Food, Wine and Culture Destinations

Art and Architecture Santorini, An Island in Time: Santorini, Greece, Greek Island, Cyclades

An Island in Time: Santorini, Greece

BY LEE DALEY. What is it about the Greek island of Santorini that captivates all who visit? It’s easy to credit its beauty to the shimmering blue Aegean, the drama of its whitewashed cube dwellings built atop one another, clinging…

DESTINATIONS Utah Fall color gold, Southern Utah,Zion Overlook, Finding Fall Color Gold in Zion National Park

Utah Fall Color Gold

Story and Photos by Lee Daley  Editor’s Note: This is an update on current conditions for Utah’s parks:  Often overlooked for New England or the Smoky Mountains, Utah’s national parks and woodlands–combined with local live performances, museums and galleries–offer not…

DESTINATIONS Benaras, On the Banks of the Ganges, sacred river, Ganges River, Ghats, Assi Ghat, India, Varanasi, India

Varanasi: On The Banks Of The Ganges

Story and Photos by Lee Daley in Varanasi, as the sun’s glow edges the horizon beyond the River Ganges, the local boatmen are already up and about, readying their craft for visitors to the holy city. I sheepishly scan the…

Art and Architecture Peggy Guggenheim home on the Grand Canal, Venice

Peggy Guggenheim: At Home in Venice

Peggy Guggenheim at Home in Venice: Collector, Patroness, Lover. Story by Lee Daley. Photos by Lee Daley unless otherwise noted. On the Grand Canal of Venice if you look carefully, you will see-–almost hidden, overshadowed as it is by the…

CA Mother Rose pushing her two daughters in "Gypsy" the play now at Alcazar Theater, San Francisco, California

Gypsy, A Musical Fable

Reviews by Carol Canter and Lee Daley. (Review by Carol Canter) “Curtains up, light the lights, you got nothing to hit but the heights!” Well, everything did come up roses opening night for Bay Area Musicals’ fabulous production of Gypsy,…

DESTINATIONS In Kauai, a bumper crop of food trucks, rainbow over the ocean, beach combing on Kauai's north shore

In Kauai, a bumper crop of food trucks

Update 9/29/20: Hawaiian Airlines has implemented a Keeping You Safe program and is now offering 36 hour and same-day drive-up Covid-19 testing (for a fee) at Worksite Labs locations near LAX and SFO. United Airlines followed suit with onsite testing…

DESTINATIONS Ogunquit, Maine,a beautiful place by the sea, tideooos,beach walking, beach

Ogunquit: A Beautiful Place by the Sea

When I think of the perfect Maine getaway, Ogunquit immediately comes to mind. It’s all there, breathtaking Maine beauty, surf, sand, rocky coastline and a small artistic village. A destination worth flying to from anywhere in the US and an…

China Black Mountain Valley, China’s Enchanted Oasis, waterfall walk, canyon trail, Chongqing day trip

Black Mountain Valley, China’s Enchanted Oasis

Story and photos by Lee Daley On a recent trip to China, I visited Black Mountain Valley, a place of untamed raw beauty, full of mystery, lush vegetation and silver hued waterfalls. The two-hour drive from Chongqing on a narrow…

Art and Architecture San Miguel de Allende at Hotel Matilda, mural walkway, Our Lady of Guadaloupe, Mexico

San Miguel de Allende at Hotel Matilda

Story and Photos by Lee Daley For a soul soothing stay in San Miguel de Allende, Hotel Matilda, the “hotel different,” is an eye-opener. When you travel to a Mexican colonial city that has been designated a World Heritage Site,…

Croatia Brac Island. Croatia: Sun, Sea and Stone,, Croatia Dalmation Coast, In Croatia:, Being on Brac, Island of Stone and Sea, Bol Boat Harbor

Brač Island, Croatia: Sun, Sea and Stone

In Croatia, aboard the Katarina Line Futura:  As we watched deckside, our small cruise ship anchored alongside the Dalmatian Coast shore of Brač Island and its Golden Horn Beach, known as one of Europe’s most beautiful. Holding just 38 passengers,…

CA Chardonnay & croquet, Croquet lawn, Sonoma-Cutrer Vineyards, Russian River, Sonoma County, Windsor, CA

Chardonnay & Croquet at Sonoma Cutrer Winery

Story by Lee Daley.  Photos by John Sundsmo and Lee Daley Sonoma County is known for its excellent Chardonnay wines and those produced at Sonoma Cutrer Winery are no exception. Tucked away on a lush hillside in Windsor, Sonoma Cutrer…

Cruise Dinner at Sea with Holland America Line, our cruise ship awaits as we explore Half Moon Cay, Holland America Line, Nieuw Amsterdam,

Dinner at Sea with Holland America Line

Dinner at Sea with Holland America Line Story and Photos by Lee Daley “Where are we eating next?” became the favorite game my husband and I played during our brief four-night cruise from Ft. Lauderdale to Nassau aboard Holland America…

DESTINATIONS Lake County: A Sweet Spot Getaway north of San Francisco, Olive Groves at Chacewater Winery and Olive Mill,Olive Groves at Chacewater Winery and Olive Mill, Kelseyville, CA, Lake County

Lake County: Northern California’s Sweet Spot

Lake County:  Northern California’s Sweet Spot Story and Photos By Lee Daley Drive a few hours north of downtown San Francisco and a different world awaits. On a recent weekend getaway, my city stress lessened and lessened, almost in layers,…

DESTINATIONS La Cocina Que Canta, young chef

Rave Reviews for La Cocina Que Canta

Story and Photos by Guest Columnist Stephanie Levin. Snippets of independent, quiet conversations from our little band of hikers erupted as an umbrella of oak trees narrowed to a dirt trail that ascended, descended, twisted and ascended again before leveling…

DESTINATIONS Georgós Nu Wines, Greek red wine, organic, hand harvested, Georgós Nu Wines imports grapes from Greece where they are shipped to the US and blended, then bottled in Sonoma, CA. Some of the grapes are grown here in Santorini on ancient, old-growth vines. vines

A mythological wine tasting with Georgós Nu Wines

A mythological wine tasting with Georgós Nu Wines “Come.Taste my wines and experience the glory of Greece.” So said Georgós Zanganas, company founder of Georgós Nu Wines. And so our small group of wine lovers gathered in San Francisco to…

DESTINATIONS Palm Springs, Heart sculptures at the Palm Springs Art Museum patio, Palm Springs indulges the Senses.

Palm Springs Indulges The Senses

Approaching Palm Springs, that desert oasis nestled between two mountains–the Santa Rosa to the south and the San Jacinto to the west—I knew a treat was in store. The scent of sagebrush carried on the wings of clean desert air…

Death Valley National Park Zabriskie Point, Death Valley National Park, nature's pallette

Death Valley Meditation

It’s early morning and I have spent the last 10 minutes admiring the light and shadows on a small brave bush somewhere alongside the road to Furnace Creek in Death Valley, a place my husband and I have come to…

CA Pacfica,, CA, Rockaway Beach "Watchin' the tide roll in.", Sunset golden reflections on the waves, Taken about 5 p.m. as the sun was descending into the horizon.

Pacifica: the beaches are only the beginning

I’ve always known the Pacifica coastline boasts just about the best and most diverse five-mile span of beaches in Northern California. I thought I knew it well. Until I extended my usual day-trip to two nights and three days in…

DESTINATIONS Romantic Kaui, Hawaii's Garden Isla, Kauai beach

Romantic Kauai, Hawaii’s garden isle

Story by Lee Daley. Photos by Lee Daley and John Sundsmo Update 9/29/20: Hawaiian Airlines has implemented a Keeping You Safe program and is now offering 36 hour and same-day drive-up Covid-19 testing (for a fee) at Worksite Labs locations…

DESTINATIONS Casa Majani Resort, Sunset

Casa Majani at Punta de Mita, Mexico

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

Oaxaca: A collage of culture and cuisine

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…

CA Limewood Bar & Restaurant, Claremont Club & Spa

Limewood Bar & Restaurant opens in Berkeley

  By Lee Daley 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…


In Dharamshala. Finding my Cup of Tea

Story and Photos by Lee Daley Dharamshala 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…

DESTINATIONS Downtown Napa: Sipping and Savoring., Angele Restaurant, rustic French fare in an old boathouse

Downtown Napa: Sipping and Savoring

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,…

DESTINATIONS Hawaii: Seeing Oahu through a Photographer’s Eyes Turtle Island, Oahu North Shore, early morning light with dramatic clouds over Turtle Island

Hawaii: Seeing Oahu through a Photographer’s Eyes

Turtle Island , Oahu, Hawaii Update 9/29/20: Hawaiian Airlines has implemented a Keeping You Safe program and is now offering 36 hour and same-day drive-up Covid-19 testing (for a fee) at Worksite Labs locations near LAX and SFO. United Airlines…

Art and Architecture O’Keeffe, New Mexico through O’Keeffe eyes, O'Keeffe Country, New Mexico, Red rock cliffs of Jurassic Age near Ghost Ranch

New Mexico through O’Keeffe eyes

In the Footsteps of Georgia O’Keeffe. Story and Photos by Lee Daley I’m not sure whether it was “Purple Hills II” or “Lavender Hill with Green” that gave me the Georgia O’Keeffe itch but, when a friend gave me a…

DESTINATIONS In Burma, On the Road to Mandalay, Yangon. Rangoon, Myanmar, Golden TempleBagan temples, Bagan temples at sunset

In Burma: On the Road to Mandalay

In 2003, I traveled to Myanmar, formerly called Burma. We flew to the capital, Yangon, once called Rangoon, before journeying on to Mandalay where my traveling companion and I boarded the river boat, The Road to Mandalay.Thus began some of…

Boston dining around Boston

Dining around: Boston

On a recent visit, I explored Boston’s culinary scene and came away impressed with the distinctly diverse dining options available in this seacoast city. Along with a memorable meal, I looked for an ambiance that was quirky, artistic or historic,…

DESTINATIONS Ogunquit, a beautiful place by the sea,Marginal Way, Maine, lobster boats

Head “Down East” for Maine Lobster

Lee Daley The expletive, “get crackin,!” takes on new meaning when faced with a Maine lobster. A culinary challenge worth every crunch, consuming the Homerus americanus known more colloquially as the American lobster, is a rewarding hands-on experience. Considered the…

DESTINATIONS Shwedagon Pagoda, Rangoon, Burma, Yangon, Myanmar, Rangon Renaissance,

Rangoon Renaissance: Staying at The Strand

Story and Photos by Lee Daley Burma is now on many world travelers’ “A” list.  With the release of Nobel Prize Laureate Aung San Suu Kyi from house arrest and her subsequent triumphant election campaign, tourism to the country is…

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