Glacier Canyon – Wisconsin Dells

When I was younger, my parents took my sister and me, on many trips to the Wisconsin Dells. We had a blast staying at the Yogi Bear Campground in Warrens, and going to Noah’s Ark or Family Land. While I love and cherish all of those memories, and I would not change them for the world, nothing beats The Wyndham Vacation Resort at Glacier Canyon.

If you are looking for a place to take your family that will have your kids talking all year long about their experience, you want to go to Glacier Canyon. Glacier Canyon is equipped with amenities galore, and will keep your family busy for days. There is no need to leave the resort unless you want to go downtown or try something different such as riding the Ducks.

The resort has very comfortable rooms that have a rustic feel. They are equipped with Jacuzzi tubs that bubble all of your walking aches away. They have fireplaces, and they have either a patio or balcony. Our room had both a breakfast bar and a decent sized dining room table. You shouldn’t run into any trouble getting everyone to a table for dinner.

If you would like to eat out, the resort has five restaurants to try. They have arcades, black light mini golf courses, go karts, three indoor water parks, including a swim-up bar, and three outdoor water parks, as well as organized activities for the kids, and a workout room for the adults.

If your children get bored at this place, I fear nothing is going to satisfy them. There is simply too much to see and do, and it takes more than one day to do it all. I did try out the Pirate mini golf, and it was a blast. I also tried the pizza, which I very much enjoyed.

The only problem I ran into at this resort was when the upstairs neighbor’s dishwasher began leaking into our kitchen. The staff and maintenance people at the resort moved very quickly to take care of the issue. We were given some comps for the resort because of the leak. I was impressed with how quickly this situation was handled.

I would definitely come back and stay at this resort again. It is one of my favorite Wyndham locations, even as an adult. I went in November, so the outdoor parks were not open, but a great time was still had by everyone involved.

For more information on Glacier Canyon, please visit: https://www.extraholidays.com/wisconsin-dells-wisconsin-getaway/wyndham-vacation-resorts-at-glacier-canyon.aspx

KISS, by Monster Mini Golf

Two years ago while visiting Las Vegas; my family decided they would like to partake in a little friendly competition. We promptly sought out the first mini golf we could find. Low and behold, KISS, by Monster Mini Golf.

This course is eighteen holes of pure black-light fun. Everything is KISS related and if you like black-lights as well as mini golf, you will love this experience. It definitely takes some getting used to. Golfing in a black-light setting is much more tedious than a regular mini golf course; perhaps this is why I have finished dead last, twice.

Adding to the experience is a live DJ, who showcases KISS music, the entire time you are there. If you want a little more excitement added to your experience, you could get married in the KISS wedding chapel and then have your reception in the KISS event room. After your wedding ceremony you may partake in more mini golf as well as KISS themed arcade games. There is no end to the fun you will have at KISS, by Monster Mini Golf.

Before you leave for the evening, be sure to check out the KISS themed gift shop. You never know what you may find. Perhaps that perfect piece of rocker memorabilia, to add to your personal collection.

For more information on KISS, by Monster Mini Golf, or to book your event, please visit: http://kiss.monsterminigolf.com/

Valley Of Fire

One hour, northeast of the strip, you will find Valley of Fire State Park. This is another wonderful place to see if you love beautiful scenic drives and exploring. Much like Red Rock, you will find awe inspiring rock formations in various colors.

Upon arriving there will be a fee to get into the park. Currently that price is set at $10 per car. You can enjoy the park from dawn until dusk. Definitely pack a lunch, there are plenty of places to relax and enjoy a meal, along the way.

This park is filled with tons of hiking trails and lots of things to see. You can camp at one of the many sites available; you will have shade, a table, and water nearby. You will see things such as petroglyphs and petrified trees. The visitor’s center will provide tons of information about the 40,000 acres that make up the park.

If you wish to get married in the Valley of Fire, that can be arranged as well. My husband, Neal, and I, were originally supposed to say our vows in the park, but we skipped ahead and got married early. When we renew our vows in a few years, I am seriously considering the Valley of Fire because of its beautiful surroundings.

If you wish to remain in your car, you can still drive through the park and see many of the beautiful rock formations. I have taken this drive many times and I still find it exhilarating. Once you reach the petroglyphs, however, I would suggest getting out and taking a closer look.

For more information or to book your event at Valley of Fire, please visit: http://parks.nv.gov/parks/valley-of-fire

A Visit to Fremont Street

Ah the drunken debauchery of Las Vegas. So many casinos to hit, so little time. Even if your time is short in the land of sexy fun, you should definitely take time to enjoy The Fremont Experience. If you already have a place to stay on the strip, you can easily catch a bus over to Fremont.

Thirty-four years ago, when my parents were visiting Las Vegas, Fremont Street was considered to be the Las Vegas strip. Now Fremont Street is just as exciting, but provides a little different experience for Vegas goers. My recommendation is that you get a hotel on Fremont for at least one night of your stay. Trust me; it’s going to be a late night.

There are many hotel/casinos to choose from on Fremont. I have stayed at the Plaza on a couple of occasions, and while its accommodations are decent, I ran into issues with my room both times. The Golden Nugget also gave me some issues; they didn’t have the room I requested, but their year round pool area, complete with fire pits and heat lamps, more than made up for my frustration. If you choose to stay at the Golden Nugget, be sure to check out the actual golden nugget, and the awesome shark tank waterslide.

Some of the highlights of Fremont Street are the ninety foot tall, fifteen hundred foot long Viva Vision video screen, the ever popular Slotzilla Zip Line, which spans the length of Fremont, and the several stages that host live bands each night. As you wander down Fremont you can easily catch all of these activities in motion.

While on Fremont, you will see a number of casinos. There will be tons of stores for buying souvenirs, or alcohol, and plenty of bars. You will also see scantily clad street performers and people in exotic costumes. You may even see some things you wish you hadn’t.

There are plenty of places to dance and have a good time. The D has a great dance club that plays fun upbeat music. If you are looking for something a little different, check out Hogs and Heifers, which is located around the corner from Fremont, on North 3rd Street. This bar is for people who like country music and are not easily offended. You will see the bartenders dancing on the bar and they will also go to lengths to harass you, but it is all in the name of fun.

Fremont Street is also the home of some great food choices. You will find the Heart Attack Grill located at 450 Fremont Street. Patrons of this establishment are adorned in hospital gowns and served massively oversized meals. If you are looking for buffets, the casinos have them by the boat load, and if you want a tasty diner experience, the café in Binion’s is tasty, as well as reasonably priced.

With so many activities to choose from, you cannot go wrong with visiting Fremont Street. For more information, please visit: http://vegasexperience.com/

The Pahrump Valley Winery

Every now and then, while visiting Las Vegas, my family likes to get out of town and take a small trip over to the Pahrump Valley Winery. It will take you sixty minutes to get to the winery. Once you are there you will be happy you made the trip.

The winery offers tastings, as well as tours. They have won eighty-three national awards for their wine. Nevada Magazine voted their restaurant as “Best Restaurant,” the past two years in a row.

One of the coolest events you can go to at this winery is the Grape Stomp. This festival is in October and provides fun for your whole group. You can stomp grapes (if you sign up in advance), taste wine, listen to music, and eat some wonderful food. The best part is, in 2016, the entry price was $7 in advance or $10 at the door. That’s a great price for such a fun event.

My favorite wine at the Pahrump Valley Winery is the Burgundy. It has a great flavor and I could enjoy it anytime. If you are looking for something a little sweeter, the 2013 Symphony is also great. I definitely recommend going in and doing a wine tasting. Don’t forget to tip the staff; they are always so happy and helpful.

For more information on the Pahrump Valley Winery, please visit: http://www.pahrumpwinery.com/

Red Rock Canyon

If you are in Las Vegas and you love the outdoors, especially hiking, you should definitely take the time to visit Red Rock Canyon. Only seventeen miles off the strip, Red Rock is well worth the drive. It will give you a break from the indoors and the craziness of the strip.

I frequently take time for a hike in Red Rock. You cannot beat the amazing views. You can either choose a specific hiking trail, or just spend some time climbing around on the rocks. One of my favorite things to do is take pictures of all the unique rock formations. The colors in Red Rock are extraordinary.

Just outside of the payment zone for entering the park, there is a boardwalk that you can meander through. You will see tons of different plants as well as some animals. Do not make the mistake I made; go when it’s not ridiculously windy. The boardwalk is not protected from the elements and you will lose your hat, sunglasses, or anything else that is not tied down, including light-weight people.

If walking and hiking does not sound exciting to you, there are other options. You could take the 13 mile scenic drive, which will leave you feeling peaceful and relaxed. However, if you still want to be outside, but you just don’t want to walk, you could also opt to go horseback riding. After your horseback ride you can relax and have a nice picnic lunch at one of the many picnic areas.

Be sure to stop at the visitor center before leaving the park. There are many more things to learn and see. You can check out the exhibits as well as the bookstore. I always stop simply to purchase a magnet for my travel collection.

For more information on Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, please visit: https://www.blm.gov/nv/st/en/fo/lvfo/blm_programs/blm_special_areas/red_rock_nca.html

The Wyndham Resort at Avon

This past May, Neal and I, took a trip to Colorado. We wanted to get out of town for a few days for our anniversary. After much contemplation we decided to look into our timeshare and see if anything sparked our interest. We were happy to find the Wyndham Resort at Avon.

This resort is beautiful and has many great amenities. Upon check-in guests are given s’more packages to roast s’mores out on the patio. Even if you are the only person wanting to sit on the patio, they will still light a fire for you.

This resort has an owner’s lounge that hosts happy hour each day. On weekends you can sit and listen to live music. There is a game room with a pool table, and there are several retail stores and restaurants within walking distance.

The room had a large beautiful kitchen for cooking in. There was a fireplace, and a personal balcony. The bathroom came equipped with a luxury shower. The overall feel of the room was modern and very comfortable.

The room we stayed in did not have a whirlpool, but, the hotel did have an amazing hot tub. When I say amazing, I mean it was gorgeous. The hot tub was large and it had a waterfall that separated it into two sections. We were lucky enough to have the back section completely to ourselves. It was a wonderful experience.

If you are looking for further activities, the area around the Wyndham is beautiful. You can wander along the river or check out the many sculptures around town. The concierge is also more than willing to set you up with an activity plan. We chose to visit Hanging Lake, which is a fun little hike, but must be done early in the day or you may not find parking anywhere near the trail.

To check out more photos of the Wyndham, or to look for availability, please visit: https://www.extraholidays.com/beaver-creek-co/wyndham-resort-at-avon-accomodation.aspx

Adventure is wherever the desire takes us.