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Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Couple thrown out of hotel, accused of writing bad review

The manager of the Golden Beach Hotel in Blackpool, UK I suspect will be getting a lot of feedback about this...no excuse for it.
Read the full story.

Posted by Carl Burnham at 11:39 PM
Categories: Accommodations, Destinations

New Restaurant Opens Near Historic Jackson, Ms. Hotel

The Parlor Market has opened in downtown Jackson next to the historic King Edward Hotel (which has opened as the Hilton Garden Inn). According to Craig Noone, the chef and restaurant owner, "I've always dreamed of opening a restaurant." Noone grew up in Jackson, moved away, and came back when he saw the potential for a restaurant near the hotel. The restaurant's name derives from the Parlor Market Grocery Store that thrived here back in the 1920s. The standard fare of the Parlor Market is local Southern meals made from scratch, including even moon pies, plus an oyster bar.
Growing up in Jackson, I'm glad to see the downtown area getting revitalized.
Reserve a table at the Parlor Market and other area restaurants.

Posted by Carl Burnham at 12:21 AM
Categories: Restaurants

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Bear Creek Retreat near Austin

Looking for an ideal retreat near Austin where you can have a two story house to yourself or either desire a reunion, wedding, or meeting in a Texas hill country setting?
Besides the complimentary guest snacks and beverages, get your very own jar of out-of-this-world homemade hot fudge perfect when heated and drizzled over some ice cream to enjoy while you soak in the hot tub out back. Read about our visit and review of Bear Creek Retreat.
Bear Creek Retreat, Manchaca, Texas

Posted by Carl Burnham at 9:16 PM
Edited on: Wednesday, September 22, 2010 9:23 PM
Categories: Accommodations, Destinations, Videos

Facebook down, who pulled the plug?

Facebook has now been down for over an hour today. Hmm, wonder who unplugged a router? Can't even ping their domain name or main IP address...
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In other news, Facebook is expanding their offices here in Austin. Hopefully, they will hire some more geeks to keep their site from going down...

In the meantime, we have many ways to keep track of Southpoint. Join our YouTube Travel Channel. Follow us on Twitter. Subscribe to our RSS Feed to be notified as we post new blog entries.
We have many exciting things coming here at Southpoint as we expand our site with coverage of unique and historic stays and destinations.

When Facebook comes back up, be sure to follow us for the latest in travel news.

Update: Facebook back up. Now get to socializing.

Posted by Carl Burnham at 1:59 PM
Edited on: Wednesday, September 22, 2010 2:32 PM

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Omni San Antonio Hotel now at River Walk

Today, Omni Hotels & Resorts announced that San Antonio's Watermark Hotel & Spa will now be Mokara, a Signature Experience. Located on the popular River Walk, the Mokara Hotel & Spa is the first luxury boutique property owned by Omni Hotels & Resorts and the third hotel the Irving, Texas based company owns in San Antonio. Read our recent review on the Omni At the Colonnade.

San Antonio, most popular travel destination in Texas

The Mokara Hotel & Spa includes 99 guest rooms and suites with river front views. The name for the hotel is derived from a rare orchid that is said to have healing properties. The new Ostra restaurant in the hotel will have a rooftop herb garden. A second Mokara Hotel & Spa is in the works for Banderas Bay, Mexico.

Monday, September 20, 2010

Interesting travel trivia

Harpers has put together an assortment of quirky travel tidbits. Here is a sample:
Old Safe at ghost town of Bodie. Not related, just interesting...

Amount of loose change recovered at U.S. airport-security checkpoints since 2005: $1,050,371.78
(since 10/08, wonder what it's up to today...)

Chances that a worker anywhere in the world is employed by the travel and tourism industry: 1 in 15

Average number of miles an item of food consumed in the United States travels before it is eaten: 1,200

To read more, visit Harper's.

We are planning many new features, stay tuned..

Posted by Carl Burnham at 11:58 PM
Categories: Entertainment

Friday, September 17, 2010

Entertainment Book only $9.99

The Entertainment Coupon book is a coupon book that we always take along with us when we travel or are just out and about. It's packed with valuable coupons on dining (many offering 2 for 1s), groceries, shopping, movies, attractions, and more. Plus, you can register online for downloadable coupons and specials.

Check out their end of the summer special for only $9.99!
Get a FREE 2010 Entertainment Coupon Book when you Reserve your 2011 Book Now!
Southpoint receives a commission for promoting this program.

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Omni Hotels and Amelia Island

Omni Hotels and Resorts continues expansion into new U.S. markets with the announcement of purchasing Amelia Island Plantation in Amelia Island, Florida, located 29 miles north of Jacksonville. Omni will be expanding the number of guest rooms and adding a new ballroom. Additional locations being considered by Omni Hotels and Resorts for new hotels include Pittsburgh and Boston.

Read about our Omni Hotel destination features:
Atlanta | Corpus Christi | San Antonio
Omni Colonnade in San Antonio