The Historic Harris Ranch

A Surprising Discovery  Located in California’s sparsely populated San Joaquin Valley is “an unexpected oasis,” the Harris Ranch Inn & Restaurant.  It’s much more than a way-stop along a stretch of Highway 5 between San Francisco and Los Angeles.   History: The Harris family has been farming in California for over 100 years. They established[…]

Food, Travel & Adventure – San Diego Style

What an excellent way to start the new year; great values and unique dining experiences. The 14th annual San Diego Restaurant Week features almost 200 of the county’s best dining establishments. It’s designed to allow you to try new places at different price points. Prix-fixe three-course dinners range from $20 – $50 per person. Two-course[…]

Travel Gifts for the Holidays

This is one of my favorite columns to write. Over the past year, I’ve been able to sample travel products and come up with a list that is gift-worthy. Here are my suggestions. Can’t Travel Without Eagle Creek – My Eagle Creek inventory includes everything from rolling luggage to handy Pak-It Cubes. My latest find[…]

California Roundup – November 2017

San Diego There are two notable events this month. On November 3 & 4, the Del Mar Racetrack hosts the Breeder’s Cup, the Super Bowl of horse racing. This two-day event features 13 races with over $28 million in purses and awards. Launched in 1984, it marks the unofficial end of the thoroughbred racing season[…]

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,[…]

A River, A Dream…A Destination

Laughlin, Nevada evolved from a dream. In the early 1960s, Don Laughlin believed that an alternative destination to its neighbor 90 miles north, Las Vegas, was overdue. Perched on the banks of the Colorado River, Laughlin has grown into a full-fledged resort town in terms of outdoor activities, water sports, resorts and gaming. Keeping Active:[…]

Revenue Management: A Brief History of Why You Pay What You Do

Before I became a full-time travel writer, I was in the hotel business. At that time, in the early 1970s in San Diego, revenue management wasn’t even a phrase, much less a concept or coveted position in an organizational chart. In its primitive state, it was a loose practice. In summer how we loved the[…]

San Diego’s Food Scene

Restaurant Week returns to San Diego, September 25th through October 2nd, for its 12th annual farm-to-table epicurean celebration. Over 180 area restaurants offer three course, prix-fixe dinners in categories ranging from $20 to $50 per person. The lunch format, a two-course prix-fixe meal, is $10, $15 or $20 per person. Taxes and gratuities are not[…]