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    5 Travel Gift Ideas for the Sports Fans in Your Life

    Written by Maria Stefanopoulos on Dec 12, 2014 | No Comments

    Last week we highlighted travel gift ideas for book lovers. This week, let’s focus on the sports fans in your life. Here are 5 travel gift ideas for all the sports fans.

    Football

    Football | Ingenious Travel

    Super Bowl XLIX –
    Glendale, AZ – February 1, 2015

    Next February, thousands of football fans from all over the country will be watching the AFC and NFC Champions duke it out in football’s most coveted game. We have access to the Big Game and all the VIP Super Bowl Parties, along with accommodations, transportation, celebrity meet & greets and more!

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    Super Bowl XLIX on the Beach!
    AMResorts – Mexico – February 1, 2015

    Are you ready for some football?  The Super Bowl is here and we’re ready for one of our biggest celebrations of the year. That means we have everything covered, all you need to bring is your appetite and your favorite teams jersey! Game time gets that much better when it’s on the beach! Kick back and watch the biggest event of the year on a movie theater sized screen with the back drop of a tropical paradise. The only thing missing is the tailgate so it’s a good thing we have that covered too! Enjoy your favorite game day snacks and of course, plenty of ice cold beer on hand. Super Bowl Sunday at AMResorts is more than just the game, we have activities and games to keep you and your family pumped up all day.

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    Miami Beach Florida Is Not Miami

    Written by Maria Stefanopoulos on Nov 21, 2014 | No Comments

    Miami Beach | Ingenious TravelMiami Beach is not Miami. It often gets caught in the blanket of “greater Miami”, but it is a city unto itself. Its nickname is simply “The Beach” because that’s mostly what there is here.

    Miami Beach is one of the most popular vacation destinations in the U.S. because of all the beaches. It’s really a narrow, seven mile long island just to the east of Miami proper. Technically it is a barrier island, but technical or not, it’s all about restaurants and attractions, places to shop and nightlife, and… oh yea…. those beaches.

    As you can imagine, most activities center around the beach and the ocean. There is the usual array of beach toys from boogie boards to wave runners. You can rent bicycles and scooters. There are charter boats aplenty if you want to go fishing. Arrange for scuba diving or snorkeling trips. Even arrange for a floating wedding if that’s your heart’s desire.

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    Planning Tips for a Perfect Family and Golf Vacation

    Written by Maria Stefanopoulos on Sep 19, 2014 | No Comments

    Family Golf Trip | Ingenious TravelIf you are a lover of the sport, there is no better way to spend your vacation than in the middle of the golf course teeing off to your heart’s content. But, what if your family doesn’t share the same passion for golf? Don’t despair. The following planning tips will help you cook up the perfect vacation that combines your love for golf with your family’s craving for an exciting holiday.

    The biggest considerations for this kind of family getaway are location, location, location. Of course, it goes without saying that the budget should be on top of the list but you know this already. With a set budget in mind research for the perfect location that features your ideal golf course and a set of attractions that appeal to your family’s interest.

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    Five Holiday Gift Ideas

    Written by Maria Stefanopoulos on Dec 19, 2012 | No Comments

    Are you done with all your holiday shopping? I am, well almost! Here are five great gift ideas for your friends and family.

    1. Books – A no brainer, right? Well for those who like to read it is. Instead of giving just a book (or a few), partner them with a travel mug, the recipients favorite coffee or tea flavors and maybe some cookies or biscotti. (Click here for a yummy holiday biscotti recipe.) Package it up in a basket with a big bow and you’re set. Gift done!

     

    1. Garmin Approach S3 – the full-featured sports watch and golf GPS in one, perfect for the golfer in your life. This watch comes pre-loaded with over 14,000 USand Canadian courses and can measure individual shot distances along with calculating  the golfer’s exact distances to the front, back and middle of the greens – all in real time.
    2. Davidsbeenhere Travel Luggage Scale – never get charged for an overweight suitcase again. This handy little gadget has an easy to read LCD screen, will measure weight up to 110 lbs. and is powered by a 2032 lithium battery (not included, so don’t forget to purchase the battery).
    3. Innergie mCube Slim 9zzzz5 95 Watt Universal AC Adapter with USB – You can charge or plug in virtually anything from notebooks, to mobile devices, and whatever electronics that need power. It’s great for travel as it comes with a number of adapters (all in a carrying case), you may decide to leave your other chargers at home.
    4. National Geographic Talk Abroad SIM-Card – The perfect gift for someone taking their next holiday abroad! This card allows you to roam seamlessly from country to country with one phone number while still enjoying excellent rates. You’ll definitely want this card if you’re traveling in Western Europe as it offers unlimited free incoming calls.

     

    These are just a few holiday gift ideas for your loved ones. Contact us today if you’re in need of book recommendations or travel destination ideas! We’ve got some great trips coming up in 2013!

     

     

     

     

    Did you know…

    Written by Maria Stefanopoulos on May 25, 2012 | 5 Comments

    Flickr.com carloscappaticciBabe Ruth’s Jersey, worn in 1920 when he was with the Yankees,  sold for $4.4 million dollars just the other day?  This set a record as the highest price paid for any item of sports memorabilia.  And it’s not just the Sultan of Swat’s jersey that has a heavy price tag; his home run balls, his bats and even his contracts command huge sums at auctions.

    As long as we have had organized sports, we have had sports collectors.  Whether it’s a group of boys trading baseball cards or corporations bidding hundreds of thousands of dollars, for the privilege of owning a one of a kind piece of sports history, if a sports figure touched it, it’s going to be up for sale.  There is always someone out there who is willing to pay the going price for the pride of ownership.

    And it’s just not baseball that racks up these kinds of prices.   Until the sale of Babe Ruth’s jersey, a copy of James Naismith’s founding rules of basketball held the record with a $4.3 million dollar sale price.   Muhammad Ali’s boxing gloves brought in a little over a million dollars when they were sold during an auction in conjunction with his 70th birthday.

    So whatever you collect that is associated with your favorite sports, be it signed pucks, golf balls, tennis rackets, baseballs or footballs, if your favorite sports personality touched it, signed it or used it, you can buy it.

    If you could have anything that your favorite sports personality used during a winning game, what would it be?

    Image source:  Flickr.com carloscappaticci

    Congratulations, Keegan Bradley

    Written by Maria Stefanopoulos on Oct 21, 2011 | No Comments

    I just want to take a moment to congratulate Keegan Bradley for winning his 1st PGA Grand Slam title on 10/19/2011.  It was just a single shot in a final round that gave him the edge over Charl Schwartzel. This proves that if you persevere, you can accomplish anything you put your mind to.

    The PGA or Professional Golfers Association was founded in New York City in 1916.  It actually stemmed out of a luncheon given by Rodman Wanamaker, a wealthy department store owner that included several leading golf professionals of the day.  The luncheon was held at the Wykagyl Country Club in New Rochelle and a month later, the PGA was formalized in New York City.

    There are three tours operated by the PGA today, The PGA Tour which is the Top Tour, the Champions Tour which is for golfers 50 and over and the Nationwide tour which promotes skill development.  The majority of the tours are played in the United States.  Canada, Mexico and Puerto Rico usually host one event from the Top Four each year and the UK and Dominican Republic traditionally host tournaments from the Championship tour.   The Nationwide Tour is played all over the globe, including Canada, Mexico, Panama, Australia and New Zealand.

    Again, Congratulations Keegan Bradley on your win!

    What location would you chose, if you could go to any one of the PGA tour spots?  Let me know and I’ll feature it in a future blog post!

    Sports Trivia–On this date, October 14th

    Written by Maria Stefanopoulos on Oct 14, 2011 | No Comments

    Sports Firsts, Victories and Follies for October 14

    Here is some great sports trivia for events that occurred on October 14 over the last 100+ years

    Sports Triva

    In 1905, the New York Giants beat the Philadelphia A’s in the 2nd World Series.  They won 4 games to the A’s 1.

    In 1906, in the first American League Victory, the White Sox beat the Cubs, leaving the Cubs to collect a loser’s share of just $439.50.  This is the lowest share on record.

    In 1908, the smallest crowd ever, only 6,210 fan, was recorded for attending a World Series.  This was to see the Cubs beat the Tigers.

    In 1911, the largest crowd ever, 38,281 at the Polo Grounds turned out to see the Giants beat the A’s.  The gate was a record $77,379 at the time.

    In 1945 the Chicago Cardinals ended a 29 game losing streak to beat the Bears.

    In 1962 Houston Oiler George Blanda threw 6 TD passes to help beat the New York Titans 56-17

    In 1962 Kathy Whitworth one the LPGA Thunderbird Tourney.

    In 1964 Mickey Mantle and Roger Maris hit home runs off of back to back pitches.

    In 1965 Sandy Koufax pitched his second shutout of the Worlds Series with the Twins, 2-0.

    In 1973 Willie Mays last hit helped the Mets beat the A’s in the World Series.

    In 1979 Wayne Gretsky scored his first goal on the way to becoming the NHL’s greatest scorer.

    In 1986 The decision is made by the IOC to start to stagger the Winter and Summer Olympic Games.

    In 1990 Joe Montana passed for 6 touchdowns in the San Francisco 49er’s versus Atlanta for a final score of 45-35.

    In 1992 The Toronto Blue Jays won their first ever American League pennant by beaing the Oakland A’s.

    In 1996 Chris Jacke of the Packers kicked a 53 yard field goal to end overtime.  Longest field goal on record at the time.

    In 2000, Roger Clemens of the Yankees, sets a record of 15 strikeouts during a World Series Game.

    In 2007 during the New England Patriots versus Dallas game, Dallas ended up with 100 yards in penalties and were defeated 48-27.

    So what were some of your Sports Firsts?  I would love to hear all about them!

     

     

    Gift Ideas for Dad

    Written by Maria Stefanopoulos on May 16, 2011 | No Comments

    Have you gotten anything for your Dad yet?  Don’t worry, it’s not too late. Here are five ideas to help you get that sports or entertainment fan something special!

    1.  A trip to the ESPY Awards:  Give your Dad the unique opportunity of walking down the red carpet, sitting shoulder to shoulder with sports greats, and enjoying the after party while interacting and celebrating with his favorite athletes and broadcasters for a year of great sports.

    Gift Idea for Dad

    2.  Is baseball his favorite sport? How about sending your Dad to the MLB All-Star Game in July? He’ll get to experience all the fun and excitement surrounding the event along with the Home Run Derby, the Futures and Legends, and the All-Star Game.

    3.  If golf is more his style, give Dad a trip across the pond to attend the British Open. You can even arrange for a tutorial from a PGA star!

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