Horse Racing

Posted in College Football, Holiday, Horse Racing, Tennis, Travel, Uncategorized, Unique Getaways, on 19 December 2014, by , 0 Comments

Union Jack| Ingenious TravelFor a lot of Americans traveling to the UK, it’s easy to get caught up in activities that can be labeled as “touristy.” You may spend a few days and nights in London experiencing the city, taking photos of Big Ben and Buckingham Palace, and exploring various museums. You may book a tour that takes you through some of the beautiful countryside and not-so-remote castle ruins. Or, for a slightly more adventurous trip, you may venture to an historic site like Stonehenge, or a national park area like the Lakes District. All of these are perfectly worthy activities that can expose you to beautiful and fascinating locations. However, none of them really exposes you to the culture and atmosphere of the country.

This is why it’s also a good idea to find a few specific events to take in when booking a trip to the UK. Festivals, gatherings, athletic contests, etc. are often some of the best places to enjoy yourself abroad. So, while you should absolutely take the time to see the famous sights while visiting the UK, consider planning your trip around one (or a few) of these annual events as well.

Up Helly Aa

Two words: fire festival. You won’t find many gatherings as unique, strange, or oddly enjoyable as Up Helly Aa, which is essentially a Scottish celebration of Viking culture and heritage. Held each January in Lerwick—it’s an area that once belonged to Vikings—the celebration is like diving back in time for 24 hours. There are Viking costumes, lit torches, various fire-related displays, and a main event that consists of lighting a replica Viking ship aflame out on the water. The Telegraph’s incredible gallery of images from events past will give you a clear idea of what sort of atmosphere to expect.

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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.

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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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Posted in Horse Racing, Uncategorized, on 18 May 2012, by , 2 Comments

flickr.com Dolores MonetWith I’ll Have Another capturing a victory in the Kentucky Derby, every horse racing fan’s thoughts have turned to The Preakness Stakes to see if this wonderful horse will be able to capture that precious second jewel in the Derby Crown.

Located in Baltimore, The Preakness Stakes are run at the Pimlico Race Track which is the second oldest horse racing track in the nation.  Some of the most famous horses in racing history have run here; Man O War, Seabiscuit, Secretariat, War Admiral, Sir Barton and Cigar have pounded hooves down this famous track.   Developed on 70 acres of land just west of Jones Falls, so great was the popularity of this track, a spur was built to accommodate the Western Maryland Railroad that brought the train directly into the grandstand to accommodate out of state racing fans.  Except for a brief time in 1904, the Pimlico racetrack k has been in continuous operation since the doors opened on October 25, 1870.  It even survived an anti-gambling movement that shut down all horse racing except for races run in Kentucky and Maryland in 1910.

So what are you waiting for, let Ingenious Travel book you a trip to Charm City so that you can enjoy everything that the Preakness Stakes has to offer!

Do you know how many horses have actually won all three races of the Derby Crown?

Source image:  flickr.com  Dolores Monet

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Posted in General Travel Information, Horse Racing, Uncategorized, on 22 April 2012, by , 3 Comments

flickr.com Patrick FletcherDust off your hats and get your Mint Julep cups down from storage.  Saturday, May 5th marks the start of the Triple Crown of American Horse Racing, The Kentucky Derby (Race for the Roses).  This ‘Fastest Two Minutes in Sports’ (1-1/4 miles of dirt track) occurs at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky. Here you will witness the trio of races that sets the standards of excellence for three year old thoroughbreds.

The very first Kentucky Derby was run on May 17, 1875.  There were 15 three year olds that ran and nearly 10,000 fans were in attendance. The Derby was organized by the Louisville Jockey Club.  The Jockey Club was created by Colonel Meriwether Lewis Clark Jr., grandson of William Clark of the Lewis and Clark Expedition. Churchill Downs, built on land donated by the Meriwether cousins, was officially incorporated in 1937.

Every year, the week before the race, Louisville comes alive with all sorts of wonderful activities geared towards celebrating the race.  You will have the opportunity to attend a fabulous dinner party with live music on opening night, Monday April 28th.  The next morning, April 29, known as the Dawn of the Downs, you will have the chance to enjoy a great Kentucky style breakfast buffet and then watch the jockeys work out with their horses.  On the Thursday evening prior to the race, you can enjoy more of the best Kentucky cuisine available along with more great music.

So what are you waiting for, let Ingenious Travel put you in the saddle to see the First Jewel  in The Triple Crown.

Do you know how long it has been since any horse has won all three races of the Triple Crown?

Photo source:  flickr.com Patrick Fletcher

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