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Create a Memorable Family Reunion in Virginia Beach

Posted by Ed • Thursday, April 16. 2015 • Category: Virginia

Trying to get the whole family together for a holiday often proves difficult, which is why many families have family reunions. US Coachways can help you connect with family members in Virginia Beach, which is a wonderful family friendly setting for a reunion.

Virginia's State Parks are a favorite location for many family reunions, offering camping sites, six-bedroom lodges and three-bedroom cabins with front or back porches and other amenities such as kitchens, bathrooms, heating/air conditioning and easy access to recreational facilities. First Landing State Park is located right on Virginia Beach, marking the 1607 landing spot of English colonists. State parks offer a wide selection of activities for everyone in the family, whether you want to relax and reminiscence or go swimming, fishing, boating, kayaking, bicycle riding, visit historical exhibits, hike or have a picnic in a pavilion.

Aside from the State Park, Virginia Beach also has plenty of entertaining attractions. You can play tennis, golf or even go shopping. Kids love the beach where they can build sandcastles or play beach volleyball. You can ride on a surrey bicycle that has as many as six seats and peddle down the Boardwalk. You can sail on the Rudee Flipper and choose from various tours, including Dolphin Watching and the Sunset Cruise. Sit back and enjoy the seashore and harbor view while snacking and sipping on a drink from the boat's full bar. A trained marine specialist is aboard to point out interesting facts as you sight dolphins or whales. Another sailing option is to hop aboard Virginia's Jewel, a yacht that takes you on a dinner cruise for several hours, so you can dine and enjoy live entertainment.

Plan your family reunion ahead of time and survey family members to see what types of activities they would enjoy. You can arrange travel connections through US Coachways. Charter a bus and organize the whole event. Why waste opportunities to visit when you can ride comfortably together and leave the traffic and driving to a professional? Our fleet of vehicles at US Coachways are eco-friendly, cutting down on carbon emissions in an effort to help save the environment. Plus, you'll find it is an affordable way to travel and can take advantage of our 10% discounts when booking $1,000 or more. Call 1-855-606-4361 and mention Virginia when booking your trip.

Meet Me in St. Louis for a Family Reunion

Posted by Ed • Thursday, April 16. 2015 • Category: Saint Louis

Family members are all ages, and planning a reunion that is enjoyable for everyone can be challenging. As the Gateway City, St. Louis is a location that offers variety, and in that sense, there are diverse activities to satisfy the desires of different family members, such as fine dining, live music, theatre, modern art, outdoor activities, interaction with animals and also nightlife entertainment.

Perhaps the most difficult obstacle in getting families together lies in planning the reunion details. The St. Louis Convention & Visitors Commission offers a Reunion Planner Workbook that is full of great tips to give you a head start on pulling off a memorable family reunion.

Here are some highlights of the workbook and guidelines you can follow:

  • Plan group activities but also allow time for independent activities, so family members can explore their own particular preferences in St. Louis.
  • Use social media to get input and coordinate your planning.
  • Research accommodations for group rates by submitting a Request for Proposal (RFP) to various hotels and venues that handle reunions of your size. You can do this by email. (The handbook contains an RFP form you can use.)
  • Picnics or cookouts are good types of group activities, and St. Louis has a number of parks listed in the handbook that you can review and decide on according to park size and available activities. Many parks have fishing, swimming, sports, hiking, playgrounds, and picnic shelters or sites. You can also find out whether you need a park permit for your reunion functions. Larger parks sometimes offer historical activities, exhibits, concerts and special events.
  • Devise an overall budget for the reunion and divide the costs among participating family members. You may want to consider financing the reunion through fund-raising activities, such as bake sales, raffles, auctions or other ways to earn money. Get deposits from family members ahead of time, which also helps you confirm who will be coming to the reunion.

Family reunions can be loosely or very specifically planned down to T-shirts and seating placards at a family banquet.

As you make your plans, consider transportation and the option of picking up family members while traveling to the reunion site. Relax and ride in comfort on a charter bus. Take advantage of your travel time by visiting with family members and catching up on family news. Our fleet of vehicles are eco-friendly and cut down on carbon emissions to help save the environment. We offer 10% discounts when booking $1,000 or more. Call 1-855-606-4361 and mention SAINT LOUIS when booking your trip.

Discover or Rediscover Boston: A Great Place for Family Reunions

Posted by Ed • Thursday, April 16. 2015 • Category: Boston

As summer approaches and people start thinking about vacations, many also start planning their family reunions. Early summer is a great time for a family get together because the temperatures are still moderate yet the kids are out of school. Boston offers some exciting attractions and venues for families.

Perhaps taking a Boston Family Tour is right up your alley in terms of a fun activity that everyone in the family can enjoy. The Charles Riverboat Company takes you on a cruise down the Charles River where you view the river's innate beauty, relax and learn about historic spots in Boston, such as Beacon Hill and Esplanade Park. People of all ages love the tour and you can take advantage of group tour rates when reserving the trip online. Various tour options include the Cruise & Lunch Group Package, the Charles River Group Sightseeing Tour, Boston Harbor Group Sightseeing Tour or a Sunset Cruise.

For accommodations, you can stay in the center of Boston or choose lodging outside the city. The Boston Harbor Hotel at Rowes Wharf is right on the waterfront, overlooking the harbor. The hotel boasts a Five Star Award from Forbes Travel Guide and is distinguished as one of the "World's Best Places to Stay" according to the Condé Nast Traveler Gold List. Hospitality is the hotel's watchword and staff strive to satisfy guests' every desire. This luxury hotel is in close proximity to famous sites in Boston, including Faneuil Hall, the historic North End of Boston and the New England Aquarium. While not busy sight seeing, you can enjoy the hotel's spa and indoor pool. Numerous restaurants on the waterfront offer excellent cuisine along with spectacular views.

You can also hop on a US Coachways charter bus and drive outside of Boston to Provincetown, in Cape Cod. Stay at the Crowne Pointe Historic Inn and Spa. Right on the ocean, with sand dunes and a beautiful shoreline, the inn is a 140 year old restored mansion of a wealthy sea captain. It features award winning cuisine, an exquisitely landscaped courtyard, a spa and whirlpool tubs.

Whatever venues and activities you decide on when planning your Boston reunion, US Coachways can transport your whole family and connect you from one destination to the next. Ride safely, avoid getting lost and let our driver deal with the hassles of city traffic. Our eco-friendly charter buses and coaches reduce carbon emissions by about 80 percent and you can also contribute to saving the environment. Take advantage of our 10% discounts when booking $1,000 or more. Call 1-855-606-4361 and mention BOSTON when booking your trip.

Washington D.C. Is Rich in Options When Planning a Family Reunion

Posted by Ed • Wednesday, April 15. 2015 • Category: Washington DC

If your family wants to get everyone together in early summer, now is the time to start planning your family reunion. Washington D.C. is a wonderful location for families because it offers many activities that everyone can enjoy.

It's a fact that Washington D.C. attracts millions of visitors every year. Aside from the national monuments and memorials, the Smithsonian Institution is also a must see. The Institution is a actually a complex that contains 15 separate museums and the National Zoo. Some of the museums include the Natural History Museum, National Air and Space Museum, American History Museum. The museums are situated in various locations throughout Washington D.C. Based on statistics that show the number of visitors, the National Air and Space Museum is the most popular museum, and people come from all over the world to visit it. It traces the history of manned and unmanned flight beginning with the Wright brothers through Apollo 11 and the Hubble Space Telescope.

The National Zoo is another favorite attraction. It houses an estimated 2,000 animals with habitats ranging from the African Savannah to the Asia Trail, where people can see two giant pandas. For those who like to imagine prehistoric times, the Natural History Museum contains huge assembled dinosaur bones. It also houses the amazing Hope Diamond and a true to life size whale.

While visiting with family and catching up on the latest news, you can stay at Capitol KOA, which has accommodations for reunions of up to 150 family members. Adventuresome campers might prefer tent camping, but there are also air conditioned camping cabins and deluxe cabins that offer more space for large families. You can enjoy cooking out on a large grill in a covered pavilion or use the on-site catering services. A pool with a lifeguard and playground is available for kids as well.

Whatever sights and activities you plan, US Coachways can help you make the connections. Your whole family can begin the reunion by renting a bus and picking up relatives along the way as you head for Washington D.C. Because our vehicles are eco-friendly, you can also do your part to save the environment. We offer 10% discounts when booking $1,000 or more. Call 1-855-606-4361 and mention D.C. when booking your trip.

Grandiose Venues for a Big Texas-Style Wedding

Posted by Ed • Friday, April 10. 2015 • Category: Houston

Elegant, spacious and beautiful surroundings are what you look for when planning a wedding and the Houston area does not disappoint as far as options.

House Plantation makes weddings its specialty, and whether you choose an indoor or outdoor ceremony, it provides you with ample accommodations, Texas-style. The House family settled in Texas in the 1800's and originally were cattle ranchers. However, they shifted their focus to rice and soy bean farming in the 1950's and then in 1976 to farming live oak and pine trees. The plantation sits on 400 acres and devotes 18 acres to weddings and special events. The Great Room is a large elegant area surrounded by floor to ceiling windows and is often used for wedding receptions and ceremonies. The event management team at House Plantation coordinates all aspects of your wedding from the venue to decorations and catering. House Plantation can provide vendors for you or work closely with the your brides' wedding planner and selected vendors. Whether you exchange vows in one of our elegant rooms or outside in an open air pavilion, we bring attention and precision to the details that make your wedding a romantic, special and unforgettable experience.

Ashelynn Manor is located in Magnolia Texas, which is about an hour's drive from downtown Houston. The 6, 200 square foot mansion was built in 1975 and it lies on 25 acres of countryside with beautiful live oak trees draped in Spanish moss. Enjoy a rustic outdoor wedding ceremony on the top of a hill, or in a garden gazebo, or exchange your vows in Ashelynn Manor's wedding chapel built in an old country, vintage style. The manor's majestic columns welcome you as you step into a luxurious decor with marble floors and a crystal chandelier hanging in the center of the entry way. The carriage house is available for receptions and its 5,000 square feet provide ample space, complete with crystal chandeliers and a Texas-sized bar. Ashelynn Manor is a tranquil and exquisite, full-service venue that has a bridal coordinator to work with you on all the details of your wedding, including full length table linens, center pieces, a beautiful wedding cake and a D.J. for the reception afterward.

When planning a Texas-style wedding, it is only fitting to "think big," and arriving in a stretch limousine or luxury party bus with your wedding party can put the final touches on your gala event. Our vehicles at US Coachways are eco-friendly, geared toward saving the environment by cutting down on carbon emissions. We offer 10% discounts when booking $1,000 or more. Call 1-855-606-4361 and mention HOUSTON when booking your trip.

Plan a California Wedding in a Historic Lap of Luxury

Posted by Ed • Thursday, April 9. 2015 • Category: Los Angeles

The Los Angeles metropolitan area has an abundance of luxurious wedding venues to choose from, venues steeped in tradition and elegance.

The Alcove Cafe is a quaint, exquisite and historic location perfect for a private and intimate wedding ceremonies and receptions. The Alcove was originally one bungalow constructed as a Craftsman cottage in 1897. Later in 1916, a Spanish duplex was built on the property, and in the 1970's, the owner converted the two houses for commercial use. Today, the Alcove Cafe and Bakery remain two of the oldest houses in Los Feliz. Charming and beautiful, the Alcove has a tranquil patio with trellises overhead. The cuisine incorporates fresh, local, organically grown products, pastries baked onsite, hand-crafted coffees and an award-winning Belgian chocolate collection. It hosts an All Things Bridal! event where wedding artisans can help you plan every detail of your wedding from the perfect dress, flowers and music down to the sweets.

The Descanso Gardens in La CaArial","sans-serif"; font-style: normal;">ñada Flintridge is another fabulous venue for wedding ceremonies and receptions. Located in the foothills of the San Gabriel mountains, Descanso Gardens offers stunning mountain views, brooks, water fountains and beautiful settings in gorgeous flower gardens. The Japanese Garden, The Rose Garden Pavilion and the Boddy House are among some of your options at Descanso Gardens for a wedding ceremony or reception. The Rose Garden Pavilion sits among the fragrant rose gardens and is an outdoor pavilion large enough for a dance floor, table seating and DJ area. The Boddy House is situated on a hill crest overlooking the landscape of gardens. Boddy was the owner and publisher of the former Los Angeles Daily News, and he purchased the land that is now Descanso Gardens, delivering the task of building this 12,000 square feet mansion to a renowned architect who built "homes for the stars" back in 1937. The two-story estate has 22 rooms and is open to the public to rent for weddings, receptions, parties and other events. Step back into the lavish style of a by-gone era and make your wedding an unforgettable memory.

While these are just two of countless Los Angeles wedding venues, another way to make your day memorable is your means of transportation. A U.S. Coachways luxury limousine or party bus can help you and your wedding party arrive safely and in style. Choose one of our eco-friendly vehicles and help save the environment. We offer 10% discounts when booking $1,000 or more. Call 1-855-606-4361 and mention L.A. when booking your trip.

Create Your Own Exquisite New Jersey Wedding Memories

Posted by Ed • Wednesday, April 8. 2015 • Category: New Jersey

New Jersey offers elegant and luxurious venues where establishments are devoted to assisting couples with planning their weddings. If you live in the Newark area, several wonderful venues are worthy of consideration.

The Place on the Lake is an elegant estate with breathtaking lakeside views for a wedding reception. Enjoy the manicured grounds that span for 22 acres with winding pathways in verdant wooded areas and large pines that shade the lakeshore. Couples often choose the 5,000 square foot patio as the perfect location for exchanging their vows. You can also step into a magnificent newly remodeled ballroom that provides ample table seating, soft romantic lighting and lends to the color scheme of your choice for your special occasion. Guests enjoy the exquisite cuisine prepared with the freshest, seasonal ingredients. A wedding planner and professional staff work closely with couples and attend to even the smallest details for creating your perfect wedding, including fine linens, glassware and perfect centerpieces.

Il Tulipano is also a prominent New Jersey wedding venue, located in Cedar Grove. In existence since 1982, this family owned and operated venue began as one of New Jersey's best Italian restaurants, receiving top awards and reviews, including Restaurateur of the Year. The Polimeni Family set an example for other restaurateurs and also educated, trained and produced some of the top restaurateurs in the tri-state area. Since then it has grown into an extraordinary venue for weddings and has built a reputation as a premiere wedding location.

The Grand Marquis, located in Old Bridge, New Jersey offers stunningly beautiful ballrooms, each with its own cocktail room, private restrooms and bridal suite for pre-wedding preparations. Most wedding celebrations take place in the exquisite Dome Room or Marquis room. The ballrooms can accommodate up to 700 guests. Excellent service, fine cuisine and the elegant atmosphere of the Grand Marquis make your wedding a lasting beautiful memory you will never forget.

In addition to planning a magnificent wedding venue, you can also arrive to your destination in a way befitting for the occasion. Our stretch limousines and luxury party coaches enable brides safe transportation in elegant style. Reserve one of our vehicles and also do your part to save the environment. All our vehicles are eco-friendly and help to reduce carbon emissions. We offer 10% discounts when booking $1,000 or more. Call 1-855-606-4361 and mention JERSEY when booking your trip.

A Gala and Elegant New York City or Long Island Wedding

Posted by Ed • Tuesday, April 7. 2015 • Category: New York

A New York City wedding can be an enchanting, luxurious event in a serene location tucked away in the midst of the fast paced, bustling city.

The Brooklyn Botanic Garden is a beautiful haven of flowers, towering trees and green carpeted lawns, an idyllic setting for a wedding ceremony or evening reception. The Palm House emerges in the midst of the garden and is a lattice work of glass panes forming walls that stretch up into a dome. While a beautiful structure is also offers stunning views of the gardens. The magnificent house seats up to 300 guests. An exquisite fountain is directly in front of the Palm House complemented by Lily Pool Terrace, which has two rectangular pools with close to 100 varieties of lilies and lotuses. The Palm House is well known for its catering capabilities and has handled notorious venues such as the Lincoln Center, Rockefeller Center and Grand Central Terminal. Planning elegant weddings are a specialty for the Palm House. Its expert team assists you in customizing your every detail, from choosing wines, crafting custom menus, selecting linen colors and choosing the most delectable and aesthetically decorated cake.

Long Island is another dreamlike location for wedding ceremonies and receptions. The Garden City Hotel has taken on the tradition of legendary weddings and has received some of the industry's most noteworthy bridal awards. Think spacious because the hotel has 25,000 square feet available to devote to weddings, including the exquisite Grand Ballroom and the Posh Ultralounge. Its world-class culinary and pastry team deliver impeccable food customized to cater to your every desire. Bridal suites specialize in pampering you through personal butlers, a spa and salon.

Weddings are gala events and whatever your choice of venues, couples, their wedding parties and friends require transportation to travel from the boroughs to Long Island, the Hamptons or to airports. However you decide to plan this memorable and marvelous moment, U.S. Coachways is glad to provide a luxury limousine or party bus so you can arrive stress-free and make your entry in style. Our eco-friendly vehicles reduce carbon emissions and help save the environment. We offer 10% discounts when booking $1,000 or more. Call 1-855-606-4361 and mention NEW YORK when booking your trip.

Miami Moments to Remember: An Unforgettable Wedding

Posted by Ed • Friday, April 3. 2015 • Category: Miami

Miami temperatures are delightful in the late spring and early summer and it's the perfect time for weddings.

An occasion as special as a wedding calls for extraordinary measures and that means an unforgettable ambiance. At a beachfront resort you enjoy the tranquility of ocean waves and a romantic tropical view of white sandy shores. The Trump International Beach Resort Miami provides a five star experience that begins with planning the venue for your ceremony. For the special moment of exchanging vows, you have the versatility for choosing a poolside or beachfront ceremony or a ceremony in the elegant ballroom with floor to ceiling windows and an ocean view. The professional catering staff can assist you with the details of your reception. Trump Resort is known for lavish culinary ideas, always flawlessly prepared and aesthetically presented. The finishing touches on the reception are executed down to the fine details, including the perfect cocktails and entertainment for your guests.

The Fountainebleau Miami Beach is another option for elegance and innovation. The hotel promises a unique experience tailored to meet your particular tastes and surpass your expectations. The Fontainebleau takes the vision of 21st century architect Morris Lapidus and combines his concepts with contemporary art, design, music and technology into an atmosphere that aims to delight its guests. The hotel staff encourage you to work with them in creating an innovative wedding experience that reflects your personal creativity. You can reserve one of the Fontainebleau's exquisite ballrooms with floating ceilings and crystal chandeliers for your reception. Some options to incorporate into your magical evening include: a cocktail reception, plated dinners with wine service, and a champagne toast complemented by a signature wedding cake, baked and decorated by the hotel's award-winning pastry chefs.

Whatever you decide for your Miami wedding, you will want to arrive in luxury. Make your entrance in a U.S. Coachways limousine and celebrate an unforgettable moment. Because all of our vehicles are eco-friendly, you can do your part to reduce carbon emissions and help save the environment. We offer 10% discounts when booking $1,000 or more. Call 1-855-606-4361 and mention MIAMI when booking your trip.

Create Your Own Magical Moments in a Georgia Wedding

Posted by Ed • Thursday, April 2. 2015 • Category: Atlanta

Hospitality, gentility and a cultivation of beauty are attributes we associate with the Deep South, and particularly when it comes to an Atlanta wedding.

Planning a wedding can be a delightful endeavor when you have beautiful venues from which to chose. The Atlanta area does not disappoint in this respect. Ashton Gardens is located in Sugar Hill, Georgia, which is about an hour drive from Atlanta and a favorite venue for brides and grooms. Surrounded by tall, beautiful trees, a verdant landscape and courtyards with fountains, couples appreciate the elegance of this private setting. The glass enclosed wedding chapel provides a panoramic view of the grounds, with light entering in from all sides, creating an open air feeling. Ivory colored pews line the aisle to the altar and cream colored walls supported by light wooden beams stretch upward into a light colored canopy over the chapel. The reception areas are spectacular ballrooms also encased in glass windows that extend from floor to ceiling, opening the room to an outside view of the surrounding forest. Austrian crystal chandeliers and candles provide soft, romantic lighting. Enjoy a fine dining experience in a decor of white linen tablecloths, gorgeous centerpieces, exquisite china, silverware and stem glassware.

Another unique and favorite venue is 2400 On the River, located in Ranger, Georgia, which is about an hour and a half drive from Atlanta. Tucked away in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains on the Coosawattee River, a single log cabin grew into an 28 acre property with a chapel, gazebo, foot bridges, pavilion, indoor and outdoor fireplaces, and an 8,709 square feet event area. It is a magical location for young couples to exchange vows. You find yourself immersed in nature with frogs chirping in the evenings, a lazy river flowing through the woods and hills that surround a lake teaming with fish.

Arrive at your wedding location in style, riding in a U.S. Coachways limousine or party bus. Relax in luxury on your way to one of the most significant and magical moments in your life. You can do your part to save the environment by using one of our eco-friendly vehicles. We offer 10% discounts when booking $1,000 or more. Call 1-855-606-4361 and mention ATLANTA when booking your trip.

Exchanging Marriage Vows in Beautiful Philadelphia Wedding Venues

Posted by Ed • Wednesday, April 1. 2015 • Category: Philadelphia

Most brides and grooms plan their weddings to occur in the springtime or summer. For a quintessential wedding, Philadelphia provides some exquisitely unique venues that can make your special day live on in memory like a fairly tale.

The Barley Sheaf Farm Estate, which is situated about 40 miles northeast of Philadelphia in New Hope, spans for more than 100 acres of woodlands and farm pastures in Bucks County. Prominent magazines, such as The New Yorker and National Geographic Traveler and also CNBC have featured Barley Sheaf Farm Estate, lauding it as a distinguished inn, highly reputed by travelers from all over the world. The estate was the historic home of Pulitzer Prize winning playwright George Kaufman. For a storybook wedding or an informal exchanging of vows in the country, the inn provides a stunningly beautiful setting.

HollyHedge Estate is another noteworthy venue, also located in New Hope. It is a rustic country estate with in-house wedding planners who for more than 20 years have helped couples create romantic weddings and wonderful menus through their access to local farmers and distributors for seasonal dishes. Their award winning catering team applies its to expertise to craft all wedding details, working with brides and grooms from day one. On the wedding day everyone enjoys the quaint ambiance of the inn and the pastoral yet elegant feel of the grounds and buildings. Reports from married couples testify to the magic that HollyHedge Estate brings to their eventful wedding day.

For those who want to capture the feel of medieval times, nothing compares with being married in a castle. Fonthill Museum Castle and Estate located in Doylestown in Bucks County is a National Historic Landmark, built in 1912 nestled in 30 forested acres. It is a historic castle imbued with the rich heritage of the greater Philadelphia area. For the past five years in a row, it was voted into the top 10 Wedding Reception venues in Bucks County.

The final touch to a beautiful wedding is to arrive in a limousine and this is where U.S. Coachways can lend a hand. We can drive you to and from your wedding venue in a luxury vehicle., which is also eco-friendly and helps save the environment through reduced carbon emissions. We offer 10% discounts when booking $1,000 or more. Call 1-855-606-4361 and mention PHILADELPHIA when booking your trip.

Plan Your Dream Wedding in South Carolina

Posted by Ed • Tuesday, March 31. 2015 • Category: Weddings

During late spring and early summer, we're entering the bridal season. Charleston, South Carolina has a beautiful, picturesque coastal landscape, dotted with enormous old oak trees draped in Spanish moss. This charming location has a lot to offer in terms of wedding venues.

Boon Hall Plantation's rustic ambiance is unforgettable, and Story Board Wedding captured the unique details of a memorable wedding that was held there. Quaint and innovative creativity went into planning the wedding and some highlights included weathered gray wood signage and strand lights at Cotton Dock on the marsh. The table seating featured center pieces with decorative street signs of popular Charleston French Quarter boulevards and avenues. The bride wore a gown of cascading embroidered tulle layers, the color of rose tinted champagne, called the Rosecliff Gown by BHLDN. She complemented it with a simple, but gorgeous floral crown of spring blooms. The couple selected a sumptuous whipped butter cream wedding cake adorned with succulent flowers. Chic but with a bohemian flair, this wedding was memorable and yours can be too.

Further inland, about a 30 minute drive from downtown Charleston in Summerville, South Carolina, lies the Woodlands Mansion, another dreamy setting for weddings. The mansion sits on 100 acres of land and has gone through extensive restorations since being built in 1906. Today, it is a luxury destination reserved for weddings and corporate events. Its grand dining room, private courtyard and large drawing rooms paint an elegant backdrop for any wedding, and there are 18 bedrooms for those who plan to spend the night. The beautifully manicured grounds and preserved decor inside the mansion take you back to an era of exquisite, tranquil luxury, the perfect surroundings for a wedding to remember.

Magnolia Plantations and Gardens claims to be Charleston's most visited plantation and is a popular venue for weddings. A large plantation house with a southern style veranda overlooks manicured gardens, majestically towering Live Oaks and sprawling green pasturelands. Within the estate, options for wedding ceremonies include the Carriage House and lawn with a view of the Ashley River, the Conservatory and Schoolhouse Pond Lawn, the Plantation House and White Bridge Lawn, the Pavilion and the Magnolia Gardens. The beauty and fragrance of flowers blooming in spring and early summer make this a stunning location, and it has drawn visitors from all over the world since its opening for public view in the 1870's.

U.S. Coachways invites you to ride with us to the ocean oasis of Charleston. Rent stretch limos or party buses to arrive in style, as many wedding parties do, and create a wedding memory that will last a lifetime. At U.S. Coachways, our eco-friendly vehicles provide an elegant ride that also helps reduce carbon emissions, saving the environment. We offer 10% discounts when booking $1,000 or more. Call 1-855-606-4361 and mention OCEAN when booking your trip.

Baltimore Spring: Savor Baseball, Ballpark History and Delicious Cuisine

Posted by Ed • Saturday, March 28. 2015 • Category: Baltimore

As winter ends and we turn the corner, spring is unfolding. Warmer weather and new life brings excitement. Baseball, America's favorite pastime comes into season and faithful fans start heading to the stadiums to cheer on their teams. Baltimore offers a number of attractions for people to enjoy.

"Take me out to the ball game" at Oriole Park at Camden Yards in downtown Baltimore and see the Baltimore Oriole's first game of the season on Monday, April 6. This stadium has been the Orioles' official home since 1992. It marked the beginning of a new baseball era for our nation and became a model for building other stadiums that would integrate baseball into historic neighborhoods and thus help revitalize America's urban areas. From the day it opened, Oriole Park grabbed the attention of baseball fans and it earned the nickname as "the ballpark that forever changed baseball."

Across from the stadium, Sports Legends Museum at Camden Yards is located in Camden Station between Oriole Park and the B&O Warehouse. Camden Station was the terminal for our nation's first commercial railroad, the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad. As time passed, Camden Station reached a point of structural damage that was headed toward tearing it down, but before that occurred, the Babe Ruth Museum was built to preserve the birth place of Babe Ruth. Building the museum also saved Camden Station from meeting its own demise. Under the corporate ownership of the Babe Ruth Museum, Sports Legend Museum at Camden yards was opened in 2005. You can visit the museum, which is located in the basement of Camden Station and contains 22,000 square feet of interactive exhibits and artifacts. Learn about the rich history of baseball and vicariously experience some of the ballpark's greatest moments.

While you're in Baltimore, you're in for a culinary treat. Baltimore Food Tours provides visitors with an opportunity to visit historic Baltimore neighborhoods and experience local cuisine at the same time. Some options for food tours include traditional neighborhoods like Fells Point, Federal Hill, Little Italy, Jonestown and Mt. Vernon. The food ranges from traditional fare carried down from one generation to the next to leading edge cuisine presented by today's state-of-the-art chefs.

U.S. Coachways invites you to take a trip to Baltimore and travel with family or friends in an eco-friendly vehicle. A limousine or party bus reduces carbon emissions and helps us save the environment. We offer 10% discounts when booking $1,000 or more. Call 1-855-606-4361 and mention BALTIMORE when booking your trip.

Get Away to Chicago for Spring Tours and Entertainment

Posted by Ed • Thursday, March 26. 2015 • Category: Chicago

When the landscape comes alive with budding flowers and bright green leaves, people want to enjoy the beautiful spring weather. Take a trip to Chicago, a seasonal location where the contrast of spring is quite evident.

Plan spending some time outdoors and take a walking tour of Chicago's architecture. The silver lining of Chicago's Great Fire in 1871 was that well-known architects seized the opportunity to dot the landscape with memorable new architecture, much of which remains today interspersed with more modern skyscrapers. The Rookery Building is a famous piece of architecture completed in 1888, and visiting this site takes you back to another century. It remains a Financial District symbol and architectural masterpiece which is named as a landmark in the National Register of Historic Places. You can step into the 1930's, an era all its own, known for Art Deco, when viewing the 45 story Chicago Board of Trade building. See Willis Tower (Sears Tower), which was the world's tallest building upon its completion in 1973 and is now the tallest building in North America.

While you're out walking, take a jaunt down world renowned Magnificent Mile, a stretch of Michigan Avenue where thousands of shoppers delight in big name department stores such as Saks Fifth Avenue, Neiman Marcus, Macy's, Lord & Taylor, Nordstrom, and Barney's New York. Many independent retail or specialty stores and high-end boutiques are also in the area. They cater to shopper's whims and needs, offering business attire, antiques, artwork and fine jewelry.

Spending a night at the Briar Street Theatre will add an entertaining evening to your trip. Originally built as a carriage house containing horse stables in 1901, the theatre was redesigned in the 1970's into a beautiful 300-seat theatre. The theatre has been a home throughout the years to numerous performers, such as Mickey Rooney and Veronica Hamel. Today it is the longstanding venue for the dynamic and extremely talented Blue Man Group, Chicago. The Blue Man Group blends technology with music and comedy to create a unique form of entertainment that has become popular all over the world.

Take a Trip to Chicago, the Second City! U.S. Coachways can drive you from one stop in your visit to the next in our eco-friendly vehicle. Do your part to help save the environment by reducing carbon emissions. We offer 10% discounts when booking $1,000 or more. Call 1-855-606-4361 and mention CHICAGO when booking your trip.

St. Louis Family Fun When Spring Has Sprung

Posted by Ed • Wednesday, March 25. 2015 • Category: Saint Louis

Ogden Nash wrote, "Spring is sprung, the grass has riz, I wonder where the birdies is." If you're like many parents, your kids have been climbing the walls as winter ended and springtime arrived. You're eager to send them out to play. Perhaps a spring vacation or weekend getaway to St. Louis is just the answer to channel their built-up energy.

St. Louis has exciting animal attractions that simply delight children. Grant's Farm opens on Saturday April 11 and kids love the animal shows, petting area and other activities. Owned by the Busch family of Anheuser-Busch and named after Ulysses S. Grant, the farm is 281 acres and was the Busch's ancestral home. Since 1954 the public has enjoyed Grant's farm. Activities include the Elephant Education Show, which provides an interactive experience with elephants. Kids can feed goats with bottles, pet a Clydesdale horse and feed parakeets using a feeding stick. If you have a small group, you can arrange a private tour and the farm also accommodates large group visits.

Purina Farms is another favorite for children who love animals. Springtime Village takes place from March 18 through April 4 and includes fun egg hunts, photos with Peter Cottontail and face painting. The Purina Farms Pets in the Community Program strives to bring young pet lovers and animals together by featuring professional trainers who show you what their rescued performance pets can do. They'll entertain you with musical performances of pets catching flying discs and also help educate people about pet care, safety and nutrition.

Kids and adults who have read Mark Twain's classic book, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer can bring the book to life through a ride on a St. Louis Riverboat. The riverboat's big paddle wheel turns, leisurely propelling the boat down the wide Mississippi River. You'll see the magnificent Gateway Arch of St. Louis tower above you from a close-up view. Available cruises are the One-Hour Sightseeing Cruise, the Skyline Dinner Cruise or a variety of specialty cruises. Cruises became available again in March and extend through November.

U.S. Coachways invites you to Meet Me in St. Louis by arranging a visit using one of our eco-friendly vehicles. Help reduce carbon emissions and join in with others who want to save the environment. We offer 10% discounts when booking $1,000 or more. Call 1-855-606-4361 and mention ST. LOUIS when booking your trip.