225. Sequoia National Park – Visalia, CA

Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks were the last stops on our Northern California Road Trip.  Both parks lie in the Sierra Nevada mountain  range in Central California, about 230 miles north of Los Angeles and about 275 miles southeast of San Francisco.  And, even though Kings Canyon and Sequoia sit adjacent to one another, there is a distinct difference between them.  Kings Canyon features dramatic vistas, rock faces, and valleys while Sequoia is more […]

224. Kings Canyon National Park – Fresno, CA

Kings Canyon National Park, sister park to Sequoia, was the final stop on our epic four National Park California road trip. While most feel it is not as grand as her neighboring sister or upstate cousin Yosemite, by some measures we felt it was much more and had saved the best for last. Most noteable is the fact that the park holds the deepest gorge in the United States and is home to the General […]

223. Yosemite National Park – Northern California

Yosemite National Park was the third stop on our Northern California Roadtrip and the one I was most excited about. What we weren’t aware of prior to our visit (surprising since I usually research these things to death) was that we would be participating in the park’s 125th Birthday celebration. And, despite the other half a million people also attending the birthday party, it was a great time and we felt very privileged to be […]

222. Lassen Volcanic National Park – Mineral, CA

Lassen Volcanic National Park was our first of three National Park stops on this Northern California road trip. Our choice of lodging was the Drakesbad Guest Ranch located in the Warner Valley area inside the park. While not easy to get to, once there you will find a retreat like no other. But, this place is not for everyone–no television, cell phone service or internet. If, however, you are looking for a rustic adult summer […]

221. Lake Tahoe Drive – CA and NV

The drive around Lake Tahoe is 70 miles and, if driven without stops, would likely take around 4 hours. I’m quite sure though that there is no human who could make this trip without stopping–the views are just too spectacular (plus you have to eat, drink and empty the bladder right?) Make it a perfect sunny day in the high 70’s and throw in two girls who feel compelled to stop at every pull out […]

220. Reno, NV

I definitely wouldn’t have chosen Reno as a vacation destination but my CMP designation brought me here for the annual Convention Industry Council Conclave and we decided to use it as a jumping off point for a week long California road trip. Growing up my mother always taught me “if you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all” so I’ll keep my post short and I’ll try and be sweet. If […]

219. Sundara Inn & Spa – Wisconsin Dells, WI

For a truly luxurious pampering weekend look no further than Sundara Inn & Spa in Wisconsin Dell’s. I love their totally holistic approach to everything from their spa services using ingredients indigenous to the area to the spa cuisine and cocktails which feature creative, seasonal and organic ingredients sourced locally or grown on site in their Chi Garden. After a treatment, lunch, cocktails and a float around the infinity pool, my personal favorite is a […]

218. Jekyll Island Club – Jeckyll Island, GA

I was fortunate to be able to visit Jekyll Island for a meeting I put together for work and fell in love the minute we pulled into the long drive. Many of the most influential people of the early 1900s (JP Morgan, The Rockefellers, The Vanderbilts) built this getaway and vacationed here. And it is chock full of history–the Federal Reserve system was basically created here and the first intercontinental phone call was placed here […]

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