A Year in Travel: 2014


2014 marked a fun year in the amount of traveling I was blessed to have the opportunity to do. Some were places I had been before, while some were brand new. The mix of the familiar favorites with new adventures made for a most wonderful year. Here's  a little summary of where the wind blew me in 2014... San Francisco, CA The Fairmont~Napa Valley Wine Train~Chinatown~Fisherman's Wharf~Golden Gate Bridge~Sausalito~The Trident~Robert Mondavi … [Read more...]

Travel Tuesday: The Napa Valley Wine Train

One of the things that had been on my "bucket list" for awhile was a trip on the Napa Valley Wine Train in Napa Valley, California, and in May, Darcy and I finally booked our passage. We were on a short holiday in San Francisco and took a day trip down to Napa to enjoy this special tour. Leaving from the Fairmont downtown, it was a pleasant 90 minute drive to McKinstry Street Station in Napa where it departs from.  Their website … [Read more...]

Travel Tuesdays: California Adventures (LA, Santa Barbara and Solvang)

 California holds a special place in my heart. I lived there from 1997 to 2002, holding residence in both the Northern end of the state, near the Oregon border, and also in Los Angeles while I worked as a Speech Pathologist at Children's Hospital Los Angeles.  It is where I was living when I met Darcy, where we courted, and though we didn't get married there (we were married in Scotland), we were living there still when we had … [Read more...]

Who’s hanging out at the Gershwin…

A while back I shared with you mine and Darcy's whirlwind date night to New York City, where we took in the Broadway Musical, Wicked. After the show, we looked for her picture in the Gershwin Theatre. We knew it had to be there and it was! I was so excited to find one of my all time favorite performers, inspirations, and heroes on the wall at the Gershwin Theatre.Can you guess who it was we found?(drum … [Read more...]

Travel Tuesdays: San Diego Festival of Sails

We do alot of traveling with our kids. Sometimes we go all together, all 7 of us (We have 5 children under the age of 13) and other times, especially with International Trips, we "divide and conquer" like we did in May 2012 when I took our daughter Charlotte to Paris or last year when my husband and eldest daughter, went to Austria.  When it comes to family trips and quick weekend getaways, California is always one … [Read more...]

Travel: The Hotel Collection Properties of New York City

I am sharing with you today a collection of hotels in New York City...the Library Hotel Collection Properties...all have some fun things planned for this Valentine's Day. If you are going to be in or near NYC next weekend, these establishments are offering some unique Valentine's fare...and if this Valentine's day does not find you near NYC, then perhaps these ideas might serve as inspiration for your celebration right where you are.    … [Read more...]