2016 Travel Archive Stories

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  • John Grossman’s Sun Valley By: Rosemary McClure | Photography by Zuma Press, Shutterstock
    Gary Cooper, Clark Gable and Marilyn Monroe helped put Sun Valley, Idaho, on the map decades ago. The ski town, blessed with a stunning natural location, is still popular with Hollywood’s glitterati. That makes a lot of sense to Laguna Beach fan John Grossman, who loves to brag about Sun Valley, where he grew up. “I may be biased, bu
    Tue Feb 02, 2016
  • Destination Wellness Spas By: Rosemary McClure
    Cal-a-Vie, VistaThe soft amber glow of sunrise is beginning to color the sky as a dozen hikers crest a hill in northwestern San Diego County. Their view encompasses steep slopes terraced with grapes, a long green valley and distant homes and businesses. In the golden light of early morning, the scene is electric. But no one pauses l
    Thu Dec 24, 2015
  • Lindsey Ueberroth’s Hong Kong By: Rosemary McClure
    Beyond the glass and steel of Hong Kong’s soaring skyline are ancient traditions, amazing cuisine and a dynamic cultural scene that’s a feast for the senses. It’s one of Lindsey Ueberroth’s favorite places – and that’s impressive, considering that the travel exec has visited more than 100 countries. “Hon
    Thu Dec 24, 2015
  • Mark McDonald’s Southern Italy By: Rosemary McClure | Photography by Leonard Ortiz, Zuma Press, Shutterstock
    Orange County chef Mark McDonald craves culinary adventures. “It’s what I live for,” he says, adding that he thinks travel is the ultimate opportunity to learn about other cuisines and cultures. McDonald, owner of Old Vine Café at the Camp in Costa Mesa, enjoys travel – and sharing his experiences – so much t
    Mon Nov 30, 2015
  • Gabe Serrato-Buelna’s San Miguel de Allende By: Rosemary McClure
    Gabe Serrato-Buelna lives to travel and travels to live. “I’ve been fortunate enough to have gone all over the world for work and pleasure,” he says. “But the place that has stolen my heart is San Miguel de Allende, Mexico.” Serrato-Buelna, founder of the Laguna Beach-based PR firm Serrato + Co., represents actors,
    Fri Oct 30, 2015
  • Pico Iyer: Unsurpassed Contemplation at Big Sur's New Camaldoli Hermitage By: Pico Iyer | Photography by Lezlie Sterling and New Camaldoli Hermitage
    Above you, at night, are so many stars you might be standing under a salt shaker. Before you, when the sun comes up over the ridge, are 1,200 feet of golden pampas grass running down to the great blue expanse of the Pacific. Around you are 800 acres of pristine wilderness in one of the most transporting landscapes on the planet, along the Big Su
    Fri Oct 30, 2015
  • The Flavor of Hong Kong By: Story and Photography By Brad A. Johnson
    The dining scene in Hong Kong – like the city itself – is the ultimate expression of East meets West. Driven by homegrown chefs and European-trained expats alike, restaurants here combine a potent mix of old and new, of roasted goose and barbecue pork, dry-aged steak and crab fried rice. The epicenter of all this deliciousness is the
    Fri Sep 25, 2015
  • The Wonders of Charleston By: Rosemary McClure | Photography by Ralph Palumbo, Langdon's, Shutterstock
    When Todd D. Smith was named last year as one of Orange County’s most influential people, an interviewer asked about his most important possession. Smith, director and CEO of the Orange County Museum of Art for the past year, quickly responded that it’s his passport. He loves to travel, to “feel something new, feel connected an
    Fri Sep 25, 2015
  • How Pelican Hill Resort reaches for its stars By: David Ferrell | Photography by Leonard Ortiz and courtesy of Pelican Hill
    Even at peak times, when more than 1,000 guests fill the Tuscan-style villas and bungalows strung across the undulating Newport Coast, the Resort at Pelican Hill seems to operate with tranquil, clock-like efficiency. Guests lounge poolside, overlooking the ocean, or chit-chat beside the hearth in the splendor of the Great Room, scarcely aware of
    Fri Sep 25, 2015
  • Beyond Venice By: Madeline King Porter
    I once stole a cocktail glass from Harry’s Bar in Venice.  In a roundabout way, that’s how I found Torcello, my favorite island in the Venetian Lagoon. I was young, much too young to actually drink the cocktail (a Bellini, as is the custom at Harry’s), but – according to my older brother – that was no excuse; b
    Thu Aug 27, 2015
  • Fetneh Blake's Paris By: Rosemary McClure
    Fetneh Blake is one of a kind: independent, dynamic, a fashion pioneer, just like her splashy eponymous boutique in Laguna Beach. She’s also a very lucky woman – and she knows it. “I always wanted to do exactly what I’m doing; I dreamed about it since I was a little girl.”  Blake opened her high-end clothing sh
    Thu Aug 27, 2015
  • Check in here for Luxury By: Tom Berg
    The hospitality business in Orange County is back. Hotel occupancy and revenues are up. Spending is soaring. Industry watchers say 2015 is shaping up as the best year on record for hotels – better even than the boom year of 2000. That’s good news for local resorts, which have been on a spending spree lately in pursuit of that
    Wed Aug 26, 2015
  • Dean Corey’s Salzburg By: Rosemary McClure
    Salzburg is magical, a mosaic of graceful spires, domes and fortress walls crowned by the Alps.  It’s a backdrop that inspires.  Just ask former Orange County resident Dean Corey, a frequent visitor who loves the scenery, music and history of the Austrian city, birthplace of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Corey, longtime president
    Fri Jul 31, 2015
  • Anne Shih’s Taiwan By: Rosemary McClure
    An international magazine once referred to Anne Shih as a ”superwoman.”  It’s easy to make a case for the nickname in Orange County, where she is a driving force for many philanthropic and cultural organizations, including the Bowers Museum. As chair of the museum’s board of governors, Shih is a dynamo, raising m
    Mon Jul 06, 2015
  • Teemu Selanne’s Helsinki By: Rosemary McClure
    One of Finland’s favorite sons is also one of Southern California’s favorite sports heroes. Ducks superstar Teemu Selanne, now retired from hockey, loves to talk about his native land, and especially his hometown, Helsinki. Like Selanne, it is one-of-a-kind, a stylish player on the world’s stage. Before the Finnish Flash sk
    Mon Jul 06, 2015
  • Anita Hughes' Rome: What to see and where to eat By: Rosemary McClure
    Author Anita Hughes loves to spin tales set in beautiful places. That’s why Orange County was featured in her debut novel, “Monarch Beach.” “San Francisco, Laguna Beach, Lake Como,” she says, ticking off locales; “I set my novels in these gorgeous locations because I feel like I’m there while I&rsquo
    Fri Jun 26, 2015
  • Anne Shih’s Taiwan By: Rosemary McClure
    An international magazine once referred to Anne Shih as a ”superwoman.”  It’s easy to make a case for the nickname in Orange County, where she is a driving force for many philanthropic and cultural organizations, including the Bowers Museum. As chair of the museum’s board of governors, Shih is a dynamo, raising m
    Fri May 29, 2015
  • The Spirit of Ojai By: Sherry Stern
    It’s a Saturday morning inside Lulu Bandha’s airy yoga studio on a downtown Ojai side street, and our instructor, Katie, asks if anyone wants to share community announcements. A woman pipes up that today is Tomatomania!, with heirloom tomato seedlings available at Flora Gardens Nursery. Another woman announces that the Ojai Valley Mu
    Thu May 28, 2015
  • Elizabeth An’s San Francisco By: Rosemary McClure
    Elizabeth An has a love affair with food and fashion – two passions that are obvious to anyone dining at either of her two stylish restaurants, AnQi at South Coast Plaza or Crustacean in Beverly Hills. It’s no wonder her favorite city is San Francisco, one of the nation’s most stylish cities, where food and fashion reign su
    Fri May 22, 2015
  • On the Waterfront By: Rosemary McClure
    A half-century ago, Marlon Brando seduced us with the lush scenery and golden light he found in French Polynesia when he led a celluloid mutiny on a ship named Bounty. Today he’s sharing that sensuous beauty with us again, this time posthumously. An
    Sun May 03, 2015
  • Teemu Selanne’s Helsinki
    One of Finland’s favorite sons is also one of Southern California’s favorite sports heroes. Ducks superstar Teemu Selanne, now retired from hockey, loves to talk about his native land, and especially his hometown, Helsinki. Like Selanne, it is one-of-a-kind, a stylish player on the world’s stage. Before the Finnish Flash sk
    Mon Apr 27, 2015