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Your Next Vacation

Are you ready for a vacation? Today, January 28, is National Plan Your Vacation Day!

Spend some time away from the city lights and daily frenzy!

Here are your top 15 Guest Services, Inc. vacation destinations. From pet-friendly lodging to snowy recreations.

  1. The Lodge at Wakulla Springs, FL: Enjoy a unique stay beside the world’s deepest freshwater spring. Hiking trails, boat tours, swimming. Visit The Lodge at Wakulla and book now!
    wakulla springs
  2. Everglades Florida Adventures, FL: We offer a 10,000 Islands tour so you can see a variety of birds, manatees, dolphins and other wildlife native to Florida. Whether you go on your own in one of our canoes or kayaks or join our guides as we show the beautiful and mysterious Everglades nature will reward you with its treasures. Book your 10,000 Islands Tour!
    boat tour
  3. Weeki Wachee Springs State Park, FL: If you’re coming from the West coast or chilly North, plan your escape and visit mermaids down south! Mermaid Shows are scheduled 365 days a year, at 11 a.m., 1:30 p.m. and 3 p.m. (Seating is on a first-come basis). Learn More! 😊
    kayaking in weeki wachee
  4. Rainbow Springs State Park, FL: One of Florida’s largest springs, the headsprings of the Rainbow River starts in this beautiful 1,472-acre park. Rainbow Springs State Park is open 365 days a year to dazzle and delight your entire family! Plan your visit!
    rainbow sprnigs
  5. Flamingo Adventures at Everglades National Park, FL: Flamingo Adventures is the ONLY place in the USA where you can stay in a Houseboat, Eco-Tent (now OPEN!), or both as your one-stop adventure spot! Feel free to bring Buddy or Daisy at no charge while you camp in an Eco-Tent under the palm trees or hook up your RV to the group site. Reserve now!
    eco tents
  6. Bear Mountain, NY: Traveling to escape the city? Bringing your pet? We have a limited number of canine-friendly guestrooms in our Overlook Lodge.  To reserve, please call the hotel directly at 845.786.2731 or Bear Mountain Inn.  Our pet fee is $45 for the first night and $5 for each additional night
    Bear Mountain Inn
  7. National Mall, DC: Come out and visit our Nation’s capitol! Get ready for an active day while visiting the Sculpture Garden or National Gallery of Art or paddling the paddle boats at the Tidal Basin.
    national mall kiosks
  8. Giants Ridge, MN: Giants Ridge has 35 downhill ski runs, over 60 km of Nordic ski trails and a snowboarding terrain park for all your tricks! We offer a variety of lodging for you and friends! Visit Giants Ridge to find the right accommodation for you.
    giants ridge
  9. Echo Bluff, MI: Explore the Sinking Creek by fishing pole or the Current River Trail by boots while you bring your pet companion for the journey. Be sure to call ahead for one of the pet-friendly cabins and pay the pet fee $20 per dog, per night, two dogs maximum. Reserve a lodge room, cabin, or campground today 😊
    echo bluff lodge
  10. The Lodge at Breckenridge, CO: Canine companions are welcome so long as they don’t jump on the furniture, don’t go for a walk in the fitness center or treat themselves to a spa day! It costs $30 per night for up to two dogs. Treat yourself and loved one(s) to an outdoor adventure or couples retreat.
    lodge at breck
  11. The Lodge at North Cascades, Stehekin, WA: While there’s so much great outdoors to explore, from Lake Chelan to the Cascade Mountains at your footsteps, there’s only so much hotel lodging for your furry friend. Pet fees are $25 per day (plus tax) per dog, for a maximum of two dogs. Book with us today!
    lodge at stehekin
  12. Mount Rainier National Park, WA: Have your snow gear ready? We have cross country skiing, guided snow walks, and snow tubing! Start planning your stay at the National Park Inn today and enjoy the mountains.
    mount rainier
  13. Big Sur, CA: Use your vacation day to unwind and experience nature. Take a weekend out to visit “mini-Yosemite”! As a Lodge guest, you receive a complimentary day pass to all three state parks in Big Sur: Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park, Andrew Molera State Park, and Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park. Check room availability.
    big sur
  14. DoubleTree Suites by Hilton Hotel Naples, FL: Stay at DoubleTree Suites for the comfort, amenities and great location to Miami and the Everglades National Park! It’s only a 1.5 hours’ drive. It is the perfect destination to get away from the hustle and bustle of the Miami scene.
    double tree naples
  15. Boating In DC: Ready to experience DC on the water? We’ve got kayaks, canoes, paddleboards, sailboats, rowboats, dragon boats, boating lessons, yoga classes, monument tours and more! After spending the day as a tourist at the museums, float around the national mall and row in the memories 😊
    boating in dc

 

Top 5 Things to Do in DC over the 4th of July Weekend

Lounging on a bed of beautifully manicured grass, family and friend’s enjoy celebratory beverages under a sky lit by the patriotic explosions of fireworks. Unfortunately, your view is through a television screen and you’re lying on the couch. Don’t be that person this year! Free yourself of this boring fate on 2017’s Independence Day weekend with one of these five festivities!

Boating in DCWhat: Boating on the Potomac with Boating in DC
Where: Key Bridge Boathouse, National Harbor, Thompson’s Boat Center, Washington Sailing Marina
When: Friday, June 30th – Tuesday, July 4th

Key Bridge Boathouse: Friday, Monday, & Tuesday 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday & Sunday 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

The “4th of July Fireworks Paddle” has limited boats left. Reserve now!

National Harbor: Friday, Monday, & Tuesday 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday & Sunday 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Thompson’s Boat Center: Friday–Tuesday, 8 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Washington Sailing Marina: Monday & Tuesday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Friday–Sunday, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Bring your friends and family out to sail, kayak, paddle board, or even bike your way around some of the most legendary locations in the country.


Triple CraftWhat: Burgers, beers and shakes with DC skyline views at Triple Craft
Where: Triple Craft, 1 Marina Drive, Alexandria, VA
When: Friday, June 30th – Tuesday, July 4th 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Triple Craft has an “over-the-top” menu of burgers, beer, and milkshakes that will have you drooling. The only thing that is more impressive than a Triple Craft meal is the unforgettable view provided by the Potomac River and the Washington D.C. skyline. This year’s 4th of July event includes delicious beers from the Honor Brewing Company, live music, and a special one-time-only menu!

Directions to Triple Craft


Jazz in the GardenWhat: Jazz in the Garden
Where: National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden Pavilion Café, 7th Street and Constitution Avenue, Washington, DC
When: Friday, June 30th 5 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Treat yourself to a refreshing signature sangria from the Pavilion Café, and then sit back, relax, and enjoy the Jazz show! After all, just like Victor Provost who will be performing that week’s show, Jazz was born in America. The Pavilion Café menu includes a variety of drinks, toasted sandwiches, fresh salads, pizzas cooked to perfection, and a number of other menu items like an assortment of wonderful pastries!

Directions to Pavilion Cafe


island time bar & grillWhat: Indulge at the Island Time Bar & Grill
Where: Columbia Island Marina, George Washington Pkwy, Arlington, VA
When: Friday, June 30th – Tuesday, July 4th 12 p.m. to 7 p.m.

The Island Time Bar & Grill menu offers an affordable variety of appetizers, soups and salads, sandwiches, and a refreshing array of beer and drink options. Spoil yourself this Independence Day with the sights and sounds of the Pentagon Lagoon while washing your exquisite meal down with a cool beverage!

Directions to Island Time Bar & Grill

 


 

swan boats at tidal basin

What: A “Monumental” Swan Boat Ride
Where: Tidal Basin, 1501 Maine Ave SW, Washington, DC
When: Friday, June 30th – Tuesday, July 4th 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Under the gaze of Martin Luther King Jr., Franklin Delano Roosevelt, and Thomas Jefferson, the glimmering Tidal Basin is waiting for you to join the Tidal Basin Pedal Boat crew in floating around some of the most iconic monuments and memorials in Washington, D.C.

Directions to the Tidal Basin

 

Water Sports Concessionaires Join Forces; Potomac River Boathouses in DC Open Today!

EASY TWEET: @GSISocial @boatingindc & @boatinginboston partner to create the #bestboatingexperience in US

(Fairfax, Virginia) Guest Services, Inc., the legendary hospitality management firm and national and state park concessionaire, announces the acquisition of Boston Outdoor Recreation (d/b/a Boating in Boston and Boating in DC), a watersports concession management company headquartered in Milford, Massachusetts.  Boston Outdoor Recreation currently operates six boathouses in metropolitan Boston and two in Washington, DC (Boating in DC at National Harbor and the Ballpark Boathouse on the Anacostia River).

This strategic new partnership adds to Guest Services’ national recreation portfolio, further positioning the company as the premiere water sports concessionaire in the United States.  Currently, Guest Services operates water sports facilities for national and state parks in Washington, DC, Virginia, New York, Missouri and Washington State.

Michael Aghajanian, President of Boston Outdoor Recreation, states “We feel honored to now be part of the Guest Services family and look forward to bringing our successful ‘Boathouse Life’ culture and operating environment to waterfronts throughout the US.  We’ve worked hard to grow our business and reputation over the years, and, by partnering with Guest Services, our collective passion for excellence in water sports and commitment to delivering a memorable visitor experience will now have the potential to reach every waterway in the United States.”  Gerry Gabrys, CEO of Guest Services, Inc., welcomed Boston Outdoor Recreation to the Guest Services family:  “Michael and his team are outstanding and they’ve earned fantastic reviews over the years for delivering fun and excitement to hundreds of thousands of water loving guests; we are delighted to bring them into our fold so that, together, we can serve boating enthusiasts across the country.”

To learn how to join us on the water this season:

For nearly a century, Guest Services, Inc. has earned the reputation as a premier hospitality management company and national and state park concessionaire that has taken great care and pride in delivering best-in-class food, lodging, retail and recreation services. The Fairfax, Virginia-based company and its subsidiaries employ over 3,500 staff at more than 250 facilities, which welcome approximately 30 million guests annually across the United States. Guest Services, Inc. is proud to welcome visitors at Mount Rainier National Park, North Cascades National Park and Lake Roosevelt National Recreation Area in Washington, several parks in the Washington, D.C. area, and state parks such as Bear Mountain in New York, in addition to Missouri’s newest state park in the Ozarks – the much anticipated Echo Bluff State Park. To learn more visit www.guestservices.com.

Contacts:

Scott Shepherd
sshepherd@guestservices.com
703-849-9300

Michael Aghajanian
m.aghanjanian@boatingin.com
703-849-9300

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