How Do You Say Dubuque?

Dubuque is at the junction of Iowa, Illinois, and Wisconsin. Geographically, it is part of the Driftless Area, a portion of North America that escaped all three phases of the Wisconsin Glaciation. Named after Julien Dubuque, the first settler from Quebec, the city is pronounced De-buke. No matter how you pronounce it, follow us across the Mississippi to Dubuque, Iowa for a day of great variety! Sweet wines along the river, a funicular ride, and a relaxing stroll through the arboretum for fall colors. Continue reading

Winner! Winner! Chicken Dinner!

As we pull into Idaho on I 84, we see an exit for Chicken Dinner Road and it cracks us up! There has to be a story behind that, right? You bet there is! We got the scoop in the most interesting way while sipping some great wine in Idaho Wine Country! You heard me right! Idaho is producing some really good wines. It pays to get out and explore! You never know what you will learn. Continue reading

Ah, Sweet Home!

Sweet Home is just that, a sweet little town which covers less than 6 square miles. But it is 6 square miles of beauty! Tree covered mountainsides are split by canyons of rushing rivers.  Douglas-fir, the state tree of Oregon, is the most predominate but cedar, white pine and ponderosa pine make the scenery burst with more shades of green than your giant box of crayons. Ferns, and the ever famous rhododendrons, create a ground cover under the trees. But there is more to Sweet Home than the trees! Continue reading

Melrose Vineyards of the Umpqua Valley

Part of the adventure is driving to a new place, rounding the corner and waiting to see where you have landed. We have mostly been very lucky when the next stop reveals it’s self.  Harvest Hosts has not let us down with the spots they have selected to be included as RV boondock camping at the many vineyards, farms and cheese producers across the country. Melrose Vineyards is lovely, peaceful and breathtaking from the minute you drive onto the property! Continue reading

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So you thought you knew how to pronounce Almonds, huh? Michele tells us why they don’t call them Almonds around here!

If you ever visit the Central Valley region of California, you will find out it is California’s single most productive agricultural region and one of the largest in the world.

Besides Walnuts and Pistachios, they produce huge crops of Almonds. But you might be surprised to know the locals don’t call them Almonds! At one of the many Harvest Hosts locations, we get the scoop on this visiting an Almond orchard at Vista Ranch & Cellars.

Back to Nature at Vista Ranch and Cellars

Driving into Vista Ranch and Cellars for the first time today is an unexpected treat. We were introduced to them by way of Harvest Hosts, who sign up private organic farms, ranches, wineries, distilleries and even cheese makers as locations where their members can overnight for free. We knew Vista Ranch and Cellars was an organic farm and local produce supplier, but we are pleasantly surprised to find out about the delicious “cellars” side of their business. Continue reading

So Many Paso-bilities!

We love the wine region of Paso Robles! Is it the terroir? We think it must be. It’s the most important force in making distinct wines that reflect the place where they are grown. When you consider  the seasonal climate changes of rain, fog and high temperatures along with the  soil and add to it the cowboy flavor that remains in the valley, it is pure magic. It truly makes for a wonderful adventure among the vines. Continue reading