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Much of the new stuff we see in the rental car market has to do with new ways to rent cars, share cars, and borrow cars; however, the latest news from Hertz is taking the traditional rental car model to the next level. For once what they’re doing has nothing to do with the rental car, but it’s more about the whole process.
Over in California they just announced a new look to their rental car counter, as they have just unveiled what they’re calling Road Trip by Hertz over at San Diego Airport. In some ways they have brought the idea of an airline lounge—or business center—to the rental car office, as they have kind of reimagined the way things should work and flow.
Are you ready for some football?! There’s still a few months before the first official kickoff, but that doesn’t mean that there isn’t time for a sneak peek. Training camps are set to do their thing later this month, so if you’ve always wanted to check out the scrimmages and practices now’s the time to start planning:
The defending NFC champions are looking to make it all the way back to the Super Bowl this year, but there’s still plenty of games to play before February. At the same time, we certainly need some time to stock up on game day snacks.
There’s a lot of pieces that remain in place from last year’s team, but of course there will be some new faces as well. Quarterback Colin Kaepernick will be leading the team from the very first game, and apparently there will be plenty of lookalikes in the stands as well. That’s because his jersey has been one of the top sellers during this year’s offseason.
· When's Camp:
Practices have already been going on for a little bit of time, as the players have been trying to work out the offseason kinks. Usually there’s plenty of practice sessions open to the public, but this year’s a little different as construction of the new stadium is getting in the way. One practice will be open to the public—over at Candlestick Park—but if you’re looking for a more game time experience there’s always the preseason. The Denver Broncos come into town on August 8 to start the preseason schedule.
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We've found the perfect vacation rental. Not a hotel room and not a time-share, but an honest-to-goodness home let out on Airbnb.com. After numerous stays in everything from boat cabins to futons in high-rise studios, we finally hit the jackpot with a ranch house* in Palm Springs, CA.
Now, Palm Springs may not be your cup of tea, but our slice of heaven in an unassuming neighborhood serves as a blueprint for successful vacation rentals everywhere, and all because it has these six things going for it:
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Imagine having flown everywhere, but never actually anywhere. It's confusing, but it's the case for our editor, Cynthia, who recently headed out on her first private plane flight after years of commercial plane travel. Here's her story:
"It's just like driving a car," he said. "You won't ever look at flying the same way again."
Sid passed his hand down the wing, pausing here and there to look over and under, squinting with the sun's glare on what was a sparkling clear day in southern California. We were in a kind of parking lot, after all, except one that had us surrounded by private jets on the tarmac at Van Nuys Airport. And we were double-checking that all was well before setting off for a weekend trip, except that trip would be over mountains and cities in a teeny-tiny, seafoam green 1962 Beechcraft Bonanza V-Tail.
This would be my first flight in a private plane.
So it’s been pretty darn hot this summer, and that’s especially the case in a spot that’s always sweltering—Death Valley, California. Plenty of visitors head through the area each and every day looking to check out the surroundings—and weather—but now there’s a polite request for those coming to visit to lay off the eggs.
Apparently the heat has caused quite the increase in visitors attempting to fry eggs on the sidewalks and in the roads, and officials are asking everyone to stop making a mess—or at least to bring a frying pan and to clean up the mess.
When we think of Disney we usually think of rides, attraction, and loads of anthropomorphic characters—as well as Space Mountain of course. Well it looks like Disney might just be expanding outside of their theme park and media specialties, as they could soon be getting into the airport business. Unfortunately Mickey and his friends won’t be serving up slices and oddly shaped chicken nuggets at an airport food court near you, but the house of mouse is getting involved at a Los Angeles area airport in a unique way.
Apparently it’s been a long time in the works, but the company just got the go ahead to start having their way with the Grand Central Air Terminal in Glendale, California. There’s a decent history at the old structure, as the place was kind of the gateway—at least through the air—to the city and the region. As is often the case, bigger and better took over the scene, and eventually the place kind of fell into less than awesome shape. That’s where Disney comes in, as they’re ready to spiff the place up.
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The summer has arrived, and that means that the beer festivals are moving outside. Seasonal specialties are now on tap, and breweries around the country are rolling out the kegs and offering some new stuff on tap. If you’re looking to toast to the warmer weather, here’s three beer festivals where you can do just that this June:
Omaha Beer Fest
We’ll assume that the final preparations are now underway for the third annual Omaha Beer Fest, as things are set to take place on Friday and Saturday—June 7 and June 8. The lagers and ales will be flowing at Stinson Park at Aksarben Village, as the fun is set to run between 5pm and 9pm the first night, and then between 4pm and 8pm on Saturday. Advance general admission tickets cost $30, and that gets you unlimited two-ounce samples and access to Beer Academy sessions. Blue Blood Brewing Company, CIB Brewery, and Jaipur Company are just a few of the breweries scheduled to be in attendance—cheers!
St. Louis Brewers Heritage Festival
The best in beer are scheduled to gather over in St. Louis at Forest Park, as the St. Louis Brewers Heritage Festival does its thing on June 14 and June 15. Buffalo Brewing Company, Six Row Brewing Company, and of course plenty of options from the folks at Anheuser-Busch will all be on hand to show off their seasonal sips. There’s a few different general admission sessions from which to choose, and each will set you back $35 if you order online. Your ticket includes unlimited beer samples from over different local breweries, and organizers are even bringing in plenty of live entertainment as well.
According to Mother Nature it’s not technically summer for at least another few weeks, but we go by the calendar and the season starts with Memorial Day weekend. Thankfully theme parks also seem to follow the calendar, so now is a good time to enjoy that new roller coaster smell. That’s especially the case over in Santa Clara, California, as California’s Great America is celebrating the start of the amusement park season with a new wooden roller coaster.
It sounds like the park’s latest roller coaster was an off-again on-again project for a few years before finally making its debut earlier this month. GoldStriker isn’t the usual wooden roller coaster, as this thing is the highest and fastest in Northern California.
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Summer travel means zoo travel which, for the purposes of this week, means giraffe travel. We'd argue that it should also be giraffe travel for the purposes of every other week, but we're content to use what time we have together right now to urge you to go see baby giraffes in various zoos up and down California.
In case you can't - and we feel badly for you, genuinely - we've embedded some videos at the bottom for you to look at. View, and be jealous.
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Fans of the movie Anchorman already know San Diego is classy, but now they can also visit some of the city's famous cinematic landmarks before Ron Burgundy's next adventure hits theaters this December.
In the first Anchorman movie San Diego played a large role in the Channel 4 crew's antics, and hey were back in town just last week to film more scenes for the movie at SeaWorld. But Anchorman isn't the only movie that's helped make San Diego a mainstay on the big screen.
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Yesterday, while the rest of Hollywood slept, we were up at the crack of dawn, lacing our Merrell hiking shoes, filling up a bottle of water, and setting off along Los Feliz Boulevard towards Griffith Park, aka the Central Park of Los Angeles.
Griffith Park ranks as the second-largest city park in all of California (though that doesn't include much larger state parks like Yosemite and Joshua Tree), and it is incredibly easy to access from multiple LA neighborhoods, such as Los Feliz, Franklin Village, Atwater Village, Glendale, and, of course, Hollywood. Its attractions include the Greek Theatre, Griffith Observatory (which is best visited at night, for obvious reasons), and the LA Zoo.
Oh, and off to the south, on Mount Lee, there's a little thing called the Hollywood sign. Ever hear of it?
We set off at 6:15am from our friend's apartment, and in fifteen minutes, we had arrived at the park's western entrance, Ferndell Nature Center. Here, a woodsy hiking trail winds along a small babbling brook (complete with the little footbridges), under a canopy of California sycamores and over 50 different species of fern.
What struck us most was the tranquility of the place: though we had just come off a busy main road populated by impatient commuters trying to beat the morning traffic, we suddenly found ourselves in the midst of pure, noiseless nature.
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The other week we hit up Legoland California, namely to check out the just-opened Legoland Hotel, the first Legoland Hotel in the U.S. But with the hotel being adjacent to the theme park, we of course had to roam around for a few hours, marveling at all things Lego.
We'll have one of our handy theme park survival guides for you next week but we just thought we'd share this observation: Out of all the attractions, rides and displays at Legoland, the busiest one we encountered was The Big Shop.