Hang Ten 🤙🏼 Pacific Beach

Pacific Beach San Diego

Pacific Beach Where La Jolla is a picturesque version of a Mediterranean village with sandstone cove beaches, Pacific Beach is a long open face three-mile-long classic coastal California party town. Where La Jolla goes to bed early, the party is just getting started in Pacific Beach. Where La Jolla’s brightest light at night is the …

Hang Ten 🤙🏼 La Jolla

Windansea Sunset La Jolla

La Jolla's direct translation, rightfully so, is The Jewel. This little treasure lends itself to some of the best snorkeling and scuba diving on the entire California coast by virtue of sandstone coves, shallow turquoise waters and coral reefs. The beaches are quaint, and so is the community. La Jolla is the closest version of …

Hang Ten 🤙🏼 Surf’s up San Diego

San Diego downtown skyline

San Diego Waterfront Downtown – Courtesy of Good to Know archives It’s no secret San Diego has it all. A mild year-round temperature. Free unlimited access to over one hundred miles of ocean and bay shoreline. A relaxed island vibe. Alfresco dining. An outdoor nightlife.  Fresh air shopping. And we’re just warming up. What makes …

Drive-in movies make a comeback & backyard movies trend

Drive-in movies - Good to Know Magazine

Roll down the windows and let nostalgia fill the air. Drive-in movies are making a comeback & backyard movies are trending. If you are a hopeless optimist like me, you’ve found ways to cope with the pandemic limitations. Just as luxuries, like going to a movie, have been stripped away in the blink of an …

Let’s do desert!

Let's do desert. Lemons in the desert. Hello Palm Springs!

Lush lemons & massive desert mountains.  Photo by Courtney Paige What’s your opinion about the desert? Think for a moment before answering. Is your first reaction, “Meh,  I have no desire to explore the desert.” If this is your reaction, I'm not surprised. Many have strong opinions about the desert. Sunrise in the desert. Photo …

Adjusting to sheltering in place

Adjusting to Shelter in Place

by Yvonne Ahearn - What Does Home Mean To You? Like most people, I’m at home, adjusting to sheltering in place, and thinking about what is going on in the rest of the world. A lot has changed quickly during this Pandemic, and I suspect some things will never be the same. Many questions and …

Spa season

Is there such a thing as ‘spa season’? In Northern California there is. Many Wine Country hotels and resorts feature on-site luxury spas that offer calm, cool and serene settings. There’s definitely something special about ‘spa-ing’ in spring and summer, but remember, spa rendezvous in Wine Country is an option any time of year.  Most spa …

A Wine Country humblebrag

I’m bursting at the seams to share two annual Sonoma County events that will not only fill your belly and wet your whistle, they'll also give you humblebragging rights for years to come. You’ll want to permanently place both events on your calendar. Barrel Tasting and Restaurant Week. Isn't humblebrag an odd word? It’s one …

Hidden Gems

Looking for hidden treasure? Explore Sonoma County's jewels in the rough. A trove of boutique wineries, Dry Creek Valley is a geographical gem. Discovering quaint wineries in the valley evoke nostalgia like beholding the unique brilliance of your favorite gemstone. These small lot spots offer intimacy immense wineries can’t emulate, so spend some quality time …

Get SMART & park the car

Can you believe it's been a year-and-a-half since SMART made its maiden voyage in the summer of 2017, July 4th weekend when the train offered free rides to a swath of enthusiastic passengers? Many folks have ventured out to take the train as commuters or easily jaunt down to Petaluma. Recently, I met a couple …