Hills and Valleys-Part 2-Willamette Valley

{This is part two in a series documenting our trip to the Willamette Valley last year. The previous post highlights the coast and McMinnville, Elizabeth Chambers.} The house we rented was located in Sherwood, an immaculate equestrian property fully stocked for a large group and entertaining. When we arrived in early August of 2017, the […]

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Hills and Valleys-Oregon-Part 1

We gathered in the golden hills to celebrate a golden anniversary. Fifty years of commitment and compromise. Fifty years of trials and triumphs. Fifty years of  love. We chose the Willamette Valley because we wanted a place with beautiful views, temperate climate, and a comfortable home to gather. After my experience at Pinot in the […]

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Delayed Plans-Wines of Alsace

Wines were provided as media samples. I received no other compensation, thoughts and opinions are my own. I had plans for these wines. They arrived when the temperatures were not conducive to the cuisine, but I was patient. I had plans for these wines. I’d taste them all together, a three course meal with friends, […]

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Summer Adventures

You may or may not have noticed my absence this summer. I’ve started to draft an explanation and gone back and forth about how much I want to share. But in the meantime, the reviews are piling up. The topics I want to cover keep growing, and the desire to write is returning.  Suffice to say, more will come. […]

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A Magic Thing-Surf Chateau

“A river seems a magic thing. A magic, moving, living part of the very earth itself.” ― Laura Gilpin River rocks chosen from the Arkansas that bubbles by. Cedar shingles and arched entries to the courtyard. Claw-foot tubs and beadboard, crisp white sheets and cozy couches. The Surf Chateau in Buena Vista, Colorado is like […]

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