What Happens in Chi-Town. . .

After spending some time discussing ways to make the most of your time in Sin City, I thought it might be nice to shift our attention toward the great Midwest, as I throw out some suggestions for vacation ideas in the third biggest city in the US, home of the only river in the world that flows the wrong way, the birthplace of the soap opera and home of the first blood bank in America (which I’m sure you were wondering. You’re welcome.). . .

Beautiful Chicago Skyline
Beautiful Chicago Skyline

Chicago. If you’re looking for a massive departure from bay-life, Chi-Town might be just what the doctor ordered, and I thought I’d take some time to lay out some of the ways you might best spend your time in the Windy City.

  1. Feed Your Brain – There’s tons of educational entertainment to be had in Chicagoland, including:
  • The Shedd Aquarium, featuring more than 32 thousand animals from beluga whales to tiny jellyfish
  • The Adler Planetarium, where you and the family can enjoy stunning shows that bring you closer to the beautiful and mysterious sights of our universe
  • The Field Museum, currently featuring the largest T-Rex skeleton ever found (!) and home to ancient Egyptian artifacts, the hall of birds, the “Pawnee Earth Lodge” and much more (not to mention 3D IMAX shows).
  • And Much More! Explore Choosechicago.com to see what all there is on offer and you can search calendars of upcoming events for a wide range of vacation activities—one of which is bound to pique your interest!
  1. Feed Your Tummy – I don’t know about you, but when I’m on vacation, that means I have a bit of extra time for one of my favorite hobbies: eating! Make sure you sample some of the tasty delicacies on offering next time you find yourself in the “City of the Big Shoulders.”

There’s something for everybody, whether you’re a serious foodie looking to snag some exquisite cuisine from top-tier steakhouses like “Bavette’s Bar and Boeuf” or you just have to try some of Garrett’s gourmet popcorn. Not to mention the plethora of food festivals (including the largest free outdoor food festival in the world: “The Taste of Chicago”).

  1. Support the Arts – Chicago features a wide range of thrilling performances—from contemporary theater to modern sculpture, there’s plenty to keep art-lovers occupied during the duration of your stay in Chicago.

Head over to the Art Institute of Chicago to check out all of your favorite post-impressionists (along with crowd pleaser: Grant Wood’s American Gothic) before swinging by The PrivateBank Theatre to catch a performance of Hamilton (shows start this September!). No matter what your artistic leanings may be, there’s definitely something for you, so make sure you check out the calendar of upcoming events at broadwayinchicago.com to see what’s coming next!

  1. Tear it Up – If you’re looking for a good place to blow of steam, Chicago’s your spot. Personally, I like to go pretty hard on vacation. Not the whole time, mind you. Just a taste, is all. Which is why I like to invest in the “deluxe package” every so often. . .

So bring the whole crew, rent a gorgeous stretch limo from chitownlimos.net, and hit the town. Chicago’s got tons of great eateries and drinkeries to choose from, and there’s no reason the party shouldn’t last all night when you’re letting your hair down and having a blast with friends and loved ones.

I know I’ve only really had time to scratch the surface here, but hopefully this at least helps spark a couple ideas, so if you find yourself itching for a getaway from the bay, you might consider making your way east and sampling some of that Chicago life during a week away from the hustle and bustle of the daily grind.

Stay tuned for more vacation brainstorming, and let me know if you’ve vacationed anywhere recently that you’d recommend to anyone else looking to “step out” for a minute.

Sin City Spectacular

Two words.  Las Vegas.

If you can’t have any fun in Las Vegas, you pretty much fail at life.  I’m certain that I couldn’t survive if I actually lived there.  I’m like a kid on Christmas.  Too much to do to find time to sleep.  Which, is why I prefer to ingest Vegas in small doses.  It’s for my own good.

Take a moment to watch this clip to get you in the mood.

Man, I love that movie!

On thing that I have noticed the last several times I have been there is that there are so many people trying to be someone they are not.  I’m all for having a good time, but you don’t need to be fake about it.  It’s like false advertising.  Just be yourself.  Most people can see through your façade anyway.

Another thing with Vegas…it’s all about who you know, not what you know.  This couldn’t be anymore true when it comes to getting into the clubs on the strip.  Oh, and it helps if you pay off the door guy.  Las Vegas thrives on money, and so do the door guys for that matter.

Here’s a list of some Las Vegas travel tips.  By no means is this an exhaustive list, just some things to keep in mind to make your visit one to remember.

  1. Rent a limo in Las Vegas whenever you can.
  • There is so much competition amongst limo companies in Las Vegas that a limo can actually be had for an affordable rate.  You want your trip to be memorable, right?  Get the rest of your crew to pitch in and rent a limo.  Nothing gets you in the mood to party more than riding around in a luxurious limo or limo bus when your closest friends and a cooler full of your favorite beverages.  Check out the cats at lvlimos.net for a sweet ride and exceptional service.

2. On a budget?  Visit midweek or in the summer. (more…)

Jamaican Me Crazy, Mon!

About time I sat down and got a post for this blog hammered out. Sorry ‘bout that peeps. Life happens…

Anywho, let’s get this baby started off with one of my fav destinations of all time, Jamaica.

Jamaican Sunset

The best time to visit the idyllic paradise of Jamaica is from October to December. There is less risk of encountering a hurricane and sunny skies make for picturesque sunsets at night. Temperatures average 75-85 during this travel window.

If you’ve never been to Jamaica, you have been missing out. This is one of the few places that I’ve been that I can confidently say I did not need a vacation after returning home. The feeling of total relaxation was extremely difficult to leave behind.

If your idea of a great vacation is not lifting a finger for anything, Jamaica is made for you. Thirsty? Simply stick a flag in the sand and an eager to please employee is there to take your drink order. Hungry? Walk on over to one of the many on-resort restaurants to grab a sensational snack, or a spectacular island infused meal.

Feeling extremely lazy? Stick your flag in the sand and an enthusiastic employee will stop by in no time to see what you need. It is simply unbelievable. I felt like royalty!


Here We Go!

First of all I would like to give a shout out to all those in the Bay Area!  Thanks for stopping by!

I’m trying to get a gameplan together for this site and I’ve been sitting on it for a while.  Sometimes you gotta just say “screw it” and get rollin’.  This would be one of those times.

While I’d love to say that I have this entire blogged planned out, I’m not the type of person who likes to lie.  Notice that I said, “likes to lie,” which doesn’t mean that I frequently lie and that I don’t enjoy doing it.

Don’t get me wrong, I may stretch the truth slightly, but only if I feel that it will benefit me in some manner.  Who doesn’t?  Amiright?

That being said, I am real and all this talk of lying has probably got you thinking, “yeah, right dude!”

So, here goes.  This site is intended to be a gathering place, a collection if you will, of ideas and things to do when you’ve had your fill of the Bay Area.

Bay Area

I’m trying to decide if I should include destinations that are actually within the Bay Area just in case my readers are simply looking at getting away from their city of residence for a change of scenery.  For the time being, I don’t think that I want to limit the directions where I may take my blog.

I’ll try to focus on the cities where people from the Bay Area would actually enjoy visiting.

Sorry Nebraska, you suck!  Omaha, you’ve got your zoo and Warren Buffet, but really, I’ve had the misfortune of driving through your boring state enough that I’ve secretly wished I could hop on a Hyperloop and speed through it.

Or, I’ve heard that the Humboldt fault line runs partway through Nebraska, what are the chances that baby may open up and just swallow Nebraska?  Wow, guess I have some deep-seated hatred for Nebraska.

“Therapy,” you may say.  No thank you…

I apologize for the tangent there.  Must have been my ADD flaring up.

Feel free to comment on posts, and if you have any ideas for my blog, feel free to reach out to me at: getawaybay@gmail.com.

Stay posted as I get this baby off the ground in the coming weeks!

More later.