Dog sledding in Oregon – yaps, farts, and faith

A quick flight from LA and you can arrive to the wilderness of Central Oregon, a wilderness you may remember from the pioneer computer game of our youth, Oregon Trail. Just a short drive from the 3,300-acre snow-shrouded Sunriver Resort in Bend, Oregon is the Three Sisters Wilderness near Mt. Bachelor. In winter, this is where 30 Alaskan Huskies greeted us, chained equidistant to the … Continue reading Dog sledding in Oregon – yaps, farts, and faith

Sanity in the Time of Coronavirus

Well, we’re a few weeks in and you’re probably beginning to feel like Jack Torrance well into his “novel” at the Overlook Hotel (and if you’ve never seen “The Shining,” you truly have no excuses now). But ol’ Jack might not have gone so stir crazy if he’d just taken a few quarantining tips from yours truly.  The first thing to remember is that we’re … Continue reading Sanity in the Time of Coronavirus

Todos Santos, Mexico – Baja Pitstops Along the Way

There is no better time to lay out your wish list of travel destinations than now, locked down at home for weeks. This COVID-19 house arrest is the time to reflect on your travel goals and contemplate the best time to go to the destination of your dreams – when it is safe to travel again. Mexico is a place we visited six times in … Continue reading Todos Santos, Mexico – Baja Pitstops Along the Way

Mamajuana – the Dominican Republic cure-all

The consumption of alcohol for social, ritual, medicinal, and religious purposes appears to be widely spread through history and societies. In centuries past, alcohol used to be prescribed by doctors as a cure-all, mostly based on no scientific proof. Instead of anesthesia, alcohol was commonly used to knock patients out or to lessen the pain before say, an amputation. Doctors experimented with treatments that today … Continue reading Mamajuana – the Dominican Republic cure-all

Commerce Casino: The World’s Largest Card Room and Site of the LA Poker Classic

Located in the Los Angeles suburb of Commerce, the Commerce Casino complex and Crown Plaza Hotel is a historic site that’s home to the largest card room in the world. The famous card room has hosted many international tournaments and is one of the country’s most prestigious places to play. Along with the card room, the casino also has many other features that make it … Continue reading Commerce Casino: The World’s Largest Card Room and Site of the LA Poker Classic

Carmel, from the coast to the valley

Sometimes it takes an escape from city life to rejuvenate your spirit. Carmel – also known as Carmel-by-the-Sea – is one of those idyllic California seaside towns that can make you feel worlds away from urban chaos. The air here on the Monterey Peninsula feels more oxygenated and easier to breathe, the stars shine brighter, and the ability to sense things in nature is so … Continue reading Carmel, from the coast to the valley

A Paso Robles Weekender Primer

The cliché is that it’s what Napa used to be. But Paso Robles doesn’t seem to care for the comparisons with the long-established wine country to the north. Oh, they’re happy to provide fruit for those big “Napa Valley” Zins and Cabs, but appear happy to carve out their own distinct niche in the wine world. Less than four hours north on the 101 in … Continue reading A Paso Robles Weekender Primer

Travel like a baller at The Private Suite at LAX

Modern luxury is privacy, convenience, and ease. All abound at The Private Suite at LAX.  Here’s why this suite is the ultimate airport experience: Why The Private Suite at LAX is the Ultimate Airport Experience Inbound Imagine your plane landing and instead of dealing with security lines and airport hassle, you are whisked right off the tarmac by a private BMW 7 series sedan. The … Continue reading Travel like a baller at The Private Suite at LAX

The Christmas Market in Cambria

It’s not L.A. — not the climate, not the urban sprawl, not the wealth disparity, not even the jerks — that makes celebrating Christmas here such a challenge. OK, maybe those factor in. But primarily, I find it’s difficult for many of us to get into the spirit of the season simply because we live here. The city is, for us, business as usual. And … Continue reading The Christmas Market in Cambria

Two luxury stays in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico to heat up the romance in 2020

Mexico makes an easy jaunt from Los Angeles with most flights just a few hours. Puerto Vallarta, situated on Mexico’s Pacific coast on the Bay of Banderas, is a Mexican town located on the second-largest bay in North America. This setting attracted tourists in the 1960s when the area became the love nest of Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor in the film The Night of the Iguana. … Continue reading Two luxury stays in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico to heat up the romance in 2020