Attending Wine & Fire in Lompoc

One of my absolute favorite spots in California is the Santa Ynez Valley. With rolling hills, fields of agriculture and quaint towns it’s the perfect place to spend the weekend. Nestled in the adjoining Santa Rita Hills is the town of Lompoc. Even thought it’s a mere 20 minute drive to Solvang, Los Alamos and […]

A Weekend in Claremont, CA

Disclosure: I was invited to visit Claremont and received complimentary lodging, meals and entertainment. All opinion is my own. Claremont has long been one of my favorite SoCal cities. I have family in the area and we sometimes meet in town for a meal. Yet, in all the years I’ve visited I’ve rarely stayed more […]

Visiting Leo Carrillo Ranch and Northern San Diego County

On Independence Day weekend I had two wonderful day trips. One day my family and I headed to the mountains and visited Idyllwild and the other day we stayed coastal in San Diego County. After a stop in San Clemente we spent the rest of the day exploring the north county towns of Oceanside, Carlsbad […]

A Visit to Idyllwild

Before the holiday weekend my family and I were debating what to do. We thought about heading out of town…maybe taking a trip up the coast to Santa Ynez or San Luis Obispo. Then we checked out hotel rooms. Most were sold out but there was always Motel 6 for a mere $176 per night. […]

Taking the Train to San Diego

As much as I explore Southern California one area that remains somewhat of a mystery is San Diego. Of course, I’ve hit all the biggies – Old Town, the zoo, etc. – but I’ve never had a chance to really get to know the region. Luckily, this weekend I had a good reason to visit- […]

Exploring Santa Fe History

When I travel I long to explore the museums and historic sites of the area. In Santa Fe, I hit the mother load. The city is filled with history and I had ample opportunity for exploration. In fact, there was so much that I couldn’t see it all in one visit. I guess I’ll just […]

Dining in Santa Fe

Santa Fe is a town with a strong cultural heritage. It’s home to several historic sites both sacred and secular, a thriving artistic community and a rich food and drink scene. Before visiting I was well aware of the historic and artistic elements of Santa Fe but had no knowledge of it’s culinary scene. After […]

Seeking out the Sacred in Santa Fe

Tomorrow is Easter Sunday, one of the most important holidays in the Christian faith. Having been raised Catholic the holiday and the preceding Lenten season has always had a significance for my family. A period of reflection followed by a day of celebration was one of the cornerstones of my upbringing. How fitting that this […]

A Lovely Stay in Santa Fe at the Inn on the Alameda

After returning from my weekend in Yuma I settled down to rest…for two days and then I headed back east to the Land of Enchantment – New Mexico. My destination was Santa Fe to enjoy a a short visit with my aunt. This was to be a personal vacation but I was able to work […]

Exploring Yuma History

You may have noticed that I cover a lot of historic sites on the blog. I can’t help it, I’m fascinated with the history of the area. I feel the same way when I travel and want to know all about my destination’s past. Little did I know that when I traveled to Arizona with […]