In the belly of bustling downtown San Diego sits the AAA Four Diamond Westin Gaslamp Quarter hotel. It’s all about location, location, location!  The Gaslamp in one of THE hottest spots in this SoCal city. Night life and day life abound! And it’s all steps away from the hotel. Balboa Theater was a vaudeville palace

Hello Palm Springs! Ace Hotel & Swim Club’s cool digs are within shouting distance of downtown; perfect for finding the top 10’s within 2 miles! Here ya go… Because this desert playground is popular with the hipsters, a few top tens are on property! Vespa n’est pas? The Italian mopeds are perfect for zipping around

Aside from crystalline water and major wow factor, this slice of heaven is home to the most ADORABLE SWIMMING PIGS! Big Major Cay is uninhabited except for these sweet swine. They are exceptionally friendly and “piggy paddle” out to greet tour boats. Locals take care of the 20+ feral lovies, including piglets. Visitors giggle and

Okay, you MUST add this Baja, MX whale trip to your bucket list. Words and photos can’t describe the thrill. From January to March each year, Mexico’s San Ignacio Lagoon is full of gray whales who have migrated from Alaska’s Bering Sea to give birth to their calves in Baja’s warm water. People from all

Recently, I laced up my Nike Pegasus and embarked on an 800-mile walk to visit California’s 21 Spanish Missions along the El Camino Real. I divided my peregrination into 10 months, taking four days each month to cover approximately 80 miles, with Amtrak as my chauffeur to and fro. Google maps and Ron Briery’s book,