Tasting Chowder in Bodega Bay: Saturday 11am-3pm

One of the perks of living so close to the coast is having easy access to one of my favorite dishes – fresh chowder! Opinions on what makes a great chowder run the gamut; should the potatoes be in big pieces or small, should it have a some kick, heavy on the herbs or not, [...]

By | February 7th, 2012|Food, West County|0 Comments

Touring the Holiday Lights

The holiday lights seem to be shining brighter in Petaluma this year. During our evening driving tours we have seen more houses with lights and more lights on individual houses than we can remember in recent years. I don’t know whether that is a sign of our economy getting better or just people getting tired [...]

By | December 23rd, 2011|Family, Petaluma|8 Comments

Sonoma County Cut-Your-Own Christmas Tree Farms

There was a time when Petaluma had as many as ten Christmas tree farms, with even more in Sebastopol and other parts of Sonoma County. Over the years their numbers have dwindled but many of the farms that still exist today have been passed down through families; bringing joy to many through their dedication and [...]

By | December 1st, 2011|Farms|200 Comments

Collecting Leaves in Kenwood

The maple trees in my yard have been confused this year; our autumn was so unseasonably warm that they have been reluctant to give up their lovely leaves for the winter. With the recent burst of crisp cool weather the trees have suddenly burst forth in bright colors, losing their leaves in a flurry. It [...]

By | November 24th, 2011|Sonoma Valley|1 Comment

Learning about Local Cheese

Cheese making has a long history in and around the Petaluma area; Marin French Cheese was established in 1865 and, today, is one of many artisan cheese makers that are attracting cheese aficionados to our region. The landscape of our local cheese industry continues to evolve as more cheese makers enter the scene and a [...]

By | November 9th, 2011|Dairies, Food, Marin, North County, Petaluma, West County|0 Comments

Argh! A Petaluma Pirate Treasure Hunt

Pirates have been on my mind lately.  I just finished Laurie R. King’s latest novel The Pirate King and, with Halloween approaching, it is the time of year when memories of marauding madmen (and a few women) haunt our imaginations; from the fearsome Captain Hook to the more affable Jack Sparrow.  The giant Jolly Roger [...]

By | October 18th, 2011|Petaluma|0 Comments

Petaluma Pumpkin Patches & Events 2011

It is pumpkin season! This is my favorite time of year and there is no better place than Petaluma to enjoy the autumn bounty and the growing number of activities and attractions that go along with it. The pumpkin patches start to open this weekend and promise weeks of festivities and entertainment to keep you [...]

By | September 22nd, 2011|Dairies, Farms, Festivals & Events, Parks, Petaluma|2 Comments

Riding the Russian River

There we were; lazily coasting down the Russian River in quiet isolation, water calming lapping up along the sides of the boat, birds chirping in the distance, sun shining, and river glistening… Or, at least, that is how I imagined our day on the calmest stretch of the Russian River. Reality was more of a [...]

By | August 11th, 2011|Family, North County|0 Comments

Mendonoma Brewery Tour

Let me start by stating that I’ve never been much of a beer drinker but with so many good local breweries in my own backyard I figured it is never too late to start! Seized by an urge to investigate our local world of micro-breweries, we recently embarked on an impromptu beer tasting tour that [...]

Blooming Wildflowers at Bouverie

The tenacious existence of wildflowers is something worth admiration. Without the coddled manicured care of a garden flower the wildflower exists on its own temerity; unruly and independent. Our erratic spring weather gave us plenty of rain but less sun and late chills. Still, the wildflowers arrived to bring us their bright and transient beauty. [...]

By | June 23rd, 2011|Parks, Sonoma Valley, Walks|0 Comments