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Vacaville Premium Outlet Stores

Just across the freeway from the famous Nut Tree, the Vacaville Premium Outlet Stores flourished in good times and are still going strong in financially trying times. When my children were younger, we headed to this outdoor mall for school clothes in August, and it hasn’t changed much in the ensuing years. One change I […]

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The Nut Tree Returns

The Nut tree in Vacaville started as a fruit stand.  In 1921 the original restaurant was opened by the Power family. It was named for a black walnut tree that shaded the property: planted in 1859 by Josiah Addison as he crossed the plains. He picked up the nut on the Gila River in Arizona. […]

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Floating Homes Formerly Known as Houseboats

There is a certain romance associated with life on a houseboat, now called floating homes. Until the 1970s many of these residences, especially those near Sausalito, were free floating and home to a diversity of people: elegant or artistic, and occasionally dangerous creating a good cross section of humanity. Life changed in the 80’s and […]

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Memorial Day 2014

Today it seemed appropriate to visit a memorial site somewhere near my home. While my neighbors are barbequing and attending the “Kid Fest’ downtown, I’m going to quietly go visit some of the monuments that we’ve left for the next generation tp express my gratitude to the fallen heroes that ensure my freedom.   First […]

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Fresh Air, Fresh Produce and Fresh Flowers

The Concord Farmers Market was a beautiful experience today. There were crowds of shoppers meandering along the sidewalks surrounding Todos Santos Park; people scattered across the lawns enjoying picnics and the sunshine that has returned again this week. The sweet scent of strawberries drifted through the air mingling with the aroma of fresh caramel corn […]

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Discovering Nepenthe at Last

Dust off your sunglasses and drop that convertible top! It’s time to take the first road trip of spring. Highway 1 beckons natives and tourists alike on warm days. Its twists and turns winding through mountains and hinting at secluded sunbathing spots at the water’s edge. On this road it truly isn’t just the destination; […]

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Destination: Port Costa

  Traveling away from home everything takes on a new shiny façade that intrigues and invites a second look. However, times being what they are many of us are not going far from home as frequently. It’s time to take a fresh look around. What treasures are hidden in this county that makes it so […]

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