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Bay Area Betties, Beth Whitman Wants To Help You Wander The World

May 28th, 2008 · No Comments

If you’re new here, you may want to subscribe to my RSS feed. Thanks for visiting!Not long ago, I posted my glowing review of Beth Whitman’s Wanderlust and Lipstick, The Essential Guide for Women Traveling Solo. And now, if you’re lucky to live in or around San Francisco, you’ll be happy to hear she’s coming to [...]

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Tags: Books · California · Northern California · Tips

Travel Betty’s 30-Second Vacation: Making Fortune Cookies In Chinatown

December 9th, 2007 · 4 Comments

In a tiny Chinatown shop in San Francisco, no bigger than a one-car garage, in an alley barely wider than an airplane aisle, there lives a very special cookie company, The Golden Gate Fortune Cookie Company. Every day they pump out bags and bags of your favorite post-kung-pao-chicken treat. Some are even flavored with chocolate. [...]

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Tags: 30-Second Vacations · California · Food and Drink · Northern California · Pop Culture · Shopping · USA

Travel Bride Series: Four breasts. One dress. Is This A Problem?

September 26th, 2007 · No Comments

So there I am standing in Lucy’s Alteration & Dressmaking Shop for the second time, staring straight on at my wedding-dressed self in the mirror thinking I look quite lovely. I turn around, raising my arms up like chicken wings as Lucy weaves the ribbon in criss-crosses across my exposed back. She finishes, I lower [...]

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Tags: California · Northern California · Shopping · Weddings

Travel Betty Fans Rule!

September 25th, 2007 · No Comments

Yes, it’s better to give than to receive. But, that doesn’t mean receiving is a total hit to the chin. Case in point: My extreme delight to find this awesome lau zoo t-shirt sitting thoughtfully in my mailbox, sent in by Travel Betty fan, friend and fledgling fashion icon, Linus Lau. Linus and I met [...]

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Tags: California · Shopping · Southern California · USA

The Travel Bride Series: Finding A Talented Wedding Dress Seamstress Doesn’t Have To Be Scary

September 25th, 2007 · 1 Comment

I don’t like calling people on the phone. It causes me great anxiety. When I write, I can decide when I want to sound like an idiot. On the phone, this decision is left to the fates (who often intervene). Way back last week when we thought we were getting married in good old Gold [...]

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Tags: California · Northern California · USA · Weddings

Good Beach Reading. Impeach! Reason: Treason.

September 24th, 2007 · No Comments

A few years ago I read an article about a progressive-minded taxi driver from San Francisco named Brad Newsham. His quest was simple. Through an organization that he founded called Backpack Nation, he desired “To transform the West’s 2-3 million independent travelers into an army of global ambassadors, emissaries of peace, a roving force for [...]

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Tags: California · Northern California · Pop Culture · USA

Gold Country Wedding Plans Take Tropical Turn

September 18th, 2007 · 4 Comments

Well, it all started off innocently enough. Travel Boyfriend and I sat down to look over the estimates we’d received from our top two choices for our wedding location. It seemed the decision between the two was easy enough. We really loved Newcastle Wedding Gardens and thought it would make a fantastic site for our [...]

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Tags: Bali · California · Northern California · Weddings

Planning A Wedding In California’s Gold Country? Part IV of IV

September 16th, 2007 · 3 Comments

To read about our three on-site wedding location experiences with the Monte Verde Inn, Forest House Lodge and Newcastle Wedding Gardens, see “Planning A Wedding In California’s Gold Country? Part I of IV” and “Planning A Wedding In California’s Gold Country? Part II of IV” and “Planning a Wedding In California’s Gold Country? Part III [...]

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Tags: California · Northern California · USA · Weddings

Planning A Wedding In California’s Gold Country? Part III of IV

September 16th, 2007 · 2 Comments

To read about our first two wedding location experiences with the Monte Verde Inn and Forest House Lodge, see “Planning A Wedding In California’s Gold Country? Part I of IV” and “Planning A Wedding In California’s Gold Country? Part II of IV” respectively. Otherwise, we continue on with our adventure. Our Third Stop: Newcastle Wedding [...]

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Tags: California · Northern California · USA · Weddings

Planning A Wedding In California’s Gold Country? Part II of IV

September 15th, 2007 · 1 Comment

To read about our first wedding location experience with the Monte Verde Inn, see “Planning A Wedding In California’s Gold Country? Part I of IV.” Otherwise, we continue on with our adventure. Our Second Stop: Forest House Lodge When TB and I pulled up to the Forest House Lodge, we almost didn’t get out of [...]

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Tags: California · Lodging · Northern California · USA · Weddings