A Heavenly first time in Lake Tahoe

Sprawling views of clear blue waters, snow-capped peaks dotted with bright green pines, and cozy fire pits for late-night s’mores fests.┬áIf all this sounds heavenly to you, you’d be right on target. A little while back, I spent a winter weekend at the Heavenly Ski Resort in South Lake Tahoe. The gorgeous (and pricey) resort […]

San Francisco

A weekend in San Francisco for under $500: How I made it work

Trip length: 2.5 days Total cost: $463 for me ($613 for mom & me combined) Vacation days used: 1 For the past couple of years, I have taken my mom on a mother-daughter weekend trip as a Christmas gift. I don’t typically have a lot of flexibility with vacation days around November or December, so […]

Marin Headlands

Marin Headlands: Just off San Francisco’s tourist trail

If you’ve done San Francisco before, maybe more than a few times, it might be time to step away from the cable cars and sea lions to see what the region has to offer. Luckily there are tons of great day trips that are easy to do and within reach. My latest favorite, which hardly […]