Mary Jo Manzanares

Mothers Day Pairings: Rioja & the Women in Your Life

by Mary Jo Manzanares on April 17, 2017

This Mother’s Day, whether you’re welcoming a new mom or celebrating the wisdom of a grandmother, Rioja has the perfect wine pairings for every madre. We’ve even made it easier by offering up some perfect pairings. For the new mom   She’s likely busy, tired and overwhelmed, so introduce her to Rioja Blanco, a wine […]

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On Saturday, May 6th, 2017, the historic northern California town of Woodland will become the hub of all things honey as it hosts the inaugural California Honey Festival, with Mead as a central theme. As the alcoholic drink derived from honey, mead plays a big part in the festivities. “To really celebrate Mead and Honey, […]

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Top Spots to See Wildflowers in Monterey County

by Mary Jo Manzanares on March 27, 2017

From the magic purple carpet to a canyon of calla lilies, springtime is the perfect time to see spectacular, colorful displays of wildflowers throughout Monterey County, California. Here are seven top spots to see wildflowers blooming this spring: Pinnacles National Park: Visitors can hike through a riot of wildflowers at Pinnacles National Park during peak […]

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5 Gorgeous Green Getaways in Northern California

by Mary Jo Manzanares on March 6, 2017

Northern California is blessed with incredible natural beauty. With beautiful State Parks, beaches, and vineyards, a mini-vacation isn’t hard to find. Whether you’re a resident or a tourist, you won’t regret taking some time out to reconnect with nature. We’ve listed some of the best green getaways from San Francisco so that you can find your […]

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Plane Spotting and More at Kansai International Airport

by Mary Jo Manzanares on February 13, 2017

Japan’s Kansai International Airpot (KIX) is located on an artificial island in the middle of Osaka Bay. Opened in 1994, it serves as the international hub for ANA and JAL, as well as Peach, Japan’s first international low-cost carrier. If you’re traveling internationally to the Kansai region (Kyoto, Kobe, Osaka), chances are that you’ll arrive […]

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San Francisco Celebates the 50th Anniversary of the Summer of Love

by Mary Jo Manzanares on January 30, 2017

2017 marks the 50th Anniversary of the Summer of Love, a yearlong celebration of San Francisco’s counter-culture with a 1960’s throwback including exhibitions, performances, literary events, tribute concerts and recognition of significant moments in time. The city of San Francisco served as a magnet for musicians, artists and social rebels in the mid-to-late Sixties. They […]

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Virginia is for Foodies

by Mary Jo Manzanares on December 29, 2016

Virginia’s surging restaurant and bar scene have recently propelled the Commonwealth to new heights in the opinion of many leading food and drink journals. In fact, National Geographic Traveler named Richmond, Virginia to its elite list of Where to Travel for Food in 2016, citing the city’s blend of English, Native American, and African-American influences […]

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Happy Thanksgiving 2016

by Mary Jo Manzanares on November 24, 2016

Wishing you a Thanksgiving full of joy and blessings. We’re taking time away to be with families. I hear that there may be some Black Friday shopping going on, but I hope you’ll take some time to patronize your local small businesses on Small Business Saturday. And you won’t even have to leave the couch […]

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In just another week, this political madness will – hopefully – all be a not-so-fond memory. Till then, my hat is off to those businesses trying to put a positive political spin on our travel efforts. Bolongo Bay Beach Resort in the U.S Virgin Islands is letting their constituents (also known as guests) vote with […]

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Happy Halloween 2016

by Mary Jo Manzanares on October 31, 2016

Once upon a midnight dreary, while I pondered, weak and weary, Over many a quaint and curious volume of forgotten lore— (– from The Raven by Edgar Allen Poe)

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