A Day in Yosemite

When planning our Gold Country road trip last fall my family had decided to skip Yosemite. Thought I was the only one who had previously visited it didn’t quite fit into our travel route but as they say “the best laid plans of mice and men often go awry” and a few hours after departing […]

A Wet and Windy Day in San Francisco

When I travel I try to make the most of my time in a new place and cram my days with activities. My reasoning is that there are so many places in the world to see that I don’t have time to make a return visit. So, I try to see as much as I […]

Exploring Lake Tahoe and the Eastern Sierras

Last week I wrote all about my family’s adventures through California Gold Country, the region of the state lying just west of the Sierra Nevada’s. We discovered a beautiful area rich in history but were also eager to discover the Eastern side of the mountain range. Luckily, we did just that as we made our […]

Exploring California’s Gold Country

As much as I love Southern California I’m eager to explore as much of the state as I possibly can. This past Fall my family and I decided to tackle its Eastern portion and explored both sides of the Sierras. One of the areas we were most eager to visit was Gold Country and, let […]

Attending the Lone Pine Film Festival

If there’s one thing I’ve learned after attending three consecutive TCM Film Fests is the fact that I do enjoy a good film festival! To spend the weekend with like-minded folks and indulge in film appreciation is my idea of fun. Since the TCM one only happens once a year I did a little research […]

Visiting Chiriaco Summit and the General Patton Memorial Museum

One of my favorite parts of a road trip is discovering interesting spots along the way. The destination really is in the journey! On the road from Phoenix to SoCal there’s not a whole lot to see aside from Joshua Trees and Saguaro Cacti but there is one spot in the middle of the desert […]

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 […]

The Kinney Hotel Opens in Venice Beach

Venice is fast becoming THE place to be in LA. With tech giants moving in and a wide variety of hip dining spots and fashionable stores it’s one of the coolest corners of SoCal. I now I find myself there quite frequently and sometimes think it would be awfully nice if I could just stay […]

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 […]

Attending Wine & Fire in Lompoc

One of my absolute favorite spots in California is the Santa Ynez Valley. With rolling hills, fields of agriculture and quaint towns it’s the perfect place to spend the weekend. Nestled in the adjoining Santa Rita Hills is the town of Lompoc. Even thought it’s a mere 20 minute drive to Solvang, Los Alamos and […]