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SAVOR the Central Coast: Food & Wine & California

Just in time for California Wine Month (or as I like to call it, "The Happiest Month of the Year"), I wanted to give you a heads up that California's San Luis Obispo County is staging a delicious event from September 25-28, 2014: Sunset SAVOR the … [Read More...]

Boston's ivy-draped Beacon Hill

48 Hours in Boston: Parkland, Prison & Cannoli – Part Two

Continued from 48 Hours in Boston: Parkland, Prison & Cannoli - Part One Our Boston Saturday began with yet more carbs...but please note that we walked six miles the night before. (I know, right? Thank you.) While we enjoyed some salt bagels at … [Read More...]

The Liberty Hotel on Boston's Beacon Hill was a prison until the early 1990s

48 Hours in Boston: Parkland, Prison & Cannoli – Part One

Over 48 short hours in late July, I let go of an old dream and (re)discovered my new crush city: Boston, Massachusetts. I traveled with a girlfriend who makes me laugh, and we walked miles on end each day, ate our weight in carbs, hung out with … [Read More...]

A chocolate Space Needle and the real thing, glimpsed from the Westin Seattle

Rain And Shine: A Friends’ Weekend In Seattle – Part One

Any two given days in Seattle will bring a combination of sparkling sun and pouring-down rain, with a high chance of natural beauty, a bayside Statue of Liberty, and some ridiculously good food. Back in March, one of my dearest friends and I found … [Read More...]

Stuffed puppets set up for a stick-throwing drill at Arizona's Canyon Ranch

Be Afraid, Lamb Chop: Primitive Outdoor Skills at Canyon Ranch

Ever dreamed of learning to make fire? Or quieting your thoughts so that you can see your surroundings in a whole new way? Or, say, murdering stuffed puppets with a throwing stick? My dear friend and I learned to do all this (and more) by … [Read More...]

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New Orleans: A Whole Different Country – Part Two

Continued from New Orleans: A Whole Different Country - Part One Along our wanderings through the French Quarter in New Orleans, my (now-ex-) boyfriend Eric and I managed to stumble blindly across a place we were actually looking for: the Carousel … [Read More...]

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New Orleans: A Whole Different Country – Part One

New Orleans has grown slowly over a long time, as cities used to in the days before Wal-Mart, and dates back to an era when the New World still looked to Europe for its civic models and courtly manners. Historic plaques pop up on every other building … [Read More...]

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El Encanto: Full-Tilt Enchantment in Santa Barbara

A beloved hideaway since 1920, Santa Barbara, California's hilltop El Encanto has re-emerged from its long renovation like a butterfly on a mission.  That mission? To relax and delight anyone who comes to visit. It's a lovely, luxurious place to let … [Read More...]