Rosebuds Blog

By land, sea and (especially) by air

July 11, 2014

For most people travel is about getting to their destination. That’s when the fun begins. Yes there are road trips, and they are wonderful. Yes there is train travel, and it is romantic and historical. And, of course, there are cruises, and there is something therapeutic about vast, open expanses of water. But for hundreds of millions of people every year the transportation of choice — and often the only practical mode of transportation — is an airliner. The jet age has brought us transcontinental travel in a single day. It has also compiled an astounding safety record. Still, the airline industry is not without its frustrations for travelers. That is a situation not lost on … (click on the headline to continue reading)

The county fair brings an American classic to town

June 16, 2014

One of the most iconic slices of Americana is the annual county fair. It happens in cities and counties across the United States and attracts millions of people interested in everything from food, entertainment and gamesmanship, to thrill rides, farm animals and agriculture. Among the nation’s finest is the Alameda County Fair, coming to the Alameda County Fairgrounds on June 18 through July 6, right here in Pleasanton, Calif., home of The Rose Hotel. It promises to be great fun for local residents and hotel guests alike. As always, this year’s fair has something for everybody. There will be … (click on the headline to continue reading)

Madden vs. Mariucci in a bocce ball battle of NFL coaches

May 31, 2014

This time they won’t be able to call on Ken Stabler or Joe Montana, or Cliff Branch or Jerry Rice to help decide the outcome. And this contest won’t take place on the gridiron. Former NFL coaches John Madden of the Oakland Raiders and Steve Mariucci of the San Francisco 49ers will go mano-o-mano on the bocce ball court, a sport that dates back to ancient Rome. Madden and Mariucci are co-hosting the annual Battle of the Bay Charity Bocce Tournament on Wednesday, June 4. The exclusive invite-only affair will be staged at Campo di Bocce in Livermore, Calif., just a short drive from The Rose Hotel, which is serving as one of the official lodging options for the event. (Click on the headline to continue reading.)

Summer has begun and The Rose is in full bloom

May 27, 2014

Memorial Day has passed, summer has begun, and we have entered the meat of the leisure travel season. From now through Labor Day, The Rose Hotel is festooned along its Main Street balcony with our festive bunting, ablaze with the colors of the American flag. We are looking forward to another year of tourism growth, both locally and nationally. As estimated $926 billion will be spent on travel and tourism in the United States alone, according to the U.S. Travel Association, a $38 billion increase over the $888 billion spent during 2013. Our prospects for attracting our share of that business were emboldened by a notification we received from TripAdvisor that it has awarded The Rose Hotel a … (click on the headline to continue reading)

A Snake Pit of Dodge/SRT Vipers

May 10, 2014

For a while it seemed that American automobile manufacturers had forsaken power in the interest of better gas mileage. Then along came the Dodge Viper. The Viper redefined the American muscle car. It was a muscle car that handled. That partially explains the roar you will soon be hearing coming from the Rose Hotel. The other half of the explanation is that the Nor Cal Viper Club will be here for … (click on the headline to continue reading)