Tag Archives: California

You’ll Never Want to Leave: Pantai Inn, La Jolla

For much of the northern hemisphere, January is winter and with it, the cold – often brutally cold – rain, snow, and ice. January is also the time when, no matter where you live, people make plans for the new year. Whether it’s finding enough motivation to stick to resolutions, making a commitment to new habits, […]

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January is California Restaurant Month

Capitol Building, Sacramento, California

One of my favorite parts of traveling is discovering new food, whether that’s local restaurants, street vendors, or local ingredients to take home to incorporate into my own cooking. Food loving travelers to California can enjoy a little incentive to flex their food muscle as the state celebrates the 6th annual California Restaurant Month. It’s […]

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Tuesday Deal Day: Holiday Getaway at Mandarin Oriental, San Francisco

Christmas at Mandarin Oriental San Francisco

The double Five-Star Mandarin Oriental, San Francisco invites guests to enjoy all that the City by the Bay has to offer this holiday season. From a festive family vacation to a romantic getaway, the hotel is pleased to offer travelers of all ages the ultimate holiday escape. Festive Family Fun Package From the renowned Ferry […]

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Postcard from Napa: National Cabernet Day

National Cabernet Day, grape vines in Napa

I know that there are all sorts of made up holidays, but National Cabernet Day is one I can get behind.  One of the world’s most popular grapes, it’s a cross between cabernet franc and sauvignon blanc grapes.  While the Bordeaux region of France is home to some of the best cabernet grapes in the […]

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Hello 2012: Bucket List Update

USTA Pow Wow closing party at San Francisco City Hall

Last year around this time I published my bucket list – a stream of conscious list of things I wanted to do, places to go, and things to see.  I knew it was pretty ambitious; it was meant to be.  Instead of having all these ideas rolling around in my head, I wanted to put […]

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Pez Museum Puts Candy on Display

I enjoy museums, and try to get to one on a fairly frequent basis.  Art, history, science, culture — it all has appeal to me.  The the thirst for knowledge, information, or just seeing and experiencing something new is always a good time for me. And then there are other kinds of museums.  The quirky […]

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Point Magu: A Tribute of January 31st, 2000

Five years ago – on January 31st, 2000, at about 4:46 pm Pacific Time, a tragedy occurred at Point Magu. Today I honor the memory of friends lost in the tragedy.  I hope those of you know me well enough to understand the significance of today will join me in a moment of silence this […]

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Fun in the Sun in Palm Springs

I’ve been spending some time in Palm Springs this month, researching lots of great things to do here. If you haven’t been here for awhile, well. . . you haven’t been here! There are lots of great hotels (old and new), restaurants, and bars. What was once a playground for the blue-haired, has evolved into […]

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A Monument to “Crazy Judah”

One morning I get up and I’m on the west coast, and when I go to bed that night I’m on the east coast.  And I think nothing of it.  So it’s easy to forget that at one time cross the country wasn’t quite so easy! The Theodore Judah Monument in Sacramento (Second & L […]

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Gondola Rides on Lake Merritt

While it may not be the Grand Canal in Venice, you can experience an authentic Venetian Gondola ride on Lake Merritt in Oakland, California. Operating year round, Gondola Servizio offers private tours (meaning you are not thrown together with strangers) on a reservation only basis.  Come as a couple for a romantic sunset rid, or […]

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You’ll Never Want to Leave: Pantai Inn, La Jolla

For much of the northern hemisphere, January is winter and with it, the cold – often brutally cold – rain, […]

Introducing the Travel Reading List Challenge

Today I’m excited to announce the first of a couple of new projects that I’m launching for 2018 – the […]

2017: A Year of Travel in Review

While 2016 was a big year for international travel, 2017 represented a year spent enjoying destinations and activities closer to […]

A Most Wonderful Time of the Year at Universal Orlando Resort

Holiday magic is a real thing. A feeling deep in your soul. A feeling that brightens your smile, lights up […]