My Itchy Travel Feet | The Baby Boomer's Guide To Travel

California Here We Come

2010/04/13by Donna Hull

You read that right, baby boomers, our itchy travel feet are on the go again. Alan and I will be traveling on a coastal California sports car road trip later this April. We’re researching California travel destinations to bring you articles on activities, lodging, dining and anything else that we find interesting.

Discover Paso Robles

Our journey starts in Paso Robles, California, with accommodations at La Bellasera Hotel and Suites. We’ll meet up with a boomer winemaker at Paso Wine Centre, tour Steinbeck Vineyards & Winery and experience spa treatments at River Oaks Hot Springs. You can be sure that I’ll push the record button on the video camera, when Alan learns to drive a stagecoach at Harris Stage Lines. Dining venues include Enoteca, Thomas Hill Organics, Artisan Restaurant and a couple of other surprises.

Drive the Scenic Coast

As our sports car zips up Highway 1 on the California coast, the golden oldies will be blasting on the radio. After exploring Hearst Castle, we’ll spend a night at Ragged Point Inn near San Simeon followed by a night at Mill Rose Inn at Half Moon Bay. Cross your fingers for good photography weather. I’ll pack my Kuru shoes, just in case there’s time for a hike to at Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park or for a walk to visit the elephant seals at Ano Nuevo State Reserve.

Experience Mendocino

The Sea Rock Inn will be our headquarters for exploring this beautiful part of the California coast. Will we hike the Mendocino Trails or take one of the Mendocino Light House Tours? Trave writer Nancy D. Brown will be guest posting this Thursday to give us a few horseback riding ideas. You’ll need to keep reading our posts to find out which activities we choose; subscribe right now so that you don’t miss a thing.

Luxury in Sonoma

Before turning for home, we’ll stop in the small town of Forestville in Sonoma Wine Country. Our luxurious Russian River Valley digs will be at Farmhouse Inn and Restaurant. Alan and I are looking forward to dinner in the farm to table Michelen starred restaurant. We’re honored that Farmhouse Inn owners, Joe and Catherine Bartolomei, will be taking us on a tour of their family farm, Bartolomei Ranch, to learn about the Artisan foods that they produce.

Plan the Trip

How did we prepare for our coastal California sports car road trip? Well, Alan has had maps spread out all over the dining room table for months. We also researched itineraries suggested at Karen Brown’s World of Travel. And, browsing through Select Registry, Distinguished Inns of North America 2009-2010, introduced us to interesting bed and breakfast selections. Be sure to check back with My Itchy Travel Feet during our 2-year anniversary in May when we’ll celebrate with an exciting contest giveaway from Select Registry.

Have you heard of WikiReader? We’ll be using one during our trip for researching questions that come up. The WikiReader review will appear in May and will be another contest prize in our 2-year anniversary celebration.

Follow Along

Don’t forget to visit (and join) the My Itchy Travel Feet fan page on Facebook. As time allows, we’ll be posting photos and brief updates from the road. And of course I’ll be twittering about what we see under the hashtag #CAroadtrip, so follow me @DonnaLHull.

Vroom, vroom. Do you hear that car engine revving up? Alan’s ready to leave today.

Baby boomers, do you have any trip suggestions for us? Please leave a comment with your tips. We just might try them.

Disclosure: A portion of our trip has been underwritten by some of the travel providers mentioned in this post.


A boomer travel and lifestyle authority who is exploring the world one activity at a time. Besides writing and publishing My Itchy Travel Feet, she also writes about boomer travel for My Well-Being Powered by Humana, Make It Missoula and is the author of New Mexico Backroads Weekend Adventure.

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