Finding a hidden gem of a restaurant on a remote road in Scotland
Shirley Spears at her Three Chimneys Inn on Isle of Skye

Finding a hidden gem of a restaurant on a remote road in Scotland

Three Chimneys Restaurant and six-room inn is on an out of the way stretch of road on the Isle of Skye where you brake for sheep crossing the road and the fish you eat for lunch might have been caught that morning, the lettuce just harvested.

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A multi-gen foodie heaven at Ireland’s Ashford Castle
Porridge with a spash of Irish whiskey

A multi-gen foodie heaven at Ireland’s Ashford Castle

The great food at Ashford Castle in Ireland is inspired by Lord Ardilaun, a scion of the Guinness family, who insisted on only the freshest and most varied of local produce, a tradition continued by new executive chef Philippe Farineau

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Half Moon Bay, CA, gets ready for families with lots of pumpkins
Farmer John and one of his chickens

Half Moon Bay, CA, gets ready for families with lots of pumpkins

Farmer John Muller, a third-generation California farmer, is also the mayor of Half Moon Bay, which bills itself as the World’s Pumpkin Capital. The coastal climate here, with warm days and cool nights, is perfect for growing pumpkins.

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Fish right out of the water, strawberries, goat cheese and more
Fresh crabs at Princeton Seafood

Fish right out of the water, strawberries, goat cheese and more

At Pillar Point Harbor in Half Moon Bay near, where we were staying at the Beach House, locals either have downloaded the free FishLine App or call 650-726-8724 to see what fresh-caught fish commercial fishermen are selling “off the boat.”

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Half Moon Bay, CA — no crowds or rush yet near San Francisco
View from Beach House

Half Moon Bay, CA — no crowds or rush yet near San Francisco

My daughter is planning her wedding near Half Moon Bay. I can see why she loves this area -- between the mountains to the East and the Pacific to the west. The best part—it’s not busy or crowded, though we’re less than hour’s drive from San Francisco.

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Sonoma County: the right locale for a trip with a grown-up kid
Cloverdale, Sonoma County

Sonoma County: the right locale for a trip with a grown-up kid

Who says grown kids don’t want to travel with their parents? I don’t get to see my daughter that often and was determined to make our few days together as fun and as stress-free as possible for both of us. The key, I discovered, is choosing the right locale.

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Exploring Bodega Bay CA – bike rides, redwoods, great food
Bikes at Bodega Bay Lodge

Exploring Bodega Bay CA – bike rides, redwoods, great food

People come to Bodega Bay to watch the whales, hike among the huge Coast redwoods -- some are 1,000 years old and 250 feet tall like in the Armstrong Redwoods State Natural Reserve in Guerneville -- and of course, eat.

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Discovering the family and foodie side of Sonoma County CA
Love sculpture at Paradise Ridge

Discovering the family and foodie side of Sonoma County CA

Sonoma County CA - Twenty coastal beaches… soaring Coas Redwoods… 11 state parks, 27 historical landmarks… 120 farms open to the public and 12 farmers markets… 400 wineries and more than 500 restaurants committed to bringing you food grown locally.

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