California · Dining · Uncategorized · United States · Wine

Food & Wine in Napa Valley…and a little Scenery

The concierge at the Auberge du Soleil hotel set up restaurant and winery reservations for us during our 3 day stay in Napa Valley.  First, let’s take a peek at the wineries we visited.  Our first reservation was for a winery tour and private tasting at Stag’s Leap Winery & Cellars which is located on… Continue reading Food & Wine in Napa Valley…and a little Scenery

California · Uncategorized · United States · Wine

Hotel Love – The Auberge du Soleil in Napa Valley

I just returned from an incredible 3 day stay in Napa Valley with my mom.  We hung our hats at the gorgeous and luxurious Auberge du Soleil Hotel in the middle of Napa Valley.  The hotel is located in Rutherford just off of the Silverado Trail and is up on a hill so it has… Continue reading Hotel Love – The Auberge du Soleil in Napa Valley

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Napa Itinerary for Next Week

Next week I will be traveling to Napa Valley for a 3 night stay with my mom.  This was my Christmas present to her and the trip ended up being timely.  Sadly, my grandmother (my mom’s mom) passed away just a few weeks ago so it will be so nice to have some good quality… Continue reading Napa Itinerary for Next Week

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My Favorite Cathedral

In 2011 we visited Spain for the first time, spending a few days in Madrid and a few days in Barcelona.  During our stay in Barcelona we toured the city’s (and all of Spain’s) most popular site, the Sagrada Familia cathedral, which was designed by modernist architect Antoni Gaudi.  He considered all details in his… Continue reading My Favorite Cathedral

Italy · Travel Tips · Uncategorized · Wine

Possible Two Week Itineraries

In 2018, Steve and I are planning to do something that we haven’t done in over 15 years – take off 2 consecutive weeks for vacation.  Steve and I each get 4 weeks of vacation but we have never taken off more than 7 consecutive work days for vacation since 2001 when I passed the… Continue reading Possible Two Week Itineraries

Texas · Uncategorized · United States

Review – Hotel Emma, San Antonio

If I could sum up Hotel Emma in one word, it would be “cool.”  If I had 3 words, it would be “industrial chic design.”  Hotel Emma opened in San Antonio’s Pearl District about 6 months ago in mid-2016 so it’s pretty new by anyone’s standards.  The Hotel is located in the old Pearl Brewery… Continue reading Review – Hotel Emma, San Antonio

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San Antonio Weekend – Things to Do

Steve and I did a quick weekend getaway to San Antonio, Texas and stayed at the new Hotel Emma, which I will review separately.  Neither one of us had been to or stayed in downtown San Antonio for around 10 years and while much has stayed the same (the Alamo and the Riverwalk), a lot has… Continue reading San Antonio Weekend – Things to Do