Happy Wanderer: St. Helena Hospitality Proves Near Perfect – Even in Pandemic


MERCURYNEWS.COM: August 5, 2020
I dangled my feet in the moonlit pool and looked out at the shadowy vineyards. A strangely harmonic sound was building in volume, reminiscent of the 8 o’clock howl my urban neighbors have been giving to health care workers. Only this was deep in the country and it wasn’t 8 o’clock.

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One Fine Weekend at Spiritual Retreats


                                                      Courtesy of San Damiano Retreat.

The circumstances of recent months have altered how many of us feel about travel.
 For some, the yearning for 
human connection has grown. For others, there’s 
a newfound peace in solitude. Continue reading

One Fine Weekend in Pacifica: Stimulate your senses in this oceanfront refuge.

Pacifica has long been a haven for hikers, surfers, paragliders, birders, and history buffs.



Wild coast, wildlife, wildflowers. Spring is seductive in Pacifica, where hawks “surf” the thermals over a riot of eye-popping blooms. With some 3,600 acres of open space and postcard views of the coast, the best way to experience Pacifica is to engage all your senses. Continue reading

Happy Wanderer: Seaside Carmel seems like a dream, but it’s real

courtesy of John Williamson — A couple stroll with a dog by moonlight on Carmel-by-the-Sea’s white sand beach.

MERCURYNEWS.COM: January 9, 2020

All the beautiful people have dogs. It’s one of the first things I notice about Carmel by-the-Sea, a village where evening lights twinkle in the aromatic mist of orange blossoms and sea salt. Where shopkeepers still sweep the sidewalks. Where Clint and Doris (God rest her soul) made their homes when they could have lived anywhere. Continue reading