Friday, August 28, 2015

Napa Valley Artists...

September 20 and 21 and September 27 and 28 are weekends to be in Napa Valley. Open Studios is in their 27th year. Take some time and explore what 79 artists and 45 unique studio locations have to offer.

This free, self-guided tour is one of the best events ever as these artists believe in the importance of opening their studios to visitors. Even better Open Studios contributes a portion of revenues to local high school and junior college scholarships.

Check out more information on their website at

Monday, August 24, 2015

Where's My Bag?

Ever have tight connections on a flight and wonder if your checked luggage is going to make it? Did it?

On the other side of that question...ever have a tight connection and your bag made it but you didn't?

Just curious...what did you do?

Saturday, August 22, 2015

Last Call

Have you ever booked the last flight out? Maybe it was the most convenient or maybe it was the only one that day that was available. Did you need to make connections?

One of the oldest travel tips around is to avoid booking the last flight of the day out of your connecting airport. If your flight in to that airport, where you need to catch your connecting flight, is delayed for whatever reason...there's a good chance you will miss your connecting flight.

Even though the airline has to put you on the next available's not until tomorrow...sometime.

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Walk...Don't Run

If you've flown, you've probably had a connecting flight. And, you've probably made that flight.

But, did you have to hurry? If you booked through either an airline's website or a travel agency, those times between flights are usually not an issue. Most airlines post their own connecting times on their websites. Some are fairly short. The airline's system automatically adjusts for minimum times at your connecting point. And, if you miss your flight due to connecting errors on their part, the airline is obligated to put you on the next available flight.

However, if you are using two different airlines you will not find the minimum connecting time on any site. Do your research and allow enough time...and then some.

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Can You Find What You Need?

I've often written about packing lists and how I like them. I live by them when traveling. It just makes my life easier.

That being said, what happens when you have your list and you're looking for the one piece of electronic charging equipment, or universal adapter, or special socks you only wear with your travel shoes, or the really nice, silky top that doesn't wrinkle...ever, or your cool travel pen?

Perhaps if you kept your travel items together it would help. Or would it? It depends on how often you travel. If you go often, it might be a good idea to keep a dedicated set of toiletries in their own travel bag. It might be a good idea to keep one part of your closet for travel clothes.

Do you have certain bags for traveling domestic versus internationally? Do you have them stuffed inside each other and forget about the ones inside? How about wallets, purses, packing cubes, special electronics you use when traveling to Europe, or even pens?

Organizing these could make your life easier. First...a list. Then...organization. Ready to go somewhere? I am.

Monday, August 17, 2015

Wine & Brew Festival...FUN, FUN, FUN

Downtown Vacaville’s Wine & Brew Festival Returns!

Vacaville, California – It’s almost time once again for the annual “Wine & Brew Festival” that’s hosted by the Downtown Vacaville Business Improvement District. This group of Downtown merchants is going all out again this year to bring fantastic entertainment, great wines, sudsy brews and a variety of artisans for everyone’s’ enjoyment. It’s all happening August 21st to August 23rd.

Things kick off Friday evening, August 21st with Rhythm Method 4 and J. Silverheels at 6 pm.  These two local bands really know how to host a party. Their musical sounds are some of the best around. Show up early for a good seat!

On Saturday morning, things get started with Dead Weight at 10 am followed by the Delta Rockets at 12:30 pm. The Party Monsters bring their Motown sound to Town Square at 3 pm and Hey Hey Momma (Led Zep tribute) at 5:30 pm. Invasion, A Tribute To An Era brings their British Invasion sounds at 7 pmSaturday is slated to bring back those sounds from the 60’s and 70’s to keep you dancing!


Sunday’s fun starts at 11 am with the Afterglow duo followed by Total Recall (90’s tribute) and the Fellas closing things out 3 pm to 5 pm.


On Saturday there will be a featured wine tasting and brew tasting from 4 pm to 7 pm throughout Downtown. We’ll have more information available on it as the event draws nearer.


It’s all happening at this year’s Wine & Brew Festival in The Heart Of The City. Be sure to visit the downtown web site at  or you can call the office at 707-451-2100 for further information on this event or any of the upcoming festivals, concerts, farmers’ markets and other special events.

Sunday, August 16, 2015

How Much Do You Weigh?

When you purchase a new piece of luggage, there are so many things to think about. How much does it weigh? How are you going to use it? Will it be for checked luggage only or do you want it to do double duty?

Let's think about how much it weighs. First, do you know the weight limit for checked luggage? Airlines will tell you what their weight limit is, so check their website if you don't already know. For domestic, it's often 50 pounds. But, check to make sure. Does the weight of your bag make a huge difference to you? Shop around to get the right weight, if it does.

But, you may find discrepancies in weight when shopping online for luggage. The manufacturer's site will give you a weight of the bag. So will any other sites selling that same bag. The problem is, sometimes those sites differ from each other in what the bag weighs. That could be a problem if weight of your bag is the only concern you have.

What do you do? Check more than one site. If the difference is great enough to matter to might want to check it out in person. Weigh it for yourself.