Harry Basch is the author of Frommer’s Exploring America by RV and RV Vacations For Dummies and a contributor to Frommer’s USA. His books, articles, and photographs—many of which he produced in collaboration with his late wife, Shirley—have been published internationally for more than 25 years.
A third-generation Southern Californian, Mark Hiss is a writer and photographer who has spent more than 25 years in San Diego. He was founding editor of both the visitor guide Where San Diego and Performances, the playbill magazine for the city’s leading performing arts venues. He is also a recovering publicist who spent many years working for several of San Diego's top theater companies.
A native San Franciscan, Erika Lenkert spends her time traipsing through San Francisco and across the globe in search of adventure and great food. She has written for Travel + Leisure, Food & Wine, Bride’s, Wine Country Living, San Francisco Magazine, Los Angeles Magazine, and Time Out. Her latest work is an entertaining and cooking guide called The Last-Minute Party Girl: Fashionable, Fearless, and Foolishly Simple Entertaining (www.lastminutepartygirl.com), which mixes fun, humor, and recipes into a tasty, useful guide to living large, Bay Area–style.
Kristin Luna hopped around a bit before fi nding a permanent home in San Francisco. Her intrepid spirit has led her all over the globe in search of adventure, whether scuba diving cageless with sharks in the South Pacifi c or hurling herself out of a plane at 15,000 feet in the Pyrenees. Kristin has worked on other Frommer’s guides and been a contributor to Newsweek, Forbes Traveler, and the Travel Channel. Her work has also appeared in the San Francisco Chronicle, Islands, Real Simple, Sherman’s Travel, Glamour, People, and Entertainment Weekly.
Matthew Richard Poole, a native Californian, has authored more than two dozen travel guides to California, Hawaii, and abroad. A regular contributor to radio and television travel programs, he has made numerous guest appearances on the award-winning Bay Area Backroads television show, among other broadcast outlets. Before becoming a full-time travel writer and photographer, he worked as an English tutor in Prague, ski instructor in the Swiss Alps, and scuba instructor in Maui and Thailand. Highly allergic to offi ce buildings and mortgage payments, he spends most of his time traveling the globe in search of new adventures. His other Frommer’s titles include California from $70 a Day, San Francisco from $70 a Day, Los Angeles, Portable Los Angeles, Irreverent Guide to San Francisco, and Portable Disneyland.