Riviera Maya Magic

Sunset on the beautiful Riviera Maya

Sunset on the beautiful Riviera Maya

As I found myself traveling a great deal for work throughout the summer and fall, I also found myself daydreaming of a vacation where I was not on the move and could simply be. Be with my boyfriend. Be on the beach. And be in a luxurious location within easy travel distance from the United States. Mexico fit the bill, but a mega resort in a touristy locale—à la Cabo or Cancun—most certainly did not. While I had previously vacationed at the Viceroy in Zihuatanejo, Mexico, I wanted to try something new yet stick to a familiar luxury. The logical choice was the Viceroy Riviera Maya.

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Insider Favorites: Dorothy’s Guide to Sausalito, California

Kayakers in the water at Fort Baker

Kayakers in the water at Fort Baker

Living in Sausalito for many years only intensifies the anticipation of rounding the last curve on Bridgeway when, magically, the postcard view of the bay with Angel Island, Alcatraz, and the Bay Bridge comes into focus. An ever-changing panorama includes a variety of water craft: ferry boats, sail boats, James Bond-type yachts, a Darth Vader black yacht with fins, stand-up paddle boarders, kayakers, and rowing teams. In March, during the herring run, fishermen on bobbing red and white boats cast their nets among competing sea lions and diving seagulls. No wonder it’s a world-class destination for tourists, bikers, and anyone who visits San Francisco.

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Insider Favorites: Linda’s Guide to Long Beach

Insider Favorites: Linda’s Guide to Long Beach

 Insider Favorites: Linda’s Guide to Long Beach

Located in the heart of Southern California’s beach communities, Long Beach blends urban sophistication with a relaxed beach resort vibe. Interesting hotels, world-class attractions, front-line museums, a walkable downtown, award-winning restaurants, unique shopping, a cruise line port, and a thriving, multi-faceted arts and culture scene make this city by the sea a great place to live. For five years on and off, I have lived in and enjoyed the five-and-a-half miles of sandy beachfront, miles of inland bays and waterways, and of course the warm glow of year-round California.

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Insider Favorites: JoAnneh’s Guide to San Francisco & Burlingame

Exterior of Burlingame’s historical library

Exterior of Burlingame’s historical library

When I’m on the road and people ask where I’m from, I always say San Francisco, since that’s the recognizable and geographical draw. But our actual town is Burlingame, about a 15-minute drive from the city center, just beyond the fog line. The town is a quiet, tree-lined, gorgeous little community set just at the base of the rolling mountains and bordering the bay. It has a high-rent vibe (Silicon Valley is right here), but with that comes a bright mix of culture, dining, and a good dose of a progressive Northern California groove. It’s liberal, it’s hip, and it’s more than livable.

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