Beyond the Bay
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?
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.
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.
You don’t have to head North to enjoy wine country. Visit California’s fastest growing, and somewhat undiscovered wine region, gorgeous Paso Robles.
Just north of Santa Cruz, the tiny town of Davenport boasts about 350 residents, and some of the most stunning coastline beaches in California. Visit the church, the jail, and then check out some great places to eat, shop, and enjoy the outdoors.