3 Great Places to Unplug and Picnic Without Leaving Dallas

As amedspa in Dallas,we talk to people every day about treatments that are designed to make them look and feel younger,more relaxed,rejuvinated,and more energetic. But no matter how many injections or fat reduction treatments we give,we always come back to reminding people that some of the same benefits can come from simply intentionally unplugging and spending some time outside. While the Covid situation has put a damper on many people’s annual vacation plans,some have coped by taking personal time in shorter incraments more often.

We’ve curated a list of 3 spots that you might take a friend or loved one with you for a relaxing picnic all without leaving Dallas.

Of course,it goes without saying that if you want to picnic out in the open nowadays,you have to keep a respectable distance between you and those who don’t live in your household. But several spots in Dallas are allowing people to picnic so long as they abide CDC guidelines.

Dallas Arboretum,8525 Garland Road

With over 66 acres of lush gardens,walkways,and instagram-worthy spots,this grand botanical garden hosts a variety of stunning tree varieties sure to delight both curious scientific minds and horticultural enthusiasts. You can read the full description from Dallas Morning News here.

“While there are several dining options on site,you can also picnic anywhere on the grounds (except in the restaurant areas),and you can bring any food,snacks or drinks you like (wine and cheese are always good choices). Picnic tables are scattered throughout the gardens and many are shaded. Stretch out on the great lawn and relax while the kids explore and burn off some more energy. Packing a big lunch? Rent a wagon for $10 at the information booth near the main public entry to tow the load.”

Reverchon Park at 3505 Maple Avenue

Sometimes we come here on our lunch break for some quiet time as it is not to far from Advanced Skin Fitness where we work. This scenic 41-acre park close to Oak Lawn is sure to become one of your favorite down time destinations in the area. See the full write up from this D Magazine article.

“Turtle Creek and the Katy Trail run through this historic,41-acre park near Oak Lawn,making it a pleasant and popular destination for Dallasites looking for a taste of nature in the heart of the city. Expect a wide variety of amenities,including a baseball field,basketball court,sand volleyball court,tennis court,a pavilion,picnic tables,and a playgroundâ but you may want to bring a blanket and stroll along the walking trail to find an optimal picnicking spot away from the bustle.”

Samuell-Grand Park Amphitheater,1500 Tenison Parkway,Dallas.

Courtesy of Shakespeare Dallas (who can’t do their live stage production this Fall due to Pandemic related concern) who are putting together a small film fest featuring classic films. Read the full article from Dallas Morning News here.

“For each movie,gates open at 7 p.m. for first-come,first-served seating on the lawn in socially distanced pods. Masks must be worn except when guests are seated inside a pod. Picnics,blankets and lawn chairs are welcome. Food trucks will have items for purchase. Ticket holders 21 and older can take beer and wine.”


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Looking for an Event Photographer Singapore

The greatest way to capture the moment is with photographs. Find great event photography Singapore before you land on the island or get to the day of your event. Get the benefit of great locations and private sessions as a group or singularly by enlisting a Singapore photographer. Excellent photo results come easy when working with anyone of Singapore’s best photographers.

While enjoying a visit on the island of Singapore or working on an event,you want to get lots of photos. Hiring a Singapore photographer lets you relax while a professional takes photo memories of your event or vacation. Never miss that special moment that can never be captured again when you have the advantage of a professional photographer on the job.

Some people travel alone. Personal photos of yourself doing unique things might prove difficult. Having a thoughtful moment or finding a particular event especially exciting might be missed without the help of skilled event photography.

Benefits of a Professional Photographer

Think of the benefits of using a professional photographer to take pictures,web site development photos,headshots,business cards,holiday photos,or use pictures for blog photos.

A wedding on this beautiful island is memorable. Let an event photographer Singapore take pictures of you and your guests. The eye of the camera catches the image,but the photographer that stands behind the camera chooses the right light,position,and moment to capture that special photo.

How to Locate a Photographer

Experience creates great event photographers,and Singapore has some of the most skilled photographers on the globe. Before or during your stay in Singapore,decide what your photography needs are,then begin your search by looking at the websites of photographers or photo services this gives an idea of the style of photography you want.

The search for a photographer is made easy by contacting a photography service. Reservations through these services are made and confirmed,usually within 48 hours.

Finished photos are available on a provided link four days to four weeks to customers. Some might even be ready to show customers immediately.

Payment for photos goes through regular procedures,debit/credit,Google pay,US currency,or Paypal.

The list of events is broad,weddings,award dinners,beach parties,and sporting events. Some photographers specialize in multiple types of photography,while others are more particular about the category of photoshoots they accept.

Price and personality also play a big part in choosing a photographer since some people mesh when they meet. If you are lucky,word of mouth will assist you in finding the event photographer Singapore best at covering your photo needs.

The island has so many beautiful spots for a photoshoot,the Gardens by the Bay,Marina Bay Sands,or the gorgeous colonial hotel Raffles. A skilled photographer can follow patrons through Chinatown or take pictures while you ride the Singapore Fly Wheel.

Also,there are quiet moments most people want to remember,moonlit nights,and cozy memories on the dance floor. You choose the style of your photoshoot while event photographers Singapore make sure you get your memories in photos.

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Tips to Enjoying the Very Best Intimate Holiday Ever

Partners see each weekend as a possibility for an intimate escape to appreciate each other’s company. They might tend their garden, do household chores, and also play some sports or any kind of task as long as they are together. They might join various other partners too or just be with their family members.

For several lovers, weekends are fantastic moments to go somewhere. It does not matter whether it’s near or much as long as they can be on an intimate minute with each other.

Enchanting getaway weekends are undoubtedly unique times for husband and wives that prefer to make their connection always amazing and also refreshing. After 5 long days of job, the weekend break of love beckons. One more weekend full of memories, of enjoyable, relaxation, or enchanting nights in your much-loved very romantic escape is waiting.

Each couple has their very own special means of discovering their ideal intimate holiday. The things that produce helpful time for togetherness differ.

For some couples, billeting in a luxury resort with luxurious amenities is extremely enticing. Nonetheless, yuppies who are working in the central business district would prefer a location in the city borders.

To stay clear of making intimate weekends tiring or monotonous, generating a shopping list and also making advance love weekend strategies is helpful. You might speak with your partner or maybe make a surprise weekend event, whichever, intimate escapes should certainly be unforgettable and fun.

After choosing what you desire for your weekend break event, you are now ready to try to find the area that would certainly match most ideal your very romantic plans. It is always important to conduct an ocular view or inspect the actual place.

If this is not quite possible, attempt to ask for referrals from buddies who have actually gone to the place before. Or else, locate time to check out the testimonials and evaluates regarding the intimate place that you prepare to spend your weekend trip.

The quality of your chosen intimate trip plays a huge part in the success of your weekend break together with your liked one. What great joy to look forward to an interesting time in your classy housing.

Make certain that you recognize the details of the charming package that you have actually preferred. Know whether or not the food is consisted of. The majority of weekend break resorts and also beautiful places lie in remote websites, far from markets or regional shops.

Always bear in mind that you are spending quality time with your partner or your household as well as there should certainly be an equilibrium in every facet of your staying with each other. Do not ruin your amazing weekend through concentrating only on food.

Provide excellent initiative in a holistic recognition of your date as well as make it among the most effective romantic short vacations ever. Obtain pointers from the management about the many preferred locations around the area ideal for partners like you.

Appreciate your memories of your romantic weekend break trip via the photos and also video clips that you will certainly be taking.

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Your Home away from Home

Recently fully refurbished, Craig na Shee is the ideal holiday base for a family or group of friends. The accommodation comprises of two double bedrooms and two twins. Two of the bedrooms have their own en-suite shower or bathroom, while the other two share the master bathroom.

The house is able to take up to eight people, and is furnished accordingly. The other rooms are:

  • Large hallway.
  • Spacious, fully-equipped modern kitchen.
  • Lounge, with multi-fuel stove, and TV.
  • Large dining room with picture window.
  • Separate snug for peace & quiet!
  • Large utility room.
  • Fully equipped kitchen with integrated dishwasher

Features & Facilities

  • Solid fuel central heating.
  • WiFi.
  • Plenty of parking close to the house.
  • All bed linen and towels are included.
  • Garden with garden furniture.
  • Satellite TV.
  • A large selection of maps, games, books and DVDs.
  • Pet-friendly.
  • Easy access to local walks – straight from the door.
  • And the views!

And in case you’re wondering, Craig na Shee is the house right underneath the left-hand end of the rainbow in the picture above.

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Explore the Ardnamurchan Peninsula

Ardnamurchan is sometimes referred to as “almost an island”. You could easily spend all week exploring the peninsula without ever having to take the ferry to the ‘mainland’. This page describes some of our favourite places.

Ariundle Oakwoods

This now-peaceful woodland is a rare surviving fragment of the native oak woods that once spread along the Atlantic coast from Spain to Norway. Ariundle is a treasure house of primitive plants with a huge diversity of mosses, lichens, liverworts and ferns growing over the damp woodland floor. These are fascinating reminders of some of the earliest forms of vegetation on Earth. The woodland is also home to rare and beautiful butterflies and dragonflies, and is rich in birdlife.

There are a number of easy, way-marked paths in this National Nature Reserve, which take you deep into the wood or out along the Strontian River. A good circular path combined with ‘The Fairy Road’ takes you through different ecosystems, then into the village of Strontian.

Castle Tioram

The ancient fortress of the MacDonalds, Castle Tioram was built in the mid 13th century and extended in the 14th century as a testament to the independent rule of Rough Bounds by the Clanranalds, Lords of the Isles. It is situated in a strategic location on a rocky tidal island of Eilean Tioram at the confluence of Loch Moidart and the River Shiel, occupying the whole summit of the rock in Moidart.

The Castle’s reputation as an impenetrable stronghold is borne of its design, construction and location. It has been taken only once and then by deception and cunning. It was set alight in the 18th century on the order of Allan, 14th chief to prevent it falling into the hands of the Government. It now stands as a sombre testament to the changing fortunes of the Clanranalds.

Sanna Bay

Sanna lies some six miles north west of Kilchoan, a little to the north of the tip of the Ardnamurchan Peninsula. It is a small crofting settlement with two separate centres, either side of the road that approaches it. But it isn’t the settlement that you’ll have come to Sanna to see. Rather it is the beaches, the rocks and the dunes that lie along the west-facing side of Sanna Bay. What you have come for can be found through the dunes to the west. Some of these are very large indeed, and very well established. ASanna Baynd beyond them are a series of sandy bays in a variety of sizes from intimate all the way up to huge. The real joy of Sanna lies in its variety of coastal scenery. Its beaches are magnificent. Its dunes are impressive. And the sea is – if you catch it in nice weather – either a deep dark blue or a stunning light turquoise depending on whether the sea bed at that point is sand or rock. And for the more active there are rocky points dividing each beach from its neighbour, providing an excellent selection of rock pools to explore.

The Point

Ardnamurchan LighthouseArdnamurchan Point is the most westerly point of mainland Britain. It is crowned by a lighthouse – one of many built by the Stevenson family – which doubles as an exhibition centre. Those with a good head for heights can climb the 152 steps, and on a clear day the views to the North and West are unsurpassed. The less adventurous can take advantage of the tea room, or explore the tiny shell-sand beach.

This is a wonderful place to simply sit and stare – maybe with a coffee and a cake in front of you. It’s a great spot for seeing otters in the bay, or watching the many seabirds. If you’re lucky, you can see whales from the viewing platform beside the enormous foghorn, and basking shark are frequent visitors.

Further Afield

Craig na Shee is the perfect base for exploring this part of the Highlands. Here are a few suggestions for day trips:

Mull & Iona

Take the ferry from Lochaline to Mull. You could do a gentle circuit of the island, taking in the dramatic cliffs at Gribun or the beautiful beach at Calgary – there’s loads to explore. Or extend the tour to include the breathtaking Isle of Iona, leaving your car at Fionnphort and doing the island on foot. Head back via Tobermory and catch the ferry from there to Kilchoan before making your way back along the peninsula to the cottage.

A word of warning – if you’ve got kids you’ll be singing the Balamory theme tune either out loud or in your head all day. In fact, you’re probably doing it right now! Sorry about that.

The Harry Potter Train

Glenfinnan ViaductOr, to give it its proper title, the West Highland Line (Mallaig Extension Railway). Taking the Jacobite steam train from Fort William to the busy port of Mallaig is a definite highlight. The views from the train are amazing, and the run over the Glenfinnan Viaduct is unforgettable. There are plenty of interesting stops along the way, including the small museum at Glenfinnan Station with its cafe in an old railway carriage, and the beautiful village of Arisaig.

Although you can experience the steam train, the line runs ‘ordinary’ scheduled trains at a lower price if you’re on a budget, and you can still catch a glimpse of the Jacobite in all its steamy glory.

The Isle of Skye

Just a short ferry ride from Mallaig and you’re on the famous Isle of Skye. A great circular driving route would be to take the ferry over from Mallaig, and return by the Skye Bridge. It’s a long but rewarding day out.

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