A Sherkston Shores Vacation – Part 5

A Sherkston Shores Vacation – Part 5

In part four of my series on Sherkston Shores I brought you to Niagara-on-the-Lake and told you about the winery tours you can take there. In this part I’m going to tell you about the village itself and about an amazing festival they hold there each year.

If you’re into live theater, you’re going to love the Shaw Festival in Niagara-on-the-Lake. The Shaw Festival offers performances on three different stages daily except for Monday. The Festival Theater is the centerpiece theater. It seats up to 856 people and has a cafe and a gift shop. The historic Court House is home to the 327 seat Court House Theater. The theater is in the upper level of the building that dates back to the 1840s. This theater was the original home of the Shaw. Other productions are presented at the 176 seat Studio Theatre and the 326 seat Royal George Theatre.

If wineries and theater aren’t your things, there is still plenty for you to do in Niagara-on-the-Lake. Queen Street in the Center of town has many small shops that sell everything from pottery to souvenirs to clothing. I bought a miniature violin at one of the shops and have it on display in my living room. There were several other musically themed pieces I wish I had bought because I haven’t seen anything like them since. The Queen Street area also has several restaurants ranging from ice cream to fine dining bistros. You can even enjoy the elaborate ritual of English High Tea at The Drawing Room.

I always prefer a picnic lunch to a restaurant meal any time. My favorite place to picnic in Niagara-on-the-Lake is at Queen’s Royal Park at the end of King Street. As you stand at the shore, look to your left and on a clear day you can see Toronto which is about 65 miles away by car but much closer as the crow flies. Look to your right and you will see Old Fort Niagara which is just across the Niagara River in The United States. The fort was a very important British stronghold during the Revolutionary War because it controlled access to the Great Lakes.

Along with everything else, Niagara-on-the-Lake has numerous museums and galleries, beautiful old architecture and an abundance of great gardens. Parking in town can be quite difficult to find, so once you find a sport, plan on seeing the town on foot. Everything is close together so you shouldn’t have any problem. You also have the option of turning heads by riding through town in a beautiful horse drawn carriage.

In part six of my series on a Sherkston Shores Vacation, we’ll finally get to Niagara Falls. I don’t know how many articles it will take to share my Niagara Falls with you but it will be fun. Stay tuned!

Family Vacation Ideas For Everyone

Family Vacation Ideas For Everyone

Family vacations have changed over the years. The family trip has gone from local trips, to cross country in a car, and now family trips to various places around the world. The best aspect of a family vacation is the time you spend with your family, after all, you will make many memories on each trip you take. That brings to question, where are some good family destinations?

A great family getaway is a national park. There are many ways to enjoy national parks these days. Camping in the park is usually the most cost effective and can make for some great stories. If you are not one for camping, there are usually nice cabins or hotels located within or near a national park. Most national parks have one thing in common: natural beauty. The breathtaking vistas and natural landscapes make for amazing hikes or drives. The entrance fee to a national park can be for a day or you can purchase one that will last the entire year. In the summer of 2009, there have been a number of weekends where the entrance fee has been waived.

Another great family vacation is to a theme park. There are theme parks in various parts of the United States. Depending on the state, you can purchase a state or city activity pass that allows you cheaper entrance into major attractions or parks. It might be good for multiple entrances into a park. There are usually on site hotels, but cheaper options are always available around the area. While in the area, there are usually great museums and parks that are free for families to enjoy.

A cruise might be another good option. There are cruises that cater to families and have activities on board for every age and interest. Meals are included and it is a fun way to go around and see various parts of the world, as well as entertain the family with fun activities and good food. If you get scuba certified, often you can scuba or snorkel at some of the areas that you visit with your family.

Family vacations are great times and great fun for every member. Take the time to research and decide where you are going to go and visit. Set a budget and remember to take a camera and buy some great souvenirs. If money is tight, buy some toys or other objects that match the place you are visiting and give them to your children as a gift after you visit. They will think it is from the place you went and will remember it.

Park N Jet (http://www.parknjet.com/) is much more than just Salt Lake airport parking. Billings Farnsworth is a freelance writer.

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A Sherkston Shores Vacation – Part 4

A Sherkston Shores Vacation – Part 4

In the first three articles in this series on Sherkston Shores I’ve talked about things you can do without leaving the resort or within 15 minutes of the resort. I’ve described the great amenities in the resort and discussed the amazing smallmouth bass fishing. I also told you about Old Fort Erie and some of the other attractions close to Sherkston. Now it’s time to head a little farther away with the first of two articles about Niagara-on-the-Lake.

I had been vacationing at Sherkston Shores for over 20 years before I ever knew about Niagara-on-the-Lake. Now I never make a trip to the Niagara region without making a stop there. I always plan on spending half a day there if I’m not going to tour any wineries or see a play; and a whole day if I am doing wineries or drama. Niagara-on-the-Lake is about a 45 minute drive from Sherkson but it’s worth every minute.

Unless you’re a student of wine, you probably don’t know that the Niagara region is home to many top quality wineries. Due to the perfect climate, Niagara’s specialty of the house is ice wine. Ice wine is made from grapes that are allowed to freeze on the vine. The pressing process removes the frozen water and yields a very concentrated juice that ferments into a very sweet wine. Because of the difficulty of producing ice wine, it can be very expensive.

If you’re interested in a winery tour, you have many choices. As you travel from Sherkston Shores to Niagara-on-the-Lake, much of your route will be on highway 55 (Niagara Stone Road). As you approach Niagara-on-the-Lake, you’ll pass several wineries including my favorite, Hillebrand Winery. Hellebrand has a restaurant that serves both lunch and dinner and a beautiful Wine and Cheese Garden that overlooks the vineyards.  Winery tours and tastings cost $ 7.00 and are available throughout the day. Since Hillebrand accommodates over 200,000 visitors per year, i suggest you call ahead for reservations at 1-800-582-8412.

If you’d like to visit and taste at several wineries in one day, I’d suggest you take a guided wine tour. There are several tours available that will take you to three or four wineries for private tastings. Some will also include lunch or dinner stops either at a winery or at another fine restaurant. These wine tours start at about $ 60 Canadian and go up from there. These tours are worth it because you can enjoy the wine without having to get behind the wheel. You can find these wine tours by searching on the internet.

In part five of this series on Sherkston Shores, I’ll talk about the Shaw Festival and several other attractions that await you in Niagara-on-the-Lake. In parts six and beyond, I’ll take you to Niagara Falls and tell you about some ways to see the falls area that you might not know about. I’ll talk to you soon!

Alan Kassirer has been vacationing at Sherkston Shores for over 40 years. His family still owns a summer home there today.

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Start Your Branson Vacation at Silver Dollar City

Start Your Branson Vacation at Silver Dollar City

Branson has long been the home of American craftsmanship. And there’s no better time to experience that craftsmanship first-hand than at Silver Dollar City theme park in Branson, Missouri.

The popular Branson theme park welcomes more than 500 visiting craftsmen and musicians during its annual National Harvest Festival, September 12 thru October 31, 2009.

From quilting and wood carving to painting and stained glass, visitors can enjoy the finest craftsmanship in America. Of course, the National Harvest Festival also features a long list of musical guests, offering up traditional folk tunes, tight gospel harmonies, country classics and the best in bluegrass.

Book a discount Branson vacation package this fall and can also enjoy another popular Branson show at Silver Dollar City – the signature stage show, Headin’ West! A 45-minute live musical, the show at the Opera House tells the tale of America’s westward expansion during the 1860s.

As Silver Dollar City’s biggest production show ever, Headin’ West offers a variety of colorful characters, harrowing adventures, an exceptional musical score, special effects, wonderful scenery as well as a cast of talented performers.

Another popular event at Silver Dollar City during the month of September is the park’s Salute to the Great American Cowgirl. This entertaining show features the Cowgirl Chicks precision horse team as well as other nationally renowned cowgirl entertainers, artists and more.

The shows are all part of the fun associated with a discount Branson vacation package.

Silver Dollar City offers an exceptional opportunity to experience a journey back in time. You’ll enjoy true old-fashioned Americana with traditional 1880’s-style Ozarks food, festivals, music, costumes and atmosphere. But tucked behind the trees, you’ll also enjoy modern day thrills of state-of-the-art rides and activities, including the multi-looping Wildfire roller coaster.

Another favorite Branson stop is Celebration City, a $ 40 million theme park that offers a giant wooden roller coaster, plus a myriad of rides, games, dining and shopping options, not to mention a spectacular laser and light show each evening.

For those ready to beat the heat, there’s White Water. The area’s largest water park offers an assortment of thrilling water rides and activities. The Raging River Rapids features two slides that take guests on the fast track down a 400-foot plunge. The ride wraps around a 5-story high waterfall which sends 8,000 gallons of water per minute down two cascading channels.

For more information on discount Branson vacation packages, discount Branson attraction tickets and discount Branson show tickets, please visit. http://www.ticket2branson.com

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