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  • Oprah Slept Here. Rancho La Puerta

    Oprah Slept Here. Rancho La Puerta

    Rancho La Puerta 70 Years in the Making … Luminaries such as Oprah, Sophia Loren, Madonna and now me all stayed at Rancho La Puerta. While we weren’t there “together” I can certainly see why they would choose Rancho La Puerta. Nestled between mountains and meadow in Baja California, Mexico, Rancho La Puerta “Ranch of the Door” was founded in 1940 by spa pioneers Deborah and Edmond Szekely. Certainly ahead of their time, these visionaries created paradise on […]

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  • 4 Reasons I Fell in Love with California

    4 Reasons I Fell in Love with California

    California holds 1st place as most popular of the United States for various reasons. Being such an outdoorsy, free-spirited wanderer, I had always felt drawn to experience California for myself as I am highly intrigued by the many natural features this land has to offer such as Yosemite, the Redwood Forest, oceans surrounded by mountains, and the general hiking scene. For many others, however, the hype and fame of Hollywood, the intriguing “LA lifestyle”, and undoubtedly the beach scene is just enough to draw them in. And why wouldn’t it? …

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  • Planes, Trains, and Wienermobiles: travel by land, sea, and air

    Planes, Trains, and Wienermobiles: travel by land, sea, and air

    While sifting through photos of our journeys since Midlife Road Trip first began, I was struck not only by the myriad of places we’ve traveled, but by the variety of ways we managed to get from Point A to Point B. Whether by land, sea, or air, it’s all a part of the adventure. LAND Being a show with “Road Trip” in its name, we naturally spend a lot of time in cars. But cars […]

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  • Snuggle up with Fifty Shades of Grey Wine

    Snuggle up with Fifty Shades of Grey Wine

    I admit to being one few adults in the United States who hasn’t read Fifty Shades of Grey. I love to read, but lately, my attention span is about 140 characters so I spend more time reading tweets than books. But when presented with the opportunity to snuggle up with Fifty Shades of Grey Wines, I couldn’t resist. Fifty Shades of Grey Wines are the creation of E L James, the renowned author of the record breaking Fifty Shades […]

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  • OMG An Eight Pound Cheeseburger!

    OMG An Eight Pound Cheeseburger!

    We visited The Catch, just across from Angels stadium in Anaheim, California where Rick witnessed the making of the famous “OMG” – an enormous eight pound cheeseburger!  

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  • Celebrating #CabernetDay with a 2008 Aurielle Cabernet Sauvignon

    Celebrating #CabernetDay with a 2008 Aurielle Cabernet Sauvignon

    This year I’m celebrating #CabernetDay with a 2008 Aurielle Cabernet Sauvignon. It’s a old adage that wine gets better with age. The Aurielle is a higher end Napa Valley wine that if cellared for a few years will totally ROCK!   However, I have neither the patience nor discipline to wait for a wine to peak so I uncorked the bottle and poured it into a decanter. Just letting the wine breathe for about 20 minutes was a […]

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  • Quaint, Quirky and Colorful … The Madonna Inn

    Quaint, Quirky and Colorful … The Madonna Inn

    Quaint, Quirky and Colorful … The Madonna Inn shatters the illusion that all hotels look alike. The Madonna Inn’s humble beginnings started in 1958.with only 12 rooms but quickly expanded. Sitting on 2200 acres, the architecture and construction encompassed all the natural resources found on the property including the rocks, some of which weigh in excess of 200 tons each.
    Now boasting 110 rooms, individually designed and decorated so that each is unique, you can opt for a different experience each time you stay. Throughout the inn you’’ll find etched, leaded windows & glass work all custom made as well as custom crafted wood carvings. The hand carved balustrade in the dining room was originally from Hearst castle and the 28-foot gold tree fixture that sits in the main dining room is made of excess electrical conduit from building projects and left over copper remnants.

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  • Overcoming Your Fear of Flying

    Overcoming Your Fear of Flying

    I don’t like flying. I hate not being in control. I hate every bump and noise I can’t identify. I profile the other passengers. I know where my exits are. I pay close attention to the safety instructions even though I have heard them a hundred times. I monitor our route on line. I read the faces of the flight attendants making sure they are confident everything is going along as planned and nothing is […]

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  • Classic Tomato Sauce

    Classic Tomato Sauce

    The sign of a good  Italian restaurant is a classic tomato sauce. La Dolce Vita, on Santa Monica Boulevard in Beverly Hills, CA is  a little Italian restaurant  that has been there unassumingly since 1966. While outwardly it’s unremarkable, inside it is the keeper of stories of some of Hollywood’s most notorious characters and the food is an event in itself to be enjoyed, encompassing all of your senses. Family sized Recipe Ingredients 5 pounds of fresh tomato […]

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  • Walking Across the Golden Gate Bridge

    Walking Across the Golden Gate Bridge

    While on our trip up the Pacific Coast Highway, we joined our friend Vicky Akins in a walk across the Golden Gate Bridge to check one more thing off our Bucket List.

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