Don’t miss Mariposa, the Gold Rush Gateway to Yosemite

This article was first published on Parks & Points in December 2021. Read the full article on Parks & Points. This article was also published in three San Francisco Bay area newspapers – the East Bay Times, the San Jose Mercury News, and Marin Independent Journal. Yosemite National Park is the size of Rhode Island and pre-pandemic almost 5 million people flocked annually until measures … Continue reading Don’t miss Mariposa, the Gold Rush Gateway to Yosemite

Get to know Miami through food

Arriving in Miami, Florida is almost like landing in a new country. With over 80 languages spoken throughout this cultural hub, English may not be the first language heard.  Located in southeast Florida, Miami offers some of the best food in the USA due to the Latin-Caribbean culture and its location on the Atlantic Ocean. Wander Little Havana and the blossoming Arts District Wynwood. Dine in … Continue reading Get to know Miami through food

SoCal Staycation at Westin Carlsbad Resort and Spa

Get to know Carlsbad  That signature yummy white tea scent that Westin pumps in all their hotels greeted and energized us upon arrival to the soaring Christmas tree lobby. The clean and refreshing fragrance with notes of cedar and vanilla even permeated our face masks. After passing the expansive outdoor pool and jacuzzi, we had checked in at the perfect time because soon after, the … Continue reading SoCal Staycation at Westin Carlsbad Resort and Spa

Feel renewed in Los Cabos at Pueblo Bonito Pacifica Golf and Spa Resort 

Not every Cabo resort is made the same (and we have stayed at many). What sets Pueblo Bonito Pacifica Golf and Spa Resort apart is its intimate location – an ideal spot for a romantic getaway or a close group of friends. Set at the tip of Mexico’s Baja Peninsula and about a 40-minute drive from the airport, the setting is an enchanting oasis of … Continue reading Feel renewed in Los Cabos at Pueblo Bonito Pacifica Golf and Spa Resort 

Kick off the New Year at Westin Wellness Weekend in Rancho Mirage

Rest, rejuvenate, and resurface this 2022. The Westin Mission Hills located in Rancho Mirage is hosting its very first Westin Wellness Weekend and Expo on January 7-9, 2022. Do YOU! Start the new year with international fitness educator Doris Thews and Yvonne Kohsel, a health strategist and Director of Spa & Wellness at the Westin. They will be hosting a weekend full of wellness talks, … Continue reading Kick off the New Year at Westin Wellness Weekend in Rancho Mirage

16 Quirky Attractions in Southern California

Source: Pexels  Fancy doing something fun, strange or downright quirky in Southern California? Here are 16 unique attractions. Belmont Park Source: Belmont Park  Just off Mission Beach, is San Diego’s only beachfront family amusement park. Thrill on the historic Giant Dipper Roller Coaster, The Overdrive Bumper Cars, and the Vertical Plunge. Entry and parking are both free – just pay as you ride! Harper’s Topiary … Continue reading 16 Quirky Attractions in Southern California

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