Travel Stories

I am a member of the North America Travel Journalists & Authors and the Bay Area Travel Writers, which have both recognized travel stories of mine with awards. Here are travel articles of mine that can be found online:

SoCal Calling for Diablo Magazine (Jan. 2024).

East Bay Holiday Hops for Diablo Magazine (Nov. 2023).

Wineries of the Rich and Famous for Venu magazine (July/August 2023: pp. 27-29).

Five Questions for Tom Hale for Diablo Magazine (July 2023).

10 of the most spectacular casinos around the world for (Sept. 27, 2022).

10 Scenic Running Paths from Around the World for (June 29, 2022).

The Airlines with the Most Delays for (April 9, 2022).

Art & Soul: 4 Artisans, 4 Countries, 1 Vision for Ensemble Vacations (Spring 2022).

Hanson of Sonoma: A Family Distillery for Marin Living (December 2021).

Sailing the South as a Shipboard Nurse for Scrubs Magazine (Oct. 21, 2021)

4 Can’t-Miss Mendocino Beach Hikes and Coastal Trails for (Sept. 8, 2021).

San Francisco Food Halls, pg. 24, for Mabuhay (Philippine Airlines inflight magazine: January 2020).

More than 100 destination articles of mine about places worldwide appeared on the United Airlines travel site between 2015 and 2020. They are no longer online.

Taipei 9 to 5 for Global Traveler magazine (December 2019).

Ralph Hopkins’ Photo Tips for the Lindblad Expeditions/National Geographic site (December 2019).

Off-the-Radar Mendocino Spots for the Nob Hill Gazette (Nov. 4, 2019).

Swimming with Sharks for the Lindblad Expeditions/National Geographic site (Sept. 2019).

5 Weird Places to Visit in Southern New Mexico for the AAA Highroads website (May 9, 2019).

Retracing Lewis & Clark’s Expedition for the Lindblad Expeditions/National Geographic site (May 7, 2019).

Citizen Science Expeditions story for the Lindblad Expeditions/National Geographic site (April 22, 2019).

Different Kinds of Bike Routes story for the Sierra Club website (April 15, 2019).

Restaurants in Planes & Trains for The Wall Street Journal (January 31, 2019).

Hike + Bike Danube Cruise for Inspired Senior Living Magazine (Jan. 1, 2019).

Scenic Winter Train Rides for the National Geographic Traveler website (Nov. 26, 2018).

10 Stellar Views in San Francisco for the National Geographic Traveler website (Sept. 26, 2018).

Canadian Golf Cruise segment for the “50 Ways to Have a Superior Summer” story in The Wall Street Journal travel section (May 15, 2018).

Places to Experience Nature Through Glass for the National Geographic Traveler website (May 4, 2018).

Boat Sharing for (April 25, 2018).

Rob Pope: Transcontinental Runner for American Way Magazine (April 2018).

Print and online story on Marin County kayaking for Marin Magazine and (Nov. 2017).

Resorts with Bragging Rights for The Wall Street Journal (Sept. 10, 2017).

Barkley 100-Mile for The National (Aug./Sept. 2017).

San Francisco’s Haight-Ashbury District for The Wall Street Journal (May 20, 2017).

Triathlon Costs for the Chase Bank news site (January 25, 2017).

My Bordeaux article and photos appears on pages 6-9 in the 2017 Taste of Travel anthology.

Amazing Rock Balancer for The National (Amtrak’s magazine: Dec. 2016/Jan. 2017).

The TreeSpirit Project for Hemispheres, the United Airlines inflight magazine (Nov. 2016).

Story on a San Francisco Bay restoration effort for the Silicon Valley Community Foundation magazine (Fall 2016).

America’s first cruise-ship captain for Porthole Cruise Magazine (May/June 2016).

Story on repurposed forts for The Wall Street Journal (July 2, 2016).

Story on the explosion of new microbreweries in San Francisco for Draft Magazine (Jan./Feb. 2016).

Story on Austria’s Stubai region in Senior Living Magazine (May 2015).

My story on surprise adventures in The Wall Street Journal (March 14-15, 2015).

Topics of the 38 stories I wrote for the Asics running site (2015) touched on training, motivation, gear and nutrition.

My story on Mazatlan’s Carnaval in the Houston Chronicle (Feb. 2014).

Award-winning profile of AmaWaterways executive Kristen Karst in Porthole Cruise (Dec. 2013).

Story on Royal Caribbean CEO Adam Goldstein for PORTHOLE CRUISE MAGAZINE (2013 NATJA Silver Prize, Personality & Profiles category), Feb. 2013.

Story on firefighter-related places in the West in the San Francisco Chronicle Travel section (Feb. 2013).

Story on Basque places in the West in the San Francisco Chronicle Travel section (July 2012).

Story on running hotspots in the San Francisco Chronicle Travel section (May 2012).

Story on Wales’ Coast Path in Budget Travel Magazine (May/June 2012).

Here are my stories on the art & culture and food & wine in Italy’s Marche region on (Aug. 2011).

Story on great pipe organs in the San Francisco Chronicle Travel section (Dec. 2011).

Story on U.S. islands for EXPERIENCE LIFE (June 2010).

Story on Wales for MARIN (April 2010).

Story on Germany’s Mosel River wine region for MARIN (Oct. 2009).

Story on America’s best hot-springs towns for EXPERIENCE LIFE MAGAZINE (Nov. 2008).

My feature on Bay Area B&Bs that specialize in hosting weddings for the SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE MAGAZINE (Jan. 2006).

In 2013-2017, I published 14 feature articles in AAA HIGHROADS (Arizona).

In 2010-2011, I published more than 150 articles (most with my photos) on attractions, restaurants, wineries, parks and other places for Hello Metro sites (,, and many others throughout the West).  Here are the places and major events I’ve written about for those sites:


Walt Disney Museum



Ferry Building Marketplace

Fisherman’s Wharf


S.F. Waterfront

Cable Cars

Golden Gate Park

Sports Basement

Ocean Beach


Nob Hill

Union Square

De Young Museum

Red & White Fleet

The Marina

Kara’s Cupcakes


Pier 39

International Spy Shop

Asian Art Museum

Contemporary Jewish Museum

Baker Beach

Coit Tower

North Beach (neighborhood)

Beat Museum

California Academy of Sciences

Vintage Streetcars/Streetcar Museum

Cliff House


Waterfront Restaurant

Press Club

Ruby Skye

St. Francis Fountain


Urban Tavern

Stinking Rose

McCormick & Kuleto’s

Garden Court at The Palace

Beach Chalet/Park Chalet

Neptune’s Palace

Greens Restaurant

Chinese New Year Parade

Tour of California (bike race)

Mission Dolores

Haight-Ashbury neighborhood & tour



San Francisco 49ers

Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival

Sunset District

Litquake Festival

Hornblower Cruises

Squat & Gobble

Palio d’Asti

Museum of the African Diaspora

Cartoon Art Museum

Pacific Heights

Westfield S.F. Centre

S.F. Symphony Holiday Concerts

Holidays on The Embarcadero

San Francisco Giants


Marina Green

Buena Vista Cafe

The Punch Line

Fort Mason Center

Bike the Bridge

Ripley’s San Francisco

Bay to Breakers

Burke Williams Spa

San Francisco Italian Restaurants

Bay Area Italian Restaurants


Sunday Brunches with Ocean Views

San Francisco Shopping

TCHO Chocolate Tour

S.F. Vegetarian Restaurants


LB Steak

The Grill on the Alley

Triton Museum of Art

The Tech Museum

Santana Row

Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum

Winchester Mystery House

Stanford University


MacArthur Park Palo Alto

Pez Museum

Hiller Aviation Museum

La Costanera

Kincaid’s Burlingame

Sawyer Camp Trail

Cantor Museum (Stanford)

Pumpkin Festival (Half Moon Bay)

ZERO1 Festival

Radio City Rockettes

Santa Clara University

Moss Beach Distillery

Oceano Half Moon Bay

Hillsdale Shopping Center

Sam’s Chowder House

Navio at the Ritz-Carlton Half Moon Bay

Ritz-Carlton Half Moon Bay

A La Carte & Art Festival – Mountain View

Pacific Coast Dream Machines Show

Osterio Coppa

San Mateo County History Museum


Mt. Tamalpais

S.F. Bay kayaking


Point Reyes Natl. Seashore

Left Bank Larkspur

Sausalito Art Festival

China Camp State Park

Downtown San Anselmo

Samuel Taylor State Park

Downtown Fairfax

Muir Woods

Muir Beach

Tavern at Lark Creek


Castello di Amorosa

Napa Valley Wine Train

Healdsburg Dine Around

Napa General Store

Oxbow Public Market

Napa Tasting Rooms

Downtown Napa Hotels


Napa Opera House

Earth Day in the Wine Country

Dry Creek Valley Wineries


Oakland A’s


Monterey Bay Aquarium

Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk


Crocker Art Museum

Lake Natoma Aquatics Center

Hot Italian

Le Rivage

State Capitol

Capitol Park

Sutter’s Fort

Cafe Bernardo

The California Museum

Cafeteria 15L

The Park Downtown


Old Sacramento


Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival

Ciera at Montbleu

Red Hut

Edgewood Tahoe

Stateline Casinos

Friday’s Station-Harrah’s


Tony’s on the Pier

Redondo Pier & Harbor

Baleen Los Angeles

Redondo Voyager cruises

Redondo Hermosa Strand



OC Zoo

Irvine Regional Park

Pretend City

Yard House Irvine

The Improv Irvine


Ducey’s on the Lake


University of Nevada-Reno

National Automobile Museum

Nevada Museum of Art

Riverwalk Arts District

Freight House District

Spa Toscana

Atlantis Casino Resort

Atlantis Steakhouse

Squeeze In


Idaho Wineries

Downtown Boise Hotels

Downtown Boise Restaurants

Boise State University

Basque Block

Idaho State Historical Museum

Idaho Capitol

Old Pen

Zoo Boise

Birds of Prey

Julia Davis Park

Boise’s Healthy Restaurants

Boise River Greenbelt