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San Carlos Between 5th & 6th Carmel, CA 93921 carmelcalifornia.org Description Downtown Carmel is chockablock full of tasting rooms and gourmet food shops serving up the best of varietals from the Central Coast’s finest vineyards and farms, and the Carmel…

25 Swanton Road Davenport, CA 95017 (831) 469-8804 swantonberryfarm.com Description In 1983, on a dream and a prayer (and a beat-up tractor), Jim Cochran and Mark Matze rented four acres of land and planted them with strawberries. The goal…

Carousel Candies, 31 Fishermans Wharf, Monterey, CA Description Unfortunately, Cannery Row is primarily a tourist gimmick. However, sometimes it can be fun to play the tourist. With so much natural beauty in Monterey, don’t spend too much time on Cannery Row,…

688 Bridgeway Boulevard Sausalito, CA 94965 (415) 332-0879 sausalitoferry.com Description Whether you’re looking for a teeny-tiny sumo wrestlers or a solar-powered bobblehead, chances are you’ll find it in this eccentric shop. Read about more things to do in Sausalito. Directions Take…

803 Bridgeway Boulevard Sausalito, CA 94965 (415) 331-3344 habitatbooks.com Description Here is one of those classic bookstores, replete with bookstore smell, book-obsessed proprietor, and row upon row of new and used titles for the browsing and buying. Read about more things…

610 & 644 First Street Napa, CA 94559 (707) 226-6529 oxbowpublicmarket.com Description If you said that this unassuming (and incredible) place is something like Napa’s answer to the Ferry Building, you wouldn’t be far off. Steve Carlin, founder of Oxbow,…

Park Street Alameda, CA 94501 shopparkstreet.com Description A stroll down Park Street still gives one the sensation of being transplanted to the Main Street of historic small-town America. It was (not surprisingly) public transportation that spawned this lovely lane. With the late-19th-century…

Antiques Faire 2900 Navy Way Alameda, Ca 94501 alamedapointantiquesfaire.com Description On the first Sunday of each month, the stark runways of the former Alameda Point Naval Air Station come alive with more than 800 booths selling fantastic vintage treasures….

Update: Pop Up General Store is no longer operating. 4629 Martin Luther King, Jr. Way Oakland, CA 94609 popupgrocerystore.com popupgeneralstore@gmail.com Description Question: What’s magically delicious, obsession-inducingly fleeting, and the foodie version of the flash mob? Answer: Oakland’s Pop-Up General…