Adventure, Travel & Tours

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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Albuquerque Hot Air Balloon Fiesta – Do’s and Don’ts

It’s the world’s largest gathering of hot air balloons, and you literally stand amongst them all in a field, blowing up, flying into the sky (as well as ride ‘em) day after day after day.  The Albuquerque Hot Air Balloon Fiesta, October.

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Breaking Bad Tour – An Albuquerque Phenom

Larry followed the TV show Breaking Bad from start to finish.  I gave up after season 3.  It creeped me out.  But now, having taken the Breaking Bad Experience in Albuquerque, New Mexico, I’ll get through the last two seasons on DVD with a lot more interest.  Hey, I’ve seen the CAR WASH now!!  The […]

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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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Get Thyself to Umbria ~ Plan A Little, Not A Lot

Umbria is Italy’s heartland region.  Best to start with the book – Sustenance, by Elizabeth Wholey.  This little tome is the most useful tool you’ll find to wrap your head around this area of Italy’s farmers and food producers. Foodie Alert! Umbria is “the new Tuscany.”

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When Larry Cooked Like a Real Italian

Montone, Umbria, Italy — Our cooking class instructor assured us this was THE Umbrian recipe to master – a lemony olive oil cake. Chef Judith Klinger of Aroma Cucina put Larry to work in her killer Italian kitchen in Montone. Husband/partner Jeff Albucher was attentive dishwasher, bartender and M.C., regaling us in Umbrian history and […]

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The Bat Cave. Ride a Bike There. See Hollywood. It’s Pretty Darn Fun!

Larry and I are not athletes. We own bikes, and ride distances that safely allow us to get home without physical trauma. But we’ll give adventure a shot, especially when it’s a good value. That turned out to include renting bikes in Hollywood to tour from Grauman’s Chinese to the Hollywood Sign. This was our […]

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No Purse Necessary; Time For My Scottevest!

I’m not the backpack type. At my age, they look dumb. And they seriously tweak my back. For times that I want/need to carry a lot of stuff purse-free (like Paris), I’ve used my Scottevest trench coat. Yet what about hot, sweaty travel? Now I have THE RIGHT VEST.

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Ride the Metro Expo Line from Culver City to the LA Convention Center and Other Fun Spots

New Yorkers, don’t laugh. San Franciscans, no snickering. Atlantans, give us some pity. We Angelinos don’t know what to do with our Metro line.  Is it a subway? Is it a train? CORN-fusing to natives addicted to our cars.

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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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Gorilla Trekking in Rwanda. You Read That Right

That is a silverback gorilla chewing on a tree. But he isn’t the entire reason I have the look of fear on my face. It’s because I am holding on for dear life to not slip down the rain-soaked mountain,  basically how I felt all this day.  Because we DID fall a lot.  But that […]

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