Dorothy O’Donnell is a writer based in San Francisco. Her travel articles have appeared in the Los Angeles Times and on the popular Bay Area lifestyle blog, 7x7.com. She’s game for the occasional hard-core physical escapade, like climbing Mount Shasta, but prefers softer adventures that include a bit of pampering. You don’t have to twist her arm to get her to stay in a hip boutique hotel or luxurious resort. While she enjoys visiting other countries, Dorothy finds returning to favorite spots in California and other parts of the West—or discovering new ones—just as rewarding.