Beyond Orlando’s Theme Parks

LAS VEGAS, NV - NOVEMBER 19:  Singer Ricky Martin (R) unveils his brand new figure at Madame Tussauds Las Vegas on November 19, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The Figure will soon travel to Florida for the spring 2015 grand opening of Madame Tussauds Orlando.  (Photo by Gabe Ginsberg/Getty Images for Madame Tussauds) *** Local Caption *** Ricky Martin

Singer Ricky Martin meets his double at Madame Tussauds in Orlando, FL

Take flight high above Orlando; dive deep into three oceans; or take a selfie with famous stars. Merlin Entertainments, the second largest attraction operator in the world, is bringing three of its best-known attractions to Orlando: The Orlando Eye, Madame Tussauds and SEA LIFE Aquarium

Read the entire article in Allegiant Air’s in-flight magazine, Sunseeker. AllegiantOrlandoBeyondThemeParks copy

Come Play at Broadway at the Beach, Myrtle Beach, SC

Broadway at the beach offers fun for the entire family.

Broadway at the beach offers fun for the entire family.

Myrtle Beach’s all-in-one entertainment complex offers fun for the entire family. Billed as South Carolina’s largest entertainment venue of its kind, Broadway at the Beach offers great family attractions, unique specialty shops, fabulous nightlife and a wide variety of dining options. Read complete story as it appeared in Allegiant Airline’s in-flight magazine, Sunseeker. AllegiantBroadwayAtTheBeach copy

Rare Sea Turtle Nest at Ft. Fisher, NC

Check out this WECT video on a rare sea turtle nest found at Ft. Fisher.

http://www.wect.com/clip/11586665/rarest-sea-turtle-nests-at-fort-fisher-state-recreation-area

A Kemp’s Ridley Sea Turtle, which is considered to be the rarest sea turtle, nested at the Fort Fisher State Recreation Area on Sunday. The most endangered sea turtle rarely nests on the North Carolina coast, according to Alyssa Taylor with the Fort Fisher State Recreation Area.

Sea Turtle Adventure at Ocean Isle Beach, NC

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On a recent vacation to Ocean Isle Beach I had an unexpected adventure! I was sitting on our 11th floor condo porch enjoying my coffee and taking in the beautiful ocean view when I noticed a small crowd gathering on the beach by the dunes.

It was early in the morning and not many people were on the beach, so my curiosity was peaked. With camera in hand, I headed down to see what was happening. The first thing I noticed were strange tracks in the sand leading up to the dunes and back down to the ocean.

Then I noticed several people in T-shirts which identified them as volunteers for OIBSTPO (Ocean Isle Beach Sea Turtle Protection Organization). A small group of volunteers were digging carefully in the sand looking for a nest that had just  been dug by a female turtle.  Because of the recent tropical storm, Ana, and the sand erosion, the volunteers were  relocating the eggs to a safer nesting area further up the beach. A volunteer with a clicker counted the eggs as they were removed from the nest. Today’s total: 125 eggs! Continue reading

Downton Abbey Visits the Biltmore

Downton Abbey fashion exhibit at the Biltmore Estate in Asheville, NC.

Downton Abbey fashion exhibit at the Biltmore Estate in Asheville, NC.

“Changing Fashions for Changing Times” Now at the Biltmore Estate in Asheville, Nc.

Fans of the popular PBS television series Downton Abbey don’t have to travel to Highclere Castle to experience firsthand what life was like at Downton Abbey or to view original costumes of their favorite characters. The Biltmore House, the grand 250-room Vanderbilt estate in Asheville, North Carolina, is showcasing 47 costumes from the show during its exhibition: Dressing Downton: Changing Fashions for Changing Times, which runs from February 5th through May 25th, 2015.

See my full article which appeared in Luxe Beat Magazine’s April 2015 issue at: Downton-Abbey-Visits-the-Biltmore

NC Beer Month Continues

Wilmington Celebrates NC Beer Month

Want to know what’s happening locally for NC Beer Month? Check it out on the NC Official Tourism Site.  Wilmington’s Top Hops Spots include: Front Street Brewery which has been a star attraction for 20 years, and five newcomers – Flytrap Brewing, Ironclad Brewery, Broomtail Craft Brewery and Wilmington Brewing plus Good Hops Brewery in Carolina Beach. And keep your eyes peeled for the perfect souvenir: a Freaker, the knit koozie created in Wilmington.

NC Beer Month in Wilmington, NC

NC Beer Month in Wilmington, NC

NC Beer Month

Get Ready for a  Cold Draft

April is NC Beer Month

April is NC Beer Month

April is North Carolina Beer Month, and for the third year in a row there’s an exciting array of activities lined up. More than 90 breweries – from the mountains to the coast – are participating, ranging from decades-old, award-winning brewhouses to newbies on the block eager to make a name for their batches. It’s a month-long celebration offering dozens of beer-inspired festivals, tastings, dinners, special discounts, travel deals, giveaways and more. You can be certain that by the time April comes to a close, you’ll have an even better appreciation for North Carolina’s thriving beer scenes.

To learn more about NC Beer Month and get a list of events, special tastings and sweepstakes happening throughout the state, head over to http://www.ncbeermonth.com.