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  • Steam Engine Train Rides In The USA: Scenic Trips and Rail Museums To Visit

    I love to travel, and steam train rides are one of my favorite things to do when I visit a new area. Unfortunately, I find that while there are lots of places to ride an authentic steam train, it's often an afterthought when folks suggest things to do in an area. Let's change that! These steam engines have a special place in my heart - as they do with millions of other guys and even some women too!

    These locomotives are giant hulking marvels of engineering that represented the pinnacle of technology in their day but are still amazing to experience. In our age, where we covet silent, clean, smooth, and safe modes of transportation, these great mechanical beasts bring us back to a day when none of that was required - just getting the job done and opening up new opportunities to expand and profit. Additionally, I find that while many of these rail museums offer novelty rides such as "Thomas The Tank Engine" or "Polar Express" tours, simply riding the rails allows you to go places and see things that are otherwise inaccessible by car or foot. 

  • Los Angeles Bachelor Party: Old Hollywood Or Modern Luxury A Stag Do Guys Trip Guide

    Gentlemen, it's time to plan an extraordinary bachelor party, and there's no better destination than Los Angeles. Picture this: a stunning fusion of sun-soaked beach fun, thrilling outdoor adventures, and a glimpse into the glitzy world of Hollywood stars. Remember, the goal is to create a memorable experience for your buddy as he steps into the next phase of his life. Choose activities that reflect his interests and personality, and you're guaranteed to have a fantastic time. Cheers to an unforgettable bachelor party in the City of Angels!

  • Rock and Roll in The City By the Bay at Hotel Zeppelin San Francisco

    From the moment you walk through the doors of Hotel Zeppelin you are either going to love this place or hate the incredible hipster vibe. It's just that kind of place and frankly it works in a city that prides itself on creativity and re-imagining yesterday's cool as today's chic. I've stayed in several Hard Rock Hotels and while I've never had a bad experience - these guys have done it better with a more authentic vibe.

  • Central Coast California Bachelor Party Ideas For Guys Who Love Wine, Beer, Beaches and BBQ

    Picture this: you and your friends making your way down the Pacific Coast Highway, headed towards your bachelor party. You're a special kind of group, enthusiasts of a luxurious Cabernet Savignon, a robust hoppy IPA, beautiful beaches, weird animals, and delectable tri-tip fresh from local ranches. Well... welcome to Central Coast, California, the destination where your wine, beer, and Santa Maria-style BBQ-infused bachelor party fantasies can come to life! With our guide, you'll learn about the top wineries, breweries, and BBQ spots, all while making lasting memories with your friends. 

  • Best Places In America to See Bald Eagles

    Eagle-spotting is a thrilling and educational experience, but knowing where to go can be a challenge. Did you know that bald eagles are found in every U.S. state except Hawaii? This guide offers an extensive list of the best places across America to see these iconic birds in their natural habitats.

  • Long Beach Grand Prix Returns To Southern California This April

    For nearly half a century, the Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach has been an event as colorful as its surroundings. When the cars of the NNT INDYCAR SERIES and other racing organizations take to the famous city-streets-turned-race-track the weekend of April 14-16, they will be taking part in the 48th running of what has become known as “the Monaco Grand Prix of the United States.”

  • Catalina Island Is One Of California's Most Romantic Spots for A Winter Getaway

    Have you ever thought of visiting California and spending some quality time with your significant other? If so, have you considered the possibility of a romantic getaway to Catalina Island, one of the most beautiful and picturesque places in the entire state? Located just off the coast of mainland California, Catalina Island is an ideal destination for couples looking to escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Here are seven reasons why a trip to this special place might just be the most romantic getaway that you’ll ever experience.

  • Catalina Express Is A Short Boat Ride That Takes You A World Away

    I've visited Catalina island several times over the past decade that I've lived here in Southern California but it's been almost exclusively a cruise port as far as my experience in visiting there. I'd known about the Catalina Express for almost that same amount of time but had never had the chance to check it out until they invited me to try it out and spend a few days exploring Catalina Island.

  • Bulleit Wiskey and Stone Brewing Celebrate A Beer And A Shot Partnership

    You might not think that there's a science to pairing your shot of whiskey with a beer but there is. It honestly makes sense that you wouldn't want to have whatever the bar manager has picked for their happy hour special and that's why Bulleit Whiskey and Stone Brewing have kicked off a partnership to help educate whiskey - and beer drinkers across the country on the proper pairing.

  • Prince St Pizza Brings A Taste Of New York City To San Diego

    You may have heard of Prince St Pizza as an iconic New York City pizza shop that has rapidly joined the ranks of regional favorites that are now available nationwide through Gold Belly. However, they have also been aggressively expanding with retail locations too. Most recently, that list of places that you can get authentic New York pizza now includes San Diego! I don't say this lightly but I was actually pretty impressed with these guys and as any fan of pizza in the Big Apple knows... it's all about the water.

  • We Tried A Cardiff Staycation Now I Wonder Why We Didn't Do This Before

    The term "staycation" has been out there a lot, but I never really appreciated it until I had an opportunity to work with a local vacation rental company last month. They hosted us in Cardiff - a beach community in North County San Diego - and now I understand why this idea is so popular. Simply put, it allowed Heather and I to spend a few days relaxing in a new setting and doing things together that we might do on vacation - but without the hassles and headaches of traveling somewhere.

  • Ultimate California Road Trips For A Guys Weekend Getaway

    Are you and your buddies looking for a weekend getaway? Look no further than Sacramento, California! In this blog post, we’ll explore great road trip ideas from Sacramento that are perfect for a group of guys looking to have some fun. So pack your bags and hit the open road – adventure awaits!

  • The Prestige By Mystique Dining Is A Magical Option For Date Night In San Diego

    There is a wide diversity of options when it comes to date night ideas but on New Year's Eve it gets a bit more complicated since way too many businesses look at this as an option to jack the prices up while cutting corners. This has made it quite challenging some years for Heather and I's anniversary but this year she suggested we try a magic show dinner theater that had opened up down the block from our loft in the San Diego Gaslamp. What we experienced last night was an awesomely fun evening of magic, food, and drinks.

  • Louisiana Purchase San Diego Is More Than Just Another New Orleans Restaurant

    I love New Orleans, in fact I'm absolutely enamored by the food, music, and culture of Southern Louisiana and it's a surprisingly diverse combination of influences. It's a chaotic gumbo of sometimes conflicting perspectives but very few people are able to communicate why this area is so intoxicating... Chef Quinton Austin though clearly gets it.

  • Placerville Is A Golden Destination For Your Next Guys Getaway

    On January 24, 1848, the area now known as El Dorado County was transformed from a backwater area of the Sierra Foothills into quite literally the most legendary place on earth. This is the place that ignited the California gold rush and where legends were created. Today though, while the gold found in the streams around the area is (mostly) gone, Placerville and El Dorado County make a fantastic place for your next guys' weekend getaway.

  • We Had A Sweet Retreat At Bed and Berries In El Dorado County, California

    When it comes to bed and breakfast properties, each one is a bit unique but all of the offer an extremely personal experience that is almost akin to the proprietor welcoming you into their home. That was precisely the experience we had a few weeks ago staying at Shari's Bed & Berries in El Dorado County, CA.

  • San Diego Beer Week Is Next Week Here's How We're Celebrating

    The 14th-Annual San Diego Beer Week, presented by the San Diego Brewers Guild, begins on Friday, November 4th and we're excited to support the annual celebration saluting the Capital of Craft!

  • Point Loma Offers A Quieter Waterfront Alternative For Your Next San Diego Guys Trip

    When most people come to San Diego, they probably think of one of maybe three areas to stay - Downtown / Gaslamp Quarter, La Jolla, or Coronado. However, there's an alternative that is perfect for your next guys trip that offers fewer crowds, lower prices, and easy access to the water. Point Loma is located right on San Diego Bay just west of the Airport and across the channel from North Island Naval Air Station so it is also extremely easy to get to.

  • What You Need To Know About San Diego Before Moving Here

    Are you thinking about moving to San Diego? If so, you're in for a treat! San Diego is one of the most beautiful cities in the country, and it's also a great place to live and work. However, before you make the move, there are some things you should know. In this blog post, we will discuss seven of the most important things to know before moving to San Diego. Keep reading to learn more!

  • How to Plan the Ultimate Brewery Tour Bachelor Party in San Diego

    Are you looking for the ultimate bachelor party destination? Look no further than San Diego! This city is home to some of the best breweries in the country, and there is something for everyone here. In this blog post, we will discuss how to plan the perfect brewery tour bachelor party in San Diego. We will cover everything from where to stay to what breweries you should visit. So read on, and start planning your dream bachelor party today!