Welcome to Holmes Beach Anna Maria Island

Escape To Anna Maria Island

The Gulf Coast of Florida draws visitors with its pristine beaches of glorious white sands. They beckon you to walk along the peaceful shores digging your toes into the soft billowy sand and immersing you into the beach lifestyle and abundance of nature. These include sea turtles, shorebirds, dolphins, and manatees. The beaches of Anna

Santa Ynez Valley Oak Tree © Cori Solomon

The Best of Santa Ynez Valley Restaurants

This article is an excerpt from an article on Santa Ynez Valley Restaurants I wrote for Wander with Wander in January of 2023. The article takes us on a journey to many of the restaurants in the Santa Ynez Valley. The terrain of the Santa Ynez Valley is diverse, with its green pastures dappled with

Super Bloom of pink Ranunculus at the Flower Fields of Carlsbad

Flowers Galore: A Super Bloom Year

Flowers are all the rage in California this year. Our rainy winter brought a super bloom heralding spring that increased the wildflower population, those in your garden, and the flower fields around Southern California. Let’s look at two great places to visit for super blooms. Super Bloom at Antelope Valley Poppy Reserve For those wildflower

Discovery Princess

Discovery Princess: 360 An Extraordinary Experience

Life is about immersing yourself in extraordinary encounters. For those of you who enjoy cruises, Princess Cruises has one of those memorable experiences. The Van Gogh and Claude Monet Immersive Experience enhanced your sense of sight as you viewed the exceptional works of both artists. Add in your other senses of taste, smell, and touch

Quartzsite Wikimedia Commons Chris English

The Big Little Town of Quartzsite

Heading east on Interstate 10 from California to Arizona, one passes through Quartzsite, Arizona. At first glance, one thinks Quartzsite is just a place to stop for gas upon entering Arizona or before returning to California. Gas is cheaper in Arizona, so most Californians top the tank before returning to California. There is more to this

View of the Ranch from Center of Effort © Cori Solomon Travel 2022

Travel 2022 Year In Review

In 2022 my travel adventures exploring destinations continued both virtually and in person. Although travel was primarily within California, I also traveled to Florida. Enjoy my travel 2022 year in review as I discovered many places in person and virtually more that I hope to visit soon. Travel 2022 Year in Review – In-Person Travel

Paris Bookshop Shakespeare and Company © Linda Funay McClarey

Shakespeare and Company: The Most Famous Paris Bookshop

Strolling up the rain-soaked Rue de la Bûcheri on the Left Bank of Paris, I attempted to close my umbrella despite the brisk wind challenging me to a duel. I wanted no distractions as I approached the 17th-century building that Shakespeare and Company occupies. Feeling the tingling of a long-wished-for dream, I rested my eyes

Santa Barbara Urban Wine Trail Funk Zone Winery J Wilkes

Discover Santa Barbara Urban Wine Trail Winery J.Wilkes

A trip to Santa Barbara must include a visit to one of the funk zone wineries. These wineries are part of the Santa Barbara Urban Wine Trail. The Santa Barbara Funk Zone is located within a few blocks between State Street and Garden Street and Montecito Street to Cabrillo Boulevard. This industrial district was known

ForFriends Inn Santa Ynez Bed and Breakfast © Cori Solomon

ForFriends Inn: The Best Santa Ynez Bed and Breakfast

Just as the Central Coast beckons as one drives north along Highway 101 and the road turns inland from the ocean, ascending into Santa Ynez Valley and Santa Barbara Wine Country, so does the Santa Ynez Bed and Breakfast, ForFriends Inn. The landscape changes to a pastoral setting filled with oak trees, letting us know

Creative Concord Mural_David Cho

Art and Wine in Concord and Contra Costa County

Art and wine connect me to the places I travel to; each establishes harmony and balance in its surroundings. Local art, especially murals, defines a city or town. Like art, local wine speaks of a place, especially in terms of terroir. Both inspire our senses and have a social impact whether we share with friends,

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