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?
If you enjoy ocean scenery and a slower pace of life, take the short drive to Mendocino for a relaxing getaway.
Get away from the city for an enjoyable weekend in Mammoth Lakes.
Enjoy a trip to the beautiful Lake Shasta with ideas on what to see while you’re there and where to stay.
Lake Tahoe has no off-season. It’s difficult to name a spot that can rival the attraction of this destination all 12 months of the year. If you love the outdoors, Lake Tahoe delivers in spades. Of course, casinos on the Nevada side of the lake also offer fun in clubs, diamonds and hearts. Pack in as much as possible over a weekend, and plan to return to do what you missed. That’s how a good time works at Lake Tahoe. For Bay-Area grownups, it’s like having a spectacular, year-round outdoor playground.Nothing beats clear blue skies reflected in North America’s largest alpine freshwater lake surrounded by green and fragrant pine-covered Sierra Nevadas. Sprinkle that with golf and ski resorts, hiking, biking and water sports, the distractions of dining, evening entertainment and casinos, and this place is just a recipe for a good time.
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.
Gilroy has never worried about its garlic breath. This Santa Clara County town is the self-proclaimed garlic capital of the world and proud of it. Everyone’s invited to the Gilroy Garlic Festival each July, but live theater productions, an awesome mall and Gilroy Gardens theme park promise a perfect visit any time of the year.
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.
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.
If you’re looking for a special corner of the world that’s a mere hop, skip and a jump from San Francisco, you can hardly do better than Stinson Beach. Check out the numbers: 100 picnic tables, 3.5 miles of sandy beach, 51 acres of grassy park, four restaurants, a grocery store for picnic packing and one all-important ice cream shop.