Contra Costa County encompasses more than 800 square miles, 1 million residents, and a dozen municipalities within its borders, among them Walnut Creek, San Ramon, Orinda, and Pleasant Hill.
When the leaves change hues, it's time to dust off your pie recipes and find an idyllic, cozy town for autumnal inspiration. We suggest you put on your boots and pack your Pendleton blanket for Sebastopol, where the peaceful back roads are dotted with farm stands, handpainted signs for pancake breakfasts, and craggy apples trees bursting with fruit.
Fall is one of the most beautiful seasons in the Bay Area and you're probably already having withdrawals from your summer camping adventures. These 5 campsites are perfect for you to get your wilderness fix and take advantage of the incredible weather. Check out the list and start making your plans!
Is Portland the new San Francisco? With the rate that our Bay Area friends are transplanting to the rainy city, it might seem that way. But even if you're not interested in a life of tax-free shopping sprees, Portland is a pretty rad place to check out, if only for a weekend. Packed with craft brewers, a delicious brunch scene, and one of the greatest book stores this side of the Mississippi, here's what to do on your next trip to PDX.
Big Sur is one of the country's most iconic road trips. Some folks wing it, driving the 90-mile stretch of California coastline between San Simeon and Carmel and taking in the views through the car window and stopping at popular spots, but some of Big Sur's best hikes and waterfalls are easily missed when you don't veer from Highway 1. Check out these hidden attractions next time you're in the area.
On the island of Maui, Ka'anapali beach resort may be best known for its fine sands, crystalline waters, and sublime views of Lanai and Molokai. But the island-style food here, as well as in nearby Lahaina, is also worth writing home about. Whether you crave seared ahi, local kalua pork, or Spam musubi (yes, that's a thing), here's where to eat when you're on the island.
As autumn rolls in, so roll the cars down Highway 1 to Half Moon Bay, the so-called "world pumpkin capital," which hosts an annual festival to celebrate the gourd. This month, make a whole day or weekend trip of it—there are plenty of scenic hikes, endless beaches, and delicious food to keep you happy.
One of the best parts of living in the Bay Area is its proximity to Pebble Beach, Monterey, and Carmel. These three destinations offer some of the best vistas, beaches, restaurants, and outdoor activities in all of California. A camera is required for this experience.