SAVOR the Central Coast: Food & Wine & California


Just in time for California Wine Month (or as I like to call it, “The Happiest Month of the Year”), I wanted to give you a heads up that California’s San Luis Obispo County is staging a delicious event from September 25-28, 2014: Sunset SAVOR the Central Coast is a fancy little festival featuring food and wine seminars, adventure tours and an opening night party at the amazingly over-the-top Hearst Castle.

Tickets are on sale now, so don’t wait too long – not only will you miss out on the event, but you’ll miss meeting me there!

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Be Afraid, Lamb Chop: Primitive Outdoor Skills at Canyon Ranch

Stuffed puppets set up for a stick-throwing drill at Arizona's Canyon Ranch

Stuffed puppets set up for a stick-throwing drill at Arizona’s Canyon Ranch

Ever dreamed of learning to make fire? Or quieting your thoughts so that you can see your surroundings in a whole new way? Or, say, murdering stuffed puppets with a throwing stick?

My dear friend and I learned to do all this (and more) by participating in the Primitive Outdoor Skills Program held twice a year at Tucson, Arizona’s famed spa and wellness resort, Canyon Ranch.

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El Encanto: Full-Tilt Enchantment in Santa Barbara


Butterflies flit along the walls at Santa Barbara’s El Encanto

A beloved hideaway since 1920, Santa Barbara, California’s hilltop El Encanto has re-emerged from its long renovation like a butterfly on a mission.  That mission? To relax and delight anyone who comes to visit. It’s a lovely, luxurious place to let yourselves unfurl. 

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Coming Attractions

The year’s soon coming to a close, and I find myself with way more freelance travel writing work than time for creating blog posts. Happily, my present work is fun, but I’ve been feeling itchy for these electronic pages…and I want to assure you that I’m still here!

Here’s what’s coming soon to Travels With Two:

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Inn Paradiso: Paradise Found in Paso Robles


The second-story porch at Inn Paradiso, a bed-and-breakfast in Paso Robles, California

You know that feeling when you walk into a room where you’ll be staying for the night, and you have an irrepressible urge to hop and down, silently squeal, clap your hands, high-five each other, and use everything in the room as soon as humanly possible because you simply can’t believe your luck?

Well, that’s what I did as soon as I saw the Inn Paradiso bed & breakfast in Paso Robles, California

And when I had to leave? I contemplated hiding in a closet so no one would find me and make me go home.

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