Happy Wanderer: Winter in Napa Valley full of things to do

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St. Helena’s Harvest Inn by Charlie Palmer was named No. 47 on the Condé Nast Traveler list of the world’s top 50 hotels in 2016. (Courtesy of Paige Green)

EASTBAYTIMES: January 17, 2017

Winter in the Napa Valley: Locals call this Cabernet season — when new vintages age gracefully in their barrels and vines await the first buds of spring. There’s nothing to see here — or is there? My husband and I booked a night in St. Helena recently to find out. Continue reading

Happy Wanderer: Emotional exploration triggers ‘dream trip’

pie-artstravel-1209-022EASTBAYTIMES.COM: December 9, 2016

Who says you can’t go home? That adage (more recently, the refrain to a Bon Jovi duet) is just wrong. There’s no place like home when it comes to emotional exploration. With the benefit of hindsight and a dusting of memories, “home” can be a dream vacation, as I recently discovered on a weekend getaway to the Conejo Valley. Continue reading

Happy Wanderer: Lake Shasta houseboating is fall fun aplenty

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Ginny Prior/for Bay Area News Group A houseboat, seen from the upscale Tsasdi Resort, glides through the placid waters of Lake Shasta in late summer 2016.

EASTBAYTIMES.COM: October 6, 2016

If you like sleeping under the stars but aren’t keen on camping — think about giving the H-word a try. Houseboating is the perfect fall activity, when summer lake traffic has slowed to a trickle and offseason prices kick in. Continue reading

Happy Wanderer: Tybee Island oozes with Southern charm, food

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Tybee Island, Ga., Lighthouse, shown in this Feb. 2, 1996 file photo. (AP Photo/Paula Williamson, Savannah News-Press) ( PAULA WILLIAMSON )

 

EASTBAYTIMES.COM: July 29, 2016

The freckle-faced boy had an ear-to-ear grin as he posed with an 8-inch long shrimp. He’d caught the crustacean with a shrimp net off Tybee Island, one of 15 barrier islands off the Georgia coast. Continue reading