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[…]

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,, is situated in the middle of a 38 acre vineyard.   We[…]

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.[…]

Bike Chico

Bike Chico Chico, California is a cycling enthusiast’s paradise. Bidwell Park, its crown jewel, is one of the largest city parks in the US (3,670 acres), with over 25 miles of dirt bike trails. Chico State, the second oldest school in the California state system, encourages CSU students, staff and faculty to leave their cars[…]

Pala Getaway

Pala Getaway On a recent getaway, we discovered a dandy surprise, the full-service Pala Casino Spa Resort, in North County San Diego.  After an efficient check-in, my wife and I headed to the Pala Privileges Center to sign up for their rewards program and the 60 Plus Club.  Then we eased into vacation mode with[…]

A Day at Disneyland

My feeling is that grandparents have one responsibility: do everything possible to build meaningful memories for their grandchildren. I’ve been fortunate to take each of my four kids and now every one of my grandkids for their first visit to the Magic Kingdom.  My six year old grandson, Reed, and my daughter, Jane, were visiting[…]