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The Comfortable Cottage Kitchen: Making a Staycation – Vacation Retreat at Home

My goal of late has been to create a more relaxing atmosphere inside my home. I love laid back vacation rentals and it seems to me that I should be able to live in one year-round. I mean, why not? What is a vacation rental except a house that has been designed with comfort in mind?

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Coffee and Tea Please: Making a Staycation – Vacation Retreat at Home

  Everyone loves a vacation house. Whether it’s a high end condo in a resort area or a weather-worn shack at the beach, vacation houses are an escape.  They are the relaxed, comfortable, stress-free zones that we dream about the other 50 weeks a year when we’re not vacationing in them. Since leaving my job… Continue reading Coffee and Tea Please: Making a Staycation – Vacation Retreat at Home


A Winter Vacation Escape: Five Nights Aboard the Queen Mary Hotel

Sunny Sky Blue

5california 2016-01-18 014 Our harborview port hole

We boarded our flight at around 6 p.m. on a Saturday evening in mid-January. We lost three hours in the air and landed at LAX before 9. Six of us–myself, my husband, my sister, my daughter, son-in-law, and grandson were traveling. We had rented two cars. We were shuttled to the rental locations, picked up a small SUV and a mini van and were soon on the 405 South headed to Long Beach. The traffic was heavy but moving.

I had booked the Queen Mary Hotel. The Cunard Line had spared no expense on building this legendary ocean liner which made her maiden voyage on May 27, 1936. The Queen Mary quickly came to represent an era known for its grand elegance. In her lifetime she had hosted royalty, dignitaries, and Hollywood celebrities.

27california 2016-01-19 022 The bridge of the Queen Mary

Throughout the ship today you can see photos of past guests like…

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