Travel Gifts for the Holidays and a Vacation Idea

During 2019, I searched out new products that are worthy of mention in my year-end travel gift column.  Here are my recommendations for clothing, shoes, and accessories, along with a vacation tip. Head to Toe Outdoor Research manufactures top of the line travel clothing, most with UPF 50+.  Here is a fashionable trifecta: lightweight Swift[…]

Pechanga Resort Casino

Pechanga Resort Casino There’s nothing better than a quick getaway destination with good food, amenities galore, reasonable rates, and a casino.  Since I had read about Pechanga’s $300 million expansion last year, I decided to give it a try. Spoiler alert: I wasn’t disappointed.    History The Pechanga Band of Luiseño Indians has called the[…]

California’s Central Valley’s Gem: Chico

Recent History:  Chico, CA has been in the news a lot since the devastating fire that destroyed its neighbor, Paradise.  It became the the staging ground for Cal Fire and volunteers from around the state and country.  Chico was also inundated with almost 20,000 displaced persons.  The community was impacted greatly but is slowly recovering.[…]

Staying and Playing in La Jolla

Memorial Day marks the unofficial beginning of summer.  If a beach vacation is in your plans, head to San Diego’s “jewel,” La Jolla.  Although it has an upscale reputation, there are lots of ways to enjoy inexpensive meals and free things to do.  I’ve lived in La Jolla for 45+ years, so I’ve shopped around[…]

Part 3: A Tale of Three Cities in Switzerland

Lugano, Pontresina, and Zurich are examples of Switzerland’s appeal; something for everyone.  In Lugano, one gets the feeling of stumbling into Italy, because of the language and food.  In Pontresina, while hiking, you expect either Heidi or the Von Trapp family to pop up over the next hill.  Zurich, the largest city in Switzerland (400,000+),[…]

Riding the Rails: Switzerland

Switzerland is smaller than Vermont and New Hampshire combined. That, and the Swiss penchant for efficiency, means travel from city to city by rail is easy and scenic.  Here’s my “To Do” list for the following destinations which are all short train rides apart:  Interlaken Ride the cable car to Harder Kulm to sightsee, eat,[…]

The Swiss Adventure Begins

Edelweiss Air’s seasonal San Diego to Zurich non-stop flight follows Archimedes’ rule: the shortest distance between two points is a straight line. The plane was comfortable and the crew friendly and attentive. There were free movies galore, plus plenty of good food and a wide assortment of beverages.  The Zurich airport is well marked and[…]