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Travel stories, tips, photos, videos. Featuring west coast destinations, luxury resorts, and weekend getaways to Napa, Sonoma, San Francisco, Carmel, and Baja California Sur.

Best tripping, sipping and savoring around the San Juan Islands Pt. 1: Whidbey Island

There are approximately 172 islands in Washington State’s San Juan County, plus the popular neighboring islands of Whidbey and Camano, and once you start visiting them you’ll soon learn that the finest fresh caught, shucked, brewed, foraged and farmed food awaits you at every turn. The easiest, prettiest and most fun way to island hop is on the Washington Ferry System which...

Wanderlust: Costa Rica Part 5 – Peace Lodge & La Paz Waterfall Gardens

Travel writer Janice Nieder continues her journey traveling across Costa Rica. Read on for travel tips and advice, plus a surprise or two in Part 5 on Stark Insider ... “Peace-out” at Peace Lodge and the La Paz Waterfall Gardens The perfect fairy tale ending to any Costa Rica trip has to be a stay at The Peace Lodge, a winning trifecta...

Wanderlust: Costa Rica Part 4 – Hotel Belmar & Monteverde Cloud Forest

Travel writer Janice Nieder continues her journey traveling across Costa Rica. Read on for travel tips and advice, plus a surprise or two in Part 4 on Stark Insider ... Hotel Belmar: an oldie but still bestie Although the family-run Hotel Belmar was one of the very first hotels to open in Monteverde back in 1985, the property is anything but tired...

Wanderlust: Costa Rica Part 3 – Villa Caletas

Travel writer Janice Nieder continues her journey traveling across Costa Rica. Read on for travel tips and advice, plus a surprise or two in Part 3 on Stark Insider ... Villa Caletas: fit for a Greek God Perched on a mountain top, almost 1,200 feet high, overlooking a fertile green rainforest backed by the shimmering blue Pacific Ocean, I’d venture to say...

Wanderlust: Costa Rica Part 2 – Alma del Pacifico

Travel writer Janice Nieder shares her journey traveling across Costa Rica. Read on for travel tips and advice, plus a surprise or two as Janice's adventure continues with Part 2 on Stark Insider ... Alma del Pacifico Beach Hotel & Spa: This stylish beachside resort is my new “happy place” I‘m not sure if it was the tasteful riot of color that...

Wanderlust: Pure luxury meets unspoiled nature in Costa Rica (Part 1)

Beach in Costa Rica

Travel writer Janice Nieder shares her experience traveling across Costa Rica. Read on for travel tips and advice, plus a surprise or two as Janice's adventure begins on Stark Insider ... Bookended between Costa Rica’s Caribbean and Pacific coasts, visitors will find some of the world’s most immaculate beaches, volcanoes, dramatic waterfalls, and dense rain forests brimming with exotic flora...

Look Book: RED Scarlet-W stills from Mendocino short film project for Atelier Stark

Mendocino - Shot on RED Scarlet-W

We're in post, working like crazy foxes on a new short film for Atelier Stark. As always, at any given time we're shooting, editing, and planning... all at the same time. On any given day I could be in front of Premiere Pro, or scheduling shoots & scenes, or Loni and I could be in the "sound booth" working on...

Stark Insider On Location: Mendocino, a creative getaway in Northern California

Mendocino Headlands - Pacific Ocean

We're way up here. Way up here in Northern California along the coast. Way up here in beautiful Mendocino wine country. Loni Stark and I are here to dive deep into anything but tech (camera gear excluded!). So that means Loni paints, and I do video. Every so often we attempt to getaway from Silicon Valley to disconnect from the...

Wanderlust: Grand Residences Riviera Cancun earns top marks

The Grand Residences Riviera Cancun

Whether you're looking for an upscale all-inclusive resort for an easy-peasy family vacation, romantic interlude, girlfriend getaway or just some much needed R&R, The Grand Residences Riviera Cancun, not only fits the (surprisingly reasonable) bill, but does so in grand style! The exclusive resort is hidden in a sweet spot by Puerto Morelos, a fishing village located between Riviera Maya...

What’s Happening: Broadway Under the Stars announces summer season at Sonoma’s Jack London State Historic Park

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Transcendence Theatre Company today took the wraps off its upcoming Broadway inspired summer series. Called "Broadway Under the Stars" the lineup features weekend performances from June through September 2018. Shows take place at the (stunning) Jack London State Historic Park in Glen Ellen -- right in the heart of Sonoma wine country. Given these performances take place outdoors it truly is...