Collected by Allison Deal
23570 Arnold Dr, Sonoma, CA 95476, USA
Stopped by Cornerstone Sonoma to take a break from all the wine we had been enjoying. This park has a wide variety of interesting landscape design, gardens, shops and restaurants. Don't miss Artefact design, offering architectual salvage pieces.
478 Union St, San Francisco, CA 94133, USA
Yone has a rare kind of time-capsule-charm. It's a tiny shop you can get lost in for hours—lost in San Franciscan history, lost in slow conversation, and, of course, lost in beads. Mr. Bee, now 90, opened Yone in the '60s and has amassed a...
Mono Lake, California 93541, USA
The colors and incredible rocks at Mono Lake draw you in. It is like no place I have ever visited. The rock formations are called Tufa towers which form in a variety of ways at Mono Lake. The most visible formations are the towers on the lake’s...
55 Music Concourse Dr, San Francisco, CA 94118, USA
The California Academy of Sciences is an unfortunately stuffy name for an institution that is anything but staid. The country's largest natural-history museum includes an aquarium, a planetarium, an enormous rain-forest exhibit under a...
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...
351 Pacu Ln #200, Bishop, CA 93514, USA
Walk amongst the oldest living things on the planet. It's eerie, a bit weird looking, and out of the way. Isn't that the way you like it? That's why I went. It's nice at night, as you can tell from the photo. The Patriarch Grove in the Ancient...
We love going to the high desert in California, usually out to Joshua Tree National Park. We rented a house in Yucca Valley, not far from the Park entrance, through VRBO.com in late December so we could make home-cooked meals in the evenings. In...
15 E Cliff Dr, Santa Cruz, CA 95062, USA
We set out for a half day trip from San Jose to Santa Cruz and decided to take our pooch Bella. We didn't realize though that so much of the beach thoroughfare is closed to dogs. We walked quite a ways and finally found Seabright beach just south...
4001 Judah St, San Francisco, CA 94122, USA
Outerlands is an Outer Sunset institution. The small restaurant near Ocean Beach serves local, organic cuisine in a rustic-chic setting. Covered floor-to-ceiling in warm, rough-hewn wood, the interior invites lingering over an artisan cocktail or...
Los Feliz, Los Angeles, CA, USA
Our neighbors Peter Bahlawanian and his wife, Bronwen Tawse, import exotic ingredients and the freshest spices I’ve ever tasted: paprika, flavored salts, and black limes. They have an amazing store, and I see top chefs shopping here. We get...
Rockaway Beach, Pacifica, CA 94044, USA
Walk from Pacifica State Beach (park by the Taco Bell) to Rockaway Beach and if there's no fog you'll be blessed with some of the best views of the Pacific Ocean in Northern California. It's a fairly easy walk that continues along the beach, with...
482 B 49th St, Oakland, CA 94609, USA
My boss first told us about Doughnut Dollys and we went that day for dessert, but when we walked down the little art alley behind the busy Telegraph Avenue it was unfortunately closed. After thinking about these doughnuts for days, he finally...
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