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Alice Murphy – Central Coast Artisan Spotlight

By Donna / May 13, 2020 /

The Central Coast is gifted with beauty, natural wonders, and endless talent. Recently, Keys 2 the Coast held an Artisan Contest and it was a difficult task to select 3 winners. Congratulations to…Alice Murphy. She is truly a gifted artisan.   Getting to know Alice Murphy Imagine a miserable cold day, October 1st, 2013, at…

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Root Beer Stand to Santa Ynez Valley Marriott

By Donna / April 13, 2020 /

If you’re often in a hurry, but want a good meal while traveling between San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara, Buellton California, is a great place to stop with plenty of parking for a delicious and quick lunch in a comfortable yet elegant setting. Welcome to Buellton The Santa Ynez Valley Marriott is located 31 miles…

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Cold Spring Tavern

Cold Spring Tavern

By Donna / March 20, 2020 /

Long ago, Cold Spring Tavern was once a well-frequented stagecoach stop. Today, it is a rustic and extraordinary restaurant, offering a unique menu, fantastic food, and an experience that feels like a walk back in time to the old Wild West. It is only 20 minutes from downtown Santa Barbara, in the Los Padres National…

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Keys 2 the Coast Oceania Cruises in the Mediterranean

By Donna / March 20, 2020 /

Click here to get all the info you need on this upcoming Oceania Cruise in the Mediterranean!

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Trattoria Uliveto – Where Everyone Knows Your Name

By Donna / March 18, 2020 /

Remember that old sitcom with the catchy theme, set in a Boston Pub? A place where everyone knew your name. In fact, every time this particular regular patron entered the bar, he was greeted by name…by everyone in the bar! Sounds nice, doesn’t it? A place where everyone knows your name.  Everyone is Greeted Well,…

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An Adventure Into Wine & Art

By Donna / February 27, 2020 /

I have always looked forward to “Date Night” with my wife Kori, but this time I must say my anxiety was a little high. All my life, art was never my forte. My art teachers in school were somehow always telling me, “Well, at least you tried.” Despite these past art transgressions and unmotivating words…

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Home on the Range—A trip back in time to the Hitching Post 1

By Donna / February 24, 2020 /

If you just rolled into town or you’ve lived in an underground bunker, those would be the only two reasons why you haven’t heard of the Hitching Post in Casmalia, CA.  Casmalia is a cow town located about 15 minutes outside of Old Orcutt at 3325 Point Sal Road, Casmalia. Open Monday through Saturday, from…

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Hidden Gems in Solvang

By Donna / February 24, 2020 /

I am a native of Santa Barbara County in California, and I love wine. I am no expert, never took a wine class, but have done my fair share of tasting and research! Living in the middle of wine country on the Central Coast can be the envy of many a Wine lover. I have…

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Antica Torre Di Via Tuornabuoni

By Donna / February 19, 2020 /

It’s fascinating to me that historical buildings have a way of bringing life to a location. When describing places that I have visited, the ones that cause goosebumps to create the memories that last a lifetime.  This is especially true in Italy. Staying in Florence at Antica Torre Di Via Tornabuoni 1, was an incredible experience.…

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Brunching at Piadina

By Donna / January 30, 2020 /

How many times have you said, “I never win anything?” I say that all the time. It doesn’t stop me from entering all the Instagram contests, but I honestly never think I will win. Well, this time when the Central Coast’s newest hotel and restaurant opened, and they posted a contest on IG that my…

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