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Livermore, California a Must For Wine Lovers

 

Sunshine you can count on, an Ice Cream Trail, a brew trail, historic Old Towns, and the oldest wine-growing region in the U.S. (surviving Prohibition)—these are some of the special treats awaiting visitors to the Northern California Tri-Valley area comprised of Livermore, Pleasanton,…

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Added by Linda Milks on March 28, 2018 at 7:59am — No Comments

At Pascal’s in California's Orange County, the Best of French Cuisine





If you're hankering for the rich and elegantly prepared food of France but don’t have a plane ticket, you're in luck, because Southern California's San Juan Capistrano, just over an hour south of Los Angeles, sports the perfect venue for that succulent meal and sophisticated…

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Added by Linda Milks on March 11, 2018 at 7:17pm — No Comments

Milwaukee's Delightful Kimpton Journeyman Hotel



“Hip” is the best word to describe The Kimpton Journeyman Hotel in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. But this hotel also provides lots of luxury, as shown with a giant chandelier, beautiful art, and a fireplace with plenty of seating to visit or…

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Added by Linda Milks on August 4, 2017 at 11:18am — No Comments

Nickelodeon Punta Cana: One Resort, Two Worlds

 

All-inclusive resorts provide a unique experience and are wonderful for families with younger children or for adults who just want to “hang out” and totally relax without planning each day. My daughter, her husband, and my two grandsons, ages 16 months and 4 years, accompanied me…

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Added by Linda Milks on July 31, 2017 at 6:30am — No Comments

Wisconsin's Door County Is Fish Boils, Supper Clubs, Creameries, & Cherry Bounce



Door County is the vacation spot for anyone loving small, intimate lodging; water and boating; cherries; local shops; cheese; great cocktails and wine; fish boils; a traditional fish fry; and artwork. All of this is available in a small town atmosphere on a…

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Added by Linda Milks on July 21, 2017 at 7:14am — 1 Comment

Getting the Inside Scoop on Foodie Milwaukee



How do you find out about all the hidden neighborhoods and history of a city? Three of us writers had a short time in the city of Milwaukee and wanted to savor as much as we could of the ethnic neighborhoods, architecture, and history.  We contacted Theresa Nemetz of …

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Added by Linda Milks on July 11, 2017 at 9:40am — No Comments

Puerto Vallarta: Beaches, Tropical Gardens, Catamarans & 'Raicilla'

As I unpacked my bags in my well-appointed room at the luxurious CasaMagna Marriott Puerto Vallarta & Spamy eyes…

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Added by Linda Milks on June 30, 2017 at 10:06am — No Comments

For the Love of Milwaukee

If you want to know what the best places are in a city, ask a native. Here's the list I recently gathered from a group of Milwaukeeans who love their city, the largest city of Wisconsin: the Milwaukee Art Museum (top); Pabst…

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Added by Linda Milks on June 20, 2017 at 1:35pm — No Comments

California’s Santa Maria Valley Is BBQ & Wine

 

We were off to explore the Santa Maria Valley along the central California coast, and as I hopped into the backseat of my friends’ car, I was shown all the preparation they had prepared for the trip.  There was a tablecloth, a napkin, a bottle of…

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Added by Linda Milks on June 10, 2017 at 11:29am — 2 Comments

KOSHER WINES NOT TO BE PASSED OVER ON PASSOVER

 

By Linda Milks

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Added by Linda Milks on March 31, 2017 at 3:09pm — No Comments

Tasting Washington States Wines at California's Rancho Valencia Resort



As I meandered along the tree-covered hills and winding roads leading to Rancho Valencia Resort in Rancho Sante Fe, California (U.S. News and World Report’s number-one resort in California,) my anticipation grew. I was not…

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Added by Linda Milks on March 10, 2017 at 8:31am — No Comments

Washington State Wines - A Journey Along the Columbia River



The state of Washington consists of many diverse microclimates--from the rainforest of the Olympic Peninsula to the eastern portion of the state averaging around eight inches of rain.  The craggy Cascade Range separates the western and damper portion…

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Added by Linda Milks on February 28, 2017 at 10:18am — No Comments

The Lady by the Sea: San Diego's Hotel Coronado

 

The Hotel Del Coronado on Coronado Island, CA, opened its doors in February, 1888. It is known as the second largest wooden structure in the United States and it was at that time the largest resort hotel in the world. The Victorian resort has been listed as one of the Grand Old Hotels in…

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Added by Linda Milks on January 23, 2017 at 2:29am — No Comments

Life at Historic Holman Guest Ranch in Carmel Valley, California



A long, curving driveway through the middle of ranch country led us to what was going to become a charming and serene couple of days full of natural beauty at Holman Ranch.



Each of us gathered our belongings and opened the door to our private rooms off the ranch-style patio complete…

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Added by Linda Milks on November 6, 2016 at 3:30pm — No Comments

Claremont CA, City of Trees and Ph.Ds, at a Bargain

 

Are you looking for a unique town with houses varying in architectural style, lots of trees, bike trails, academia that enriches an area with art and music as well as unique, one-of-a-kind shops and restaurants without a big road trip on congested freeways? The city of Claremont provides just that. And through the end of the year you can get all this at a bargain through the Claremont Chamber of Commerce.

 

On a recent trip I traveled with some fellow writers to learn…

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Added by Linda Milks on August 15, 2016 at 6:26pm — No Comments

Tasting Affordable California White, Red and Rosé Wines

 

A table full of good wines to sample along with creative food pairings isn’t a bad way to spend a Sunday afternoon. Luckily, I was part of the Occasional Wine Council blessed with this task.

 

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Added by Linda Milks on June 14, 2016 at 2:16pm — No Comments

Oh, Là Là! Bordeaux by River Cruise



Grand Cru, Medoc, St Émilion, Bordeaux Left and Right Banks - all terms of which I was aware, but wanted much more information. That’s the beauty of a river cruise with wine as its main topic (and the wine isn’t bad…

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Added by Linda Milks on February 3, 2016 at 11:12am — No Comments

Grand Pinot Noirs on a Small Scale From Oregon's Formaglini Vineyards

 

Who would have thought when I moved from Portland, Oregon, (home of amazing Pinot Noirs) to Southern California, I would be sitting in the backyard of a Cape Cod next to a pool at a long, umbrella-covered table in the quaint Floral Park neighborhood of Orange County's Santa Ana at…

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Added by Linda Milks on January 12, 2016 at 12:10pm — No Comments

SoCal Restaurant Show at Home at Angel Stadium

 

Angel Stadium in Anaheim, CA, is the home of another great, Andy Harris, who runs his own successful radio show called SoCal Restaurant Show on 830 am KLAA radio.

 

A group of IFWTWA members (International…

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Added by Linda Milks on August 31, 2015 at 2:30pm — No Comments

Summertime Living Is Easy in California Wine Country

 

It was a warm, balmy early summer evening as I was sitting outside among the flowers…

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Added by Linda Milks on July 8, 2015 at 8:53am — No Comments

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