One of the most creative cities in the United States, San Francisco has a long and storied music scene. From famous jazz clubs in the Fillmore District to the rock and roll bars of the Haight Ashbury and the new under-the-radar venues popping up all over the City by the Bay, here’s where to see […]
The woodsy beach town of Santa Cruz is the epicenter of Northern California surf culture. In fact, it’s said that surfing was first introduced to the United States here by three Hawaiian princes. Whether it was the princes, Duke Kahanamoku or a few transplants from Southern California, one thing is for certain: surf culture has been alive and well in “Surf City” for more than 100 years.
All beaches are not created equal. If you’re interest stops at your tan line, head south. But if you’re looking for a beach with soft sand and beautiful views; the type of place where you can enjoy a glass of wine or a great book, head to Carmel.
The Monterey Bay Aquarium fits the definition of what I would call a very popular place. An average of 1.8 million folks visit every year. All those people can make for some very long lines, but some simple tips for visiting the Monterey Bay Aquarium can help you avoid the crowds.
Away from the bustle of Ghirardelli Square, and sometimes even out of the fog, Marin County is a peaceful respite just across the Golden Gate Bridge from San Francisco. Here, hiking trails wind from redwoods to mountaintops, house boats sway over the lapping bay and the coastline is home to waterfalls, phosphorescent plankton and […]
As Lake Tahoe wakes from its winter slumber, snowy banks become beaches again and ski resorts melt into hiking and mountain bike parts. The region also gears up for festival season in Lake Tahoe, starting in spring and lasting through summer and beyond. Here are some local’s favorites. Earth Day Lake Tahoe always puts visitors […]
A dog’s life is pretty good in Carmel. In some cases actually down right envious. Dogs can run fast and free on Carmel Beach. More than a dozen restaurants welcome four-legged friends to stretch out on porches and patios with their human counterparts and water bowls are scattered throughout town. But that’s just where the pampering begins. After a ruff day, happy hounds have some amazing places to call it a night.
My idea of a perfect day in Carmel has always involved time on the beach. I can easily spend all day on the coast, but there are some new tasty ways to spend time in town that are giving the sand some serious competition.
The San Francisco Bay is a massive estuary that funnels in water from the Sacramento and San Joaquin Rivers as well as the Sierra Nevada Mountains before emptying into the Pacific Ocean. If you look out at the bay, you’ll notice little land masses in all directions. Many of these are San Francisco Bay islands […]