Spa season

Is there such a thing as 'spa season’? In Northern California there is. Many Wine Country hotels & resorts feature on-site luxurious spas so you can actually rendezvous any time of the year and rejuvenate. But there is something special about spa-ing in Wine Country during spring and summer. Why? Because most spa resorts offer …

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 …

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, …

Peek into your future

What does retirement look like to you?   A retirement fact sheet Does your vision of retirement align with the facts? Here are 8 noteworthy financial and lifestyle facts about life after 50 that might surprise you.  What does retirement look like to you? Up to 85% of a retiree’s Social Security income can be …