Vacation planning for touring musicians is slightly more complicated than it is for everyone else.
Country star Gary Allan is on a whirlwind 25-city Get Off On The Pain tour with special guests Jack Ingram and Eli Young Band. The tour kicked off at Chicago’s House of Blues, and also featured a historic Allan headliner at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, TN.
Historic not just because of the venue, but also because this is Allan’s first tour where he’s headlining shows and Gary Allan tickets are being sold.
The point here being that since he won’t be interested in a vacation in Chicago, Charlotte, New Orleans or any of the dozens of places where he’s been performing - where the heck can he go for some down-time after the tour wraps up?
Gonna take two weeks, Gonna have a fine vacation
l’m gonna take my problem, To the United Nation
Lyrics – Summer Time Blues, by Gary Allan
Does this mean a trip to New York, to see the UN Building? Nope, for one – it’s not summer, and secondly - he used to live in California and vacation in Hawaii, so he’d probably get his butt frozen over in New York. Gary Allan, most likely accompanied by his family, will be enjoying the sun n’sand at Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.
If you want to know where he stays in Puerto Vallarta and what he likes best about the place, what kind of clubs and music he listens to while he’s there, and where he eats and parties…
Puerto Vallarta, Mexico – Setting for The Night of the Iguana (and the headline-grabbing, off-screen romance of Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton). Pristine white sand beach and seven exceptional golf courses. Sway to Mariachi music and savor the taste of authentic Mexican cuisine. – www.visitpuertovallarta.com
Hotel - The Westin Resort & Spa spread over 21 tranquil acres dotted with swaying palm trees and fronted by 879 feet of private Pacific Ocean beach. On 10 previous visits to Puerto Vallarta, Gary Allan has chosen to stay in the Westin’s Grand Suite, which offers a hot tub in the balcony overlooking the sea.
Dining – Allan likes the tuna and calamari at the Vista Grille, with a view of the sunset. Also featuring killer views is Le Kliff restaurant, set on a cliff, where you can watch whales from your table, or enjoy a private patio which extends beyond the edge of the cliff, overlooking the water below.
Hacienda San Angel offers seafood with Spanish decor. The Westin’s in-house beach club – Nikki – offers both bar & restaurant options.
Entertainment & Attractions – For something more than just food & drink, Allan prefers the popular Carlos O’Brien’s – where they hold nightly break-dancing contests. Another of Allan’s favorites is La Palapa Lounge, with live music and bands playing every day.
He enjoys taking long walks around Downtown and the Boardwalk. He also enjoys a day trip with Dolphin Adventures to swim with dolphins and sea lions.
Gary Allan may be able to get off on the pain with his music while he’s on tour, but getting off on the pleasures of a vacation in Puerto Vallarta isn’t so bad either.
Get Off On The Pain Tour poster by jenntriple8; Puerto Vallarta & Westin photos courtesy Starwood Hotels & Resorts.