San Francisco’s Presidio, steeped in American history, was named a National Historic Landmark in 1962. The military complex, housing more than 700 buildings, 433 of which are designated historic, closed in 1989 and, in 1994, the National Park Service took over its operation.
San Francisco is a renowned foodie destination. If you are part of that food connoisseur club, or want to join it, you most likely will ask a friend, family member or concierge for a restaurant recommendation and perhaps conduct your own search, online on Google or using Yelp or some other popular search engine. But […]
It started with news reports of a virus in Wuhan, China, that was causing great concern around the world. As days passed, the danger got closer and closer to home. It almost felt like it was creeping up on us. Before we knew it, the virus, eventually labeled COVID-19, was spreading to country after country […]
Some will rush to Disneyland to check out Mickey Mouse and his friends, others will venture to the beach to acquire that all-important tan, and perhaps the more serious among us will visit an historical site or two. Shopping, browsing, sampling local foods—the world is beginning to return to “normal” again, with people doing what […]
Named La Isla de los Alcatraces (Island of the Pelicans) by Juan Manuel de Ayala, a Spanish explorer, in 1775, Alcatraz Island became a U.S. military fortress in the 1850s, sporting about 100 cannons to protect San Francisco Bay. The island also housed the West Coast’s first operational lighthouse. In addition, by the end of […]
Yosemite Valentine’s Day Ideas for a Couple It’s happened to most everyone, including the wealthy—a Valentine’s Day which is all too typical: You arrive with reservations at a fine-dining restaurant, the crowds are in full force and the kitchen is under pressure to perform on the busiest day of the year.
How Do I Avoid The Crowds in Yosemite National Park? World-renowned Yosemite National Park is understandably crowded, especially in the summer, with August typically the busiest month. Easily accessed from San Francisco, the beloved park includes landmarks such as El Capitan, Half Dome and Glacier Point and tons of stellar photo ops. No wonder thousands […]