The signs of summer. Temperatures rise. Flowers bloom. Travel plans are made. Major League Baseball teams begin spring training. The Cactus League in Arizona; the Grapefruit League in Florida. Here at The Rose Hotel, our metropolitan area is home to the defending World Series champion San Francisco Giants, one of the great sporting and cultural attractions of the area, and one of our recommended pastimes to hotel guests. Right across the San Francisco Bay from the Giants are the Oakland Athletics, a team so talented last season there was talk of a Giants vs. Athletics subway series. Unfortunately, the A’s faltered at playoff time. But the Giants rolled on by winning their third World Series in five seasons, giving the franchise a grand total of eight World Series championships (including their days at the old New York Giants). That ranks the Giants franchise fourth on the all-time list behind only the … (click on the headline to continue reading).
According to bestselling author Thomas Cahill, the Irish saved civilization. And then they threw a party. (Our words, not Cahill’s.) The Irish understand the value of culture, the value of having a good time, and how to throw a party. When the Irish party, we all party. Case-in-point, St. Patrick’s Day. Every year on March 17 there are hundreds of St. Patrick’s Day parades and celebrations across the United States alone. That’s not to mention the thousands of Irish pubs that honor the holiday by throwing soirées and serving up Irish beer, whiskey and coffees. Life doesn’t get much greener than this … (click on the headline to continue reading).
Rose Hotel guests tend to be active people with full schedules during their visits. But like so many other people they often like to finish the night with a good movie. This is why all Rose Hotel guest rooms come equipped with a DVD player and our movie library is stocked with about 150 titles. It’s movie season, as Golden Globes and Oscars have been handed out to writers, actors, directors, producers and other moviemakers. That always encourages us to take a fresh look at … (click on the headline to continue reading).
We have learned from breeding programs at zoos that animals do not love and breed well in captivity. How ironic that people seek captivity on Valentine’s Day to rekindle their love and affection. That captivity can be as simple as a private dinner, or as elaborate as a couples vacation or staycation at a romantic hotel. We know this well because Valentine’s Day is one of our busiest holidays at The Rose Hotel. Our rooms for this coming Valentine’s Day weekend have been sold out for weeks. Although we hardly consider our hotel a place of “captivity” it’s obvious to us why loving couples find us so irresistible. It is easy to find that precious alone-time at The Rose, either in our luxurious rooms, our quiet lobby, nearby restaurants or a simple stroll down the historic Main Street running perpendicular to our front door. We do plenty to facilitate that loving feeling with our year-round Romance Package, which includes … (click the headline to continue reading)
As we move into the latter half of January, we are reminded that this is the time of year when our resolutions tend to quaver as our willpower sometimes fails us. This might be because our resolutions are difficult and unpleasant tasks, such as losing weight. We would do well to include pleasurable goals in our New Year’s resolutions. If you’re reading this article then you’re probably a traveler, and you know that travel is one of the most pleasurable human endeavors. Travelers also make resolutions, or at least they’re encouraged to make resolutions. One of the publications that weighed in on this topic is Condé Nast Traveler. It has some smart ideas and interesting travelers we thought wise to share with you. Whatever your travel preferences, we hope you will set some time and money aside this year to do some pleasurable traveling — maybe even the kind of traveling that challenges your habits and takes you (literally and figuratively) into some new territory. These suggestions from Condé Nast Traveler on how to make the most of your 2015 travels might just energize you and fill you with a renewed zest for travel and some fresh ideas … (click on the headline to continue reading)