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So Many Places to Sip in Monterey Wine Country, So Little Time

Hahn Family Wines

Monterey County may be best known for its scenic coast, famous aquarium and star-studded links, but 'wine destination' is fighting for a well-deserved spot in the ranks.

Playing Tourist in Los Angeles

Space Shuttle Endeavour

Folks who don’t call California home are often surprised by how different Northern California is from its neighbor to the south.

An African Safari Adventure in Monterey

Elephant delivering breakfast

Wild things live in Monterey County and I’m not talking about the jellies, sea otters and other creatures that call the Monterey Bay Aquarium home.

Adventure Awaits in the Farm Fields of Monterey

Artichokes

We’re all guilty of it. At some point we’ve complained about the cost of living in San Francisco. How we pay way too much in rent or pay through the nose to park a car. Turns out we’re not the only ones who can complain about the cost of land.

Coast Hopping North to South

Santa Cruz Boardwalk

When you’re making the trip south in your car, you essentially have two choices: The quicker route on Highway 5, or the slower-moving Highway 1 or 101 trek down the coast. When you’re talking about hours behind the wheel, quick has the advantage, but the scenery along the 5 isn’t what I’d call inspiring. If you can find the extra couple of hours, go the long way, and there’s a good chance you’ll actually enjoy the ride.

Wine Country's Best Wine-and-Chocolate Tasting Experiences

Trinitas Wine and Chocolate

February has arrived, and the frenzy of yet another holiday is kicking in. If wine and chocolate have anything to do with your idea of the perfect Valentine’s Day, set your sights on a sweet trip to Wine Country.

Sip and Stroll through Dog-Friendly Carmel

Carmel by-the-Sea

When you arrive somewhere late at night, you never quite know what it’s going to look like when the sun comes up. In Carmel-by-the-Sea, what’s waiting in the dark is worth getting up early for.

Five NorCal Piers Worth a Walk

Berkeley Municipal Pier

Things associated with beaches and waves seem to naturally make people happy. Think about it. Mavericks had folks that never get in the ocean (let alone get on surf boards) brimming with excitement. Most lighthouses attract more people by car than by boat. Then there are piers. They attract all types: Walkers, runners, fisherman, thrill seekers, foodies… you get the idea.

A Southern California Island Vacation in Catalina

Catalina Island Casino

Santa Catalina Island is one of those places most Californians know about, but many have never been. Just 22 miles off the coast of Southern California, it’s so close, yet so far. Not being able to jump in the car and go may simply stop many from going. Yet, not being able to jump in the car and go is one of many reasons that makes the place most simply call Catalina worth a visit.

Mavericks 2013: What Watchers Need to Know

Ken Collins Surfing Mavericks

It’s on. Word went out yesterday that the world-famous Mavericks Invitational surf contest is set for this Sunday, January 20 in Pillar Point, Half Moon Bay. With monster waves in the forecast, the excitement surrounding the event is pretty contagious.

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