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Hey, I’m Bob!

Vista, California, United States · Member since August 2013
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Often in the role of Papa Bob, I moved to Vista, CA, North County San Diego from up north to be near my daughter's twin grandsons. I live off-property and have traveled throughout the Golden State during my career. The past 25 years led to travel, journalism, photographer and publisher while staying at many great accommodations. I am a photographer at the Monterey Jazz Festival each year, and I have attended many popular events statewide. Going back in time, I played the Fillmore in the late 1960s as a keyboardist, and today enjoy listening to live performances whenever the opportunity is present.

In 2013-14, I completed a major publishing project after finding a cache of over 100 archival photographs on the Spanish Missions in California at an estate sale. The series incorporates history, personalities and locations. My books can be purchased on line under:
Missions of San Diego (Book 1)
Missions of Los Angeles (Book 2)
Missions of Central California (Book 3)
Missions of Monterey (Book 4)
Missions of San Francisco Bay (Book 5)

Sitting atop Napa Valley at Hilltop Cottage is a perfect getaway choice for a writer or anyone interested in Calistoga history. I've personally toured the area as far back as 1960s, and I've always enjoyed the rustic home setting on 36 acres where the cottage is located. At Hilltop, the family ranch has an historic summerhouse lodge built in the 1960s. Come and enjoy our main lodge, property and garden views and the many amenities available to compliment our guests at the cottage.

My personal journey moving to southern California makes Hilltop Cottage available to share with those interested as a great retreat at Napa Valley's edge. I love hot springs, wineries and biking so this is a natural location for me. Ask any questions about traveling if you decide you're are ready to visit.

Check my photographic journalism projects at "California Tour & Travel" on the web.

Thanks for stopping by!