I know what you're thinking: Sydney is hella far. It seemed that way to me too when I was first approached about an opportunity to explore the Land Down Under. But after spending ten days in San Francisco's sunniest sister city, I can safely report that it's not that far, and it's a lot like California.
In the United States (and most of the world), Mardi Gras celebrates Fat Tuesday, the day before the fasting period of Lent begins, when gluttony and over-indulgence are encouraged and celebrated in the streets with colorful beads and costumes—we're looking at you, New Orleans. In Australia, however, Mardi Gras happens closer to Easter, doesn't involve enormous amounts of food, and doesn't even take place on a Tuesday. Confused? So were we.
On Friday night, as we sat gridlocked for an hour at the chain control checkpoint on Highway 80 just 15 miles outside of Tahoe, the snow and ice taunting our increasingly useless windshield wipers, we predicted a sad and skiless weekend. But, as we do, we made the most of it. Should you get stuck in Tahoe in a winter storm, find some fun by taking a walk in our (snow)shoes.
Healdsburg may draw throngs of visitors with its verdant fields of vino, but there's much more to it than booze. Here are five things to do in the little Sonoma County gem that will leave you feeling footloose sans alcohol.
With this weekend's wet weather prediction, snow enthusiasts will be headed to Tahoe for one last run down the mountain before the spring thaw. But if extreme snow sports aren’t really your thing, there's still lots of reason to make the drive. Here are eight rad alternatives to hitting the slopes this weekend.
Charming Cloverdale, located in Northern Sonoma County, has all the warm and inviting ambiance you expect from a small town. Spend a weekend in Cloverdale, and embrace the very best of what Wine Country has to offer.
No matter how long we live in San Francisco, there are certain touristy activities we'll never give up—rowing boats on Stow Lake, playing video games at the Musée Mécanique, drinking Irish coffees at the Buena Vista. And, once every year or two, we even feel compelled to bundle up in our winter warmest to watch the annual migration of California's gray whales (or Eschrichtius robustus for you nerds out there).
No longer just the early-morning meeting place for Wine Country excursions, Downtown Napa is becoming a glamorous destination with new restaurants, shops, bars, and, of course, wine tasting rooms popping up on every corner.
Exploring the seemingly endless number of great parks in the Bay Area may seem like a summertime thing, but winter is actually the best time of the year to benefit from the peace and quiet most parks have to offer. Go forth, find peace.
The quiet coastal town of Todos Santos lies about an hour’s drive northwest from Cabo San Lucas. Over the years, this state-designated "pueblo magico" has quietly gained a reputation as a hip tourist destination, surf spot, and yoga and meditation retreat for visiting sun-and-solace seekers.