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As 2019 gets underway, we here at 209 Magazine would like to thank you for choosing our publication as one way to keep informed about the people, places and events that make our little corner of the world so special. 

There is still time left to get in some snow play before spring arrives. In this issue, you can learn about must-stops in the Calaveras County town of Arnold and the winter wonders of Big Trees State Park. Enjoy an authentic mountain lodge style dining experience at the Rush Creek Lodge or learn how to prepare your own exquisite meal at the Yankee Hill Winery and Culinary School in Columbia.

Those seeking a deliciously fun day trip can get information on the 30th Annual Chocolate and Wine Event in Napa County. This unique fundraiser brings together some 30 wineries and just as many chocolatiers, all in the name of a good cause — the Napa County Family and Foster Care Association.

If wine isn’t really your thing, we have a listing of the best places in the 209 to toast to the Irish this Saint Patrick’s Day. And don’t feel guilty about indulging in a few green beers, because fitness writer Teresa Hammond won’t. In her most recent column, Hammond shares that over the past few years as she sought balance between staying healthy/fit and living a full life, she’s found venturing out to breweries with friends a favorite pastime.

These are just a few places and topics we explore in this issue of 209 Magazine. As always, we at 209 Magazine strive to be the most relevant magazine in your home, a place called 209. 

Hank Vander Veen

Publisher, 209 Magazine