California offers a bounty of beauty at every turn. With so many well-known destination spots, as well as oft overlooked gems tucked away behind every curve of Highway 1, there's a perfect adventure for all.
Even in the rain, Big Sur is a remarkable place to explore. We holed up here recently on a particularly showery weekend, which didn’t stop us from exploring beaches and redwoods or foraging for high gastronomy. (It also didn’t stop us from bunkering in our room, fireplace ablaze, for cozy afternoons).
Palm Springs and the other desert cities that are its neighbors are quickly evolving and adapting to the desires of a new generation of tourists (and Coachella-goers) from all over California and beyond. The last few years have seen a bevy of older hotels transformed into hip new boutique destinations, and new restaurants have been popping up catering to the demanding palates of Bay Area and Los Angeles weekenders.
With recent reports stating that SF-based Airbnb could soon be worth over $20 billion dollars, it stands to reason that local hosts are also cashing in on the booming room-share economy. Right? As one of the most popular Airbnb destinations (and least affordable cities in the U.S.), we wondered just how much a SF resident can make by renting their apartment on the website.
The natural volcanic hot springs in Calistoga were originally discovered by the Wappo tribe more than 500 years ago; their rumored healing powers remain a draw today, along with venerable wineries, classy eateries, and luxury resorts. Knowing this, we have just two words to describe this gem of a town: Napa, who?
Established in 1890, Sequoia is California's first National Park, and it, along with its impressive neighbor, King Canyon Park, offer a weekend's worth of exploring, hiking, and taking in the sights.
Looking for a campground in the Bay Area that’s easy like Sunday morning on the eyes? Connecting with nature is just a hop and skip from your doorstep in the wonderful city of San Francisco, and the local landscape offers spectacular sites that offer endless photo ops just outside your tent's door. Pack it up.
With San Francisco summer basically here (Karl!), we’re heading south to Los Angeles for sun and warm weather. Instead of sitting in traffic on the 405 or the 101, we’re heading outdoors to check out some of the more peaceful scenes that the City of Angels has to offer. And we’ll definitely catch a sunset or two.
Having grown up in the southwest, I feel a deep affinity for all desert landscapes. The otherworldly terrain of southern Utah is particularly close to my heart. I have spent many winter holidays over the last 15 years hiking in Zion and Bryce Canyon national parks, as the days are usually sunny and the cold is never too bone-shattering.
As someone who grew up in two deeply spiritual locations (Hawaii and New Mexico), swings a pendulum for clarity on yes-or-no quandaries, consults two different decks of oracle cards, and employs a psychic, seeing a shaman was hardly out of the realm of my New Age adventures.