For local, design-savvy getaways, San Franciscans usually look north to Napa and Sonoma. But 90 minutes south of the city, Santa Cruz has been quietly redefining a style once dictated by a scruffy mix of surfers, students and free-spirits. Today, the laid-back beach town exudes a creative new energy as exemplified by the following hip spots.
Ever wonder what the California coast would look like after a tiny temperature rise? Even just 2 degrees Celsius? On Friday, Google Maps showcased what just a few feet of rising sea levels could do to the iconic Pacific Coast Highway. Hint: it doesn't make it.
With its perennial boardwalk and beaches, Santa Cruz has always offered summertime thrills but few surprises. Not anymore. A recent wave of enterprising creatives is helping the beachside town transcend its slow-moving rep. Here are ten reasons why you’re overdue for a trip down the coast.
Part of the beauty of a getaway to Carmel is that while there’s plenty to keep you busy, it’s also 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 one of Carmel’s best activities is also one of its better kept secrets – hiking at Point Lobos State Natural Reserve.
Like California’s majestic Highway One, the Airstream is an icon of the great American road trip. A gleaming throwback to the Golden Age of Travel, the aluminum-clad trailer debuted in 1936 and has inspired roadside envy ever since.
An hour south of San Francisco, the relaxed town of Pescadero is an agrarian paradise with a scenic coastline that just won’t quit. Far from the sting of the city's farm-to-fork bromides, you'll delight on actual farms and fork your way through foods harvested from the local land. Plus, there's so much pie! Go now when rain brings vibrant green fields, crisp sea air, and cozy interiors.
With storybook architecture, perennial morning mist, and more fireplaces per capita than anywhere on the planet (or so it would seem), the Monterey Peninsula is one of the Bay Area’s most charming escapes.
Imagine a place where you work a little bit on a farm, have a potluck dinner with your pals, and whip out your best cowboy boots for some square dancing. This idyllic scene of yesteryear actually exists—and makes for a great day trip from the city.
For this edition of Escape From SF, we headed 100 miles north along the ever twisting Route 1 to The Sea Ranch on the Sonoma Coast. The small, highly planned community sits on ten miles of rugged coast line, with miles of private trails, providing panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean, massive rocks, migrating whales and spectacular sunsets.