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Cleveland’s skyline is seen from Lakefront Reservation along Lake Erie and Edgewater Park. (Julie L. Kessler/Special to The Examiner)

Enjoying Ohio: The urban to rural experience

Great museums, a famous prison and the Amish among Buckeye State’s charms

 

Lake Cachuma in the Santa Ynez Valley offers pet-friendly hikes of varying lengths. (Julie L. Kessler/Special to The Examiner)

Wagging tails and happy trails in Santa Ynez Valley

Six pet-friendly towns offer parks, hikes, wine and fine dining

 

Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit suites all boast ocean views. (Julie L. Kessler/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Running and a respite at Riviera Nayarit

Return to international travel: Magnífico Mother’s Day in Mexico

 

Another perfect day comes to an end at Lehua Lounge in Andaz Maui at Wailea Resort. (Julie L. Kessler/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Maui’s wonderful Wailea

South Maui’s sun-kissed coast may be the ultimate antidote to the lost year

Another perfect day comes to an end at Lehua Lounge in Andaz Maui at Wailea Resort. (Julie L. Kessler/Special to S.F. Examiner)
Chaney Kwak descibes a wild cruise during an epic storm in “The Passenger.” (Author photo courtesy Michael Baca)
Chaney Kwak descibes a wild cruise during an epic storm in “The Passenger.” (Author photo courtesy Michael Baca)
Tropical gardens add to Ka’anapali Beach Hotel’s calm. (Julie L. Kessler/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Kicking back in Ka’anapali, Maui

The beauty of the Valley Isle is most poignant in the post-COVID era

Tropical gardens add to Ka’anapali Beach Hotel’s calm. (Julie L. Kessler/Special to S.F. Examiner)
Cal-A-Vie Health Spa’s meticulously manicured grounds alongside Provençal-style buildings and a duck pond inspire calm. (Julie L. Kessler/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Kicking pandemic pounds to the curb at Cal-A-Vie Health Spa

A visit to the SoCal retreat is the perfect antidote to COVID-related stress

Cal-A-Vie Health Spa’s meticulously manicured grounds alongside Provençal-style buildings and a duck pond inspire calm. (Julie L. Kessler/Special to S.F. Examiner)
It’ll be great to be able to dine again at favorite restaurants, like Sotto Mare in North Beach. <ins>(Jordi Molina/Special to S.F. Examiner)</ins>

What I fantasize about doing once I get my vaccine

I’ll be getting married, eating out, hugging friends and traveling, for starters

It’ll be great to be able to dine again at favorite restaurants, like Sotto Mare in North Beach. <ins>(Jordi Molina/Special to S.F. Examiner)</ins>
Walkers, joggers and furry charges are treated to inspiring sunsets along Moonstone Beach. (Julie L.Kessler/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Cambria is canine-friendly

The central coastal town with a scenic boardwalk keeps Fido fit as a fiddle

Walkers, joggers and furry charges are treated to inspiring sunsets along Moonstone Beach. (Julie L.Kessler/Special to S.F. Examiner)
Gold topped temples of Nyaungu are among many of Myanmar’s charms. (Julie L. Kessler/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Myanmar on my mind

My heart breaks for democracy in general and the Burmese people in particular

Gold topped temples of Nyaungu are among many of Myanmar’s charms. (Julie L. Kessler/Special to S.F. Examiner)
Reports say that the number of American visitors to Mexico’s Quintana Roo, where Tulum and Cancun are located, increased by 23 percent between 2019 and 2020. (Shutterstock)

Stop going to Mexico

Travel during pandemic is ‘vacation colonialism’

Reports say that the number of American visitors to Mexico’s Quintana Roo, where Tulum and Cancun are located, increased by 23 percent between 2019 and 2020. (Shutterstock)
Expansive views atop DAOU Mountain add to the enjoyment of the great wines. (Julie L. Kessler/Special to S.F. Examiner)

A plethora of pinot and plenty of pooches in Paso Robles

Getaway offers fine wine, dining and an encounter with dogs

Expansive views atop DAOU Mountain add to the enjoyment of the great wines. (Julie L. Kessler/Special to S.F. Examiner)
There are no guarantees for those who want to get their airline ticket money back for a trip canceled due to the pandemic.<ins> (Shutterstock)</ins>

Ins and outs of air travel refunds during COVID-19

Nearly all carriers are offering vouchers rather than cash

  • Dec 3, 2020
There are no guarantees for those who want to get their airline ticket money back for a trip canceled due to the pandemic.<ins> (Shutterstock)</ins>
Beautiful views of Lake Alisal can be enjoyed from Alisal Guest Ranch & Resort’s trail rides. (Julie L. Kessler/Special to S.F. Examiner)
Beautiful views of Lake Alisal can be enjoyed from Alisal Guest Ranch & Resort’s trail rides. (Julie L. Kessler/Special to S.F. Examiner)
Vehicle traffic is expected to peak Wednesday afternoon before Thanksgiving. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
Vehicle traffic is expected to peak Wednesday afternoon before Thanksgiving. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
A ride on Pedego electric bikes offered up great views of Los Olivos’ rolling vineyards. (Julie L. Kessler/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Leaving urban sprawl behind in Santa Ynez Valley’s Los Olivos

Small-town charm, great food and wine marry for match made in heaven

A ride on Pedego electric bikes offered up great views of Los Olivos’ rolling vineyards. (Julie L. Kessler/Special to S.F. Examiner)
Rerun put her digging skills to good use while hiking White Sands National Park in New Mexico. (Julie L. Kessler/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Road trip with Rerun comes to tail end in New Mexico desert

Pandemic-era U.S. tour with a four-legged passenger concludes in dunes

Rerun put her digging skills to good use while hiking White Sands National Park in New Mexico. (Julie L. Kessler/Special to S.F. Examiner)
Rerun breaks to chew on a branch during a morning hike in the Sangre de Cristo foothills. (Julie L. Kessler/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Rerun road trip stops in Trinidad, Santa Fe and Austin

Here’s part four of a pandemic-era series chronicling a U.S. tour with a four-legged passenger

Rerun breaks to chew on a branch during a morning hike in the Sangre de Cristo foothills. (Julie L. Kessler/Special to S.F. Examiner)
Rerun enjoys a respite at the University of Colorado Boulder campus. (Julie L. Kessler/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Road tripping with Rerun – Part Three

A pandemic-era series chronicling a U.S. tour with a four-legged passenger

Rerun enjoys a respite at the University of Colorado Boulder campus. (Julie L. Kessler/Special to S.F. Examiner)
Rerun’s traveling “condo” installed by Volvo in the rear of the 2021 XC90 SUV was roomy and comfortable for both driver and furry passenger. (Julie L. Kessler/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Road tripping with Rerun – Part Two

A pandemic-era series chronicling a U.S. tour with a four-legged passenger

Rerun’s traveling “condo” installed by Volvo in the rear of the 2021 XC90 SUV was roomy and comfortable for both driver and furry passenger. (Julie L. Kessler/Special to S.F. Examiner)