The staff at David's Window Washing has the enviable task of serving San Diego County, where year-round sunshine ensures there's no shortage of sliding glass doors and floor-to-ceiling windows in need of squeegeeing. Nonetheless, the team makes itself amenable to sudsy needs of all sorts, clearing dirt from interior and exterior windows, screens, and mirrors smudged by one too many attempts to visit Wonderland.
The big sky above The Ranch at Bandy Canyon has watched over nearly 150 years of homesteading history, stretching back to John D. Bandy, who staked his claim in 1870. Having undergone a multimillion-dollar restoration, the main lodge boasts two kitchens equipped with antique stoves, three patios warmed by open-air fireplaces, and rustic ceiling beams repurposed from the original San Diego pier. Its terraced landscape often hosts wedding ceremonies as well. Further along, the Ranch sprawls across 144 trail-laced acres, providing a well-maintained stomping ground for human, horse, and tumbleweed alike. Country cottages dot the land as well, granting visitors a spot to lay their hats, and a pool helps wash off the lather of a day on the trails.
Like his father, the former governor of the Argentinian state of Mendoza, Alejandro Orfila chose a life of diplomacy. From 1946 until the early 80s, his various public service roles included Argentine Minister Plenipotentiary to the United States and Argentine Ambassador to Japan. But like his grandfather, a winemaker whose 1905-established winery stands to this day, Alejandro harbored a lifelong love of viticulture. In 1994, Alejandro finally pursued that passion by founding Orfila Vineyards & Winery, a 70-acre hillside estate nestled within a 10,000-acre agricultural preserve in the San Pasqual Valley.
These days, winemaker Justin Mund oversees production on the estate, where grapes grow only 15 miles from the Pacific Ocean. Using both the estate's grapes and others from the California coast, Justin crafts wines that have earned more than 1,300 medals in national and international competitions since the winery's founding. Guests can sample said wines in a tasting room overlooking the estate, as well as a second located at the Wynola Farms Marketplace in Julian. Besides tastings, Orfila hosts events ranging from live concerts to the annual Grape Stomp festival, where folks gather to watch traditional wine-making and grapes gather to hold their annual Shirley Jackson-esque lottery.
Nestled among Bernardo Winery's trailing grape vines, Café Merlot serves an elegant brunch spread on its olive tree-shaded patio or within its indoor café. Chef Daniel Reynolds and sous-chef Stella Midori-Mokofski fashion the breakfast menu with Kahlua-infused french toast and steel-cut oatmeal that bench-presses craisins and hunks of brown sugar with its rippling oats. Lobster eggs benedict reclines atop warm focaccia surrounded by a sea of breakfast potatoes. Duos can clink fizzy champagne, mimosas, or glasses of sangria bejeweled with fruit as they nibble California cheeses off a platter piled with olives, garlic, and sun-dried tomatoes. Brunch is served from 8:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. and tangos across tongues to the accompaniment of live music on Friday mornings and Saturday mornings.
Jaime Murray?s move west meant more sunshine, something she?d been dreaming up for the previous eight years as an advertising photographer in Philly. And though her prior work is many miles away, traces of that past job are still noticeable in her stylized photography. A lot of her images have highly contrasted and saturated colors that are accented by a soft focus, which creates a glowing, blurry aesthetic that evokes a dream-like state or the state after staring at sun for too long. She stamps her style on images during wedding, maternity, family portraits, engagement, and boudoir photo shoots, in addition to photos of restaurant dishes, musicians, and actors.