2019 Flower Shows: Where to Smell the Roses

By Susan McKee If it’s winter, orchids are the go-to flower for botanical exhibits. These colorful tropical blooms remind us that warmer weather soon will return. In the meantime, shows of all sizes dot the calendar in January and February. Two of the largest orchid shows are held on the coasts. San Francisco Orchid Society’s […]

Catching the Cannabis Wave in Travel

Cannabidiol or CBD, a hemp derivative emerging from recent relaxation of restrictions in marijuana laws in the U.S. and Canada, is now showing up in spas, on health shop shelves, in foods, teas, even lipsticks. A recent invitation to Glen Ivy Hot Springs in Corona, CA came with a chance to experience a CBD massage […]

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Overtourism or the Walking Dread?

  Travel and tourism is a thing of inestimable value to most people. We dream of new places and save up diligently for these aspirational moments. But when does a walking tour turn into a nightmarish episode from The Walking Dead?

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Dark Tourism: Where to Find the Light of the Universe

Dark Tourism, a term more recently associated with quirky destinations associated with death and dying thanks to a trendy Netflix series, is now becoming popular with an unlikely fan base: families. That’s because the term is taken for its more literal locution as a place where light is at its slightest and dark skies full […]

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Death Valley: Stars, Star Wars & Strange Sybaritics

  There may be much to say about a 3.3 million-acre national park harboring destinations with names like “Badwater” and “Devil’s Golf Course”. But such natural oases of frontier life are rare these days and have much to offer to those adventurous enough to leave the safety of neon and traffic and travel to where […]

Louvre Abu Dhabi: Finding Art in the Gulf

In a kind of “move over Mona” moment the Louvre Abu Dhabi opened with much fanfare this week to put Abu Dhabi on the world cultural map and put focus on artistic treasures that extend far beyond the bounds of Mona Lisa’s mysterious smile.