Travel Video of the Week: Drone Video of Manhattan Beach Christmas Fireworks


Where I live in Manhattan Beach, they don’t do Fourth of July fireworks—but they do do Christmas fireworks. It’s a fun event and the whole town comes out to see them (and actually, many of us paid for them with our parking tickets). This year’s took place last weekend, and during the show I spotted a […]

LAX: The perfect long layover


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 […]

Travel News: Week of April 23, 2014

Hawaiian Airlines tail

Top Travel News U.S. Teen ‘Lucky’ to Be Alive After Stowing Away in wheel way on Calif.-Hawaii Flight  After deaths of 13, Everest Sherpas say they are abandoning climbing season Vueling launches world’s first ‘smart watch’ boarding pass Oregon wines fly free on Alaska Airlines as ‘pilot program’ partnership is extended Berlin Court Tells Uber […]

10 Reasons to Stay at Shade Hotel in Manhattan Beach, California

Shade Hotel Bathroom

I know the beach town of Manhattan Beach very well. I’ve lived there for the past twenty years, after all, but recently I did something very out of the ordinary: I spent a night in our local hotel, Shade Hotel, and boy was I impressed. Shade is the first and only luxury boutique hotel in this upscale beach community and […]

Manhattan Beach Farmers Market


I love farmer’s markets and the Manhattan Beach Farmers Market is one of my favorites. It’s fairly small with about 30 vendors and not crowded unless you go at lunch time. It takes place on 13th Street & Morningside Drive (view map) — every Tuesday from 11am to 4PM. For more information see

L.A. to Florida


 I rarely sleep in Los Angeles hotels because I live there, but this past week I spent back-to-back nights in two different ones. What was crazy is that it was the first time I had ever checked in to a hotel with just a briefcase and no change of clothes. It’s a good thing I […]

Chicago To Meet With Gogo


I started off the week by flying 436 miles from Toronto (YYZ) to Chicago on United. I took the 9:41 a.m. flight out, and the pre-clearance U.S. immigration line at YYZ was insanely long. The wait was about an hour and it provoked me to finally apply for a NEXUS pass. It took less than […]

Rome, L.A. & Manhattan Beach In Style


Greetings from Southern California! So I needed to be back home in Los Angeles for an important meeting and to catch the Manhattan Beach Open. Instead of taking Alitalia’s nonstop service from Rome to LAX I went through London on two UK-based airlines, British Airways (BA) and Virgin Atlantic. Yeah, I know, two of the […]