THE ULTIMATE BODEGA AT BODEGA BAY
Bodega Bay needs to know the introduction, made famous by the master of suspense, Alfred Hitchcock for “The Birds” movie. But more specifically is the town of Jenner, not officially part of the larger Bodega Bay area, but a jewel hamlet shadowed by it. Babito and I stumble into this town for much-needed gas on our way to the central part of Bodega Bay.
WHERE COWBOYS CLASH WITH HIPPIES
As with many beach towns, each has its own story and Cayucos is not short of its own. It’s not as significant in history as some other Central Coast counterparts, but significant enough to be well respected and a sought after resort destination town.
WHERE COWBOY COUNTRY MEETS DISTINGUISHED WINE REGION
El Paso de Robles, or “Pass of the Oaks,” is located halfway between San Francisco and Los Angeles, in San Luis Obispo County. Surrounded by scenic rolling hills and California’s premier wine regions, Paso Robles is only 27 miles from dazzling beaches.
HOSPITALITY AT ITS FINEST
Anita Kothari and Varinder Sahi, an affectionate couple are producing sumptuous Rhone blends from their organically estate grown vineyards in Paso Robles. Anita worked hospitality in New York and Varinder an engineer merged their ingenuity and the characteristics of the Central Coast to make accomplished wines. The objective of their future is the desire to continue improving while maintaining control of the process.
CAMBRIA: NOTHING WELSH ABOUT THIS TOWN.
Cambria is a seaside village in San Luis Obispo County, California, United States midway between San Francisco and Los Angeles along California State Route 1. The name Cambria is Latin for Wales. It was simply chosen in 1869 by a prospector, who felt it reminded him of Cambria County, Pennsylvania.
THE CENTRAL COAST’S RECREATION
Pismo Beach is a city located in San Luis Obispo County on California’s Central Coast. Three hours from Los Angeles or San Francisco, it’s an ocean adventure to escape the city or locals from the San Joaquin Valley escaping the heat. The “Five Cities” area is actually only three, Grover Beach, Arroyo Grande, and Oceano Beach. Best known for its 8.5 miles of beaches, and linked trails from city to city, for biking, hiking, and endless water sport activities.
SOLVANG (Means “Sunny fields”)
RICH IN HISTORY NOT NOVELTY
In 1911, a city was founded in Santa Barbara County, CA by a group of Danes who traveled west to establish a Danish community far from the winters of the Midwest. This city was built on almost 9,000 acres of the Rancho San Carlos de Jonata Mexican land grant and is today known as Solvang.1
Once run as ranchos owned by colonial Mexico in the mid-1800s, Sonoma County, located in northern California is the state’s most notable winemaking region and most notable in history.
Lodi, Illinois or California?
The city of Lodi was founded back in 1869. However, the city’s name was originally Mokelumne; a name derived from the nearby river. Many believe that Lodi’s first settlers actually came from a town that bears the same name in Illinois. Presumably, they adopted the name Lodi in their new settlement, and it became the city’s official name on March 21, 1874. Fourteen years later, Lodi was named the fourth of five townships in San Joaquin County.
SANTA MARIA VALLEY
MORE THAN CALIFORNIA’S BBQ CAPITAL
Grape growing dates back to the 1830s Mexican Colonial period. In 1960, Uriel Nielsen and Bill De Mattei planted the first commercial vineyard in the Tepusquent region.