Wine Country

Healdsburg B and B in Sonoma County

As my red Mini Cooper climbed the driveway to the villa in the sky, my excitement began to peak. Bella Villa Messina would serve as my home base in Sonoma County wine country for the next three nights. With 360 degree views of the Alexander, Dry Creek and Russian River Valley, this wine lover was […]

April 17th, 2015|California, Lodging, Wine Country|

Flamingo Conference Resort & Spa, Santa Rosa, CA

I’ve driven by it hundreds of times on the way to my in-law’s place in Sonoma. That pink neon spire that looms above a grouping of low-lying buildings. Neon letters spell out F-L-A-M-I-N-G-O  and at the top, the eponymous bird rotates in a circle. A touch of Vegas or Hollywood glitz in Santa Rosa. I’ve […]

April 6th, 2015|California, Spa, Wine Country|

Review: Napa Cooking School

When my husband and I married, nearly 30 years ago, our videographer asked a close friend of ours to share a word of advice to the new bride and groom. “Don’t cook together,” she said with a laugh. She knew both of us too well.
 

 

Today, neither my husband or I are comfortable in the kitchen. […]

February 20th, 2015|California, Food, Wine Country|