Allegretto Vineyard Resort by Night

It was like a fairyland. All the lights twinkled, and the fountain slowly faded from blue to turquoise to orange to red. At each corner of the courtyard, a firepit beckoned. Statues — who looked like they’d be at home in an Italian art museum — looked on as we drunkenly giggled and weaved through the square. After a delicious dinner at Cello, Lori, Sandra, and I made Allegretto Vineyard Resort our own. We explored every nook and cranny, delighting in the art that surprised us around every corner.

Hearst Castle

On my recent girls’ trip to Central Coast, we had the opportunity to visit Hearst Castle, courtesy of Visit SLO CAL (thanks Berlin!). While I’d heard of the magnificent home built in the hills near San Simeon, and I was familiar with the family name (Hearst Communications publishes tons of magazines), I’d never ventured up north to see the place for myself. Wow. As we wandered around the magnificent gardens and then took the Grand Rooms Tour, I became more curious about the man behind it all. A Passion for the Land William Randolph Hearst (who I’ll call WRH from here on…

maui ziplining

If you had told me a year ago that I would end up ziplining in Maui, I would have laughed at you! Why the hell would I do such a thing? Well, that “thing” was my 13-year-old, Max, whose sole request on our trip to Maui was to go ziplining. I thought I’d hate it. But in fact, it made me giggle like a girl. As adults, we don’t play enough. We don’t let go of our fears enough to just have a sensory experience. This photo represents that freedom that I experienced zooming above the trees in Hawaii. It…

girls' trip

I’m lucky enough to have numerous women in my life who, like me, love to travel. Recently, I went with Lori and Sandra on a girls’ trip up California from San Diego to Central Coast. We had an amazing time, not only chatting about life and boys in the car ride up, but also enjoying the sights. Here’s what I think makes for a memorable girls’ getaway. 1. Interesting Destinations I counted it up and we hit at least seven cities/towns on our trip, including stops for lunch or dinner on the road! Our main destinations were: San Simeon: The one-time…