Enjoying Lompoc – Flowers. Art. Wine. Dine

Santa Barbara County is one of the most beautiful destinations in California. The city of Lompoc is just above the city of Santa Barbara and closer to the beach than the towns of Solvang or Los Olivos. It’s also one of the most affordable areas in the county for locals and visitors to get more…

Captivating Carlsbad

Driving up to the coastal inspired Cape Rey Carlsbad resort, I noticed the hotel is directly across the street from the beach. It’s California Craftsman design takes full advantage of unobstructed Pacific Ocean views. The hotel opened in June, 2012, and is part of the Hilton Resort family. Walking into the inviting lobby, a friendly…

10 Top Travel Destinations in 2017

The past two years I traveled to some fascinating spots in the world. I’ve complied my 10 favorite trips and included reviews for you to read and get inspired to travel. Take a peek and let me be your guide – Amsterdam – A line of Teslas pull up to the taxi stand outside the Amsterdam…

Santa’s Favorite Volunteer of 2016

I met some of Santa’s favorite helpers yesterday in Los Angeles. Rhonda and her volunteers were in a warehouse one block away from Children’s Hospital Los Angeles collecting gift cards and gifts for families in need. We met thanks to my daughter’s Girl Scout leader Mary Perkins reaching out to The Holidays From the Heart…

Secret Supper Club INTRO – Art, Music, Food

On a nondescript strip of Lankershim Boulevard, next to the former Firenze Osteria, is a dance studio that has been transformed into a secret supper club with a dining room that seats 20 adventurous guests. Michelin-Star Chef Paul Shoemaker is busy in his new kitchen preparing a 12-course elegant dinner every Friday and Saturday evening….

Ventura Harbor HOLIDAY PARADE OF LIGHTS CRUISE

We arrived at the Ventura Harbor just as the sun was setting behind the Channel Islands into the Pacific Ocean. It was one of the best sunsets I have witnessed in a long time. The sky was a robin’s egg blue, the islands were visible and wispy clouds were above the horizon. Across from the…

Citizen in Beverly Hills

CITIZEN Beverly Hills: Casual, comfortable, crafty At the new Citizen in Beverly Hills, paparazzi linger on the sidewalk patio. Next door is Spago and across the street is Georgie at the Montage Beverly Hills. This area is known for celebrity sightings with Mastro’s and The Palm just down the street. The night I dined at…

3 Fun Holiday Fun Activities in Palm Springs

Looking for some festive fun during the holidays? Palm Springs and the surrounding communities are filled with colorful lights and fun parties to put you in a cheery mood. Here are 3 fun events and sights to see during the holidays and into 2017: Miramonte’s Naughty and Nice Party The boutique Miramonte Resort and Spa…

Inspired in Ojai, California

Finding Your Creative Side in Ojai. There’s a saying in the little bucolic village of Ojai – “The town with nothing to do and not enough time to do it.” I found this saying on postcards in art galleries and bookstores. Situated on an East and West direction of a Valley, locals tell you the area…

Enchanted Forest of Light at Descanso Gardens

Here’s my review of one of the most spectacular interactive light show in Southern California. Located in La Canada Flintridge is a hidden gem – The Descanso Gardens.  Starting on Black Friday, November 25 to January 8, 2017, starting at 5 p.m. each evening, visitors can stroll about one mile to witness eight different gardens. Read more…

Be An Artist in Ojai

There’s a saying in the little bucolic town of Ojai – “A town with nothing to do and not enough time to do it.” Postcards have this saying overlapping a photo of a cotton candy Ojai sunset where the dusk colors enhance the Topatopa Mountains into a “Pink Moment.” Ojai is situated East and West…

Tickled Pink About Breast Cancer Awareness at Terranea Resort

Driving up to the elegant Terranea Resort in Palos Verdes, I noticed three large pink ribbons above the entrance of the lobby doors. This was one of many pink enhancements the Destination Hotels resort included during October to honor Breast Cancer Awareness month. Each year it serves as a reminder of how the disease can affect…