Love in the Great Outdoors

Some of the best dates happen in the outdoors. Whale watching, wine tasting, walking among murals or down to a restored lighthouse … whatever your outdoor loves may be, you’ve got options! Sending a few to you this Valentine’s Day long weekend.

Week 02.13.2020
Regions Northern CA

Light the Way

Point Reyes Lighthouse

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Head to Point Reyes’s newly rejuvenated lighthouse. Originally constructed in 1870 to help warn mariners of the navigational hazard that we now call Point Reyes, the lighthouse was handed over to the National Park Service after serving for 105 years.
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Oakland Beat & Beer Garden

Go on an Urban Hike to see Murals and Enjoy a Beer Garden in Oakland

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Oakland walks to the beat of its own drum with a super vibrant arts scene. One of the easiest places to check some of it out is in the Northgate neighborhood—home of the “Art Murmur.” The Murmur began a few years ago as an art walk with participating galleries and mixed-use art…
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Cupid at Quarryhill

Hike & Picnic at Quarryhill in Sonoma Valley

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Forget a dozen roses. Give your love a botanical garden. Specifically, one hidden away on the western slope of Sonoma Valley’s Mayacamas Mountains, Quarryhill Botanical Garden has one of the Bay Area’s best displays of Asian flora—and it’s a brilliant place for a quiet picnic…
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That's the Point!

Whale Watch at Mori Point in Pacifica

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Mori Point, an exposed promontory in Pacifica with stunning ocean views, is fantastic for winter whale watching.
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