The Best of Napa

We came, we tasted, we once again surrendered to the wines, the foods and the experiences of Napa Valley in California. We provided blow-by-blow (o at least winery-by-winery and restaurant-by-restaurant descriptions of many of our favorite tops from our two week stay in Napa. Following are our three favorites in each of four categories: Napa [Read more …]

Napa Art and Music

Given all the focus on the valley’s incredible wineries and restaurants, one can be excused for not viewing it as a venue for seeing fine art. It is, however, more than worth searching out some of the valley’s often hidden artistic venues. Although we always try to visit a number of Yountville and St. Helena [Read more …]

Catching Up with San Francisco Museums and Galleries

Between catching up from our four month Asia trip, weeklong trips to LA and New York, finishing my book (which is scheduled for September publication) and the winding down of Joyce’s consulting career, we missed all too much of what was going on in our adopted home town of San Francisco: restaurant openings, museum and [Read more …]

In the Moment Exhibit at the Asian Art Museum

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Larry Ellison’s Japanese Art Collection Larry Ellison (of Oracle and America’s Cup fame) is one of the nation’s biggest collectors of Japanese art. He lent some of the masterpieces of his collection to San Francisco’s Asian Art Museum for a special exhibit that portrays a broad range of religious and secular art in all [Read more …]

A Day Trip to Alexandria and Arlington National Cemetery

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Alexandria Virginia is one of our favorite small U.S. cities. We once, in our distant, murky past, rented a beautiful historic Old Town townhouse for the spring and even put in an offer to buy one. We return during as many DC visits as possible to reacquaint ourselves with its history, its colonial architecture and [Read more …]

Washington D.C. Museums

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Washington is the ultimate museum city. Not only does it have a huge number of absolutely world-class museums, but it has some that are absolutely unique (such as it’s Museum of American History (aka, “the Nation’s Attic), but many of these museums are absolutely FREE. Not surprisingly, we spend much of our DC time in [Read more …]

Toronto: Queen Street Chronicles


Toronto has gone through a revolution over the last decade. From a rather sleepy, even provincial city, it exploded during the boom years and continued growing (albeit at a much slower rate) during the Great Recession. Rapid population growth, and projections for much more of the same, prompted the city to proactively encourage (and in [Read more …]

Sedona Area Art Galleries

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Sedona Arizona is one of the most beautiful areas of the country. Although it is particularly famed for red rock cliffs, buttes and eerie formations, there is much more to Sedona than staring at the views and hiking the areas numerous trails. The area is loaded with historic sites, art galleries and, even wineries. And [Read more …]

Just Another San Francisco Weekend: Wine, Cheese and Food, with Art, Flowers and History Thrown In

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We love San Francisco. There’s always something to do. In fact, there is often so much to do that you have to choose among a number of attractive options. The option: squeeze them all into a weekend. It’s a lot of work, but this weekend, we managed to do it: Friday We spend the morning [Read more …]

Miami Activities Update

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Every time we leave Miami, we think we have seen and done pretty much all of the most of the interesting things the city and surrounding area (from Palm Beach through the Keys) has to offer. But in planning for each new trip, we discover we were wrong. In addition to the many do-agains, we [Read more …]