Last minute Valentine’s fun in southern Napa

Feb 10, 2012 / By Serena
Posted in Good Ideas / Northern California Wine Country / Travel
Mmm... Vin Gris of Pinot Noir I’m not crazy about Valentine’s Day. It’s one of those holidays where I don’t want to get caught in the hype, yet there are underlying expectations I admit to.… Read more»

Spring Hill Dairy and Quark Coffee Cake

Oct 17, 2011 / By Serena
Posted in Food / Good Ideas / Kitchen Adventures / Northern California Wine Country / Recipes / Travel
Spring Hill Dairy quark Quark doesn’t sound particularly delicious, does it? When I say it, what comes to mind are planetarium images of galaxies far far away, not a delightfully creamy and tart… Read more»

How to avoid traffic on the 101, beautifully

lavender's in bloom in July Road trip afficianados know the basic rule: if the road has two numbers, chances are you’ll be moving quickly and rather impersonally across land, if there’s three numbers (and… Read more»

‘Portraits on the Margin’ and other reasons to visit Pacific School of Religion

Jul 13, 2011 / By Serena
Posted in Good Ideas / Northern California Wine Country / Travel
Badé Museum Sometimes discovering a little, hidden wonder becomes a big adventure. I remember the excitement when I first came upon the pocket parks in Point Richmond, and the one-room museum… Read more»

Hallberg Butterfly Garden in Sebastopol

Mar 19, 2011 / By Serena
Posted in Northern California Wine Country / Travel
entrance to Hallberg Butterfly Gardens After wandering down a long gravel driveway, passing rows of apple trees, and a parked Airstream trailer overflowing with makeshift tables of plant starts, I found the archway of… Read more»