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Go San Diego Discount Attraction Tickets

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As a longtime San Diego resident and someone who previously managed beach vacation rentals for out of town visitors, I’ve been asked countless times about getting the best discount San Diego attraction tickets. The below represent what I think are the three best options to save money and enjoy Sea World, the San Diego Zoo, Zoo Safari Park, Midway Museum, and more. Read More

Discount, not cheap, Telluride Lift Tickets

Discount Telluride Ski Lift Tickets

*****ORBITZ HAS DISCONTINUED THEIR LIFT TICKET PROGRAM FOR 2017.  I AM CURRENTLY LOOKING FOR THE NEXT DISCOUNT PROGRAM AND WHEN AVAILABLE I WILL POST HERE******

As a Telluride regular, I am always asked about cheap or discount Telluride ski lift ticket sales.  Well, this is the best one available.  I’ve spent hours scouring the internet and local hangouts alike, and I can honestly say this is the only real Telluride lift ticket special on the market.  Coupon codes just don’t exist.  Child and senior lift tickets are available too!

Orbitz has taken over the lead as the best discount ski lift ticket provider in the business.  Last Minute Travel pulled their deal during the ski season last year and no one else offers a better discount than Orbitz when clicking through my link.  Each year the discount gets smaller, but it is better than paying full price.

Discount Lift Ticket Purchase Instructions:

1)  Click any link on this blog post

2)  Enter your arrival and departure dates in the boxes located on the upper right hand of the search page that opens through my link.

3)  Get the best discount on the internet!

Rules for Getting the Lift Ticket Discount

1)  You must by at least a week in advance wherever you buy, otherwise you’ll be stuck with window rates no matter what!

2)  With this link, there are no tricks, add ons, or additional purchases necessary.  It simply offers the best deal on discount Telluride lift tickets, period.

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Best Wine with Thanksgiving Dinner

2007 Bonterra Viognier Mendocino County

2007 Bonterra Viognier Mendocino County

When I think of Thanksgiving dishes, I think quantity, variety, and aromatics.  Choosing a wine that matches these traits while offering up a little contrast to make things interesting is often the best choice for such a complex meal.  But how does one find a wine that works with turkey, creamed corn, and green bean casserole all at the same time?

Quantity:  Lots of food, lots of guests, and a long time at the table.  The wine should be lower than average in alcohol…I mean yeah…we’ll be watching football and having fun all day, right?  But, lower alcohol shouldn’t mean it doesn’t have the body style necessary to stand up to all the cream and gravy.  For contrast, the wine should have a little zing of acidity to cut through our close friend’s delectable sausage stuffing.

Variety:   This wine should be complex.  With a dozen different dishes, and some strong ones at that, the wine should bring lots of different aromas and flavorsto the table.

Aromatics:  Thanksgiving is the most aromatic of traditional American meals so it stands to reason we’ll need something with a high degree of aromatics so the food does not diminish its partner.

The winner? 2007 Bonterra Viognier, Mendocino County.

This cool climate wine has under 14% alcohol, offers both floral and fruit aromatics, and has a medium-full and creamy mouth feel.  Without question it is consistently year in and year out one of the great values in viognier, and it is widely available around the country for around $15.  Did I mention it is also Certified Organic?

Remember, its not what is in your glass, but who you share it with.

And, if you use this coupon, you’ll get a discount of $5 of any $75 purchase too!