Romantic Weekend Getaways

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Undiscovered Wine Country: Lodi Wine Tasting

When one says (or searches for) “California Wine Country,” the first place that comes up is Napa Valley, followed closely by Sonoma, and then maybe Santa Barbara, Temecula… What does not generally surface? A wine getaway to Lodi. But grape growing in this rural Delta region is older than the state itself (it started with the Gold Rush), and more grapes are grown here annually than in Napa and Sonoma combined. The [&hellip

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6 Beautiful Gay Wedding Venues in California

Like the throngs at City Hall, in the Castro, and beyond, we at oM SF were giddy at the strides toward equality that were made when the Supreme Court overturned Proposition 8. And we thought we’d celebrate the best way we know how: By putting together a guide to beautiful gay wedding venues in California.  Now, full disclosure: I don’t eye bridal magazines in the grocery story checkout line, or [&hellip

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Weekend Getaway: Santa Barbara’s Funk Zone

Funky Town indeed exists in Santa Barbara. Sandwiched between polished State Street and the sparkling Pacific, the formerly industrial Funk Zone now offers up plenty of options for a weekend infused with art, ambling and adult-style fun. In this neck of the woods, folks stroll leisurely, cruise along on two wheels, or kick back in a pedicab and let someone else do the cruising. Any way you choose to travel, [&hellip

Weekend Getaway: Long Beach, Biking Capital of the West

Long Beach is a city of half a million residents located on the southern fringe of Los Angeles County. It’s a busy port with a laid-back vibe that is pure California coast. Long Beach welcomes visitors whose preferred mode of exploration is cycling like few others. This two-wheeled utopia’s hidden charms, urban flair and beach town friendliness are best explored from the perch of a bicycle. Pedal-Friendly Initiatives With 345 [&hellip

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Weekend Getaway: Romantic Sausalito

About 15 years ago, I got a job in Sausalito. Within days, I was eating my lunch on the bay-front rocks while the egrets and pelicans dined on theirs 40 feet away in the San Francisco Bay. I weaved my way through tourists and window shoppers, all of us giddy with the Northern California sun in January. I met the locals in bars and restaurants on Bridgeway. We talked crystal [&hellip

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Weekend Getaway: Things to Do in Oxnard, CA

Oxnard is a “little bit country, little bit rock-and-roll” kind of place. It sits halfway between bigger (and better known) cities, Los Angeles and Santa Barbara, and although it’s Ventura County’s largest city, it maintains a cozy, small-town feel. Here, home-style salsa and strawberry festivals peacefully coexist with the famous Hollywood Beach (a past getaway spot for the likes of Charlie Chaplin and Clark Gable). Whether you choose to kayak [&hellip

Weekend Getaway: Things to Do in Pescadero

With family ties to Midwestern farming culture, I occasionally feel like something is missing from my metropolitan life in the East Bay. “Where are the endless rows of corn, larger-than-life skies and barn dancing parties?” I ask myself at the end of another evening at a crowded, expensive bar. One day, after spending an hour Googling the nearest line-dancing venues in the Bay Area, I decided that it was high [&hellip

Weekend Getaway: St. Helena

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

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