As temperatures begin to drop, spread your wings and fly south! There’s no reason to stay cooped up staring out your window at the frigid, unforgiving landscape. Join some of our new partners in Florida...
It’s been a huge week for us at Zerve. We launched our new consumer platform, a first-of-its-kind tool created to help you find unique experiences in your hometown and while traveling, make the most of your free time, and finally answer the age-old question: “I don’t know … what do you want to do today?”
And the press started pouring in.
We had a piece in print in USA Today…
…we were featured on TechCrunch…
…and we appeared in Wired:
We’ve had a tremendous response on Twitter from people in the industry who recognize the different approach we’re taking…
Zerve announces the un-video-game – helps us get off the couch – there are amazing things to do right nearby: http://t.co/0BzY0jA7jH
— Scott Johnson (@VC_Scott) November 10, 2014
…and from our merchant partners, whose businesses stand to grow even more thanks to this new platform:
@zerve Shout Out to the team doing BIG Things -Congrats we see you!
— Hush Hip Hop Tours (@HushTours) November 10, 2014
Check out Zerve for yourself and let us know what you think!
We specialize in connecting you with great activities any day, but some of our partners offer special events that only come around one night of the year. Let’s see what’s brewing for this Halloween!
Portsmouth NH: New England Curiosities: Spirits in the Dark
Dress up for a night full of treats! The author of Haunted Portsmouth leads you in search of the many local legends that haunt the folklore of the area, plus a seance and much more.
Kids come free to this family-friendly food-tasting walk! Make stops throughout one of New York’s most entertaining neighborhoods to absorb some history (not to mention pizza, cupcakes and more…)
Savannah GA: Shannon Scott Journeys: Bonaventure Cemetery
Savannah’s most famous cemetery is normally closed to the public after 5 p.m.; here’s your chance to stay in past dark, after the gates are locked, for a thrilling and ghostly tour. Adults only!
As visitors to Denver quickly discover, its high elevation (a mile above sea level) can have strange effects: you might find yourself becoming winded easily, or feeling tipsy more quickly when drinking. But golfers have a particular incentive to visit: in the thin air, a drive can travel up to 10% farther.
Two of our latest partners are chilling guests to the bone with their otherworldly explorations in the Palmetto State!
In Charleston, Beyond the Light, owned by a medium and clairvoyant, leads guests on a “Frightseeing Seer Tour” to haunted houses, graveyards and other sites. As the oldest city in South Carolina, Charleston has more than its share of stories that are shrouded in the mists of time, and on this tour you’ll encounter some of the oldest parts of the city to confront their eerie past.
In Columbia, Capital City Haunts offers an intimate, small-group exploration of haunted sites downtown. On this guided tour, you are encouraged to bring a camera, because past guests have captured strange images as they learned the lore of the state capital’s past. A great way to go sightseeing, get a history lesson and experience a thrill all in one!
The birthday of the great Chinese philosopher Confucius is observed on September 28th. Throughout China, the day is celebrated with music, dancing, traditional dress and delicious food. But if you can’t be in China for the occasion, Chinatown is the next best thing! You’ll find one in each of these cities:
This neighborhood south of Little Italy might be the best place in New York for excellent food at low prices. Dumpling and dim sum joints abound, and as you venture from one to another, you’ll pass groceries and markets with produce and other goods. The streets here abandon the familiar grid layout of parts north and get a bit angular and confusing, so it’s a good idea to opt for a food tour. Otherwise, have a map handy! Recommended spots include the legendary Nom Wah Tea Parlor (established 1920!) and Tasty Hand Pulled Noodles, just a few doors down.
Don’t miss the stately Dragon Gate, made from authentic materials provided by Taiwan, on Grant Avenue at Bush Street. And there’s some great people-watching to be had at Portsmouth Square, where you may see elderly people playing xiangqi, a Chinese variant of chess. There are also tours available here to hip you to all the eating options and the other little secrets of the area; your guide might point out filming locations from classic movies like The Maltese Falcon.
Beach Street is the main drag of Boston’s Chinatown, complete with a large, green-roofed paifang (gate) at Surface Road. Hot pot, dumplings, cafés and more, you’ll find them all along Beach Street, and there are scattered Vietnamese establishments mixed in as well. As you stroll west, Chinatown fades into the Washington Street Theatre District — a great thing to keep in mind if you’re planning dinner and a show.
Any veteran traveler will tell you that local food is a huge part of visiting any new location. Check out some of the cities where we’ve recently found delectable food tours that offer a tasty introduction to town. Even if you live there, you’ll probably find that these experiences will show you a new side of the place you call home!
1. Wichita, Kansas
The Old Town Historic District in Wichita is one of the best places to enjoy the bounty of the American prairie. Wichita Food Tours brings you to several of the area’s top restaurants to sample beef, sausage, cheese and more in the course of a 2.5-hour walking tour. Local food mingles with local history as you learn the story of the city!
2. Durango, Colorado
Did you know that Durango has more restaurants per capita than San Francisco? Taste their fine, fresh fare with Discover Durango Tours, and don’t forget the craft beer — you’ll discover why this town is called “The City of Brewerly Love”! It’s an adventure that will really boost your foodie knowledge.
3. Tampa, Florida
Ybor City Food Tours (that’s “EE-bore”) knows that food is the best way to get to know this neighborhood, which has long been populated by Cuban, Spanish and Italian immigrants, among others. Specialized tours focus on dessert, Cuban sandwiches, local history… there’s even a tour designed for you to take with your dog!
Some people love the autumn, but others have a hard time coming to grips with summer slipping away. The perfect solution? Find a warm place, get out there on the water and enjoy the wildlife for a last summery hurrah!
Tarpon Springs, Florida: Odyssey Cruises. As you wind your way down the Anclote River to the Gulf of Mexico, dolphins aren’t the only creatures to see: keep an eye out for manatees, sea turtles, cranes, alligators and much more. You’ll also have a chance to hop off at an island preserve to check out a historic lighthouse and do some shelling.
Big Island, Hawaii: Wild Dolphin Swims. Roberta Goodman is a true dolphin expert with decades of experience. Join her along the Kona Coast to actually swim with them in the open ocean! After she uses her finely tuned intuition to find the dolphins, you can slip on snorkel gear and embark on an interspecies adventure.
Bonus: Cast Off Sailing in San Diego, CA. Dolphins aren’t the main focus of this sail, but many guests spot them in the course of their oceangoing experience. Captain Aaron encourages you to take an active role in operating the 38-foot yacht, even if you’ve never sailed before. Here’s your chance to learn something new as you enjoy the ocean breezes and marine life!
Perhaps you've seen them — half-machine, half human saloons on wheels. What are these many-headed monster vehicles that have been popping up all around the world lately?
In the photo above, you’re looking at Central Park. Those shacks occupy what is now the Great Lawn. The 35-acre Lower Reservoir was filled in to create the Lawn, but plans stalled during the height of the Great Depression, and people who lost their homes created a shanty town here (also known as a “Hooverville,” after the president widely blamed for the Depression).
The Great Lawn today: