Adventure Day Trips

Day Trip: Pie Ranch in Pescadero

A surfboard hangs outside one of the barns at Pie Ranch, and rightfully so—this 14-acre, pie-slice-shaped farm resides just five minutes from the coast. Whether or not the hardworking farmers and staff here find time (in between farming, youth outreach programs, potlucks, and barn dances) to use said surfboard is another question altogether. Either way, the juxtaposition of rugged California coastline to one side of the Camarillo Highway and verdant ranch [&hellip

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The Best Bay Area Mountains for Cycling

Guest Post by Alt. ride. Alt. is an initiative of the Bay Area Open Space Council and Transit and Trails. Sponsors include CLIF Bar, Coastal Conservancy, and Peninsula Open Space Trust, with media sponsorship from offMetro SF and others. Transit and Trails helps you find, plan and share your outdoor adventures and loves the idea of going outside without a car. The Bay Area is home to many peaks. There are, of course, San Francisco’s Twin Peaks, which rise to [&hellip

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Top 8 “Wild” Bay Area Adventures

Sometimes the Discovery Channel just isn’t enough. Sometimes you want to get down on the farm. And sometimes you just want to go wild. Whether you’re hankering to hang with massive elephant seals, pet a rhino or ride a horse, you’ll find it all and more in our picks for the best “wild” bay area adventures. 1. Safari West Adventures | 3115 Porter Creek Road | Santa Rosa Here’s a little bit [&hellip

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Day Trip: Adventure Cat Sailing in the Bay

On a recent sunny afternoon, I picked my way through the hustle and bustle of Pier 39 to Dock J, where a small Adventure Cat catamaran waited to transport me (literally and figuratively) far away from the tourist crowds and into calm Bay waters. Before sailing out, our young, big-bearded, and jovial Captain Hans emphasized that there would be no “cheesy” spiels on this sail. Then he urged his passengers to sit back [&hellip

The Best Eco Destinations in the Bay

Here are the best green Bay Area destinations oM has discovered this year. Best Natural Habitat for Art: diRosa Preserve | Napa Peacocks roam among the artwork at this 217-acre nature preserve and estate, brainchild of eco-crusader and lovable eccentric Rene di Rosa. Best Place to Hit the Open Road: China Camp State Park | San Rafael It’s got history, it’s got views, and it’s got great trails for bikers of every level. Oh, [&hellip

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Day Trip: Things to Do in China Camp State Park

Nestled along the shore of the San Pablo Bay, China Camp State Park was once a Chinese shrimp-fishing village in the 1880s. Today it’s a nature-lover’s paradise, home to grassland, coyote brush, salt marsh, meadows, and oak groves. There’s a little something for everyone here. Hikers can roam looking for deer, fox, hawks, and endangered harvest mice. Campers can take their pick of several sites (remote or easy to reach), [&hellip

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Top 10 Photography Spots in the Bay Area

Carrying around our smart phones all day long likely means we’ve got lots of good and trashable photos eating up megabytes. Whether you’re an instagrammer or Nikon junkie, isn’t it about time you got inspired to print out and frame a beautiful image? From a Frank Lloyd Wright House to a Japanese Garden to a Tuscan-style vineyard, enjoy a visit to one of these top 10 photography spots in the [&hellip

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Day Trip: Things to Do in Point Reyes

It’s a fact: You simply don’t get much more incredible than this. Keeping watch at the edge of the earth (in Marin County), the rugged, wind-swept Point Reyes National Seashore is a pristine strip of quintessential California Coast—just north of San Francisco and yet worlds away. There are tons of activities available in Point Reyes, so it’s best to check in first at the Bear Valley Visitor Center, where the friendly crew [&hellip

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