North Bay Travel & Outdoors
They call it the quiet side of Napa Valley. Although visitors will find no billboards along the 30-mile stretch of wineries, they may encounter locals with purple hands and teeth, smiling that special smile. Highway 29 is the road for heavy traffic, but the Silverado Trail heads into the foothills via the back roads. It’s a trail of orchards, vines, views, farms, farm stands, charming inns and grand resorts, even a few stately homes and a world-class restaurant or two.
Sonoma is the gateway to Northern California’s wine country, just 40 miles north of San Francisco. Here, visitors discover the intersection of sunshine, vineyards and history that makes Sonoma unique as the birthplace of California statehood in 1846. Add the lure of seasonal festivals for a great getaway destination offering lots more than wonderful wineries.
Rustle up a picnic blanket, some wine glasses, a loaf of bread and that main squeeze for a North Bay picnic like none other. Whether you crave wide open spaces or seclusion, breaking bread as a two-some or in a crowd, these spots are guaranteed to make you stop and smell the roses or the beach … or whatever yummy dessert you’ve brought to share.
From the rugged Sonoma Coast to the vineyards of Napa Valley and the bucolic wildlife corridors of West Marin, North Bay golfers are spoiled. Public golf courses with uniquely North Bay terrain, beautiful views and golden silence promise the perfect game, but the best offer that and so much more.
The Bay Area is all about water! Dive into some little known Bay Area lakes and get an insider’s look at “Clear Lake.” Also, learn where you can take your special someone on a romantic, waterfront date.
As some residents purposefully hide the sign, Bolinas might not be the easiest town to find. But jump on CA-1 North past Stinson Beach, around the Bolinas Lagoon and hang a left into Bolinas.
Discover some of the Bay Area’s most haunted places and follow a team of investigators as they search for paranormal activity at a hotel that’s so much fun, the guests continue to come back, perhaps even from beyond the grave.
Move over tents and dirt and mosquitos, and make room for luxury campsites, tree houses, cabins on ocean cliffs, and spa treatments in the wilderness. Travel throughout the Bay Area to discover these non traditional camping gems.
Discover small town charm mixed with celebrity glitz in Geyserville. Sip, take a dip, discover your inner movie buff and see where Lady Gaga likes to eat.
Head north from San Francisco to Occidental California, where you can have a zip line adventure flying through the trees, have dinner in an historic hotel, browse the “mom and pop” shops, and bed down at the beautiful bed and breakfast.