The Perfect Italian Afternoon in San Francisco’s North Beach

Author: , October 28th, 2019

Acquolina - North Beach

We’ve been to North beach in San Francisco a number of times, but I always complain about how it’s only restaurants and coffee shops – no other real parts of Italian culture seem to be represented.

Well, that’s changed, and for the better. If you’re an Italianofile like Mark and I, there’s now an Italian bookstore in the heart of North beach, chock-full of Italian language books.

So we thought we’d share some tips for a perfect Italian afternoon in North Beach.

Start at Libreria Pino

In Italian, libreria means bookstore, while biblioteca means library. I know, confusing, right? This little bookstore on Greenwich Street, just a block east of Washington Square Park, is worth seeing. It’s only Italian language titles, making it perfect for both native speakers and those of us who are studying the Italian language.

Stop in about noon and browse the titles – there are so many to choose form, including a comprehensive children’s section at the back, and the owner, Joseph Carboni, is friendly and can help you zero in on the perfect book.

Libreria Pino - North Beach

Lunch at Acquolina

This cute little Italian restaurant faces Washington Square Park at Greenwich and Stockton, which most times is a big plus, but which was sadly more of a negative since there’s currently a big fence all around the park while it undergoes a renovation/rehabilitation. Still, it’s a cute little place.

The food here is fantastic – we had a salad with green apples and balsamic and a simple pepperoni pizza, and they were amazing, which makes sense, since acquolina means “mouth-watering.”

But the best part was our waiter, Marco, a recent transplant from Italy – I called him a twenty-five-year-old with a forty-five-year-old’s mustache (see the first photo above). He’s a cute, friendly guy who was more than willing to speak Italian with us, and he made the meal.

Pizza - Acquolina - North Beach

Pizza - Acquolina - North Beach

Dessert at Lush Gelato

Top off your perfect Italian Afternoon just a block down Stockton at Lush Gelato – I had a cinnamon chocolate scoop of gelato there that was devine. Eat there, or take your gelato trean – an afternoon snack in Italy is called a merenda – and stroll through North Beach on a passeggiata (casual stroll) like a real Italian.

Lush Gelato - North Beach

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My Palm Springs Friend – Gay Palm Springs Bed & Breakfast

Author: , October 25th, 2019

My Palm Springs Friend - Gay Palm Springs Bed & Breakfast

Why stay at an impersonal hotel when you can enjoy attentive care from a local host at My Palm Springs Friend? Here, you’re more than a guest, you’re a friend. Ideally located in a quiet and safe neighborhood at East Mesquite and South Farrell Drives, relax within a gated condo community surrounded by a swaying palms, beautiful desertscaping, cool refreshing lawns and colorful, fragrant flowers.

We’re located less than 1/2 mile from Smoketree Commons and Smoketree Village shopping plazas where you’ll find casual dining and fast food restaurants, two supermarkets, Walgreens pharmacy, several banks, post office, gas station and a Coldstone Creamery when you get the urge for a refreshing ice cream dessert. Downtown shopping and entertainment are less than five minutes away. We’re 3-minutes from Palm Springs International Airport and are happy to offer free airport pick-up/drop-off.

Start each day of your visit with freshly made coffee/tea and homemade muffins baked by your host. At the end of the day your queen size Sleep Number (TM) bed, fitted with 1600-thread-count Egyptian cotton sheets, awaits your peaceful night’s slumber.

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Triangle Inn Palm Springs – Palm Springs Gay Owned Resort

Author: , August 29th, 2019

Triangle Inn Palm Springs

Ready for some fun in the sun?

Discover the Triangle Inn Palm Springs – the award-winning clothing optional resort for men in sunny Palm Springs, California.

You’ll love our space!

“We have created a serene, secluded environment designed especially for the enjoyment of our guests,” says Michael C. Green, one of the owners of the Inn, “from our sun-drenched tropical gardens to our sparkling pool and relaxing spa. It’s all within our unique walled compound, where fun is a way of life, whether you’re looking for a romantic getaway, or a fun and frisky weekend.” Michael and his husband, Stephen, live on property in the signature Triangle House, and are always around to mix and mingle with the guests. “We wouldn’t have it any other way,” Green continues. “Living onsite is part of what makes a stay at the Inn special. We feel like we’re having friends over for a backyard party. It’s really a magical atmosphere.”

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Eating Out Buena Park – 2TravelDads

Author: , July 20th, 2019

Eating Out Buena Park - 2TravelDads

Buena Park is known for being the home of Knott’s Berry Farm, but it’s so much more than that! It’s actually full of restaurants and culture that make visiting and hanging around BP really fun for the whole family. If you want some guaranteed good food experiences, here’s your guide to where to eat in Buena Park. We’re all about being family friendly and unique, so that’s what we’ve included here.

True, we like to use Buena Park as a home base for exploring more of the OC, but if you want to stick close to your hotel and the attractions on your itinerary, might as well enjoy some great Buena Park dining too. We were surprised by some of the establishments we visited, and we know you will be too!

THE SOURCE OC: GO-TO SPOT FOR FUN AND FOOD

Who knew that we’d find a new favorite hangout in Buena Park? A little back story: we used to live an work in Buena Park long before the kids were born, so it’s always been a bit of a second home for us. The Source OC is a new and awesome spot that I wish was around when we lived there. It’s full of restaurants, sure, but it also has some really fun murals and shops. If you need something K-Pop they’ve got you covered. If you are too hot and need to escape with kids for an hour or two, there’s an amazing indoor play space: Play Pie.

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R&R Oasis – Gay Owned Vacation Rental in Palm Springs

Author: , July 12th, 2019

R&R Oasis - Gay Owned Vacation Rental in Palm Springs

R&R Oasis – Beautifully decorated, 3 bedroom, 3 full bathrooms – is the perfect Palm Springs Retreat…Very comfortable home, where we aim for it to be your Home Away From Home.

The lush tropical pool and yard area, looks more like you are in Hawaii than in the desert. City ID # is 4242 TOT permit # is 7318.

This home is ideally located for convenience just off Hwy. 111 Easy access to 10 fwy. 3 minutes to downtown Palm Springs & 3 min. to Aerial Tramway.

2100 sq feet inside and lots more room with the outdoor living spaces. You will enter through locked gates to the beautifully landscaped yard, and then another locked gate at the front door, before arriving through the front entry with fish pond. Blackout drapes in all bedrooms & 4 charging stations. Lots of attention to details in this home.

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Joshua Tree Day Trip – 2TravelDads

Author: , July 11th, 2019

Joshua Tree Day Trip - 2TravelDads

Visiting Joshua Tree National Park is a great addition to a vacation to Palm Springs or Southern California in general. It’s a very unique National Park and visiting is a very different experience compared with Yellowstone or Yosemite. I’d sooner relate it to visiting the Everglades than any other Park. There are tons of things to do on a Joshua Tree day trip, but you need to know what to do before you just show up.

Before arriving at Joshua Tree we’d done some research around hiking and unique features of the park. We didn’t fully understand the layout though and had to adjust our plans to be able to experience the best of a Joshua Tree day trip. The following guide should help you plan, prep and have an awesome time exploring this fascinating place.

WHAT IS A JOSHUA TREE?

So glad you asked. A Joshua Tree is a member of the yucca or lily tree family. It’s like a giant succulent that grows only in hot, arid climates. They are very rare outside of the deserts of the American Southwest (there’s a small grove in Mexico), but their yucca cousins can be found in deserts all around the world.

The Joshua tree is a rough, pokey plant. It doesn’t get very big, unlike the Sequoias or Redwoods, and it’s rarely grows straight up. Joshua Trees are shaped like Dr. Seuss trees and look a lot like the silhouette of a person jumping out to scare you. They really cool. They don’t bloom every year, but when they do it is amazing and since it’s so rare, if you get the chance to visit when they’re blooming, you’ll be one of the few people on Earth that experience it.

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Things to Do In Buena Park, California – 2TravelDads

Author: , June 15th, 2019

Things to Do In Buena Park, California - 2TravelDads

If I say “Orange County” you most likely think of the beaches or Disneyland, and that makes sense, but did you know there in another really fun destination in Orange County? There are so many things to do in Buena Park, just to the north of Anaheim, that it’s both a great home base for Orange County and a wonderful destination in itself.

Here’s a fun fact: we used to live in Buena Park! When we lived just off Knott in the mid 2000s the neighborhood was nothing exciting. Today, Buena Park has become a bustling, colorful city that’s the entertainment capital of Orange County. We had three days and enjoyed tons of things to do in Buena Park.

Why Choose Buena Park?

Buena Park is located in northern Orange County, bordering Anaheim and Cerritos. A large part of the city is residential, but then the rest is all about the fun. The city has become a hub for really good food in addition to fun and activities.

Buena Park is ideal for both hanging out and being a home base for all things SoCal. If you’re staying in Buena Park, it’s an easy hop onto the 91 to LAX, the 5 to SNA or Beach Blvd down to Huntington Beach. Also super close is Disneyland: just a quick zigzag down into Anaheim. Really, anywhere you may want to go in SoCal is easy to access from Buena Park because it’s situated between so many highways.

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Instagramable Guadalupe, California – 2TravelDads

Author: , May 30th, 2019

Instagramable Guadalupe, California - 2TravelDads

I hate to be that guy but I’m going to share with you the best secret spot in California for Instagram worthy pictures. I know, you’ve seen it a thousand times but this you want to check out for sure. Guadalupe is the best surprise of a town and it’s the most Instagramable town in California, or at least the Central Coast.

There are some places that have been ruined by Instagram and people over running things in an effort to get a cute picture or something. That’s not the case here. Instagramable Guadalupe, CA is cool and would only benefit from people sharing its awesomeness.

A party of the Santa Maria Valley, Guadalupe is nestled between wine country, artichoke fields, and the sand dunes of the Guadalupe Nipomo Dunes Preserve. It’s about three hours north of Los Angeles and 40 minutes south of San Luis Obispo. It’s a short jaunt off the 101 and totally easy to add to a California Coast road trip. It’s one of the less visited towns off the 101 and is absolutely worth your stop.

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California Agritourism in the Santa Maria Valley – 2TravelDads

Author: , May 27th, 2019

CALIFORNIA AGRITOURISM IN THE SANTA MARIA VALLEY

We’ve loved visiting the Santa Maria Valley of California for years, ever since our first visit in 2017. We wanted to take a different approach to visiting on our most recent trip, so went with the theme of agritourism. Of course we still enjoyed the beach and nature of the Central Coast, but California agritourism with kids was a hit in more ways than just a fun vacation.

Why the Santa Maria Valley for California agritourism? For three reasons: diversity of farm experiences; wonderful, welcoming people; and it’s gorgeous. Just keep reading…

WHAT IS AGRITOURISM?

We love agritourism because it’s a very different way to explore and learn. If you’re not familiar, agritourism is the approach of tourism through the lens of farming and agriculture. It’s visiting and interacting with farmers and experiencing both the work and the joy of farming. One of the biggest benefits of agritourism with kids is helping them see and understand where their food comes from.

Tip: a good conversation to have with kids is regarding sustainability and organic farming and labeling. When you start visiting farms and vineyards, you’ll see signs and you’ll hear farmers talking about what they do to ensure they’re growing the best produce possible, so it’s nice to lay some groundwork.

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Restful Nest B&B Resort – Yosemite Gay Friendly Bed & Breakfast

Author: , February 23rd, 2019

Restful Nest B&B Resort

Nestled in the Sierra Nevada foothills in the heart of California Gold Country, you can experience old California hospitality with the flavor of Provence.

Our Restful Nest is a wonderfully relaxing bed and breakfast on eleven acres of oak trees, and just 40 miles from Yosemite National Park.

Each of our guest rooms has a private bath and a/c, and we also offer a seperate guest house, with wood burning stove, a/c, living room, bedroom and bath.

Our Yosemite area B&B offers all the amenities: a barbecue pit, picnic area, swimming pool, hot tub, spa, and fishing pond (catch and release).

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