Lavaux tending the vineyards with Lake Geneva and the Alps in the background- Credit: Deborah Grossman
This post (the first of a three-part Switzerland travel series) was written by Deborah Grossman from the San Francisco Bay Area.
Switzerland has a mighty mix of attractions considering it’s ten times smaller than California. Though Zurich and Lucerne receive more tourist attention, the towns along the Montreux Riviera hugging Lake Geneva in South West Switzerland are hidden treasures. From Montreux, the famous jazz-obsessed town, to Charlie Chaplain’s town of Vevey with an easy segue to Rougemont in the Alps, you may fall in love with a destination surrounded by natural beauty.
Thinking of visiting Napa and Sonoma Wine Country this year and want to avoid peak season crowds? Consider a visit during the Spring or early Summer. Although both areas are popular year-round tourist destinations, wine country tends to be especially busy from late summer to mid-October during harvest “crush” season.
Take a fun Napa and Sonoma Wine Country Tour from San Francisco and enjoy a leisurely day of wine-tasting in California’s historic wine country. No need to worry about drinking and driving. Sit back, relax and enjoy the views as you travel by luxury, air-conditioned coach across the Golden Gate Bridge to scenic Napa and Sonoma Valley. And yes… there’s free Wi-Fi onboard, as well as an expert friendly narrated tour guide to answer any questions and keep you entertained as you wind your way through picturesque wine country. Continue reading →
Get an up close view of captivating Moon Jellies, native Sharks, Bat Rays, Sea Turtles and adorable River Otters at Aquarium of the Bay – the only aquarium and nature center devoted exclusively to showcasing the marine life of San Francisco Bay. See if you can find Nemo and Dory. Meet Tahoe, the Aquarium’s the newest addition to their River Otter family. This fun and educational aquarium is conveniently located at Pier 39, near historic Fisherman’s Wharf.
Time to fire up the BBQ and feast on your favorite 4th of July foods, beer and wine. Enjoy live music, parades and spectacular fireworks. Have fun celebrating Independence Day with your family and friends.
Here are a few of the larger 4th of July Celebrations, Parades and Fireworks going on in the San Francisco Bay Area and major U.S. cities:
Spectacular 4th of July Fireworks over the water in New York City
What a great way to celebrate Independence Day – cruising on the water watching the biggest and most extravagant fireworks show in the nation. Listen to music from a live DJ and dance the night away as spectacular fireworks illuminate the Manhattan skyline. Whether you’re a first time visitor to New York City, a tourist or a local, it’s a magical sight – and the memories will last you a lifetime!
Beat the 4th of July crowds on the streets of NY and take a leisurely cruise with your honey, family, or friends. It’s one of the best ways to see these magnificent fireworks as they light up the evening sky. Continue reading →
Summer fun begins! This Summer Season is packed with Street Fairs, Free Outdoor Concerts, Art, Wine & Music Festivals, County Fairs… the list goes on. Find Fun Things To Do in the San Francisco Bay Area… and beyond (including New York City and London) in our Love to Eat and Travel June Calendar of Events. Be sure to check our Blog, Twitter and Facebook pages each month for updates throughout the year. Enjoy!
This years marks the 50th anniversary of San Francisco’s “Summer of Love.” It all started back in 1967 when 100,000 hippies from around the world gathered in SF’s Haight-Ashbury district to “turn on, tune in and drop out” as they celebrated the Summer of Love. Peace, Love, Freedom, Sex, Drugs and Rock ’n Roll – it was a crazy time!
Now… 50 years later, San Francisco is still one of the most beloved and visited destinations on the planet. If you’re looking for something fun to do with your family or friends (and want to experience a 60s hippie vibe), check out this guided San Francisco Love Tour – it’s perfect for SF natives, newbies and tourists alike! Continue reading →
What better way to see Universal Studios without the hassle of standing in long lines! Queues can be massive at this popular Hollywood attraction. A Skip-the-Line pass allows you to walk straight to the front of the line without having to wait for hours.
The all-access pass gives you all-day admission to the parks as well as one-time priority access to each ride, attraction and show that the park offers. And that’s not all! You’ll also get to enjoy some behind-the-scenes privileges at select attractions with only a maximum 15-minute wait at each attraction. Continue reading →