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Travel ideas for mancations, guys weekends, and romantic getaways
  • 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!

  • 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. 

  • Clear Lounge "Underwater Bar" - Yet Another Reason to Visit Cozumel!

    At one point in time I dreaded visiting Cozumel - it was just boring unless you wanted to sit at a bar and drink all day. Over the years though, I've started to appreciate this Mexican tourist island for what it is. Now there is another attraction that just opened up and may actually be worth spending some of our tourist dollars for the sheer oddity of it. It's as if the owners thought, "hey, Cozumel offers some great opportunities for diving and it offers some great opportunities for drinking - so why not combine the two in a safe and fun way?"

  • San Diego's Bacon and Barrels Festival 2015

    Once again, the the San Diego Bacon and Barrels Festival was one of the best food and drink festivals in San Diego. 

    The thing I love about this festival is that it has a GREAT balance of food (bacon-based!) along with not just beer, but beer, wine, and craft spirits from all over the West Coast. Plus there is great music and fun people to enjoy it with!

  • Hotel Sidi Driss - You Can Stay in Luke Skywalker's Tatooine Home

    If you have never dreamed of exploring the landscape of Tatooine then you can just stop reading right now! For the rest of you, I was amazed today to find out that not only was this not "just a movie set" but you can actually stay at the location of the Lars Moisture Farm. Today, it is known as Hotel Sidi Driss in Matmata, Tunisia and is open for guests to spend the night.

    While Tunisia probably isn't at the top of your list of mancation destinations, I think you'll agree that this is an exception.

  • A Hudson Valley "Beercation" Guys Weekend

    You've heard of a mancation, a guycation, a staycation, but now there is a BEERCATION! New York's Hudson Valley is one of the hottest craft beer areas in the country right now and I think this package offered by the Caldwell House Bed and Breakfast sounds like a great way to explore it safely and in style.

  • Crawford Hotel at Denver Union Station Presents "Colorado Curated" Guys Weekend Package

    The Crawford Hotel, Denver’s newest independent luxury hotel located inside the revitalized Denver Union Station, has partnered with two of the Mile High State’s top independent wine and spirits makers - Stranahan’s Colorado Whiskey and Infinite Monkey Theorem - to offer exclusive new “Colorado Curated” packages.

    Stranahan’s Colorado Whiskey is one of the first whiskeys made in Colorado since Prohibition ended. Master Distiller Rob Dietrich sources primarily local Colorado malted barley for fermentation and distillation, and the spirit is then cut with Rocky Mountain water.

  • San Diego Tacos and Tequila Festival

    San Diego's "festival" season is in full swing this month and between beer festivals it's great to try something different. The San Diego Tacos and Tequila Festival helped celebrate two of the other great things about San Diego, while raising some great money for the Front Burner Fund, which provides assistance back of house restaurant staff for health care costs and emergency medical needs.

    The 2015 festival included 12 mixologists drawing from some of San Diego's best bars and 15 different food vendors (mostly tacos, but also cupcakes and ice cream). 

  • 5 Ways Guys (Unintentionally) Sabotage Their Mancations

    You've finally found a weekend when you and all of your buddies can get away to the lake for some R & R, away from the endless honey-do lists and invitations to brunch. The cooler’s stocked, there’s gas in the truck, and the boat’s ready to go. It should be an amazing week, with nothing to do but land that large mouth that you just know is lurking somewhere out in the lake. Except that the trip is a disaster and you come home more stressed than when you left — and bummed that it didn’t even come close to meeting your expectations.

  • Five Awesome Apps To Make Travel More Fun

    There’s never been a better time to travel and with your smartphone in hand, the world is literally at your finger tips.

    As well as the great transport links now on offer, technology is making globe-hopping easier than ever. If you've got insatiable wanderlust and love the jet-setting lifestyle, you can take advantage of an array of smartphone apps that take the hassle out of planning holidays. Here are five of our favorites.

  • Whiskey, Whitewater & Woods at Beaver Creek’s Westin Riverfront

    Give dad the ultimate Colorado weekend this Father's Day – two rounds of Vail Valley golf, an exciting whitewater rafting trip and a bottle of locally made whiskey - with the new Whiskey, Whitewater & Woods package from the award-winning Westin Riverfront Resort & Spa at Beaver Creek Mountain.

  • Exploring Tijuana on a Taco Tour with Turista Libre

    Tijuana (and most of Mexico) has gotten a bad reputation over the past few years for being a violent war zone that is unsafe for tourists. In a way though that makes it sort of intriguing when paired with the fact that it is rapidly becoming known as a foodie destination. My friends that I asked in San Diego though were mixed on their opinions, but everything was put in perspective when I spoke with two guys from Tijuana. I told them that I used to live in Chicago and their reaction was, "Woah! That place isn't safe!" Their reaction was shocking to me. However it's understandable, because like us they relied on media stories, rumors, and exaggeration and got the wrong impression about a place they've never been. This is a really important lesson to consider, because the only way to really see what a place is really like is to actually go visit, explore, and experience it for yourself.

    That's exactly what we did - in a safe, controlled way, led by Derrik Chinn of Turista Libre for a tour of three taco restaurants and an ice cream parlor in Tijuana.

  • San Diego's Rhythm and Brews Beer Festival

    It constantly amazes me just how many craft beers there are here in San Diego and virtually every weekend there is a beef festival celebrating this fantastic beverage. However, as much as I love seeing the same breweries all the time it's always fantastic to sample some new ones that I haven't tried before. You wouldn't believe it unless you lived here in San Diego, but there are SO MANY breweries here that even 20-30 min north of downtown is a whole other world. It was those North County breweries that made this event special for me and I look forward to exploring more of them individually over the next several months.

  • The LINQ Hotel & Casino Has an Awesome Pool on the Las Vegas Strip

    The LINQ is one of the hottest new properties on the strip, so when we heard about their new pool opening, we got excited!

    The new LINQ Pool Deck is exclusive to LINQ Hotel & Casino guests 21 and over, The LINQ Pool provides a cooling escape with spectacular views of the High Roller observation wheel and the LINQ Promenade. This center-strip destination features two pools, a 32-seat center bar lined with four plasma televisions and full of signature cocktails, draught beer, frozen drinks and poolside dining options from Nook Express. The main pool boasts a wet deck with lily pad daybeds available for rent, while the second pool is accessed from a standalone elevated deck with tables available for rent as well.

  • The D Hotel - A Fremont Street Vegas Experience Imported from Detroit

    It's the tale of two cities in Vegas right now - while "The Strip" has gone full tilt towards high-end luxury and has literally stripped all the quirky stuff that used to be "Vegas", the downtown area has seen a resurgence. I've always been a fan of the Fremont Street area for it's cheap drinks an colorful people, but it has never EVER been a place that I would recommend staying. That seems to be changing now though with the opening of The D Hotel and the renovation of The Golden Gate by entrepreneurs Derek and Greg Stevens.

  • Exploring the Hip and Cool Toronto Nightlife and Bar Scene

    Every metropolis has the things which make it specific. If we talk about Toronto, the biggest Canadian city, there are numerous things which can be seen and experienced. Toronto is the Canadian capital of culture, technology and entertainment and truly a world-class city that you should consider visiting. From sports teams like Maple Leafs, Raptors and The Toronto Blue Jays, to the Hockey Hall of Fame, as well as fishing, kyaking, and sailing on the lake. There are tons of great activities for guys in this city just over the border.

  • Tips for Taking Care of Your Dog While Traveling This Year

    My wife and I don't have kids - so our dog, Niki Belle, is our fur baby and child in probably more ways than a couple in a similar position might understand. When we first got her, we nervously prayed that she would be ok with doing road trips and were blessed that she indeed did not get car sick and was happy to curl up and relax or sit and look out the window. As anyone knows though, that's only part of the equation when it comes to taking care of your dog on the road. 

  • 10 Awesome On-Strip Vegas Ideas For Your Ultimate Guys Weekend

    Last month I was joined by a group of other male bloggers to explore the best that the strip has to offer. This was a heck of a weekend that was filled with amazing experiences that I can't wait to do again. While every Vegas guys weekend is going to be different but here are our top 10 things to do on the strip.

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