Road Trip! Finally Visited the Bacara Resort and Spa ~ Ba-CAR-ah, not BOCK-a-Raw


The gal in the hot tub said that going to Bacara Resort and Spa was a local treat for Santa Barbarans. It was her birthday, a spa day with her girlfriend. If it were in my ‘hood, that would make sense to me! Goleta from Playa Vista is just about 100 miles.

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The Ecology Center in San Juan Capistrano Proves that Bees Hang Out in the OC


We devoured these beauties… farm fresh cucumbers, sliced ribbon-thin and tossed as a crispy salad, savored while dining under peach and apple trees, serenaded by giddy bees. This was a Chef’s Lunch in the garden at The Ecology Center in San Juan Capistrano.

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How to Not Be a Jerk On Valentine’s Day


You forgot.  Or worse… forgot to CARE.  Either way, that significant other is probably expecting something on Valentine’s Day.  Pull out the keyboard – you’re going to make a “gift certificate.”

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Dining Changes Afoot at La Jolla’s Special Place ~ La Valencia Hotel

Dorothy and the Filet Mignon

I’m really mad at Chef Daniel Barron. He runs the kitchens at the La Valencia Hotel in La Jolla, California. I’m mad because he won’t share.

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La Valencia Hotel: Beds, Baths and Way Beyond Awesome

La Valencia Hotel Two Nights Girlfriend Getaway

This Girlfriend Getaway road trip was southbound from our Westside digs to the tony San Diego enclave of La Jolla. In a nutshell, these mini-vacations are three “women of a certain age,” hell bent on a little “me time” away from family, with an extra dose of GIRLY. Destination: the breathtaking La Valencia Hotel.

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Ojai Valley Inn and Spa. As In, Aaaaaah

lavender collage ojai valley inn and spa

Faithful readers of this blog might be gobsmacked to learn of our stay at the Ojai Valley Inn and Spa.  I am renowned for frugality. And this is a 5- star destination with a decidedly pricey reputation. How our four-day visit came about was kismet; it allowed me the chance to tell YOU, dear readers, […]

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Santa Monica to Carmel ~ Foodie Road Trip!


Nine hours – home to destination. Drive, stop, eat, shop, sightsee, gas up again, go!  Print this post out. Tuck it in your “California road trip” file.  Good eats on the horizon.

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“Think Pink” ~ Where to Stay in Carmel By The Sea


The Hofsas House is a boutique family-owned inn in Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA, run by savvy proprietress Carrie, granddaughter of founder Donna. The inn is famously PINK, and a perfect destination for a girlfriend getaway.

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Why Girlfriend Getaways Are A Necessity


This is the first installment of a series inspired by a recent Girlfriend Getaway to Carmel-by-the-Sea with fellow food and travel bloggers, Dorothy of Shockingly Delicious and Erika of In Erika’s Kitchen.

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Visit LA’s Idea of Country ~ Ojai


Let’s say you’re hitting the wall. You need to be somewhere quiet. Somewhere to think, breathe, sleep. Maybe you need to be alone, a solo traveler. Or, the two of you crave de-stressing. If you’re located somewhere between Orange County and Santa Barbara, choose Ojai.

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Ziplines, Bridges, Rappels–What To Gift A Guy Who Has Pretty Much Everything


Fly, Larry, fly… up up in the sky!  This day was gonna be a blast…  I was taking Larry to fly through treetops on ziplines, rappel down the sides of pines and traverse canyons via suspension bridges. All just 90 miles from our home in Westwood, CA, it’s Navitat Canopy Adventures in Wrightwood.

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Armadillo Sighting in Beverly Hills


Angelinos (and frequent visitors)…  Does this armadillo look familiar? Surprise! It’s part of a Route 66 art installation on Santa Monica Blvd. between Century City and the 405 freeway. Technically NOT Beverly Hills, but a stone’s throw away.  Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles, California is Route 66.

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Historic Route 66 Trip ~ Days 7, 8, 9… OK, 10 & 11, too


It was Day 7 on our Historic Route 66 drive when we started to really hightail it. With a budget of 12 days, we were NOwhere near a half-way mark in terms of mileage. YIKES.

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