Scratch, Mountain View
For fine dining and excellent wine

Just northwest of San Jose, in the city of Mountain View, is a great little restaurant known as Scratch.  So called because they prepare everything themselves from ‘scratch’, you’ll find that the food they turn out using this method, although simple at its root, is heads above most other places.  Another great thing about... Read More

Shadowbrook, Capitola
A beautiful old-styled restaurant with its own private gardens

Set on the Soquel Creek in the city of Capitola, Shadowbrook is a classy, upscale restaurant that makes a perfect option when you really want to impress on that first date.  This elegant, old-styled dining establishment has a wide-spread reputation for being one of the most romantic restaurants in California... Read More

The Speakeasy
Prohibition meets modern times at this Pasadena lounge

For a great night out in an atmosphere that harkens back to the early decades of the 20th century, check out The Speakeasy in Pasadena.  This bar may be fairly new to the scene, but it’s getting a pretty good reputation so far.  Basing itself around the nightlife of the 20s, you’ll find your servers dressed up in costume... Read More

The Firehouse, Sacramento
A classy, award-winning restaurant for a great date

Rated as one of the top restaurants in the country, The Firehouse in Old Town Sacramento has won more awards that any other restaurant in the city.  If you’re looking to impress a date, this is a great place to go.  The food is excellent and they have a very extensive selection of fine wines to go with it.  Friendly staff and an elegantly designed... Read More

Streets of London Pub, Sacramento
A relaxed time out for a date or meeting someone new

Located in downtown Sacramento, the Streets of London Pub is more than just a place to get a drink, it is also a full-service restaurant.  Whether you’re looking to take your date to a relaxed environment with some good food or just heading out to have a few drinks and perhaps meet someone new, Streets of London Pub fulfills both functions.  With a... Read More

French Polynesian Islands Cruise
Explore this remarkable island chain from a comfortable cruise ship

Why take a trip to the FrenchPolynesianIslands and stay in just one spot?  Do it the right way and jump on a cruise ship so that you and your loved one can explore all over this chain of 130 islands.  There are many great... Read More

The Nomad Hotel of El Cosmico
A unique vacation for those with a spiritual side

Out in the deserts of western Texas, the El Cosmico is a very unique accommodation that bills itself as a nomadic hotel and campground.  There are no fancy hotel rooms here, just trailers, tents and tepees.  Or you can bring your own supplies and stay at the campground.  The facilities consist of communal kitchens, a reading room, an outdoor... Read More

Palazzina Grassi, Venice
Stay where celebrities do at this amazing five-star Venetian retreat

Taking a trip to Venice is a romantic enough vacation as it is, but to make it into an even better experience, consider a stay at one of the city’s top-rated hotels, the Palazzina Grassi.  This amazing five-star hotel is famous for hosting many celebrities and high-class events over the years.  It has an elegant and beautiful design that focuses on... Read More

Anza-Borrego Desert State Park
For a nice romantic getaway in the desert

Out in the middle of nowhere, just about an hour west of the Salton Sea is the Anza-BorregoDesertState Park.  This unique desert landscape, barren yet full of life, is a great place to spend some time away from the busy city.  With more than 600,000 acres of... Read More

Lake Tahoe
Spend an adventurous weekend at this tourist hot spot

Out in the Sierra Nevadas and straddling the California/Nevada border is the huge and beautiful Lake Tahoe.  One look at it and it’s no wonder people come here year-round to spend time away from the real world.  This is a great place to spend a couple of days out, particularly for the young and adventurous.  The lake... Read More