Santa Cruz Mountain Wineries: Cooper-Garrod Estate Vineyard

On a Sunday morning in late April, we dropped our dog, Buddy off for a much-needed grooming appointment. Instead of heading back home, we decided to revisit a few of our favorite Santa Cruz Mountain Wineries for a doorscursion. On this visit, it was too early in the day for us to indulge in wine tasting. Instead,…

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Mountain Winery – located in the Saratoga foothills of the Santa Cruz Mountains wine region.

Santa Cruz Mountain Wineries: Picchetti Winery

Napa Valley, while the most well known, isn’t the only wine growing region in the San Francisco Bay Area. Within a half-hour or less of Silicon Valley, the Santa Cruz Mountains wine region boasts one of the most unique natural environments in the world. The Santa Cruz Mountain Wine Growers Association proclaims that with its mountainous…

The Exploration Gallery at The Tech Museum of Innovation in San Jose, CA

Earth Day is near! This week, the WordPress Photo Challenge celebrates this planet on which we live. One of the first things that came to mind for me was David Bowie’s song, “Space Oddity” and the verse, “Planet Earth is blue and there’s nothing we can do.” David Bowie’s music connects to my soul, and I’m…

Fresh Guacamole and Green Decor – Jardines de San Juan Mexican Restaurant

Our go-to Mexican Restaurant in San Juan Bautista is Jardines de San Juan. The outdoor dining patio offers a spectacular garden oasis filled with green foliage, succulents, and flowering plants. The old western style building with its green trim, posts, and railings blends in nicely with the garden setting. Vibrant flowers and umbrellas, and a bright blue door add…

The Red Doors of Pedro’s Cantina

California is rich with authentic Mexican restaurants. Our favorite spot for that “get away” feeling and great Mexican food is Pedro’s Cantina in Santa Clara, California. The patio dining area has views to gorgeous Spanish-style architecture with red doors, flower gardens, and palm trees. It’s a dog-friendly place, so we love to bring our dog, Buddy, for…

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Paradise Beach Grille – Our favorite seaside restaurant in Capitola, California.

Wish our dog fit under an airplane seat

What’s up with the rule that only dogs that fit under an airplane seat can travel in coach with their human parents? While our sweet dog, Buddy, meets the weight criterion for most airlines, we learned he’s a little too tall to comfortably fit in a regulation size pet carrier. I sure wish he fit under…

The Doors of Los Gatos, California

After many weeks of wet, cold weather, the sun is once again shining in California. With a strong case of cabin fever, instead of staying inside and working at the computer, I hopped in the car and headed to Los Gatos yesterday to stretch my legs and walk around the lovely town. Nestled in the foothills…

The Doors of Capitola, California

Need a shot of color therapy? The village of Capitola, California boasts colorful shops, restaurants, and hotel villas that will instantly lift your spirits. Just 45 minutes from Silicon Valley, this seaside village is a favorite of locals.         This post was inspired by Thursday Doors. Thursday Doors is a weekly feature sponsored…