Mother Earth’s Sacred Ground…The Colorful Antelope Canyons

The Antelope Canyons in Northern Arizona have been on my bucket list ever since  I saw unbelievably gorgeous pictures of the canyons several years ago. Wiping the canyons off my list had not happened, until now. The plan was in place...pick up my husband, who was working in Las Vegas and my daughter, who was also there seeing the Backstreet Boys (yes, they are still performing and I was told it was an amazing concert), and continue on to Page, Arizona, [...]

The Iconic Ladurée Comes To Town

The first time I set eyes on a Ladurée pâtisserie was in Paris, on the bustling Avenue des Champs-Élysées. It was a warm summer afternoon with my family in tow and we were ready to get out of the heat and into the pâtisserie to enjoy Ladurée’s famed macarons. The Paris Ladurée, with its signature celadon green paint and ornate gold accents, was as stunning outside as it was inside.  The furnishings were exquisitely Parisian and expansive rows of pastries and magnifique [...]

Food, Falls, Stalls, and Fun…A Short Visit to Portland

‎ I only had to ponder the question to join my husband for a quick day and a half turnaround trip to Portland, Oregon for a moment; the answer was an easy yes! I have yet to visit this city, and my nagging wanderlust is itching to go! The nonstop flight from Southern California takes less than two hours into Portland International Airport. Portland is wired for tourists, providing access at the airport to its light rail, allowing for an [...]

Uno, Dos, Tres ~ 3 Reasons To Visit the Valle de Guadalupe Wine Region

Something has been missing the past five years from my local travel adventures…Baja.  A recent visit to Baja’s Valle de Guadalupe wine region near Ensenada, cured the gap. What a sense of discovery!  The Valle, as referred by locals, is truly maturing, from a tourism perspective, especially with 90+ wineries and 50+ restaurants in the region.  It’s with good reason; according to the local tourism agency, Proturismo de Ensenada, over 600,000 people visited the wine region last year, and the [...]

Chocoholics Beware!

I often think the most fun discoveries are those that are unexpected!  I happened to stumble upon a brand new fine chocolate boutique, Belgium’s Finest, which recently opened in the historic Old Town district of Temecula, California. A peer through the window, and a first glance at the display cases filled with beautifully designed chocolate offerings, had me reaching for the door. Chocolate connoisseurs beware, resisting this luxury brand of imported Belgian fine chocolates may prove difficult!  Belgium’s Finest carries [...]

Who Needs a Pool…An Alternative to Sunbathing in Palm Springs

The immediate thought that comes to mind for a visit to Palm Springs is a beautiful resort with azure blue pools and perfectly tanned bodies laying on perfectly positioned chaise lounges, right? I agree, but there are so many other things to enjoy besides a day at the pool when visiting this desert oasis. An alternative to the pool scene are the Indian Canyon hiking trails, a quick 10 minute drive of the resorts lining Highway 111 in the downtown Palm [...]