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Five Beautiful Coastal Drives Near San Francisco

Five Beautiful Coastal Drives Near San Francisco

Occupying so much of the western seaboard, it's no wonder why California is full of beautiful coastal drives. However, with a coastline that stretches for over 800 miles, many of California's drives aren't exactly accessible. Nonetheless, many of these beautiful drives are within a short distance from San Francisco and make for a great day trip. Below, I highlight five beautiful coastal drives near San Francisco.

Where to Eat Well in Carmel

Carmel-by-the-Sea is a great place to visit, but be forewarned temptation is great here.

Guide to Big Sur: Where to Eat, Sleep, and Hike

McWay Falls, Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park

Use the warm and dry weather to your advantage to get outside in Big Sur.

Scenes of the City: The Bucolic Hills and Rolling Surf of West Marin

Just over the Golden Gate Bridge are the bucolic hills and rolling surf of West Marin. For this week's Scenes of the City we explored the Marin countryside, from the hidden Nicasio Valley to the seaside escape of Bolinas, plus the serpentine and beautiful Lagunitas Creek.

Hiking Carmel’s Point Lobos

Point Lobos State Natural Reserve

Part of the beauty of a getaway to Carmel is that while there’s plenty to keep you busy, it’s also particularly easy to do a lot of nothing. Some shop, eat, and wine taste their way through town while others plant themselves on the beach refusing to leave before the sun goes down. But arguably one of Carmel’s best activities is also one of its better kept secrets – hiking at Point Lobos State Natural Reserve.

Relais & Châteaux GourmetFest: Get Tickets to the Foodie Extravaganza

Relais & Châteaux will celebrate its 60th anniversary as purveyor of fine hotels and gourmet restaurants with a series of international dining events that'll kick off right here in California, with the first annual GourmetFest.

5 Spots to Sip and Drink in Carmel

Terry’s Restaurant & Lounge at Cypress Inn

It used to be shopping was the thing to do when you went to Carmel-by-the-Sea. Though you can still do some serious damage at the likes of Tiffany & Co., Coach, and Kate Spade, there are plenty of good spots to sit and sip for a spell. From creative cocktails and happy hours to good wine, cozy Carmel’s got you covered.

Crab, Wine and Beer Make The Ultimate Mendocino Weekend

Dungeness Crab season is in full force and folks in Mendocino County know how to celebrate the harvest from the coast. Throw in the beloved crustacean along with some wine and beer and it’s pretty much impossible to go wrong.

Five Cool and Comfy Carmel Hotels

If you’re looking for quick getaway, think Carmel. Just a couple hours in the car and you can play in the sand, do some serious shopping and drink good wine. But where should you stay? Carmel is chock full of great options for every taste.

Living On the Edge: Napa Vintners Venture to The Coast

Glimpses of waves crashing against the shore can be seen through patches of fog, yet the late-October sun is warm and bright. Guests of the first annual Fort Ross-Seaview wine festival are shedding layers. This is what it feels like to be 'above the fog line,' a term you often hear from grape growers in what is coined 'the true Sonoma Coast.'

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