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Explore the Sights, Tastes & Tours of the West Coast

Tours & Tastes of the West Coast


Pismo to Carmel One Taste at a Time

Avila BeachJoin us as we travel from Pismo Beach to Carmel tasting good food, wines and stopping at sights along the scenic coast!

Part 1: Steamers, Avila Quiet and Frank Lloyd Wright

Part 2: San Luis Obispo and the Vineyards of Paso Robles

Part 3: San Simeon, PCH and The Village Corner


A Morning in Sausalito

A snack along the waterfrontAs we sipped the wine, discussed the trip and basked in the sunshine, the owner of Il Piccolo came out and presented us with some just-made bruschetta... Read more


Go West Young Seattle

Pike Place VendorWe travel from Chicago to Seattle aboard the Empire Builder!

Part 1: It's All About the Journey

Part 2: Day Two Aboard the Empire Builder

Part 3: 48 Hours in Seattle


The Wines of Santa Barbara

Vista PointWe sailed down the other side of the hill and past Lake Cachuma, Santa Ynez and made a brief stop in the small town of Los Olivos where we bought a light snack at a local store and relaxed at an outdoor table... Read more


On the Coast in Oxnard

Orchid FarmSometimes referred to as the "Strawberry Coast", it was easy to see why. In every direction I looked, I was treated to the sight of vast areas of real estate covered by... Read more


Sonoma Valley Wine Tasting

Wine barrels of Sonoma Cutrer Part 1: Gloria Ferrer, St. Francis and the Hilton in Santa Rosa

Part 2: Chalk Hill, Micro-climates and Korbel

Part 3: Pruning Vines, Sonoma Cutrer and Hilton Sonoma


The Tasting Rooms of Carmel Valley

Bernardus Tasting RoomIt was a perfect day to embark on a little tasting exploration, so we headed east, along Carmel Valley Road, toward the village of Carmel Valley. Our chosen destinations were three wine tasting rooms... Read more

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