Museums in Bandera

The pool at our Bandera resort; a good spot to rest between museum visits

Want to learn more about the Cowboy Capital of the World? Come explore some of Bandera’s museums!

  • Start with the Bandera Natural History Museum, where you can find replicas of dinosaurs and ice age animals on the 8 acre grounds, as well as native Texas plants and art exhibits.
  • The Frontier Times Museum is the oldest in Bandera. This eclectic and eccentric collection honors the history of the American cowboy.
  • Another unusual museum in Bandera is the Town Mountain Miniature Museum. This newer addition to the area offers all kinds of tiny treasures, including many vintage items, and some are for sale in the gift shop.

Looking for more ideas for adventures in Bandera? Try the Bandera County Convention and Visitors Bureau website. It’s full of ideas for places to go and things to see!

Year-Round Fun in Daytona

Daytona Beach Shores

No matter when you’re planning to visit Daytona Beach, there are always lots of activities to choose from! Here are a few of our favorites that are held year-round:

  • The Daytona Beach’s Farmers’ Market is held every Saturday between 7:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m at City Island. This popular event has a rich history, a fabulous location and great vendors. Come explore food products, farm produce, crafts, flowers and more.
  • The Casements is a Rockefeller home located in Ormond Beach. It offers daily tours of the beautiful home and grounds, Monday through Saturday. Various events and festivals are also held throughout the year. The first Friday of each month, watch a movie under the stars in the Rockefeller Gardens!
  • The Halifax Harbor Marina Dinner & River Cruise is an all-inclusive 2 hour event, complete with dinner and music. Be sure to book in advance! The food is very good, and now includes a kids’ menu.

What are you favorite activities when visiting Daytona?

Affordable Travel

Bandera

Looking to save money on your next vacation? Here are a few ways to keep travel costs down:

1. Cook your own meals.

It’s always fun to explore local cuisine, but an easy way to cut costs is to cook at least some of your meals yourself. Choose easy meals that you’re already familiar with (no need to add stress to your vacation!), or research local speciality shops and get into the spirit of your destination, perhaps by hosting your own Bar-B-Q in Texas or cooking locally sourced seafood in Florida. Call ahead if you’re wondering what kinds of grilling or kitchen items are available (we keep many useful items on hand for our guests, which can be borrowed from the front desk). Slow cookers are one easy way to eat well without too much trouble.

2. Travel off-season. 

If possible, it’s always a great option to travel during less popular times of the year. For example, while summer and winter are extremely popular times to visit Tahoe (and come with long lines and higher prices…) the spring and fall are gorgeous, quieter and much more affordable. Depending on your favorite activities, you may find that travel during less busy times is much more relaxing as well. For Perennial Vacation Club members, travel to our home resorts during their off-seasons comes with 3 extra nights! (Check with the Reservations Department about what weeks apply.)

3. Do some research, and watch for deals.

Pre-planning your trip can often reveal many cost-saving options, whether it’s purchasing tickets to parks or shows in advance, or taking advantage of local happy hours. For Perennial Vacation Club members, we sometimes have units available for rent at amazing prices. Contact Reservations to check availability.

4. If you haven’t already, become a member! 

Perennial Vacation Club is a wonderful option for many individuals and families looking to travel yearly at affordable prices. Whether you opt for one of the club’s signature resorts or use the exchange program to explore other destinations, membership is one of the best travel deals around. Find more information and contact Patricia, our Membership Development Director, here.

Do you have suggestions for ways to cut vacation costs? Leave a comment below!

Fall Adventures in Tahoe

Lake Tahoe

With temperatures dropping but the weather still mild, autumn is one of our favorites times to visit Lake Tahoe. If you’re planning to join us, here are a few local activities to keep in mind:

Oktoberfest can be found various places and dates from late September through October. Visit Squaw Valley on September 22nd or Camp Richardson on October 6th and 7th.

The Kokanee Salmon Festival at Taylor Creek celebrates the fall migration of the Kokanee salmon. This free family event is held October 6th and 7th. Join in a salmon feed or perhaps a 5k, 10k or 1/2 marathon.

Apple Hill is open year-round but is always fun during autumn. Pick apples, sample apple ciders and apple pies, visit a winery and enjoy the fall colors!

Do you have your own favorite activities in Tahoe during fall? Please share!