On a recent car-free weekend in wine country, we discovered the lesser known pleasures of Napa Valley, from a classic 1960s-style diner to educational adventures in aging caves to a 13th century-inspired castle on a vineyard. Settle in to Old Napa I set up base camp at the Wine Country Inn (1152 Lodi Lane), a quintessentially quaint establishment located just off of the St. Helena Highway. The first bed and breakfast [&hellip
The San Francisco Bay is known for a lot of things: piers, sailboats, beautiful beaches and quaint towns. But it’s also got a deeper, darker history of hauntings all along the coastline. Just in time for Halloween, we’ve prepped your itinerary for a haunted day trip with the five most eerily thrilling places along the San Francisco Bay
If the idea of being called a “gym rat” (or the idea of gyms in general) makes you shudder, if your secret Zumba class was just outed, if you haven’t exercised since “Tony Little” and “Billy Blanks” videos made sense… Fear not, physically fettered friends. Exercise can (and should) be enjoyable, and fitness has become incredibly creative—especially in the Bay Area. Get out of San Francisco (and out of the [&hellip
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
One of our favorite quick escapes from San Francisco is to the quaint seaside town of Sausalito, with its fountain-filled parks, charming souvenir stores, open cafes and magnificent Bay views. Sausalito is delightfully small and at the same time engaging enough to keep one occupied the whole day. Here, eight tips for things to do in Sausalito. 1. Geek out over the new and used tomes at Habitat Books (803 Bridgeway Boulevard, habitatbooks.com). 2. Grab a [&hellip
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
Romantic, adventurous, therapeutic, culinary—there are countless ways to undertake a visit to this beautiful, budget-busting wine region. Yet on a recent rail road trip, we discovered there are plenty of ways for foodie travelers to enjoy an affordable Napa Valley getaway.
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