10 Tips To Meditate Every Day To Reduce Stress

Working Vacation Photo credit: Pixabay

Working Vacation Photo credit: Pixabay

Does today’s fast-changing technology, non-stop barrage of information and “always on” social media make your head spin? You’re not alone. It seems almost impossible to keep up with everything and everyone these days. Juggling work, family, personal life – and an epidemic of multi-tasking and constant busyness in our lifestyles has become the norm. Even while on vacation, how many can’t resist texting, checking emails, or posting on social? It’s no surprise that stress levels are through the roof.

So how do you deal with all this noise, disruption and technology-related stress?

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Four Fine Wineries in a Row: St. Helena Tasting Room News

Freemark Abbey Courtyard Tasting - Photo Credit: Freemark Abbey

Freemark Abbey Courtyard Tasting – Photo Credit: Freemark Abbey

This post was written by Deborah Grossman from the San Francisco Bay Area.

St. Helena has a rich history in Napa Valley winemaking. Several iconic wineries have undergone major renovations creating new adventures in wine touring.

When Napa locals say they are heading Up Valley, they often refer to visiting St. Helena for the many wine and food options. Just north of St. Helena on Highway 29 are four distinguished wineries within a mile and a half of each other that have recently begun a series of renovations.

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New and renewed Napa and Sonoma Wineries

Gloria Ferrer Terrace - Photo Credit: Gloria Ferrer

Gloria Ferrer Terrace, Sonoma – Photo Credit: Gloria Ferrer

This post was written by Deborah Grossman from the San Francisco Bay Area.

Napa Valley and Sonoma present a bounty of new opportunities to taste wine and learn about wine with food. Exploring wine country in Northern California is a delicious blend of the new and the historic.

A Napa Valley winery owned by an heir to the Coors beer company and the unveiling of several renovated tasting rooms lead the news for wine country. We’ll begin our vinous journey in Napa Valley and then venture to Sonoma County.

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Our Favorite Napa Breakfast Spot… on Hwy 29

Napa Valley vineyard across from Hwy 92 Cafe – © LoveToEatAndTravel.com

Napa Valley vineyard across from Hwy 92 Cafe – © LoveToEatAndTravel.com

Whenever we drive up to Napa Valley, we like to stop at the Hwy 29 Cafe for breakfast, brunch or lunch. It’s nothing fancy, but this small all-American diner has all the right ingredients for a satisfying meal – good food, enormous portions, reasonable prices, casual atmosphere and fast, friendly service with a smile 🙂 If you’re planning a day of wine-tasting, this is a good place to grab a quick bite on your way up the valley.

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New SF Museum of Modern Art: In a word… Breathtaking!

New SFMOMA, view from Yerba Buena Gardens: photo: © Henrik Kam, courtesy SFMOMA

New SFMOMA, view from Yerba Buena Gardens: photo: © Henrik Kam, courtesy SFMOMA

It took three years to transform and expand the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA) but it was well worth the wait! With nearly three times more gallery space than before, the stunning 7-floor museum features a vast collection of modern and contemporary art, photography and sculpture. And SFMOMA’s transformed digital program creates a cutting-edge experience for all of its visitors, including a groundbreaking new mobile app to help people engage and learn. We got a sneak peek prior to the museum’s May 14, 2016 opening to the public… and in a word, the newly expanded museum is “breathtaking!” We’ve highlighted below some of the favorite parts of our tour.

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10 Reasons to Visit New York City This Summer

View of Manhattan skyline, NYC Bus Tour, Central Park Lake and Imagine Mosaic at Strawberry Fields – © LoveToEatAndTravel.com

View of Manhattan skyline at night, NYC Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour, Central Park Lake and Imagine Mosaic at Strawberry Fields – © LoveToEatAndTravel.com

There are literally hundreds of reasons to visit New York City this summer – it’s hard to pinpoint just 10 of them! Here are a few of our favorite things to do and see whether you’re a first time visitor or a seasoned traveler to the Big Apple. 

  1. NYC Hop-On Hop-Off Double Decker Bus Tour & Night on the Town
  2. Central Park (fun things to do and most of them are free)
  3. Empire State Building & Observatory – Skip-the-Line Tickets
  4. Top of the Rock Observation Deck
  5. St. Patrick’s Cathedral
  6. Greenwich Village, SoHo, Chinatown & Little Italy – Food & Walking Tours
  7. Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island Guided Tour
  8. NYC Museums & VIP Morning Tour of The Met before it opens to general public
  9. Times Square & Broadway Shows
  10. Ground Zero, 9/11 Memorial & Museum and One World Observatory Tour

Find out more information below and book your tours and tickets now before the summer season rush.

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5 Top Experiences in Toronto

Holt Renfrew escalator - Photo Credit: Deborah Grossman

Holt Renfrew escalator – Photo Credit: Deborah Grossman

This post was written by Deborah Grossman from the San Francisco Bay Area.

Discovering tasty and exciting attractions in Toronto is an easy quest. From film and art to food and shopping, pick a neighborhood and choose from an array of activities.

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