Drive 40 minutes east from Marysville and it may seem as if you’ve stumbled into another country. Surrounded by wooded hills, winding roads, and foreign accents, the community of Oregon House in Yuba County is a place full of surprises and old-fashioned charm.

Tucked away off Stackhouse Lane sits a hilltop bakery and apothecary known as Artisan Lavinia. Here, owners Dorian and Carmina Matei have created a nearly self-sustainable world for themselves, something reminiscent of a medieval homestead. 

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