Occidental is one of those hardly-ever-heard-of tiny Bay Area towns. Do you know where it is? Quick. No idea? You’re not alone, which in my book is an even bigger incentive to play a visit. Occidental is in Sonoma County, west of Sebastopol on the Bohemian Highway. At last count, its population barely topped 1,100. How many folks live in your apartment building?
As a top destination worldwide, it’s no surprise that some of the world’s most notable accommodations can be found in California. Whether it’s a boutique inn in Napa or luxury hotel in Beverly Hills, California is no stranger to first-class accommodations. However, beyond those notable California hotels exist accommodations that raise more then just a few eyebrows. Today we highlight a few of the most unique accommodations in California.
Portland's own James Beard once said, "Too few people understand a really good sandwich." As is evidenced by what's going on between two pieces of bread all over our city, that statement simply doesn't apply here anymore.
Recently, the man who represents all things gluttonous, Travel Channel's Adam Richman, paid a visit to Portland and declared Big Ass Sandwiches' burrito-sized roast beef stuffed with two layers of shoestring fries, the Northwest king of sandwiches over Bunk's pork-belly Cubano and the Oxtail from storied Seattle shop Salumi.
It’s hard to believe that summer is nearly over. Well, summer for most of the world. Here in San Francisco we’re hoping that it’s just starting to heat up and if we’re lucky, maybe we’ll get to dust off our shorts and wear them for a few hours this September and October.
Sebastopol walks a narrow line between quirky-cool and not-so-hippie-chic. In fact, had the Upper Haight not become such a theme park itself, you could easily imagine it might look a lot like this Sonoma County town.
Oddities, bookshops, and macchiatos abound in the blocks surrounding Healdsburg’s well-manicured central plaza, just 69 miles north of the city. Residents and regulars of the Valencia Street corridor know that if there’s a requisite ingredient to achieving the local vibe, it is artisan cult coffee.
Surrounded by grapes and vineyards, soaking up the warm ambience of Calistoga is easy. Sitting at the northern end of Napa Valley, it’s further from San Francisco than many of its well-known Wine Country neighbors, but thanks to geothermal hot springs, this laid-back spa city’s warm welcome will make you forget about the extra minutes in the car.
Dogpatch is one of those neighborhoods, just on the outskirts of town, that feels a little like an urban wilderness. Boonville, sort of the downtown of Anderson Valley, may be the Dogpatch of Wine Country.