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A Guide to Having Fun on a Weekend Getaway

Every now and then, we all need to take some time to relax and recharge. Sometimes, that means taking a long weekend getaway. With just a couple days to enjoy yourself, it is easy to go from feeling ecstatic to feeling overwhelmed. Here are a couple tips to help make sure your getaway is everything it should be…and more.

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On The Beautiful Gulf Coast

Ten years ago Biloxi had built the reputation of being one of the best vacation locations in the United States. The warm beaches, beautiful resorts, fine restaurants, wonderful casinos, family oriented attractions and events built a great resort town.

However, that was the year of Hurricane Katrina and Biloxi had the opportunity to build the resort into an even better location for the hundreds of thousands of visitors it attracts every year. In the ten years to follow that is exactly what happened.

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65th Annual Spring Wildflower Pilgrimage

Great Smoky Mountains and Gatlinburg, Tennessee

This has been a spectacular winter.  Snows came early and often this year and the landscape has never been so beautiful.  As winter fades and the colors of spring begin to sparkle throughout the Smokies, Gatlinburg blossoms into the center of all things botanical during Great Smoky Mountain Association’s 65th Annual Wildflower Pilgrimage.

From April 21-25, everyone from the serious botanist to the weekend gardener can experience unprecedented access to some of the nation’s leading botanical experts as well as Appalachian wildlife authorities.

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St. Patrick’s Day across the United States

St. Patrick’s Day in the United States

Regarded as a celebration of the Irish immigrants in the United States, St. Patrick’s day is filled with parades, events, concerts and parties. The United States has several noted celebrations and listed below are a few of the most noteworthy celebrations. With the assistance of Wikipedia and other web based resources, we have assembled just a few highlights for that day.

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St. Patrick’s Day in California?

San Diego – The Largest Celebration West of the Mississippi

When you think of St. Patrick’s Day in the United States, you can’t help of thinking about the grand celebrations of Boston, New York and Chicago. These among other east coast cities are known for the grand gestures they convey in being Irish for at least one day a year.

California also has a great history of Irish settlers that migrated west during the gold rush and as seaports became a major part of the California economy. Today the largest St. Patrick’s day parade and celebration west of the Mississippi River, now takes place in San Diego California.

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Groundhog’s Day in Punxsutawney

Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania

brer_groundhog_at_workGroundhogs Day for 2015 is approaching and it is one of the biggest winter events in the state of Pennsylvania.  Although it is a cultural event based on Candlemas that take place on various days worldwide, it is best know today as an annual event of top hat fashion and celebration in Punxsutawney to see if Phil (that’s Punxsutawney Phil) see’s his shadow every year. As the legend states, if he sees it, he regards it as an omen of six more weeks of bad weather and returns to his hole.  If the day is cloudy and, hence, shadowless, he takes it as a sign of spring and stays above ground.

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Join Florida’s Biggest Winter Festival

Plan now to be a part of the biggest winter festival in the state of Florida.  You think of Florida as being the state for Citrus crops, sunshine and beaches, however, Florida has one other big surprise.  Plant City, Florida (just east of Tampa, Florida) is the Strawberry Capital of the World.  Yes – Strawberries!  And if you ever drove down any highway in or around Plant City you will see Strawberry Fields Forever.

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The Skiing World Focuses on Colorado in 2015

For the first time since 1999, the World Alpine Ski Championships will return to the United States at Vail and Beaver Creek, Colorado. This brings the world focus of skiing to all of Colorado. Facilities at all ski resorts throughout the state will be at their best for visitors wanting to be a part of the ski world this year.

Learn and Ski with the best skiers from around the world as they flock to the Rocky Mountain Ski resorts preparing for the championships and experience the glory yourself as you ski down these spectacular slopes.

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Celebrate New Years Eve in Las Vegas

We can sum up New Years Eve in Las Vegas in one word: Crazy.

And we mean crazy in a good way. The entire Strip is shut down to traffic and it becomes like one giant block party for you and 300,000 of your closest buddies. At midnight, the casinos launch a choreographed fireworks display that makes the Times Square ball drop look like child’s play. Inside, the showrooms rock with the hottest entertainment and the nightclubs are packed with celebrities and partygoers who are dressed to impress.

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Christmas Comes To Life In Branson

One of the best Christmas Destinations this year is at Silver Dollar City in Branson, Missouri. This is truly a place where Christmas comes to life for the entire family.

Looking for Broadway Quality Productions? Check out your favorite Christmas Stories with It’s a Wonderful Life and Charles Dickens Christmas Carol done live on stage.

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