You might have thought you stepped back in time yesterday afternoon as men in turn of the century wares greeted a 1915 Ford Model T in front of the Palace of Fine Arts.
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.
A young man wearing a Britney Spears T-shirt tucked into a red longyi (wraparound skirt) poked at a tree with a 20-foot pole. I’d been in the dust of central Burma all day, traveling between ancient temples on a rickety bike, but this sight caught my interest.
“This owl—no good,” he explained in English. “It made my mom sick.”
Berkeley is a universe onto itself. Just over the Bay Bridge from San Francisco, the city of around 116,000 full-time residents (add about 36,000 people to that when University of California, Berkeley is in session) is a cornucopia of diverse cultures, restaurants, museums and attractions.
Filled with beautiful, pastel-colored homes and overflowing with runners, bikers, picnickers, and promenaders, the Marina is a great neighborhood to have a fun night out, window shop, have a leisurely Sunday brunch, or just enjoy a spectacular view of the Golden Gate Bridge.
Just 10 miles north of San Francisco, over the Golden Gate Bridge, sits an idyllic town of 14,000 residents with tons of green spaces and leafy downtown streets filled with one-of-a-kind shops, art galleries, and restaurants perfect for strolling at any time of day. Welcome to Mill Valley.
Summer at Lake Tahoe is stunning, but Big Blue can sure get crowded. Head just an hour north of Interstate 80 into Tahoe’s “backyard” and visit the alpine lakes, lodges, breweries, and bars of Plumas and Sierra Counties.