Travel Tuesday: West Coast

Where in the world has Media Works been?

Take your mind on a mini vacay this Tuesday – we’re heading west! So put your feet up, relax and go west, young man!

Denver, Co

The Mile High City is a great destination for one who loves the outdoors. Whether you’re enjoying the city or venturing out to the slopes, there’s something to do for everyone here.

Even if you’re not a music lover, you must check out Red Rocks Amphitheater. You can hike one of the many trails, or enjoy a concert in this beautiful outdoor venue.

For those who seek adventure – drive up the Mountains to Loveland’s Pass and ski/snowboard down the continental divide. Dress warm, as the elevation is at 11,990 feet.

If you simply want to enjoy the ski bum life of the west coast, take a quick road trip from Denver to Breckenridge or Vail, both have great slopes and ski towns!

Las Vegas, NV

What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas…but goes on the Media Works blog! “Sin City” offers a variety of shopping, dining and entertainment options that has made Vegas a destination for singles, young couples, families and Baby Boomers alike. See a show, hit the All You Can Eat buffets or spend a day at the spa before dancing the night away at one of Vegas’ hot clubs. Here are a few of our recommendations after you touch down and hit the Strip:

Dining

  • Stop for lunch at Mon Ami Gabi in the Paris Hotel and Casino.
  • Live and eat like Jimmy Buffet at Margaritaville in the Flamingo.
  • Make reservations for Spago in Caesars Palace and experience Wolfgang Puck’s vision.
  • Enjoy Asian cuisine at the Social House at Treasure Island.

Sights and Entertainment

  • Before there was Captain Jack Sparrow, there was the Pirate Show at Treasure Island.
  • At the Bellagio, visitors can enjoy the Blown Glass ceiling and seasoned garden, which changes monthly.
  • A true spectacle, the Cirque De Soleil Show at the Mirage is something to behold.
  • Enjoy “Jubilee” at Bally’s, and see what a true Vegas show girl looks like!
  • For a taste of the Old Las Vegas experience, take a cab to Fremont Street and enjoy the Light Show. (And yes, the giant cowboy is watching you!)
  • Scream at the top of the New York, New York roller coaster or take in the whole city when you take the Stratosphere Tower up to 1,815 feet.
  • Take it slow – Enjoy a drink on the Lazy River at Mandalay Bay or take a Gondola ride at the Venetian.

Napa, CA

When you think of Napa Valley you envision world famous wineries, beautiful rolling hills and renowned restaurants.  The region is a premier travel destination whether you are interested in wine tasting, a day (or week) of pampering or just enjoying a weekend at a quaint bed & breakfast.

Below are a few great local to check out while visiting wine country:

If you are a foodie, The French Laundry must be on your list of restaurants to try and visit – though reservations are hard to come by! Another must try is the famous breakfast English Muffin at The Model Bakery.

If you’re looking for a luxury hotel with beautiful views, The Silverado Resort & Spa is the place to stay! This is also a beautiful location for a Napa wedding!

Schedule a tasting at one of the top wineries – the Rubicon Winery formerly owned by Francis Ford-Coppola is a beautiful location. Or, if you are a fan of the bubbly, visiting Domaine Chandon for a tour and lunch is a must.

 

San Francisco, CA

From the famous Golden Gate Bridge to the world’s “crookedest” street, there’s something for everyone in this unique city. When in San Fran, make sure to ride one of the cable cars, and take a tour of Alcatraz prison. If you’re in for a scare, take a night tour and learn about the island’s history and inmates.

One must eat is Ella’s, a brunch spot located on top of one of the highest points in the city. The menu is constantly changing and they feature one recipe a month on their website. This month’s recipe is Chicken Hash, and it was quite possibly the best brunch one Media Workser has ever had!

Berkley, located in the East Bay of San Fran is a favorite spot.  Whether you are walking around campus or strolling on Telegraph Ave, there’s a vibrancy to the town that gets under your skin. Berkley is easily accessible on the BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit).

Phoenix, AZ

A few of us at Media Works visit this city 4+ times per year, and brave the heat, as one of the largest automotive groups we work with is located here. Despite the “dry heat” that the West Coasters love, us East Coaster’s say HOT IS HOT!  Although, we do love visiting during the winter months to escape the east coast chill.

When we’re not working, we love the checking out all the newest spots in this great city. Some of our favorites are:

Luci’s Healthy Marketplace – make sure to try the Green Tea smoothie

North – a fresh and modern Italian restaurant

Tuck Shop – this delicious neighborhood restaurant will make you feel like you’re eating in your mother’s kitchen, but better!

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