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What’s New in Napa: Enter for a Chance to Win a Napa Vacation

Napa. Just that one little word sends a frisson of excitement through me. The wine, the warm weather, the local vintages, the stunning landscapes–it’s one of the loveliest spots on earth.

As a team we’ve blogged about the differences between Napa and Sonoma, where to stay in downtown Napa, how to sip and cycle in Napa and Sonoma, and even what to do beyond Napa, but now I think it’s time to check in on my favorite destination and see what’s new for the summer.

Check out our Napa Valley vacation deals, book your trip, and then keep reading to learn about the latest and greatest attractions in the region. Plus, enter for a chance to win a free trip for two to Napa courtesy of VisitCalifornia.


5 Great Things to Do Around San Diego

I’m a little biased when it comes to San Diego. I lived there for six months (which wasn’t long enough) and I got married there too. Now that my parents are living in the area, I find myself down there at least every couple of months, which is certainly enough time to craft a well-worn list of favorite activities in and around the area. Here are my top five:

The cactus garden at Balboa Park: Yes, Balboa Park itself is fantastic, from the world-class museums to the incredible architecture to the shady pathways just perfect for strolling. I’m partial, though, to the outdoor cactus garden right at the back, which you can explore for free. Take tons of pictures!

5 Best Places To See Stars in Hollywood

Some people go to Hollywood for the sunshine. Some go for the nightlife. And some–like me–go so they can just see a famous person already. Is that so bad? Below, you’ll find five spots where it’s possible your Us Weekly might just come to life.

1. Chateau Marmont: The ultimate Hollywood hideout, this French-style hotel has seen its share of famous residents—many of whom (like Lindsay Lohan) even called it home.

2. Urth Cafe: Want to spot an Olsen twin? This organic eatery is right up your alley. And even if you don’t see a famous face, you’re guaranteed a great cookie.

3. Fred Segal: If you want to see fancy people, you’ve got to head to a fancy store. This upmarket clothing retailer on Melrose has a roster of famous clients; just try not seeing one.

Why I Want to Go on a Mammoth, California Vacation

After nine months of living in California I’m still in the honeymoon phase. I’ve got hearts in my eyes and I’m still fascinated with all that this great state has to offer. Originally from New York, I was often caught in traffic jams and abnormally small apartments. The change to California gave me a breath of fresh air and a desire to explore.  I’ve been researching a bit on destinations that offer many outdoor activities and aren’t completely exploited by tourists. I came across Mammoth, California and now I’ve got my heart set on something new. My apologies San Francisco, but here’s why I must leave you (temporarily!) to visit Mammoth: