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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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A scorpion hunt for nature enthusiasts.  Follow the call of the weird and wild.

A scorpion hunt for nature enthusiasts. Follow the call of the weird and wild.

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In addition to birding or hiking, many nature enthusiasts look for the weird and wild such as a scorpion hunt to break out of the mold. Consider these wild and wooly events some national wildlife refuges have planned this spring. Earn bragging rights on a Scorpion Hunt Pahranagat National Wildlife Refuge – Alamo, NV Moapa […]

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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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The Best Meat in Hong Kong (Foodie Heaven)

The Best Meat in Hong Kong (Foodie Heaven)

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Hong Kong really has become foodie heaven with a truly dizzying array of restaurants in a relatively small area. I find the combination of street food, Asian influences and the vast wealth that brings some of the world’s top chefs and restaurant brands works together to create a Disneyland of the palate. Blue Butcher is a newer spot in […]

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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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Travel Life Lesson #2: Feeling Small

Travel Life Lesson #2: Feeling Small

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I’ve stood at the precipitous edge of the Grand Canyon and felt as tiny as a flea. I’ve climbed to the top of Mt. Nimbus in the Canadian Rockies with my daughter and walked across a precarious suspension bridge, feeling dwarfed by the natural wonders around me. I’ve plunged into the paradise blue of the ocean […]

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Historic Hawaiian Hotels

Historic Hawaiian Hotels

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  Mauna Kea Beach Hotel Mauna Kea Beach Hotel History with a twist of luxury is seductive.   When I think of famous, elegant hotels – the Ritz in Paris, the Plaza in New York and the Pera Palas in Istanbul – come to mind. When I think of  Hawaii two historic properties join the club […]

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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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Mother Daughter Travel to Machu Picchu – A Family Affair

Mother Daughter Travel to Machu Picchu – A Family Affair

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Mother/Daughter Travel We thought we were prepared, but we really weren’t. Our first glimpse of the colossal pre-Columbian city, standing regally under a piercingly blue sky, moved us emotionally and physically. We were both surprised by our reaction to the 15th-century Inca site  perched almost 8,000 feet above sea level. My 21-year-old daughter Annalyse draped […]

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Tango Footnotes from Buenos Aires

Tango Footnotes from Buenos Aires

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Tango away the night in the cultured, elegant, eclectic and seductive metropolis nicknamed the Paris of South America.  I lived in Paris for four years, and I disagree with the nickname. Although some building look like Parisian architecture, and there are sweeping wide boulevards, expansive parks and fine cafés, it is the  flair and character […]

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