California, Road Trip, Wine/Cocktails

Go Big or Stay Home??

We’ve discovered the smaller places can be well worth the stop .. at least when it comes to wine.

California, Diversion, Road Trip, Travel

An Unexpected Day – Clear Lake and Healdsburg

There’s a whole world out there waiting to be explored. When things don’t go as you planned, make the most of it and revel in the opportunity to find something you hadn’t expected to find.

California, Road Trip, Wine/Cocktails

Daou is a Definite Wow!

There’s a whole world out there waiting to be explored. Sip the wine, be awed by the view and enjoy the stories along the way.

California, Wine/Cocktails

Stay Far, Far From Far Niente

Choosing a winery to visit among the seemingly endless list in California can be a challenge. We sought out Far Niente because we enjoy their wines and we embrace the Italian belief of “dolce far niente” … the sweetness of doing nothing.

California, Food, Travel

Dining in Napa Valley – Angèle and Oenotri

One of our travel traditions is to set aside a night or two on every trip to visit a really nice restaurant wherever we are. California’s famed Napa Valley had me wondering how to choose.

California, Road Trip, Travel

Ragged Point and Elephant Seals

The drive was peppered with overlooks and pull offs where people stopped for selfies and panoramic shots of the coast.

California, Road Trip, Travel

Skip the Hotel Chains. Stay at an Inn.

From the backroads, you can find hidden gems, peace and quiet and, often, stay in cozy little inns that don’t look like they created their rooms on a copy machine.

California, Food, Travel, Wine/Cocktails

Indulge Yourself at The Canyon Villa

Just outside Paso Robles, California is a Tuscan-inspired villa sitting atop a hill, overlooking a vineyard-covered valley. As the front gates swing wide, you ease your way up the winding, tree-lined driveway toward the meticulously maintained villa. It feels like you’ve suddenly been transported to Tuscany!

California, Food, Road Trip, Travel, Wine/Cocktails

Wine Tasting – Personalized

We stepped onto the patio to a table set for two adorned with a fresh glass for each of the wines we would taste and shaded by an umbrella.

California, Road Trip, The World A to Z, Travel

S is Also for Sniff

On our recent California road trip, with the top down, Greg and I realized you can smell all kinds of things you’d miss with the windows rolled up.  It reminded me of family trips when I was a kid. We had a great big station wagon with wood panels on the side. On vacations, we’d… Continue reading S is Also for Sniff