Hair matters

Travel and lifestyle writing is a passion of mine, on the other hand, what some of you may not know about me is, I moonlight as a hairstylist. Or, is it the other way around - a hairstylist moonlighting as a writer? However you look at it, I love both! A maven by nature, trading …

More bloom for your buck

Spring blooms aren’t always about budding flowers. Get the best bang for your buck by cultivating indigenous drought-resistant plants that offer vibrant color year-round. My clients often ask, “How do you plan your garden; where should I start?” Planning a garden can be a daunting task. It was for me in the past. I had a brown …

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 …

Farmer in the dell

Delight your senses with Tea & Trumphets local artisan teas.

For European countries like France, Italy, England, Spain and Germany, farmers markets aren’t a novelty, they're an essential element of daily life. Europeans don’t stockpile their groceries in huge refrigerators or store massive amounts of toilet paper from Costco. The primary reason Europeans don't shop in abundance; they don't have ample storage space for bulk …

Sip and see on a rainy day

Need a pre-summer fix? Some days are simply ‘chai days’. It’s been a long wet winter so the classic Wine Country dry heat won’t come fast enough this year. On rainy days like today when you just can’t seem to warm up, it’s easy to think about hot-spicy things. When winter lingerings on like this, …

Discover the day tripper in you

Did you know there are thousands of free views in the city of San Francisco, and driving a car isn’t the best way to take advantage of the region’s stunning natural beauty? Discover the day tripper in you, and follow us from Sonoma County to San Francisco. With Sonoma County’s SMART train on the brink …

Cultured burbs

Sonoma County is a quaint sleepy community with seemingly more vineyards than people. At first glance, things may appear a tad western here, but given a closer look, Sonoma County lights up the senses. Nine incorporated cities sprinkle the county and each has an incredibly charming square or downtown. Except for Santa Rosa. For decades, …

Whittling water worries

In 2015, California Gov. Jerry Brown signed legislation on more than $1 billion in spending for water projects. Hundreds of millions of those dollars are allocated for long-term projects associated with flood control, desalination, water recycling, and conservation. Gov. Brown’s water fund measure is one piece of a much larger effort to help those most …