Is this the worst vacation rental ever?

The vacation rental took a nice picture. There was a white picket fence, a spacious living room with modern furniture, and the location was perfect. Who knew it would be the worst vacation rental ever?

Well, I should have. Read more “Is this the worst vacation rental ever?”

Yes, Los Angeles is a walkable city. Here’s how we discovered it.

Do you laugh out loud when you hear the words “walkable Los Angeles”? I used to, too, since LA has a reputation for being all freeways and suburbs. But some of the best parts of the City of Angels are more accessible to pedestrians than you might think. Read more “Yes, Los Angeles is a walkable city. Here’s how we discovered it.”

Hidden national parks: Try these out-of-the-way destinations for your next vacation

It happened again. We visited a place, only to discover we were a short drive from a hidden national park. An incredible hidden national park. Read more “Hidden national parks: Try these out-of-the-way destinations for your next vacation”

Is it time for a repeat vacation? Here’s how to tell

Sometimes the best vacation is a repeat vacation. I ought to know. I’m in Los Angeles again after just a nine-month absence. There’s something that keeps pulling me back here, and it’s not just the weather. Read more “Is it time for a repeat vacation? Here’s how to tell”

How to have a wild time in Provo, Utah

Everywhere we went in Provo, we saw Charlie. There were signs for Charlie on power poles. We saw Charlie — or at least we thought we saw him — zipping between the apple orchards on the sprawling Utah Valley Hospital campus.

No question about it. Charlie was having a wild time in Provo — and so were we. Read more “How to have a wild time in Provo, Utah”

How to have a fruit safari in western Colorado

It’s harvest time in western Colorado — the perfect time for a fruit safari.

A what? OK, so “fruit” may not be the first thing that comes to mind when you think of Colorado. And the western slope of the Centennial State is so different from the rest of the state that you’d think you were in Utah or Arizona anyway.

But in September and October, this place is a fruitapalooza of apricots, apples, grapes, peaches, pears and plums. You can spend a Saturday afternoon canvassing the farms near Grand Junction and discover some of the tastiest produce this side of the Rockies.

Read more “How to have a fruit safari in western Colorado”

How to have a North Carolina mountain adventure

North Carolina’s mountains are always an adventure, whether you’re negotiating hairpin turns in the Appalachians or fleeing a freak hailstorm outside of Asheville. Read more “How to have a North Carolina mountain adventure”

These Disney World secrets will upgrade your next vacation

Of all the Disney World secrets I heard when I lived in Orlando, only one made me laugh out loud. It involved the tunnels under the theme park. They exist but are useless to the average park visitor. Read more “These Disney World secrets will upgrade your next vacation”

How to survive Alabama’s Gulf Coast with the kids

On a frenetic holiday weekend, I drove to Alabama’s Gulf Coast with the kids. Maybe I should have known better. Read more “How to survive Alabama’s Gulf Coast with the kids”