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The blue glasses hide the color of the oils, so you can just focus on the taste...
If you’re sick and tired of sipping and sampling award winning wine after award winning wine there’s another tasting opportunity for you to check out in Napa Valley. The region also produces some pretty nice olive oils, so why not take a break from the vineyard and head over to the olive mill at Round Pond Estate.
Go ahead and take them up on their Olive Mill Experience, the visit starts with a quick walk over to the field where the olive trees mix and mingle with the grapes, and you get to learn a little bit about the trees, their temperament, and everything else involved with the harvest. Just be sure to take the guide’s advice—olives fresh off the tree are terribly bitter—we needed to confirm this for ourselves, and will never forget that experience.
Anyway, the next stop takes you into the mill that is pretty darn impressive, especially considering some of the equipment that they ordered all the way from Italy. We just hope they had a discount on shipping, because that big granite rock responsible for squishing and squashing the olives has to weigh a couple of tons.
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The commercials for sales have started, Starbucks has their seasonal selections, and of course the local Target is already stocking Christmas trees, lights, and decorations—it may be November but it’s time to celebrate the season. Even beer festivals are getting in the mood well in advance, so here’s a couple holiday and winter brew fests where you can toast to the season a little bit early.
BevMo! Holiday Beer Fest - San Francisco
Free that ugly holiday sweater from the plastic bin under your bed, as it’s time to celebrate the season at the BevMo! Holiday Beer Fest in San Francisco. This year’s events take place on November 21—the Thursday before Thanksgiving—between 6pm and 10pm at the Fort Mason Center. Organizers are promising over 200 different seasonal and specialty beers, brews, sips, and ciders from over 100 different breweries. Tickets will set you back $45 in advance, and don’t forget your ID—it’s 21 and older only.
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We hope you’re enjoying the time change in your area, as we can’t help but smile—we’re kidding—as we see the sunset a whole hour earlier. It definitely feels like winter is just around the corner now more than ever, but at least there’s one thing to which we can look forward and that’s ski season. The cool weather is already just enough to get things open, as resorts, mountains, and the bunny slopes across the country are just starting to do their thing.
Out in Colorado it’s not just the manmade stuff, as a couple resorts have had already had snowfall and are open for business. If you want to brag to your friends that you’ve already hit the slopes this season check out spots like Copper Mountain and Keystone Resort—in Frisco and Keystone, respectively. Other spots out in the Centennial State include Loveland, Wolf Creek, and Arapahoe Basin, so if you’ve been waiting since the spring to get back on the mountain now’s the time to do so.
Okay, not really (seriously, DO NOT!). But this Jaunted contributor did indeed find himself in a bit of a bind after touring the
house mansion of William Hearst, the man who co-founded the idea of "yellow journalism," the “art” of sensationalizing and selling the news.
To put it simply, he and Pulitzer (yes, that Pulitzer) waged a circulation war against each other in New York for competing papers in 1895, trading flashy headlines and no doubt reinforcing the other’s behavior with their own. What resulted was the concept of not just reporting the news, but dressing it up so people would buy it. It led to an extremely successful career for Hearst, who ended up owning over two dozen papers across the country before moving on to magazines and eventually being elected to the House of Representatives.
The thing that makes Santa Barbara so great to some is the same thing that keeps others at arm's length: The fact that, for the most part, it is an extremely gentrified city. Enter the "Funk Zone," the newest neighborhood in town that was born funky through cheap real estate value, which drew artists, their studios, and the ensuing creativity to the vacant buildings.
On a recent visit, we discovered just how great the Funk Zone was, displaying a touch of grit that Santa Barbara has always lacked. Funky, not filthy, is definitely the way to describe it. Once previously filled with abandoned buildings and unpopular as recent as two years ago, it has revitalized itself in a really awesome way. Think murals, a surf museum, wine tasting rooms, breweries, a distillery, and small restaurants.
But as is often the ironic case with up and coming neighborhoods, the growing popularity is what ultimately might end up killing it. Now that the neighborhood is the newest place to be, corporate real estate developers have been buying up properties, meaning that rent is going up and many of the artists and their funk are being pushed out.
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It’s been a bit of time since we first found out about Silvercar and its plan to take the rental car industry by storm with one car option—the silver Audi A4s. We guess things have been going pretty, as the company has expanded since starting things out of Dallas-Ft. Worth. Following its arrival on the scene, Silvercar has starting doing its thing in Austin, Houston, and Dallas-Love Field, and towards the end of the summer it finally made its way out west—to San Francisco.
Up next is another California destination, as the plan is to start offering up vehicles in Los Angeles at LAX on November 4. Reservations are already available, so if you’re hitting the area for business or pleasure you might want to give them a try.
Again the way it works with Silvercar is that you’ll download the app beforehand, as that’s what you need to pretty much to do the rental car thing. From your mobile device you can book your car, change your reservation, and pick up your very own silver Audi A4. That’s right—you open the doors to the car and climb inside after unlocking it with your phone. Even better is that lots of stuff is included with your rental car like turn-by-turn directions, WiFi right from the vehicle, and satellite radio.
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So far we have celebrated the season with pumpkins, apples, and we’re still looking for you to show off your best snapshots of the fall foliage. However, as we enter the middle of all the fine fall weather we’ve got one more autumn activity for you to enjoy—corn mazes! Here’s three that will keep you busy and potentially frustrated:
Happy Day Farm – Manalapan, New Jersey
Just about an hour south of New York City sits Happy Day Farm in Manalapan, New Jersey, and when it comes to building and maintaining a corn maze they certainly know what they’re doing. This year they’re celebrating next year’s Super Bowl—which will be played in New Jersey of course—as their maze features a picture of the New York City skyline as well as an image of the trophy from the big game. The 10-acre maze opened a few weeks ago towards the end of September, but it should be going strong through October 27. It’s $13 for adults and kids—those under the age of two are free—and admission includes access to the corn stalk tunnel, pig races, and even a hayride as well.
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The majority of the US is gearing up to dive head first into fall as the temps start drop, dew blankets the morning grass, and turtlenecks and scarves come out of drawers. While some of us might be looking forward to pumpkin-spice flavored anything and the certain grand feast of Thanksgiving, there are destinations that don't even shudder at the turning of the calendar from September to October...and November and December.
If you just can't let go off your flip-flop tan-lines, here are some hot-spots that bask in the sun and heat all year round:
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Autumn is finally here, so grab one of those pumpkin spice latte beverages and make your way to one of the many fall festivals. This month we’re focusing on those events dedicated to all things pumpkin, so here are five picks for pumpkin festivals doing their thing this month:
Circleville Pumpkin Show – Circleville, Ohio
Between October 16 and October 19th, one Ohio town turns into all things pumpkin. There’s a Miss Pumpkin Show that crowns a new gourd-geous—couldn’t resist, sorry—to reign over the annual festival. Farmers from around the state and region roll their pumpkins to the festival, as past winners have weighed in at well over 1,300 pounds. There’s a parade, live music, arts and crafts, and creatively arranged pumpkins and gourds all over downtown. Admission is free, but we’d bring spending cash for some of the attractions or for pumpkin this or that when you’re hungry.
Keene Pumpkin Festival – Keene, New Hampshire
We try to be fair and balanced in our assessment of this year’s pumpkin festivals, but the one in Keene, New Hampshire might just be the best thing going on this fall. They’ve got a food and craft court and a pumpkin road race, but what sets this festival apart are all the jack-o-lanterns. The town carved and brought in nearly 30,000 jack-o-lanterns last year, and they illuminate each and every one right around the town’s center. As you can imagine things look pretty darn awesome once the sun goes down, so bring your own pumpkin and head to New Hampshire on October 19th—just bring cash for parking.
In case you missed it yesterday we discussed the grand opening of one of the world’s newest airports, and it just happens to now hold the title of the world’s highest commercial airport. We figured if we were going to discuss airport extreme elevations we might as well go the other way as well, so today we’re heading over to Israel to talk about Bar Yehuda Airfield.
The airport—also known as Masada Airfield—sits not too far from the Dead Sea right in the southern part of the Judean desert. Let’s just say services at the airport are pretty limited, and there is no McDonald’s or Starbucks.
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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.