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If you’re searching for a weekend getaway, San Diego packs a big vacation punch. Thanks to a range of public transportation options, it’s an excellent choice if you’re considering a car-free getaway. I spent a recent weekend luxuriating at…

Every year, the New York Times fuels our wanderlust with its annual list of places to visit. In addition to the far-flung and exotic, this year’s 52 Places to Visit in 2016 touts our very own East Bay for its culinary wonders,…

Get ready for one of the Bay Area’s biggest summer music festivals! On August 7-9, the San Jose Jazz Summer Fest will rock downtown San Jose’s Plaza de Cesar Chavez Park with more than 100 shows on 13 stages….

oakland book fest

From Jack London to Gertrude Stein, Oakland has long been a home and haven literary greats. And now there is a festival to celebrate Oakland’s literary past and present. “Dedicated to books, ideas, and the pleasures of literacy, ”…

Overlooking Stinson Beach

Just over 20 miles north of San Francisco, Stinson Beach is a beautiful free-spirited destination surrounded by jagged coastline and the forested slopes of Mt. Tamalpais. 100 years ago, Stinson Beach wasn’t on the map. While the gold rush…

things to do in pismo beach

With a few rough edges and a lot of homespun charm, Pismo is the quintessential beach town. It’s laid-back and unassuming, much like the people who call it home. There’s certainly something about the combination of 310 sunny days year,…

things to do in santa clara

Although it’s best known as a base for tech companies and the future home of the San Francisco 49ers, Santa Clara is a destination in its own right. You may not think to visit it, but that’s exactly why…