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Kindness on the Road Leads to a Cowboy Rodeo

Kindness on the Road Leads to a Cowboy Rodeo

After a week of biking across Kansas, my daughter and I were desperate for a friendly face and something more than cornfields or the pavement beneath our tires. There are times during a trip when one friendly person can change your attitude or make you smile for days. We met one of these journeymakers at […]

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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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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

Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas! Famous for the “Las Vegas Bachelorette Party” or more low-key girlfriend getaways, Las Vegas offers it all. Here are tips to make your planning go smoothly.     KISS. Keep it small and simple. You may want to invite all your girlfriends, but be realistic. You will have more fun if the guest […]

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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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