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Posted in Sports, Theme Vacations, on 26 January 2018, by , 0 Comments

You’ve heard of a bucket list, but what about a themed bucket list? Specifically one for your must see sporting events. Below you’ll find our personal bucket list of the top sporting events we’d like to see live in 2018 (or any year for that matter!). And, if you feel the way we do and want to attend some or all of these, we hope you’ll think of us when booking your getaway.

In alphabetical order, here are the top events we want to see:

  • Belmont Stakes – Held June 8-10 at Belmont Park in New York, the Belmont Stakes is the final and most demanding race of thoroughbred racing’s prestigious Triple Crown.
  • Canadian Grand Prix – Also held in June, this is one of Formula 1’s most anticipated races annually at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve. Sightseeing in Quebec plus racing? Count us in! Event dates are June 8-11.
  • Champions League Final – Slated for May 25-21 in Ukraine, the top two football (read soccer) teams in Europe will go head to head for the European Champion Clubs’ Cup.  
  • Daytona 500 – This race occurs on the Daytona International Speedway in Florida February 17-19. We’re certainly okay with flying south for the winter!
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Posted in Family Travel, General Travel Information, Shopping, Sports, Uncategorized, on 4 March 2016, by , 0 Comments

If you are planning your first trip to beautiful Barcelona, Spain and still wondering with what you are going to fill your days with while there, consider the following fantastic options that you absolutely must not miss out on…

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Explore Gaudi’s Many Marvels

No trip to Barcelona would ever be complete without exploring and discovering the many impressive works of Antoni Gaudi, a famous architect who certainly left his mark on the city. Begin by wandering through Parc Guell where you will get the chance to see some of the most unique and colorful architectural designs in the world. Next, visit La Sagrada Familia – Church of the Sacred Family – before heading right over to Casa Batllo, his apartment building masterpiece unlike anything you have ever seen before.

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Wander Down Las Ramblas

There is a big chance you have already considered doing this as it is the busiest and most popular neighborhood in all of Barcelona. Filled with a nearly endless list of booths, restaurants and bars that are perfect for making your rounds and filling up your appetite as well as shopping bags. Though busy at most times of the day – except siesta time – it is a must, even if it is just a one-time activity.

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Posted in Football, General Travel Information, Girlfriend Getaways, Music, Sports, Travel, Travel Tips, Uncategorized, on 25 April 2014, by , 0 Comments

Even though we’re in t the first round of NHL playoffs, and baseball season just got underway, it’s time to start planning your trips for the 2014 NFL season! Yes, that’s right, football. The National Football League (NFL) released its 2014 schedule this week.

Over the next few months, we’ll be highlighting fun facts about the various NFL cities, starting with the National Football Conference (NFC) teams.

Here are seven fun places to see when in Detroit, home of the NFC North’s Detroit Lions:

The Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA)
Rodin'S Thinker BwThe DIA is known to have one of the top six art collections in the United States. While there, you can explore more than 100 galleries with works by Degas and Cezanne. They are home to a diversity of art: American, European, Modern and Contemporary and Graphic Art, so there is something for everyone.

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Posted in Baseball, Sports, Travel, Uncategorized, on 28 March 2014, by , 0 Comments

bigstock-Baseball-Pitcher-Throwing-ball-48332405Opening Day is right around the corner and the Boys of Summer are back! Baseball is my second favorite sport, next to hockey, (of course!). So to help kick off the 2014 MLB season, here is some information on one of my favorite baseball stadiums, home to the Detroit Tigers!


Comerica Park

CoPaI’m a native Detroiter and though I miss going to “The Corner” (Tigers Stadium, where the Tigers played until 1999, was at the corner of Michigan and Trumbull.), Comerica Park is quite the venue for baseball. None of the seats in the three leveled stadium are obstructed allowing for a clear view of the field as well as Detroit’s skyline.

All guests can enjoy a walk through Tigers history via the “Walk of Fame” on the concourse. Make sure you take a moment to visit the statues of former Tigers greats Ty Cobb, Charlie Gehringer, Hank Greenberg, Willie Horton, Al Kaline and Hal Newhouser. It’s okay to come with a non-baseball fan as there’s plenty for them to see and do. For cigar aficionados, check out the 1940s-style Cigar Bar with over 20 cigar varieties. And for the young ones, or fans in training, be sure to take a ride on the 50-foot Fly Ball Ferris Wheel and the Comerica Carousel. Oh, and if you’re there on a Sunday, kids under 14 ride for free. (There’s so much more than baseball going on here.)

Look to Center-field when the Tigers hit a home run. Their “Liquid Fireworks” (think Bellagio fountain) are synced to music and help everyone celebrate. At night, lights are added to the celebration! It’s a lot of fun to see.

I’ll highlight some of my other favorite parks in the weeks to come. Thought about a baseball road trip? Let us know, we’d love to help you plan it! Which baseball stadium is you favorite? Answer in the comments below.

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Posted in Sports, Travel, Uncategorized, Unique Getaways, on 18 December 2013, by , 30 Comments

bigstock-Brazil-Brazilian-Soccer-Conce-46983142Futbol (soccer) is something which is universal to almost every country and every continent of the world. As a result, the FIFA World Cup, which takes place once every four years, is one of the most anticipated events on the sporting calendar. Not only is a futbol world cup about the intense on field rivalries and tensions, the clash of titans and ego mixes, it’s also the ideal platform for big names to prove their mettle and upcoming stars to showcase their array of talent and skills. The parties, pageantry, and glamor which Brazil brings into the picture simply help in making the event even more surreal than it already is. The upcoming 2014 FIFA World Cup is all set to take place in Brazil from June 12, 2014 – July 13, 2014. This one month extravaganza promises to be one of the best and most anticipated sporting actions of the 2014 calender year.

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Posted in General Travel Information, Olympics, skiing, Sports, Uncategorized, Unique Getaways, on 4 December 2013, by , 35 Comments

Ah, the much awaited winter is finally here! Yes, the harsh cold might be an issue for many, but winter allows for the fun outdoor activity of skiing. And who in their right minds doesn’t love skiing? (Okay, I admit, I’m not a skier.) The sheer sight of dramatic vistas from the ski lifts, the enchanting feel of the cold air nipping at one’s cheeks, the crazy adrenaline rush and experience of flying through the snow are a few of the things that make a perfect ski trip. The general rule when it comes to selecting a ski resort is to either head north or head high. If the chosen resort includes a glacier, your experience is going to be even better. Here are our top 5 places for skiing this winter, including the most popular places in the US and around the world!

05. Jackson Hole, Wyoming, USA

Whether its secret powder caches, chutes or steeps and whether its snowboarding, cross country skiing or jacksonhole2Telemark skiing, Jackson Hole is a perfect choice. The resort is famous all over the world for its enormous vertical terrains and back country access. It also offers ski enthusiasts with a wide range of terrains to choose from. One of the most popular features of the resort is its 100 passenger aerial tram which journeys from the Teton Village to the Rendezvous Mountain summit which is located at a height of 10,450 feet. This magnificent journey takes tourists through 4,139 feet vertically lift and offers jaw dropping 360 degree views of the Teton area. Any trip to Jackson Hole is an experience which you will never forget.

Insider Tip – The lift lines at the Aerial Tram are known to be quite long. So make sure that you get in as soon as possible.

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Posted in Hockey, Olympics, Sports, Uncategorized, Unique Getaways, on 10 October 2013, by , 0 Comments

Olympic HockeyStop being a couch potato and embark on a journey of a lifetime to watch it LIVE

Irrespective of the geographical location and local sporting interests, one event which is most likely to enthrall and attract people from all over the world is the Winter Olympics. With the upcoming Winter Olympics being held in Sochi, Russia from February 7 – 23, 2014; the hype and fanfare  pertaining to this massive global event has already begun.

One of the most debated topics which have bombed the internet is whether or not to see the Winter Olympics live. Yes, sitting within the comforts of your house with a beer in one hand and pretzels in the other does sound quite cool. But, it also sounds equally boring. Or should we say it is too much of a stereotype. So, why not do something unique. Something which will give you memories to last a lifetime. Something which will captivate and enthrall you and allow you to relax and enjoy as well. Go and watch the Winter Olympics LIVE. Here are a few facts which should help you make up your mind.

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Posted in Authors, Books, Cruises, Girlfriend Getaways, Hockey, Olympics, Sports, Theme Vacations, Uncategorized, Unique Getaways, on 1 October 2013, by , 0 Comments

Do you have your cruise booked?

Hockey fans, how will you be spending February 2014’s Olympic break?

hockey_stick_and_a_puckHopefully you’ll be joining us and other hockey fans for the Hat Trick Cruise! We’ll be sailing the Western Caribbean on Royal Caribbean’s Independence of the Seas, visiting Grorge Town, Grand Cayman;  Falmouth, Jamaica; and Labadee, Haiti, while celebrating all things hockey! Not only will be soaking up some rays, we’ll lacing up our skates, playing hockey trivia, and raising money for Hockey Fights Cancer. (This cruise is a great way to escape the winter blues!) Visit to find out what fundraising activities will be taking place onboard!


Romance readers, cruise with Jade Lee to kick off your 2014 Summer Vacation!

With Jade Lee at Ball-1You’re thinking, summer just ended and you want me to think of next summer already? Yes we do! We want you to start your summer sailing the Western Caribbean with USA Today Best Selling Author Jade Lee on Royal Caribbean’s Navigator of the Seas! This novel adventure at sea will depart from Galveston, TX and visit the ports of Falmouth, Jamaica; George Town, Grand Cayman; and Cozumel, Mexico. For more details and to find out how you can reserve your cabin, visit!


Hope to see you there! Be sure to check out our other upcoming trips at Ingenious Travel!




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Posted in Authors, Ireland, Sports, Theme Vacations, Uncategorized, on 28 February 2013, by , 0 Comments

Last week we told you about our upcoming trip A Jane Austen Tour:  Seascapes and Landscapes with authors Syrie James and Laurel Ann Natress taking place this September.

We want you to know about two other literary trips we have coming up as well.

erin-mccarthyAuthor Erin McCarthy’s Speed Reader Weekend is taking place June 28 – 30, 2013 in Sandusky, OH. Come hang with Erin and a number of her author friends (Kathy Love, Shiloh Walker, Jayne Rylon and others) for a weekend of laughs, races, and Cedar Point.  Not only will there be swag handed out, but you’ll also get a sneak peak at Erin’s newest book in the Fast Track Series:  Full Throttle!

Irish Cemetary - FB Ad Urban Fantasy Ireland takes place the week of Halloween (October 26 – November 2, 2013) and is perfect for all those who love the paranormal and urban fantasy. Where else is there to spend when the veil between worlds is the thinnest? Who’s your favorite paranormal or urban fantasy author?

All trips are filling up, so be sure to register today! Contact us with questions.

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Posted in Football, Seattle, Sports, Uncategorized, What's Up With Maria, on 26 September 2012, by , 11 Comments

As I said in my last post, there is so much to do and see in Seattle, Washington!  Day 2, Sunday, was a bit more sedate. We knew the downtown area would be crazy with Seahawks and Cowboys fans, so we decided to take the ferry and head over to Bainbridge Island. (Unfortunately, my sister isn’t a sports fan.) While waiting for our ferry, we saw a number of Seahawks fans disembarking the one that had just arrived.

Seahawks fans disembarking the ferry from Bainbridge Island.

The ferry to Baingridge Island was a short 35 minute ride and very inexpensive. Luckily the weather was gorgeous and the views of the Seattle skyline and the port area of the island were incredible. Bainbridge Island has a quaint downtown with a number of restaurants and specialty shops.

Seattle Skyline

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