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Favorite Travel Moments from 2018

Starting the New Year in Santa Barbara We spent New Years in the wine country of Santa Barbara and one last night at the Ritz Carlton Bacara on the beach.  We have visited this area many times so it was a great way to start off 2018. Mardi Gras in New Orleans with Friends In… Continue reading Favorite Travel Moments from 2018

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My Definition of Luxury Travel

I think what people consider “luxury” versus “normal” or even “budget friendly” when it comes to travel is all in the eye of the beholder.  To me, saying that something is a “luxury” item when it comes to travel really means that (i) it’s a bit more money than I would normally spend to eat,… Continue reading My Definition of Luxury Travel

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Ritz Carlton Bacara Resort & Spa in Santa Barbara, CA

Well, we had a little change of plans at the very last minute on this trip.  We had originally booked a one night stay at the Four Seasons Biltmore Hotel in Santa Barbara for our last night stay before flying home on Jan. 2.  The day before we left on our trip, I received a… Continue reading Ritz Carlton Bacara Resort & Spa in Santa Barbara, CA

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Dream Hotels – California Edition

Living in Dallas, Texas, we are right in the middle of the country, albeit the southern middle part.  So, flights to California are plentiful, usually very reasonably priced and not very long (about 3 hours max).  I’ve visited San Diego, Orange County/Laguna Niguel, Los Angeles, Santa Barbara, Sonoma Valley and Napa Valley.  Still on my”to… Continue reading Dream Hotels – California Edition

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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

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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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Favorite Meals of 2016

Thinking back over 2016, I realized that I had eaten several good meals while traveling (and a few bad ones) and thought I’d share a few of the ones that came to mind. The picture on the heading is actually of the BBQ shrimp entree at Mr. B’s Bistro in New Orleans – we didn’t… Continue reading Favorite Meals of 2016