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August Outdoor Escapes | Lake Tahoe, California

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Mark Twain once said that Lake Tahoe was “the fairest picture the whole earth affords.” Stunning blue water and lush forests take your breath away at every turn. Whether your ideal vacation is made up of adventure or relaxation, Lake Tahoe’s 71 miles of shoreline has something for everyone. Stay at an elegant hotel and kayak through North Lake Tahoe, then head east and south to see the area’s most beautiful spots.

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The Ritz-Carlton Lake Tahoe

The Ritz-Carlton Lake Tahoe is an award-winning luxury hotel in North Lake Tahoe. The hotel affords an elegant wilderness stay, reflecting its mountainous surroundings with features like in-room fireplaces, floor-to-ceiling windows, and complimentary s’mores at nighttime fire-pit gatherings. Make your Lake Tahoe getaway extra special with the Discover With You package. It includes deluxe accommodations, breakfast each morning, a s’mores welcome gift, and a $100 hotel credit per night of your stay, which you can use at the hotel’s restaurants, lounges, spa, and more.

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North Shore Kayak Tour

Tahoe Adventure Company offers both land and water adventures all around Lake Tahoe. We recommend their North Shore Kayak Tour, a 3-6 mile trip through the pristine waters of North Lake Tahoe. Highlights include King’s Beach, Crystal Bay, and the deli spread lunch and snacks that are included with the tour. If you’re still feeling adventurous after you return to land, sign up for a different adventure or one of Tahoe Adventure Company’s multisport excursions.

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Lone Eagle Grille

Styled to resemble a Tahoe lodge and boasting a beautiful lakefront view, the Lone Eagle Grille is a perfect lunch spot. Take a seat next to one of their many panoramic windows and enjoy seasonally inspired dishes. For a starter we recommend sharing the California Asparagus Salad, tossed with soft-boiled egg, manchego cheese, pine nuts, and lemon vinaigrette. Lone Eagle Grille also serves some of Lake Tahoe’s best burgers and sandwiches, like the Slow Roasted Pork Shoulder Sandwich, a mouth-watering combination of tender meat, pickled carrots, onions, and baby spinach, and spicy aioli.

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Sand Harbor

Cross into Nevada and spend a day at Sand Harbor, a 55-acre stretch of Lake Tahoe featuring serene beaches, coves, and forest. Go for a swim or a scuba dive in the lake, or relax in the sun on shore. Be sure to pack a lunch to enjoy in the shady picnic area, and then explore Sand Harbor’s short trails. The Sand Harbor to Memorial Point Trail is a half-mile route that takes you to peaceful beaches and vistas, and the Sand Point Nature Trail ends in incredible views of the lake.

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Emerald Bay

Take a day trip to South Lake Tahoe to see the famed Emerald Bay, one of Lake Tahoe’s most celebrated spots. Enjoy sweeping views of the bright blue bay and surrounding forest from 600 feet up at Inspiration Point, or from the six miles of shoreline at D.L. Bliss State Park. You can even venture out by boat to Fannette Island, a small outcropping in the middle of the bay that affords 360-degree views of Emerald Bay.

August Outdoor Escapes | Mammoth Lakes, California

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Though Mammoth is well known as a skiing and snowboarding destination, it’s also a great place to visit in the summer. The views of the John Muir Wilderness make an impressive backdrop for a number of outdoor activities such as hiking or mountain biking. Plan a visit during Mammoth Wine Weekend and take part in a three-day food and wine extravaganza.

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Juniper Springs Resort

Book a condo at Juniper Springs Resort, located just outside of The Village. Their condos are decorated in a chic mountain style and feature full kitchens, outdoor balconies, and amazing views. Throughout the resort, you’ll find heated pools, hot tub spas, a fitness center, a game room, and a coffee shop. With the Stay & Play Package, each person receives 50% off of a fun outdoor activity. Choose from a ticket to Mammoth Bike Park, an Intro to Trail Riding Lesson, a round of golf at Sierra Star Golf Course, a scenic gondola ride, or a Kids Adventure Pass.

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Mammoth Wine Weekend

August 19-21, 2016 is Mammoth Wine Weekend, an event that celebrates both wine and food. The Village Wine Walk is a festival where you can enjoy live music while sampling wines from over 20 different wineries. You can also attend a champagne brunch on Sunday at local restaurant Campo Mammoth, featuring a crepe station, wood-fired breakfast pizzas, frittatas, and a bellini bar.

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Hiking | Convict Lake and Duck Pass

With breathtaking views and endless trails, Mammoth is one of the best hiking spots in California. Start out at Convict Lake, a gorgeous lake surrounded by mountains that tower over 5,000 feet above you. An easy trail circles the lake, which has beaches, a campground, a picnic area, and boat rentals. For more of a challenge, find the connecting Convict Canyon trail that heads into the John Muir Wilderness. We also love Duck Pass Trail, a 5.5-mile route through the Coldwater Creek to Duck Pass. It meanders through multiple alpine lakes and meadows in the John Muir Wilderness, where you’ll see Barney Lake, Blue Crag, and the Mammoth Crest. Every turn will give you a new incredible view.

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Mammoth Brewing Company

Mammoth Brewing Company has been crafting beer for over 20 years. Stop by and try one of their featured beers that rotate on tap in their tasting room. We love the Papi Cherry White Stout, with flavors of Rainier cherries and Black Velvet Coffee. Mammoth Brewing Company also hosts fun events, like Trivia Tuesdays every week from 7-9 pm and a summer music series. See event schedule.

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Mammoth Bike Park

Looking for an adventure? Try mountain biking. Mammoth Bike Park is one of the best in the country. They have 39 open trails that range in difficulty. First time bikers can start in the “Discovery Zone,” which has a practice loop and some great beginner trails, and Skills Park, which allows new bikers to hone their skills and try out small drops and bridges. For more expert riders, some of their iconic trails will give you views of the Mammoth Crest, Minarets, Mt. Ritter, and Banner Peak.

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Manzanar

An hour and a half south of Mammoth you’ll find Manzanar, one of the ten internment camps that held over 110,000 Japanese-Americans during World War II. Today, it’s a National Historic Site. Stop by the Visitor’s Center to view a short film about the camp’s history and see exhibits and artifacts from the 1940s. You can also visit Block 14, a reconstructed barracks and mess hall, and see gardens and ponds that have been excavated throughout the site.

August Outdoor Escapes | Big Bear Lake, California

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With fresh mountain air, breathtaking scenery, and a seven-mile long lake, Big Bear is ideal for a summer getaway. The quaint town offers beautiful views of the surrounding San Bernardino National Forest, excellent local craft beers, and delicious restaurants. Experience some outdoor fun with Alpine slides, water sports, and a parasailing adventure over the lake.

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Holiday Inn Resort Big Bear Lake

Located in downtown Big Bear, the Holiday Inn Resort Big Bear Lake is steps away from great restaurants, shops, and the Lake Boardwalk. The hotel has comfortable rooms, a health and fitness center, and an outdoor pool and whirlpool. Onsite eatery Stillwells serves up delicious California cuisine. Make your time in Big Bear extra special with the Romantic Escape Package. It includes a bottle of sparkling white wine, a beautiful bouquet of flowers, and a box of chocolates.

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Sweet Basil Bistro

Enjoy a romantic night out at Sweet Basil Bistro, an intimate Italian restaurant just a short walk from the hotel. The family-owned restaurant is one of the town’s newest. Their menu is full of authentic Italian specialties and fresh sauces. We recommend the Braccilone, a flank steak breaded and stuffed with tomatoes and Gorgonzola and served over linguine with tomato basil sauce. For dessert, indulge in their decadent vanilla crème brulee. 

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Alpine Slides

The Magic Mountain Recreation Area is home to the Alpine Slide, one of our favorite activities in Big Bear. Take a chairlift up the mountain and then coast down a quarter-mile long cement track in an individual sled. During your ride, you’ll feel the fresh mountain air rushing past you and take in amazing views of the lake and surrounding forest. The recreation area also features a water slide, go-karts, and mini-golf.

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Big Bear Lake Brewing Company

Big Bear Lake Brewing Company offers their own house brews, well-known craft beers, a long list of homemade cocktails, and excellent food options. Try the Sidewinder Red Ale, which features pineapple, citrus, and pine aromas, or the Strawberry Lavender Martini, made with Reyka vodka, Lillet Rouge, Monin lavender, lemon juice, and fresh muddled strawberries. We recommend an Avocado Bomb to go with your drinks. It’s their signature dish made with honey ale tempura battered avocados, spicy sashimi ahi, crab and shrimp cake, and chipotle aioli.

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A Day on the Lake

Big Bear Lake is calling. Pine Knot Marina is the starting point for a variety of exciting water sports. Take a lake tour and learn about Big Bear’s history, spend the afternoon fishing, or rent kayaks, boats, or jet skis. If you’re feeling extra adventurous, try parasailing. You’ll soar through the air and experience unparalleled views of the glistening Big Bear Lake and surrounding mountains from over 500 feet up.

Off to the Races in Del Mar, San Diego

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Enjoy a seaside escape in San Diego’s North County. From July to September, racing season is on at the famous Del Mar Racetrack. Spend a day at the track cheering on your favorite horses and placing wagers. You’ll also want to explore the coastal towns of Del Mar, Solana Beach, and Encinitas. From boutique shops to mouth-watering restaurants to serene beaches, you’ll experience just the right mix of adventure and relaxation.

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Fairmont Grand Del Mar

Inspired by the palaces and resorts in Spain, France, and Italy, the luxurious Fairmont Grand Del Mar combines European and Southern Californian style. It features an 18-hole championship golf course, tennis courts, a spa, and over 37 miles of trails in the surrounding Los Penasquitos Canyon Preserve. Fairmont Grand Del Mar is the ideal place to stay for a relaxing vacation. They provide free transportation to the nearby towns of Del Mar, La Jolla, and Solana Beach, and host fun summer events such as outdoor movie nights and beach escapes. With their A Day at the Races package, enjoy two nights in a guestroom or suite, breakfast for two each morning, reserved seats at the Del Mar Racetrack, and transportation to and from the track.

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Off to the Races

The Del Mar Racetrack was built by a partnership of actors that included Bing Crosby, who was there to welcome fans when the track first opened in 1937. In its early years the racetrack was a popular spot for Hollywood stars, and going to the races remains a fashionable summer activity today. During racing season, which runs from July to September, spectators can spend the day making wagers, watching the races, and socializing at the track. Racing season incorporates other events such as a summer concert series, a Pizza & Beer Festival, and a Spirits & Sliders event.

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Tony’s Jacal

After a day at the racetrack, head to Tony’s Jacal for dinner. Tony’s serves some of San Diego’s most authentic Mexican food. It opened in 1946, and many locals have been loyal customers for over 50 years. They’re known for their extensive menu that offers endless combinations of traditional Mexican dishes. Order a pitcher of margaritas and the Tostada Suprema, a mountain of beans, meat, lettuce, tomato, sour cream, and guacamole atop a crisp flour tortilla.

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Solana Beach

Explore Solana Beach, a seaside community just north of Del Mar. Stroll down Cedros Avenue, a two and a half block stretch with over 85 independent shops that reflect the area’s cool and contemporary vibe. You can browse antiques, furniture, jewelry, clothing, and more. Spend the afternoon window-shopping and be sure to stop at Lockwood Table Café for an organic tea or fresh juice. If you’re in town for the weekend, visit Cedros Avenue on Sunday afternoon for the Solana Beach Farmers Market.

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Moonlight Beach, Encinitas

Drive a little further up the coast to Encinitas, another lovely coastal town in North County. Head to Moonlight Beach, a beach named for the midnight picnics locals had there in the early 1900’s. Whether your ideal beach day includes relaxing on the sand, swimming in the ocean, or playing sports on the shore, Moonlight Beach has something for everyone. You’ll find picnic tables, volleyball courts, a snack bar, and fire pits. Plan to get there in the afternoon and stay for a bonfire when the sun goes down.

The Vibe is Alive in Balboa Park, San Diego

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Local San Diego resident Shannon Hogan Cohen has shared the news about a wonderful event happening in Balboa Park throughout the summer. As the nation’s largest urban cultural park, Balboa Park is home to 15 art, photography, and history museums as well as a unique array of lush gardens. But this summer, the local buzz is all about Food Truck Friday. From 4:30-8:30 pm every Friday through Labor Day, you can sample gastronomic choices from a caravan of food trucks in the Plaza de Panama. Locals and tourists alike will enjoy this lively event.

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If you’re visiting from out of town and want to be close to the park, stay at the Kimpton Hotel Palomar. It’s located just minutes away from Balboa Park in the exciting Gaslamp Quarter, where you’ll find the city’s best restaurants, entertainment, and nightlife. Sip cocktails and take in the cityscape at the hotel’s rooftop pool and lounge, and relax after a day of sightseeing at their evening wine hour. No visit to San Diego is complete without a trip to the beach. The Everyday California package gives you the chance to get out on the water with a 90-minute guided kayak tour for two at La Jolla Shores.

This week’s guest blog comes from Shannon Hogan Cohen. She recently visited Balboa Park’s Food Truck Friday event with her two sons. Here, she talks about their experience at the event.

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When my boys were young, we visited Balboa Park together. I thought inviting my teenagers, now ages 16 and 17, to join me at Food Truck Friday would be a good way to spend time together and reminisce.

As we made our way toward the crowded scene, we noted the enthusiasm in the air. Lively music floated through the park. People indulged in their food finds as they strolled in and out of gardens and museums in the glow of a beautiful summer evening.

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The boys and I treated the art and food around us as serious subjects. We enjoyed a sense of togetherness as we debated which museums to visit and which food trucks to try. A few of our family favorites were the signature bento box with a well-seasoned meatball from YoYo Bento and the BBQ brisket wedge fries from Super Q. These were devoured before I had a chance to sample them. We also loved the milk mustache cupcake, a moist milk-chocolate cake filled with Oreo frosting and topped off with a chocolate stache from Lil’ Miss Short Cakes. Other featured food trucks were Two for the Road, Currywurst Frankfurt, That’s What Cheese Said, Caribbean Escape, Caliano by Spinelli, American Flavors, Haad Sai Thai, Pomrosso Truck, and Beachin’ Boba. These food trucks carve out a niche with their unique, hybrid cuisines. Each is brightly decorated with graphics that mimic personal stories and culinary options.

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As the sun set, we sat on the grass and admired the California Tower atop the Museum of Man and watched the crowd in this prominent San Diego cultural hub. Balboa Park’s Food Truck Friday delivers family fun and a new way to learn, laugh, and eat together. Sue and her team knew what they were doing when they decided to integrate a culinary experience with the arts. The evening was a nourishment of mind, body, and soul. Food and art – what a brilliant way to celebrate diversity and create a bond across generational gaps.

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Find Romance and Relaxation in Calistoga

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It’s easy to get caught up in the stresses of everyday life. When life starts to get you down, it’s time to consider a relaxing getaway. What better place to get away from it all than Calistoga, California?

Located in Napa Valley, Calistoga offers visitors a quiet, relaxing environment perfect for a romantic getaway. Sandwiched between Lake Berryessa and Bodega Bay in the heart of wine country, Calistoga offers sweeping views and a tranquil atmosphere you won’t find anywhere else.

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Solage Calistoga
With a handful of great hotels to choose from in Calistoga, it’s easy to find the perfect one for your getaway. Solage Calistoga tops the list of premier luxury resorts in the area. Everything about this Calistoga resort creates the peaceful environment you crave after a long week in the office.

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Solage Calistoga’s rooms are decorated in a modern style with tasteful reminders that you are surrounded by wine country. Choose between a studio or suite, both of which offer large, private indoor spaces that give you ample room to spread out and feel right at home. Studio rooms feature a semi-private outdoor patio, while suites include a private patio and hot tub for two.

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In addition to beautiful living spaces, the Solage Calistoga has the amenities you have come to expect from only the finest luxury resort in Calistoga. There is a state-of-the-art fitness center, two regulation size bocce ball courts, a pristine resort-style pool, and a spa offering a serene setting for the ultimate experience in relaxation. The resort offers guests two complimentary bikes per room for an easy, environmentally friendly way to get around.

If this sounds like the getaway for you, take advantage of Solage Calistoga’s Summer at Solage special. This package includes a resort credit, breakfast, beers and snacks served poolside during the day, and s’mores delivered to your room in the evening.

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Wine Tasting at Sterling Vineyards
Voted the 2016 winner of the Best Napa Valley Experience in the Napa Valley Life Reader’s Poll, Sterling Vineyards is just outside of Calistoga. Visitors can take a gondola ride to the winery, which has panoramic views of Mount Saint Helena and the entire Napa Valley. Once you arrive at the top, enjoy a glass of wine while you admire the scenery. You’ll also be able to visit art galleries and see how Sterling makes their wine.

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Calistoga Farmer’s Market
The Calistoga Farmer’s Market is the place to be on a Saturday morning. With delicious breakfasts, beautiful flowers, and a sampling of the finest local fruits and vegetables, the Calistoga Farmer’s Market has something for everybody. This quaint market is open Saturday mornings year-round and is a definite must-see.

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Oat Hill Mine Trail
When you feel the need for adventure, explore the Oat Hill Mine Trail. This trail is easy to access and offers amazing views. The eight-mile route was established in the late 1800s as a stage coach road. Hikers and bikers can enjoy the gorgeous vegetation and volcanic formations nearby.

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The Finest Cuisine
Calistoga offers many one-of-a-kind restaurants for visitors to enjoy, but none compare in taste or presentation to Solbar. This sophisticated restaurant offers an amazing wine list and delicious food made with seasonal ingredients from local farms. The menu offers light and healthy options as well as more hearty meals. We like the lemon-steamed Alaskan halibut, served with spring onion minestrone, fava beans, stinging nettle pesto, baby leeks, and piquillo pepper. Solbar also makes delicious craft cocktails – try the “Smoke on the Water,” made with Espolon Reposado tequila, lime, agave, smoked paprika, and sage.

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Summer Fun in Seattle

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In a city as vibrant as Seattle, something exciting is always happening. Visit the Emerald City during the Bite of Seattle food festival and taste your way through the city’s best cuisine. For a peaceful day trip, take a ferry to one of Seattle’s neighboring islands. Then return to the stunning Hotel 1000 for rest and relaxation in the heart of downtown Seattle.

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Downtown Seattle’s Hotel 1000 is sleekly designed in rich jewel tones with spacious rooms overlooking the Elliot Bay. The Spaahh offers relaxing treatments, and on-site restaurant BOKA serves up contemporary West Coast cuisine. Hotel 1000 offers their guests convenience and the latest technology. Car service is free within two miles of the hotel, all day long. They even have a virtual Golf Club, where you can play more than 50 famous courses from all over the world without leaving the hotel.

Enjoy a romantic culinary getaway with the Eat, Stay, Love package. You’ll receive upgraded luxury accommodations, a bottle of local red wine, 30% off a couple’s massage, and a personalized chocolate tasting at Intrigue Chocolate. Taste 5 chocolates with beverage pairings, and receive a collection to take home with you.

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Bite of Seattle

Check out Bite of Seattle while you’re in town! From July 15-17, 2016, the Seattle Center will host over 60 restaurants and vendors, food trucks, a wine bar, craft beer and cider tasting, beer gardens, five entertainment stages, and more. Admission is free, food items are all $10 or under, and restaurants will be offering “Just A Bite” tastes for $3.75 or under. It’s an affordable way to sample the best food in Seattle. Try a Swedish shrimp sandwich on potato baguette from Tumble Swede Scandinavian, or beef dumplings from Dumpling Tzar. There will be chef demonstrations throughout the weekend and a free movie night under the stars on Friday, July 15th. 

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Museum of Flight

The Museum of Flight is the biggest independent, non-profit museum of its kind in the world. It has more than 175 aircraft and spacecraft, as well as countless artifacts and pictures. Permanent exhibitions provide the history of both aviation and space exploration, so visitors can learn about everything from the fighter planes of World War I and II to the launch of Sputnik. Walk through seven galleries of aircraft and spacecraft. Our favorite is the Aviation Pavilion, a 3-acre outdoor area with 19 commercial and military airplanes from the 1930s to the present. Don’t miss Above and Beyond, a special exhibition running through September 10th. It explores the history and future of flight and features interactive simulations where visitors can fly jets and drones.

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Terra Plata

Literally meaning “earth to plate,” Terra Plata creates seasonal dishes with ingredients from local, sustainable growers. Enjoy a sunny weekend brunch out on their rooftop patio. The brunch menu includes mouth-watering items like bread pudding French toast made with cherries, tarragon, citrus crème fraiche, and mint. Choose a drink from their extensive list of wines, craft cocktails, and local beer, cider, and spirits. We like the Seattle Raindrop, a refreshing mixture of vodka, ginger, grapefruit, cardamom, and cava.

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Vashon Island Day Trip

Vashon Island, called the “Heart of the Sound,” is known for its friendly people and slower pace. Hop on a ferry and spend the day exploring the Island. The ferry ride lasts about 20 minutes, giving you a chance to take in the gorgeous scenery of Puget Sound. Once you’re there, stroll through art galleries and have lunch at Café Luna, a popular local café. Vashon is home to many independent wineries, distilleries, and breweries. Be sure to stop by Dragon’s Head Cider, where you can taste five ciders and bring home a souvenir glass for only $5. You can also check out the 107th Vashon Island Strawberry Festival, happening July 15-17, 2016. The event will feature parades, live music, local art, and of course strawberries.

Find Adventure in Seattle

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With a lively city center surrounded by breathtaking Pacific Northwest scenery, Seattle is the ideal place to enjoy an urban vacation and spend some time outdoors in nature. Stay at a historic and stylish hotel in downtown Seattle, take a few hikes through Green Lake Park and an ancient coal mining district, and experience the best coffee, spirits, and dining that the city has to offer.

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Hotel Sorrento

The Italian-inspired Hotel Sorrento was built in the early 1900s. The first guests were prospectors and entrepreneurs, when Seattle was still a small city. Now, Hotel Sorrento blends its history with modern style to give guests the perfect Pacific Northwest experience. The hotel has been a gathering place for writers, dancers, singers, and musicians, and hosts lectures and performances by the city’s most talented artists. No two rooms are alike. Each one features vintage furniture, unique artwork, and retro-modern design. Best of all, Hotel Sorrento is only a few steps away from museums, boutiques, cafes, and nightclubs in downtown Seattle.

Experience the local sights and tastes with the Urban Distillery Tour package. You’ll be chauffeured in a Mercedes-Benz on a 2.5 hour tour of Seattle’s distilleries, with stops for vodka, gin, and whiskey tastings. Back at the hotel, you’ll enjoy a welcome amenity, deluxe accommodations, and breakfast for two in one of the Hotel Sorrento’s historic on-site restaurants.

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Cafe Allegro

Though Starbucks may be Seattle’s most famous coffee shop, you can find a more authentic experience at Cafe Allegro. First opened in 1975, Cafe Allegro is Seattle’s oldest Espresso bar. Brick and dark wood give the cafe a relaxed and comfortable atmosphere, and their roastery is located right upstairs. Café Allegro imports quality coffee from family farms all over the world. Start your day off with a cup of the best Seattle-style coffee.

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REI Seattle Flagship Store

The REI Seattle Flagship Store is a must-see for outdoor enthusiasts. Browse clothing and gear for virtually any outdoor activity. Visitors can rent equipment, a perfect option for adventurers who want to camp, backpack, or ski while they’re in town. Be sure to take advantage of their free classes, including Pacific Northwest Camping Basics, Bike Maintenance Basics, and Kayaking Basics. Check their calendar to see what you can catch while you’re in town. Rock climbers can take on the 65-foot Pinnacle. It’s a Seattle landmark that offers views of the city’s skyline and surrounding mountains at the top.

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Spend Some Time Outdoors

Seattle has a number of excellent hikes with beautiful Pacific Northwest scenery. Get some exercise while seeing the city at Green Lake Park. It’s a 2.8 mile path around Green Lake in one of Seattle’s most popular neighborhoods. Locals and newcomers alike enjoy the native plants, trees, and birds around the lake. Green Lake Park offers two paths – a paved path for bikers and a crushed granite trail for runners and walkers. For something more outside the city, try the Coal Creek Trail in neighboring Bellevue. It’s a round-trip hike of 5.6 miles that will take you through a historic coal mining area. You’ll be able to see coal mine shafts and occasionally catch the scent of coal and cinders.

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The Pink Door

End your day with a delicious Italian meal at The Pink Door, located right next to the famous Pike Place Market. Aptly named for the pink entrance that identifies it, The Pink Door manages to be both quaint and elegant. Indoors, they have entertainment that includes cabaret, trapeze artists, burlesque, music, and even tarot card readings. Outdoors, you’ll find a picturesque patio perfect for relaxing with a glass of wine. The menu is full of simple Italian classics and fresh fish. We recommend the spaghetti – theirs is enhanced with fresh artichokes, garlic, bread crumbs, and olive oil.

An Unforgettable Vegas Trip

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While what happens in Vegas may stay in Vegas, we know you’ll want to create a trip that you’ll remember for years to come. From flashy and funny shows to upscale bars to diving with sharks, we’ve got you covered. Here are some memorable ways to enjoy the City of Sin.

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The Palazzo

Stay at The Palazzo, an upscale, all-suite resort located on the Strip. Their luxurious suites are almost twice as spacious as other Vegas hotel rooms. The Palazzo has great slots and table games, over 200 boutiques, a spa, and relaxing pools with private cabanas. Guests can choose from over 14 delicious eateries run by world-famous celebrity chefs, like Wolfgang Puck’s steakhouse CUT. The Palazzo also has great nightlife, offering a number of bars and nightclubs. For something unique, be sure to check out the Fusion Latin Mixology Bar, featuring homemade cocktails from Mexico, Trinidad, Brazil, and Peru. Featured cocktail Smokin’ Mama, made with Mamas Boy Tequila, Xicaru Mezcal, Aperol, fresh lemon-lime sour and garnished with chili salt is sure to refresh and invigorate you.

The Palazzo is home to some of the best shows in Vegas. Book the Complimentary Show Tickets package and enjoy rates from $159 and two free tickets to one of The Palazzo’s many fantastic shows (up to a $100 value). Lipshtick, a comedy series featuring a number of famous funny women like Whitney Cummings, Iliza Shlesigner, Loni Love, and Garfunkel & Oates, is just one of the shows you can use your complementary tickets for.

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Eat is a new restaurant in downtown Las Vegas that offers delicious breakfasts and lunches. Chef Natalie Young uses fresh and local ingredients to bring quality food to the surrounding community. The result is a menu full of simple yet tasty options. Stop by for brunch and try the Huevos Motulenos, made with two eggs, green chiles, black beans, peas, pico, feta, and sautéed bananas with corn tortillas.

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Mandarin Oriental

The Mandarin Oriental offers some wonderful venues to eat, drink, and take in the views of Las Vegas. The Mandarin Bar is located on the hotel’s 23rd floor and offers impressive views of the bustling Strip. Try a hand crafted cocktails like the Cucumber & Cilantro Margarita. It’s made with Casamigos Reposado tequila, cilantro, cucumber, agave nectar, fresh lime juice, and egg whites. You’ll love it.

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Prefer tea? Try the Mandarin Oriental’s Tea Lounge. Enjoy teas from all over the world while you snack on delicious scones, pastries, and desserts. The Tea Lounge offers unparalleled views of Las Vegas and is the perfect afternoon getaway. 

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V – The Ultimate Variety Show

Can’t get enough of Las Vegas’ exciting shows? The city offers a staggering number of shows in almost all of the major hotels. It can be hard to choose between comedy acts, concerts, magic shows, and acrobatic routines. Get tickets to see V – The Ultimate Variety Show, and you won’t have to choose a particular genre. V is a 75 minute show that includes about seven different acts. Master juggler Wally Eastwood hosts and performs with energetic showmanship and humor. Audiences will get to see acts like rhythmic gymnast Tamara Yeroffyeva, comedian Russ Merlin, dancer and street performer Turf, and drummer group The Crazy Gauchos. See the show at Planet Hollywood.

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The Shark Reef Aquarium at Mandalay Bay showcases rays, sea turtles, piranha, jellyfish, sharks, and even a golden crocodile. Visitors can feed stingrays, sea turtles, and even sharks in special animal encounters. If you’re feeling especially daring, sign up for their Dive With Sharks Program. You’ll go on a tour of the entire aquarium and then see over 30 exotic sharks up close on a guided dive.

Experience the Unique Charm of Portland

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Portland is one of the country’s most unique cities, well known for its eclectic vibe. Situated between the Columbia and Willamette rivers, it’s full of Pacific Northwest beauty. Portland offers an array of entertainment options including performing arts theaters, museums, and parks. Explore the Pearl District, see the world’s largest bookstore, and check out some of the latest art exhibitions.

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The Mark Spencer

Stay at The Mark Spencer and immerse yourself in Portland. This stylish and comfortable hotel provides free continental breakfast, afternoon tea and cookies, and an evening wine reception. It’s located right in downtown Portland, close to the vibrant West End and Pearl District. Book the Paperback Writer package, which includes a $50 gift certificate to the famous Powell’s Books, a Powell’s coffee mug, and a bookstore map. You’ll also enjoy free parking at the hotel and a late 1pm checkout.

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Powell’s Books

Any book lover will tell you that Powell’s Books is one of the most famous bookstores in the country. The store has been an independently owned Portland landmark since 1971, and has expanded to include five stores. Visit the flagship store, which is called Powell’s City of Books due to its incredible size. It’s the world’s largest used and new bookstore, occupying an entire block of Portland’s Pearl District. Don’t miss the Rare Book Room, which has about 9,000 of their most valuable and exciting volumes.

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The Pearl District has become one of the city’s most exciting areas. It boasts art galleries, spas, and endless food and beverage options. Stop at Ovation Coffee & Tea for an afternoon pick-me-up. They have a great selection of coffee and tea, including Moroccan beverages and cold brew, as well as delicious scones and pastries. The Pearl District is also a great place to browse some of Portland’s unique, independently owned shops. You’ll find amazing stationary at Oblation Papers & Press, a 19th-century print shop. Visit Nau, a store committed to creating sustainable clothing, for some of Portland’s best fashion.

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Portland Art Museum

The Portland Art Museum is the oldest in the Pacific Northwest. It was founded in 1892 and features over 42,000 objects and unique exhibitions. Case Work: Studies in Form, Space & Construction blends art and architecture together, presenting pieces of architectural design that were part of the creative process for some of the country’s most impressive buildings. The museum is also presenting Native Fashion Now, a look at modern Native American Fashion and indigenous designers in the last half-century. Both exhibitions run through September 4, 2016.

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Go “Floating”

Portland is full of unique trends and opportunities. Try something new while you’re in town and check out Float On. What is “floating”? Floaters spend 90 minutes inside a float tank containing a mix of water and Epsom salt. The tank is soundproof and dark, and the buoyancy makes you float on your back in the water. The idea is to lose track of your body and the environment around you. It’s been described as a profoundly relaxing experience, reducing stress and giving your body a break from gravity.