Oswald Restaurant in Santa Cruz


When we have guests in town who appreciate upscale food, we usually default to Ristorante Avanti.    But Oswald Restaurant could be argued to take that place, so we booked a table for our 30th anniversary dinner in October 2016. Reservations …

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San Francisco Hotel is Economical and Clean in Financial District


Many San Francisco hotels near the financial district are hit or miss, unless you spring for a top chain like the Hilton or the Hyatt. A few weeks ago I took a chance on CQ Club Quarters Hotel hoping for …

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Bass Lake Chalet in the Winter


When the weather turns cold, nothing beats a cozy cabin surrounded by evergreen forest and a scenic lake. If you’re looking for a rustic setting in California that hasn’t been overrun by the Tahoe sprawl, check out Bass Lake about …

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Las Vegas Hard Rock Hotel Paradise Towers


If you’ve attended more than one rock concert, you’ll feel right at home in the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas . Besides a full casino, you’ll find plenty of restaurants (6), shops and pubs both indoor and …

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Hotel in Rome? Triplomat stays at Hotel Quirinale


Deciding on a central location for touring Rome can be confusing. Vatican? Spanish Steps? Colloseum? Roman Forum? St. Peter’s Basilica? All are within walking distance from a comfortable room at Rome’s Hotel Quirinale We used booking.com to choose Quiranale at …

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Hotels in Sorrento? Try near Sorrento in Vico Equense – Cubo Apartment Hotels


Any tour of Italy must include the Amalfi coast, a day trip to Capri, and a room with a view of the amazing coastline.  We used bookings.com to find our hotel just North of Sorrento.  Cubo Apartment Resort keeps beautiful …

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Oslo City Centre Hotel


We booked the Oslo City Centre Hotel to be near the major sights in Oslo.  Located on Stortingsgata across the park from Karl Johans Gate, the Oslo hotel is close to everything. After a 50 minute train ride from Gardermoen …

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Couch Surfing vs. Hostels vs. AirBnB vs. Hotels


When it comes to where we stay when traveling, we must choose which is more important: Budget or luxury? Authentic adventure or assured comfort? Here is the spectrum available to the traveler: Couch Surfing: Budget = Great. Authentic Adventure (and …

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Mandalay Bay Las Vegas


If you’re looking for a top poolside experience, all other things being equal, Mandalay Bay is your destination. Located on the South end of the Las Vegas Strip, the Mandalay Bay Hotel was built in 1998 and boasts 3,300 rooms …

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Las Vegas Night Clubs – XS Nightclub


Bewildered by the long list of Las Vegas Nightclubs? Here’s one that tops all others I’ve visited so far. We all want the BEST Las Vegas experience and I’ve found the right mixture for just that. To make this cocktail, …

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