark of this beautiful city are the grand casino hotels such as Harrah’s, Harvey’s and the Hard Rock adjacent to the state line of Nevada. During the winter season a warmth can be felt within the entire city while gazing at the bright christmas lights and holiday decorations. Enjoy your favorite cocktail at one of the local bars, and then head over to Base Camp Pizza Co. for a delicious meal. Among the exciting activities to do we have chosen one to experience this Holiday season! Let’s review the top reasons why the Heavenly Village Ice Rink should be on your list of things to do this winter!

Location, Location, Location!

This charming outdoor ice rink is located directly in the center of the shops at Heavenly Village, and just a few steps away from all the amenities you need! Local restaurants, a movie theater and Starbucks surrounds the area. Upon arrival we immediately noticed the entire rink was decorated with brilliant lights strung across from side to side accompanied by large luminescent snowflakes which lit up the ice like a winter wonderland! As we listened to the festive music echo through the rink, it was time to experience what everyone had been talking about.

 

Ice, Ice, Baby:

Whether it’s a family fun holiday, romantic night out, or training for the Olympics, you can do it all at this picturesque skating rink. At check in, you’ll be asked two questions. What size of shoe do you where? Would you like toe pick or hockey ice skates? If you’re unsure, one of the delightful employees are always happy to assist with your selection. After you’ve collected what you need, lace up those skates, and hit the ice in Holiday fashion! Since the park is open from 10 am to 8 pm, it’s completely up to you on how to plan your day. In our experience, we chose to go at 6 pm right after sunset which complimented the decor of dazzling christmas lights.

 

Things to remember:

South Lake Tahoe can reach freezing temperatures of 20 to 30 degrees during the winter season which is great for fresh snowfall, however, one should be prepared with the correct attire in order to enjoy all this magnificent city has to offer. Here’s a breakdown of attire for our ice skating encounter:

  • Double down North Face jackets, scarves, gloves, beanies, all-weather proof boots, under armor spandex shirt and pants.

Overall our experience was incredible, and we would like to thank the Heavenly Village Ice Rink for their hospitality and an amazing Holiday experience! Happy Holidays!

‘Tis the Season: LA Zoo Lights 2017

Tis the Season: LA Zoo Lights 2017

LA Zoo Lights: Los Angeles, CA. 

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! They’ll be crowds overflowing, and Christmas lights glowing out by the reindeer! If you have a free day in LA, spend it here. 

 

Come one, come all, to the brightest holiday tradition in Los Angeles! The LA Zoo lights return this year more radiant than ever, and we are going to explain why this attraction should be on your list of things to do this holiday season!

  

Bigger, Brighter, Merrier:

Upon arrival our eyes immediately gravitated towards a kaleidoscope of color as we gazed at the illuminated LA Zoo sign. Shortly after seeing this amazing display, we couldn’t help but notice the anxious crowd of people in line that seemed to go on forever. Luckily, we had received our tickets in advance and were granted access to the park almost instantly! Once our tickets had been scanned, there were eager photographers waiting to take our picture in front of the giant holiday tree decorated in bright blue and white lights. Just a few steps away we entered into a world of fluorescent colors gleaming from the ground up to the trees and reflecting off our clothes. After making our way through the small forest of luminescent lights, we wandered through the marketplace admiring the presentation of flashing monkeys hanging above us. 

 

Tunnel of lights:

In the middle of the zoo there is a spectacular treat this year with Holiday flare! Prepare your eyes to be amazed as you walk through an astonishing display of vibrant colors, take incredible photos with the ones you love, and get lost in a world of festivities this holiday season! This magnificent attraction is extremely popular, and we recommend dropping by to see it before the line builds up.

 

Naughty or Nice:

Here comes Santa Clause, here comes Santa Clause, right down reptile lane! Have you written your Christmas wish list yet? Here’s a chance to meet Santa in person, and tell him everything you love about the zoo. Remember to bring your kids to where they will have a chance to see him too!

Budget Friendly:

There are four options to purchase admission to LA Zoo lights this year:

  • LA Zoo lights nightly tickets
  • LA Zoo Lights season pass
  • Holiday Happy Hour tickets
  • Family New Year’s Eve tickets

LA Zoo Lights Online Ticket Prices

                                Members                      Value Nights                   Prime Nights

Adult                           $10                             $14.95                              $19.95

Child 2-12                 $10                             $11.95                              $14.95

Child (Under 2)        FREE                         FREE                                FREE

Tis the Season: Top Holiday Events in Los Angeles

Holiday in the Park, Six Flags Magic Mountain:

Tis the season for theme parks all around! No matter what you celebrate, there’s always something to be found. Whether it’s rollercoasters, funnel cakes, or christmas lights you seek, here’s AdventurPro’s number one top pick of the week! What’s the event that’s throwing this seasonal ball? Holiday in the Park at Six Flags Magic Mountain is welcome to all!

Holiday Attractions:

 

Fire & Ice – Calling all S’mores lovers! The New Fire & Ice area is decorated with thousands of twinkling lights, one giant holiday tree, a bright red sleigh to take pictures in, cheerful carolers, and holiday treats. Located in the Metro Park Pub, you will find plenty of designated fire pits to snuggle up and keep cozy. Among the delicious food offered throughout the park, our favorite dish was the lobster mac & cheese available at this location. After you’ve finished your meal, it’s time for traditional hot s’mores!

They can be purchased inside Fire & Ice with the convenience of roasting marshmallows right at the oversized grill.

Gleampunk District – Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow! The Gleampunk district is the largest themed area of Holiday in the Park that’s loaded with thousands of glittering lights and snowfall every twenty minutes! Santa’s sleigh is at the entrance with all eight reindeer appearing to be flying off through the giant white snowflake decorations. Here you will find the infamous Twisted Wiches offering a Holiday leftover sandwich, enchilada soup, giant chocolate covered pretzel, and broccoli cheddar soup on their menu.

Once you have tried the tasty treats, head over to the Gearworks theater to watch an exhilarating Kwerkmas performance! This show features extraordinary acrobatics with a Holiday flare!

Snowy Nights – Oh snowy nights, the lights are brightly shining! Experience live music from The Mistletones, watch the Tinsel Toy Dancers, play holiday games, and dance the night away to the DJ percussionist in snowy nights! Celebrate the season with an amazing visual on Full Throttle Sports Bar accompanied by giant snowflakes and silver lined trees. Savor the flavors of Cranberry sweet chili wings with a seasonal craft beer or festive holiday drink, and save room for a deep-fried oreo cookie!

Rockin’ Universe – Rockin’ around the christmas tree have a six flags holiday! Encounter dazzling choreographed light shows to various holiday musical arrangements which happen every 15 minutes using thousands of lights! Watch the DC Universe come alive with an impressive display of brilliant lights and contemporary holiday music at one of the largest programmed light shows on the West Coast! Enjoy Teen Titans tower pizza with cinnamon breadsticks and hot cocoa as a tasty treat!

Holiday Square – Happy Holidays! Soar off into the night on a virtual reality roller coaster adventure with Santa and his reindeer as they chase a naughty elf on a wild sleigh ride aboard the New Revolution! Listen to holiday carolers while snowfall occurs every 20 minutes as you share a mouth-watering Holly Jolly Mint & Chocolate Funnel Cake with your loved ones! Take delight in gingerbread cheesecake and pumpkin pie while getting a special visit from the Traveling Toy Soldiers Troupe! All this and more can be found in the Six Flags Plaza Holiday Square!

Winter Wonderland – Walking in a Winter Wonderland! Take a merry stroll through candy cane lane inspired tree lights and snap a souvenir photo with Santa! Admire the magnificent snow sculptures with Mrs. Clause and her merry elves during story time.

Stop by Katy’s Kettle for a turkey leg dinner and a mac n’ cheese stuffed baked potato! There always a special holiday treat to find inside this enchanted winter wonderland!

AdventurPro’s Top Holiday Thrill Picks:

Prepare to slam back in your seat as you feel the rush of wind upon your face, intense excitement as you climb to the top of the tracks, and butterflies of joy inside your stomach as you flip upside down repeatedly as we countdown our top rollercoaster choices!

Number 3: Goliath

Oldie but a goodie, this hypercoaster has a staggering 255 foot drop with speeds reaching 85 mph which qualifies it to be one of the longest and fasted drops in the world! After the rush of delving into Goliath’s infamous world, prepare for a series of twists and turns that defy your very sense of gravity!

Number 2: Full Throttle

Experience the number one tallest and fastest looping roller coaster in the world as it launches you three separate times up to 70 mph and leaves you weightless at a 160 feet in the sky! Six Flags has set another historical world record with this extreme thrill ride of a lifetime!

Number 1: Twisted Colossus

This iconic wood and steel hybrid coaster spirals out of control with excitement as you face your fears on the latest state-of-the-art technology!  Propell yourself into the best of both worlds with this highly recognizable and long-awaited coaster debut!

Plan your magical trip:

Holiday in the Park will be available November 18 through December 31 from 10:30 am to 9:00 pm. Take advantage of reasonably priced daily admission or expand your options with discounted season passes that allow unlimited visits for the rest of 2017 including admission during Holiday in the Park, plus the entire year of 2018!

Helpful tips for planning a joyful trip:

  • Visit the following site to find the best deals on tickets before your visit:

             http://www.sixflags.com/magicmountain/special-events/holiday-in-the-park

  • Holiday in the Park guides are available for download right to your mobile device.
  • Check the events page for special events and visiting choir guest performances.
  • If you plan on staying late or visiting in the evening remember to bring a jacket as it can keep you warm from a surprise Jack Frost encounter with the weather. Lockers are available for any items such as a coat or camera for safekeeping.
  • Finally, smile and enjoy time with your loved ones this Holiday season!

In conclusion, our Holiday in the Park experience was nothing short of magical! We would like to thank all of the six flags magic mountain team for a sensational evening and wish everyone a very Happy Holidays!

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