Half Off Activities at HP Discover Vienna

It’s almost time to pack up and head out to visit beautiful Vienna, Austria. Many will be attending HP Discover, but if you are simply traveling with an attendee, don’t sit around and wonder what there is to do. Spousetivities has already planned some fabulous activities that are quite cost effective. How does a tour of the vineyards in Austria sound? Or a stroll through Schönbrunn Palace? Don’t forget about lunch on the River Danube! You can participate in all of these activities for about $325 USD. This is an extraordinary deal! But wait, there’s more! Continue reading


Don’t Miss Spousetivities at HP Discover Vienna



We have finalized the agenda for Spousetivities in conjunction with HP Discover Vienna, November 29 – December 1, 2011!

As in the past, we have researched and planned the best activities each destination has to offer, and this event is no different. We have some fun things in store for you, and the fact that the conference is being held in Vienna offers Spousetivities the chance to offer activities that are not only fun but are also rich in history and heritage.

The first event of the week is the “Getting to Know You” Breakfast. This is a Spousetivities tradition! It gives the participants a chance to put faces with names, and to meet your travel companions for the week. We will enjoy food, fun, goody bags, and chances to win cool prizes before embarking on our first adventure.

And what is that first adventure? Our first tour will be a trip to Viennese wine country. Did you know that Vienna is the only metropolis in the world to cultivate an appreciable wine-growing industry within its city limits? You can imagine that the whole region is one big vineyard, and we will take a bus tour to visit the most famous wine growing area in Vienna, Grinzing. We will enjoy the beautiful scenery, lunch, and—if you choose—wine on this 5-hour excursion.

Our next offering is a trip to the world-famous Christmas Markets. No place in the world decks the halls at Christmastime quite like Vienna. These romantic street markets enjoy a long tradition, with a history in Austria (as well as the rest of German speaking Europe) dating back to the Middle Ages. We will not only enjoy the sights, but also shop for one-of-a-kind Christmas presents and enjoy local food and drink. Bring your camera and your appetite, because you will not want to miss a thing!

Another event you don’t want to miss out on is a trip to the Melk Abbey, one of the most famous monasteries in the world. It was founded in the year 1089, so if you are interested in historic monuments with rich heritages, this is a must-see. Even if you are not impressed with antiquity, the beauty of this place will blow you away. We will tour the interior and the gardens of the Abbey, so bring your camera as well as a coat. After the tour, we will enjoy lunch on the River Danube. Eating lunch on the River Danube is a “bucket list” item—not many people besides us will have that as part of their life story!

We are also offering the opportunity to visit Schönbrunn Palace, which I believe is on par with the splendor and spatial presence of Versailles. The history of the site dates back to the Middle Ages, and the grounds were used primarily for hunting excursions over many hundreds of years. It wasn’t until the 18th century that the grounds became known as a hub of court and political life. The transformation from hunting lodge to grand palace was fascinating, and worth seeing first-hand.

Does this sound like something you don’t want to miss out on? Register now so you don’t get left out! We look forward to exploring Vienna with you.

***I’d like to thank Nikki Glasgow for being the main writer of this post.***



North Sealand Tour at VMworld Spousetivities October 19, 2011

Today’s North Sealand Tour is leaving the Copenhagen Marriott promptly at 9 AM. Please be sure to arrive at the Copenhagen Marriott by 8:45 AM so that we can leave on time. We have a lot of great stuff to see, so we don’t want to get started late!

Note that lunch is not included in the tour price, but we are stopping for lunch as part of the tour schedule. Lunch options were e-mailed to everyone who registered. The restaurant where we are stopping accepts both credit cards and currency (Danish kroner only, please), so please be prepared to pay for your lunch. Again, the lunch is not included as part of your tour price; it’s separate.

I look forward to seeing everyone soon!


Spousetivities Coming to HP Discover Vienna

You heard right! Spousetivities is coming to HP Discover in Vienna November 29th – December 1st. HP, who sponsored Spousetivities at VMworld as well, felt as though this was a great program and they wanted to offer it to their own conference attendees and families. Plans are currently being put together and registration will open soon so stay tuned.

More information about HP Discover Vienna is available at these sites: www.facebook.com/HPDiscover, www.hp.com/go/discover, and/or www.hp.com/go/discoverblog. You can also get updates and information on Twitter by following @HPDiscover. While you’re there, don’t forget to follow @Spousetivities to stay informed on the latest events offering Spousetivities.


Spousetivities Returns to VMworld EMEA

I am delighted to announce that Spousetivities will once again be offered in Copenhagen during the VMworld EMEA events. Those of you familiar with Spousetivities know that there will certainly be plenty to keep you busy. I learned a lot last year so this year is sure to be fantastic!

As we learned last year, it’s cold in Denmark in October! So, all the tours this year are via private bus (with heat) and include an English speaking guide. We will see castles this year, but we will also tour City Hall Square, take a canal tour, and visit Sweden. The best part is that you can participate in all of the activities for around $250 US. Which leads me conveniently into the next thought.

Please take time to thank EMC and The Virtualization Practice for making these events possible! Without great sponsors, we, the spouses and companions, would not be able to enjoy these events and time together.

All of this sounds great, but how in the world do I register, you ask? Well, just visit the registration site and sign up for any or all of the activities listed. Then all you have to do is show up and enjoy your time in Copenhagen, Denmark and Malmo, Sweden.

See you there!


Thursday Departure Information

This is updated information so please read!

Hoover Dam/ Lake Mead Tour

If you are scheduled for the Hoover Dam – Lake Mead Tour Thursday morning, please note that the location for departure has changed! We will now meet in the guest registration area of the Venetian and board the bus in the limo area just outside guest registration. This should be very simple to find! If you have questions or cannot find us, call me. Arrive no later than 7:45 AM.

Thursday Cooking Class

If you are participating in the Thursday cooking class, please arrive in the Venetian Guest Registration area no later than 3:45 PM. The limo departs promptly at 4:00. Don’t forget to wear longer pants and closed shoes! This location is easy to find and you can ask anyone how to get to the registration area.

BOTH

This is the Venetian, not the Palazzo. Please make sure you are in the correct location and give yourself plenty of time to get there. I do not want to leave anyone behind, but the tours must depart on time. For questions or concerns, please contact me.


Wednesday Departure Information

This is updated information so please read!

Lake Mead Tour

If you are scheduled for the Lake Mead Cruise Wednesday morning, please note that the location for departure has changed! We will now meet in the guest registration area of the Venetian and board the bus in the limo area just outside guest registration. This should be very simple to find! If you have questions or cannot find us, call me. Arrive no later than 9:45 tomorrow morning.

Wednesday Cooking Class

If you are participating in the Wednesday cooking class, please arrive in the Venetian Guest Registration area no later than 3:45 PM. The limo departs promptly at 4:00. Don’t forget to wear longer pants and closed shoes! This location is easy to find and you can ask anyone how to get to the registration area.

BOTH

This is the Venetian, not the Palazzo. Please make sure you are in the correct location and give yourself plenty of time to get there. I do not want to leave anyone behind, but the tours must depart on time. For questions or concerns, please contact me.


Tour Departures

For all Spousetivities participants registered for bus tours, this post is for you. I sent an e-mail out over the weekend with detailed information and a map. The Grand Canyon, Lake Mead, and Hoover Dam tours will depart from Ground Transportation at the Venetian Sands Expo Center. This is not the same as the taxi area, but rather the tour bus area. When you go to the Sands Expo Center, there will be escalators going down. Take that down and look for the ground transportation sign at the glass doors.

If you have any trouble, please ask for directions or call me. The tour departs promptly at 8:00 AM.


Spousetivities at VMworld Update #1

VMworld 2011 in Las Vegas is fast approaching, and so are the Spousetivities! I again want to thank our fantastic sponsors–Dell Tech Center, eGroup, EMC, HP, HyTrust, Train Signal, vBackup, VMUG, and The Virtualization Practice–for making these activities possible.

Here’s a quick update on availability for activities; keep in mind that registration closes on August 26, 2011 (only 10 days away!):

  • Only a couple of manicure/pedicure appointments are available; all other services are sold out
  • A few spots remain for the Wednesday and Thursday cooking classes with Chef Bev Lee
  • Only 7 spots left for the Hoover Dam/Lake Mead cruise
  • 13 spots are available on Wednesday’s Lake Mead cruise
  • Plenty of tickets still available for the breakfast on Monday
  • vHottie T-shirts are still available for those not attending the events

For those of you interested in the Grand Canyon tour, I will be adding 20 more spots in the next day or so, but the price goes up to $129.99 per person. I will also add spa services, but the price will increase to $120 per service. My sponsors have been great in helping to keep costs down, but sponsorship funds only go so far!

If you’re thinking of signing up, I highly recommend you go ahead and sign up now, before registration closes and/or before sponsorship funds run out and prices go up! Just a reminder: I will not be accepting activity registrations on-site.