Holiday lights and a quick stay at southern California’s Dana Point

IlluminOcean holiday lights at Dana Point Harbor

Well, I’m totally in the Christmas spirit after seeing a fabulous holiday lights display in Orange County, California! It’s the first year of Dana Point Harbor’s IlluminOcean installation, which features 22 ocean-themed light creations. The lights began on November 26, 2014 and you can still see them through January 4, 2015 every evening starting at 5 pm. When? IlluminOcean […]

Grinchmas at Universal Studios Hollywood for the Who-lidays

The girls and I with the Grinch

Who doesn’t love a fab-Who-lous event to begin the Who-liday season? The annual Grinchmas event is back at Universal Studios, and it promises a magical and wonderful time for the entire family! On December 4, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti came out to kick off the merry Grinchmas holiday season with a sensational tree lighting ceremony, which was accompanied […]

Del Mar Racetrack for My Dad’s Birthday

Del Mar Racetrack

I talked my dad into coming to California for the winter since Connecticut is no place for someone in their eighties. A few days after he arrived, it was his birthday, and so I wanted to do something special. Last year for his 85th I took him to Las Vegas since he loves to gamble—blackjack, craps, […]

48 hours in Joshua Tree, California

On the Hidden Valley Trail in Joshua Tree National Park

What first comes to your mind when you think of Joshua Tree? Given that you may have at least heard of the National Park located in California’s southeastern region, the first words may be hiking, camping and wildlife. Of course, it’s all those things. However, you may be surprised to learn that Twenty Nine Palms Highway, […]

Travel Video of the Week: Los Angeles Supermoon Timelapse

TimeLAX

I’ve been back in Los Angeles for the past 10 days and already I’ve been reminded why it’s one of my favorite cities in the world, and why I call it home. Here’s a new Los Angeles timelapse of the city and the recent supermoon from the TimeLAX team of RalphGM & RandyFX that might […]

10 Reasons to Stay at Terranea Resort

Terranea Resort in Palos Verdes, California

Thirty minutes south of Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) on the Palos Verdes Peninsula coast lies arguably the most beautiful piece of land in the United States. I know this because I spent my sophomore year (pic below) at then Marymount College Palos Verdes (now Marymount California University), living in an apartment complex next door […]

Mayhem for All Ages at Universal Studios Hollywood

Hangin' with the Minions

I was recently asked to cover the new Despicable Me Minion Mayhem ride at Universal Studios Hollywood. With my nine-year-old daughter in tow, I set off for a day of film-inspired magic and that’s what I got. The new ride fits right into the movie-enchantment precedent set by Universal Studios—putting the rider smack in the […]

Travel Contests: Week of September 10, 2014

Hawaiian Airlines

This week’s travel contests include: Win 140,000 HawaiianMiles plus two-night stays at The Royal Hawaiian AND Moana Surfrider! (JohnnyJet.com contest) Win a luxurious trip to San Francisco from Travel Channel Win a trip to Las Vegas from Potato Goodness (on Facebook) Win a trip for two to Barcelona from Lucky Win a stay at a spa resort in […]