INSIDEBAYAREA.COM: January 14, 2016
It’s not easy being 100. The sheer number of well wishers can be — well — overwhelming. That’s undoubtedly what we’ll see with our national parks as they turn 100 in 2016. Luckily, a slick new publication can help you navigate the best of California’s national parks, trails, monuments, seashores and historic sites. It’s the full-color, 128-page magazine put out by San Francisco’s Bay Area Travel Writers (batw.org). Continue reading
CONTRACOSTATIMES.COM: Dec 2, 2015
Three tiki huts, two litchi nuts and a lava bowl, the “nectar of the gods.” “The 12 Days of Christmas” never sounded so seductive. And while you may be thinking Hawaii, this destination is much closer to home — in San Francisco. Continue reading
INSIDEBAYAREA.COM: October 31, 2015
The elevator doors were closing. With my usual frenetic pace, I sprinted across the foyer and wedged my body into the gap between the gray metal doors. Serendipity happens. There I was, face to face with Snoop Dogg and his entourage. Playing a gig at the Shoreline that night, they were staying at my hotel — the San Jose Fairmont.
MERCURYNEWS.COM: September 15, 2015
We make nine million bike trips a day in the United States, according to the National Household Travel Survey and a lot of those rides are enjoyed on vacations. Continue reading
Mercurynews.com: August 28, 2015
The daffodil-colored cottage sat just beyond the road, perched on a knoll and surrounded by grazing sheep.”Bonjour,” said the woman with the brightly colored apron as if welcoming dear friends. Her kind words entwined with the heady aroma of fresh bread as she showed us to a checker-cloth table near the window. Monet may have painted this scene, were he alive today.
MERCURYNEWS.COM: July 9, 2016
From my lookout over the San Simeon coast, the elephant seals looked like cigars — their long, brown bodies splayed side-by-side on the beach below. I strained to see past the blubber and protruding proboscises for a green scar on the neck of one male — a mammal called “Green Tie” because of the mark left from a deeply embedded packing strap. Continue reading
CONTRACOSTATIMES.COM: July 3, 2015
To quote a lyric from Johnny Cash, Cuba is suddenly “hotter than a pepper sprout” on the world travel stage with U.S. travel to Cuba jumping 39 percent this year. But is this island — frozen in time for more than five decades — a must-see destination? Christopher P. Baker, who helped found the Bay Area Travel Writers (www.batw.org) in the mid-1980s, is the premier authority on tourism to Cuba. “Mi Moto Fidel: Motorcycling Through Castro’s Cuba,” is one of six books and dozens of articles Baker has penned on the island nation. Continue reading