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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.

The Bay Area Guide to Lighthouse Hopping

Lighthouses may have been designed to guide sailors, but they do a pretty good job of getting the attention of drivers as well. Throw them in the mix with a day off, and you’ve got a good reason to hop in the car and go for a drive.

Catalina’s Hidden Gem

There’s something about being on an island. There’s also something about being on an island when the town you’re in only has about 250 folks who call it home. No crowds, no waits. If you’re looking to escape the hustle and bustle of city lining Two Harbors, Santa Catalina Island is for you.

Ventura: A Southern California Roadtrip Stop

Wildlife spotting during the ride to the Channel Islands

The trek along the coast to Southern California takes some time, but there’s never much concern about growing bored. Popular destinations like Santa Cruz, Monterey and Santa Barbara offer places to stretch your legs and enjoy the view. Tucked in between the better known stops are quintessential coastal towns also worth checking out along the way. Some of them, like Ventura, might even have you adjusting the itinerary.

Five Reasons to Escape to Santa Cruz in Winter

Santa Cruz Surfer

It doesn't matter whether it's summer or winter, a walk on the beach in Santa Cruz will make your cheeks rosy. Summer may be when bigger crowds appear, but seasoned veterans will tell you winter at the beach can't be beat.

Weekend Getaway to Half Moon Bay

Point Montara Lighthouse

The pumpkins may be long gone, but don’t hold that against Half Moon Bay. Just a little more than half an hour south of San Francisco, this not too big, not too small coastal town has all the makings of a great winter getaway.

Point Montara Lighthouse

Bay Area Parks Worth a Winter Visit

Armstrong Redwoods State Natural Reserve

Exploring the seemingly endless number of great parks in the Bay Area may seem like a summertime thing, but if you stop and think about it, it makes perfect sense. This is the time of year when we could all benefit from the peace and quiet most parks have to offer.

Hollywood Meets Gold Country

Columbia State Historic Park

Hollywood gets its inspiration from all walks of life, history included. Gold Country is loaded with history, so it makes sense the two would cross paths. Many movies and television shows have called Gold Country home, but along with making some fun movie buff trivia, Tinseltown helps bring history to life for Tuolumne County visitors every day.

5 Beaches for the Christmas Visit List

Año Nuevo State Park

Sunny skies and mild temperatures make day trips to the beach a year round possibility in the Bay Area. And there’s no better time to take advantage of a little surf and sand than over the holidays. Whether you’ve got some extra time off, or are looking to escape the holiday craze, here’s some great beaches to put on your Christmas visit list.

Año Nuevo State Park

Holiday Spa Escape in Sonoma

Raindance Spa The Lodge at Sonoma

We’re in the final holiday crush. Sure, it’s important to get that shopping done, but a little rest and relaxation can make finding the perfect gift oh so much easier. If you need a break from the holiday hustle and bustle, a nice warm soak in Sonoma maybe all you need to make the season a little more soothing.

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