Year in Review 2016

Food and Travel Blogger Year in Review - Where I went, where I slept, what I ate and what I did!

Are you ready for 2017?

Each January I reflect upon the previous year and make plans and set goals for the new year. A business and personal goal for 2016 was to go on at least a dozen trips, and I’m happy that I made it happen! I had a great time exploring my local Southern California area and also traveled out of state and internationally on sponsored media trips.

I write about my food travel, restaurants and other foodie adventures on Mama Likes To Cook. My articles about travel activities, destinations and accommodations can be found on Valerie Was Here.

Food and Travel Blogger Year in Review - Where I went, where I slept, what I ate and what I did!

I traveled quite a bit in Southern California. Even though I’ve lived in the area my entire life and have been to all of these cities before, it was a great to stay in hotels and experience them in a whole new way as a traveler. I loved it!

Palm Springs is a great spot for a desert getaway with culture, nature, food, shopping and fun. Long Beach has a museums and outdoor art, family activities, excellent restaurants, gorgeous views and a rich history. I visited the trendy Hard Rock Hotel in the Gaslamp Quarter in downtown San Diego and the beautiful Marriott Coronado Island across the bay. I enjoyed the relaxing vibe of the San Jacinto Valley and the tall trees of Idyllwild.

Closer to home, I stayed at The Ranch at Laguna Beach that has captured the relaxing essence of the SoCal lifestyle and the luxurious Fairmont Newport Beach. Also had fun at Disneyland.

Food and Travel Blogger Year in Review - Where I went, where I slept, what I ate and what I did!

I also explored the Northern California coast with an road trip that covered a lot of miles from Sonoma County up to Little River, Mendocino, Fort Bragg, Redwood National Park, Eureka, Trinidad and almost up to the Oregon Border. On another road trip, I spent time exploring Carmel Valley, Carmel by The Sea, Big Sur and Monterey.

This was also a year for using my passport. I went to the Dominican Republic for the first time and thoroughly enjoyed learning about the culture and meeting locals. This was a cruise and I made some great friends on board and also went to Miami for the first time.

Since Mexico is so close, I’ve been many times over the years. In 2016, I traveled by car to Tijuana and Rosarito Beach. I also traveled by air further south to Puerto Vallarta. Looking forward to going back to Mexico again soon, since I always have a great time.

Food and Travel Blogger Year in Review - Where I went, where I slept, what I ate and what I did!

My goal for 2017 is 20 trips. Do you think I’ll make it?

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250 comments for “Year in Review 2016

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    January 24, 2017 at 7:21 pm

    You got to a lot of fabulous places and it looks like you have a lot of great food too!

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    January 27, 2017 at 7:57 pm

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    January 27, 2017 at 8:35 pm

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    January 30, 2017 at 8:08 am

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  21. Linda
    January 30, 2017 at 9:44 am

    That’s a great retrospective of your trips in 2016. Good luck on making 20 this year!

  22. Lisa L
    January 30, 2017 at 11:08 am

    You went to some really fun places!

  23. Kathy Pease
    January 30, 2017 at 12:59 pm

    Thanks so much for the chance :)

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    January 30, 2017 at 2:21 pm

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    January 30, 2017 at 5:33 pm

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  26. Robyn Bellefleur
    January 30, 2017 at 6:43 pm

    Might I suggest going to the Bahamas? We went for a week and did not want to come home. We are planning another trip there sometime soon.

  27. Valerie Mitchell
    January 30, 2017 at 7:53 pm

    Robyn – The Bahamas would be great! It definitely looks like my kind of place. Glad you had such a good time.

  28. Crystal F
    January 31, 2017 at 2:08 am

    Sounds like you had a very eventful year. Some of the food looks amazing. Hope this year brings just as much fun.

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  30. Mary Gardner
    January 31, 2017 at 8:20 am

    How nice that you have traveled so many beautiful places! I would also love to visit the Dominican Republic.

  31. Ed
    January 31, 2017 at 8:44 am

    To travel and to eat are wonderful infinitives.

  32. Michele Cupp
    January 31, 2017 at 9:03 am

    20 trips wow! Good luck and enjoy. I hope you make it!

  33. Sarah Mayer
    January 31, 2017 at 9:50 am

    Thanks for all your useful tips.

  34. AEKZ2
    January 31, 2017 at 10:23 am

    My family loves Southern California!

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    January 31, 2017 at 11:07 am

    This is terrific! Thank you!

  36. January 31, 2017 at 12:23 pm

    Cool pics! It looks like you got to do some incredible traveling. :)

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    January 31, 2017 at 1:54 pm

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    January 31, 2017 at 3:00 pm

    thanks for the giveaway

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    January 31, 2017 at 3:34 pm

    Cool giveaway and cool pictures on this page too.

  40. lea c.
    January 31, 2017 at 3:38 pm

    I would love to travel as much as you!

  41. January 31, 2017 at 5:56 pm

    I personally would not mind visiting the Hard Rock Hotel. :)

  42. Susan Biddle
    January 31, 2017 at 6:14 pm

    It sounds like you had a great year, and you got a ton of fun colorful photos too! Nice to look at, keep it coming. I hope you have a great 2017 too! Thanks for the great giveaway.

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    January 31, 2017 at 6:35 pm

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    January 31, 2017 at 7:24 pm

    Love to travel more

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    January 31, 2017 at 7:29 pm

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  47. Leah Shumack
    January 31, 2017 at 7:40 pm

    Some beautiful pictures above!

  48. Buddy Garrett
    January 31, 2017 at 8:21 pm

    I loved your year review. California is beautiful. Thanks for the giveaway.

  49. Leslie C
    January 31, 2017 at 8:30 pm

    I would love to win an Amazon GC because I am saving for an eReader!

  50. February 5, 2017 at 8:29 am

    I couldn’t refrain from commenting. Well written!

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