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Jul 29, 2013 - Calistoga - at home with Andrea and Chris

After a strenous workout in Glacier, we moved on to a more relaxed mode at Calistoga in the Napa Valley in California. We had arranged a house exchange with Andrea and Chris who are involved in the wine industry and spend a lot of time in Australia, especially the Barossa Valley. Calistoga is a small town {about 5,000) which developed as a spa with extensive geothermal activity around the town (including Old Faithfull of California). It is a lovely touristy place with lots of spa resorts, cafes, art galleries, shopping and wineries - a bit...

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USA and Europe 2013

Sep 15, 2012 - Castles and Chateaus

When we met at breakfast this morning we were still talking about our fabulous experience at the French Laundry and gradually started talking about what we were going to do today before our reservation at celebrity chef, Michael Chiarello’s restaurant – Bottega. Our reservation was at 6:00 p.m., so we had the day to explore the countryside. Off we headed with our first destination to the furthest point to visit the famous Chateau Montelena. If that’s ringing a bell for anyone, it was featured in the 2008 film “Bottle Shock”. This movie is...

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Jun 5, 2012 - Calistoga

Calistoga is one of the most beautiful towns in the United States. We took a short drive there from Napa and walked the main street, checked out the art galleries and shops, and had a great picnic lunch at the park. Calistoga is a town out of a Norman Rockwell painting. We have 2 posts from Calistoga since we took so many pictures. Post 2 will be tomorrow. Mike and Nancy

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Travels In Serenity

Nov 13, 2011 - The Wine Country

Sunday: All good things come to an end, and today it was time to pack up and head home. We played another round of 'golf' first, then disconnected and decided to fix breakfast somewhere 'down the road'. On the east side of the Sacramento River, we stopped at an interesting roadside stand where the owner is raising money to build a nice delta museum and visitor center. We had a good conversation with him, and he gave us some fresh picked apples out of his little orchard as we were leaving. Across the river we turned off and drove through the...

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2011Closer 2 Home

Oct 31, 2011 - di Rosa, Fine contemporary art collection

There is not much to say here because art always speaks for it's self. The di Rosa collection is housed in his own home and on his private grounds which is located in Napa Valley. This fine collection of over 2,000 works by more than 800 artists is the foremost contemporary art collection in the San Francisco Bay area. I took a tour of this gallery and was privileged to obtain several photographs of a number of works that caught my interest. Much of this collection and the story behind the collector was featured on National Public...

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River Wind

Oct 24, 2011 - Northern Calfornia, Napa & Sonoma Valley. Northern CA part 2.

I left Bodega Bay on a Sunday heading due south through San Rafael toward San Francisco with all good intentions to cross the Golden Gate Bridge thus enjoying the crossing in limited traffic. So much for good intentions as there were several functions going on just a few miles over the bridge. One being a major football game at the big stadium, the name of which now escapes me. I turned north east toward Napa and Sonoma Valleys to partake in the tasting of some of the finer wines available to us in this country. I found my self in peak...

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River Wind

Sep 6, 2011 - Camping in Napa Valley

Calistoga Fairgrounds and RV Pk We leave the KOA for an easy 125 miles thru northen CA coastal redwood groves, Anderson Valley proves a beautiful setting with lush greenery that is ideal for wineries and farming. Rt. 128 is more windy roads. Booneville has a peculiar lingo that was created to be used in private conversation by valley farmers in 1880s. At the head of Napa Valley, Calistoga is known for its natural hot-water geysers, mineral springs and mineralized mud baths. The CG @ the Fairgrounds is rows of sites on gravel w/ a few trees,...

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Jul 26, 2011 - Day 11 - The twisties...

Wow! What a day! Today we hit the 'twisties' and they lived up to all expectations. We are both knackered but had a great day. I was planning on writing lots about the day, but it's 9pm and I'm ready for sleep. As well as lots of hard riding we also visitied a piece of American driving histiory - the drive through redwood tree! Now to bed...

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Sep 11, 2010 - Fine Wine Time

We stayed at the fairgrounds where we learned about the California style of RV'ing. Now we know how they came up with the idea for the movie "RV" starring Robin Williams. The movie came to life when our full-timer, homeschooling Texas family landed next to a couple California weekend warrior RV clubs.

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Jun 25, 2010 - Calistoga & the Napa Valley!

The occasion was our "Sweet 16th" wedding anniversary and included 3 full days of total self indulgence in the beautiful Napa Valley Wine Country. Bear in mind that we married at the tender ages of 50 and 59 so the chances of celebrating our 50th, as many of our friends have recently, are slim to none! Therefore you might say that "carpe annus" would be an appropriate motto in our case. Our choice of locations was affected considerably by the chronicles of friends. We found out that the Napa County Fairgrounds and RV park, located in the...

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Nov 23, 2009 - Trip 16: Napa County Fairgrounds, Calistoga, CA

Back to Calistoga for Thanksgiving. This year we had better driving weather and The wife got out of work earlier, so we pulled into the park and it was still light. We again got a spot on the golf course side, this time a bit more in the middle of the row. The spots are tight, but deep, so we pushed the trailer all the way back to the fence, and suddenly you did not feel your neighbor 3 feet away. We ended up stretching the sewer hose for the full 20ft. The wife decorated the trailer with lights this year, and took a ribbing from campers...

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Nov 10, 2009 - Lots to share (3rd grade)

After leaving Redding we drove to Calistoga, CA which is in the wine country. On the trip to Calistoga we drove past many, many orchards. Your clue for the day is the 3 different kinds of trees are shown in the attached photos. Can you guess what the trees grow by the pictures? While the harvest is over for this year, there were still a few of each hanging on the trees and we are sending you some samples.

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