Category Archives: Travel

Classic Claremont

On a clear day, you can see the Claremont Hotel Club & Spa all the way from Sausalito 7 miles to the west, where Smart Meetings is located. Perched in the hills of Berkeley, Calif. like a grande dame clad all in white, the 279-room Claremont is the picture of classic elegance for hotels in…

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Back in your own Backyard

As we travel to so many wonderful destinations throughout the West, it’s easy to forget all the attractions in our own backyard. And—as Smart Meetings’ backyard is Sausalito, just north of the Golden Gate Bridge in Marin County—there are plenty. There’s the town of Sausalito, of course, well known for its Mediterranean-like village with picturesque…

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The Best Part of Waking Up

For us non-morning people, it’s hard to wake up at home in enough time to make coffee, throw it in a to-go mug and get on the road. So, can you imagine what it’s like when we are on the road—without the knowledge of where the first cup of coffee is going to come from?…

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A Slice of the Big Island

Thursday night I took a very quick and easy flight from Honolulu to Kona on the Big Island. (Yes, people, it is very easy to travel from island to island, so start exploring the diversity of the state. Plus, when you land you don’t have to hassle with large, hard-to-navigate airports a la major hubs.)…

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One Successful Montage

I can hear the ocean, there are seagulls flying outside of my window and the sun is shining so brightly that I am contemplating putting sunglasses on in my room—just another day at the Montage Laguna Beach. For me, this experience is out of this world, but realistically, this is what the property is all…

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Our Own Smart Cowboy

Where does a 2,500 pound buffalo go? On Antelope Island, in the Great Salt Lake of Davis County Utah, the answer is anywhere it wants to go! I learned this when I experienced the cowboy version of running with the bulls this weekend—Fun, exciting with a bit of risk for those who wanted it.   …

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One Spooky Tradition

If you have ever been to Anaheim, Calif.’s Disneyland chances are that you have also explored the Haunted Mansion. I have visited this eerie and amusing attraction on every trip to the theme park and I always find a new feature every time I go. That’s probably because 999 ghosts live on the premises and…

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The Traveling Foodie

have a love-hate relationship with airport food. I love trying new types of food (especially when I am on the road), but when I am in airports I generally hate the results. This genre of fast food is generally overpriced and overcooked, not to mention unhealthy and under seasoned. (Full disclosure: My dad was a…

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Dog Days

These may be tough times for airlines large and small, with lower fees, fewer routes and contracting service, but there’s one airline that stands out (and sits, and rolls over) as an exception. Pet Airways announced today the expansion of service, with a new route beginning in December between New York and Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.,…

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Bright Light City

If you live in California, and are of a certain disposition (which I am), going to Las Vegas becomes a recurring experience. So when the Las Vegas CVA invited Smart Meetings out to take a tour of some new properties in town, I wasn’t expecting that I’d see anything terribly different from what I knew…

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