San Francisco Trolley Tour

San Francisco Cable Car

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

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.

Networking = Builing a Community

Last week, I went to the Networking Expo hosted by the OSU Women in Communications.  I had a pretty good time talking to different employers, even though the resounding message I heard was that everyone needs undergrad interns and not new employees, bummer.

I did receive some really great advice from Jill Brown of the Oklahoma Gazette.  She said that if she were to give any advice to college undergrads, it would be that they need to network.  They need to get plugged into their future community and meet people because those people will be incredibly benficial in the future.

Can you be too social?

The interesting thing about taking a course on social media is that you can no longer just admire it from afar or be partially involved in it.   Instead, you become so occupied with all things social media that you start to ignore the real relationships in your life.  Instead of picking up your phone and making a call, you’re direct messaging your friends on Twitter.  You may end up staring at the screen for hours waiting for new blogs to upload into your reader.

Figuring out the give and take in the relationship between social media and the rest of your life takes a little bit of effort.  I’m definitely still struggling to figure this out.  Over the weekend I didn’t check Twitter, my Google Reader or Facebook all day Saturday and I didn’t miss it at all, but when I got back on everything Sunday afternoon, I felt a little bit out of the loop.

I suppose it is all apart of the learning process and fortunately, I’m in a class that allows me a whole semester to try and get the hang of it.

Air France slashes airfares to Europe

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

Air France

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!

Eiffel Tower

Eiffel Tower

Napa Valley Wine Train Tour

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

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

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.

It’s as easy as 1, 2, 3

I’m not supposed to tell you this but making your own Web site is super easy.  So easy that in less than 30 minutes my Social Media class created our very own.  It cost very little money and still needs some content development but the creating of the bare bones of the site was a breeze.

This Web site is being set up as a community for the JB students at OSU to talk with PR professionals and alumni about jobs, internships, resumes, networking, etc.  It is also going to be a great resource for high schoolers trying to discover what they want to study in college.  They will be able to ask questions and get the answers that the college Web site doesn’t have available to them.

Keep a look out for more development at sociallyorange.org.

Vacation Swiss Family Robinson Style?

Canyon Lake Tree House

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

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.

Bertha's Bedroom

Bertha's Bedroom

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!