Inside Glen Ellen Inn

Inside Glen Ellen Inn

Posted from Glen Ellen, CA We’ve enjoyed dining at Glen Ellen Inn. Owners Chris and Karen Bertrand kindly shared their story. When Chef Chris and Karen Bertrand opened Glen Ellen Inn 20 years ago, Chris literally chased their first customerRead more

United States

  In hopes of inspiring your own journeys through the U.S., here’s a full list of stories I’ve shared from around the country: California From Radio Waves to Relaxation at Marconi Historic State Park Botanical Printing by Monique Risch Takes ClothingRead more

California Baker Tracy Mattson Is One Smart Cookie

California Baker Tracy Mattson Is One Smart Cookie

Maybe the brown T-shirt imprinted with the eye-catching COOKIE…take a bite! logo that Tracy Mattson is wearing signifies super powers, something like the “S” emblazoned on Superman’s chest. Inside the 400-square-foot commercial kitchen of Tracy’s boutique, artisan bakery in Santa Rosa,Read more

Diversions and Destinations in Sonoma County Wine Country

Diversions and Destinations in Sonoma County Wine Country

Hiking atop Tomales Point’s craggy cliffs on the California coast, dense fog swirls with abandon, obliterating my view a few yards ahead. Just as quickly it shifts, allowing a fleeting glimpse of scrubby vegetation hugging the sandy trail. Save forRead more

Day Tripping to Bodega Head on the Sonoma Coast

Day Tripping to Bodega Head on the Sonoma Coast

Sixty-eight. Sixty-seven. Sixty-six. The countdown is under way as Bill and I drive the winding, two-lane Bodega Highway toward Bodega Head on the Sonoma Coast of California. Bill is at the wheel. He steals frequent glances at the thermometer onRead more

Olive Oil Tasting in California’s Sonoma County

Olive Oil Tasting in California’s Sonoma County

My left hand covers a small plastic container of pungent Italian Blend olive oil to capture the aromas while I gently swirl it in my right palm. With the pale green-gold contents now sufficiently warm. I sip, swallow, and eruptRead more

California Gold Rush Brings New Look to The Roads Traveled

California Gold Rush Brings New Look to The Roads Traveled

Historians who say the California Gold Rush is over are misinformed, for I’ve struck it rich in the Golden State. My gold isn’t the same metal whose discovery in the water wheel of a sawmill in the Sacramento Valley inRead more

Boots and Brunch in a Russian River Valley Vineyard

Boots and Brunch in a Russian River Valley Vineyard

It was 10:00 am and my stomach was rumbling as I walked through the orderly rows of chardonnay, pinot noir, and zinfandel vines in the Morelli Lane Vineyard at Dutton-Goldfield Winery, my footsteps kicking up the fine, beach-like earth thatRead more

A Life Rich with Food and Wine

A Life Rich with Food and Wine

When Bill and I first entered Silver Moon Cottage, our airbnb rental home for our month-long stay in Kenwood, CA, we could tell its owner, Monique Risch, has a deep love for food and wine. First of all was theRead more