Five Fun Things to do in the Napa Valley (Other than Wine Tastings!)

Five Fun Things to do in the Napa Valley (Other than Wine Tastings!)

You’ve done your research and scheduled all your wine tastings for your visit to the Napa Valley, Northern California’s famed wine country. Great! But here are five other fun things to consider while you’re there, to round out your Napa Valley experience. Savor Wine Country Cuisine The Napa Valley is known almost as much for […]

Artist’s Drive at Death Valley National Park: Finding Color in the Desert!

Artist’s Drive at Death Valley National Park: Finding Color in the Desert!

Planning a trip to Death Valley National Park? Be sure to include Artist’s Drive in your itinerary. The one-way drive through colorful canyons will take your breath away with its raw beauty. Artist’s Drive was high on my list for our visit, and I was excited to finally experience the surreal colors in person. Following […]

Eight Gorgeous Napa Valley Wineries You Must Visit!

Eight Gorgeous Napa Valley Wineries You Must Visit!

The Napa Valley in northern California is justly famous for its award-winning wines and cuisine. It makes for a lovely travel destination any time of the year. But did you know that many wineries here are worth visiting not just for their wines but also for their unique architecture or art or gardens? So, whether […]

Driving the Big Sur Stretch of the Pacific Coast Highway: Five Must-Stop Spots!

Driving the Big Sur Stretch of the Pacific Coast Highway: Five Must-Stop Spots!

The Big Sur stretch of the Pacific Coast Highway, from Carmel to Lucia, is among the most spectacular coastal road trips in the world. Even if you choose to cruise in your little Honda Civic instead of a snazzy red convertible with the top down, this drive offers plenty of clutch-the-edge-of-your-seat excitement. The road is […]

Lakes of the Eastern Sierra

Lakes of the Eastern Sierra

About seven hours, give or take, from the Pacific Coast by road is a California that’s as far removed from palm-lined boulevards and beautiful beaches as the proverbial chalk from cheese. A California where craggy snow-capped peaks hobnob with the sky, stands of slender aspen whisper in the wind, and frisky little creeks tumble over […]

‘Fall’-ing in Love with Lake Tahoe!

‘Fall’-ing in Love with Lake Tahoe!

We’ve visited Lake Tahoe, the Sierra Nevada alpine lake that straddles the borders of California and Nevada, many times in the summer, but recently we visited it in early fall. I found Lake Tahoe to be beautiful in the fall, with colorful foliage and bright sunny weather, albeit with cool temperatures. Lake Tahoe is really, […]

Fall Colors in the Eastern Sierra: Why You Must Do This California Road Trip!

Fall Colors in the Eastern Sierra: Why You Must Do This California Road Trip!

Having experienced fall in all its glory in New England, I was not expecting to be much impressed by the aspens, willows and cottonwoods native to the Eastern Sierra. But a week spent driving down California SR395 from South Lake Tahoe to Bishop in the fall changed my mind in a hurry. Read on to […]