We've all heard that there's no place like home for the holidays. But at HI USA, we believe there's a hidden meaning behind the old adage: sometimes, spending the holidays far from your comfort zone can be a great thing! Just ask any traveler who's ever shared a holiday meal with a group of new friends, or anyone who's unwittingly arrived in a foreign country at the start of an exotic holiday season.
Food + Drink
Sacramento and agriculture are inextricably linked: each year, the region churns out a huge percentage of the produce consumed in California and the rest of the country. Its dedication to – and skill at – feeding the country has even earned Sacramento the nickname "America's Farm-to-Fork Capital."
In fact, eating local has become such a big deal in Sacramento that indulgence in the city's foodie scene is just as important a visitor experience for as a tour of the Capitol or a stroll around Sutter's Fort.
It's mid-October, but it still feels like summer in Sacramento. This shouldn't, perhaps, be too much of a surprise: about 80% of days around California's state capital are sunny, often in defiance of the season. But I've come here today to do something specifically, traditionally, quintessentially autumnal, and so it's taking me a while to wrap my head around the heat: who dresses for a day of apple-picking, pie-tasting, cider sipping, and pumpkin patching wearing shorts and a T-shirt and SPF 50?
Halloween costumes in store windows, pumpkin-spice lattes on café menus, and Sunday football on TV at every sports bar in town… must be summer in San Francisco!
An escape to the middle of nowhere always sounds great. Until, that is, you get there and suddenly realize: there's nothing to do.
The epicenter of all things trendy, beautiful, and delicious in San Francisco's hip Mission District, Valencia Street is more than just a thoroughfare: it's a melting pot. To the East of Valencia lies the old-school Mission neighborhood, where authentic taquerias are packed in several to a block and storefronts blast contemporary Mexican music. To the West, apartment rental prices soar, gourmet grocery stores thrive, and techies work on their tans in Dolores Park.