Local Destinations

Soothing Serenity: Nobu Palo Alto

To see or hear the name Nobu is likely to conjure delicious memories of a perfectly prepared Black Cod with Miso, or Yellowtail Sashimi, two of the iconic restaurant’s world-renowned signature dishes.…

Milliken Creek Inn is Napa’s Hidden Hospitality Gem

How have I not known of this magical place? Having enjoyed the hospitality of nearly every Napa Valley hotel over the years, I’m not quite sure how this Silverado Trail gem escaped…

The Estate Yountville Features the Best of Napa Valley

Home to more culinary star power than any other Unites States locale, Yountville is a dream destination not only for gastronomes, but also wine lovers, art aficionados, and those merely seeking a…

What’s New in Downtown Napa, Featuring The George

If you haven’t spent time in Downtown Napa lately, you’ll be pleasantly surprised at all that’s new at wine country’s front door. Transformed into a happening place, it’s a singular destination of…

The Annual Lexus Culinary Classic: Experience Amazing

Gourmands, wine aficionados, and auto enthusiasts know that the annual Lexus Culinary Classic, held at Sausalito’s Cavallo Point, is never to be missed. The three-day celebration – at which guests are immersed…

Living The Dream

Experience the best of Santa Cruz at the Dream Inn   The Santa Cruz of my youth was one filled with sandy days on the beach and nights strolling the boardwalk. We…

Stay in Silicon Valley Style at Mountain View’s The Ameswell Hotel

Heralded by its own street sign as well as iconic Silicon Valley neighbors such as Google, Apple, Facebook, Microsoft, Moffett Field, Shoreline Amphitheatre, Levi’s Stadium, and Stanford University, Mountain View’s new The…

San Francisco Staycation

Satisfy your wanderlust with a stay at one of these San Francisco hotels, each of which stands ready and more than willing to fulfill your travel dreams. Travel is back. But those…

Tranquil Spaces: Some of the world’s best sculpture gardens await

What’s so special about sculpture? Perhaps it’s the way it shares the space with us, in three dimensions, almost as if it were alive. Tactile, made from slick marble, gleaming metal, rough-hewn wood, or scores of other materials,…

A Taste of Thailand in Napa: Bann at Oak Knoll

The juxtaposition is unusual, but somehow, it works – a Thai-themed boutique hotel, set smack in the middle of Napa Valley vineyards, surrounded by grapes and with Vaca Mountain views. The brainchild…

Luxury Travel Revival

Experts Take a Look Into the Crystal Ball   Contributors: Fran Endicott Miller, Misty Milioto, Rosanna Stevens, Laurie Jo Miller Farr Some are calling it travel revenge. Others are simply calling it…

Taking Beauty Home: Prolong the adventure with these products

It’s sounds weird, but maybe you’ll relate: I’ve always loved hotel stuff. As a little kid, the first thing I would do when staying at a hotel (or even a motel) was to rush into the room,…

Beaux Arts Houston: How to tour Texas’ top art scene

Texas has been endlessly stereotyped: big hats, big hair, big landscape. But all along, aesthetes in the know have been lauding the state’s exemplary, abundant, well-financed, world class art scene. Perhaps Texas’ artsiest city is Houston,…

The Ritz-Carlton Bacara, Santa Barbara Beckons

With wanderlust at perhaps an all-time high, but with worldwide travel still on pause, there is no better time to hit the open road for a California car trip. For those in…