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Yosemite Falls is at full strength, and its the second week of March!
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California’s Drought has a Silver Lining for Visitors to Yosemite and Sequoia National Park

What’s wrong with this picture? It’s a perfect day in Yosemite Valley. The sun is blazing, the sky is a robin’s-egg blue, the waterfalls are gushing, trees are flowering, visitors are bicycling in short sleeves, frogs are croaking and the park’s famous bears are making their presence felt. So what’s […]

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Culinary Prowess on Point at Kettner Exchange Restaurant San Diego

San Diego’s Little Italy section has morphed into a culinary craft hotspot, with exciting new restaurants pushing food and beverage boundaries like never before. Among the array of notable establishments that have cropped up is the hip hotspot Kettner Exchange. This lively, impeccably-designed, multi-level restaurant (boasting Little Italy’s only rooftop […]

Epicure Events Aplenty at Bijou French Bistro La Jolla
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Epicure Events Aplenty at Bijou French Bistro La Jolla

“Bijou” is French for “jewel,” which is a fitting moniker for this enchanting eatery nestled in the heart of La Jolla, boasting a plum position on Prospect Street. While Bijou French Bistro is relatively new on the scene, celebrating its first anniversary in June 2015, Bijou’s roots extend much deeper […]

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What’s Old is New Again at the Napa River Inn

There’s nothing I love more than an immersive vacation experience—one that transports you to a time and place that connects you with the past in a palpable way while adhering to modern standards and expectations. This is what I encountered during my stay at the historic Napa River Inn in […]

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Amour Aboard the Napa Valley Wine Train

The Napa Valley Wine Train isn’t so much a mode of transportation but rather a time machine transporting passengers back to an era when the journey was as scintillating as the destination, itself. Particularly well-suited for couples seeking quality together time, this excursion offers an elegant sojourn through the heart […]

A  Table Rendezvous with Italy’s Chef Ottavio Bellesi on the Golden Princess 
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A  Table Rendezvous with Italy’s Chef Ottavio Bellesi on the Golden Princess 

Dining at a Chef’s Table should always be a titillating treat of tantalizing tastes. Traditionally, a Chef’s Table is located in the kitchen – where the guests can watch, and “ooh” and “ahh” as the Chef and his/her team work their culinary magic. That was not how it was at […]

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Interview with Chef Jaime Chavez, Sirena Latin Seafood Restaurant San Diego

Amid a renaissance underway in San Diego’s Little Italy neighborhood, one new restaurant—Sirena—promises to bring Latin flair to the fare served up in this burgeoning community. This South American inspired seafood restaurant, which opened up to the public in October of 2014, dishes up a creative, sustainable and fresh-forward menu […]

Take Amtrak for a Car Free Holiday in Santa Barbara
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Take Amtrak for a Car Free Holiday in Santa Barbara

We had not been on a train in years, so when invited to experience a weekend getaway on the rails that was “drive free,” we jumped at the opportunity. The adventure entailed making our way to the Diridon Train Station in San Jose, California, and boarding the southbound Amtrak Coast […]

Long Beach, California: The Renaissance is Complete
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Long Beach, California: The Renaissance is Complete

Recently we had an opportunity to experience Long Beach, California, in depth; the transformation of this city over the decades is nothing less than astonishing. What was an unremarkable middle class town has magically morphed into an exciting convention and vacation destination that rivals the best of what other Southern California […]

Spending Quality Time on Cannery Row in Monterey, California
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Spending Quality Time on Cannery Row in Monterey, California

Cannery Row on Monterey Bay is an easy two-hour drive south of San Francisco. Two good reasons to add Monterey to your northern California holiday are that it is a breathtakingly beautiful part of the Golden State, and it is far less commercial than San Francisco. It’s a great place to enjoy some […]