Ghielmetti Estate Vineyard, Livermore Wine Country

Discover the Secrets of the Tri-Valley and Livermore Wine Country

You might think they are sleepy bedside communities outside of Oakland and San Francisco, but the Tri-Valley offers a lot more. Composed of three valleys, Amador Valley, Livermore Valley and San Ramon Valley that merge below Mt Diablo. The area includes the cities of Pleasanton, Livermore, Dublin, San Ramon, and Danville. Each one features a

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New York Marriott East Side Photo Courtesy of Marriott

New York Marriott East Side: Blending the old and the new

When I think of New York City, I think of its fabulous art museums and its distinctive skyline that enhances the city’s architecture and the history that lies behind each building. You could not guess that I am an art and architecture buff. Little did I know that I would discover a wealth of history

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Visiting Julian California

A Day Trip to Julian California

Good food, wine, and apples are what you will discover on a visit to Julian California, a town nestled in the Cuyamaca Mountains about an hour northeast of San Diego. When visiting Julian think Old West meets apple orchards with a little wine thrown into the mix. The town dates back to the 1870s during

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Visiting Portland The Waterfront

Visiting Portland: A Weekend Excursion

Visiting Portland, the scenic town that lies along the Willamette River, I found the lushness in the landscape very appealing, whether strolling in Portland’s many parks, walking along the waterfront viewing the bridges or nearby on a drive up the Columbia River Gorge. Recently after finishing a wine tour of the Tualatin Valley my husband

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Flying with Pets

The ins and outs of flying with pets

Several years ago I wrote an article about flying with dogs. Since that time there have been many changes to the rules and regulations for flying with pets especially if they fly in cargo. Recently I tried helping a friend arrange travel for her Saluki to Los Angeles. The trip never occurred because of the

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Ruby Vineyards Winery Dog Stanley

Discover the dog-friendly places in Tualatin Valley, Oregon

Like many, I like to take my dogs with me when I travel, especially when I am visiting wineries. Although my trip to the Tualatin Valley did not include my dogs, I made sure to discover the dog-friendly places to take my dogs in the future. If you want to bring your dog along to

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Enjoying Temecula Valley

Uncover the delights of Temecula Valley

Temecula Valley came to Los Angeles for an interactive day for the trade and media, bringing a sampling of restaurants, hotels, wineries and more. Titled Uncover Temecula Valley, indeed opened our eyes to what a wine enthusiast or a traveler can experience when visiting. Visit Temecula and Pechanga Resort Casino hosted the event, which also

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Virginia Wine Country View Greenhill Winery

Virginia Wine Country: Discover Loudoun County wineries

When traveling to Washington DC or visiting Alexandria, one typically immerses themselves in museums and American history, instead, why not escape to Loudoun County for a day or two. If you are a wine lover, consider discovering the wineries of Virginia wine country. Loudoun County is the wine region closest to our country’s national capital.

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Visit New York City Oculus Exterior

Visiting New York City: Exploring the Big Apple

Visiting New York City a person can never say that it is boring. Between sightseeing, nightlife, theater, and dining the day is very full. The frenetic energy of the city draws you in. It is a town that seems to never go to sleep. I recently went to New York for the International Media Marketplace

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Pantai Inn La Jolla

Discover Paradise at the Pantai Inn

I love discovering all that California has to offer. You never know what you will encounter. One place that enchanted me was the Pantai Inn in La Jolla. The charming Pantai Inn with its Balinese décor is located on La Jolla’s exquisite coastline. Almost every luxury suite has a breathtaking view. Pantai means “fine white

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