San Diego Fire Condition Updates for Travelers

San Diego

Dramatic #photo Fire tornado pushing through neighborhood in San Marcos. pic.twitter.com/8zYKP6LYq6 — Tara Wallis (@tarawallis) May 15, 2014 SAN DIEGO, CALIF. – Wildfires are currently active in the north and east county regions of San Diego, outside of the city. The fires are primarily centered in rural and residential areas and do not pose an […]

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: Week of August 21, 2013

Heineken contest

This week’s travel contests include: Win a Trip for 2 to London or Melbourne Win airfare, LEGOLAND Resort Hotel stay & Go San Diego Cards to visit San Diego attractions Win a trip to London from Banana Republic (on Facebook) Win a free Caribbean cruise and an Xbox prize pack

What It’s Like at the Hard Rock Hotel San Diego

Hard Rock Hotel San Diego lobby

I recently spent the weekend at the Hard Rock Hotel in San Diego. I hadn’t been to San Diego for a few years so I didn’t even know that a Hard Rock Hotel existed there. Here’s what you need to know.  1. Location The 12-story, 420 guest room hotel opened in November 2007. It’s located […]

Website of the Week: Smart Destinations

Smart Destinations

Everyone wants to save money when they travel—including me! If you plan on traveling to a U.S. city and doing a lot of sightseeing (alone or with the family), then you should seriously consider getting a Smart Destinations Go Card, because it’ll save you up to 55% on top attractions. For example, those traveling to […]

Surf and Safari in San Diego

So many animals living together

My family loved our first trip to the San Diego Zoo Safari Park. The Safari Park is a wildlife sanctuary that sprawls across 1,800 acres and is home to over 3,500 animals. Unlike in a traditional zoo, most of the animals cohabit just like they do in the wild plains of Africa and Asia. Viewing […]

Ten Reasons to Stay at the Hotel Indigo Del Mar

Hotel Indigo Room

Recently the Hotel Indigo chain opened a new hotel in Del Mar, California, 20 miles north of San Diego. Knowing of the hotel group’s dog friendly policies, I suggested that I bring my dog Duncan along when I visited the hotel. Hotel Indigo is part of the Intercontinental Group, its niche within the organization to […]

Duncan Does Del Mar

Seagrove Park

As my yellow lab Duncan and I discovered, Del Mar goes out of its way to make its four-legged friends feel at home. Most importantly, Del Mar allows dogs beach access nine months of the year along a two-mile stretch, one of the most generous policies around. There are some rules to follow; you can […]