Travel Tip Tuesday : Three Best Travel Secrets

There is a meme circulating and I have been tagged not once, but twice.  Thanks to Barbara from Hole in the Donut and Jen Laceda from Folie a deux for tagging me.  The original meme was started by Katie of Tripbase.

So I figured that Travel Tip Tuesday was a perfect time for me to answer.  I have so many travel secrets, it was hard to narrow it down to three.  But, I did.

Here are my 3 Best Travel Secrets.

San Gimignano Italy


San Gimignano is one of the most touristy hill-top towns in Tuscany.  But, when the tour buses leave, the real magic happens and that is when you see the real charm.  If you are lucky enough to spend the night – stay at the Hotel Leon Bianco, located on the main square.  When all is quiet sneak up on the open rooftop terrace, where breakfast is served in the morning, and soak all alone in the jacuzzi, while stargazing.  That Tuscan night sky is breathtaking!

Foggy View of San Fran

Northern California

For a free and stunning view extending both up and down the San Francisco bay area, head to Fish Ranch Road in Orinda,on the East Bay.  Drive to Grizzly Peak Blvd and at the highest elevation look for any clearing to the left.  From this height you’ll see the Bay Bridge, San Fran and beyond. For something extra special, visit on a July 4th evening and watch about six simultaneous fireworks displays in neighboring cities up and down the bay.

Breakfast Dish

Hudson Valley

There are a slew of reasons to visit my hood, the beautiful Hudson Valley region of New York State. Many people know about the famed restaurants of the Culinary Institute of America, located in Hyde Park.  But did you know they have an on-site bakery/café?  The Apple Pie Bakery is the place to get freshly baked bread, croissants, baked goods and gourmet desserts to enjoy there – or to go.  But they also serve both breakfast and lunch at down right bargain prices.  Breakfast is the best value with the Raclette and French Toast both coming in under $4.00.

Trying to find 5 travelers not already tagged was like trying to find a $50 RT ticket to Paris!  So some of these folks may have already been tagged- but no matter- they are my picks!

I am tagging :

Miss Expatria
J The Travel Authority
My Bella Vita
Gypsy’s Guide

And speaking of My Bella Vita , Cherrye also has a new site design as well as some giveaways.

Head on over to check out everything she has going on this week.

photo credits gaspa/ marc_smith/ pink_fish13 on Flickr

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    Barbara @ Hole In The Donut Travels
    December 8th, 2009

    Hi Robin: Yes, I was disappointed by San Gimignano because it was so touristy, but maybe it would have been different if I stayed overnight. One of these days I’m going too head back to the Hudson Valley – such a stunning place – and I’ll have to try out the CIA cafe. Great tips – thanks for the link back!

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    Robin @ My Melange
    December 8th, 2009

    Barbara, in San Gim, we got up the following morning and walked out onto the square early to find a wonderful market! And make sure you tell me when visiting the HV, I’d love to show you my HV and we’ll go to the CIA together ;)

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    Jen Laceda
    December 8th, 2009

    Great tips, Robin!! Can’t wait for those you tagged to reveal their secrets~

    By the way,…yeah, we were kinda disappointed with Au Petit Coin Breton in OQC. The food looked good, but didn’t quite live up to our expectations as well. It was another story for our little one, though. She loved the cheesy French onion soup and all the butter and cream in the gratins! And of course, the ice cream with sparklers!!
    .-= Jen Laceda´s last blog ..Winner of Lubitel Lomo Camera !!! =-.

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    Robin @ My Melange
    December 8th, 2009

    Thanks Jen! Yeah, the place just wasn’t at all what I expected – and we won’t even talk about our service that day ;)

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    December 8th, 2009

    Yowza! I’ve been tagged. I’ll have to come up with some good ones. Look for the blog post soon! :-)
    .-= Melanie´s last blog ..Perugia in the Spotlight =-.

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    Katie, Tripbase
    December 9th, 2009

    Some lovely secrets here, thanks for sharing!

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    Cherrye at My Bella Vita
    December 9th, 2009

    Cool. I’m not very good at keeping secrets, so this will be a fun post!
    .-= Cherrye at My Bella Vita´s last blog ..Travel Tip Tuesday: Traveling With Twitter (and a bonus list of Italy Twitterers) =-.

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    Dina VagabondQuest
    April 13th, 2010

    I’ve been to San Gimignano, and the town is very pretty indeed! I had an amazing gelato as well there. Thanks for sharing :)

    Thanks for popping by to comment Dina!

    .-= Dina VagabondQuest´s last blog ..Friday Photo: Monkey parenting (Ubud, Bali) =-.

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