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“Putting on the Ritz” to Celebrate a Best Friend’s Remission from Breast Cancer

“Putting on the Ritz” to Celebrate a Best Friend’s Remission from Breast Cancer

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Why I Rappelled 23 Stories Down the Hyatt Regency for Outward Bound

Why I Rappelled 23 Stories Down the Hyatt Regency for Outward Bound

My friends all thought I was crazy. “Climbers fall you know. Splat — on the pavement. That could be you,” I was warned. After all, I’m not a so young any more and  I had never rappelled off a skyscraper. Nor had I ever done a “free” rappel — you have no contact with the […]

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Visit the Star-studded Sunnylands in Palm Springs

Visit the Star-studded Sunnylands in Palm Springs

Truth be told I didn’t expect to be so spellbound by Sunnylands.  The name put me off. I rather expected a Hollywood set. The 200-acre historic estate, located in Rancho Mirage, CA near Palm Springs, is quite the opposite; filled with priceless art, gorgeous gardens, and renowned architecture where, for more than forty years, celebrities […]

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My Favorite Walks in San Francisco

My Favorite Walks in San Francisco

Despite its reputation for dizzying hills, San Francisco is a town for walking. Every weekend for seven years when I lived in San Francisco, I laced up my comfiest walking shoes and headed for varied neighborhoods and parks. Try a few of these walks and you too will be struck by the juxtaposition of urbanity and […]

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The 10 Cities with the Most Pride

The 10 Cities with the Most Pride

From Miami to Honolulu and every town in between, people are generally very proud of the place they are from. But what makes the citizens of a certain city passionate about it? For one, it has to have character; something that is unique to that city that one won’t find anywhere else. Second, the positive […]

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Scout Out Lake Tahoe: Winter Fun for You and Your Dog

Scout Out Lake Tahoe: Winter Fun for You and Your Dog

Waggin’ Winter With snow finally flowing in Lake Tahoe, snow sport enthusiasts flock to the mountains to catch up on some much needed skiing. Though some dogs prefer lounging by the fire to romping in the snow, a weekend getaway to Lake Tahoe, whether you prefer North Lake or South Lake, is the perfect opportunity […]

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For Wine Adventurers: Tasting Classes in Napa

For Wine Adventurers: Tasting Classes in Napa

It’s the weekend! So what did we do for fun last Sunday? We’re food and wine lovers so the answer was simple. Napa Valley is only an hour from our home, so turned up the tunes in the car and drove north for a leisurely lunch and a brain-teasing, palate-pleasing  wine class at the Culinary […]

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Fall Foliage Drives for Birders and Wildlife Viewing

Fall Foliage Drives for Birders and Wildlife Viewing

From Florida to Michigan, Calif. and Beyond. Visit Our National Wildlife Refuges To really explore an area and see birds and animals, you’ll want to get out of your car. But sometimes time is short, or you want to get the lay of the land before you set out on foot. No problem.  Here’s a […]

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Food and Wine Festivals in Napa, Somona and Beyond: Why You Need a Wine Bra!

Food and Wine Festivals in Napa, Somona and Beyond: Why You Need a Wine Bra!

Meet a celebrity chef like Charlie Palmer, sip wine and eat well at the Bacchus-inspired festivals all over the country. How do you find them? C heck the “Events Calendar” in area websites for the latest offerings. For Northern California wine areas try these sites: Healdsburg, Sonoma County, Napa. Survival Tips for Wine Trips Eat […]

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Soak, Sip, Sleep: Southern California’s Most Romantic Ocean View Resorts

Soak, Sip, Sleep: Southern California’s Most Romantic Ocean View Resorts

The Lodge at Torres Pines, La Jolla and Bacara Resort and Spa, Santa Barbara Balanced on the coastal clips overlooking the Pacific Ocean, above the community of La Jolla, the Lodge has been drawing avid golfers and lovers to its sunny climate and majestic scenery for decades. The elegant wood lodge is designed in the tradition […]

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