Greetings from beautiful Northern California!

Traveling Group
  • Christian Software Engineer (1)
  • Tara Teacher/Stay-at-home-Mom (1)
  • Camille The Little (5)


Preferred Exchanges

  • Open to Any Destination
  • Open to Any Dates
  • Hawaii, USA

    January 1 — December 31, 2015 These dates are flexible

    A simultaneous exchange is preferred. Our dates are quite flexible but we would like to sneak in our Hawaii trip before November.

  • Denver, CO, USA

    September 1 — June 14, 2015 These dates are flexible

    My brother-in-law is doing a fellowship in Denver from June 2014-June 2015. We'd love to be able to visit him and his family, see the area and sneak in a ski trip or two!

  • Helsinki, Finland

    April 1 — October 31, 2015 These dates are flexible

  • Spain

    Any time



  • Football
  • Hiking
  • Horseback Riding
  • Scuba Diving/Snorkeling
  • Skiing
  • Swimming
  • Water Skiing
  • Yoga/Meditation
  • Culinary Travel
  • Historic Sites
  • Museums
  • Shopping
Especially Passionate About


We typically are going somewhere at least once a month if not more. Sometimes to a place nearby such as San Francisco, Yosemite, or Santa Cruz. Sometimes a little farther such as Southern California or Arizona, sometimes across country to Illinois or Michigan or across the Pacific to Hawaii, and sometimes to an even farther destination to London or Barcelona or Nice! The world is our playground!

Vacation Type

Exchange Reviews

May - May 2014

Laura and I attend the Zinfest in Lodi pretty much ...

Todd D'Amelio
Todd D'Amelio from San Francisco said

Laura and I attend the Zinfest in Lodi pretty much every year. I never thought to try and do an exchange there so I searched the site and found Christian & Tara. I contacted them a couple weeks prior to the event and it just couldn't have gone better. They are spontaneous to be able to do an exchange on that short of notice. It was so easy to communicate and they are super easy going folks. Their home is beautiful and they have awesome neighbors as well. They are located a stones throw from miles of vineyards in an emerging wine region. We even had brunch at one of their recommended places in Lodi and were very please. We had a fantastic time in their beautiful. spot in the world. I would exchange with them every year if they wanted to.

What we said about Todd D'Amelio's house:

This was our first experience with HomeExchange and we couldn't have imagined anything more ideal! Todd and Laura were flexible, relaxed, and helpful. Their home is beautiful! It was clean and spacious and the view is truly a million dollar view! We thoroughly enjoyed sipping wine on their back patio while watching the sunset. Their home is within easy driving distance to many points of interest in and around SF as well as the Napa Valley. Very easy access to hwy 80! They were respectful of our home and left it clean and tidy. We would highly recommend them to anyone without hesitation! Thanks, Todd and Laura!!

August - August 2014

Très belle maison, très fonctionnelle, Tara et Christian ...

Cathy from Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur said

Très belle maison, très fonctionnelle, Tara et Christian ont tout fait pour nous rendre le séjour agréable. Ce sont des personnes très soigneuses et soucieuses d'autrui, avec lesquels la communication est simple et efficace. La localisation permet d'alterner grands sites naturels et culture urbaine. Very beautiful house, very functional, Tara and Christian made every effort to make us the pleasant stay. They are people very careful and worried about others, with which the communication is simple and effective. The location allows to alternate big natural sites and urban culture.

What we said about Cathy's house:

We had a lovely time visiting Bruno and Cathy's home! They were very communicative before and throughout our exchange which we greatly appreciated. They are in a wonderful location to see many points of interest in Provence and surrounding areas! They were respectful of our home and car and left both clean and tidy.

November - November 2014

Tara, Thank you so much for the lovely way you ...

Michele from Florida said

Tara, Thank you so much for the lovely way you and your family cared for my home during your stay. I'm sorry that I was able to stay at your home during our exchange. Please keep us in mind for future exchanges. I was so disappointed that my friend and I were unable to visit your home. I know that we would have loved it. I truly appreciate your heart-felt notes and flowers. Best wishes for the new Year! Michele

What we said about Michele 's house:

Michele's home is absolutely beautiful! It immaculately clean, comfortable, and welcoming. We had the best time imaginable! She left a basket full of things to do ideas and was readily available with any questions we had. The community is friendly and offers so much to do you really have to pick and choose depending on how much time you have! We rented a car and spent a day enjoying Disney Animal Kingdom which wasn't too long a drive at all. The golf cart was easy to use and lots of fun to drive around and really feel like part of the community! We used it to get coffee at Dunkin' Donuts every morning ;) Michele is friendly, easy to work with, and has made her home a true haven. Thank you, Michele, for providing us with such an amazing vacation! We hope to return the favor soon!