RSSCategory: West

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
Portland Oregon – A Great Fall Vacation Destination

Portland Oregon – A Great Fall Vacation Destination

The fall is the perfect time to plan a quick vacation, especially if the region you live in is isolated from seasonal changes. I must admit that fall is one of my favorite times of year. There’s nothing like camping out under the stars on a crisp September or October night. The greens, browns, reds, oranges, and yellows that color the trees are a treat to see.

When considering a trip this fall, put Portland, Oregon on your list. This city is a prime spot for an unforgettable vacation.
While it’s not one of those major U.S. cities where tourists fill the streets, it is truly a unique city where you can experience the very scenic outdoors; go hiking, see the beautiful Japanese influences on the city, or indulge in the local food craze. It’s a city with unique charm that should not be missed.

October 11, 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
5 Must See Seattle Experiences

5 Must See Seattle Experiences

Here’s Our Recommendation For 5 Seattle Experiences You Simply Must See It’s famous for coffee, rain, and airplanes. It’s the birthplace of grunge and Microsoft, and the hometown of Dr. Frasier Crane and the setting for Grey’s Anatomy. It has one of the world’s most iconic skylines, surrounded on all sides by astonishing natural beauty. […]

April 30, 2013 | By | 1 Reply 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 […]

March 12, 2013 | By | Reply More
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. […]

February 21, 2013 | By | Reply More
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