Let’s look at some of San Antonio, Texas’s Best Festivals



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San Antonio, Texas is well known as the Music Capitol of the World. That alone is a great reason to visit this area of Texas on your next vacation. However, there are some pretty sweet events not commonly known, held locally that you might want to plan your visit around.

To begin with, if you find yourself in San Antonio at the end of the year, like New Years Eve, you won’t find a greater celebration than Celebrate San Antonio, held each year in Downtown San Antonio. Each year on December 31st, on South Alamo between Market and Durango Street in Hemisfair Park, you can get your New Years on, with fireworks, live music on multiple stages, food booths and so much more. This event is extremely family friendly, with many family type activities.

Now, for an event that’s “adult only”, and with a very interesting cause, you might be interested in the San Antonio Cocktail Conference. Held each year from January 11th-14th, this evening roster of activities is all about booze, and brought to you by some famous names. From Jameson Scotch, El Tesoro Tequila to Glenfiddich Single Malt, it’s a four-day education in a glass. Each evening features a different event featuring a different alcohol paired with some yummy culinary courses. For instance, on Wednesday evening is “Cured and Illegal Mezcal” with multiple food pairings. Sunday features Bohanan’s Prime Steaks & Seafood pairing with Jefferson’s Bourbon. I’m guessing by now you can understand why this event is excellent for the local cabbies.

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So you are planning a visit in February and want to experience Texas? Are you ever in luck! Between February 4th and 28th one of the most famous and attended rodeo’s held in San Antonio. The San Antonio Stack Show and Rodeo brings well over a million visitors each year, because it’s just that spectacular. From its PRCA Rodeo action to the horse and livestock sales and show, Carnival for the kids, and Texas wildlife display, oh boy, what a blast. And you can find something for everyone in the over 650 booths set up each year. Ad to that some excellent headliner music names preforming at the concerts, and you’ve got a Texas sized vacation in store for you.

Between April 14th and April 24th one of the largest San Antonio events occurs, Fiesta San Antonio. 2016 marks the 125th Anniversary and is sure to be a major fun time for all. 125 years ago this event started as a one-day parade, and has evolved into what you experience today, two weeks of entertainment. From the parades, Miss Fiesta San Antonio event, carnival, Oyster bake, Masquerade Party, Taste of New Orleans, and so much more. Rest assured, there’s excitement every day for all.

From Thursday the 19th thru Sunday the 22nd in May, you can enjoy one of San Antonio’s most delicious events, the Culinaria Festival Week. This tasty treat offers something to please every palate, from 5 star restaurant delights to food truck cooking, Champagne to beer.


Visit Washington DC during the National Cherry Blossom Festival


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Anytime of year is a great time to visit the U.S. capitol, but none as exceptionally exciting and beautiful as during the Cherry Blossom Festival. This national event takes place between March 20-April 17, 2016, and your planning should start right now.

During this time of year the city of D.C. celebrates with many daily events, traditional culture and arts, most that are offered to the public for free. That makes it an exceptionally excellent time to visit the nations capitol, because free is not the norm. Besides all the events, your camera and mind will be quite busy enjoying the beauty that is the cheer blossoms on all the trees in the city.

The Washing DC location received its first bunch of cherry trees way back in 1910, but unfortunately, they were diseased and didn’t make it. The second bunch, numbering over 3,000 trees arrived in 1912 from Japan who engaged in exchanges with the U.S. of our flowering Dogwood trees. Over the years many of the First Ladies of the White House have participated in the planting of Cherry Trees around the Capitol wit tree planting ceremonies. Even the local schools get involved in the celebration each year with class re-enactments of the first Cherry Blossom Festival back in 1927.

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Millions of visitors have participated in the welcoming of spring to the nations capitol each year, and in 2016, expect to mingle with well over 1.5 million visitors during the four-week festival.



Local Experts Tips for fun visiting L.A. in the winter


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If you find yourself planning a trip to Los Angeles during the winter months, you might be surprised at some of the suggestions of locals who find this time of year refreshing. Locals don’t seem to miss the snow plows, ice storms and winter issues most other parts of the U.S. enjoy each year. That being said, the temperatures can get pretty low even in L.A. and occasionally they even see a drop of rain or three.

However, you can still get some “sand and sun time” on the beaches of this beautiful coastline. Forget about jumping in the water for a swim unless you’re a polar bear or have a wet-suit on, because the water is sure chilly. When packing for your visit, hooded sweatshirts are a must for a beach visit, but don’t rule it out, just come prepared.

The fact is, the inhabitants of Los Angeles can still get into that winter feeling by finding a rooftop lounge by the ocean, with cocktail in hand, enjoying a view of the snow capped peaks of the San Gabriel Mountains in the distance. If you feel the need to frolic in the snow, you are only a couple hours away from Big Bear and Mt. Baldy where you can ski all day on a $13 lift ticket.

Now if the kiddies are traveli1520816_785435678150088_1781665968_nng with you on this trip, you just know a visit to Disneyland is a must do. The great thing about visiting during the winter months is that during the weekdays, there are virtually no crowds to fight, and virtually no lines either. The same goes for Universal Studios and Knott’s Farm, as long as you avoid weekends and the days immediately around the holidays. Imagine the thrill your children will have after walking directly into Space Mountain over and over again, limitless for as long as they want to. The only drawback to visiting at this time of year is that this is when maintenance is done to the rides on a rotation basis so some may be closed.

The winter months have one great advantage, clear skies and no smog, which plays well with the outdoors adventurers. If you love the outdoors and biking or hiking, this is the time to head for the hills of L.A. County. Of course, the higher you go the colder it will get so prepare with both clothing, snacks and water.

For the “duffers” we all know that any excuse to get a round of golf in will work, so either bring the Ping’s or rent them at one of the public links. Why not experience a course that Bill Clinton still plays today, the Rancho Park Course which is conveniently located in the center of town. Dress warm and play the back 9 after a warming lunch at John O’Groats’s right next to the entrance.

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And then there’s Fido, and his need for some well deserved exercise. If you brought your “best friend” along for the trip, he deserves that romp on the beach, but not all beaches in L.A. are “dog friendly”. The most popular dog beach for locals is located in north Malibu, Leo Carrillo Beach. Of course, you do have to keep your dog on a leash, so be sure to have a long one so he or she gets to run.