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The Napa Valley is one of California’s greatest treasures – an epicurean epicenter where some of the finest wines, the best restaurants and the most luxurious accommodations can be found. The Napa Valley’s proximity to the Bay Area makes it an easy escape for a relaxing and revitalizing getaway. The fall season is an ideal […]
Written & Photographed by Lisa Whalen Though Colombia was not at the top of my incredibly long list of places to visit, an invitation to the wedding of close friends presented a wonderful opportunity for my husband and me to discover this exciting and beautiful country. Because Colombia was not a destination I had previously planned on visiting, […]
10 TIPS TO HELP US STOP STRESSING THE EMPATHY OUT OF OUR KIDS Want Your Kids to Care? Stop Stressing Them Out and Let Them Play This Summer! By Michele Borba America’s kids are more self-absorbed than ever. If their constant gaze into the selfie camera isn’t proof […]
La Forêt is destined to be your new old favorite MANY OF US WHO GREW UP IN THE AREA WILL RECALL DINING AT LA FORÊT AT ONE TIME OR ANOTHER. It has been the go-to fine dining restaurant for many a special occasion for over 35 years – birthdays, anniversaries, graduations – if there was […]
By Alex Salcedo Cook up an easy Mexican feast! These simple recipes are perfect for a quick weeknight meal. Jeff’s Fresh Lime & Orange Margaritas This recipe takes some extra work but you may never want to use a pre-made mix again. The zest of the limes and orange adds incredible depth to the margarita. […]
With summer travel traffic dwindling and the summer tourist season coming to a close, now is the time to escape to nearby destinations that were far too crowded during the peak summer season for us to truly enjoy. With its proximity to the Bay Area and relaxed beach town vibe, Santa Cruz is a quick […]
An easy family getaway San Diego has to be one of the best places anywhere to visit with kids. There’s so much to see and do and, with almost always perfect weather, you can be out and about every day enjoying the beautiful beaches and the endless array of family-friendly amusements in the area. Only […]
It is dark when we finally arrive in Bora Bora. We spent the previous night in the sky, flying from LAX to Papeete, and then the entire morning and afternoon shaking off the jet lag on one of Archipels Croisières’ luxurious catamarans, sailing and snorkeling in the lagoon off the island of Raiatea, just a short commuter flight from the airport in Tahiti. Not a bad way to jump start our trip to French Polynesia.
Once on the catamaran, we are refreshed with ice-cold Tahitian beer and a delicious lunch of exotic fruits and freshly prepared Poisson Cru, French Polynesia’s national dish, a tasty concoction of fresh raw tuna, marinated in citrus juice and coconut milk and tossed with diced vegetables—usually cucumber tossed with a variation of scallions, peppers and tomatoes, depending on the chef. Lunch is followed by a leisurely nap, a welcome reprieve from a long night and day of traveling. We are awestruck by the luminous turquoise water and the views of the surrounding atoll—it would be a shame to miss a second of the breathtaking view—but sated from the delicious meal and lulled by the gentle waves, an hour nap on the boat’s bow is irresistible. We awake for another quick snorkel with the sting rays and then a tour of a small vanilla farm on nearby Taha’a where we buy jumbo-sized vanilla pods to take home, visions of homemade vanilla vodka brewing in our heads.
The Hotel Escape to the earthy splendor and inspiring mountain surroundings of The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe. Rising majestically on Northstar Mountain, this year-round destination is the ideal place to experience the beauty of the California wilderness in a true mountain resort setting, enhanced by the premier accommodations and the world-renowned personal service of The Ritz-Carlton. […]
A Thanksgiving menu inspired by the growing fascination with the local food movement in America’s heartland. Recipes by Beth Dooley author of IN WINTER’S KITCHEN: Growing Roots and Breaking Bread in the Northern Heartland TURKEY Early European settlers chose turkey for Thanksgiving for reasons that still make sense today. These birds are big enough to […]
Schools’ out and the kids are getting bored and restless. Or worse, they’re wasting the glorious summer days playing video games or staring at their phones. Turn off the devices and pack your bags—it’s time to hit the road and explore the great outdoors! Whether it’s for the day or for the week, you don’t […]
Driving up the scenic road on Mount Hamilton, I am wondering where the journey on this curvy, two-lane road will end. But then, like an oasis in the desert, the wide-open gates of Grandview Farms appear ahead, and we turn off and enter a bucolic utopia high above the bustling gridlock of the world below. […]
Spring means renewal and the options for rebooting mind and body in Mendocino County are plentiful. Offering the ultimate landscape for recharging, the region boasts equal parts wine, waves and wilderness making a getaway to this Northern California destination the ideal escape hatch. Linger on the Lost Coast, hike among the wild flowers or celebrate the season […]