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Visit Hofsas House Hotel in Carmel by the Sea and Take Your Mind Off Global Warming

It’s been hot, baby. One town on our road trip from LA clocked 113 degrees. What was the temp when friend, Sue and I rolled into Carmel by the Sea and the Hofsas House Hotel on a recent July afternoon? A remarkable 68 degrees.

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Wanna Whale Watch? Be Dramamine-Wise and You Ought to Be Fine

This is a POSITIVE review of whale watching with Discovery, in Monterey, CA… but you might not get that at first glance because I’m going to warn you… You NEED Dramamine.

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One-Tank Trips from Los Angeles ~ Staycations: Whacky to Whoa Cool

Kids or no kids, couples or solos, siblings or pals… every Angelino could use fresh ideas for short trips. Don’t overlook staycations! Pile on a bunch of these experiences in the coming warm weather months.

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Skyspace Slide in LA ~ Anticipation is MUCH Scarier Than The Experience

If something comes with a ticket, Larry wants to do it. So, he booked the Skyspace Slide in downtown LA, PRONTO. Nothing like being a “first.” I’m not afraid of heights, nor of flying through the sky, having bungee jumped, hot air ballooned, helicoptered, parasailed, slid down a glacier on my butt, flown tiny planes […]

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Road Trip! Fresh Cherry Picking in Leona Valley, California is Closer To LA Than You Think

Here is a city-slicker adventure in Southern California: drive to a mouthwatering cherry farm in Leona Valley, called Villa del Sol, and pick cherries! This has been on my bucket list (cuz you use a bucket!).Time to set the alarm clock, slather on sunscreen and pick us some fresh cherries.

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I’m No Cowgirl, But THIS Ranch Suits Me Fine ~ Road Trip to Holman Ranch, Carmel Valley

Picking up our hotel keys at a wine tasting room was an intriguing first glimpse into the Holman style. Recently invited to visit the Holman Ranch in Carmel Valley, California, to give it a blogger’s review, I had zero expectations beyond the fact that I like wine and I like to travel. And while I’m […]

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Under the Paso Robles Sun… is Tuscany! Road Trip to Allegretto Vineyard Resort

We rolled into the experience from LA on a four-day road trip. The Allegretto Vineyard Resort quite literally makes you forget you’re in Paso Robles, California —  this Italian villa style resort is more than a nice surprise, it’s remarkable.

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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

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

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

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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