Surveying the New and the Old of Charlotte, North Carolina

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  Our first, very brief visit to the state’s capitol city. It is, overwhelmingly, a city of new. New high rises and retail developments, new stadiums, new light rail system–mostly big, and mostly flashy. The biggest in the city–the corporate emblems of the city are Bank of America (which, being boomers, we [Read more …]

Charleston Hotel and Restaurants

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  We spend our nights in The Vendue, a beautifully remodeled art hotel located in the center of historic Old Town and near many of the cities primary sights and best restaurants. The roof deck has one of the most popular rooftop bars in the city and the common areas are filled with art [Read more …]

Catching Up with Amador and El Dorado County Wines

Sierra Wine Country We generally enjoy, but do not specifically search out Sierra Wines–wines which focus primarily on Zinfandel and Rhone and Tuscan varietals. Our primary exposure to them is from trade tastings including Zinfest, Rhone Rangers and this week’s Wines of El Dorado tastings. We were, however, been anxious to revisit [Read more …]

Two Great Days in Lake Tahoe

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Our Carson Pass timeshare was “only” about a forty-five-hour drive to South Lake Tahoe. We spent two of our six days (including two days driving from and two San Francisco) at the lake. The first day was to reacquaint ourselves with an area with a leisurely drive around the lake, taking in the [Read more …]

Lunches in Sacramento

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Although it is not far away from San Francisco, we seldom get to Sacramento, the capital of California. We recently had the opportunity to do so when we drove from San Francisco into the Sierras by Lake Tahoe and decided to stop there for lunch. Since we arrived about a 45 minutes before our lunch [Read more …]

Hiking and Eating at Carson Pass, CA

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We had a timeshare week that was expiring and had little time to travel so we decided to make a less than optimal timeshare choice (Kirkwood CA) and found ourselves spending a late spring (beginning of June) week atop Carson Pass, in the high Sierras in California. The Pass is primarily a ski resort. To [Read more …]

Exploring and Eating our Way through Eureka, Ferndale and Arcata California

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All three of these Humboldt County towns have their charms; especially in the form of grand, well-maintained Victorian mansions and homes. Each of the towns’ growth and prosperity was funded by a different source. Arcata, for example, earned its initial fortune by selling mining supplies to aspiring gold prospectors: Eureka from lumbering, it’s Trinity gold [Read more …]

Anderson Valley and Mendocino Wine and Food Update—May 2015

We were recently on the way from San Francisco to Mendocino and made a brief Anderson Valley winery stop, which was, in turn a two-day detour on the way to Eureka (see our next post on the Humboldt County Kinetic Sculpture Championships). Anderson Valley Highlights After a brief visit at Silver Oak’s Anderson Valley tasting [Read more …]

A Night to Remember at North Beach’s Sotto Mare

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The Northern California Chapter of the American Institute of Wine & Food (or AWIF), hosted its inaugural New American Monday Dinner at North Beach’s Sotto Mare Oysteria and Seafood restaurant on May 11, 2015. The wonderful sold-out event was a good time had by all. What made the event so special? A combination of three [Read more …]

24 Hours from Aspen to Vail: A One-Day Hiking and Dining Odyssey

One can drive between Aspen and Vail Colorado in two hours. But why would you want to? If you have time, you should take a more leisurely route. In fact, you have a choice of two such routes: The “express route”, northwest along Route 82 to the spa city of Glenwood Springs, and then east [Read more …]