ButtercuP Diner Cinnascuit French Toast © Cori Solomon

ButtercuP Diner: Raising The Bar On A Family-Style Restaurant

Their passion is contagious, and the food at this family-style restaurant is delectably yummy. I felt invigorated and satiated after eating a hearty breakfast and meeting Debbie and Ben Shahvar, a mother and son team who are part of the ButtercuP Diner family. With five restaurants, it takes a family to run the business. That … Read more

Arroyo Grande Agricultural Mural © Cori Solomon

Arroyo Grande: The Perfect Roost For A Weekend Getaway

The Village of Arroyo Grande is a quaint small town just south of San Luis Obispo off Highway 101. Arroyo Grande is one of the Five Cities, including Pismo Beach, Shell Beach, Grover Beach, and Oceano. The town’s agrarian roots echo with the ever-present roosters, the town mascots, who reside along the creek behind the … Read more

Break Bread The Baker's Table © Cori Solomon

The Baker’s Table: The Place to Rise, Shine, and Break Bread

When talking about passion and the art of bread making, Amy Dixon has it all. Walking into The Baker’s Table, the artisan bakery and cafe in Santa Ynez, you are welcomed by the pleasant aromas of homemade bread drifting throughout the dining area. Those were my words for describing the café in 2013. Today you … Read more

View San Luis Obispo and Arroyo Grande Ranch in 2022 @ Cori Solomon

Finding Synchronicity in San Luis Obispo and Arroyo Grande

Places I Love usually involve all my senses; taste, touch, sight, smell, and hearing. Like wine and grape growing, it involves terroir and that sense of place. This connection is dear to me, especially visiting the destinations of San Luis Obispo and Arroyo Grande. My journey begins the minute I exit the tunnel on Highway … Read more

Bud Break - Spring Travel © Cori Solomon

Budding Vines Heralds Spring Travel

In wine speak, the cycle of life for the vine begins in the spring. The vineyard starts to come to life as bud break approaches after laying barren and dormant during the winter. It is a new beginning and a new vintage and signals a time when I am ready to explore what the vineyards … Read more

AOC Ventoux ©Norman Kergoat

Ventoux AOC: Rhone Valley’s Hidden Gem

One mountain defines a wine region by creating a distinct microclimate with altitude and freshness to the wines and combats global warming by sheltering the region with a cooler climate. Mont Ventoux is the backbone of the Ventoux AOC, and the AOC is a rising star in the Rhone Valley. It is a wine gem … Read more

Pismo-Beach-Monarch-Grove-©-Cori-Solomon

Butterfly Moments at Pismo Beach Monarch Grove

They swirl, flutter, and dance to the delight of the human eye. The Monarch butterfly is in all its glory at the Monarch Grove in Pismo Beach from October through February. Monarch Grove The Monarch butterfly migrates from the north to California to seek shelter from the cold and freezing weather. Five coastal sites in … Read more

Hood River - Mt Hood ©Visit Hood River

The Path To Hood River And The Columbia Gorge

Heading east from Portland, one travels along the lush green treelined landscape of the Columbia Gorge. The beauty that engulfs is filled with waterfalls and Mount Hood looming in the background. This journey takes you to the Hood River, a city that abounds with days of yore. Nestled along the Columbia River in the heart … Read more

Travel 2021: Year In Review- Spicewood Vineyards

Travel 2021: My Year In Review

In 2021 travel took on both a virtual and live role. Although travel was primarily within California, I also traveled to Oregon and Washington, but the bulk of my traveling took place virtually. Enjoy my travel 2021 year in review as I discovered many places in person and more that I hope to visit in … Read more

Walla Walla Washington © Visit Walla Walla

Walla Walla, Washington: 14 Best Things To Do

Most people think of the city of Walla Walla, Washington, as an agricultural area primarily known for Walla Walla Sweet Onions and, of late, its budding wine industry. There is a cultural and historical side to this small countrified town that should be explored.  Walla Walla is also home to some of Washington States’ best … Read more