Explore Your Wine Backyard

Wine tasting rooms seem to crop up everywhere with the popularity of wine tasting growing with the Millennial Generation. However, wineries in areas where vineyards are close by are growing as well. It is not uncommon to venture into a business park and see winery. A small tasting room where offices once were and huge warehouse space dedication now to barrels of fermenting wine.

Ventura County has always been associated with agriculture and well, a vineyard is still agriculture. We may associate glamor with wine and why not, the wine lifestyle Is perceived as privileged. Let’s come back to reality, at the end of the day the vineyard is still farmed by people who lovingly tend to each vine. Least we forget what affects crops also may have an impact on grapevines, so next time you open that bottle of liquid goodness raise a glass to the farmer and winemaker.


Exploring local wineries not only supports the local economy, there is the possibly of building a relationship with the owners of the winery. Wine is a passion, and no one has more passion for wine than the winemaker. Once you sit down and have the winemaker explain the way they prepared, fermented or bottled the wine it adds a dimension to the wine tasting experience.
If traveling through the area, Ventura County, check out some of our local favorite wineries. It’s my blog so yes, I am playing favorites.


#1 Magnavino Cellars 961 N. Rice Ave Suite 5 Oxnard www.magnavinocellars.com

#2 Four Brix Winery 2290 Eastman Ave Suite 109 Ventura www.fourbrixwine.com
#3 Herzog Wine Cellars 3201 Camino Del Sol Oxnard www.herzogwinecellars.com
#4 Camarillo Custom Crush Winery 300 S. Lewis Rd Camarillo www.camarillocustomcrush.com
#5 Strey Cellars 951 N. Rice Ave Oxnard www.streycellars.com


Ok, that’s only 5 of the more than 30 in the area to visit. Each winery is unique and offer something for every wine style. Happy Feet Travel Club offers a weekend get-a-way for approximately $300 per person including 2 night lodging and private tours of 4 wineries of your choice.

Why multigenerational travel is popular

When was the last time you connected with your family? First, lets assume you want to be together with your immediate family. I’m not talking about the twice a year visits during a special occasion or the holidays. I am leading this conversation to taking a vacation; yes, spending a few days or longer with your parents, grandparents and siblings.

A few months ago, my wife and I spent a week on a cruise ship with her family, four generations. Mom had turned 80 and as part of her birthday present the kids pitched in for a cruise. We had our octogenarian all the way to the adorable 5-year-old. Of course, the 5-year-old child stole the show and captured the attention of the crew and fellow passengers.

This plan started almost a year prior to cursing our California Coastal, mutigenerational cruise. In this case, the trip was all about the experience of being together rather than the destination. However, seeing San Francisco at night from our balcony was a magical experience. Sailing under the Golden Gate bridge was cause for celebratory hoots and hollers. Maybe even raising a glass to toast our fellow revelers.

Generational travel is becoming more popular each passing year. A perfect way to get multiple generations together for a reasonable price is a cruise. We secured 5 cabins in a row each couple or family occupying a balcony cabin. None of our category of cabins offered the adjoining room feature; however, if that is your preference, we can arrange adjoining cabins. Step out on the balcony and you will notice the sides can open allowing access between the cabins. We asked our room steward to unlock the appropriate dividers allowing the 5-year-old to run freely and the convenience of arranging activities together.

The benefits of each couple or family having their own cabin is privacy and not having to share a room with a family member that may not have the same routines. Another benefit is the freedom to do separate activities and shore excursions. At the end of the day you can dine together and reminisce about the activities of the day and what is on tap for the rest of the evening.

Parents take note, cell service is not operational in international waters. There is onboard wi-fi, but it is not free and the cost for a family may be prohibitive. This translates to no smartphones at dinner, what a concept that a conversation might break out whereby freaking out the teenagers.

Think the children will not have anything to do, on certain cruise lines there are waterslides or rock walls along with other age appropriate activities directed towards the entertainment of children from 3-17. On the Ruby Princess they have Camp Discovery; The Treehouse for ages 3-7, The Lodge for ages 8-12 and The Beach House for ages 13-17. You should have no reservation about taking the children on your cruise, by the way, you need them for the generational picture.

This leads me to the most valuable benefit of cruising together. I witnessed four generations sit for their picture and my thoughts turned to family and the value of capturing that moment in time. No one was arguing, just four big smiles from four generations creating a perfect moment captured on film, well okay digital.

All too often I hear this phrase, “someday I will do…. with the family”. There is no price I can put on the experience of mom’s surprise when she entered her cabin and there was a bouquet of flowers with a Happy Birthday wish from all of her family. Or, seeing the wonder in the eyes of a 5-year-old mesmerized by the visual effects of a Broadway style production in the Princess Theater.

What does your someday look like?

Meet Me in the Cheap Seats

Recent events in the news has me thinking about what is not mentioned when it comes to airlines contracts of carriage. Did you book your flight online? By clicking the I agree or continue to pay button, you are agreeing to the fare rules, conduct rules and baggage rules. Yes, I said rules because that is the terminology used by United Airlines. American Airlines uses the term, Conditions of Carriage.

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We made it through…the Bermuda Triangle!


Skirting the northwest part of the Bermuda Triangle we arrived safely in Kings Wharf this past week to the picture perfect Royal Naval Dockyard. The week of August 21 my wife and I decided to celebrate our 20th wedding anniversary on a cruise to Bermuda, the same place where we spent our honeymoon.

It all started with an overnight cross-country flight to Newark, NJ. This trip was 60% familiarization (FAM) trip and 40% pleasure or something like that. The point is, when one of our clients asks about a cruise to Bermuda, we have the experience. So what has changed in 20 years since our first trip? Continue reading to find out. (Look for the link at the end of the blog for a chance to win a $5 Starbucks card.)

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Happy Feet Travel – Purpose with Compassion

giving back

At the start of our travel agency, we committed to giving back.  In our personal lives we sponsor a child through Compassion International as well as contributions to various organizations that are personal to us.

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Happy Feet “Hump Day” Happenings…What type of traveler are you?


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Learn what type of traveler you are, whether excited, lazy, or slightly odd. Are you the “make the best of it!” type or the “screw it, I’m done!” type? Find out when you take this quiz!

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Monaco F1 Races

Have you ever wanted to go see the Formula 1 Race in Monaco?  We are looking at cruising to Monaco in May 2017 with tickets to the Formula 1 race.  Interested? Leave your information at the bottom of this post so that we can let you know more details…

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Ever wonder why hotels don’t have a Room 420?

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Hyatt Regency Dallas

In April 2012 I stayed at the Hyatt Regency in Dallas, TX for a  business meeting and was impressed with the lobby and reception area upon first impression. The front desk staff is friendly and welcoming. The atrium is accompanied by a water feature, which resonates throughout the building creating a relaxing environment. There are six elevators, three with glass facing the atrium and three interior. I never had to wait long for an elevator as the speed aids in keeping people moving between floors.

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A view, friendly staff and oh yeah, Sparkling Wine!

On your trip to the Napa area or next visit, take a moment to enjoy the unique experience that is Domaine Carneros. It can get a little busy during the weekends, so be prepared to sit in the sun or inside if the heat of the day become too much.

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