Thursday, December 12, 2013

Christmas Attractions in Southern California

Since California does not offer a winter wonderland experience with cold weather and snow, there are still many things that California can offer to charter bus visitors that visit during the Christmas season. You can choose to enjoy these lovely events with your family, friends or even that special someone, and enjoy the magical moments Christmas has to offer.

Winter Wonderland in Sunny California

Still want to experience the winter wonderland anyway? Well, you can do so at Chill Ice Kingdom at the Queen Mary. Chill Ice Kingdom is actually a dome that is located right next to Queen Mary. At this ice kingdom, coach bus visitors can enjoy a myriad of beautifully carved ice sculptures and even a 24 foot replica of Queen Mary made entirely from ice! You can enjoy ice slides, as well as a walk through the magnificent ice castle, or you can head outside for some ice skating and tubing instead. A word of advice: bring along some warm clothing since it is about 7 degrees inside the ice kingdom.
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Friday, November 1, 2013

Tune In To Nature with California Woods

Looking for inspiration or perhaps a place to hike but having trouble finding a good place that will help pump you up without giving you a headache trying to locate? Then we think the place that you might be looking for is California woods. Simply called, California Woods consists of one hundred and thirteen acres of tranquil forest environment where hikers and bikers often head to whenever they needed to destress. It is one of California’s natural preserve and is often a hot favorite with nature lovers who are looking for a place during their bus charter CA trip. So, if you are interested, just ask the CA charter bus driver to bring you out to 5400 Kellogg Avenue in Cincinnati OH.
What you are going to see at California Woods is over fifty different species of trees and two hundred other species of plants. Bring the young kids along during your visit although they may not be up for the hiking, they will have a splendid time learning more about kingfishers, turtles, a myriad of small fishes and birds. Because it is a natural preserve, no other house animals are allowed....which means no dogs are allowed. The reasoning is simple and logical, dogs have a tendency to disrupt the natural habitat of this small animals that the preserve is aiming to protect.
All year round, this famous charter bus CA nature center offer children and teenage training programs which helps the younger generation understand more about the world that we live in. The hiking trail consists also of a specifically designated area for birds, feel free to explore and learn more about these amazingly beautiful creatures during your charter bus CA trips. The educators are often planning programs to offer to kids, do check their website out for more information about their programs and schedules.
California Woods also have facilities that can be used as charter bus CA event venues for instance the Grand Pavilion, Theodore M. Berry International Friendship Park Pavilion, Maple Ridge Lodge, Oak RIdge LOdge, Krohn Conservatory and The Gibson Home. These public event venues are suitable for large family gatherings, wedding reception venue or corporate functions too. If you are looking for such a place for a charter bus CA event, get in touch with Premier Park Events to reserve a place, they can be reached at 513-537-2604.
Although it is consistently changing, some of the park’s regular programs includes Crispy and Crunchy, Grand Tour Hike, Happy Talks to You, A Pioneer Experience for Homeschools, The Secret Life of Stars Planetarium Show, Camp Fire on the Bluff and Balluminaria.
In the meantime, please get in touch with Bus Charter CA for a reliable and affordable charter bus, shuttle bus, mini bus or school bus if you need ground transportation for your event.

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Winchester Mystery House

To say that the Winchester Mystery House is a ‘house’ is an is a maze constructed over a long period of time based on advice given by spiritualists. THAT is what makes this house an incredibly interesting site...the mystery behind baffling reason why construction on the house never ceased and why you need to stick to your tour guide when exploring this beautiful mansion that one Mrs. Winchester once lived in.
Ringing of Victorian craftsmanship, every corner of the house seems to bring about questions. There are odd designs to the house that you wished Mrs. Winchester could answer you today. For example, why would there be a staircase that went downwards for merely seven steps and then rise eleven steps thereafter. There are mysterious hallways with secret pathways in between. Some designers and historians can only come to the conclusion that it was Mrs. Winchester’s way of moving quickly between one section of the house to another...well, because the house in itself is an incredibly huge maze.
Sarah Winchester, suffering from arthritis in her later years, have more reasons than one to continue building the house. You see, having been raised in a very rich and eloquent home, she married William Wirt Winchester in 1866 and they were happily married till they had an infant daughter. The infant did not survive a childhood disease and this threw the couple, Mrs. Winchester in particular, into depression. And later on, Mr. Winchester suffered from Tuberculosis and left Sarah Winchester a widow. As some of you bus charter CA tourists might have concluded by now, it was a massive blow to the woman.
These two events sent Mrs. Winchester to a spiritualist who told her that she was haunted by spirits that did not want to leave her because they were killed by rifles that the Winchester family made, designed and sold. She was advised by the spiritualist to move westward, find a home and never stop working on it.
The construction on the beautiful Victorian house is exceptionally beautiful but bizarre because after all, Mrs. Winchester spent more than thirty eight years designing, building and rebuilding the home. After all, she had all the money and time in the world to do it. From the construction point of view, there is absolutely no master plan for the house when the widow bought the original farmhouse.
The confusing hallways was said to have been designed to confuse spirits that were following her. It was believed that there used to be more than five hundred to six hundred different rooms in the massive home but because they were torn down and remodelled over time, there are now one hundred and sixty rooms left.
So, if you are ever here in California, be sure to take the bus charter CA vehicle for a quick visit at the bizarre Winchester home.

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Museum of Flying, California

If you are looking for a perfect day trip for your family minus the hassle of driving, then consider chartering a California bus to the Museum of Flying. The Museum of Flying is a museum with more than thirty different types of aircraft to keep the young children as well as the older ones occupied while having fun at the same time.

The Museum of Flying has gone through many ups and downs as well as the change of name (it was originally named Douglas Museum and Library) – it was temporarily closed in late 2002 due to economic downturn and search for a more suitable and smaller building was conducted within the next few years before the Museum’s Board of Directors finally found the current location in 2008 and after all the discussion and paper works that were needed for the location were completed, the construction for the new museum began in early 2010. Finally, on February 25, 2012, the Museum of Flying celebrated its opening to the public and has since welcomed many visitors to its new location.

As you arrive at the Museum of Flying in the rented CA bus with your family, you can literally feel excitement is in the air. There are some picnic tables nearby and a little restaurant where you can enjoy your lunch and at the same time watch the airplanes take off and land. One of the main attraction at the Museum of Flying is the part of an old FedEx plane nose that has been “renovated” and visitors will even get to go inside just for fun!

Throughout the whole year, CA rental bus passengers will be able to see different exhibits at different times of the year. There is also an education center for children; and they have a T-33 cockpit trainer, a Convair 240 nose, as well as a K-3 mini flight simulator that kids will totally be thrilled with! Recently, they also added a new Maxflight FS300 flight simulator – and it is not just any simulator; it is what they say a “full motion simulator” that enables you to go completely upside down! It also come with a high definition 3D capability and 5-speaker surround sound – now if this isn’t THE most surreal flight simulator, we don’t know what is. By the way, the Museum of Flying also offers its space to hold birthday parties for kids, so be sure to check with them their birthday party packages if you have in mind to thrown one in the future for your own kids.

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

A Barrel Of Fun And Laughter

Any time is always a good time for some good wines with great company. While you gather your wine drinking friends to plan for a trip to the Del Dotto Estate Winery & Caves in St. Helena, don’t forget to include in the planning to also charter a bus for the trip. Chartering a bus in California for your wine tasting trip is the safest and best way to ensure that everyone gets home safely – especially, if everyone intends to drink and none wants to drive after that. After all, driving under the influence of alcohol obviously not advisable be it a charter bus CA wine tasting trip or in another city.

Del Dotto winery is not any common winery that you may have visited in the past. It is a hand-dug cave and winery that appeared in the Napa Valley and is one of the remaining six that still in existence. Start learning about how it began back in 1885 during this charter bus CA tour where Chinese laborers dug a 350 foot wine cave with only picks and shovels as their tools! Then in the year 1997, Dave and Yolando Del Dotto refurbished the original winery and started to age their red wines in the caves – turns out, the taste of the aged red wines in the caves were so much better compared to those that uses modern methods of aging. Because of this discovery, until today, they still choose to age their wines in the caves.

If your CA charter bus driver has always been bringing wine lovers to the Del Dotto winery, we are sure that he will have some very interesting stories to share with you and your drinking buddies as you make your way to the winery. They have two different types of wine tours at their winery and for each of the charter bus CA tour, you will have different wine tasting experience. Del Dotto was one of the earliest winery that offers their visitors wine tasting right out from the wine barrels. This way of wine tasting has since then been offered by other wineries, but Del Dotto winery is said to be still the best.

The Cave Experience & Barrel Tasting tour is where your wine host will choose wines for you to try and at the same time, you and your wine lover friends will also have the opportunity to taste the difference between wines that are produced in the many types of oak barrels. An example of such would be a side by side comparison of a wine aged in French oak with that of is aged in American oak. Not only that – you will also be taken through their candle-lit caves before you exit and enjoy an assortment of cheese and house made salami – specially produced by their chef, Joshua Schwartz. With such a one-of-a-kind type of wine tour and the excellent service of a CA charter bus company, you’ll soon be planning another trip here soon!

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Jazzing it up in California

Jazz, a complex and colorful musical form born in the US South has a long history in cities like Chicago, New Orleans and New York City, but more events related to jazz have been popping up in Southern California. Popular celebrations include the newer Angel City Jazz Festival, as well as older festivals like the Long Beach Jazz Festival, which has been running for more than 25 years. Plan a trip to California with a bus, coach bus, party bus, mini bus, passenger coach or school bus charter from Bus Charter California and immerse yourself in the sights and sounds of the Golden State.
The Long Beach Jazz Festival takes place on a selected weekend in late summer and includes a grand view of a lagoon as its backdrop. On Saturday and Sunday, show times begin at noon and end around 10:30 p.m.. In 2012, artists that performed at the festival for the entertainment of California charter bus guests included Dianne Reeves, Poncho Sanchez, Smooth Jazz and David Sanborn, along with a host of other musicians. The festival includes VIP seating and food.
Although the Angel City Jazz Festival is relatively unknown to charter bus visitors, it has fast become one of Los Angeles' most popular and respected local jazz festivals; the "Los Angeles Times" called it the best jazz festival in Los Angeles. This lively event takes place every fall at Los Angeles' Ford Amphitheatre, and in the past has included an impressive lineup of artists, such as Archie Shepp Quartet, Steve Coleman, Bobby Bradford and the Mark Dresser Quintet. The event includes both established and renowned artists, as well as emerging musicians.
Central Avenue Jazz Festival takes place every summer on South Los Angeles' Central Avenue at 42nd Street. As the festival's homepage states, "Central Avenue was the birthplace of west coast jazz," and the festival honors this tradition. It is the only major jazz festival in Southern California that is free; the festival includes live music, food booths and craft stations where charter bus visitors can sample and purchase to their heart’s content.
Charter bus visitors should make it a point to attend the annual West Los Angeles Jazz Festival, which takes place at Hotel Wilshire, and has a noble cause: It supports the city's homeless and disabled veterans and is presented by Homeland Homeless Inc. In the past, this festival has included artists such as Howard Hewett, the Sai Whatt Band, Hiroshima and Pete Escovedo.
If you’re a music lover, with a taste for jazz, plan a visit to attend one of the jazz festival listed with a charter bus from Bus Charter California. Bus Charter California is able to help you organize your charter bus trip with a minimum of fuss and bother, letting you enjoy California on your charter bus trip.

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Fun times in California

California has much to offer the charter bus visitor, from the foggy vistas of the Golden Gate Bridge, the sun kissed beaches of Southern California to the massive redwood forests in the high Sierras, but when you say California, what everyone thinks of is fun at a theme park.  A great way of getting around California’s theme parks and having loads of fun is with a bus, coach bus, party bus, mini bus, passenger coach or school bus chartered from Charter Bus California.  Travel around California in style and comfort as your charter bus takes you around to visit some of the greatest theme parks in California.

Everyone knows the Happiest Place on Earth.  Disneyland is the biggest tourist attraction in California, and indeed one of the most popular theme parks in the world for charter bus visitors. Disneyland opened in 1955, and was divided into eight themed "lands" with rides and attractions.  A second park, called Disney's California Adventure, opened in 2001, featuring rides based on a Golden State theme.  Downtown Disney stands between the two parks, allowing charter bus visitors to do some shopping for souvenirs and a trio of official hotels completes the resort.  The parks become crowded during the summer, spring break and Christmas seasons. Weekdays and off-season periods in winter and autumn tend to be much quieter as far as crowds go, allowing charter bus visitors to enjoy more of the park. 

Miramar, otherwise known as “Fightertown, U.S.A.”, where the U.S. Navy trains its aviators in air combat, is not too far away, but not many will ever get the chance to sit in the cockpit of a fighter plane.  Flightdeck offers the chance for charter bus visitors to take the controls of a fighter jet in its virtual flight simulations.  Its realistic simulation machines re-enact the experience of piloting an F-16, including take-offs, landings, aerial maneuvers and virtual dogfights with enemy planes. Training sessions are included as part of the package, and Flightdeck caters to private events such as birthday parties and corporate team-building exercises.  Reservations are required, and the minimum age for a simulator ride is 13.

Knott's Berry Farm began as a actual berry farm in 1928, and claims to be the country's first theme park.  The farm’s owners added rides and attractions to bring in customers, and today Knott’s Berry Farm draws in charter bus visitors from all over the world. Located a short charter bus ride away in nearby Buena Park, it's the area's first-choice alternative to Disneyland.  Rides cater a little more to thrill-seekers than does Disneyland, with faster roller coasters and a Halloween "Knott's Scary Farm" theme that has become a Southern California tradition. Family rides and children's rides are on-site as well and Snoopy and the "Peanuts" gang serve as the park's mascots.

For a fun filled time in California, give Bus Charter California a call to find out how they can help you plan your trip with a selection from their fleet of fully equipped charter buses and friendly, personalized service.

Friday, February 15, 2013

California Cuisine

California cuisine is as varied as the state itself. It’s easy to sample some of the best cuisine California has to offer with a charter bus, coach bus, party bus, mini bus, passenger coaches or school bus chartered from Charter Bus California. Ride in your charter bus in style and comfort as you visit vibrant farmers markets filled with fruits and vegetables that are in season year-round, acres upon acres of lush vineyards, or dine al fresco at small boutique restaurants using farm fresh ingredients.
A good way to start a heated debate on your charter bus is by asking where you can get the best tacos in California. To settle that debate, head over to La Taqueria, in the Mission district of San Francisco. The grilled carne asada style taco that is served here melts in your mouth. The setting may be casual, but it’s not one of the cheaper taco places. Free seating means you rub shoulders with a very diverse crowd, and La Taqueria is popular with charter bus visitors and the before party crowd.
If you and your group are down in Santa Monica in your charter bus, visit Michael’s Restaurant for a comfortable and romantic dining experience. Nestled in a beautifully landscaped setting, surrounded by trees and contemporary art, Michael’s is a pioneer of California cuisine, and responsible for some of L.A.’s greatest chefs getting their start. This restaurant prides itself on market fresh ingredients, and assembles them in a creative, inventive manner that epitomizes California Cuisine. This is paired with a very sophisticated wine list that includes selections from Michael's own The Malibu Vineyard. If your charter bus group is lucky, you are likely to spot some of the celebrities who frequent this restaurant.
For the charter bus group that are adventurous in their tastes, you need to try Son of a Gun, in Los Angeles. Building on the success of their first venture, Animal, Chefs Jon Shook and Vinny Dotolo are taking traditional seafood and redefining their taste by combining them with exotic new ingredients. Simple beach shack style food is made complex and vice versa in this low key, minimalist restaurant, continuously surprising diners with items such as smoked fish dip and alligator schnitzel, or their crowd favorite, lobster roll with celery and lemon aioli.
You won’t get much more Hollywood than Lucques. Located in a former carriage house that belonged to silent film star Harold Lloyd, Lucques serves rustic Mediterranean cuisine give a special California twist by Chef Suzanne Goin. Using some intriguing selections from local farmers markets, Lucques ever changing menu reflects both the seasonal availability of produce and the inspiration of Chef Goin. Of note are the razor clams with bacon, escarole and white beans, as well as beluga lentil soup with cucumber yogurt and gingered beets. 
For a special gastronomic tour of California, give Charter Bus California a call and find out how they can help you with their fleet of charter vehicles and friendly, personalized service.

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Showing off for charity

Many group travelers use hire buses from Charter Bus California for their transport needs to move around California. What they might not know is despite California’s current penchant for ecology friendly practice, organic, healthy food and fuel saving hybrid vehicles, California was once, and in certain places, still is, the premier place for car hot-rodding and modification in the United States.
As one of the states where owning an automobile is a necessity, not a luxury, California celebrates all that is best about the car. And there is no place better where this happens than the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. Held every year in the third week of August, the Pebble Beach Concours is a place where the most elegant automobiles congregate to be shown and judged.
Racing was the start of the Concours. In 1950, the Concours was held as an adjunct event to the Pebble Road Race. An initial field of 30 cars was shown. Held at the Pebble Beach Golf Links, the Concours has grown today to become the ultimate classic car show competition in the world. The Concours is held to raise money for charity, and for 56 years has helped the United Way of Monterey County and the Pebble Beach Company Foundation. In 2010, it raised over $1 million for charity, and the Concours has donated $14 million to various charitable organisations over the years.
Show cars from all over the world are invited to participate in the Pebble Beach Concours. Entry requirements are stringent, and owners spend hundreds of thousands of dollars preparing their cars for competition. Cars that are shown include many automobile rarities, and cars with a famous lineage. Typical car values run into millions of dollars, and it was once estimated that the 2006 field at the Concours saw over $200 million worth of vehicles on display.
Having won a class prize at the Pebble Beach Concours, a car may not again be entered into competition for the next 10 years, unless the car has changed ownership, been restored, or the marque is of special interest. Attending the Concours is a great way to see some very interesting and obscure automobiles, and Pebble Beach is very much a social gathering as it is a car show.
Although there have been some comments that the Pebble Beach Concours is biased towards the wealthy who can afford to spend large amounts of money in caring for and restoring a car, a visit to the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, and the town of Pebble Beach, will be an enjoyable experience. Call Charter Bus California to arrange for a charter bus today.

Monday, January 14, 2013

Avoid the hassle of traffic on a charter bus CA

There are numerous reasons to book a charter bus; CA is just one of many destinations you can choose from. With a professional courtesy driver to take your group just where you need to go, you can leave all of your worries behind and look forward to the trip instead of dreading the drive and battling the CA traffic. Whether it is your church group, school group, or even a family reunion trip, traveling on a bus charter CA is the best way to travel.
A state like CA that is filled with tons of different cultures and regions has great outdoor festival and fairs all year round. CA events range from wine and food tastings at area wineries to county fairs all that can be enjoyed when traveling on a charter bus. Be sure to stroll down Gourmet Alley if you go to the Gilroy Garlic Festival - here you can try all the garlic dishes from garlic soups to garlic ice cream. The cook off is an exciting part of the event. A fun way to enjoy the outdoors and all the best CA has to offers is at a state or county fair. In the capitol Sacramento, the CA state fair this has been held for since 1854.
With its miles of coastline, scenic state parks and outdoor CA attractions like the Giant Redwoods; scenic drives can be enjoyed in any part of California especially when you travel on a charter bus. Don’t pass by Yosemite without stopping. It is one of the most visited parks in the state. You will drive from west to east, seeing glacial lakes, sub alpine meadows filled with wildflowers, and dense forests of Evergreens filled with towering giant Sequoias. An amazing site by far. 

After all, you want to remember all of the sights and attractions without having to deal with any of the hassles of driving separately. One of the most economical ways to do this is to enlist the help of a charter bus. CA is filled with plenty of places to stop and enjoy the sights and having a reliable transportation company is a must.
So if you are ready to travel on a charter bus CA is ready to show your group a pleasant and fun time. Let one of our trained reps answer all your questions and assist in helping you put together your next outing, let us design a package that fit your travel needs as well as your budget. Provide us with the date of your trip, the amount of people, and location and pick up and we will help you with the rest. You will be thankful you were able to avoid the hassle of CA traffic because you chose to travel on a charter bus CA.

Thursday, January 10, 2013

An Occidental traveller

One of the least-known yet cutest little towns in all of Northern California is an interesting place called Occidental. It doesn’t take an accident to get there, just book a a bus charter or use Charter Bus Ca bus rental services.
With reliable bus charter rental, the place is located an hour's drive north of San Francisco and west of Santa Rosa among the redwoods and only 20 minutes from the ocean, Occidental was the hub of the hippie in the late 1960s till the early 1970s, and there was even a point in the 1990s that it became a center for the neo-hippie movement.
Today however, you can rent a bus to visit the town is known for its European style Italian restaurants such as Union Hotel (founded in 1879) at 3703 Main Street and Negri's at 3700 Bohemian Highway, which serve generous family-style dinners for a fixed price.
The Occidental Bohemian Farmers Market in front of Howard’s CafĂ© at 3611 Bohemian Highway is held every Friday from 4 pm until dusk from June through to October and features organic food, locally-made artisan goods including honey, goat cheese and everything in between as well as live music and educational tables.
Music lovers can catch regular concerts organized by in the Redwood Arts Council at the local Community Church, which has been acclaimed for its acoustics.
The area around Occidental and Freestone is also gaining recognition as one of the best places to grow pinot noir grapes in California so drop by the different wineries to sample of their fine wines and you can do this comfortably in charter buses.

Or if you’re more the cautious stressed out type, just lay back and relax in a rented charter buses and head over to Osmosis Spa, just five minutes out of town in a Japanese-style spa that offers unusual enzyme baths, massages, beautiful gardens and other relaxing experiences.
Life’s short, enjoy it to the fullest and book your trip in California with Charter Bus Ca and it will be a trip you’ll never stop smiling from, even months after you’ve gone home.