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.

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.

Thanksgiving Getaway | Colonial Williamsburg, Virginia

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What better place to spend Thanksgiving than in Williamsburg, Virginia? This quaint area is steeped in early American history, from the first colonies through the Revolutionary War. It’s home to the Historic Triangle encompassing Jamestown, Colonial Williamsburg, and Yorktown. Explore multiple museums and venues that make history come alive for exciting and educational trip.

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Williamsburg Lodge

Located next to the Revolutionary City in Colonial Williamsburg, the Williamsburg Lodge makes for a fun and convenient stay. Rooms are decorated in a style reminiscent of colonial Virginia, and the lodge has easy access to a spa, golf course, and historic taverns. The America’s Historic Triangle Package is perfect for experiencing all Williamsburg has to offer. Enjoy daily breakfast as well as unlimited admission to Colonial Williamsburg, Jamestown Settlement, Yorktown Victory Center, Historic Jamestowne, and Yorktown Battlefield. 

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Colonial Williamsburg

Explore the world’s largest living history museum at Colonial Williamsburg. Get a sense of what life was like in the colonies during the American Revolution by watching and interacting with live actors in character as 18th-century townspeople, politicians, shopkeepers, and more. Learn about the trades, homes, and community areas of the colonies during a guided tour through the Revolutionary City, then watch and take part in live demonstrations. You can also visit historic shops and buy souvenirs of colonial-inspired clothes, household goods, jewelry, and stationary.

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Historic Jamestowne

Built in 1607 by Captain John Smith, Jamestown was the first English settlement in the Americas. Learn all about our country’s earliest history at Historic Jamestowne, a site dedicated to exposing and preserving the stories of the settlement. It’s home to the Jamestown Rediscovery project, which is working to uncover the original James Fort. Watch excavations, talk to the archaeologists, and browse the Archaearium, which houses over 4,000 Jamestown artifacts. Be sure to see The World of Pocahontas, Unearthed, an exhibit full of Indian-made artifacts that help illuminate the relationship and interactions between the Powhatans and the English.

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A Chef’s Kitchen

A Chef’s Kitchen provides unique culinary experiences perfect for cooking enthusiasts and foodies. Sign up for a Dinner Class, a combination served meal/cooking demonstration in a small theater-style room. The dinner includes hors d’oeuvres, five courses, champagne, and wine pairings. Chefs will show you how to prepare all of the dishes in entertaining demonstrations, and you get to take home the recipes. Orange-vanilla and mascarpone cheesecake, sweet potato and butternut squash soup with toasted pumped seeds, and Thai coconut stewed shrimp are just some of the dishes that may be on your menu.

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The Williamsburg Winery

Stop by Williamsburg Winery to spend an afternoon sipping wine and admiring the beautiful grounds. The 40-acre vineyard has numerous grape varietals including Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Chardonnay, Viognier, and more. Purchase tickets online for the Tour and Tasting with Lunch. You’ll take a guided tour of the winery and taste seven different wines in a souvenir engraved Williamsburg Winery glass. Afterwards, enjoy a glass of wine, main course, dessert, and coffee or tea at the winery’s Gabriel Archer Tavern.

Thanksgiving Getaway | New York, New York

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Find holiday cheer in New York City this Thanksgiving and kick off the season in style. Stay in the heart of the city near Times Square, see the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, and enjoy a hearty Thanksgiving dinner. You won’t run out of things to do in the city that never sleeps!

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Sanctuary Hotel

The Sanctuary Hotel is located in Midtown Manhattan, close to Times Square, Broadway theaters, Rockefeller Center, and Fifth Avenue. The lavish boutique hotel is dedicated to creating a top-notch guest experience complete with excellent service, luxury European linens, spa-inspired bathrooms, and complimentary breakfast. Book the Thanksgiving at the Sanctuary! offer to receive 15% off your stay and a $50 food and beverage credit for TENDER, their elegant steak and sushi restaurant. Best of all, you’ll be within walking distance of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade! 

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Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade is celebrating its 90th year! The 2016 parade promises to be spectacular ­– see Charlie Brown, SpongeBob, and Pikachu balloons, and watch live performances from Tony Bennett, Fitz and the Tantrums, and more. This year, see the parade in person instead of from your couch. Wake up early on Thanksgiving morning, grab a pumpkin spice latte, and stake out a spot.

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Cassette

Cassette serves unique cocktails, an extensive selection of wine and beer, and an assortment of food ranging from simple (Avocado Toast) to indulgent (Bouchot Mussels). Though it’s a good choice for brunch or dinner any day, we recommend heading there for Thanksgiving dinner while you’re in town. Their prix fixe menu has three courses of tasty foods, including cast iron skillet cornbread, leek bread pudding, and sweet potato pie with charred marshmallow and caramelized pastry crust.

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Brooklyn Holiday Bazaar

Whether you want to get a head start on holiday shopping or you’re just looking for a unique souvenir, the Brooklyn Holiday Bazaar is worth a visit. The free event takes place the Saturday and Sunday after Thanksgiving and is a great way to get in the holiday spirit. Browse clothes, accessories, décor, and more from 40+ sellers, and try food from local vendors like Ejen Korean Comfort Food. The event also has complimentary cocktails, a live DJ, and a photo booth.

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Magnolia Bakery

Magnolia Bakery first opened in West Village in 1996. Their irresistible desserts quickly became a sensation, and they now have locations all over the world. Magnolia makes cupcakes, cakes, muffins, scones, pies, cheesecakes, cookies, brownies, and more. Stop by for dessert one day and take home a bag of treats to snack on throughout your trip. They’re even open on Thanksgiving, so you can pick up a pie or try their cupcake of the month, Harvest Apple. It’s a taste of fall with apples, cranberries, pecans, and caramel meringue buttercream frosting.

Luxury and Relaxation | Santa Barbara, California

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Santa Barbara is a scenic coastal city where there’s always something going on. Plan a last minute getaway for this weekend and attend both the Santa Barbara Beer Festival and the Santa Barbara Harbor & Seafood Festival. Explore the coastline, sample the area’s best wines, and indulge in the quintessential Santa Barbara experience.

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Belmond El Encanto

Up in the hills above Santa Barbara, you’ll find Belmond El Encanto, a luxurious resort that will make you feel like you’ve stepped back in time. The hotel is both glamorous and laidback, with restored 1920s features and modern additions. Stroll through seven acres of landscaped gardens with views of the city below, or take a dip in their stylish zero-edge pool. Belmond El Encanto offers guests a variety of culinary options, including formal meals in The Dining Room and Terrace, afternoon tea in The Lounge, and beverages in The Wine Room and The Bar. Experience their fine dining fully with the Gourmet Package, which includes luxury accommodations, a $150 dinner credit per stay, a $60 breakfast credit each day, and access to the spa and gym.

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Local Festivals

Both the Santa Barbara Beer Festival and the Santa Barbara Harbor & Seafood Festival are happening on Saturday, October 15th. Choose your favorite, or attend both! The Beer Festival will be held at Elings Park from 12-4 pm, and will feature more than 20 breweries, as well as some cider and wine. You can also expect food vendors and live music. Head down to the water from 10 am to 5 pm for the Harbor & Seafood Festival. Sample a variety of fresh fish, watch boating demonstrations, browse local arts and crafts, and get free admission to the Santa Barbara Maritime Museum.

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Cabrillo Bike Path

With balmy weather and a picturesque coastline, Santa Barbara is an excellent place for a bike ride. Try the Cabrillo Bike Path, an easy ride right next to the water. The flat and paved route runs along the coast for about five miles, with plenty of grassy areas along the way where you can stop for a picnic. Go solo or rent a tandem bike to ride with friends.

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Santa Barbara Wine Collective

The Santa Barbara Wine Collective tasting room, situated between Downtown Santa Barbara and the beach, is the best and easiest way to get a taste of the amazing wine made in the Santa Barbara area. The collective consists of five different local wineries – Fess Parker, Notary Public, The Paring, Ca’Del Grevino, and Babcock Winery. Sample wines from each at the tasting room, where you can buy flights, glasses, or bottles and order in food from select local restaurants.

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Lotusland

For over 40 years, Madame Ganna Walska created beautiful gardens full of exotic plants on her Santa Barbara estate. After her death the estate became Lotusland, now open to the public. Spanning 37 acres, Lotusland encompasses 20 different themed gardens and over 3,000 different kinds of plants. See 300 species of cacti on raised beds and viewing terraces in the Cactus Garden, centuries-old stone figures in the Theater Garden, and lotuses and water lilies in the Water Garden. Reservations are required.

Beach and Brews | Santa Cruz, California

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Santa Cruz is a vibrant beach town with an expanding craft beer scene. Enjoy a getaway at the beautiful Santa Cruz Dream Inn, a beachside hotel with a craft beer package that will allow you to taste the city’s best brews. This weekend, attend a cider tasting extravaganza when the Hard Core Cider Tour stops in Santa Cruz. While you’re in town, spend some time at the historic Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk and witness the strange effects of the world-famous Mystery Spot.

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Santa Cruz Dream Inn

The retro-modern Santa Cruz Dream Inn is right on the beach and a short walk away from the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk and Downtown Santa Cruz. Rooms are decorated in a light and airy beach style, each one featuring a serene view of Monterey Bay. Explore the city’s craft beer scene with the Santa Cruz Beer Trail package. Stay two nights and save 15% off, plus embark on a self-guided expedition through 10 breweries with a Santa Cruz Beer Trail Passport.

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Hard Core Cider Tour

Santa Cruz is the first stop on the Hard Core Cider Tour. The tour, which will also stop in Pasadena and San Luis Obispo, aims to get people excited about craft cider while raising money for local charities. The event will be held in San Lorenzo Park on October 8th from 1 – 4 pm. Try unlimited two-ounce samples of 25 local and international ciders, sample bites from local food trucks, and enjoy live music and jumbo lawn games. Buy tickets here.

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Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk

The historic Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk is an amusement park right on the beach. Spend an afternoon strolling down the boardwalk, which offers more than 30 attractions including rides, miniature golf, laser tag, arcades, bowling, and shopping. Don’t miss the Giant Dipper and the Looff Carousel, two historic rides that have been a part of the boardwalk since 1924 and 1911, respectively.

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Saturn Café

The Saturn Café is a ‘50s-style diner that specializes in vegetarian and gluten-free options. The restaurant is 100% vegetarian, and has been committed to social and environmental justice since they opened in 1979. Attuned to peoples’ desire for healthy versions of classic American comfort food, they serve delicious meat-free burgers and sandwiches. We recommend the Space Cowboy burger, a vegetarian “Saturn patty” topped with “bacon”, onion strings, cheddar cheese, and BBQ sauce. For dessert, try one of their creamy milkshakes – they even make vegan shakes.

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Mystery Spot

Venture into the redwood forests just outside of Santa Cruz to visit the Mystery Spot. It’s a “gravitational anomaly,” where inside a 150-feet diameter the laws of physics and gravity seem to change. Whether you join those that believe the spot’s eccentricities are a result of an alien spaceship or those who believe it’s geology, there’s no denying that the Mystery Spot is intriguing and entertaining. Take a 45-minute tour, during which your guide will tell you about the strange effects within the Mystery Spot and point out opportunities to experience them yourself.

Early Autumn Adventures | Boise, Idaho

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Natural beauty meets urban culture in the great state of Idaho. Stay at a stylish boutique hotel in downtown Boise and experience the city’s gourmet cuisine and art scene, then head east to Sun Valley to create your own exciting adventure of golf, ice-skating, hiking, and more.

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Hotel 43

Hotel 43 was named to reflect Boise’s location on the 43rd parallel and Idaho’s status as the 43rd state. The boutique hotel has stylish and inviting rooms in the midst of exciting downtown Boise. Hotel 43 provides all their guests with complimentary Arts Passports that include free admission to the Boise Art Museum and discounts on performances. It’s home to two delicious eateries – Metro Café offers coffee and breakfast to start off your day, and Chandlers Steakhouse features steaks and seafood, cocktails, and live jazz. Book the Dine & Unwind package and stay overnight in a luxurious room with views of downtown Boise, plus receive a $75 gift card to Chandlers. 

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Boise Art Museum

Visit the Boise Art Museum to see inspiring exhibitions in all mediums. Burchfield Botanicals is a look at Charles Burchfield, an early 20th-century artist that produced over 450 sketches of wildflowers and nature as a teenager. See both his early sketches and masterworks through September 18th, 2016. View event calendar.

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Indulge Boise Food Tours

Experience the history and cuisine of Boise on an Indulge Boise Food Tour. Residents and visitors alike will enjoy the Historic Downtown Boise Food & Cultural Tour. It’s a 3-hour, 1.5-mile walking tour with 6 or more tastings from the best eateries in downtown Boise. Along the way, your tour guide will tell you about the history and attractions of the area. Waffles, donuts, gourmet olive oils, Asian fusion cuisine, and gelato are just some of the foods you’ll get to try. 

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Capital City Public Market

Every Saturday from 9:30 am to 1:30 pm you can find the Capital City Public Market on 8th Street in downtown Boise. The market has a long list of independent vendors displaying art, clothing, and jewelry, and more. It’s a great place to try locally made food and beverages. Look for Sugar Whipped, a bakery that makes every dessert you can think of, and stop by Potter Wines to try their signature Jalapeno Wine, a unique blend of spicy and sweet that is great for cooking or drinking.

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Sun Valley

Take a day trip to Sun Valley, located a few hours west of Boise. It’s a premier destination for adventure in any season. Visit in late summer and choose from dozens of outdoor activities. Play a round of golf surrounded by beautiful mountain scenery at the Trail Creek Golf Course, or go ice-skating at the Sun Valley Outdoor Ice Rink. The area also has almost 400 miles of trails that are perfect for hikers and runners.

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.

The Vibe is Alive in Balboa Park | San Diego, California

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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 | Calistoga, California

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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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