Carmel by the Sea
Aug08

Carmel by the Sea

“A village among the trees,” is how Carmel-by-the-Sea was described to me by Carrie Theis, long-time resident and owner of Hofsas House, a family-run boutique inn that was started by her grandmother in the heart of Carmel. Hofsas House, with its European elegance and rich family history is just one example of the unique and familial style of this town that fills only one square mile. In Carmel, the houses are named, not numbered, and...

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Discovering Provincetown’s Oceanside Food Court
Oct09

Discovering Provincetown’s Oceanside Food Court

In the very center of Provincetown is a food court.  One might expect food courts to only exist in malls, and while Provincetown is decidedly mall-like in many respects, this food court transcends the expectations of the common mall goer.  Top shelf sea food is sold alongside hand-churned ice cream.  Meals are enjoyed on a patio overlooking the ocean.   Mid-way down the hall of vittles resides BATATA, beckoning the hungry with a...

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Soaring Over Temecula
Oct04

Soaring Over Temecula

As I stood watching the enormous, multi-colored hot-air balloon come to life before me, all I could think was, “How did I get myself into this, and how do I get myself out?” But in spite of my trepidations (a minor fear of heights as well as the conviction that a nylon balloon cannot, in fact, support the weight of twelve people), I hoisted myself into the basket, tucked myself between the other passengers, and watched the sun rise as...

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Cape Cod Cuisine at The Barnstable Inn
Oct02

Cape Cod Cuisine at The Barnstable Inn

Cape Cod’s scenic 6A is always worth a day trip.  Spend it driving from Boston, perusing antique shops, arriving in Wellfleet at nightfall just in time for a drive-in movie. A little way down the road from the well-hidden but singular antique stove store you may be tempted to drive by The Barnstable Inn.  I suggest you stop and enjoy the food.   What I must trumpet beyond all other delicacies are the crab cakes.  Enjoy the...

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The A/V Club in Los Angeles
Aug13

The A/V Club in Los Angeles

The A/V Club in Los Angeles Giant sparklers stream out of the hands of glittering bodiced hostesses who parade through the crowd with giant bottles of champagne, pausing occasionally to erupt like human welding torches. Trained dancers in faux-ballet attire cavort and twine themselves round poles in the corners of the room. One lace-encased entertainer descends from the ceiling into the crowd of perfect humans. With only 10 tables in...

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Four Seasons Austin Celebrates 25 Years with Special Offers
Apr15

Four Seasons Austin Celebrates 25 Years with Special Offers

I’m lucky enough to be a local, but I recently took a tour of the Four Seasons Hotel Austin and it actually made me jealous of tourists. Especially since the exceptional hotel, located in the heart of downtown, on the shores of picturesque Ladybird Lake and in walking distance of several of the city’s main attractions, is offering visitors amazing specials throughout the year in celebration of their 25th birthday. Every month, hotel...

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