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Last-Minute Labor Day Getaways in Northern California

It’s hard to believe that summer is nearly over. Well, summer for most of the world. Here in San Francisco we’re hoping that it’s just starting to heat up and if we’re lucky, maybe we’ll get to dust off our shorts and wear them for a few hours this September and October.

U.S. Wine Regions Beyond Northern California

It’s no secret that we’re proud of our wine in San Francisco, and for good reason, as it’s been a major reason why this part of California has been put on the map. However, there’s more to wine in the U.S. than just Northern California. Below, we highlight three other notable wine regions around the U.S.

Whale Watching Adventures in Alaska

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.

The Best U.S. Airport Bars to Drink At

The Best U.S. Airport Bars to Drink At

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.

Boozing at The Neapolitan at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas

Boozing at Neapolitan Bar at Vegas’ Cosmopolitan

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.

Discovering The Madrones in Mendocino County

Discovering The Madrones in Mendocino County

“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.

A Different Kind of Winery Tucked in the Hills of Alexander Valley

A Different Kind of Winery Tucked in the Hills of Alexander Valley

With hundreds of wineries scattered throughout Northern California, I never cease to be surprised by how each features unique characteristics that make them stand out from one another. Whether it’s the wine, winemaker, grapes, tasting room, vineyards, or location, they all have distinctions that make them different from one another. Medlock Ames in Healdsburg’s Alexander Valley is no different. 

While typical visitors to Healdsburg and Medlock Ames are most interested in the tasting room, and for good reason, it’s important to know about the vineyards and winery, which few have the chance to see.

Did You Know? Mendocino Edition

Did You Know? Mendocino Edition

For locals and travelers to San Francisco who need an evening or weekend getaway, the obvious choice is often Monterey, Napa, or Sonoma. However, just past Sonoma another hour is Mendocino County. Maybe you know that Mendocino County is known for their sparkling wines and pinot noirs, but there’s much more to this offbeat region of Northern California than just wine.  Today I introduce you to a few parts of Mendocino County that may be new to you, making a visit up Highway 101 and through the curvy roads of 128 more than worth it. 

Five Quirky Attractions in Northern California

Five Quirky Attractions in Northern California

California is no exception to the quirky and bizarre. Spend a couple minutes on the streets of San Francisco and you’re bound to see something that makes you scratch your head. However, beyond the Golden Gate and Bay Bridge, more quirkiness awaits the inquisitive traveler. Today I spotlight a handful of Northern California’s quirkiest attractions. 

Five Travel Gadgets You May Not Be Familiar With

Five Travel Gadgets You May Not Be Familiar With

Have technology and travel come along way in the last couple decades or what? It wasn’t that long ago when being a savvy traveler simply meant having a rolling suitcase, or for the jetsetter, owning a Palm Pilot. We’ve come quite a ways from then. Gone are the days of freaking out because you left your boarding pass at home. Your smartphone can now serve as your boarding pass. Today, I'll spotlight a few of the top travel gadgets, some of which you may have never even knew existed.

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