Tag: California


Hotel Dispatch: The Sparrows

The 20-room Sparrows hotel in Palm Springs feels delightfully un-retro but owner Doug Smith says it is a throwback to another time “It’s like you’re staying in an old family camp in the desert 60 years ago.” Similar to the architecture at famed Smoke Tree Ranch, a historic enclave of […]


Pie Time

This blueberry hued pie shop on a quaint street in Downtown LA’s burgeoning Arts District may just be my version of heaven. It gives you a dose of the holiday season even if temps in sunny Southern California do not. With steel pendant lighting and concrete floors, the atmosphere is […]


Winery to Know: Scribe

I love wine tasting, but after sipping in Italy and France, I often feel wineries in the US try too hard to emulate historic European buildings in an effort to transport visitors to Tuscany or Provence. To me, it all feels a bit inauthentic. That’s what is so refreshing about […]


LA By Subway

Would it surprise you to learn Los Angeles actually has a clean and efficient subway system? On many of our trips to LA these days, my husband and I  ditch the car and take the train to LA instead. By making downtown our base, we’re able to take the subway everywhere we […]


Hotel Dispatch: The Palihotel

Affordable, boutique and hip–this eclectic-urban hideaway is just what West Hollywood needed. Lets just say if you like the style of the Ace Hotel franchise you’ll love the Palihotel. The jewel-toned lobby feels like the den of a wealthy horseman. Rooms feature plush couches, comfy beds and simple schoolhouse style […]


Hotel Dispatch: The Saguaro and The Parker

Even though we are die hard Ace Hotel fans, my husband and I took advantage of Palm Springs’ great summer rates and stayed at two different hotels on a recent trip. We loved both for different reasons. The funky Saguaro has been featured in many blogs and magazines thanks to […]