Noshin’ in Nicasio

The tiny enclave of Nicasio sits quietly tucked away in rural west Marin, seemingly unaware of the passage of time and pleasantly devoid of tourist bustle. We’ve passed through there a time or two, marveling at the untouched charm of the place; existing on the fringe of the Bay Area but somehow remaining a world [...]

By | May 27th, 2011|Family, Food, Marin|1 Comment

Asian Botanical Bounty at Quarryhill

Sunny spring weather has certainly been elusive this year, grey days and intermittent drizzles persist, but the fresh leaves sprouting on trees and the abundance of flowers blooming provide a bright reminder that spring is here. When I think of the change of seasons I always remember my time in Japan; the Japanese celebrate the [...]

By | April 22nd, 2011|Family, Sonoma Valley, Walks|1 Comment

VIP Wine Tasting for Two

For people who live in a wine growing region, my husband and I do embarrassingly little wine tasting of late. (Chasing a toddler around a winery tends to undermine the urbane experience.) We acknowledge this shortcoming and have resolved to get out and imbibe in more of the local wine culture in 2011; not mention [...]

By | April 7th, 2011|Sonoma Valley, Wineries|1 Comment

Indoor Family Fun for Spring Break

Spring break is here and the weather forecast is looking wet, wet, and wet. Resist the temptation to stay at home and get out and enjoy some fun family activities. There are expanded hours and special events planned that will make everyone happy, from the bookworms to the bundles of energy. Bowl a few frames Put up [...]

By | March 18th, 2011|Family, Uncategorized|1 Comment

Lake County Snow Expedition

We awoke this morning to a gloriously crisp winter day full of sunshine and clear skies; what a disappointment. There was no snow! We were robbed of an historic Petaluma snow day! Following our happenstance trip up Mount Sonoma last weekend we were all geared up and ready to go. The sled was even in [...]

By | February 27th, 2011|Family, Lake County|0 Comments

Snowy Day in Petaluma

As we were watching the commemorative Fred Wiseman flight takeoff from the airport on Saturday we looked up and saw snow peaking out from beneath the clouds around Sonoma Mountain. At first we thought our eyes were playing tricks on us but when the clouds momentarily lifted we clearly saw the snow stretching down through the [...]

By | February 24th, 2011|Family, Petaluma|4 Comments

Sonoma Zipline Exhilaration! Part II

...continued from Sonoma Zipline Exhilaration! Part I From platform three we graduated quickly from “warming up” to “hair-raising”. This zip was much farther, spanning a 300 foot deep ravine! “Relax a bit, let your left hand hang, and take a look down on this one”, we were advised. Hmm. Ok. As one person stood on [...]

By | February 18th, 2011|Family, West County|0 Comments

Sonoma Zipline Exhilaration! Part I

There was a time when I was a bit of an adrenalin junkie; I rode a motorcycle, did a bit of skydiving, and tried some rock climbing, that sort of thing. It was mostly back in my twenties, less in my thirties, and now, in my forties, I don’t feel as compelled. Maybe I’m mellowing [...]

By | February 16th, 2011|Family, West County|1 Comment

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