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 […]
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 […]
Even on an overcast day it’s a beautiful ride from San Francisco to the Monterey Bay coast then inland through Hecker Pass across the Santa Cruz Mountains. Recently, my husband and I did just that—heading to Capitola for breakfast and wine tasting then to the Rosewood CordeValle resort in San Martin (in the Santa Clara Valley). We […]
I currently live in the beautiful LBC (aka Long Beach, California). My husband and I met here 40 years ago while in college. When we weren’t working, he was in a rock band and I was a Polynesian dancer. We dated, married, and lived in all the great areas, from Belmont Heights and Belmont Shore […]
Philadelphia is a city of a several personalities. On the one hand, it is a purely urban destination. One the other, it is a colonial masterpiece and a cornerstone of American history. It is a unique combination of elegance and raw urbanity. Exploring Philly with my good friend Valerie, who grew up in a Philadelphia suburb, […]