Los Alamos, California – Why You Really Should Visit Soon

Los Alamos California is located 45 miles north of Santa Barbara. This charming little town has become a destination for visitors who appreciate wine, food, art, and antiques. Everywhere you go, you are struck by how friendly everyone is.

Bedford Winery Los Alamos California

It’s easy to find your way around the Los Alamos. There’s a single street in the business district and it’s the one you drive in on from Hwy. 101. We visited recently while wine tasting in the Santa Barbara area.
We decided to park our car and explore the small town on foot. Our first stop was Bedford Winery where we visited with Stephan Bedford. Both the conversation and the wines were great and we walked away with some fabulous wines including a dry Gewurtraminer.

Casa Dumetz - Los Alamos California Our next stop was Casa Dumetz, owned by actor and director, Emilio Estevez and his fiancee Sonja Magdevsk, who is also the wine maker. They use grapes grown at their Malibu estate as well as grapes from throughout the Santa Ynez Valley.

We loved the wines and the friendly charm of the tasting room hostess, Chloe. They host a speaker series on Friday evenings on a variety of different topics and everyone is invited to join in.

Victorian Mansion

We spent the night at the Victorian Mansion. This unique bed and breakfast offers six themed rooms. After we checked in, the hostess, Denise gave us a tour of the inn so we got to see all of the rooms.

We stayed in the Roman Suite where we slept in a chariot and stepped up into a huge soaking tub to relax our worries away. The attention to detail was amazing!

Victorian Mansion Los Alamos, California

Next time, we want to try the 50s Suite, which features a 1956 Cadillac convertible parked at a romantic drive-in movie. There are neon lights, a mood-setting snack bar mural, inviting fireplace and private hot tub. A fun blast to the past!

If you visit, be sure to dine at Full of Life Flatbread. The flatbread pizzas are cooked in a wood-fired oven using local woods and local, seasonal ingredients. They have specialty pizzas as well as entrees that change weekly. The food is sensational. Leave room for dessert. Our favorite is the s’mores, homemade marshmallow oven-roasted atop Chocolate Espresso Cookies with Chocolate Sauce.

There are a number of other restaurants that locals recommend. You’ll also find interesting art and antique shops to browse. Park your car on Bell Street to explore Los Alamos California on foot!

Los Alamos California – Addresses & Telephone Numbers

Bedford Winery
Address: 448 Bell St., Los Alamos California 93440
Telephone: (805) 344-2107
Open daily 11AM – 5PM

Casa Dumetz
Address: 388 Bell St., Los Alamos California 93440
Telephone: (805) 344-1900
Open Thurs. Noon-7PM; Fri. – Sat. 11AM – 7PM; Sun. 11AM – 6PM

Victorian Mansion
Address: 326 Bell St., Los Alamos California 93440
Telephone: (805) 344-1300

Full of Life
Address: 225 Bell St., Los Alamos California 93440
Telephone: (805) 344-4400
Open Thurs. 5PM – 9PM; Fri. – Sat. 5PM – 10PM; Sun. 4PM – 8PM

Santa Barbara County Wine Tasting

Melville Winery - Santa Barbara

Melville Winery

Many world class wineries are scattered through Santa Barbara County. This is area is especially known for their fabulous Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Syrah wines. Click Here to learn more about specific wineries that you don’t want to miss!

Dundee Hills Wine Trail

Dundee Hills WineriesGo wine tasting on the Dundee Hills Wine Trail. Have fun discovering the fantastic Dundee wineries. Dundee Hills wineries are located 28 miles from Portland. These wineries are known for their exceptional Pinot Noir.

It’s a beautiful area so be sure to bring your camera. Taste many wonderful wines in this area!

Learn about wineries in other parts of Oregon – CLICK HERE

Dundee Wineries

Alexana Winery

Alexana Winery
Address: 116 W. Main St., Carlton, OR
Telephone: (503) 852-3013
Open daily 11-5PM.
Alexana produces Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris, and Riesling. This 3-story gravity flow winery is located in the heart of the Williamette Valley.

Anne Amie Vineyards

Anne Amie Vineyards
Address: 6580 NE Mineral Springs Rd., Carlton
Telephone: (503) 864-2991
Open daily 10-5
Anne Amie Vineyards focuses on producing Pinot Noir. Their white wines include Pinot Gris, Pinot Blanc, and Old Vine Estate Riesling.

Archery Summit
Address: 18599 NE Archery Summitt Rd. Dayton
Telephone: (503) 864-4300
This Dundee Hills winery produces highly acclaimed Pinot Noir. Archery Summit wines have been served at the White House.

Argyle Winery
Address: 691 Hwy. 99W, Dundee
Telephone: (503) 538-8520
Open daily 11-5
You don’t want to miss wine tasting the wines from Argyle Winery. Our favorite is Nuthouse Pinot Noir.
They specialize in Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, and Sparkling Wines.

Bella Vida Vineyard
Address: 9380 NE Worden Hill Rd., Dundee
Telephone: (503) 538-9821
Open Thurs.-Sun. 11-5
Current wines offered by this Dundee winery include three distinctly different Pinot Noirs. They also have a white blend called, Gris-Ling. Tasting room is located on the vineyard with scenic views of Dundee and the Williamette Valley.

De Ponte Cellars
Address: 17545 Archery Summit Rd., Dayton
Telephone: (503) 864-3698
Open daily 11-5
De Ponte Cellars is located in the heart of the Dundee Hills of Northwest Oregon. This winery specializes in producing high quality Pinot Noir.

Dobbes Family EstateDobbes Family Estate
Address: 240 SE 5th St., Dundee
Telephone: (503) 538-1141
Open daily 11-6
Dobbes Family Estate specializes in limited production wines. Wines are available through the tasting room and online only. Red wines include Pinot Noir and Syrah. White wines are Gewurtztraminer and Late Harvest Viognier.

Domaine Drouhin OregonDomaine Drouhin Oregon
Address: 6750 Breyman Orchards Rd., Dundee
Telephone: (503) 864-2700
Open Wed.-Sun. 11-4
Open daily noon-5
This winery produces Pinot Noir and Chardonnay.

Domaine SereneDomaine Serene
Address: 6555 NE Hilltop Ln., Dayton
Telephone: (503) 864-4600
Open Wed.-Mon. 11-4

Duck Pond Cellars

Duck Pond Cellars
Address: 23145 Hwy. 99W, Dundee
Telephone: (503) 538-3199
Open daily 10-5 May-Sept.; Oct.-Apr. 11-5

Erath Vineyards

Erath Vineyards
Address: 9409 NE Worden Hill Rd., Dundee
Telephone: (503) 538-3318
Open daily 11-5

Four GracesFour Graces
Address: 9605 NE Fox Farm Rd., Dundee
Telephone: (800) 245-2150
Open daily 10-5

Lange Estate Winery & Vineyards
Address: 18380 NE Buena Vista Dr., Dundee
Telephone: (503) 538-6476
Open daily 11-5

Maresh Red BarnMaresh Red Barn
Address: 9325 NE Worden Hill Rd., Dundee
Telephone: (503) 537-1098
Open Wed.-Sun. 11-5 Mar.-Nov.

Sokor BlosserSokol Blosser
Address: 5000 Sokol Blosser Ln., Dayton
Telephone: (503) 864-2282
Open daily 10-4

Stroller WineryStroller Vineyard & Winery
Address: 16161 NE McDougall Rd., Dayton
Telephone: (503) 864-3404
Open daily 11-5

Torii Mor Vineyards and Winery
Address: 18325 NE Fairview Dr., Dundee
Telephone: (503) 554-0105
Open daily 11-5

White Rose WinesWhite Rose Wines
Address: 6250 NE Hilltop Ln., Dayton
Telephone: (949) 275-8021
Open daily 11-5

Winderlea Vineyard and WineryWinderlea Vineyard and WineryAddress: 8905 Worden Hill Rd., Dundee
Telephone: (503) 554-5900
Open Fri.-Sun. 11-4 Memorial Day through Thanksgiving

Winter's Hill VineyardWinter’s Hill Vineyard
Address: 6451 Hilltop Ln., Dayton
Telephone: (503) 864-4610
Open daily noon-5 May through October; Open weekends Dec. through April

Vista Hills WineryVista Hills Vineyards & Winery
Address: 6475 NE Hilltop Ln., Dayton
Telephone: (503) 864-3200

Have you visited any of the Dundee Hills wineries? If you have, please take a moment to leave a comment below. We would happy to hear about your time at any of these wineries.


Wine on the Farm
Wine on the Farm is happening on Friday, October 4, 2019 in Lathrop, California. Guests will enjoy wine tasting, beer tasting, food, and live music from 5-8 PM at Dell’ Osso Family Farms in Lathrop. Guests will also receive a souvenir wine glass to keep. Tickets also include free admission into the Dell’ Osso Pumpkin Maze that evening, which will be open until 10 PM. Parking is free.

Many children in our community live below the poverty line. Even the basics are hard to come by. They miss out on essentials such as clothes and school supplies. They often go to school with empty stomachs and may be wearing shoes that are worn out or do not fit properly. 100% of the profits from this event will benefit these children. Our Nonprofit Tax ID number is EIN #26-1476916. Click here to buy tickets NOW!

Wine on the Farm

What will the profits from Wine on the Farm be used for?

Lathrop Sunrise Rotary and Community Foundation of San Joaquin have partnered together to host Wine on the Farm. 100% of the profits from this event will go to for local nonprofit organizations that help the underserved youth in our community. The money earned will go to programs such as backpacks and other school supply drives, literacy projects in the schools, providing food and clothing to the needy, tutoring programs, and scholarships.

What does the ticket price include?

Mike Torres Band

Tickets are $50 each. This includes all the wine, beer, and food. You will also get a souvenir glass to take home and free admission into the Dell’Osso Pumpkin Maze. Plus you will get to enjoy the live music of the Mike Torres Band. This local band plays a variety of music that includes classic rock, old school, country, Tejano, and Cumbia.

This is sure to be a fun evening. Get your tickets before they sell out! Click here to buy tickets NOW!

Learn More About Lathrop Sunrise Rotary

Rotary is an international organization of 1.2 million people who share a goal of improving others’ quality of life. People join Rotary to connect with others and to improve their community. Lathrop Sunrise Rotary is a group of men and women that work together to make Lathrop and the surrounding area a better place to live.

Their projects include financial support of the City of Lathrop fireworks, high school speech contest, Teen/Senior Pool Tournament, scholarships, Thanksgiving Meal at the Senior Center, Operation Blue with the Lathrop Police Department, Giving Back to School (Back pack give-away), First Responders Dinner, and Father/Daughter dances at the elementary schools.

This local group meets weekly; usually from 6:30-7:30 AM. However, meetings are held at 5:30 PM on the last Thursday of each month. Attend a meeting to learn more about Rotary. Visit their Facebook Page to learn more about Lathrop Sunrise Rotary.

This is an opportunity to have a fabulous time tasting wine and beer, treating yourself to gourmet bites while listening to live music. Dance to the sounds of the Mike Torres Band. Find your way through the Dell’ Osso Pumpkin Maze. On top of that, you will be helping children in need.

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Anderson Valley

Bothe Napa Valley State Park – Camp in the Wine Country

Bothe Napa Valley State Park
Discover the beauty of Bothe Napa Valley State Park. Stroll through the towering redwoods as you hike along a creek surrounded by ferns, madrone, California redwoods, and douglas-fir. Picnic or camp at this gorgeous park located just off the highway in the heart of the Napa Valley. This park is located just five miles from Calistoga or Saint Helena.

Daytime visitors to the park can enjoy picnicking and hiking. There is a large picnic area that makes a nice break from wine tasting. Bring a bottle of wine and a lunch and spend some time relaxing in this beautiful park. There are over ten miles of trails to enjoy at this 1,900 acre park. The Ritchey Canyon trail takes you on an easy stroll along the creek. The sound of the water splashing over rocks as it flows downhill combined with the lush vegetation make this an enjoyable hike.

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The campsites at this park are quite nice. You definitely don’t feel you are camping in a parking lot. There are 30 campsites; both RVs and tent camping are allowed here. They have a limited number of walk-in sites where you will find even more privacy. They also have 10 yurts and 5 historic cabins that are available.

Napa CampingSome of the sites are situated right next to the creek. Bothe Napa Valley State Park is open for camping throughout the year. During the spring and early summer you can listen to the sound of the water flowing in the creek as you sleep at night.

During the summer months there is a spring-fed swimming pool open for campers as well as horseback riding. Make reservations for horseback riding by calling Triple Creek Horse Outfit at (707) 887-8700.

While in the Napa Valley, you will probably want to visit some wineries. Many campers enjoy walking to the following wineries:

  • Castello di Amorosa
  • Frank Family Vineyards
  • Larkmead Vineyards
  • Madrigal Family Winery
  • Schramsberg Vineyards

Explore the many wineries located throughout the Napa Valley that are just a short drive away.
Learn about wineries in each of these Napa towns by clicking on the name of each town:

Castello di AmorosaCalistoga Wineries
Wineries in Calistoga tend to be smaller wineries; although there are exceptions. This part of the Valley tends to be more laid-back and casual. This historic town is famous for its hot mineral springs. Tourists head to Calistoga for mud baths and spa treatments.

Wineries not to be missed: Castello di Amorosa (a Medieval inspired Tuscan castle) and Sterling Vineyards (where you can ride the aerial tram to this hilltop winery).

Napa ValleySaint Helena Wineries
There are numerous outstanding wineries located in Saint Helena. This is also the place to go if you want to shop. Browse the unique shops in the downtown area or search for bargains at the St. Helena Premier Outlets, which are just two miles north of St. Helena on Hwy. 29.

Wineries not to be missed: Rombauer Vineyards (located in a scenic, wooded area just off the Silverado Trail) and V. Sattui Winery (They have a popular gourmet cheese shop and deli and a shaded picnic area. Their wines can only be purchased at the winery.)

Mumm NapaRutherford Wineries
This small community offers fabulous wineries famous for producing outstanding Cabernet Sauvignon. There is no town but there are restaurants and accommodations.

Wineries not to be missed: Cakebread Cellars (amazing award-winning Cabernets) and Mumm Cuvee Napa (delicious Sparkling Wines).

Oakville Wineries Napa ValleyOakville Wineries
Oakville is another Napa area known for producing award-winning Cabernet Sauvignon. The popular Oakville Grocery is located here. It’s a great place to stop and pick up picnic supplies.

Wineries not to be missed: Robert Mondavi Winery (founded by the iconic winemaker, Robert Mondavi) and Silver Oaks (which specializes in producing high quality Cabernet Sauvignon).

Robert Sinskey WineryYountville Wineries
Yountville is known for its world class restaurants and its outstanding wineries. Many top restaurants are located in this small town including Thomas Keller’s French Laundry, Bouchon, and Bistro Jeanty. Park in the charming downtown area and walk to a number of wine tasting rooms. There are also wineries located just a short drive away.

Wineries not to be missed: Robert Sinskey Vineyards (fabulous wines on the Silverado Trail) and Ma(i)sonry Napa Valley (where you can enjoy great wine and unique works of art).

Domaine CarnetsNapa Wineries
Napa is the largest town in the Valley. It’s the place to go for shopping, dining, and accommodations.

Wineries not to be missed: Artesia Winery (premium wines, gorgeous views, and unique works of art), Domaine Carneros (sip Sparkling Wines while enjoying one of the best views of the Napa Valley, and Hess Collection (fabulous wines with free admission into the Hess Modern Art Museum).

Bothe Napa Valley State Park Contact Information

Address: 3801 Saint Helena Hwy., Calistoga, CA
Telephone: (707) 942-4575
Day use hours: 8 AM until Sunset

The park entrance is located on Highway 29 between St. Helena and Calistoga.

After learning about Bothe Napa Valley State Park, explore other exciting things to do in the Napa Valley:

Wineries | Hotels | Art | Golf | Hot Air Balloons | Spas | Wine Train

If you have visited Bothe Npa Valley State Park, can you please share your experiences at this state park? There’s a comment section below. We would love to hear your opinion!

Hike Half Dome – Yosemite Hikes

Yosemite National Park HikesHike Half Dome in Yosemite National Park for the challenge of a lifetime. Half Dome, a 14 mile trek, is often listed as one of the top hikes in the world.

The round trip hike typically takes approximately 12 hours. The elevation gain of 4800 feet is arduous and suited only for people who are in good physical condition.

hike half dome
The scenery is truly unforgettable. Hikers are rewarded by breathtaking views of the top of Vernal Falls, Nevada Falls, Liberty Cap, and Half Dome. Once you reach the summit, you’ll have panoramic views of Yosemite Valley and the High Sierra. If you have a fear of heights, this hike is not for you.

Metal cables are installed that allow hikers to climb the last 400 feet to the summit without rock climbing equipment. These cables are usually put up the end of May and are taken down in early October. Permits are required and are limited to a certain number of hikers each day. Permits are distributed by a lottery system. Click here to apply for a permit.

Hiking Tips for Half Dome Hike

  • Arrive at the park the night before the hike. Leave for the trailhead at sunrise or even earlier.
    Most hikers arrive at Yosemite the day before the hike. There are a variety of lodging options to choose from. You could camp under the stars, stay in a tent cabin or housekeeping campsite, or splurge and stay in a hotel. There are also a variety of places to stay just outside the park. Click Here to learn more about lodging at Yosemite National Park.
  • Bring gloves (for the cables), plenty of water, a sunhat, sunglasses, snacks, a whistle, and a windbreaker. Time your return so that you are off the trail before dark, but bring a flashlight or headlamp just in case.
  • Wear hiking boots that you’ve broken in.
  • Check the weather forecast before you begin the hike. Cancel the hike if thunderstorms are predicted. The danger is not worth the risk. National Weather Channel – Yosemite Forecast

    Directions to Hike Half Dome:

    There are a variety of routes to the top of Half Dome. Most hikers begin the Half Dome hike from Happy Isle. After reaching Yosemite Valley, follow the signs toward Curry Village. Watch for signs for trailhead parking. If that lot is full, park at Curry Village.

Yosemite Waterfall

Other Yosemite Hikes

If Half Dome is not for you, there are many less strenuous, but still spectacular hikes. With over 800 miles of trails this is a hikers’ paradise. Hike through peaceful meadows, pass waterfalls, walk through quiet forests all while enjoying the breathtaking beauty of the huge granite mountains. Some Yosemite National Park hikes are just a short distance from the road, while others are remote trails through the wilderness.

  • Lower Yosemite Falls – This hike is located in the Yosemite Valley. It’s an easy hike just half of a mile roundtrip from the trailhead.
  • Bridalveil Fall – This hike is in the Yosemite Valley. Another easy hike that’s 1.2 miles roundtrip from the trailhead.
  • The Mist Trail – This trail leads to two waterfalls. Vernal Falls is a 3 mile roundtrip hike. If you want a longer hike, continue down the trail to Nevada Falls, which is a 7 mile roundtrip hike.
  • Tuolumne Grove Giant Sequoias – 2.5 mile roundtrip hike.
  • Cathedral Lakes – 8 miles roundtrip if you hike to both lakes.
  • Mariposa Grove Trail – Medium difficulty; 7 miles roundtrip. This is the largest Sequoia Grove in Yosemite and is located in Southern Yosemite.
  • The Wawona Swinging Bridge – Easy hike, .75 mile roundtrip.
  • Sentinel Dome – This 2.2 mile hike is at Glacier Point, which is 3,500 feet above Yosemite Valley. Most of the hike is easy, but the final section up to the dome is steep.
  • Taft Point – 2.2 miles roundtrip. Hikers are rewarded with a dramatic view of Yosemite Valley. Those afraid of heights will want to stay away from the edge. Moderate difficulty.
  • Wawona Meadow Loop – Choose either the 3.5 mile or 5 mile loop. This dog friendly hike is moderately difficult.

Other Great California Hikes – CLICK HERE –

Bishops Peak San Luis Obispo

Hike to the top of Bishop’s Peak

If you have hiked to the top of Half Dome, please leave a comment below about your hiking experience. Those who plan to hike Half Dome would love to hear about your hike.