If you are looking for all the details from the latest episode of Good Day Alabama on Birmingham’s Fox 6, then you have found it! Spring travel fun and possible last minute spring break trips!
PENSACOLA BEACH, FLORIDA
Pensacola, the City of Five Flags, is often overlooked for more popular coastal communities such as Destin and Panama City. And, while these beach destinations are fabulous, Pensacola has just as much to offer! The have beautiful sandy-white beaches, stunning sunsets, award-winning restaurants and plenty of outdoor recreation. Pensacola beaches aren’t quite as crowded as some of the neighboring communities.
One of coolest things I love about Pensacola has nothing to do with the beach, but rather 10 minutes away in the downtown, historic district. The downtown area has undergone an amazing revitalization showcasing a New Orleans feel with the use of wrought iron balconies and street lamps. Folks can stroll through the area under covered walkways and duck in and out of unique shops, coffee shops…and enjoy lots of arts and cultural opportunities. My favorite way to see the downtown district is by Segway tour – check out Emerald Coast Tours (Call Nick at 850-417-9292 or visit www.EmeraldCoastTours.net). The tour is so interactive and fun that you’ll never realize you’re getting a history lesson.
Pensacola Beach has fabulous hotels such as Pensacola Beach Hilton right on the gulf. The Hilton is a full-service hotel with luxury rooms and full amenities. Don’t miss their amazing Cajun-Asian bar and grille – H2O with chef Dan Dunn! Contact them at 850-776-4695 or http://hiltonpensacolabeach.com. Also, if you prefer a condo, check out Portofino Island Resort & Spa, a beautiful property with five luxury towers, each with its own pool. They also offer tennis courts and sweeping views from every spacious unit. Awesome place for families! For more information, call 850-916-5000 or visit http://www.portofinoisland.com/.
For help planning your trip, visit http://www.visitpensacola.com/.
MEXICO BEACH, FLORIDA
Mexico Beach is a great place to plan a last minute spring break trip! I fell in love with this hidden gem last year and I am definitely going back! Cute beach houses dot the sandy topography and the lack of crowds is very appealing! Check out my complete story with links to accommodations, restaurants and more at http://thetravelvoicebybecky.com/2013/08/17/floridas-hidden-paradise-mexico-beach/.
PIGEON FORGE, TENNESSEE
Do you love the mountains? This is the perfect time of year to visit Pigeon Forge in terms of cost! Bargains on hotels and condos are everywhere, so take advantage of getting to stay at an upscale property for a moderate price during March and April! To get the best rate, call instead of booking online…and ask for the best available rate. You’ll be surprised! I have a couple of Pigeon Forge favorites to share!
One is RiverStone Resort & Spa right off the parkway, close to restaurants, shopping and activities. Condos are spacious and fully appointed…and the spa is fantastic! Indoor heated swimming pool is open 24 hours! Check them out at http://www.riverstoneresort.com/ or call 877-703-3220 for more information.
The other hotel I want to share is The Inn at Christmas Place! A Traveler’s Choice award-winning property, The Inn is owned by the folks that have the famous Christmas Place on the parkway in Pigeon Forge. I know it’s not Christmas, but I LOVE this place! It is stunning…and decorated immaculately for the Christmas season. And, it stays booked well in advance around the holidays, so this is a great time to visit there! It is a full-service hotel with luxury rooms in the heart of Pigeon Forge. Your family will always remember time spent here. For more information, visit http://www.innatchristmasplace.com (click on the SPECIALS LINK to check for deals, but also remember to call them directly and compare), or call them at 888-465-9644.
While in Pigeon Forge, don’t miss the brand new happening spot – The Island in Pigeon Forge…don’t worry, you’ll see it…just look for the 200-foot tall Great Smoky Mountain Wheel! There’s lots to do here from activities to shopping and great restaurants, but spend some time just sitting and enjoying the amazing guitar-shaped water fountain with shows synchronized to favorite songs. Find all the info at www.islandinpigeonforge.com and call 850-286-0119 with any questions.