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Sandwiched in between our wild stay at Maramboi Tented Camp and camping in the Serengeti was the lush mountain retreat of Ngorogoro Farm House. We arrived at Ngorogoro Farm House after our dusty, hot morning with the Maasai, and a green tropical garden area set with lunch and wine was a welcome site.  This lodge emanated relaxation, and we did well to enjoy pool time, a long nap, sundowner cocktails and snacks, and live entertainment by an open fire. Our cabins were spacious and simple, with comfy beds, located down a long walk surrounded by flowers and gorgeous views. The property contained an organic farm where much of the delicious food was sourced from. Made-to-order stir fries at dinner combined local flavors and ingredients to make healthy, filling fare.

Staff at the lodge was incredible, as was the staff everywhere we stayed in Tanzania. Everyone went out of their way to take excellent care of us and made us feel at home. We only had one night at the Ngorogoro Farm House, but I would love to return to spend several days, lie by the pool, take the garden tour, and spend more time in the schools in Karatu. If you couldn’t tell from my past posts, Tanzania has a special hold on my heart. Thank you for letting me share that with you.

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sonoma wine country weekend

Tickets are now available for the 2015 Sonoma Wine Country Weekend, taking place over Labor Day Weekend, Friday, Sept. 4 through Sunday, Sept.6. Sonoma Wine Country Weekend, Sonoma County’s leading fundraising event and host to one of the top three charitable wine auctions as named by Wine Spectator magazine, is presented by Visa Signature. During the weekend Sonoma County throws open the doors to America’s leading wine and food destination, providing an unforgettable, insider experience for all who attend.

Sonoma Wine Country Weekend brings together the wine industry and guests with the shared goal of raising funds to support youth and children for future success, safeguarding our environment and improving the health and welfare of our local communities. In 2014, over $3 million was raised for local charities and to-date, over $16 million has been invested in Sonoma County’s future through more than 125 local organizations.

To buy your tickets and plan your Sonoma Wine Country Weekend, please visit

2015 marks the ninth annual Sonoma Wine Country Weekend and includes three flagship events, in addition to an array of intimate winery lunches, winemaker dinners and barbecues.

Sonoma Starlight at Francis Ford Coppola Winery

$125/per person (General) $175/per person (Reserve)

  • Toast the start of Sonoma Wine Country Weekend with a spectacular evening of world-class wines, delicious cuisine and live music under the stars at Sonoma Starlight

Taste of Sonoma at MacMurray Estate Vineyards

$165/per person (General) $195/per person (Grand Reserve)

  • With more than 200 wineries pouring thousands of wines, and over 60 local chefs whipping up divine pairings, Taste of Sonoma, set at the historic MacMurray Estate Vineyards, delivers a once-in-a-lifetime experience for oenophiles and foodies alike

Sonoma Harvest Wine Auction at Chateau St. Jean,

$500/per person

  • Sonoma County’s largest and most fun charitable event. Mingle with Sonoma’s finest winemakers and bid on a selection of rare world-class experiences and wines and join neighbors in the wine community in supporting charities that will build a better future for Sonoma County

Sonoma Wine Country Weekend is co-produced by the Sonoma County Vintners and Sonoma Valley Vintners and Growers Alliance.

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Our trip to Mystic to stay at the Inn at Mystic was the perfect New England weekend getaway. Well, it would have been better if it was 80 degrees, but it was pretty nice just as it was. We enjoyed blue skies and blue seas, with some winery visits (Saltwater Farm and Jonathan Edwards) and great food. The Mystic Seaport is a must-visit for your Mystic Getaway. It appeals to all ages, with its impressive ships, history, and beautiful coastal views.

The Seaport is home to all sorts of ships, including the Charles W. Morgan, the last wooden whaling ship in the world.

Mystic Seaport

Also in Mystic Seaport is the Mayflower II, which was open for its last day before going under repairs. It was pretty cool that we were some of the last of the public to get to go aboard for years. It was also scary being that high up and out of the water!


Mayflower II

The Gerda III is a beautiful boat docked in Mystic, with a very special past. A Danish boat built as a work boat, the Gerda III smuggled Jewish people from Nazi occupied Denmark to Sweden. It made me think of Number the Stars, a book I loved as a child. It gave me chills to think of the cramped, uncomfortable, and scary conditions people faced as they fled for their lives.

Gerda The 19th century village features all sorts of fun buildings like a grocery store, candy store, church, a sail loft, bank, and more. I liked strolling through, and I know my history-loving younger self would have loved to imagine living there!

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The buildings in Mystic Seaport are not replicas; they are original buildings brought from villages around New England, and they help you get a sense of what life was like in coastal New England long ago. We look forward to returning to Mystic for a weekend getaway for more fine dining, ocean air breathing, wine tasting, and learning about seafaring history. Mystic is a perfect weekend getaway from the Boston or New York areas.

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