April 29, 2012 |
Hungry for a change of pace? Eat, drink and indulge your need to escape during a foodie weekend, a tasty trend sweeping the hotel industry. You can compare flights of wine, learn how to make sushi or whip up a classic French dessert. Then retreat to the hotel pool, spa or tennis court for alternative forms of recreation. It's all part of your weekend itinerary. The events, most of which are at high-end hotels, focus on food lovers who aren't content with simply dining at expensive restaurants.
February 10, 2012 |
The best time to go whale-watching in Egypt would have been about 37 million years ago. Smithsonian magazine recently profiled the amazing whale boneyard at Wadi Hitan where fossils reveal an important evolutionary tidbit: the whales had little legs and feet. In California, it's whale-watching season right now -- for Pacific gray whales, without feet. It's also a time when Mendocino and nearby towns host festivals to mark the whales' northbound journey from Mexico to Alaska.
January 5, 2012 |
Here's a $99 coupon deal for a hotel stay that positions you perfectly to visit Hearst Castle and the beaches along Central California 's rugged coast. LivingSocial offers a one-night getaway in San Simeon that includes room, wine-tasting and easy access to springtime sightseeing. The deal: The stay is at the the Morgan at San Simeon , named for Julia Morgan, the architect of the dazzlingly ornate Hearst Castle. This $99 deal goes a long way; it includes a room with a king-sized bed or two queen beds, continental breakfast, a glass of wine, free Wi-Fi and a wine-tasting at Harmony Cellars that comes with a bottle of wine.
December 6, 2011 |
Picture yourself sampling wine or just unwinding at the South Coast Winery Resort & Spa -- for about $200 a night. Travelzoo has pieced together a Southern California getaway that includes staying in one of the 76 villas at the resort and more activities than you can do in a day. The deal: This offer from Travelzoo comes with some sweet extras: overnight in a private villa with fireplace and jet-water tub, upgrade to a view room, mimosa...
November 30, 2011
NAPA VALLEY Winter wine tastings The Winter in the Wineries Passport offers tastings at 17 wineries in Calistoga, Calif. The wine passport, which is valid for several months and offered by the Calistoga Chamber of Commerce, is good for one tasting per winery, and buyers must be 21 or older. Some area hotels and restaurants extend discounts to passport-holders too. Participating wineries include Sterling Vineyards, Castello di Amorosa, Madrigal Vineyards, Rios Wine Co., Zahtila Vineyards, Von Strasser Winery, Tomey Cellars and more.
November 25, 2011 |
Visit Napa Valley in winter and you might want to bring along a passport -- a Winter in the Wineries Passport . It offers tastings at 17 wineries in Calistoga for $50. Don't worry; you don't have to sample all of them in one visit; the passport is good for several months. The deal: The wine passport offered by the Calistoga Chamber of Commerce is good for one tasting per winery, and buyers must be 21 or older. Some area hotels and restaurants extend discounts to passport-holders too. Participating wineries include Sterling Vineyards, Castello di Amorosa, Madrigal Vineyards, Rios Wine Co., Zahtila Vineyards, Von Strasser Winery, Tomey Cellars and more.