Where shall I go?

If you’re like most Americans to grandmothers house or some version thereof. Many of you are heading home this week to be with friends and family over the Thanksgiving holiday. It is estimated that 27 million people will fly this year. That is a staggering amount of people. Just thinking about it brings images of long lines at the airport, at security and the baggage carousel. I say if you can put off your travel this year by just a week or two you should save yourself the agony and try for a December deal. The first two weeks of the month are relatively light for flying. Airlines know this and are offering deals on their websites and via their newsletters. If you must travel this Thanksgiving, be sure you have the following: (1) a good book; (2) water and snacks; (3) an extra supply of any medications you may be taking; and finally an almost endless supply of patience. The airlines will try to get you to your destination on time, but let’s face it no one likes working on holidays.

As for me, you’ll find me on my couch recovering from too much food and Thanksgiving Day parade watching. Happy holidays!

Where shall I go?

With weather in the 80’s and a cerulean blue sea, Tulum is truly one of the wonders of the world. The ruins come right up to the beachfront. While it’s a bit overrun by tour buses, for the photos alone, it’s still worth the trip.

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While in New York City last week I happened upon the J.P. Morgan library. Located at Madison Avenue and 36th Streets it’s a bibliophile’s dream. The classic original building has been wedded to a modern glass atrium. Inside you’ll find what appears to be John Pierpont Morgan’s library. Really it is a building specifically designed to house his massive collection of first editions, rare manuscripts and art. Don’t miss the ceiling paintings in the rotunda. They seem PreRaphaelite and the gold accents have been painted in such a way that you want to reach up and touch them.

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To Manhattan’s Grand Central Station. That’s where I’m heading this week. You see Oct. 31st – Nov. 3rd SpaFinder.com is holding The Spa Experience. Set up in Vanderbilt Hall, the show is open to the public and intended to help you connect with spas worldwide. Hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Over 50 vendors will be present, so why not stop by, get a few vacation ideas, and sample some beauty products?

Where shall I go?

I apologize for the late post. I have to admit I’ve been wracking my brain all day for where to send you. The truth is, it was such a gorgeous day here in Northern California that I really want to send you to San Francisco. That’s right, my hometown, the City by the Bay as Journey would say. The weather in October and November here is usually stellar, but this year it’s a cut above. The forecast this week has temperatures in the 80s. You see we’re having an El Nino year, which means you don’t want to be here between December and February (rain, rain and more rain). However, the Fall (our Summer) is absolutely beautiful. Crisp blue skies, temperate weather, and lots and lots of outdoor cafes where you can hang out and people watch. Add the cable cars and you have heaven on earth. You can see why we all move here, right?

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How about a cozy little East Coast B&B? Overlooking the harbor, this gorgeous inn is just a short walk from downtown. It has a full wraparound porch so you can enjoy breakfast or wine and cheese outside on sunny days. The backyard also has a Zen garden if you just want to contemplate or chill out. Interested in booking a weekend? Drop me a message. You’ll be enjoying a hearty bowl of fresh clam chowder and watch the leaves turn in no time.

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I found a B&B recently where I didn’t just want to unpack, I wanted to move in. Lara House Lodge in Central Oregon features a beautifully tiled fireplace and a distinctly Frank Lloyd Wright-esque decor.

I booked the Drake Room (pictured). It had comfortable furniture, soothing colors and a claw foot tub in the bath. It’s also on the front of the house, so it has a great view of the park across the street.

The inn is in a lovely neighborhood just off downtown, so you can easily walk to shopping, a brew pub or out to dinner. Breakfast, wine and hors d’ouevres are served daily and parking is included. I would highly recommend staying here if you plan to visit Bend. Lara House is just like a boutique hotel only cozier.

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Ever since reading about the Jupiter Hotel in Travel & Leisure several years ago I’ve longed to stay here. Well, this week I’ve finally made it. The hotel is truly the hipster paradise it’s advertised to be. Attached to the Doug Fir Lounge it’s a hotspot for local and regional bands. There is a large party tent connecting what used to be an old motel.

Rooms have all the longed for creative touches:

– chalkboard doors…the adult equivalent of “keep out” signs
– free wifi thoughout the hotel
– an on site tattoo parlour, rocker hair salon, and adult toy store
– free condoms at turndown (just don’t mistake this cheeky gift for your mint!)

I must in all conscience list a few cautions. Do not stay here if you’re looking for a good night’s sleep. No room is far enough away from the either the lounge or the party space to give you peace and quiet. The room decor can be a bit random (and doesn’t look like the website). For instance our room sported a yellow toilet that always made you think twice about whether you were getting a fresh bowl. There is also a large green throw pillow on the bed that looks like the love child of Oscar the Grouch and the proverbial grassy knoll. We voted it off the island as just too creepy.

On the plus side if you check in after midnight rooms can be had for as little as $89 per night. Breakfast and/or cocktails at the Doug Fir are a must. The neighborhood has a lot of cool vintage stores, coffee shops and boutiques. Best of all the hotel is within walking distance of Voodoo Doughnuts.

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October is just around the corner, so I’m thinking why not celebrate with a trip to one of many Oktoberfests across the nation?

Can’t get the time off? How about a brewery tour right in your own backyard? Here in San Francisco you can tour our famous Anchor Steam Brewery and get a history lesson along with your brew.

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The cooler Fall months are the perfect time to head South. Savannah, Georgia is one of my favorite cities. The center of the city is a dedicated historic district. The Historic Savannah Foundation fought to preserve the area’s character and many houses have since been renovated.

Set up on a grid pattern Savannah is the perfect walking city. You come upon square after square (24 in all!) with lovely gardens or public parks. There are sculptures, museums and hotels aplenty. There are also nightly ghost tours for the stout of heart.