La Jolla Getaway

After Labor Day, the tourists have headed home, the weather is ideal, and there’s plenty of parking. What a perfect time to visit San Diego’s favorite “village,” La Jolla. Vacationing in my hometown was very appealing. Where To Stay I jumped at the chance to stay at the Pantai Inn. It has earned a prestigious[…]

Chico, California – Small Town Gem

My favorite small town is a gem located 90 miles north of Sacramento. Its economic drivers are Chico State University, agribusiness, healthcare, local government, and craft beer pioneer, Sierra Nevada Brewing Company. Chico’s 90,000+ residents enjoy an abundance of diversions in California’s Central Valley. On the Go: Chico is a cycling enthusiast’s paradise. Bidwell Park,[…]

Cambria and the California Highway 1 Discovery Route

Settling In: California Highway 1 is your “discovery route” to adventure. This historic road features scenic beaches, state parks, wildlife habitats, wine regions and quaint towns throughout San Luis Obispo County. Our destination was the hamlet of Cambria and the Cambria Pines Lodge. The full-service 152 room resort was built in 1927 and features 25[…]

Perfect Combo! The Latin Food Fest & Five Star Tours

As if there’s not enough to do in August in San Diego, here are two to add to your “must do” list. The ¡Latin Food Fest! is one of my favorite events in San Diego. This fourth annual spectacular culinary celebration will be at the Embarcadero Marina Park North in San Diego, August 12 –[…]

Pechanga – Jewel of the Temecula Valley

My wife and I decided on a quick getaway to Temecula, California, to try out a spot getting good buzz, Pechanga Resort & Casino. After a speedy check-in, we headed to Kelsey’s, one of 11 restaurants. It’s a sleek American pub specializing in hand-cut, barbecued meats and craft beer. It was our first of three[…]

Temecula – Wine Country and More

Temecula – Wine Country and More Temecula, California has over 40 wineries, only an hour or so away from San Diego, Orange County, LA and Palm Springs. I recently visited two, each with their own resort.  South Coast Winery Resort & Spa, www.southcoastwinery.com, is situated in the middle of a 38 acre vineyard.   We[…]

Pala Getaway

Pala Getaway On a recent getaway, we discovered a dandy surprise, the full-service Pala Casino Spa Resort, in North County San Diego.  After an efficient check-in, my wife and I headed to the Pala Privileges Center to sign up for their rewards program and the 60 Plus Club.  Then we eased into vacation mode with[…]

A Day at Disneyland

My feeling is that grandparents have one responsibility: do everything possible to build meaningful memories for their grandchildren. I’ve been fortunate to take each of my four kids and now every one of my grandkids for their first visit to the Magic Kingdom.  My six year old grandson, Reed, and my daughter, Jane, were visiting[…]