California

Coachella Valley Brewing Co

Coachella Valley Brewing Flight

Quench Your Thirst at this Desert Brewery

This might be stating the obvious but…the desert is hot. Really hot. And it doesn’t matter if you’re sitting poolside at the Desert Riviera, swanning around Palm Springs, or hiking to the top of Mt. Ryan in Joshua Tree, whatever you’re doing, you’re going to work up a thirst – and we think the best way to slake it is with a brew from Coachella Valley Brewing Company.… Continue Reading →

Desert Riviera Hotel

A Magical Mid-Century Modern Hotel in Palm Springs

The first thing we noticed about the Desert Riviera Hotel was that we didn’t notice anything; it looks so unassuming from the outside, a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it sign, high green hedge walls and a tiny notch of a parking lot.

But those hedges are hiding a slice of paradise – a cerulean pool straight out of a Hockney surrounded by chaise lounge chairs and shaded by palm trees.… Continue Reading →

Happy Birthday Yosemite!

150 years of natural beauty

On June 30, 1864, President Lincoln signed a land grant to protect the Yosemite Valley and Mariposa Grove. It was the first time the United States set aside land to preserve its majestic beauty for future generations.

Here are some of our favorite photos of the Yosemite Valley from our recent trip to the park.… Continue Reading →

Exploratorium and the Palace of Fine Arts

palace of fine arts

Hands-On Science in San Francisco

The scene in So I Married an Axe Murderer where Mike Myers and Nancy Travis are walking near a lagoon and she shouts at some sailors in Russian was filmed at the Palace of Fine Arts in San Francisco. This is also where Claire Forlani and Sean Connery meet in The Rock.… Continue Reading →

Fisherman’s Wharf

fisherman's wharf

San Francisco’s Piers Offer Something for Everyone

And we mean everyone. With all there is to do here, Fisherman’s Wharf is jam-packed with shoppers, diners, tourists and those looking for a stroll by the bay. Located on the northern tip of San Francisco, the Wharf is bordered by Ghirardelli (yes, that Ghirardelli) Square, near Pier 45 on the west side, and Pier 35 on the east side.… Continue Reading →

The Presidio

golden gate bridge

Presidio is Spanish for “Fort”


After you take the Cable Car from Union Square to Fisherman’s Wharf with a throng of tourists, you may be disappointed with the view. Here is the beautiful San Francisco Bay with Alcatraz in middle and the Golden Gate Bridge to the left, and all you can see is an In and Out Burger and stores hawking catchphrases on t-shirts.… Continue Reading →

Ferry Building

San Francisco’s Foodie Paradise

Smack dab in the middle of the Embarcadero, the Ferry Building was once the gateway to San Francisco. Thousands of travelers and commuters made their way across the bay by ferry each day. However, the completion of the Bay and Golden Gate bridges in the mid 1930s and the increasing the dominance of the car as the primary means of transport for Americans, the Ferry Building was left underutilized and disregarded.  … Continue Reading →

Fino

Fine Italian Dining in Downtown San Francisco

Fino Ristorante and Bar is a cozy little place just off Union Square that has quiet, comfortable dining area that stands in stark contrast to the crowds and noise of this tourisy area. The entrance is around back, so follow the neon sign arrow around the corner.… Continue Reading →

Ozumo

Sushi at Ozumo in San Francisco

Best Sushi in San Francisco

That’s what Yelp said, and we concur. Located near the Ferry Building, Ozumo is a large restaurant featuring a sushi bar, grill, sake lounge and dining areas. The restaurant offers lovely views of the Embarcadero and the Bay, but you would not know this from the entrance on Steuart Street.… Continue Reading →

Sears Fine Food

Great Food With a Side of Nostalgia

Along the cable car line on Powell Street just north of Union Square is a San Francisco institution: Sears Fine Food. Sears opened it doors in 1938 and has been serving steaks, seafood and cocktails to locals and tourists alike for over 70 years.… Continue Reading →