By Melanie Haiken on February 25, 2015
With the hills green and barns full of calves, lambs and baby goats, early spring is the perfect time to take a tour of Sonoma County’s artisanal cheesemakers.
By Melanie Haiken on November 26, 2009
It seems lately like every hotel is suddenly a “resort” or at least includes a spa offering the latest herbal-infused therapies. But if you’re hoping for a truly therapeutic approach to relaxation or, better yet, some relief for your aching back or racing mind, that’s not so easily found. With my back and shoulders perennially […]
By Melanie Haiken on November 17, 2009
Harvest time in the Italian countryside functions as a collective fantasy; we all share the same longing for that iconic vine-encrusted, ochre-colored Tuscan barn set amid golden fields. Of course, the one larger image is in fact a collective of smaller, more disparate images: A round-shouldered squash, a bottle of red wine, a round of […]
By Melanie Haiken on October 30, 2009
I’m very lucky; I don’t have to go far for one of most soul-soothing, health-enhancing, consciousness-raising adventures on this beautiful planet. All I have to do is drive north on 101, turn off on 116 north through Sebastopol, and suddenly I’m passing apple orchards, heirloom plant nurseries, bakeries, even a crazy hippie café with a […]