California · Uncategorized · United States

Learning more about The Majestic Yosemite Hotel (a.k.a. the Ahwahnee Hotel) in Yosemite National Park, California

Years ago I watched a riveting PBS special called Great Lodges of the National Parks.  It was so interesting that I couldn't drag myself away from the show. Many of the lodges were built out of log, stone, and timber which echoed their natural surroundings.  Using these sturdy materials made the early 20th century seem… Continue reading Learning more about The Majestic Yosemite Hotel (a.k.a. the Ahwahnee Hotel) in Yosemite National Park, California

California · Uncategorized · United States

More About Crescent City, California

There are a few more places to check out if you are up in the northern part of the California coast, especially in Crescent City. At Ocean World, you can take a 45-minute fully-guided tour which is a once-in-a-lifetime experience.  You can learn about the unique creatures who live and play within the rocks near… Continue reading More About Crescent City, California

Anguilla · Arizona · California · Europe · Florida · Italy · Louisiana · North Carolina · Tropical Bliss · Uncategorized · United States

Alfresco Dining (the enchantment of dining outdoors)

There is just something magical about dining outside.  The picture above (located at Spencer's Restaurant in Palm Springs, California) caught my eye.  Everything about it is enchanting.  Hanging lanterns, glowing table lamps, and the flickering flames from a fire pit transform an ordinary day into something mystical. Any alfresco dining will do!  Here are some… Continue reading Alfresco Dining (the enchantment of dining outdoors)

South Carolina · Uncategorized · United States

Folly Beach, South Carolina (a break from the city)

  I have lived in Columbia, South Carolina.  Columbia is hot.  (mostly in the weather sense).  😉 The marketing folks in Columbia know this.  The well-known slogan is, "Famously Hot".  I will go ahead and give a plug to Columbia because it  does have many fantastic features including great restaurants and music venues.    … Continue reading Folly Beach, South Carolina (a break from the city)

St. Barths · Tropical Bliss · Uncategorized

St. Barths (searching for a relaxing get-away)

I've heard of St. Barths (or St. Barts, either/or) usually in conjunction with celebrity sightings.  The actual island name is St. Barthélemy. I was curious to find out where it is located and if anyone who is not famous, moneyed, or royal can set foot on it. The good news is that anyone who plans… Continue reading St. Barths (searching for a relaxing get-away)