Discovering Canada’s Wine Country
Although you’re probably smarter than me and already know these things, but as it turns out, the southern Okanagan region of British Columbia is actually desert land – the only desert in the country – and it makes an excellent location to grow grapes, as long as there is a good water source. Although farmers in the Okanagan region have been growing orchards full of different fruits, it wasn’t until fairly recently that they discovered that they could grow grapes equally well. And so, in even more recent years, many orchard farms have been converted into vineyards making the number of local wineries to skyrocket.
Today, there are over 180 wineries located between the U.S. border and Penticton, B.C. making a trip to wine country a little bit closer for some folks. With so many wineries to choose from, how do you decide where to go first? This can be a tough decision for any seasoned wine enthusiasts, but terribly daunting for complete newbies like myself. Fortunately, I recently traveled to the Okanagan and was given a grand tour of the area with smart people who taught me a lot. I can confidently share some of the best wineries to visit, recommend a great place to stay and offer other activities you can do while there. Read More >>>
All About the Norwegian Bliss
Cruising has become a big deal in Seattle, and it doesn’t get much bigger than the Norwegian Bliss, the largest Norwegian Cruise Line ship that can hold up to 4,004 guests and 1,716 crew members (which comes to about 1 crew member for every 2 and 1/3 people on the ship). During the 7-day summer cruises, the ship begins and ends at the Seattle port with stops at Juneau, Skagway, Ketchikan and Victoria, B.C.
They started our two-hour tour literally at the top in what they call Haven. It is considered a luxury enclave where high-rolling guests board early ahead of the regular guests. It is sort of a ship within a ship with its own private pool, spa suite (with a steam bath, vitality pool and over 50 specialty treatments), dining service and concierge service. The luxury suites come with personal butlers ready to answer your every whim. In addition to the master suite, living room, dining room and private deck areas, many also include separate bedrooms, activity rooms and bathrooms for the kids. Read More >>>
Walt Disney World
H20 Glow at WDW Resort
Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon, the oversized water park was one of the last properties to re-open in Florida last January. Now the park is gearing up for summer for the return of “H20 Glow After Hours. The nighttime event starts Memorial Day Weekend (May 28) and will run every Saturday through August 27. This year’s version will offer unique, vibrant décor, complimentary food and beverages and high-energy DJ dance parties that will transform the storm-strewn water paradise into a ‘light’ night party that creates the perfect nightcap for families visiting Walt Disney World Resort. Read More >>>
Guardians of the Galaxy Invade EPCOT with New Ride
PCOT at Walt Disney World has just announced that the Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind opens next month and all I can say is…I am Groot. Located in the new World Discovery neighborhood, this new ride is a lot of “firsts” for Disney. It will be the first roller coaster at EPCOT, it will be the first reverse launch coaster for a Disney park and it will be the first Walt Disney World attraction built on Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy franchise. (The first GOTG attraction by the way was Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: Breakout! at Disney’s California Adventure Park which opened in 2017. It took over the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror attraction.) Read More >>>
Disneyland’s Best Nighttime Spectaculars
Disneyland Park and Disney California Adventure Park will be lighting up the night this summer with the return of four family favorites. Beginning on April 22, 2022, the Main Street Electrical Parade will stroll down Main Street U.S.A. with an amazing new finale. Also the Disneyland Forever fireworks show will light up the castle with graphics and special effects. Then on May 28, 2022 two more shows will be in the works of in California Adventure – World of Color and Fantasmsic! Read More >>>
67 Things You Don’t Know About Disneyland
Disneyland turns 67 on July 17 and here is an updated list of 67 things you didn’t know about Disney’s original theme park from its opening day celebration to the new Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge and from the longest-running hit attractions to the ones the park no longer likes to talk about. So, sit back, relax and keep your arms and legs inside the vehicle at all times as we travel through “the happiest place on earth.” Read More >>>
Silverwood Ups Its Game with New Shows
While the big roller coasters may be the initial draw, some of the best memories at Silverwood theme park can be found during their live shows. This year, the famous train ride has received a makeover taking guests through the properties’ back forest. The 30-minute train ride will take riders back in time to the early 1900’s on a mission to save Sasquatch from poachers. Things get hairy when a couple of bandits rob the train! The new show is livelier than years’ past with a new, likeable and talented cast. If you like dad jokes, this is your show!
Over at the High Moon Saloon you’ll meet the park’s newest character, Marvin the Moose with no Caboose, a wall-mounted moose head who talks to kids. I got a chance to interview Marvin who suprisingly, had a lot to say! Read More >>>
It’s a Whole New [Jurassic World] at Universal Studios Hollywood
Universal Studios Hollywood has been coy with information on the opening date of the new Jurassic World – The Ride opening “sometime” this summer. However, the theme park has spilled some new information about the upgraded Jurassic Park attraction in recent weeks as seen in the TV spot where pandemonium disrupts several elaborate film productions underway on Universal Studios’ bustling movie studio backlot, sending cast and crew running for their lives. As panic and chaos ensue, the source is revealed: Jurassic World’s unstoppable Tyrannosaurus rex tramples her way (did we know that Rex was female?) across sets and sound stages. Read More >>>
Here’s How to Get to Sesame Street
Although families on the East Coast have been enjoying Sesame Place since 1980, those of us living on the West Coast will finally learn how to get to Sesame Street when the new Sesame Place San Diego park opens on March 26, 2022.
Sesame Street characters have had a presence at all of the SeaWorld parks for some time now, but this year, the folks and monsters that live there will be welcoming guests to their 17-acre home next door to SeaWorld. (No word yet if the Muppets there will be packing up any time soon.)
The Emperor has Arrived
Considered “one of the most anticipated rides of 2022”, according to USA Today, SeaWorld in San Diego has released the Emperor roller coaster.
Silverwood Welcomes New ‘Stunt Pilot’ Coaster
There’s a buzz going around northern Idaho right now. If you live in the area, then you’ve probably seen the billboard below. It’s all about the new Stunt Pilot roller coaster that has just landed at Silverwood Theme Park in Athol. Inspired by the park’s early history of live stunt air shows, Stunt Pilot puts you in the captain’s seat to live out your daredevil fantasies and it is making its debut Memorial Day weekend. Read More >>>