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A Mendocino Adventure for the Family

A Mendocino Adventure for the Family

Spring has arrived and for many families it’s the only motivation they need to get outside and soak up some Vitamin D. Heading to the beach is a popular activity, which is no surprise, really, considering Northern California has so many beautiful stretches of sand to choose from. But every now and then you discover a shiny gem that reminds you how lucky we are.

Headed to Monterey? Stay at the Gorgeous Portola Hotel & Spa

Headed to Monterey? Stay at the Gorgeous Portola Hotel & Spa

Set against the picturesque backdrop of Monterey Bay, the Four Diamond Portola Hotel & Spa reflects the captivating spirit of a rich, historical setting surrounded by everything that the Monterey Peninsula has to offer.

Cultures Collide in Santa Barbara County

Cultures Collide in Santa Barbara County

Surfers, rolling hills dotted with vineyards, adobe buildings, and oil rigs in the distance off the coastline; these are some of the things that may come to mind when you think of Santa Barbara County. But what about windmills, pastries as big as your head, stagecoaches, and Native American caves? This and much more make up what is a fusion of cultures in Santa Barbara County, only adding to the unique melting pot that is California.

Dog-Friendly Hotels and Inns Beyond San Francisco

Dog-Friendly Hotels and Inns Beyond San Francisco

City dog owners often face the predicament of what to do with their faithful companion when they want to make a quick escape. Dog hotels and boarders are a good solution, but costly. Dog-obsessed friends are another remedy. But really, what those puppy dog eyes want is to go with you. So get out of town and take them. Along the coast and in the mountains, dog-friendly hotels abound, here's some of them, and fun activities and places to eat while you guys are there.

A Springtime Monterey Getaway

A Springtime Monterey Getaway

With its close proximity to the city, there's no reason not to get out of dodge and jet down to Monterey for a brisk weekend on the coast. If you're a nature lover like I am—I can't get enough of those adorable sea otters and harbor seals bobbing in and out of the water—make haste. Gray whales and their newborn calves are are making their northern migration to back to their Alaskan feeding grounds and will be far out of town in a few months. Here, a simple weekend package you can write home about.

Jellyfish Invade The Monterey Bay Aquarium

Jellyfish Invade The Monterey Bay Aquarium

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.

The recent news from the Monterey Bay Aquarium that Toola, "the most important animal in the aquarium's sea otter program," had died was certainly sad (the 28-year-old otter passed away due to "natural causes and infirmities of age."

Meet the New Pup at the Monterey Bay Aquarium

sea otter

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.

Migration Celebrated This Weekend Near Santa Cruz

Natural Bridges State Park

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.

Chance of Whale-Spotting in Monterey

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

Monterey Museum of Art Free Through the End of the Year

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

All sorts of news has been burbling out of the Monterey area. Monarch butterflies! Whales! Butterflies and whales spotted on the same day! This is the kind of news we like - nature-oriented and ending in exclamation points. But we also like current happenings that involve the word "free."

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