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June 17, 2015

3+ Days in the Santa Barbara Area

Sunny southern California was just what my pale skin needed in dreary February and to get to spend the time with my mom made the trip extra-special! The area around Santa Barbara was just beautiful– no wonder the celebrities flock here! Perfect weather, gorgeous beaches and delicious restaurants… what’s not to love? Plus, there’s such a variety of things to see and do — from old Spanish missions to presidential libraries to restaurants on the pier — there’s plenty to keep you busy for days.

After leaving San Diego behind us, we headed up the coast on Highway 101 and drove about two hours to the San Juan Capistrano Mission. [...]

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March 12, 2015

1.5 Days in San Diego

Our first two nights were scheduled in San Diego, but we landed at 8:45pm (11:45pm Eastern Time), and had to rent a car and get to our hotel. We crashed into bed and tried to rest up for our packed day ahead.

One of my best friends had plenty of wonderful things to say about her time at Coronado Island, just a quick 10 minute drive from downtown San Diego, so we chose to stay on the island rather than in the downtown area. Once we’d decided to stay on Coronado, I had to choose from the handful of hotels there. The famous Hotel del Coronado was a bit out of our price range at $400+/night, so we settled on the El Cordova Hotel just across the street. It is an old mansion [...]

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March 2, 2015

Planning My Very First Trip to California

On the eve of Jeffrey’s & my big Asian Adventure, I wanted to spend some quality time with my mom before Jeffrey and I packed up and headed out for months.

Disclaimer: I’m an idiot and haven’t signed up for the referral to make any money off any of the below credit card offers. This is this genuine advice as I see things. I have both of the cards listed below, however, take my advice with caution: I’m far from an expert on financial/credit matters, but happy to help where I can!

My mom had just applied for the US Airways Premier World MasterCard over Thanksgiving, so she received the Companion Certificate in the mail in late December. A little more on the [...]

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August 4, 2014

The Westin Mission Hills Golf Resort & Spa Review – Palm Springs, California


I had a conference here and booked a 3 night stay about 4.5 months in advance. I was able to get a corporate rate of $125 per night.


I booked a 2 Queen room and, despite there being a large conference for the next few nights and the Coachella music festival starting on the weekend, rooms were still available for for the length of my stay. The agent said that they were able to give me an “upgrade” to a Deluxe golf course view room (Deluxe golf, non-smoking:  2 Queen Beds, 525 sq ft / 49 m²) but, after I asked, said that a suite upgrade wouldn’t be possible due to the high occupancy. I confirmed this on the Starwood app:  a [...]

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April 30, 2013

The US GRANT – San Diego, California

As it is part of Starwood's "Luxury Collection" they have absolutely tried to give it the feel of a luxurious hotel. All the rooms and hallways have very dark carpet with light, creme colored walls. They mix that with crown molding...
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April 1, 2013

Yard House – San Diego, California

1023 4th Ave, San Diego, CA American, Bar Food $$ – Entrees from $15 to $25

The Yard House is a very typical-seeming sports bar …typical as in the kind that are very “upscale” feeling, meaning that they still serve a sports bar menu just at much higher prices to cover their extraordinarily priced real estate.

This one is nice, no doubt:  a sensible amount of TVs, loud background music, a huge space with large, substantial-feeling tables that are well spread out and able to accommodate large parties.

On my visit, I tried the STREET TACOS PLATE ($13.55). The ASADA was pretty damn good with grilled New York streak, toasted [...]

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March 17, 2013

The Fish Market – San Diego, California

750 North Harbor Drive, San Diego, CA Seafood $$ to $$$

The Fish Market, situated in an amazing spot on San Diego’s Bay, has all the markings of a tourist trap. It is in an iconic location, right next to the USS Midway, and benefits from plenty of foot traffic.

That’s on the surface; deep down, they seem to take their food seriously. The prices aren’t horrific and, unlike most touristy seafood places, they don’t just dump it all in a fryer. They’re actually using fresh seafood and taste-forward preparations.

They’ve got a huge menu with selections from their sushi bar (and how could a fresh fish place not have sushi), oyster bar, and main [...]

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January 30, 2013

Deal Blitz: New York to Bahamas ($164), Oakland ($203) or Dominican Republic ($218)

JetBlue is at it again with their “NYC Flight Week” Deal of the Day.



At 80% off these are phenomenal deals as long as you can travel on short notice. The good news is that there are finally some good “long-weekend” choices out there.

Best WEEKEND BLITZ choices:

Dept New York (JFK) to Nassau, Bahamas (NAS) for $164 Dept: Saturday Feb 2nd and Return:Wednesday Feb 6th Tip: Sheraton Nassau Beach Resort & Casino has “Cash + Points” availability for these dates: 4,000 pts + $60 Dept New [...]
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January 25, 2013

Blitz Alert: New York to San Jose $242

Looking for  weekend get-away in February? Jump on this great deal:

American Airlines from New York (EWR/LGA) to San Jose (SJC) for $242. Available departing this dates for a 3 day weekend:

Feb 8 to 11 Feb 22 to 25 Mar 1 to 4

Not looking to go for the weekend? Here’s a calendar of all dates available:


Hit us up with questions below, and hurry up and book this one! San Jose is waiting:

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