While San Francisco sits on the Pacific Ocean, it doesn’t have the wildlife viewing opportunities that many have come to expect from the west coast.
In fact, you have a better chance of seeing wildlife in the San Francisco Bay, such as the sea lions at Pier 47 or the occasional dolphin. Just off the coastline you can have the excitement of possibly seeing great white sharks at the Farallon Islands, although it may not have the allure you’re looking for.
However, take a short flight north to Alaska and you’ll find some of those unique wildlife viewing opportunities that you’ve heard about in the Pacific Ocean, but may have not experienced firsthand for yourself, such as whale watching.
Vacationing in Australia is often a once in a lifetime opportunity. There’s never enough time to see it all. So before you lock in flights to glimpse the world’s most famous opera house, consider a change of scenery in Queensland. Home to the Great Barrier Reef and oldest rainforest on the planet, what’s waiting for you will be music to your eyes and ears.
Just a short jaunt from LA, Huntington Beach is decidedly OC. Picture suburban-feeling developments, big, beautiful houses, and long stretches of beach, plus a relaxed summer vibe that seems to last all year long. Still an up-and-coming destination, Huntington Beach makes a sweet weekend getaway if you're looking for some warmer-than-SF summer weather and a little R&R.
It’s no secret that no one likes to spend any more time in airports than they have to. But when those delays and layovers do happen, it’s good to know where the best bars are to enjoy a drink. Below you’ll find a few of the best airport bars to have a drink at around the US.
It’s no secret that two of our greatest loves here in San Francisco are alcohol and food, whether it’s sipping on a glass of Pinot Noir, throwing back a shot of Fernet Branca, or enjoying a cup of salted caramel ice cream from Bi-Rite. But what about mixing the two together, such as boozy ice cream? What a novelty, right? Well that’s exactly what you’ll find at the new The Neapolitan at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas.
“Blink and you might miss it.” I think those words may have just been coined for The Madrones, located in Mendocino County between Boonville and Philo. Just on my last trip to Mendocino County, I had driven right by it several times and didn’t even notice. Yet I think that’s part of the ambiance that makes The Madrones what it is: Part tasting room, part boutique shop, part gardens, and part accommodations.
Amazing things can happen when folks get an idea and just go for it. Gary Erickson was on a bike ride when he decided he could make a better energy bar and went on to create what we all know now as Clif Bars. Throw in a love of wine making and the result is the Clif Family Winery tasting room at Velo Vino Napa Valley with a new spin on Wine Country.
Up here you may not have heard the word that GQ recently dubbed Venice Beach's Abbot Kinney Boulevard “The coolest block in America.” The reality is that Abbot Kinney (AK for short) is more than one block and it's pretty cool. It has everything a shopper and foodie could consume. It runs through historical beach bohemia. Colorful people abound. And, it's summer in Los Angeles—the perfect time for a quick escape south.