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Historic Beverly Hills Celebrates 100 Years of Dazzle With Free Concerts And More

Historic Beverly Hills Celebrates 100 Years of Dazzle With Free Concerts And More

An Insider’s Guide To Historic Beverly Hills

“Historic” may not be the first word that comes to mind when you think about Beverly Hills, but the city has much more to offer than world-class shopping and cars that cost more than your (and my) house. On January 28, 2014, the City of Beverly Hills marked its centennial and kicked off a year-long celebration featuring free concerts, public art exhibits, special offers from local hotels and restaurants and much more. If you want to experience the history of luxury, glamor and elegance, Beverly Hills is the place to go.

February 6, 2014 | By More
Where To Find The World’s Best Parties

Where To Find The World’s Best Parties

The vast majority of travel guides that crowd dusty shelves in books stores and personal libraries tell you where to find the best hotels, countless museums and endless architecturally significant churches, but they’re missing one of the most important reasons we travel – to discover where locals go to party!

Where To Party Around The World. The Matador Network, a community of young travel bloggers who tell it like it is, has just published the “ultimate guide to partying around the world”, with 101 Places To Get F*cked Up Before You Die.

January 14, 2014 | By More
Top Attractions For Family Vacations in the United States – Surprise, Disney World Isn’t on the List!

Top Attractions For Family Vacations in the United States – Surprise, Disney World Isn’t on the List!

Families are always looking for great vacation spots to bring the kids. Here are our recommendations for top attractions for family vacations in the United States, and surprise, Disney World isn’t on the list!

I live in Portland Oregon where, no joke, our biggest tourist attraction (for adults and kids alike) is Powell’s Books – a bookstore with a collection so large that, in addition to its own three-story-tall city-block big building, it has started to take over the building across the street. It’s also the grandfather of the used/new-side-by-side sales model that more and more independent bookstores are starting to adopt across the country. If your family ever finds itself in Portland, you’ll have to see it.

January 13, 2014 | By More
A Guys’ Deam Adventure – Take A California Craft Brewery Tour!

A Guys’ Deam Adventure – Take A California Craft Brewery Tour!

Any beer geek traveling along the west coast will find some of the best craft breweries in America, breweries that turn every pint glass into a veritable chalice. It’s not just great beer to fall in love with – these amazing west coast breweries are located in remarkable cities rich in character, making them hugely popular draws among visiting tourists.

Whether you’re traveling among friends or bravely trekking the open road alone, make sure to add these delectable craft breweries to your itinerary.

December 19, 2013 | By More
Off The Beaten Path Adventures in North America

Off The Beaten Path Adventures in North America

Craving a grand adventure, one that won’t make you pay $100+ just to get in, only to be surrounded by thousands of other sweaty people, all spending half of the day waiting in long lines (I’m talking about you, Disneyland)? That doesn’t seem like much of an escape, or any adventure I’d want to partake in.

So why not take the road less frequented, head outside of town, and immerse yourself in an unfamiliar wilderness. The western United States is wild and full of rare beauty that should be witnessed. Below are a few of my top destinations for that adventurous spirit of yours.

December 11, 2013 | By More
Experiencing the Beauty and Excitement of Lake Tahoe

Experiencing the Beauty and Excitement of Lake Tahoe

Lake Tahoe glows a deep, dark blue in the sun, dramatically framed by mountains and forest. Because the lake undergoes a natural process called deep mixing, plant matter that drops to the bottom decays properly in an oxygen rich environment, preventing the nutrients that fuel algae growth. As a result, Lake Tahoe is incredibly clear and beautiful. Located in the nothern Sierra Nevada mountains is the second deepest lake in North America and straddles two states and five different counties. That’s not what makes it exceptional though.

November 26, 2013 | By More
Heavenly Hikes – 3 Stunning California Hiking Destinations

Heavenly Hikes – 3 Stunning California Hiking Destinations

If you’re looking to go the extra mile, California has some of the world’s most picturesque hiking trails to get your adrenaline going. Whether you’re looking for extensive rugged climbs or more sedate paths, the state contains plenty of worthy hiking destinations to meet your needs.

Here’s a look at three highly-rated destinations worth exploring — each featuring a wide variety of easy to difficult trails, as well as some essential tips for your journey.

October 18, 2013 | By More
Before They Were “Inn” These Five B&B’s Had Fascinating Former Lives

Before They Were “Inn” These Five B&B’s Had Fascinating Former Lives

What do you envision when you hear ‘bed and breakfast?’ If you’re like most people, you probably think about an historic Victorian or Queen Anne draped in lace and tucked away in a quaint corner of town. While it’s true that many inns were grand, former homes of the town’s well-to-do, some were not even used as homes at all.

From schoolhouses and churches, to working lighthouses and sail boats, some B&Bs lived completely different lives before opening their doors to travelers and serving up delicious breakfasts. So, next time you fall asleep in class, don’t be too hard on yourself. In fact, you may be onto something!

July 24, 2013 | By More
Best Hollywood Celebrity Tours To Fill Your Autograph Book

Best Hollywood Celebrity Tours To Fill Your Autograph Book

When I walk through Hollywood and see the unending throngs of tourists crowded into open trucks and tour buses around the neighborhood — cameras at the ready — I always wonder how they separate the few really awesome celebrity tours from the overwhelming multitude that are cheesy, overpriced, and don’t feature anything involving any real celebrities.

If you’re from out of town, I could drive you into Beverly Hills, point to a big house, and say, “Denzel Washington lives there.” Would you ever know the difference? Follow this inside guide and land on a tour that truly is a road map to the stars.

July 23, 2013 | By More
BnB Road Trip Getaways Along America’s Favorite Byways

BnB Road Trip Getaways Along America’s Favorite Byways

Ah, summer… There’s something about the bright sunshine and warm weather that makes you want to pack up your car and head out onto the open road. If you need another reason, the classic road trip comedy, Vacation, is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year. So, you may want to take a cue from the Griswolds and plan one of your own!

While the idea of spending countless hours in a car might strike fear in your heart, it’s an adventurous way to get up close and personal with the wondrous, natural beauty of North America. When you’re ready to veer off-road to recharge and refresh your batteries, make a pit stop at one of the many B&Bs near these famous byways before mapping out your next excursion:

June 20, 2013 | By More
March Madness Getaways Just For The Girls

March Madness Getaways Just For The Girls

Calling all Girlfriends – Just  Getaway to a B&B for a March Madness Antidote! What do boys, beers and college basketball have in common? March Madness, of course. Every year guys fill out their brackets and crowd their local pubs or friends’ places to share chips, Budweisers, and victorious back slaps. Glued to the TV […]

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Celebrating Women Chefs and Restauranteurs in San Francisco

Celebrating Women Chefs and Restauranteurs in San Francisco

Ah, San Francisco, city on the Bay. As I walk down Powell Street past my hotel, The Sir Francis Drake, the clang of the cable cars reminds me that I am indeed in San Francisco. What a joy to be here for the 20th anniversary of the founding of the organization Women Chefs & Restaurateurs. […]

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A Dozen Fun and Imaginative Ways To Celebrate Valentines Day

A Dozen Fun and Imaginative Ways To Celebrate Valentines Day

We’ll make sure you look for love in all the right places with – A Dozen Red-Hot Ways to Celebrate Valentine’s Day Has Valentine’s Day been reduced to grabbing a box of chocolates off the store shelf and picking up a cello-wrapped bouquet of flowers at the grocery checkout line?  Confess, romance has taken second […]

January 22, 2013 | By | Reply More
B&B Getaways To Napa Valley’s Vibrant Mustard Season

B&B Getaways To Napa Valley’s Vibrant Mustard Season

B&B Getaways to Napa Valley Pass “Mustard” With its picturesque rolling hills and sprawling vineyards, Napa Valley is a postcard-perfect destination for travelers. During the Harvest Season in fall, throngs of visitors pour in from all over to revel in celebratory activities including food and wine pairings, concerts and outdoor movies. Once winter rolls in […]

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Los Angeles Nightlife Safety Guide for Tourists

Los Angeles Nightlife Safety Guide for Tourists

One of the best things about Los Angeles is the night life. People from around the world flock to Tinsel town to visit the bars, clubs and restaurants that have been made famous on Hollywood films. However, whenever you’re out in a new city – particularly if you are drinking – it is important to […]

January 3, 2013 | By | Reply More
The World’s Most Beautiful Vineyards

The World’s Most Beautiful Vineyards

The World’s Five Most Beautiful Vineyards   A holiday to a wine resort is one sure-fire way of guaranteeing a good time. Wine inexplicably tastes better when you’re drinking it whilst admiring the vines that created it. Of course, with good wine, comes good food and luxurious accommodation. And then there’s the educational aspect of […]

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Release Your Inner Child At A Make Meaning Store

Release Your Inner Child At A Make Meaning Store

Disconnect, unplug and tap into your own creativity at one of the newly opened Make Meaning stores.   Share the experience with your children or friends and create long lasting memories.  This is a great way to have a stay-cation day together and leave with a handcrafted memento to remember it by. During a rainy weekend […]

November 15, 2012 | By | Reply More
5 Great San Francisco Music Venues To Rock Your Vacation

5 Great San Francisco Music Venues To Rock Your Vacation

Five lively San Francisco music venues for live music lovers and adventurous travelers. I love live music. San Francisco is an amazing city for live music, but I feel like sometimes visitors and travelers get distracted by the bigger-name venues and don’t really experience what the city has to offer. Whenever I visit a new […]

August 8, 2012 | By | Reply More
Ocean View Bed and Breakfast Getaways For Hot August Days

Ocean View Bed and Breakfast Getaways For Hot August Days

Here Are Some Wonderful B&B Getaways with mesmerizing ocean views. Looking for the quintessential summer getaway? You could take off for the picturesque mountains or brave the urban jungle. But, there’s nothing that says “summer” quite like relaxing on the beach while soaking in the ocean views or strolling the coastline at sunset. It’s a […]

July 20, 2012 | By | Reply More
La Jolla Shores, A Glittering, Golden Paradise

La Jolla Shores, A Glittering, Golden Paradise

The Spanish word for jewel is “la jolla”. Add to that the image of palm trees, well-kept green lawns, bougainvilleas in a myriad of colors, a white board-walk populated with inline-skaters, skate-boarders, cyclists, joggers, and walkers, ice-cream eating children and their smiley and happy parents. There. You have just imagined the fanciest quarter of San […]

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