Welcome to Kelly E. Carter
Kelly E. Carter is a New York Times bestselling author, Editor of Haute Living Magazine San Francisco, Founder of The Jet Set Pets® and an Italophile who toted her posh pooch Lucy around the globe. As a speaker, Kelly dazzles audiences with tales of her journey to award-winning sportswriter to celebrity reporter to pet travel expert. Her latest book, The Dog Lover's Guide to Travel, was released by National Geographic Books in April and earned Kelly a prestigious Lowell Thomas Award. The tail-all travel guide is available in bookstores and on Amazon.

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The one-year anniversary of Lucy’s death

Today marks the one-year anniversary of the sudden passing of my pooch Lucy, aka Lucy Loo, Lucia, The Royal Bitch and Lucifer. More often than I know I should, I still replay her final days in my head, wondering if there was something I could have done/should have known about her health. Maybe she’d still be here if I were a better pawrent, I think, though I know I shouldn’t have such thoughts. [Read More…]


Green acres is the place to be

If I had a C-note for every time someone has said to me, “What a big change for you” when they heard I was moving/moved from San Francisco to Rutherford, well, I could buy a vineyard—though probably not in the Napa Valley. Moving 63 miles was not a big change distance wise, nor has it been that big of a change for me personally; of course it’s only been a week.

In Rutherford, I drive on the same side of the road as I always have and speak the same language too. Moving here was not nearly as monumental as say, my move from my native LA to Iowa City in January 1986. [Read More…]

Kelly in Rutherford, with vineyards in the background.

Napa is the new Italy

Just like orange is the new black and 50 is the new 40, Napa is the new Italy. That’s why I’ve chosen to make California’s heralded wine region my new home. Today I moved to Rutherford—home of Cakebread Cellars, St. Supery Vineyards & Winery, Peju, Caymus and other top brands,  including me! I figured if I can’t move back to Italy, where I lived from 2003 to 2005, then Napa is the next best thing. I’m nestled between my two fave Napa Valley cities: Yountville, the culinary capital of the Valley and home of The French Laundry, and St. Helena, home to the posh getaway, Meadowood Napa Valley. [Read More…]