Anniversary Lunch, Cambria, California

This year we spent the entire day focused on being together for your anniversary, though we haven’t ever been apart on our anniversary we did activities that brought some adventure and new shared experiences. Cambria, California was the place for us this year. We were impressed by the pet friendly atmosphere that Cambria and many other towns is California have adopted. Pets are family as well and it’s hard to leave them behind in the car when going out to eat.

After walking our Lana our boxer through the entire town to go to the dog park, looking at Nit Wit Ridge we were all famished and in need of sustenance. I put my wife in charge of finding lunch for us. She often picks places for eating that are wonderful and someplace that I wouldn’t have normally chosen. While her first pick wasn’t open due to a Wine festival the second choice was perfect.

Indigo Moon, a local Cambria establishment, is a wonderful place to cool your heals and enjoy some fantastic cuisine or even a local bottle of wine. If you’re looking for a place for a quiet date or a Sunday morning brunch with live music Indigo moon, in my opinion, is the place for you if you are anywhere near Cambria California. You can choose to dine on the front patio with your pet, inside their clean restaurant, on the patio with heaters for those that want the fresh pacific ocean air without the chill, or in the garden. We chose the 3rd of the 4 options wanting to not be street side and having made appropriate arrangements for our boxer.

Don’t forget that there are great vacation rentals in the area that make great lodging arrangements through Scenic Coast if checking into a hotel isn’t the thing for you.

There is plenty to do just up the coast and just down the coast from Cambria.

Wine Tasting at Penner Ash, Newberg, Oregon

Wine snob or not touring Oregon’s countryside vineyards tasting their particular variate or blend of wine ensures a good time out and about and many scenic locations. With the rolling hills of the Willamette Valley, areas near Salem, and Portland nearly every winery owns or has their tasting room at the top of the hill overlooking fields upon fields of rolling hills spread out to look at in wonderment.

Penner Ash - View of Rolling Hills

Penner Ash - View of Rolling Hills

Oregon is host to many many wineries and even more varieties of grapes, each organized into regions, that get turned into wine. I believe that you could spend weeks and weeks trying to taste all of the wines that are created throughout even just a single year, though many are very well put together it does make me wonder what the wine that was created during the wedding that Jesus attened at the start of his ministry would have tasted like.


Though Katherine and I had previously been on a wine tasting tour in Oregon however we were unable to partake in the experience due to some health concerns. Penner and Ash was the only stop on this wine tasting trip, though I don’t know much about wine I am told that the tastes were very good, in fact many of the Penner Ash vintages are almost literally flying off of their shelves and out of their cellars for the fact of it’s great review. Though my favorite was the Shea blend We were only able to settle on the expense of 2 of their wines both very good tasting the first a blush blend, 2009 Oregon Viognier, and the second a 2007 Oregon Syrah.

Wine Tasting Room - Nice Natural Light

Winery’s Tasting Rooms are really built to be places that you feel welcome to come and hang out, some people even bring their lunch to enjoy a bottle of wine and lunch at the vineyard overlooking its vista. Penner Ash Wine Cellar is definitely a place that I will be again in hopes to further train my pallet for each unique taste of wine.

Wine Tasting in the Willamette Valley

During our recent travels to Oregon for the wedding of our friends we went with the wedding party around to just a few of the local Vineyards and Wineries tasting the wines as we went. I took my camera along to capture some of the scenic vista’s available from many of the Winery Tasting rooms.


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Having had a great time out and about in the countryside “tasting” wine with our friends I think that it is something that I would like to try again soon in Visalia’s¬† “wine country” area of Paso Robles.