Why It Should Never Just Be About The Strip in Las Vegas

The Strip has a reputation—quite well deserved, actually—of being the marquee destination in Las Vegas, and is described as “the epicenter of any Vegas getaway” by US News.  After all, what lies beyond that iconic “Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas” sign along Las Vegas Boulevard South is sure to give tourists a grand, good time, not to mention opportunities to visit some of the state’s most iconic landmarks like the Vegas’s own Eiffel Tower, The Venetian’s Grand Canal, and The Luxor’s pyramid and sphinx. Continue reading


By Tim Baker

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Dubai has developed from a small fishing village into a vibrant city to what it is now. It also became a popular tourist destination. It is known for modern architecture, luxury shopping, and a lively nightlife. You can also find the tallest building in the world in Dubai known as Burj Khalifa and even the only 7-star hotel in the world can be found here which is Burj Al Arab. Planning for a once in a lifetime vacation in Dubai? There are numerous vacation rentals in Dubai where you can spend the rest of your vacation in peace and tranquillity after exploring Dubai. Here are 15 fun things to do in Dubai that will make your stay an unforgettable one: Continue reading

Forget Old Faithful – Nothing “Old” About These Unusual, Awe-Inspiring National Parks

Sunrise at Wyoming  Yellowstone National Park

Sunrise at Wyoming
Yellowstone National Park

By Jocelyn Brown

Ever wondered what makes a national park? There are actually three major criteria that the place must meet to be called a “national park”. First, it needs to have a natural, cultural, or recreational value that is unique. Second, that resource must be threatened and no other agency is able to protect it other than a national park agency. Continue reading

The Omni Grove Park Inn- A Christmas Tradition

Dreams of Enchanting Gingerbread Houses
By Charlene & Richard Mixa

Omni Grove Park Inn Twinkles in the evening

Omni Grove Park Inn Twinkles in the evening

It’s 2018 and New Year resolutions and promises are decreed.  Yet, a year ago, visions of gingerbread houses danced in the heads of many individuals.  Their dream for the New Year was to compete in the 25th Annual National Gingerbread House Competition at The Omni Grove Park Inn.  A plethora of ideas were imagined for a unique gingerbread entry.  With grit these talented and hearty souls prepared to tackle and compete in this prestigious event committing hundreds of hours to design, build and create a unique exhibit composed of flour and ginger in dreams of being the Grand Prize Winner. Continue reading

Your Ultimate Guide To Bali And Top Things To Try

 By Tim Baker  


You’ve probably heard one or two things about Bali recently. Either a friend has told you how amazing their trip was or you’ve heard about Bali in the news when Mount Agung erupted on November 27, 2017. Regardless of how or why it has been mentioned to you, Bali must be added to your travel list immediately. Bali is a traveler’s dream and one of the best islands to visit on Earth. In this article, you’ll find a planning, sightseeing, accommodation and food guide for those wanting to try out Bali. Continue reading

Packing Like A Pro: 5 Mistakes You Should Be Avoiding Already

By John Miller

terminal luggageNo, you don’t need to carry around large heavy bags, pack for every eventuality or dig around in a bottomless suitcase for the item you are looking for.  If you are a frequent traveller or even if you’re not, you need to start packing smarter! Here are some of the top packing mistakes you should already be avoiding making your travel life a whole lot easier. Continue reading

6 Simple Tricks for Saving Money for Traveling

By Joselyn BrownTravel pictureHave you always wanted to travel?  What’s stopping your?  Many people spend their entire live loving the idea of traveling, but they never get around to it because it seems too expensive.  We’re hear to tell you that no matter your income, you can afford to travel.  Here are a few tips to get you started.  

Have a Plan

Any good savings plan will have five steps. First, assess whether you can realistically achieve your travel goals. Then, set savings goals. Create a plan for how you will meet your goals (the next five tips should help.) Implement your plan. And, every month, revisit your plan to see how you are doing and reassess if necessary. Continue reading

The Swag: A Luxury Mountain Paradise

An Enchanting, Serene, and Remote Retreat

By Charlene & Richard Mixa

Scenic views of North Carolina's highest mountain ranges

Scenic views of North Carolina’s highest mountain ranges

A refined luxury inn and the highest inn east of the Mississippi, The Swag sits atop a 250 acre oasis in the North Carolina Mountains where nature and serenity create a remote mountain paradise.  A serene retreat to recharge and indulge the senses.  Original architecturally designed luxurious accommodations lure guests with surprises, warm hospitality, and charm for an unconventional and extraordinary getaway.  With incomparable Smoky Mountain National Park views and a panorama of over four of North Carolina’s six highest mountain ranges, The Swag meets the definition of paradise “a place of extreme beauty, delight and happiness.” Continue reading

A Summer of Terrific Mountain Golf

Western North Carolina Offers a Variety of Golf Courses
By Richard & Charlene Mixa

Laurel Ridge a scenic downhill hole

Laurel Ridge a scenic downhill hole

On our recent summer visit to the Asheville area, Charlene and I were fortunate to play fifteen area golf courses.  Some were private, semi-private, or resort courses, and all were within reasonable driving distances (for avid golfers!) to Asheville.  Below is a course summary for each along with their location and contact information.  Hope you enjoy the courses as much as we did.  Golf is a great and often humbling game! Continue reading