Game, Set, Match: The US Open in New York City

World's Fair Globe at the US Open's Arthur Ashe Stadium

World’s Fair Globe at the US Open’s Arthur Ashe Stadium

I’ve been doing some traveling and blogging this summer for the Starwood Preferred Guest Credit Card from American Express, and they recently brought me from Los Angeles to New York City to be a guest at the 2014 US Open Men’s Quarterfinals and attend one of their exclusive cardmembers’ “behind the scenes” events: an opportunity to meet tennis legend Billie Jean King.

My best friend from childhood joined me for this amazing experience, and while I’ve long been a fan of Starwood Hotels & Resorts, I’m now a fan of pro tennis, too.  [Read more…]

The Garden Conservancy’s Open Days

This past weekend, we took a brief break from some epic spring cleaning to check out The Garden Conservancy‘s first Open Days event of the year in the Los Angeles area.

Held all over the United States each year between March and November, Open Days allow you to snoop around other people’s backyards and/or find landscaping inspiration while simultaneously raising money to provide and preserve garden spaces across the country. It’s a fun, romantic and altruistic outing, whether you’re traveling in a different city or simply exploring your own. [Read more…]

New England: A Literary Pilgrimage

The Mark Twain House in Hartford, Connecticut

I’ve had New England on the brain lately, missing my East Coast childhood trips to see cousins, family friends and historic sites.

Aside from a wedding near Connecticut’s Mystic Seaport, we’ve never traveled to the region together. It’s long been on our to-go list, under the vague heading of autumn leaves, pumpkins and scenic drives.

But why wait until Fall? When I heard that the Mark Twain House & Museum (a well-loved stop along one of those trips from my youth) designed a 6-day itinerary that takes you from one literary landmark to another, I just had to share. It sounds like a wonderful way to get out of the office and inspire yourself to do some traveling…and some reading.

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An Autumn Weekend in the Catskills

We recently returned from a gorgeous Fall weekend in the Catskill Mountains of upstate New York, where:

-The air is clear and cool
-Woodsy back roads run along wide, stony creeks
-Deer and butterflies frolic around marshy ponds in soft meadows
-Thin, lacy trees are just starting to turn red and gold

And there we stood, lingering outside of a local real estate office…dreaming of a parallel life.

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Off to New York City

Long time no talk…but that’s just because it’s been a long time since I’ve had consistent wi-fi.

Costa Rica has many things – lush jungles, howling monkeys, screeching frogs, crashing waves, endless palm orchards, dramatic thunderstorms – but satellite coverage when it’s cloudy?  Not so much.  So, I’ve contented myself with being on vacation and taking lots of photos.

After a week of beautifully preserved nature without crowds (besides the wedding  party for Adam’s cousin Minona and her new husband, Peter), it’s hard to get my head around the fact that tomorrow Adam and I will each be in one of the largest cities in the world…just not the same city.

As of last night, we‘d arrived in San Jose, the last stop on our Costa Rican trip and itself a bit of a culture shock.

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