jennafrancisco Life in Washington today included picking bowls of yellow plums under raindrops at a generous neighbor's yard. We just scratched the surface--I've never seen so much fruit on one tree! 1d

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jennafrancisco Skipping rocks, or trying to anyway, on a drizzly Sunday in Poulsbo, Washington 1d

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jennafrancisco Sacramento may not be the prettiest city in California, but the combo of tons of sunshine + abundant outdoor spaces for the public to enjoy is a huge plus. I took an evening walk along the Sacramento River while my son played soccer in a park below. 2d

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jennafrancisco My favorite new find in Napa Valley: Cairdean Estate, just north of St. Helena. It's a beautiful wine tasting room, caves, cafe, shop with one-of-a-kind items, and a restaurant with a Michelin starred chef. Add this place (and their Cabernet Franc) to your wine country list! 2d

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jennafrancisco Going to Napa Valley with kids? Take them to Castello di Amorosa. The self guided tour allows you to explore the main parts of the castle and ends with wine tasting + grape juice and coloring for kids. More tips soon in my next blog post. 3d

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jennafrancisco Coming soon on the blog: the perfect day trip to Napa Valley, including this, the Oxbow Public Market in downtown Napa. Have you been here? The quality of food, drink, & shopping to be found here make it one of my fav stops in N. Cal. 3d

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jennafrancisco My current favorite restaurant/bar in Sacramento is Hook & Ladder. Much more about downtown & Midtown Sac tomorrow on the blog (link in profile). If you're from here, what's your favorite place for lunch and a cocktail? 1w

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jennafrancisco My son shows off his new favorite summer treat: Japanese style shaved ice at Osaka-Ya in downtown Sac. Happy weekend to you and hope you find ways to stay cool :) 1w

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jennafrancisco The all-American experience: an evening at the state fair. And this being California, the fair is huge! Honesty not my favorite summer activity in Sacramento, but my kids loved it. 2w

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jennafrancisco Watching cotton candy being spun at the California State Fair here in Sacramento. 2w

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jennafrancisco Perfection on a HOT day in the valley. The gelato at Devine Gelateria in Midtown, Sacramento is the best I've had around here! How are you staying cool this summer? 2w

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jennafrancisco So many historic buildings on J Street in downtown Sacramento like this grand one, the old Elks Club. Reminders of a different era. 2w

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jennafrancisco "Ring bell for beer." In this downtown Sacramento basement, the Ruhstaller taproom is a cozy place to enjoy a local beer made with hops grown right at the brewery's own farm near Davis. It's also their research + development brewery. One of my favorite finds on yesterday's day out in downtown/midtown Sacramento. 2w

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jennafrancisco So many in places to check out Midtown Sacramento, like this shop of preserved goods (made in house) like pickles, balsamic beets, jams, & kimchee. Thanks so much to my blogging friends @caskifer & @weekenddelsol for spending the day with me! 2w

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jennafrancisco Summer = popsicles in the pool whenever the heck we want :) 3w

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jennafrancisco Such a nice tasting experience at the @CairdeanWine winery/village in Napa Valley today. I found several wines worth writing home about. A unique experience in Napa wine country. Story coming soon.
Do you have a favorite winery in Napa Valley?
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jennafrancisco European-style details in Napa Valley. Thanks for the beautiful views, @TheCastello! 4w

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jennafrancisco Architecture from the California Gold Rush of the second half of the 19th century in Old Sacramento. 4w

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jennafrancisco One of my favorite buildings in Old Sacramento State Historic Park, where the architecture (not the touristy shops) transports you back to the Gold Rush of the 1850s. Isn't the white facade pretty? 4w

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jennafrancisco Playing tourist in my hometown today as we showed my in-laws, who are visiting from Brazil, the Tower Bridge and Old Sacramento. Not as impressive as the Golden Gate, which we passed under on Thursday, but still a nice city landmark :) 1mon

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