Medical marijuana was legalized in California in 1996 – it was the first state to legalize medical marijuana. More than 20 years later, in November 2017, Californian’s voted to legalize “recreational” marijuana. And on January 5, 2018 it became legal in the state of California. As a result of the legalization of marijuana in key U.S. states, fun new pot tours have sprung up around the country. It’s reminiscent of how the wine and microbrewery industries and specialty tours first got started.
Our 1st Pot Tour Experience
– Classic Cannabis Tour by Green Guide Tours in San Francisco
We recently had our first pot tour experience. We took a “Classic Cannabis Tour” – it’s the first sightseeing historical cannabis bus tour in America.
The Pacific Sail & Power Boat Show (and Marine Sports Expo) is held in the city of Richmond in Northern California right on the beautiful waterfront. The show is held April 4-7, 2019 in the Craneway Pavilion and Marina Bay Yacht Harbor.
Singapore has been put on the map over the course of the last decade. Long known as a center for international business, it’s climbed the ranks fairly rapidly as a tourist destination. And now having featured prominently in the smash summer film hit Crazy Rich Asians it’s likely to get even more popular.
There’s plenty to do all around Singapore, from enjoying pretty beaches to sampling the street food (which incidentally had its own scene in Crazy Rich Asians, in which a main character says it’s the only place in the world where street food earns Michelin stars). However, the main attraction – at least from an international travel perspective – is undoubtedly the Marina Bay Sands resort. Towering and state of the art in every fashion, it’s one of the world’s most intriguing resorts, and the surrounding area essentially constitutes an entertainment and accommodation complex that can occupy you for an entire vacation.
If you’re like us and don’t own a bike but enjoy cycling every now and again, LimeBikes are a great alternative to buying and storing a bike. Ditto for scooters! All you need is a smartphone to download the LimeBike app and the map shows you where bikes and scooters are available to be picked up. Once you’ve located your bike, it can be unlocked by scanning the QR code on the back of the bike, just under the seat. LimeBikes are located in many major U.S. cities and several European cities.
The Restaurant at CIA Copia – hanger steak close up – Credit: Deborah Grossman
This post was written by Deborah Grossman from the San Francisco Bay Area.
In October 2017, the devastating fires in Napa and Sonoma touched nearly everyone either personally or through friends and family. As part of the recovery, Napa Valley denizens are ready and eager to welcome visitors with open arms and delicious food and drink. Weeks after the fires, my friend and I ventured to St. Helena and Napa to support the area and enjoy some good food and wine.
Have you ever fancied playing tourist for a day or weekend in your city? It’s always a lot of fun. No need to wait for out-of-town guests to enjoy taking in the sights, especially if you live in or near a beautiful city – and San Francisco is no exception.
Clift San Francisco
So we decided to book a room at the Clift, a luxury boutique hotel nestled on Geary Street just steps from bustling Union Square – one of our favorite areas in SF. The hotel is conveniently located within easy walking distance to many wonderful restaurants, shops, bars, art galleries – and the Powell Street cable car line.
Sion Domaine du Mont d’Or vineyards with steep terraces – Credit: Deborah Grossman
This post (the third of a three-part Switzerland travel series) was written by Deborah Grossman from the San Francisco Bay Area.
There’s no denying that Lausanne and the Montreux Riviera of Lake Geneva offer many attractions. But the charming wine country and mountain area of Valais is a short drive or train ride southeast of the lake. The name is derived from the Roman word for valley. The Rhone River begins in the Valais Alps and flows through the plains, meandering south to the celebrated wine region of France.
With a similar terroir to the French Rhone Valley, the Valais is the largest wine-producing region in Switzerland. Though much of Swiss wine is produced by smaller wineries and consumed in-country, some wineries present creative and alluring tasting rooms and a few export to the U.S.
In addition to oenophiles, skiers and hikers will also be at home in this Alpine region. The spas of Leukerbad and other villages are famous for R&R of the water-plunge sort. As for gastronomy, the specialty is raclette, the warmed Alpine cheese served with accoutrements.
Lausanne old harbor with classic hotels – Credit: Deborah Grossman
This post (the second of a three-part Switzerland travel series) was written by Deborah Grossman from the San Francisco Bay Area.
In South West Switzerland, Geneva may get the fame. But Lausanne has won my heart. Some cities are the perfect size, and Lausanne fits the bill. As the fourth-largest city in the country and home to the International Olympic Committee (IOC), Lausanne has grand hotels, a bustling tourist life, and an excellent metro system. Yet the many quiet neighborhoods, the mix of historic and trendy venues, plus many local festivals and traditions give the destination a small-town ambiance.