American Graffiti: Where were you in ’62?

Well, I wasn’t born yet.  My parents weren’t even dating.  But, they were part of the American Graffiti generation, spending their teen years cruising “the boulevard” (albeit entirely different boulevards), executing Chinese fire drills at intersections, and drag racing for pink slips in the outskirts of town (ok, that was just my dad).  Today, things [...]

Have Cooler — Will Travel

It happened to us many times. We discovered some fantastic perishable item - cheese, meat, seafood, veggies, fruit - while out traveling around for the day and didn’t have a way to get it home.  We tried snuggling the item up next to other cold goods but that didn’t always work.  Finally, my husband had [...]

By | May 14th, 2010|Travel Tips|0 Comments

Jaunt to Jimtown and Around

At the Sonoma-Marin Fair last year I bought a jar of spicy pepper jam at the Farm to Table Showcase.  It was delicious, with just the right balance of spice and sweetness. We ate it on artisan bread with homemade fromage blanc.  It came from a place called Jimtown.  I’d never been there but have had it [...]

By | May 8th, 2010|North County, Wineries|4 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

Toddling to the Teepees

As a California native I know better than to be ungrateful for rain but I was disappointed that it thwarted our plans for this past weekend.  Sometimes a rainy day adventure is great and sometimes it just doesn’t work out.  So, I have found myself thinking back to a trip we took a few weeks [...]

By | April 15th, 2010|Family, Marin, Parks|0 Comments

Experiencing Osmosis

For centuries people have endeavored to find ways to relax and rejuvenate, from your birch slapping Russians in their steamy banyas to the rigorous scrub of a Moroccan hammam and, of course, Calistoga’s hot mud baths.  I love a good soak, sauna, or scrub.  The nearly scathing hot baths of Japan are one of my [...]

By | April 9th, 2010|Spas, West County|1 Comment

Backyard Traveling

A favorite quote of mine is from George Moore, “A man travels the world over in search of what he needs, and returns home to find it”.  For many years I sought out adventure in far corners of the world but in 2007 life landed me in Petaluma.  As a Bay Area native I thought [...]

By | March 31st, 2010|Petaluma|2 Comments