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The Winter Go List:
Los Gatos, San Jose, Palo Alto, Santa Cruz, and more

Winter is here. Kids are making their holiday crafts. Parents are pulling out the heavy comforters. The cooks in the house are whipping out soup recipes. What about you?  Are you planning your next great family escape? Why not plan it over a yummy dinner at the Catamount, the New American bistro over in Los Gatos.  See our review on this link.  I can still taste that ribeye as I write this sentence!

Have you started your holiday and Christmas shopping yet? Here are some fun stocking stuffers and presents you can consider. Check out our Products page for this season. More items will be added.  

In our last issue, I told you that in July we had a blast at the San Jose Fairmont to see the fireworks on July 4th from the convenience of its rooftop pool. And we recommend this staycation location any time of year. If you are thinking about booking it for the Christmas holiday, do it now. Word from the reservation department is that rooms fill up quickly during December! 

While in Palo Alto, we also created a personal dream escape at The Clement Hotel, the valley's only five-star, all inclusive hotel.  We review it here, and we hope you will come and give it a test drive.  Walking distance to shopping and also Stanford University campus, The Clement is your passageway to Nirvana as you have all you need within the walls of your hotel for a snuggly weekend away from your responsibilities.   

We next take you to the revamped Dream Inn in Santa Cruz. So instead of going to the beach for only one day, this fall take advantage of packaged rates. Stay at the Dream Inn where you can walk to the pier and to the boardwalk.  Make it a two-night affair with the kids, and you can rediscover your old love. See our review of the Dream Inn Makeover

If you are looking for something to do with Fido, take a look at our calendar page to zero in on the W Hotel and its Yappy Hour taking place this month. 

Have you ever wondered what is the best booking engine for your family needs? Next Advisor, a research group, recently completed a survey to find out how the top travel booking sites rate. See the chart here.  Let us know what you think!

For those who love sizzing scorchers, we offer you a visit to Arizona. Yes, there are those who love dry heat. Go figure. If you are one of those sun lovers, do check out Barbara Sloan's review of Arizona resorts. She also brings us a review of the newest Florida action pad dubbed The Diplomat Resort in Hollywood. 

Even in the fall and winter, we can and still like to barbecue. We found some great spices that would make for excellent gifts with JustSpices. See our coverage of this and other products in our  Products Roundup. And if you are in the mood for a new vehicle, consider the  review of the Toyota Highlander Hybrid which we test drove this month. 

Other stories in this issue include:
Toothbrushes, animal cookies, luggage - Products
Review of the Mazda CX-9 - Products
Review of the Toyota Sienna – Products
Snack-in-a-Box Review, etc.  – Products
Where to Find The Best Views in San Francisco – North Bay
San Francisco, Hawaii hotel deals and more - Deals
Go Green On Your Next Vacation - Consumer Lookout
Intercontinental's Planet Trekkers Kids Program - Foreign 

Jams and Mess Free Crayons - Products
ittsburg, Penn. is on the Rise - States
eview of the Highlander Hybrid - Products
lays, concerts, festivals - Calendar

Happy Autumn and Winter!

Kathy Chin Leong
Executive Editor


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