One of my favorite adventures that I used to do as a child with my family was visit the local tide pools in La Jolla, California – a beach town that is a suburb of San Diego, California. These day trips consisted of my brother and I running around the natural tide pools looking in the smallest holes and crevices to see the sea creatures. Because this location always had a low tide, it was bursting at the seams with tide pool wildlife. On any given day during the year these tide pools are frequented by local and visiting families, as it is a fantastic activity to do with children.Read
I’ve been using Santa Barbara as an escape from Los Angeles ever since I was in college in the 1980s. The rich and famous have been drawn to Santa Barbara since the 1920s, as the area is uncommonly beautiful and temperate. Santa Barbara County has been called “The American Riviera,” and looking at the way that the shore communities are carved into the hilly coastline, it’s easy to see why. Santa Barbara is heaven for motorcyclists, with great roads in every direction, and fantastic attractions in town when the riding day is done.Read
Guess Atlanta’s Winner & You Could Win Too! No one guessed correctly last week, so it’s time for a double prize! This race is Sunday night in Atlanta so be sure to get your guesses in before the race starts! Leave your guess of who you think the winner will be in the comments below.…Read
Every biker has a pile of these pictures. “Here’s my bike in Sturgis…. Here’s my bike in front of Mt. St. Helens… Here’s my bike in front of my family…” If you’re going to take pictures of your bike (you know you are), here are a few tips to help make your motorcycle photographs even better.
Consider the background.
One of the toughest things about photographing a motorcycle is all of the negative space. Even on a fully-faired bike, you can still see plenty of the background through the body, through the wheels, and through the basic outline of your motorcycle. A black motorcycle can virtually disappear in front of a dark background. Pay attention to what is behind and around your bike, and arrange your photo so that your bike stands out.Read
In early August, Canadian Travel Press ran an exclusive story highlighting a recent survey from Distinctive Travel Planner Services (DTPC) in Vancouver. The survey,conducted in the spring of 2011, polled more than 400 travel counsellors and owners across Canada and dissected the state of retail travel in Canada.
As part owner of a retail agency myself, the article and survey were of particular interest to me and the data highlighted a number of key trends. As more and more travelers turn online to research and book, it is forcing agencies to fight harder to find ways to add value to retain existing client and attract new clients.
Are you noticing some of these trends too?Read
Your Summer Travel Wish Could Win You a $250 Best Western Travel Card! Many of us tend to have big travel plans for our summer vacation, but with the hustle and bustle of life, plans can go awry. Where should you have gone this summer that you didn’t get to go to? Share your trip…Read
I got up early this morning. I wanted to have time to enjoy my last full day of riding. So, I rushed through a quick hot breakfast at the BEST WESTERN University Inn & Suites, then hurried back up to my room to gather my belongings and get onto the bike. I’m still amazed at how close Forest Grove is to Portland. Just 30 miles up the road, the big city seems worlds away. Forest Grove may be at commuting distance, but it doesn’t feel like a suburb. It is a community in itself, and the BEST WESTERN University Inn & Suites is a great vantage point from which to explore.
Oregonians take their summers seriously. Whenever the sun is out, so are they. Today, they’re out on two wheels — mostly of the bicycle variety. They’re also very fond of Farmers’ Markets. I pass several during my journey today, and they’re bursting with produce and people. It’s a beautiful day for riding.Read
While I eat a hot meal today in the breakfast room at the BEST WESTERN University Inn & Suites, I do a bit of research. I don’t know much about Forest Grove, but what I have seen so far intrigues me.
I discover that the school that inspired the name of the BEST WESTERN University Inn & Suites is Pacific University, a prestigious liberal arts school. Its main campus is downtown in Forest Grove. Pacific University is the oldest university in Oregon, having been founded in 1849 — ten years before Oregon became a state. The beautiful little campus educates over 3,200 students per year in undergraduate and graduate studies. It would be a very nice place to go to school, especially with its close proximity to Portland.Read
I wake up refreshed from a great night’s sleep at the BEST WESTERN Grand Manor Inn. On my way to the lobby for a hot free breakfast, I stop and chat with Ivy at the front desk. This is my first-ever visit to Corvallis, and I don’t need to rush away so quickly. Ivy gives me a map of the city, and points out some highlights. I study the map while I drink some coffee and nibble daintily on a toasted bagel.
I load up the Electra Glide and set out to tool around the city. 50,000 people call Corvallis home, and another 100,000 folks live in the surrounding area. Still, Corvallis retains a small town feel, with a real sense of the natural environment and a respect for history.Read
Guess Bristol’s Winner & You Could Win Too! The night races are always different and exciting to watch and the Bristol track is no exception. This race is Saturday night so be sure to get your guesses in before the race starts! Leave your guess of who you think the winner will be in the…Read