Christmas at Union Station

Tomorrow is Christmas and I’m ready for it. The presents are wrapped, the tree is trimmed and I’m filled with holiday spirit. At the beginning of the season I strove to embrace it and, with the help of my family and friends, I succeeded. Together we attended celebrations celebrations, had festive decorations and decorations and […]

A Vintage Christmas at the Banning and Homestead Museums

It’s no secret I love a good historic home and when that home is all decked out for Christmas it’s extra special. Two of my favorite local museums are The Banning Museum in Wilmington and the Workman and Temple Family Homestead Museum in the City of Industry and both recently held Christmas fairs. Of course, […]

Christmas at the Newland House

One of my favorite parts of Christmas is the decorations everywhere. No other holiday leads to such festive embellishments. From the grocery store to the bank to the mall you’ll find trees and santas and snowmen galore. I especially love the practice of decorating historic homes. They’re wonderful to visit year round but when they’re […]

Visiting Rubel Castle

In my explorations I’ve come across many unique and interesting places. There are some that I enjoy but don’t need to see again. There are others that I fall in love with and return to over and over. And then there are a select few that I’m so smitten with that they instantly become one […]

Visiting Mission San Juan Capistrano

There are certain places in Southern California that remain close to my heart and Mission San Juan Capistrano is one of them. My family has visited the mission for decades and I even have a picture of my dad, about 2 years old, in his father’s arms on a family excursion. When I was in […]

Touring the Los Angeles Times

The Los Angeles Times Building is an iconic structure in the heart of Downtown Los Angeles. Built in 1935 in the Art Deco style it’s one of the area’s most beautiful structures. It’s also a building in transition. As the newspaper industry continues to struggle it was recently sold to the development company Omini Group […]

Weekend Fun in Phoenix

full disclosure: I was invited to visit Phoenix and received complimentary lodging, meals and entertainment. All opinion is my own. As one who has a bad case of wanderlust there’s always a list of destinations I’m dying to visit and I must admit Phoenix wasn’t on it. This Arizona metropolis just a few hours to […]

Exploring Lompoc, CA

When I recently attended Wine & Fire it was my first visit to Lompoc. Long familiar with the Santa Ynez Valley I somehow had never wandered west to explorer the historic town just over the Santa Rita Hills. I aimed immediately to remedy that and any moment I had free from the festival I used […]

A Weekend in Claremont, CA

Disclosure: I was invited to visit Claremont and received complimentary lodging, meals and entertainment. All opinion is my own. Claremont has long been one of my favorite SoCal cities. I have family in the area and we sometimes meet in town for a meal. Yet, in all the years I’ve visited I’ve rarely stayed more […]

Visiting Bolton Hall

Sometimes the best places I visit are completely off the beaten path and the coolest historical spots are often tucked in the midst of neighborhoods. Like the Lummis House and Virginia Robinson Gardens and Lomita Railroad Museum. All hidden gems. Recently, I found yet another special spot, Bolton Hall. Bolton Hall is located in the […]