Top Things to Do in the Bay Area This Summer

bay area zooIf you’re relocating to the Bay Area, you’ll never have a problem finding fun, no matter where your interests lie! Whether the day ahead calls for something cool an
d calm indoors or it calls for fun excitement in the great outdoors, you’ll always have plenty of activities available. Music fans, theater goers, history enthusiasts, animal lovers, sports fans and more will be thrilled with what they can find to keep busy. Following are some of our favorite and most popular things to do in the Bay Area over the summer:

Aquariums and Parks

Aquarium of the Bay and SteSan Francisco Aquariuminhart Aquarium are both in San Francisco, and promise hours of aquatic fun and amusement. In addition, the Monterey Bay Aquarium is a great destination and is fun, huge, and educational. Spend a summer afternoon indulging in the stunning array of vibrant marine habitats as you view thousands of different marine fish, jellyfish, living coral, and more. Parks in the area that you won’t want to miss include Tilden Park in Berkeley, with pony rides, botanical gardens and swimming; Golden Gate Park in San Francisco, with tea gardens, boat rentals, a planetarium and more; and Vasona Park in Los Gatos, with picnic areas, bicycle paths and boat rentals. Oak Meadow Park in Los Gatos has a carousel and train ride!

Museums

There’s no lack of museums in the Bay Area, so plan your day accordingly! The Children’s Creativity Museum at Yerba Buena Gardens offers loads of hands-on art activities for everyone, and kids love the nearby historic carousel and playground area. Stanford’s Cantor Arts Center offers special tours and crafts for families, and admission is always free. The Hiller Aviation Museum in San Carlos features aircraft of all kinds, along with special programs and holiday events. The Tech Museum is located near the Children’s Discovery Museum in San Jose, and the Bay Area Discovery Museum in Sausalito is very popular, too.

Biking Trails and Beaches

san francisco beachSome of the most popular areas in the Bay are the biking trails and beaches. You’ll find a great trail in Canada Road in San Mateo, which is closed to motorized vehicles from Edgewood Rd. to Hwy 92 along Crystal Springs Reservoir on most Sundays. Golden Gate Park offers a wide stretch of pavement to ride on when JFK Drive is closed to cars on all Sundays and holidays, along with some Saturdays. As for beaches, one of the most popular and most beautiful destinations is in Santa Cruz. The Natural Bridges State Beach offers nearby nature trails that lead through monarch butterfly habitats, and is a lively beach with great tide pools just a short walk from the main beach.

Zoos and Nature Centers

san francisco zooIn San Mateo you’ll find CuriOdyssey, which offers daily otter and bobcat feedings and more. Lindsay Wildlife Museum in Walnut Creek features petting circles with hamsters, rabbits and guinea pigs, and you can witness feeding and training demonstrations and meet owls, eagles and hawks. If you’re in the mood to spend the day at a zoo, The Oakland Zoo is easy to walk around and is very affordable. This zoo also has rides and plenty of space for the animals. The San Francisco Zoo is beautiful, with a petting zoo and expansive playground.

No matter what your taste in activities might be, you’ll easily find hundreds of places throughout your new home in the Bay Area to have a great time. Restaurants and eateries are always nearby, and the beauty of the area is evident at every location you’ll visit. Have a blast this summer in the Bay Area!

Top 5 Things To Do in Portland This Summer


Portland is the place to be this summer! With warm weather in full swing, this great American city is filled with beautiful sights, good eats and amazing sounds. Whether it’s a much-needed vacation or you’re relocating to Oregon, check out these local hot spots to make the most out of your time in the Portland area.

visit forest park in PortlandForest Park
Calling all nature lovers, this expansive piece of land will whet your appetite for the great outdoors. As the largest wooded city park in the country, Forest Park has over five thousands acres of gorgeous natural scenery and plenty of wildlife. Take a hike on one of the many trails, fire lanes and forest roads. The mountains give you a great view of the entire Portland area. http://www.forestparkconservancy.org/

Safeway Waterfront Blues Festival  Visit the portland-blues-festival
If you’re in the mood for some classic blues tunes, head to the waterfront in downtown Portland. This is one of the largest blues festivals in the country, featuring some of the biggest names in the biz. From July 2nd to the 5th, the whole city will be dancing to the beats of these legendary musicians. Plus, there’s great food everywhere you look. http://www.waterfrontbluesfest.com

Shakespeare in the Park Theatre in Portland
When summer rolls around, the city’s best actors take to various outdoor locations to perform some of Shakespeare’s finest. From The Taming of the Shrew in Washington Park to Macbeth in Lone Fir Cemetery, you can catch a range of performances across town. Free live theater is one of the best ways to soak up some culture and discover some of the city’s most beautiful locations
http://www.portlandactors.com/

visit voodoo donut in portlandVoodoo Doughnuts
This doughnut shop is perhaps the most famous in the entire state of Oregon. With fun-filled creations such as the Bacon Maple Bar Doughnut or the Mexican Hot Chocolate Doughnut, your taste buds are in for a treat. Every bite is a moment to relish. http://voodoodoughnut.com/

 
 

Portland Farmer’s MarketPortland Farmers Market
Make sure to stop at this local treasure at least once. You’ll find a huge selection of fresh produce, homemade goods, gorgeous flowers, and much more. With four locations across the city, including Portland State University and Pioneer Courthouse Square, chances are you’ll be just a short walk away from the city’s best local eats. http://www.portlandfarmersmarket.org/

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Relocating: Establishing New Holiday Traditions

Holiday TraditionsWhen you and your family relocate to a city that is far from the people with whom you’ve spent many happy holidays, it can be difficult to keep a cheery spirit. If this holiday season will be the first for you away from “home”, you’ll need to keep a bright spirit and look at this as an opportunity to have some new, fun and meaningful family holiday traditions. The following are some tips to consider to keep alive traditions you’re used to and can be kept, and some tips on establishing new family traditions after relocating, whether you’ve moved into a single-family home in New York City or furnished apartments in San Diego.

The Importance of New Traditions after Relocating

Establishing new traditions, especially after relocating, can be an important way to connect with loved ones, make time for family and friends, and affirm a sense of well-being. It’s important to keep in mind that even when family circumstances (and locations) change, you and your family can adapt and alter traditions – even those that you’ve taken part in since childhood. If you are relocating across the country and you have children, you need to make sure you consider them in your efforts to establish new traditions to ease any uncertainty they may be feeling about holidays in a new place. Your kids can help you sort out new rules and ideas.

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How to Make the Most Out of Your Relocation to Portland

Portland is a beautiful and vibrant city that has grown immensely in popularity over the years. Despite its reputation as a friendly city however, the decision to relocate to Portland is a daunting one that will require adapting to a completely new location. To help with this transition, here are some tips on how to make your move to Portland, Oregon an enjoyable one.

Pick Your Apartment’s Location Carefully

The location of your apartment is perhaps the most important factor in how you will enjoy your time in Portland. Whether you have an executive rental or a furnished apartment, your apartment’s location can determine where you play, meet new friends, and more. Once you have decided on a neighborhood that is when you can decide on the right house for you.

Embrace Alternative Forms of Transportation

Instead of driving, many Portland residents prefer to bike or take public transportation. Portland’s public transportation system has been consistently ranked in the top 10 in the nation, and the growing biking community is going stronger than ever. If you must use your car, be sure to be patient out on the roads, prepare to drive in rainy conditions, and keep an eye out for bikers.

The best way to start making Portland feel like home is to start engaging in some of the many different scenes Portland has to offer. Just about everything has its home in Portland: music, local beer, barista-approved coffee spots, a burgeoning culinary community, food trucks, art festivals, devoted soccer fans, and plenty of outdoor activities.

4 Handy Tips for Business Travelers

Being someone who travels regularly for business, you probably have a few tricks down to make the experience more efficient. We bet you know how to beautifully pack a suitcase! There are many tips that can make your traveling experience a bit more pleasant, and it can’t hurt to have them up your sleeve if you’re a frequent business traveler.  Here are 4 tips for improving your work trip. smiling business people

  1. Ask for an upgrade. It’s like moms always say, “you never know unless you try!” That old adage very much rings true when it comes to travel. Arrive early to your gate and ask the gate attendant if it’s possible for you to get an upgrade. There’s usually an additional cost, but if you’re on a long flight the added cost might mean a more comfortable flight. Many times, a small upgrade fee can get you’re a first class seat! Continue reading