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Baseball is synonymous with springtime. As our favorite ball players dust off their gloves and start lathering up the pine tar in Arizona and Florida, we watch with envy and wait the final few weeks for the world to thaw. Many fans visit the various spring training homes of their beloved teams to feel the warm breeze, listen to the crack of a line drive, and debate whether their underachieving star will FINALLY stay healthy for 162 games.
These areas of Arizona and Florida are gorgeous to look at and offer flawless weather – but there are many more things to do in spring training locations outside of spending your entire day on the baseball field.
Sarasota, FL (Baltimore Orioles)
Between the Lines: The 2014 season will mark the Orioles fifth Spring Training at Ed Smith Stadium. The stadium was built in 1989 and was renovated prior to the 2011 season. Tickets cost as low as $9 per game. The stadium features 7,100 seats recycled from Oriole Park at Camden Yards. The Orioles players include stars center fielder Adam Jones, first baseman Chris Davis, new pitcher Ubaldo Jimenez, and catcher Matt Wieters. The Orioles are looking to rebound from a disappointing 2013 campaign after shockingly making the playoffs in 2012.
Outside The Box Score: Located on the gulf coast of Florida, Sarasota offers much to do both above and below sea level. For the art lovers, be sure to visit The Ringling. This area houses many museums and theaters – you could spend an entire day there and still have more to see. For the lover of legitimate theater, the Sarasota Opera and Asolo Repertory Theater are highly recommended. For the kids, check out the amazing feats of acrobatics and strength at the Sailor Circus. For afternoon relaxation, take a stroll through the Marie Selby Botanical Gardens featuring some of the most beautiful flowers in Florida. If your family loves animals, check out the Cat Depot (yes you can pet them), Mote Marine Aquarium, and the Big Cat Sanctuary (no you probably shouldn’t pet them.) For the adventurous group, visit the Myakka River State Park (complete with insane canopy walkway) and spend the day hiking and enjoying the wildlife. If you’re hungry, eat at Gentile Bros Authentic Cheesecake or the Mozzarella Fella (if for nothing else but the awesome name.) You’ll love spending time in Sarasota.
At times, traveling can be crazy, stressful, and downright maddening. It can also be incredibly hilarious. These tweets about travel have our sides splitting. Enjoy
Guy next to me on the plane woke up and is wiping the drool off his shirt. Now may be a good time to tell him I drooled all over his shirt.
— Rafael Torres (@rafitorres) January 21, 2010
A dose of reality: outside of location and price – reviews are the single most important part of your vacation rental listing. Sometimes, people will go the extra mile for price if the reviews are stellar. There will always be a negative review here or there for reasons beyond your control, but what you can control is earning your listing a steady stream of positive reviews that push your vacation rental over the top. Here are a few suggestions to accomplish this important task:
Identify your Advocates
If you’ve taken great care in taking great care of your visitors from Day 1 – you likely have a handful of advocates already. These are the travelers that have “told their friends and family” about their amazing time at your place. Reach back out to them for one more favor, to kick start your online reviews. If you can get a few high-quality, 5-star reviews right from the start, you’ll be in good shape.
Keep a guest book in the vacation rental. Encourage visitors to keep a diary or itinerary of their stay listing their favorite attributes. Ask your guests afterwards if you can include their messages as a review on your vacation rental listing. Most will be more than happy to permit you to do this. Keeping a guest book is also a great way for travelers to give each other tips on what to do in the area, or little quirks about the home. Win-win for everyone.
December holidays, Valentine’s Day, the start of Spring – love is in the air and an engagement may have taken place in your life. The question was asked, you said yes… now the
craziness planning begins! Below is a list of top wedding blogs that we think will assist with all your wedding planning needs from, floral arrangements, invitation designs, wedding dress ideas, DIY tips and tricks and of course a blog for your guy – can’t leave him out! In some ways, every wedding is a destination wedding – so don’t forget to get some inspiration from our best wedding destinations.
A Practical Wedding is the ultimate destination for planning a wedding while retaining your sanity. With over 2,000 posts in our archives, we (literally) wrote the book on planning a wedding without going into debt and without losing your mind. Plus, we think marriage matters too (because that’s what you’re here for anyway, right?) - Meg Keene, A Practical Wedding @PracticalWed
Calling all road-trippers, foodies, and adventurers of the great American territory – we’ve got your next favorite itinerary right here! Most people need little else besides great food to get them up out of their seats and ready to travel, so if you’re looking for that boost of motivation, look no further. We’ve searched through every state in the union to find the 50 most loved, most talked about, and most delicious restaurants worth traveling for. The competition was fierce, but the traveler love for these spots just could not be denied. From upscale, white tablecloth dining to the humble barbecue joint, this list has a little something for taste buds of all kinds. Each establishment has its own special charm, that perfect balance of cuisine, atmosphere, and service that makes them stand out among the rest. So gas up the sedan and make your reservations – the ultimate gastronomy tour is on!
Alabama (Birmingham): Highlands Bar and Grill