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Catalina Island for the Holidays!

My Catalina Island adventure starts in a very different way. I was offered the experience to tour the famous Welk Resort in Escondido, Ca. and of course enticed to buy a timeshare. As a Travel journalist, I wanted to see the Resort and get detailed information on it through the process. After a very kind tour by my salesman, I received a gift, like most people when offered a Resort tour. My gift I chose was a trip to Catalina Island, offered by Assured Travel. They work with companies (not just time-share) who use their vouchers as incentives to increase sales, and employees gifts, and through a Referral and Customer Loyalty programs. I had no hassles with my dates that I picked from Assured Travel. They were honest, professional and quick to respond to my phone calls. I upgraded my Catalina Flyer trip and chose to leave from Dana Point Harbor instead of Long Beach. They do offer upgrade incentives that of course cost a little money but are worth it! Included in my gift package was the
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Knott’s Berry Farm at Christmas and New Year’s Eve!

  What I love about Knott’s Berry Farm, is that you can enjoy all of the Christmas festivities and decorations, while ushering in the New Year’s Eve with a warm wholesome environment for the whole family. The countdown to the New Year is on at Knott’s Merry Farm! With special fireworks, live entertainment, and extended hours, plus Knott’s signature rides and attractions, Knott’s New Year’s Eve celebration is the place to ring in 2017. Returning this year, the PEANUTS gang, and a cast of world class ice skaters perform in the breathtaking ice show, Merry Christmas, Snoopy! in the 1,967 seat Charles M. Schulz Theatre. In this whimsical show, Snoopy enjoys all of the best parts of the season, including trimming the Christmas tree, awaiting Santa’s arrival and attending the Christmas Ball! Select dates, November 19-January 8. The holiday season celebration continues at Camp Snoopy, with an all-new show debuting at the Camp Snoopy Theatre, A Peanuts Guide to Christmas
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A very Merry Christmas in Prescott, Arizona!!

IPA Magazine and IPA Travel are constantly looking for special places to spend the Holidays~~ this year we chose the old west, historical town of Prescott, Arizona, which combines modern and historical. Just a short drive from the Phoenix Sky Harbor airport,makes this unique, historical town easy to access. Or maybe a 7-8 hour drive from Los Angeles. This area is becoming quite popular!  With the surrounding areas, including Prescott Valley, there’s a population close to 150,000.I ask myself, as I’m driving through the historical part of town, what catches my eye as far as lodging? For me, it was the SpringHill Suites Marriott. I must say, I did do my homework before arriving in town and I couldn’t ignore all of the positive remarks on the internet about the SpringHill Suites Marriott. The grounds were kept and beautiful. I pulled up to the valet style hotel entrance, although you park for free.  While checking in, I was treated like a King!The staff was polite and ge
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