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Day 16 | LivingWells California Road Trip - Healdsburg

Day 16 | LivingWells California Road Trip – Healdsburg

In a county full of stars, Healdsburg shines bright for a number of reasons, not the least of which is the small-town glamour of the plaza that serves as the heartbeat of the enchanted town. On this plaza and the arteries that flow from it, a thriving food and wine scene flourishes alongside a range...
Day 12 -13 | LivingWells California Road Trip - San Diego, Part 2

Day 12 -13 | LivingWells California Road Trip – San Diego, Part 2

  In keeping with my plan to explore the previously unexplored, the Southern California leg of the LivingWells California road trip ended with two relatively lazy days in two oceanfront properties that had heretofore been mere points on a map to me. I, of course, already knew the chic seaside community that is La Jolla, an...
Day 10 - 11 | LivingWells California – San Diego, Part 1

Day 10 – 11 | LivingWells California – San Diego, Part 1

Day 10 of the LivingWells California adventure began with an hour and a half drive from Palm Springs to the Rancho Bernardo Inn, which is located in the picturesquely suburban northern climes of San Diego County. Fittingly, the timing of my arrival coincided with the one-year anniversary of Rancho Bernardo’s Mediterranean-themed Avant Kitchen helmed by...
LivingWells California Road Trip – Palm Springs

LivingWells California Road Trip – Palm Springs

Spending a good part of Day 8 making my way out of Los Angeles made arriving in the leisurely environs of Palm Springs even more of a treat on what I’m calling “the desert” leg of this adventure. Even though Palm Springs is not a place that is unfamiliar to me, I remain just the...
LivingWells California Road Trip – Los Angeles

LivingWells California Road Trip – Los Angeles

Not that you ever need a proper reason for a road trip, but one of the best involves an occasion that is decidedly personal. I had such an occasion this past weekend which I credit with having given birth to this entire road trip extravaganza. That the occasion occurred in my own hometown of Los...
Day 4 | LivingWells California Road Trip – Newport Beach

Day 4 | LivingWells California Road Trip – Newport Beach

That the morning began at the Montage Laguna Beach with the Pacific Ocean as a backdrop and included The Loft’s signature Parma Eggs — a memorable combination of fried eggs, truffled brioche, crispy prosciutto and grilled heirloom tomatoes that may well be among my new breakfast favorites — set the tone for a day of...
Day 3 | LivingWells California Road Trip – Laguna Beach

Day 3 | LivingWells California Road Trip – Laguna Beach

So today it was on to Day 3 of the LivingWells California road trip. The morning began with a fond farewell to the Lake Arrowhead Resort and Spa and a descent of some 5,000-plus feet back to reality en route to Laguna Beach, another slice of wonderful located just about 85 miles west of the...
Day 2 | LivingWells California Road Trip – Lake Arrowhead

Day 2 | LivingWells California Road Trip – Lake Arrowhead

So it’s only day 2 of my LivingWells California road trip and I’ve already learned a couple of valuable lessons that I will impart here as the first road trip rules to come out of this adventure. Rule #1: Never attempt to leave Los Angeles at or around rush hour. Now, I am aware that...
LivingWells California Road Trip Kicks Off

LivingWells California Road Trip Kicks Off

Today I’m packed and ready to kick off a 21-day tour of California on which I fully expect to unearth a bevy of new favorite  luxury hotels, restaurants and destinations in the Golden State. From Palm Springs, San Diego and Laguna Beach to San Francisco, Lake Arrowhead and Carmel-by-the-Sea, I will be chronicling my trip...
LivingWells Goes to the Crescent Hotel

LivingWells Goes to the Crescent Hotel

Check out the first promo from the pilot for LivingWells the series which finds me at the Crescent Hotel, one of my favorite hotspots in Beverly Hills.  Stay tuned for more from the world of LivingWells!    
Catalina Dreamin'…

Catalina Dreamin’…

There is at least one place in Los Angeles County where cars are scarce, the pace is slow and wild buffalo, rather than paparazzi, roam free. It is about 22 miles off the coast of Southern California and accessible primarily by boat or ferry but it is indeed part and parcel of Los Angeles County....
25 Fabulous Reasons to Visit Rancho Valencia

25 Fabulous Reasons to Visit Rancho Valencia

Generously swathed  in the attributes for which Southern California is legendary, Rancho Valencia Resort and Spa is, not surprisingly, no stranger to accolades. However, as this year marks the much lauded resort’s 25th anniversary, I thought I would add to the accolades by highlighting 25 fabulous reasons to visit the lush California hideaway that is consistently...
Messhall: Comfort in Silverlake

Messhall: Comfort in Silverlake

Immortalized in Vince Vaughn’s Swingers, the space formerly known as The Brown Derby, is today the epitome of Silverlake hipster chic. Messhall, as it is now known, has settled comfortably into its epic environs with an updated menu of comfort food that has afflicted locals and foodies from all over Los Angeles alike with brief...
Crazy about Chowder: A Tale of Spud Point and Addiction on Bodega Bay

Crazy about Chowder: A Tale of Spud Point and Addiction on Bodega Bay

I can’t even remember the first time I heard about the amazing goodness of the signature menu item at Bodega Bay’s always buzzing Spud Point Crab Company, but, suffice it to say, it was a very long time ago. On every visit to Sonoma over the last several years, I found myself trapped in a...
The Victorian Magic of Madrona Manor

The Victorian Magic of Madrona Manor

Tucked minutes away from the heart of urbane downtown Healdsburg lies Madrona Manor, the enchantingly romantic and historic inn that might as well be a world apart from its nearest neighbors given the charm with which it evokes a bygone era. Set on eight wooded acres overlooking Sonoma County’s Dry Creek Valley, the Victorian estate,...