Petal to Plate Picnic in The Flower Fields

Acres of super bloom ranunculus are located between LEGOLAND and the Pacific Ocean in the beachside community of Carlsbad. The hills of The Flower Fields are ablaze in yellow, purple, salmon, pink, gold, red and white. Located behind Armstrong Garden Center is the largest argritourism destination in Southern California. Over 60 acres of land are…

Hike. Bike. See. Catalina Island

When it comes to hiking, Catalina Island is the best of the Channel Islands in California, offering more than 165 miles of trails and roads for all levels. The Channel Islands are an eight-island archipelago that lies just off the coast of southern California and are only accessible by boat or plane. Since there is an assortment…

Dazzling Gingerbread Houses in America

During the holidays, pastry chefs in hotels design, create and bake the most spectacular gingerbread houses for their guests to enjoy. Here are three of my favorites dazzling displays: The Mission Inn & Spa The life-size “Santa’s Wonderland House” displayed in the lobby of The Mission Inn & Spa took Executive Pastry Chef David Blaine…

10 Fun Fourth of July Venues in LA

Since I’m staying in town this Fourth of July, I researched where some fun Fourth of July food, drink and firework viewing spots are in So Cal. Here’s 10 destinations to cool down and nourish yourself on July 4, 2018   Marina Del Rey Hotel’s July Fourth Red, White and BBQ Celebration! Enjoy picturesque Marina views,…

Catalina Island Food Tour

When my friend Toni told me she has never been to Catalina Island before, I was stunned. She’s lived in California most of her life and has never taken the one hour Catalina Express boat over to the island. I on the other hand, have been to the island over 50 times, because my parents…

Santa Barbara Vintner – Brander Wines

Santa Barbara County wines are the closest backyard wine region to Los Angeles. “It’s one of the most diverse regions to produce some of the best grapes in the world,” said organizer Allison Levine from Please The Palate, welcoming a group of oenophiles to a Santa Barbara Wine Road Trip luncheon. “The wine region is located…

Inhale in Indian Wells

Read why the Miramonte Resort and Spa is a great getaway to inhale, swim, bike, nap and get a spa treatment. Click here to read my review featured in InTravel Magazine – https://www.intravelmag.com/item/1198?lang=en&limit=1&limitstart=0

Summer Fun at the Suncadia Resort

During Earth Week I had the opportunity to meet Katie Sheppard the Director of Marketing at Suncadia Resort. She came down from Washington State to make an Earth Day donation at TreePeople LA. Katie and a TreePeople volunteer led our group on an Earth Day activity that included weeding, mulching and watering trees in a canyon…

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…