The Road Less Traveled: Petaluma to Marshall

Oftentimes in travel, as in life, it is the “getting there” that is the best part of the experience. In our fast paced lives we are easily tempted to take the fastest route, the quickest mode of transportation, and just not stop until we get there. Time is always of the essence and in the [...]

By | January 31st, 2011|Family, Marin, Parks, Road Less Traveled, Wineries|1 Comment

A Winter Day at Dillon Beach

It has been pretty cold and wet lately so when the sun came out on Saturday we put the chores on hold at our house and headed out to enjoy the day. It was a much needed break from being cooped up indoors; the warm winter sun raised my spirits and let me shake off [...]

By | January 19th, 2011|Beaches, Family, Marin|3 Comments

Monterey Meanderings

If any other place in Northern California could vie for my residency, other than Petaluma, it would probably be the Monterey Peninsula.  Monterey is a place of such beauty, serenity, and unique character; from the quintessential charm of Carmel to the hum of Cannery Row. It captured my heart many years ago and I’ve been [...]

By | October 14th, 2010|Family, Farther Afield|0 Comments

Petaluma Pumpkin Patches

Petaluma embraces the spirit of Halloween like no other place I have ever lived and it all starts with a visit to the pumpkin patch. It may be unseasonably warm but that didn’t keep me from taking my son to the Adobe Pumpkin patch last Friday. He had been asking for the “pumpins” [...]

By | September 30th, 2010|Family, Farms, Festivals & Events, Parks, Petaluma|1 Comment

Doable Day Trips for Kids

Only a month left before summer is over! The kids will be going back to school and the days will start getting shorter.  Make the most of what’s left of the season by planning some excursions a bit farther from home.  If you’re looking for some new ideas here is a list of doable daytrips [...]

By | August 1st, 2010|Beaches, Family, Marin, North County, Parks, West County|0 Comments

56th Enmanji Teriyaki BBQ

Yesterday was the 56th year that the Enmanji Temple in Sebastopol has done their annual teriyaki BBQ.   That is a lot of years of barbequed chicken!  It was our first year attending and as former Japan expats we were happy to find a local connection to the summer festivities we enjoyed during our time in [...]

By | July 12th, 2010|Family, Festivals & Events, West County|0 Comments

Let’s Go Fly a Kite!

The good weather this last weekend was worth celebrating.  It has been a long rainy spring, which has happily brought us out of our drought but has definitely had me in the doldrums lately.  In honor of the sunny days I wanted some good frolicsome fun so we loaded up the car and [...]

By | June 3rd, 2010|Beaches, Family, Parks, West County|0 Comments

Shollenberger Park through Binoculars

Walking Shollenberger Park is a great way to spend a sunny morning (or lunchtime, or afternoon).  I’ve made the two-mile loop many times and am always amazed that this place exists.  It is only five minutes from my house but is such an unexpectedly serene escape from urban life.  Last week I had the opportunity [...]

By | May 3rd, 2010|Family, Parks, Petaluma|2 Comments

Competing for Petaluma’s Cutest Little Chick

The Petaluma Farms Cutest Little Chick contest has been the high point of Butter & Egg Days for us since we moved to Petaluma.  When I heard about the contest three years ago I had to enter my four month old son.  It reminded me of the year my mom entered me and my brother in our [...]

By | April 27th, 2010|Family, Festivals & Events, Petaluma|3 Comments

Farm Hopping

We couldn’t have asked for better Farm Trails weather last Sunday.  It was a beautiful spring day and we encountered plenty of blossoms, bees, and babies along the way.  Out of the more than eighteen farms participating we managed to visit four, each one providing a unique experience in farm life and local [...]

By | April 20th, 2010|Family, Farms, Festivals & Events|1 Comment