Author Archives: John Compisi

About John Compisi

John and Linda Compisi are a freelance travel, adventure and lifestyle writer/Photography team focusing on California, Italy, France or where ever life takes them. John is a credentialed member of the SF Bay Area Travel Writers and the Redwood Writers Club. John and Linda, reside in Sonoma County and love nothing more than getting out there and experiencing the world, no matter if it’s a destination close to home, a road trip, or a journey to a romantic international destinations.

13th Century Tuscan Castle in Northern California

Castello di Amorosa, literally, ‘Castle of Love’, is the brain and love child of Dario Sattui. The Castle, not visible from Highway 29, is located on a ridgeline just south of Calistoga on the western side of the highway. An … Continue reading

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Our Delightful Escape from Paso Robles to Monterey: Day Four

In our first three reports on this Paso Robles road trip we described the absolutely wonderful time we experienced at great Paso wineries, restaurants and hotels. Officially ‘El Paso de Robles’ and translated “The Pass of the Oaks”, is located … Continue reading

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Spectacular Three Sisters of the National Parks: Reprise Part I – Sequoia National Park

Nearly three years ago I wrote the following post on another blog platform as part of a series on the National Parks. That platform has gone defunct so I thought it appropriate to re-run this post, with a couple of … Continue reading

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Our Delightful Escape to Paso Robles: Day Three

As I reported previously on this Paso Robles road trip, March is an absolutely wonderful time to visit the Central Coast and Paso Robles. Officially ‘El Paso de Robles’ and translated “The Pass of the Oaks”, is in San Luis … Continue reading

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Our Delightful Escape to Paso Robles: Day Two

As I reported in the Day 1 posting of this Paso Robles road trip, March is an absolutely wonderful time to visit the Central Coast and Paso Robles. Paso Robles, or officially El Paso de Robles, is in San Luis … Continue reading

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Our Delightful Escape to Paso Robles: Day One

March is an absolutely wonderful time to visit California’s Central Coast and Paso Robles is the perfect wine country to visit during this shoulder season. We did exactly that a few weeks ago for 3 days, leaving our perch in … Continue reading

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Wintering on Mendocino’s Spectacular Coast

What can one do on a cold winter weekend or even mid-week adventure in Northern California?  We say, explore the Mendocino Coast.  The Mendocino Coast is truly spectacular and for those of us who might become depressed or feel cooped … Continue reading

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