My collection of favorite spots around the world—places to gather, to stay, to relax—are found in preserved heritage, quality eateries, boutique hotels and shops, all places that take pride in their culture, service, and craftsmanship.

These are authentic cornerstones of our communities, essential social components that add to our quality of life. Food fills us beyond basic sustenance. A bed is so much more than a place to lay your head. Heritage and history enhance our lives and remind us to do better. The most rewarding experiences aren’t the most expensive but are found in the details where quality and passion are key components.

Valencia, Spain – Plaça de la Virgen
Inspired Guides:
Valencia, Spain

Explore Valencia with this interactive guide that gives you the essentials to plan your trip.

Insider Guides:
Portland, Oregon

Explore my childhood hometown with this interactive guide that speaks to food and outdoor enthusiasts and those wanting the cultural side of Portland.

Food Traditions:
Valencia & the Region

Explore Valencian cuisine and learn about its flavors with this interactive guide.

Heritage Walks:
Parts of Old Valencia

Follow this interactive guide through Valencia’s historic neighborhoods of the Old City.

Culture Tours:
Beyond Old Valencia

Follow this interactive guide through the districts and nature of Greater Valencia.

Hospitality is not to change people, but to offer them space where change can take place.

Henri J.M. Nouwen

Plan Your Trip

Travel Guide to London: Kensington and Chelsea

As I poked between the iron gate, I heard a voice warn, “No photos.” I looked up from the estate to see a gentleman emerge from the buildings to kindly deliver his message. I was just there for the architecture. Beautiful details called to me, begging for my admiration. And although I was no threat,…

Travel Guide: Vatican City

The world’s smallest country is also home to the Pope. However, not only Catholics make their pilgrimage to the Vatican, but people from around the world come in droves. Vatican City is a city-state politically separate from, but geographically surrounded by the city of Rome. The Vatican’s 3 main attractions Vatican Museum, Sistine Chapel, and…

Travel Guide: How Florence Inspires a Higher Standard and ‘Slow Tourism’

Stunning architecture and sculpted masterpieces, natural regional food and wine—Florence is sure to delight your perspective alongside your tastebuds. No wonder it’s such a popular destination. You really can’t help but fall in love with Florence. Italian Pride and Passion Italians take pride in their work. Their enthusiasm is infectious. Italy celebrates artisans and designers,…

Travel Guide: Northwestern Europe

As we watched the 2018 FIFA World Cup games, we prepared for a nearly month-long trip to Europe. The global game of football, soccer to Americans, was our theme. Aaron and I had wanted to take our two teenage boys to Europe for years. They began playing at a young age and continue to receive technical…

Restaurants | Cafés + Accommodations | Spas

San Diego Taste of Spain: Café Sevilla

Café Sevilla Restaurant and Tapas Bar Nestled in the heart of the Gaslamp Quarter in San Diego is a wonderful Spanish restaurant. My husband and I enjoyed our lunch on the outdoor patio at Café Sevilla — a tapas bar, restaurant, and nightclub — which felt true to its claim for an authentic Spanish cultural experience (though at the…

Brunch in Sacramento, California at Cafeteria 15L

Cafeteria 15L celebrates fresh ingredients. This is comfort food with a fresh, urban twist. Brunch has always been one of my favorite meals—a relaxed, late-morning meal—that is perfect for lounging with the family. Cafeteria 15L, a “Farm to Table” restaurant located in an urban rustic-industrial setting in Sacramento, offers a weekend brunch on Saturdays and Sundays…

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