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 […]

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, […]

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 […]

L.A. LIVE Opens the Courtyard and Residence Inn

Residence Inn L.A. LIVE

On July 1, 2014 the city of Los Angeles opened the Courtyard and Residence Inn L.A. LIVE—a unique two-in-one hotel that brings a new punch to the Los Angeles hotel scene. It’s directly across the street from the J.W. Marriott and the Ritz-Carton, another two-in-one hotel. The Courtyard has 174 rooms and the Residence Inn […]

LAX: The perfect long layover

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Just five miles from Los Angeles International Airport is one of the best beach communities in all of America.  I live just five miles from Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) so I know what I would do if I had a long layover there. I always tell my friends and family transferring through LAX on […]

Top 10 in Travel News: Week of May 21, 2014

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THE TOP 10 IN TRAVEL NEWS THIS WEEK: Marriott Rewards Launches Social Media Points Plan Planes nearly collided in Newark Airport approach US Airways Flight to London Forced to Turn Back Because of a Belligerent Passenger Frontier launches 14 new routes from DC Employee who leaked Jay Z, Solange video fired, Standard Hotel says Bill […]

7 steps to a wonderful weekend in Carmel-by-the-Sea, California

Point Lobos State Nature Reserve (Credit: Jen Melo)

Imagine quaint cottages, topped with the terracotta roof tiles as in Europe, lined with lush lawns, pristine landscaping and towering palm trees. And all of this is set to a soothing soundtrack of waves rushing in and flowing out to the Pacific Ocean. “Picturesque” aptly describes Carmel-by-the Sea, an idyllic village in Monterey, California. But […]