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How walkable communities, like ours, are changing U.S. lifestyles

November 12, 2016

American sensibilities and lifestyles are changing. One of the psychographic trends being charted by U.S. demographers is urbanization, as increasing numbers of citizens in the United States and most other countries express their desire to reside in a style that allows them to live, work and play in close proximity. In other words, to live within walking distance of these activities, or at least within walking distance of comfortable and dependable mass transportation that gets them to the places they want to go, pronto. Hence, the rise of walkable real estate developments and neighborhoods. The relevance of this trend to The Rose Hotel is very clear to us. Unlike most hotels that are situated near airports, along freeways or even on beaches, The Rose Hotel sits in a historic, eminently walkable business district surrounded by beautiful residential neighborhoods. Dining, wine bars, shopping, theater, horse racing, car shows, county fairs and many other recreational diversions are all within walking distance. The trend toward urbanization and walkable communities is certainly not lost on real estate developers either. Those in the business and investors who underwrite their construction plans have made it clear that … (click on the headline to continue reading)

The greatest places to eat — here and worldwide

October 21, 2016

There are few things in life that give us more abiding pleasure than food. Some people travel just to get a great meal. The most popular cities in the world are great food cities such as New York, San Francisco, Paris and Rome. So it most definitely peaked our interest and prompted hunger pains when we noticed that Condé Nast Traveler magazine published a new feature titled Where in the World to Eat: Two hundred and seven of the greatest restaurants around the globe, according to those who eat, cook, and travel for a living. Like a good meal, we thought it would be wise to share. Of course, we won’t list all 207 restaurants, just the “must eat” places right here in the San Francisco Bay Area. There are so many great places to eat in the Condé Nast article that the restaurants are grouped by continent and country, and includes places as far-flung as Croatia, Russia, Norway, The Netherlands, Bolivia and Uruguay. Here are the local restaurants that made the cut, with a comment about each … (click on the headline to continue reading)

Better security for travelers comes in a flash of light

October 07, 2016

As we have learned in recent years, one of the most insidious forms of criminal activity is data theft. Even the Democratic and Republican parties have recently been victimized by foreign hackers trying to mettle in this year’s U.S. presidential election. Public networks, such as the kind travelers often use, can leave us especially vulnerable. That is why the complementary wi-fi service we provide to guests at The Rose Hotel was strengthened a couple of years ago with a stronger encryption to protect their personal information and business data. The good news is that a far better and more secure technology is on the horizon and we are keeping a close eye on its progress. The technology we are referring to … (click on the headline to continue reading)

It’s “iPhone Known” for “Parts Unknown” star Anthony Bourdain

September 23, 2016

Ask people who has the most interesting job in the world and there is one name that is sure to come up — and probably with significant regularity. That would be Anthony Bourdain, the star of the CNN program Parts Unknown. The program is a travelogue, of sorts. There is nothing that makes a person worldlier than traveling and immersing oneself in local culture. All of this has made Anthony Bourdain one of the world’s interesting people. And in this modern age, one of the most valuable portals into a person’s life is their smartphone. Leave it to the Wall Street Journal to come up with the idea of asking Anthony Bourdain to share with its readers some of the contents of his phone. Bourdain assented to the idea, and here is some of what WSJ Magazine found on his iPhone … (click on the headline to continue reading)

The 10 bestselling retail products at airports

September 10, 2016

Go to any airport and what do you see? A lot of people traveling. But you also see a lot of shopping going on. Many airports have become veritable shopping malls. For what, though, are travelers forking out all that cash for? Now we know, thanks to Hudson Group, North America’s largest travel retailer, with more than 950 stores in airports and transportation terminals. It recently issued a list of its bestselling items. No surprise that eight of the 10 most purchased items by travelers are beverages. Topping the list is good old-fashioned, hydrating water. Airplanes circulate notoriously dry air that will turn a human being into the equivalent of beef jerky in a matter of hours unless one hydrates. That supplemental bottle of water is pretty essential, but judging from the Hudson Group list, some fliers find water a bit boring and favor drinks of a more flavored and sugar-leaden variety. Here is the list of the top 10 items travelers purchase at airport retail outlets while waiting to board their aircraft … (click on the headline to continue reading)