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Santa Ysabel General Store


The Man and I decided to take a little road trip this past weekend. Things have been so busy and we were both looking forward to a getaway. A long drive in the country was the perfect escape.

One of the unexpected pleasures of road tripping is finding hidden gems along the way. Those places you don't intend to come across but are so glad you did.
The Santa Ysabel General Store is just such a place.



The adobe and wood frame commercial building was built in 1884. It had been a grocery, dry goods and feed store, a post office, and barber shop among several others. It was a vital business during the gold rush days of rural San Diego county. It was recently purchased by the Save Our Heritage Organisation (SOHO) and has been restored to it's former glory.



They have stocked the shelves with the most wonderful items. From pantry staples and local honey to delicious teas and gourmet salts…their selection is top notch. I could tell they had a keen eye for quality products and fantastic packaging.





The wood stove in the center of the store was so charming. And I loved their piles of wood, evergreens and kindling ready to keep the fires burning.








The store is operated by the non-profit SOHO and the income received goes to the upkeep and preservation of the building and other projects. Adjoining the shop is the Backcountry Visitor Center which provides free guides and trail maps to local rivers, deserts and mountains.



If you're ever in the area, I hope you'll stop by for a visit. And if you can show your support by liking their Facebook page, I know they would be grateful.
I just love when people decide to take action to preserve the history and soul of their community. 

Santa Ysabel General Store
30275 Highway 78
Santa Ysabel, CA 92070
Open: Friday to Sunday 11-5 

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Field Trip: Jimtown Store

Jimtown Store is an old fashion country store and cafe located in the vineyards of Alexander Valley in Sonoma County. They have delicious soups, salads, sandwiches and desserts all created in house from scratch. It's the perfect pit stop while road tripping through California wine country. We love stopping here for a little rest, relaxation and refueling. I especially love their small outdoor patio.


Their iconic 1955 Ford pickup is always parked out front. And their chalkboard menu greets you at the front door announcing their specials for the day.





Along with the full service cafe and deli you can shop their selection of Jimtown Goods, pick up fresh local produce, fun nostalgic toys or a few great cookbooks.


There's plenty for everyone in the family! You can read about the story of Jimtown Store or even better, stop by the next time you're in the area!

Jimtown Store
6706 State Highway 128
Healdsburg, CA 95448