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Napa Weekend Getaway
By January 8, 2014
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Sequoia Grove Winery.

Napa wines are famous the wold over—and for good reason. Having recently moved to San Francisco, I was dying to head over and check out what all the hype is about.

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Napa valley consists of a string of tiny towns located along Hwy 29, with Napa, California at the southern end and Calistoga towards the northern end. This glamorous stretch of farmland just an hour from San Francisco is famous for cabernet sauvignon, star chefs, and volcanic mud baths. Compared to California’s other wine regions, Napa Valley embraces an almost disneyland-like commercialism, catering to tourism on a grand scale. This means more wineries and more fantastic eateries, but it also means more people. Most wineries also require reservations (due to strict zoning laws that prohibit drop-in visitors), so the best way to go about wine tasting is to book one wine tasting and plan your entire day around it, keeping your winery count to 3 or less per day. Those seeking a quieter experience will also want to check out neighboring Sonoma Valley, or Southern California’s wine jewels: Santa Barbara and Santa Ynez Valley wine country.

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Design on a Dime: The Scandic Vulkan in Oslo, Norway
By August 18, 2012
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The Vulkan’s restaurant and bar, called V.

Finding a stylish hotel in Oslo that won’t drain your funds can be difficult, but the Scandic Vulkan is one of those rare exceptions to the rule. Located on the outskirts of the trendy Grünerløkka area right behind the Dansens Hus theater, the Vulkan is a hop, skip, and jump away from cute restaurants and boutiques.

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