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How to Have an Amazing Weekend in Napa Wine Tasting – Retirement Travel Article

How to Have an Amazing Weekend in Napa Wine Tasting Napa Valley is a food and wine lovers fantasy come to life. Spanning towns such as Napa, Rutherford, Yountville, St. Helena, and Calistoga, Napa Valley has lovely vineyards and charming downtowns. In addition to the great Napa wine tasting, there are many Michelin-starred restaurants in Napa. But you do not have to spend a fortune to have amazing food. Napa also has craft breweries, pizzerias, and unbelievable fast food. If…

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An Amazing One-Day Delectable Sonoma Wine Itinerary – Retirement Travel Article

An Amazing One-Day Delectable Sonoma Wine Itinerary Sonoma is a great day trip from many places. Also, Sonoma is a historical city in northern California nestled in the heart of the Sonoma Valley winemaking country. Downtown Sonoma, known for its art galleries and the colonial-era Sonoma Plaza, has a rustic charm. Hence, surrounding this plaza are19th-century adobe buildings, including Mission San Francisco Solano and the Sonoma Barracks. Sonoma locals run the gamut from down-to-earth locals, farmers, winemakers, to acclaimed chefs…

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A Winter Visit to Death Valley National Park – Retirement Travel Article

A Winter Visit to Death Valley National Park When you talk about Death Valley, what you’re really talking about is the Badwater Basin, where water collects before evaporating and leaving nothing but salt behind.The thought of visiting Death Valley National Park in the summer has never appealed to me. Death Valley, in addition to being the largest National Park in the lower 48 states, is also the lowest, driest, and hottest. In the Valley itself, also known as Badwater Basin,…

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Discover and Enjoy all That is the Best of Santa Rosa Wine – Retirement Travel Article

Discover and Enjoy all That is the Best of Santa Rosa Wine Drive less than an hour north from San Francisco, and you will reach Santa Rosa. Our California road trip took us from Mendocino to Santa Rosa. Santa Rosa is an energetic city with a lively downtown, historic attractions, green parks, and great restaurants. Also, the area directly surrounding Santa Rosa is a stunningly beautiful even after the fires of recent years. To make things even better, Santa Rosa…

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A Day Trip to Channel Islands National Park – Retirement Travel Article

A Day Trip to Channel Islands National Park Kris on the trail at Santa Cruz, one of the Channel Islands.Channel Islands National Park is truly one of the joys of the US National Park system, because even though it’s located off densely populated Southern California, it’s a bit difficult to get to. Which is to say, you can’t drive there. And to most Southern Californians, if you can’t drive there, it doesn’t really exist. So, a park that doesn’t really…

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25 Bucket List Places to See on the West Coast of the USA – Travel Article

There is a rumor that the west coast of the USA is the “best coast,” but which bucket list cities and places should you travel to first? Since so many read and commented on the 25 bucket list east coast cities I thought I’d spread the love and share my favorite 25 bucket list places to see on the West Coast of the USA. These places go beyond the usual cities and include some stunning national parks! I also…

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24 hours in Malibu – USA Travel Article

24 hours in Malibu I just had a whistle-stop 24 hours in Malibu, my first visit to this western Los Angeles city after visiting LA at least 20 times now! It’s not far to drive, famous for its surfline, stocked with celebrities and has a delicious food scene. From LAX we drove down the coast onto the Pacific Coast Highway and got here in under an hour. From Santa Monica, where you get on the PCH, you’d be here in…

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Cruise From Long Beach In The Holiday Season – Retirement Travel Article

Cruise From Long Beach In The Holiday Season Twitter 0 Facebook 0 Pinterest0 We Started Our California Cruise In Long Beach We headed south to cruise from Long Beach in the holiday season. It was a short 7 day cruise along the California coast. With one stop south in sunny and hot Mexico. When we planned our California cruise, we debated a few options on where to stay when we arrived. On previous visits to Los Angeles we stayed out…

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The Best Way to Experience Wonderful Mendocino Wine – Retirement Travel Article

The Best Way to Experience Wonderful Mendocino Wine Perched on a wave-carved bluff, squeezed between dense forests and a restless sea, you will find Mendocino, California. Undeniably, Mendocino is a charming, tranquil little town with breathtaking oceanside views. In truth, the beauty extends outside the city to the whole county. But, Mendocino is known for more than its stunning Pacific Ocean coastline, it also has great wine. Mendocino wine is a lesser-known wine gem.  Beautiful coastline in MendocinoMendocino is part…

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Fab things to do in Santa Barbara – USA Travel Article

Fab things to do in Santa Barbara If you’re looking at what to do in Santa Barbara and you only have a weekend, this post is for you! I love Santa Barbara, also known as the American Riviera, but it’s been about eight years since I was last here so as you can imagine, a lot has happened to this west coast California city between drinks – and drink we did, with too many Santa Barbara wineries to choose from! Driving…

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