Travel Contests of the Week: November 20, 2013

Santa Fe entrance

This week’s travel contests include: Win a three-night “Spirit of Sante Fe” escape to the Four Seasons Resort Rancho Encantado Santa Fe (JohnnyJet.com contest) Win a trip for two to Nicaragua for a Cigar Safari Win a culinary trip to Italy Win a romantic getaway in Coronado, California Win a trip for two to Australia to […]

Oakland: What to Do, Where to Eat and Sleep

Oakland's art murmur

Is Oakland the new Brooklyn? Many tourism industry experts think so since the city and its businesses have been making some major investments into the area, including a brand spanking new, $6 billion Bay Bridge which now takes people to and from another world class city: San Francisco. When I got invited to Oakland to do […]

10 Reasons to Stay at Cavallo Point

View from balcony

I’ve been fortunate enough to have traveled all over the world, and whenever someone finds out they almost always ask me for two things: my favorite place and my favorite hotel. Well, both answers require sorting through a long list but turns out choosing a favorite place is a lot more difficult than choosing a hotel. […]

10 Reasons to Love SFO’s Terminal 2

San Francisco SFO T2 -002

Don’t like getting to the airport early? Then you’ve never been to San Francisco’s Terminal 2 (T2) which opened in 2011 and cost $383 million. The 640,000-square-foot T2 is equally shared by American Airlines and Virgin America; both airlines control seven gates each. Here are 10 reasons to love SFO’s T2. 1. Yoga Room Have  you ever heard of an […]

Travel App of the Week: For Less Guides

For Less Guides

The For Less Guides have been around since 1994, but their apps are brand new—and they allow tourists access to hundreds of discounts at attractions and restaurants. There are currently versions for six cities: London, San Francisco, New York, Amsterdam, Edinburgh and Paris. Each city’s app is specifically designed for tourists as an easy-to-use, downloadable […]

Where to Eat in Oakland, California

Chilaquiles at Grand Lake Kitchen

If Oakland is the new Brooklyn, and San Francisco’s closest neighbor, then it has to have a good food scene, right? Right. The list of culinary options in Oakland is long and diverse, with heavy doses of innovative and modern options just like the city it shares the Bay with—only the slightest bit cheaper. Here […]

Where to Stay in Oakland, California

Claremont Hotel

Hotel rates in San Francisco are rising fast, but competitive prices are hardly the only thing going for Oakland’s hotel and accommodations industry. The “new Brooklyn” is full of hotels up and down the pricing scale and offering incredibly different experiences from which to base your Oakland adventures. I was in the city for three […]

Travel News: Week of October 23, 2013

Myanmar bombing

Top Travel News Myanmar bombing dampens tourism possibilities just as things were looking up Another rare ‘sea monster’ lands in California: a 15-foot saber-toothed whale This 300 ft Wall in Bolivia has over 5,000 Dinosaur Footprints Hall of Fame NBA center Bill Russell arrested for carrying loaded gun through airport security Southwest Airlines to join […]