Boise Day Excursions: The Sun Valley Loop

There is a bucket list of adventures to be had in Idaho that will take you from the Northwest Panhandle to Idaho’s southern border. Taking the time to get away from the cities and discover this region’s beautiful attractions will leave no question as to why Idaho is known as the Gem state.

Idaho has been nicknamed “the Gem State” since its territorial days. The word Idaho is said to have been derived from a Native American word “E- Dah-Hoe” meaning “Gem of the Mountains” or “Light on the Mountain.”

As promised in my previous blog post, Boise: City of Trees, here is the first of two scenic day trips that will take you away from the city and let you explore some of Idaho’s most beautiful outdoor recreation areas.

The best way to enjoy Idaho’s stunning mountainous scenery, including steady flowing rivers and alpine lakes is to get into your car and explore. On most highways you will come across historical markers that can guide and educate you along the way, sharing geographical facts and snippets of history. These historical markers can be an iconic parts of a road trip, often sharing information that you most likely won’t read any place else. So, give yourself the time to stop at each historical marker along your route, you will be amazed at the history that they hold.

Before we get started with this Off the Beaten Path Road trip destinations, let’s talk about what it really means to to go “off the beaten path”. Off the Beaten Path means to go or dare to go places which are out of the ordinary, unfamiliar, and often more adventurous, typically the places that most folks don’t want to go to or never try to go. This different way of traveling is a bit more exclusive and often requires choices that can make the difference between being a regular tourist and having a true travel experience. It is these types of see more, explore more and do more adventures that will become a definitive memory and part of your life forever. After all, this is why we travel, isn’t it?

Part of wandering Off the Beaten Path is slowing down to notice unusual things and taking the time to safely stop on the side of the road if you spot something unique or obscure. Like this poem that someone put in the brush on the side of the road heading into the Sawtooth National Forest.

You Will Know the Wind

Sunlight will find you at your own speed.

Here among the weeds there are no hours or years

only the green.

Listen to the voices on leaves.

Believe in silence and shade.

This path remembers all your footprints.

It is so glad you have come.

Unknown 

‘Stumble Upon Discoveries’ like this during Off the Beaten Path travel excursions have a way of touching you in unexpected ways. The fact that someone felt so passionate about this particular location that they took the time to write a poem and post it with care for others to read, was a uplifting discovery.

With all of this in mind, it’s time to experience the Sun Valley Loop.

Day trip one-The Sun Valley Loop

Sun Valley, Idaho, is known as one of the great ski destinations in America, but what some may not know is that it also the place that pioneered the very first chair lift back in the 1930s. Although the abundance of snow may attract outdoor enthusiasts in the winter, as the snow melts away and the green landscape re-emerges plenty of unique summer outdoor opportunities become available.

Setting your GPS to Sun Valley, the easy drive from downtown Boise will have you heading out the city, along I-84 then US-20 through the Camas Prairie. The trip to Sun Valley takes about two hours and 45 minutes, but the complete Sun Valley Loop will take about 6 1/2 hours total without stops, so it is best to leave early to give you time to roam and wander.

Working your way counterclockwise up to Sun Valley you will drive through some of the most spectacular scenery and natural beauty there is in Idaho.

Before arriving at the Wood River Valley which is home to the Sun Valley and the town of Ketchum, you will pass through other small towns like Fairfield and Hailey that are great places to get out and stretch your legs and grab a quick snack as you continue onto the Valley.

According to the U.S. Forest Service, The area surrounding the small town of Fairfield, Idaho offers a unique opportunity to view Camas Lilies (Camassia quamash (Pursh) Greene) in abundant quantities. Native Americans used Camas Lily extensively for medicinal purposes and as a staple food source. Great quantities of camas roots were collected by Native American women and were used to make a bread.

In Sun Valley you can put together any combination of getting up and down Bald Mountain to include hiking, biking, a gondola ride or a trip on the ski lift.

After most of the snow melts away and the sun begins to heat the rivers and mountains, outdoor enthusiasts flock to the Sun Valley area to get back to nature and to experience plenty of summer recreational activities. Sun Valley has about 400 miles of hiking, running and biking trails for both families and extreme sport enthusiasts. Golfing is also available as is other activities like skating outdoors.

The Big Wood River which runs through the Valley is a popular fly-fishing destination and several local outfitters offer single or multi-day river trips for rafters or kayakers. A great activity to help you beat the heat on hot summer days.

If your wondering where to grab a bite to eat during your time in Sun Valley, there are a list of dining options on the Sun Valley Website along with local shops to explore in the Sun Valley Village. If you are looking for accommodations you can find a list of lodging choices here. For a classic Sun Valley lodging experience take a look at the Sun Valley Lodge, which offers every luxury accommodation need you could imagine.

There are three restaurants in the Sun Valley Lodge, including The Duchin which has a great lunch menu and a list of cocktails, regional craft beers on tap, and an extensive wine list. Covered outdoor seating is available and the area overlooks the outdoor Sun Valley ice arena. While there we munched on the House Guacamole with house-made blue corn chips, cotija cheese, and salsa and sipped on a couple of daily special cocktails.

Sun Valley, Idaho regardless of the season is a place you will keep coming back for, time and time again, after visiting I can see why many people plan to return and why many of them make the trip every year.

Sawtooth National Forest

After leaving Sun Valley it is a hour to your next stop, Stanley Idaho, and on this scenic stretch of your journey, you’ll be compassed by the Sawtooth National Forest and the breathtaking Sawtooth Mountains.

Many visitors come to this area for the outstanding scenery, trout fishing, mountain climbing, hunting, hiking and camping. Fun Fact: Idaho has the most federally designated wilderness area in the lower 48 states, and over 70% of the state is public land, including the Sawtooth National Recreation Area.

According to the National Forest Foundation, ‘The Sawtooth Forest has archaeological and historical sites which reflect our heritage for the past 10,000 years. There are nearly 1,500 heritage sites recorded on this forest.’

Galena Summit Overlook

On the drive you can stop and enjoy the natural beauty of the Galena Summit. Situated at 8,700 feet, this overlook is the highest summit stretch of the highway offering incredible views of the Sawtooth Range and the headwaters of Salmon River.

Just look for the signs and a small parking area off the side of the road.

As your drive through this rugged area, you’ll continue to see a variety of wildlife, there are signs next to the road saying, “Stock Crossing” and “Game Crossing,” so be sure to be on the lookout!

The Salmon River

Along this route through the valley as you head for Stanley Idaho, a river is born. Although this is the first glimpse of the Salmon River it’s actual journey starts high above this meandering stream up near the tip of the Galena Summit. This slow moving brook, fed by snowmelt and spring-fed streams is visible from the road and as you make your way North the Salmon River travels along with you, growing in size which each mile of the journey.

The path of the Salmon River is generally northeast where it is joined by the Lemhi River, and then makes it’s way northwest to join the Snake River several miles south of the Idaho-Oregon-Washington border. The largest tributary of the Snake River, the Salmon River is called the “River of No Return” because travel upstream was once impossible.

The Salmon River is not only breathtaking as it grows in size while making its way to its final destination, it is also unique for many reasons, aside from flowing North. In the lower 48, it is the longest free-flowing river that also runs through the heart of the largest continuous wilderness.

“A river seems a magic thing. A magic, moving, living part of the very earth itself.”
― Laura Gilpin

As you drive along keep an eye out for the wildlife that inhabit this area, including pronghorn antelope, deer, elk, sandhill cranes, and wolves.

Stanley Idaho

Stanley, Idaho with Valley Creek in the foreground and Sawtooth Mountains beyond. Photo Credit: Visit Idaho

Soon you will arrive in Stanley Idaho, a small town, that is the starting point for hiking in the Sawtooth National Forest. It is also a great spot to stop, fill up on gas and grab some more beverages and snacks for the rest of the road trip. Fair warning, Stanley is extremely busy during the summer months and there are limited services there and the next town of Lowman that you will pass through. It is good to fill up the tank in Stanley, even if you have to wait in line at the only gas station in town.

Fun Fact: Stanley Idaho is one of the coldest places in the lower 48, which means it can be blistering hot in Boise and at the same time get down into the 30s at night in Stanley. The elevation is the reason for this, the town of Stanley sits at 6,250 feet and some of the peaks surrounding it exceed 11,000 feet. Regardless of the season you travel through Stanley, I recommend packing warm layers. Mountain weather can change in an instant so a be prepared mindset is imperative.

Stanley is very close to Redfish Lake. some of the best views of the Sawtooth Range.

Photo Credit: Visit Idaho

The area surrounding Stanley is known for over 300 lakes to discover and explore. Several of the larger lakes sit in the basin, but most are alpine lakes nestled close to the Sawtooth Mountains.

On your way out of town, head north on State Highway 21 and make one final stop at Stanley Lake. Stanley Lake is approximately seven miles west of Stanley, readily accessed by a three-mile spur road from Highway 21. The lake offers excellent boating, waterskiing, canoeing, kayaking and fishing for rainbow, cutthroat, brook and bull trout. The area surrounding Stanley Idaho is a haven for outdoor enthusiasts who want to wander and explore the untouched wilderness.

Ponderosa Pine Scenic Byway

As you venture away from Stanley you will leave Highway 75 behind and continue your adventure on Highway 21. On this part of the journey you’ll experience how incredible this mountainous region truly is, and you’ll see first hand why Highway 21 is called the “Ponderosa Pine Scenic Byway”.

The Ponderosa Pine Scenic Byway ambles through the Boise National Forest, taking you past dense forests of pine and through high mountain valleys. This two-lane winding road has some intense steep grades and switchbacks, but the view from vantage points along the way make it worth exploring this remote area.

Fun Fact: Boise National Forest is comprised of over 2.2 million acres of land in the state of Idaho. This vast wilderness area is home to 9,600 miles of streams and rivers, and over 15,000 acres of lakes and reservoirs. The wide open spaces and natural beauty of the Boise National Forest allow for a wide assortment of outdoor recreation activity options.

This scenic byway will take you past historical markers with stories of old mining towns and road sign directions to local hot springs leading to the “Wildlife Canyon Scenic Byway,” which is near the small town of Lowman. Lowman is in an actively geothermal region and natural hot springs surface all around the middle of this community as well as in many other places in the surrounding mountains.

Like the Kirkham Hot Springs which is visible from a turnoff on the side of the highway.

This area is not only home to some of Idaho’s most beautiful natural soaking pools and seven different hot springs (many right off the road), it is also a perfect stretch to do some white water rafting down the Payette River.

Places to stay in Lowman if you decide to make it more than a day trip, Visit Idaho.

From Lowman you will continue to follow Highway 21 towards Idaho City, another spot to stop and grab anything that you need before returning to Boise.

Photo Credit: Idaho City Chamber of Commerce

This last stretch of the drive only takes about one hour but there is still more to see along the way.

In addition to witnessing the continuing beauty of the Boise National Forest you will catch sight of the Boise River on the way back to Boise. The 102 mile long Boise River is a tributary of the Snake River and is a popular destination for floating and cool off during the hot Idaho summers.

Back in Time for the End of Happy Hour

If you start your Sun Valley Loop from Boise early enough you should arrive back just in time to catch the end of Happy Hour. This is a perfect time to sit back, relax and celebrate a day well spent, going “Off the Beaten Path”.

Trillium Bar & Restaurant Happy Hour enjoyed in the Grove Hotel Boise.

Stay tuned for more of my Idaho adventure, Boise Day Trips: Off the Beaten Path part two were I’ll be sharing a picturesque drive up to Payette Lake, in McCall Idaho. Until then I’d love to hear about some of your favorite Idaho destinations, just drop a note in the comments.

“It is not so much for its beauty that the forest makes a claim upon men’s hearts, as for that subtle something, that quality of air that emanation from old trees, that so wonderfully changes and renews a weary spirit.”

Robert Louis Stevenson

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Drink In Life Book Club-The Scent Keeper

Have you ever come across a whiff of something that instantly takes you back to an old memory? Whether a distinctive scent that reminds you of your grandmother’s cooking or a trip to the ocean, scents have a way of sinking into our brains as memories and they stay there until a familiar aroma brings them rushing back. Whether it is a batch of freshly baked cookies, a favorite perfume or the smell of freshly cut flowers from the garden, our sense of smell allows us to appreciate all of the fragrances we encounter in our everyday lives.

Often we take our day to day sense of smell for granted relying more on our eyes and ears as our guide. Yet, of the five senses, scent is most said to be the one that is more closely linked to memory. A scent marketing research study found that people can remember a scent with 65% accuracy after one year while visual memory drops to 50% after only a few months. Sense of smell is also linked to the parts of the brain that process emotion making smells and aromas an incredibly influential part of our lives.

This months book title, The Scent Keeper by Erica Bauermeister, is a lovely work of fiction that shows how we rely on our sense of smell to connect to our surroundings, to connect with the people around us and to connect with our past. I hope that you give it a read and discover for yourself how the world of scents plays important social and emotional roles in our lives.

About the Book….

The Scent Keeper is a book of journey and discovery captured in a series of beautifully written moments of the life of Emmeline, from a child to the beginning of adulthood. It is a story of the magic of scents, their stories and how each of us keep within us a collection of memories attached to the aromas that fill our world. Through each step of Emmeline’s arduous journey searching for answers to her past, Bauermeister’s incredible description of scents visually displays how the scents around us root themselves in our history and life stories. Once you begin this book, you lose yourself in the story and its difficult to put the book down until the end.

Not one to overshare the plot of a book let’s just say that The Scent Keeper invites you to think of smells and scents and what real significance they hold for you. How an encounter of a specific smell makes you feel and its ability to transport you to a different place and time, with a fond or negative memory. This coming-of-age story will provoke discussion about how we capture memories, how we perceive the world around us and the ultimate outcome of life’s difficult choices.

The Scent Keeper story captivated me with its magical world of scents. Throughout the book I never thought about what was to come, because Bauermeister does a fantastic job in keeping you focused on what is happening in the moment.

A Word with the Author….

In addition to The Scent Keeper, Erica Bauermeister is also the author of the bestselling novels The School of Essential Ingredients, Joy for Beginners, and The Lost Art of Mixing. Erica’s most recent book, House Lessons: Renovating a Life is a memoir-in-essays of a journey to discover the ways our spaces subliminally affect us. She has also co-authored non-fiction works including 500 Great Books by Women: A Reader’s Guide and Let’s Hear It For the Girls: 375 Great Books for Readers 2-14.

She has a PhD in literature from the University of Washington, and has taught there and at Antioch University. She is a founding member of the Seattle7Writers and currently lives in Port Townsend, Washington.

Photo Credit: Susan Doupe

When Erica joins us for the virtual book club discussion on November 21st, there will be plenty of time for participants to ask her a few questions about The Scent Keeper. First however, I wanted to ask Erica some of my own questions about how she came up with the idea for this novel and a little more about her writing in general.

An Interview with Erica Bauermeister:

What inspired you to integrate senses into this Novel?
I love the subliminal—food, architecture, our senses, all these things that are affecting us without our noticing them. Smell became an important sense for me in my mid-40’s, when my sense of smell just went off the charts (hormones? Pre-menopause?). I was fascinated at how different the world suddenly seemed to me. And it made me wonder – what would our world look like to a child who was raised with smell as her primary sense? And that led to Emmeline.

Both the Island and the Cabin where Emmeline grows up feels like an enchanted world, what was your inspiration for this isolated island and cabin which held within it walls of drawers protecting vials of memory scent papers?
The cabin and island were inspired by our travels in British Columbia, and more specifically, the Broughton Archipelago. It is a beautiful, peaceful, almost completely unpopulated part of the world. I was looking for somewhere a man could take a young child and raise her without interference. That’s not as easy to find as you might think. But in the Broughton Archipelago, I found it.
As for the cabin walls and their little drawers – it just came to me in a vision. But as I’ve learned, those visions always come from somewhere. Years into writing Scent Keeper I remembered going to the Tutankhamen Exhibit and seeing a cabinet with many small drawers. Most of them had spices or medicines, but each of them had a smell. And I think that experience settled in my imagination and became Emmeline’s cabin.

This is truly a unique and beautifully written coming of age story with multi-layers of self-discovery and secrets, what message do you hope readers will take away from Emmeline’s journey?
I think the main ones would be:
1) Our sense of smell is more important and valuable than most people realize
2) Our greatest talents often come from the broken parts of us

3) We can choose how we use those talents, and whether to perpetuate the brokenness, or to make the world a better place.
4) When we learn to see our parents as human beings (flawed, but human), our relationship with them, and our own ability to mature, becomes stronger.

What inspires you to write, is it the overall theme of the novel or the characters that speak to you the most?
I usually start with a question and a character (or characters). One drives me to research, and the other leads me into a fictional life. The two work in tandem. In Scent Keeper, the question was “what would it be like to grow up with smell as your dominant sense?” and the character, of course, was Emmeline. I just loved her from the moment she came into my imagination.

Do you have a specific space and/or routine that helps with your writing process?
For years (decades?) I didn’t because I had kids and a job and couldn’t predict the schedule of my life. Now the kids are fledged, and writing is my job, so it’s much easier. I have built a small writing studio down in our yard and I go there in the mornings at around 7:30 and write for 3 hours or so. Researching and editing is in the afternoon. I have to say, there are many awful things about the pandemic, but the predictability of my writing schedule has been incredibly productive.

Photo Credit: Erica Bauermeister

Images of Erica’s house in Port Townsend, WA which was the inspiration for her book, House Lessons: Renovating a Life. (Photos courtesy of Erica Bauermeister)

Can you share any news about new novels or books that you are working on? Are any of your books being considered for a movie or miniseries?
I have a new manuscript I just sent to my agent. We’ll likely be sending it out to publishers next month, so cross your fingers. Currently I have two books that are with producers who are working on screen adaptations – School of Essential Ingredients and Scent Keeper. Both are going to be pitched to studios in the next few months, but I’ve learned along the way that you can’t get your hopes up. You can cross your fingers, though!

Since we incorporate wine and food pairings with each book club title, I have to ask. Do you have a favorite Washington (or PNW) Wine/Wines? Any favorite food and wine pairings that are on the top of your list?
One I like is the 2016 Barbera Horse Heaven Hills from Lost River Winery. Great with a red sauce pasta…

November Recipes….

For chefs and home cooks alike inspiration can come in many forms, first visually and then with the sense of smell and finally with the taste of their creations. Since The Scent Keeper’s focal point is on the world of scents and aromas I wanted to highlight some recipes that not only tantalize your taste buds but fill the house with wonderful aromas. November kicks off the holiday season with the celebration of Thanksgiving here in the United States, and because of this I wanted to share some of my most aromatic Turkey season recipes to help inspire you during this festive season.

Each year there are two aromatic seasonal recipes that find a place on our family’s Thanksgiving table. The first recipe by Chef Tyler Florence, Caramelized Onion and Cornbread Stuffing, has been a favorite since I first made it almost ten years ago. I start this recipe with a simple but delicious homemade cornbread recipe, Grandmother’s Buttermilk Cornbread from Allrecipes which always makes the house smell amazing.

Photo Credit: Food Network

I think that many of us grew up eating some form of a Sweet Potato dish on the Thanksgiving table, probably one that had toasted marshmallows on it that filled the house with delicious aromas. The second staple on our table every year is this wonderful Gourmet Sweet Potato Classic recipe also found on Allrecipes. For this recipe I bake the sweet potatoes in the oven and when mixing up the pecan topping I add a little more warmth to this classic with an additional dash of cinnamon and nutmeg. This is definitely a recipe to try this year.

Update: Some previously published recipes have been removed, new recipes coming soon.

The Scent Keeper Wine Sponsor….

Nestled in the heart of Puget Sound on Bainbridge Island, Fletcher Bay is part of Washington’s Puget Sound AVA and is one of Washington’s best-kept secrets! Each of Fletcher Bay’s distinct wines tell a unique story, and showcase their passion for making handcrafted limited quantity wines from grapes grown both on the Bainbridge Island and in Eastern Washington. You can read more about this Washington Winery on my previous post, Fletcher Bay Winery.

I would like to thank the November Drink In Life Book Club wine sponsor Fletcher Bay Winery for sharing their incredible wines.

Fletcher Bay Albariño

Albariño is a grape varietal that has incredible expressive potential that few winelovers can resist due to it’s citric acidity and flavors of plump ripe pears, apples and aromatic floral notes.

A 100% Albariño sourced from Crawford Vineyard in the Yakima Valley, this Albariño delivers a wonderful aroma of honeysuckle and lemon-lime on the nose that is joined by subtle fragrances of yellow apple and vanilla.

Supplying an impressive mouthfeel with layers of minerality and juicy acidity, this Albariño is swimming with flavors of ripe pear and stone fruit as well as a kiss of honey. A lovely Albariño to sip alone or pair with your favorite Thanksgiving appetizer.

Fletcher Bay Pinot Grigio

Pinot Grigio is one of the most versatile grape varieties and the delightful surprises you get from this Fletcher Bay Washington-grown bottle do not disappoint. Delicate aromatic notes of elderflower and lemon along with apple and pear set the stage for this easy drinking, classic white. It might be light in texture, but there is a crispness to this Pinot Grigio that along with a touch of sweetness helps carry it’s lingering fruit finish. A charming Pinot Grigio that would be a perfect wine to share with friends during any book club discussion.

Fletcher Bay Cabernet Franc

For those who have tried it, it’s more and more clear that Cabernet Franc here in Washington is every bit as good as Cabernet Sauvignon grown in the state. As in other wine regions, Cab Franc from Washington is terroir driven and features a wide diversity of characteristics. Fletcher Bay’s 2019 Cabernet Franc capitalizes on the grapes grown in Walla Walla, in Eastern Washington and more specifically in Dwelley Vineyards. From this vineyard that is on an elevated hill east of town overlooking all of the Walla Walla, the Cab Franc grapes capture earth and wild herb notes from the local terroir.

Brimming with floral aromas of violet and geranium, this ripe red fruit forward Cab Franc is a wine that justifies some extra swirls and sniffs. Savory and complex with pronounced intense flavors of cherry, vanilla, pepper and toasted oak with a zest of condensed dried black fruit and herbs, this Cabernet Franc packs an enjoyable long finish punch.

You can discover more about Fletcher Bay Winery and all of their available wines on the Fletcher Bay website.

Additional Reading….

I really enjoy Erica Bauermeister’s expressive way of writing, her curious characters, and the way she depicts moments in the lives of the people in her books. Bauermeister’s novels all share a common theme of taking the characters from times of seclusion and moving them to discovering more about themselves through fellowship with others. These novels tend to focus on characters more than plot as well as everyday sensory aspects that we encounter in our everyday lives. Each of the following books by Bauermeister would be a fantastic addition to your reading list.

“Life is beautiful. Some people just remind you of that more than others.”
― Erica Bauermeister, The School of Essential Ingredients

Lessons in cooking become reflections on life for eight cooking students and their teacher when they meet at Lillian’s restaurant kitchen. Aromas, flavors and textures transform the students one by one in this novel as they become united in the power of food and companionship. A must read for book lovers and foodies.

“She had begun to suspect that in order to live, sometimes you simply had to leap into the gap left by sorrow, the only hope that you would feel the solid ledge of the other side under your feet as you fell.”
― Erica Bauermeister, The Lost Art of Mixing

In this follow-up to The School of Essential Ingredients Baeurmeister uses a collection of linked stories to showcase how the characters lives continue to mix and collide with others. This is a book about how our bonds are tied and broken with others and how sometimes you have to create a family other than the one you are given.

“… the results of the irrevocable decisions in her life, the commitments she had leaped into without thought, with only the sure and perfect knowledge that it mattered not where her feet landed because her heart was certain. ― Erica Bauermeister, Joy for Beginners

As a breast cancer survivor myself, this powerful story of challenges, transformation, and a circle of supportive friends really moved me. Don’t let the subject matter sway your thoughts on reading this enjoyable page-turner. This is a magical story about undertaking challenges and discovering that you can accomplish more than you ever thought you could. Joy for Beginners is a gratifying read.

“And so I take my love of good details from my mother…as I worked on the house in Port Townsend, I finally began to understand my mother’s quest for the perfect Christmas tree–the desire to find art in the everyday, when everyday is the palette you were given.” —Erica Bauermeister, House Lessons

House Lessons by Bauermeister is a collection of meditative short essays about her home renovation in Port Townsend, WA as well as the renovation of the her life. This books is a journey for the reader through the spaces in our lives and how they affect us subliminally, a literary psychological exploration of architecture and what a home really means to us individually. A wonderful book about making a home.

I hope that I have inspired you to make some of these recipes to enjoy while you read The Scent Keeper by Erica Bauermeister. Stay tuned for a few new recipes!

I would love to hear your thoughts on these recipes and the book. Cheers everyone and I hope to see you soon at the next virtual Drink In Life Book Club discussion.

Remember to join the Book Club Live Book Discussion of The Scent Keeper with the author, Erica Bauermeister on Sunday November 21st at 4:00 pm PST/7:00 EST make sure that you are signed up to receive email notifications from Drink In Life (Email Subscription on right hand of the page) and Comment on this story post. You will receive an email invite to join the discussion. You can also follow @drinkinlifebookclub on Instagram, comment on the November Book post and ask to join the discussion.

Previous Book Club Titles and Recipes can be found on the Welcome to the Drink In Life Book Club, the Drink In Life Book Club post, the Drink In Life Book Club-The Vintner’s Daughter post and the Drink In Life Book Club-Garden Spells post.

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