Draped over 500 acres in the Oakland Hills, with expansive views of San Francisco and the Bay, Joaquin Miller Park is a delightful place to hike among towering redwoods. Operated by the city of Oakland it’s named after its former owner, noted local writer and poet Joaquin Miller.
When Marin is packed and Big Sur is feeling crowded, we like to take off for Mendocino County. Just a few hours drive north up Highway 1, this place is a NorCal dream with acres of redwood forests, hot springs, and long stretches of wild, untamed coastline. Who knows — maybe we’ll see you up there this weekend.
When the weather’s as nice as it was this past weekend, there’s no place we’d rather be than at the beach. (And judging by the crowds at Ocean Beach, we not the only ones.) So pack your bags, hop in the car, and drive less than two hours south to explore sunny Santa Cruz.
Reason number 92 why living in the Bay Area is the best: awe-inspiring redwood hikes. There’s something almost other-worldly about meandering through groves of giant redwoods, breathing in the cool damp air, and Instagramming those glistening beams of light.
Sure you could go up to Napa and dish out a bunch of dough to sit at a spa. But for those who like their relaxation outdoors, under the stars and in a beautiful setting, we recommend scrapping a ritzy mud bath and checking out some of Northern California's natural hot springs.
Head here on a mid-week morning and you’d be hard pressed to find a better spot in the Bay Area to get away from it all. The Gerbode Valley offers a hidden sanctuary mere minutes from downtown SF.