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Top Four Reasons to take a Limo or Town Car on the 4th of July

As Americans, Independence Day has morphed into the type of holiday that we associate with a few key things: food, fireworks, friends and family.  Some of us take trips to go celebrate; others throw a big shindig at their place; some grab the neighbors and head to the local fireworks spot; others get together with friends; and still, others hop a flight to a fun destination.  Any way you cut it, if you’re celebrating in one of the above ways, then chances are you’ll be needing transportation to your destination (and back home again).  With that in mind, here are the top four reasons you should let us do the driving:

Taxi Line @ LAS-don't get stuck in this line!

Taxi Line @ LAS-don’t get stuck in this line!

1.Avoid the Long Wait in the Taxi Line at the Airport

The 4th is busy travel day to lots of destinations in the U.S.  Many people get the day off, and since it lands on a Friday this year that makes an extended weekend celebration that much easier to plan.  If you’ve ever traveled to a popular destination you know that once you get off the plane, the waiting isn’t over, because you are now faced with the outrageous cab line looming outside of baggage claim.  Be the envy of the other passengers-skip the cab line- and get straight into a waiting town car or SUV.

2. More Family Bonding Time

You’re already going to spend the day with them, you might as well start the bonding process early!  If you’re all headed over to Grandma’s for the annual 4th of July BBQ, it just makes sense split a vehicle and ride there together.  Or, if you’d prefer to experience your family in limited doses, you can always book a sedan for yourself.  No arguing over directions, speed limits or annoying driving habits here!  Bonus: Uncle Clem can have that extra cocktail and you don’t have to worry about him trying to get behind the wheel.

3. Have your celebration ON the ride

Perhaps you want to hang with your friends, but nobody wants to take on the enormous task of hosting a shindig.  Why not bring the party to you, by booking a party bus?  If you’ve got 15-20 friends that are all going in on the party bus, you could end up spending less than you would on meat, bbq supplies, and beverages at a party/bbq.  Plus, you don’t have to worry about having a DD, since the driver will drop you at home at the end of the party.

4. So you don’t HAVE to drive

Maybe you’re of legal drinking age, and you want to have a couple of drinks; or maybe you just want to kick back and enjoy yourself without having to worry about driving; or maybe you’re just tired of driving!  Hey, sometimes it’s just nice not to have to worry about who’s doing the driving!

However you choose to spend your holiday weekend-Limo.com wishes you and yours a very happy and safe Independence Day weekend!

Happy Independence Day, 2014!

Happy Independence Day, 2014!

4 Things to Consider When You’re Going to Prom on a Budget

Hey kids!   PROM season is upon us, once again.  Don’t fret if you haven’t booked your limo quite yet (although sooner is typically better than later, in terms of getting the best rates and the hours that you want).  Limo.com has put together a short list of things to consider when booking your ride to Prom on a BUDGET:

1. Group Size

Is it just you and your date, a small group of friends, or a large group of friends?   This is the first thing you should consider when booking a vehicle for two reasons: first, your budget may fluctuate wildly if there’s 14 people all contributing towards a vehicle, vs just two (or one!).  The more people who are throwing in some $$, the larger the budget (typically) and the less of a financial strain it’s going to be on your pocket; second, the size of your vehicle will also vary drastically, depending upon how many people are in your party.  If there’s just two of you, there are a world of vehicle options available to you, depending upon how luxurious or “BIG” you’re looking to go; conversely, the more people that you are trying to fit into one vehicle, the more your options are limited to certain vehicle types.  In the luxury transportation industry, the larger vehicle you need, the greater the rate (though there are exceptions).  Luckily, with a larger group you have a greater number of people to share the cost of the vehicle.  Speaking of vehicle options, this transitions nicely into the next key consideration on our list…

2. Vehicle Options

The second thing that you want to consider when you are shopping for a Prom ride on a budget, is the vehicle options that are available to you.  As we mentioned above, if you have a larger group, your vehicle options will tend to be a bit more limited.  Many traditional limos will have space for a maximum of ten-twelve passengers, with SUV limos typically maxing out at fourteen; if you have a group in excess of sixteen, you are most likely looking at either a party bus or a mini-bus type of vehicle.  However, if you have a smaller party of two-four people, you may also want to consider a town car, luxury sedan or luxury SUV.  We mention this, because people will usually think of a limo when they think of Prom transportation; however, many limo companies will charge an hourly- minimum, which can be overwhelming to Prom attendees, and will make it less likely that they can afford any type of transportation in the first place; conversely, many town car and SUV operators do not charge an hourly minimum and thus would be able to offer a more affordable rate.

3. Your schedule for the evening

The third thing you need to consider when booking transportation for your Prom, is your schedule: are you and your date/group going to dinner before you head to the dance?  Will you all be picked up at the same location, or will the vehicle need to make several stops?  How long are you planning on being at the dance?  Do you need a ride home, or just a ride there?  Will you be going anywhere afterwards?  Believe it or not, the answers to all of these questions can have an effect on the rate of your Prom transportation.  If you are making multiple stops throughout the evening, then it will likely be more economical for you to book a vehicle for a certain amount of hours, as opposed to a flat rate pick up and drop off.  With an hourly vehicle, the number of stops doesn’t affect the rate, because you are paying for the vehicle for a certain block of time; where as with a flat rate vehicle, the rate you are quoted is only for transportation from Point A to Point B, so if you deviate or add extra stops to that, the Operator will typically charge a fee for each additional stop.  In addition, if you are only looking for a ride to Prom and back, it would cost you less to book to separate flat rate pick ups/drop off, as opposed to an hourly vehicle; however, keep in mind than most Limo operators do charge an hourly minimum-meaning that the Operator will charge you an hourly rate at a certain amount of hours, regardless of whether you utilize the vehicle for this amount of time or not.  This is a fairly standard practice in the luxury transportation industry, as larger vehicles cost a lot more to own and operate, and therefore the Operator needs to charge this hourly minimum in order to make a profit.

4. Demand & Location

Demand and Location are the last things on our list because while you don’t have control over either-they still have an effect on the overall rate charged for transportation and thus will effect your budget.  By “demand”, we are referring to how great the need/want is for luxury vehicles at the time that you are wanting to book yours.  Prom is an especially high demand season.  As such, many Operators will charge a premium for their services, simply because they know they can.  This happens in most industries, and is smart on the part of the business owner, as he/she/they can capitalize on their product/service.  Never-the-less, it does effect how much you will need to pay for the transportation that you seek.  Demand is also effected by the location in which you are seeking your transportation.  If you live in a larger city, there are typically more Operators, which means more vehicles/services to pick from and greater pricing options for the consumer-which typically works in your budget’s favor.

With all of the different aspects of Prom, choosing transportation can seem a bit overwhelming.  Help yourself stick to a budget by using the above four considerations as a guide.  (Side-note: Limo.com’s booking system allows you to search quickly and easily for available luxury transportation in your area of interest; filtering out the list of vehicle/Operators by passenger count, time/date availability, allowing you to narrow down your choices quickly and easily, with the best rates available and consumer reviews on each Operator.  Not to toot our own horn, but we DO make the process pretty seamless….).

Above all, we wish you a safe and happy prom season.

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Braving Black Friday? Avoid Parking and Traffic-Here’s How

The Holidays are upon us-just ask them.

For most of us that means family, fun, food and Black Friday (or for those that don’t venture out, preferring the comfort of slippers and a computer screen, Cyber Monday)!

For some families, Black Friday is more than a shopping day-it has become as much as tradition as other holiday celebrations.  For others, it’s about waiting all year to get (insert big shiny new item here) for (insert amazing discounted price here).  And still others, Black Friday is just a creative way to burn off some of those Thanksgiving calories (shed my food baby from yesterday AND pick up a pair of slippers for Aunt Betty?!  Score!).  At any rate, Black Friday is a huge tradition that many Americans choose to take part in, despite some of the major deterrents associated with the day.

Allow me to impart a bit of knowledge as to the history of the name of the biggest shopping day of the year: several decades ago, the term “Black Friday” was first coined by shoppers as a less than affectionate term to describe the ghastly traffic and near impossible parking situations that were associated with the day.   As the success of the holiday began to skyrocket, retailers began to refer to the name as a description for their profits, since Black Friday was quickly becoming a day when many retailers would see their revenues go from being “in the red” to “in the black”.  While retailers may look forward to Black Friday for the above reason, shoppers still have to face traffic congestion and parking nightmares in order to get to the shopping destination of their choice.

For those of you brave souls that will be venturing out, here’s an idea about how to effectively mitigate the risk of traffic congestion and/or parking traumas: let us do the driving.  Book your town car or SUV for you and your friends/family, and you can enjoy Black Friday that much more.  No more scouring the mall parking lot desperately searching for a parking spot-ANY PARKING SPOT-to pull into.  No more worrying about how you’ll even get into the parking lot, because the traffic is so congested that the entrance seems impossible to access.  No more dealing with your bossy sister-in-law who turns into the world’s worst backseat driver when she is in a hurry to get to Macy’s by 5:00 a.m. on Black Friday, and 5:01 a.m. is unacceptable.  Seriously.  Start your holiday savings early by booking a car with us (you’ll save over 35% by booking with us over other vendors), share the cost among you and your shopping companions, and relax knowing that half of the stresses of Black Friday are eliminated, and you can focus on enjoying the day with your family and friends.

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Happy Holidays from Limo.com!

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Summertime Fun

It’s August.  It’s one of the hottest months of the year in the majority of the United States.  For better or worse, it’s also the signal of summer starting to come to a close (no!!!!).

With that bit of news delivered, it’s time to plan the last hoorah of Summer 2013!   What to do?  Limo.com has you covered with some great suggestions on how to enjoy the weather with you friends, before the leaves start to change color.

So, if you’re under 21:  It’s almost back to school time, great news for parents, not so much for kids! But it’s not too late to plan one last summertime get together. So, gather your favorite group of friends and find an outdoor summer concert.  Not sure where to start? Check out SeatGeeks article, 2013 Summer Concerts: Everything you need to know.

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August= Prime fair/rodeo time!  Almost every city/town in the U.S. will have a fair occurring in it this month.  Bonus: fairs have a little something for everyone: the Adventurer (exploring new cultures), the Animal Lover (rodeo+livestock exhibits), the Country Bumpkin (the whole fair experience), the Adrenaline Junkie (high scary rides), the Foodie (pie contests-nom, nom, nom!), etc.  For a list of State Fairs and dates, check out http://honeymoons.about.com/cs/activeadventures/a/statefair_2.htm .  Grab some of your friends/family members and relive your youth or check it out for the first time-in style!  Rent a limo or party bus and beat the heat, while traveling to/from your event in style.

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For the 21+ crowd: if you’re a beer lover, now is the perfect time to check out a brewers’ event. The Limo.com offices are located in Portland, also known as Beertopia.  We pride ourselves on our love for craft beer and microbrews. Therefore, we suggest you gather a fun group of friends and check out a beer event to attend before summer draws to a close! Try finding one in your area by using the  The BeerAdvocate summer calendar.

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If beer isn’t your thing, but you dig wine-the summertime is a perfect time to take a wine tour-the weather is nice, and many of the vineyards have different fun events offered during the summertime.  Book your wine tour on Limo.com and let us help plan a fun day out for you and your friends.

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Summer’s still here-go take advantage of this weather, while you still can. So, here’s what you need to do: Find a fun event, call your friends and book your ride at limo.com.

What You Should Do For Your Love For Valentine’s Day

What to get the loves in your life this year?  For those of us who celebrate Valentine’s Day as a Day of Love-in all its forms, Limo.com presents a list of plausible gifts for those that your love (what a concept, eh?!):

Your Love: your grandparents/ grandma/ grandpa

The gift: Quality time.  What do most grandparents cherish?  Quality time with you, of course!  So make Valentine’s Day about Grandma/Grandpa by booking a day date with them.  Book a town car or limo to pick the both of you up in, and have it take you somewhere you know that Grandma/Grandpa would really enjoy-perhaps the theatre in town that shows older movies, or the museum, or book the car for the day and spend it enjoying each others’ company on a city tour.  The activity doesn’t matter so much as the fact that you’ll be spending time with your grandparent(s) and showing them you care.  Bonus: Book a Classic vehicle like a Rolls Royce-and have Grandpa/Grandma waxing nostalgic.

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Your Love: your teenage son or daughter

The gift: a fun-filled day with friends.  Sorry Mom/Dad-though they love you lots, teens are all about hanging with their friends (usually).  Show them you love them and more importantly, that you “get” them, by booking a limo them and their friends to go hang out in.  Even if it’s just to pick them up and drop them off at their different destinations, you’ll rule as the cool parent.  Bonus: Book a hummer limo, and really up the cool parent vibe.

Your Love: your spouse/significant other

The gift: a chauffeured wine tour in wine country.   Bonding over amazing wine with your amour AND not having to drive-what’s not to love?!  Plus this date is gender neutral-meaning either sex will appreciate its value.  Bonus: Bringing your I-pod or a CD for the driver to play during your trip scores you major romance points.

The gift: If wine’s not your thing, have the car pick-up your significant other and take them on a scavenger hunt, with the end destination being somewhere special to your relationship.  It could be the place where you proposed (if you’re married), or the restaurant where the two of you had your first date, or maybe the place you first met; get creative and have fun with it.  Make sure to book the limo or town car for a few hours to allow for enough time to complete the scavenger hunt.  Bonus: Make the clues more romantic by leaving little personal mementos from your relationship at each stop.

Your Love: your parents

The gift: a chauffeured date night out.  Your parents can kick back and really enjoy themselves if they don’t have to worry about who’s driving.  Regardless of their age bracket, or how long they’ve been together, it’s probably been awhile since they’ve had a real date night-help them rekindle their spark or keep their love fire burning, by booking a town car for the evening to take them on their date.  Bonus: Score major favorite son/daughter points by booking a table at their favorite restaurant for the evening.

Your Love: a first date-not really a love yet (in fact, we would advise against dropping the “L Word” at any point on your first few dates)

The gift:  a first date night out.  You guys are just getting to know one another, so you don’t want to go too extravagant on this one (unless you DO want to, then by all means, go for it!).  Unless you’re a high roller, you probably don’t pick up every date via chauffeur, so even just booking a town car to pick you and your date up will make the date unique and you look impressive.  The two of your could go to the movies, or Bonus: book an SUV for a group date with his/her friends.

What Will You Be Rolling In This Year?

With the move for more environmentally friendly vehicles, the Limo and town car industry is poised to offer its clients some hybrid selections for their travel needs.  Can a vehicle be considered luxury AND environmentally friendly, you ask?  According to brands like Tesla, Cadillac, Lexus, and Mercedes: without a doubt.  How to decide what you’d like to ride in?  Limo.com has compiled a list of some of the hottest luxury hybrids on the market right now, for your viewing pleasure.  Enjoy the eye candy!

The Tesla Model S

Testla Model SA self described sports car with a luxury feel, the all-new all electric Testa Model S Sedan does good for the environment, while you look good riding in it.

The Lexus ES HybridLeXus ES hybridThis luxury sedan boasts sustainable luxury both inside and out: the inner wood panelling is made of sustainable bamboo, while the backseats offer enough legroom for a passenger to comfortably cross his/her legs.

Cadillac Escalade Hybrid

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With the best fuel efficiency in it’s class, and an unparalleled smooth ride, this is THE luxury SUV for the environmentally conscious.

Mercedes E400 Hybrid Sedan

Mercedes E400 hybrid

Smooth ride, turbo charged gasoline/electric hybrid-oh and it’s pretty too.

*Some of these vehicles may or may not be available with every vendor.  Please ask the limo or town car company at the time of booking about what hybrid vehicle they offer.

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New Year = New Memories

It’s a brand new year filled just waiting to be filled with new activities which create new memories.

If the hustle and bustle of the holidays has left you somewhat less than thrilled at the prospect of putting much effort into making new memories, then how about booking a limo or town car with some friends, and seeing where it leads you?  Once you have the vehicle, you are bound to come up with ideas on places you’d like to go in it.  Most limo/town car companies will charge you an hourly rate, so you aren’t limited to where you go, only the time you choose to take.   You can split the cost with your friends to make the experience even more budget friendly.

So go ahead: save yourself almost 35% by booking your vehicle through us.  Your first new adventure of 2013 awaits.

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It’s Pumpkin Time!

The leaves are beginning to turn, the air is crisper, and the temperatures are dropping.  This all points to one thing: Halloween and pumpkin carving time!  In the time-honored tradition of carving jack-o-lanterns, Limo.com presents some of the best pumpkin carving ideas that we’ve come across.  So, have a look, choose your favorite and carve on!

Click on the photo to find out how to carve these fabulous fanged ones

Click on the photo to find out how to carve these fabulous fanged ones

The Force Is Strong With this One

The Force Is Strong With this One

Here's a different way to set out the guacamole...

Here’s a different way to set out the guacamole…

Carve your favorite cartoon.

Carve your favorite cartoon.

Who's the new farm-hand?

Who’s the new farm-hand?

There's a gator on the loose!

There’s a gator on the loose!

Honey, where'd you put the beer?

Honey, where’d you put the beer?

Now Grandpa knows where to sit...

Now Grandpa knows where to sit…

Mmmm...candy!

Mmmm…candy!

Unimpressed Pumpkin

Unimpressed Pumpkin

Limo.com wishes you a safe and Happy Halloween!  Going to a Halloween party this year?  Book your Halloween limo or town car with www.limo.com and save yourself the headache of finding a ride.

Formal Season is here! What do should you wear?!

It’s the beginning to look like summer, which for many of you ladies out there means one major thing: the beginning of formal event season!  Prom, birthdays, weddings-there are so many events where formal attire is a must!  So what’s hot for ladies’ formal dresses this year?  How do you choose?  Check out Limo.com’s Annual What’s Hot in Formal list below for some great style tips (all photos courtesy of www.promgirl.com):  Then make sure to book your town car or limo with us to travel in style while also saving some dinero.

A gown with Unique Details

From a unique design to strategic cut outs and tiny details, this year’s gowns are all about the little elements.  And because the designs are focused on the little details, and not so much the actual cut of the dress, many of these looks are structured for a variety of body types.  In the first photo, the cut of the dress sleek, with some rouching that could cover any “problem areas” below the waist, and it fitted up top.  Unique beading, rouching and cut-outs finish the look.  The middle dress has an empire cut, and flowing blue fabric.  What makes this dress so unique, however, is the back which is completely covered in iridescent crystal beading.  The dress furthest to the right is definitely not for those that are too body conscious.  The dress has many unique eye-catching details:  the cut and design, the colors, the beading-this dress is one of a kind.

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The “short” ballgown

Described as flirty, feminine, and fun, we are seeing these pop up quite a few places this season.  This style flatters a variety of figures, while also giving apt coverage where needed.  The short ball gown is structured similarly to the traditional ball gown style, with one major difference-the bottom is a lot shorter.  These dresses accentuate a little waist, as well as arms and shoulders, and of course, legs.

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Sparkles-lots of them

Being covered head to toe in sequins is back.  The style and cut of this dress doesn’t so much matter, as the fact that is must be completely covered in sequins.  Completely.

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Abstract one shoulder

The one-shoulder dress had been “in” again for a few seasons, however, this year’s dresses have changed slightly in that the one shoulder is usually made by an accessory, rather than the cut of the dress itself: examples includes a tiny string of rhinestones that trail over the shoulder, a small strand of fabric connecting cross-corners of the dress, or combination of the two, in the form of a beaded applique.  This year’s hot one-shoulders are a little more subtle than their predecessors.

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Structured corset top

This style has a variety of forms.  The basic principle of this design is the top of the dress-which is in the form of a corset with visible structured boning.    This dress actentuates a small waist and the upper body, and may come with a short long train.

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Ruffles!  Ruffles Everywhere!

Another ultra-feminine, ultra-flirty touch.  ‘Nuff said.

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Things to do on Valentine's Day

Love is in the air!

Yes, V-Day can be a bit commercialized, but the bottom line it is about you and who you love (or who loves you).  This can mean your sweetie, your friends, good ‘ol Mom and Dad, siblings-you get the picture.  Valentine’s doesn’t have to be a couples’ holiday (although it gets billed as such).

So, let’s continue with this line of thinking: if you make Valentine’s Day a day to celebrate those you love, what are some ways you can do that?

  1. Wine tasting.  If you’re in an area of the country known for its lush vineyards and amazing vinos-i.e. the West Coast of Washington, Oregon, or California, why not take advantage?  Call up a bunch of friends and split costs on a wine tour, limo, or party bus.  Wine touring without a designated driver can be a tricky situation, because you almost always end up drinking more that you think.  This Valentine’s Day, give yourself, your parents, your friends, your significant other, etc. a break by hiring your DD and enjoying your day.
  2. An evening out. Book a town car or SUV for the evening and head out on the town with your sweetie and/or your friends.  Make it a simple dinner and a movie, or do something out of the ordinary like hopping to a bunch of different places.  Bonus: give the “night on the town” as a gift to your parents.  When’s the last time they actually had a date night?  They’ll love it!
  3. Valentine’s Day/Weekend Scavenger Hunt.  Book a limo or town car for part of the day, and then give your friend/family member/significant other a list of clues.  The driver’s itinerary will be “as directed by passenger”, so the passenger will follow the clues to the final destination/gift.

Here’s to celebrating love, friendship, and family!  Happy Valentine’s Day!

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