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Santa Barbara and the Santa Ynez Valley-So Much to Offer

Santa Barbara and the Santa Ynez Valley-So Much to Offer

Beaches, wine joints and modern lodging only begin to describe Santa Barbara, California.  Formerly a haven for surfers and touted for its perfect blend of Spanish Mission Style architecture, today there’s a renewed interest with this “American Riviera” situated in Malibu’s backyard.  The mellow community along California’s Central Coast with many palatial homes overlooking the...
The Mission Inn, a Storied History in Riverside Calif

The Mission Inn, a Storied History in Riverside Calif

Well Known In It’s Heyday I had heard about the magical holiday displays at The Mission Inn and they were a must see, but I visited in the middle of the summer to get a look at the inn. How It All Began Riverside, California, was home to a colony of healthy people who tried...
South Point on the Big Island, Hawaii

South Point on the Big Island, Hawaii

The Southern Most Part of the USA If you want to get into a lively discussion with a fellow traveler, ask where the southernmost part of the USA is located.  Many areas in the USA claim this special recognition, but at 19 degrees latitude, South Point beach on the Big Island takes the pineapple.  Known...
Craft Spirits in San Diego

Craft Spirits in San Diego

  Distilleries Brewing in Town Step aside craft beers; there are some new spirits in town. Rum, vodka, gin and moonshine have all become a part of the San Diego scene as local distilleries brew up small batches for the cosmopolitan crowd. To introduce diners to these indie craft brands, Solare Ristorante in Liberty Station...
Italian Style Dining on Big Island

Italian Style Dining on Big Island

Move over poi and luau pig. On the Island of Hawaii, Pueo’s Osteria is on the radar more than the spouting volcano. Neatly tucked away in an older Hawaiian style courtyard, the villa-like surroundings, with soft yellows and a muted green stone wall, feels like Tuscany.  It’s quite an authentic Italian atmosphere and we didn’t...
MLiss Travels

MLiss Travels