04/09/2015 02:52 pm ET Updated Jun 09, 2015

Peace and Quiet at My Tuscan B&B

While filming in Tuscany, our TV crew enjoyed the company of a great guide, Roberto Bechi. And we also enjoyed staying at Roberto's farmhouse B&B, Podere Casalciccia, perched on a bluff in the middle of pristine Tuscany (20 minutes south of Siena).

Roberto's place has basically the same old fireplace that I have at my cabin back in the Cascades. This brought me unexpected joy as I spent each evening fireside, catching up on my writing late into the night. Something I never dreamed I'd take home from Tuscany: an appreciation for how beautifully oak burns. And each morning as the fire crackled, I'd watch the lifting fog slowly reveal the surrounding valleys.

Do you have a favorite B&B memory?