How to Take a Virtual Trip to San Francisco

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So, 2020 definitely wasn't like past years, when we traveled to beautiful places and hopped a plane at the last minute for a getaway... sigh. Our daughter was especially disappointed we weren't able to head to some of our favorite destinations (and new ones!) over the past year. While we wait longingly for those carefree days to come back, "virtual trips" are a fun way to bring a little excitement to the never-ending quarantine routine. We had been planning a trip back to San Francisco last summer that didn't materialize, so I decided to bring a piece of the City By the Bay to us! I wanted to keep it a surprise, so ...Read more.

Travel | Beautiful & Scenic Victoria

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Every year we travel to Seattle for several weeks to visit family and escape the heat in Phoenix, but it had been years since I'd been to Victoria, British Columbia. I decided to take Christina up on the Victoria Clipper to see the beautiful city and stay at the Fairmont Empress, which presides regally over Victoria Harbor. Known for its history and world-famous high tea, staying at the Empress has been on my bucket list for years. Plus, we have relatives in the area, so it was a terrific opportunity for some quality family time. All in all, we had a wonderful, memorable trip and can't wait to go back! Leaving ...Read more.

Travel | Kid-Friendly Fun in San Francisco

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San Francisco is a terrific place to take your kids! From the cable cars to the museums and bay cruises, there is a lot to do. The City by the Bay has a super unique personality too, which makes it a fascinating place to soak up a different city culture, while still in the US. I used to live in the Bay Area in the early 1990s and spent a lot of time in San Fran, but I hadn't been in several years, nor had we taken Christina to one of our favorite US cities. We decided to stay at the Fairmont on Nob Hill, which is fabulous and top-notch with terrific bay and city views, plus you can walk out the door and catch a ...Read more.