The Clancy Hotel in San Francisco, Ca a property of Marriott’s Autograph Collection

I had the chance to stay at the Clancy in early June for a business trip and this hotel offers everything you need while in the city. Located on 2nd street and just a few blocks from Market and the Oracle ball park, home of the San Francisco Giants, you’ll find the Clancy is a nice place to call home for a few days. This hotel is ideal for someone without a car that comes into the city on the BART or by Uber as the overnight parking is rather high. Also, you might want to bring your own beverages as the hotel does offer drinks from their market, but a beer can cost you $8 or more. You can find the Clancy at 299 2nd St, San Francisco, CA 94105. Please see my room review below.

Reserva Conchal Golf Club- A tropical layout nestled in the hills of Guanacaste Costa Rica

Ocean views, crocodiles, iguanas coati-mundi(raccoons) and one hell of a practice facility the Reserva Conchal Golf Club should be on your bucket list in Costa Rica if you enjoy golf as much as I do. This is a Robert Trent Jones designed layout that offers golfers a fantastic experience and challenge for players of all levels. My favorite hole is the number 4 par 5 that faces directly into the pacific ocean. The view is just spectacular off the tee and gets better as you approach the green. I was lucky enough to be one of the only golfers on this course during a nice, but very steamy hot day. I really enjoyed the golf cart as it had a terrific GPS system and also the staff in the bar & clubhouse who treated me like a king. You can book a tee time by calling or on their website, and you will receive a discount if you are a hotel guest at the W or Westin resorts. The Reserva Conchal is ranked 2nd in Costa Rica according to Top 100 golf Courses and you can find the Reserva Conchal at Playa Conchal Guanacaste Cabo Velas, 50308, Costa Rica.

Nevada & California 2020 Pandemic Travels – 4th stop Mammoth Lakes, California

Papa Bear

Mammoth Lakes is about a 3 hour drive from South Lake Tahoe and was one of our surprise stops since we didn’t plan on going here. The drive is quite beautiful and scenic. We took the NV highway 207 and then the 395 south which is pretty much a straight shot south from Tahoe. I was able to find a decent rate on a hotel room at the Empeiria High Sierra and there was a great little BBQ spot down the street that my dad and I ate at called Uncle Jimmy’s. After checking into our hotel we went for a drive into the mountains and discovered a plethora of activities that people were enjoying including horse back riding, mountain biking, fishing, camping & taking photos. Mammoth Lakes turned out to be one of my favorite spots on the trip to take pictures which I have included below. After our drive I took off on foot for a walk around town to check out the local shops & Golf Course called Sierra Star. As I was walking I ran into some people that spotted a bear which made me quite nervous so I decided to cut through the golf course to get back to the hotel. All in all Mammoth Lakes is a nice quaint sleeper town and I would love to go back and engage in more outdoor activities.

Nevada & California 2020 Pandemic Travels – Second stop South Lake Tahoe, NV, Harrah’s Hotel and Casino

We woke up early and left Tonopah for South Lake Tahoe on Tuesday morning June 30th…  On our way out of town, we stopped for some photos at the Clown Hotel.  The drive starts to get interesting around Walker Lake, then again as you near Lake Tahoe on the Nevada 207 West.  Other than that expect a rather desolate drive.   As we drove into Tahoe, climbing the massive winding highway, we were looking for something to eat before we checked into Harrah’s at 3 pm.  We found the perfect place near the beach named Jimmy’s Restaurant which is nestled at the base of the Landing Tahoe Resort and Spa.  We ordered fish tacos with Australian Sea Bass and the Caesar salad with blackened shrimp that were absolutely out of this world.  I would go back just for the shrimp they were that good.  After our meal we checked into Harrah’s and we were happy to see all the precautions the hotel was taking to address Covid 19.  Everyone was required to wear masks, there were temperature checks upon arrival, and some amenities were closed like the valet, room service, and housekeeping during the stay.  The staff took good care of us and got us a room on the 11th floor with amazing views of Lake Tahoe and the surrounding forest.  The hotel is a solid 3.5 and could use some additional upgrades, but overall it was a good choice for our stay… Harrah’s Lake Tahoe is located right on the Nevada/California state line and the address is 15 US-50, Stateline, NV 89449.  To be continued.

Nevada & California 2020 Pandemic Travels – First stop Tonopah, NV

After being locked in the home for months due to Covid 19, my dad and I decided it was time to hit the open road.  Our destination was Lake Tahoe for it’s pristine waters, golf courses, and historic nature drive.  We had no idea what we were getting into so I hit the net to plan out a route.  After a few articles, trip advisories and YouTube videos, I decided we would drive from Las Vegas to Tonopah, NV.  Tonopah is home of the Stealth Bomber and about a four hour drive from Sin City.  The town is known for its star gazing and a few iconic hotels, one in which is haunted by ghosts!  The Mizpah Hotel in Tonopah has a century’s worth of history and some supposed paranormal activity.  I thought it would be cool to run into a ghost and have a story so here is what happened.  I wanted to see what the vibe was like before committing to a room for the night, and upon questioning the front desk attendant I decided I would give it a green light.  After all we were only staying for a night, and right next door there is a casino, dining available in the lobby restaurant, and a few shops and restaurants all within walking distance.  Tonopah, is a really cute small town and is basically all on one street so think of it as a perfect place to stretch out half way between Vegas and Lake Tahoe.  We checked into our room and had 3 hours of relax time before the restaurant opened.  This would be our first dining experience since Covid took over our lives, and we were happy to see only one other couple in the restaurant and the staff wearing masks.  My dad is 77 and has a compromised immune system, so this hotel and restaurant passed all of our tests.  We had a few drinks before eating so we were all giggly and ordered way too much food.  My dad had a massive burger with fries, and I ordered the chicken fajitas with a appetizer portion of buffalo wings.  WAY TOO MUCH FOOD!  Hah! After that it was nighty night for the both of us.  We headed back up to the room and crashed, no ghost sightings, no casino, just about a 30 minute get up session to pee and I walked outside to see what the stars looked like, but we were in too much light and I wasn’t about to walk to the star gazing spot by myself in a small town.  I went back to the room thinking I might see one of the small children or the lady in red dress spirits the receptionist and Mizpah paper told me about, but nada.  I crashed and the next morning dad and I had coffee, checked out and stopped at the Clown Hotel, the other iconic hotel, and snapped some photos by the enormous Clowns outside of the reception area.  Then it was on to Tahoe…  Tonopah, Nevada can be reached very easily from Las Vegas by taking the 95 North highway.  Both the Mizpah, & Clown Hotels are on the 95 North as well.

I would give the Mizpah a solid 3 stars for it’s history, country club vibe, and on-sight museum.  Although very small, basically just a room, the hotel has a nice collection of artifacts from the surrounding area, a cool bar, and lovely little restaurant called The Pittman Cafe, named after Key Pittman a former Senator from Nevada.  You can find out more information about the Mizpah here.

To be continued… In my next post I will cover our route to Tahoe, our stay at the Harrahs South Lake Tahoe, and the golf experience at Edgewood Golf Course.

 

Pandemic travels road trip 2020.

 

December 3rd, 2019 – A year in review – The best year so far…

One year ago today I was on a flight home from Sydney, Australia to join my colleagues at Tesla to sell through the holiday season and try to reach a new milestone in sustainable energy. A month and half later I was laid off with a severance and decided to capitalize on the separation by taking another trip to Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan, Thailand, Bali Indonesia, and Singapore. When I returned I had another job working from home and I was let go from that company after just 3 weeks. So I decided to take my dad to Costa Rica and visit my friends Keith, Tim and Veronica and their kids. When I returned from this trip I had another job waiting that lasted through the summer and I got to go to Venice, Florida for training. Needless to say this company dissolved and I received another severance. It was after this layoff I realized God was trying to tell me something and I knew it was time for another trip. This time around the world. I reached out to friends I knew around the planet and asked if I could visit them.

My dream was coming true, I got responses from Gökay Akin in Turkey, Ehab Maher Maamoun in Egypt, Annie Vu in England, and Mayko Chwen Wang in France.  I wasn’t able to see all of them due to scheduling conflicts, but I did have the blessing to see Gokay and Ehab on two of the most epic journeys I have ever experienced.  I coined this trip the World Tour where I would document as much of my trip as possible and eventually put together a novel.  I also took thousands of photos that I will edit and share with the world because this was my wish come true.  I traveled to 12 different countries including England, Wales, Ireland, Spain, Portugal, Italy, The Vatican, Turkey, Egypt, The United Arab Eremites, Thailand and Singapore.  I took 16 flights, 2 trains, 2 ferries, 2 speed boats, numerous taxis, ride shares, buses, subways, and walked hundreds of miles around the world.  

Below you will find photos of my last year with pictures of my friends and places I have been.  Please enjoy them and remember the moral of my story is life isn’t always what it appears to be, opportunities present themselves in many different ways.  It’s a choice we have when we decide what we do with our time.  Choose wisely and you can also make your wish come true.

Meriton Suites World Tower Sydney Australia

Meriton Suites World Tower Sydney, Australia

The Meriton Suites World Tower is an absolute gem of a hotel.  Located in the heart of Sydney and walking distance from the museum station, this hotel offers spectacular views of the city, large suites, a pool and Jacuzzi, weight room, and close proximity to shopping and everything else you might need on your trip. I stayed here 2 nights with a friend and it was absolutely perfect. You can find discounted rates on this web site and book directly through the hotel. We saved an additional 15% off of our stay last week.