Relive California’s past with 5 reimagined hotels

The pandemic spurred an even greater love for far-flung destinations away from city life. These areas breathe air/life back into your soul and quite frankly, they may not have been on your radar until the pandemic. The great California Road Trip is having a bit of a renaissance and the Golden State features hundreds of unique escapes. We went on the road and off the … Continue reading Relive California’s past with 5 reimagined hotels

Find Your Summertime Oasis

The recent heat wave in the usually mild month of April portends sweltering weather come late summer. It got me thinking about a contingency plan should the mercury reach the triple digits. An evacuation drill was in order. The safety bunker would need to be someplace reachable within a couple of hours’ drive lest we risk some kind of vehicular breakdown under the scorching sun, … Continue reading Find Your Summertime Oasis

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

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

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 

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

Returning to Travel: San Luis Obispo

What a long, strange trip these last 15 months have been. At last, California is reopening and now it’s time for much more normal, pleasant trips. The stay-at-home orders have been replaced by leave-your-home orders… OK, not so much orders as recommendations. And perhaps the ideal place to begin your post-Covid adventures is beautiful San Luis Obispo. The Central Coast was hit hard by the … Continue reading Returning to Travel: San Luis Obispo

Moongazing in Joshua Tree in the back of a Chevy Silverado

The pandemic may have reduced our regular air travel, but it hasn’t slowed down our love for outdoor adventures and road trips in California. To our surprise, the pandemic pushed us to buy our first home and our travel budget unexpectedly switched to furniture and home improvements in Palm Springs, but that still didn’t stop our need for local travel exploration.  Little did we know … Continue reading Moongazing in Joshua Tree in the back of a Chevy Silverado

New Experiences along the California Central Coast

The pandemic has people itching for new experiences after being cooped up at home. The American road trip has fueled peoples’ spirits in 2020 as a safer alternative for adventure.  Get reacquainted with California’s grandeur by leaving the big cities for California’s Central Coast. Just halfway between Los Angeles and San Francisco, the peace and calm of wide-open spaces, uncrowded white sand beaches, outdoor adventure, … Continue reading New Experiences along the California Central Coast

I Survived 2020: A Science-Believer’s Guide to a COVID-Free Getaway

I’ll admit it, I was hesitant to venture into the not-my-neighborhood and, daringly, stay multiple nights in not-my-house. I still am and probably will be for months — maybe year (ask me after Nov. 3, or hopefully soon thereafter) — but I do feel much better about the possibility of vacation travel in these unprecedented times.  So, ground rules: Everything below is dog-friendly, kid-friendly and … Continue reading I Survived 2020: A Science-Believer’s Guide to a COVID-Free Getaway