Catalina Island’s Two Harbors – a world away, close to home

You may be apprehensive to leave home and travel too far during these unsettling times. Catalina Island is the perfect place to dive into nature and distance yourself from others during the pandemic. Traveling to Catalina Island for a few days was the excitement we needed. It may feel like you are entering the Amalfi coast in Italy, but you are just 22 miles off … Continue reading Catalina Island’s Two Harbors – a world away, close to home

Escape LA to the mountain town of Idyllwild

My curiosity about Idyllwild was piqued when I saw a travel writer friend hike to the top of Mount Jacinto in a weekend jaunt from LA several years ago. Always intrigued by her snow-filled woodsy photos, this small mountain town just a few hours from LA came back on my radar during the pandemic. We would have been in Europe this summer but instead, we … Continue reading Escape LA to the mountain town of Idyllwild

For the Love of LA – Support Tourism with a Staycation

Los Angeles tourism debuts LA Love with a campaign calling on Angelenos to pledge to safely take a staycation when they are ready to help jumpstart the local economy. New data shows if every employed Angeleno stays 3 nights in an L.A. hotel, supports 3 restaurants, and visits 3 attractions, it would inject 1.4 billion back in the L.A. economy and create more than 20,000 … Continue reading For the Love of LA – Support Tourism with a Staycation

Hollywood Road Trip: Drive-In Movies Make a Comeback

Due to the pandemic, people are antsy to find ways to get out of the house. One interesting development this summer is the drive-in movie theater. In Los Angeles, numerous drive-in experiences have popped up all over – from the Pasadena Rose Bowl to a Thai restaurant. Though drive-ins arrived in America in the 1910s, the first patented drive-in was opened on June 6, 1933, … Continue reading Hollywood Road Trip: Drive-In Movies Make a Comeback

Greater Palm Springs Drinks and Dining – What is open and where you can dream to go soon

By the time we all get out of Covid-19 lockdown and can move free of fear, it may feel like the Roaring 20s all over again. You might want to hug a stranger, dance in the streets, or scream for freedom. Get to know Greater Palm Springs by sipping your way around the destination’s 9 distinct cities. Many establishments offer outdoor seatings, patios, gardens, rooftops, … Continue reading Greater Palm Springs Drinks and Dining – What is open and where you can dream to go soon

Kiki on the River – memorable Mediterranean in Miami

Since our Miami food article on Lonely Planet was put on hold by the pandemic, we wanted to share a restaurant we will never forget – Kiki on the River. Due to its open-air location on the river and dramatic glowing setting at night, Kiki on the River in Miami makes you feel like you’ve been transported to Greece or the Mediterranean. While you might … Continue reading Kiki on the River – memorable Mediterranean in Miami

7 Best Parks in LA for Socially Distant Gatherings

Is there anything better than summertime in California? However, in the era of the novel coronavirus, many regional attractions remain closed, while others reopen with new restrictions. Have you caught cabin fever yet? Guess what? You don’t need any money or roller coasters to enjoy fun in the sun, California-style. LA boasts a wide array of parks, and you can find plenty of space to … Continue reading 7 Best Parks in LA for Socially Distant Gatherings

Dine around the world – Q&A with Nick Liberato from Restaurants on the Edge

If you haven’t watched both seasons of Restaurants on the Edge on Netflix, that what are you waiting for? Travel around the world from your own home and dream about where you want to jet post-pandemic. We can tell you Slovenia and Malta are now high on our list. Filled with travel, food, and design inspiration, the team (consisting of Chef Dennis the Prescott, Interior … Continue reading Dine around the world – Q&A with Nick Liberato from Restaurants on the Edge

Buellton – wine tasting Sideways-style during a pandemic

We would have been on a wine tasting trip in Buellton a month ago. In honor of missing yet another trip due to the pandemic, today I reminisce about a beautiful dinner atop H Club in Hollywood last year with Visit Buellton and the winemaker Frank Ostini of the Hitching Post. Today I look back – at this dinner sipping on saucy Hitching Post reds … Continue reading Buellton – wine tasting Sideways-style during a pandemic

The Vault Garden is now open in San Francisco

The Vault Garden is now open. They have researched and developed a socially safe environment for you to enjoy creative cocktails and delicious food in a heated, outdoor full-service garden.  From Hotel Triton, it is an easy walk to the Financial District for dinner at The Vault at 555 California Street, a grown-up suit-wearing restaurant built into an old bank vault. In the basement of the … Continue reading The Vault Garden is now open in San Francisco