Once atop the stone stair case leading to the gated terrace, the vast views of the Canal du Midi and local vineyards took my breath away. But that was temporary, as a soft warm embrace and traditional french greeting of two soft kisses from owner Jodi Gaffey, recalled my senses and had me smiling broadly. Through the tall glass doors Jodi and her husband Peter’s personalities are well represented.
Southern California is known for having more than its fair share of hot spots, from the trendiest happy hour haunts, to hotels and resorts with out-of-the-box offerings that proffer an exceptional travel experience. Here are a noteworthy few that have hit my radar of late:
In the spirit of easing and expediting your efforts, here are this year’s holiday gift picks starting as low as $20 in the tech, style, wellness, foodie, sport, self-care, beauty and kids categories that can all be purchased lickety-split via a viable Internet connection.
Whether as a gift for the holidays or other occasion, thanks to a host or hostess, or as a reward for yourself “just because,” wine and spirits are always in season. Here are five particularly grand giftables that are great for pairing or that’ll certainly delight on their own.
One of the largest wine and food events of its kind in the United States and the largest in all of Southern California, the San Diego Bay Wine + Food Festival (now in its 13th year) is an action-packed week brimming with cooking classes, tasting panels, celebrity chef dinners and multiple tasting events.
New Orleans’ reputation as a food and drink lover’s paradise continues to grow. Trinity restaurant in the up-and-coming Lower French Quarter district represents the path of vibrancy and creativity of Big Easy cuisine.
Channel your inner marine biologist at Saint Lucia’s remote yet premium environmentally sensitive Anse Chastanet resort – home of their internationally famous coral reef with feeding and spawning events so vivid that Jacque Cousteau would be envious.