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 […]

LAX: The perfect long layover

MB

Just five miles from Los Angeles International Airport is one of the best beach communities in all of America.  I live just five miles from Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) so I know what I would do if I had a long layover there. I always tell my friends and family transferring through LAX on […]

10 Reasons to Stay at Shade Hotel in Manhattan Beach, California

Shade Hotel Bathroom

I know the beach town of Manhattan Beach very well. I’ve lived there for the past twenty years, after all, but recently I did something very out of the ordinary: I spent a night in our local hotel, Shade Hotel, and boy was I impressed. Shade is the first and only luxury boutique hotel in this upscale beach community and […]

Liftopia offering its biggest ever pre-season sale on ski and snowboard lift tickets across the country

Liftopia

Liftopia, the single largest retailer of lift tickets and mountain activities online (and on mobile), is getting things revved up for ski season with their Red Hot End of Summer Sale—their biggest ever. A staggering 67,000+ deals are available at 70 ski resorts, and tickets are as much as 81% off (which works out to […]

runDisney: Bitten by the running bug and willing to travel

Disneyland 10K: running through Sleeping Beauty Castle

Over 25,000 runners—from all 50 states and 15 countries including Canada, Mexico, Japan and Brazil—convened at Disneyland, Anaheim over Labor Day weekend for the 2013 Disneyland Half Marathon Weekend. I was one of them and we were joined by celebrities such as Alison Sweeney, host of the hit reality show “The Biggest Loser”; Sean Astin the […]

Six Reasons to Stay at the W Westwood

View of W Westwood's pool from room

My wife Natalie and I just spent an amazing summer night at the W Westwood as part of Starwood’s California Weekends campaign. Here are five reasons why you would want to stay at the W Westwood: 1. Location The W Westwood Hotel is at the foothills of Beverly Hills and Bel Air and within walking […]

My Trip to San Francisco

Leo Laporte

Greetings! I just returned from a whirlwind trip up to San Francisco. I did some fun things, so I thought I would do a quick roundup of my three days there. Petaluma with Leo Laporte My plan of spending three consecutive weeks home in southern California quickly got nixed when Leo Laporte, the host of […]