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Citizens going on the march for U.S. vets on Veterans Day

October 26, 2015

Armies march, and then they go to war. When they return home from the battlefield, we march to honor them. As the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs aptly puts it: “On Veterans Day, we celebrate the service, sacrifice and enduring achievements of almost 22 million living Americans who served our nation in uniform — at home and abroad — during times of both war and peace. On the 11th day of the 11th month, as we have in so many years past, Americans will reflect on our way of life and pay tribute to the men and women who made it all possible.” These are Americans who do jobs that most of us could never imagine doing, and becoming a G.I. in the United States military is one of those jobs — putting life and limb at risk to defend the interests and territorial integrity of the United States … (click on the headline to continue reading)

Can you fathom flying N.Y. to London in just one hour?

October 06, 2015

We have yet to reach the Star Trek future where a travel agent named Scotty can be commanded to simply beam us to and from our destinations. Thanks to an advanced technology project being managed by the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory, we are moving a step closer to a science fiction future of travel. Collaborating on the project with the Air Force are DARPA, NASA, Boeing, and Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne. Can you fathom flying from New York to London in just one hour? We may be on the cusp of doing exactly that. The experimental aircraft is called the X-51A WaveRider, and it is designed to fly at 50,000 feet and move at … (click on the headline to continue reading)

Travel habits of young vs. old and new wealth vs. old wealth

September 18, 2015

As the world gets richer its people spend more on luxury. Consider that people spent $1.8 trillion on luxury goods and services worldwide in 2012, (the most recent year for which these statistics are available). More than half of that amount, nearly $1 trillion, was spent “luxury experiences,” and travel and hotels accounts for half of that, according to Boston Consulting Group. That amounts to about $500 billion spent globally on luxury travel and lodging in a single year, but who’s counting? Boston Consulting reports that spending styles among luxury consumers differs by age and whether they were born into wealth or they built their fortunes. The young and newly rich tend to buy visibly costly items that will impress their peers. By contrast, those born into wealth are more likely to … (click on the headline to continue reading)

Rental and car-sharing services are on a roll for travelers

September 07, 2015

With dramatic changes in technology and lifestyles, it will come as no surprise to many of you that changes have now come to the rental car business. Just as Uber and Lyft have forced the taxi business to rethink the quality of its vehicles and customer service, new rental options are doing the same to traditional car rental agencies such as Avis, Enterprise and Hertz. Consider a rental service name Silvercar that offers just one kind of vehicle, an Audi A4 that one might want to make a strong first impression, and simply enjoy the experience of driving a high-performance driving machine. A reservation can be made by smartphone and the Audi picked up before midnight at the airport, without the intercession of an attendant. Simple, clean, frictionless. Niche rental and car-sharing services such as … (click on the headline to continue reading)

Some guided tours to add to your next visit to our hotel

August 24, 2015

Just a couple of blocks from the front door of The Rose Hotel is the local cultural treasure that is the Museum on Main. This organization and facility is dedicated to linking the past to the future by preserving, clarifying and disseminating information about history specific to the Tri-Valley region. It also encourages participation in the arts and humanities through its public programs. As part of that mission, the Museum on Main offers guided adult walking tours we recommend to our guests. They are close by, inexpensive, informative, and they can be exhilarating, such as the Ghost Tour we have written about in this space before. In addition to the Ghost Tour (also known as Haunted Pleasanton), the Museum on Main offers a variety of guided public one- to two-hour walking tours on various subjects. Here is a list a list of current tours … (click on the headline to continue reading)