5 Points Plaza: Surf City’s Signature Shopping & Dining Destination

One of the best pieces of advice I was ever given is this: when traveling or looking for amazing shopping and dining hotspots, always ask the locals where they go. Nothing beats a great local reputation – and few retail developments in Huntington Beach have enjoyed such a long history of success as Surf City’s […]

Destination Dining: The Ritz Prime Seafood

Paying homage to an icon, this reinvented Newport Beach restaurant offers a new generation of connoisseurs a world-class culinary experience In the months since the new Ritz Prime Seafood opened its doors to a new generation of culinary enthusiasts, much has been written about how this reinvented restaurant stacks up against the iconic Newport Beach […]

Destination Dining @ The Ritz Carlton, Laguna Niguel

RAYA and 180blu offer inventive dishes, hand-crafted cocktails and unparalleled, awe-inspiring views Here in South Orange County, we’re pretty lucky to live so close to the coast and have an abundance of wonderful dining destinations to choose from. But for inventive cuisine coupled with awe-inspiring ocean views, there are few establishments that rival RAYA and […]

36 Hours in Coronado: Paradise Perfected

Just over the bridge from San Diego, Coronado is a small, quaint, tree-lined retreat characterized by beautiful, rarely crowded white sand beaches, a rich, romantic history and laid-back, small town atmosphere. Although locals refer to it as “the island,” Coronado is really a peninsula connected to the mainland by a finger of land called the […]

Accommodation of Distinction: Ritz-Carlton, Half Moon Bay

As summer approaches and the final weeks of school wind down before the crazy chaos that defines “family vacation” days descend upon our household, my husband and I decided to coordinate a romantic weekend to celebrate (both of our birthdays are in the same month). We were looking for a locale no longer than about […]

A Romantic Weekend Retreat in Santa Barbara Wine, adventure and memories in the American Riviera

Visitors travel to Santa Barbara, often called the American Riviera, from all over the globe to experience remarkable Central Coast weather and wine, paired with world-class shopping, entertainment, surf and adventuring. For a weekend away with your significant other, it’s a romantic getaway with a lot to offer. To make the most of a weekend […]

Staycation in San Diego’s North County at the Rancho Bernardo inn

I’m a firm believer that traveling together is a perfect way to bond as a family and even a quick trip to a nearby destination provides plenty of memory making moments. We recently planned a long weekend in North San Diego County – it doesn’t get much easier than loading everyone into the minivan for […]

Vines, Wines, Fine Dining … and Family-Friendly Fun in Napa Valley

I am a mom. It’s a fact that may belie my bias when I tell you that sometimes a girl simply needs a break. Children, husbands, work, the unending demands of every single day… it catches up with you. Even the oft-offered advice, “You must make time for yourself!” can feel like just another pressure. […]

Stay and Play at the West Inn and Suites

By Ann Laurence One of Carlsbad’s best-kept secrets serves up serious family fun With miles of charming seaside communities straddling the coast from Oceanside to La Jolla, San Diego County has no shortage of laid-back beach and ocean lifestyle destinations. But for our family’s recent “staycation,” we were looking for a locale where the mild […]

Cavalia – Odysseo arrives this month under the White Big Top in Irvine

The new theatrical adventure by the internationally acclaimed entertainment company Cavalia to be presented under the White Big Top at the junction of the I-405 & the SR-133 (with performances beginning Wednesday, February 3), Odysseo is a  $30 million extravaganza that expands the definition of performance into an epic and soulful experience that is astonishing […]