Best Family Vacation Destinations on the Alsace Wine Route

Best Family Vacation Destinations on the Alsace Wine Route

Best Family Vacation Destinations – Alsace’s Route du Vin (Wine Route), spanning from Marlenheim near Strasbourg to Mulhouse and boasting over 60 traditional wine-producing towns, is one of the most charming regions in Western Europe. This 170 km strip, which runs along the Vosges Mountains, offers visitors an authentic Alsace experience. Visitors are drawn to the area not only for the villages, gorgeous houses and numerous vineyards that offer free degustations, but also for the host of outdoor activities on offer.

Situated in the heart of the Alsace vineyards, Kaysersberg, in the Ribeauville-Riquewehr region of the Route is a veritable feast for the eyes. The rustic beauty of its lush green landscapes, its rolling hills and endless vineyards captivate and delight the senses. Considered one of the most beautiful towns on the wine route, un-touristy Kaisersberg is picture perfect. It’s half-timbered and stone buildings, magnificent churches, multi- colored roofs, bridges over small streams and rivers, castle ruins, courtyards with flowers, clean cobblestone streets and walls and gates and fountains – it’s all here and just can’t be beat!

A former imperial town, Kaysersberg has succeeded in retaining its medieval splendor and owes its distinctive identification to the double-gabled, well-preserved Gothic houses and numerous buildings dating from the 15th to 17th century.

History has certainly left is mark here – from Dr. Albert Schweitzer, who was born here, and the museum in his name which reminds us that the Nobel Peace prize started in Kaysersberg, to the town’s leading grape variety, the Pinot Gris. Legend has it that the first vines were brought here from Hungary by Lazare de Schwede who lived during Maxmillian’s time.

Situated in a historically strategic location, Kaysersberg took on real importance in the middle Ages. The high fortress that dominates the city serves as a reminder of its past. The name Kaysersberg (emperors mount) comes from the fortress, acquired by the Roman Empire in 1227. The town developed around the fortress and became an imperial city with walls and towers. Today Kaysersberg seems more appropriate as the perfect setting for an Alsatian festival with its medieval atmosphere and charm.

Although over 50 varieties of “grand cru” wines are produced in the area, the Tokay wine is Kaysersberg specialty. The village is perfect for visiting any time but is at its most attractive in September when the harvest is under way.

Tucked between green mountains, the surrounding area of the Route du Vin offers a huge range of outdoor activities. This is the perfect base for hiking between the villages which are situated only 2-3 km. from each other. Hiking routes and horse riding trails, marked out by the Club Vosgien are legion here. Ski resorts offer a remarkable variety of winter sports and airborne activities, such as paragliding and parachuting are perfect in this area. With more than 2000 km of greenways, biking routes, cycling paths and lanes, Alsace is France’s bike-friendliest region. Young and old, fast and slow, riders and families share the extensive network …

Safety Tips – Enjoy Your Holiday

Don’t be a victim when you travel!

Travelers who are ignorant of their surroundings can make easy targets for thieves because they stand out in a crowd. They generally carry cash, credit cards and valuables like video cameras, cameras and/or computers. By following a few safety tips tourists can reduce the risk of being mugged or robbed. It is a good idea to research the safety of your intended destination by consulting your travel agent, or see if any of your friends have traveled to the same destination and discuss with them their experiences while they were there.

General Safety Tips

  • Research your destination before you get there.
  • Familiarize yourself with your surroundings as quickly as possible as soon as you arrive.
  • Keep your travel plans and accommodation details as discreet as possible.
  • Don’t hitch hike.
  • Avoid less attractive areas of the cities you travel, especially at night.
  • Ask your hotel manager for advice on the safe areas to visit.
  • City streets that include children and women may suggest the area is safe for families.
  • Keep a photocopy of your passport and all other important documents in a safe place.
  • Use ATMs during the day, when there are people around.
  • Try to rely more on credit cards and travelers cheques. Try not to use cash.
  • If you are mugged, don’t fight back. Give them what they want, material things can be replaced.
  • Avoid incidents such as fights, riots or any other disturbance, do not let your curiosity get the better of you.

If you were planning to move your family to another neighborhood in your own country, there are certain safety tips that you would follow or questions that you would ask yourself before you moved.

Safety Tips or Questions

  • What is the neighborhood like,
  • Is it safe for my family,
  • Are their recreation facilities for my family to enjoy,
  • What are the schools like,
  • What are the people like that are in the neighborhood.

Traveling to another country to vacation with your family is like moving to another neighborhood in your own country. Research your destination before you leave making sure that it is safe for your family. Also, make sure that there is enough recreation for every member of your family to enjoy that is close to the hotel. This way your family does not have to stray too far from your hotel. Familiarize your self with your destination once you get there as quickly as possible. It is going to be your home for the duration of your trip. …

Walt Disney World Family Vacation Are Magical

Walt Disney World Family Vacation Are Magical

Walt Disney World Family Vacation – Going to Disney World is something every family should experience at least once in their lifetime. Before making a choice between Disney Family Vacations you should become more knowledgeable about what you can expect at some of the Disney parks.

Probably the most famous of the Disney parks is Magic Kingdom. Magic Kingdom is home to the famous Cinderella Castle. Magic kingdom has many great rides including the popular ride splash mountain. Other activities include enjoying the many great shows and parades. Of course a trip to Magic kingdom isn’t complete without meeting some of the famous Disney characters.

Another great Disney park is Epcot. Spread across three-hundred acres this park is huge. Guests know they have entered Epcot when they see the famous ride “Spaceship Earth”. This is a ride that looks like a gigantic golf ball. Epcot is divided into two sections. The first section is called Future World. This part of the park is themed around innovation and technological advances. The second part of the park is called World Showcase. World Showcase features eleven different countries. Each country represented features shops, restaurants, and attractions so visitors can get a feel for the culture of that particular country.

Another park that shouldn’t be missed when making a choice of Disney Family Vacations is Disney’s Animal Kingdom Park. Animal Kingdom is the world’s largest animal themed park and features more than seventeen hundred Animals. The safari ride is one of the most popular attractions in Animal Kingdom. For the really adventurous types Animal Kingdom also has the awesome Mt. Everest rollercoaster.

By choosing a Disney Family vacations you are essentially making a vacation choice that will create memories that last a lifetime. Everyone in the family is sure to have a magical time when they are vacationing in Disney World.…

Family Vacations – You Can Have One This Year After All

Family Vacations - You Can Have One This Year After All

Family vacations are going to be harder to take this year. With the continual rising costs of gas, food and the expense of living in general, families are forced to cut back. One of the things being considered to scratch is the annual family vacation. But you’ve worked hard all year and the family needs a break and time to get away and bond. Yet, it must be affordable.

Because of the financial situation, there has been a new word coined: Staycation! Many families are making their home the base for a stay at home family vacation. Do you really know what your hometown and surrounding area offer in the way of fun and adventure?

Call your local Chamber of Commerce or the Visitors and Tourists Bureau. They can offer a myriad of ideas for things to do close to home which are free or very reasonable. There are special events, festivals, museums, parks, zoos, lakes and swimming pools. You save money by eating and sleeping at home.

But, to make this work, treat it just like you’re on a family vacation in a new town. Include some visits to a local fancy restaurant. Moms need vacations too. Don’t overlook nearby attractions. There could be one that others travel miles to see.

Camping trips are good inexpensive options. You can pitch a tent, cook over a campfire and hike in the woods. You’ll not only discover nature but yourselves. If you care to go all out on the camping idea, you can arrange for a camp for a family of four. It will include meals, lodging, and activities for about a thousand dollars a week.

If it just isn’t a family vacation unless you leave town, do the bookings yourself and dig deep for discount hotels. Stay in a 2-star hotel instead of a 4. You may have to bring your own toiletries but there are savings. Many reasonably priced hotels offer free breakfasts. Eat hearty and skip lunch.

Suites or condos are cheaper than renting two rooms if you have a large family. Save money and enjoy family time in a hotel pool, hot tub or health club. Relax and stay healthy. Take advantage of what’s already paid for.

Go “off season” and an all-inclusive resort may be within your budget. It’s hard to find a venue that doesn’t cater to families and include meals, drinks, and lodging for one price. Many are located on the beach with countless activities for all ages. Big bargains are found south of the border in Mexico if you’re willing to research.

Theme parks are also good choices for family vacations. Once inside the park everything (except food, drinks and souvenirs) is included. They give free shows, rides and picnic areas. You can stay several days at a theme park and never do the same thing twice. Check on their package deals and save.

Determine your limits. Study your destination and style for your best value. Plan a family staycation or family vacation …

Vacation Destinations In Texas For Family – San Antonio Texas Is Not Just About The Alamo!

Vacation Destinations In Texas For Family - San Antonio Texas Is Not Just About The Alamo!

Have you ever been to San Antonio, Texas: One of the best family vacation destinations in Texas?

When it comes to finding the best family vacation destinations, you won’t go wrong when you vacation with your family in San Antonio, Texas. The reason this city makes the list as one of the best family vacation destinations is because of the flavor of this south Texas city. Although it is a large city, it has a very small-town feel, and the atmosphere is all about family and togetherness. Not only this but the cost for food and amenities is a lot less expensive than other comparable tourist cities.

The thing that San Antonio is known for the most is the Alamo.

The Alamo was an outpost and one of the historic missions when Texas was at war with Mexico. Today, it is located right downtown, still standing in pretty much its original condition, although restored and maintained by the Daughters of the Republic. The first thing a tourist will notice, is it’s located just a block down from a shopping mall, and not in a field somewhere.

When the city planners decided to build up the downtown area of San Antonio, they built the stores and restaurants around the land the Alamo sits on. So, the Alamo in its historic state is surrounded by 20th century amenities. When the family is taking a tour of the Alamo, they can either walk through on their own, or they can take a guided tour. The building itself isn’t very large in scale and in the back of the property is a Koi fishpond that was constructed in later years.

Another reason San Antonio is one of the best family vacation destinations is because of the plethora of restaurants on the Riverwalk.

The Riverwalk is a man-made structure that flows through parts of the downtown area. Along the banks of the river are hotels, restaurants, and shops. The restaurants serve their share of Mexican food, but there are also specialty restaurants.

There is even one restaurant that specializes in rude service as part of its appeal. There is also the Hard Rock Cafe for family dining. Most of the restaurants, especially the Mexican restaurants, are very inexpensive, especially when the amount of food that is served is taken into consideration. They say everything is bigger in Texas, and that is especially the case in the food and drink servings.

When touring San Antonio, families need to visit the Tower Of The Americas. This also makes San Antonio one of the best family vacation destinations.

The Tower was built in 1969 and tourists can go up to the top to get a panoramic view of the whole city of San Antonio. There is a restaurant on the observation deck, and there is an interactive movie theater on the ground floor. The theater gives tourist a tour of Texas via a simulated helicopter.

There are many more places to visit that are either especially for tourist, …