This week, we escaped the Bay Area via a four-hour drive and a 5,980-foot trek up to the Calpine Fire Lookout in the Sierra Valley, just off Highway 89 near Truckee. A onetime forest fire tower that was used every summer until 1975, the Lookout costs $45 a night—a bargain for an evening brimming with stars and sweeping views.
We went behind the scenes at the new Santa Clara Levi's Stadium to bring you a glimpse into this mammoth, state-of-the-art ode to 49ers football. The (staggering) $1.2 billion stadium seats approximately 68,500. It also features 165 luxury suites and 8,500 club seats.
This week we escaped north to the rustic seaside Howard Creek Ranch Inn and B&B for some glamping, piled-high country breakfast, and super strong cowboy coffee. Perched up on the hillside in Westport, we stayed in the dog-friendly Seaview cabin complete with a outdoor kitchen, charcoal grill, enclosed outdoor shower, and massive quilts.
About an hour northwest of San Francisco, past bustling east Marin, you'll find the Nicasio Valley, where cows and horses rule the hills. Despite it's small town vibe, the valley has plenty of activities to fill your three-day weekend.
For this week's Scenes of the City, we visited a spooky old glass factory in the delta town of Antioch. Anchor Glass Factory (1400 W 4th Street) was demolished recently, but for some time it was a photographer's and explorer's haven. Like most abandoned industrial sites, it almost seems like everyone clocked out one Friday and just never came back, leaving behind magazines, boots, and tools.
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