Blogger Recommendations of What to See, Do, & Eat this Holiday Season

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I have teamed up with some of my favorite Bloggers to offer you an amazing list of our RECOMMENDATIONS of what to See, Do, and Eat in our Home Towns! So, if you happen to be traveling this holiday season, be sure to check out these places!



Must See, Do, & Eat in San Antonio, Texas!!
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I am new to the area, well, moved here just over three yearsago, but since San Antonio is so large, I still consider myself a newbie! I amstill getting used to the warmer weather (I moved from the NE) but the thing ILOVE, LOVE, LOVE about San Antonio is that there is SO MUCH to do, especiallyaround the holidays!

If you are traveling to San Antonio this Holiday Season, ofcourse you can check out the Holiday Shows at SeaWorld and SixFlags, but I also suggest checking out the following fun places:

  • ·        Universityof Incarnate Word is amazing; with thousands of beautiful and colorfullights lighting the trees through the University – it is definably a MUST SEE!We took the kids and they were all in awe!
  • ·        TheSan Antonio River Walk – is another MUST SEE! San Antonio prides itself onthe wonderful River Walk filled with many restaurants, bars, and events. Evenbetter, during the holidays, they light the way with 1.4 MILLION lights! WOW!
  • ·        Santa’sRanch – Santa’s Ranch is a bit of a drive from San Antonio, but well worthit. It is a beautifully organized and put together drive through light show,featuring scenes children and adults of all ages love to see!



Now, you can’t visit San Antonio without noticing the HUGEAMOUNT of restaurants we offer! Some of the best ones, that I highly recommendare:

  • ·        El Chaparrel– You can’t come to San Antonio without indulging on some wonderful Mexican food,which is why I recommend El Chaparrel! Not only will you be delighted by theyummy food, but the wonderful environment will make you smile.
  • ·        The County Line– Another wonderful thing about San Antonio is the BBQ, YUMMY! One of the BESTplaces to get some mouthwatering platters is at The County Line! Not only aretheir beef, brisket, ribs, sausage, and chicken amazing, but their breads justmelt in your mouth!
San Antonio is definitely a wonderful place to celebrate theholidays with friends and family… I wish you all a very happy and safe HolidaySeason!
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Must See, Do & Eat in Boston, Massachusetts!!
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I was born and raised in Boston and anyone who doesn’t livein a cold weather climate always questions why I would want to stay inMassachusetts.  I won’t deny that it iscold in the winter but Boston is full of culture, entertainment, and historyall year round!  So if you are going tomake your way to the Boston-area make sure that you check out these sites!

1.      Regardless of the weather make sure to stop by Faneuil Hall Marketplace.  This historic site in the heart of Bostonfeatures 35 food stalls, 49 shops, 44 kiosks, 18 full service restaurants and acomedy club.   There are often liveperformers and entertainment as well as events such as the Candyland Tournamentor tree lighting ceremony. Not only is this a great spot to bring the wholefamily for a day but it is also a perfect spot to start your day and then headout to see the rest that Boston has to offer. Faneuil Hall is within 5 minutes walking distance to the New EnglandAquarium, The Old State House, The Children’s Museum and Paul Revere’s house.Further away but still within a reasonable distance are Fenway Park (home ofthe Red Sox), The Boston Public Garden, and the Museum of Fine Arts. The adultscan plan to come back to Faneuil Hall in the evening for dinner, drinks anddancing!

2.      If you are a lover of authentic Italian food,there is no better place to eat than the North End in Boston.  There are over 86 restaurants featuring themost scrumptious Italian food in the North East.  There are so many amazing restaurants to choosefrom that you will want to come back to try them all.  If you do check out the North End, make sureto leave some time to walk around and see the building and the streets in thearea (Prince St and Hanover St come to mind). It is such a quaint little sub-section of Boston and the area is richwith culture that it is nice to sit back and take it all in.    There are often Italian feasts andfestivals being hosted so be sure to do some research on events being offeredduring your visit.  Lastly, make sure toleave some room for a cannoli and hot chocolate at Mike’s Pastry on HanoverStreet.  This shop is infamous in Bostonand there is always a line out the door to partake in their amazing desserts.

3.      The last recommended spot to check out isactually not in Boston but it is a must see if you have the means to travelabout 35 minutes outside of the city.  Patriot Place is located inFoxborough, Massachusetts and is the home to the New England Patriots.  Sitting adjacent to the impressive stadium isan outdoor mall with dining, shopping and entertainment.  Some of the highlights are The Hall atPatriot Place (Football related), 5Wits (Interactive spy themed adventure),Cinema de Lux, Bass Pro Shops and more! In the winter there is also outdoor ice skating while the stadium loomsabove.  There is something for everyoneat Patriot Place and it is truly a family friendly adventure even if you arenot a football fan.


Written by – Marie Peters Dexter, I Am A Couponer

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Must See, Do & Eat in Richmond, Virginia!!
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If you are going to be near Richmond, VA for the holidays,here are some things worth checking out:
1.  Check out the holiday lights
~ The James Center in Downtown Richmond decorates every yearwith reindeer and Christmas lights on the building.  You will find thesebetween 9th – 12th and Cary Streets. 
While you are there, enjoy a horse and carriage ride through Downtown (weekends only, please click on”Downtown” for the schedule).
~ If you are in other parts of town around Richmond, you may want to check out NewsChannel 12 for a listing of Holiday Homes.
~ Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden has a “Garden Fest”of lights nightly from 5-10pm.
2.  Grab a bite to eat
~ If you are heading to Downtown Richmond to check out thelights at The James Center, you may as well grab a bite to eat.  There areTONS of restaurants, too many to cover here but here are a few notable ones:
     – The Tobacco Company
     – SamMiller’s
     – Capital Alehouse
3.  Shopping
~ Carytown has many boutiques and shops.  Here are somerecommended shops to visit:
     – Carytown Cupcakes
     – For the Love of Chocolate
     – Pink
For more on Carytown eating and shopping, visit their site HERE.
Written by Frugalityfor Less

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Must See, Do, and Eat in Minneapolis, Minnesota 

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Like most cities, Minneapolis has lots of fun things to doaround the holidays. For my family, Christmas just isn’t Christmas without ourannual Sunday morning stop at the downtown Macys to see the Christmas display atthe 8th floor Auditorium. You and the kids can walk through “ADay in the Life of an Elf” and then hop over and sit on Santa’s lapbefore you travel up the elevators to the 12th floor for lunch! Admission isFree and the display runs during store hours through 12-30. For those in town alittle earlier, the Holidazzle Parade throughdowntown Minneapolis is not to be missed. Admission is free; the parade runsevery Thursday-Sunday through 12-18. My absolute favorite holiday tradition isseeing AChristmas Carol at the Guthrie Theater. A Christmas Carol runs dailythrough 12-30, check the website for availability and ticket prices. For theladies (and girls!) who need a break from the hustle and bustle of shopping anddecorating, Brit’s Pub has HolidayTea ($24.95) on weekends through 12-18, complete with carolers on the10th and 17th. Brit’s also has High Tea ($16.95/ $9.95 for kids)Monday-Saturday every week. Please give 24 hours advance notice for tea. ~
Erinwrites at The Slacker Mom

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Must See, Do, and Eat in Utah

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If you are planning on visiting Utah this holidayseason, then here is a Visitor’s Guide to help you make the most of your trip!

Thereare tons of great and fun activities for you to do while you are here! One ofthe most popular for Utah is Skiing! I personally have never skied before,because I grew up in southern Utah where there wasn’t much snow, and now that Iam older, and just haven’t been able to find the “courage” to do it, plus Ihave four small kids…BUT my brother in law loves to snowboard (he is reallygood) and I have LOTS of family and friends that really loving skiing. So ifyou are visiting, make sure you try to get to one of the ski resorts. There are9 of them within 50 miles of Salt Lake City: Alta Ski,Brighton,Deer Valley Resort,Park City,Snowbird,Solitude,Sundance,The Canyons,WolfMountain Resort.

Someother fun things to do while you are here are visit Hogle Zoo(and see the Zoo Lights), RedButte Gardens, This Is The Place Park,Living Planet Aquarium,and the Olympic Oval inKearns, and the OlympicMuseum in Park City. (There are just so many things tolist; this is only a small part). Two more things I have to put, if you are anoutdoorsman, are the Waterfowl Hunting and the Ice Fishing! These are bothgreat activities and lots of fun! My husband has spent many hours doing both.There are three great places to go waterfowl hunting in northern Utah area: The Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge, The PublicShooting Grounds, and Salt Creek WMA. Two Great places for ice fishing are:Strawberry Reservoir and Echo Reservoir.

While you are here enjoying the activities Utah has tooffer, be sure to check out these Historic Landmark locations: Temple Square,Memory Grove, The Eagle Gate, The Great Salt Lake, Festival of Trees atExpo Center, Gardner Village,Christmas Utah (5631 Whispering Pine Circle (5631 South 820 East) Midvale, UT 84047),and ChristmasStreet (3200Royalwood Dr Taylorsville, UT 84118).

There are also some really great places to eat herein Salt Lake! Some of the favorites are: Bambara, Melting Pot, Stoneground, MarketStreet Grill, Squatters Pub Brewery, Red Rock Brewing Company, and Spencer’sfor Steaks and Chops.
Written by – Utah Coupon Deals

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Must See, Do, and Eat in Houston

Written by Lisa Carey for the Houston Family Examiner; to see the FULL Article –Click HERE!


Whether you are visiting Houston, Texas this yearor you are lucky enough to live here there are several can’t miss holidayhappenings that will make and keep your holidays merry and bright. Here are afew of my favorites.

Hot Plays & Performances
The Theater Under the Stars
The Houston Ballet
Christmas Boat Lane Parade
Moody Gardens Festival of Lights
Ice Skating
Continue reading on Examiner.com Houston Happy Holiday and Christmas events – HoustonFamily | Examiner.com http://www.examiner.com/family-in-houston/houston-happy-holiday-and-christmas-events#ixzz1gdHOe5uB


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Must See, Do, & Eat in Fort Lauderdale, Florida!!
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If you are planning on visiting Ft. Lauderdale, Florida during the Holidaysthere are plenty of fun things you can do (besides visit our very popularbeaches) 


Activities: 

Youngat Art Children’s Museum – Offers a variety of activities for yourchildren. 
FlamingoGardens – Offers 60 acres of lush gardens, exotic and native plants.You can explore native wildlife in the Free-flight Aviary and EvergladesWildlife Sanctuary with exhibits of birds and animals. 
A LatteFun – Offers an amazing indoor playground. 
C.B. Smith Park – This 299-acre park offers a waterpark that includes waterslides and a tube ride, a large campground, a tenniscomplex, a family golfing center, and much more.Rapids Water Park -Features 35 water slides, a lazy river, waves and a full day of fun for theentire family. 
Holiday Festivities: 
Santa’s Enchanted Forest (Although this is in Miami itis definitely worth mentioning) – Enjoy South Florida’s tallest Christmas tree,over 100 rides, live shows, games, attractions, millions of dazzling lights,hundreds of themed displays, festive Christmas music, and delicious foods fromaround the world (My personal favorite being Elephant Ears), live entertainmentand carnival rides suited for the entire family. There truly is something foreveryone! 
SkateLas Olas – Enjoy the magic of ice skating at Las Olas Boulevard for amonth-long event under the sun and stars. Children and Adults can “skate” intheir 1,800 square foot outdoor rink on the Lawn at the Riverside Hotel. 
Fort Lauderdale Christmas Pageant – Features familiarChristmas carols, Inspirational contemporary songs, and a musical drama of thenativity and life of Christ performed by hundreds of kids. It also offers aspectacular snow-filled winter wonderland. 
Chanukah Winter Wonderland on Las Olas – Enjoy Food,Skating, Rides & Activities such as a bounce house. 
Christmas at the Oasis – You can witness a livingnativity, go Ice Skating, see Snow in south Florida, listen to Christmas musicand much more! 
Symphony in Lights – Located in the Village atGulfstream Park, it is done daily from 6pm-11pm Every hour on the hour. 
Drive-Thru Live Nativity – Drive through and seebiblical scenes, live animals, Christmas Lights & More. (we did thislast year and it was beautiful). 
Holiday Fantasy of Lights at Tradewinds Park – Thethree-mile route includes dozens of static and animated light displays andilluminated trees. 
Dining: 
RainforestCafe – known as a “Wild Place to Shop and Eat, ” recreates atropical rain forest and offers delicious food. 
Jaxson’sIce Cream Parlour – Known as South Florida’s Favorite Old-FashionedIce Cream Parlour and Restaurant and is home of the Original Kitchen Sink® andMile Long All Beef Hot Dog. 
My Dining Favorites: Mexican Food – El Mariachi Pizza- Tower Pizza CubanFood – LasVegas Cuban Cuisine
Written by: TeachMe 2 Save

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