Zoo Escapades

“Any glimpse into the life of an animal quickens our own and makes it so much the larger and better in any way.” – John Muir

Zoos are popular for many reasons. Some people enjoy the contact with nature, others feel as though they get a chance to see things they have never seen before,  and in many zoos, you can see a larger variety of animals in one day than you might see in weeks of traveling to other destinations.

While recreational fun is always a good thing, more than that can be provided! Zoos teach people about the importance of nature, they provide the opportunity to study wild animals, and they give many endangered species a place to call home.

Learn about a few specific zoos in the United States!

Dallas Zoo

I’ve lived in Dallas for about five years now, but I had yet to venture out to the Dallas Zoo! Thankfully, I had a chance to do that this week, and it was a great experience!

“The Dallas Zoo dates from the spring of 1888 when a man from Colorado City offered to sell two deer and two mountain lions to the City of Dallas.” Since then, its changed locations, grown significantly, and required a lot more animals! This particular zoo has a mission to “become a leading US zoo and a premier entertainment, educational and visitor attraction in Dallas.”

Check out these quick Did You Know facts, that exist on the Dallas Zoo – About Us page:

  • March 2012 marked the highest attendance in the 125-year history of the Zoo. And 2013 set an all-time attendance record for the fourth consecutive year, with 915,971 guests visiting Texas’ largest and oldest zoo.
  • Giants of the Savanna is the only multi-species zoo exhibit in the United States to mix elephants and other species in the same habitat.
  • The Dallas Zoo is the only zoo in Texas and one of only 10 zoos in the nation to have koalas.
  • It is unusual for zoos to exhibit three different species of flamingos, yet the Dallas Zoo features Caribbean, Chilean, and lesser flamingos. In addition, the Zoo had three successful hatchings of flamingo chicks in one year.
  • Twenty percent of the okapi in the United States and Japan were born or bred at the Dallas Zoo.
  • The Dallas Zoo is the “hottest” Zoo in the Association of Zoos & Aquariums, maintaining more than 70 species of venomous reptiles.
  • The Nature Exchange, a unique swap shop where children earn points for natural items they bring in, at the Lacerte Family Children’s Zoo was one of the first of its kind in the United States.
  • Founded in 1888, the Dallas Zoo was the first Zoo in the southwest.

Learn more about the History of the Dallas Zoo and their Mission Statements.

Now, take the time to virtually relive my experience at the Dallas Zoo by watching this Instagram video of White-Cheek Gibbons (not monkeys) playing around, and looking at some pictures below :)

 

West Coast Zoo vs. East Coast Zoo

Now that you’ve learned a bit about one of the zoos in the south, check out the San Diego Zoo on the West Coast, and Zoo Miami on the East Coast, and see which one you like better!

We’re even having a Tug of War contest about both zoos, where you can vote for your favorite to win a prize! Click below to enter!

The San Diego Zoo, as I stated before in the post, “San Diego Delights,” is an “urban paradise for all ages” and home to more than 4,000 animals representing more than 800 species from around the world.

Zoo Miami, also known as The Miami-Dade Zoological Park and Gardens, is the “largest and oldest zoological garden in Florida, and the only tropical zoo in the continental United States.”  The unique climate in South Florida provides a great home of almost 750 acres, for more than 3,000 animals representing over 500 different species.

As you can see, each zoo provides a unique experience! And, you can even explore them both by using the Hertz NeverLost Companion application!

Use the Hertz NeverLost Companion mobile app to go on your own zoo escapade!

Use the Hertz NeverLost Companion mobile app to go on your own zoo escapade!

Download the app for free on iPhone and Android.

Now that the fall season is upon is, it won’t be too hot for you to be outside all day, so it’s the perfect time to visit your local zoo or even tour one on your next vacation!

Have fun!

-Melissa Woodring

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New NeverLost and More

“Just because something doesn’t do what you planned it to do doesn’t mean it’s useless.” – Thomas Edison

Most creative and innovative people have realized the above statement to be true! It’s really amazing sometimes to see what people can do with an idea or creation that may have once had a different purpose.

Due to the fact that I attended the AT&T Hackathon – Code for Car and Home, as well as Super Mobility Week, powered by CTIA, I have recently had the chance to meet so many intelligent people and see so much new technology! Whether people succeed in their original plans, or create something that is worth using for a different purpose than originally planned, there are so many opportunities for innovation, and this week in Las Vegas, was the chance to see it all!

Learn more about our participation in these events!

AT&T Hackathon 

“AT&T brings together the best companies, tools, and services for developers to innovate in the connected car and automated home marketplace.”

The AT&T Hackathon was held on September 5th and 6th at The Cosmopolitan hotel and Hertz NeverLost had the chance to participate as a sponsor. The event had a great turnout!

Connecting with different teams of developers to see how their ideas can help inspire our technology, is a great chance to open two-way communication that allows creative freedom on their part and shines a new perspective on our end.

In addition to seeing great teams work with other companies and tools, we had the chance to choose our own category winners.

The Accelerator Category Winner that we chose the best use of the NeverLost OTP API was team “Pickup & Go.”

The Accelerator Category Winner that we chose for the best use of the Eileo API was team “Hertz Fast Lane.”

Learn more about the Partner Technologies that were available!

Pictured below, you will see myself and my coworker, Linda, at the AT&T Hackathon. Additionally, you can see where the hackathon was held, our Hertz booth, and Linda posing with the category winners.

 

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Super Mobility

Immediately after the AT&T Hackathon ended, Super Mobility Week began! We had the opportunity to secure a booth at the Connected Car Expo, which has provided great exposure and opportunity for consumer feedback.

“Featuring the latest connected car technologies and mobility solutions from Hertz Neverlost, Lixar, OnStar and Speaktoit, the CCE pavilion will become a stage for Ford Motor Company’s inaugural app developer conference, followed by its overnight hackathon and app pursuit challenge.”

LA Auto Show President, Lisa Kaz, said that “The Connected Car Expo at Super Mobility Week is going to be where the great minds of automotive technology and mobility meet.”

Featured at booth #6536, Linda and I were able to present a variety of new Hertz and Hertz NeverLost technologies. For example, our New NeverLost, which was recently released, has new features, including Bluetooth connectivity which will allow you to make and receive phone calls and be hands-free from your rental car! This feature will also make it easier for you to contact Hertz if you need any assistance. Additionally,  we demoed the new Hertz 24/7 pin-pad technology that will speed up the reservation processes of getting a vehicle! Just type in your reservation number in order to activate key-less entry into your rental car. Finally, we showed people how beneficial the Hertz NeverLost Companion mobile application can be when you’re in need of a travel guide and we demonstrated how it can work simultaneously with the NeverLost by providing download codes that you can activate for the in-car device.

We received a lot of good feedback from media, consumers, and other attending exhibitors. Learn more about the area our booth was located in by reading, “CCE Showcases New Auto Industry’s Pioneers at CTIA’s Super Mobility Week, Sept. 9-11.”

 

See more Super Mobility Week coverage here, by Android Central.

You can also sign up to win a prize and learn more about our new Hertz NeverLost product! Just click below for details!

Click here to sign up and win!

Click here to sign up and win!

 

We hope you enjoyed all of the great technology that was presented this past week in Las Vegas! Tomorrow is the last day of Super Mobility, so come by our booth if you haven’t already :)

-Melissa Woodring

 

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Charming Companion Neighborhoods

“Companion is the official mobile app for the Hertz NeverLost system. The Companion user can view thousands of destinations organized into city guides. Each city guide is downloadable for free, with destinations organized in categories such as explore, must-see, events, tours, neighborhoods, trendy restaurants, parks, etc.”

Many people like to stick to the main tourist attractions in the city, but some people like to find the local neighborhood fun! While this isn’t always easy to do, the “Neighborhoods” feature in the Companion app, makes it much more simple!

Download the Hertz NeverLost Companion mobile application for free on iPhone and Android.

Check out a few of these charming neighborhoods found in the Companion application!

Wicker Park, Chicago

“Wicker Park is a place near downtown that is known for its restaurants and bar scene.” This area is full of music, fashion, and nightlife, which makes it a great place for a group of friends to visit!

Noted as one of “America’s Best Hipster Neighborhoods,” Forbes said that “The Midwest Mecca of hipsterdom started attracting artists and young adults in the late 1980s. Nestled around a park, this artists’ community is known for its galleries, music venues, boutiques and food options. It’s also home to a smattering of Victorian mansions built by wealthy 19th century merchants and beer brewers.”

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Watch the video below to get a peak of this cool neighborhood!

Castro, San Francisco

“First settled as Eureka Valley, the Castro District took on the name of its busiest street as people moved out of the city into the suburbs in the mid 20th century.”

According to SFGate, “The Castro is bustling all day long, but at night it really comes alive, as the bars from the Mint to the Midnight Sun fill up and the Castro Theatre’s neon marquee lights up the main drag.”

San Francisco Neighborhood

To learn more about the history, best time to visit, and special events that take place in this unique neighborhood,  see: San Francisco: The Castro. Watch the video below to see some of the great spots in this neighborhood!

Logan Circle, Washington D.C.

“The famous Logan Circle is a historic neighborhood and traffic circle in the northwest section of Washington D.C., which separates the Dupont Circle and Shaw districts.”

According to Washington.org, “Logan Circle is the city’s only remaining all-residential circle. Late 19th-century Victorian rowhouses (many of them now converted condos) are the centerpiece of the neighborhood with a cadre of interior design shops, unique boutiques and hipster haven restaurants radiating outward. A tight-knit group of residents take pride in their neighborhood—and it’s not uncommon to see locals relishing in their beloved circle on weekends, walking their dogs, picnicking or even playing bocce ball.”

Washington DC Neighborhood

Read more about this historic neighborhood by checking out a “Guide to Logan Circle.”

The video below describes great things about this neighborhood and why you would want to live there! However, if you’re just passing through DC, you’ll quickly see why Logan Circle is a great place to visit if you want a true local vibe!

Now, share your favorite neighborhood hangout with us to win a prize! Click below for more details.

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Have fun exploring new neighborhoods with the Companion app!

-Melissa Woodring :)

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Route 66 – the Ultimate Road Trip

If you ever plan to motor west
Travel my way, the highway that’s the best.
Get your kicks on Route 66! 

-Bobby Troup 

The Kiwis partner with Hertz and NeverLost

This week, our team has been working closely with Kiwis on Tour, a New Zealand tour company that guides visitors on road trips around the USA. The most popular road trip of this leading establishment, led by Noddy Watts, is Route 66. 

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Kiwis on Route 66

Hertz and Navigation Solutions have had the opportunity to be involved in their current August/September Route 66 trip. More than 25 New Zealand natives are participating and are very excited for this adventure. They received convertible Mustangs from Hertz on Tuesday to be theirs for the next few weeks as they caravan down Route 66 from L.A. to Chicago and back.

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Linda Senigaglia, Senior Director of Product Marketing at Navigation Solutions, met up with the group in Los Angeles.  The group was very welcoming and immediately loved her as she passed out flashlights and water bottles to each individual. Linda also handed out iPhones to be used for the duration of the trip so that they could sync up the free Hertz NeverLost Companion app with the NeverLost device in their cars. She explained how the Kiwis could easily find their current city on the app and discover the multitude of attractions listed that they might want to visit. From there, they could send it to their car’s NeverLost GPS for directions.

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Linda Senigaglia shows the Kiwis how to use NeverLost. (photo: Kiwis on Tour)

While Companion gives you guides to major cities, called Explore cities, it also covers smaller cities such as Wendover, Nevada. This will be helpful to the Kiwis, as Route 66 passes through many lesser-known towns.

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Each city has lists of any kind of destination you might look for!

Historic Route 66, also known as “The Mother Road,” opened in 1926. Although it is no longer used as a highway, the road was instrumental in connecting small towns and leading a path for farmers leaving the Dust Bowl to find a new home in California.

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The Kiwis’ route, from LA to Chicago, and back

Want to plan your own trip and see what all the hype is about? You can download Companion to help you get started, free on your iPhone or Android.

Some of the most popular Route 66 attractions are:

If you’re getting wanderlust just by the mention of Route 66, check out our Pinterest board, Route 66 Adventures.

Or, if you’ve ever driven down Route 66 yourself, enter your favorite photo from the trip to our photo contest here: http://bit.ly/1nuZEL9.

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For example, here’s a photo of me at the Meteor Crater in Arizona. It’s a popular stop along Route 66.

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The massive meteor hit Earth about 50,000 years ago.

Best of luck to the Kiwis on Route 66! They are broadcasting their activities through the hashtag #kiwis66. We know they will have a blast!

 

Elizabeth Fox

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Museums and Memories

“In poetically well built museums, formed from the heart’s compulsions, we are consoled not by finding in them old objects that we love, but by losing all sense of Time.” ― Orhan Pamuk, The Museum of Innocence

Museums are great places to explore and reflect! There are so many interesting and unique museums around the world that offer the chance to learn about various artifacts and cultures as well as art,history, science, and more!

The Getty vs. The Met

First of all, there are two great museums in the United States, both notable for unique things! Check out the mission statements below to learn more:

  • The Getty- “The J. Paul Getty Museum seeks to inspire curiosity about, and enjoyment and understanding of, the visual arts by collecting, conserving, exhibiting and interpreting works of art of outstanding quality and historical importance….The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center in Los Angeles houses European paintings, drawings, sculpture, illuminated manuscripts, decorative arts, and European and American photographs.”
  • The Met – “The Metropolitan Museum of Art was founded on April 13, 1870, “to be located in the City of New York, for the purpose of establishing and maintaining in said city a Museum and library of art, of encouraging and developing the study of the fine arts, and the application of arts to manufacture and practical life, of advancing the general knowledge of kindred subjects, and, to that end, of furnishing popular instruction.”

The J. Paul Getty Museum and The Metropolitan Museum of Art, are both excellent places to visit!

Also, they are both featured in the Hertz NeverLost Companion mobile application, so you can easily guide yourself on your next visit to either of these cities!

 


Vote for the museum that you like the best, in our “Museum Madness” Tug of War contest!

Click on the entry banner below for more details!

Click here to vote!

Click here to vote!

Meadows Museum

Another great museum in the United States, is located right here in Dallas, Texas! Also featured in the Hertz NeverLost Companion mobile application, the Meadows Museum is located within the campus of Southern Methodist University.

“Committed to advancing the public’s knowledge and understanding of art, this gallery has a large, as well as valuable, collection of rare art. The bulk of the art hails from Spain and Spanish influence, but with a wide variety of exhibits and programs that rotate, visitors can be assured there’s something different with each visit.”

The Meadows Museum will actually be celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2015! In April of 2015, there will be a series of special Golden Anniversary exhibitions and programs, both public and private, held during SMU’s annual Founders’ Day Weekend.

The Museum’s 50th Anniversary celebration actually coincides with the 100th Anniversary of SMU’s opening in 1915, so it will definitely be an exciting time on campus! Linda P. Custard, Chair of the Meadows Museum Advisory Council, says that “In the last half century, the Meadows has become a crown jewel of the arts community and one of the finest university museums in the country” and that “As it grows, the Meadows Museum will continue to serve a broad audience, both at SMU and around the world.”

My coworker, Elizabeth, had the chance to visit this spectacular museum last week and said it was a great experience! Below, you’ll see some of the beautiful pictures she captured of the campus and inside the museum.

Pictures from Elizabeth's trip to Meadows Museum at SMU

Pictures from Elizabeth’s trip to Meadows Museum at SMU

2015 will be a great year to check out this museum, so keep that in mind!

Miscellaneous Museums

As mentioned earlier, you can find a lot of museums (and other cool attractions and must-see events) when you use the Hertz NeverLost Companion mobile application.

However, we’ve also curated a list of other unique, quirky, and interesting museums for you to consider visiting! See below for a list of articles on other miscellaneous museums:

Hopefully you find a museum that piques your interest! Have fun and make some memories!

-Melissa Woodring :)

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Eating in Dallas à la française!

Hey readers! My name is Elizabeth, Social Media & PR Intern at Navigation Solutions. I am guest blogging this week for Hertz NeverLost to talk about DFW Restaurant Week and our experience at one of its participating restaurants. I studied abroad in France during college, so we decided a French restaurant would be appropriate for me to talk about!

 

The best meal I had in France was, hands down, bœuf bourguignon (beef bourguignon). Or maybe it was confit de canard (duck confit). But wait – the desserts! Crème brûlée, chocolate mousse… That’s the thing about French food. It’s all exquisite. Sure we hear that all the time, but why do people think that? It’s because in France, food is respected. From the way it is cultivated all the way to the method of preparation, it is treated in the way it should be – something that is going to nourish our bodies.

DFW Restaurant Week recently kicked off on August 7. Lasting from August 11-17, 20% of the revenue made in the restaurants goes toward two charities: The North Texas Food Bank and Lena Pope Home for families in need.

My coworker, Melissa, and I had the chance to check out a popular French restaurant called Cadot Restaurant.

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Cadot Restaurant

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A sign reading “ouvert” (open) welcomed us in.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Right when we walked in, we were impressed with how elegant the place was. A young Swiss man named Pierre greeted us with a big smile and showed us to our table. We decided to go with the restaurant week menu, which consisted of three courses.

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I had the house salad, chicken crepes and crème brûlée.

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Melissa had the house salad, hamburger steak and strawberry tart.

Needless to say, the food was incroyable (incredible)! But what made this experience extra special was a visit from the founder and chef himself, Monsieur Jean-Marie Cadot. He visited our table multiple times to make sure we were satisfied and sat with us to discuss the restaurant’s background, the food industry and our own work.  He even brought us a digestif (after-dinner liqueur) as a treat toward the end: 360 Double Chocolate Vodka, which, as we learned, is the first eco-friendly vodka!

“The food was amazing,” said Melissa. “The chef was very friendly and personable, and we got to hear about cool travel experiences from a guy studying abroad from Switzerland!” Just as Chef Cadot said, the restaurant experience is made so much better when the chef takes the time to talk to his customers.

 

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Chef Cadot has beautiful paintings hanging up all around the restaurant, which his mother painted!

M. Cadot and I even spoke a bit of French with each other! Finding out he is Parisian made me reminisce on my trips to Paris, la Ville-Lumière (the City of Light).

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Les marchés (food markets) abound in Paris

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C’est moi! (That’s me!)

If you are interested in Cadot or any other participating restaurants, you can find the locations on the Hertz NeverLost Companion mobile app for your iPhone or Android!

Or, you can use the travel guide on a Hertz NeverLost inside your rental car to find these amazing restaurants.

Also, we have a contest for DFW Restaurant Week! Pin your favorite dishes and win a $25 gift card! Enter here: http://bit.ly/1kxgZHl.

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Melissa, Chef Cadot and me

Go ahead; make your reservation. I know you’re hungry!

Bon appétit!

Elizabeth Fox

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Shopping in Dallas

“I love shopping. There is a little bit of magic found in buying something new. It is instant gratification, a quick fix.” ― Rebecca Bloom, Girl Anatomy: A Novel

From personal experience, I can say that most of my friends tend to agree that shopping is an instant gratification! Sometimes, even window shopping can be satisfying! Thankfully, there are many places in Dallas, Texas, that offer a great shopping experience and I’m happy to say that I was able to get some retail therapy done this week! Also, I got the chance to explore some new places!

The “Shop Dallas” Tour that exists in the Hertz NeverLost Companion mobile application was very useful when it came to deciding where I wanted to shop! Download it on iPhone or Android for free!

Shop Dallas Tour

The tour features the following  destinations:

  • Galleria Dallas – “Everything is bigger in Texas, even the malls. With three massive floors of shopping and an ice-skating rink, the Galleria offers countless shops and boutiques for every shopper.”
  • Northpark Center – “Northpark Center is the epitome of upscale luxury shopping. With easy access to Highway 75, this mall offers countless high-end stores.”
  • Highland Park Village – “Since inception in 1931, the Highland Park Village exudes luxury and class. Offering a wide variety of upscale specialty shops and restaurants, this shopping village will exceed any expectations.”
  • West Village – “Slightly north of downtown Dallas located off of Highway 75, the West Village shopping and dining district offers a variety of specialty stores to please any avid shopper.”
  • Stanley Korshak – “The Stanley Korshak department store is known for its more expensive fashions and brands. Shop till you drop with designer shoes, clothes jewelry, handbags and suits.”
  • Neiman Marcus Downtown – “Neiman Marcus built its first department store in 1914, in downtown Dallas. Today, the six-story flagship store continues to offer customer service with a smile in every section.”

Yesterday, I had the pleasure of visiting the Galleria Dallas, Northpark Center, and Highland Park Village. My coworker, Elizabeth, filled her day with a wonderful trip to West Village, Stanley Korshak, and Neiman Marcus Downtown.

While I had been to the Galleria and Northpark before, I of course always enjoy going back! I’m originally from a town near Houston where there is also a Galleria shopping center, so it’s always a nice vibe for me when I visit the one in Dallas! The stores are great and they often have fashion shows, such as the “Runway Revue“, that will be on Saturday, August 9th.

Visit the Galleria Dallas to shop, eat, or go ice-skating! Check out some fashion shows too!

A visit to Northpark is a completely different situation! I love visiting Northpark Center because it’s such a unique mall! Besides all of the great shopping, Northpark always features exciting art and architecture as well as pretty landscaping pieces! Additionally, they often have interesting raffles that take place, aside from the traditional “win a car” ones that you normally see when visiting a mall. For instance, they were raffling off playhouses yesterday when I visited!

The “Parade of Playhouses” is in its 19th year and you can buy tickets online or at ticket tables in the mall. “Generous corporations and sponsors build and donate the playhouses which are raffled to raise funds so that Dallas CASA can provide more volunteer advocates to help abused children have safe, permanent homes where they can thrive.”

Check out NorthPark Center for yourself to get a luxurious shopping experience and view some cool art!

Northpark Center offers such a unique shopping experience!

Northpark Center offers such a unique shopping experience!

Visiting Highland Park Village – Even just driving there – Was like visiting a whole other world, to me! The large and gorgeous houses that I passed in Highland Park, with beautiful yards and fancy cars out in front, gave me a hopeful and peaceful feeling. It’s always inspiring to me to see how well some people end up in life! And while I thought the houses were fancy, Highland Park Village was just as nice! There were plenty of dining options, a cute movie theater, and boutiques ranging from cute and unheard of – to popular and pricey! This was definitely a window shopping experience for me, but a fun one! I’ll be back later in life to go shopping for real!

Highland Park Village is by far one of the best places I've been to in Dallas!

Highland Park Village is by far one of the best places I’ve been to in Dallas!

 

Elizabeth and I met up at Village Burger Bar for lunch in West Village and had a delicious meal! I’ve always loved West Village – It’s great for going out with friends, taking a date, or even going to eat with your family. It’s located near uptown and downtown Dallas so it’s convenient and there is so much to do!

As far as Stanley Korshak and Neiman Marcus Downtown go, I haven’t had the chance to visit yet. However, based on stories and pictures from Elizabeth, they are both very good places to to visit when you’re looking for that satisfying feeling you get from shopping! According to her, “All of the employees at both stores were amazingly friendly and helpful. Right when I walked in, they greeted me with smiles and asked how they could help! Great experience overall!” These definitely seem like places you (and I) should visit!

West Village is amazing and Stanley Korshak and Neiman Marcus Downtown seem great too!

West Village is amazing and Stanley Korshak and Neiman Marcus Downtown seem great too!

If you want your own “Shop Dallas” experience, just download the application for a self-guided tour and shop till you drop!

Also, you can enter our Summer Tours contest to win a prize! What’s a summer without shopping or prizes, anyway? :)

Click here for details on how to enter the contest!

Click here for details on how to enter the contest!

 

-Melissa Woodring

 

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Summer of Presidents

“Now we go forward – GRATEFUL FOR OUR FREEDOM, FAITHFUL TO OUR CAUSE, and confident in the future of the greatest nation on Earth.” – President George W. Bush

Moving forward is always a positive thing! However, learning about things that happened in the past can also be beneficial. This summer, take the time to learn more about the history that has happened in America. This knowledge may actually help you take steps forward in the future!

There are 15 Presidential Libraries in the United States of America, each with its own unique background story, history, and unique take on showing off the past! When deciding which ones to visit, you can use the download code PRLB in your Hertz NeverLost device to discover these 8 Libraries:

To view the full list of United States Presidential Libraries, see: Visit Presidential Libraries and Museums.

George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum

George W. Bush was inaugurated as the 43rd President of the United States on January 20, 2001. Although he is no longer President, he remains actively involved in issues of national and global concern and continues to emphasize education, global health, human freedom, and support of the military.

On May 1st, 2013, the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum in Dallas, Texas, opened to the public. It is located on the Southern Methodist University campus and allows you to “explore interactive museum galleries, sit in the Oval Office, enjoy the Texas Rose Garden, eat lunch in the restaurant or café, shop in the Museum store and stroll through the 15-acre park filled with native Texas prairie grasses and wildflowers.”

Recently, my coworker, Elizabeth, and I had the chance to visit the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum in Dallas, Texas. The Library and Museum opened to the public on May 1, 2013.

The dedication of the George W. Bush Presidential Center on April 25, 2013 - photo courtesy of smu.edu

The dedication of the George W. Bush Presidential Center on April 25, 2013 – photo courtesy of smu.edu

To learn about the dedication ceremony, Texas sized block party, and other events that lead to the opening, see: SMU Welcomes the George W. Bush Presidential Center.

“As the 13th Presidential Library administered by the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), a Federal agency and the Nation’s official record keeper, the Museum highlights critical events and issues from the Administration of President George W. Bush. The Museum is the repository for domestic and foreign Presidential gifts as well as other donated artifacts relating to the life and career of President George W. Bush and Mrs. Laura Bush.”

When visiting this Library and Museum, there are a few things you should know:

  • There is a security check upon entering the building
  • Food and beverages are prohibited in the museum but you can dine before or after your visit at Cafe 43
  • You can purchase memorabilia, apparel, and gifts at the museum store, known as the  Presidential Center store
  • Group visits and field trips can both be scheduled
  • Photography is allowed but flash cannot be used
  • The Library and Museums can accommodate the Americans with Disabilities Act

To learn more, visit the Visitor’s FAQs page.

Some of the great things about visiting the museum, is how knowledgeable and helpful the people were. Elizabeth and I were provided with portable hand-held devices that allowed us to see pictures and stories of the museum, lead ourselves around a 90 minute tour, and listen to voice-over descriptions while visiting.

The Library and Museum highlights President George W. Bush’s personal life before, during, and after presidency. It also displays the  issues he felt strongly about and worked towards solving during those times. There are numerous quotes, small screen videos, and pictures that show what he stood and worked for. There are also rooms that show mini documentaries of things that happened during his career.

Pictures from our visit!

Pictures from our visit!

Additionally, there are a variety of remembrance statues, photos, videos, stories, and letters that shows support for the events that took place on September 11, 2001. “Terrorist attacks can shake the foundations of our biggest buildings, but they cannot touch the foundation of America. These acts shatter steel, but they cannot dent the steel of American resolve.”—President George W. Bush, September 11, 2001

Alan Lowe, the director of the Library and Museum, said that “It is our job to ensure that future generations – especially those with no first-hand knowledge of the events of 9/11 – have a place to study, learn and pass that information along,” and these displays are perfect for that.

9/11 memorials, quotes, stories, and more

In addition to the yearly displays, there are also special exhibits. “Visitors to the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum will have the opportunity to experience three special exhibits in 2014: The Art of Leadership: A President’s Personal Diplomacy, Oscar de La Renta: Five Decades of Style and All Creatures Great and Small: Christmas at the White House 2002.”

During our visit, we had the chance to check out the Oscar de La Renta: Five Decades of Style exhibit, and it was amazing!

The exhibition offers visitors “an opportunity to examine, through Oscar de la Renta’s designs, the unique role of the First Lady as our country’s official hostess to world leaders and diplomats and as a trendsetter in style, fashion, and entertaining.”

Check out this video, which plays when you first walk into the exhibit!


The dresses displayed were gorgeous and there were also a ton of photographs that showed off the times they were worn!

Check out the Gallery: Exhibit Preview to see more dresses!

Discovering more about the history, events, and personal/political happenings that President George W. Bush was involved with, was a great experience! In fact, so was seeing the amazing dresses from the Oscar de la Renta exhibit! However, I have to admit that one of the coolest things we did, was explore the Oval Office replica!

Panoramic view of the Oval Office replica

Panoramic view of the Oval Office replica

Elizabeth and I inside the Oval Office replica

Elizabeth and I inside the Oval Office replica

I could keep talking about our visit for a long time, because it was great! But, you should take this summer to visit the nearest Presidential Library by you instead and move forward with your own opportunity!

Also, enter our Summer of Presidents contest by clicking below for the chance to win a prize!

Click here for more details

 

Have a great summer!

-Melissa Woodring :)

 

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Complement Your Travel Needs

“The impulse to travel is one of the hopeful symptoms of life.” – Agnes Repplier

To help you travel to new places, Hertz NeverLost has launched a new mobile application! With over 40 city guides, the Hertz NeverLost Companion app includes information on where to stay, what to do, and how to get there! By providing guidance on what attractions, events, restaurants, tours, and neighborhoods are the best, users are able complement and fulfill their travel needs, from the palm of their hand!

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With the new application, you can meet your travel needs (whether business or personal) much quicker! The application is available in the following cities:

Albuquerque Miami
Atlanta Milwaukee
Austin Minneapolis
Baltimore Napa-Sonoma
Boston Nashville
Charlotte New Orleans
Chicago New York
Cincinnati Orlando
Cleveland Philadelphia
Columbus Phoenix
Dallas-Ft. Worth Pittsburgh
Denver Portland
Detroit Raleigh-Durham
Fort Myers Sacramento
Hartford Salt Lake City
Hawaii San Antonio
Houston San Diego
Indianapolis San Francisco
Kansas City Seattle
Las Vegas St. Louis
Los Angeles Tampa
Louisville Washington DC

See below for a few screenshots of the city guides!

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Also, as pointed out by Auto Rental News, here are some other features included on the app:

  • A “My Favorites” section to store your favorite sights in each city.
  • A weather icon that provides current temperature, wind, daily highs and lows and a five-day forecast.
  • A map that shows your location and provides both walking and driving routes.
  • The option to post your location on Facebook or Twitter.
  • The ability to synchronize with the Hertz NeverLost cloud.

To learn more, read the full article, “Hertz NeverLost Available as App.”

Additionally, watch the video below to learn about the “My Favorites” feature!

 

Finally, Sign Up to win a $10 iTunes gift card as part of the Hertz NeverLost Companion launch campaign! 10 lucky fans will win!

Have a great summer using this new great travel application! Check out these 18 Travel Quotes to Feed Your Sense of Wanderlust too :)

- Melissa Woodring 

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All-Star Activities

“Every strike brings me closer to the next home run.” – Babe Ruth

The Major League Baseball All-Star Game, also known as the “Midsummer Classic,” is tonight at 6:30 pm CDT at Target Field in Minneapolis, Minnesota. This game is played between professional athletes from The National League and The American League.

“Most people know that Major League Baseball is divided into two separate leagues: The American League and the National League. The National League, formed in 1876, is the older of the two leagues that make up the professional Major League Baseball organization in the United States and Canada. The main difference in the two is that the American League uses the designated hitter rule to replace pitchers during at-bats, and the National League does not.

To learn more about this, read the article, “What’s the difference between the American and National Baseball Leagues?

(Photo via mlb.com)

(Photo via mlb.com)

Check out the events that lead up to the game today!

2014 MLB ALL-STAR SUMMER EVENTS

  • Friday, July 11 – Tuesday, July 15
    T-Mobile All-Star FanFest
    Friday-Monday, 9:00 a.m.-8:00 p.m. CT
    Tuesday, 9:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. CT
  • Saturday, July 12
    Target All-Star Concert
    Presented by Budweiser
    7:30 p.m.-10:00 p.m. CT (gates open at 5:30 p.m.)
  • Sunday, July 13
    The Color Run MLB All-Star 5K
    Presented by Nike
    8:30 a.m. CT
    Taco Bell All-Star Sunday at Target Field featuring:
    SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game
    4:00 p.m. CT (gates open at 2:00 p.m.)
    Taco Bell All-Star Legends &
    Celebrity Softball Game (following Futures game)
    approximately 7:30 p.m. CT
  • Sunday, July 13 – Tuesday, July 15
    MLB All-Star Summer Pepsi Block Party
    12:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m. CT
  • Monday, July 14
    Gatorade All-Star Workout Day at Target Field
    featuring: The Gillette Home Run Derby
    7:00 p.m. CT (gates open at 4:00 p.m.)
  • Tuesday, July 15
    All-Star Game Red Carpet Show
    Presented by Chevy
    1:00 p.m. CT
    85th MLB All-Star Game at Target Field
    6:30 p.m. CT (gates open at 3:30 p.m.)

While these events are winding down, Meet Minneapolis, the city’s tourism bureau, hopes that the economic performance and social success of this event, will land the city other big sporting events such as a Final Four tournament or Superbowl! According to a steering committee member, “An All-Star Game is a marquee event, and if we can do it successfully, which we will, then I think there are very few other event planners out there who would not agree with us that we would be able to host their events.”

Dozens of Joe Mauer bobble heads wait for prospective buyers at the 2014 MLB All-Star FanFest at the Minneapolis Convention Center on Friday, July 11, 2014. (Pioneer Press: John Autey) via twincities.com

Dozens of Joe Mauer bobble heads wait for prospective buyers at the 2014 MLB All-Star FanFest at the Minneapolis Convention Center on Friday, July 11, 2014. (Pioneer Press: John Autey) via twincities.com

Learn more about what the All-Star game could mean for Minneapolis by reading the article, “All-Star Game is here, but what’s in it for the Twin Cities?

Finally, to get excited for the game, share your favorite baseball game experience with us by entering our #ExploreAmerica Baseball All-Stars photo contest! You could win a prize!

Click here for details on how to enter!

Click here for details on how to enter!

 

Use download code MLAS in your Hertz NeverLost device when you rent a Hertz car to help you find other events and must-see attractions!

Enjoy the game!

-Melissa Woodring :)

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