Review: Carmel Wine Walk-by-the-Sea Passport

San Carlos Between 5th & 6th Carmel, CA 93921 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 Wine Walk by-the-Sea Passport ($50) is a fabulous way to sample and save. The pass grants you free tastings (usually $10-12 each) at seven tasting rooms. What’s more, participating restaurants (ask at [&hellip

Review: Swanton Berry Farm

25 Swanton Road Davenport, CA 95017 (831) 469-8804 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 was to harvest organic strawberries on a successful commercial basis. Others—including Cesar Chavez—had undertaken such dreams, but it still seemed a long shot. Fast-forward to 2011: Jim (Mark has since moved to [&hellip

Review: Carousel Candies

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, but if you’d like to take a few minutes to tool around in the shops, stop by Carousel Candies for some salt-water taffy. Directions Take Caltrain to the San Jose Caltrain [&hellip

Review: Sausalito Ferry Co.

688 Bridgeway Boulevard Sausalito, CA 94965 (415) 332-0879 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 the Golden Gate ferry to Sausalito

Review: Habitat Books

803 Bridgeway Boulevard Sausalito, CA 94965 (415) 331-3344 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 to do in Sausalito. Directions Take the Golden Gate ferry to Sausalito

Review: Oxbow Public Market

610 & 644 First Street Napa, CA 94559 (707) 226-6529 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, was one of the brains behind the Ferry Building’s market. And his genius is at work in this airy space on the Napa River. Part local grocery, part farmer’s market, part [&hellip

Review: Historic Park Street in Alameda

Park Street Alameda, CA 94501 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 introduction of the San Francisco & Alameda Railroad, the island that was once populated by a few lonely farmhouses quickly became a residential suburb, and some stunning buildings sprang up along [&hellip

Review: Alameda Point Antiques Faire

Antiques Faire 2900 Navy Way Alameda, Ca 94501 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. The fair’s claim to offer the “widest array of antiques and collectibles on the west coast” is not unfounded—from cool-again fashion items to quirky antique decor, you’ll find it all here. [&hellip

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