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, […]

15 Reasons to Stay in Long Beach When Visiting Southern California

Aquarium of the Pacific

Approximately 22 miles south of downtown Los Angeles, Long Beach, CA has spent a lot of time in LA’s shadow—but it has a whole lot to offer in its own right. Here are 15 reasons to stay in Long Beach—instead of LA proper—on your next visit to the area: 1. Long Beach has its own airport and is […]

San Diego Fire Condition Updates for Travelers

San Diego

Dramatic #photo Fire tornado pushing through neighborhood in San Marcos. — Tara Wallis (@tarawallis) May 15, 2014 SAN DIEGO, CALIF. – Wildfires are currently active in the north and east county regions of San Diego, outside of the city. The fires are primarily centered in rural and residential areas and do not pose an […]

Rancho Valencia: A Luxury Retreat in Southern California

Main pool at Rancho Valencia

Rancho Valencia Resort & Spa is one of the country’s premier tennis resorts, but that’s clearly not why I’m here. As I lob yet another tennis ball over the tall fence and into the adjoining court, I have no problem admitting that I’m here just for the spa and relaxation. Located about thirty minutes from […]

What It’s Like at the Hard Rock Hotel San Diego

Hard Rock Hotel San Diego lobby

I recently spent the weekend at the Hard Rock Hotel in San Diego. I hadn’t been to San Diego for a few years so I didn’t even know that a Hard Rock Hotel existed there. Here’s what you need to know.  1. Location The 12-story, 420 guest room hotel opened in November 2007. It’s located […]

Surf and Safari in San Diego

So many animals living together

My family loved our first trip to the San Diego Zoo Safari Park. The Safari Park is a wildlife sanctuary that sprawls across 1,800 acres and is home to over 3,500 animals. Unlike in a traditional zoo, most of the animals cohabit just like they do in the wild plains of Africa and Asia. Viewing […]

Top 10 Reasons to Visit Carlsbad, CA

La Costa Resort and Spa

By Cindy Craig If you’re looking for a vacation that will satisfy your desires for peace and beauty and your child’s needs for entertainment and fun…then you’ve arrived at the right place in Carlsbad, California. Nestled along the PacificCoast just north of San Diego, this picturesque coastal community is the perfect family vacation destination. 1. La […]