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.
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.
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.
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.
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.'
Finding a new spot to add to your beach getaway list is always a plus.
Big-time beach lovers can spend sunrise to sunset on the sand–no problem. It's getting them to leave, when the sun is still shining, that's truly an impressive feat. But in Avila Beach, brushing off the sand and taking some time to explore has its perks.
When you head for the beach in Northern California, the required goods are pretty consistent: a towel, sweatshirt and maybe a picnic. Ever packed a helmet? It’s not something you need for an ordinary trip to the beach, but then Oceano is no ordinary beach.
The pumpkins are a work in progress, but don’t let that keep you from thinking about a getaway to Half Moon Bay. Just a little more than half an hour south of San Francisco, Half Moon Bay is the perfect place to get your summer beach fix.