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Heading Out on a Camping Trip? Download These Apps First!

July 30, 2014 9:02 am

Bringing your smartphone with you on a camping trip can save you a lot of hassle and keep you safe while in the wilderness. There are even a number of helpful apps made specifically for camping, offerings tools like GPS, flashlights, and campfire recipes. Check out these two camping apps before your next outdoor adventure.

Good Sam Camping
If you own or plan on renting an RV, the Good Sam Camping app will help you to navigate the best RV parks all across the country. An interactive map provides markers pointing out the locations of each park, and clicking on any pinpoint will bring up useful information and photos about that location. As an extra incentive, Good Sam members also get 10% off any of the 2,200 Good Sam parks listed in the app.

100+ Camping Recipes
Once you decide on the perfect campsite, you need to choose what to eat during your camping trip. This app offers more than 100 different recipes made for cooking over an open fire, using only ingredients that are easy to take with you while camping. Dishes like Baked Stuffed Fish and Antiguan Charcoal Baked Bananas will keep everyone on your trip full and happy, and they only take a short time to prepare.

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The Vine: A Top Brunch Spot in Fremont

July 23, 2014 9:02 am

The Vine offers visitors a casual ambiance, indoor and outdoor seating, and a great selection of food and drink. A dog-friendly patio with a view of the Fremont hills turns up the volume on the appeal of this popular restaurant.

Stop by for brunch to relax with a Guava Mama with sparkling wine, guava juice, and fresh mint, or a Mom-Mosa with sparkling wine and fresh orange juice. Add on blueberry ricotta pancakes, corned beef and eggs, or the Morning After Burger and you’re good to go. Later in the day, you can feast on gluten-free pizza, cornmeal fried chicken, a Vine Burger, or a blackened salmon BLT. The kid’s menu gives the little ones some tasty options.

The Vine is open Tuesday through Sunday in Frmont.

The Vine
37533 Niles Boulevard
Fremont, CA 94536
(510) 792-0112

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Beauty Is in Bloom at These Bay Area Botanical Gardens

July 16, 2014 9:01 am

San Francisco's Golden Gate Park is home to two world-renowned gardens. Here, you can seek refuge from city life and immerse yourself in nature without leaving the city at all.

San Francisco Botanical Garden
Explore the secret life of plants at the San Francisco Botanical Garden. Covering 55 acres, the garden is home to more than 55,000 species of plants. The unique weather conditions of the Bay Area render this attraction unlike any other. Guests can find peace within the immaculate gardens and learn about the plants and their surroundings in one of the park's outdoor classrooms. The beauty of the park and the enthusiasm of its caretakers are sure to make a lasting impression on every visitor.

Japanese Tea Garden
Visitors from around the world travel to the Japanese Tea Garden to admire what is the oldest garden of its kind in the whole country. Find tranquility among the many sculptures and bridges on this five-acre patch of ornate landscaping. Walk along the stepping stone paths while admiring springtime cherry blossom trees, and make sure to sip on a relaxing cup of tea in the Tea House before exiting this peaceful wonderland. The garden is open year-round, even on holidays.

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