Rosebuds Blog

Some help with your holiday travel and shopping

November 17, 2014

One of the big dilemmas of holiday gift giving is figuring out what to buy family members and friends. Some people seem to have everything. Other people don’t seem to be interested in anything. Gift cards that act as cash tend to be impersonal and suggest that we put little thought into the effort. Meanwhile, we are busy making all sorts of plans for the holidays. This is when it might be wise to call in professional help. This is why The Rose Hotel maintains a professional relationship with … (click on the headline to continue reading)

USA Today visits The Rose to see a special dignitary

November 07, 2014

Jim Corbett, USA Today sports writer, entered our lobby earlier this month for a very special appointment. The details of that visit appeared in the Nov. 6 edition of his newspaper. His mission: To meet with, interview and profile NFL coaching, broadcasting and videogame legend John Madden — who also happens to be owner of The Rose Hotel, which Corbett described as “an elegant 38-room gem” owned by Coach Madden his sons Mike and Joe. Considering that no nationally circulated, general interest newspaper writes about travel, tourism and hotels as often and thoroughly as USA Today, we will take a moment to blush. And now we’ll spend the rest of this blog post expressing… (click on the headline to continue reading)

Some tips for staying healthy while traveling

October 29, 2014

The perfect finish to business or vacation travel is to return home in good health. In other words, energized by the experience and free of a cold or flu. That goes for their symptoms as well, such as scratchy eyes, a runny nose or achy joints. Catching an illness while traveling is strongly associated with air travel, which is why many travelers focus on trying to keep their seats and tray tables germ-free. Not a bad idea, but it is perhaps even more important to focus on some practices that keep us healthy whether traveling or carrying out the duties of everyday working life. Those would include … (click on the headline to continue reading)

A Halloween and ghost walk to remember

October 10, 2014

For many, Halloween is the favorite of all holidays. Human beings are fascinated with the supernatural, elements of which are essential to Halloween lore. Talk of ghosts and goblins and other supernatural beings adds possibilities and intrigue to life, and it’s suggestive that life exists beyond the physical, lending credence to notions that life is everlasting, and it is only the vessels or forms that change. Any or all of these reasons might be why the Ghost Walk — which includes stops right here at The Rose Hotel — is so popular. The Ghost Walk is a Halloween classic, and a favorite among Rose Hotel guests. Many of the scheduled tours sell out. Affordable and family-friendly, the Ghost Walk is both a history lesson about historic downtown Pleasanton, Calif., as well as an opportunity come virtually face-to-face with ghosts of the city’s past and present … (click on the headline to continue reading)

Travel and its benefits to mental health

September 25, 2014

One of the most popular books in recent memory is Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert. So popular, in fact, it was made into a major motion picture starring none other than Julia Roberts. It’s the story of a woman whose marriage falls apart and whose emotional well-being runs aground. The antidote to her situation? Travel. While Eat, Pray, Love is an original story, it is built on a theme that is widely understood — the need to get away during the inevitable trials and tribulations of life, and the ability of travel to shore-up our flagging emotions. Literary and cinematic history are filled with books and movies featuring protagonists who step out of their stalling lives by traveling to new climes. Despite all that, the bracing effect a well-planned vacation can have on our state of mind is one of the most underrated benefits of travel … (click on the headline to continue reading)