Mary Jo Manzanares

FREE Private Kona Coffee Farm Tours, Hawaii

by Mary Jo Manzanares on October 16, 2017

View from Pele Plantations Farm

Life just perked up for coffee lovers who truly care about what’s in their cup and are curious about where it comes from. Pele Plantations, a certified organic Kona coffee farm on the , now offers free private tours of its working farm. Grown on the volcanic slopes of Hualalai and in the North and […]

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Grapevine’s Urban Wine Trail Celebrates Texas Wine

by Mary Jo Manzanares on June 2, 2017

Texas is the fifth-largest wine-producing state in the U.S., and Grapevine has served as a trendsetter and leader with award-winning wineries and winemakers. Grapevine is home to the premier Urban Wine Trail in , as well as the Texas Wine and Grape Growers Association and GrapeFest, the largest wine festival in the Southwest, held annually […]

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Girlfriend Getaway: Shady Ladies Tour of Paris

by Mary Jo Manzanares on May 10, 2017

I am not typically a tour kind of traveler. Oh sure, when I’m in a new city I like taking a general city tour to get the lay of the land for later independent exploration, and I do enjoy a short themed day tour. But cramming myself on a bus with a bunch of other people […]

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4 Georgia Beaches to Discover

by Mary Jo Manzanares on May 3, 2017

Travelers weary of overdeveloped and crowded beaches will find the perfect remedy on Georgia’s Atlantic coast. Whether the destination is one of Georgia’s famous Golden Isles, a windswept national seashore like Cumberland Island, or the diverse experience that is Tybee Island, there’s a place where the shore is calm and uncrowded. 1 – Cumberland Island National […]

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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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