Rosen Shingle Creek | Ingenious Travel

Posted in Family Travel, Golf, Hotel, Tennis, on 13 October 2017, by , 0 Comments

Recently I had the opportunity to stay at a gorgeous hotel in Orlando, Florida – the Rosen Shingle Creek. To put it mildly, this property is huge and would make for the perfect place to stay should you be visiting a Disney park, Universal Studios or Universal’s Islands of Adventure, or if you are simply in town for a conference like I was. I enjoyed the Rosen Shingle Creek so much, I felt compelled to share this property spotlight with you. I think you will find it offers everything that one could need and so much more.

The Rooms

Rosen Shingle Creek | Ingenious TravelRooms are available with double queen beds or single king beds, but there are also hospitality suites, executive suites, Grande and Presidential suites as well. The view from at least half of the rooms features the property’s stunning pools and golf course. All guest rooms come with:

  • Complimentary high-speed WIFI and hardwired internet access
  • 40” LED HDTVs
  • Mini fridge
  • Plush robes
  • Hairdryer
  • Coffee and tea maker
  • IHome docking station and radio
  • Caswell-Massey guest room amenities and more.

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North Island New Zealand | Ingenious Travel

Posted in Adventure Travel, Food, Golf, Theme Vacations, Wine, on 22 September 2017, by , 0 Comments

New Zealand features some of the most beautiful scenery in the world. But, there’s more to a vacation than gorgeous settings. With that in mind, here are a few of the things you can see and do while in North Island New Zealand:

  1. Try their award winning wines – Sauvignon Blanc is made here, and tourists and residents alike contend that there isn’t another country in the world that makes a better Sauvignon Blanc than New Zealand.
  1. Indulge in the fresh local produce. Some say that the food here is better simply because they are so good at farm fresh to table in terms of cooking.
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Posted in Cruises, General Travel Information, Gift Ideas, Golf, Music, River Cruising, Theme Vacations, Uncategorized, on 4 December 2015, by , 0 Comments

Theme River Cruises | Ingenious TravelWhether you have been on a themed river cruise before or are contemplating on heading out on your very first one, you should know that there are plenty of great options out there to choose from. If you are debating what types are available or which one would best suite your preferences, consider the following…

Christmas Theme

Make this Christmas the most special one yet by heading out on a Christmas themed river cruise through some of the best parts of Europe. Imagine cruising through France, Germany or Austria and stopping off at each inviting town to explore the many Christmas markets. This seems to be a favorite amongst those who want to spend the holidays in a unique and unforgettable way.

Food & Wine Theme

For lovers of both food and wine, this would be the absolute best choice and guaranteed to have you enjoying some of the best of both worlds for up to two weeks on board a fantastic vessel. Some of the most popular regions to explore are France and Italy although there are some options throughout the US as well that take you through wine countries of the Lower Mississippi River.

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Posted in Football, Golf, Hockey, Horse Racing, Tennis, Theme Vacations, Travel, Uncategorized, Unique Getaways, on 12 December 2014, by , 0 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 | 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!


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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Posted in Golf, Miami, Travel, Uncategorized, on 21 November 2014, by , 0 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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Posted in Golf, Theme Vacations, Travel, Uncategorized, on 19 September 2014, by , 2 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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Posted in Authors, Books, Gift Ideas, Golf, Holiday, Uncategorized, on 19 December 2012, by , 0 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 SIMCard – 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!





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Posted in Baseball, Football, Golf, Hockey, NASCAR, Tennis, Uncategorized, on 25 May 2012, by , 5 Comments 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?

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Posted in Golf, Uncategorized, on 21 October 2011, by , 0 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!

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Posted in Baseball, Football, Golf, Hockey, Uncategorized, on 14 October 2011, by , 0 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!



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