Why Does Sandra Bullock Love Austin?

April 29, 2010 by

Sunset over Congress Avenue, Austin Texas

Austin Texas, originally called Waterloo, is the state capitol known for live music venues and water sports on the Colorado River and several recreational lakes. Besides Ms. Bullock, Austin is home  to Whole Foods MarketDell and numerous other Fortune 500 companies.

Sandra has invested in her new hometown and owns Walton’s Fancy and Staple an upscale delicatessen, catering, coffee  and flower shop in a beautifully renovated historic building.  She also owns  BESS Bistro,  a trendy restaurant on what was Pecan Street now 6th Street, the heart of the music venues.  Both buildings were meticulously restored so you can go back in time while you dine or shop.

Austin is the most bicycle friendly city in Texas and offers a wide range of options for outdoor enthusiasts. It’s also one of the safest cities in the country and least stressful metro areas.  Austin hosts festivals and events year-round and charter bus service is available for conventions and special events.

Austin seems like a great city to raise a child.  Happy parenting Sandra!

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Lessons From A Volcano

April 22, 2010 by

Volcano Audience in Iceland

Iceland’s volcano and the  air  transportation chaos it created really puts in perspective  just how vulnerable we are when it comes to mother nature.  This brings us to a valuable lesson: it’s always good to have a backup plan. Ground transportation, and buses in particular, are less prone to serious disruption and can be an invaluable substitute for flying. In the past,  Nationwide Bus Charter has helped customers keep moving when flights are grounded.

Volcano Ash Cloud Over Hanover City

Shocking images of the ash cloud that hangs over much of Europe raise another good point. While there isn’t much we can do to limit emissions of greenhouse gases from Mt. Eyjafjallajokull, the choices we make in our own day-to-day lives can make a difference. It surprises many people to learn that buses are the most carbon-efficient form of transportation (besides walking and biking, of course). That’s just one more reason to love buses.

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Who To Follow To Pebble Beach?

April 14, 2010 by

Lone Cypress at Pebble Beach

Will it be Tiger or Mickelson?  To each their own on that choice but the trip will be worth it just to be at Pebble Beach and tour one of the most beautiful areas in California.

Carmel-By-The-Sea is a quaint and upscale  artists’ community once presided over by Clint Eastwood and is worth stopping in to see how the other half lives. It is a very dog friendly community so lots of  accommodations there will allow your pooch.

Of course you can’t go to the Monterey Peninsula without visiting the Monterey Bay Aquarium.  It is one of the best aquariums in the country and features critters from Monterey Bay. The sea otters are so sweet and you can pet the sting rays in the tank. However having been stung by one at a beach once I don’t play with them myself.  Ouch!

And the tour de force of any visit to that area is the trip down the Big Sur coast. This is where you may want to treat your entourage to a classy coach and leave the driving to a professional. Or take your sports car and enjoy the twisty cliff hanger ride! My fav places are Deetjen’s Big Sur Inn if you like to go back in time and stay in a comfortable rustic setting, Nepenthe for the fabulous restaurant views right at the edge of the cliff and a great gift shop. Also the Coast Gallery has many fine hand crafted pieces by Big Sur artists. And of course we must mention Ventana Inn and Spa. OMG this is a great place for all one’s needs in a resort.  The views and grounds are beautiful.  Please take me with you to Big Sur!

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Florida Launches Discovery

April 7, 2010 by

Morning Rays looking at NASA

Have you ever been to a NASA shuttle and rocket launch? Take your ear plugs and binoculars and head to the Cape Canaveral Seashore area to see one of the last shuttle launches before the program is retired for good.  Let’s check out the “321” (area code, that is).

One of the best views of the launch can be had from Space View Park. Playalinda Beach, is an especially beautiful beach.  Titusville is an interesting historic town to visit and stay in. There you will find a large marina and lots of wildlife parks to explore. This area is a mecca for those interested in natural history and endangered species.

If you go with a group, charter a bus to see all the sites easily without worrying about getting lost.

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April Fools Day Charter to Nowhere

March 31, 2010 by

Party Bus

Though there supposedly is a town called Nowhere in Oklahoma, we have not been there yet nor will we send our readers there today. But if you want a great April Fools Day surprise for your friends invite them to a cool surprise party.

Meet your friends somewhere they can park for the evening and tell them they’re going to car pool to various undisclosed places as part of the party. As you and your friends wait to get directions to the first stop of the surprise tour, a fabulous Party Bus pulls up out of Nowhere.

Your friends climb aboard and marvel at the wood work, luxurious leather seats and HDTV’s with hundreds of satellite stations. And Wi-Fi, of course. Your charter company provisioned the galley (these are land yachts after all!)  with all the beverages and snacks you requested and plenty of ice for margaritas!

Another Stunning Party Bus

The party continues as your driver takes you and your guests to the various stops along the way to pick up more friends and tour the sites. Everyone is lost in conversations under the far-out fiber optics light show. Good thing you left the driving to a professional!

The bus stops and a local comedian steps aboard to tell some jokes until your next stop to pick up specialty entrees and wine pairings from a local restaurant. The last stop is up to you. Musical? Casino? The possibilities are endless. Some of these Party Buses even have dance poles- wonder what those are for?

April Fools!

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Heading Off the Beaten Path to Cape Cod

March 24, 2010 by

Beautiful Cape Cod is a wonderful place to visit in every season. With many charming villages and sandy beaches to choose from, it’s a haven for photographers, artists, writers, boaters and beach bums. Despite this popularity, Cape Cod maintains a feeling of small town camaraderie. Maybe it’s no surprise when you consider this is the birthplace of many American traditions.

The Pilgrims landed on Cape Cod before they reached Plymouth Rock and celebrated the first Thanksgiving with the Indians near Corn Hill in Truro. If you blink you will miss Truro’s town center and two gems just off Route 6. A Will O The Wisp offers many rare and handcrafted antiques and collectibles and Melenbacker Studio is a fine art gallery featuring artist Al Melenbacker’s original paintings and sculptures. While you’re there, ask for Roberta’s famous beach plum jam; she picks the fruit and makes it herself. Yum!

Chartering an Entertainer Coach will allow you to see Cape Cod from the comfort of your living-room, bar and restroom on wheels. Leave the driving to a professional and fully enjoy the passing scenery and the company you bring with you. Step-off onto the streets of Provincetown and take in the colorful mix of shops, history and people without worrying about finding parking (nearly impossible). Some shops close in the off-season, but you will get a hearty welcome from those who are open. There are plenty of these- like Moda Fina for the gals and Marine Specialties for the guys.

If you seek peace, tranquility and relaxation, check out Cape Cod in the off-season when few are around. And if you like the beach and party scene then summer is a great time to go too.

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Spring Break in a Different Hollywood

March 18, 2010 by

Hollywood Beach BoardwalkHollywood Florida is a great place to go if you enjoy beaches, warm water and charming historic districts.  Young Circle, which was recently renovated, allows you to preview many intriguing side streets and their shops and sidewalk cafes as you circle the 10 acre ArtsPark. This town was built with the community in mind.

Florida is renowned for wildlife- much of which you would not want to encounter in your backyard swimming pool. Alligators are interesting critters when viewed from a safe distance. Several companies offer Everglade tours from Hollywood, and you are guaranteed to see a gator on a tour with Everglades Holiday Park.

If you are an angler, this area is home to the best large-mouth bass fishing in the world.  The Everglades is fascinating and very large, so please take a compass or GPS if you choose to explore on your own. On the other hand, you can’t get lost when you walk or bike along the Hollywood Beach Boardwalk. This famous two mile beach front promenade features many shops and eateries and offers a safe place to exercise away from vehicles.

If card sharks, steaks and class acts are more your speed, then the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Hollywood is your best bet! A deluxe charter bus is the best way to arrive at this upscale and entertaining venue with your entourage.

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San Diego Without A Prius

March 10, 2010 by

San Diego Marina at Sunrise

While San Diego is getting a lot of attention now because of Toyota’s problems, it is a great place to visit and live. Offering the best year-round climate in the country, many gravitate to sunny San Diego for the very high quality of life it offers. The city is also a key border crossing to Mexico, where a lot of expats prefer to live. Same weather, different language and lower cost of living.

Thousands of people visit the famous San Diego Zoo in Balboa Park every day. The Zoo’s Wild Animal Park requires a drive to the northeast part of the county, but gets you out of the crowd where you can see animals in a larger, more natural space. The ride also offers a great chance to enjoy the beautiful Southern California countryside. For the best experience, take family and friends in a comfortable charter coach.

San Diego Harbor and Mission Bay are also popular attractions. If you stay at the Bahia Resort, check out the complimentary boat rides on the Bahia Belle sternwheeler that takes you across Mission Bay to their sister-resort, the Catamaran. For history buffs, the waterfront Maritime Museum operates from several large restored historical boats on the downtown waterfront- not far away.

A trip to San Diego wouldn’t be complete without an evening in the Gas Lamp Quarter. With the help of an illustrious history, this charming attraction has made a major comeback after a recent restoration replacing tattoo parlors with fine art galleries, restaurants and Petco Park, home of the beloved Padres MLB team. The Gas Lamp is a great place to hop between various happy hours and experience a variety of great food. There is a LOT more to San Diego that we can’t wait to share in a future Scoop!

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Where Else But St Patrick’s Day in Boston

March 3, 2010 by

St. Patrick

Irish immigrants first celebrated St Patrick’s Day in Boston in 1737, and the tradition has gone strong ever since. Boston has one of the largest St Patrick’s Day parades in the country.  Stake out your claim early March 17, 2010 on Broadway in Southie and bring a chair for the 3 hour parade of bagpipes and all things Irish American.

Since Boston has more Irish pubs than any other city in the country, St. Paddy’s Day is perfect for a pub crawl. Charter an executive day coach for your own group or join Boston’s 2nd Annual St. Patrick’s Day Pub Challenge. Avoid drinking and driving and enjoy all the green beer you want!  Or pick an Irish pub and hunker down with the traditional New England boiled dinner of corned beef, potatoes, carrots and cabbage!

If you prefer to celebrate at home, try adding onions, parsnips, turnips and rutabagas for a tasty medley of root vegetables that perfectly compliment the spicy salty pickled beef brisket. It makes yummy Reubens the next day, too!

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Let’s Pretend to be Alice and Check Out Disney

February 23, 2010 by

An Empty Main Street at Night

With all the debate about the new Alice in Wonderland movie being released this week it seemed appropriate to do a  little research into Disney. Most of us know of Disneyland and Disney World whose true names are Disneyland Resort in California and Walt Disney World Resort in Florida. Both great places to take a special person or, as is common, family or a group by bus. Bus parking is abundant, as are things to do, see, eat and drink.

If you are traveling to Hawaii in a couple of years the Aulani, A Disney Resort & Spa in Ko Olina will be open on Oahu. It looks like it will be classy and interesting and intends to teach of Hawaiian life via stories and design features. The Aulani is being built on a cove with a beautiful sandy beach so take your snorkel gear and sunscreen.

But that’s not all Disney has been up to. If you are off to Asia check out Hong Kong Disneyland Resort or if in Europe Disneyland Resort Paris.  Or the newly opened Tokyo Disney Resort.

And if you like life on the high seas consider one of Disney’s 3 magnificent cruise ships and check out Disney Cruise Line.  What doesn’t Disney do?

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