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Snag Off-Season Discounts at Luxury Resorts

Snag Off-Season Discounts at Luxury Resorts

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From Cape Cod to Lake Tahoe, luxury properties at ski resorts and beaches offer deep discounts in their off season –  springtime.   Here are some springtime getaway ideas for travelers with wanderlust. Ritz Carlton (Lake Tahoe, California): Beginning May 6th, starting rates drop 40%, starting at $199 per night.  Special romance, golf or Spring Spa […]

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Celebrate remission from breast cancer with a trip.

Celebrate remission from breast cancer with a trip.

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When Judy’s doctor called and gave her the good news about her remission from breast cancer, we screamed, laughed and cried together. “Let’s do something big – let’s take a trip,”  Judy suggested. For several months we were always too busy –work, family, doctors appointments, dog sitters — there were always good excuses. Finally the […]

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Why I Rappelled 23 Stories Down the Hyatt Regency for Outward Bound

Why I Rappelled 23 Stories Down the Hyatt Regency for Outward Bound

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My friends all thought I was crazy. “Climbers fall you know. Splat — on the pavement. That could be you,” I was warned. After all, I’m not a so young any more and  I had never rappelled off a skyscraper. Nor had I ever done a “free” rappel — you have no with the […]

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Visit the Star-studded Sunnylands in Palm Springs

Visit the Star-studded Sunnylands in Palm Springs

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Truth be told I didn’t expect to be so spellbound by Sunnylands.  The name put me off. I rather expected a Hollywood set. The 200-acre historic estate, located in Rancho Mirage, CA near Palm Springs, is quite the opposite; filled with priceless art, gorgeous gardens, and renowned architecture where, for more than forty years, celebrities […]

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Ditch the diet and follow the foodies along Napa Valley’s Gourmet Mile”

Ditch the diet and follow the foodies along Napa Valley’s Gourmet Mile”

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Now is not the time to start a diet: ditch your guilt and follow the foodies along Napa Valley’s Gourmet Mile! In the land of culinary riches that is Napa Valley, Yountville, a small town has big reputation for exceptional cuisine and extraordinary wine. Located in the heart of Napa, about an hour drive from San Francisco, […]

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My Favorite Walks in San Francisco

My Favorite Walks in San Francisco

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Despite its reputation for dizzying hills, San Francisco is a town for walking. Every weekend for seven years when I lived in San Francisco, I laced up my comfiest walking shoes and headed for varied neighborhoods and parks. Try a few of these walks and you too will be struck by the juxtaposition of urbanity and […]

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The 10 Cities with the Most Pride

The 10 Cities with the Most Pride

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From Miami to Honolulu and every town in between, people are generally very proud of the place they are from. But what makes the citizens of a certain city passionate about it? For one, it has to have character; something that is unique to that city that one won’t find anywhere else. Second, the positive […]

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Scout Out Lake Tahoe: Winter Fun for You and Your Dog

Scout Out Lake Tahoe: Winter Fun for You and Your Dog

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Waggin’ Winter With snow finally flowing in Lake Tahoe, snow sport enthusiasts flock to the mountains to catch up on some much needed skiing. Though some dogs prefer lounging by the fire to romping in the snow, a weekend getaway to Lake Tahoe, whether you prefer North Lake or South Lake, is the perfect opportunity […]

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Foodie Friday: Grilled Oysters, Marin Farmers Market

Foodie Friday: Grilled Oysters, Marin Farmers Market

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One of the best ways to shop and eat in the Bay Area is at a farmers market. One of my favorites to frequent is the Marin Farmers Market, which happens to be the third largest farmers market in California. It has grown since its opening in 1987 to house nearly 200 local farmers at […]

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Fall Foliage Drives for Birders and Wildlife Viewing

Fall Foliage Drives for Birders and Wildlife Viewing

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From Florida to Michigan, Calif. and Beyond. Visit Our National Wildlife Refuges To really explore an area and see birds and animals, you’ll want to get out of your car. But sometimes time is short, or you want to get the lay of the land before you set out on foot. No problem.  Here’s a […]

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