Winter Fun in Yosemite Mariposa County

About a 4.5 hour drive from the greater Los Angeles area is Yosemite Mariposa County. During the winter months, the traffic is light, there may be snow on the trees in the Sierra National Forest near Yosemite Valley. Even though the resort is not in Yosemite Valley, it’s about a 45 minute drive to the majestic…

Ohau’s Gunstock Ranch Ecotourism Experience

According to the United Nations aviation division, carbon emissions from air travel are on track to triple by 2050 if no action is taken. Travelers are becoming more aware of this and are seeking experiences to be good citizens of the world. Hilton Hotels in Hawaii offer a list of ecotourism activities to help guests…

Girlfriend’s Weekend at Pechanga Resort

Meeting friends for a Girl’s Weekend Reunion at Pechanga Resort nestled in Temecula Valley, this destination that offers a multitude of activities that appeals to everyone. Besides the 20,000 square foot gaming casino, there is an event theatre showcasing sell-out concerts. This Las Vegas style resort has a water oasis featuring four-acres of pools, waterslides, a…

20th Anniversary for The Lobster in Santa Monica

The Lobster, at the entrance of the historic Santa Monica sign, is a popular fine-dining seafood restaurant. Recognized as a one of the most picturesque sunset dining destinations in Southern California,  in 1923 this building was a final stop of Route 66 in the west. It’s as much a part of Santa Monica’s history as…

Hollywood History in La Jolla

Only two hours from Los Angeles, the lovely coastal town of La Jolla has a bit of Hollywood lore. While visiting friends living in San Diego, we stayed overnight at the newly refreshed Grande Colonial in the center of La Jolla Village. It’s an ideal location to walk along the scenic walkways to view the…

Washington D.C. new InterContinental at The Wharf

Usually, when I visit Washington D.C., I stay in the political epicenter just steps away from The White House, The National Mall and National Monuments. On my last visit, I decided to explore the Southwest D.C. area and stayed one night at the new InterContinental Washington D.C. Located in the newly repurposed The Wharf area,…