My Favorite Hotels, Resorts and Transportation Tips

California Santa Barbara – Chic, sleek and cool, the Canary,, is centrally located off State Street. Consider a long weekend, since there’s always something going on in town. Rooftop Pool at the Canary Hotel Temecula – Classy and elegant, the South Coast Winery Resort & Spa,, features private villas and an award-winning vineyard.[…]

2013 – Holiday Shopping

It’s that time of the year for my list of “go to” places to shop. My favorite online “stores” have four things in common: quality goods, superior customer service, knowledgeable staff and consumer friendly product guarantees. Here they are along with my suggestions for travel related gifts. Eagle Creek – Their Pack-It Specter system is[…]

The High Road to Taos

New Mexico is officially known as the “Land of Enchantment.” My wife and I were to discover that this description is not an exaggeration. We were inspired and educated by the history, culture, art, architecture and the people, past and present. Taos was first settled around 900 AD by ancestors of the Taos Indians. Two[…]

Metronatural and the Seattle Seven

Met-ro-nat-u-ral – adj. 1: having the characteristics of a world-class metropolis within wild, beautiful natural surroundings 2: a blending of clear skies and expansive water with a fast-paced city life 3: one who respects the environment and lives a balanced lifestyle of urban and natural experiences 4: Seattle The word “Metronatural” was coined as a[…]

Play Ball, Play in Phoenix and Scottsdale

Since 1947 the Cactus League,, has been key to major league baseball’s spring training. This month, fifteen teams, including all of the clubs from California, play ball in the Phoenix/Scottsdale area. The league’s newest stadium is Salt River Fields at Talking Stick in Scottsdale. It is a hub of Cactus League activity with both[…]

The Seattle Seven

Here are seven reasons to visit the Emerald City. 1. Walk and wander. Don’t miss Pioneer Square, Elliot Bay Bookstore, the Waterfront and Pike Place Market and the Fremont Sunday Market. Everything listed below is within strolling distance in downtown Seattle. ( 2. The Seattle Art Museum (SAM) is now an anchor in the vital[…]