Travel Tips for the First Day of Summer!

Hammock at the St. Regis Punta Mita Resort

As we welcome the first day of summer, we wanted to share a post we were just wrote for the Marin Magazine travel newsletter … great deals as well as our top three travel apps. Enjoy!

Courtyard of North Block Hotel in Yountville

Deal! To celebrate the rebranding of North Block Hotel (formerly Hotel Luca), the hotel is offering the North Block VIP Wine Package, through June 31. This includes a room upgrade, welcome bottle of wine and VIP wine tasting at Girard Winery. General manager, Ty Accornero describes the 20-room hotel, as “Melrose Place meets Dynasty” and for those who weren’t watching primetime television in the 80s, this means the setting is in one of the most famous gastronomically impressive, wine country zip codes combined with all the rooms and decks facing the courtyard, and a lively community pool. Starting at $315,

Family  June 15th marked the reopening of Disney California Adventure Park and the opening of Cars Land. In this re-creation of Radiator Springs (set of the movie Cars) guests can take a stroll through this imaginary town in Route 66 with the Luigi’s Casa Della Tires and Flo’s V8 Café and shadowed by Cadillac Mountain Range in Ornament Valley. The rides are very popular – as in five hour waits –  so use the fast pass option available to everyone.

Luxe The St. Regis Punta Mita Resort, along the shores of Riviera Nayarit, has just announced their new summer offerings, including the Gourmet Pass Package, available until October 31, 2012. The package includes guaranteed upgrade to a deluxe ocean view, complimentary breakfast, lunch and dinner, in addition to a free domestic bar from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Additionally, one child twelve years of age or younger per room eats and drinks for free. But wait there’s more … the resort is also offering culinary classes for the whole family, from kids cooking classes with Pastry Chef Mikael Fournier, to “Cooking and Dining in Pairs,” where couples prepare dinner together with Chef Sylvain Desbois, who is recognized as one of the most talented chefs of Mexico. Packages start at $550.

And then the apps – Did we miss one of your favorites? Let us know..

1 Postagram Postcards with Edge

The app is free; just provide the mailing address and for 99 cents, Postagram will print and send your travel photo to friends and family through the U.S. mail.

2 iFly Layover Info

Looking for a healthy meal, a massage, ground delay updates or local hotel listings? Comprehensive info on iFly includes amenities, departure times at more than 700 airports, and downloadable maps for your phone so you don’t have to pay international roaming charges when checking your location.

3 TripIt Manage Your Miles

Besides itinerary management, TripIt has a few extras including frequent flier and loyalty point trackers and the ability to share your itinerary with iCal or Google Calendar.


  1. North Block Hotel also has a great pizza place Redd Wood inside!

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