Summer Lovin’

Well maybe not so much Summer Lovin’ as Summer getting by’in. It’s pretty fricken hot, people! And this photo is actually from our beautiful Spring, when the air was cool and I wore socks everyday. It is my desire to eventually move to a place where I can actually look forward to summer the […]

Romantic Day Out in Carmichael (yes, really)

For partly financial reasons, we live out in Carmichael. Not really a hotbed of romantic things to do, but in an effort to save money and gas, I’ve been trying to come up with fun dates closer to home. Here are a few ideas for an inexpensive Saturday day out in Carmichael:

Breakfast at […]

Sacramento Heritage Walks

Looks like Sacramento Heritage has a new website featuring a number of self-guided walking tours through historic areas of town. Some look better than others, but definitely worth checking out.

This reminds me that Sacramento Historic House has been criminally neglected. I have no excuse. It needs a redesign and new photos and maybe add […]

Day Trip Along Russian River’s Highway 116

If you are in the need of a relaxing Fall day trip, then scoot on over to Highway 116 for a lovely drive through the Russian River valley. We took this trip a couple of weekends ago and it was just the thing to revitalize us after a stressful week of worrying about jobs […]

Good Ex-Pat Blogs To Fuel Your Escapism

Lately, I’ve been a leeeetle bit obsessed with reading ex-pat blogs. Basically I’ve been devouring the writings of people I don’t know and will never meet just to catch a glimpse into the day to day life of being an American in a strange new world. This interest in overseas living is partly due […]

Sac Historic House Profile: Dan Flynn

AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli

This week I was lucky enough to catch up with the very busy Dan Flynn, author of my favorite Sacramento guidebook Inside Guide To Sacramento (Embarcadero Press). This is not a flimsy one page, Capitol-Crocker-Old Sac, day trip from San Francisco type of guidebook… there is real care, local knowledge and […]

A Weekend of Home Tours!

This will be a primo weekend for getting a glimpse inside the charming houses of Sacramento. I will have house history flyers available at both tours – be sure to pick one up!

Curtis Park Home Tour: Saturday, April 25 10 AM – 4 PM Tix available at The French Hen, The Ivy House […]

Home for the Holidays

This weekend provides a rare opportunity for people like you and me to get a glimpse inside some of the wonderful homes of East Sacramento during the Sacred Heart Home Tour. Admission is a bit steep at $30 ($20 advanced) but it’s for a good cause…

Speaking of delightful old houses… […]

Historic Signs on the Riverfront Promenade

Has anyone else noticed those interesting historic information signs along the riverfront promenade in Old Sac? They make for some good reading prior to your boozy dinner (or lunch) at Rio City Café. Prior being the optimum word. It’s no use trying to make sense of the Pony Express after a few cocktails.


Top 10 Tips for Traveling to London

View of Hyde Park from our hotel on our last visit.

We’re off to England soon for a bit of vacation (and a wee bit of work thrown in). I compiled this top tip list during my last visit to London and even though it may come across as a bit cranky (which I […]