Weekend Getaways from San Francisco, USA

Best Weekend Getaways San Francisco

San Francisco is any body’s dream city. But local’s dream could be to get out of the brouhaha of day to day routine for a while. So what could be the best to recharge your body and soul? Planning your weekend getaway could be the best answer. Here are some comely locations for your perfect Weekend Getaways San Francisco.

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Monterey, Carmel- by- the- sea and Asilomar

Distance- 121 miles

Best time- Peak-July to mid October (November to March – rainfalls and colder conditions)
Weekend Getaways San Francisco

Carmel-by-the-Sea is a small beach city on California’s Monterey Peninsula. Its museums and library of the historic Carmel Mission and the exotic cottages and art galleries make visiting there worthwhile. Carmel River State Beach with a scuba entry point, the sea animals and whaling museum of Point Lobos State Natural Reserve are unforgettable destinations. Walk or bike on miles of long trails besides the sea. Carmel-by-the-sea is a quaint looking town with many cool restaurants, lodges and shopping places. Asilomar is about 6 miles from Caramel. The part of Pacific groves Asilomar is famous for its conference grounds.


Monterey, Carmel

Lake Tahoe

Distance- 191 Miles

Best time- April to November

Tahoe Lake is famous for skiing resorts around this alpine lake.  Now all the year round activities can be seen here. Warm weather sports, hiking, biking, trekking, boating and skiing are very popular for the visitors. High profile restaurants with delectable food, wine and food festivals makes it a happening place. For skiing Squaw Valley is favorite spot for ski lovers. If you love scenic beauty, adventure sports, walks, laid back atmosphere, good food, then Tahoe Lake is just for you.

Lake Tahoe

Sonoma

Distance- 45 miles

Best time- April to November

Sonoma is California’s foremost wine making county. The wine is made in 16 of its popular places. Its restaurants are award winning for their food.  It is one of the largest growers of Hop, grapes, prunes in California. Places for site seeing include Fort Ross a Russian Fur trade outpost, Quarryhill Botanic Garden,  Lake Sonoma and many wineries.  Healdsburg is its important and lovable town. Sonoma is the best for outdoor activities. You can spend your Weekend Getaways San Francisco in a total bliss.

 Sonoma

Santa Cruz

Distance- 73 miles

Best time- March to October (all the year round fun goes on)

Santa Cruz is great for surfing, beach activities, vintage shopping and old carnival rides. Seabright sea beach provides relaxation, leisure and unsurpassed view of the sea. The area of Monterrey is a wine country, so visit Santa Cruz Mountain Vineyard that produces English style wines. Santa Cruz is home to renowned Sea Beaches and State Parks such as Lighthouse Field State Beach, Natural Bridges State Beach, Santa Cruz Mission State Historic Park and Twin lakes State Beach. There are few golf courses too for Golf lovers, Board walks at seaside, water sports like sailing, diving, swimming, stand up paddle boating and paddling etc. For surfers this place is no less than heaven for Weekend Getaways San Francisco. 

Santa Cruz

Mendocino

Distance- 155miles

Best time- April to December

A historic town Mendocino stands for culture and scenic spectacle.  Mendocino is pilgrimage for artists and art lovers who flock here till late at night. The scenic colors of sea and beaches inspire the artists who like to paint scenario in multiple colors. Vertical cliffs have sea waves crashing on them and forming a spectacular view and an unforgettable phenomenon.  There are local parks such as Mendocino Headlands State Park, Mendocino Woodlands State Park, Russian Gulch State Park and Point Cabrillo Light station etc. Annual music fair is its highlighted activity.

Mendocino

Wilbur Hot Springs

Distance- 121 miles

Best time- April to October

Wilbur Hot Springs is a romantic place right in the lap of nature reserve.  The natural hot springs which believed to have healing powers gave this place its name.  It’s tranquil and peaceful aura bring many tourist here. There springs have been channelized to swimming pool and many springs. It’s famous for hydrotherapy spa also. Located in Bear Creek, this place is very good getaway choice.

Wilbur Hot Springs

Paso Robles

Distance- 205 miles

Best time- March to November

Paso Robles may be an underestimated place to visit but it’s a package of many surprises. From funky artists dens to its cowboy bars, in addition to wine making facilities. Located right between Los Angeles and San Francisco this town is unique in many ways. The city is famous for its hot springs, olive oil production, wineries, almond orchards and a Californian Mid-state fair. Paso Robles is certainly a weekend surprise and a prize for under estimators.

Paso Robles

Big Sur

Distance- 141 miles

Best time- March to December

Big Sur is lightly populated region of central coast of California; there Santa Lucia Mountains seem to appear suddenly from nowhere. Big Sur is fascinating area of many parks such as Carmel River State Beach, Point lobos State Natural Reserve, Garrapata State Park, Point Sur Sun State Park, Andrew Molera State Park, Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park, Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park, John Little State Natural Reserve, and Limekiln State Park. These nine state parks have many attractions like woods, waterfalls falling right into ocean, scenic beaches for long walks, swimming, hiking, and outdoor activities. Big Sur has various accommodations available from rustic cabin to five star hotels to stay overnight. This is also one of the unique place is for Weekend Getaways San Francisco. 

Big Sur

Sausalito

Distance- 10 miles

Best time- March to December

Sausalito is just a jump away on ferry from San Francisco. 30 minutes ferry is an exciting experience. Here nature’s bounty is spectacular.  Lots of water sports and other activities are available there such as Kayaking, sailing, hiking and swimming etc. World famous art & music festivals are organized here. There you can have a unique experience of house boats too. At Fishermen Wharf you can hire bicycles for unforgettable cycling rides. There are some other places to explore, such as Fort Baker which is rich in Indian and Military history. Also Bay Area Discovery Museum which kids can enjoy. For remarkable views Hawk Hill is known for Golden Gate’s views from top. Tiburon is about 15 minutes away from Sausalito, a small town with beautiful outdoor scenes, small restaurants and cafes. This is also one of the unique place is for Weekend Getaways San Francisco. 

Sausalito

Best Weekend Getaways From New York

Best weekend getaways from New York

There are many reasons one love to live in most happening city in the world New York. At the same time, there is big reason for city dwellers to make a vanishing act on best weekend getaways from New York. When living becomes a stress in week days, the weekend seems God given opportunity to rejuvenate mind, body and soul. Where to escape for weekends? Not there where everyone whizzing and causing air and traffic congestion. Here are few getaway weekends places for New Yorkers.




Ocean City N.J.one of the best weekend getaways from New York

Distance- 128 miles, 2hours 7 minutes via Garden State Pkwy

Best time to visit- March to November

Ocean City is one of the best east coast beach towns located in the tri-state area. Sandy beaches are the major attraction of this place. The boats can carry you around sea to watch whales. Swim on the sea shore and lay down on the sandy beaches to give your body much needed sun. The walks on board along the shore can be the unforgettable moments. The relaxation provided there is complete for the body and mind.

Ocean City N.J. one of the best weekend getaways from New York


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Atlantic City

Distance- 127 miles

Best Time- From March to November

Atlantic City is located in South Jersey tucked besides Atlantic. Primarily developed as health resort this city is now lined up with high rise hotels and nightclubs along the shore. To entertain visitors many casinos have come up along with spas and health services. The comedy and musical acts too are on the show being the reason for big smiles. Endless food and high end shopping facilities are there for all. The beaches offer sand and board walks along the ocean for an out of the world experience.

Atlantic City

Cape May

Distance- 158 miles

Best time- April to October

Cape May city is located on southern side of Cape May peninsula New Jersey where Delaware Bay meets Atlantic Ocean.  This city has right mix of history rolled in natural beauty of the place. There are white beaches, dunes and marshland to explore by riding on bikes or by walks. This place offers amazing restaurants, Victorian houses and hotels to behold and rejoice. One never knows when weekend ends quickly here.

 

Cape May city

The Berkshire Mountains

Distance- 169 miles

Best time- May to October

These are located in western Massachusetts dotted with villages and towns. It extends pure scenic spectacle of nature with art, theaters and other entertainments. It’s known for its outdoor activities, like hiking, viewing falling foliage, farms where one can see process of food from trees to table. There are eight museums, plenty of stage shows and annual musical festival in Tangle-wood

Cape May city

Montauk

Distance- 119 miles

Best time- May to October

Coming from bustling place, one requires isolation of location where one may be happy by doing nothing on sandy beaches facing vast sea. Just for that need look for Montauk a hamlet set in eastern tip of Long Island. This place is in New Hampton, Suffolk County NY. It’s ideal for wind and water surfing, playing golf, hiking and swimming etc. One can relish delectable food here and shop some antiques too.

Montauk

Duchess County

Distance- 85 miles

Best Time- June to October

Enjoyment in Duchess County on south east part of NY State never ceases when one is there. It’s dotted with lively towns such as Rhinebeck, Red Hook and Millbrook etc. Look for old exotic Inns and excellent food here.  It’s perfect for antique buyers and explorers. This county is on Hudson River Valley and is well connected by rail, road, and air.

Duchess County

Fire Island

Distance- 64 miles

Best time- April to October for best weekend getaways from New York

Fire Island is 32 miles long and less than a mile in width between ocean and bay. Probably this is its unique charm. People leave their cars and ride on ferries to reach here. Laze around on the beach, take a walk, play board games under the beach umbrellas, in fact it’s your perfect weekend hideout. There are very few hotels to stay and demand is more. Largest towns are Cherry Grove and Ocean Beach. Places to see in Fire Island are Lighthouse, Beaches, and Sunken Forest.

Fire Island

Shelter Island

Distance- 108 miles

Best time- April to October

Shelter Island is the 11.5 sq miles of area in long island NY, located between its North and South fork. Shelter Island is the hamlet of this island of small population. Shelter Island Heights, on north side of the island is the place where original citizens of this area live. Here old Victorian era houses can be seen. Silver Beach and Shell Beach are its prominent beaches where few hotels and resorts also are located. Shelter Island is thus a nice weekend option.

Shelter Island

North Fork

Distance- 99 miles

Best time – May to October for best weekend getaways from New York

North Fork is a 30 mile long peninsula in Suffolk County NY. It’s known for its vineyards and wines such as ‘Chardonnays and Merlots’. Here local inns and food combine well with farms to provide a cool weekend getaway. There are beautiful beaches too for lazing under the sun and doing Kayaking.

North Fork

Ways to Celebrate Christmas in New York

5 Best Ways to Celebrate Christmas in New York

Even though it comes at the year end, Christmas is still the most awaited and cherished time of the year! The New York City turns into a wonderland with so many decorative lights and Christmas trees decked up to celebrate Christmas in New York. To make the most of this spectacular event in this city, you may want to indulge in a few of the best things mentioned below!

Classical Christmas Music to celebrate Christmas in New York

New York will never have a shortage of classical music concerts and surely never during the Christmas time. Pick up the best concert you may like to attend among the many and start with your celebrations right away!

Classical Christmas Music to celebrate Christmas in New York

You can enjoy a rare baroque masterpiece, Handel’s Messiah (Mozart) at Carnegie Hall, Midtown West on the 21st December. Or Anonymous 4’s- The Final Concert at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Central Park on the 22nd December. Or David Lang’s, The Little Match Girl Passion at Grace Rainey Rogers Auditorium (The Metropolitan Museum of Art), Central Park on the 23rd December.



If you are not into classical music, then you also have many options to go for pop, rock, metal, and other non-classical music concerts like, Mariah Carey’s “All I Want for Christmas” at the Beacon Theatre, Upper West Side on the 17th December and so forth!


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Go to Shwick Holiday Market

It is going to be open on 20th December, which is Sunday at the House of Yes, Bushwick. You get to buy incredible stuff (ranging from 3D printed jewelry, hand-drawn custom graffiti stickers, comics, etc. from 40 different vendors. There is going to be a photo booth too, where you get to take funny pictures with your friends and your family to Celebrate Christmas in New York. And most importantly, you get to devour on food catered by Queen of Falafel.

k Holiday Market New York

Some Ballet Time!

The Nutcracker (New York City Ballet) and the Radio City Christmas Spectacular’s high kicks and precision dancing promises to entertain you like never before. Make sure that you include this in your Christmas’s ‘to do’ list. You can enjoy this fantastic program at the Radio City Music Hall on any day until January 3, 2016.

New York City Ballet

Botanical Garden Holiday Train Show

This is now almost like a tradition. This spectacular show is taking place for 23 years now and it is an eye treat to watch model trains pass through the very popular landmarks of the New York City. To celebrate Christmas in New York  to enjoy this entertaining sight you should go to 2900 Southern Blvd, Bronx.

Botanical Garden Holiday Train New York

Tree Sighting & Ice Skating

Rockefeller Center and Bryant Park are two destinations that you should not give a miss during Christmas. Rockefeller has a magnificent 80- foot tall tree which is decorated with as many as 30,000 multicolored lights. To get awestruck by this humongous tree, you need to go to Fifth and Sixth Avenues (between 40th and 42nd Street).

Rockefeller Center New York

Ice skating at Bryant Park too is as much exciting, especially during Christmas holidays. The best part is that this skating rink is located in the same area as Rockefeller Center.


EXCURSION TO BLUE MOUNTAIN, CANADA

EXCURSION TO BLUE MOUNTAIN

Blue Mountain tour experience of 86 years old

MULKH RAJ MONGA, a member of Sahara Senior Program, Mississauga run by PCHS.

Mulkhraj MongaMULKHRAJ MONGA

PCHS Seniors of Brampton and Mississauga, about 140, loaded in three buses, took a long journey for fun, adventure, and relaxation to the Blue Mountain on August 27th 2015. The root of the journey was mostly through the forest and that provided a lot of relief to the mind and soul and thus, the long journey of two and half hour was not boring but was much pleasant.   

Blue Mountain Canada

Blue Mountain is neither blue nor mountain but a hill with full lush green forest.  It is a sort of health resort area. It is called blue, perhaps, because blue represent depth that means the area is for away from the madding crowd, full of serenity and calmness. Whatever reason may be naming it Blue Mountain but certainly blue color is liked by everyone, particularly by youth. It is good for the families to get away from the hectic city life to spend a few days for relaxation and enjoyment as well as for kids to participate in various activities for fun and adventure to climb the hill or go for boating in the village pond. For honeymooners, it is pleasant nest.


 

Boating in Blue Mountain Pond Canada

Blue Mountain village is now well developed small town with several inns where tourist can take affordable accommodation according to their status. Four seasons resort is also there where tourists can have better facilities. Blue Mountain village is extension of Collingwood city area touching the Georgian Bay. Georgian Bay has good beaches where several activities are organized for tourist attractions.

Blue Mountain Village Canada

For sightseeing on the top of the hill, one can go gondola ride. There is a good motor able road as well as several walk away. Along the walk away, there are many resting places where walkers can sit on the benches for relaxation and breathing. One can see people having a bike ride. Mostly adult and youth prefer to go on top of the hill on foot through the winding pathways while seniors and d isable people take gondola ride. The cost of the ticket for going uphill is $ 15+taxes which is too much. Thus the seniors and disable peoples are punished for their excursion or itinerary. Funny part is that the return journey is free for all.

Gondola Ride in Blue Mountain Canada

We seniors spent four hour in the Blue Mountain village and went through various lanes, shops and many of us enjoyed gondola rid. It was memorable quality time we spent there in the village. We left the Blue Mountain Village at 3.00 pm with a desire to visit again next year and also hoping that the cost of gondola ticket be reduced.

 

Oakland a Famous Tourist Spot of USA

A few good reasons to add Oakland to your itinerary in USA

Oakland is a beautiful city in the Bay Area and a major port of California. The city is a famous tourist spot of USA, considered among the most walkable cities of US and millions of people visit the city each year to enjoy the vibrant culture and attractions offered by the city. If you’re travelling to the US, then a tour of Oakland is a must add to your list of places to visit. Here we have some of the most exotic and important locations that you must visit as you travel Oakland.

Oakland for art and culture lovers:

This place is filled with a lot of culture and art. The city is one of the old cities of USA and has seen a lot of history made. Given below are some picturesque places to visit in Oakland.


Preservation Park:

Preservation Park Oakland

Relive the golden times by visiting the Preservation Park in Oakland downtown. The place is beautifully sculpted and restored with event space, Victorian houses and old fashioned benches and street lamps, giving you a literal walk down the history.

Jack London Square:

Jack London Square Oakland

Named after the famous author from Oakland, this is a wonderful place to hang out and dine. Moreover, you can shop to your heart’s content as the place offers loads of choices. It is a famous waterfront attraction and a must visit for anyone coming to the city.

Oakland Zoo:

Oakland Zoo

A perfect way to check out the wildlife of Oakland is to visit the Zoo, which is located in the gigantic 525 acre rolling hills of the Knowland Park region. It is a major tourist attraction and hosts a lot of exotic animals, showing the entire scene of flora and fauna in the Bay Area.

Lake Merritt:

Lake Merritt Oakland

A picturesque lake and starting points of Oakland. The lake serves as a fantastic tourist spot with people taking boat tours on the lake to have a different, rather scintillating view of the entire city landscape.

Oakland for kids and families:

It is a great place to visit for families with their kids. Some of the most important places to check out if you’re on a family trip are:

Museum of Art and Digital Entertainment:

Museum of Art and Digital Entertainment Oakland

This museum celebrates the history and evolution of video games. Filled with many historical gaming titles, the place is a must visit for those who love to play video games.

Museum of Children Arts:

Museum of Children Arts Oakland

An interactive museum that encourages bonding between families through art. Children and their parents engage in events and activities developed with an artistic touch and the place is a must visit if you’re going with your family.

Oakland for singles, couples and party freaks:

Shopping and touring can often leave you hungry and dry. Checking out the famous nightlife places for a dance and drink and some of the famous dining spaces for some delicious experiences is a must when you visit Oakland. Here are some of the prominent locations for dining and enjoying nightlife in the city of Oakland, especially if you’re with your better half or with a group of friends and just want to dance the night away.

Wood Tavern:

Wood Tavern Oakland

A very famous spot for date nights, Wood Tavern offers fantastic food for all. Their exotic environment creates a perfectly romantic scene for a date night and if you’re here with your better half, then it is time to flare up the romance by dining at this famous Oakland restaurant.

The Layover Music Bar and Lounge:

For chilling with your friends or meeting some new ones, this club is a happening place for sure. This downtown lounge is famous for some excellent DJs that rev up your life and give you an evening to remember.

Paramount Theatre:

Paramount Theatre Oakland

If you’re a movie fan, then a visit to Paramount Theatre will make you revisit the Golden Age of Hollywood. The theatre takes you back in time and gives you a chance to feel the best of Hollywood.

Yoshi’s Oakland:

This famous Japanese restaurant is located in Jack London Square. It boasts of some famous DJs and jazz concerts that make your evening quite eventful and worth remembering.

Oakland for food and fine dining:

Another plus point of visiting Oakland is to enjoy the delicious food on offer by some of the specialty restaurants present in the city. Some of the must visit dining places for the food lovers are:



Homeroom:

Known for the special Mac-n-Cheese, Homeroom gives your cheesy taste buds a fine experience. With so many types of mac and cheese variants available for you, there is no chance that you will be left disappointed after a visit to this exotic dining space.

Pizzaiolo:

A traditional Italian restaurant where the menu changes every day to bring the best from the season to the table. Their breakfast, lunch and dinner menus are crafted with utmost care to make sure that the dining experience for the tourists is one that is remembered forever.

Haven:

Haven Oakland

This home styled menu pays a fitting tribute to the dinner experience of traditional family tables. The menu is pre-fixed by executive chef Daniel Patterson, which offers a fine dining experience. The ambience of the place is one to die for, creating a very calm and serene environment to enjoy a delicious meal with family.

Reaching Oakland:

Reaching Oakland is not a tough job as the city is covered comprehensively by all major means of transportation. The Oakland International Airport caters to most of the tourists flocking the place. Other than that, the roadways and railways also connect Oakland to the major nearby places like San Francisco.

Lodging:


Hotels in this city are in plenty. With millions of tourists pouring into the city yearlong, lodging is not a problem. However, if you are visiting in the peak time, then it is advised to book hotels in advanced using online portals. Online portals will get you hotels for cheap in Oakland and help you have a pleasant stay.

Best time to visit Oakland:

The best time to visit the place is during the summer months when the rainfall is quite less and you can easily roam around the city.

So, make sure to add Oakland in your itinerary and explore the coastal town for a great travelling experience.