Blink and you’ll miss Buellton, California. Here’s why you don’t want to.

Blink and you’ll miss Buellton, Calif., a tiny town a two-hour drive north of Los Angeles. And maybe that’s just fine with Buellton, one of those undiscovered destinations where everyone expects you to stay a few exits south, in touristy Santa Barbara, or just keep driving through to nearby Hearst Castle. Read more “Blink and you’ll miss Buellton, California. Here’s why you don’t want to.”

In Monterey, the action’s on the water — if you can get there

For days, the Humpback whales had been taunting us from the bay as if they knew what we wanted. Every now and then they’d breach the surface or send a spout of water high into the mist, as if to say, “Catch us — if you can.” The rare sea otters teased us, too, playfully popping their heads above the surface near the Monterey Bay Aquarium. Read more “In Monterey, the action’s on the water — if you can get there”

Making the most of Mendocino

Iden on the rocks at Glass Beach near Fort Bragg, Calif.
Iden Elliott on the rocks at Glass Beach near Fort Bragg, Calif.

Mendocino, Calif. — or “Mendo” as the locals call it — is the third stop on our West Coast tour. (We started in Las Vegas and then drove to San Diego.)

By the way, here’s our full report from our family travel website.
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To the caring employees at Vons in Chatsworth, Calif. — thank you!

Falling bullets/Flickr
Falling bullets/Flickr

Mimi Rosenblatt lives in Los Angeles. She’s unemployed and disabled, having suffered from lung cancer that metastasized to her brain. Even a seemingly simple task like grocery shopping can be a challenge for her.

“I often stand there, looking for something,” she says.

Rosenblatt contacted me recently to let me know about the extraordinarily helpful workers at Vons, a local grocery store chain.

“An employee is always there, not only to tell me where the item is, but to actually take me there,” she says.
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The inn’s owners are out — why won’t they waive my cancellation penalty?

Here’s a case I’ve been mulling for a few days. It involves a highly-rated bed and breakfast, a loyal customer and an unwelcome change.

Should I get involved? I’m asking for your advice, as I do every Monday on this site.
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