Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Wine Lovers Enjoy the Zinfandel Experience in San Francisco January 2015


Attention Wine lovers! Combining a beautiful weekend escape with a wine tasting extravaganza is something you cannot miss! There is a cool event in California coming up that you will be hard pressed to find elsewhere and a perfect travel destination for the weekend! Wine, Weekend and San Francisco? A triple delight!

From January 29-30, 2015, Zin lovers from around the world can attend the Zinfandel Experience in San Francisco. The Zinfandel Experience is celebrating their 24th anniversary by treating you with three days of wine tasting, impressive culinary treats, and more!

This big event features a diverse selection of wines from renowned producers and specialty emerging wineries that offer amazing tastes of their specialty zins that you will not soon forget! Set in the historic and gorgeous Presido in San Francisco as well as the iconic Four Seasons Hotel, you are invited to enjoy the wonderful weekend of fun events, wine pairings and amazing meals from master chefs, plus a wealth of knowledge from winemakers from all over California and beyond.

Check out the Zinfandel Experience site for event information, winery lineup, tickets and weekend getaways today. Tickets are limited and so are the package deals. Make plans today for a wonderful weekend and enjoy the delights of the vine at this exciting event. I will be there on Saturday and hope to see you too!

Friday, November 28, 2014

Visiting the Hofsas House in Carmel California


My hubby and I were excited to be able to spend a weekend away from home. It had been a while since we are able to escape and I cannot remember how long it has been since we went alone! So being able to take off to one of my favorite places made it even more exciting. So off to Carmel for a lovely stay at the Hofsas House for a fun weekend.

Situated right on San Carlos street in downtown Carmel-by-the-Sea, this quaint hotel has a definite Bavarian look and feel to it. It made me feel right at home! This hotel offers 38 unique rooms,many of which look out over the trees right to the ocean. There are even a few family rooms that sleep up to 6. The hotel is built right into a big hill and since it was raining a bit that weekend and we were treated to an amazing sunset each night. They offer a pool and a big meeting room with a kitchen and fireplace, perfect for business or pleasure. Some pets are welcome too.

Our original accommodations were for the 4th floor, but with hubby being handicapped, it was difficult for him to get up and down the stairs. The hosts were so accommodating and switched us to a third floor room, which is actually street level. While street parking is at a premium, they also put out a handicap parking sign so we could park easily on the street right by the room. Awesome. Other parking is below the hotel and seems ample.
The room was delightful. We had a private balcony and enjoyed the views. The bed was sooo comfortable and we slept like rocks each night. It featured a small kitchenette, a full size bath with tub... not great for some one who is handicapped, but doable with assistance or your own bath seat. I loved the old time decor and tiny TV (who is there to watch TV anyway) and the mattress was new and felt awesome.

The Hofsas House features so many packages that you can elect to add on. They were wonderful in arranging our whole weekend. From a superb dinner at Anton & Michel's in Carmel to wine and cheese in our room. We also had the option for a fire and S'mores on the beach, which we elected not to do due to the wet weather. Each morning, the light continental breakfast is served next to the amazing fireplace in the lobby that features fabulous Danishes made by a local bakery. So good!
We also enjoyed the Carmel Wine Walk which was so much fun! You purchase a passbook of tickets to enjoy up to 9 samplings of wine at any or all of the 14 wineries in Carmel. This is a town made for walking and this Wine Walk is a fun thing to do for friends and couples. I love that the tickets do not expire so you can enjoy your samples any time you visit.

Another activity we enjoyed was a visit to the Monterey Bay Aquarium. Located in Monterey, just a few minutes away, this aquarium is not one to be missed. A wonderful time for family of all ages!

Overall, we had a wonderful experience at the Hofsas House. It is one that we would be delighted to stay at again and again. everyone we met in town and at the hotel were so friendly and I look forward to returning in the Summer to spend time at the beach and do some shopping at all of the unique shops in town.


Monday, July 21, 2014

Central California Gilroy Garlic Festival Coming July 25

It is that time again. One of the most unique festivals that is held in Central California is coming up this month. It is less than a week away for the start of the Gilroy Garlic Festival.

Gilroy, located on Highway 101 south of San Jose and north of Salinas, is home to rich fertile land that offers the perfect weather for growing garlic. Gilroy has long been the home of amazing fields loaded with garlic of all sizes. The scent wafts through the small town throughout the harvest season and during one of the tastiest festivals around.

This year, the festival is held from July 25-27, 2014 to celebrate all things garlic. The festival has grown to include amazing foods created using the potent spice and garlic lovers from around the world travel to Gilroy to taste these amazing creations. Chefs, businesses, and garlic lovers combine to create amazing flavors and foods that you cannot resist. The Gilroy Garlic Festival is a one of a kind fun time for the whole family.

You can enjoy such fun events as the Garlic Cook Off, Gourmet Food Alley, Kids Area, Art & Crafts, Garlic Ice Cream, the Wine Pavilion and Entertainment in the Amphitheater.

This year is the 36th annual and it will be yet another great time for a family outing. Open from 10am-7pm, there is plenty of activities and things to see for a fun day out. Plus you can download their app so you don't miss a thing! Check out the website for directions and more info on the festival.