Exploring Washington D.C.

Kicking off 2017, my daughter had the opportunity to travel to Washington DC one week before the Presidential Inauguration to meet a group of people at the EPA. I asked if I could tag along with her and explore our nation’s capital while she was in her meetings. I bought two plane tickets and reserved…

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…

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…

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…

10 Fun Facts About Dia de los Muertos

Have you ever wondered about the celebration of Dia de los Muertos? What is it? Why and where was it first celebrated? Well let me tell you the history of Día de los Muertos. Day of the Dead is a holiday that was first celebrated in central and southern Mexico during November 1 & 2hundreds…

Au Fudge: Eat. Drink. Play

It’s always fun walking along the fashionable Melrose Ave. in West Hollywood. I park in the public parking lot next to the West Hollywood library, and enjoy walking towards Lisa Vanderpump’s Sur, Craig’s restaurant and over to the vegan favorite, Gracias Madre. In March, the stylish restaurant Au Fudge opened on Melrose. Last month, I…

Jill’s Top 10 Vacation Destinations in 2015

Looking back on 2015, this was a enlightening year for traveling. Since my daughter was studying in Shanghai, China we planned a two week trip to visit and travel with her to some fascinating cities in Asia. Here are 10 of my favorite vacations in 2015 that I experienced and shared with my readers in…

Exploring The San Andreas Fault

We took our 10-year-old daughter on a jeep tour to learn about the San Andreas Fault. Our informative guide De Karlen picked us up in her open air red jeep at the La Quinta Resort for an illuminating three-hour journey. We cruised for 20 minutes through La Quinta and Indio before reaching our off-road destination,…