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Austria’s Winter Wonderland is Made for Memories

Winter Wonderland. Though being home in Carmel Valley for the holidays can’t be beat, a close second is celebrating abroad.  Follow local resident and our travel editor Cynthia Dial and her family to Austria for Christmas in Salzburg and New Year’s in Vienna.   My arrival to Europe for our dream-come-true, first-ever family holiday abroad was […]

How to hit the world’s great destinations when the crowds aren’t there Though San Diego’s Carmel Valley is known for its year-around perfect weather, making every season “high season” in our locale of perfection, local resident and travel expert, Cynthia Dial shares why traveling to around-the-world spots at a time of the year when it’s […]

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Where Eagles Dare

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Living in a coastal environment, residents of San Diego are no strangers to spotting sea gulls; but to experience the world’s largest concentration of bald eagles, a trip to Canada is the ticket. To learn more, read details shared by local resident Cynthia Dial. The year 1994 was a banner one for Brackendale, B. C. […]

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It was with a bit of trepidation that Carmel Valley resident Cynthia Dial ventured half way around the world to visit Burma, a country where journalists are not exactly extended the welcome mat; but if given the opportunity it’s a country to which she’ll gladly return. I pride myself on being independent.  And I prefer […]

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Torrey Pines, An All-Time Local Favorite An eternal explorer, Carmel Valley resident and travel writer Cynthia Dial doesn’t have to travel far for a world-class hiking destination. In quest of travel articles I’ve hiked in some exceptional spots . . . from Maui’s Seven Sacred Pools to British Columbia’s Canadian Rockies to Wilder Kaiser in […]

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World’s Top 10 Best Shopping Cities Inside Scoop from a Globetrotting Pro  For many, a vacation translates to shopping – seeing the sights of the aisles.  To these travelers, urban adventures of the retail persuasion are more appealing than on-the-road lures including sightseeing, night life . . . even beach going. I am one of […]

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With the opening of new eateries . . . from Burlap to Taverna Blu . . .one may return from an evening out with more than delicious memories. Solution: Follow in local travel journalist Cynthia Dial’s steps to hike off unwanted pounds. A little back-story. I visited British Columbia and its Mountain Trek Hiking Spa […]

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Though only two or so hours from the Carmel Valley San Diego, Beverly Hills showcases another world.  Venture into that glam and glitz world with local travel journalist Cynthia Dial. STEP INTO HOLLYWOOD’S GOLDEN AGE AT MONTAGE BEVERLY HILLS Let me introduce you to Montage Beverly Hills.  It’s two blocks from Rodeo Drive, across from […]

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The Good Life Close to Home Just north on I-5 and only one hour from the Carmel Valley San Diego community, is a resort considered by many “the best of the best.”  Local travel journalist Cynthia Dial sampled these luxurious digs with surfers and starlets. From the moment I rolled in, I felt special.  As […]

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Inside the Grand Del Mar Though around the corner, this resort feels around the world from the Carmel Valley San Diego community, the location of this famous haunt. See how local resident Cynthia Dial rates this premier hideaway. Superlatives define Grand Del Mar. San Diego’s sole Tom Fazio-designed course. Southern California’s only chef claiming both […]

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Bike Ride Along Pacific Beach Tower 23. A great place to start your day doing a bike ride all along Pacific Beach, Mission Beach area. Great weather. Great views. Just a great way to unwind. We visited the roller coaster and we also actually had the privilege of seeing a wedding that was just starting […]

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I’ve been in all inclusive experience was important for us coming out to Sandos Finisterra and we definitely had a lot of options here while we were vacationing in terms of eating, drinking, whatever and I talked about the Cup Cake Cafe which is behind us. Let’s talk a little bit about the other Cabo […]

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