5 Hot 5 Cold

Ten Worthy Winter Trips Winter has welcomed cold weather to San Joaquin County giving residents two choices when it comes to this season’s vacation plans: they can either head to the snow-capped mountains where winter activities abound, or they can get the hell out of […]

Getaway: Half Moon Bay

It’s time to soak up the last rays of summer before San Joaquin’s bright sunshine gives way to the overcast skies of fall. Spend one of your last weekends at the beach to enjoy the fleeting moments of warm-weather aficionados’ favorite season. Sink your toes […]

The Perfect Patriotic Getaway: Boston

For West Coast natives, the historic charm of the East is often the most enticing reason to set off on a cross-country journey. Where history, beer, and baseball reign supreme, Boston, Mass. is prime for July, when Americans celebrate independence and freedom. Founded in 1630, […]

Get Out of Town: San Diego

By Nora Heston Tarte Escape the rainy Northern California weather by heading south, where the forecast reads 75 and sunny almost every day of the year. San Diego with its scenic beaches and booming nightlife is the perfect escape for Central Valley residents this spring. […]

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Las Vegas: Re-Invented

By Don & Ann Jackson It’s been quite a few years since we’d been to Vegas and was pleasantly surprised at the numerous changes we encountered. Naturally, the casinos and major name entertainment are still of paramount importance for those folks who enjoy either or […]

Kauai, Hawaii – The Garden Island

A Very Popular Holiday Vacation Destination By Don and Ann Jackson A few years ago we read about a majority poll of California residents that listed Hawaii as their most preferred dream vacation and we have to agree. It’s always been our favorite destination and […]

25 Family Fun Things-to-do From San Francisco to San Jose

by Don & Ann Jackson  When we first learned we had this challenging assignment it soon became clear that we needed to define our boundaries for Silicon Valley. Some folks believe that Silicon Valley is just Santa Clara County. Others think it includes some or […]

Ireland Forever

When we heard the news last year that Aer Lingus, the premier Irish airline, had once again started direct non-stop flights from San Francisco to Dublin we jumped at the chance to return to our favorite European country. Anyone with even a little Irish heritage […]

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Monterey Peninsula's Iconic Cannery Row

For years some of our favorite vacations have been to the Monterey Bay area, including the peninsula’s well known destinations like Carmel, Pebble Beach, Carmel Valley and downtown Monterey itself. Each town has their own unique qualities, but Monterey may offer the most options for […]

Washington D.C.

When I told my 12-year-old daughter our first stop in Washington DC would likely be the National Mall her reply was, “Is there a Forever 21 there?” With that remark and a lot of teasing from her older brother, my husband and I knew a […]

Chicago: Architects, Authors & Al Capone – Oh, My!

Oprah Winfrey may be the face of today’s Chicago, but there was a time when names like George “Bugs” Moran, Frank “Tight Lips” Gusenberg and Johnny “The Fox” Torrio trilled off the tongues of frightened citizens. And, while these mobsters of yesteryear have been swimming […]

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