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Author Archives: Alexa

Palacio Azteca – Tijuana – Restaurant Review

Ravioli with poblano cheese and spinach.

On a recent trip to Baja California I was fortunate to be invited to lunch with a friend Juan Arturo Saldana Angulo who works with Discover Tijuana. I had visited Ensenada and the Valle de Guadalupe wine region with Penny Williams, my mom and editor for and on our way back to San Diego we met up with Juan who took us on a tour of Tijuana; up into the… Read More

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5 Safety Tips For Women Traveling Alone

A Few Precautions Help Reduce Risks So You Can Focus On Fun Perhaps more than ever, women are willing to ditch their traveling companions and go solo when it comes time to hit the road and see the world. A survey by Small Luxury Hotels of the World revealed that between 2011 and 2012 there was a 53 percent increase in the demand for rooms by women traveling alone. The London Daily Mail… Read More

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Twitter Contest: Win a 3 Night Stay at Hotel Coral and Marina

Win a getaway for two, including a three-night stay in an oceanfront deluxe suite, three winery tours with transportation and breakfast for two people daily at Hotel Coral and Marina located in Ensenada, Mexico.  Just share your #CoralExperience on Twitter to win a stay at Ensenada’s premier full-service luxury resort and marina.   To enter the contest, residents of the U.S. and Mexico need to follow @HotelCoralBC on Twitter, send a tweet about their Coral… Read More

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10 Reasons to Visit Pismo Beach this Winter!


  Here a just a few of the reasons winter is still “prime time” to visit Pismo Beach: 1. Monarch Butterfly Grove – November through February Each year thousands of vibrant Monarch Butterflies flock to Pismo Beach, seeking shelter from the freezing northern winters.  From late October to February, the butterflies cluster in a grove of Eucalyptus trees at the Pismo State Beach Monarch Butterfly Grove, just 3 minutes from downtown…. Read More

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52 Reasons to Visit Italy

Italy has so much to offer. I was fortunate enough to be able to go on a 21-day trip to Italy. Starting in Sicily and moving all the way up the boot to Milan, there was so much to experience. The culture and history are palpable no matter where you are in the country. Whether you want to visit the beach towns or soak in all the Roman history, there’s… Read More

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A Perfect Day in Oceanside Exploring Art and Surf Culture


I live in San Diego and drive by Oceanside on a regular basis to visit my dad in Dana Point and my mom in Huntington Beach. I’ve lived in Southern California most of my life and I always thought of Oceanside as a military town and where portions of Top Gun was filmed. Recently I began hearing about the many breweries popping up and new restaurants getting rave reviews. I… Read More

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Channel Your Inner Rockstar at the Hard Rock Hotel San Diego


Want to channel your inner rockstar? No better place to do it than the Hard Rock Hotel San Diego. If you are going to play rockstar for a day it must start with a hearty breakfast and luckily that can be found at Mary Jane’s located in the hotel lobby. Mary Jane’s has a diner feel and offers up comfort food like a ham, cheese & egg sandwich, chicken and… Read More

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The 10 Busiest Airports in the US for Christmas Holiday Travel 2014

Christmas travel is one of the busiest times of year. Whether it is to visit family or friends in a different city or to go on a vacation it’s a busy time for airport travel.The following is a list of the ten busiest airports in the US during Christmas in the United States: LAX – Los Angeles International airport. Chicago – O’Hare International airport ranks second on the list of busiest airports during the… Read More

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A Perfect Day at the Hotel Del Coronado

  I have two criteria for hotels. For me, one type of hotel is solely meant to serve as a place to sleep—to rest your head until you wake up to start a new day of sightseeing. The second type of hotel is meant to be an experience. The Hotel Del Coronado fits the second category. One of a few wooden Victorian beach resort structures left in the United States, a stay… Read More

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Ice Skating by the Beach at the Hotel Del Coronado


For the 10th year in a row, the Hotel Del Coronado is offering Skating by the Sea. The famous Coronado landmark will transform the 10,000-square-foot Windsor Lawn into an oceanfront ice rink, open for daily ice skating November 27 to January 4. Skating is $25 per person and ice skate rentals are free. The ice rink is located just steps from the sand on the beach side of the hotel… Read More

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