Cheers! My Birthday Celebration with the Napa Valley Wine Country Tours

After losing my grandmother a few weeks before my birthday, I really needed to celebrate life. I know she would want me to do that. This year, I decided to ring in a new year of life in wine country. My soror traveled up from So Cal to visit. This would be her first time in Napa. I didn’t want to drive so instead, we bought bus tickets for the Napa Valley Wine Country Tours.

Let me tell you something, going on this bus tour was one of the BEST decisions I made. The Napa Valley Wine Country Tours bus isn’t just any bus. It’s a limo bus that looks like a VIP club lounge on wheels. We paid $119 for an 8-hour trip, visit to 4 wineries in Sonoma and Napa counties, continental breakfast and lunch. It was worth every penny. The tastings aren't covered in the bus fare, but they ran about $10-$25. Wineries won't charge you for tastings if you buy a bottle. I recommend this for tourists and any Bay Area locals who have folks visiting from out of town and want a short excursion to Nap…

Switch It Up!
Live Like a Tourist in Your Home Town

"Switch It Up" is a Cocoa Fly series encouraging women to step out of the box, break it down and put it in the recycle bin. It's time to have fun and live it up!

Girl, what did you do this weekend? Did you have fun or was it the same ol place and people? Last time we "Switched It Up" I suggested traveling abroad. But if you're wallet can't even stretch to Paris, Texas then try living in your city like a tourist. I don't mean a "Staycation." That's not adventurous enough for me. Go places you've never gone before in your city or region. Check out online travel sites, look up your city and see spots they suggest for tourists. If you live in a big city like Chicago or San Francisco, you may discover new places or activities. When my mom visited LA we did the usual like go to the Getty Museum (see picture above). I also sought out events that were new for me. I had no idea the Los Angeles County Museum of Art hosts free jazz concerts every Friday night until I looked up tourists activities. The concert was a first time for Mom and I and we were grooving.


Another way to discover new spots is through Meetup.com. I love, love, love this website. You join different groups of your interests--hiking, concerts, book clubs, sports etc., and go to events organized by the group leader. I've seen a group for lesbians who play poker, roller skating for adults, atheists, Glenn Beck supporters...you name it. It's a great way to explore activities you're into but your friends may not dig. Since I've joined Meetup I've learned about so many other places in the LA area. I was tired of going to the same spots, seeing the same people, doing the same thing zzzzzzzzzzzz. BORING. Earlier this year, I channeled my inner college girl attitude, decided to explore LA from a different angle and Switch It Up! I've had a lot of fun and made business connections too. Once my back fully heals I'm ready to take on hiking. I'm a girly-girl but I'm willing to break a nail to get in touch with nature.

Photo Credit:
Darden/ waterfall at the Getty Museum in Los Angeles

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  1. Meetup.com is a great way to discover different things in your city. I joined a dinner dining group and have gotten to eat at restaurants that I'd either never heard of or always wanted to go to but couldn't find anyone to go with me. I also suggest taking walking tours. Many cities have neighborhood or culturally specific tours that are relatively inexpensive. I did a walking tour of U Street, a historically African-American neighborhood in DC, when my cousin came to town and learned so much about the city's history.

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  2. Joining restauant groups is a good idea too. There's all kind of stuff to do on Meetup. I've been wanting to do a tour of downtown LA. I haven't been to Washington since 2003. I know U Street has changed a lot since then. Thanks for the suggestions!

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