This week we escaped north to the rustic seaside Howard Creek Ranch Inn and B&B for some glamping, piled-high country breakfast, and super strong cowboy coffee. Perched up on the hillside in Westport, we stayed in the dog-friendly Seaview cabin complete with a outdoor kitchen, charcoal grill, enclosed outdoor shower, and massive quilts.
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.
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.