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California / Chronological / Destinations / United States

Catalina Island’s Hamilton Cove Offers Creature Comforts and Commanding Views

As a revered Southern California getaway destination for couples, friends and families alike, Catalina Island offers that perfect vacation combination of natural beauty, fun activities, divine dining and accommodation options, complete with amenities. Located just 22 miles off the coast of Los Angeles, a quick boat ride—only 90 minutes via […]

A good place to start if it is your first visit to the area is the Park Visitor Center located on the outskirts of Borrego Springs.
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There is Room to Explore in Anza Borrego State Park

In Southern California the deserts become winter resorts and playgrounds. The calendar told us it was time to enjoy, once again, the lonely byways of Anza Borrega Desert State Park. This is the second largest state park in the U.S. and offers countless places to enjoy its vast, lonely, but […]

Cruising with an Inspiration Named Julia
California / Central & South America / Cruises / Florida

Cruising with an Inspiration Named Julia

On a recent Panama Canal cruise on the Holland America ms Amsterdam, we met a most extraordinary passenger with a remarkable past. Her name is Julia.  We do not usually write about fellow travelers, but Julia is exceptional for several reasons that stirred our interest and imagination. Julia’s most noteworthy […]

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Lakers Basketball and Four-Legged Friends at Luxe City Center Hotel

For those seeking a luxurious and accommodating hotel in the heart Los Angeles’ downtown sports, entertainment and business district, look no further than Luxe City Center Hotel. Mere steps away from a killer sports, showbiz and social scene, this unique boutique hotel is directly adjacent to the famed STAPLES Center, […]

San Diego's classic  landmark revitalized
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San Diego’s Historic Police Headquarters Opening with a New Venue

San Diego’s latest addition to the restaurant scene is a well-orchestrated confluence of top eateries in a historical landmark with bygone days beaming from each corner. My interest was piqued when I knew first hand where this was about to happen. The former San Diego Police Department headquarters, designed in […]

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RA Sushi San Diego Still Rockin’ 10 Years Later

December 2013 marks the 10-year anniversary of RA Sushi—a staple in San Diego’s famed Gaslamp District that’s known for its stylish spin on sushi and cool lounge-like atmosphere that draws patrons in droves.  Nearly every night of the week throughout its decade-long lifespan, this uber-stylish, music-filled hotspot packs in pleasure-seeking […]

A stunning Carmel sunset
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Modern-Day Bohemia: Quaint, Quirky Carmel-by-the-Sea

Carmel-by-the-Sea is a modern day Bohemia with an eclectic, loose-knit vibe, sans the bespectacled trendy hipsters donned in fedoras and skinny jeans. It’s a small town built on the creative genius of artists, poets and writers, muses inspired by the iconic beauty of the Monterey Peninsula and the year-round mild […]

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Pacific Rim Panache at Roy’s Restaurant La Jolla

A long-time favorite eatery in San Diego’s inland La Jolla UTC neighborhood is Roy Yamaguchi’s Pacific Rim Cuisine—one of 31 Roy’s restaurant locations world-wide that famously combine European technique with Asian flavors and Hawaiian “aloha” hospitality for a unique fine dining experience. As Roy’s has cultivated a hefty fan base […]

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California / Chefs of Distinction / Food / Wine Masters of Distinction / Wines & Spirits

San Diego Bay Wine & Food Festival Grand Tasting a Grand Slam

To commemorate its tenth anniversary, this year’s San Diego Bay Wine and Food Festival pulled out all the stops to create a memorable week-long event that that was the largest and tastiest yet. This venerable annual event has come of age, solidifying itself as one of the most highly anticipated […]

Celebrate the Holidays at the Elegant San Francisco Hyatt Regency
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Celebrate the Holidays at the Elegant San Francisco Hyatt Regency

San Francisco is always a great place to spend any holiday. Among the city’s legendary hotels, the Hyatt Regency stands out for spirited yuletide activities. Here’s a little history and some good reasons to plan a stay at this famous hotel during this merriest of seasons. The hotel is just […]