Win a two-night escape at the Beverly Wilshire in Beverly Hills (A Four Seasons Hotel)!

Beverly Wilshire facade

CONGRATULATIONS to our winner: Nancy Dockry! For Christmas this year, Four Seasons is going big—and offering one lucky JohnnyJet.com reader the chance to win a two-night package for two at the Beverly Wilshire in Beverly Hills (an iconic Four Seasons hotel)! The incredible package, valued at $2,000, will include: Two nights accommodations in a Signature Room […]

Rancho Valencia: A Luxury Retreat in Southern California

Main pool at Rancho Valencia

Rancho Valencia Resort & Spa is one of the country’s premier tennis resorts, but that’s clearly not why I’m here. As I lob yet another tennis ball over the tall fence and into the adjoining court, I have no problem admitting that I’m here just for the spa and relaxation. Located about thirty minutes from […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]