Give the Gift of Attractions With Great Holiday Travel Deals

Holiday Gift

The holiday season – and with it, the holiday shopping frenzy – is in full swing, and people are scrambling to find the perfect gift for everyone on their list. Luckily, we have a solution to your shopping woes that will keep you out of those long lines and will keep a smile on your loved one’s face long after the holiday season is over. Our new Give the Gift of Attractions holiday shopping is making it easier and more affordable to give the priceless gift of a memorable travel experience to anyone on your list. Smart Destinations shoppers have two ways to give these meaningful gifts to their friends and family: Create the Perfect Customized Gift for your Traveler Your first option is to create a customized Go Select Pass: you choose from some of the nation’s most popular … [Read more...]

Announcing the Go Guides Widget by Smart Destinations!

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Do you own a blog or travel related website? Are you looking for a new way to provide useful travel information to your visitors? Well, you’re in luck because the Smart Destinations development team has just launched the Go Guides widget! What is a Go Guides Widget? The Go Guides Widget is a snippet of code that you place on your website which creates a box filled with downloadable PDF guide books specific to one of our destinations. The guides are filled with useful information about the top attractions in the city of your choosing. You and your visitors can print them out or read them on your smart phones in order to use the guides as resources when exploring a city with your Go City Card or Go Select Passes in hand. You can see a working model here: Go Guides Widget by Smart … [Read more...]

Win the Obama’s Blue Ridge Vacation

As readers of this blog will know, the Presidential Family spent their spring vacation in the Blue Ridge. We think they made a great choice. And now our friends at the Ashville Chamber of Commerce have put together the opportunity to Win President Obama's vacation. The full details and the entry form can be found HERE. But here's the quick summary of what's included: Accommodation at the Grove Park Inn Resort and Spa (just like the President) Two Go Blue Ridge Cards to get you into all the great things to do in the area A "Farm to Table" dinning card to let you take in some of the great dinning options And a gift basket that matches the one that was presented to the Obamas We can't promise you'll bump in to the Obama's the way one hiker did. But if you win, you can bet … [Read more...]

The Obama’s Choose Asheville For Spring Break Vacation

President Obama and the First Lady have decided to visit the mountain region of North Carolina for a little spring break r & r this weekend.  They'll be staying in Asheville, NC to be exact.  And who can blame them?  We've been saying for years that Asheville is THE up and coming hot spot for a fun, unique, and relaxing vacation!  Word has it that Air Force One touched down in Asheville Friday afternoon and the buzz has already begun, with North Carolinian's speculating on the First Family's plans. One thing we know for pretty certain is that they'll be staying at the posh Grove Park Inn.  The hotel has already warned guests that the property will be in a state of heightened security and all cars will be subject to search.  But where else will the Obama's appear this … [Read more...]

April Deal at Blake House Inn

Located in South Asheville about 10 minutes away from the Biltmore Estate is Blake House Inn. The Inn provides bed and breakfast lodging accommodations and a "hospitality promise to welcome and pamper you for as long as you are here." And they will not only welcome you, but also enthusiastically welcome children of all ages as well as pets (and with no size restrictions). As they say on their site "We have seen dogs as small as 4 1/2 pounds all the way up to 150 pounds and we love every one." As fellow dog lovers, we heartily approve. We also heartily approve of the "Spring Break Mid-Week Deal" they are offering all this month (April). It combines accommodation at this wonderful Inn and a complimentary Go Blue Ridge Card: ·  stay 3 nights in any room priced $130/night or … [Read more...]

It’s Not Too Late for Thomas™ Tickets!

Thomas the Tank Engine photo; Taken by Flickr user Jon Ovington Now through Sunday, August 2nd, Thomas the Tank Engine fans can meet Sir Topham Hatt, Controller of the Railway and ride a train pulled by Thomas himself! Just step aboard the Great Smoky Mountain Railroad in Bryson City for all of the excitement. Your Day Out With Thomas™ includes a 25-minute train ride pulled by the authentic steam powered Tank Engine, plus live entertainment, a petting zoo, story telling, video viewing, an interactive play center (The Imagination Station) and more. Tickets are $18 for ages 2 and up and can be purchased through this link. While you are at it, be sure to check out the Smoky Mountain Trains Museum located just a block away from the Railroad. Thomas fans will enjoy seeing over 7,000 … [Read more...]

Go Blue Ridge Card is on Flickr

For more great photos of Go Blue Ridge Card Tours and Attractions, visit us on Flickr. We'll be updating the photos on a regular basis so check back often. Please comment and let us know how we are doing. … [Read more...]

Pack the Pooch – Asheville is a Dog-Friendly Destination

Dogs of Asheville Image ; Taken by Flickr user anoldent There are some things that you just don’t leave home without when packing for vacation:  Passport? Check.   Toothbrush? Check.   Swimsuit? Check.   Fido? ...???  Well if you plan a visit to Asheville, North Carolina anytime soon, you’ll be able to check that one off of your list too. That’s because Asheville is positioning itself as a top dog-friendly destination and I had the chance to experience it firsthand this week with my dachshund pal, Moose.  Here’s how our trip shook up – where we stayed, where we ate, and what we did – from my perspective, as well as Moose’s. Hotel:  Quality Inn and Suites – 1 Skyland Drive, Arden, NC My take:  I love how inexpensive the pet deposit is here – only … [Read more...]

The Dance of the Fireflies

Elkmont Fireflies; Image provided by Judd Patterson Our friends over at Wildwater Rafting have given us all the details surrounding the annual synchronized firefly show in the Smoky Mountains. If you are interested in no-cost wholesome entertainment that most people in the world have not experienced, this is truly an event that should not be missed! There are only two places on earth where you can experience a synchronized firefly phenomenon - southeast Asia and the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The peak flashing for synchronous fireflies (Photinus carolinus) that live in Great Smoky Mountains National Park occurs for only two weeks in mid-June. The Male's time is short since they live as adults for only about 21 days. So they have a limited amount of time to attract the … [Read more...]

Ghost Town In The Sky’s “Cliffhanger Rollercoaster” Opens for Memorial Day

Ghost Town in the Sky, North Carolina’s mountaintop family theme park, will open for the 2009 season May 22nd along with the much-anticipated and long-awaited Cliffhanger Rollercoaster! Originally built in 1985 and located literally on the side of Buck Mountain, the Cliffhanger underwent a complete overhaul and promises a thrill each moment. Ghost Town representatives say that The Cliffhanger has several qualities that set it apart to make it a unique experience.  First, it has a top speed of 56 miles per hour. As a rider leaves the terminal, the illusion is given that you are going to fall off the mountain!  Next, an exciting loop generates three g-forces of pressure as riders travel 2,063 feet along the fun-filled ride.  And perhaps most importantly, the cars are uniquely … [Read more...]