Yearly Archives: 2016

DESTINATIONS Romantic Kaui, Hawaii's Garden Isla, Kauai beach
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More than five million years ago, Mother Nature swept over the Pacific Ocean and in a burst of hormonal ecstasy. created the first of the Hawaiian Islands, that green pearl of paradise called Kauai. Caressed by warm tropical breezes, Kauai’s…

DESTINATIONS Casa Majani Resort, Sunset
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Approaching Punta de Mita on a bright fall day, the flawless sky a cerulean blue, I knew I was in for something special. The warm breeze felt like a caress; its clarity etched the curves of the Sierra Madre Mountains…

DESTINATIONS Oaxaca: A collage of culture and cuisine, Oaxaca Cafe Culture, Flute player and guitarist serenade cafe patrons
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Oaxaca’s appeal is so fundamental it’s a wonder this southern state of Mexico and its mile-high capital, Oaxaca [pronounced wah-HA-ka]  City, are not more traveled. Blessed with year-round temperate climate, nearby archeological ruins, distinctive cuisine and magnificent artisan handicrafts, the…

FOOD & WINE Limewood Bar & Restaurant, Claremont Club & Spa
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Berkeley food Claremont Club & Spa, an urban resort in the Berkeley Hills, has long been a draw for its spectacular setting and club amenities. Now, a new option offers another reason to visit as the Claremont welcomes Limewood Bar…

DESTINATIONS
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Dharamsala came to light on the world map in 1959 when His Holiness, the 14th Dalai Lama, fled Tibet and subsequently established his “government in exile” there. Upwards of 100,000 Tibetan exiles have since settled in Dharamsala with most of…

DESTINATIONS Varanasi: On the Banks of the Ganges, sacred river, Ganges River, Ghats, Assi Ghat, India, Varanasi, India
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The spiritual capital of India, Varanasi rests on the most sacred stretch of the Ganges. Sanctified by Shiva’s eternal presence, the “City of Light” is foremost among the 12 sites where the god burrowed and then burst into the atmosphere…

DESTINATIONS Downtown Napa: Sipping and Savoring., Angele Restaurant, rustic French fare in an old boathouse
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If you haven’t checked into Downtown Napa’s vibe for some time, you’re in for quite a treat.  The city is experiencing a thriving renaissance with an explosion of new restaurants, wine tasting rooms, nightlife and trendy shops. For good measure,…