Summer Savoring

Okay, summer, can you slow down already! Savor the sun’s favorite season with some camping and hiking among redwoods, biking along the coast, paddling crystal waters, or relaxing in a garden … a beer garden! Here are a few ideas.

My Weekend Sherpa:

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1) Oakland Beat & Beer Garden

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…

2) Pomo Pitch

Secluded camping under the redwoods and by a creek … now that’s a good pitch! Get to it at newly re-opened Pomo Canyon Environmental Campground, an absolute gem within Sonoma Coast State Park. This walk-in only, 21-site campground has hillside…

3) Crystal Clear

Sitting juxtaposed to busy Highway 280 on the Peninsula, Crystal Springs Reservoir is a big, glistening, two-lake treasure worthy of more than a drive-by affair. Fed by High Sierra water piped from Yosemite’s Hetch Hetchy, this tranquil oasis is best…

4) Be Here: Berkeley

Ready for a getaway that’s not too far away? Be a little Berkeley! This young and active town has hills for hiking, trails for biking, and wonderful gardens (botanical and beer!).

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5) Battery Recharger

So close, yet far enough to get swept up in iconic coastal scenery—that pretty much defines this classic hike in the Marin Headlands. Go on a winding 5-mile loop hike that brings together the best of the headlands. Starting from…

6) Maria Is Magical

Ready to find a beach to call your own? Make a visit to Santa Maria Beach in Point Reyes. It’s often overlooked for nearby Limantour Beach. What makes Santa Maria so quiet and peaceful? The 3-mile bike (or hike) in!…

7) Clearly a Winner!

Okay, let’s get something clear ... like, crystal clear: The best way to see Lake Tahoe’s beautiful translucent waters is on a crystal-clear kayak! And by that we mean Wild Society’s Crystal Kayaks. Founded by Tahoe native and adventurous entrepreneur…

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