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Many of us have moved because from getting a promotion, changing careers, or maybe it’s just you wanted to have a fresh start. What better place to move than, but to San Francisco as has a beautiful climate, friendly locals, and we all have seen it’s a growing tech-hub thanks to the New Yorker.
However, like many cities, there are just things wish you could know before you actually moved to the city. These hints help you transition into the city faster without, so you don’t look like a newbie and stick out like a sore thumb.
Today, we will be going over four things everyone should know before they move to San Francisco.
Neighborhoods have Stereotypes
People here in San Francisco take neighborhoods seriously, and when you’re first looking for apartments in San Francisco then you should have an idea of what an area represents.
It’s a good idea to come of the San Francisco and check out the area first to get a feel to where you might like to fit in or not to move too. You might find out that a lot of young hip professionals are living in the Mission verses having a majority of families that are living in Noe Valley.
Cost of Living and Rent is Sky High
If you haven’t done so already, you may have noticed that the overall cost of living here in San Francisco is really high. On a national average, prices jump quite a bit, and it’s important to realize that your new salary might not be as high as you would like it to be.
When you start researching apartments in San Francisco, you might start realizing that the prices are extremely high, far beyond what you know that after punching the employee time clock .
It’s not uncommon to see a studio apartment that rents at $2,000 a month. In instances like this, you might be better off looking at apartments for rent in Oakland CA as this is only about a 19-mile track across the bridge.
The same thing might be true if you had to end up living in Los Angeles and wanted to avoid the high prices. In this case you would be much better off seeking out luxury apartments in Glendale CA for a much more affordable price.
You Will Never Run Out of Things to Do
If you are a person who likes to get out of the house and have fun, then San Francisco is the right town for you. It is absolutely insane how many things there is to do in this city. From festivals, concerts, to random cultural events you will always find something to do.
Some of the best ways to find the newest events that come up is to visit either UpOutSF, or the Thrillist. When you go to these websites, it’s easy to meet other people to go with you as this is also a great way to meet new friends.
Divisadero Marks the Fog
San Francisco is known for an abundance of wonderful things, and one of the most notable is the fog. The Divisadero is a street that runs North-South across the city that slices it in half.
If you happen to live on the west of Divisadero, you won’t see the sun set less often than if you lived to the east of Divisadero. The point here is that once the sun has taken care of the sun from the morning, the evening fog starts rolling in.
When you come to think about why you are moving to San Francisco it’s nice to be as informed as possible, so you’re not left in the dark. With these four tips, it should help make your transition to San Francisco a successful one.
Carl is a super-connector with Towering SEO and Youth Noise NJ who helps businesses find their audience online through outreach, partnerships, and networking. He frequently writes about the latest advancements in digital marketing and focuses his efforts on developing customized blogger outreach plans depending on the industry and competition.
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Life on the Maryland shore slows down off season. That’s enough reason to take a winter break in Ocean City, MD.
With the crowds gone from beach and boardwalk, you can take your time, shop the stores, and eat your way through the popular restaurants.
Why Ocean City?
The winter chases away the hordes of summer visitors, but it leaves the white sands and crashing waves in all their peaceful beauty. The long stretch of beach becomes one bright photo opportunity.
Boardwalk: Some stores and amusement arcades on the famed Ocean City boardwalk close for the winter. But, that’s okay. It leaves much more room for strolling, jogging, and bicycle riding for fun or exercise.
The Annual New Year’s Day Beachwalk sees tourists and locals walk along the waterline of Assateague Island to show support for the island’s unique ecology. It starts at 1 p.m. and ends with hot chocolate and cookies.
Winterfest of Lights: If you miss the crowds, you can join the tourists for the Winterfest Express through the fabulous Winterfest of Lights. For $4.00/person (Free under age 10), you take a 10-minute ride through the 50-acre site that includes Christmas trees, tunnels, and displays all lit beautifully.
In his Northside shop, Santa Claus awaits children with their Christmas wish lists and steeping hot chocolate through December 23rd.
Christmas Parade: If it’s parades you want, you can see the best on December 5th at 11 a.m. Regional high school bands, antique cars, and decorated holiday floats march on the Coastal Highway from 100th Street to the mall at 115th.
Hotel Deals: According to OceanCity.com, the Ocean City, Maryland hotels offer various New Year’s packages including dining and entertainment on New Year’s Eve.
For example, the Princess Bayside resort features special rates, New Year’s Eve dining and dancing, a New Year’s Day brunch, and the annual Atlantic General Hospital’s Penguin Swim in the hotel’s huge indoor pool.
Winter Golf: Maryland’s Eastern Shore is filled with quality golf courses. But, Rum Pointe, named in the top five Maryland courses by Golf Week, has bent-grass on its Scottish-style course. All but one of the 18 holes has a bay view and several are along the water line. It’s simply a gorgeous location on a mild winter’s day.
All told, there are 25 challenging golf experiences within minutes of Ocean City, and all have winter rates, and many participate in various winter golf package deals described at GolfAvisor.com.
Dining: The Captain’s Table has reopened. The Lighthouse is still a favorite. And, Seacrets, Fager’s Island, and Liquid Assets top the list of comfortable and crab dominant restaurants in the area.
Blue Crab: There’s this special thing about Chesapeake blue crabs. They remain the biggest culinary attraction on the Mid-Atlantic coast. The Sunset Grille in the beautiful Sunset Marina has indoor and outdoor seating for their crab specialties
Higgins Crab House has been serving crabs dishes for 7 days a week for 40 years. And, the Mug and Mallet starts you off with crab chowder in an absolutely casual atmosphere.
Winter Fishing: The winter report at thatsrightcharters.com recommends chasing the Rockfish in the Chesapeake Bay. While fishermen are happy with the top fishing around the Bay Bridge, you’ll have to watch the seasons scheduled for sea bass, blues and grouper.
Planning a winter break in Ocean City, MD offers bright clean air, photogenic landscapes, bargain discounts, and plentiful golf and fishing opportunities.
If you’re in Philadelphia, Baltimore, or Washington, D.C., it’s a better way to spend a weekend!
Michael F. Carroll
Title: Freelance writer at OutreachMama
Mike is a freelance contributor to Towering SEO and OutreachMama who helps businesses find their audience online through research, content copy, and white papers. He frequently writes about management, marketing, and sales with customized outreach for digital marketing channels and outreach plans depending on the industry and competition.
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We’re a family of travelers, or well….Maybe it’s just me who’s the big one on traveling and my family just seems to follow behind. On a normal trip you’ll find myself, my hubby and my two girls, but this time it’s different. This time I got some me time, and planned a girls trip for a weekend!
Headed to Florida with the girls! We left Toledo on Friday and were returning Monday. No kids, no husbands, just the girls!
Our first stop for the weekend was to check into the hotel. We were extremely lucky to have a stay for two nights at the beautiful Renaissance Orlando Sea World Resort. We knew we were getting the Parlor Suite and were so excited simply from the photos online.
Thinking that it’s the official Sea World hotel, I was hoping it wasn’t going to be swimming full of kids and families. This was an adult girls weekend away, I left my kids at home and didn’t want to deal with anyone else’s, you’d also expect to see Sea World galore all over the hotel, but besides the attractions desk, that’s the only place we saw Sea World mentioned.
Upon our arrival, we had the choice of valet or self parking. We weren’t sure exactly what we were going to do, so we just parked in the front and headed in with our bags, we figured check in, then decide. Valet parking is $27.00 a day, and self parking is $20. We decided to self park.
We come to find that not only did we have the Parlor Suite but also the adjoining room.
Walking through the atrium lobby we didn’t see any kids acting crazy, screaming babies nothing, this hotel was simply beautiful and quiet! Great for a girls weekend away but also looked like a great place for families as well! With beautiful seating, artwork, an indoor water fall, and signs for kid activities they thought of everything. You would also see a Starbucks, Frozen Yogurt place, a sushi bar, sports bar and restaurant. We were highly impressed and we haven’t even got to our rooms yet!
Once we went up to our floor in the glass elevator, we opened the door, and our jaws dropped! That was just in the adjoining room which featured 2 queen beds, a beautiful bathroom, flat screen TV. The room also had a mini refrigerator and coffee tea service. That room alone was stunning! Once we opened the door to the suite, we were speechless!
The Parlor suite was HUGE! It was the size of a small apartment, not a hotel room. With a King size bed, and a huge sectional sofa that also pulled out into a bed, the room also had a small refrigerator, coffee/tea service, a beautiful huge bathroom with double vanities. In the room you would also find a large desk, as well as a huge dining table and chairs, as well as a beautiful color scheme and a large flat screen TV mounted to the wall. This room was just beautiful! We had a beautiful view as well. For the four of us girls, these rooms were more than enough for 2 nights!
After we settled in, we decided to take a walk around the hotel and it’s grounds that night to see what they had to offer. We found a gift shop that was basically a small store, an arcade, various ballrooms and halls. We also ventured outside to be greeted by beautiful fire pits with seating, and into the pool grounds where there was an amazing pool, lots of seating and beautifully lit gazebos on the grounds. We were in awe!
This was only our first night, we had just checked in….What would we do in the morning?
Stay tuned for the rest of our Orlando Florida Girls Weekend Getaway that will feature more about the Renissance Orlando at Sea World, The Blue Man Group, Antojitos Authentic Mexican Food at Universal CityWalk and Capone’s Dinner Show!
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We’re a family of travelers. Not only do we travel through the US, but we include Canada as well. This summer we’ve done most of our traveling in Canada. One stop we made was to Horeshoe Resort in Barrie, Ontario.
Horseshoe Resort is located about an hour north of Toronto. During the summer, Horseshoe Resort provides an Adventure Park for the family, in the winter they are a ski resort.
Initially we were just spending a night there, but after being there for the day, we decided to spend an extra day/night. Horseshoe Resort was just amazing! Not only was our room great, but the Adventure Park had so many activities for those of all ages.
Activities in the Adventure Park include: Mini Putt, Rock Climbing, Balance Bikes, Gem Mining, Archery, Horseback Riding, Euro Bungee, Inflatable Obstacle Course, Paddle Boats, a Maze, Adventure Buggy Tour, Zip Lining, and my husbands favorite, the Aqua Ogo.
My girls tried their hand at the Inflatable Obstacle Course and Rock Climbing first, they also spent a lot of time on the Euro Bungee and petting the horses. Gem Mining was a ton of fun for them, you simply purchase a bag which includes the gems in a bag of dirt, you take the bag, and run them through the flowing water in your try to uncover the gems. The kids get to keep everything they find.
We did the maze as a family, you need to find all the letters in the word MAZE to finish, as you walk around, get lost and stuck eventually you’ll find the letters where you will find a hole punch to punch your card with the corresponding letter.
Hubby tried out the Aqua Ogo. This is Canada’s only Outdoor Gravity Orb. You go up a large hill (on a conveyor belt) and they zip you up inside a large plastic ball which has a bit of water inside, once zipped up, they give you a push, and down the hill you go. HE LOVED IT! You do get really wet, so be prepared!
Horeshoe Resort Adventure Park is a great place to head for summer vacation, it’s not too expensive, and the entire family will have fun…OUTDOORS! The resort also features an indoor AND outdoor pool for hotel guests, as well as a fine dining (Silks Dining Lounge) and casual dining restaurant (Crazy Horse). Both were amazing! We did the fine dining one night, dressed up and headed out to a short walk across the lot to the main building. The next night we decided to try the casual dining to grab some dessert and drinks and sit out on the patio.
Our room…Simply Amazing!
We stayed in a Premiere Slope Side Condo. The condo features two bathrooms, two bedrooms, enclosed balcony, fully equipped modern kitchen and laundry. A pullout sofa sleeper and fireplace. The room can comfortably sleep six.
Parking is always free at the resort. I highly recommend visiting Horseshoe Resort and Adventure Park, we’re going to head back at some point, we just had so much fun, and it was something a little different than we normally do.
For more information on Horseshoe Resort, Adventure Park passes, Dining and Accommodations please visit horseshoeresort.com. Canada is a great place to visit, you get to go to a different country without the high cost of traveling. You do need a passport to cross the border, luckily we’re just a hop skip and a jump.
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This year, when it comes to trick or treating, why not take the entire family to experience something different. Why not take your little Captain America, or Zombie out to a family friendly event where they can live out their character, and see even more?
Join my family for a night of fun at the 2014 Wizard World / Comic-Con in Columbus Ohio where all ages can enjoy a night of fun and trick or treating! This year the entire family is invited to come out Friday October 31st and wear their costumes, bringing their favorite characters to life, while they travel through the Greater Columbus Convention Center and enjoy trick or treating in a fun, safe environment. All kids 10 and under are free and right now you can gain a 10% off promo code for your ticket, just use the code OHIOWEEN when purchasing your tickets. Check out all the fun you could be having in this short clip that can be found here.
The Halloween night fun is October 31st from 3:00 – 8:00pm where you and your entire family can not only trick or treat, but enjoy Wizard World / Comic-Con itself as well as fun activities for the kids like face painting, costume contests and more!
The Columbus Wizard World / Comic-Con isn’t over in one night though, you can visit for the entire weekend (October 31 – November 2) and meet some special guests that are scheduled to appear like: WWE Superstars The Wyatt Family, and WWE Diva Paige as well as Norman Reedus, Bruce Campbell, Verne Troyer, Sean Astin, Alanna Masterson, Holly Marie Combs, Jon Bernthal, Manu Bennett, Jason David Frank, Steven Yeun, and more. Also appearing are legendary artists Barry Kitson, Carlo Barberi, Patrick Block, and more! Photo ops and Autograph sessions must be purchased separately.
This year is the first year I’ve ever been to such an event. My husband and oldest daughter are huge comic buffs, I am not so much, but I go to see my wrestlers! We’re hoping for a great weekend of fun, autographs and more, read about my adventures at Comic-Con in Columbus Ohio soon, or follow my daily tweets and Instagram Photos while we’re there!
Don’t forget, if you’d like to join in on the fun, use promo code OHIOWEEN for 10% off your ticket purchase. Tickets can be purchased via Ohio Comic Con 2014’s website at wizardworld.ticketleap.com/ohio/.
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