A wine & food affair | Sonoma wine festival

As luck would have it, several Sonoma area wineries were participating in a food and wine festival during the weekend of our visit.  For $72, visitors could taste wine and sample the featured dish at any (and all) of the participating wineries.  Visiting each of the 107 participating wineries in two days would have been quite a feat.  We visited seven wineries on our first day and eight on the second day; I can’t imagine … Continue reading A wine & food affair | Sonoma wine festival

Wine tasting weekend in Sonoma

Last weekend marked a momentous occasion in my life.  It was the first time my husband and I have had a weekend alone since our son was born more than seven years ago.  We flew to San Francisco and made the short drive to California wine country in Sonoma.  The weather was glorious–sunny and warm with just the slightest hint of crisp in the air.  I documented the whole trip so that I could take … Continue reading Wine tasting weekend in Sonoma

Family Travel: Sea World Orlando

In spite of having visited central Florida at least a dozen times during the past several years, I can honestly say that Walt Disney World monopolized our time and attention; we never made time to visit any of the other theme parks.  Until recently, that is.  Last month my family had the opportunity to visit Shamu’s Orlando park for the very first time (we’ve been to Sea World San Diego on many occasions) and I … Continue reading Family Travel: Sea World Orlando

Family Travel: LEGOLAND Florida

If you’ve been reading my blog long you know full well that I am nothing if not a Disneyphile.  Our family often travels to Orlando to stay a spell in Mickey’s playground.  During a quick trip last month, we ventured off of Disney property to take in some of the other attractions.  LEGOLAND Florida was one of the top destinations on our Beyond Disney list of must do’s.  At nearly six years old, Jayce has … Continue reading Family Travel: LEGOLAND Florida

Family Travel: Skagway, Ak

When the Disney wonder docked in Skagway, Alaska, it was raining.  Having done my homework, we were prepared for wet weather, ranging from a constant drizzle to buckets of rain falling from the sky. To start the day, Jeff and I dropped Cassidy and Jayce in the Oceaneer Club and set off to explore the streets of Skagway solo.  The ship docked very close to town; a five-minute brisk walk was all it took us … Continue reading Family Travel: Skagway, Ak

Family Travel: Seattle

Our flight from Tucson touched down right around noon on a beautiful, sunny Saturday afternoon in Seattle.  As we stepped off the plane, each of us took a deep breath of the fresh Pacific Northwest air.  Comparing it to the dusty desert we’re used to, Torri quite accurately pointed out that it smelled like live things.  Truly, it did.  There were hints of pine and ocean and earth in that air.  It was lovely. Accommodations … Continue reading Family Travel: Seattle

Family travel :: Zip Lining in Durango, Colorado

As fun as it was, river rafting in Colorado wasn’t the jewel of our vacation crown.  In researching for our trip I discovered that Colorado is home to the world’s largest, highest, and safest zipline course: Soaring Tree Top Adventures.   After having experienced it firsthand, I can assuredly tell you that Soaring is highly-rated for a reason: it’s a blast! Here’s the strange thing about Soaring: there is no road access.  The one and only … Continue reading Family travel :: Zip Lining in Durango, Colorado