Entries for December, 2011

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Pasadena, California Past Times

Pasadena, California Past Times

December 21, 2011 No Comments There are so many great small towns that make up what out-of-town visitors think of as completely “Los Angeles”. And for a quintessential LA experience of course visitors must go beyond the confines of downtown’s urban core, with its mini modern Times Square adjoining the concert and sports venue of Staples Center, historic Olvera Street, ...

 

Bentonville, Arkansas – Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art

Bentonville, Arkansas – Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art

December 20, 2011 No Comments Okay, so why did we go to Bentonville, Arkansas? Well, we first spent time in Fort Smith, Arkansas. That was a stop after Memphis, Tennessee on a recent coast to coast driving trip. And while we were in Fort Smith, enjoying a relaxing evening of doing laundry at the stylish Marriott in town, I heard from a ...

 

The Grand Canyon – A Grand Family Experience

The Grand Canyon – A Grand Family Experience

December 19, 2011 No Comments It’s a big canyon, but that’s only part of what makes it so grand for families. So what does make this such a wonderful destination, other than the fact that it’s a magnificent spectacle of nature? It’s easy to drive in and out of, even from the remote North Rim. Hold onto your children’s hands, ...

 

A Very Beachy California Christmas – St. Regis Dana Point

A Very Beachy California Christmas – St. Regis Dana Point

December 17, 2011 No Comments Whether you’re globe trotting and looking for a wonderful holiday destination, beachfront, or a Southern California resident seeking a close-to-home luxury spot for the holidays, the St. Regis Monarch Beach is a great choice. About the St. Regis Hotel The elegant five star resort has large, beautiful rooms, many with ocean views, three swimming pools ...

 

Child Friendly Favorites in San Jose, CA

Child Friendly Favorites in San Jose, CA

December 16, 2011 No Comments San Jose is not just a bedroom community of San Francisco. It’s also an interesting city to visit in its own right. And in fact, the town contains several excellent attractions that children will enjoy visiting and adults will enjoy sharing. We’ve been to a good number of children’s museums across the U.S. and the ...

 

Hawaii Holiday Vacation, The Ultimate Gift

Hawaii Holiday Vacation, The Ultimate Gift

December 15, 2011 No Comments If you asked your children where they wanted to go for a vacation that was also a holiday present – what would they say? Well, many kids will just follow the magic mouse and say “Disneyland.” And many parents, if asked, would say, oh, some place relaxing and warm – like Hawaii. If you’re looking ...

 

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Boston Massachusetts for the New Year

Boston Massachusetts for the New Year

December 14, 2011 No Comments One of my favorite places to celebrate the New Year has long been Boston. All over Boston, from 10 am to midnight on New Year’s Eve, art shows, theater, live music, and midnight fireworks illuminate the city and start the New Year right. Years ago I shivered watching the fireworks which were then set off ...

 

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Wintery Wonderland – Lake Placid New York

Wintery Wonderland – Lake Placid New York

December 13, 2011 No Comments Listening to a little Irving Berlin in the holiday season may put you in the mood for some snowy scenery. Maybe something that’s a bit of a throwback, when Currier and Ives prints were not historic views of the past, but rather realistic depictions of the present. Skaters on lakes, snowy fields, no real reason ...

 

A Very Vegas Holiday

A Very Vegas Holiday

December 12, 2011 No Comments Where can you find the glitziest Christmas trees? The most colorful holiday lights? A large indoor garden filled with holiday topiary? Massive banks of poinsettias? Venetian gondoliers caroling? How about Santa’s helpers in cute little mini skirts? Las Vegas, baby, where else? With great shops to choose from in faux Venice or in the spectacularly ...

 

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Celebrating Winter at the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco

Celebrating Winter at the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco

December 2, 2011 No Comments Ever wonder about all those birds in the Twelve Days of Christmas song? What about snow and how it’s made? Or reindeer and their important place in our environment’s ecosystem? Or the wonderful holiday smells from all those spices used in baking, cooking and alluring home fragrances? Now you can have these and other intriguing ...

 

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