How About a Luxury Cruise to Antarctica?

For those of you who love luxury cruises to exotic places so you can see things that most people never will then a cruise to Antarctica by way of Argentina and the South Georgia Island is the trip for you this January. Truly get away from it all with this trip and enjoy the ultimate [...]

Take a Cruise on the Mexican Riviera

It’s vacation time again, and what better way to spend your time than on a luxurious cruise ship hitting destinations on the Mexican Riviera? Set sail aboard Norwegian Cruise Line’s biggest ship ever for an eight night trip that will see you travel straight from Los Angeles to some of Mexico’s most pristine locations. The [...]

Get to Rollin on the River, and Have The Time of Your Life

  What’s better than all inclusive? Especially when it is a trip on a river cruise through the heart of Europa that allows you to view, and experience, the best of times while rolling down those lazy European rivers. Marjorie Schmitt, a.k.a Ms Travel Planner, tells us that river cruises are an ideal and affordable [...]

What is a Travel Designer, and How Can They Help You Make Your Travels Fabulous?

Do people like Rick Steves, and Anthony Bourdain, have you thinking that maybe, when you plan your vacation, that it shouldn’t be the same ol’ same ol’? Do you long to do something different, exciting, and more down to Earth, but are daunted by the shear number of choices to make, and plans to forge? [...]

California Baseball’s Northern Heaven

Here is the inside tip, baseball fans. The Dodgers will play arch-rival San Francisco Giants for three games at the very end of September. Can you think of a better reason to plan a quick getaway to one of the most beautiful cities in the world? We traveled earlier this season to San Francisco on [...]

Travel the Blue Danube with the Pasadena Chamber Informational Meeting

Cruise the Danube with Jet Vacations aboard a 5-star luxury riverboat from Budapest to Nuremberg from October 20 to October 28, 2015. The price of $3,699 per person includes airfare from Los Angeles, transfers to your luxury cruiser, meals, drinks and more. See Bratislava, Vienna and more as you enjoy the food, people and sights [...]

Have it Your Way at The Clement Palo Alto

There’s something to be said about a hotel that caters to your every whim. Where any request is met with a smile and a nod. Most upscale hotels will do their very best to accommodate you but at the Clement it’s all inclusive. Walk in the door and forget about paying for meals, tipping servers [...]

Santa Maria Valley Brings the Sizzle to National Barbecue Month

Don your aprons and bibs, because May is #NationalBarbecueMonth. Santa Maria Style Barbecue has a style, history and taste all its own. With roots that date back to the 1800s, local ranchers would prepare a Spanish-style feast after cattle round-ups for vaqueros (cowboys). The meal consisted of meat slow-roasted over the flames of a red [...]

Langham Hotels & Resorts Recognized with Condé Nast Traveler’s 2018 Readers’ Choice Award

  Condé Nast Traveler today announced the results of its 31st annual Readers’ Choice Awards with five hotels in The Langham Hotels & Resorts portfolio named as amongst the best in their respective cities or regions, specifically: • The Langham, New York, Fifth Avenue – #2 out of 40 hotels in New York City • [...]

7 Thousand Islands Equal One Great Vacation, Pasadena

From Top Clockwise: Bohol’s Tarsier, Twin Lagoons Coron, Aguinid Falls in Samboan Cebu, Whale Sharks in Oslob Cebu, the Chocolate Hills of Bohol If you haven’t been to the Philippines and sat on one of their pristine, white sandy beaches, or been to Kawasan Falls and experienced the thrill of jumping off the cliffs into [...]

Visit the New Hilton Pasadena $25M Renovation Completed

Looking for an escape or a staycation with your family? Well, the new and improved Hilton Pasadena may be just the place for you or your family. After 16 months of redesign and renovation the hotel had new amenities, including new guestrooms, public common spaces and meeting rooms. Relax and enjoy all the beauty around [...]

Hollywood Burbank Airport Offers Travel Tips for the Busy Thanksgiving Holiday

Thanksgiving week kicks off the winter holiday travel season, and passengers traveling through Hollywood Burbank Airport between Monday, November 20, and Monday, November 27, will experience higher-than-normal passenger traffic. We expect upwards of 125,000 travelers that will pass through the Airport during this eight-day Thanksgiving holiday travel period. The busiest travel days will be Tuesday [...]

Fun is a Choice. So Make Your Choice and Have Some Fun

Fun is something that everyone has a right to. The right to get away from all the work, home, and family-related stresses that can get heavy from time to time. Occasionally people need a little fun, and the choice is yours to make with finding something just right for you. Ms. Travel Planner, Marjorie Schmitt, [...]

The Pride of America Lives in Hawaii

Who doesn’t want to go to Hawaii for some great times on great beaches amongst great people eating native foods and enjoying native drinks? The Pride of America has a magic time in store for you, and all you need to do is make the call – and you’re on your way. Ms Travel Planner [...]

Wouldn’t You Like to Visit the Land of the Pharaohs?

Everyone should visit the pyramids once in their life if they can, and now you have the perfect opportunity to go and see the magnificence that is one of the seven wonders of the world. This will definitely be something to tell the grandkids about. Ms Travel Planner is offering a unique trip to the [...]

Coming Home to King George

One of the things we love about San Francisco is that, though we travel there often, we see and discover new things every time we go. At just over 46 square miles, the city-county is overflowing with views, experiences and adventures. From the spectacular homes and hotels on Nob Hill, to sushi in Japantown, to [...]

The Langham Huntington, Pasadena Takes Leadership Position in Sustainable Practices in North America

The Langham Huntington, Pasadena is the first luxury hotel on the west coast of the U.S. to achieve the coveted EarthCheck Gold Certification. Gold Certification recognizes five consecutive years of commitment to environmental and social sustainability. The EarthCheck Program is widely regarded as the world’s most scientifically rigorous and provides a framework, which includes requirements [...]

A Quick Getaway to the Hotel Wilshire and Another World

The Front of the Hotel Wilshire, Photo: Hotel Wilshire I don’t know about you but I don’t get out to the West Side of Los Angeles very often, maybe once a year…..maybe. So when I was offered the opportunity to go to the West Side but stay there I jumped at the chance. Kimpton’s Hotel [...]

Autumn is the Right Time to Visit Monterey and the Hyatt Regency Hotel and Spa Helps Make Your Stay Divine

As Mark Twain once said, “the coldest winter I ever spent was a summer in San Francisco.” Substitute Monterey for San Francisco and you get the point. It is a truth that we Californians understand all too well; the best time to visit Monterey is in the Autumn months. The weather is golden. The light, [...]


Nashville, Tennessee – Keeping Things Weird and Cool

Nashville, Tennessee is Music City. Portland, Oregon’s tagline is Keep Portland Weird. But sometimes you have to mix things up. And yes, while Nashville’s slogan is obvious, the city also caters to the restless traveler in all of us. Certainly, Nashville brandishes its share of weirdness – in a good way. Quirky landmarks, battle-scarred mansions, [...]


Celebrating 125 Years, the Catalina Island Company Invites Visitors to Enjoy the Island’s Bounty

Motoring across the channel from Long Beach, the Catalina Island Express made its way to Southern California’s own island paradise, Catalina. Humming 26 Miles and enjoying a bit of bubbly, I could feel the tension start to drain from my body. My shoulders began to unknot and my mind began to slow, the trip over [...]


Concord Hits All the Right Notes

The month of August is filled with long, lazy days of heat, piled up against the work week. Kids are home, the beaches are full, and you’re running out of cool ideas. But just northeast of San Francisco and just over an hour away from Southern California by air, there is a spot where jazz, [...]


Calistoga: The Resort Town Harkens to the Past with a Contemporary Nod in Hotels, Restaurants, and Recreational Activities

If alive, Samuel Brannan would be 200 years old, and if he cast his eyes on Calistoga, he’d be damn proud. During frontier times, California’s first millionaire possessed tremendous vision when he set out to transform this mud-laden region into a resort town. The owner of some 2,000 acres where Calistoga sits today was confident [...]


The Accidental Lodi Tourist

  Lodi came into my life quite accidentally last year. And I mean accidentally not as a negative thing but as a delightful happenstance. I usually don’t run into stumble-upons, as I am a person who plans trips down to the very last bathroom break. But on one particular weekend, my father, who lives in [...]


The Many Faces of Chicago

What comes to mind when you think of Chicago? Architecture, food, art, theater or all of the above? Chicago is a treasure-trove of sights, sounds, tastes and experiences. There is as much to do and see in Chicago as that other big city on the east coast and Chicago’s a lot closer. Having never been [...]


Visit Cuba and Take the Kids for Free

Not much is better than getting something good for free, especially if it is a valued item like taking the kids on a great vacation for free. Imagine enjoying a luxury cruise with your family where everyone will enjoy great fun, food, and adventure during your trip to see places like Havana, Cuba. In Havana, [...]


In Carmel: A Hotel with a History and Two Restaurants with a View

It’s not often that one has the opportunity to stay in a 70-year old inn that is still independently run by the family of the original owners. But that is exactly what I did at the Hofsas House in Carmel-by-the-Sea. Currently operated by Carrie Theis, the Hofsas was founded by her grandmother Donna Hofsas in [...]


Clement Palo Alto Taking All-Inclusive to All-Luxury

All-Inclusive, we’ve heard the words before. The Clement Palo Alto has taken this concept and applied it to a luxury hotel with all the trimmings, and stunning results. You sign in upon arriving and that’s it. Want a glass of wine? No problem, just order it. Got a hankering for a cheese platter? It’s there [...]


If You Love Golf “Boy, Do We Have Some Great Vacations for You”

Click to enlarge Does having a vacation filled with golf at prestigious venues and beautiful courses filled with uniquely placed sand traps and water hazards you will have to navigate with your golf ball sound great to you? It does to us, too — so we turned to Marjorie Schmitt of Ms. Travel Planner to [...]


Hotel Urso: A Place to Fall in Love and Feel at Home

In a busy week of reacquainting myself with old haunts, riding the Metro like a local, and leapfrogging between Madrid hotels, AirBnBs, and cozy apartments, one thought kept singing out to me, as I coursed through one of my favorite cities in the world: “Urso Hotel Thursday….Urso Hotel Thursday…” I arrived in the early afternoon [...]


Have Food? Will Travel!

Ok, I fess up, my husband and I plan our travels around food! There I said it. We are foodies, that is, according to our definition of what a “foodie” is, which is not just about being at the “it” or snooty or Instagrammable place, it’s about the whole experience! There’s nothing like traveling to [...]


Plan Your Romantic Getaway with Cruise Planners

Looking to plan a romantic trip this Valentine’s Day? Let the professionals at Cruise Planners do the work for you. Cruise Planners not only plans cruises, but ground vacations as well. According to Cruise Planners travel agent Marjorie Schmitt, Valentine’s Day is very popular for vacations this time of year. “It depends on where people [...]


Who will You Wanderlust With?

“We should go on a food trip to Italy next year!” Does that sound familiar? How about, “Let’s start crossing things off our bucket list and go on that Pilgrimage.” Or, “Kids, we’d like to enjoy your inheritance traveling with you than saving it for later.” And so it goes, over the holidays, around family or friends, these [...]