Great travel accessory

Heading to the beach over Labor Day weekend? We all want to enjoy the last of the summer sun, but when you’re in your beach wear where do you put your keys, cash and credit cards? I know I don’t want to carry a purse on to the sand and a beach tote just seems so tempting for thieves. Well SF Weekly had a great suggestion, try a Stash Sandal. It’s a hidden compartment in your flipflops big enough for all your valuables. Voila, hands free again.

Where shall I go?

With Labor Day fast upon us there is only one recommendation on my mind. Sonoma. Home of fine wine, fine foods, a beautiful park and great boutique shopping. Stop for a huckleberry lemonade and lunch under the trees.

From San Francisco it’s a day trip. A quick car ride and you’re in another world. Grape vines, hills, tasting rooms to tempt every palate. You really must go.

Travel tip of the week

Arrived at your hotel only to find you forgot to pack your laptop power cord? Don’t panic, call the Front Desk. Turns out that laptop cords are frequently left behind by others guests. Odds are your hotel has kept them in their lost and found and will be happy to “loan” you one until your check out.

Double duty – conditioner

How many times have you arrived at your hotel room to discover your shower contains shampoo, but no conditioner? Did you know that you can use your hand or body cream as a hair conditioner? I wouldn’t recommend it for multiple days without washing, but in a pinch it will tame your flyaways and give you a sleek look before going out.

Run and sightsee all at once

Not a fan of the sightseeing tour buses most cities have to offer? Now there’s a great alternative. If you want to exercise and see a new city at the same time you should check out City Running Tours. Currently available in New York, Washington, D.C. and Chicago, hopefully they will expand to other cities soon. They got a great write up in USAtoday.com today.

Great travel accessory

I always find myself fumbling after airport check in to have my boarding pass and i.d. ready when I pass through security. Well I found a great boarding pass holder at eBags.com. Just pop in your i.d. and boarding pass, slip it around your neck and no more riffling around your purse or checked bag for your documents.

Where shall I go?


As Summer begins winding down and Fall is almost upon us, I find myself dreaming of a romantic getaway. I’d want to go someplace where the leaves change colors. I’d look for a house with a wrap around porch where I could sit at dusk and sip wine while watching the sun set. Some place just like this would be heaven.

Travel tip of the week

Turbulence can make even the most solid fliers weak in the knees. What to do? Turn yourself into a human shock absorber. Simply lifting your feet off the cabin floor will help. Also try relaxing your thigh muscles and flexing your knees, this will make your body more fluid and can ride the bumps like they’re waves on the beach. Trust me this really works.

Double duty – alarm clock

I’m always looking for ways to pack less in my bags. A great piece of advice I received — leave your travel alarm clock at home and use your cell phone instead. Most phones have an alarm feature. The best part is that your cell phone will normally reset itself to local time when you land and connect up to the local network. No more worrying that the front desk will forget your wake up call!