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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.

Flavors of Portland, Oregon

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Head to Portland for a getaway filled with culinary delights. The charming city was named the #1 best food city in America by The Washington Post in 2015. Portland takes its food and drinks seriously, offering some of the best restaurants, breweries, and wineries anywhere. Fantastic chefs use local ingredients to create truly unique and impressive tastes. Here are our recommendations for the best spots to check out while you’re in town.

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Hotel deLuxe

The Hotel deLuxe was designed with Hollywood’s Golden Age in mind. Art deco style, sophisticated décor, and lush color palettes combine to create truly elegant spaces. Guests will have a delightful time exploring all of the hotel’s special amenities. Select a pillow that’s just right for you from their Pillow Menu, listen to the specially-created Spotify channels, and get a pint of ice cream from local favorite Salt & Straw delivered right to your room. If that’s not enough to convince you, they also show classic movies in their Pop-Up Cinema and serve an incredible Afternoon Tea, developed by their own tea sommelier.

For some extra excitement, book A Royal Picnic. This package includes stylish accommodations in a Queen or King Premier Suite and a picnic in one of Portland’s many scenic spots. Choose from six locations, including the beautiful Waterfront and Cathedral parks. You’ll be chauffeured in a Rolls Royce to your chosen destination, where you’ll enjoy a full English picnic.

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Salt & Straw

This unique ice cream shop is a can’t-miss Portland spot. Founded by an aunt and nephew, Salt & Straw took off quickly and now has multiple locations throughout Portland and Los Angeles. They’re known for their interesting, creative flavors that often blend savory and sweet together. Sample a few scoops of the Sourdough with Chocolate & Strawberries, Almond Brittle with Salted Ganache, or Pear & Blue Cheese.

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Bee Local

A few years ago, honey expert Damian Magista placed hives in different neighborhoods across Portland. Bee Local was founded when Magista discovered that the honey from these hives all had completely distinct tastes, colors, and textures. As a result, Bee Local honey is called “artisan neighborhood honey,” where each honey features complex, hyper-local flavor profiles. One of Bee Local’s hives is right on the roof of the Hotel deLuxe! Visit their online store to purchase traditional honey, cold-smoked varieties, and honey sauces. 

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Rogue

Part brewery, part distillery, Rogue quite literally has something for everyone. Not content to specialize in any one beverage, they make their own beers, spirits, ciders, and even sodas. Rogue has been crafting beverages from their very own fresh farm ingredients for almost thirty years. They make over 30 types of beer, including a variety of IPAs and some unique brews like Hazelnut Brown Nectar and Rogue Sriracha HOT Stout. You’ll want to sample some of their spirits like the Chipotle Whiskey. Take home a few of their homemade sodas. The Citrus Cucumber, made with Rogue Farms honey, is a refreshing treat.

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The Country Cat

For dinner, head to The Country Cat, a restaurant that specializes in American classics. Their menu consists of Midwestern-style food enhanced with the flavors of Portland. They use fresh, local ingredients to create delicious, seasonal dishes. Start out with warm buttermilk biscuits and some of their house beef jerky, and then try the Pan Fried “Drop” Dumplings, which are served in a ragout of wild mushrooms, mizuna, fennel, and gouda.

Scenic Wine Country | Temecula, California

The Temecula Valley is a charming Southern California region widely known for its vast wine country. Located in Riverside County, Temecula offers a pleasant climate and gorgeous scenery. The name “Temecula” comes from the Luiseño Indian word “temecunga,” meaning “Place of the Sun.” The city lives up to its name and makes the perfect destination for a weekend escape. You can explore the numerous wineries in the area, sample some of the finest California cuisine, and take in the beautiful landscapes.

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Temecula Creek Inn

The Temecula Creek Inn is located at the entrance to the famous Temecula wine country. The resort offers luxurious accommodations, a relaxing ambience, and unmatched hospitality. Play a round on the 27-hole championship golf course or grab a drink in the cocktail lounge. Indulge in a delicious meal at the award-winning Cork | Fire Kitchen. The on-site restaurant offers an inventive menu that highlights fresh ingredients from local farms. Book the Wine Country Getaway Package for a true taste of Temecula. The package includes overnight accommodations, tastings at four local wineries, a behind-the-scenes winemaking tour, and a gourmet picnic lunch.

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Historic Old Town

Old Town Temecula dates back to 1882 and retains many historical features including original buildings, sidewalks, and storefronts. It’s a popular attraction known for its Old West heritage and distinct vintage charm. Step back to a simpler time as you peruse the various shops, antiques, museums, and restaurants. Be sure to visit the award-winning Pennypickle’s Workshop – The Temecula Children’s Museum. The interactive gallery is full of hands-on inventions, gadgets, and exhibits that are fun for all ages. Don’t forget to stop by the gift shop and purchase a unique souvenir to commemorate your visit.

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Crush & Brew

Enjoy lunch or dinner at Crush & Brew, an artisan restaurant that showcases locally crafted beer and wine. The barrel-room inspired interior features large street-front windows with views of Old Town Temecula. The upscale eatery serves gourmet appetizers, flatbreads, salads, and entrees that pair perfectly with the 30 craft beers on tap and extensive wine list. Order a wine tasting flight to sample five one-ounce pours. Your server will gladly assist you in choosing selections that complement your meal. Crush & Brew also features live performances from local music artists every weekend. Browse the calendar of events online.

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Lake Skinner

You’ll find the scenic Lake Skinner County Park just a few miles east of the Temecula wine country. Nestled among the Winchester Hills, Lake Skinner offers a variety of outdoor activities such as camping, hiking, horseback riding, and fishing. The lake is home to striped bass, largemouth bass, carp, and bluegill year round. Pack a picnic lunch and spend an afternoon in nature. The park is full of shaded shelters with benches and barbecue pits. Take a stroll on the walking path that circles the park and keep your eye out for the various species of birds, rabbits, squirrels, and deer that inhabit the area.

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Custom Helicopter Tour

Adventure Flights specializes in thrilling aerial excursions that provide spectacular views of the area. The scenic flights begin at the French Valley Airport near the Temecula Valley wine country. We recommend a customizable helicopter tour. You can plot your own course to any number of locations on a 30-minute or 60-minute ride. From the mountains to the coastline, you’ll experience the Southern California landscape from a completely new perspective. Flights are available by advance reservations only. Book your adventure online.

 

Blue Wave Bar and Grill at Island Palms | San Diego

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The Blue Wave Bar & Grill at the Best Western Plus Island Palms Hotel & Marina offers handcrafted food and drinks, friendly service, and picturesque views. The on-site bar and restaurant features a marina view dining room and an outdoor deck overlooking the pool. The restaurant hosts a unique mix of hotel guests, locals, and crew members that have come to San Diego from all over the world. Executive Chef Christopher Spayde has created a contemporary California menu for all hours of the day.

Island Palms’ Shelter Island Escape Package offers guests the perfect way to experience the restaurant. In addition to complimentary parking at the hotel, you’ll be greeted with welcome beverages, receive a breakfast credit for two, and enjoy a 20% discount off of lunch or dinner at the Blue Wave throughout your stay.

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Lunch With a View

The outdoor deck makes the Blue Wave a perfect place for lunch. Take a seat overlooking the marina and enjoy one of their handcrafted cocktails with your meal. Our server Theresa was friendly and attentive, answering all of our questions about the menu and recommending some wonderful food and drink pairings for us. Blue Wave offers a variety of classic and California-inspired dishes, all freshly made with house sauces and condiments.

Try the Grilled Fish Tacos for a truly Southern California meal. Fresh Mahi Mahi is wrapped in corn tortillas and topped with homemade salsa and Jalapeno crème. The tacos are served with a side of house-made potato chips. Pair your fish tacos with a Firestone Walker Brewing Co. 805 Blonde Ale, a refreshing and light California-style beer.

The Kobe Beef Burger is another one of Blue Wave’s most popular lunch options. The burger is cooked to your liking and piled high with cheddar cheese, bacon, avocado, tomato, lettuce, and red onion. A delicious house-made garlic aioli is the perfect finishing touch. Be sure to ask for some crisp and flavorful French fries on the side.

If you have room, the lunch menu also includes tempting dessert choices including a Flourless Chocolate Torte and Carrot Cake with Vanilla Ice Cream. They’re fun to share and it’s a great way to end your meal on a sweet note.

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Happy Hour

Happy hour at the Blue Wave is the perfect way to cap off a day of sightseeing around the city. From 4-7pm daily, enjoy $3 domestic bottled beer and Bud Light Draft, $4 house wines, and $3.50 wells. You can also get select craft beers for $4. Blue Wave has beer on tap from many of San Diego’s best breweries like Stone Brewing Co. and Ballast Point Brewery. The happy hour menu includes mini tacos, sliders, and wings. We recommend sharing the Half Flatbread with chicken, caramelized onion, goat cheese, tomato, mushroom, basil, and balsamic reduction. Enjoy happy hour outside in the refreshing ocean breeze on the Blue Wave’s deck. Check into the Blue Wave Bar & Grill on Facebook to receive a special $5 drink of the day.

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Fresh Cocktails

The Blue Wave specializes in classic cocktails with modern twists. They craft their drinks with freshly squeezed juices and house-made simple syrups. We love the Blood Orange Screwdriver, made with Tito’s Vodka, fresh blood orange juice, sparkling water, and house-made rosemary simple syrup. Another good choice is the Dirty Bird, a blend of Grey Goose vodka, olive juice, and blue cheese stuffed olives.

You don’t even have to wait until 5 o’clock. The Blue Wave has a full menu of breakfast cocktails that include traditional favorites like mimosas, Bloody Marys, and Irish coffee. For something a little more adventurous, try the Peaches n’ Cream. It’s made with Absolut Apeach, peach liquor, orange juice, simple syrup, and half & half. If tequila is more your style, go with the Paloma, a refreshing mix of El Agave Silver Tequila, grapefruit juice, and sparkling water with a lime garnish.

Best Western Plus Island Palms Hotel and Marina | San Diego

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Shelter Island has a tropical style that will make you feel like you’ve stepped into your own personal paradise. Stay at the Best Western Plus Island Palms Hotel & Marina, a waterfront hotel that encompasses three distinct building styles. Choose a room in the picturesque Island Palms, Mediterranean-style Casa Del Mar, or modern Casa Marina. Their expansive suites include fully equipped kitchens and a private patio or balcony. The hotel also features a private marina, a fitness center, tennis courts with complimentary racquet rentals, and a fantastic on-site restaurant. Enhance your stay with the Shelter Island Escape Package. It includes welcome beverages when you arrive, a breakfast credit for two, a 20% discount at the Blue Wave Bar & Grill, and complimentary parking.

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Rise and Shine

Wake up and venture out into the fresh morning air. Island Palms has its very own waterfront jogging path only steps away from your room. The 3-mile loop meanders around Shelter Island and is perfect for a walk or run. You’ll take in views of the marina, the water, and lush tropical greenery. The hotel also offers complimentary bike rentals for your enjoyment!

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Breakfast at Blue Wave

Island Palms’ onsite restaurant Blue Wave Bar & Grill offers marina views and plenty of breakfast options. Their Breakfast Value Menu offers classics like waffles, French toast, and oatmeal, while the Full Breakfast Specialties Menu has larger meals and more adventurous choices. We love the Breakfast Pizza, which has country gravy, bacon, tater tots, cheese and a poached egg, all topped off with arugula and drizzled with lemon vinaigrette. We also recommend trying a Blue Wave Bloody, hand-crafted with Stoli Jalapeno Vodka and house-made Bloody Mary mix. Blue Wave takes this classic drink to the next level with homemade pickled vegetables and bacon salt.

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Sailing Adventure

Shelter Island is a departure point for boating excursions. Go on an adventure with Sail San Diego, conveniently located just steps away from Island Palms. Their 3-hour Sailing Tour is ideal for a day out on the water. Tours depart at five different times throughout the day. Enjoy complimentary beer, wine, sodas, and snacks as you soak up the sun and enjoy the sea breeze. Sail San Diego even provides hats, jackets, sunscreen, sunglasses, and binoculars to make your trip as comfortable as possible.

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Poolside Fun

At the end of the day, head back to the pool at Island Palms. Take a dip or relax with a good book on one of the many loungers surrounding the pool. Blue Wave Bar & Grill offers pool service and will bring an afternoon snack right to you. Kids will love the outdoor pool area and the fun toys provided by the hotel. The Blue Wave deck, overlooking the pool and the marina, is the perfect place to enjoy one of their refreshing cocktails. Blue Wave’s drinks are hand crafted with their own fresh-squeezed juices and homemade syrups. We recommend the tropical Mai Tai, made with Bacardi Light & Gold Rum, Captain Morgan, Myers, Amaretto, and pomegranate, orange, and pineapple juices.

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Fathom Bistro, Bait, and Tackle

Across the street from the hotel you’ll find Fathom Bistro, a hidden gem frequented by locals. Right on the Shelter Island Pier, this unassuming bar has incredible views of downtown San Diego and the Coronado Bridge. Stop by for one of the many local craft beers they have on tap. Fathom Bistro is known for their homemade sausages and unique hot dog specialties. Try the Explodo Dog, a Vienna beef hot dog wrapped in bacon and smothered with pepper jack, house made kimchi, and mustard.

Humphreys Half Moon Inn and Suites | San Diego | Day 2

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Humphreys Half Moon Inn & Suites on Shelter Island is centrally located in close proximity to Highway 5 and downtown San Diego. With easy access to numerous attractions, shopping, and dining options, you’re only minutes away from all that America’s Finest City has to offer. Discover the beautiful beaches, cultural exhibits, and natural beauty of the area. Humphreys is the perfect place to begin your San Diego adventure.

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On-site Breakfast

Head down to Humphreys Restaurant for a delectable breakfast. We recommend the traditional Eggs Benedict; it’s a hearty meal that will fuel you up for a day full of adventure. Have a seat by the window and watch the boats sail across the San Diego Bay. Don’t forget to bring your Humphreys Passport for exclusive savings. Receive a $50 daily dining credit and a free room upgrade when you book the Good Enough to Eat Package.

Enterprise Rent-A-Car

Humphreys Half Moon Inn & Suites makes it easy to explore the area. Skip the hassle of picking up a car and call Enterprise Rent-a-Car to have a vehicle conveniently dropped off to you at the resort. The promo code in your Humphreys Passport gets you 10% off the rental.

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Cabrillo National Monument

Drive to the nearby Cabrillo National Monument to get a glimpse into San Diego’s historic past, along with dramatic views of the ocean and city. The monument honors Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo, the first European explorer to discover what is now the California coast. Cabrillo anchored his ship on the shores of Point Loma back in 1542. Today, the park is home to hiking trails, an original lighthouse, a whale watching lookout point, and natural tide pools. These small tide pools are habitats for various species of plants, fish, and other sea creatures that kids and adults will enjoy exploring up close. The park is mostly self-guided, with ranger-guided tours and a Visitor Center available.

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In-N-Out Burger

Grab a quick bite at this California staple. Located at 3102 Sports Arena Blvd, In-N-Out Burger is only minutes away from Cabrillo and Shelter Island. This West Coast favorite has been open since 1948, serving American classics with “Quality You Can Taste.” The no-frills menu offers hamburgers, cheeseburgers, French fries, and milkshakes. Ask for your burger served “Animal Style” and you’ll get a mustard grilled patty, pickles, grilled onions, and a generous helping of their secret sauce. Pair it with a Neapolitan shake – a combination of chocolate, strawberry, and vanilla milkshakes swirled together.

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Torrey Pines

To see more of San Diego’s coastal landscape, head north on the 5 up to Torrey Pines. Look for the South Beach entrance and you can park in the adjacent lot. The Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve is a 2,000-acre coastal stretch of undeveloped land, home to pristine beaches and hiking trails with maritime chaparral and rare Torrey pines. We recommend the Guy Fleming Trail. It’s a pleasant 2/3-mile loop that features scenic overlooks with panoramic views. As you hike down the path, keep an eye out for the native wildflowers, ferns, and cacti.

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La Jolla

Head south on Torrey Pines Road and you’ll find yourself in the beautiful coastal city of La Jolla. The popular La Jolla Shores is a sparkling, mile-long strip with soft sand and gentle waves. It’s a local gathering spot for families, sunbathers, and surfers. There are fire pits and volleyball courts right on the beach, and a playground and grassy picnic areas at the nearby Kellogg Park. For exciting water activities like kayaking, snorkeling and cliff jumping, visit La Jolla Cove. The quaint, picture-perfect beach is truly one of San Diego’s hidden gems. It’s situated on beautiful natural caves and is known to be one of the most photographed beaches in San Diego. The waters of La Jolla Cove are calm and ecologically protected, so surfing and boogie boarding are strictly prohibited. The area is home to various colorful fish, rays, small leopard sharks, and sea lions.

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Belmont Park

For a fun-filled, family-friendly adventure, visit Belmont Park near Mission Bay. The colorful beachfront amusement park has thrilling rides, carnival games, and tasty treats. Park in any of the free public lots surrounding the park and stroll down the boardwalk. Climb aboard the famous Giant Dipper Roller Coaster, a high-speed attraction that was built back in 1925. Younger children will love the Liberty Carousel. Individual ride tickets are available, or you can purchase unlimited day passes. Sit down for dinner at Draft, an open-air grill and bar serving up over 60 beers on tap. It’s the perfect place for a casual beach side meal and brew with a view. Last but not least, don’t leave Belmont Park without visiting the Dole Whip stand. The refreshing dessert famously sold in Hawaii and Disneyland is now available in San Diego. Try the pineapple soft serve for a true taste of paradise.