August 16, 2011 |
Clint Eastwood knows how to set a scene on screen or at Mission Ranch, his strikingly handsome hotel and restaurant in Carmel. The hotel, a historic property, has a multimillion dollar view of the sea and beautiful grounds to match. Magenta bougainvillea spills from balconies, flowering pots decorate porches, huge cypress trees shade buildings and lawns. You'd expect a room to cost $500 a night or more. So how about $120 a night? Hard to believe, especially in a pricey tourist area like Carmel.
July 17, 2011 |
A few years ago I got lost in the woods near the eastern border of Belgium. I was looking for Battle of the Bulge sites, and before I knew it I had crossed into Germany. The little road I was on rounded a bend and came into a clearing where I saw, in the valley below, a village on a lake. The sign said "Einruhr. " I stopped for tea in a waterfront cafe, where I watched people board an excursion boat and wished I could join them. But I had to move on. A traveler passes many places that cannot be explored, roads not taken.
November 10, 2010 |
The most troubling thing about the Keith Olbermann affair is just how quaint and beside the point the NBC network rule he broke now appears. The MSNBC cable news commentator returned to the air Tuesday night after a two-day suspension without pay for violating an NBC rule against contributing to political candidates without permission. The former sports broadcaster turned rancorous liberal shouter gave a total of $7,200 to three Democratic congressional candidates in the midterm elections.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 29, 2010 |
It's a trade-off, living on Naples. In exchange for inhabiting an island with quaint canals where kayakers, paddlers and opera-singing gondoliers float past million-dollar homes, residents of this Long Beach neighborhood live with the anxiety of knowing that the only thing protecting their property from the ocean is a crumbling sea wall. "If the sea wall fails, we're in real trouble," said Bob Fletcher, a retired lawyer who has experienced the sinking feeling of spotting ocean water seeping under the floorboards of his Spanish-style home on Rivo Alto Canal.
April 18, 2010 |
Visitors to Kauai who venture beyond the beach may be rewarded with a few hours in a town where time has slowed, at a Hindu monastery high in the hills, a small museum chronicling the history of Kauai and a garden of the gods. HANAPEPE On a typical day in Hanapepe, a sleepy town on Kauai's south shore, roosters strut across the wide main street, a parrot named Tabasco greets you at an art gallery, and a sign on the door of a boutique explains that the owner has gone to the bank but will return soon.
August 9, 2009
Re: "Balboa Island still lives large," July 31: Having lived three miles northwest of Balboa for the last 12 years in west Newport Beach, I am quite familiar with the quaintness, the magic and the overall seagoing atmosphere of Balboa Island. I frequent the island occasionally via my bike and a short ferry ride across the bay. Hugo Martin's article sadly but accurately points out that even the well-to-do who spend between $3,000 to $5,000 a week to vacation on the island are looking for ways to budget their money like cooking their own meals rather than eating out. For most of us who can ill afford to stay there, however, the island still welcomes everyone who can get there and enjoy the magic and ocean atmosphere of a user-friendly village.