Weekend Wander: Little Italy Farmer’s Market, San Diego

When you think of San Diego, located in sunny southern California, you likely have a vision of palm trees, sunshine, surfers, and a major metropolitan city. Farmers and fresh produce are probably not things that come to mind. Well, the Little Italy Farmer's Market combines them all...with maybe the exception of the surfers. Every Saturday, … Continue reading Weekend Wander: Little Italy Farmer’s Market, San Diego

Weekend Wander: The Ghost Town of Bodie, CA

If you're interested in ghost towns or California Gold Rush history, you might want to check out a place called Bodie for your next road trip. Located east of the Sierra Nevada mountain range, and a long, winding, 100-mile drive past beautiful Yosemite National Park (or 200 miles from Sacramento), the ghost town of Bodie … Continue reading Weekend Wander: The Ghost Town of Bodie, CA

Weekend Wander: Monterey Bay Aquarium

The city of Monterey, California is full of fun things to do, delicious foods to eat, and beautiful things to see. One of the best things is the Monterey Bay Aquarium! The Monterey Bay Aquarium opened in October 1984 and quickly became world-renown. The space in which it resides was once the Hovden Cannery, which … Continue reading Weekend Wander: Monterey Bay Aquarium

Weekend Wander: Mission San Juan Capistrano

Let's explore one of the most well-known Spanish missions in California: Mission San Juan Capistrano. Mission San Juan Capistrano is known as the "Jewel of the California Missions." Founded in 1776 in present day Orange County, this mission was the seventh of 21 missions built up and down the state of California. Like the other … Continue reading Weekend Wander: Mission San Juan Capistrano

Weekend Wander: Forestiere Underground Gardens

Looking for a unique spot to check out this summer? The Forestiere Underground Gardens may be just the place for you. Located in Fresno, California, the gardens were created and designed starting in the early 1900's by a man named Baldassare Forestiere. Forestiere was an eager and hard-working immigrant from Sicily who had purchased 80 … Continue reading Weekend Wander: Forestiere Underground Gardens

Weekend Wander: Solvang, California

The little village of Solvang is a true delight. Nicknamed "Little Denmark, USA" and "The Danish Capital of America," Solvang was founded by three Danish immigrants in 1911 and is located in sunny Santa Ynez Valley in sunny Santa Barbara County. In fact, the Danish word solvang translates to "sunny field," which my mom and … Continue reading Weekend Wander: Solvang, California

Street Markets

Summer always seems to be the best time to visit a farmer's market or other outdoor/street market. There's so much fresh, summer produce! Ripe tomatoes, juicy blueberries, crunchy cucumbers. There are fragrant bouquets of flowers. There are hand-crafted items made by skilled artisans. There are delicious cheeses, golden honeys, fun jewelry, homemade soaps, hand-carved wooden … Continue reading Street Markets