Sacremento Scottish Games

I am a rabid Scottish festival fan. Being mostly Scottish I enjoy haggis, meat pies, guinness, and a good Scotch. About the only place you can throw all this together plus get to wear your kilt (without getting funny looks) is at a festival. One of my favorites because it's big but not crowded is the Sacramento Scottish Games and Festival. These games have everything I could want. The music is great. Bands like Wicked Tinkers and Molly's Revenge will be playing. Of course you can always find people like Seamus Kennedy playing good folk music (he's Irish but we won't hold that against him). Don't forget those pipe bands too. Nothing beats a full pipe and drums regiment playing Scotland the Brave and Amazing Grace. The food is incredible also. Even if you don't want to try haggis give a meat pie a try. Don't worry these pies don't involve a sheeps stomache. Make sure you find a good place to stay. My personal favorite is the Lions Gate which is a great Sacramento Hotel. It is a short drive to the grounds but well worth it.


Breckenridge Colorado Ullr Festival & Snow Sculptures

Breckenridge Colorado is known for it’s great winter ski and snowboarding and funky shops. Oh and don’t forget the tasty handcrafted beers of the Breckenridge Brewery with its offers Autumn Ale, Avalanche Ale and Christmas Ale. If you are visiting Breckenridge and staying at a wonderful ski in condos like these ski-in ski-out condos, right off Four O'Clock Ski Run then figuring out what to do in the area will not be hard as they have a great Breckenridge Calendar of Events for the area listed on their website.

Coming up January 6th – 13th, 2006 is the great Ullr Fest a week of festivities praising the Norse God of Snow – Ullr. Jam out during the week while MTV tape free concerts from the Goo Goo Dolls, Cheyenne Kimball and Dashboard Confessional. On Monday, January 9th, 2006 hang out by the Ullr bonfire with a hot cocoa or cider. Events go on all week and include a parade, Ullympics, and Ullr Comedy night.

Another great event is the Budweiser International Snow Sculptures. Held January 24th – January 29th, 2006.

“In its 16th year, artists from all over the world will come together to present the most intricate, awe-inspiring snow sculptures the world has seen. These artists will carve twenty-ton, 12-foot-tall blocks of snow down to pieces of art using only their creativity, inspiration, own two hands and permitted hand tools.”

While in Breckenridge enjoy your home away from home by staying at the Pine Ridge condominiums, they offer a lots of great lodging to stay with your family and friends and each condo is inspected and approved before being allowed to be rented.