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The rugged 4.8 mile Ridge Trail trail is perfect for adventurous couples. It will take you along the Eastern slope of the mountain through eucalyptus trees, past plants, wild flowers and butterflies. With sweeping views and gorgeous vegetation,...
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Half Moon Bay, CA 94019, USA
Montara State Beach is just north of Half Moon Bay, CA, and offers one of Northern California's cleanest and most beautiful shorelines. The views are breathtaking, and during the winter months the waves tend to get really high. When we were there...
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200 Nevada Ave, Moss Beach, CA 94038, USA
This San Mateo County park, about a 30-minute drive south from San Francisco, provides both brooding Cypress bowered walks and sunny beaches frequented by sea lions. The rocky seashore hosts a living community of marine life that is of great...
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835 George St, Montara, CA 94037, USA
On way to Half Moon Bay, CA
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8150 Cabrillo Hwy, Montara, CA 94037, USA
La Costanera is a gem, a quick cruise south of San Francisco along the lovely Highway 1, the service is great, food is delicious (fresh and inventive) and you can't beat the view. After diner take a stroll on the beach in the lovely light sand- oh...
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Hiking up coastal bluff trails north of Mavericks offers an infrequently captured perspective on the break, which belies its power and force. Appearing almost serene during a lull in the 2012/2013 invitational, a smaller (by Mavericks standards)...
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95 Kelly Ave, Half Moon Bay, CA 94019, USA
To a visitor, the name "Half Moon Bay, California" conjures up images of frolicking in the ocean, sunshine, surfers and bikinis. I did not expect a grey, chilly, misty, bleak, stark beach stretching for miles with cliffs as a backdrop. But, once I...
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Seadrift Rd, Stinson Beach, CA 94970, USA
Bolinas, California is about an hour drive north of San Francisco, in Marin County. Locals tear down signs on Route 1 to prevent outsiders from finding the spot. I discovered it years ago, and have been going back ever since. This photo was taken...
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This 7 mile hike roundtrip is suitable for beginners and one worth taking. Easily considered my favorite hike in the San Francisco Bay Area, the beauty of this rare tidefall dropping down to the beach should not be missed. It takes some planning...
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1 Point Reyes-Petaluma Rd, Inverness, CA 94937, USA
Arched Rock- trail loop from Pt Reyes visitor center
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A dear friend brought her favorite people here to join her on her favorite hike, now its one of my favorites too. We made the hour and a half drive north from San Francisco with the smell of eucalyptus and view of cows grazing on the rolling green...
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1 Point Reyes-Petaluma Rd, Inverness, CA 94937, USA
An experience is often worth more when one works to get there. At Point Reyes lighthouse, visitors are obliged to climb some 300 steps to arrive at their destination. Their efforts are well worth it. When I undertook the journey, we saw deer...
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1 Point Reyes-Petaluma Rd, Inverness, CA 94937, USA
On beautiful Drakes Bay, the beach is wonderful on a nice sunny day. And it's quite a treat to have access to pretty good food, out of the wind and with a great view from this cafe.
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30 Callendar Way, Inverness, CA 94937, USA
If ever there were a perfect weekend retreat, Manka's Inverness Lodge would be it. My husband and I have traveled here on two magical occasions to celebrate anniversaries and special life events, and it is always sublime. Though the main lodge...
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1141 N Main St, Fort Bragg, CA 95437, USA
Residents of misty, moody Ft. Bragg used to throw their garbage from the cliffs above this beach. Entire cars, thrown into the surf. Then they cleaned it up. Decades later, what remains is just a pretty beach and a seemingly endless amount of...
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Boonville, CA 95415, USA
Boonville, a tiny town in the middle of California's Anderson Valley, is proudly anti-establishment and idiosyncratic. The area has its own language, and a radical newspaper that isn't afraid to print controversial stories. The last time I passed...
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8501 CA-128, Philo, CA 95466, USA
This unpretentious tasting room is set in gorgeous country. Stop for a picnic--and some sips of brut rose--if you're cutting across the Anderson Valley en route to the Mendocino Coast.
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2605 Vichy Springs Rd, Ukiah, CA 95482, USA
An absolutely delightful getaway only a few hours north of San Francisco. The grounds are gorgeous, the baths, relaxing and the atmosphere peaceful and quiet. Only suggestion is the food in Ukiah leaves something to be desired. Pack a picnic or...
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100 W Laurel St, Fort Bragg, CA 95437, USA
The Skunk Train (formally the California Western Railroad) dates to the 1880s and cruises between Fort Bragg and Willits, over trestles, through tunnels, and past some amazingly old Redwoods. It is indeed a "tourist attraction" but also a...
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Caspar, CA 95460, USA
Bring your web suits! This beach is the perfect spot for a getaway with some friends. Beach is fun for kids to play on and easily within walking distance from the campground. Campground is clean and provides all amenities from tents to full...
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Greenwood Creek State Beach, California 95432, USA
Grab a deli sandwich from Elk General Store and head across the road down 1/2 mile to the beach. It is isolated with about 6 people at any given time. It has picnic tables and so much character that it held two busy boys for four hours while we...
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Bowling Ball Beach, California 95468, USA
Odd-shaped geologic formations. These rocks are super round, a miracle of nature, the incessant pounding of the Pacific somehow shaping these formations into one of the weirdest and most unique looking formations I've seen on a beach. Bowling Ball...
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There is something magical about gliding on the river in a Kayak. Jenner has become my favorite local place to Kayak or start a days Kayaking adventure. The absolutely best local kayak rentals are Lotus Kayak. At only $20 a day vs $20 an hour by...
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42401 CA-1, Gualala, CA 95445, USA
Gualala Point has 195 acres of forest land and coastline. We made a long loop from where we parked just off hwy 1 past some campgrounds and then hiked back over 1 and along the Gualala River. It's not a long hike and the trail is mostly flat, with...