As I found myself traveling a great deal for work throughout the summer and fall, I also found myself daydreaming of a vacation where I was not on the move and could simply be. Be with my boyfriend. Be on the beach. And be in a luxurious location within easy travel distance from the United […]
Living in Sausalito for many years only intensifies the anticipation of rounding the last curve on Bridgeway when, magically, the postcard view of the bay with Angel Island, Alcatraz, and the Bay Bridge comes into focus. An ever-changing panorama includes a variety of water craft: ferry boats, sail boats, James Bond-type yachts, a Darth Vader black […]
It was 90 degrees Fahreinheit when we stepped off the plane in Anchorage, Alaska, during summer 2015—blazing hot in a place we expected to be chilly. Not a good sign when it comes to global warming, but because of that warm sun the land portion of the Princess Cruises trip we took was an absolute delight.
Located in the heart of Southern California’s beach communities, Long Beach blends urban sophistication with a relaxed beach resort vibe. Interesting hotels, world-class attractions, front-line museums, a walkable downtown, award-winning restaurants, unique shopping, a cruise line port, and a thriving, multi-faceted arts and culture scene make this city by the sea a great place to live. […]
When I’m on the road and people ask where I’m from, I always say San Francisco, since that’s the recognizable and geographical draw. But our actual town is Burlingame, about a 15-minute drive from the city center, just beyond the fog line. The town is a quiet, tree-lined, gorgeous little community set just at the base […]
As we stepped off the boat on our way to the Big Cedar Hike, our guide warned us, “If we encounter a grizzly bear, don’t run. Just stand still and talk to it in a calm, soothing voice.” I found myself wondering how calmly our group would act if confronted by an enraged grizzly bear. […]
My time in Santa Fe was spent visiting historical landmarks, enjoying art, and eating incredible food. (The food alone makes New Mexico a vacation destination.) Because Santa Fe has so much for visitors to see and do I’ve broken the city up into categories to make it easier to read and learn about. I hope you […]
I lived in Avalon on Catalina Island for nearly 20 years. This Pacific paradise offers unique adventures, spectacular natural beauty, and the closest you can get to Mediterranean-style living without leaving Southern California. Living on the island requires flexibility and adaptability, but it also provides the blessings of small-town life and unspoiled natural wilderness.
My traveling feet have carried me to many locations both exotic and not so exotic over the last several decades, but somehow they never got me to New Orleans. The city had been on my bucket list for some time and, given that apartments in the Big Easy get elevated rents if they are declared […]
Total immersion Day of the Dead celebrations occur all over Mexico, but some places receive more press than others and the holiday comes with hotel and restaurant prices doubling and crowds morphing into raves. On my third trip to Malinalco, I came for the Day of the Dead celebration. I keep returning because it’s a […]