Travel ideas for mancations, guys weekends, and romantic getaways
  • Insider Tips from a Former Las Vegas Concierge

    Vegas can be a tricky place if you don't know what you are doing. I know my first few visits weren't nearly as fun as those that followed since I began to learn my way around but I'm in awe of Las Vegas Concierges. There is so much stuff going on in this city that is constantly changing and yet they seem to know everything about it as it happens.

  • San Jose Guys Weekend Ideas

    All too often we look at "big cities" as the places we want to visit and ignore the  smaller towns and suburbs that orbit those population centers. That's often the case with San Jose as well since people typically say "I want to visit San Francisco" and ignore this great destination south of the bay.

  • A Dog Friendly Romantic Getaway at the Park Hyatt Aviara

    The words "pet friendly" seems to mean a lot of different things to different people in the resort industry. At the Park Hyatt Aviara is that they mean that dogs are welcome guests - like any other part of your family. This is our second time visiting and on both times all three of us were received warmly and with a sense that they were genuinely happy to see Heather, Niki and I walking through the lobby. This is a special feeling since it can be difficult to spend time together away from home without worrying about someone taking care of her.

  • Nine Things I Didn't Expect To Find In Torrance

    Torrance California... it's probably not at the top of your list of tourist spots to visit this summer but maybe it should be. Honestly, going into this trip all I cared about was hanging out with my friends for a few days and I knew that at least I'd have a good time with them. After all, what could an industrial town just south of LAX and bordered by some of the most notorious neighborhoods possibly offer me?

  • Brazos River Lodge: An Outdoorsman Retreat in New Mexico

    In advance of the September hunting season, Brazos River Lodge is offering the ultimate outdoorsman’s getaway for all skill levels with private, world-class trophy elk hunting opportunities led by expert guides and upscale lodge accommodations situated on nearly 5,000 acres of pristine Northern New Mexico wilderness. Brazos is now offering two all-inclusive hunting packages for groups of up to five guests that deliver the ultimate outdoor adventure.

  • Technology to Keep Your Home Safe and Secure While Traveling

    Are you planning a summer vacation this year? If you are, I'm sure one of the things you are worried about is keeping your house safe and secure. As you know, I'm a huge fan of smart home technology and so when I got the chance to check out some of the latest products from August Home it reminded me that while technology is important there are other things that are important things to remember too.

  • Sample The Flavors Of China and Beyond in Taiwan

    Taiwan's slogan is "The Heart of Asia". There's a reason for that. It's situated pretty much dead center between China, Japan, Vietnam, and the Philippines, and it has a little bit of all of that culture. Taiwan is literally The Heart of Asia, and it shows when you visit. If you are a foodie, this is a great place to visit so you can sample the best flavors from the region without worrying about visas, finding a new hotel, or taking extra flights. Coming up in August though is an awesome opportunity to explore the region even more at the 2016 Taiwan Culinary Exhibition.

  • Exploring Unspoiled Beauty and Natural Adventures in Logan Utah

    Like many parts of the Southwest, Utah is a very diverse state. While you might most commonly associate it with dry, hot deserts - visitors will be surprised to find majestic mountains and cool rivers full of fish to catch up north. Logan Utah is one such place, located about an hour and a half north of Salt Lake City and about 20 miles south of the Idaho border. 

  • Good Sam Is Here to Help Make Your RV Trip Less Stressful

    You may have "the auto club" or maybe your car even came with a manufacturer provided service, but what about that RV you've been eyeing? You need someone to help back that up too and you can't afford to have someone look at your flat, shrug, and mutter "well that sucks" as he packs up the tow truck and drives away. Good Sam Roadside Assistance helps travelers stay safe while driving their autos and RVs. Now is a great time to check out this service, as they currently have their Summer Sizzler event going on.

  • Exploring the Smirnoff House and Electric Daisy Carnival 2016

    Thanks to Smirnoff I had an amazing opportunity earlier this month. I got to go to the Electric Daisy Carnival (EDC) in Las Vegas, where I was exposed to a lot of new things and perhaps most importantly discovering a new side to the brand as well as people I had previously dismissed as "those silly club kids".

  • Charleston South Carolina Should Be Next On Your List to Explore!

    Charelston is an amazing place to visit and every time I do, I wonder why I don't live there. Over 4 million people a year vacation in Charleston, SC. It's not surprising, then, that 3 consecutive years in a row Charleston was named the number one tourist destination in the United States. By combining not just beaches and golf but incredible historic sites, amazing food, beer, and even spirits, this is a place that you should consider for your next guys getaway!

  • I Survived Electric Daisy Carnival!

    Bring Out the Bold - that's the rally call for LISTERINE and so I would encourage all of you to try something new this summer. To lead by example, I did something I've wanted to do for a while but is completely outside my normal routine. I attended the Electric Daisy Carnival in Vegas. For those of you who know me well, it might come as a surprise that I would attend an EDM festival like this and probably more so that I had an amazing time. That's part of the fun of being BOLD though!

  • Colorado "Dudeventure" Package at Vail

    I seem to spend a lot of time in the desert during the summer, but this guys weekend package in Colorado's Rocky Mountains looks like a great way to cool off and have fun!

  • Five Southwest Road Trip Destinations to Cool Off This Summer

    It's getting hot and if you are in the Southwest United States, it's going to get a lot hotter over the next few months. I just drove back from Las Vegas and as we drove through Baker, CA the thermometer on the car hit 116 degrees! That got me thinking about ideas for places to go visit later this summer to avoid the heat and cool off for a few days. 

  • It's Time to Take a Baja Brocation Guys Getaway!

    Isn’t now the perfect time for a dudes-only vacation? Imagine sun-washed beaches, beautiful bikini-clad women, and adrenaline pumping adventure. Baja California, a free and sovereign state in Mexico, features diverse geography for a vacation that truly has it all: beautiful beaches, desert bike trails, tree-covered mountains, and remote islands. Whether it’s beer-fueled fun, you’re after or relaxation to recharge your batteries, there’s no place like Baja. 

  • Golf, Seafood, and Beachfront Bonfires at Semiahmoo Resort

    Located directly south of the Canadian border, less than an hour from Vancouver is one of the most beautiful resorts that I've stayed at recently. It has that classic charm and natural beauty that money simply can't replicate and would almost distract from. Sitting at the end of a spit of land overlooking the water on three sides is a 212-room resort with a beautiful stone-lined beach and fantastic restaurants featuring imaginative menus filled with local seafood and northwestern delicacies and just minutes away are two of the top golf courses in Washington State!

  • Cruising With Holland America Line's Maasdam to Canada

    For the past few years I've watched Holland America ships sit in port here in San Diego but I've never actually pulled the trigger and cruised with them till last month when they invited us to sail with them. While the experience is dramatically different from warm-weather cruising in the Caribbean and Mexico, I found a lot of stuff to like about cruising on the Holland America Line Maasdam. 

  • Five Places I'd Like To Share a Drink With Friends

    As summer starts up, it opens a whole new world of ideas for travel and ways to spend time with friends. I can't think of any more iconic way than to share a drink with the men in your life that matter. So, for Father's Day I would encourage you to think beyond just buying ties and coffee mugs and instead create a whole experience instead.

  • Father and Son Mancation Travel Ideas in Heber Valley

    Utah is a great state for adventures and that includes family friendly travel - especially activities to help fathers and sons bond together. Heber Valley, located just 15 minutes from Park City and less than an hour from Salt Lake City offers tons of exciting opportunities including: Hiking, biking, golfing, fishing, opportunities to explore history and of course all sorts of winter recreation too.

  • Exploring Sights and Sounds along North Dakota's Beer & Wine Trail

    North Dakota is a natural wonderland filled with tons of great natural as well as urban adventures to discover. After a long day exploring history sites and museums, I can't think of much better than relaxing a pint of local craft beer. Luckily, I can do that in North Dakota! It's no surprise that as one of the top wheat producers that they are experiencing a boom in micro-breweries as well. Along with small-scale wineries and a handful of distilleries, this is a region that you won't want to miss.

  • We Visited Bristol for a Preview of Pilot Flying J #BattleAtBristol

    Pilot Flying J invited me to the NASCAR spring race at Bristol Motor Speedway so we could learn more about the Pilot Flying J #BattleAtBristol. The cool thing about this is we were granted some pretty cool access to things things most NASCAR fans dream of! We were also able to meet Michael Annett, the driver of the #46 Pilot Flying J car. Not only that but we got to watch the race from his pit box!

  • Enjoy a Four States View from Your Balcony at Far View Lodge

    I've been lucky to stay at some of the nicest hotels in the country recently. Each of them competes to deliver an extraordinary experience with softer sheets, better amenities, and cutting edge technology. Unfortunately for them, it's sometimes simply the location that serves to blow guests away and that's what I experienced during a recent visit to the Far View Lodge at Mesa Verde in Colorado. 

  • Giant Sculptures, Unique Culture, and Awesome Food in Santa Fe

    They say that New Mexico is the "Land of Enchantment" and as it's capital city, you'd sort of expect to have a dynamic and unique place filled with enchantment. Guess what? It is! While I expected to find plenty of fine art galleries and good food I was surprised by just how much fun the city was and that there were other elements that drew me in and make me dream of returning again soon. For instance, along side world-class artisans and galleries of fine art - you'll also find giant sculptures of robots and dinosaurs.

  • Father - Daughter Day Together at Disneyland

    Thank you Pull-Ups® for inviting me and my daughter on an exciting and fun day to the Disneyland® Resort in Southern California for the Pull-Ups® #PottyPartnership launch party. This was truly the highlight of her young life. We had the opportunity to spend a day together at Disneyland® Resort in Southern California and try out the new Pull-Ups® Training Pants, plus she got the opportunity to meet tons of her favorite characters! This event was not only fun, but the activities for the kids were educational and designed to reinforce their unique Potty Personalities. My daughter’s results were part "Owl" part "Squirrel". Thank you Walmart for helping make this happen.

  • Exploring Colossal Cave Mountain Park in Arizona

    It’s not every day that you get to experience something truly different in life. You know, a moment you’ll never forget because of how surreal it was? I was lucky enough to find one of these gem moments recently on a trip to Arizona’s Colossal Cave Mountain Park, roughly 40 minutes southeast of Tucson. If I told you to imagine being taken on a journey through crystal laden chasms deep in the earth then later hiking though forest rich with saguaro cactus, you might be asking what planet I’m talking about. But with such an adventure being very real, I’ll share with you why Colossal Cave Mountain Park is worth a visit and why I’ll be going back again soon.

  • JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country Resort

    When it comes to planning your guys weekend or mancation, the hotel is almost as important as the destination. This is going to be your home base for a few days and it will generally set the tone for the rest of your adventure. While I'm of the thought that different groups of guys can pretty much make anywhere work, the JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country is one of my favorites since it offers pretty much everything you'd need for the perfect escape with your friends.

  • San Diego Gaslamp Marriott - Padres Baseball (and more)

    With summer here, it's time for baseball and in San Diego you can't get much closer to the action than the San Diego Gaslamp Marriott. The hotel graciously offered us a couple nights so we could experience the ultimate San Diego guys weekend. In addition to an awesome location right next to the stadium, there's an awesome rooftop lounge on the 22nd floor that's close enough to throw the first pitch.

  • Utah Mancation Ideas in Capitol Reef Country

    Three years ago I had a chance to do a road trip from Chicago to San Diego and passed through a magical area of absolute desolation and natural wonder. Unlike many other natural areas of the country, this was a land of stunning rock formations and wide open spaces where you could really "get away" from it all.

  • Australian Mancation Adventure: Golf, F1, Wine, and Beaches in Melbourne

    When it comes to mancation in Australia, Melbourne is surely a great choice of destination for all those men who are looking forward to have some fun with their friends. Melbourne has an urban setting, luxury hotels offering upscale amenities, great outdoor activity opportunities and even unique golf settings. Here are some top ideas for your next mancation in Melbourne.

  • Make The Bold Choice to Explore The United States

    This is the year I'm going to finally visit all 50 states (except maybe Alaska). As I have looked at this country over the past nearly 40 years, it amazes me how many astounding opportunities there are to explore it. From "barren" deserts to lush jungles, there is something for every style of vacation. The choice is yours, but while some may look at exotic foreign lands as being a "bold choice", I think it's even more bold to explore your home and get a better appreciation for what it means to be an American.

  • Exploring The Park in Las Vegas

    The Park, a subsidiary of MGM Resorts International opened last week, bringing with it a more relaxed, tree-lined and sculpture shaded escape from the normal hustle and bustle of the Vegas Strip. The Park was designed with an open air patio environment allowing visitors to enjoy a more relaxed version of the classic Las Vegas.

  • Living Like a King In an Aria Sky Suite Penthouse

    Vegas has a lot of great hotel rooms and one of the finest hotels on the strip is Aria. It has everything needed for an awesome Vegas experience including great bars, fantastic food, wonderful staff and a center-strip location that is close to all the action. Things got a bit better this week though with the launch of the T-Mobile Arena and The Park entertainment district right next door. While I was expecting to have an awesome time, my mind was blown away when I received word that their PR Team had not just given me a room here but actually a Sky Suite Penthouse Room! 

  • Exploring The Majestic, Weird and Wonderful California Desert

    While most people think about the coastal California cities Los Angles, San Francisco and San Diego, the reality is that this state is enormous and most of it is really only accessible by driving. A few weeks ago, we packed up our cars and joined 9 other bloggers on a once in a lifetime adventure exploring the deserts of California. From majestic Joshua trees to weird art, post apocalyptic scenery, wonderful weather, fun roads, and amazing people, this was a trip that I recommend trying for anyone who agrees that Driving Matters!

  • How to Plan An Epic Camping Trip This Summer

    A camping trip can be an amazing experience mentally as well as physically. When done properly, it can be an exercise in enjoying the beauty of nature, the company of the people who are with you and a chance to bond as men.  Done poorly and it can be a complete nightmare filled with cranky people and a general feeling of "when is this going to be over". Here are some tips to make sure your next outdoor adventure is a blast and not a bust.

  • Hotel Del Coronado Review

    The Hotel Del Coronado is a famous and lavish resort in San Diego, several years ago I had the chance to stay at the resort, but I recently returned with friends to check out their Roast - beach bonfire and s'mores experience. "The Del" is a classic hotel that deserves to be part of your San Diego experience, no matter where you happen to be staying or who you are with. It somehow manages to combine the charm of a century old resort with modern amenities and a sense of gracious charm that is often lacking from today's newer beach resorts.

  • Stunning Caribbean Islands You Should Visit This Year

    For many people, the Caribbean is an exotic land that is as a place for only the rich and famous. But it doesn't have to be that way and today there are many affordable ways to explore this beautiful part of the world, it's exotic islands and amazing food and friendly people. For me personally, cruising is one of my favorite ways to do this since I get a "sampler" of different islands so I know where I want to come back to in the future. Ironically, I started this way but now I really enjoy the experience of cruising itself since I never get bored and get to see somewhere new each and every day!

  • 15 Ways To Save Money On Your Next Road Trip

    With the weather warming up, a bunch of you are about to hit the open road for Spring Break and even more of you will be planning family vacation trips this year. While you are going to be saving money almost immediately by avoiding air travel, that's just the beginning. As someone who has been enjoying road trips since I was a little kid, I've learned quite a lot about this subject and look forward to sharing my best advice with you!

  • Minnesota Mancation Ideas

    Minnesota is gearing up to welcome sports fans who will be heading to the land of 10,000 lakes later this year to check out the NFL's newest sports complex housing the Minnesota Vikings but there's tons more fun to explore in the state for those ready to explore the north woods!

  • Five Things I'm Going to Enjoy More Of With Fuel Rewards Savings

    I love saving money and despite the fact that gas in general is cheaper today than it was a few months ago - you can always save more! That's why I love Fuel Rewards from Shell since you can save everytime you fill up and new members get 25 cents per gallon as a signup bonus!

  • Captain Obvious is Running for President!

    Captain Obvious is running for President and we think it's about time that we finally see a highly qualified candidate that understands the important issues that face today's traveler. 

  • Tour the Jack Daniels Distillery

    For those of you that find yourself anywhere near the Lynchburg, Tennessee area, I highly recommend swinging by the Jack Daniel's distillery and taking a tour. Even those who might not be bourbon drinkers (or drinkers at all), will enjoy learning about the rich history of the area. Jack Daniel's has become iconic in American culture and the tour is great for those who might not know anything about the man or for those that do, it will just fuel your fascination.

  • You've Asked, so Here it is: The Story of Why & How I Became a Blogger ...

    This is a question I get on a pretty regular basis after I tell people what I do now. However, it seems that I have never really shared the story publicly about what motivated me to start not just this site but blogging in general. When I look back at my history along with stories from other great including Danica Patrick, Steve Nashe, Emmitt Smith and Emmanuel Sanders, I realize that just like with my start it was about passion for doing something and that lead to a drive to ignore people saying you couldn't do it. That's at the core of my story and the realization that even small things can be mighty!

  • So You Want To Travel Around the World?

    Back when I was younger, I had several opportunities to travel to different parts of the world. I took some and ignored others. However, this experience made an impact on my life that ultimately stoked the flames that ultimately lead to this site. At the time, I was limited to work trips and spring break type adventures. For you guys today though, there's even more opportunity and one of those includes the Great Global Adventure by AXA where you can win a chance to travel around the world on someone else's dime!

  • Learn a New Language This Year With Babbel

    Learning a new language can be a challenge for many of us and I'm certainly among that group. That's why I was excited when I was contacted by Babbel to check out their language system. There's no time like the beginning of the year to make the resolution to do new things and that makes it a great time to learn a new language. 

  • Carnival Sunshine Cruise Review

    Last fall I had the chance to take an 8-day Southern Caribbean Cruise with Carnival as part of one of our #MenWhoBlog cruises. This was the first time I've had a chance to really enjoy a cruise with a bunch of my guy friends as well as my wife so it was a bit of a different experience. Similarly, this was the longest cruise I've taken to date - and while it has been completely overhauled a couple years ago I was a bit nervous that it would feel dated. Luckily all those fears were unfounded and we had an amazing time that confirmed my premise that a group of guys can have an amazing time sailing together for a Carnival Cruise Mancation!

  • Seven Things to Do in Bonaire On a Port Day During Your Cruise

    Way south in the Caribbean Sea are a couple islands that don't get as much love as their northern sisters but for those willing to take the trek south, there's a world of awesome and unique things waiting for you. Last fall, we visited Bonaire during a port day on the Carnival Sunshine. Here's some of the cool things that await you on your next visit.

  • Grand Turk Is Now My Favorite Port For a Beach Day

    I've been privileged to visit a lot of ports during my cruises but I love Grand Turk! Developed a few years ago as a port for Carnival, the port is probably the perfect "beach day" port and my favorite in all of the Caribbean!

  • VIP Shooting Experience at The Range 702 in Las Vegas

    When it comes to visiting Las Vegas, you can't help but be drawn into the glitz and uber luxury resorts of the strip or the quirky fun of downtown but there's a lot more to this city than gambling resorts. Luckily, I'm here to help you explore that "other side" of Las Vegas and we're kicked it off with a visit to The Range 702, Las Vegas's largest indoor shooting range!

  • Party Like an Egyptian at Luxor Las Vegas

    Having opened in 1993, Luxor is one of the icons of the Las Vegas strip and kicked off a decades long building boom of new mega resorts. While the strip offers a lot of unique opportunities - this is you only shot to sleep in a pyramid! While considerably smaller than the "Great Pyramid" of Giza (230 meters per side vs 183 meters), Kufu's designers didn't think to add a 120,000 sq ft casino, Carrot Top, Criss Angel Believe or "Fantsy" topless revue, so we're willing to accept that it's a bit smaller.

  • Silvercar Is About to Change The Way You Rent Your Next Car

    Silvercar is a brand spanking new car rental company that is taking the country by storm and doing so with a great product and fantastic customer service. Just like how Uber and Lyft transformed a dreaded necessity into a pleasure, Silvercar has the potential to do the same for the car rental industry. However, I was a bit skeptical - what was the trick here? Luckily a rep from Silvercar reached out to me and invited me to test it out the next time I had a trip where I needed a car. So I took her up on the offer during a recent trip to Chicago and will likely be returning again as a paying customer!

  • Living the Luxury Lifestyle at Viceroy Snowmass - Aspen

    I joke sometimes that I could "move into this place", but rarely could I actually do just that - till now. During our trip to Aspen for the 2016 Kia Optima launch this fall we stayed at a magnificent resort that redefined the word "luxury hotel" in my mind. The Viceroy Snowmass took an extraordinary amount of care when it designed these rooms and I'm sure even royalty from around the world that visit here probably say "wow this is nice!".

  • Beautifully Bizzarre California History Lessons at Mono Lake

    No matter how many photos or words I write, it won't do Mono Lake justice. This is a strange part of the country that is a beautiful and exotic natural wonder that you simply have to visit to understand. As a young boy growing up in California I recall science lessons in school talking about Mono Lake and the impact that man can have on nature. However it took a visit to the lake last fall to fully appreciate the landscape.

  • Beer Pong, Bowling and Burgers at Harrah's Reno

    Las Vegas may be the king for people all around the world, but there's another city in Nevada that is the Prince... or at least the Duke. While Las Vegas has virtually no redeeming qualities outside of being hot as hell, Reno is located close enough to the ski resorts around Lake Tahoe and a major airport that this could be your basecamp to launch an awesome Reno / Tahoe mancation adventure.

  • Three Types of Awesome Baseball Vacation Adventures

    Our culture has graduated from man caves to mancations, and many guys are tying in their bro travel to sports. But it's gone far beyond a double header or a weekend snagging two NASCAR series at the same track. Now it's multiple events at multiple venues, and baseball has proven to be a perfect sport for it.

  • Exploring Carnival Sunshine: SportsSquare

    Earlier this month I spent eight days in the middle of the Caribbean Sea with some of my friends exploring Carnival Sunshine. This ship is literally packed with activities and entertainment in every nook and cranny, but one area that seemed to be consistently drawing us back for more is SportsSquare. During the course of the week, we gathered here to play (mini) golf, shoot pool, play chess, corn hole, basketball, dodgeball, and shuffleboard with one of the best views you can ever ask for of the ocean as it passed by 14 decks below us.

  • 5 Things For Guys To Do in El Salvador

    El Salvador is a country that I knew little about when I was asked to attend a trip on behalf of James. When I embark on an adventure to an unfamiliar destination, I tend to not do any research because I do not want to have any preconceived notions about where I am going.

    I arrived in El Salvador knowing only that the country was known for surfing and had suffered from a devastating civil war - not exactly a lot to go on. What would this country have to offer in the way of tourism? Would it be FUN? Would I feel safe? What on earth is would there be to do there? The answers to these questions surprised me; I did have fun, I felt very safe (full disclosure, we spent most of our time in the country, with police escorts), and there were so many things to do in El Salvador that I am planning a trip back in the very near future because I simply did not have enough time to do it all in the four days I spent there with the Ministry of Tourism!

  • I Had a Ball During My Stay at Disney's All-Star Sports Resort

    When I visit Disney World, one of my favorite parts is their resort hotels. While this is considered an afterthought at many attractions, Disney takes as much care and planning with where you sleep as they do with how you spend your day. Luckily, while there are some incredibly expensive hotel options at Disney World there are also plenty that are affordable and just as fun. A couple years ago I stayed at Pop Century and this year I decided to check out Disney's All Star Sports Resort during a quick stop at the park.

  • 15 Things I Can't Wait to Explore on Carnival Sunshine

    In less than a week I'll be getting on Carnival Sunshine along with a group of other male bloggers. Before any cruise though, I always love to do research to prepare but this one's a bit different since not only is it the "newest" ship in the Carnival fleet but it's an experiment of sorts with some new venues that aren't available on any other ship. Plus, while Heather is joining me on this trip as part of a romantic getaway, it's also a mancation at sea with some of my best friends.

    So, stay tuned to our adventure using #MWBcarnival on Twitter and Instagram. We're setting sail on November 13 and headed to Aruba, Bonaire, and Grand Turk before heading back to Port Canaveral on Florida's "Space Coast".

  • All Aboard! V&T Railroad to Virginia City, Nevada

    Allllllll aboard! It's time to take a journey into the past and explore a time when the west was barely settled and riches were sitting just below the surface of the earth simply waiting for someone to uncover them. During this time, one of the greatest mining booms in the United States happened in Virginia City, site of the 1859 Comstock Lode.

    That discovery instantly turned men into millionaires and the city exploded from just a handful of miners to 25,000 residents. With that explosive growth and the city's remote location at 6,200 feet elevation on the side of a mountain, a railway was needed. While the V&T railway isn't the exact same as what once serviced the city, it is a great way for guests to reach Virginia City from Carson City today and it provides a better perspective on Virginia City's history than simply driving up the twisty turny roads.

  • Temecula Wine Country Half Marathon

    So do you like wine?  I think most adults enjoy a glass or two of fine vino at dinners or social events.  Its a nice way to unwind and relax from the day's stresses add a little music and now its a party.  What if you could do a little run at a great destination and then enjoy a great Wine+Music Festival?  Well next month on 21 Nov 2015 you have the opportunity to do just that!  

  • Father and Son Adventure Awaits in Gulf County Florida

    Kids grow up fast, but those moments that you and your son spend together may be memories that last a lifetime and can turn into yearly traditions. From shark fishing to dolphin watching and showing your son how to cast a net to gather shrimp there are a ton of opportunities for you to spend some meaningful time together in Gulf County.

  • A great weekend with NASCAR and Crown Royal

    NASCAR is an great American past-time that allows fans an up close and personal view of their favorite cars, drivers, teams and the owners!  Recently I was invited to a weekend with Crown Royal and NASCAR at the Jeff Kyle Brickyard 400 and had a once in lifetime experience with 11 other bloggers.  Our weekend started with a fun filled evening at the fabulous Georgia Reese's in downtown Indianapolis for whiskey tasting and a delicious dinner.  Our tasting of the Crown Royal blends and dinner was hosted by Master of Whiskey, Stephen Wilson.  This small quaint event was the meet and greet with the Crown Royal PR staff, and us bloggers.  While we were chatting and enjoying the ambiance, we learned about the uniqueness of the Crown Royal blends and how they differ from Irish whiskeys and American whiskeys.  

  • A Look at a New Lodging Concept: Intra-Day Stay Hotels

    As our society evolves, we are moving away from the old-style booking in advance as business, socializing and personal time have become more fluid. People are wanting more immediate satisfaction, compared to carefully planning weeks or months in advance. This is why same day hotels booking offered by HotelsByDay and other companies that are mutually beneficial for hotels and guests, is skyrocketing in popularity in New York, considering the fast life and lack of time. 

    Think about it this way - sometimes you just need to book a room for a quick meeting or to clean up before a business meeting and other times you might need a place for a quick nap after an international flight. This is where these hotels come in super handy since you really don't need the whole night and don't want to pay for it either!

  • We've Found Your New Home Base: Basecamp Hotel Tahoe

    South Lake Tahoe is an interesting mixture of high-rise casino resorts, modern ski condos in the Heavenly Village, and old independent motels. There's a relatively new player in the market now and that's Basecamp Hotel. The hotel has taken over the bones of a classic motel, renovated the crap out of it and has even built some all-new buildings too. It's an interesting boutique hotel that somehow actually creates the feeling that you're part of a community when you stay there.

  • A Visit to Washington State's Columbia Crest Winery

    Columbia Crest winery has been in operation for just over 30 years and in that time it has helped transform the Columbia River area of Washington State into one of the top wine producers in the world. It's a little strange maybe that when you think of the West Coast and wine, it's typically California and specifically Napa, Sonoma, or even Santa Barbara area. No one told these guys though, but through scientific research winemakers here discovered that the soils and environmental conditions had world class potential.

  • Our Epic Disney California Adventure

    A few weeks ago I shared with you that I was going to be heading up to Disney California Adventure to explore it from an adult perspective and thanks to Choice Hotels we had a great hotel to stay at that was affordable and very close to the park. NOTE: our stay was complimentary but normal rates start at about $109, a price I found extremely reasonable.

  • Hotel Secrets You Need to Know To Have a Great Stay

    I stay in a lot of hotels. For better or worse it's the way I roll these days and while some are better than others - they all fundamentally work the same way. So, let's look at some of the tips and tricks to help make sure you have an awesome experience on your next trip.

  • It's Important to Connect With Real Face Time - Not Just Social Media

    There is no shortage of amazing places to visit, but when planning your guys weekend, it should be obvious that it's about more than just the destination. In reality, planning a guys weekend is about just that -- the guys. Choice Hotels agrees and has invited me to join one of my friends recently for our own "California Adventure". While Disneyland might not be the typical destination for a guys weekend, it's an opportunity to hang out with a good friend of mine and get an "insider view" of one of the greatest theme parks in the world.

  • River Rock Casino Resort for an Awesome Vancouver Guys Getaway

    River Rock Casino Resort is the perfect Vancouver hotel to host a men’s getaway. Not only does it offer five star accommodations, entertainment, a casino, and more, it’s also located close to all of the other action Vancouver has to offer. Which means that whether you want to play a game of craps, or see the city, you’re all set at River Rock Casino Resort. It's also close to the airport so it's super easy to fly into.

    In fact, I think the unique thing about Vancouver is that it offers a dual opportunity for a guys getaway. On one side it's a fantastic destination on it's own. On the other side, Vancouver is the perfect gateway to all the exciting adventures that await visitors in the mountains, rivers, and forests of British Columbia.

  • Football, Food & Fun On Barcelona City Breaks

    Right now, FC Barcelona is the best football team in the world just behind Real Madrid. No team in the major European leagues scores more goals than Barca, it has the most accurate passers in the League and it's home to a certain trio with the names Messi, Neymar and Suarez. While you're in the capital of Catalonia, your ideal Barcelona city breaks should include watching a match, or at least taking a tour around the Camp Nou stadium, going out for good food and beer then getting up the next day to see what else this winning city has to offer.

  • Give Back To Nature As You Live With Big Cats

    With the talk of Cecil the Lion recently, the fate of big cats has become even more a topic of discussion. You love cats, big and small. It’s why you volunteer at the local humane society, donate to animal charities, and enjoy the company of a few in your own home. Your love for these furry felines also brings you to read certain distressing news articles about the threatened existence of the larger cats calling Earth their home. If you’ve ever wondered how you could help these cats, then you have a unique opportunity to do so just a mouse click away. A volunteer holiday in South Africa allows you to work side-by-side with the world’s largest cats and make a difference in their lives.

  • Three Suite Options for a Guys Weekend In Downtown Vegas

    Up until this year when it finally came true, I'd always dreamed about one day having a suite in Vegas and living like a high-roller. On the strip this can put you back thousands of dollars per night. Sure there are some incredible options but without an unlimited amount of money, I'd rather save my money for food, drinks, and entertainment. Downtown Las Vegas is a different story and I had the opportunity to check out three different suites that are all awesome options if you are planning a guys weekend or a bachelor party in Vegas.

  • Playing Vintage Vegas Slots in Downtown Las Vegas at the D

    If there's one thing that I miss from the first few times I visited Las Vegas many years ago it is the sound of coins plunking down out of the machine. Sure, today's modern slots have beeps and buzzers that signify that you won, but it's just not the same thing. Similarly, there's a sense of satisfaction walking around with a big heavy bucket full of quarters after a successful win that sadly has left this town. That's true except for a couple places that have clung to the past such as The D Hotel in Downtown Las Vegas.

  • It's Back to College Football Season - Here's Our Favorite Stadiums

    It's that time of year again when the kids are packing up their stuff and getting ready to head back to school. For the rest of us, we can still enjoy the cool weather and return of football season that is right around the corner. With that in mind, here's our list of favorite college football stadiums around the country.

  • Giant Thermometers and Alien Jerky - Yup, You're In Baker!

    It gets hot in the desert and sometimes people go a little crazy. It's ok - craziness leads to innovation and new ideas... or at least some cool road-side attractions. That's the case in Baker, California - about halfway between Las Vegas and Los Angeles. As someone who drives this route regularly but never stops, it was fun to spend a bit of time checking things out here last weekend.

  • Five Awesome Reasons to Visit North Dakota This Year

    North Dakota is one of those states that somehow most of pass by for the others around it. Maybe it's not fair, but this northern state is bordered by some of the most incredible landmarks imaginable so many of us have simply ignored it. However, upon looking more deeply at the opportunities offered in the area I'm not sure anymore why that was my perspective. From some of the best fishing in the country to cowboy ranches where you can live out your Wild West dreams, this state has a lot to offer!

  • The LARK - Bozeman Boutique Hotel and Montana Adventure Basecamp!

    When most people think of Montana it's most likely a picture of a tent or lodge that probably pops into mind, so I was shocked when I got word about this chic modern hotel located in Bozeman that would be the perfect home base for an awesome guys weekend or mancation without worrying about losing the fun of having running water and cable :)

  • NASCAR and the Crown Royal Jeff Kyle Brickyard 400

    This weekend the Indianapolis Motor Speedway with be hosting the Crown Royal Jeff Kyle Brickyard 400.  I will be heading to the IMS to provide you with behind the scenes access from Pit Row to Victory Lane!  This year Crown Royal held a contest to find a Hero to name the race after.  The winner this year is Jeff Kyle, SGT USMC (Ret). This is the 9th time Crown Royal has awarded naming rights to a NASCAR race to an adult fan.  Talk about a unique experience, this will be Jeff's first NASCAR race and he is the namesake!  

  • Free and Nearly Free Ways To Spend the Night When You Can't Afford a Hotel

    It might be common sense to make sure you have a hotel reservation before arriving in a city, but unfortunately that can't always be the case. Personally, I've had to sleep in bus stations and airports when I was younger but I never really thought about it much. However, last week I met a guy wandering around the streets of San Diego looking for a hotel room without any luck (it was Comic Con and there simply were no rooms available).

  • 20 Awesome Places to Go Camping This Year

    Summer's halfway over, but that doesn't mean you can't still plan an awesome adventure out in the wild full of campfire songs, beers, and tall tales. The following are some of my favorite spots to go camping this year, where are your favorite places?

  • 500 Ways to Experience Indy

    Well maybe not 500 ways in this article, but you might be surprised to learn there are easily 500 great experiences awaiting you in Indianapolis. Certainly experience no. 1 is the Indianapolis 500 race weekend.

  • Kia Turbocharged Guys Weekend in Milwaukee Wisconsin

    There are many places that I am sure you dream of when it comes to planning your next guys weekend, but I bet Milwaukee isn't one of them. It should be though! This city located just north of Chicago has everything that you could possibly want for the ultimate guys weekend. That made it the perfect spot for four awesome bloggers to come together for an epic adventure sponsored by Kia and featuring the Optima, Sorento, and of course - the Kia Racing team. 

  • Six Ways to Make Your Summer Getaway an Epic Adventure

    With Fourth of July behind us, it's time to focus on the remaining weeks of summer. How will you be spending these hot summer afternoons? From looking good to doing awesome things, it's up to you to make the right decisions and turn a "good idea" into an "Epic Adventure". Your first stop to get ready should be a visit to Giant Eagle to pick up your Schick hydro razors and other items to make sure that you look as good as the vacation plans you are about to execute!

  • Best Places In America to See Bald Eagles

    Hunting isn't the only excuse to pack up your backpack and head off into the woods with a few of your friends for a guys weekend. Sometimes it is great to simply enjoy nature by observing one of the most beautiful birds in the world. The American Bald Eagle is thankfully coming back strong thanks to conservation efforts across the country. Few birds match America's majestic bald eagle for inspiring awe. Winter is prime viewing season for these incredible raptors, which often are more visible against the backdrop of the season's sparse landscape. Head to a national wildlife refuge to try to spot an eagle on your own or, better still, head to one of these refuges for an organized tour!

    Having seen these amazing birds in the wild, it is an experience that every man should see since these birds are as beautiful and graceful as they are amazing predators and they make amazing photography subjects too, so read on to see if there is a location near you...

  • Pools, Parties, and Cocktails at The Cromwell Vegas

    Each time I go to Vegas it's a different experience and that's an amazing testament to the diversity of entertainment options available in that city. This time, I had a chance to check out two of the newest resorts on the strip - The Cromwell, and The Linq. Over the past few years, these properties have both gone through some significant changes but it seems that Caesars has finally got a concept that works.

  • Eight Travel Tips to Make Your Guys Weekend Awesome

    Summer is here and  I am sure you are dreaming about doing with your friends. Whatever your travel plans are this summer though, it's important to make sure you have your stuff in order. Otherwise, what should be a once in a lifetime trip, could quickly turn into something memorable for lesser reasons. Shaving is a lot like traveling if you think about it, while anyone can do either, when you do it right it's great experience. However, if you have the wrong tools or bad technique it is no fun!

    Luckily, I'm armed with the Schick® Xtreme3® and it's just one of my indisposable comforts when I travel. Here are some of my favorite travel tips to make sure your next guys weekend is as awesome as the feeling of a good clean shave.

  • Dripthat of a STYX Concert and Romantic Getaway Aboard Carnival Breeze

    Here's another example of a drip that I've created to showcase a romantic getaway I took with Heather (my wife) last year. It was one of the most awesome cruises I've ever taken and an incredible concert. However, over time the memories have begun to fade. Sure, we took plenty of photos and shared tons of Tweets, Instagrams, and Facebook updates... but those are buried now behind the thousands of posts I have made since then.

    However, if I had been able to to create a drip then I would have all those photos, updates, and videos in one place. I could share some with you guys... and keep other updates private (just for the two of us!).

  • Celebrity Xpedition - New Volcanoes and Reforestation Project at Galapagos

    The awesome folks at Celebrity wrote us to share some great news with you about a cruise onboard Celebrity Xpedition, Celebrity's mega-yacht sailing the Galapagos Islands year-round. Recently, our guests onboard Celebrity Xpedition were part of the major Ecuadorian national effort to break a world record along with tens-of-thousands.

  • The Best of Lanzarote for an Awesome Lad's Holiday

    There are many options for sunny holiday breaks in Europe but there are few places you can go that still have the local and seemingly undeveloped feel of Lanzarote in the Canary Island. What was once considered a booming surf and sun vacation spot 80km off the coast of western Africa has staved off many developers thanks to a famous local artist named César Manrique. The island currently holds UNESCO preservation status, which has the fortunate consequence of maintaining an island full of stunning landscapes.

  • Dripthat of an Epic Las Vegas Guys Weekend

    Earlier this year I did an EPIC trip to Las Vegas with some of my best friends. While we partied - ate - drank - laughed hard it was impossible to share the full excitement and awesomeness of the event. Sure, we shared photos and video on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram Some of us even created videos on YouTube. However, what was missing is that all these parts were disconnected and lacked a cohesive narrative for the trip.

    That's the core concept behind a new app called dripthat and now I can share moments from the trip over time in one place.

  • Find the Best Ski and Snow on Earth By Helicopter

    Yeah, it's the summertime here in the northern hemisphere, but that doesn't mean we can't start thinking about those awesome ski experiences that are waiting for us just a few months away! Sometimes, to find the best ski conditions, you'll have to leave behind what you know and embrace what you don’t. Choosing to forego your annual trip to a ski lodge is the first step; considering taking a helicopter ride to the peak of a mountain is the next. Heli-skiing lets you safely explore uncharted territories and chase adventure down the side of the Rocky Mountains.

  • Live Like a VIP with Travel Deals from Groupon Coupons at Caesars Palace

    You all know Groupon for those awesome daily deals, but now they are jumping in to the affiliate space with coupon codes for a bunch of different sites that will help you save on travel this summer. From Las Vegas deals to flights and car rentals, you're certain to find something here to help save some money on your next trip.

  • A Quick Stop at Buffalo Bill's Casino Resort in Primm Valley Nevada

    As you drive on I-15 from Las Vegas to Southern California, you will find a cluster of hotels, a "fashion outlet" and a California Lottery store. Each time I drive by, I've wondered what they were like but I've never actually stopped till this past weekend. Frankly, I'm still not sure why people would stop there instead of going all the way into Vegas or back home to Los Angles, Orange County, or San Diego. Despite that, here's what we found inside :)

  • ABCs of Abalone Package at Little River Inn on California's Mendocino Coast

    Abalone is a delicacy that not many people get to taste and even fewer people get to experience diving for, so here's your chance! Bonus, it's all based out of a family-owned inn located on the Mendocino Coast (just north of San Francisco). 

    The Little River Inn, is offering this one-of-a-kind aquatic adventure to its guests in June 2015. The Little River Inn has partnered with Triton X, a top spearfishing and freedive outfitter, to offer a two-day Abalone diving experience during Northern California Coast’s peak Abalone Season, with its ABCs OF ABALONE package, offered exclusively June 24 through June 26, 2015. There are a limited amount of spots available to participants, and reservations are being taken now.

  • 10+ Awesome Resort Pools to Get Your Party On This Summer

    From lazy rivers to swim-up bars there is no shortage of amazing places to get your swim on this summer. Here's a few of our favorite hotel and resort pools from around the world!

  • Want to Win an Epic 30 Day Global Tour of the Silk Road from Hangzhou?

    Who hasn't dreamed of visiting China? It's probably that crazy long flight or maybe it's just the cost that has been causing you to put this once-in-a-lifetime trip off. Today, I'm here to offer you an opportunity to avoid both of those issues and win an incredible trip starting in Hangzhou, China and ending up in New York as you trace the path of the famous silk road. Make sure you enter by June 11 though as that's when the "auditions" end.

    Ok, so you still have one long plane ride :)

  • How to Travel Without Leaving Your Living Room

    Sure, they've probably been saying that ever since the first TV signals started being broadcast almost 100 years ago but today it is really getting scary close. Forget HD, today the story is all about UHD or "Ultra High Definition" TV. These new Samsung SUHD 4K screens have 8.3 million pixels and up to FOUR TIMES the resolution of the 1080p TV you probably have in your living room right now. With this high of a resolution, the TV screen really is beginning to approach the point where it is like looking out a window. In fact, the resolution is so incredible that Royal Caribbean is installing 4k screens in their inside staterooms to serve as windows! From what we hear, these "Virtual Balconies" are so convincing that it is "almost as good" as having a real balcony.

    The good news is that you can get this for your house now too!

  • Two Things I Hate About (Nearly Every) "Smart" Phone While Traveling!

    They are here to stay and while they have gotten faster, smaller, and more connected than ever before, it seems like they still suffer from some of the things that they always have - short battery life and that you are forced to trade off between "rugged" and "sexy". With all the advances in technology, surely the brilliant engineers can apply themselves to fixing these two issues instead of simply adding more features.

  • Five Romantic Getaway Destinations I Love to Visit

    One of the few nice things about traveling for business is being able to rack up some serious reward points that I can figure out how to spend on my own. While the idea of using them to head off on a guys weekend with the boys is appealing, it's important to also take care of the homefront and spend some time with the wife as well. 

  • Cool Guy Trip Ideas for a Father and Son To Do Together

    With Father's Day coming up - but really any time of year - it's important to think about some cool ideas to do together as a father and son. While some of these ideas are better for dads to take their kids, and some are better for adult relationships - one thing is constant. That universal constant is that these are trips that will provide an opportunity for a father and son to bond outside of the normal day-to-day experience. Conversations will happen, skills will be learned, hugs will be had and at the end of the experience both parties will have had an incredible experience that only the two of them share.

    So - are you ready to check out some super cool Father and Son guys trip ideas?

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