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My Trip to California: Visiting a Kitten Rescue, Library, Bookstore, and More

I traveled with my daughter to three towns in Northern California from February 19 to February 23. The towns we visited were San Jose, San Francisco, and Santa Cruz. We stayed at the Homewood Suites, San Jose Airport hotel. The room was clean with comfortable beds, and the staff were professional and friendly. A breakfast buffet featuring a variety of foods both hot and cold was included. My daughter especially enjoyed the smoothies. A free shuttle was also provided to and from the San Jose airport.

On our first full day in San Jose, we took a tour of the Winchester Mystery House. This is one of the best attractions in San Jose and was extremely interesting. We also visited a kitten rescue called Mini Cat Town located in the Eastridge Mall. We both resisted the urge to take home one of the adorable kittens, but I picked up a hoodie with the store’s logo. Also, in San Jose, I came across an Amazon bookstore on Santana Row.

On our second day in California, we visited San Francisco. I donated a copy of my mystery, Sea Scope, to the San Francisco Public Library and then we spent time on Fisherman’s Wharf where we saw Pier 39 and Ghiradelli Square. We also took a sunset boat tour by the Golden Gate Bridge.

On the last full day of our trip, we went to the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk. We played a round of mini golf, did some souvenir shopping, ate lunch, and my daughter went on some rides.

We enjoyed our vacation and hope to visit California again. Our flight on Delta Airlines coming and going went smoothly and both trips were faster than expected. The hardest part was leaving our cats. For my cat Hermione’s view of our trip, check out her Kitty Korner post on Sneaky the Library Cat’s blog.




I'm a retired librarian and the author of the Cobble Cove and Buttercup Bend cozy mystery series and other novels, short stories, poems, articles, and a novella. My books include CLOUDY RAINBOW, REASON TO DIE, SEA SCOPE, MEMORY MAKERS, TIME'S RELATIVE, MEOWS AND PURRS, and MEMORIES AND MEOWS. My Cobble Cove cozy mystery series published by Solstice Publishing consists of 6 books: A STONE'S THROW, BETWEEN A ROCK AND A HARD PLACE, WRITTEN IN STONE, LOVE ON THE ROCKS, NO GRAVESTONE UNTURNED, and SNEAKY'S SUPERNATURAL MYSTERY AND OTHER COBBLE COVE STORIES. My new Buttercup Bend series published by Next Chapter Publishing includes THE CASE OF THE CAT CRAZY LADY and THE CASE OF THE PARROT LOVING PROFESSOR. I've also written a romantic comedy novella, WHEN JACK TRUMPS ACE, and short stories of various genres published as eBooks and in anthologies published by the Red Penguin Collection. My poetry appears in the Nassau County Voices in Verse and the Bard's Annual. I'm a member of Sisters-in-Crime, International Thriller Writers, and the Cat Writers' Association. I live on Long Island with my husband, daughter, and 2 cats.

5 thoughts on “My Trip to California: Visiting a Kitten Rescue, Library, Bookstore, and More

  1. Sounds like it was a fun trip! I’d love to visit a kitten rescue someday! But, I’d have the same problem you did: resisting the urge to take kittens back home with me lol I’ve always wanted to see the Winchester House, too. Very cool!


    1. You definitely should visit the Winchester House. It’s very interesting, and the grounds are beautiful. Rescues and cat cafes are dangerous to us cat lovers, but a good way for cats to find homes.

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      1. I bet it is! I’ve watched a few specials over the house, and it seems like it would be a really unique, interesting experience. I’d love to see it in-person someday. Haha, yes they certainly are. Much too tempting for cat lovers. But, I completely agree. They are a wonderful way for cats to find good homes.


  2. Did you get any Ghirardelli chocolate? They’re my favorite. I really want to see the Winchester Mystery House. Someday I’ll go. I’m glad you had good weather.


    1. Sure did. I brought a big bag of assorted Ghiradelli chocolate squares back to the library, and they were gone in a day – lol. We also got some bars for ourselves. They are delicious.


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