We love L.A.

By David Last week, we had the chance to spend some extended time in Los Angeles.  While we’ve certainly spent a considerable amount of time in southern California (mostly in San Clemente visiting family) and had both been to L.A. on multiple occasions, I don’t think either of us ever really got L.A.  LAX is a nightmare, the traffic is brutal and we never really got the vibe or feel for the place. This time, we stayed on Wilshire Blvd near the Grove and West 3rd St.  Our hotel, the Hotel Wilshire (a Kimpton Hotel) was fine but really well…

Vail, Colorado (in winter)

By David While it is a destination for many, Vail, CO is a home away from home for us.  We were lucky enough to buy a condo in East Vail five years ago (a purchase we both agree may have been the best we’ve ever made).  While it is true that Vail is best known for it’s winter sports options, winter is only a small part of why we love Vail.  That said, let’s focus on winter. Vail offers some of the best (if not the best) skiing in the US.  Vail Mountain Resort offers so much terrain and variety that…