Traveling – Good Times On A Budget

By Marcella Simmons


I love to travel with my family as much as I love to eat! But sometimes finances (and lack there of) puts a damper on travel plans to some extent. Every year, we take off somewhere during the summer months and stay gone three or four weeks at a time. Yet we have a shoe string budget (no spending money at all except for money for essentials like food, gas and lodging.) We have been traveling as a family for many years. We seldom travel solo as some people do. There are always two or three car loads of kids, grand kids and friends and family and their kids who come along for a little fun! But we have a good time no matter where we end up. Let me tell you our little secret for a traveling good time on a budget.

While you’re traveling too and fro, find the cheapest gas available. Sometimes driving away from the Interstate you may be able to find gas as much as 12 or 15 cents cheaper, give or take. It pays to shop around.


# 1: Book your rooms several months early or in advance to save money. Remember too that room rates are usually cheaper during the first part of the week and the prices go up on weekends. Every few dollars saved can be used for other things. Depending on what time of year it is, consider this: a motel with an inside or heated pool during the winter months is a good idea because the kids can swim. Even in the summer, an inside pool is ideal in case it rains. Have a little fun yourself. Grab your swim toys and hop in!


# 2: If you plan on taking the family someplace fun and exciting, it’s best to plan ahead. Know where you are going. Let the Internet be your next best friend. Get familiar with your destination. Contact the Chamber of Commerce and Tourist Bureau and request brochures, travel guides and maps. Don’t be shy – ask questions. Find out all about the free festivities going on in town for the week of your planned stay. Remember your budget. If you are taking kids and other family members on the trip, the more you have to do the better. Sometimes the freebies is more fun than you think.

Next, decide on one or two paid activities (remember to stay within your budget) such as the zoo or an amusement park and book online. Some zoos/aquariums offers a combo package which can save about $10 or 12 a person – usually you can find some great deals online but be careful when buying tickets online – be sure to read the fine print.

If you have a question about what you are buying, call the number given and ask before you buy. If it’s unclear what you are purchasing online then it’s unclear what you’re getting.

A free adventure tip: If you are running out of things to do, and the kids are bored, take them to visit a local pet shop. It’s free to look. A domestic mini zoo! Sometimes pet shops have activities going on, sometimes not.


#3: Months before the trip, set aside at least two rolls of quarters per person for spending allowance. Tell each person how much money they have for the duration of the trip and stick to it. It’s hard giving in when the little ones spend all their allowance and whine for more. When you’re a budget sometimes you have to sacrifice a few little things to stay within your means.

Quarters spend as easily as dollars. They may seem a little bulkier but this a great way to keep your hands off the credit cards and out of your wallet every where you stop.


# 4: Set aside several rolls of quarters to wash clothes every evening. It makes sense to start saving early. Shop at local dollar stores for laundry detergent. Buy a container that will last the duration of the trip. Whatever’s left over you can always take home.

Bring the kids a beach towel and swim suit. When they’re done at the pool hang the wet items over the shower stall for the next time they ant to swim.

When we first started vacationing with the grand kids, I brought the towels and swim wear but they would go swimming several times a day and not wear the wet swim suit again because they were wet and cold. I’d have at least 4 washers full of wet clothes every day. Not happening now. It may be a little inconvenient for them and a bit cold but they’re going swimming and are going to be soaked in a matter of minutes.

Washing clothes is expensive if you’re budgeting your funds. Save the money for something else.


#5: Stay away from coffee shops. Starbucks is expensive. Why pay $4 or 5 for one cup of coffee when you bring along your own coffee pot and can of coffee. Bring the sugar and creamer too. Like tea? Bring your own. You can drink as little or as much as you want and you’re not spending a fortune on one single cup.

Bring a thermos on the trip. During the drive in and drove home, you can fill a large thermos for les


than what a medium cup of coffee costs, usually around $1.59 per thermos. And it holds several cups.


#6: Carry the coolers. Stock them with plenty of water and your favorite drinks for the road trip ahead.


#7: If you are planning your trip months in advance, this is good. Remember though that you will have to eat. We eat out everyday, once a day usually at a fast food restaurant because of the Value Menus. But one way we do it and not have to take away from our trip budget is simple really. Restaurant gift cards. Every week, several months before our trip, I fudge $10 – $15 out of my grocery money and buy a gift card for Burger King, Wendy’s, Sonic, Dairy Queen, Little Caesar’s Pizza, Applebee’s, Denny’s or I-Hop. Cracker Barrel has cards available, too. There may be others but these are some of our favorites. You can find these gift cards at dollar stores or Walmart and they are redeemable any time.

Buying a card once a week isn’t as bad as it seems. You’ll probably never miss the $10 or $15 dollars you spend out of your grocery money any way.

I do this every week and when it’s time for the trip, I usually have enough gift cards for our family and we eat out in the evenings every day of the trip. It doesn’t come out of our living expense budget set aside for our trip.

I usually book motels that offer a deluxe breakfast (waffles, eggs, the works…) so we don’t worry much about that. Besides, some assorted fruit, breakfast bars, a few boxes of cereal and milk kept in the room takes care of that and in between snacks during the day. Lunch is usually sandwiches and chips or a bowl of soup from a can.

It might seem like a little more work to be prepared but if you limited with spending money for eating out, this is the only way to go. I know. If you have a bunch of hungry kids and no money set aside to feed them a burger once in awhile, you will end up wishing you’d stay home. If they are ungrateful and think you’re cheap, so what? They will forget it and remember only the good times they had with you when it’s all over. Been there, done that!


#8: Take a few minutes for yourself while you are gone. Let someone watch the little ones while you take a dip in the pool, or a relaxing hour in the hot tub by yourself. Or stroll along the beach with your significant other and just enjoy some alone time with your favorite person or alone, whichever you prefer. It’s free, and good for the soul and it’s good for what ails you. Just because you are on a budget doesn’t man you can’t enjoy your trip. I’ve been doing this for over twenty years and each trip we take just gets better and better.

Enjoy a movie in the room while everyone else is down at the pool. Take a hot bubble bath and sip a glass of wine. Relaxation is free and revives the spirit!


That’s my tips for today, Guys! Traveling is fun and exciting and expensive but you can enjoy it on a budget. You just have to learn what works best for you.





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Keller Williams Realty Emerald Coast helps with hurricane relief efforts

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Celebrate Oktoberfest 2017 at Island Grove Wine Co. at Formosa Gardens

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Kissimmee, FL – October 28th, 2017- Island Grove Wine Co. at Formosa Gardens is excited to promote its first ever Oktoberfest, as they celebrate Germany’s infamous annual folk festival.
Right on the heels of their successful grand opening in September 2017, Island Grove Wine Co. at Formosa Gardens promises to deliver another fun-filled event, Oktoberfest 2017. Traditional favorites such as pretzels, brat, kraut, and a huge selection of fine and flavorful German wine and beer will be offered. Enjoy the sounds of authentic German music, featuring live performances by Jimmy & Eckhard and Sonnenschein.
The certified Florida Farm Winery, with its heavy focus on organic and sustainable agriculture, beautiful winery building and breathtaking grounds, is truly a one-of-a-kind experience.
Event Information:
Saturday, October 28th, 2017, 1:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Free General Admission
VIP Club Experience- $45/person
Island Grove Wine Co. at Formosa Gardens
3011 Formosa Gardens Blvd.
Kissimmee, FL…

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41st Annual East Texas Poultry Festival

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Eureka Springs: The Halloween City

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35th annual Beanfest & Great Arkansas Championship Outhouse Races

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30th annual World Championship Crystal Dig in Mount Ida

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Sorghum making in Mount Ida

Sorghum making in Mount Ida

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Sorghum making in Mount Ida
Zoie Clift

A chance to see how sorghum was traditionally made takes place October 28 at the Sorghum Festival in Mount Ida. The festival is being held at the Heritage House Museum of Montgomery County. “Sorghum is a fairly sweet syrup that some consider mild,” said Emilie Kinney, Executive Director of the Heritage House Museum.

A harnessed mule will be on the museum grounds and will be used to operate a small sorghum mill. There will also be local vendors on site, samples of sorghum for visitors to taste, and demonstrations of various vintage equipment. The free festival is from 10 a.m.- 2 p.m. and while at the festival, you can also check out the museum, which has an exhibit barn, an 1890s log house and more.

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Arkansas fall foliage updates now available

Arkansas fall foliage updates now available

Want to know the latest about Arkansas’s fall color? Or scenic routes for best viewing? You’ll find all this information – and more – on Click on the “Fall Color Update” icon or subscribe to receive updates via email at

Updated fall color reports are sent to subscribers and posted to each Friday morning. A network of “spotters” keeps the Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism apprised of the fall foliage status around the state. These reports are then compiled and posted online.

In addition to the leaf report, you’ll find information on various scenic drives across the state, popular fall color destinations and travel deals and packages to help in planning your trip.

Some of the state’s more popular scenic drives are nationally designated routes. These include the Talimena National Scenic Byway, which traverses the top of Rich Mountain in western Arkansas; Crowley’s Ridge Parkway National Scenic Byway and the Great River Road National Scenic Byway, both which cut through the colorful hardwoods of the St. Francis National Forest in eastern Arkansas. There are also US Forest Service Scenic Byways with impressive natural vistas. Five of these are in the Ozark National Forest: Mount Magazine (Ark. 309 from Paris across Mount Magazine to Havana), “Pig Trail” (Ark. 23 north of Ozark to its junction with Ark. 16), Ozark Highlands (Ark. 21 north out of Clarksville to the Buffalo National River), Highway 7 (Ark. 7 from El Dorado north through the Ozark National Forest into Harrison), and Sylamore (Ark. 5 and 14 from Calico Rock and Allison, which provides a peaceful and beautiful approach to Blanchard Springs Caverns).

Other Arkansas scenic byways include: the I-530 State Scenic Byway, which roughly follows Bayou Bartholomew (the longest bayou in the world) around the cities of White Hall and Pine Bluff; the West-Northwest Scenic Byway, a 261-mile interconnected route that stretches through both the Ouachita and Ozark National Forests; and the Boston Mountain Loop, offering two very different options to travel from Alma to Fayetteville in the northwest corner of the state.

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Stress-Free Traveling Tips for Parents and Grandparents

By Marcella Simmons

Every year we take several grandchildren on a two week vacation. We usually end up with five or six kids (we travel in separate cars and try to keep the kids mixed up according to age, etc.) Since traveling long distances can be rough on the little ones, let me show you how we make the trip less stressful and as enjoyable as it can be.


Just follow along and use these tips the next time you go somewhere with the kids.


Step 1: Weeks before the trip, get a headcount of all the kids coming along on your trip. Organize the list of kids by age groups (Newborn-1), (2-4), (5-7), (8-10), (11-13), etc. Go to the nearest Dollar Tree and buy a bag of goodies for each child including puzzles, and card games and little cars and trucks for the boys and tiny doll figures for the girls, etc. Coloring and doodle pads and crayons are fun stuff too. Spend about $12-15 on each child. Save these until you’re well into the trip and they are whining and wanting to get  there in a hurry. These little gifts can be handed out for winners of car games like ‘I spy’, etc. Be creative and use your imagination when handing out the gifts.


Step 2: Google fun car games for the age groups and print them out. Practice the games before you leave so you have an idea of the rules so that you can explain it in the car. After each game, let the kids choose a gift.


Step 3: Playing can get old for the kids, the parents and the grandparents. Start a story contest – start a story and have each kid (depending on the ages of the kids) tell a part of the story for 10 minutes, and on and on. If the story needs an ending, and all the kids have told their part then suggest one of them end it for a prize. A good 30 minute story told by the kids is worth keeping so bring along a hand-held recorder and secretly record it. Play it back after the story is finished.

Miles roll by and the kids are lost in the story telling. Keep the stories going until they are tired and possibly ready for a road trip nap!


Step 4: Start a travel photo Brag Book. Buy disposable cameras for each of the kids – tell them to take interesting pictures of the trip and your plans for the photo brag book. Label each camera with the child’s name on it for a later day. This will come in handy after the trip and will make for a lot of storytelling for the next trip. You can bring it along and have each one to tell what the picture was about and what they found interesting about that place. This will become the best brag book you and your family ever created. Tell them that each year new pictures taken by them will be added to the book. This will put them in the mood and help them to understand what traveling is really all about.


Step 5: Eating out all the time can be a big headache because kids like fast food. This trip you choose a different restaurant for dinner and bring along snippets you collected on the culture behind the food. Mexican food for instance – bring along pictures from places like Mexico, Spain, El Salvador etc. Ask a question about the food and have easy answers the kids can think about. The winner gets a prize and that evening eat Mexican food. The next night, try Chinese. Or Italian. Talk about what you are eating and why the people of that country eat it. A little research before hand can make eating out a memorable experience.


Step 6: Do a little research beforehand. If you pass a farm or cotton field, stop and ask permission for the kids to pick a peach, or tomato or something from the garden, or some cotton balls from the stalks. This is a good way to get a conversation going that the kids will enjoy. You never know how the conversation will end. If you see someone selling fruits and vegetables on the side of the road, stop and pick some up. These are some valuable learning experiences for kids of all ages, including yourself. And the trip just gets better and better.


There’s no perfect trip. Everybody gets tired after riding but at the end of the day it is all worth the time and effort you put forth. But keeping the kids occupied will certainly relieve the stress for everyone!


Have a safe and fun-filled adventurous trip!

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Culture trip: discover 10 of the world’s top cultural enclaves


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Every traveller has their own definition of culture. Whether it has something to do with social customs and rituals or is inscribed into the local art, literature and architecture, the culture of a place can be what initially inspires our travels and is one of the most meaningful aspects we take back home with us.

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New Mexico Tourism

By Max Bellamy

There are a number of reasons, which make New Mexico one of the most popular tourist destinations in all of America. Within the horizons of New Mexico, one can not only taste the flavor of cuisines from all over the world but can also breathe in the intoxicating aroma of the ancient cultures that have lived through the years in this city. New Mexico as a tourist destination offers something for everybody. If you are a connoisseur of art then you will find there a number of world-renowned museums and art galleries. If holiday for you, means living life on the edge with a number of adventure sports then the city promises not to leave you disappointed. Mountains, deserts, lakes and forests make the diverse landscape features that will make you gasp for more.

If you are planning a vacation to New Mexico then you will not have to sweat it out. The Government’s tourism department will provide you with all the information and resources that you require in order to plan your trip to this paradise.

Eating and lodging expenses in this city are not very high. Along with that there are great deals offered by various tourism agencies throughout the year. It is a good idea to visit the city as part of a packaged tour. This will give you an opportunity to experience the best that the city has to offer.

The best thing about your visit to this city will perhaps be the fact that there is no inhibition to the number of different kinds of cuisines offered by this city. Tourists here are made to feel right at home. Whether it is Chinese, Korean, French, Italian or Indian, you will find it all here. Huge varieties of lodging facilities are also available. If you look carefully, you are sure to find something that suits both your budget and your other requirements.

Perhaps what sets this place apart from other tourist destinations are its warm and friendly people. These people have an extremely embracing culture which will immediately make you feel a part of the entire experience, an experience which will forever remain etched in your memory as one of the most pleasant times of your life.

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Pet Friendly Destinations – Albuquerque New Mexico

By Susan H Smith

Visit pet friendly Albuquerque, New Mexico for a true taste of the American Southwest. As one of the oldest cities in America, Albuquerque boasts a unique blend of Native American, Hispanic, Latino, and Anglo influences. Whether you prefer hiking with your dog in the spectacular Sandia Mountains, shopping at one of more than 3000 shops and galleries, exploring fascinating museums and cultural centers, savoring delectable New Mexican cuisine, golfing at one of 14 beautiful golf courses, taking a hot-air balloon flight, or strolling through Old Town, there is something for everyone in pet friendly Albuquerque.

Up, Up, and Away!

There are many reasons to visit Albuquerque, but it is best known as the “Hot Air Balloon Capital of the World.” Every October, the city hosts the world-famous Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta -often called the most photographed event in the world. This magical festival attracts a huge crowd of balloonists and spectators, and the sky may fill with as many as 700 hot air balloons at once. No pets are allowed on the grounds of the event itself, but visitors traveling with their pets might enjoy watching the colorful balloons from one of the many pet friendly venues in the city.

For lovers of the outdoors..

Albuquerque lies a mile above sea level, and the sunny skies and low humidity of the region are perfect for outdoor activities during all four seasons. Pet owners can hike with their dogs in the foothills of the Sandia Mountains amid cholla cactus and desert sage, or they can trek to higher elevations where ponderosa pines and shimmering aspens frame breathtaking mountain vistas. Farther to the west, pet owners will enjoy walking through ancient lava flows with their pets, as well as exploring Native American carved images at the Petroglyph National Monument. In winter months, nearby Sandia Peak offers world-class skiing and snowboarding.

Shop until you drop!

The unique heritage of Albuquerque is reflected in its distinctive cuisine, art, music, architecture, and culture. To get an authentic feel for the city, take a pet friendly guided walking tour of historic Old Town. This area is the cultural center of Albuquerque, with seven museums and more than 100 shops, galleries and restaurants. During your visit, be sure to stop by one of the off leash dog parks in the area, where your pet can run and play.

Get your kicks on Route 66!

Another interesting pet friendly walking and driving tour is famous Route 66 through Albuquerque. Here, historic neon signs guide visitors from the volcanoes on the far west side of the city; through historic Old Town and the Downtown business district; and then continuing eastward to the trendy Nob Hill area, where many of the best restaurants and shops in the city are located. In addition to silver and turquoise jewelry and other traditional art forms, discerning shoppers will appreciate the eclectic selection of exciting, contemporary artworks in a variety of styles and expressions.

Bring on the night!

After the sun sets, the whole city comes alive with gallery openings, salsa dancing, concerts, plays, and casino action. Enjoy yourself, and then head back to your pet friendly accommodations for a nightcap and a warm bath to soothe your aching feet. Pet friendly lodging options in Albuquerque include RV and tent campgrounds, budget motels, full service hotels, charming inns, historic bed and breakfasts, and luxurious resorts.

Albuquerque is a city with many pet friendly hotels just begging to be explored, from the fascinating culture and unparalleled shopping to historic Native American ruins and stunning high desert landscapes. No matter what you choose to do during your stay, a visit to pet friendly Albuquerque will be both culturally enriching and fun for both you and your pet. It is truly a must-see American destination.

Put Albuquerque, New Mexico on the pet friendly vacation list!

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Fury Key West Welcomes Guests Back To Soak Up Much-Needed Vitamin “Sea.”

KEY WEST, Florida (September 25, 2017) This weekend the Fury fleet of catamarans set sail and rocked the Key West Harbor with their famous Commotion on the Ocean Sunset Cruise! With the Southernmost City now officially open for tourism, Fury is excited to get locals and visitors back in and on the waters of Key West! “Currently, the conditions at the coral reef for snorkeling and watersports are excellent and all of the adventures will be fully operational starting October 1, 2017,” said Fury President Scott Saunders. The first cruise ships are being welcomed back into the port this week and many of the popular resorts and businesses on Duval street are open and ready for guests to enjoy.


Fury is offering a 50% discount through October 8th on select trips using the promo code CONCHSTRONG. In addition to water adventures, Fury also has guaranteed best rates at many of the hotels and inns across the island. If you’re looking to plan a vacation, give them a call at 800-YES-FURY and they can arrange a wonderful package for your entire group!

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Naples and Marco Island, Florida Welcome Visitors With the Message “The Paradise Coast is Clear”

Naples, Fla. (September 27, 2017) – The Florida Gulf Coast cities of Naples, Marco Island and Everglades City are welcoming visitors back after Hurricane Irma with the message ‘Florida’s Paradise Coast is Clear.’ Many beaches, shops, restaurants, hotels and attractions are open for business now, with most others welcoming guests the first week of October.

Hurricane Irma made its second Florida landfall on Marco Island. The storm tracked farther inland than expected, sparing the popular resort city from a large storm surge along the island’s four miles of crescent-shaped beach. The village of Goodland on the southeastern tip of Marco Island, along with Everglades City and Chokoloskee just to the south, took the brunt of the storm with the added impact of storm surge. Damage in those small communities was worse, where cleanup and recovery efforts are actively underway.

“Our Naples and Marco Island beaches look beautiful and now that power has been fully restored, shops, restaurants and many of our hotels are already back in business, with most others open by the first week of October,” said Jack Wert, executive director of the Naples, Marco Island, Everglades Convention and Visitors Bureau. “Everglades City, Chokoloskee and Goodland took a hard hit from Irma’s storm surge, but even so, our ecotour and fishing guides there are ready to get back to work by taking visitors out to explore the coastal estuaries in the Ten Thousand Islands.”

The area’s stone crab fishermen begin setting traps in a few weeks for Florida stone crab season, which opens October 15. The annual Stone Crab Festival will take place along the Old Naples Waterfront as scheduled October 27-29.

“This year’s Stone Crab Festival is going to be a giant welcome back party for the many visitors and seasonal residents who love our Paradise Coast region,” added Wert.

Hotels ready to welcome back visitors include the The Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club, Marco Beach Ocean Resort, both of The Ritz-Carlton resorts in Naples, JW Marriott Marco Island Beach Resort, Edgewater Beach Hotel, Vanderbilt Beach Resort, The Inn on Fifth, Naples Bay Resort, Bellasera Hotel, Lemon Tree Inn, Gulfcoast Inn, Hilton Naples, Fairfield and SpringHill Inn & Suites by Marriott, DoubleTree Suites by Hilton Naples, Staybridge Suites, GreenLinks Golf Villas at Lely Resort, Hyatt House, the Seminole Casino Hotel Immokalee, and many more. A few hotels remain closed to complete renovations and repairs.

Progress continues throughout the destination as the area’s top natural attractions clear damage from large trees blown over by Irma’s powerful winds. For daily updates on the status of hotels, attractions, tours and more in the destination, visitors are encouraged to visit the website and click on the Hurricane Irma Recovery link, which also includes a list of opportunities to help through volunteering or making financial donations to those most in need.

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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (September 28, 2017) – October means great motorcycle riding weather and what better way to celebrate the season than with the 25th Chrome Anniversary of Biketoberfest® October 19-22 in Daytona Beach, Florida.

This is the 25th Anniversary of Biketoberfest® (#25YearsBold) and the Daytona Beach Area Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) wants to help both returning and new attendees explore the area’s 23 miles of coastline and neighboring communities during their visit.

The CVB is using REVER, a free motorcycle trip planner app that, once downloaded on a smart phone, provides followers of “Biketoberfest Rally” with turn-by-turn directions to the area’s top rides. All the rides originate in Daytona Beach. More information about the rides and the app are available at

“We tracked seven rides using REVER’s Butler Maps to help riders find the hot spots they’ve heard about,” said Tonya West, CVB communications coordinator, “and some new experiences as well. These rides will also help answer some common questions we get asked at the Welcome Center on Beach Street including: ‘How do you get to The Loop? Where’s the Lighthouse? Is Midtown far from here?’ Using the tracked rides app, visitors can get a quick lay of the land and they can share their rides with friends, too.”

GEICO Motorcycle® Street Festival Ride
To Main Street, Riverfront Park and Midtown and back

Daytona Beach Racing & Card Club Lucky Ride
From Daytona Beach Racing & Card Club to DeLand and back

The Loop
A 30+ mile loop through Ormond Beach known for its lush canopies of live oaks, scenic river and marsh view

Iconic U.S. Hwy 1 Ride
Features the area’s iconic restaurants and bars to scenic A1A, The Loop and back

National Seashore Ride
Through New Smyrna Beach to Canaveral National Seashore and back

Ponce Inlet Ride
To Ponce Inlet Lighthouse and back

Old City Ride
To St. Augustine and back

“Biketoberfest® generates an economic impact of more than $40 million,” said CVB Executive Director Lori Campbell Baker. “With Hurricane Irma well behind us the event will pump much-needed revenues into our local businesses. We want to assure rally-goers that Biketoberfest® is on!” A lodging availability list is available at

Supporting the event this year is Chrome sponsor GEICO Motorcycle®, Leather sponsor Lawlor & Associates, promotional sponsor Daytona Beach Racing & Card Club; and WHOG-FM The Hog 95.7, the official radio station of Biketoberfest®.

Official Kick Off at Daytona International Speedway

Biketoberfest® officially kicks off with a press conference Thursday, October 19, at 10 a.m. at Daytona International Speedway. The event is open to the public. Held on the Harley-Davidson Thunder Alley Stage next to the FPL Solar Pavilion in the Midway, this fan-friendly area is also a major hub of Biketoberfest® activity.

The rally tradition will continue along Main Street, Riverfront Park and Midtown in Daytona Beach, as well as at Destination Daytona and U.S. Hwy 1 in Ormond Beach, and throughout Volusia County in nearby New Smyrna Beach and DeLand.

At the Official Biketoberfest® Welcome Center on Beach Street, staff will be handing out free (while supplies last) 25th Anniversary collectible Official Biketoberfest® posters, pocket guides and pins, and encouraging visitors to mark their home town on world maps. To pre-register for a 25thAnniversary pin, visit

Signature Events

  • Pre-Biketoberfest® events: Daytona Blues Festival October 6-8 and Fuel-Up Concert at Destination Daytona, October 14
  • Free (while supplies last) Official Biketoberfest® 25thAnniversary Collectible poker chips, posters, pins and pocket guides at the Official Biketoberfest® Welcome Center on Beach Street, October 19-22
  • Main Street, Riverfront and Midtown Street Festivals, October 19-22
  • Live music at legendary Iron Horse Saloon/US1 in Ormond Beach, October 19-22
  • Free Biketoberfest® Concert with Journey Tribute band Don’t Stop Believin’ at Daytona Beach Racing and Card Club, October 19
  • Beach and Bikes Historical Exhibit at Ponce Inlet Lighthouse, October 20-22
  • Old Speed Show at New Smyrna Speedway, October 21
  • 34thAnnual Race of Champions Championship Cup Series Motorcycle Race and American Sportbike Racing Association Motorcycle Race at Daytona International Speedway, October 21-22, and Hot Leathers Fashion Show, October 21

New! 25th Anniversary Poker Chip
“New this year is a 25th anniversary poker chip from Daytona Beach Racing & Card Club,” said Kay Galloway, director of marketing and design for the CVB. “The card club is holding a special event on opening day October 19 with vendors and special give-aways.” Rally goers can pick up a free collectible poker chip at the Welcome Center on Beach Street or one of the CVB’s two Visitor Centers located at Daytona International Speedway and Bruce Rossmeyer’s Daytona Harley-Davidson at Destination Daytona Complex.

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Top 23 Travel Tips For Taking A Summer Road Trip

By Jeff Mills

Planning a summer road trip this year? Do movies like RV and Family Vacation not scare you from the adventures that could await you on your cross country trek? Before you go, make sure you check off these top 23 travel tips.

Look at maps and plan your route. There are many great online maps that do a HYBRID map view showing real streets and routes with satallite images. Knowing the location, and how it looks, by viewing it from space is both cool and very helpful, so you won’t get lost.
Research the roads you’ll take. You’ll especially want to know if you’ll be traveling through areas of major road construction. The maps mentioned above are a little dated. Some new roads and maps will not have current, realtime data, bring physical maps, like ones you could buy from AAA along.
Make estimates of travel times along the route, so you’ll have an idea when you’ll be at certain points on your trip. This will help you to plan rest and meal stops. It will also help you plan to avoid traveling through a major city or area of road construction during rush hour.
Get the car checked, especially the filters, belts, fluid levels and have the oil changed. Don’t wait until the last minute, it may take time to get an appointment and parts may need to be ordered. You also want some time to drive around town and make sure that whatever they fixed stays fixed. If you vehicle is ‘mission critical’ and could die at any moment, DON’T take it with you, borrow a friends car instead.
Check the condition of your wiper blades, both front and back windows.
Check the operation of your turn signals, brake lights as well as the high and low beams. Bring some extra fuses along.
Examine the tread on your tires. Consider mountain driving in winter conditinos on snowy peaks. Make sure you have chains or 4×4 traction for icey roads, out of season. Or try a different route.
Make sure your car is prepared for the weather it will encounter on your trip. You might need more antifreeze or need to recharged air-conditioning when you go through the desert.
Today, many cars have fancy wheels instead of hubcaps. These wheels usually have a lock to prevent them from being stolen. If you have a car with wheel locks, make sure you know where the key is stored (often with the jack). Otherwise, a flat tire will become a major problem since you won’t be able to get the wheel off the car.
Get your car cleaned. You’ll feel better in a clean car.
Pack an emergency kit in your car. Include motion sickness medication if anyone in your group suffers from it. Remove any items from the car that you won’t need on your trip. Bring some blankets.
Prepare some on road entertainment for your trip. Include games and CDs of music and/or audio books. Portable DVD players are really inexpensive and help pass the time in dead spots where where is nothing new to see.
Check your plates, registration and insurance information to make sure they are all valid. Be sure to place your insurance company’s emergency contact number in your car.
Check with all the drivers in your party to make sure their driver’s licenses haven’t expired.
Check your insurance for expiration dates and coverage for your automobile.
Arrange for someone to start your other car, if you leave one home, during very cold or very hot weather.
Fill the car with gas before you pack the car so all the fumes won’t bother your passengers. Check the fluid levels and tire pressure, your tire pressure will affect the ride and gas mileage you get on your trip.
Pack the car inside the garage, with the door down, so people driving by won’t find out you’re leaving.
Overall, enjoy the road trip. It’s not going to be as crazy as Clark W Grizwold’s family vacation experiences, and if it is, make sure you video it and put it up on You Tube!

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Things To Consider When You Prepare For Your Family Travel

By Anne S Flint

There are loads of ways you can help prepare your kids for the family travel before you leave. Giving them some information that helps establish some familiarity with your destination can go a long way towards coping when they get there and it might also get them excited about the prospect in advance. Encourage your children to be involved in planning the trip and where you’ll be going as often as possible.

Books On Family Travel
A month or so before you depart get as much literature as you can on the area you will be visiting. Get tourist brochures, guidebooks, books from the library – anything with pictures. Try to find books of legends or children’s stories from the region. For a young child, even a travel brochure can be made into a story by explaining the pictures. You may be surprised at how much sticks.

Films On Family Travel
There’s nothing like a good movie to get kids excited about a place and give them a visual image of what it will be like, so hire some videos or DVDs before you go. You can also watch television family travel shows and other TV specials about places you’ll visit.

Restaurants and Outings
Take your kids out to eat in restaurants, go for weekend family trips, take them for walks – in short prepare them for the family travel. You can introduce a few different foods or flavours into your cooking and visit restaurants that offer cuisine that they will be exposed to while travelling. Although most young children will recoil on principle when anything new is offered, they will sometimes try new food in a new country when it is served up in a restaurant.

Pin up a map of the region you are travelling to and get older children to mark where they’d like to go. As you plan out your family travel you can mark your route on it.

Travel Stories
Invite friends around to share their travel stories of destinations. You might have to choose people carefully so you get stories that will capture the children’s imagination rather than bore them to tears.

Learning The Language
Learning some of the local language can be useful as well as enjoyable. Make it a fun and relevant activity like trying to talk in the language at the dinner table or use foreign words when you’re driving in the car. It will help your children’s confidence if they can converse with a few words, even if it’s just hello, goodbye, please and thank you. Children usually pick up languages well, particularly young children. Whatever efforts they make will be appreciated by local people.

Check out a variety of family travel websites on the internet and get as much information and advice about where your family travel destination. Tourist office websites are also a good starting point for information about the country you’re visiting.

Here’s hoping that all these travel tips will help you to have an enjoyable family travel.

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Important Travelling Tips Every Family Should Know

By Audrey Solon

Safety is one of the biggest considerations that you should remember when travelling. It is a perfect combination of common sense and technology nowadays. Having the right tools that will help you enjoy a fun and safe trip, especially abroad, as a family and being aware makes every vacation a memorable experience.

Pack lightly but completely

When travelling, clothes, sunblock and toiletries are not the only items that should be on your list. You need to pack emergency medicines for the kids as well as yourself, phones, chargers and a few toys to keep the kids entertained when travelling.

Travelling by car may allow you to bring a lot of stuff on your trunk, travelling on a plane might require you to have several baggage handy for you and your children. You can also pack a handful of snacks, especially when travelling by car so that you and your kids would not end up hungry in case you do not find a restaurant on the route to your destination.

Money matters

It is not a good idea to bring a large amount of cash especially when mobile. Carry at least one credit card with you or a debit car if possible to be able that you are protected from theft. In the event that your wallet or card is stolen, you can easily call your bank and have it blocked. Insist that your kids have money in their pockets as well in case they roam around without you. Keep your cards and pins separated from your wallet and cash just to be safe.

Keep in touch

Make sure that you friend, a neighbor or your mom is aware of your family’s whereabouts. Let them know where you are going and where you will be staying. It is also a good idea to keep in touch occasionally while you are away or as soon as you arrive to your travel destination. Leave a telephone number where you can be reached. Keeping important numbers handy is also a must like local emergency numbers, hospitals, taxi services and other business to be able to get the assistance that you need when you need it.

Do your prior research

Seeing new things and experiencing new places is one of the best things that you can get out from your travels. This is why it is important to know where and when to visit a specific place to get the most from it. Keep in mind safety when exploring to get the most out of the moment. Always have an accurate map of the area. Have your GPS on and request information mailed to you, weeks prior to your actual vacation.

Protect yourself and your family while having fun and embracing the moments of your good times together with these travel tips.

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Preparing For the Holidays – Five Family Travel Tips

By Annabelle Lehoux
Preparing for a family adventure trip during the holiday season that everyone will enjoy can be a family endeavor. Here are some tips for finding and getting ready for your family’s holiday trip:

1. Include your kids in the planning

Traveling is hard and traveling with children is even more challenging. But if they can contribute in picking a holiday adventure trip, they will surely look forward to it more. Let the old ones read the brochures of the destinations you are considering. Letting your kids help plan your holiday trip will eventually and actually give you and the rest of the family a better time.

2. Choose a trip designed for the family

Make calls to companies which offer trips especially intended for families. Talk about your children’s interests and abilities to make sure that the trip you are planning is right for your family. You may also ask for references from people who have taken the trip you are considering.

3. Learn more about your destination

Read guide books and brochures about the destination you will be visiting. If you’re going on a hiking trip, start taking walks with the kids to build up their stamina. If your kids have any special interests, find the time to purchase a book to find if that special interest could be enhanced in the trip you will be taking. If you’re planning on a trip out of the country, it is better that you equip yourself with maps and translation books.

4. Packing for your trip

Pack the things which are suitable for your destination. Find out if there are recommended clothing or gear that you should bring. Only pack the necessary articles. Excess baggage is a no-no. Leave at the right time. Use your children’s schedules to your advantage. For example, if you’ve got a long ride, see if you can leave an hour or so before their sleeping time. Most children can entertain themselves for a while so that gives you some time to prepare.

5. What you should bring

A first-aid kit is a must. You’ll never know when you will be needing it. Don’t forget the medicines. It is always a good idea to travel with medicines on hand so you don’t have to worry about tracking down a drug store on the way to your destination. A bottle of insect repellent can also go a long way. If you have a toddler with you, do not forget to bring his favorite blanket, favorite toy or anything that gives comfort to him. For safety precaution, you might also want to have a pepper spray on hand. It is very effective for self-defense and personal protection. Remember that you are away from the comforts of your home. Anyone who travels are always prone to danger of all sorts. A stun gun would also do the work. Just make sure that your destination’s laws allow it. Now that you know how to prepare, what to do and what to bring, you are now ready to plan for the perfect holiday get away for you and your family.

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Budget Family Travel Tips

By Pauline Go

Due to the current economic crisis, it has become difficult to spend money on holidays, especially on traveling. With the increase in price of air tickets and hotel accommodation, it is time to ensure that you plan your holiday budget in such a way that you look for ways to save money.

Budget Family Travel Tips:
The following tips can be useful for strategizing a budget for your travel:

Save your restaurant expenses: You can save a lot by doing your own cooking during a holiday. However, this possible only if you stay in a vacation cottage. Remember, eating in restaurants can turn out to be extremely expensive.

Discounts in hotel reservations: Look out for hotels that offer discounts in reservations. Always ask before making your hotel reservations. Remember, hotels may offer discounts when there is a lower rate of reservations for rooms.

Online discounts: The Internet has always been a useful tool in searching for hotels offering discounts and discounts in air tickets. If you are travelling abroad, make sure you do an online search for airlines that offer attractive discounts on air-tickets.

Cutting down on gasoline expenses: Expenses on gasoline are inevitable if you plan on taking a self-driving holiday. Try driving away from the highway. Gas stations on most highway may cost you more than those in smaller towns and rural areas. Always look for shortcuts and fill your car from stations that are located away from the highway.

Stay away from the hotel minibar: Mini bars in hotels are known for their excessive pricing on beverages and foods. Try taking your own snacks and foods when you are staying in a hotel. This will save you a lot of money.

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Family Travel Tips – Our Top Family Travel Tips

By Joe Collinsworth

Clark Griswold may have been a crazy man, but he sure could’ve used our family travel tips when it came to their family vacations.

When you bust your butt (well, some people) working hard throughout the year, always going, never stopping, ensuring a smooth family vacation is something that you MUST have. Otherwise you will be excited to go back to work just to get a break.

Although the summer vacation time is coming to an end, family travel and the holidays are right around the corner and planning those vacations now along with spring breaks are always a smart way to go.

Therefore, we have listed Discount Florida Vacation’s top family travel tips and how to make sure your vacation is memorable, not disastrous.

We know all families differ in size, age, and such so these will be generalized and common sense tips anyone can use.

**Start planning early and make sure you use lists. If this is mom reading, then you know how important this tip is. This will also help you do things in stages, make sure you have everything, and you aren’t pulling your hair out just for vacation.

**Be sure you have tools to keep everyone happy. Airports have long lines and delays and driving can be wearing on any of us. Toys, games, videos, music, books, magazines, ipods, etc…

**Know your destination well. Are you taking small children to a place like Vegas where you plan on gambling the whole time? That personally doesn’t make much sense to me even though there’s a lot to do. Be sure there are things to do so that everyone enjoys each experience.

**Travel with all the latest gear. Update your luggage, be sure everything is in a safe, secure place, invest in a GPS unit (this will save you tons of time and headaches), and so forth. Traveling will be a lot more fun if it’s easy and you understand where you are heading.

**Take care of your home before you go. Items such as mail, pets (if they don’t go), a trusted person to watch for things, and more can help you relax without worrying about what’s going on miles and miles away.

**Don’t and I repeat, don’t take your work with you. This is time to enjoy family and quality time together. Personally, the only reason I go to work is for my family and to take care of them. The last thing I want to do on vacation (especially since you usually get paid), is work.

**Be safe. This is a no brainer, but we all know that bad things happen to good people. The more well-prepared you are, the better your vacation will be.

**Finally, have fun. Our biggest of the family travel tips is to have fun throughout the whole process. Get everyone involved. Get excited. There is nothing like vacation time and to make it memorable means enjoying yourselves!

This is just a start for family travel tips. We know how much fun going on vacation is and we also know the nightmares that can happen thereby ruining your once exciting trip. Just remember, no matter what happens, you’re still on vacation!!

This family travel tips article comes to you from a family man who has been there, done that. We’ve had great vacations and had some less than stellar ones. If you haven’t decided on a destination yet or are heading to Florida and want to enjoy some fun, sun, hot deals, reviews, and more, then come travel through Florida with Discount Florida Vacations []

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The purpose of The Family Traveler blog

One of the things I love is traveling and taking vacations with my family as many times a year as I can. We do most of our traveling during the summer months because the grandchildren are all school-aged kids, ranging from first grade to 7th grade…


I never get tired of going to Arkansas, Florida, Utah, New Mexico or Colorado. Because of my love for these states, we try to go there every year and I am always on the lookout for new adventures for the kids and for myself. Having been going to the same places almost every year, we’re always on the lookout for new things the kids would be interested in. They are all different ages, and like different things. But I am not biased to these few states! We want to travel all across the country and that’s in the works!


I know there are other places to go and eventually we will get there. Each year at some time or another we try to get to a new place just to keep the travel interest alive and to be able to show off our findings on my blogsite here.


Sometimes between journeys I rely on posts from other travel writers who don’t mind sharing with our readers and that’s a big help and keeps our readers up-to-date on things going on.


The purpose of The Family Traveler blog works for both our readers and the customers we serve: our advertisers. We want to allow our readers to visit the cabins, the motels and restaurants that we stay at and enjoy every minute of it as we have. We want them to raft with us or visit the museums or take a train ride with us up and down the mountains of Colorado. We try to include as much as we can, as long as we have advertisers who are willing to work with us.


We are not in this for the short run. The Family Traveler has been around a long time and will stay around as long as I have breath.


I’ve got plans for some great adventures coming up in November and December. We hope you’ll join in and let’s go traveling together. But in the meantime let’s get ready for a little road trip!



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Five places for little monsters to get ghoulish this Halloween

Arkansas Family Travel Host


Five places for little monsters to get ghoulish this Halloween
Katherine Stewart

In the pantheon of all-time most-loved kids’ holidays, Halloween is right up there with Christmas—and for some little pirates and princesses, this creative and candy-filled time is tops. Trick-or-treating is traditional, but there are tons of other ways to get into the spooky spirit. Here are a few of our favorite places to creep out!
Little Rock’s annual Big Boo!seum Bash is back for its 22nd year of trick-or-treating with a twist—instead of going door-to-door, kids hop from one downtown museum to another, participating in games and raking in treats along the way. This year’s bash takes place on Thursday, October 26 from 5:30 to 8:30; participating locations include the Arkansas Arts Center, Central Arkansas Nature Center, Historic Arkansas Museum, Little Rock Visitor Center at Curran Hall, MacArthur Museum of Military History, Mosaic Templars Cultural Center, Museum of…

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Upcoming Exhibition compares Surrealist Works by Maitland Art Center’s Founder J. André Smith with those by Contemporary Artists

Florida Family Traveler


ORLANDO (September 1, 2017) — Visual artists have long sought to make visible that which is unseen, to provide evidence to the wrestlings of their subconscious. The Art & History Museums – Maitland’s Maitland Art Center will feature Drawing the Unseen: Artists Explore the Subconscious, from October 6 through December 17, 2017. This exhibition features the original surrealist watercolors by J. André Smith that became the illustrations in his 1936 book Art of the Subconscious. The adjoining galleries will showcase works on paper by contemporary artists who are all investigating aspects of the unseen.

Exhibition Opening Event:

Visitors can preview Drawing the Unseen: Artists Explore the Subconscious during Culture Pop! on October 6, from 6:00-9:00 p.mIn addition to the art exhibition, visitors will also be able to meet some of the featured artists, listen to live jazz by Eastside Combo, visit open studios and classrooms, enjoy…

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4th Annual Envirofest with the Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens and Jacksonville’s Environmental Protection Board

Florida Family Traveler


Jacksonville, Fla.— Join the Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens, in partnership with the Jacksonville Environmental Protection Board, for the 4th annual Envirofest on Saturday, October 7, 2017. This is a free family-friendly event that seeks to cultivate curiosity, respect, and understanding of the Jacksonville community’s shared natural environment, and the plant and animal wildlife in and around the city’s neighborhoods.

This event offers learning opportunities that encourage individuals to better understand sustainable practices and their importance in conserving natural resources. Guests will enjoy live music from local musicians, interactive booths and projects from environmentally conscious vendors, eco-friendly hands-on art activities, and the opportunity to watch local artists in action as they create artwork.

Envirofest will be jam-packed with fun for kids of all ages! Attendees can:

  • Join Bailey’s Gym, with your own mat, for yoga at 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.
  • Join Museum Educators as they lead…

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Magic of Lights® Holiday Display Coming to Daytona International Speedway

Florida Family Traveler

logo3 DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Sept. 26, 2017)  – During this year’s holiday season, the “World Center of Racing,” the largest lighted sports facility in North America, will transform into a holiday spectacle with the Magic of Lights drive-through holiday lights experience at Daytona International Speedway.

Daytona International Speedway is among seven cities that will host the FunGuys Events’ all-new 1.5-mile long Magic of Lights display this coming holiday season. Other iconic venues include Auto Club Speedway, Fontana California (Los Angeles), Jones Beach State Park, Wantagh New York (NYC), Gateway Motorsports Park, Madison Illinois (St. Louis), Victory Park Ohio, North Ridgeville Ohio (Cleveland), Castrol Raceway, Edmonton Alabama and Wesley Clover Parks, Ottawa Ontario.

FunGuys Events also revealed that Magic of Lights will feature all-new lights displays including new original designs and animations created especially for each of the world-class venues hosting the event. Magic of Lights’ own team of artists and fabricators…

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Harn Museum of Art Displays French Art Featuring Women in the 18th – Early 19th Centuries

Florida Family Traveler


GAINESVILLE, FL, Sept. 21, 2017— The Harn Museum of Art at the University of Florida will present an exhibition of more than 150 drawings, pastels, paintings and sculptures addressing some of the most important and defining questions of women’s lives in the 18th and early 19th centuries. Becoming a Woman in the Age of Enlightenment: French Art from The Horvitz Collection will be on view from Oct. 6 to Dec. 31, 2017.

Ranging from spirited, improvisational sketches and figural studies to highly finished drawings of exquisite beauty, the works included in the exhibition are by many of the most prominent artists of the time. They include Antoine Watteau, Nicolas Lancret, François Boucher, Jean-Honoré Fragonard, as well as lesser-known artists both male and female, such as Anne Vallayer-Coster, Gabrielle Capet, François-André Vincent and Philibert-Louis Debucourt.

Becoming a Woman in the Age of Enlightenment will be organized into sections that…

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Mountain Harbor Resort Fall Events

Friday, 25 November
Harbor’s Lighting Ceremony
Join us the day after Thanksgiving as we officially begin the start of Christmas at Harbor. Our fun and festive lighting ceremony includes live music on the stage, free hayrides to view the Christmas lights of Harbor, free cookies and hot cocoa and cider, Christmas story reading by Mrs. Clause and the arrival of Santa, himself via hayride wagon to turn on all the lights of Harbor! Open to the public and of course, there’s no charge! It’s Harbor’s Christmas gift to the community!
The fun starts at 6pm at Mountain Harbor Lodge and runs ’till the last hayride is over!

Thursday, 23 November
Holidays at Harbor: November
Our lavish Thanksgiving Holiday Buffet is a time honored event with all your holiday favorites in a beautiful seasonal setting. This event is reservations only and this lavish buffet boasts both Smoked and Traditional Turkeys, Hams, Dressing, Vegetables and Casseroles, soup and salad bar, fruit and cheese display, home baked breads and a fantastic dessert buffet. Make your reservations early – this is always a sold out event! Call 870-867-2191 and ask for Ashley or Pati.


Saturdays through the fall
Mount Ida’s Front Porch
Bring your lawn chair and ice chest and enjoy Mount Ida’s Front Porch, Saturday nights, in Mount Ida on the town square. Check out their schedule here:

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Historic Rogers Ghost Walks

Listening to the story of Mary BolinHear the story of Constable Will Dalton’s death in a shootout east of town from B.F. Sikes, his father-in-law.

Story of Will Dalton

Listening to a costumed interpreter, as Emily Arney, tell the story of Mary Bolin, the first murderess in Rogers.

FROM: Rogers Historical Museum

ABOUT: Historic Rogers Ghost Walks

WHEN: Thursday, October 19; Friday, October 20; Saturday, October 21; Thursday, October 26; Friday, October 27; and Saturday, October 28, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

WHERE: Meet at 322 South Second, corner of Second and Cherry in the Rogers Historic District

INFO: Registration is required; $5 per person


On Thursday, October 19; Friday, October 20; Saturday, October 21; Thursday, October 26; Friday, October 27; and Saturday, October 28 the Rogers Historical Museum will offer nine Historic Rogers Ghost Walks each evening. First tour each evening will begin at 7 p.m. with additional tours leaving every fifteen minutes after with the last tour beginning at 9 p.m. Participants will go on a 45 minute walk around downtown Rogers and encounter six different costumed interpreters each telling a different true tale of murder, mischief, and mayhem.

The tours will begin at the Rogers Historical Museum and are suitable for older teens and adults. Participants should wear comfortable shoes and be prepared to walk about three-quarters of a mile at a slow pace. Each tour is limited to 16 participants and registration is required at a cost of $5 per person. Call 479-621-1154 or stop in the museum at 322 South Second Street, Rogers AR 72756 to reserve your date and time. In case of rain tours will be rescheduled if space is available.

The Rogers Historical Museum is located at 322 South Second Street, at the corner of Second and Cherry in the Rogers Historic District. The museum is open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. General admission is free. For more information call 479-621-1154 or visit


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Drive the Great River Road this September

Kimberly J. Williams, travel writer
Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism
Along The Natural State’s eastern border flows a mighty river that has transformed the land and the people within its reach. It is the majestic Mississippi River, which starts as a stream in Minnesota, winding throughout America’s heartland to Louisiana, where it relinquishes its powerful waters into the Gulf of Mexico.
Arkansas is a proud member of the 10-state Great River Road National Scenic Byway. September is the annual Drive the Great River Road Month, an open invitation to plan a fun and memorable road trip along the nearly 3,000-mile National Scenic Byway that runs through 10 states, from Minnesota to Louisiana. It is one of the oldest, longest and most unique scenic byways in North America, offering a gateway to the Mississippi River Valley’s great history, the blending of cultures and a host of recreational options to all visitors.
The Great River Road was established in 1938 when governors from the 10 states bordering the historic waterway decided to develop a network of rural roads and new highways to create a transcontinental parkway along the Mississippi River, crisscrossing the mighty river, totaling 2,340 miles. The Mississippi River Parkway Commission was formed by President Franklin D. Roosevelt to preserve, promote, and enhance the scenic, historic and recreational resources of the Mississippi River; to foster economic growth in the corridor; and to develop the national, scenic and historic Great River Road.
Arkansas’s 362-mile section of the Great River Road National Scenic Byway winds its way through the state’s eastern Delta region. The waterway created a scenic and natural border that has beckoned people to its banks for centuries. Visitors can gaze upon acres of cotton, soybeans or rice as they travel through some of the most fertile land in the country. Along the trek, numerous historical and cultural sites preserve the history of Arkansas and its people and welcome visitors to learn more about this remarkable region.
Plan a day’s drive or a month-long excursion along the Great River Road National Scenic Byway with the help of Here you’ll find information on all the Great River Road states, interpretive centers (museums and historic sites showcasing the stories of the Mississippi), upcoming events and must-see attractions, along with suggested itineraries and maps to help plan a trip that’s just right for you. You can also order a free 10-state map or download the Drive the Great River Road app.
To help celebrate Drive the Great River Road Month, the Drive the Great River Road Sweepstakes will be held thru Sept. 30, offering travelers a chance to win $500 to use on their own trip along the Great River Road. More information can be found on and
To learn more about Arkansas’s Great River Road, visit

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Here’s why Arkansas is the best place to celebrate National Dog Day

Katherine Stewart

Did you know that Arkansans have more dogs than pet owners do in any other state? That must explain why it’s such a dog-friendly place, with tons of options for lodging and attractions that are just as welcoming to four-legged visitors as they are to their upright companions. Check out these terrific ideas for spending a beautiful day with your favorite furry friend(s).

Attend the grand opening “pawty” of Bark Bar in Little Rock, the state’s first-ever indoor-outdoor pet playground where dogs and their human companions can hang out together. While you’re noshing on specialty hot dogs and sipping “cockertails” with names like “Saucy Setter” and “Pit Bullini,” Bella can enjoy her own “Bowser Beer” (basically, fizzy bone broth in a dog bowl) and treats from the special canine cuisine menu. The pawty starts at 6 p.m.; sounds like a great way to end a day of frolicking at one of the capital areas many dog parks, such as Paws Park at Murray Park, MacArthur Dog Park, or the Dog Park at Burns Park, across the river in North Little Rock (which, coincidentally, is locally nicknamed “Dogtown”).
Visit Hot Springs National Park in Hot Springs, which is surrounded by the Ouachita National Forest and houses famous Bathhouse Row and offers over 25 miles of hiking trails that are a perfect pup destination. Dogs are welcome on leash on the trails and in the campground. This national park protects 47 naturally flowing thermal springs and has the distinction of being the first federally protected area in the nation. Nearby Garvan Woodland Gardens and Lake Catherine and Lake Ouachita state parks are also dog-friendly; if you want to make a weekend of it, check out Mountain Harbor Resort down the road in Mt. Ida, which offers pet-friendly accommodations. While in Mt. Ida, take Sparky to Wegner Quartz Crystal Mines, where he can help you dig for crystals—as long as he stays on leash.

Take a trip to the Buffalo National River, our country’s first national river, which was recently named Arkansas’s best pet-friendly site by The 135 miles of the Buffalo that are managed by the National Park Service are very pet-friendly: leashed dogs are allowed on all campgrounds and gravel bars plus four hiking trails in the area, and it’s not uncommon to see a vested dog floating down the river with a canoeing companion. cited the tiny town of Gilbert—a popular base camp for exploring the Buffalo—for its dog-friendly cabin rentals and absence of leash laws.
Take Fido for a walk or run across the Mighty Mississippi River. Featuring stunning views of the Mississippi River, the Big River Crossing connects downtown West Memphis to downtown Memphis. The boardwalk is built alongside the historic Harahan Bridge and is the longest public pedestrian bridge along the Mississippi River. Village Creek State Park, just under an hour away in Wynne, has dog-friendly cabins. For a moving tribute to the loyalty of man’s best friend, make your way to the Maple Hill Cemetery in Helena-West Helena, where you’ll find Pedro, forever waiting for his master to return. The legend goes that Pedro was the companion of a local doctor, whose murder Pedro witnessed. Pedro sat on his master’s grave day after day, waiting for his return; after Pedro died, the doctor’s family buried him with his master and erected a statue in his honor.
For more ideas on pet-friendly activities and vacations in Arkansas, please visit our website, where you’ll find sample pet-friendly itineraries and information on pet-friendly accommodations. Happy #NationalDogDay!

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Riding at Hot Springs ORV Park!

Zoie Clift

jeepjeepHot Springs ORV Park is known as one of the top off-roading parks in the region.The park is a 1,254-acre maze of trails for 4x4s, UTVs, ATVs, dirt bikes and mountain bikes. The park is privately owned and there are miles of marked and maintained trails for the novice and hardcore alike. Trails are marked in the same style as those found on ski slopes, with the difficulty rating of a route marked on a trail head sign. Level 1 trails are considered to be the easiest and level 5 trails the most difficult.

Recently, my co-worker Jill Rohrbach and I took her new jeep out to test the trails there. It was an adventure that included an unexpected experience with a level 5 route. And lots of playing in the water. Below is a quick video from the venture. If you are on the lookout for a riding adventure, the park is located at 2100 Mill Creek Road and Knox Kendrick manages the park. Enjoy the ride!

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Texarkana unveils new welcome center

Travelers can now visit a new welcome center in Texarkana.

Arkansas Family Travel Host

Zoie Clift, travel writer
Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism

Travelers can now visit a new welcome center in Texarkana. Arkansas Welcome Center Red River recently underwent a $2.5 million upgrade. As part of this project, a completely new building was built north of the old center. The address is still the same at 12555 N State Line Avenue.

“We opened the new center on June 19 and the old center was torn down the next day,” said Sheila Nichols, manager of the Arkansas Welcome Center Red River.

“In my opinion the most important role that welcome centers play in the state is the first impression we make on our visitors,” she said. “We are the frontline greeters to many who are visiting our state for the first time.”

Welcome center staff assist visitors with attractions, lodging, and dining information in the area they are planning to stop in or…

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Family Fall Fun Ahead!

It’s “pumpkin time” in the Arkansas Delta
Kim Williams
September is here! Let’s get ready for some fall fun. Especially fun that includes pumpkins, corn mazes and scarecrows! Read More Here

Bentonville to Fayetteville: Square 2 Square Bicycle Ride
The Razorback Regional Greenway lends itself to a unique biannual event in Northwest Arkansas – the Square 2 Square Bicycle Ride held each fall and spring. Read More Here

Try a duathlon at Lake Ouachita State Park!
Looking for some action? If so, Lake Ouachita State Park in Mountain Pine will be hosting the first annual Caddo Bend Paddle Duathlon in September. Read More Here

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Time For A Road Trip



By Marcella Simmons

Fall is just around the corner,and with it comes beautiful autumn colors; orange and yellow leaves everywhere… you know the ones…

I want to go where the leaves are turning and the forests are alive and bursting in their finest fall decor. I want to smell the freshness of cool autumn and pine needles and feel the lush damp bed of fallen leaves on the forest floor. Can you feel the damp, musty leaves underneath your feet? I almost can but it’s not like being there.

The grand kids will be out of school in a few weeks for Fall break – October 9th thru 13th to be exact; I think we’ll head off to Arkansas and follow the trail of falling leaves for that week.





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