Linda Mar Beach

On a clear day, Sutro tower is still visible from the oceanfront trails that traverse the hilly coastline of Pacifica. Only 15 minutes south of San Francisco by car, this small seaside town—long known as a top Northern California…

Santa Cruz

Rain or shine, Santa Cruz is a nature lover’s paradise. On a recent blustery, drizzly Saturday along West Cliff Drive, wetsuit-clad surfers navigated the steep roadside stairwells in droves, nimbly descending to the water below. In front of the…

belcampo

This Thursday, take shelter from the rain at Belcampo Meat Co.’s latest “Meat-Up,” held at Blue Bottle Coffee in Oakland’s Jack London Square. Belcampo’s lunchtime gatherings serve up irresistible fare, incorporating 100% grass-fed and pastured meat from their northern…

Amtrak to Yosemite

I’d heard from native Californians and visitors alike that winter in Yosemite is breathtaking: skiing at Badger Pass, moonlit snowshoeing, Bracebridge dinners at the Ahwahnee Hotel. But warm February temperatures, even in the Sierras, squashed any hopes of a…