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Trip Reviews by Jill Weinlein

Walking along the streets of Shanghai is an entertaining journey with exotic sights, alluring smells and the constant sound of beeping bicycles, scooters, cars and vans. There are around 25 million...
Checking into the family friendly Hyatt at Embarcadero on the Fourth of July, we noticed the car traffic and pedestrian sidewalks were packed. Cars were moving at a snail pace. Street cars were...
I've been staying at the Asilomar conference grounds located along the Monterey Penninsula in the Pacific Grove community for years. In fact, the first time was during a conference while I was in...
Located between Los Angeles and San Diego is a beach community that is revitalized with new hotels, restaurants and interesting museums. Known as a blue collar beach town next to Camp Pendleton, the...
Considered one of the wealthiest communities in the Greater Los Angeles Area, near the Ventura County, David H. Murdock bought a ranch out in Hidden Valley in the 90s. Later, he opened his Dole...
With so many destinations in Costa Rica to explore, yet only one week, we broke our trip down to three popular spots and spent two nights at each. My husband and I brought our ten-year-old daughter....
Driving along the desert Highway 19 in Baja California Sur, we pulled into the artistic town of Todos Santos. Mexican prayer flags were strung throughout the main streets offering a festive...
Flying into Los Cabos International airport, we didn't see too much damage from hurricane Odile that hit Baja California Sur on September 13, 2014. However, as we drove towards the hotels and lavish...
After spotting the Pemex station along Highway 19, we turned onto a dirt road and drove about one mile towards the Pacific Ocean, before reaching the bucolic Rancho Pescadero resort, near Todos...
Since California is having a dry winter, we knew Lake Arrowhead wouldn't have much snow, even with a couple storms in December, 2014. To find snow, we drove higher beyond Running Springs to the...
We were invited to enjoy an afternoon tour of the Four Seasons Bora Bora and have dinner at their sunset bar and restaurant while vacationing on the Leeward side of the French Polynesia. We took a...
My husband and I were married on Oct. 14, 1989 and flew to Bora Bora in French Polynesia for our honeymoon. At the end of our romantic trip, we vowed to come back to Bora Bora for our 25th Silver...
Driving to Alisal Ranch along the 101 freeway, past Santa Barbara, I felt the tension release from my muscles as the road offered vistas of the blue Pacific Ocean on one side and rolling hills with...
There is a lot of yellow at Universal Studios Hollywood with the debut of the new 3-D Ultra-HD adventure ride, Despicable Me Minion Mayhem. Yellow Minions are everywhere. Hats, stuffed dolls, shirts,...
When visiting the one street town of Yountville in Napa Valley, I stayed two nights at the lovely Villagio Inn and Spa. Upon check-in, Alan the bartender handed me a sparkling welcome drink as I...
After driving three hours to the L’Auberge Del Mar from Los Angeles to Northern SanDiego County, we were happy that we both had spa reservations to help us relax and get into the vacation...

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