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  • How’s this for an insane view of the Pacific Ocean? We loved the horseback riding trails that Ricochet Ridge Ranch offers. While one of their more popular trail rides is along the beach (and covers all riding skill levels), we opted for the more rustic trails which started along the jagged Mendocino coast, went through a forest brimming with Redwoods, up a mountain and eventually to this fabulous look out area. This trail was roughly 3 or so hours, although they offer half days and full week options as well, now on the bucket list.
We left from across the road from the Inn at Newport Ranch (see last Instagram post), where we stayed for the weekend, a luxe boutique stay that is all about serenity and privacy – where rustic meets luxury. Their ranch now totals over 2,000 acres with a mile and half of oceanfront and three miles of contiguous ridge lines with panoramic views. They have opened up twenty miles of trails through the Redwoods and along the streams and rugged coast which you can explore by horseback, hiking or on ATVs and we did all three. The ATV was as much fun as on horseback (albeit a very different experience) and not quite as tranquil as being on the back of this gem. My horse was called Voltaire which made me laugh because French is part of my heritage – I should write an article about how much he reminded me of my horseback riding experience in France in so many odd and surreal ways. Voltaire had attitude, was chic and loved to eat and eat and well, eat (grass that is). He also loved to be photographed; at least I didn’t spend the afternoon on a horse who wanted to stay out of the limelight as it adds to the challenge of getting a great shot. Here’s to you Voltaire and to the magical Mendocino coast.
  • A little outside hot tub action at the Inn at Newport Ranch in Northern California where we retreated to last weekend. Located just north of Fort Bragg along the rugged California Coast (also referred to as the Mendocino Coast), this gem of an upscale boutique ranch exudes the best of luxury and rustic (all rooms uniquely decorated). They also have 3 fabulous suites, all with breathtaking views and The Sea Drum House which you can rent, a great option for groups and family gatherings.
With views like this, it should be no surprise that they are a popular spot for weddings, especially more intimate ones that go above and beyond. Luxury travelers and couples wanting peace, relaxation and privacy, will appreciate this property the most. If serenity is calling you, then this gem along the northern California coast is a great visit, which is why we went. Think reading a novel on the wide open front porch with wooden Adirondack like chairs or soaking in the hot tub or going for a hike. I’m doing a review on the property which will go live over on in our hotel section next week.
  • Meet Kicker Rock in the Galapagos Islands, which is the remains of a volcanic cone that has been eroded by the sea. Above the water, this monolithic rock formation is 500 feet above the ocean and is known for its tropical birds, those gorgeous Blue-footed Boobies (love these – got to see them during mating season when I was there) and Frigatebirds. This gorgeous shot is courtesy of Madrid-based @ExotikTraveler who specializes in creating custom luxury trips for travelers.
For divers and snorkelers, this is a great spot to view Spotted Eagle Rays, White-tip Reef sharks, Galapagos Sharks and Hammerheads. You can snorkel through the natural channel that has been created between the formations. Nearby you can also snorkel with sea lions at Islas Lobos or just lounge about on Manglesito Beach and its lush white sand. Oh it is pure bliss!
  • A l'il cocktail fun on the top of the Fairmont SF in their suite Penthouse, my first party here! I keep forgetting what an incredibly beautiful city I live in! Fun convos & times with @jeannettereports @spudhilton @5wpr @suiteness_ @fairmontsanfrancisco -
#ClassyinSF #FairmontHotels #sanfranciscoworld
  • A magical view from the Penthouse Suite at the Fairmont in San Francisco! Thanks to @suiteness_ for throwing a fabulous event in the city by the Bay! #ClassyinSF #Suiteness

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Wisdom & Inspiration

Wandering re-establishes the original harmony which once existed between man and the universe.

Anatole France

Once in a while it really hits people that they don’t have to experience the world in the way they have been told to.

― Alan Keightley


The destination matters not, for the journey itself is the ultimate prize. Go forward & embrace the unknown and your blueprint for life will never be the same.

― Renee Blodgett, We Blog the World

One does not discover new lands without consenting to lose sight of the shore.

― André Gide

At the Moment of Commitment, the Universe Conspires to Assist You!

― Goethe

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If you do something that has never been done you will collect treasures that have never been found.

― Jenna Newton

No man ever steps in the same river twice, for it’s not the same river and he’s not the same man.

― Heraclitus

Break bread with people as foreign to you as an ancient language and be forever changed.

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A journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step.

― Lao Tzu

The gladdest moment in human life, me thinks, is a departure into unknown lands.

― Sir Richard Burton

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