Escaping from Alcatraz and San Francisco for a day on vacation


San Francisco cityscape as seen from Alamo square park

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San Francisco is by far one of the most visited cities on vacation in the U.S., and also one of the most populated. With major attractions like Alcatraz Island, the waterfront, and such, you may “top out” on the busy crowds and long lines, and just need an escape. So why not plan ahead on a day trip out of the big city?

San Francisco cityscape with the Painted Ladies as seen from Alamo square park

San Francisco cityscape with the Painted Ladies as seen from Alamo square park

One of the best “no brainer” is spending a day in Napa/Sonoma, even if you aren’t a big wine sipper. The relaxing environment in the country, outdoor gardens and picnic places alone are worth a visit. They also feature some of the finest and relaxing day spas and hot springs for you to get that relaxation.

Less than an hour and a half away from San Francisco, you can hit the wine trail on your own, or take a wine tour being chauffeured around in a limo or Lincoln Town car. Really, if there are a few of you it’s the way to go, especially if you will be sipping a whole bunch of wine. Fact is, you probably should choose either Napa or Sonoma and just do one, because each offers a super amount of sightseeing and wine tasting that can fill an entire day. And of course, this gives you a whole new destination for the future visit you know you’ll be making.

Hot Tip: Some of my favorite wineries to tour and taste are, St. Francis Vineyards, V. Sattui, Beringer and Opus One Winery.



Nashville vacation is all about “honky tonkin”, music, dancing and nightclubs


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Ask anyone from Nashville, Tennessee or have ever visited, and they will tell you, it’s a fun filled town, and you got to “honky tonk”! Just the name, which you have to admit, is fairly strange, makes you think of smoke filled bars, cheap drinks, drunk cowboys and loud music. Trust us, you can easily find this in a real country music town, and even in Nashville. But we want to expose you to some of the best music bars, so pull on those snakeskin boots and get ready to dance.

There are some fun “dive bars” out there in Nashville that are just part of its music history. Take for instanced the Tootsie Orchid Lounge, which was probably the most popular joint back when the Grand Ole Opry was at Ryman Auditorium a few doors down. It still today enjoys many long time customers, not only for fun times, awesome music, cold brews but the “no cover charge” at the door.

For a local favorite right on Honky Tonk Row, where awesome barbecue ads to the ambience of live music and booze, Rippy’s Smokin Bar & Grill should be your “go to” joint. If you want a break from the party, you can head upstairs to the outdoor patio, enjoy not only food service and cocktails, but the finest view of Lower Broadway in town.

Music lovers flock each year to Nashville for good reason, there’s never a shortage of live music in this great town. You can find country, soul, rock & roll, blues and country rock here, and a overload of fun.



Romantic adventures for two on your San Diego Vacation


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There are two certainties about San Diego, it enjoys almost perfect weather and beaches, and it’s a perfect destination for a romantic getaway. From its fantastic oceanfront communities with super restaurants, to quiet secluded beach access, if you can’t get your mates heart pounding here, they left it home. With no shortages in romantic ideas here, lets check out some of the most popular.

Forget the vehicle and board the water taxi at the boardwalk out across the San Diego Harbor to Coronado Island for the day. Coronado has long been the playground for the rich and famous, mainly because it’s the home of the Hotel Del Coronado. This iconic red roofed hotel was the location of the film classic, Some Like It Hot, with its famous love scenes. Today, just strolling about the halls, visiting the museum, you can feel the awe of this still popular destination. Not only is the cozy lounge a nice place to check out, especially during happy hour, with live music, but the outdoor patio is a great place too. You can sit together, enjoy a glass of vino, and watch the boats cruise by, when not gazing in each other’s eyes.