The Chardonnay Lodge in Napa Valley
July 27, 2012, 2 Comments

Funny thing — nearly a year to the day I found myself once again at San Francisco’s airport. In July 2011, I was there because Abby and I were meeting [...]

Napa Valley, Peju

Daily Wanderlust: Napa Valley, California

April 13, 2012, 2 Comments

I’ve known the lovely and talented travel blogger Abby Tegnelia for years. Pre my long term travel. And pre her expat life. ┬áSo, when she and I ...

D + BBM =

The Bacon Bloody Mary Love Letter

August 21, 2011, 18 Comments

Dear Bacon Bloody Mary, I had never fathomed such a lovely start to a morning until a recent and gorgeous July Sunday in Napa Valley. “Here,R ...

Crossing through the thick fog on the Golden Gate Bridge ... en route to sunny skies and warmer temps

Photo Essay: Napa Valley

August 16, 2011, 3 Comments

This wasn’t really one of those take-heaps-and-heaps-of-photos-trips (and no, it’s not because I was all glassy-eyed drunky in Napa … ...

  • Our adorable corner room.
    Photo Essay: Chardonnay Lodge
    August 15, 2011, 4 Comments

    Chardonnay Lodge is many things. One of which is adorable. So adorable, in fact, that I put together a little photo essay of all of its adorable-ness.  

  • So. Cute.
    Sleeping in Napa Valley
    August 11, 2011, 14 Comments

    The first time I visited Napa, over President’s Day Weekend in 2008, I became enamored. The lush, green rolling hills. The yellow blossoms of mustard carpeting the ground not occupied [...]

  • The entrance to Domaine Chandon
    Napa, wine and girlfriends
    August 8, 2011, 24 Comments

    I was raised on Manischewitz, so I like to think it is a miracle I like wine. I remember very well the too sweet, too sugary grape “wine” I used [...]

  • I need an airplane ride
    July 22, 2011, 6 Comments

    After my trip in May to Maryland, I had convinced myself I needed one more visit to see my family and friends before Thanksgiving. May to late November was simply [...]