Visitors will never go hungry in San Diego. Although they might go crazy trying to decide where to eat! San Diego County boasts oodles of restaurants, and I've created a list of my favorites.
You made my childhood exotic and unforgettable.
Ghirardelli may be San Francisco's best known chocolate, but production moved away years ago. Today, TCHO is the real San Francisco chocolate -- and it's the only place in town involved in the entire chocolate making process.
I'd been reading about and wanting to visit Post Ranch Inn for at least 10 years. Suffice it to say, it is for very good reason that this property is known to be one of the very best in the world.
Beneath the glitz and glamour of the showbiz capital of the world is a sprawling city with neighborhoods catering to every personality imaginable, ensuring endless possibilities of activity for anyone.
It's called "America's Finest City." And if your idea of a fine city includes near-perfect weather, great beaches, scenic beauty, fine dining and a lively downtown, then San Diego will rank at the top of the list.
I recently went to visit a dear friend, a long time resident of Sonoma, who happens to be very plugged into the Sonoma culinary scene, and I got to see just what makes insider-Sonoma so special.
You've been to Santa Monica Pier and dodged the characters on Venice Beach, but if you want to see L.A. without bumping into another tourist, put these not-exactly-hot spots on your must-see list.
We don't go for wine tastings, but our out-of-town guests certainly do. When you live in Napa, your guests are always a bit tipsy.
When was the last time you walked into a museum and were encouraged to touch everything? Musee Mecanique, a hidden gem at San Francisco's touristed Fisherman's Wharf, is as strange as it is interactive -- and it's one heck of a lot of fun.
Here are my honest, unbiased, unabashedly enthusiastic recommendations for things that will arouse your senses, win your heart and soothe your soul. And don't worry if you don't have three weeks to spare; just pick, choose, enjoy.
Think of a little girl dressing up in her mom's high heels, make-up and sunglasses, and you'll have an approximation of the essence of Los Angeles.
Point Reyes National Seashore is remarkably diverse, both in animal life and habitat.
Joshua Tree is a remarkable, seemingly hidden gem. It is a spiritually powerful place that draws people in. Being there is good for the soul, it clears my head and calms my heart. It brings me peace as it reignites my creative spirit.
My mother was at the wheel of our rental car as we rounded the Marin headlands. The top was down and anticipation was high as the Golden Gate reared into view.