Take a North Carolina Winery Tour

Posted by on Aug 6, 2017 in Tips, Travel Tips |

 

 

Did you know that nestled just at the Appalachian Mountains in North Carolina is an eccentric cluster of wineries? If you happen to be camping in the Appalachian Mountains, taking a tour of the local wineries is an excellent way to spend your holiday. Just be sure to save space for the bottles you will surely want to enjoy when you get back to your campsite!

When you travel to North Carolina wine country, you will discover outstanding wines, lovely winemakers, and beautiful landscapes. The windy mountain roads are beautiful along the route that leads from one vineyard to the next. While the mountain roads leading to some of these wineries are steep, if you have the correct RV weight distribution hitches, you have no reason fear.

If you choose to visit North Carolina wine country, these are the wineries I recommend:

Overmountain Vineyards

Perfectly named, Overmountain Vineyards overlooks the Appalachian Mountains offering guests a wide variety of wines to sample while enjoying the scenic view. This vineyard has a beautiful outdoor seating section with views of the vineyard and the mountain, and a friendly Great Dane to great you.

Located in Tryon, North Carolina, visitors can taste a variety of wines and tour the property on Wednesdays through Sundays year-round. Guests will receive personal attention from the staff and will leave with a souvenir glass.

Mountain Brook Vineyards

Mountain Brook Vineyards has a smaller tasting room, but don’t let the size of the space fool you. Their wines are exceptional and award-winning. The view of the vineyard and the mountains can be seen from the peaceful tasting room. Guests will feel right at home in this comfortable space while being given the full attention of the wine makers themselves.

Visitors can enjoy a wine tasting Fridays – Sundays for only $10, and guests will get to take home a souvenir glass. When you visit Mountain Brook, you can sense the pride the owners take in the production of quality wine.

Parker Binns Vineyard

Parker Binns Vineyard has a vineyard and garden with a view that is beautiful enough for many brides to choose to have their weddings on site. The owners are charismatic and make wine tastings fun and personal. For example, the patio includes a firebrick oven where the cook pizzas on the weekends for guests.

In addition to a fun wine tasting experience offered Wednesdays – Sundays, guests will also enjoy listening to a variety of live music performances. Parker Binns Vineyard is easily a place where you can spend quite a bit of time (and money). Their wine is delicious and their wine-centric gift shop is perfect for stocking up on presents.

It’s Wine O Clock Somewhere

I’ve just listed my three favorite vineyards, but North Carolina is home to over 400 vineyards and 185 wineries! When camping in North Carolina, whether in the mountains or along the coast, you should visit a tasting room. Plan to purchase a bottle – you won’t want to go home without one.

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Experience Glorious Mexico at Puerto Vallarta

Posted by on Jun 16, 2017 in Accommodation, Family, Tips, Travel Tips |

 

There are some places that, once you visit, you want to go back tie and time again. In these days of cheap and efficient air travel, and affordable ocean cruises, it is easy to reach exotic and exciting resorts that, not that long ago, would have been available only to the very rich, so we take advantage of that opportunity and enjoy wonderful family holidays or romantic breaks in the most spectacular of settings. The only difficulty lies in choosing just where to go – but we would like to suggest Puerto Vallarta should be on your list.

Located on the beautiful Bay of Banderas, on Mexico’s Pacific coast, Puerto Vallarta is a popular tourist destination, and a charming and friendly city with many fine attributes – not least the simply stunning beaches that line the bay. The abundance of Puerto Vallarta vacation rentals makes this a place where you can take the family and enjoy the convenience and privacy of a luxury villa holiday, and one where there will be something to entertain everyone, all the time. You will find that a villa makes a more attractive and cost-effective choice than a regular hotel, too.

Why Puerto Vallarta?

The stunning beaches of Puerto Vallarta are just one of the many attractions, but they are worth a mention in their own right. Some are beautiful secluded sections of coastline, such as the amazing Playa Las Caletas, while others – for example, Playa Mismaloya, are home to wonderful restaurants serving local dishes in fabulous locations. Whatever you are looking for in a beach, you will find one to suit your desires in Puerto Vallarta.

Many of the beaches are lined with palm trees which provide ample shade in the heat of the afternoon, while others offer a chance to experience the amazing clear blue waters of the bay. Indeed, diving is a must when visiting here, as you will find glorious coral reefs, underwater rock formations and an abundance of exotic, beautiful and colourful undersea wildlife that is unique to the area.

You might also want to try your hand at sea fishing, as it is a very popular sport in these parts, while sailing, surfing and a variety of other water sports can also be indulged in should you wish. The sheer variety of beach and sea activities is bewildering, and you can even enjoy watching whales in the bay when in season. Check with the local travel information outlets for the correct times, and you may be lucky to see pods of whales playing in the bay – a sight you will never forget.

Food and Drink

Of course, no visit to Mexico is complete without sampling the delicious food, which plays a large part in the culture of the country, and you must try a tequila – even if it’s only the one! Puerto Vallarta has its own local dishes that you must try, and it’s no surprise that seafood is to the fore. Grilled red snapper served in a garlic and spice sauce is a local speciality, and is quite delicious, while there is also a tradition of eating raw fish or scallops in lime juice, which tastes a lot better than the description sounds.

You will find excellent restaurants throughout the city; try those looking out over the Malecon, the paved walkway that follows the shore, or head to the Old Town area, as there are fine restaurants in both. Also, you will find places serving fresh seafood dishes on many of the beaches, and these make a great place to enjoy a meal with a view. On the beach and at taco stands you should try the local Mahi-mahi – grilled meat served on skewers with a hot sauce – in order to claim you have tasted truly unique Mexican food.

Nightlife is very much a part of a holiday in Puerto Vallarta, with many thriving and friendly bars, a number of great clubs and a variety of local music, and you can also enjoy regular concerts outdoors in the central plaza, and take a seat at one of the many street cafes and enjoy the view. It’s a wonderful place to relax, and then you can head back to your luxury accommodation and spend some quality time with each other or all the family.

Choosing your Accommodation

The choice of villas in and around Puerto Vallarta is simply amazing, and we guarantee you will find something that suits your requirements and your budget. There are villas that sleep four and those that can accommodate many more – suitable for two families, for instance – and they are surprisingly affordable. You will find that most villas are within easy walking distance of the beach and the amenities of the town, and come with excellent views.

You can choose from a range of self-catering or part-catered villas – usually two meals a day – and if the former is your preference, check out the local markets for excellent fresh produce. Your villa will likely come with outdoor and indoor cooking areas, so you are free to cook al fresco and enjoy a meal in the sun with the family. Beautifully appointed and with all the facilities you need, your Puerto Vallarta rental is a real home from home, so why not check out the many different villas available right now, and book you and your partner or family a holiday in an exotic and wonderful part of Mexico where you will be welcomed with open arms and treated to the famous local hospitality.

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Biking in London

Posted by on Feb 1, 2017 in Uncategorized |

Using a push bike in London is a great way to get around. The traffic is so bad, especially in London that it makes sense for you to try biking.

If you are a tourist there are many different options available to you. One of the options is to use the “Boris Bikes” which can be hired across the city. These can be hired for 30 minutes (for free) or for longer periods for a small charge. You will have to apply to get a key for the bikes, so if this is something you want to do then plan ahead for this.

There are also many cycling tours that you can do. This allows you to get around the city and see places that you might not see via bus or on foot. It also allows you to travel longer distances faster. If you want to look at some tours, have a look here.

As with any big city, watch out for bike thieves and make sure you have a good bike lock and bike equipment.

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Why is Bath Such a Great City for Hen Nights?

Posted by on Jan 4, 2017 in Accommodation, Tips, Travel Tips |

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The city of Bath is small enough to walk around during the day, beautiful enough to impress at all times of the year, and a perfect location for your hen night. Transforming from charming English jewel to modern nightlife venue, it provides absolutely everything for which you could ask.

To start the day off with a touch of class and refinement, you and the girls can take in tea and cakes at Sally Lunn’s Historic Eating House. One of the world’s most famous cafes, it is home to the delicious Sally Lunn bun, and you’ll enjoy eating yours in one of Bath’s oldest buildings. To accompany your brioche with even more spectacular views, you could always try The Pump Room, which delivers standout views across the Roman baths.

When you’re done with your morning repast, head out to explore the city. Book-lovers can find everything they want in the Jane Austen Museum, while the more adventurous can take to the nearby countryside for a variety of outdoor activities.

As the evening rolls around, make your way to one of Bath’s wonderful nightlife venues. The Montagu Bar & Champagne Lounge, set in the historical Royal Crescent, can provide world-class wines, champagnes, and cocktails. Alternatively, try The Opium Bar for a kookier, more intimate experience. When you’d like to move things along, head to Zero-Zero, Moles, or Po Na Na to experience the more energetic side of Bath nightlife.

After you’ve finally clambered into bed, you can look forward to unwinding and recovering at one of the city’s fantastic spas. For first-class treatment, nothing comes close to the Thermae Bath Spa. With two thermal baths, steam room, pool, and even an authentic 18th century Hot Bath, plus over 40 spa treatments and packages available, this sensational spa is housed in a gorgeous Grade I listed Georgian building.

Picking a location for your hen night can be tough, but Bath can deliver just about everything you need, as well as the sumptuous accommodations of No. 15 Great Pulteney, Macdonald Bath Spa Hotel and The Queensberry Hotel.

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Take A Luxury Tour Of London

Posted by on Oct 18, 2016 in Tips, Travel Tips |

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See The Best Of The Capital From A Chauffeur-Driven Vehicle

Visiting the capital soon? Book a luxury chauffeur-driven tour to see the highlights of London from the comfort of your own private vehicle.

The Office of National Statistics has released new figures which report that London welcomed over 31.5 million tourists to the capital last year. This represents a 20% increase in visitors over the past five years. There are so many reasons why people travel to London. Some will book a city break, whilst others come to attend a specific event such as a sports match, music concert, art exhibition or fashion show. No matter what the reason is for your trip to London, we recommend that you squeeze in a luxury tour of London during your stay.

What Is A Luxury Tour?

Luxury tours differ from traditional London packages. Rather than sitting on the top deck of a sightseeing bus or joining a walking tour in London’s unpredictable weather, why not see the best that the capital has to offer from the comfortable confines of a chauffeur-driven vehicle?

You and your party will be treated to a luxury ride around the capital which will take in your bucket-list of preferred landmarks along the way. Unlike other types of London tour, a chauffeur-driven vehicle will cater specifically for your private group without the concerns of being interrupted by other tourists. Passengers will of course be served refreshments along the way if desired.

London Landmarks

Naturally, the list of places you’d like to see on your London luxury tour route is entirely up to you. However, we are able to offer advice and suggestions if you would appreciate some guidance. You might wish to see popular favourites such as the Tower of London, Big Ben, the London Eye, St Paul’s Cathedral, Downing Street, St James’ Palace, Buckingham Palace, MI6, Westminster Abbey, the Houses of Parliament or Nelson’s Column. Alternatively, you might have some other ideas in mind. We can be entirely flexible depending on your requirements.

Extend Your Luxury Tour

Of course, it is also possible to extend your luxury tour beyond the limousine ride. Why not decide to enjoy an Afternoon Tea at the Ritz, take in a West-End show or visit the London Eye? We can arrange all drop-offs and pick-ups for you before taking you back to one of London’s sophisticated and glamourous VIP hotels. Our concierge service is also able to book tables for you at some of the capital’s finest restaurants.

Who To Book With?

We are privileged to recommend a London chauffeur service who provide services for a number of high profile clients from both the UK and the USA. Their fleet of luxury vehicles includes Rolls Royce Phantom, Mercedes S and V class and Range Rover LWB cars. This selection of vehicles allows them to guarantee that you will experience serious comfort and extravagance as part of your luxury London tour. All of their chauffeurs are hand-picked and provide only the most discreet and confidential services for you and your party.

If you’re interested in booking a luxury tour of London, then please don’t hesitate to get in touch with Andrew’s Limousines. They can talk to you about your requirements and will be happy to suggest additional options if you’re in need of a little inspiration or advice. Call today for further information.

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