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Mellow Mendocino – A favorite San Francisco getaway

Mellow Mendocino – A favorite San Francisco getaway

There are many reasons San Franciscans drive north along the rugged, dramatic coast to Mendocino. Some of us seek distance from our stressed lives; others room for romance, or quiet for renewal. I go with my dog and someone I love to chill out on a rocking chair perched over the Pacific Ocean. The road […]

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Bond Girls Bike America: Kansas Old-Timer

Bond Girls Bike America: Kansas Old-Timer

This is the first of a series of “Bond Girls Bike America” posts about biking across the US in the summer of 2010 with my daughter, JC.  June 29th, 2010 I stopped for a cold drink at a dusty, two-pump gas station at the intersection of two country roads in southeast Kansas. It was a sweltering Sunday […]

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Romantic Wine Country Getaway in Sonoma Valley

Romantic Wine Country Getaway in Sonoma Valley

From the moment I pulled into the discrete entrance to the Kenwood Inn and Spa, I felt like I’d returned to Tuscany.  I almost expected the friendly Concierge to welcome me with the familiar greeting — Ciao Bella. Yes, it really feels like Italy; from the honey-colored Mediterranean-style buildings to the fountains and flower-filled courtyard.  […]

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Tips for a Las Vegas Bachelorette Party or Girlfriend Getaways

Tips for a Las Vegas Bachelorette Party or Girlfriend Getaways

What better way to recharge your batteries than with a few of your closest girlfriends? Whether you are celebrating an engagement with a bachelorette party, or celebrating a divorce with a group of other “survivors.” Whether you’re looking for a weekend of peace, relaxation and some bonding therapy with the gals, or you want to live […]

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Ditch the diet and follow the foodies along Napa Valley’s Gourmet Mile”

Ditch the diet and follow the foodies along Napa Valley’s Gourmet Mile”

Now is not the time to start a diet: ditch your guilt and follow the foodies along Napa Valley’s Gourmet Mile! In the land of culinary riches that is Napa Valley, Yountville, a small town has big reputation for exceptional cuisine and extraordinary wine. Located in the heart of Napa, about an hour drive from San Francisco, […]

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Historic Hawaiian Hotels

Historic Hawaiian Hotels

  Mauna Kea Beach Hotel Mauna Kea Beach Hotel History with a twist of luxury is seductive.   When I think of famous, elegant hotels – the Ritz in Paris, the Plaza in New York and the Pera Palas in Istanbul – come to mind. When I think of  Hawaii two historic properties join the club […]

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Getaway to Carmel and Monterey Bay Aquarium

Getaway to Carmel and Monterey Bay Aquarium

        A shared obsession with with the ocean was the unlikely impetus for a family trip to Monterey Bay Aquarium. Our children are now adults, are 23 and 26 years old – and they are still obsessed with the aquarium. In fact, we all are passionate about the aquarium. Given all this, it […]

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Gutsy Traveler’s Best Walks in San Francisco

Gutsy Traveler’s Best Walks in San Francisco

San Francisco’s best walks are free.  As local residents, here are our suggestions. Golden Gate Bridge Walk The Golden Gate Bridge is the icon of San Francisco and is considered to be one of the most beautiful bridges in the world. Luckily, visitors have the opportunity to walk across the 1.7 miles span of this […]

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Five Easy Hikes in San Francisco

Five Easy Hikes in San Francisco

With over 40 hilltops (and 70 by some accounts), San Francisco is the second hilliest city in the world. While we residents are accustomed to our unusual topography, visitors can get weak in the knees just thinking about some of our epic ascents. As the founder of Urban Hiker SF, it’s my job and my pleasure […]

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Snag Off-Season Discounts at Luxury Resorts

Snag Off-Season Discounts at Luxury Resorts

From Cape Cod to Lake Tahoe, luxury properties at ski resorts and beaches offer deep discounts in their off season –  springtime.   Here are some springtime getaway ideas for travelers with wanderlust. Ritz Carlton (Lake Tahoe, California): Beginning May 6th, starting rates drop 40%, starting at $199 per night.  Special romance, golf or Spring Spa […]

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