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Virtual reality tourism and the theater of the mind

December 13, 2016

When television became one of the great national pastimes many years ago, there were people who predicted the TV would be a huge blow to tourism. Why, they mused, would a person spend the time and money traveling to faraway destinations when they could be experienced from the comfort of a living room sofa? Rather, television inspired people to do even more traveling. Today, virtual reality promises to take us places with a far more immersive experience than has ever been possible with the TV or even movie theater. Again, with advanced virtual reality equipment, one can fully immerse themselves in travel to destinations the world over without having to leave home. And, again, new technology is serving to inspire people to do even more traveling. Not only is VR proving to be a powerful travel-planning tool, it can be used to … (click on the headline to continue reading)

A dozen of Thanksgiving Day’s most popular side dishes

November 20, 2016

Turkey rules the roost on Thanksgiving Day, no question about that, even if many gourmands also like a baked ham as an option. But, the protein aside, it is the plethora of Thanksgiving dinner side dishes that are the wild cards and take this holiday’s dinners from good to great. With this favorite of holidays looming, The Daily Meal (a website that fancies itself an authority on “all things food and drink”) came up with the clever idea of reviewing Google searches for the dozen most common Thanksgiving accoutrements during a 30-day period to see what dishes people are scrambling to learn more about and, presumably, to find recipes for this Thanksgiving season. Below is The Daily Meal top-12 ranking in reverse order. (And don’t forget to click on the link at the bottom of this post to read The Daily Meal’s full report, which includes links to recipes for some of the dishes mentioned.) … (click on the headline to continue reading)

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)