May I Suggest

May I Suggest….

Mexico Beach Florida

Sunset on Mexico Beach Florida

Sunset on Mexico Beach Florida

There’s a lot to enjoy in Mexico Beach, Florida Stroll the white sands, swim in the gentle Gulf of Mexico, warmed year round by the Gulf Stream. Discover the joy of shell collecting…gathering clams, scallops or crabs for dinner…build a sand castle in the sand. The only protection you’ll need is from the sun!Let Parker Realty help you with all your rental or purchase needs.We love this place.Great resorts are made…great beaches are created…it’s the perfect blending of both that makes the difference.  The sweet gulf breezes, the sounds of the ocean as it ebbs and flows, the sea gulls as they swoop by, the porpoises as they dance in the deep, sunrises and sunsets…all a part of the splendor of the sea.

But Mexico Beach is even more than that…Imagine a place where you awaken to the sounds of waves softly lapping over sugar white beaches; where your only decision is whether to lounge on the beach with a good book, fish from the pier, or swim in the emerald green waters of the Gulf of Mexico.

Imagine a place without honking horns, ringing telephones and blaring televisions.

A place where you can leave behind stress, work and congestion.

You just imagined yourself in Mexico Beach!!!

Just 15 hours from Dallas, Texas or a short plane ride.

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New Orleans Jazz Festival


We have been to the Jazz Fest since 1980 and you have to experience this. If you really enjoy great music, incredible food and a lively atmosphere, you have to go to the “Fest”The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, a/k/a Jazz Fest, is a 10-day cultural feast in which thousands of musicians, cooks and craftspeople welcome 500,000 visitors each year. There are two main components: the Louisiana Heritage Fair and the Evening Concert Series. The Louisiana Heritage Fair is the signature feature of the Festival, showcasing unforgettable music on 12 stages, delicious Louisiana cuisine in two large food areas, and crafts artisans from the region and around the world demonstrating and selling their work.Check out the web site to get all your answers.New Orleans Jazz Fest

Our Time Share is located on Canal and Decatur, walking distance to the French Quarter, River Walk, Trolley Cars and much more.  

Boston and the Northeast

Located in the Northeastern corner of the United States is the great State of Massachusetts. We spent one week there in September of 2004 and toured the City of Boston. Taking the better part of a beautiful sunny day, we walked the historic Freedom Trail. You know where our founding fathers conducted business in the 1700’s. We stayed at the Marriott Long Wharf that had great accommodations and is minutes from most things down town. The Freedom Trail is a must when you go to Boston. Oh- by the way- Boston was just the start of our seafood extravaganza.We headed south out of Boston to a quaint little town named Chatham, just about 1 ½ hours from Boston. Although there are plenty of places to stay there we rented a 3 bedroom, 2 bath house on Sea Mist Drive. Completely renovated, with a short walk to the beach, I highly recommend this cottage. Check it out.Chatham Rentals While you’re at it, take a look at Chatham. Chatham is great because from there you can easily get to several areas on Cape Cod. Just 30 minutes is Providence Town on the Southern most part of the Cape. We strolled through the shops, ate lunch on the water and went to the beach in the cool late summer breeze.Next day we drove to Hyannis and took the Gray Lady high speed shuttle to Nantucket. This is a spectacular island with cobble stone streets, expensive mansions and more shopping. I highly recommend theFog Island Café for lunch. After a short ride back to Hyannis we were home in no time.To finish out the trip we traveled north to Rock Port; a quaint village on the water just north of Boston. Sprinkled with Bed and Breakfasts, Rock Port is a very ecliptic setting on the water. We stayed at thePleasant Street Inn in the carriage house. Dinner was the delicious as we watched over the bay at My Place by the Sea. Visit it for dinner, you won’t be disappointed.Thanks for sharing our trip to the Northeast with us.


Pagosa Springs, Colorado in the Winter

Skiing with Santa Clause in Pagosa Springs

Skiing with Santa Clause in Pagosa Springs

Pagosa Springs lies in the San Juan Valley below Wolf Creek pass and the San Juan Mountains. Champion golf, trophy fly, river rafting, nearby historic narrow gauge trains and Ancient Anasizi ruins are just a few of the activities you can enjoy. Located just 30 minutes from the best-kept secret in Colorado.  Wolf Creek Ski Area!!!!!!!!! An average of 435 inches of snow annually, Wolf Creek’s motto “The Most Snow in Colorado,” is no empty boast! This family environment ski area is lots of fun and not too big to get lost in. For several years we’ve traded in the Christmas gifts and taken the kids skiing to make the best memories for Christmas we could make.  Snowmobilers, cross-country skiers, sledders and tubers will find unending acres of breathtaking wilderness to explore. Ice skate on the pond behind the River Center if you’ve had enough skiing. There are friendly bars and restaurants, but our favorite is Frankie’s Place. Frankie takes personal pride in every dish served and loves to tell jokes. It’s just like home! You’ll enjoy the shopping around town with local crafts and arts. After a playful day in the snow, relax in the

“The Springs Resorts” natural hot springs.  When it comes to lodging there is no other place to stay than at the

High Country Lodge, Dick and Kathey Fitz take a personal interest in your comfort serving a home cooked continental breakfast daily for their guest. Stay in the hotel or rent one of the cabins equipped with kitchens and house keeping. Sled on the hills behind the cabins, horseback ride in the summer, enjoy a cookout or just relax in the hot tubs. There is no other place to stay.  It’s just 15 hours from Dallas by car or fly into Durango and take a 1 hour drive to Pagosa Springs.

Contact the Pagosa Springs Chamber of Commerce to find out more about our secret.


Scarborough Faire the Renaissance Festival 

On a pleasant spring afternoon, when it’s about 80 degrees outside, there is nothing better to do than take a 40 minute drive to the Scarborough Faire in Waxahachie TX. Take the afternoon and stroll through the ground with trees, watch the craftsman working leather, silver, beads and more. Eat a turkey leg, enjoy a soft drink or a beer and watch as you walk back through time. The shows are the best for kids of all ages. Try it you’ll like it.  Celebrate the splendor and majesty of the 16 century Renaissance days of King Henry VIII at Scarborough Faire the Renaissance Festival. Experience the spectacle of mighty knights jousting for honor. Watch the amazing feats of the Royal Falconer and swashbuckling swordfighters. Be entertained by jugglers, magicians, bawdy wenches and much more on 11 stages.Enjoy the high-energy music of the bagpipers and the melodies of minstrels. Shop for treasures in over 200 village shops; watch artisan demonstrations and feast throughout the day on over 60 delectable types of food. Open Saturdays and Sundays starting the second Saturday of April through Memorial Day. I-35E south, exit 399A. 972-938-3247. Here are your directions:

How do I get there?  Scarborough Fair


Cozemel-One of the 10 best Scuba areas in our Back Yard

 

 If you love to scuba dive, sit on the beach, eat interesting food and clock out for a while the we are very fortunate to have Cozemel Mexico in our back yard.  One of the top 10 Scuba Diving areas in the world is just a 2 hour flight from Dallas.  There are many packages with Worry Free Vacations for vacations for 3,4 or 5 days of fun in the sun.  One of your favorite outfits to work with is Dive Paridise.  They have scuba/lodging packages for any budget.  From full outfitting to just a ride to a spot to get wet, they have been in business for years and are very experienced. 

There is as much to do out of the water as there is in the water.  We rented scooters for about $30.00 for a day and went to the end of the island stopping at the ocean front patio restaurants for a bite and a cervesa on the way. 

Night time was just as much fun with live bands, shopping, restaurants and strolling through downtown.

If you just want to get away for a few day and have a passport, give it a try.

Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Park

A look over Snake River at the Grand Teton Mountains
A look over Snake River at the Grand Teton Mountains

This great country of ours is blessed with minds that have shaped the United States into what it is today. The vision of men such as John Coulter and President Grant in the 1800’s set the foundation for Yellowstone and the Grand Tetons. Declared a national park in 1872, Yellowstone was the first nation park in the world. The Grand Teton National Park was established in 1929 with 96,000 acres and mountains reaching 13,770 at the Grand Teton massif.

A visit to this part of our nation will humble the most traverse traveler with it’s beauty, massive open spaces and wildlife.The Gyser Basin in Yellowstone National Park is filled with an array of color from the hot springs.  Old Faithful Lodge is the largest log structure in the world with a fireplace that is 3 stories tall and over 50 tons of stone in it’s construction.

The Grand Teton National Park has a host of activities for people of all ages. From hiking, animal watching, bird watching, fishing, mountain climbing and more. To watch the sun rise on the mountains is a site you will never forget.Set your sights on Wyoming.  Fly into Jackson Hole or take your car or camper to one of the 10 wonders of the world in my opinion.

Have a great time

About thomasjthompson

Tommy is the youngest of eight children, born in Memphis Tenn. He moved to Dallas in 1977 to major in business at Southern Methodist University. After graduating in 1980 with a B.B.A. degree from the Cox School of Business, he was torn between two professions, banking and restaurants. He is a "people person" and enjoyed several years of managing Steak and Ale restaurants. Upon starting a family, he and his wife, Debbie, decided it was time for a career change. In 1986 Tommy knew Real Estate would offer the best of both worlds for him. His great success in Real Estate is a direct result of his continued education, experience, people skill and personal high standards. Tommy is the proud father of three wonderful children, and avid tennis player, recreational cook, enjoys playing the guitar and competing in Triathlons events. His family always finds time for community service. He's involved with the real estate industry on the local, state and national levels. Tommy has earned the distinguished award for "Realtor of the Year" for both the Collin County Association of Realtors and the Women's Council of Realtors. Voted One of Dallas' Best Realtors for 2009 by D Magazine.
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