Nicole Rodriguez

About Nicole Rodriguez

Nicole Rodriguez-Gasperov is an Emmy-nominated news reporter whose media talents have taken her across the country. She got her start on the airwaves at UCLA and never looked back, working as an anchor/reporter for ABC, NBC and CBS network affiliates throughout the West Coast. After having her first child, Nicole took a respite from her news career and moved back home to Manhattan Beach, CA to raise a family. Nicole returned to news as a freelance reporter for Fox-11 News in Los Angeles before starting a venture as a travel writer for Her creative nature has also led her to launch Manhattan Beach Surplus, a locally designed and handcrafted jewelry line.

Disney does Hawaii

The Aulani

Thinking of Hawaii brings thoughts of warm breezes rustling through palm trees and waves crashing while I doze off under the sun with a fruity drink placed next to me. When I think of a Disney experience, images of Mickey Mouse, long lines and kids crying come crashing to mind. How could the two harmoniously […]

The New Legoland Hotel in Carlsbad, California

Our Kingdom themed room.

That familiar sound of plastic Lego pieces hitting each other is what you’ll hear when entering the new Legoland Hotel. The newest San Diego County hotel has brilliantly placed a big sandbox filled with thousands of lego pieces in the middle of the lobby for young guests to hop in and enjoy.  As a parent, […]

Temecula Valley Wine Country

Morning balloon ride over Temecula

Wine tasting in Temecula Valley is a no-brainer for Southern Californians. My husband and I left the L.A. area and arrived at our first winery in 90-minutes. There are now more than thirty wineries and vineyards sprinkled along the countryside of Riverside County. The hot days and cool nights, coupled with the clay soil, has […]

Dry Creek Valley, Healdsburg


Getting there: The flight into Santa Rosa from Los Angeles had us on the ground in two-hours and heading for the town of Healdsburg. We were on a two-day tasting tour through Dry Creek Valley in Northern Sonoma. My husband and I were told each passenger was allowed to check-in a case of wine on […]

Family-friendly fun in Richmond, BC

Richmond Bound

There’s something to be said about a simple, low-key, family friendly summer vacation. That’s what my son Gavin and I experienced together in Richmond, British Columbia. Our adventure almost came to a halt however, when going through customs at the Vancouver International Airport. Because I was traveling with Gavin alone, the customs agent told me […]

Portland, Oregon

Hawthorne Bridge

Getting there It was early. Even the buzz of the busy Los Angeles airport didn’t jerk us awake. Gavin said this must be like how daddy feels, as we got out of the cab. It didn’t take me long to feel that adrenaline rush of being at the airport, and after all, this was our […]

Bon Appetit’s Master Chef Classic in Beaver Creek, Colorado


  Arriving The 90-minute direct flight from L.A. into Colorado’s Eagle County Airport went off without a hitch. Even better was the speedy shuttle ride that had us walking into the Ritz-Carlton Bachelor Gulch in just 35-minutes. Almost immediately, the Beaver Creek slogan not exactly roughing it was apparent. The lobby was complete with a […]