Category: Travel

Santa Barbara Wine Country Road Trip

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Goethe says, “…The moment one definitely commits one’s self, then Providence moves too. All sorts of things occur to help one that would never otherwise have occurred. A whole stream of events issues from the decision, raising in one’s favor all manner of unforeseen incidents and meetings and material assistance…” Santa Barbara Wine Country Ken…

Valle de Guadalupe Road Trip

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Do you remember that feeling in grade-school when cutting things out of construction paper simply got to be too much and you thought to yourself – “will summer ever get here?” That’s exactly how I’ve felt these past few weeks waiting for summer to finally get here. Oh, I’ve done my best to concentrate on…

Big Corn Island, Nicaragua

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I have a recurring dream. The plot changes but the scenery doesn’t: white sand, turquoise water, and tropical breezes. Sometimes I’m standing on a hilltop and the scene is splayed out in front of me. Other times I’m sitting at a beach bar – my toes in the sand and my eyes on the horizon…

Vigoron: Granada, Nicaragua

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“What’s that?” I think to myself. I’m tempted to get up from my chair, walk across the Parque Central and ask a family of 5 what they’re eating. It must be good, all 5 of them ordered the same thing and all 5 of them picked up their forks simultaneously. There’s only one problem. I’m in Granada, Nicaragua…

Dining at Little River Inn, Mendocino CA

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I’m what you might call an itinerant gourmand so it’s probably no surprise that I often plan my trips around restaurants, bars, bakeries, markets, and of course wineries. If I can find all these things – plus natural beauty – in one destination it’s safe to assume that I’ll return again and again. Mendocino is…

Wine Tasting in Jacksonville, Oregon?

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Roadtrips and wine tasting are one of my favorite pairings: you get to put the juice in context by seeing the scenery, sampling the food and talking with its people (including winemakers if you’re lucky). Greg and I were 16 days into a South-to-North-to-South West Coast adventure that included stops in California, Washington and finally…

Stone and Embers Wood-Fired Pizza

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Even if Stone and Embers (Chef Patrick Meany’s Anderson Valley, California eatery) weren’t located along Highway 128 on one of California’s most beautiful drives it would still be a destination restaurant. Establishments like Stone and Embers make me love roadtrips. Roadtrips offer a wide-open possibility of new experiences, as well as the chance to return to…