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“How El Rancho Saved the Day (or Night)” – by Jules Older

“How El Rancho Saved the Day (or Night)” – by Jules Older
Here, in Jules’ own inimitable style, is the story: El Rancho Inn, photo © Jules Older Our plane to New Zealand sprang a leak. Literally. At 11 p.m. Could have been worse. Better here at SFO than halfway across the Pacific. But still. We trudged into the lonnnng line awaiting hotel reservations and...

“New Tourism Communication Formats”

“New Tourism Communication Formats”
“New Tourism Communication Formats”  The impact of technological innovation and evolving media channels on tourism communication was the focus of the UNWTO International Conference on Tourism and the Media. Centered around the theme, “How new media is shaping the news,” the Conference...

“Enlightenment at the November Meeting” – by Karen Misuraca

“Enlightenment at the November Meeting” – by Karen Misuraca
Cathedral of Christ the Light_Photo by Gregory Harder “Enlightenment at the November Meeting”  by Karen Misuraca Held at the spectacular Cathedral of Christ the Light in Oakland, our November meeting included an Associate member trade show and a panel: The Social Network: New Journalistic Mediums....

“Renaissance Outbreak in Oakland?” – by Georgia I. Hesse

“Renaissance Outbreak in Oakland?” – by Georgia I. Hesse
BATW Weekend in Oakland, Jack London Square ©Karen Misuraca There’s a new “there there” in Oakland, and it isn’t Gertrude Stein’s. Associate member Mollie (the Mover) Blaisdell, with the energetic assistance of Visit Oakland’s Kim Bardakian and Lindsay Wright, staged  our November meeting...

“Fun Sacramento-San Joaquin Trip Includes Wine Tasting, Zombie Train” – by Ginny Prior

“Fun Sacramento-San Joaquin Trip Includes Wine Tasting, Zombie Train” – by Ginny Prior
Here’s the intriguing lead to Ginny Prior’s recent Happy Wanderer column (“Fun Sacramento-San Joaquin trip includes wine tasting, Zombie Train”) in the San Jose Mercury News: “After a pleasant day of wine tasting, I like to kill a few zombies. What red-blooded woman wouldn’t? “Still,...

“Georgia Hesse Saves the Day” – by Sandy Sims

“Georgia Hesse Saves the Day” – by Sandy Sims
“Georgia Hesse, Her Merry Band and the Walt Disney Family Museum Save the Day” by Sandy Sims  A Note If BATW gave medals for saving the day, Georgia Hesse would get a big, shiny one. When the federal-government shutdown meant closing Rosie the Riveter/WWII National Park (where we were supposed...

“New Andrew Goldsworthy Sculpture Debuts at San Francisco Presidio” – by Pat Meier-Johnson

“New Andrew Goldsworthy Sculpture Debuts at San Francisco Presidio” – by Pat Meier-Johnson
Pat Meier Johnson, with a photography assist from Russ Johnson, showcased the new Andrew Goldsworthy “Tree Fall” sculpture we viewed after our October BATW meeting at the Walt Disney Family Museum. Read the story (and check out the photo) here: http://connectedtraveler.com/places/us-canada/325-andrew-goldsworthy-sculpture-sfpresidio

“San Francisco’s Exploratorium Dazzles in Its New Waterfront Setting” – by Carol Canter

“San Francisco’s Exploratorium Dazzles in Its New Waterfront Setting” – by Carol Canter
From Carol Canter’s Examiner.com column: “San Francisco’s Exploratorium Dazzles in Its New Waterfront Setting” by Carol Canter With its April opening at Pier 15 in the heart of San Francisco’s revitalized waterfront, one of the world’s ground-breaking science museums now boasts three...

“Bay Area Travel Writers History – 1982-2000″ – by Patricia M. Lee

“Bay Area Travel Writers History – 1982-2000″ – by Patricia M. Lee
Foreign Government Tourist Office Event (1999). L-R: Sheila O’Connor, Marian Sanders, Monica Conrady, Patricia Lee. Photo courtesy Monica Conrady “Bay Area Travel Writers History – 1982-2000″ by Patricia M. Lee   Preface When BATW President Ginny Prior asked me to write about...

“A Knock at the Front Door” – by Georgia I. Hesse

“A Knock at the Front Door” – by Georgia I. Hesse
“A Knock at the Front Door” by Georgia I. Hesse In his lovely and nostalgic, yet crusty and clear-eyed look through San Francisco’s “front door” in Cool Gray City of Love, Gary Kamiya closes his chapter on the Ferry Building and the bay behind it this way: “If Eagle, who in Ohlone...

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