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For Over 80 Years H&M Landing Has Defined the World of Sportfishing

 

For Over 80 Years H&M Landing Has Defined the World of Sportfishing

 

When speaking about the ‘best’ fishing guides in the gorgeous oasis of San Diego, California, the name H&M Landing is at the top of the list and has been (believe it or not) since 1934.

sportfishing, San Diego, California, fishing, guides, H&M Landing, Harbor Water Taxi, West Coast, Coronado Islands, marine wildlifeIt was way back when that two partners in a company called Harbor Water Taxi took one of those rare, much-needed days off from work for a little rest and relaxation, and set out on the water to do a little marlin fishing. What happened, however, was more than just a day of rest – it was a day where these two particular men got “hooked” on the sport and began to seriously contemplate founding their own sportfishing company. The very next year, in 1935, they went with their dream and H&M Sport Fishing Company was born.

 

Here we are in the 21st Century and H&M is now called H&M Landing Company and its’ fleet has held its position as being the West Coast’s oldest, most experienced and diversified sportfishing company for over 80 years and counting.

 

When we talk “fleet,” we’re not kidding around here. H&M has one of the finest charter boat fleets in the entire world. One of their private charters can accommodate any group, any size. Offering a full range of open party trips, H&M can even customize charter itineraries to suit everyone’s needs – whether the trip be for business, family, or (as it was in the beginning) simply two friends who want to enjoy the beauty of San Diego while catching those marlin.

 

On the highly detailed H&M website that will literally have any sportfishing lover drooling, you can see this amazing fleet that’s at the ready. From A to V in this case, they have a wide variety of boats to choose from. ‘A’ is for Alicia which sleeps 14 (10 bunks provided/single and double). 46 X 15, the owner is a guide that will bring to you one of the most memorable fishing trips you have ever experienced. The ‘V’ in this fleet is for Vendetta and is 45 x 14. Owner Ray Summer is one of the ‘best of the best’ when it comes to fishing guides, but where H&M is concerned that is the norm.

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Just to give you a little detail, the trips offered are various and many. 1/2 day fishing trips have you fishing the coastline from Imperial Beach to the Point Loma kelp beds, or Mexican Waters according to the “best bite” out there. Depending on the season, the game fish that are available to catch look like the best ‘menu’ any seafood restaurant could offer: yellowtail, calico bass, sand bass, barracuda, bonito, mackerel and rock fish.

 

H&M also has 3/4 day fishing trips available that lead you to either the Coronado Islands in Mexican Waters or offshore areas in US waters. These are perfect trips for those on a tight schedule, providing you and your friends with a full day of fishing while taking up less than a full day. In the spring, summer and fall, trips target surface game fish (yellowtail, white sea bass, barracuda, bonito, and calico bass); whereas, in the winter, trips focus upon sand bass, rock cod and bottom fish.

 

Multi-day trips ranging from one-and-a-half to three-and-a-half days can be chosen. And when it comes to booking that sportfishing, San Diego, California, fishing, guides, H&M Landing, Harbor Water Taxi, West Coast, Coronado Islands, marine wildlifeperfect trip that allows you to remain in the San Diego paradise for up to 21 days, if you wish, you can choose from the long range fishing trips offering personal service and modern accommodations that can only be found within the H&M Landing fleet.

 

Every vessel is individually owned and operated, which is another way to ensure that you and your guests will receive the highest level of personal service. All trips include luxury aboard accommodations, complete meal service, personal crew attention, live bait, on board fish filleting and even refrigerated fish holds to preserve your catch. All you need to bring is sunscreen and your duffle bag, and you have the blue waters of San Diego – and everything swimming in them – at the ready. H&M even offers the adventurous out there Whale Watching tours that are unbelievably cool, allowing you to observe marine wildlife in their natural environment.

 

So now that you know the absolute perfect sportfishing company out there, it is time to head on over to www.hmlanding.com and book that ultimate trip today. WARNING: Get ready to drool!

 

Source:  Sportsmans Lifestyle

The Grandest New Year’s Celebrations Around the World

 

 
The Grandest New Year’s Celebrations Around the World

by Amy Lignor

 

Oh, yes…there are many, many places to travel in order to ring in that New Year in style. Some people have already stated that they see 2017 becoming one of the ‘best of the best’ years the world has ever seen – from technology to business to education to even “going greener” – heck, green has even been chosen as the top color of 2017. But where should you make the memories that last when it comes to ushering in what may just be the best year seen in a long, long time? Well…here are some fantastic locales to pick from which, over time, have shown they are unbeatable when it comes to you and your family having a whole lot of fun!

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Sydney Habour Bridge & Opera House Fireworks New Year Eve 2008 Photo by Hai Linh Truong

 

Valparaíso, Chile offers the largest, most ornate New Year’s Eve show Latin America provides. From a fireworks show that’s launched from 17 different areas along the coast to a party that lasts until the sun rises on that first day of 2017. More than a million travelers make their way to these shores for a beach party that literally has no match.

 

For those who like skiing or the beauty of the white snow to be their background for New Year’s Eve, Reykjavik, the capital of Iceland, throws a citywide celebration. The party is more than memorable, with community bonfires set in order to symbolize the destruction of the troubles that the previous year brought along, while a myriad of fireworks light up the sky. Hotels and restaurants offer a fantastic view of the city; there you can spend a New Year’s Eve party with a huge celebratory crowd before perhaps heading to the hot springs for a warm and welcoming bath.

 

If you are into the lush beauty of the California wine country, both Napa and Sonoma Valleys are the locations to travel to if you are interested in a quieter, more romantic New Year’s Eve. Many of the large hotels and wineries put on their unique wine-fueled parties in cellars and wine caves. And from candlelit dinners to masquerade balls, the Valleys host them all.

 

One of the most special and enthusiastic places to spend New Year’s is in Edinburgh. The Scottish put on their Hogmanay celebration lasting four days. Concerts, a huge street party, and a torchlight parade is available to one and all visitors. You will also learn the Scottish way of “first-footing,” where the first guest brings gifts for the rest to celebrate the New Year.

 

To be the very first to ring in 2017, head to Sydney, Australia. Hosting one of the most humongous parties every year, Sydney puts on a Technicolor waterfront show and televises it to billions around the globe. Lasting all day and all night, families also can enjoy air and water shows as well as the Harbour of Light Parade, which is a real stunner with more than 50 illuminated boats and other vessels to be thrilled by.

 

Closer to home, the City of Lights, the City that Never Sleeps, Sin City, whatever you choose to call it, is a place not to be missed. What happens there (on New Year’s Eve, anyway), does not stay there. Las Vegas puts on the ultimate party with so many shows, events, concerts, and casino bashes that it would be impossible to take them all in. The unique “Downtown Countdown” is also held at the Fremont Street Experience, and from atop some of the most famous bars/hotels in the world, you can see fireworks shot off up and down the Strip.

 

You have London, Cape Town, Canada…there are cities out there that put on some of the most amazing and memorable New Year’s Eve events that you can possibly think of. So what is the best one? No matter what list you read or who you talk to, The Big Apple still reigns as being the one that everyone tunes into just in case they can’t be there live and in person. But if you have a choice and can ring in 2017 outside the home, New York City and that famous “ball drop” is truly at the heart of all Americans.

 

But no matter how you and your family choose to celebrate, just remember to have a happy, safe, healthy New Year, and look forward to 2017!

Source:  Baret News

 

Spotting the Wild Animal in the U.S. of A.

 

Spotting the Wild Animal in the U.S. of A.

by Amy Lignor

 

There are many camping spots, zoos, parks, and outdoor paradises across the globe; locales where wild animals roam and humans can get close to these amazing creatures. One of the most beautiful and wild animals, rare, endangered species, American safari, Sonoma, American Serengeti, Maine, Safari Wilderness Ranch, California talked about lies near Canterbury, Kent in the United Kingdom. Opened as a private zoo in 1957, this odd collection is known by many for being one of the most unorthodox. Breeding rare and endangered species, this particular location plays home to gorillas that are the finest in the world.

 

But the U.S. is not left out of this particular category. In fact, there are parks in the U.S. where wild animals can be spotted, picnicked with, and more. Now that the rare and endangered species are appearing more often in the headlines, it’s time to show Americans where they can go to have a great time while spending time with and learning more about some truly incredible species.

 

Having an “African safari” is on many people’s “to do” list when it comes to vacations, but the “American safari” is less money, and offers prime spots:

 

If looking for a Western Safari, Sonoma, Arizona, is a stunning place to visit. Although wine tasting is a large part of the area, a 400-acre wildlife reserve known as Safari West is a fantastic place for the humans to roam and get up close and personal with the wildlife drifting all around. The two main goals of the reserve are conservation and breeding, focusing on animals such as cheetahs, wildebeest, and giraffes that are allowed to roam free. Elevated safari-style tents are an option for visitors to stay in as well, so they can spot everything from their “nature high-rise” or from the seats in an open-air vehicle.

 

If looking for moose, Maine boasts the Maine Moose Watching Tours out of Greenville, located on Moosehead Lake. This is an area forty miles long and ten miles wide where over 70,000 moose roam. And when they venture out to lick salt from the roads, visitors can spot and study them in full view during the springtime.

 

People wish to see the Serengeti and the animals wandering there, but even the U.S. offers up the American Serengeti set in Lamar Valley. Receiving the title of “Serengeti” this spot is full of wildlife; from wolves to bison to bighorn sheep, elk and more, Xanterra’s Parks & Resorts offers guided travels at dusk and photo safaris.

 

For those who are fans, supporters and providers for the endangered wolf, in Northeastern Minnesota wolf-spotting is a sure thing. The U.S. Head to the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness (BWCAW), as well as Voyageurs National Park, are the two best places to witness the stunning creatures in their natural habitat. In the Superior National Forest, BWCAW takes up over 1+ million acres filled with lakes, rivers, and streams, where the ultimate wolf spotting can be enjoyed.

 

A Buffalo Bills football fan can also enjoy the Buffalo Safari Jeep Tour at Custer State Park. Wildlife is beyond abundant here, with buffalo, pronghorns, and more residing within the 71,000 acres. From taking a guided tour in an open-air jeep to taking a self-drive on Wildlife Loop Road, fans and vacationers will see many creatures pop up to say hello.

 

For those who want to visit California and see some creatures, the Bobcat Safari along the Point Reyes National Seashore is there. The star attraction at this location is the American bobcat. Although many have also experienced the spotting of coyotes and a mountain lion here and there.

 

Add in the Safari Wilderness Ranch, a park that covers 260 acres where visitors can ride in a safari vehicle, crossing wetlands and grasslands to spot the roaming zebra, kudu, water buffalo and ring-tailed lemurs; the Bison Safari on Catalina Island; and, the wild elk roaming the Cataloochee Valley in Great Smoky Mountains National Park in North Carolina.

 

When you wish to spend time with the great wildlife roaming the U.S. of A. these locales are the best places to visit!

Source:  Baret News

The “City of Angels” is a Fact for Our Wild Friends

 

The “City of Angels” is a Fact for Our Wild Friends

by Amy Lignor

 

It’s called the City of Angels. The title makes some laugh out loud when they think of the violence, driving, and other negatives that are focused upon by the media when speaking about Los Angeles. But a new book has just hit the market that opens up all new doors, proving that where both Los Angeles and the entirety of California are concerned, those angels actually do exist.

Angels, California, Beth Pratt-Bergstrom, Meatball the bear, P-22, learn about wildlife, stunning, heartfelt, educational,factual bookAuthor Beth Pratt-Bergstrom, a woman who has worked in environmental leadership roles for more than twenty-five years and is now the California Director for the National Wildlife Federation, has released a stunning, heartfelt, educational and factual book entitled: “When Mountain Lions Are Neighbors: People and Wildlife Working it Out in California.” This is not just a celebration of wildlife, although it does your heart good to read these stories and learn about the work humans are doing in order to save their “wild” friends; but it is also absolute proof that humans and animals can live together, in peace, without bringing out the guns and taking out species simply because someone has an “issue” with them.

For those who are unaware, a mountain lion at only two-years-old came upon the city of Los Angeles. P-22, which is what the world now calls him, left his Santa Monica Mountain home when it was time to secure his own territory. He made his way through Beverly Hills and Bel Air, across horrific highways like the 101 (thankfully, uninjured by frightened humans or bad drivers) to set up house at Griffith Park, which is just ten miles away from a major tourist attraction. Did humans go out with guns to take P-22 out? No. They not only accepted the mountain lion but, from museums to volunteers to groups like the Friends of Griffith Park, they work hard to make sure P-22 is safe. They are also working to build the largest wildlife crossing in the world in one of the largest urban areas in the country.

But that’s not the only tale to be told. Meatball, the Glendale, California bear, is another beloved wildlife project where humans became angels to a creature who really needed some. Known as “Meatball” because of this bear’s need for Costco meatballs, he was first caught on tape by a live news helicopter while the black bear startled an unsuspecting resident texting on his phone. Meatball did nothing bad, mind you, his likes just happen to be human food (a little Italian is nothing to be slighted for) and lounging in backyard hot tubs. Instead of going all crazy about the black bear, the residents of Glendale took to him kindly. They raised money for Meatball to have a bigger enclosure at his new home in San Diego County – the animal sanctuary Lions, Tigers & Bears. And, because of Meatball’s influence, Glendale residents became dedicated to being good neighbors to all wildlife.

 

One of the most disheartening pictures in this book comes with a fantastically loving tale. Starving sea lion pups started to appear in California frequently – they became stranded on the beaches in record-breaking numbers. Warmer waters were blamed for the lessened food availability for the new mothers and newly-weaned pups. There was even one sea lion by the name of Rubbish, who was caught in a photograph with his head resting on the curb of a sidewalk on a busy street. Poor Rubbish was exhausted, and how he crossed the area without getting run over by a car is an absolute miracle. He and a pup named Percevero, who actually was saved by a park ranger after crossing a four-lane road, became the poster children to save the poor sea lions.

 

The Marine Mammal Center in Sausalito now cares all year for the thousands of starving sea lions that continue to appear. Starting their quest to save these creatures with only “kiddie pools, garden hoses” and the hope that they could do it, the Center has now grown into being one of the world’s largest rehab facilities. They have treated over twenty thousand marine mammals discovered across more than six hundred miles of California coastline. More than a thousand volunteers allow the Center to be able to rescue and treat this many, proving that the citizens and the entire community want nothing more than to live peacefully beside their “wild” friends.

 

The Urban Coyote is another tale wrapped around a photograph of a coyote wandering around a California community. Like the wolf, this is an animal highly beloved and praised by Native Americans, yet is a symbol of fear for many, even though attacks made by a coyote on pets or humans are extremely rare. Project Coyote was begun to help people better understand a very misunderstood creature. Offering innovative programs like Coyote Friendly Communities, this group recently worked with the City of Calabasas to stop their spending of $30,000 a year for coyote “removal.” Because of this work, which included demonstrations on how the coyote is an ally when it comes to rodent control, the city council passed a resolution prohibiting paying out money on trapping coyotes. Instead, they are educating their residents on how to easily and kindly coexist with their coyote friends.

 

California is doing far more, and this amazing book will tell you all about everything from the saving of Bighorn Sheep to providing a safe haven for egrets. Over the coming months you will learn more about work being done in Santa Clara, the Silicon Valley, San Jose, San Francisco and other California communities working diligently, using all their devotion and passion to wildlife to show the rest of the world that animals and humans can coexist. We must all learn that wildlife should be listed among friends and neighbors; we do not have to live as enemies.

 

To learn more about this book as well as the amazing California communities and their work, you can find author Beth Pratt at www.bethpratt.com; on Facebook at bethpratt1, or on Twitter at @bethpratt.

Source:  Baret News

Car-Free Equals Care-Free

 

Car-Free Equals Care-Free

by Amy Lignor

 

Classic cars are stunning. Watching the “American Pickers” on TV trying to save them is even cooler. But…what would a world be completely and utterly car-free? Is it even possible to go car-free in 2016, when people love their cars, run the roads, and now even race the backroads trying to find some monster that’s popping up on their cell phones? Well, actually, it would be possible. In fact, in certain places it’s not only possible, but living in a car-free “zone” is actually working quite well.

 

Car-Free environment, Freiburg, Germany, Vauban development, alternative transportation, Davis, CaliforniaFor those who do not know, in Freiburg, Germany, the Vauban development just happens to be the best example of a city that has completely and successfully walked away from cars. It is a people-friendly culture that involves livable streets, healthy living because of the walking and riding bicycles that everyone does, there is no smog, no pollution, and no car accidents that bring harm to others.

 

But what may be even more surprising to learn is there are cities out there that, although they look to be impossible places to make car-free, are actually taking steps to move in that direction. Small and sometimes large steps that have already improved their cities as they attempt to change their lives by making their world either car-lite or absolutely car-free in the future.

 

Let’s begin with a city that is known for their wealth and their ability to move away from the norm in order to live their lives the way they want to: Geneva, Switzerland. It was back in 2010 that the City Council members in Geneva voted to close 200 of Geneva’s streets to car traffic. That incredible move was begun by the Green Party. Businesses have not suffered and life, as always when it comes to Geneva, is clean, calm, chaos-free and healthy.

 

Paris, France is one city that actually is in-line to make the move to a car-free environment. Parking spaces are begin removed in inner Paree, as well as the government charging higher prices when it comes to people who wish to park in the inner-city. The system called Vélib bike-sharing is doing great in Paris, and the people plan to expand the system every year. Paris also plans to implement electric car sharing with the institution of their Autolib program. And to top it off, Paris Plages is a month of summertime when the city takes a section of the Expressway on the Seine and turns it into an inland beach, giving people the ability to sunbathe, kayak, walk the streets, and never have to worry about doing battle with an angry driver.

 

Another place that has the ability to go car-free is Guadalajara, Mexico. You are talking about a city of almost two million residents just crammed with cars, buses, you name it. Sometimes it feels as if crossing the street means taking your life into your own hands. Oddly enough, however, this is a city that has actually won awards for implementing systems that take the danger off the roads. It took the city only two years to create a BRT (bus rapid transit system), referred to as Macrobús. Not stopping there, Guadalajara is looking to improve the streets even more so by closing fifteen kilometers to motorized traffic every Sunday for six hours, allowing pedestrians to enjoy the city in peace.

 

A suburb that will be car-free is already in the works for Melbourne, Australia. Located close to the business district of Melbourne, an Eco-suburb will be developed around walking, cycling and electric vehicles. Known by (for now, anyway) Eco-City Melbourne, this project will also include mini urban-farms. Housing will include buildings rising up to eight floors operated with centralized heating/cooling systems. It was stated that this new suburb will treat all its own sewage, using the resulting methane for power production for the Eco-City. Urban wind towers and solar panels will also provide electricity. And, best of all, it will only be a twenty-five minute walk to get to the heart of the beautiful Melbourne.

 

Am I leaving out the U.S. of A.? Heck, no. There is a fantastic city called Davis, California that is literally well-known for their people who love biking. A big college town, Davis owns the perfect bike infrastructure and is working on building a 1.7 million bike-only thoroughfare under a major road. Add this to their already well-built bus system, and its people who want a car-free culture, and Davis may just end up changing their name to Bike City, U.S.A.

 

In other words, a car-free environment does work and there are well-known cities and lesser-known small towns that are taking steps on a daily basis to get rid of automobiles once and for all. (For you classic car lovers, however, let’s at least keep those for show!)

Where Will the Black & Silver Road Lead?

 

Where Will the Black & Silver Road Lead?

by Amy Lignor

 

In the movies, the road was made of yellow brick, but when it comes to issues regarding the NFL, it is the road of silver and black that fans most care about.

 

NFL, soap opera, Oakland Raiders, Mark Davis, Larry MacNeil, San Diego Chargers, CaliforniaYes, it is true that almost the second the Super Bowl winner is crowned people are practically begging for
information regarding their favorite sport. Whether it be an odd announcement (Manziel out, RGIII in at
Cleveland); or a soap opera playing out (will Kap be kept in San Fran or will he take on the role that the latest Super Bowl winning QB retired from?); or simply frightening (will the silver and black Raiders stay the pride of Oakland, or will they be headed for the bright lights and big city of L.A.?), all NFL fans need is something to tide them over until the season starts up once again.

 

Well…for fans who have been following a rue NFL soap opera, with each announcement leading to a semi-different announcement, it seems that the silver and black will remain the pride of Oakland…at least for one more year. A lease was announced that keeps the Oakland Raiders where they are until the end of the 2016 season, which is making fans quite happy. In fact, since the announcement, it still appears almost daily on all NFL shows.

 

The speculation regarding the Raiders has been the ultimate epic tale, considering that this all first began back in 2012. Ever since the 2012 season, the Raiders have had ONLY one-year contracts with Oakland which has constantly left their future up in the air. Good news? This particular lease just signed does have a change from the ones before; it includes not only 2016, but also includes two one-year options which would allow the silver and black to remain in Oakland until the 2018 season comes to a close.

 

Raiders’ owner Mark Davis agreed to the options in this lease. Although many people in Oakland and troubled fans believe that Mark Davis wants those big city lights of L.A., he actually favored the two option years in hopes of getting a stadium deal done (finally) in Oakland. Davis wants the permanent facility but, yes, if a better deal comes along Davis will most likely have to say so long.

 

The addition of Larry MacNeil to the Raiders stadium development team was a big boost for Oakland fans. MacNeil being there actually makes Davis’s pledge that he wants his team to stay put, more believable. MacNeil just worked for the 49ers and was “responsible for the development of Levi’s Stadium,” so he already knows how tough California is when it comes to stadiums being built.

 

The bottom line (as with everything else) in this scenario is money. Davis has stated that both the Raiders team and the NFL would be able to contribute $300 million to the cost, but that would leave the rest of the bill on the city’s back. The city has already stated that they have no interest in using public money for this cause, even when Davis said that a smaller stadium would be just as acceptable. Cost for a small one, gang? $800 million to $1 billion. (If Donald Trump were a fan they’d have no trouble.)

 

It is a fact that Oakland is a city on the poorer “side of the street,” but the fans of the silver and black are loyal and the pride they take in their team is substantial. If Oakland were to lose the Raiders to another city, it would create havoc and disappointment for the people who live there.

 

Another California team, the San Diego Chargers, have until Jan. 15, 2017, to decide if they’re going to be the team that will move to L.A., while the Raiders stay in Oakland and cross their fingers that the city will come through. If the Chargers do decide that L.A. is their destination because they could not get a new stadium built of their own, the Raiders will be up in the air yet again and the silver and black will be wondering what to do next. But if the Chargers do move, then the silver and black could go to San Diego.

 

Talk about a California mish-mash. Seems the only ones not in a bind where this is concerned are the 49ers. With their new stadium already built (although, not in San Francisco) all they have left to do is figure out who the heck is going to play QB?

 

(See that? Just a small nougat of NFL candy soothes the savage beast who’s tired of watching the NBA.)

Source:  Baret News

Enjoying the Tastes of Napa Valley

 

Enjoying the Tastes of Napa Valley

By Burt Carey

There was a time that Napa Valley, California, was a quaint little place known by vintners for its soil, climate and grapevine-friendly growing season. Today it’s the destination of millions of visitors each year who yearn for a taste of world-acclaimed wineries.

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The community has grown and now features Michelin-star restaurants, spas, outdoor recreation and resorts that add first-class appeal to the opportunity of tasting and purchasing some of the best wines in the world.

For those whose goal it is to sample many of the varietals that grow so well in the Napa Valley, the key is in understanding the very different experiences offered by each of the wineries here. First, and most important, is that you make reservations for any wineries you wish to visit.

Some wineries are so small they need to know when you’ll be arriving so that they will have someone there to greet you, and some have scheduled tasting times. Wineries may also be restricted to a certain number of visitors they can host each day, but by scheduling your visit several weeks, if not months, in advance, you can reserve appointments for even the most popular wineries.

First-time visitors to the Napa Valley can easily become overwhelmed by the experience because they didn’t know what to expect. While every winery puts its own spin on the wine-tasting experience, there are five basic types of tasting activities.

Wine bar tasting is probably the most common type of wine-tasting experience. Expect to pay between $10 and $40 to step up to a bar, where the winery will have a list or display of the wines to taste that day. The price increases for those who would like to try older or rare library or reserve wines.

An appointment is definitely required for sit-down tastings, and a higher fee is typically charged. A host serves the winery’s choices for the day in a well-appointed room, and will give full descriptions about the characteristic of each pour and how it is made.

Popular among sparkling wine vintners are table service tastings, where you will sit at a table and a winery’s offerings are brought to you.

For those who like to tour facilities as they test, walk-around tastings combine the best of both worlds. As you tour the winery, a host will carry selected bottles for you to taste as they guide you from place to place.

And finally, there’s the barrel tasting experience. Your winery guide will carry a “wine thief,” a fancy term for a siphon, which is used to extract samples of maturing wine from barrels situated around the facility. You’ll be sampling wine that has not yet matured to its full potential but the experience can be exquisite.

For a full list of things to do, places to stay and eat, and wineries to visit in the Napa Valley, go online to the official Napa Valley visitor site. There you’ll find special offers and tips for traveling to Napa and surrounding communities.

Source:  Baret News

The 50th Super Bowl March Begins in California

 

The 50th Super Bowl March Begins in California

by Amy Lignor

 

The planes have landed in California.

 

Yes, all the NFL fans, favorites, experts and wannabes are now watching every second they can of the march towards the much-coveted Lombardi trophy. Ears are buzzing and big screen TV’s are already being rented so that house parties can be enjoyed on Super Bowl night. The “Sheriff” – Mr. Peyton Manning – is smiling wide as he soaks in the whole event that could be his last. And Cam Newton, in his definitely striking wardrobe, disembarks from his plane to a slew of photographers already yapping.

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The 50th Super Bowl will most definitely be representative of ALL the Super Bowls that have come before. This is the one where the seasoned future Hall of Famer will wave from his saddle looking for one last gasp…while the younger version of QB greatness – one who has perhaps paid his dues and done his time OUT of the NFL spotlight – gears up to score six TD’s (3 passing and 3 rushing, of course) in order to claim the Lombardi Trophy and then move forward to next season where he will try for back-to-back rings.

 

The sentimental favorite is Manning. His seasons with the Indianapolis Colts where he did get that triumphant ring…before being broken and battered and sent on his way, gave him some of the most loyal fans in the free world. Manning is among the elite – part of the “First Family” when it comes to this sport. He is always well-spoken, he does his commercials and makes people smile, while keeping his head above water and away from controversy. And, no, we will not talk about the investigation of the human growth hormone allegations against Peyton. All we will say here is that they are as dumb as “Deflategate” and it will be astounding to know one day why the NFL went after the ‘best of the best’ based on the word of some gossip rag mag, no less, when they had so many real criminals to choose from.

 

We will also not talk about race. Yes, this is already a sore subject among the fans and experts. Of course, it may not be as sore if the “experts” would stop ramping everyone up about it. On this side of the ball, the NFC side, it will be interesting one day to see what the people of the world really cared about when all was said and done. (Couldn’t it just be possible that people disliked Cam because of the dancing? Goodness knows that’s why they disliked old “Prime Time.”)

 

What we will talk about is the magic of it all. Whether or not you are from the Terry Bradshaw era (one of the best to ever play the game). Or you were born a bit later and remember the Steve Young/Troy Aikman time period as being the best, it really doesn’t matter. What the Super Bowl is all about is that the two best teams get to go against each other. Sometimes the two best may not have gotten to this platform. Perhaps one stumbled during the post-season and a Wild Card came up and knocked them out (AKA: Giants), but in the end the game was always a whole lot of fun. There is always someone to root for, there is always a team to stand by – it is one game where even if your favorite doesn’t make it, you still have to watch. Even if just for the commercials and the halftime show.

 

Super Bowls are unforgettable, and this one will be the same. Cam Newton has something to prove, perhaps within himself. He has had the MVP season all players want to have. Some feel he is the best in the whole league, while others are congratulating him on his success for this season only, keeping their beliefs in Brady or Rodgers. And when it comes to the “Sheriff” – well, there are millions hoping that a real Bronco will be there to escort him off the field after his final Super Bowl win so that the “old man” can leave like his friend Elway: standing upright, all bones unbroken, and looking forward to a future where fans will continue to see him in the world of football. Which is right where he belongs.

 

Enjoy it as much as the players do, because after the lights go dim and the stadium is cleaned the slew of other sports will move on in and take over…and boredom will set in.

 

Source:  Baret News

The 50th Super Bowl March Begins in California

 

The 50th Super Bowl March Begins in California

by Amy Lignor

 

The planes have landed in California.

 

Yes, all the NFL fans, favorites, experts and wannabes are now watching every second they can of the march towards the much-coveted Lombardi trophy. Ears are buzzing and big screen TV’s are already being rented so that house parties can be enjoyed on Super Bowl night. The “Sheriff” – Mr. Peyton Manning – is smiling wide as he soaks in the whole event that could be his last. And Cam Newton, in his definitely striking wardrobe, disembarks from his plane to a slew of photographers already yapping.

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The 50th Super Bowl will most definitely be representative of ALL the Super Bowls that have come before. This is the one where the seasoned future Hall of Famer will wave from his saddle looking for one last gasp…while the younger version of QB greatness – one who has perhaps paid his dues and done his time OUT of the NFL spotlight – gears up to score six TD’s (3 passing and 3 rushing, of course) in order to claim the Lombardi Trophy and then move forward to next season where he will try for back-to-back rings.

 

The sentimental favorite is Manning. His seasons with the Indianapolis Colts where he did get that triumphant ring…before being broken and battered and sent on his way, gave him some of the most loyal fans in the free world. Manning is among the elite – part of the “First Family” when it comes to this sport. He is always well-spoken, he does his commercials and makes people smile, while keeping his head above water and away from controversy. And, no, we will not talk about the investigation of the human growth hormone allegations against Peyton. All we will say here is that they are as dumb as “Deflategate” and it will be astounding to know one day why the NFL went after the ‘best of the best’ based on the word of some gossip rag mag, no less, when they had so many real criminals to choose from.

 

We will also not talk about race. Yes, this is already a sore subject among the fans and experts. Of course, it may not be as sore if the “experts” would stop ramping everyone up about it. On this side of the ball, the NFC side, it will be interesting one day to see what the people of the world really cared about when all was said and done. (Couldn’t it just be possible that people disliked Cam because of the dancing? Goodness knows that’s why they disliked old “Prime Time.”)

 

What we will talk about is the magic of it all. Whether or not you are from the Terry Bradshaw era (one of the best to ever play the game). Or you were born a bit later and remember the Steve Young/Troy Aikman time period as being the best, it really doesn’t matter. What the Super Bowl is all about is that the two best teams get to go against each other. Sometimes the two best may not have gotten to this platform. Perhaps one stumbled during the post-season and a Wild Card came up and knocked them out (AKA: Giants), but in the end the game was always a whole lot of fun. There is always someone to root for, there is always a team to stand by – it is one game where even if your favorite doesn’t make it, you still have to watch. Even if just for the commercials and the halftime show.

 

Super Bowls are unforgettable, and this one will be the same. Cam Newton has something to prove, perhaps within himself. He has had the MVP season all players want to have. Some feel he is the best in the whole league, while others are congratulating him on his success for this season only, keeping their beliefs in Brady or Rodgers. And when it comes to the “Sheriff” – well, there are millions hoping that a real Bronco will be there to escort him off the field after his final Super Bowl win so that the “old man” can leave like his friend Elway: standing upright, all bones unbroken, and looking forward to a future where fans will continue to see him in the world of football. Which is right where he belongs.

 

Enjoy it as much as the players do, because after the lights go dim and the stadium is cleaned the slew of other sports will move on in and take over…and boredom will set in.

 

Source:  Baret News

NFL’s Rams Coming Back to Southern California

 

NFL’s Rams Coming Back to Southern California

By Burt Carey

The Rams are moving back to Los Angeles. The Chargers might join them. And the Raiders will remain in Oakland.

NFL owners voted 30-2 Tuesday on a lucrative relocation plan that returns the Rams to LA
NFL, team relocation, Rams going home, sharing stadiums, where is your teamthis year from St. Louis, where the team has played for the past 21 seasons since leaving Southern California in 1995. The league’s owners granted the San Diego Chargers a one-year option of joining the Rams and playing in a proposed $1.8 billion stadium in Inglewood.

Owners were given two options to consider. One was the Rams/Chargers plan in Inglewood. The other option was a combination of the Chargers and Raiders playing in a new stadium in Carson. Owners rejected the latter proposal.

The move is the first for the NFL since the Houston Oilers left Texas in 1997 to become the Tennessee Titans in Nashville and returns football’s highest professional level to the nation’s second largest television audience.

“Relocation is a painful process,” said NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell. “It’s painful for the fans, the communities, the teams, for the league in general. Stability is something that we’ve taken a great deal of pride in and in some ways a bittersweet moment because we were unsuccessful in being able to get the kind of facilities that we wanted to get done in their home markets.”

“Today, with the NFL returning home, Los Angeles cements itself as the epicenter of the sports world,” Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti said in a statement. “We cannot wait to welcome the Rams, and perhaps others soon, as they join a storied lineup of professional franchises, collegiate powerhouses, and sports media companies.”

St. Louis had proposed building a new $1.1 billion riverfront stadium along the Mississippi River to replace Edward Jones Stadium and keep the Rams in the Midwest. Team owner Stan Kroenke wasn’t swayed and continued to push for the Rams to return to Los Angeles, where the team played for 48 years.

San Diego is slated to vote in June on a bid to provide $350 million of public funding toward a stadium to replace Qualcomm Stadium. That issue holds the only hope San Diegoans have of keeping the Chargers from moving to Inglewood, although media reports indicate Chargers ownership and the city have been less than civil toward one another.

Goodell said the league would provide $100 million toward new stadiums to both the Chargers and Raiders should they stay in their current cities.

“I will be working over the next several weeks to explore these options that we have now created for ourselves to determine the best path forward for the Chargers,” said Dean Spanos, the team’s owner.

Both the Raiders and Chargers have previously called Los Angeles home. The Los Angeles Chargers were part of the American Football League when it was founded in 1960. They moved to San Diego in 1961. And the Raiders departed Oakland to play in Los Angeles from 1982 to 1994, and then returned to Oakland.

The Raiders dropped their request to move following the owners’ decision and will reportedly work with Oakland officials to build new playing facilities there. They currently share a stadium with Major League Baseball’s Oakland Athletics, and city officials are reluctant to use taxpayer funding to build new facilities.

The Los Angeles Coliseum will be the Rams’ temporary home field until the new Inglewood stadium opens in 2019. It is home to the USC Trojans, and officials say it would also be possible to host a second NFL team if the Chargers decide to move north.

 

Source:  Baret News