Peach Perfection – Plus Recipes

Posted from Glen Ellen, CA As life-long East Coasters, we savor South Carolina and Georgia peaches in the summer. As temporary West Coasters, we were happy to find that Dry Creek Peach in Dry Creek Valley of Sonoma County producesRead 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

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

Ina Garten Dishes Up Cooking Wisdom

When I read a notice that Ina Garten, aka Barefoot Contessa, was on tour and stopping in Atlanta for an appearance, I knew it was time for a road trip with my friend, Carole, from Winston-Salem. We’re both fans ofRead more

Food Tripping In Portland

Food Tripping In Portland

FLOSS No, it’s not a directive about proper dental care. Rather, FLOSS stands for Fresh Local Organic Seasonable Sustainable. That acronym is the sacred mantra of Portland’s vibrant cuisine scene, said Adam, our guide from Portland Walking Tours. Adam wasRead more

Filling Our Senses Along Oregon’s Fruit Loop

Filling Our Senses Along Oregon’s Fruit Loop

Its peak barely discernible from the parking lot of our hotel in Hood River, OR, Mt. Hood was a constant, albeit, distant presence. This majestic, commanding, snow-capped mountain loomed beyond us like an ever-watchful sentinel, all 11,240 rugged feet ofRead more

Anne Teller and a Legacy of Land

Anne Teller and a Legacy of Land

Posted from Glen Ellen, CA Anne Teller owns the Vineyard Gatehouse, the cottage we’re renting in Glen Ellen that’s situated on Old Hill Ranch vineyard. She and her late husband, Otto Teller, are revered in Sonoma Valley as pioneering andRead more

Feasting in Napa Valley

Feasting in Napa Valley

Posted from Glen Ellen, CA We visited recently with six friends from Pittsburgh who were vacationing in the Napa Valley. As is our custom when we’re together, Jan, Art, Tim, Terri, Bill, Sandy, and Bill and I devoted quality timeRead more