March 4, 2015

Girls’ Weekend in Northern California, Part One

Last weekend, I met my sister and niece in California  to celebrate my sister’s birthday. It was a “milestone” birthday so we really wanted to do it up right!! Our first stop was San Francisco. After the winter we have had in Connecticut, we all worried about me having problems with the weather, NOT my sister or my niece flying in from down South. Clearly, Mother Nature had other ideas as a snowstorm in North Carolina threatened to derail our plans. I arrived alone in San Francisco…with the hopes my travel companions would finally arriving later that evening.

We stayed at the iconic San Francisco hotel, The Fairmont, for the first two nights of our trip…it is gorgeous and just exudes history. Located at the hub of the city, atop Nob Hill, it was the perfect place for Part One of our girls’ weekend.

Faced with an afternoon and evening on my own, I wasn't sure what I wanted to do. Following the advice of my blog buddy, Heather, from Style Mind Chic, I walked downhill (who knew walking downhill could be SO hard!) to Union Square and treated myself to high tea at The Rotunda at Neiman Marcus…It was a delicious start to my weekend!

Thankfully, my sister and niece finally arrived late Thursday night and we hit the ground running on Friday morning.

First stop…Mama’s for their famous French toast! Locals flock to Mama’s in North Beach for breakfast…if you are going to wait in line for over an hour, it better be good! You know the line is long when you have to go somewhere else for coffee when you are waiting for a breakfast table!

It probably want the smartest thing to visit the Ferry Building Marketplace AFTER a big breakfast, but it definitely made for yummy eye candy.

We had all been to San Francisco before but hadn't spent much time in the Mission, a fun area known for great restaurants and unique shops. After wandering through the area and hitting up quite a few shops, we couldn't resist the famous Bi Rite Creamery...a malted vanilla with peanut brittle ice cream cone was the perfect afternoon pick me up! And, our little ice cream detour led us to this amazing building painted with stunning murals on two sides:

We toasted my sister and watched the sunset with cocktails and bubbly at the Top of the Mark followed by margaritas, Mexican and much laughter at Nopalito. It was a perfect ending to a perfect day in San Francisco!

On to our next adventure…Napa Valley! I hope you will come back later in the week when I share about our two amazing days in Napa.

February 26, 2015

One Magical Night...In Paris

Photo by Carina Okula
If this video doesn't make you want to hop on the next plane to Paris, 
I don't know what will!

Go here if you cannot view video.

I am counting the days until the iconic Ritz Paris re-opens later this year...and waiting by the mailbox for my invitation to the celebration (in my dreams!)

Bisous, mes amis!!

February 23, 2015

Travel Tips Page

Over the years of writing this blog, I have shared a variety of travel tips, which I hope you all find helpful. Since not all of you are in the midst of planning a trip right when you are reading a particular post, I thought it would be a good idea to put all of the tips together in one place so they will be easy to find. 

I have added a page to the blog that includes all of my travel tips, so if you are looking for information you will not have to scroll through pages and pages of old posts. Just click on the button on the sidebar to go directly to the Travel Tips page.  I will continue to add to it as I share new tips and ideas. I hope it comes in handy!

February 20, 2015

Bellissimo Lago di Como

Happy Friday! One of the best parts of my job is living vicariously through the trips I plan for my clients. I have the loveliest group of five couples headed to Lake Como after a wedding in May. After planning their trip, it has moved to the top of my list (which just keeps getting longer and longer). On this cold winter day (for most of us in the United States except all of you lucky west coast readers), I am sharing my favorite Pinterest images for beautiful Lago di Como. I hope you will grab another cup of coffee, relax and escape to Italy with me for a few minutes...


Have a bellissimo fine settimana my friends...wherever you may be wandering...


(all images from Pinterest)