Episode 68 – Website Info
Air Date: Sun. Oct. 6, 2019
Christopher Schacht – Author of Around the World on 50 Bucks
Colleen & Catie’s Picks for Halloween Travel
Accommodations: Congress Plaza Hotel and Convention Center
Historic hotel located on Michigan Ave.
This year, on Oct. 26th, they’re hosting the Haunted Halloween Ball, a 21+ Halloween dance/costume party. Tickets are $20.
Hofbrauhaus Chicago in Rosemont – The massive beer hall – which can easily hold 1,000 people – is designed like its sister beer hall in Munich where people drink beer out of large steins, and order Teutonic edibles like Bavarian sausages or Apfelstrudel, homemade apple strudel with ice cream. Perfect for Oktoberfest-lovers.
Long Grove Confectionery Company in Long Grove, IL for amazing apple cider donuts.
Fright Fest at Six Flags – www.sixflags.com
Select dates and weekends, September 14 – November 3
Located at Six Flags Great America in Gurnee, IL (45 min from Chicago)
Buy your advance purchase tickets online for only $47.99 and save 40% off the regular price of $79.99.
May not want to bring your kids after dark, as that’s when the “ghouls” come out!
13th Floor Haunted House in Melrose Park, IL – www.13thfloorchicago.com
Purchase tickets online in advance to skip the line at the box office
Prices vary based on day, but range between $19.99 and $32.99 per person
For busy days, purchase a Fast Pass ($10 extra) or Skip the Line ticket ($20 extra).
Tips: Illinois is also home to a lot of apple orchards and pumpkin patches. Kids will love these, but even adults will enjoy walking around these areas on crisp autumn days. Also, check your area for fun fall festivals and Oktoberfests!
Fun Facts: Chicago Is 2019’s 8th Best City in the U.S. for Celebrating Oktoberfest
Destination: Sonoma, California
Accommodations: Hotel Healdsburg
Restaurants: Drycreek Kitchen for dinner like scallops and steak. Oakville grocery for lunch.
Activities: Jordan halloween party theme this year is Animale. So, you have to wear feathers, scales or fur.
Sonoma events in October 2019 include Pinot on the River, the Harvest Fair, and the Alexander Valley Film Festival.
Other highlights include outdoor concerts at Gundlach Bundschu, Laughfest, and the Geyserville Beer, Wine, & Spirits Festival.
Hot Air Balloon Ride: Admire Sonoma County from above on a Hot Air Balloon Ride, you will spend an hour cruising high above the vineyards as you learn more about the region, the entire experience is about 3 to 4. Discounts available on Groupon (around $179 for one, with champagne toast)
Sonoma Food Tour: Sample some of Sonoma’s tastiest dishes on this 3-hour food walking tour around the Sonoma Square
Healdsburg All Day Biking & Wine Tasting Tour: Enjoy a day wine tasting near Healdsburg around Dry Creek Valley, during the tour you will ride a hybrid bike around 20 miles (32km) at a leisurely pace, stop by 3 to 4 wineries.
Tips for Sonoma Wine Tasting
Make an Appointment At Smaller Wineries. …
Plan your Tasting Times Correctly (maybe first thing in the day isn’t the best idea!)
Don’t Drink and Drive! Plan your rides ahead of time.
Spitting is Normal. You’ll still be able to enjoy the flavor without the effects.
Learn to Swirl – It really allows you to smell the wine and gives it a chance to breathe
Fun Fact: The California wine industry officially began in the Sonoma Valley, with Sonoma County produces 6% of all the wine available from California
“What’s” with the “Trip Sisters”
What’s in Your Suitcase?
KegWorks Pumpkin Tap Kit – https://www.kegworks.com/the-pumpkin-tap-kit
Make a pumpkin an “extra-gourdinary” way to pour your favorite fall beverages with our pumpkin tap kit. Just cut open a pumpkin, hollow out the inside and cut a hole to attach the shank and faucet. Then fill with your favorite pumpkin-flavored beer, cider or punch and serve.
It is a perfect way to serve drinks at Halloween parties, fall-themed parties and Friendsgiving celebrations.
What’s on your phone?
Ghost Lens AR Fun Movie Maker (ages 12+)
Clone&Ghost Photo Video Editor – Free on iOS with in-app purchases
Use Ghost Lens to have an out-of-body experience and snap STUNNING video&photo to impress your followers. This app can change the transparency of the video character and add “Fade in” and “Fade out” effect to your video & photo, so that you can make your “GHOST” looming in your video to spook your friends and family
What’s the tip?
Travel Horror Movies
Hostel (2005) – Three backpackers head to a Slovak city, with no idea of the hell that awaits them.
Turistas (2006 – Josh Duhamal, Olivia Wilde) – A group of young backpackers’ vacation turns sour when a bus accident leaves them marooned in a remote Brazilian rural area that holds an ominous secret.
The Descent (2005) – A caving expedition goes horribly wrong, as the explorers become trapped and pursued by a strange breed of predators.
Friday the 13th (1980) – A group of camp counselors are stalked and murdered by a killer while trying to reopen a summer camp.
Deliverance (1972) – A group of friends go on a canoeing trip in dangerous American back-country where they meet disturbed hillbillies.
The Shining (1980) – A family heads to an isolated hotel for the winter where a sinister presence drives the father crazy and turns their stay into a nightmare.
Psycho (1960) – A secretary goes on the run and checks into a remote motel run by a young man under the domination of his mother.
Wrong Turn (2006) – Six people find themselves trapped in the woods of West Virginia, hunted down by cannibalistic mountain men.
The Hills Have Eyes (2003) – A family falls victim to a group of mutated cannibals in a desert far away from civilization.
Jaws (1970) – A killer shark unleashes chaos on a beach community..