Rosebuds Blog

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)

May we suggest some of the rides of your life?

September 16, 2014

We have learned a great deal about our guests over the years. One of those lessons is that — while our people enjoy the luxury, comfort, relaxation and culture provided by The Rose Hotel — they also appreciate physically active vacations and weekend getaways. The San Francisco Bay Area offers an endless array of these opportunities, not the least of which is hundreds of miles of bike lanes, paths and tours through some of the most pristine lands and exciting urban environments in the world. With the cooler temperatures of fall moving in, the season is optimal for two-wheeling the San Francisco Bay Area. With that in mind, we offer you a few of the many options available to you. Here are a few choice options to get you started … (click on the headline to continue reading)

The military returns a salute to The Rose Hotel

August 25, 2014

During the life of the Rosebuds blog we hope the posts we have published made it abundantly clear that the values embraced and espoused by The Rose Hotel and its management include American patriotism in various forms — including support for our troops. U.S. troops have been called upon, in some ways, like never before. Consider that the conflict in Iraq was the longest war in U.S. history. So we have shown our appreciation for their enormous efforts, and were very pleased that the military showed its appreciation in return. Specifically, the Madden family (owners of hotel) and The Rose Hotel staff were recognized earlier this month for … (click on the headline to continue reading)

Enjoy some Flights of Fancy without ever leaving the ground

August 09, 2014

Our guests enjoy the finer things in life. This much we know. The Rose Hotel is designed to accommodate such inclinations. That is why we have launched our new Flights of Fancy program, which gives you the opportunity to play the role of sommelier for your party. While flights are normally thought of as 3 different varietals, a guest may choose any quantity that suits the occasion from the following collection of fine California wines … (click on the headline to continue reading)