A Weekend in San Francisco

Mike and I decided to get away for a weekend in early December to San Francisco. We based what weekend we went on what band was going to be playing at the Fillmore and we decided we wanted to see Los Lobos. We found a reasonable flight on Air Canada and left around noon on the Friday. We took the BART …

A Trip to Portland by Train with a Teen

To Portland by Train with a Teen “Will there be wifi?” is a question any parent with a teen is familiar with. Happily, and to her delight, I was able to answer, “Yes, the train will have wifi.” Train travel is relaxing while driving can be super-stressful. Given a choice between a six hour drive and an eight and a half …

Cuba Family Getaway

The Iberostar Ensenachos Resort, 90 minutes from the Santa Clara airport in Cuba, is a sprawling property that takes up its own cayo (a small low island), on Cayo Ensenachos. Never having visited Cuba before, I didn’t know what to expect. I like to do a lot of research before I go somewhere, but this time the best reason to go was …

Three Nights in New Orleans

A friend told us we had to visit New Orleans, so we did. Mike and I took three days in 2004, a year and a half before Hurricane Katrina hit, and went there over the Valentine’s Day weekend. My step-sister kindly stayed with our two year old and we were free to go! We stayed at what is now the …