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Skamania Lodge – A Wooded Sanctuary in Washington State

Skamania Lodge – A Wooded Sanctuary in Washington State

December 19, 2016 No Comments Nestled in a glade near the Columbia River Gorge in the beautiful state of Washington, Skamania Lodge makes for a lovely escape to the Pacific Northwest. While the Lodge itself is charming and handsomely appointed with luxurious guestrooms, spa, indoor pool, delicious dining and more, the lush wooded grounds are what captivated me most.   ...

 

Multnomah Falls, Oregon

Multnomah Falls, Oregon

October 5, 2016 No Comments Legend has it that a beautiful Multnomah princess gave her life to save her people by jumping off the high cliff overlooking the water of the Big River, now known as the Columbia River Gorge.   It was done in order to appease the Great Spirit’s anger by offering an innocent maiden in sacrifice. The ...

 

Dolphin Bay Resort & Spa

Dolphin Bay Resort & Spa

August 23, 2016 No Comments One of the best things about the Dolphin Bay Resort & Spa is its location. It sits atop a bluff overlooking the Pacific Ocean. The surf pounds the rocky shore below, while sea gulls wheel or hang upon the wind, seeming not to move at all. Their shrill cries carry on the ocean breeze which ...

 

Romancing Romania’s Sarmizegetusa Regia

Romancing Romania’s Sarmizegetusa Regia

May 19, 2016 No Comments   Sarmizegetusa was the capital of Dacia (present-day Romania) before its conquest by the Roman Empire in the early second century AD.  Built right into the mountains of the Carpathians, the main fortress was the citadel of King Decebalus of Dacia, and the site where the final siege took place before the Romans captured the ...

 

Ghost Town at Knott’s Berry Farm

Ghost Town at Knott’s Berry Farm

April 5, 2016 No Comments My favorite attraction at Knott’s Berry Farm in Southern California has always been Ghost Town. Perhaps it’s my fondness for history and all things historical that draws me there, but whatever the reason, it is definitely a fun place to visit.  With a little imagination, it’s easy to believe that you have stepped back in ...

 

Tucson with Tots

Tucson with Tots

January 1, 2016 No Comments Even in summer, there’s more than one reason to visit Tucson. Yes, it’s hot, but some like it hot, and my family does. We’ve stayed in Death Valley in July, and as long as there’s shade, a pool, and some air conditioning to escape to, we can still enjoy the scenery, early morning hikes and ...

 

Joshua Tree Highlands Houses

Joshua Tree Highlands Houses

December 1, 2015 No Comments If you’ve ever read your child a fairy tale… And your child loved the story… Then a stay in one of the Highlands Houses rental properties just outside of Joshua Tree National Park is in order. THE PARK The park itself, of course, is like something from a fairy tale. It has wonderfully strange rock ...

 

La Casa Del Zorro: California Desert Gem Re-Opened

La Casa Del Zorro: California Desert Gem Re-Opened

November 15, 2015 No Comments La Casa Del Zorro first opened in 1937, and was deeply mourned when, after being purchased by investors, it closed in 2010. Its re-opening in 2013 has earned it many accolades in the travel industry for its elegant charm. Located in the small town of Borrego Springs in the heart of Anza Borrego State Park, ...

 

Yurt Love at Wellspring Ranch in Central California

Yurt Love at Wellspring Ranch in Central California

November 1, 2015 No Comments What child would not love a yurt? Or at least the yurts at Wellspring Ranch in the hills high above Central California’s Cayucos beach town. Wellspring Ranch is a beautiful organic farm owned by Jennifer and Richard Arfa, whose loving care and devotion to detail has resulted in one idyllic, pampered, yet rustic resort. The ...

 

Desert Dreaming: Death Valley

Desert Dreaming: Death Valley

October 18, 2015 No Comments It’s been awhile since my family and I visited Death Valley, and an equally long time since I’ve written about it here. Viewed in the fall, with still-warm days and star-filled nights, or the spring, when a riot of wildflowers burst out along the valley floor; viewed in winter when snow crusts the Panamints and ...

 

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