Top Reasons to Stay at the new Le Meridien Pasadena Arcadia Hotel

Le Méridien Pasadena Arcadia is a new property under the Marriott brand with a stylish midcentury modern design aesthetic bringing Le Méridien’s distinctive European heritage to the Southern California destination. The hotel boats 234 newly remodeled rooms and 14,000 square feet of event space.   This winter season, the hotel toasts to the festive season with a special winter package. Guests will receive breakfast for two … Continue reading Top Reasons to Stay at the new Le Meridien Pasadena Arcadia Hotel

Returning to Washington, DC

Returning to the nation’s Capital after 15 years was like retracing the footsteps of my youth. After graduate school in Connecticut, I moved to the Washington, DC area where I spent ten years growing up and learning how to navigate the world and survive a city. Recently, my 25-year reunion had been canceled at Gettysburg College, but some of us decided to still return to … Continue reading Returning to Washington, DC

Palm Springs Modernism is nonstop design inspiration

Indigenous people once came to Palm Springs as a refuge, long before the stars of Hollywood flocked to the sun-drenched destination for movie making, pool parties, and boozy nights. Just like the pandemic of 2020, people historically left the confines of big city living for wide-open spaces where many, whose lives had been disrupted by war, found themselves on permanent vacation. Bungalows and smaller-sized secondary … Continue reading Palm Springs Modernism is nonstop design inspiration

Carlsbad, easy Southern California living 

A little more than an hour’s drive from Malibu midday (or perhaps a short Metrolink ride for you), we found ourselves in Carlsbad for a winter weekend. The small southern California town in North San Diego County is 87 miles south of LA on the water. With no expectations of what the area might be like, we never imagined to repeatedly ask, “Why doesn’t Malibu … Continue reading Carlsbad, easy Southern California living 

5 Best Fall Walking Trails Near LA

As temperatures cool and the leaves start to change color, you may experience a growing yearning to get outside. Thankfully, there are abundant options to enjoy the fall weather in and around LA. View the list below to find the perfect spot to spend your next weekend outdoors enjoying the change of season. Berlin Forest Trail, Griffith Park If you’d like a walk but don’t … Continue reading 5 Best Fall Walking Trails Near LA

Weekender a L’Orange

Orange County is in the national spotlight this week following a catastrophic oil spill off the coast of Huntington Beach. The devastation will last years. Authorities are cautioning the public to stay away from the affected areas. Fortunately, Orange County has so much to offer that you’ll be able to entertain yourself thoroughly as those beaches and wildlands recover.  Disneyland is the obvious centerpiece of … Continue reading Weekender a L’Orange

Channel Islands, like nowhere else on earth

The Channel Islands have piqued my interest for over a decade as I look at Catalina Island (one of the 8 Channel Islands) from our Malibu pad. During the pandemic we discovered the lesser known idyllic Two Harbors on Catalina where a stay at rustic Banning House Lodge made me long for my tranquil New England homeland. But these other unfamiliar islands we yearned to … Continue reading Channel Islands, like nowhere else on earth

Get to know Torrance, California

Sandwiched between Redondo Beach and Palos Verdes, many people don’t realize that Torrance, California has an incredible food and craft beer scene. One of the largest Japanese populations outside of Hawaii in America exists here too influencing the cuisine in major ways. Just 10 miles from LAX and 17 miles north of Long Beach Airport, Torrance is the place to enjoy your hops in your flip flops! … Continue reading Get to know Torrance, California

The Beauty of Cinema returned at Palm Springs International Shortfest 2021

It felt amazing to be back in the theater for the first time in almost 2 years. With record temperatures blazing in the desert, an air-conditioned cinema made for a fantastic way to cool off over extremely thoughtful content with other movie goers at the International Palm Springs Shortfest 2021.  The Palm Springs International Film Society marked another exciting milestone as its annual Palm Springs … Continue reading The Beauty of Cinema returned at Palm Springs International Shortfest 2021