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Travel Tuesday: I left my heart in San Francisco at Hotel Zephyr to be exact

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We had less than a day and one night to spend in San Francisco, so we wanted it to count! The best decision we made was to book a room at what is possibly the coolest hotel on Fisherman’s Wharf. Just one night at Hotel Zephyr not only provided a great home base from which to explore the city but…

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Carlsbad Lagoon | Photo by Marcie Taylor 2015

Staycation Destination: Carlsbad

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There’s more to Carlsbad than Legoland. Don’t get me wrong, Legoland is definitely a family favorite, but for this little weekend getaway, we wanted something else. Something low key and relaxing. Only an hour away from Huntington Beach, Carlsbad is an ideal staycation destination. Though it is a beach town like our Surf City, it has a different vibe. The…

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Travel Tuesday: A Desert Escape at The Boulders Resort in Arizona

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The drive to Arizona is smooth and uneventful. And then the landscape starts to change. There are cacti on the side of the road and tumbleweeds. Large granite boulders jut out from the desert and you wonder if they are real. In fact, they are 12 million years old kind of real. And that’s how this luxury Waldorf-Astoria Resort got…

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How Restaurants are Using Social Media

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My smartphone is a constant companion when dining out. I check in on Foursquare or Yelp, sometimes both. I am thrilled when I get a special offer just for checking in – I’ve had free appetizers, drinks and discounts. When my food comes, I take photographs, post them on Instagram and Twitter, sometimes Facebook. (Yeah, I’m one of those.) So…

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Travel Tuesday: Wellness Weekend At Shore Hotel in Santa Monica

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There is so much I can say about the awesome weekend I had in Santa Monica, CA. I stayed at the LEED Certified, eco-friendly, sustainable Shore Hotel. I got a massage, ate raw, vegan, painted and even did beach yoga. But for now, I’ll let the pictures do the talking.   What a wonderful day! #weather #instaweather #instaweatherpro #sky #outdoors…

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Knott’s Berry Farm Opens Boardwalk Pier and Refurbished Log Ride

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Is it strange that the highlight of any trip to Knott’s Berry Farm for me is lunch or dinner at Mrs. Knott’s Chicken Dinner Restaurant? Well, the rides and all the shows at the park are fun too, but there is something really comforting about the food served at Mrs. Knotts from the freshly baked rolls to the fried chicken…

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Pacific Edge Hotel Debuts Renovated Bungalows on The Beach

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One of my favorite places to take out of town guests to is Pacific Edge Hotel in Laguna Beach. It’s located right on the beach and has this low key, relaxed vibe, which to me, says to my guests – “You’re in SoCal now, babyyy!” Last year, I had the pleasure of experiencing the Surf Cabanas – it’s like having…

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Celebrating Movies at Oscar Themed Party at Kimera

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I can count the number of times I went to a movie theater to watch a movie last year. Four. One was a girls’ night out (guess which movie?) and the other 3 times were all children’s films at the El Capitan Theater in Hollywood. Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE WATCHING movies. But these days, taking the time out…

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Somewhere Beyond the Sea – Carmel-by-the-Sea

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The six hour road trip, from Huntington Beach in Orange County to Carmel by the Sea in Monterey County, California takes you down a scenic route. And it can really be a relaxing drive along the Pacific Coast Highway, except when you are traveling with kids in tow. Driving for so many hours with no DVD to keep time can…

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