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Thursday, March 29, 2007

Interesting Dallas Attraction and upcoming visit to Houston

If visiting Dallas anytime soon, the Dallas Museum of Art has an innovative late night program where the Museum stays open till midnight on the third Friday of each month. General admission is $10 or less (with kids under 12 free). Admission also includes free Starbucks coffee to keep you fully wired. Events include art activities, tours, and concerts. Read details at DallasMuseumofArt.org. In our visit last year to London, we wished that the many museums there would have had similar programs as there were so many to see. In the months to come, we will be making a return trip to Dallas/Fort Worth to highlight some of the more unique aspects of the area. In the meantime, be sure to read our Dallas area features on Southfork Hotel and the Southfork Ranch, and our Fort Worth features, which includes a visit to Billy Bobs, the Fort Worth Zoo, and Miss Molly's B&B Hotel.

Coming up next month, we visit Houston. Since I lived there for a summer job some 25 years ago, the city has exploded with growth. There are alot of construction projects in place that will further enhance the city as a fun destination for tourists, events, and meetings. We will be featuring a brand new luxury hotel with an Italian flare, the Hotel Granduca, just a short walk from Uptown Park, which houses many quality restaurants and shops. In the coming months, we plan a return visit to the coastal city of Galveston just south of Houston and the Corpus Christi areas to feature more top accommodations.

Posted by Carl Burnham at 3:51 PM
Categories: Destinations

Thursday, March 22, 2007

Dallas Cowboys' new Arlington stadium

On a recent quick trip through Dallas, we drove through the Arlington area to see the work progressing on the new Dallas Cowboys stadium set to open by Summer of 2009.
Approved by Arlington voters, the stadium will be funded with local tax increases. The construction project is massive, and we counted ten cranes in operation around the site. The $650 million stadium will be constructed with a glass exterior and have an open air ceiling, and have a capacity of 80,000 fans.

Here is a video to give an idea of what it will look like:
Posted by Carl Burnham at 2:30 PM
Categories: Destinations

Monday, March 19, 2007

Revisiting downtown Natchez

One of our writers, Tommy Ford, recently visited Natchez again (see his previous writeup here). Tourists come from all over the world to tour the stately mansions, and experience the hospitality and rich history of the old Southern town. One area of concern noted in his writeup was the downtown area, which had most of the old buildings boarded up. The old downtown movie theatre was still closed, with old celebrity photos in the windows now gone. There have been some positive developments, as new local businesses have moved into the downtown area into some of these old buildings, including coffee shops, antique stores, a brand new book store in another.

Natchez, Mississippi, a hidden gem
The downtown area has alot of potential in attracting tourists who come in droves on tour buses for the Natchez Pilgrimage Tours. We always encourage preservation of historic buildings where feasible, which uses existing building space and preserves the unique architectural character and sense of place for future generations to enjoy. There are too many downtown areas that have destroyed their historic old buildings in the name of progress or have neglected them and have suffered for it.

Old marker denoting the center of Natchez
Thankfully, many towns and cities we have visited have had the insight to focus on preserving their downtown areas and have seen them blossom and become revitalized again. These are positive signs for the Natchez downtown area. It is a gem in the rough.

For an interesting read, check out Natchez and the Mississippi, signed by the author

Posted by Carl Burnham at 12:24 PM
Edited on: Wednesday, January 30, 2008 6:46 PM
Categories: Destinations

Friday, March 16, 2007

Are you claiming your IRS refund?

Being tax time, here is a reminder to claim your one-time refund from the IRS for phone bill taxes charged.
A website has been created to explain the process. If you kept old statements, your refund could be over $200, but average refunds are alot less.
Go to http://www.refundsforgood.org/ for more information.

Posted by Carl Burnham at 10:44 AM

Wednesday, March 07, 2007

If they build it, they will come...the Grand Canyon Skywalk

In my three visits to the rim of the Grand Canyon, I have always come away with a sense of awe as to the expanse of it all.

In a feat of engineering, the Grand Canyon Skywalk will open for visitors this month (March 28,2007), and provide visitors with a unique glimpse into the Canyon. To be operated by the Hualapai Indian Tribe, which owns land along the West rim of the Canyon, it will overhang the canyon edge by 70 feet with glimpses of the Colorado River 4,000 feet below through the glass sides and bottom of the half-circle shaped walkway. This futuristic design of steel beams with earthquake reinforcements will be able to accept 120 visitors at a time, who will pay a $25 admission fee.
--->Be one of the first to experience this unique attraction!

The South Rim is where most people travel when they explore the Canyon. In our previous visit, we explored the South and North Rim (which gets more snow and is more remote). If looking to visit the Grand Canyon, plan well ahead to make best use of your time, especially if wanting to go on a mule ride into the Canyon, visit beautiful Havasu Falls next to the Grand Canyon (up to a year ahead of time to reserve), or either Rim.

For a handy reference if traveling to the Grand Canyon, I recommend getting the book:
Grand Canyon: The Complete Guide

Now, I'm itching to get back to explore more...

Since this post, I have received some exclusive photos of the Skywalk from Grand Canyon West -
Photo credit: Grand Canyon WestPhoto credit: Grand Canyon West

Posted by Carl Burnham at 3:56 PM
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