We are from Ames, Iowa near Des Moines, IA. We live in a university town in the MidWest with population around 50,000. We visit Pacific Grove every winter in February and have been doing that for the past 12-13 years. We also have friends who visit the area who live near the Bay area and some friends from Sacramento. We love the area and love the wineries, scenery, shopping, restaurants, etc. I am employed in Des Moines at Principal Financial Group and my husband is retired from Iowa State University. We have 3 grown sons who all live in Iowa.