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The Fall and Winter Go List:
Los Gatos, San Jose, Palo Alto, Santa Cruz, Napa, Santa Rosa, more

Fall is here. Kids are back in school. Parents are pulling out the heavy comforters. The cooks in the house are whipping out soup recipes. What about you?  Are you planning your next great family escape? Why not plan it over a yummy dinner at the Catamount, the New American bistro over in Los Gatos.  See our review on this link.  I can still taste that ribeye as I write this sentence!  

In our last issue, I told you that in July we had a blast at the San Jose Fairmont to see the fireworks on July 4th from the convenience of its rooftop pool. And we recommend this staycation location any time of year. If you are thinking about booking it for the Christmas holiday, do it now. Word from the reservation department is that rooms fill up quickly during December! 

While in Palo Alto, we also created a personal dream escape at The Clement Hotel, the valley's only five-star, all inclusive hotel.  We review it here, and we hope you will come and give it a test drive.  Walking distance to shopping and also Stanford University campus, The Clement is your passageway to Nirvana as you have all you need within the walls of your hotel for a snuggly weekend away from your responsibilities.   

We next take you to the revamped Dream Inn in Santa Cruz. So instead of going to the beach for only one day, this fall take advantage of packaged rates. Stay at the Dream Inn where you can walk to the pier and to the boardwalk.  Make it a two-night affair with the kids, and you can rediscover your old love. See our review of the Dream Inn Makeover

In this issue, we give you a peek at the Indian Springs Resort.  Nestled in Calistoga, the resort has been around since the 1800s, and has recently been renovated. It's got an Olympic-sized pool with snack area, and all the activities you need to enjoy a weekend away. Check out our review: Indian Springs Resort: A Step Back in Time, A Great Leap Forward.   

On your same vacation, drive to nearby Santa Rosa. We offer up ten cool things to do in this city where Peanuts' creator Charles Schultz once lived. 

If you are looking for something to do with Fido, take a look at our calendar page to zero in on the W Hotel and its Yappy Hour taking place this month. 

Have you ever wondered what is the best booking engine for your family needs? Next Advisor, a research group, recently completed a survey to find out how the top travel booking sites rate. See the chart here.  Let us know what you think!

For those who love sizzing scorchers, we offer you a visit to Arizona. Yes, there are those who love dry heat. Go figure. If you are one of those sun lovers, do check out Barbara Sloan's review of Arizona resorts

Even in the fall and winter, we can and still like to barbecue. We found some great spices that would make for excellent gifts with JustSpices. See our coverage of this and other products in our  Products Roundup

Other stories in this issue include:
Review of the Mazda CX-9 - Products
Review of the Toyota Sienna – Products
Snack-in-a-Box Review, etc.  – Products
Where to Find The Best Views in San Francisco – North Bay
San Francisco, Hawaii hotel deals and more - Deals
Go Green On Your Next Vacation - Consumer Lookout
Intercontinental's Planet Trekkers Kids Program - Foreign 

Jams and Mess Free Crayons - Products
ittsburg, Penn. is on the Rise - States
eview of the Highlander Hybrid - Products
lays, concerts, festivals - Calendar

Happy Autumn and Winter!

Kathy Chin Leong
Executive Editor


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