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Hotel Love – The Auberge du Soleil in Napa Valley

I just returned from an incredible 3 day stay in Napa Valley with my mom.  We hung our hats at the gorgeous and luxurious Auberge du Soleil Hotel in the middle of Napa Valley.  The hotel is located in Rutherford just off of the Silverado Trail and is up on a hill so it has… Continue reading Hotel Love – The Auberge du Soleil in Napa Valley

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Napa Itinerary for Next Week

Next week I will be traveling to Napa Valley for a 3 night stay with my mom.  This was my Christmas present to her and the trip ended up being timely.  Sadly, my grandmother (my mom’s mom) passed away just a few weeks ago so it will be so nice to have some good quality… Continue reading Napa Itinerary for Next Week

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Possible Two Week Itineraries

In 2018, Steve and I are planning to do something that we haven’t done in over 15 years – take off 2 consecutive weeks for vacation.  Steve and I each get 4 weeks of vacation but we have never taken off more than 7 consecutive work days for vacation since 2001 when I passed the… Continue reading Possible Two Week Itineraries

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Favorite Meals of 2016

Thinking back over 2016, I realized that I had eaten several good meals while traveling (and a few bad ones) and thought I’d share a few of the ones that came to mind. The picture on the heading is actually of the BBQ shrimp entree at Mr. B’s Bistro in New Orleans – we didn’t… Continue reading Favorite Meals of 2016

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Eating in Sonoma, CA – Our top Two Favorites

Since we rented a small house, we actually did quite a bit of cooking at home during this trip.  We were there over New Years and my husband and I both hate going out to eat on New Years Eve – the service is usually rushed and impersonal, the menus are often pre-set or pre-fixe… Continue reading Eating in Sonoma, CA – Our top Two Favorites

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Sonoma Wine Tastings and a Celebrity Sighting!

We spent the first two days of our trip visiting the different AVAs in Sonoma.  We didn’t even scratch the surface.  A few things I learned about Sonoma County:  First, it has 17 separate and individual AVAs within it and there are over 400 wineries alone.  Most people immediately think “Napa” when they think of… Continue reading Sonoma Wine Tastings and a Celebrity Sighting!

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Scenic Beauty of Sonoma, CA – From Redwood Forests to the Coast

We spent five days in Sonoma and rented a 1 bedroom, 1 bath cottage on Chalk Hill Road near Healdsburg, CA as our home base to explore the region. I’ll detail our wine tastings (with an exciting celebrity sighting!) and eateries in a separate post but wanted to share some of the nature exploring we… Continue reading Scenic Beauty of Sonoma, CA – From Redwood Forests to the Coast