After a quick weekend in Napa, I am blown away by the beauty that big ol’ plot of land has to offer. It reminded me very much of the soft, sloping hills of the European countryside. Here’s a list of what we did while we were there: stayed at Napa Valley Marriott went hiking in Sugarloaf State Park–all the way to the top of Bald Mountain for sweeping views of the Bay Area did a little wine tasting at Castello di Amorosa […]
Mission San Juan Capistrano was the home to California’s very first vineyard–one of the other way Spanish missionaries left their mark on North America besides Smallpox. The mission itself dates back to the 1700s. Time, power shifts, and an earthquake have colored its walls, creating a backdrop for artists to showcase through film, literature, and the visual arts. Today, the site is a museum with a functioning chapel.
Solvang, California, located in the Santa Ynez Valley, is the unofficial capital of Denmark in America. I also heard someone refer to it as Poor Man’s Wine Country. If that means it’s a place where you can buy a reasonably priced bottle of wine, I’m sold! In the early 1900s Danish immigrants who’d been living in the midwest were eager to ditch the winters, and established their own community inspired by their homeland in more hospitable climates. It’s pretty remarkable […]
Weston is a tiny little town, just outside Kansas City, Missouri. With a population of 1,641, it’s absolutely the kind of town where everyone knowns each other’s names. First, we stopped in at the Weston Red Barn Farm. You can pick apples, pet animals, and shop at their general store. Then we grabbed a bite to eat at Green Dirt Farm. This place is great! It’s a deli and sheep milk creamery. What’s better than a sheep’s milk grilled cheese […]