Spotted by Locals is a smart new website by European locals dishing out insider tips on their home cities. It's well worth a view.
Splurge for the best room, one of the Vineyard View Cottages, at Napa Valley's Carneros Inn and find a truly private any-season getaway.
We girlfriends dining out opt for the "small plates" restaurants in the San Francisco Bay Area. Not that we eat any less, we simply enjoy a greater sampling of dishes -- and it's great fun.
The food and wine mecca of San Francisco continues to present the fineries of gourmet high-style with the simplicity of exquisite neighborhood casual. This certainly comes in the city's restaurants of all sizes and shapes as part of its neighborhood-based identity. Now comes an abundance of local wine bars, where visitors or residents can experience the tasting rooms of Napa and Sonoma wines, Burgundy and New Zealand grapes, and more. These often funky places are not pretentious, but they are knowledgeable. The connoisseur experience is just down the street, with the world at your fingertips. Not that wine bars are novel, but they are increasingly more prevalent and certainly more accessible to the unitiated. For a "flight" of small quantities of several wines, you can sample a much wider variety than a single winery's tasting room offers out in the Valley. Clearly these venues provide two different types of entertainment...
My friend Tia is biking from San Francisco to LA this week to raise money for HIV/AIDS. Her adventure blog is a stitch -- she's not only a dedicated cyclist and hiker, but she's a wonderful writer and journalist. So I wanted you to be able to share in her adventures -- the FAQ she and her friend developed is really fun! And, if you are so moved, contribute to her cause. You, go, girl! Here are some chronicles of the other participants. But, Tia, we're awaiting the photos? This one only suggests some of her views...
Of all the ways to do wine-tasting in Napa Valley, the Napa Valley Wine Train is not only the easiest, but probably the safest.
You may have missed the annual end-of-summer Barneys New York Warehouse Sale in Santa Monica, but you don't have to next year with LA's Shopper Shuttle. This service is a dream come true for fashionistas and wannabes seeking to fulfill spending fantasies in a city offering blinding choices and variety.
Under 5 feet of water at New Year's, San Anselmo in Marin County is a more alive town than ever -- and a great Fog City summer escape.
The full eclipse of March 29, 2006 was a once-in-a-lifetime experience for former Washington Post correspondent Joanne Omang and her girlfriends, who also witnessed the whirling dervishes.
Girlfriends can create a stellar trip to Turkey great shopping, eating and walking.