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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.

New Tasting Experiences Galore at Dry Creek Vineyard

New Tasting Experiences Galore at Dry Creek Vineyard

The draw of California wine country is easy: It’s the land flowing with wine. However, it’s really the nuances that make each wine region stand out from one another. One of the unique characteristics that I’ve noticed about Sonoma is the accessibility of many of the wineries. Visitors can simply walk in to many of the tasting rooms since so many of them offer public tastings daily. One such winery, Dry Creek Vineyard, located in Healdsburg’s Dry Creek Valley, is making their winery even more accessible with a host of new wine tasting experiences.

Living the Summer Dream at Francis Ford Coppola Winery

Living the Summer Dream at Francis Ford Coppola Winery

It’s no secret that you can’t exactly have a pool day in San Francisco. You know, pool days, those days by the pool with a cold, adult beverage in hand, so hot that you can’t help but jump in the pool every so often to stay comfortable. Yeah, you can’t do that in San Francisco. However, that summer pool day you may be longing for isn’t too far away–it's just across Highway 101 in Sonoma County at Francis Ford Coppola Winery. That’s right, vino and pool time.

Three Quickie Weekend Jaunts from SFO

Three Quickie Weekend Jaunts from SFO

As glorious as San Francisco and the Bay Area are, some weekends just call for a getaway. Maybe it’s one, or five, too many foggy mornings or you just need a change of scenery for a couple days. Whatever the case, one of the best things about SF is that it makes getting to other part of America, and the world, accessible. Here are three weekend jaunts that are a short hop from SFO.

Hikes with a View of San Francisco

Mount Livermore

The perks to San Francisco are many, one of the best being the natural beauty that is found within the city limits. One moment you can be having artisanal cocktails and the next, hiking up a summit that overlooks downtown, the San Francisco Bay, and the Golden Gate Bridge – all without having to even get in a car. However, just beyond the city limits of San Francisco are some beautiful hikes that offer dramatic views of the city.

Five Ways to Leave the Las Vegas Strip Behind

Ditching the Las Vegas Strip

“I've never been off the strip in Vegas.” This comes from not one, but multiple people I've talked with recently about Las Vegas. Is that not the same as visiting San Francisco and never leaving the Marina? Well maybe not quite, but nonetheless, half the fun of travel is discovering a part of a place that is relatively unexplored by the traveler. While the Las Vegas Strip is no doubt where the action takes place in Sin City, there is so much more to Vegas that I spotlight today with five things to do off the strip.

A Guide to California's Central Coast Beaches

California's Central Coast Beaches

Quick, name three California beaches. What are they? Odds are that most, if not all of them are Southern California beaches. Mission, Huntington, Coronado, and Malibu are likely to be a few that first come to mind. But what about California's Central Coast beaches? Less developed and with a climate that is cooler than Southern California, the beaches of California's Central Coast often get overlooked. Here are three of the Central Coast's best beaches.

Five Beautiful Places to See a California Sunset

Five Beautiful Places to See a California Sunset

There's a certain wonder from watching a sunset that captures our imaginations. You don't hear people going around loathing about what an eyesore sunsets are.

Five of the Best Airport Restaurants in the U.S.

Five of the Best Airport Restaurants in the U.S.

The subject of airport dining is a touchy one. There's the issue of price, with food and drink prices at airports being on the same level as stadium food. And even then, the food leaves much to be desired. However, having spent many nights in a variety of U.S. airports, I've tasted the good and bad of America's airport food. However, while it can be hard to find, there are some good dining options. Today I tell you about a few of the best airport restaurants in the U.S.

Unplugging at Alisal Guest Ranch and Resort in Solvang

Unplugging at Alisal Guest Ranch and Resort in Solvang

Unplugged travel. The term may bring to mind trips like canoeing the Okavango Delta in Botswana or exploring the wilderness of Alaska, like Christopher McCandless. However, right here in California, beyond the boardwalks, concrete jungles, and doors of technology companies like Twitter, unplugged vacations await the traveler who is willing to escape, including Alisal Guest Ranch and Resort, located along the Central Coast in Solvang.

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