Oakland, California: Highlights of the City

Jack London Square in Oakland, California.
Oakland California skyline.
Oakland California skyline.

Oakland California doesn’t get the same flattering press that some of its neighbors, like San Francisco, do, but there are many good reasons to visit the city made famous by author Jack London.  Though there are some parts of Oakland you should probably avoid visiting, just like in Chicago and Baltimore, it’s quite easy to find desirable places to enjoy time with family without visiting the bad parts.

Start with sports: The city with just 400,000 inhabitants is home to the world champion Golden State Warriors Basketball team.  Oakland’s Oracle Arena gets rocking with a sea of yellow shirts when Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant begin tossing in three-pointers and win game after game. Try to get tickets from a ticker-reseller just before game time.

Don’t miss Lake Merritt during your time in Oakland, California! This lake is recognized as the country’s first official wildlife refuge, surrounded by lush green parkland and urban city neighborhoods.

Lake Merritt, Oakland, California.
Lake Merritt, Oakland, California.

Lake Merritt is a large tidal lagoon that is home to many species and visited by locals and tourists. Inside the lake, artificial islands have been designed as bird sanctuaries. The area also features walking paths and a boating center where canoes, rowboats, and sailboats can be rented out for a day of fun on the water. Lake Merritt is a great place to visit.  There’s even a themed amusement park for children, Children’s Fairyland!

For those more interested in the flora and fauna, check out the beautiful seven-acre collection of themed gardens known as The Gardens at Lake Merritt.

Jack London Square in Oakland, California.
Jack London Square in Oakland, California.

Found on Oakland’s waterfront, Jack London Square is a popular destination named after the world-renowned author, Jack London. This area is popular for entertainment and business, boasting restaurants, stores, hotels, an Amtrak Station, and more!  Every Sunday morning, locals and visitors alike can explore the farmer’s market for some bargains and farm fresh foods.

Tilden Park is a beautiful region in Oakland filled with outdoor adventure. There’s plenty of activities to immerse yourself in including an environmental center, steam train, merry-go-round, and golf course! This 2,000+ acre park is a respite for summer fun.  While you’re there, be sure to check out the botanic garden and swim in the lake.

Afterward, enjoy a picnic in the many seating areas.

The Morcom Rose Garden is a beautiful garden in Oakland featuring intricate paths and walkways, a reflecting pool, cascading fountain, and thousands of roses. This garden is named after Mayor Frank Morcom, known for planting the first rose bush in Oakland in 1933.

This garden has been a sanctuary of peace and tranquility, even serving for special occasions such as weddings. Visiting the Morcom Rose Garden is one of the best romantic things to do in Oakland.

Kids love visiting the Oakland Zoo.
Kids love visiting the Oakland Zoo.

The Oakland Zoo features 650+ native and exotic animals, a wildlife theater, and educational programs. This animal sanctuary covers a hundred acres of modern exhibits and natural habitats. There are also interactive displays for visitors to learn more about the zoo’s inhabitants.

The Oakland Zoo is nationally known for its excellent elephant exhibit, where the grey giants roam freely. Inside the zoo, the Valley Children’s Zoo boasts interactive play structures for children and is home to a range of unusual animals, including ring-tailed lemurs, century-old tortoises, pot-bellied pigs, and bats. The Children’s Zoo also has a modern Reptile and Amphibian Discovery Room and Bug Room, which is a favorite with younger visitors.

Waterfront Hotel, a Joie de Vivre Boutique Hotel

Stay at the Waterfront Hotel, a Joie de Vivre Boutique Hotel to be in the heart of Oakland. Only a two-minute drive from Jack London Square and seven minutes from the Oakland Museum of California, this hotel will put you right in the center of it all. Enjoy one of the 143 air-conditioned rooms featuring docking stations and flat-screen televisions.

Hotel Highlights: Make sure to take advantage of the outdoor pool, sauna, and 24-hour fitness center. Enjoy a meal at the restaurant or snacks in the coffee shop/cafe. Wrap up your day with a drink at the bar/lounge. Continental breakfasts are available for a fee.

At the Hilton Oakland Airport, you’ll be close to the airport and within a five-minute drive of San Francisco Bay. Make yourself at home in one of the 360 air-conditioned rooms featuring docking stations and flat-screen televisions.

Hotel Highlights: Spend some time in the outdoor pool or fitness center. Additional amenities at this hotel include complimentary wireless Internet access, an arcade/game room, and gift shops/newsstands.

Grab a bite at Sports Edition Bar Grill, one of the hotel’s two restaurants, or stay in and take advantage of the room service. Snacks are also available at the coffee shop/café. Wrap up your day with a drink at the bar/lounge. Buffet breakfasts are available daily from 6 AM to 10 AM for a fee.

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Santa Barbara California: High-End Hotels and People Watching

Lower State Street, Santa Barbara, California.
Lower State Street, Santa Barbara, California.
Lower State Street, Santa Barbara, California.

You know your city is well off when your downtown sidewalks are decorative red brickIt’s these little details that will catch the eye of visitors and locals alike and part of what makes Santa Barbara California so special.

Come soak up the sunshine and the pleasant ocean views on your next vacation, business trip, or bleisure opportunity. 

Foodies, get psyched– food tours are one of Santa Barbara’s specialties. Cruise downtown at a leisurely pace on your fat tire cruiser bike as you sample bits from the city’s distinctive and eclectic restaurant scene.

Don’t leave without visiting one of the areas many wineries; Carr Winery, Jamie Slone Wines, or the classically named Santa Barbara winery to name a few. The climate is perfect for a variety of wines, but this one is best known for its fruit-driven Chardonnay. If that’s not so much your style, blends of Grenache-Syrah or Pinot Noir are a few other favorites.

Stearns Wharf Dolphin Fountain, Santa Barbara, California.

Stearns Wharf Dolphin Fountain, Santa Barbara, California.

 Families will appreciate Santa Barbara’s Funk Zone, an area rich with art galleries and boutiques with the up-to-date styles of California (and wine of course).

The zone is home to brewpubs, wine tastings, art galleries, and trendy boutiques. The region used to be much less visually appealing, comprised of mainly industrial warehouses. What was once a hub for the fishing industry during the nineteenth century is now turning into an upscale spot that is attracting eclectic artists and business owners.

Pass by the well-known Dolphin fountain and take a jaunt down Stearns Wharf. Other (more outdoorsy) activities in Santa Barbara include hiking, kayaking, paddle boarding,  surfing, and fishing. Don’t forget your bathing suit, the water’s almost warm enough to swim in. Not quite.

A tour of the newly opened Rosewood Miramar Beach
A tour of the newly opened Rosewood Miramar Beach

There is no shortage of hotels and lodgings, whatever your budget. Those with a few extra bucks to spare should consider the new Miramar Hotel. Located in the affluent community of Montecito, (home of Oprah Winfrey and plenty of other billionaires)  the hotel is marked by many tells of its creator, Rick Caruso, including photos of his four kids above the bar to his family crest strewn throughout the modern beach styled get-away.

You might even get to glimpse the talented Leonardo Dicaprio, spotted at the resort not too long ago. Rooms start at $800 a night, with the grande suite coming in at a whopping $5,000 a night.

Other lodgings to appreciate include Hotel California with a Middle Eastern theme and the Santa Barbara Inn, recently renovated with views of the beach and mountains.

Santa Barbara resident Arthur von Wiesenberger shares his favorite restaurants in the city.
Santa Barbara resident Arthur von Wiesenberger shares his favorite restaurants in the city.

Fresh Takes on food

In a feature story on GoNOMAD Travel, local Arthur von Weisenberger shared his personal favorites of his hometown.  There are plenty of new options to grab a bite at in Santa Barbara.

Santa Mezcal is restaurateur Carlos Luna of Los Agaves Restaurants’ latest creation. The cuisine puts a Santa Barbara spin on traditional Mexican flavors by mixing in local and seasonal ingredients of the Santa Barbara region in. “The food is terrific, it’s very authentic,” Wiesenberger said.

Sit outside on the terrace to people-watch State Street’s pedestrians as you indulge in bold, exciting dishes.

“You can sit on the street and watch all the action on State Street– or you could sit inside and watch all the action at the bar,” Wiesenberger said.

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7 Underrated Places in the US the Whole Family Will Love

Family Vacation Summer 2019

Family Vacation Summer 2019

While classic summer vacations like Disney, The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, the Wisconsin Dells, and Cedar Point might all be fun, the options below take a path less traveled. Your family will make memories they won’t soon forget and you’ll find something for everyone.

San Diego

This pretty city has perfect weather year-round. The whole family will enjoy manageable summer heat with zero humidity.

The award-winning San Diego Zoo is one of the largest and most reputable in the world, and is a must-stop for families. You’ll delight in seeing the giant pandas, but the fun doesn’t stop there. The northern frontier area boasts polar bears and arctic foxes while the African exhibit includes leopards, rare baboons, and lemurs.

Families can enjoy some of the nicest beaches in the country with activities like seal tours, snorkeling with sharks, and surf lessons. You can also do San Diego sand-free at the incredible Children’s Museum, Belmont Amusement Park, LEGOLand, Balboa Park, and countless other small attractions where your child can explore his or her interests.

Miami Beach

Florida beaches like Destin and Saint Petersburg are a hit with families. So are North Florida family hubs like Disney World and Cape Canaveral. But South Florida has something different to offer. Boasting the most tropical stateside beaches, the snorkeling in Miami Beach can’t be beat, as you’ll easily spot tons of colorful fish and aquatic life.

When the heat becomes too much at midday, head indoors for more fun. There’s an exceptional children’s museum between Miami and Miami Beach not far from Jungle Island – a great indoor spot to enjoy orangutans, lemurs, sloths, and other jungle creatures. They also feature indoor sky-diving simulation, escape rooms, and more. The Ritz-Carlton at Bal Harbor also has a well-loved children’s beach club experience, but there are many other family-friendly resorts and hotels to explore, too.

New Orleans

New Orleans =swathed in beads and feathers for Mardi Gras is not the only draw to this warm and diverse city. While your family will undoubtedly enjoy the delicious seafood, Creole cuisine and French pastries, the Big Easy boasts much more than great dining.

NOLA is loaded with historical museums, beautiful outdoor experiences, and family-friendly music experiences. Gator tours will thrill kids and adults of all ages, the enchanting train garden makes for a fun adventure inside the botanical gardens. No family vacation to New Orleans would be complete without a romp through Storyland Park, which brings your family’s favorite characters and fairytales to life. New Orleans also caters to families with kid-friendly book stores, kid-focused restaurants, and parks on every corner. Your crew might be begging to stay forever.

Anchorage

Alaska gets a bad rap as a freezing cold arctic experience featuring moose encounters. While the potential for moose encounters holds true all year round, Alaska can be downright springlike. It’s a solid choice for escaping the hight temps of July and August. Stay in Anchorage, and plan trips from there to Alaska’s many outdoor destinations.

At wildlife hubs like the Sea Life Center, the Wildlife Conservatory, and Denali National Park, your family will get the chance to see – and even interact with – tons of native wildlife. Sled dogs, sea otters and puffins are among the protected creatures you might meet and interact with on tours, while luckier travelers will see bison, moose, reindeer, and even bears. Tours of all kinds allow you to paddle, hike, or cruise through the various ecosystems that make up Alaska’s unique lands.

In Anchorage itself, your family will love exploring The Imaginarium Science Discovery Center at the Anchorage Museum or the Nancy Lake State Recreational Park. Grab a Discovery Duffel at the botanical gardens, stuffed with challenges and activities for kids, and relax at a cafe or poolside at your hotel.  

Gatlinburg

Gatlinburg is an eastern Tennessee town you may or may not have ever heard of. For those in the know, the Smoky Mountains bring all of the enchantment and mystery of the western US mountains to the eastern hills.

If you’ve never been, one trip on the Ober Gatlinburg Aerial Tram will blow your mind. This tram will give you a bird’s eye view of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park which is as incredible as it sounds. Even better, the end of the tram will drop you and your troops at a mountain-town amusement park. In nearby Anakeesta, you’ll enjoy mining for gems and traversing the treehouse park. By the way, mom and dad, the views are insane.

Other attractions in the area include Dollywood, exploring the Ripley’s Believe-it-or-not Museum and playing with penguins at Ripley’s Aquarium, entering a dessert dreamland at Crave Golf Club and more.   

Sleeping Bear Dunes

Lake Michigan is an attraction unto itself, with the usability and accessibility of a freshwater lake and the size and waves of a coastal beach vacation.

While America’s largest lake offers plenty of spots to stay and play, Sleeping Bear Dunes is among the most unique. This area boasts forests and dunes that invite adventurers to hike, bike, ride, tube, or buggy. The lake also offers constant entertainment from wading, swimming, and sandcastle building for little kiddos to jet skiing, hang-gliding, and learning to surf for older kids.

For the whole family, this area is spotted with old-town shops, ice cream parlors, and at night, the Lanphier Observatory is perfect for stargazing and forgetting to check your phone.

Olympic National Park

For an all-in-one outdoor excursion your family won’t soon forget, head to Washington state and the Olympic National Park. This national park is one of the most ecologically diverse as it includes mountains, lakes, ocean beaches, and temperate rainforests. Choose to camp in one of many pristine and remote campgrounds, opt for a lakeside resort like the Quinault lodge, or grab a hotel in a nearby staple city like Olympia, Shelton, or Port Angeles.

On the west side of the park, your crew can experience tidepools, whale watching, and sea otter spotting at the Kalaloch beaches. To the south, dip a kayak or canoe into Quinault lake, then hike out to see the world’s largest Sitka spruce tree. On the north side, from Port A, take a casual hike through the Hoh rainforest, where spots like the Hall of Mosses, bear-sightings along the salmon-filled Hoh River, or one of many gorgeous waterfalls will enchant you. From Port Angeles, you can also take a short drive to Hurricane Ridge to see acres and acres of wildflowers peppered with deer, foxes, and elk with a stunning mountain backdrop. (This is a great place to snowshoe, sled, and ski in the winter, too!)

If your family loves the water, take a dip in Lake Crescent – this lake is free of algae and is one of the deepest and cleanest in the country. You can also visit Sol Duc Hot Springs for an any-season soak. The Puget Sound, to the east, could round out your trip and, for families with time, nearby Olympia and Seattle offer tons of indoor excitement, too.

Where will you be traveling this summer?

Anaheim, California Enters the Big Time

Steelcraft container park in Garden Grove, California.
JW Marriott in Anaheim, opening in 2019.
JW Marriott in Anaheim, opening in 2019.

Anaheim, California has passed an important milestone in the travel convention business–their convention center is now 1.8 million square feet, so they can attract some of the biggest meetings and conferences in the state.

Next June, the city will host the world with the huge IPW Show presented by USA Travel. More than 6,000 travel and tourism representatives from 75 countries and all of the US states will be there.

Anaheim has been on a hotel-building boom, with more than 23 million visitors year ’round, and 150 hotels in the city that calls Disneyland home.  Here are some of the highlights.

Catal Restaurant, Downtown Disney, Anaheim.
Catal Restaurant, Downtown Disney, Anaheim.

At Disneyland, the company is  building a new 700-room luxury hotel. It’s slated to open in 2021.   Also in the works is the city’s first Element by Westin property that will open this summer at 205 W. Alro Way, just four miles from the Anaheim Convention Center.

The five-story, 174-room hotel will offer a pool deck with barbecue grills and lounge chairs, suites and studio rooms, plus a fitness center.

A luxury hotel by JW Marriott is in the works to open in 2019, adjacent to the GardenWalk in the city’s Resort district.  The 12-story $150 million property will have 466 guest rooms as well as meeting space for groups.

The seven-story Westin Anaheim Resort adjacent to the Anaheim Convention Center will feature 613 guest rooms, including 101 suites, three restaurants, two bars including a rooftop lounge and provide guests a great view of Disneyland’s nightly fireworks.   This major property will also be opening in Anaheim 2019.

Anaheim is definitely a city for beer lovers. Currently there are 15 craft breweries in the city and there are three more on the drawing board for 2019!  And many of the existing breweries are expanding, like Golden Road Brewing that’s across from Angels stadium and offers a new 18,000 square foot indoor and outdoor beer garden and full service restaurant.  Noble Ale Works, near Honda Stadium, is also expanding this year by 10,000 square feet. Drink up!

SteelCraft Garden Grove just added the containers to the site November 2018, so it should be ready to open in 2019.
SteelCraft Garden Grove just added the containers to the site November 2018, so it should be ready to open in 2019.

Anaheim is also getting its own container park, like the one in Las Vegas, built from the homely containers that you can also see now in Long Beach.   This will be Orange County’s first shipping container food hall.  SteelCraft Garden Grove will include 20 artisanal retailers and restaurants, including coffee, wine, beer and dessert offerings, all located in repurposed cargo containers that are 40 feet each.  Opening in 2019.

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The Hopper is the Best Way to See San Diego


Stress-free Transportation in San Diego–The Hopper!

Brand new transportation from Anaheim to San Diego has arrived.  The Hopper Shuttle is now available for travelers making their way through California by bus.

The Hopper is available for travelers going from Anaheim to San Diego on a trip, and it aims to target the travelers who would prefer to explore San Diego stress-free.

Deciding which trip package you want to purchase is the only difficult decision. You tailor your own trip to include the mix of tickets and transportation that’s right for you for your next trip to San Diego.

Stops that are featured by the Hopper Shuttle include Old Town, Embarcadero, Seaport Village, Gaslamp, Balboa Park, and Little Italy.

Ticket options include the Hopper All In package, which gives you one full day of exploring San Diego in comfort and style through this transportation-only experience. Stops with this package include Old Town, Embarcadero – North, Embarcadero – South, Seaport Village, Gaslamp, Balboa Park, and Little Italy.

The Hopper Plus package is exactly the same as the Hopper All In package; however, the length of the use of the transportation system is extended to two days.

Attractions Admissions Included

Attractions that are featured in the package include Petco Park Tours, the USS Midway Museum, the Hornblower 1-Hour Harbor Cruise, the Flagship Coronado Ferry, the Maritime Museum, and the Antique Carousel at Seaport Village.  Pay for the bus, get the attractions admissions included!

The Hopper Shuttle advertises as being a travel guide to San Diego for you. The transportation system has put together several of the best recommendations for exploring America’s Finest City, whether you’re into art, culture, history, or just fun activities.

According to the company’s CEO, Tom D’Amato, “the Hopper will make it easier than ever for people to see the best spots in America’s Finest City, whether you’re visiting for a family vacation or making the most of a business trip. Our goal is to help people make lasting fun memories in our city and get them to their Next Stop: Paradise!”

Tranluscent windows make seeing even the tops of the buildings easy aboard the Hopper bus. Hopper Bus photos.
Tranluscent windows make seeing even the tops of the buildings easy aboard the Hopper bus. Hopper Bus photos.

The Hopper Shuttle is equipped with comfortable seats and tables to sit with friends at. The bus also has a translucent bus-long window on the ceiling to let in natural light and the sweeping views.

Consider catching the big blue Hopper Shuttle for your next excursion into San Diego to get a real taste of the city, while also having your trip scheduled and routed for you.

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San Diego: What’s New In California’s Southernmost City?

Fallen Star

San Diego is well-known for its beaches, great weather, and not-so-great football team, the lowly Chargers.  But, the So-cal city offers much more than an appealing climate. From a famous haunted house to a massive park, San Diego has quite a few attractions that don’t have to do with beaches.

Overlooking the University of California, San Diego is Do Ho Suh’s “Fallen Star” sculpture. The unusual work of art sits atop the seventh floor of UC San Diego’s Jacobs Hall in the shape of a home. There is even a rooftop garden that accompanies the Seoul National University graduate’s incredible sculpture!

The Whaley House in San Diego features the Whaley House Museum, the Verna House, the Whaley House Museum Shop, two false front store buildings, and the Derby-Pendleton House. The Whaley House Complex is famous for its historical architecture, as well as its haunted folklore. You can tour the complex and learn a thing or two about California history and folklore!

Balboa Park in San Diego, acres and acres to enjoy.
Balboa Park in San Diego: acres and acres to enjoy.

Massive Balboa Park in San Diego boasts about 1,200 acres of gardens, walking paths, museums, theaters, and the popular San Diego Zoo. You could spend an entire day at Balboa Park considering the fact that the venue covers multiple forms of entertainment and activities. And various shopping opportunities at the park will leave you with some great souvenirs!

When you’re in San Diego, also check out some of these cool restaurants:

On Washington Street in San Diego is Lucha Libres Tacos. The wrestling-themed taco stop features Mexican wrestling paraphernalia, great tacos, and Mexican wrestling films on the TV; a truly unique eatery!

Speaking of unique restaurants, have you heard of Pop Pie Co. in San Diego? The neighborhood hangout offers a variety of savory and sweet pies in a casual setting. Pop Pie Co. also serves coffee and various craft beers!

When you’re planning your trip to San Diego, consider staying in one of these San Diego hotels:

After a $12 million renovation, The Inn at Rancho Santa Fe in San Diego is ready to give guests a luxurious stay. Each room comes with flat screen TVs, laptop-compatible safes, work stations with wireless internet, plush robes, and more. And the Rancho Santa Fe Golf Club, the Rancho Santa Fe Tennis Club, and a heated saltwater pool within a private garden will keep you active!

The Pendry San Diego, located on J Street in close proximity to Petco Park, the San Diego Convention Center, bars, beaches, and tons more. The hotel itself has six restaurants and bars offering cuisine from talented chefs and unique concepts, and rooms come with Bluetooth-enabled speakers, fully-stocked mini bar, complimentary wifi, and more!

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San Diego: Summer Happenings in America’s Finest City

San Diego's famed Gaslamp Quarter is full of nightlife and great restaurants.
San Diego’s famed Gaslamp Quarter is full of nightlife and great restaurants.

The beautiful city of San Diego, California is playing host to a whole smorgasbord of events ranging from international soccer to an expansive county fair. There’s something to do for everyone in the Plymouth of the West this summer!

The San Diego County Fair alone has enough going on to satisfy everyone in the family. A Wild Wild West theme is the backdrop for the fair that includes live musical entertainment, the International Beer Festival, deep-fried foods, woodworking, livestock exhibits, an award-winning flower show, and much more.

In early July, the CONCACAF Gold Cup, an international soccer competition, will take a couple of its opening round games to Qualcomm Stadium in the city. The Mexican national team will be one of the teams competing in these open round games in California’s southern city.

Watch dogs compete and surf in San Diego this summer!
Watch dogs compete and surf in San Diego this summer!

You can even watch dogs surf!  In late July, Imperial Beach will host the annual Surf Dog Competition. More than 70 dogs will be competing in various surfing challenges that will surely be a treat to see in person!

The city is accustomed to many glorious hotels with beach themes and plenty of amenities. When in Rome, well, San Diego, try these hotels on for size:

The Hotel Indigo San Diego Gaslamp Quarter is a boutique hotel located Downtown. This pet-friendly lodge is eco-friendly and even has a rooftop bar!

Believe it or not, but the Best Western Plus Island Palms Hotel and Marina is a very stylish hotel that truly draws itself apart from its other U.S. locations. Tons of suite options, a long list of amenities, and some fantastic views make this hotel a must stay venue!   

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San Francisco Never Forgot the Summer of Love

This summer, celebrate the 50th anniversary of 1967's Summer of Love in San Francisco!
This summer, celebrate the 50th anniversary of 1967's Summer of Love in San Francisco!
This summer, celebrate the 50th anniversary of 1967’s Summer of Love in San Francisco!

San Francisco’s 50th Summer of Love Festival is quickly approaching as summer is upon is.  In the heart of one of the most diverse cities in the world, visitors can expect the celebration to feature dozens of events, activities, exhibitions, and an insight into the rich history of the Love Festival which first took place in 1967.

The festival prides itself on allowing people to display their own unique and creative ways of self-expression, whether that be through elegant artwork or live music. In addition to the festival, San Francisco offers several other music oriented destinations for all music loving visitors, such as The Fillmore Music Hall and The Great American Music Hall.

If the crowd of festival goers is too intimidating on the narrow street of Haight-Ashbury, no worries, a quick bite to eat at the Yellow Submarine located on 503 Irving St. will surely fix any worries, and cravings too.

The tiny corner building tucked behind the sidewalk cannot be missed, as it is painted is the most vibrant hue of yellow with a red awning draping down the top of the entrance. To fully experience this one of a kind sub shop, a steak and cheese with all the “fixings” are a must try.

What makes this sandwich so memorable is the fresh steak that is stacked sky high, be sure to ask for it cut in half, the enormity of it means you’ll be taking the other half home.

The original Summer of Love celebration in San Francisco in 1967.
The original Summer of Love celebration in San Francisco in 1967.

If a lunch with a view sounds appealing, luckily Twin Peaks can be accessed via foot from The Yellow Submarine. Enjoy your sub on the top of the two infamous hills that overlook the beautiful city landscape, with a vast birds-eye view, the festival will definitely be visible.

The low murmurs of the music might even be heard from the heights too. The winding road leading up to the peaks is a short 15-minute hike, but the view is worth every step. The daytime view is stunning, but schedule a visit at sunset and see the city lights emerge like fireflies on the horizon.

The first package deal, Summer of Love at The de Young, includes two VIP general admission tickets to the de Young Museum, which will be displaying the “Summer of Love Experience: Art, Fashion, and Rock & Roll” and 10% off the best available rate. The special exhibit costs 10 dollars and grants visitors the ability to discover a remarkable collection of rock posters, photographs, interactive light shows, and more.

The Summer of Love & Festivals package deals allows guests 15% off the best available rate and the opportunity the explore the city and partake in the festival.

The Summer of Love Festival is a one of a kind experience in a city filled with remarkable food, history, and sights. Pack your hippy glasses and your flowy skirts and make your way to the West Coast to participate in the spiritual awakening of thousands of people celebrating love.

These days, San Francisco is known for its upscale hotels like the Fairmont and others. To dive into more detail of what to expect at the festival, visit www.summeroflove2017.com

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