We Went To ICE! At The Gaylord Palms – The Scenes From A Christmas Story Were AMAZING! But…

It’s no secret that A Christmas Story is my #1 most favorite Christmas movie of all time. We watch the movie every year (usually more than once), we’ve been to A Christmas Story House in Cleveland (where they filmed a lot of the outdoor scenes), we have a Christmas tree dedicated to only A Christmas Story ornaments and I even have every single piece that Department 56 ever made for their A Christmas Story village. So when I found out that the theme this year for ICE! at the Gaylord Palms was A Christmas Story, I was more than a little excited.

ICE!’s opening day was November 16th and Joe was scheduled to be off from work (HAPPY DANCE!), so we went. Here’s what we saw…

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Getting My Cheesy Kitsch On: Our Visit to South of The Border

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Drive up or down I-95 and after miles and miles of billboards promoting the place, just south of the North Carolina/South Carolina state line, you’ll find South of The Border (SOTB), a tourist attraction in Dillon SC, whose name is a tongue-in-cheek tip of the hat to its Mexican theming. A well worn tourist attraction since its humble beginnings as a beer stand 1949 (the just-north-of-the-border NC counties were “dry” at the time), SOTB runs on both sides of highway 501 and contains, among other things, a truck stop, a 300-room motel, several souvenir shops that sell everything from T-shirts to hats to fireworks to leather goods to beachwear and everything in between, a handful of restaurants, a 200-foot tall observation tower shaped like a sombrero, and the largest reptile exhibit in the country. Oh, and don’t forget the dozens of statues of animals such as dinosaurs, gorillas, dolphins, flamingos, etc., painted in whatever garishly beautiful color was the cheapest paint at the store that day.

For most people, SOTB is just a rest stop. For me, it was a vacation destination. See, I had
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Zombie Pop-Up Bar Opens For Halloween Season

“They’re coming to get you, Barbara!”

In October 1968, Night of The Living Dead was released in theaters and the macabre tale of people hiding from bloodthirsty zombies in a farmhouse has since become a cult classic.

Just in time for the 50th anniversary of the film, a pop-up bar, called Zombie Den: Bar of the Dead has just opened and its location was picked for one very special reason…

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The Holiday Season Is Getting Closer: Discount of 40% Off Tickets For ICE! 2018 At The Gaylord Palms

UPDATE 11/16/18 – Want to read our review of Opening Day of ICE! 2018? It’s got LOTS of pictures! Click here to take a look!

It hasn’t been very long since the theme for the 2018 version of ICE! at the Gaylord Palm Resort & Convention centers was announced (Psst! It’s going to be A Christmas Story). But there are already a few discounts starting to leak. And since adult tickets will be $28.99 online and probably even more at the door, every little bit helps, right? Here’s what we’ve found so far:

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Reliving My Past At The Pinball Hall Of Fame In Las Vegas

I was going through my pictures of last year and I realized that I never wrote about our trip to the Pinball Hall of Fame in Las Vegas. More accurately, I should say that this was MY trip to the Pinball Hall of Fame as Sharon really couldn’t have cared less about the visit (Note from Sharon: true story! But you went to Frankie’s Tiki Bar with me, so…). This time was all mine and I made sure to take advantage of every second until I felt guilty about keeping her there any longer. I have our readers to thank as this was one of the suggestions when I asked about places to see in Las Vegas. Most of the pictures in the article were taken by Sharon as I was far too busy playing pinball games to take any pictures myself.

Here I am entering the nondescript entrance of the building.

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