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The Best Hikes on the Northern California Coast

Whether you're interested in a casual walk along bluffs above crashing surf or a longer excursion into the coastal mountains high above the Pacific, hundreds of miles of serene coastal trails await on the California coastline.

Oakland Staycation: Getting Nautical in Jack London Square

While seemingly out of the way for Oakland residents who spend their time drinking greyhounds in Uptown or making laps around Lake Merritt, a newly revamped Jack London Square is brimming with ways to spend a delightful weekend on the water. From a morning spent kayaking in the harbor, to fresh oysters for lunch, to a glass of wine and a movie overlooking the bay, Jack London Square is the closest you can get to a beachy vacation within walking distance of a BART station. 

Where to Get San Francisco's Best Coffee in Los Angeles

If you're ever nursing a strong need for caffeine in Los Angeles, don't settle for Starbucks or a random coffee shop. These famous San Francisco coffee joints are now available down south. 

A Modern Guide to Bend, Oregon

Long known as a craft beer and mountain biking mecca, Bend is now also a great place to get baked (Oregon legalized recreational marijuana on July 1), and ski. Though, not necessarily in that order. 

Try Nordic Skiing or Splitboarding at Tahoe's Alpenglow Mountain Festival

Alpenglow Mountain Festival. Photo courtesy of Alpenglow Mountain Festival

Two more feet of snow has blanketed the Tahoe area, but instead of heading to the crowded larger resorts, we're dreaming of backwoods trails away from the masses (and where no one can see us try out a split board). 

Bay Area Native Larry Jacobson Has Been to All 49 Super Bowls ... and Counting

Football fans come in a variety of breeds. There are those who never miss a primetime game on television, others who will follow teams to stadiums around the country…and then there is Larry Jacobson, a member of an ultra-exclusive group of fans: those who’ve attended every single Super Bowl.

The Explorer’s Guide to Mendocino

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. 

A Modern Guide to Santa Barbara’s Funk Zone

No longer just a sleepy SoCal enclave for posh retirees, Santa Barbara is getting in on the hipster scene with the rise of the Funk Zone, a warehouse district that's been transformed over the past few years by a new set of creative tenants—tattooed and Warby Parker–spectacled makers of all kinds.

Love Peace and Quiet? Explore California's Secret Beaches

Finding a little piece of peace along the California Coast isn't as difficult as it may seem, and the rewards are as infinite as the Pacific horizon. 

Five Star Spirituality: Energy Vortexes, Hiking, and Music Meditation in Sedona

On a New Year’s trip to Sedona, Arizona (a reward for spending an intense three days hiking in the Grand Canyon), I visited energy vortexes (vortices?), saw a tarot reader, and attended a music and meditation class—on Day One. While I’m naturally inclined toward New Age arts, dabbling here and there in oracle cards and crystal-healing treatments, this total immersion seemed a bit over the top, even for me. Which is not to say that I didn’t enjoy every last minute of it.

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