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Summer, summer, summer time -  best time for trips


The kids are out of school. Yikes! What to do? Look on our calendar of activities, and you can find a plethora of activities that will keep everyone happy and busy from sun up to sun down.  

You have time to still plan flights and driving vacations too. 

We recently travelled to Sedona, AR, to see the red rocks.  And if you can afford it, save your bucks and treat Mom, to a spa getaway at Mii amo spa  in Sedona.  Mom, you deserve a break today, and you maybe can convince your family that you need a little break this summer! 

BAFT also traveled to Killington, Vermont, where everything is green and lush. We could not get over the many rushing waterfalls that seemed to gush on every hiking trail. See our review of the New Life Hiking Spa.  If you have teenagers, this is an ideal family vacation for those who love hiking and newbies willing to give it a try.

Still looking for where to go this summer? See our Deals  section to get the scoop on hotel specials in Arizona, Hawaii, and Colorado as well as Palm Springs, Santa Clara, San Diego, and other locations.  We also take you to Monterey where you can get a great deal on the Monterey Mariposa Inn and Suites  for less than $150 a night. You also have your pick of another hotel as we review the Portola Hotel and Spa, also in Monterey. 

And if you are in the Carmel area, and you don't know what to do with your dog, read our article on Carmel-by-the-Sea in the Pets section , and you'll find that anything you do in Carmel, your dog can do too! 

We want to let you in on a wonderful review of the Toyota Sienna 2014 , and we hope you read this, especially if you are looking to purchase a new van. I enjoyed driving it around town, and you'll get all the details you need on this auto to make an intelligent buying decision.  

foodie-Mar14-4.jpgIf you are like me, you always want to try out new restaurants. We also have an amazing food scene here in the Bay Area. Do visit our review of La Condesa Mexican restaurant  in St. Helena in this issue. The sliders you see in this photo are a sampling of what's on the delicious kids' menu.

We love local finds, and in this issue, we give you the Secrets of Pacifica, a city south of San Francisco.  Check out this town for a quick day trip with the kids or a weekend getaway where you can hike, ride bikes, or simply enjoy the beach. A kite in one hand and a lemonade in the other describes a perfect day, don't you agree?  

And while the Bay Area is abundant with tech innovation, food innovation is just as prolific. See our coverage of the recent West Coast Fancy Food Show, and you'll be introduced to scads of new organic and gluten free and healthy snack products. We cleared the way to show you what's hot for travel snacks in 2014! See our New Products  section to get in on the backstage secrets! 

And this is why travel memories are important to create whether it is making a southern California visit to see Mickey or flying around the world. Our regular contributor Barbara Barton Sloane takes us to the Eastern Carribean, so be sure to read her story on Finding Paradise in St. Lucia. Next, we go to Cappadocia in Turkey , and our columnist Joyce Kiefer shares the secrets of this ancient land in her latest article. For us at BAFT,  travels are always worth the time and money.  In due time, you and your kids will be able to look back on interesting food discoveries, funny people, astounding views, and super trails that you encountered together. 

Dear readers, let's stay connected! If you have an interesting article to share with us, send it to Enjoy your summer! 

Kathy Chin Leong.
Executive Editor


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