Red Rock Canyon, Nevada

If you find yourself in Las Vegas and are feeling overwhelmed from the intensity, noise and flashy gaudiness of the city, head to Red Rock Canyon. Located in Nevada’s Mojave Desert about 20 miles west of the Las Vegas Strip, this National Conservation Area is a beautiful and interesting place to explore. The Visitor’s Center…

Let’s Do Lunch!

Seattleites of a certain age may remember the Frederick & Nelson store located on 5th and Pine in downtown Seattle. Frederick’s had a large restaurant on one of the upper levels that periodically offered fashion shows. My mom loved going out to lunch and seeing the latest fashions, so we went there often. I have…

Lake Quinault, WA

Lake Quinault located in the southern part of the Olympic National Park in northwestern Washington State makes for a peaceful and relaxing get away almost anytime of year. Located on the Olympic Peninsula, the current lodge was built in the 1920s by the same architect who built Old Faithful Lodge in Yellowstone National Park. It…

L’Espoir du Hibou, Seoul, South Korea

Seoul is a huge city with a wide variety of restaurants and street vendors selling all sorts of regional delicacies, and when we visited last year, we enjoyed many of the traditional dishes while dining out. One highlight in particular was an evening spent with our niece and her family (who live in Seoul) at…

Chuckanut Drive

Chuckanut Drive is a scenic stretch of road in Northwestern Washington State that runs from Bellingham to Bow. Before it was completed in 1896, boat or train were the only options to get south of Whatcom County. This scenic road was once part of the Pacific Highway that ran from Vancouver, BC to San Diego….

Another Milestone Birthday

My husband had a milestone birthday last week. Since we thought we would be living in France by now, I had planned on surprising him with a trip to the Loire Valley for a hot air balloon ride and wine tasting. But sadly, thanks to COVID, that didn’t work out. (I have written about life…

Lunch in London, Dinner in Paris

Have you noticed that when you use frequent flyer miles for airline tickets that the route to your final destination is never very direct? A few years ago when my husband and I were flying home from France, the airline sent us to Heathrow, then to Minneapolis, then to Salt Lake City, and then finally…

Yamhill County Restaurants

Planning a trip to do some wine tasting in beautiful Oregon? If so, you may want to find some good restaurants to try. Not to worry, there are many fantastic restaurants in the area. I prefer independent restaurants that support the local farmers and offer fresh ingredients over chain restaurants, and this area is the…

The Oyster Bar on Chuckanut Drive

One of the perks of traveling is trying new restaurants. I have been fortunate to have traveled to quite a few countries and I have some favorite restaurants in various locations including World Wine Bar in Tokyo, L’Etoile du Nord in Paris, and Dry Creek Kitchen in Healdsburg, CA. However, my absolute favorite restaurant, The…