Santa Barbara: A Weekend Escape to the Beach and Vineyards

Beautiful Santa Barbara

Most people living in Los Angeles have visited Santa Barbara at least once. Either they went as a child for a weekend of family fun on the beach, as a college student to partake in the party scene in Isla Vista (where the University of California at Santa Barbara is located), as adults for a […]

Trafalgar Tours To Italy 2


As I continue on the Trafalgar bus tour, I reluctantly leave Rome and go north to Tuscany. The countryside was beautiful, much of it like a painting. It was a long ride (4 hours) to our first stop, Castello Vicchiomaggio, for a wine tasting and lunch. The winery was in Greve, in the Chianti region […]

Napa Valley: Luxury, Eco-Living And Spa Indulgence


By: Janice Fuhrman How green is the Napa Valley? It’s not only the grapevines carpeting the valley that make this wine paradise green. More and more wineries are farming their grapes organically, installing solar panels and using recycled materials in their buildings. But a new super-luxury hotel in the heart of the valley moves a […]