Morro Bay and the Sinking of the Montebello

Introduction On a recent travel writing assignment along California’s Coastal Highway 1 Discovery Route, I was amazed to uncover a piece of little known history relating to California’s role in WW II and, perhaps, a partial answer to a stain on FDR’s presidential legacy. World War II In 1940, the Navy had already established a[…]

Chico, California – Small Town Gem

My favorite small town is a gem located 90 miles north of Sacramento. Its economic drivers are Chico State University, agribusiness, healthcare, local government, and craft beer pioneer, Sierra Nevada Brewing Company. Chico’s 90,000+ residents enjoy an abundance of diversions in California’s Central Valley. On the Go: Chico is a cycling enthusiast’s paradise. Bidwell Park,[…]

Cambria and the California Highway 1 Discovery Route

Settling In: California Highway 1 is your “discovery route” to adventure. This historic road features scenic beaches, state parks, wildlife habitats, wine regions and quaint towns throughout San Luis Obispo County. Our destination was the hamlet of Cambria and the Cambria Pines Lodge. The full-service 152 room resort was built in 1927 and features 25[…]

Pechanga – Jewel of the Temecula Valley

My wife and I decided on a quick getaway to Temecula, California, to try out a spot getting good buzz, Pechanga Resort & Casino. After a speedy check-in, we headed to Kelsey’s, one of 11 restaurants. It’s a sleek American pub specializing in hand-cut, barbecued meats and craft beer. It was our first of three[…]

Temecula – Wine Country and More

Temecula – Wine Country and More Temecula, California has over 40 wineries, only an hour or so away from San Diego, Orange County, LA and Palm Springs. I recently visited two, each with their own resort.  South Coast Winery Resort & Spa, www.southcoastwinery.com, is situated in the middle of a 38 acre vineyard.   We[…]

California Roundup: San Diego Restaurant Week and A Day In Balboa Park

January 2016 – California Roundup San Diego Restaurant Week’s theme this year is “Eight Days of Dining.” Over 180 restaurants will be participating in the 12th. annual event, January 17 – 24. Here are my lunch recommendations in the $10, $15, and $20 categories.   Award-winning Cafe Coyote, www.afecoyoteoldtown.com, at $10, is a super bargain:[…]

California – Nevada Roundup

San Diego, California – This year’s San Diego Restaurant Week includes over 200 participating dining establishments, focusing on locally grown and distributed products from farmers, wineries, breweries, fisheries, etc. Here are three lunch recommendations. Located at the Pier South Resort in Imperial Beach, Sea180˚ Coastal Tavern is part of the Cohen Group’s fine dining restaurants.[…]