All Stories from Northern CA

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    That's A-Morro!

    Most swing sets are found in a playground, but this set of swings is found in a grove of large eucalyptus trees overlooking one of San Luis Obispo’s iconic formations: Morro Rock, the northernmost of the ancient volcanoes dubbed Nine Sisters and the only one that emerges from the…

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    Swinging Single

    San Luis Obispo’s “serenity swing” earns honors for living up to its name and meeting high expectations! The swing hangs from a large, lone oak tree secluded on top of a hill high above Poly Canyon. Reaching it requires hiking up to one of the most (yes) serene settings on the…

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    Sister Act

    Nine sisters makes a big family, and it’s even better when they’re all good looking! San Luis Obispo is surrounded by nine ancient volcanoes known as morros, and affectionately called the Nine Sisters. For one of the best views of this family portrait, go on a challenging 5-mile…

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    Swinging Single

    San Luis Obispo’s “serenity swing” earns honors for living up to its name and meeting high expectations! The swing hangs from a large, lone oak tree secluded on top of a hill high above Poly Canyon. Reaching it requires hiking up to one of the most (yes) serene settings on the…

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    Sister Act

    Nine sisters makes a big family, and it’s even better when they’re all good looking! San Luis Obispo is surrounded by nine ancient volcanoes known as morros, and affectionately called the Nine Sisters. For one of the best views of this family portrait, go on a challenging 5-mile…

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    Art in the Vines

    There’s something big and bold happening in Napa, and it isn’t a cabernet. It’s the more than 200 acres of vineyard, lake, gardens, and off-the-beaten path landscape that makes up the creative spirit of di Rosa, a nonprofit art destination scenically set in the Carneros region of…

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    Meat & Greet

    Tired of the same old meat market? It’s time to make an upgrade! San Francisco-based AgLocal delivers the very best grass-fed, pasture-raised meats directly to you. It’s like a care package of goodness: beef, chicken, pork, and more. AgLocal partners directly with and buys only…

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    Spirit Ship

    At first glance, humble Mare Island in Vallejo might not seem like the type of place to take a walk. This old navy shipyard has dozens of unoccupied ghost-town-like buildings, and the drive to it feels almost ominous. But venture a little further and you’ll come to a revelation…

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    In-Spired

    San Francisco has no shortage of outdoor art installations, but there’s one that rises above the rest. Spiking 90 feet skyward and located beside one of the Presidio’s most tranquil hiking spots, Andy Goldsworthy’s beloved “Spire” was built in nature, using nature. Goldsworthy…

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    Yosemite Light Show!

    As if you need an excuse to visit Yosemite … but we’ve got three really good ones! Yosemite’s currently got some stellar seasonal rates at rustic resorts, grand hotels, and everything in between. Here are some of the best things to do in the coming weeks. Yosemite Light Show! The…

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    When the Levee Breaks

    If you drive on Highway 37 between Sears Point and Vallejo you’ll notice a dramatic change: there’s water, water, everywhere! On January 6, the levee breached, intentionally, as part of an ongoing restoration project at Cullinan Ranch in the Napa River delta. For the first time…

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    Mill About by Foot or Bike

    Birds love our fantastic bay, especially in the winter. And so do people! One of the Bay Area’s most popular roadside attractions is Mill Valley’s Bothin Marsh and Bayfront Park. The area makes for easy afternoon walking, biking, bird-watching, and bay-gawking. From Tennessee…

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    Vintage VIP

    Backstage passes. VIP entrances. Behind-the-scenes access. So what’s wine country’s version of special treatment? The 37th Annual Barrel Tasting along Sonoma County’s beautiful Wine Road (March 6 – 15)! This isn’t your standard passport-tasting event—this is a ticket to go into…

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    Redding to Roll?

    It was Groundhog Day last week, and you know what the little guy hinted at? It’s going to be an awesome spring in Redding! (Seriously, he was very specific this year.) Redding is indeed the second sunniest city in the entire country with over 300 bluebird sunny days a year. And…

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    New Year, New Zealand

    Question: What’s a closer flight—Italy, Australia, or New Zealand? Answer: New Zealand! You’re just an overnight flight away from waking up in Middle-earth, minus the Orcs. With so much diversity in one country, every day is a different journey in New Zealand. Size Matters: New…

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    Summit to Scrumptious

    Before saying hi to Rick & Ann, say hi to one of the best views in the East Bay. Hidden in the Berkeley and Oakland Hills, the 208-acre Claremont Canyon Regional Preserve rises to a sweeping bay vista. Hike up to it via the Stonewall-Panoramic Trail, which climbs steeply for…

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    Muirly Through the Woods

    Eggs, waffles, BLTs, mimosas, what could be better? How about pairing your brunch with a walk through 600-year-old redwood trees. Skip the crowds at Muir Woods’ main entrance and start up on Panoramic Highway by the Mountain Home Inn (your brunch spot). You’ll hike high on the…

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    Country Style Ramble

    Hungry? Head to the airport! No, seriously. Petaluma Municipal Airport’s popular Two Niner Diner is a breakfast institution. Hike to it on a 4.8-mile (round-trip) rolling-green-hills ramble. Grab your best wing-mates for a hike-in brunch at this tiny country airport, where a soft…

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    Vantage Point

    What’s the secret for spying gray whales during winter’s migration season? Location, location, location! And location doesn’t get any better than from the top of the tallest lighthouse on the West Coast. The historic 115-foot Lighthouse Tower at Point Arena Light Station in…

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    Gray Area

    Honking, quacking, whistling … we’re not talking about a raucous night in the city. We’re talking about an absolute bonanza of bird species when you visit Gray Lodge Wildlife Area, 50 miles north of Sacramento in the heart of the Pacific Flyway. Every winter more than a million…

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