San Francisco Cable Car
Two summers back, Russ and I spent a weekend visiting San Francisco. We had a great time exploring the Golden Gate city and discovered that the best way to see the area is on a trolley tour. The Motorized Cable Car Tour is awesome! It’s a 2 1/2 hour narrated tour on an authentic Motorized Cable Car. You get to see Fisherman’s Wharf, North Beach, Nob Hill, Downtown, Chinatown, the waterfront, the Palace of Fine Arts, Union Square, the Golden Gate Bridge and everything in between.
Palace of Fine Arts
My favorite parts were driving past the house used as the exterior for “Full House” and getting to see Lombard Street from the top without having to climb up there myself.
If you’re in the Bay are, this tour is a must! Check it out here.
I wish I weren’t in college, I would fly to Europe spur of the moment on Air France, which is offering an amazing sale for the month of March. Book your flight by Thursday (Feb. 26) and you can fly from Chicago to Dublin for $146, from Washington D.C. to Barcelona for $247 and from New York to Paris for $209. That’s amazing!
Air France is also offering a free stop in Paris in each direction. This means that you can take your connecting flight several says after arriving in Paris at no extra charge. You can actually do it twice. One time you can check out the Louvre and the Eiffel Tower and the other time you can float the Seine.
Jump on this deal if you can and send me your pictures so I can live vicariously through you!
I’ve done your basic tour of the wine country before but it wasn’t anything like the Napa Valley Wine Train Tour. This tour serves you perfect pairings of wine and gourmet food while riding in vintage rail cars. How cool is that?
Napa Valley Wine Train
The 36-mile round trip journey travels through Napa, Yountville, Oakville, Rutherford, St. Helena and back. It allows you to choose what type of meal you would like. You can choose a four-course meal in the Dining car, a romantic moonlight dinner in the Vista Dome or an open-air, ala-carte meal in Silverado car. These experiences cater to a wide-range of budgets and tastes in order to make the tour fit your needs.
Napa Valley Wine Train
The tour hosts many different events throughout the year: a Murder Mystery Dinner Theatre, where professional actors dressed in 1915-era costumes mingle with the guests; a weekly Vinter’s Lunch, where a special guest vinter works with the train’s chef and wine director to plan a four-course meal; and many other special events that feature wines from around the globe. These events are kinda pricey, but well worth it if you’re looking for a one-of-a-kind experience.
Canyon Lake Tree House
Just outside of New Braunsfels is the Canyon Lake Tree House. Sleeping in a tree house is a childhood dream of mine and the picturesque description of this one is makes it sounds so enticing:
“The view of the lake from this redwood deck will take your breath away. You may choose to eat outside or relax under the stars The two huge oak tress make a shady green umbrella of leaves to make your private world a peaceful hideaway of beauty and fun.”
Unfortunately, upon further inspection of the Web site, the tree house is not quite a “tree house.” Instead, it’s an elevated house surrounded by trees. Bummer. Oh well, it still looks rustic and beautiful, just not quite the childhood dream.
Gruene Mansion Inn
Another place to stay while visiting New Braunsfels is the Texas Historic Landmark Gruene Mansion Inn Bed and Breakfast.
The B&B is located in the heart of the Gruene community right next to the Dance Hall. It has 31 rooms, each with a private entrance, bath and porch (for ultimate privacy). They’re decorated with elegant Victorian antiques and are quite popular with couples and for girlfriend getaways, especially if you take advantage of one of their package deals with the nearby spa.
I want to stay at this B&B. It’s beautiful! Maybe my future husband will bring me here someday. They can even provide a romantic gift package that comes with chapagne and chocolate-covered strawberries, yum!