January 21, 2019

My travel buddy wanted to go somewhere and do something different in Maui.

            

Somewhere different than streets lined with hotels and condos. Something different than a zipline, lu'au, or helicopter tour. Something different, but st...

September 17, 2018

It is important to take time out to enjoy the wonder of living. Life, at times, can become mundane, filled with challenges that must be met and risks that should be taken. It is at times like these that a perfect get-away is most beneficial  because it allows you time...

July 17, 2018

I was just on a journey to get home from Lake Arrowhead, but hunger pangs set in and I wanted to find a restaurant that wasn't too far from the freeway. So, I exited at the closest off-ramp, and found myself in an oasis amidst Southern California’s arid Inland Empire,...

July 3, 2018

"The clearest way into the universe is through a forest wilderness." ~John Muir

Deep in the San Bernardino Mountains of Southern California, is a charming get-away retreat that is reminiscent of Alpine Villages of Europe, called Lake Arrowhead. Native Americans inhabite...

June 29, 2018

When I was a young child, I’d visit friends whose parents bought a newly built home in Anaheim, CA. This was the early 1970’s and Star Trek was trending. One of the bathrooms in their new house had a shower that appeared (to us kids) like it was a space capsule, which...

March 29, 2018

Napa is majestic! Even a tumultuous fire couldn’t ruin its beauty. While fires began north of Calistoga, the devastation failed to reach Napa’s main tourist areas, such as downtown, Yountville, or Oakville. It is in a serene and tranquil place where we were able to lod...

October 21, 2017

In mid-2009, it became very apparent that I may actually travel to the Old Country where my ancestors sipped forbidden ales in ancient, crumbling castles. This filled my soul with awe and wonder. The thought of flying terrified me but the destination trumped the terror...

October 13, 2017

            People are complex and glorious beings.  We love to be pampered; to be catered to with a smile and a friendly greeting; we hunger for fine dining and decadent foods; we enjoy the opulence of luxury;  and to embrace our childhood fantasy...

October 10, 2017

I know my soul lived in England lifetimes ago. As a third grader, I remember our classroom teacher’s aide, Miss McCarthy, telling me about her summer in England and I remember being instantly enthralled and intrigued!

            When I moved to...

September 19, 2017

Nestled along the California coastline, in the beautiful county of Santa Barbara, there lies a lovely town known as Solvang. This storybook neighborhood embraces the faith and hope of its 1911 Dutch founders who moved west seeking the embodiment of their heritage snugg...

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