Archive for the ‘history’ Category

THE ROCKEFELLER CHRISTMAS TREE

November 29, 2017

It’s that time of year again and our favorite! The holidays are upon us and tonight is the lighting of the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree. It is a favorite event every year! Steeped in rich tradition and drawing people from around the world to watch, this spectacular event is a “must do” when visiting New York City. Lights, festivities and entertainment all lead up to the official lighting. The crowds will be huge and, once the tree is officially lit, many will take to the ice rink to finish the evening skating. It is a joyful evening. Hope to see you there! If you are not in the area or want to avoid the crowds, the entertainment and lighting will be televised – a great treat to watch.

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THE GREAT LOS ANGELES WALK

November 17, 2017

A walk in LA??? Hard to imagine but this will be the tenth year of this amazing walk. The date is November 18 and the walk starts at 9 am. This year the walk is on Beverly Blvd. from downtown out to the beach. It should be a fun day with food and vendors along the way. Walk to the beach or walk only a couple of blocks. You can start or stop at any point along the route. Check out the blog at The Great Los Angeles Walk for details of the walk. See you there!

MORE FOOD FUN

August 10, 2017

We love food festivals! The Bodega Seafood, Art and Wine Festival will be August 26-27 and it will be a lot of fun. The Festival features food, wineries and microbreweries from the Northern California area and the location of Bodega Bay is quite scenic. Entertainment also comesBodega from the Northern California area. Visit the web site bodegaseafoodfestival.com for more detailed information and plan to attend this fun-filled event in a most scenic location.  See you there!

LOVE STRAWBERRIES!

July 28, 2017

For lovers of strawberries the Watsonville Strawberry Festival will take place again this year August 5-6.  This two day event is fun-filled for the whole family. With carnival rides, live entertainment, strawberry contests, and lots of food – especially local strawberries, there is something to make everybody happy. And, of course, there is historic Watsonville to check out.  Incorporated in 1868, Watsonville is located near the central California coast and there is much to see and do and explore in the area. Have fun and enjoy the strawberries!                                                              www.powerhiking.comStrawberry

GARLIC FESTIVAL TIME AGAIN!

July 26, 2017

We love the GILROY GARLIC FESTIVAL and it is that time of year again.  July 28 – 30 are the dates this year and it is coming up.  Time to make your plans to visit Gilroy.  A once a year event, the GARLIC FESTIVAL features all types of food made with garlic – including ice cream! – cooking demonstrations – with garlic of course, cooking competitions – with garlic of course, live entertainment and fun for the entire family.  Not only is Gilroy a scenic place to visit, but you will be able to smell the garlic as you get close.  Time for some fun again this year at the GILROY GARLIC FESTIVAL!  Visit their website gilroygarlicfestival.com for more information.  Enjoy!!                        www.powerhiking.com

Wow! What a day!

May 18, 2017

The sky is blue.  The sun is shining. On such a gorgeous San Francisco day it is hard to find a prettier location than Lands End. Located at the westernmost tip of San Francisco, the vistas are amazing. Whether you gaze at the Marin Headlands or back at the Golden Gate Bridge, this is the weather to enjoy such a unique spot. The trail is well groomed and a little over a mile so an easy walk with many view benches along the way. Or just spend some quiet time reflecting on the beauty or watching the ships pass under the mighty Golden Gate. In the mood for culture? Visit the Palace of the Legion of Honor. Beautiful exhibits and a beautiful building. Lands End is a special spot on a sunny day.

San Francisco Waterfront

March 17, 2017

Exciting news on the San Francisco waterfront.  Pier 29 has received the OK for the development of retail shops and hopefully a recreational area as well.  This pier has been vacant and unused for years and is a another step in the revitalization and beautification of the San Francisco waterfront area.  There will be shops – most selling homemade San Francisco goods – a wine bar, a coffee roastery, and a craft beer brewery.  We are looking forward to a wonderful addition to this exciting and beautiful area.

FESTIVAL OF THE WHALES

March 7, 2017

The 46th Dana Point Festival of the Whales got underway last weekend and lasts through March 12th.  It is a celebration of the the migration of the gray whale from feeding grounds in the Bering Sea of Alaska to the birthing grounds in warm waters off Baja California.  Undertaking this 5000 mile journey yearly, the whales pass the picturesque California beach town of Dana Point.  Located just south of Laguna Beach, Dana Point has been host to this entertaining and educational event for 46 years.  First and foremost for a visit is a not to be missed whale watching adventure to observe the majestic creatures up close – an adventure for which you need an advance reservation.  Other than whale watching there are many activities to entice and entertain the entire family.  There are art lessons, art shows and sales, sand sculpting, fishing, music, the Mobile Marine Mammal Museum, car displays, a town center walking tour and food.  It is a wonderful way to spend the day in a most picturesque spot by a beautiful California beach.  What could be better??  Many people descend on Dana Point each year for the festival so be prepared for crowds.  But the adventure and the opportunity to observe such magnificent creatures in their habitat on a yearly journey is definitely an experience not to be missed!  Check out the website for more information.                                                                                          www.powerhiking.com

SAN FRANCISCO’S CROOKEDEST STREET

February 19, 2017

Lombard Street in San Francisco has long been considered as the crookedest street in the world. And it is! And it is beautiful and scenic with fabulous vistas. What wonderful thoughts went into designing this amazing street. Today, however, it is still beautiful but very busy. Tourists come from all over the world to see it, drive down it and admire it. Fabulous but not fun for those residents who live on or around the street. Traffic is a nightmare and can back up in the neighborhood as the cars wait a turn to drive down. Tour busses stop at the bottom of the hill so that the tourists can get out and snap a picture. Then there are the thousands of tourists walking up or down the stairs of the street. So some in City Hall are considering a charge for the cars and busses. Don’t know how this would work or be regulated and it is a long time out (if ever) but it is an idea to help control all of the people looking to enjoy this wonderful San Francisco icon.

Run For Chocolate??

February 10, 2017

Run For The Chocolate is the Bissinger Chocolate Company annual fun run.  It is a run/walk event where you get chocolates during and after the run.  The runners/walkers go through the streets of historic St. Louis, starting at the chocolate factory through historic St. Louis and returning along a path that runs along the Mississippi River.  Chocolate goody bags, hot cocoa and chocolate medals await at the finish line.  It takes place Saturday, February 11.  Sounds like a lot of fun and a lot of yummy eating.  Burn those calories!