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Wineaux A Geaux Geaux

The office, the city, the to-do list – whatever it is, sometimes a gal has just got to get away from it all. Debbie Ray from KTDY and Bernadette Lee from KPEL Radio, along with Travel Machine, have put together a wonderful girls’ weekend packed with fabulous tours and tastings at various wineries around Northern Louisiana and Mississippi. Have a read below at an overview of the itinerary, grab your girls and let’s hit the road!

 

  Day 1 – May 17th 

                     

We are starting the trip off the right way with a bon voyage breakfast at Brick & Spoon in Lafayette, LA. This will give everyone a little more time to get to know all the other travelers before boarding the luxury motorcoach and heading out for the weekend.

Pontchartrain Vineyards – Bush, LA

The first stop is the only winery in the state that produces table wines exclusively from traditional bunch/wine grapes from their vineyard on about 45 acres of space. They produce an average of 2,500 cases per year, all made by hand and geared to consistently pair with the cuisine of south Louisiana!

Casa de Sue Winery – Clinton, LA 

Second stop of the day is Casa de Sue Winery. Their inventory includes 11 different wines they create on the property including fine blueberry and muscadine wines from organically grown grapes. A specialty wine they are most known for is Sweet Magnolia, which is a sweet southern muscadine. This winery is literally the taste of Louisiana.

Ending the day by heading over to Natchez, MS where dinner will be provided at Dunlieth’s Castle Resturant. Built to resemble a castle in the 18th century, it is an architectural gem that provides a comfortable dining atmosphere!

 

DAY 2- May 18th

                                         

Starting the day bright and early with breakfast at the hotel and a day full of touring and tastings!

Charboneau Rum Distillery – Natchez, MS

Located in historic downtown Natchez, Charboneau is a celebration of the art of handcrafted food and liquor! Most known for the Charboneau White Rum was released in November 2014. This rum is made using raw sugar and molasses sourced from a Louisiana sugar mill a few hours away. After touring, lunch will be provided by Big John’s BBQ before heading back on the road to West Monroe.

Landry Vineyards – West Monroe, LA 

This vineyard has over 20 different types of wine on their new 20 Acre site located in the beautiful hill country of North Louisiana. They strive to produce native wines that compliment the rich Cajun and Creole flavors we love so much!

On Cloud Wine – Shreveport, LA

Also known as “The Biggest little Winery in Louisiana”, it has a selection that fits everyone’s taste buds no matter what season of the year! Their services include the making, bottling, and labeling of wine on the property, though they can ship their products anywhere in Louisiana.

The day will end by checking into our hotel and getting some downtime to have dinner and do some shopping at the Louisiana Boardwalk Outlet in Bossier City, LA.

 

DAY 3 – May 19th

                               

Our final day begins with an early start heading down to Natchitoches, LA! You will get to hear the real-life story and see the Steel Magnolias movie come to life right before your eyes. A guided tour around the city getting to experience all the various filming locations is a great way to spend the morning. Lunch will be on your own down Front Street and you can get a little more shopping in before loading up the motorcoach and heading back to Lafayette.

 

We want you to enjoy a “taste of Louisiana” when you join the Wineaux A Geaux Geaux tour! Must be 21 or older. You can contact our office TODAY for more information! (337) 981-7870 or info@travemachine.net

Find out WHEN and WHERE to go

Timing can be of the essence when planning your vacation. The biggest bummer of all is to show up at your bucket list destination with a hurricane watch or nonstop rain for 7 days straight! We’ve decided to highlight the best times of year to visit the different regions of the world according to their seasons.

This doesn’t mean that these are the only times to consider for these destinations. Many of these are great at various times during the year.  These are just considerations for you to think about, in order to experience the destinations at their best.

So, keep in mind a certain destination or time of year that you know you want to travel and read on.  The more knowledge you have, the better the experience at your dream destination! We want to make sure you don’t get stuck in a snowstorm or a monsoon!

(Costa Rica)

 

December – February

Christmas Markets: If you don’t mind braving the cold the Christmas Markets in Germany and Austria are something you don’t want to miss.

Caribbean: During this time of year, your favorite islands are hurricane free. St. Lucia or Tucks and Caicos are perfect destinations if you are looking for a more upscale luxury experience. If you are the more adventurous type Costa Rica could have everything you need!

South America: It’s Carnival time in Brazil! A perfect opportunity to take advantage of the high summer in the southern hemisphere.

 

(Florance, Italy)

 

March-May

Europe: Europe truly awakens in the spring and everything is in full bloom. This is the perfect time to see Paris or visit your favorite cities in Italy. Temperatures in Madrid stay around 68 degrees, which allow you to explore everything it has to offer without breaking a sweat.

Asia: Hopping over to Japan, it can offer appeal to both novice and seasoned travelers with its wide range of destinations.  Also, getting to experience the cherry blossoms in full bloom.

 

(Bora Bora, French Polynesia)

 

June- August

South Pacific: The best time to finally take that bucket list trip to Fiji or even French Polynesia.

Canada: The tip of North America features a variety of destinations.  The expanse of natural beauty, from mountains and glaciers to secluded lakes and forests, is almost unparalleled.

Australia: Sydney is both a laid-back beachside town and thriving metropolis that holds some of the best surf, landmarks, and activities.

 

(Virgina)

 

September – November

Europe: Mellowing temperatures makes this a lovely time of year to visit Europe. Adding Barcelona or the Croatian coast to your list is defiantly a must!

United States: On the East Coast, October is the prime time for fall foliage with perhaps a road trip through Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains.  A wine holiday in California’s Napa and Sonoma valley would also be perfect this time of year.

Three Cheers for New Years!

Hello, 2018!

Our Travel Machine Team would like to wish everyone reading this a VERY Happy New Year. We hope you all had a wonderful time over the holidays and are excited to embark on a fresh start. 2017 was a great year and many of our agents visited some extraordinary places! We are always excited to visit new destinations and get firsthand experiences, tips, and tricks to share with all of our clients.

January is always a time for a new start and setting the tone for how the rest of your year will go. We do hope that you have added TRAVEL MORE to your list of new years resolutions. Life is too short. Let this be the year when your travel resolutions come to life. The world is full of amazing places and Travel Machine wants to help you get there!

Check out the photos below for some highlights of 2017!