Beyond the Bay Travel & Outdoors
When you’re down in the Big Easy and craving some traditional cuisine or a cocktail to wet your pallet, do you really know the players you need to know for the trip to New Orleans?
If you enjoy ocean scenery and a slower pace of life, take the short drive to Mendocino for a relaxing getaway.
Big Sur is home to one of the United States’ Top 10 Quirky Hotels, according to popular travel site TripAdvisor. If you’re looking for a fun hotel stay, from New York to New Mexico to our own back yard just down the coast, this is the Top 10 list for you!
The bad news is that gas is expensive. The good news is that less than one tank will get you and a car full of family or friends to Sonoma Coast’s Bodega Bay. It’s less than 70 miles from San Francisco, yet feels a world away. Clamming, camping, sailing, a walk on the beach, golf, a hot air balloon ride, horseback rides and bike tours await just across the Golden Gate Bridge.
Santa Cruz offers everything from big breakers to a boardwalk perfect for any traveler. Skip the usual spots and head for the harbor where outdoor enthusiasts may hop on a kayak and explore the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary up close. Eat great Hawaiian food, walk it off on the beach and then enjoy a great massage to end a perfect one-tank trip to scenic Santa Cruz.
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.
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.
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.