Eye on the Bay Beyond The Bay
East Bay wine country offers a full weekend’s worth of activities. Wine tasting, beer tasting, fine dining, championship golf, spa treatments and a horse-drawn carriage ride, what more could you want?
Any traveler would be hard pressed to find another California city with such history, scenic beauty and romantic mythology. It’s all just a tank of gas away. Enjoy the stunning Monterey Bay Aquarium, eat at the restaurant locals wish you didn’t know about, and be sure to stop and snag a parting gift from the perfumer to the stars on this awesome one-tank trip to Monterey.
Head South a few hundred miles to explore some gems along California’s central coast. Explore the Hearst Family Cattle Ranch in San Simeon, and the tiny towns of Harmony, Cayucos and Cambria, along with plenty of great tips for lodging and activities.
Take a visit to this charming seaside getaway, just south of Santa Cruz. In Capitola, you’ll discover great food, great shopping, and great beach and water sports for the whole family.
Just a quick drive from the Bay Area, Carmel-by-the-Sea is a world-famous artist’s enclave. Home to celebrities, aging hippies, and some of the most breath-taking views along the Pacific, this charming and romantic village makes for the perfect weekend getaway.
Fill up a single tank of gas and head on a food tour of the Sacramento Delta. Some of the more eclectic food stops we explore include the famed peanut butter and steak sandwiches in Locke, and a taxidermy rib joint in Rio Vista. Yum?
Step back into gold rush times to discover a wonderful Bay Area getaway destination. Explore ghost towns, charming inns, and a working gold stamp mill as we explore historic and rural Mariposa County, gateway to Yosemite.
Creedance Clearwater Revival had never even visited this town when they wrote “Stuck in Lodi Again.” Frankly, if they ever were stuck here, there would be plenty of things to do and explore. Lodi is the the Zinfandel capitol of the world and home to over 80 wineries.
Just 3 1/2 hours from San Francisco is beautiful Mariposa County– home to the town of Mariposa as well as the scenic Yosemite Valley. You can experience 2 seasons at the same time — warm weather in downtown Mariposa, and a winter wonderland in nearby Yosemite.
You don’t have to head North to enjoy wine country. Visit California’s fastest growing, and somewhat undiscovered wine region, gorgeous Paso Robles.