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California Travel

Weekend Away | Big Bear Lake

Big Bear Lake – California | May 2018 Just a two hour drive east of Los Angeles is Big Bear Lake in the San Bernardino National Forest. A well-known vacation escape for Angelenos, I hadn’t been to Big Bear since high school. During that…

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Wine Tasting in Portland – Part 2

A couple months after our wine tasting weekend in Portland, we flew up again for an overnight trip to surprise our friend for her birthday.  As her husband was in on the surprise, we strategically planned our 30 hour Oregon trip.…

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Weekend Away | Seattle, Washington

Seattle & Bainbridge Island – Washington  |  February 2016 Seattle has always had my heart.  There’s a bit of city, a bit of outdoors, lots of culture and food.  And of course, there’s quite a bit of rain.  I love the rain and the…

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California Travel

Weekend Away | Wine Tasting in Santa Ynez

The Frenchman and I are big on wine. The history, the process, the nuances, the nose, the taste… especially the taste. One of the reasons we love living in Southern California is accessibility to all different landscapes and places. We’re only 2 hours away…

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California Travel

Day Trip | Catalina Island

Just an hour ferry ride away from Los Angeles is Santa Catalina Island, which makes it a perfect weekend destination for Southern Californians. But as a SoCal native, I haven’t visited the island… Until now. Catalina Express offers free round trip rides on your…