Texas · Uncategorized · United States

Staycation at the Four Seasons, Dallas

It is definitely the dog days of summer here in Texas.  Here is a snapshot of our current forecast this week and you can see that we are living on the face of the sun. I HATE Texas in the summer. It’s just too damn hot. Or to put it another way: Steve and I… Continue reading Staycation at the Four Seasons, Dallas

California · Dining · europe · French Polynesia · Italy · Travel Tips · Uncategorized · United States · Wine

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

Uncategorized · United States

Coupeville Town, Whidbey Island

During our 3 day visit, we also drove over to the town of Coupeville, which sits on Penn Cove where the famous Penn Cove mussels are harvested.  They had a small sailing regatta on Saturday, which featured some local farmers and artists selling their wares, two old wooden sailing ships that you could tour and… Continue reading Coupeville Town, Whidbey Island

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Visiting Whidbey Island, WA

Steve and I spent 3 days on Whidbey Island visiting our good friend, Karen, who moved there about 6-7 months ago.  She is actually living in Port Townsend right now which is a 20-30 minute ferry ride away but is still looking for a permanent place on Whidbey.  We flew into Seattle and then made… Continue reading Visiting Whidbey Island, WA

Dining · New Orleans · Uncategorized · United States

New Orleans Restaurant Visits

Well, wouldn’t you know it?  After 3 days of parades, late nights and too much food and drink in New Orleans, I came down with a nasty sinus infection and have been feeling terrible for the last few days and finally saw a doctor this morning.  Note to self – I am no longer in… Continue reading New Orleans Restaurant Visits

New Orleans · Uncategorized · United States

Mardi Gras, New Orleans 2018

We just got back yesterday from 3 days in New Orleans where we celebrated the first weekend of Mardi Gras.  Mardi Gras (aka, Fat Tuesday) this year falls on February 13, but they have parades and festivities for the two weekends before Mardi Gras.  It’s basically the same as Carnivale – everyone parties hard leading… Continue reading Mardi Gras, New Orleans 2018

California · Uncategorized · United States

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