Holiday Gift Guide, 2014

  It’s that time of year again, the time when I vacillate between excitement for holiday traditions + time off and dread at the overspending and overconsumption that the holidays bring. (You can read more about the latter here.) Because I know I’ll be buying gifts and you probably will, too, I’ve curated a holiday gift […]

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48 Hours in Truckee, CA

When something about Truckee appeared in my inbox earlier this fall, I didn’t know much beyond the fact that it must be pretty there–it sits at almost 6000 feet elevation just north of Lake Tahoe. Despite the fact that the name Truckee is frequently heard around here, I’d never heard about visiting Truckee, but once I started […]

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I Believe in Little Things

A long Thanksgiving weekend is about to begin, but I couldn’t start it without sharing a favorite fall treat and wishing you all a happy Thanksgiving (and if you don’t celebrate Thanksgiving, then I wish you a happy weekend!). After a small holiday meal at my mom’s house in nearby Lodi, we plan to stick […]

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A Fall Must: Day Trip to Napa

You already know that I love California wine country, including the ridiculously beautiful Napa Valley. Every November, I take a day to head over there (it’s just over an hour from my house) to see the fall colors in the vineyards. Maybe you’ve seen the colors from my previous Napa Valley in the Fall posts. […]

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In the Delta, Sandhill Cranes at Sunset

The semester is almost over, and I have travel on my mind. We’re heading to the Sierra Nevadas soon, and to help get me in the mood, I’ll be co-hosting a Twitter chat about Lake Tahoe, California, on Monday, Nov. 17 at 12:00 p.m. PST. I’d love for you to join me and the folks […]

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Away from the Crowds: 6 Lesser-Known Museums

With all the things to see and experience in California–amazing nature, trends in food, and local craft beer and wine, for instance–it seems that I don’t give the state’s museums enough attention. A visit to one of California’s nicest museums, the de Young Museum in San Francisco, is on my November agenda, but this month’s ArtSmart Roundtable […]

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A Week in Washington

I’ve become convinced that some of the best trips are ones spent visiting family. After spending July with family in Brazil, we traveled to Washington to visit my dad and stepmom. You may know that they live in Bali and run a beautiful B&B there, but my dad has always considered Washington to be his home […]

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Dreaming of Mexico

Mexico has been on my mind lately. I’ve been thinking visiting Mexico because a family member recently moved there. Nick and Lauren of Nicoella Events just settled on the Pacific coast near Sayulita, Mexico, with their young son. Through their beautiful images and anecdotes of sunsets and surfing outside their beach home, I couldn’t help but wonder what […]

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Wine’s Latest Thing for Fall

Maybe you’ve noticed that rosés are hot these days. Ask people who like wine what they bring along for a picnic or dinner with friends, and you’re bound to hear rosé. While it’s popular on hot summer days, rosé is a versatile wine that can be a year-round choice. Rosé wines have had a slow resurgence in […]

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Hello Fall?

Fall in Northern California is fantastic. Yes, in case you’re wondering, we get the brilliant colors of the leaves changing. In fact, we see them not just in the interesting variety of trees that live here, but also in the grape vines. In some places (like Napa Valley, above), the hills are draped in blankets of colors […]

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