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Explore the Amazing Monterey Bay Aquarium and Stay at the Portola Hotel & Spa

Portola Hotel & Spa

We Bay Areans are lucky to live just a breath away from one of the finest aquariums in the entire world–the Monterey Bay Aquarium. Just down the road on Highway 1, visiting this aquatic wildlife wonderland is perfect for a day trip, but even better if you make a weekend out of it and stay at the Portola Hotel and Spa while you're in the area.

So Many Places to Sip in Monterey Wine Country, So Little Time

Hahn Family Wines

Monterey County may be best known for its scenic coast, famous aquarium and star-studded links, but 'wine destination' is fighting for a well-deserved spot in the ranks.

Adventure Awaits in the Farm Fields of Monterey

Artichokes

We’re all guilty of it. At some point we’ve complained about the cost of living in San Francisco. How we pay way too much in rent or pay through the nose to park a car. Turns out we’re not the only ones who can complain about the cost of land.

Coast Hopping North to South

Santa Cruz Boardwalk

When you’re making the trip south in your car, you essentially have two choices: The quicker route on Highway 5, or the slower-moving Highway 1 or 101 trek down the coast. When you’re talking about hours behind the wheel, quick has the advantage, but the scenery along the 5 isn’t what I’d call inspiring. If you can find the extra couple of hours, go the long way, and there’s a good chance you’ll actually enjoy the ride.

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

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