Vail Colorado

Slackline demonsration

Vail Colorado is in Eagle County in Colorado. At over 8,000 feet it is home to the highest ski mountain in Colorado. It is not one of our favorite towns. We are not skiers and we tend to not like these types of tourist cities. But the Swiss-themed city is conveniently located for when we [Read more …]

Aspen Colorado

Hotel Jerome

Aspen Colorado is a place we continually return to. We love the small town and, especially the hiking in the area. We were last there in 2014 and decided that it was time to return. Aspen was originally a mining town. The Federal government repealed a law in 1893 that had required the government to [Read more …]

Denver Colorado 2021

Capital Hill Mansion B&B

Denver Colorado is the main place to fly into from San Francisco if you are heading to the Colorado mountains. In June 2021, we managed to hit the city during one of its hot spells, with temperatures around 100. Having only a single afternoon in the central city area didn’t give us a lot of [Read more …]

Napa California Restaurants

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Napa is so close to San Francisco that we frequently take day or several-day trips to the area. This is a summary of our restaurant reviews throughout the years. Some places we loved on our first visits but second visits turned us off from them. Others are new. Torc We first ate at Torc in [Read more …]

Monterey Peninsula

Outdoor sculptures admidst beautiful landscaping at Hawthorn Gallery

The Monterey Peninsula is under a 2-hour car trip south from San Francisco. The area has a wide range of things to do in addition to just taking in the beautiful views. You can: Kayaking in the Bay; Horseback riding through Pebble Beach; Visited the incredible Monterey Aquarium; Walk or bike Pebble Beach, Pacific Grove, [Read more …]

A Taste of the Andes Wine Dinner

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It has been too long since we have been able to enjoy an in-person dinner that paired food with wine. But they are starting to reappear in the San Francisco area. San Francisco’s Vault Garden teamed up with the Vine Connections (an importer that specializes in Chilean and Argentinian wines) that paired a five-course dinner [Read more …]

Willamette Valley Oregon

Goodfellows wines

COVID canceled the 2020 International Pinot Noir Celebration. While we don’t go every year, we had tickets for the 2020 festival. We had planned to spent time in the Willamette Valley to taste wines and restock our cellars of some of our favorites. Oh well, now we hope to attend the 2021 event. However, even [Read more …]

Oregon’s Rogue River Wines Region

cowhorn Wines

When we go to Oregon for wine tasting, we usually go to the Willamette Valley. But after an early 2020 Oregon Wine tasting that took place in San Francisco, we wanted to branch out in our knowledge of Oregon wines. Craving a limited (and safe) car trip from San Francisco during COVID, we headed to [Read more …]

A Sparkling Vietnamese Treat: Lily Restaurant with Henriot Champagne

Lily Avocado, Dungeness crab and Kauai shrimp rolls with strawberry fish sauce

Lily is a not-yet opened Cal-Vietnamese restaurant in San Francisco’s Richmond District. We hope that it will survive San Francisco’s restaurant shut-down and will open once the Coronavirus allows us to go out to restaurants again.If it does, it is definitely a place to go if the food is even 50% as good as the [Read more …]

Amsterdam Restaurants

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Amsterdam has many good restaurants. During our 5 night stay, we checked out many of them thanks to the recommendations of our concierge at the W Hotel. But as restaurants may come and go, we suggest that you check with your hotel concierge for the places that best suit your tastes. Restaurant Daalder Restaurant Daalder [Read more …]