Two Years Without Lucy, the Best Petsetter Ever!

Today marks the second anniversary of the unexpected loss of Lucy, the best petsetter ever! Honestly, I thought today was the third anniversary. It seems like the hole she left in my heart has been there for much longer than 730 days. I constantly relive the shocking moment when she took her last breath and died as I held her. Why won't that memory fade? Do I want it to? … [Read more...]

My Tears Aren’t Awake Yet

My tears aren’t awake yet. Those words were the final sentence of a short Facebook status update I posted at 5:30 a.m. from Rome’s Fiumicino Airport as I prepared to return to the United States after a fabulous nine days in Italy. It was time to say arrivederci to Italy. It was also too early to cry. … [Read more...]

A Year in Napa Valley

As July 30 winds down, I can't let the night slip away without acknowledging what this date means to me. Today marks my one-year anniversary living in the Napa Valley, and what a blast I've had these last 12 months. From making new friends (not to be confused with acquaintances) to carving out a new career for myself  to swimmingly adjusting to life in small town Rutherford, this has been a most memorable 365 days.  … [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 … [Read more...]

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 … [Read more...]

Motivated by Moderating Bay Area Authors Speak Out

I don't have any time these days to work on my memoir, Bellini for One, but that doesn't mean I don't have time to participate in an authors' event. I recently had the pleasure of moderating Bay Area Authors Speak Out, an annual panel discussion with local authors put on by the San Francisco Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc., at the Main Branch of the San Francisco Public Library. This edition was an exciting one with authors Qiana London, Jewelle Taylor Gibbs, Ph.D and Brenda … [Read more...]

Hobnobbing with Kobe Bryant, Margrit Mondavi and Marchese Piero Antinori

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The last couple of months have been strange ones for a jetsetter like me. Accustomed to flying often, I traded in my wings for wheels as I made multiple driving trips to Napa to work on the Auction Napa Valley issue of Haute Living and to Monterey County to research the July/August issue pegged to Monterey Car Week and the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance. Along the way, I encountered boldface names like Kobe Bryant, Marchese Piero Antinori and Margrit Mondavi. … [Read more...]

A writer’s blood, sweat and tears

I'm writing this blog post on an airplane as I fly from San Francisco to Puerto Vallarta for a four-day stay at Casa Aramara, a fabulous villa that just became available to the public. Well, the public that can afford its $15,000-$30,000 nightly rate. I'm not a one-percenter, but instead a freelance travel writer on a press junket with other journalists whom I will meet when I land. … [Read more...]

Dog Lovers on tour

Kelly E. Carter The Dog Lover's Guide to Travel

Dog lovers get ready! Coming soon to a city near you: New York Times bestselling author Kelly E. Carter, with her jetsetting pooch Lucy, signing copies of her newest book, The Dog Lover’s Guide to Travel.  And maybe not. … [Read more...]

Remembering Mandela and South Africa

When people find out I'm a travel writer, often the first question posed to me is "Where should I go?" Without hesitation, I always respond "South Africa because it has something for everybody."  The country is on my mind even more with the passing of the great Nelson Mandela. … [Read more...]