Wine Country in Spring | Napa Valley, California

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Spring is an excellent time for a trip to wine country! The first small clusters of grapes start to form, and the lavender fields and brightly colored mustard plants are in bloom. Napa Valley also has numerous exciting events to check out in springtime. Culinary extravaganza Flavor! Napa Valley, the Napa Valley Marathon, and the Yountville Live music festival are all held in March.

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Auberge du Soleil

Pamper yourself at Auberge du Soleil, one of Napa’s most luxurious resorts. Auberge du Soleil’s amenities are anything but ordinary, including free use of Mercedes-Benz cars, an outdoor sculpture garden and olive grove, and rooms with private fireplaces, outdoor terraces overlooking the rolling hills of wine country, and free minibars. Create your own Napa Valley experience with their Celebration of Napa package, which includes sparkling wine when you arrive, breakfast for two each morning, and a four-course dinner for two. Top it all off with your choice of a hot air balloon ride, a six-hour private winery tour, or a massage for two.

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Oxbow Public Market

Get a taste of Napa at Oxbow Public Market, a 40,000 square foot marketplace that houses local restaurants, vendors, and shops. It features an outdoor deck that overlooks the Napa River and makes a great place to enjoy a glass of wine and a mid-afternoon snack. You’ll want to check out Whole Spice, where you can taste and purchase spices and spice blends from all over the world, as well as Napa Bookmine, an independent bookstore selling fun gifts and books of all genres.

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Gott’s Roadside

Need to stop and refuel in between wine tastings? Gott’s Roadside, located in Oxbow Public Market, uses local ingredients to craft specialty burgers, tacos, and salads. Order their Ahi Poke Crispy Tacos, stuffed with Ahi tuna, avocado, green cabbage, cilantro, green onions, sesame seeds, and spicy mayo, and an order of garlic fries. Gott’s Roadside also offers local wines and craft beers.

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Napa Valley Wine Train

The Napa Valley Wine Train is a gourmet restaurant aboard a functioning antique train. Most of the train’s cars were built in 1915, and have been restored to maintain their early 1900s style. The Wine Train journey is 36 miles round trip, about a 3 hour ride through the valley. Explore each train car’s unique style and enjoy a glass of wine while you watch the countryside drift by, then indulge in a gourmet meal on board. You can also book the train’s Winery Tour packages to stop for tours and tastings at select Napa wineries.

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Artesa Napa Valley

Artesa’s 350 acres offer sweeping views of wine country. The winery, which is most known for Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, is built into the estate’s highest hill and features impressive avant-garde architecture. Artesa has a variety of tasting experiences, including seated tastings and design-your-own wine flights, as well as tours of the winery. Artesa also hosts food and wine pairing events featuring Tapas, cheese, and chocolate. Sign up for the Pintxos and Wine Tasting, which pairs five wines with Pintxos, skewered small plates that are the Basque version of Tapas.

Why Now is the Best Time to Visit Mammoth | Mammoth Lakes, California

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There has never been a better time for a winter getaway to Mammoth Lakes – January 2017 was the snowiest month in Mammoth’s history. Take advantage of the 20+ feet of snow that has blanketed the mountains with a few days of skiing and snowboarding. Between outdoor fun, the exhilarating fresh air, and scenic views that come with 11,000 feet of elevation, your trip to Mammoth will be one to remember.

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Mammoth Mountain Inn

You can’t get much closer to the action than Mammoth Mountain Inn, just steps away from the gondola at Main Lodge. The convenient location, comfortable amenities, and variety of rooms make this hotel ideal for outdoor enthusiasts. The hotel also has great dining, including The Yodler, an outdoor restaurant where you can relax on a sunny deck and admire the scenery in between runs. With the Lift + Lodging Package, you can get lodging and a lift ticket starting at $175 per person, per night.

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Mammoth Tavern

Get a bite to eat and enjoy the friendly atmosphere at Mammoth Tavern. Go for dinner, check out happy hour from 3:30-5:30pm each day, or stop by for a midnight snack from 9:30 to close. The Tavern Burger, with white cheddar, bacon, lettuce, tomato, grilled red onions, Dijon-Mayo sauce, and sweet potato fries, is just the kind of meal you’ll be craving after a day on the slopes. Pair it with one of their craft cocktails like the Winter Cup, made with bourbon, honey, and raspberry sage lemon shrub.

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Snowcat Tours

A Snowcat Tour allows you to take a day off from skiing and snowboarding while still enjoying a snowy adventure. A comfortable and heated snowcat will take you around the mountain while you sit back, relax, and admire incredible views of the landscape. It’s the perfect way to see the jagged peaks of the Minarets in the Sierra Nevada Mountains. Tours run at 11:30 am and 3:30 pm, and include gourmet snacks including wine, fruit, cheese, and charcuterie.

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Electric Tubing

Mammoth Mountain offers after-dark Electric Tubing Sessions on select dates throughout the season. Experience night tubing while colorful lights illuminate the snow and a DJ blasts energetic music. If you get cold, head to the fire pit for food and beverage specials.

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Black Velvet Coffee

No matter your drink of choice, Black Velvet Coffee is worth a stop. Visit their Espresso Bar to try coffee from all over the world, all of which is roasted fresh in Mammoth. The Espresso Bar also features craft beer, with four rotating beers on tap and over 20 bottled beers available. Upstairs, The Wine Bar serves over 30 wines from small boutique wineries. If you like the coffee, sign up for a subscription and receive a bag or two mailed to you every two weeks.

Exploring Lake Tahoe | South Lake Tahoe, California

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Lake Tahoe is a truly beautiful setting for a number of outdoor adventures. In the winter, an average of 300-500 inches of snow a year makes Lake Tahoe one of the best places to go skiing and snowboarding in California. South Lake Tahoe in particular combines exciting dining and nightlife with exhilarating outdoor activities, providing visitors with the ski trip of a lifetime.

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Basecamp South Lake Tahoe

A unique experience awaits you at Basecamp South Lake Tahoe. Basecamp hotels are committed to providing guests with the modern features and décor of an upscale hotel at affordable rates. The outdoorsy style of the hotel will make you feel like you’re staying at an elegant campsite. Basecamp has a Beer Garden and multiple decks to relax on, including a Spa Deck with a fire pit and breathtaking views. The hotel is only a 5 minute walk to the lake, and a 4 minute walk to Heavenly Mountain Resort. Relax with the Apres-Ski Package, which includes s’mores and two drink tokens each night of your stay, a fitting for equipment at Black Tie Skis, and up to 20% off of gear rental.

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Heavenly Mountain Resort

Heavenly has some of the best views of any resort in Lake Tahoe. The popular ski resort is conveniently located right in South Lake Tahoe, unlike other resorts that can be up to an hour’s drive away. Heavenly has great skiing and snowboarding, as well as a tubing hill and a mountain coaster, a thrilling 3,400-foot long ride down the mountain. The resort is so large that it stretches into Nevada, so you can ski in two states in just one day. Enjoy a day on the slopes, and then be sure to stick around for Heavenly’s exciting nightlife.

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Scenic Gondola Ride

See Lake Tahoe on a scenic gondola ride. For 2.4 miles, admire expansive views of the lake, snow-covered mountains, and beautiful blue sky. During the ride, you’ll stop at The Observation Deck, a great photo opportunity offering views from over 9,000 feet up. When you reach the top of the mountain, spend some time exploring, grab a bite at one of the restaurants, and do happy hour at Tamarack Lodge.

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Snowmobile Tour

Embrace your sense of adventure on a snowmobile tour. Lake Tahoe Adventures offers five different snowmobile excursions through Hope Valley and the Sierra Nevada. Start off with a short instruction period where you’ll be briefed on safety and how to drive your snowmobile, and then follow a guide through breathtaking terrain. Tours last from 1-2 hours, and Lake Tahoe Adventures provides helmets, boots, and gloves, as well as a free shuttle from most major hotels and resorts in South Lake Tahoe.

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Sprouts Café

One of the most popular restaurants in South Lake Tahoe, Sprout’s Natural Foods Café serves organic and vegan foods that are both healthy and delicious. Their extensive menu includes sandwiches, salads, soups, bowls, bagels, burritos, smoothies, and juices. Try the Cous-cous Hummus Burro, a spinach tortilla with cous-cous, homemade hummus, cucumber, tomato, red onion, black olives, tahini, and green onions. Pair it with their “Whole Damn Garden” juice, a blend of carrot, beet, celery, parsley, garlic, and wheatgrass, and you’ll be ready for a day of Tahoe fun.

Snowy Stowe | Stowe, Vermont

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With 40 miles of skiing and snowboarding, 116 trails of varying difficulty, and over 300 inches of yearly snowfall, it’s no surprise that Stowe, Vermont has been named the #1 resort in the eastern United States. Off the slopes, the quaint town offers picturesque scenery, exciting shopping and dining, and countless outdoor activities. Book your winter getaway today!

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The Stowehof

The Stowehof blends a rustic and historic feel with stylish modern spaces. Surrounded by 26 acres of beautiful Vermont scenery, the cozy hotel features game nooks, a lounge sprinkled with fireplaces, rotating local art, and a fire pit perfecting for roasting marshmallows. Book the Snowshoe & Fondue Package for an adventurous and delicious getaway. The package includes a two night stay, a guided moonlight snowshoe tour, a three course fondue dinner, and breakfast each morning.

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Stowe Winter Carnival

Take part in a true Stowe tradition at the Stowe Winter Carnival, or “StowOasis.” First held in 1921, the carnival was suspended through the war years but has been going strong since being reinstated in 1974. This year’s carnival runs January 14 – 28, 2017 and will feature over 20 events for visitors of all ages. Highlights include a Snowgolf Tournament, karaoke, a trivia challenge, an ice carving competition, and more. Check the event calendar to see what’s happening while you’re in town.

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Piecasso

Local favorite Piecasso is known for their great food and fun atmosphere. Decorated in an eclectic neon style, Piecasso serves nationally recognized hand-tossed pizzas and features an extensive beer list, live music, and movie nights. Create your own pizza or choose from one of their delicious combinations, like The Picasso, a white base topped with mozzarella, ricotta, tomatoes, broccoli, and fresh garlic, basil, and spices.

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Dogsledding

Take a dogsled tour through the snow with Peace Pups Dogsledding. After an information session about dog sledding and the equipment, you’ll set out on an hour-long ride. Admire beautiful winter landscapes as a team of Siberian Huskies pulls your sled through the snow. Afterwards, you’ll get a chance to meet the dogs and give them treats, as well as enjoy complimentary tea and hot chocolate. Peace Pups Dogsledding donates 10% of their profits to charities, so your adventure will benefit a good cause.

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Idletyme Brewing Company

Idletyme Brewing Company is a small local brewery crafting a wide variety of beers. After a day of skiing or snowboarding, stop by for a tasting flight or a pint of one of their brews – we like the Pink N’ Pale, a Pale Ale fermented with grapefruit. Idletyme doubles as a restaurant run by two award-winning chefs. Order the fried pickles with ranch remoulade, a Vermont cheese board, or an Idletyme Helles Lager Onion Gruyere Tart to snack on with your drinks.

Hit the Slopes | Telluride, Colorado

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Planning a winter ski trip? Head to Telluride, Colorado for pristine slopes, fun outdoor activities, and delicious eats. Whether you’re looking to stay for a few days or a few weeks, you’ll find plenty to do in this scenic Colorado town. See why Telluride Ski Resort has been named the top ski resort in North America.

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The Hotel Telluride

The Hotel Telluride is decorated in a rustic yet luxurious style. Private balconies and patios reveal amazing views of snowy mountains, while spa services and outdoor hot tubs are perfect for soothing sore muscles after a day on the slopes. The hotel goes the extra mile to make you feel welcome and spoiled, offering freshly baked cookies every afternoon, complimentary iced tea in the lobby all day, and free shuttles to town and to the gondola. Book the Ski & Stay Package to save up to 20%. The package includes accommodations, lift tickets, and breakfast each morning.

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Skiing and Snowboarding

Telluride gets over 300 inches of snow and 300 days of sunshine a year – ideal conditions for skiing and snowboarding. Spend a day on Telluride’s 2,000 acres of slopes, which accommodate skiers and snowboarders of all levels. You’ll be treated to gorgeous panoramas of snow-covered mountains at every turn. Break for lunch at Bon Vivant, a French restaurant at the top of the Polar Queen Express Lift. Enjoy a glass of French wine with a cinnamon and sugar crepe while admiring a breathtaking view.

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Bike & Bevies Craft Beverage Tour

This unique outing combines snow biking with a visit to Telluride’s brewery and distillery. The Bike & Bevies Craft Beverage Tour begins with a guided three-mile ride on fat tire bikes through the snow. Your destination is Telluride Distilling Co and Telluride Brewing Co, where you’ll take a tour, learn how their beverages are made, and enjoy a sample. It’s a fun opportunity to try a new outdoor sport, learn about Telluride, and taste some local beverages.

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Dashing Through the Snow

See the beautiful Colorado mountains on horseback! During winter, Telluride Horseback Adventures offers guided horseback rides and sleigh rides through the snow. You’ll be taken out by owner Roudy Roudebush, an enthusiastic cowboy who has spent more than four decades exploring the Telluride area on horseback. Enjoy the old-school charm of the ranch and admire the picturesque scenery during your ride. Remember to bring a jacket, scarf, and gloves to stay warm in the snow.

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Baked in Telluride

Downtown Telluride is home to Baked in Telluride, a local restaurant that serves an impressive variety of food, including breakfast croissants, turkey dinners, pizza, Mexican cuisine, and pasta. Grab a spinach and feta croissant for breakfast before a day of skiing, or stop in for dinner for a plate of Fettuccini Alfredo, featuring their homemade pasta. One of the restaurant’s best assets is a huge selection of donuts, pastries, cookies, scones, and muffins – we recommend taking a few treats home with you.

Kick off 2017 in Borrego Springs | Borrego Springs, California

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Start the New Year feeling relaxed, recharged, and ready to take on 2017! After the stresses of the holiday season, take some time to get away from it all with a romantic spa trip to the desert. Borrego Springs is a beautiful desert town with equal opportunities for relaxation and adventure.

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La Casa del Zorro

For nearly a century, La Casa del Zorro has been a stylish desert destination. The 42-acre resort encompasses comfortable accommodations, beautiful grounds, and fun amenities including tennis courts, pools, a fitness center, a yoga studio, and a spa. La Casa del Zorro offers the perfect relaxing New Year’s vacation. With The Relaxing Romantic package, you’ll stay with your special someone in a couple’s room with rose petals and a candle lit atmosphere. Together, you’ll experience a 25-minute Hydro Bath, an 80-minute Wise Well-Being Massage with foot reflexology, a glass of wine each, and chocolate covered strawberries.

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Font’s Point

See amazing geological formations from Font’s Point in the Borrego Badlands. Nicknamed California’s Grand Canyon, it was carved out by water millions of years ago. Today, Font’s Point offers sweeping vistas of sandstone formations in a beautiful desert landscape. You reach Font’s point by driving, but it’s recommended for 4WD vehicles only. If you’d rather not drive yourself, you can take a Jeep tour.

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Go Golfing

Borrego Springs features a few amazing golf courses that are perfect for an afternoon outdoors. La Casa Del Zorro partners with the Rams Hill Golf Club and the Borrego Springs Resort Golf Club, offering free transportation to and from both courses. Rams Hill’s course was designed by Tom Fazio and has lakes, streams, waterfalls, and amazing views of the surrounding mountains. Borrego Springs Resort’s 18-hole course features beautiful lakes and palm trees, and is good for golfers of any level.

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Kesling’s Kitchen

You’ll find Kesling’s Kitchen in the Borrego Art Institute, a nonprofit organization that provides classes, demonstrations, and events for the community. The restaurant serves gourmet wood fired pizzas, as well as sandwiches, paninis, and salads. They also have rotating craft beers and wines on tap! Try a local brew and the Blue Canard pizza, topped with scallions, shredded duck confit, blue cheese, and figs. Take home one of their homemade desserts for later.

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Bighorn Fudge Co.

Bighorn Fudge Co., also known as The Fudge Factory, has sold more than 100,000 pounds of fudge since it first opened. They craft their fudge with rich butter and cream, offering flavors that range from traditional milk chocolate to the more adventurous Spicy Mexican Chocolate, Jalapeno Chocolate Swirl, and Jelly Donut. Stop by and take home a souvenir piece of fudge. You can also purchase their fudge online.

Holiday Celebrations in Austin | Austin, Texas

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Austin, Texas is widely known for its incredible music scene and delicious food, but it’s also a great city to visit during the holidays. Austin goes all out with events and activities that reflect the city’s unique vibe. See an elaborate light show at a local coffee shop, be dazzled by over 2 million lights in Zilker Park, and get the ultimate Texas experience at a boutique hotel.

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Lone Star Court

Decorated in a retro-chic style and featuring outdoor fire pits, live music, a restaurant and bar, an onsite food truck court, and furnished porches, Lone Star Court provides an authentic Austin experience. Relax and enjoy Austin with the Kick Your Boots Off Package, which includes complimentary breakfast, 2 food vouchers and 2 drink vouchers for their onsite restaurant the Water Trough, and a Lone Star Court goody bag full of Texas snacks, soft drinks, and long necks.

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Mexic-Arte Museum

The Mexic-Arte Museum showcases Mexican, Latino, and Latin American art, prints, masks, and books. Stop by and check out their current exhibitions for an enriching cultural experience. Now through January 29, 2017, see “Icons and Symbols of the Borderland,” presenting art inspired by the U.S./Mexican Border. In addition, “Nacimientos: Traditional Nativity Scenes from Mexico,” featuring handmade nativity scenes, is perfect for the Christmas season. Admission to the museum is free in December and every Sunday.

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Moonshine Patio Bar & Grill

Moonshine Patio Bar & Grill serves excellent comfort foods and a wide selection of moonshine in a cozy, laidback atmosphere. Try the Green Chile Macaroni, with grilled chicken, corn bisque, and bacon gratin, and follow it up with their Signature Skillet Apple Pie topped with salted caramel ice cream. Pair your meal with some moonshine – we like the Midnight Moon Strawberry.

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Mozart’s

Mozart’s Coffee Roasters & Bakery is your one-stop shop for great coffee and Christmas spirit. From late November to early January, the coffee shop has a Holiday Light Show, a 12-minute light show set to music that they play every night on the hour. Enjoy the show with a cup of hot chocolate or coffee, and choose a dessert (or a few) from a their selection of cupcakes, cannoli, fruit tarts, and cheesecakes.

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Austin Trail of Lights

Zilker Park is a beautiful 351-acre metropolitan park in the middle of Austin. It’s used for everything from music festivals to outdoor activities like running, biking, and swimming. During the holidays, it’s home to the Austin Trail of Lights, an Austin tradition for over 50 years. The event includes more than 40 displays using over 2 million lights, a huge selection of food from local restaurants, and a Ferris wheel and carousel. The 2016 Trail of Lights runs from December 10 – 23.

Holiday Celebrations in San Francisco | San Francisco, California

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With a 60-foot tree in Ghirardelli Square, ice skating at Embarcadero Center, and a giant gingerbread house at the Fairmont, San Francisco proves it’s one of the best cities to visit during the holidays. This December, enjoy a romantic winter getaway and experience San Francisco’s amazing holiday activities and cultural hubs.

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Fairmont San Francisco

Stay at the Fairmont San Francisco and see the impressive holiday decorations the hotel has been known for since 1907. They have a champagne bar, a 23-foot Christmas tree, and a giant two-story gingerbread house made with thousands of gingerbread bricks, gallons of frosting, and hundreds of pounds of candy. The hotel also offers a special Gingerbread Holiday Tea with a selection of sweets and pastries. Enjoy a romantic holiday getaway with the Love Is In The Air Package, which includes a one night stay, free parking, and your choice of a champagne buffet breakfast in the hotel restaurant or breakfast and mimosas in bed.

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Sears Fine Food

Located in Union Square, Sears Fine Food has maintained its old-school charm and atmosphere since 1938. They specialize in breakfast, which is served until 3:00 pm. Order their famous18 Swedish Pancakes, silver dollar pancakes served with fresh whipped butter, syrup, and lingonberries. The dish is so well loved that they sell bags of the pancake mix in their e-store.

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Embarcadero Center

Embarcadero Center is a four-block section of downtown San Francisco with shopping, dining, entertainment, and public art. Small gathering spaces, lovely gardens, and a collection of art and sculptures make the center perfect for a weekend outing. Through January 8th, 2017, Embarcadero Center is home to a large outdoor ice rink. Spend an afternoon skating and then warm up with a drink from Paramo Coffee.

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SoMa StrEat Food Park

SoMa StrEat Food Park describes itself as a “culinary carnival and urban playground.” The park has everything you need for a fun night out – beer, wine, carnival games, and rotating food trucks like the Kabob Trolley, which serves delicious Middle Eastern foods with an American twist. They also host events, including Trivia Night every Tuesday and an All-You-Can-Eat Crab Feast on Sunday, December 18th.

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Japantown

Experience Japanese culture in San Francisco Japantown, one of only three Japantowns in the country. Try authentic foods and browse specialty shops. You can also take the San Francisco Japantown History Walk, a self-guided tour that illuminates the area’s fascinating history. 16 signs throughout Japantown teach visitors about the arrival of the Japanese in San Francisco in the 1860s, the internment of the Japanese during World War II, and the creation of the Japan Center in the 1960s. On December 17th, check out the Kimochi Silver Bells: Arts & Crafts and Food Faire, where you can try Asian and Pacific Islander foods and pick up some last minute gifts.

Holiday Celebrations in San Diego | San Diego, California

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Visit San Diego this winter! America’s finest city has plenty of events that will get you into the holiday spirit. Stay in one of the city’s most historic hotels and take part in fun holiday activities throughout La Jolla, Point Loma, Liberty Station, and the San Diego bayfront. It’ll be an unforgettable holiday getaway.

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La Valencia

The pink, Spanish-style exterior of La Valencia has become an iconic San Diego image. The luxury hotel is located in the midst of La Jolla’s upscale shops and restaurants, near La Jolla Cove and the area’s beautiful cliffs. Nicknamed “The Pink Lady,” La Valencia opened in December 1926 and is celebrating her 90th birthday this month with a glamorous Gatsby-style bash on December 15th. To celebrate, the hotel is offering a Hot Pink at 90 Celebration Experience package. Stay for two nights and receive a commemorative hot pink gift, a bottle of pink sparkling wine, two 90th birthday craft cocktails, and free parking.

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Birch Aquarium

See more than 5,000 fish at La Jolla’s Birch Aquarium. Throughout December they present “Seas ‘n’ Greetings,” transforming the aquarium into a winter wonderland with live holiday music, face painting, and Scuba Santa making appearances in the fish tanks. At night, “Holiday Night Lights” shows off bioluminescent fish and features living touch pools of glowing animals. The aquarium also offers Tidepooling Adventures during the winter. Join a naturalist on a trip to a nearby tide pool, where you’ll learn about tide pools and the creatures that call them home.

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Liberty Station

Point Loma’s Liberty Station is one of San Diego’s fastest growing neighborhoods. It’s home to restaurants, art studios, and the new Liberty Public Market, a permanent marketplace selling delicious foods, beer and wine, fresh flowers, and more. Saturday, December 10th is Liberty Station’s Holiday Block Party. Restaurants will be giving away samples, art studios will be displaying work and doing demonstrations, and Liberty Public Market will have a DIY terrarium bar and cookie decorating station. The free event lasts from 4:30 to 7:30 pm.

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Outdoor Ice Skating

New to Liberty Station this year is outdoor ice rink Fantasy on Ice. Dress warmly, dig out your scarves and mittens, and hit the ice for an afternoon of skating. The rink has kid-friendly Family Sessions during the day as well as Night Sessions featuring upbeat music for adults. Proceeds from the ice rink benefit Rady Children’s Hospital.

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San Diego Bay Parade of Lights

The San Diego Bay Parade of Lights has been a local tradition for 45 years. On December 11th and 18th, the bay is lit up by a procession of about 80 boats decorated with impressive displays of holiday lights. This year’s theme is “It Began with a Roar,” a celebration of the San Diego Zoo’s 2016 Centennial. The parade starts at Shelter Island and passes Harbor Island, the Embarcadero, Seaport Village, the Pier at Cesar Chavez Park, and the Coronado Ferry Landing. For advice on parking and the best spots to watch the parade, visit their website.

Celebrate the Start of Ski Season | Vail, Colorado

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Ski season has officially arrived in Vail, Colorado. Vail is North America’s fourth largest ski area, featuring 5,289 acres, 33 lifts, multiple parks, and the famous Back Bowls. Hit the slopes for great skiing, snowboarding, and mountain activities, and then spend some time enjoying après-ski fare and window-shopping in town.

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Sonnenalp Hotel

The Sonnenalp Hotel offers a comfortable yet luxurious stay for your winter getaway. The family-owned resort features European-style lodging, a relaxing spa, and four great restaurants. We recommend dinner at Swiss Chalet, where you can share a pot of creamy fondue. The Sonnenalp makes your time on the slopes hassle-free with a Ski Concierge that will assist you with equipment and clothing rentals and answer any questions you may have. Now through December 25th, book the Early Bird Gets the Snow Package and receive 20% off room rates, 25% off spa services and products, two free Oxygen Bar Sessions at the spa, and reduced rates on equipment rental and valet parking.

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Vintage

Enjoy Champagne Brunch at Vintage, Vail’s French brasserie-style eatery. Try one of their unique breakfast dishes like the Huckleberry Bacon French Toast, a brioche stuffed with bacon-mascarpone and dulce de leche and topped with huckleberry syrup and bourbon whipped cream. They offer a long list of amazing brunch cocktails as well. Our favorite is the Poisoned Apple, a perfect choice for the holiday season. It’s crafted with 360 vodka, Colorado apple cider, ginger beer, aromatic bitters, and cinnamon.

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Snowshoe Tour

Skiing and snowboarding aren’t the only ways to experience Vail’s pristine snow! Sign up for a guided Snowshoe Tour. You’ll learn about the history and wildlife of Vail and the Rocky Mountains while you traverse the wilderness on foot, enjoying fantastic views along the way. Tours from the Vail Nordic School are 2.5 hours long and include all of your equipment rentals.

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Explore Vail

Be sure to spend some time in Vail Village and Lionshead Village, Vail’s two base areas. These car-free areas are linked by a free bus system that makes it easy to hop between them. Enjoy après-ski cocktails and appetizers at one of the many restaurants, or spend some time browsing local stores like Bradbury Art & Antiques, a collection of unique paintings, furniture, and accessories. You can also find live music, art classes, sports, and more. View the event calendar to find out what’s happening while you’re in town.

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Adventure Ridge

Starting in mid-December, try out some of Adventure Ridge’s exciting on-mountain activities. Experience the thrill of winter tubing, or try out the new Forest Flyer, a raised alpine coaster that takes you on a 3,400-foot ride down the mountain. For something unique, try Ski Biking – skiing while seated on a bike that has skis instead of wheels. Adventure Ridge offers nighttime guided Ski Biking tours for intermediate and advanced skiers and snowboarders.