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Sip and Stroll through Dog-Friendly Carmel

Carmel by-the-Sea

When you arrive somewhere late at night, you never quite know what it’s going to look like when the sun comes up. In Carmel-by-the-Sea, what’s waiting in the dark is worth getting up early for.

Mavericks 2013: What Watchers Need to Know

Ken Collins Surfing Mavericks

It’s on. Word went out yesterday that the world-famous Mavericks Invitational surf contest is set for this Sunday, January 20 in Pillar Point, Half Moon Bay. With monster waves in the forecast, the excitement surrounding the event is pretty contagious.

Ventura: A Southern California Roadtrip Stop

Wildlife spotting during the ride to the Channel Islands

The trek along the coast to Southern California takes some time, but there’s never much concern about growing bored. Popular destinations like Santa Cruz, Monterey and Santa Barbara offer places to stretch your legs and enjoy the view. Tucked in between the better known stops are quintessential coastal towns also worth checking out along the way. Some of them, like Ventura, might even have you adjusting the itinerary.

Finding Old Hollywood Along the Coast in Monterey

Mission Ranch

Every week, we'll be featuring a guest post from the travel writers behind Worth the Drive, a blog featuring nearby getaways, festivals, and sweet travel deals on NBC Bay Area.

Five Reasons to Escape to Santa Cruz in Winter

Santa Cruz Surfer

It doesn't matter whether it's summer or winter, a walk on the beach in Santa Cruz will make your cheeks rosy. Summer may be when bigger crowds appear, but seasoned veterans will tell you winter at the beach can't be beat.

Weekend Getaway to Half Moon Bay

Point Montara Lighthouse

The pumpkins may be long gone, but don’t hold that against Half Moon Bay. Just a little more than half an hour south of San Francisco, this not too big, not too small coastal town has all the makings of a great winter getaway.

Point Montara Lighthouse

Five Reasons to Head to Bodega Bay in Winter

Bodega Bay beach

The holidays may be right around the corner, but instead of spending your weekends shopping, give yourself a gift: A getaway to the beach. Whether it's for the day or the weekend, being able to spend a typical winter Saturday on the beach is a huge Bay Area perk. One of my go-to favorite beaches is Bodega Bay.

Escape from SF: Point Reyes

On the western edge of Marin county is a beautiful National Seashore, quaint towns, great bicycling, camping, wildlife viewing and amazing hiking. Welcome to Point Reyes and the surrounding area.

Recently, we spent a weekend exploring the area and took some photos along the way. Escape up Highway 1 and be outside of the reach of the noise and hustle of the city within 1.5 hours.

Northern California Beach Escapes

Mendocino County beach

When most people think of California beaches, they typically think Southern California beaches. This is for good reason when you consider the beauty and history of the beaches in and around San Diego, Orange County, and Los Angeles. While the conditions and weather of Northern California's beaches don't always call for bikini-clad vacationers, they are not to be overlooked. Here are a few to consider for your next escape from San Francisco.

Day Trip Alert! Our Must-See Picks for Carmel's Art and Film Fest

Carmel Art and Film Festival

Weekend warriors looking for things to do outside of the city have their work cut out for them this weekend Just a short drive down the 101 will drop them smack in the middle of Carmel-by-the-Sea (just Carmel to the locals) for the 4th annual Carmel Art and Film Festival, one of the best excuses this time of the year to visit the charming seaside community which, in truth, should need none to draw a crowd.

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