Ride Like an All-Star, Duh!

Guest Blog Post: Keith Lumpp & Astro Araujo, Limos.com

There are plenty of things to love about October, including harvest time, Halloween and most places are finally cooling off from summer. However, what excites us most here at Limos.com is the gluttony of sporting events we have to mindlessly entertain us.

Keith & Astro, Limos.com Resident Sports Experts

From the Major League Baseball (MLB) and Major League Soccer (MLS) playoffs, to the National Football League (NFL) and National Basketball Association (NBA) jumping into full swing, there aren’t many better months for sports than October.

With all of the different sporting events in October and throughout the year, we at Limos.com encourage you to consider taking a black car to your favorite team’s next game. Here are some benefits to riding in style:

  1. Relax – Taking a black car to a sporting event is the least stressful way to get there. And Limo.com makes is easy to book an affordable and trusted ride – both online and from your smartphone. By riding in a black car, you’re letting the driver worry about traffic and parking. You’re also avoiding the large, and sometimes hostile crowds associated with public transportation. So relax and arrive in style.
  2. Ride Like an All-Star – You might not be playing in the game or sitting court side with Jack Nicholson or Spike Lee, but that doesn’t mean you can’t get there in your very own “private luxury box”. You’ll feel like one of your favorite athletes pulling up to the venue without breaking the bank to get there. Go ahead, player, roll down the window and sign some autographs!
  3. Make it a Party – A game is the perfect excuse to gather a group of friends and have some fun. Start the pre-game celebration the moment you get into the ride. Have a few beverages during the game, and be assured that you have a designated driver waiting for you in front of the venue once the game is over.

Whether you’re a Limos.com regular or a newbie looking to book your first ride with us, October is the perfect time to join the #RideRevolution.


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Tips for How to “Ride It Right”

Guest Blog Post: Jessica Cress & Tres Steffler

The night has finally come. You’ve planned every last detail to ensure this special night goes without error. Your guests have RSVP’d, you picked the right outfit, you reserved the limo, and you’re ready to enjoy the evening. The guests begin to arrive, pictures are being taken and smiles are big. The limo arrives and guests begin to pile in. And that’s when you notice…

Ground transportation tips & deals

Your party of 14 doesn’t fit nearly as comfortably as you’d hoped in the 14 passenger limousine you reserved. Well, you may be cramped, but it’s nothing a few cold beverages won’t fix. NO ICE?!? You rented a limo and there is no ice? Now this has completely turned your night around. Just when you thought your night couldn’t get any worse, your driver rolls down the partition and asks you for directions for the itinerary you’ve handed him. This night is going downhill fast and you wonder to yourself: what could I have done differently?

Here are a few tips from the pros at Limos.com for getting the most out of your limo experience…

1. Book the appropriate vehicle for your occasion:

Your limo operator will prepare your vehicle and craft your experience differently for a wedding than for a bachelorette party. These are entirely different experiences and have different demands of your limo service provider, so it’s very important to help him or her make your event memorable by reserving the appropriate vehicle type.

2. Be aware of the size of your party when reserving your vehicle:

Be sure to confirm with your operator or your Limos.com Service Representative that the vehicle is the most appropriate for your passengers and your expectations. Just because your limo is legally permitted to fit 10 passengers doesn’t mean that it should! 10 teenagers may fit perfectly for their Prom, but 10 6-foot adults may not fit as comfortably in the same vehicle.

3. Ask Questions:

You may be surprised what your operator is willing and able to provide to make your experience memorable – but you need to ASK! Ice, balloons, flowers, red carpet – all these things and more may be very well within your reach. Your limo service provider is willing to meet or exceed your expectations, but needs your instruction to do so. Furthermore, do everyone a favor and email your operator an outline of your itinerary. No one wants to be stuck giving directions, and it may be unfair to assume that your driver knows the location of every new restaurant in town.

4. Look at Star Class:

Be sure to look at a company’s star class and read its rider reviews. Operators are given service rankings ranging from 3 to 5 stars, and will often be priced commensurate with their service quality guarantees. If you expect a brand new vehicle, you will likely need to pay for a 5 star operator. If your expectations aren’t as demanding, you may feel more comfortable saving money on a 3 or 4 star limo company. Also, do the community a favor and leave your own reviews of your experiences. Good, bad, or indifferent – your reviews will also help guide others’ purchasing decisions.

Follow these tips next time and you will RIDE IT RIGHT!

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September is Back to Business Travel Month – Save 15% Off All Airport Rides

It’s never easy exchanging flip-flops for loafers, but with summer ending, it’s time to get back on the road for business. To help ease your transition, between now and Friday, October 12th, we’re giving you 15% off all rides to-and-from the airport.

Back to Business Travel – 15% Off Airport Rides

Additionally, we’ll be awarding one lucky road warrior with a year’s worth of FREE airport car and limo services
(see official rules for prize details).

To be automatically entered in the drawing, visit our “Back to Business Travel” promotional page and simply book a ride. You’ll receive a 15% rebate on your credit card once the ride is completed.

To enter without purchasing, see the official rules here.

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Remembering Tom Mazza

Tom Mazza

Tom Mazza, an inspirational leader associated with the U.S. limousine industry, passed away this month from complications from ALS. He was 53.

Tom was deeply connected to Limos.com, and will be greatly missed. Our team took a few moments to share some thoughts and memories of Tom.

By Doug Anderson,
Above all, Tom’s heart and care for the industry and for the people in the industry always shined through. He touched so many of us in so many different ways that his positive contributions become almost immeasurable. Limos.com would not be who it is today without his help.

Tom consulted and educated our founding team (including myself, T.J. Clark, Todd Belfer and Jay Poplowski) and was instrumental in helping make our first key hires (Carlos Matos and Eric Schnieder). Last but not least, Tom introduced us to many of our best affiliates, even when he was starting a competing service (Limocart).

Tom’s legacy will live on forever in the limo world. To paraphrase the late Steve Jobs, Tom Mazza made a dent in our universe.

By Carlos Matos,
I can’t remember Tom Mazza without remembering all the contributions he made to countless members of the ground transportation industry, including myself.

Tom was a true friend, great leader and an individual fully dedicated to the growth of our industry. Tom was so energetic and passionate about the industry, he could walk into a room full of chauffeurs and keep them all on the edge of their seats for over an hour. He was so well liked that he was immediately followed by dozens of people whenever he entered the room.

Tom, you left us too early, but rest assured your legacy will live among us forever.

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Hey, You! Get Out & Do Some Wine Tasting

Guest Blog Post
Justin Falco, Certified Sommelier

Justin Falco, Certified Sommelier

Greetings cork-poppers!

August is a fantastic time to head into wine country no matter what region you’re closest to!  The rapidly growing grapes are on their way to peak ripeness, filling with sugar, acid, minerals and water that will soon be harvested and turned into glorious wine.  The vineyards are most lush during this time of year. So don’t miss out on booking a summer wine country tour today.

This month we’re excited to highlight four distinct wine growing regions and their AVA’s (American Viticulture Areas), which you’ll love to tour in August:

Napa Valley ~ Calistoga, St. Helena, Oakville/Rutherford, Yountville, Napa

In Napa Valley you will find many grape varietals being grown and used in wine making. Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon continue to be highly popular varietals here, but don’t limit your palate in this extraordinary wine region. The number of beautiful wineries and breathtaking views will seem endless!

Rocky Mountains ~ Colorado

Two AVA’s exist here, Grand Valley in Mesa County (near the city of Grand Junction) and West Elks in Delta County (near the quaint town of Paonia). The most popular varietals in this scenic region are Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Syrah, Riesling, Viogner and Chardonnay. Here you will find 100+ welcoming wineries to choose from.

Great Lakes ~ 8 US States: Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin and the province of Ontario in Canada

There is an amazing amount of winemaking history in this region, and today it’s gaining more and more attention. This area is the home of America’s oldest wine industry dating back to the 1600s. Very interesting native grapes can be found including Catawba, Delaware, Norton and Muscadine. More popular varietals include Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Pinot Gris, Pinot Blanc, Pinot Noir, Sauvignon Blanc, Riesling and Syrah. Ontario has a history of German immigrants bringing the art of making ice wine to Canada. The ideal growing conditions here offer visitors delicious ice wines to taste. Ice wine is made from grapes left on the vines to freeze in the winter.

Upstate New York Finger Lakes Wine Trails

In this region you will find 4 Wine Trails boasting many wineries in each. Canandaigua Wine Trail, Cayuga Lake Wine Trail, Seneca Lake Wine Trail, and Keuka Wine Trail. In the Canandaigua Wine Trail, you’ll find the New York Wine and Culinary Center that has gained much popularity, offering visitors the chance to taste wines from many Finger Lakes wineries in one place.

The best wine tasting tips I’ve offered friends and family for years are pretty basic.

  • Don’t overdo it. Only plan to visit 3-5 wineries per day. Take your time, enjoy the wine.
  • If your group has a small range of wines they like, familiarize yourself with which wines are made at the wineries you choose. With that said, the adventure of trying new varietals is a lot of fun.
  • Wine regions have a combination of small production, family run wineries along with the larger producers. Some are by “appointment only” and some require reservations for groups. It’s best to plan ahead.
  • “Tula, eat something!” Don’t spend your day wine tasting with no food and water. There are top-notch restaurants to explore in wine country and many wineries offer food themselves.
  • Don’t be afraid to spit. It may seem uncivilized but this is a very acceptable practice when tasting. You get to enjoy the wine without the side effects of alcohol. Just ask for a spit bucket.
  • Consider hiring chauffeured transportation like a town car or sedan service, a stretch limo, or a party bus for larger groups – so you and your friends can have a great time without worrying about directions and a designated driver. Limo and private car service prices can be surprisingly affordable. Ground transportation companies often offer special wine tour deals, so finding an affordable ride to a winery is easy.

I wish you wonderful winery adventures and discoveries this August. Gather your friends, family and coworkers, and plan the most comfortable, luxurious and safe way I know how to explore wine country, with us at www.Limos.com.


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RPatz & Tricked-Out Limos = Awesomeness in COSMOPOLIS

We’re proud to announce a national promotional partnership with COSMOPOLIS, a new David Cronenberg film starring Robert Pattinson. The film follows 28-year-old billionaire Eric Packer (Robert Pattinson) on a 24-hour odyssey across Manhattan in a tricked-out white stretch limo.

Opening today in New York City and Los Angeles, COSMOPOLIS has teamed-up with Limos.com to give you a chance to experience a day in the life of Eric Packer, including a ride to see COSMOPOLIS in the back of a white stretch limo.

Simply follow @Limos on Twitter, and using #CosmopolisUS, tell us where you’d go in Eric’s limo for the day.

We’ll also be posting behind-the-scenes footage and new clips from the film on Eric Packer’s Vlog below. Check back each day to get your COSMOPOLIS fix!

Monday, August 20, 2012
RPatz on How the Limo Setting Influenced his Performance

Tuesday, August 21, 2012
New Clip from COSMOPOLIS Featuring Juliette Binoche

Wednesday, August 22, 2012
Paul Giamatti Discusses Working with RPatz

Friday, August 24, 2012
New Clip from COSMOPOLIS; “We Die on Weekends”

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Limos.com Offers Hot Wine Tour Deal for the Summer – Save $50 & Win a Wine Tasting Getaway

It’s summer and that means it’s the perfect time for a wine country getaway. So grab some friends, your favorite wine glass, a corkscrew and a party bus, and head over to your local wine region for an afternoon of fun and fine wines.

Limos.com Wine Tour Transportation Discount

$50 Off Wine Tour Limo & Car Services from Limos.com

Booking safe and dependable wine tour transportation has never been easier and more affordable. Between now and the end of August, Limos.com is giving passengers the opportunity to save $50 off any winery tour reservation of $400 or more.

And all cork-poppers who book a wine tour ride through our “Vine Revolution” promotional page” will be automatically entered for a chance to win a cross-country wine tasting getaway to four of the top wine regions around the country, including Napa Valley, the Rocky Mountain wine region, the Great Lakes Wine Region and upstate New York wine country.

So find your wine adventure today – click here for more details.


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