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Inhabitant Travel

I was lucky enough to be invited to stay in a beautiful vacation rental in Taos, New Mexico. Taos is a magical place to begin with, but this particular home captured the wonder of the area so spectacularly that I just had to share it. The owners have inhabited the Taos estate for several years […]

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I know I say this a lot, but now I’m really serious: the trip my family and I took to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico in the summer of ’07 was one of my favorite vacations of all time. Having still not experienced a trip with comparable fun levels three years later, I credit the success of […]

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It never ceases to amaze me the extent to which people express themselves through their homes. Rationally, I get it – a home is just four walls, and within those walls, you can do anything (even blow out the walls). But I still find myself surprised at the variation from home to home. Take my […]

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With fall fast approaching, it can’t hurt to revisit those glorious summer getaways, can it? I recently traveled to Martha’s Vineyard for a family get-together, something that has become a tradition in recent years. “Tradition” may not be the best word – we’re a slightly unconventional bunch – but we stick together. Each year, my […]

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We all know travel can change lives, but we rarely think about the impact we have on those we visit (unless, of course, we’re stealing pierogi from them…). To set the stage for this story, you need to know that last weekend I stayed in my first yurt. This therapy studio-turned-weekend-vacation-rental in Mendocino, 3 hours […]

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My parents just moved into a new house, and during the unpacking process my mom came across a note she had written years ago. It was torn out of a guest book from a vacation rental we had stayed at in Lake Tahoe, and listed sixteen things wrong with the place. (Apparently she had ripped […]

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I’ve stayed in quite a few vacation rentals in my day, but my two greatest vacation rental experiences EVER have been in homes that provide chefs. And it’s not because of the cooking. It’s because of the chefs themselves. Passionate about their towns, both sought to make me love them as much as they did. […]

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There’s no preventing it, avoiding it, or fighting it. So you might as well just accept it: Sometimes when you travel–especially when you get off the beaten path and hang with the locals–you become an accidental jerk. You don’t mean to be, of course. It just kinda happens. After much deliberation, two of the ladies […]

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Hmm… A flight from Tokyo to Hiroshima will take an hour and 15 minutes, and a ride on the bullet train will take over 4 hours. The price of both is about the same… What should we do? If you are ever faced with this question, let me help you out: TAKE THE TRAIN! Here’s […]

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Sometimes, the best way to find something great is to look at what everyone else is doing, and go the opposite direction. We live in San Francisco. Up north, Sonoma and Napa beckon legions of visitors every year, and we happily travel alongside the masses to sample the region’s famous vino. Last week for a […]

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