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 The stay-at-home orders have been replaced by leave-your-home orders… OK, not so much orders as recommendations.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

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

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

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