Walk into your typical wine tasting room and what sounds do you expect to hear? It’s likely to be the clinking of glasses and maybe the sound of classy instrumental music. But what about Sting belting out the chorus of "Roxanne"? While you might imagine that from a dive bar on a weekend night, it’s probably not what you expect upon walking into a tasting room, and especially not one in the Napa Valley in the town of Yountville.
Mexico sometimes seems worlds away, but in reality, it's just a few hours away by plane–especially if you're jetting to the idyllic coastal town of Puerto Vallarta. And though SF's Indian Summer is currently in full swing, soon we'll all be wishing we could escape to one of Puerto Vallarta's beaches, ice cold margarita in hand.
As fun as apps like Words with Friends, Angry Birds, and Shazam may be, it’s often the practicality of an app that is most important to consumers. This couldn’t be any truer then when traveling.
There’s a certain timelessness to train travel. Maybe it’s the kid within us all who is taken back to childhood memories of playing with our toy train sets, or maybe memories of singing and dancing to Quad City DJ’s C'mon N' Ride The Train, although more likely the former. As “old timey” as it may be, there’s a certain draw to train travel, since it typically offers access to places that you just can’t get from driving. Today, we’re featuring a few of the best train trips on the west coast.
Drive 100 miles north up Highway 101, then veer west toward the ocean on Highway 128 and you'll find Anderson Valley. It's a place to escape the crowds, channel your inner cowboy, sharpen your wine knowledge, and see more stars than you have in a long time.
The kids may be back in school, but don’t buy into the 'summer’s over’ frame of mind. Along with being prime festival season, September and October are two of the best months to get outside and soak up some sun. Sonoma County’s Johnson’s Beach, along the Russian River, is a great place to start, especially if you’re a fan of good music.
There’s something special about the Columbia River Gorge, where crystal clear water cuts through canyons and gushes down the steep cliffs of the Cascade Mountain Range.
The Gorge is stunning in every season, but as autumn covers the Pacific Northwest the 80-mile canyon built over eons by the mighty Columbia manages to become even more beautiful, draped in the oranges and yellows of fall-turning bigleaf maple, cottonwood and Oregon ash.
The calendar may say fall but in the Bay Area, but the weather and the calendar don’t always see eye to eye, so don’t pack away those summer clothes just yet. Think of waking up to a sunny morning as a day to stock up on much needed vitamin D. In other words, get to the beach. Here are a few sandy suggestions, in case you need some inspiration.
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?