A San Francisco Treat

January 5th, 2015

Iconic San Fran; the blue collar, progressive urban metropolis. There’s just so much to see and do in San Francisco, even if you’re from there or have lived there before. Visiting San Francisco over a more higher-profile city of Hollywood should be a no-brainer, unless your life revolves around TV and movies, but even then you’ll find plenty of entertainment and history here.  Rent yourself a limo in San Francisco or a limo Oakland and take a city tour of beloved San Francisco and all of its iconic landmarks.

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A True Melting Pot

No pun intended, honestly. With San Francisco, the first things that come to mind are usually its landmarks, like the Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz, the trolley cars, the hilly roads lined with colorful houses, and, most likely the diverse people. The best part of any vacation is meeting new people, experiencing new cultures, in my opinion. I’m sure many will agree, the places you travel are only memorable if you learn something significant along the way. Sure, the food, sight-seeing, and shopping is fun, but to really experience San Fran, you have to get a good tour guide to show you the heart of the city.

Visit all the corners of Chinatown and the legendary fish market; Ocean Beach, where you’ll find amazing seafood, iconic windmills, a zoo, and the Golden Gate park; the Castro District where the gay community and Spanish community provides rich culture and amazing bars; and Fillmore, a fusion of black and Korean culture, Jazz bars, Japantown, and some of the most luxurious properties in the city. Don’t just stick to the touristy districts and read the history through pamphlets, get out there and go see it all!

Staying Comfortably

One thing that hasn’t been mentioned yet, but is undeniably going to come into the equation for your trip to San Francisco is the cost, particularly the cost of living. You’re not going to find too many affordable options if you want have all the modern amenities that come with most 3-Star hotels. Although, one thing you won’t get in many major cities is the luxury of staying in a hotel that is more than a century old, with amazing atmosphere and solid construction that makes it feel like you’re staying in a penthouse suite. No worrying about being stuck next door to a dysfunctional family or rambunctious children banging on the walls.

If your trip is very budget-conscious, there are plenty of other options throughout San Francisco. You can find some nice little bread and breakfast inns outside the expensive areas of town like the Financial district or SoMa, where you’ll be hard-pressed to find affordable lodging, due to the proximity their hotels are from the high-end shopping centers and celebrity restaurants. Union Square has more of a mix of shops and places to eat, I would ask the locals where they like to go to see which place is worth their sticker-price. Whatever you do, though, avoid Nob Hill. The name speaks for itself, this place is the wealth bubble that represents the opposite of everything San Francisco stands for. Even wealthy people prefer to hang out in places like Chinatown any day over boring, gentrified places like that.

Wine Country– A Feast For The Senses

December 29th, 2014

The California wine country is a feast for the senses. You really have to experience it in order to understand why there is so much praise and loyalty towards the region. This are encompasses the famous Napa and Sonoma valleys. Planning a trip to a vineyard has to be done in advanced, there’s just so much to see and do, you’ll want the best accommodations and guides to make sure you get your money’s worth. You could do it all on your own, or you could be pampered and lead by the best limousine tours and lodging travel packages in the country.

Napa Valley sign before you enter Napa Valley in Autumn

Choosing your destination

In the Napa Valley alone, there are over 300 winery locations like Beringer, Raymond, and Sterling. Sonoma has almost as many wineries, with Kamen and Kenwood among favorites. You’ll just have to do some research and get advice on which location has the best location and price for your trip.

If you decide you can’t pick just one and you plan on making your trip to wine country a multi-day affair, you can get with a tour agency that guides you through all the best wineries and scenic routes, while sipping on the best wine in the comfort of a limousine or bus. Another attractive feature of guided tours is that you will undoubtedly learn more about the history of California’s wine country than having to do everything by yourself and being in the right state of mind to absorb the rich history around you. Not that it can’t be done, it’s just much more difficult while juggling everyone alone.

Being a responsible wine-a-holic

What better way to enjoy the most that wine country has to offer than by leaving the designated driving to a professional chauffer? Either try to get one included in a travel package or simply hire one and include your itinerary with any one of the limo services that operate in wine country. After that, enjoy the sights of amazing vineyards and California skies.

The price for renting a limo can vary widely, based on your ability to get a deal before your arrival. Typical limousine rentals charge by the hour, but wine trip packages can give you a flat rate, so you don’t have any unexpected charges. You’ll also need to check with the wineries that you plan on visiting, as some do not accept large parties, especially the smaller, old fashion vintage wineries.

Finally, you can save a lot on your wine tour trip to wine country, depending on your choice of accommodations. There are many nice little bread and breakfast place and hostels to stay that will make your trip more personable and affordable. The, of course, you could upgrade all the way to the best Inn and Spa luxury hotels located right in the center of wine country, giving you the best location and amenities. These high-end hotels usually include deals with the wineries and limousine services, at a premium, of course.