One of the chief destinations for leisure and adventure travelers are the world’s great landmarks. This truism is not lost on TripAdvisor, one of the Internet’s premier travel websites, with nearly 40 million unique visitors per month. TripAdvisor recently asked its vast audience to rank the world’s 25 top landmarks. It may come as no surprise that two of the top 25 are right here in the San Francisco Bay area, within easy striking distance of The Rose Hotel. Ranked number eight is the decommissioned island prison of Alcatraz, former holding place for America’s most dangerous and notorious criminals, including Al Capone, George “Machine Gun” Kelly and Mickey Cohen. Ranked number 10 is the majestic Golden Gate Bridge, one of the great engineering feats of its time, and one of the most photographed structures of any kind in the world. If you have never gone on an Alcatraz tour or traversed the Golden Gate Bridge on foot, bicycle or automobile… ( click on the headline to continue reading)
There are few industries that have seen a bigger impact from the internet and mobile devices and services than the travel business. Travel used to be a people-intensive undertaking, with globetrotters dealing directly with travel agents, airline and rental car reservation specialists — not to mention personnel at hotel front desks or reservation centers. Now, some of the most of the most elaborate sojourns can be planned entirely via the web and without human interaction. Automated comparison travel shopping has proliferated. Travelers like this new self-serve frontier of business and vacation travel planning — so much so that they want even more mobile options for their smartphones, tablets and laptops. That is the conclusion of a new study published by (… click on the headline to continue reading)
If there is anything that typifies the American ethos, it is independence — the freedom to think, feel, act and express without restriction. It is the pursuit of happiness without being impinged upon by government or the countervailing attitudes of our fellow citizens. And it was that spirit of independence that filled Thomas Paine with the fervor to write the pamphlet titled Common Sense and triggered an insurrection and inspired our Founding Fathers to declare independence from Mother England and establish the United States of America. Each year on the Fourth of July, we celebrate anew that irrepressible sense of independence and the understanding that life is best live for all of us when it is lived independent of the strictures of governments and fellow citizens. As is our national tradition, when the sun sets on the Fourth of July the skies will be set ablaze by grand fireworks displays, a visual declaration of our independence and our commitment to fight all forces that would seek to (… click on the headline to continue reading)
For local residents and Rose Hotel guests alike, the Alameda County Fair is one of the great extravaganzas of summers, and it is coming around again. It should also be noted that the Alameda County Fairgrounds, home to the county fair, is also host to more than 300 events a year, ranging from special attractions and trade shows to conferences and weddings and more. No wonder the fairgrounds bills itself as the East Bay’s premier event center. But it is the Alameda County Fair that is the fairgrounds’ lollapalooza, stretching two-and-a-half weeks, from June 17 through July 5, and presenting hundreds of attractions, contests, performances, live music events, food and beverage options, and so on. Capping the event is the dazzling Fourth of July fireworks display. It all happens within (… click on the headline to continue reading)
Three of the most significant dates of summer are the final Monday of May (the 25th this year), June 14 and July 4. One might call this annual stretch of summertime a “holiday season for patriots,” as those dates represent the holidays of Memorial Day, Flag Day and Independence Day, respectively. First we honor Memorial Day, just celebrated on May 25. Memorial Day is when we remember and honor the GI’s who died while serving in the country’s armed forces in service to their country. Flag Day, celebrated June 14, commemorates the adoption of the flag of the United States, also known as the Stars and Stripes, which happened on that day in 1777 by resolution of the Second Continental Congress. Independence Day, more popularly known as the Fourth of July, commemorates the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776, the date the United States of America declared its independence from Great Britain. There is much more to each of these holidays, of course. To learn more, click on the headline to continue reading.