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 […]

My Weekend at the Hyatt Regency Monterey, California

17 Mile Drive

My fiancé Jeanette believes you can glean the essence of a person when you travel with them…fortunately, she’s an amazing traveler and excels at going with the flow. And extra fortunately, she thinks the same about me…phew. Hyatt Regency Monterey We were a little behind schedule and the weather was chilly and overcast when we […]

A Summer Camp for Grown-Ups Awaits at California’s Carmel Valley Ranch

Web Winery Vines

It doesn’t take long to realize this is not your father’s ranch. Consider this adventure more of an upscale summer camp for adults that provides fun and adventure “without the discipline.” As you head past the front gate and up the wooden fence-lined drive to the Lodge, you can’t help but soak in the tranquil […]

10 reasons to stay at Bernardus Lodge


1.     Location: It’s nestled among the oaks and vineyards of the scenic Carmel Valley. 2.    Friendly Staff: You get a sense this is a luxury hotel when you pull up to the valet and they have two friendly bellmen waiting and eager to help. As a matter of fact, all the staff was very friendly. 3.    The […]

My Trip to Monterey, California

JJ & Spud at Bernardus

I was asked to speak at Monterey County’s Convention and Visitor’s Bureau’s first social media seminar…