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1206 Spring St, Calistoga, CA 94515, USA
Great winery in Calistoga! Take a gondola ride up to the winery and do the tour. You will not be disappointed.
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1712 Lincoln Ave, Calistoga, CA 94515, USA
This hotel is a tranquil and relaxing retreat. It's rooms are comfortable, it has a lovely pool, gardens, and thermal geysers that lead to mud baths and spas. I love the history of this place and that people have been drawn to this special land...
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The menu at SolBar is divided into two sections: "healthy" and "hearty." "Light" on the left; "comforting" on the right: Smoked salmon with caviar on the left; sweet pumpkin bruschetta with ricotta on the right. Steamed halibut on the left; brined...
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1236 Lincoln St, Calistoga, CA 94515, USA
Tasting wine is enjoyable pretty much anywhere, but becomes especially so when there's a funky old Airstream involved. The Grade Cellars specializes in sauvignon blanc wines and their tour educates about the process, from harvest to bottling—and...
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1353 Lincoln Ave, Calistoga, CA 94515, USA
I'm sitting in the Calistoga Village Bakery, sipping at a triple shot latte, watching the world go by. This is the second of what will eventually be three stops in which I begin my day this way. It's crazy busy for this early morning in a...
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3340 CA-128, Calistoga, CA 94515, USA
When you're driving up from San Francisco, Bennett Lane is the last winery in Napa Valley (meaning that it's the furthest north). The Calistoga tasting room is worth those extra few miles, though, for a couple of reasons. One, the tasting room...
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1500 Diamond Mountain Rd, Calistoga, CA 94515, USA
When founder Al Brounstein used to host what we would now call wine club parties at Diamond Creek Vineyards, he wouldn't serve any Diamond Creek wine. But he would, however, offer one lucky person the opportunity to buy a magnum through a lottery....
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Kortum Canyon Rd, California 94515, USA
Consider going for a hike if you're visiting wine country. There are a lot of trails and beautiful views to be seen. If you don't want to take a break from wine tasting, you can always bring a bottle with you :)
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4045 St Helena Hwy, Calistoga, CA 94515, USA
Castello di Amorosa is an architectural wonderland right in the middle of Napa Valley. Based on fourth-generation winemaker Dario Sattui’s passion for medieval history, this replica of a 13th-century stone castle, made entirely from European...
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1400 Schramsberg Rd, Calistoga, CA 94515, USA
When you take a sip of Schramsberg's sparkling wine, you are tasting some of the very best in California—and you are also getting a taste of Napa Valley history. Schramsberg has been making wine in the same time-consuming and labor-intensive...
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3000 Summit Trail, Santa Rosa, CA 95404, USA
The best time to visit the northern California wine country? Late fall, just before the first overnight frost. Not only are the summer and harvest crowds nowhere to be seen, but the vineyards are bursting with gold and red. A walk through the...
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107 North St, Healdsburg, CA 95448, USA
There are numerous wonderful wine tasting locations in Healdsburg. It is both possible and enjoyable to spend an afternoon walking around the square meandering from tasting to tasting. A small gem of a tasting room just a block off the square is...
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219 Healdsburg Ave, Healdsburg, CA 95448, USA
H2hotel has a playful mix of modern rooms and overall architecture made with an earthy feel and natural materials. The crowning example is their living roof, which can be seen through the large, curving windows on the fourth floor. Each room has a...
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10 4th St, Santa Rosa, CA 95401, USA
We stopped in to Flying Goat Coffee in Healdsburg to feed our caffeine fix during a day of wine touring. The coffee was terrific, and the highlight was definitely my aztec mocha. It was spicy with just the right amount of chocolatey coffee...
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2901 4th St, Santa Rosa, CA 95409, USA
Jeffery's Hillside Cafe is tucked away from the main street behind hotels and trees. It is one of my favorite Breakfast & Brunch places in Sanoma Co. The food is delicious, hearty, and full of fresh ingredients (incuding homemade salasa). Their...
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557 Summerfield Rd, Santa Rosa, CA 95405, USA
East West uses a wonderful collection of fresh local ingredients to create wonderful meals. There is something for the vegetarian and the meat lover. From salads and falafel dishes to burgers and sweet potato fries there seems to be something to...
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Rohnert Park, CA, USA
Sonoma County Wine Country is located west of Napa Valley, which is world renowned for their exquisite wines and historical wineries. Unfortunately, Napa Valley in a given year can average over a million visitors. A majority of people are unaware...
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13690 Arnold Dr, Glen Ellen, CA 95442, USA

I came across the fig cafe accidentaly. Drove through beautiful Glen Ellen and stopped there for brunch.And I'm so happy that i did!

the fig cafe has all the rightingredients! beautiful location, warm welcoming ambiance and fantastic food.

I had...

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2605 Adobe Canyon Rd, Kenwood, CA 95452, USA
Sugarloaf Ridge State Park has numerous hiking trails from mellow meadow trails that are great for nature walks with kids, to heavier hikes up to the vistas of Bald Mountain. There are also family friendly camping grounds and an observatory for...
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8555 Sonoma Hwy, Kenwood, CA 95452, USA
Sonoma and Napa counties have hundreds of wineries that have tasting rooms set among the golden hills of the area. It's rare to find a winery where you can enjoy this scenery as much as the wine served in the tasting room. At Chateau St. Jean,...
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450 W Spain St, Sonoma, CA 95476, USA
Ramekins Culinary is a great spot located in downtown Sonoma with a wide variety of activities including a cooking school, but it is also a B&B. It has a beautiful terrace for meals outside.
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80 4th St, Point Reyes Station, CA 94956, USA
This is another place I immediately return to when I'm in the Bay Area. It's a cheese lover's temple! I loved this salad pictured that I had. It was also my first picture of San Francisco! I must say that the Mount Tam is one of my favourite...
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Hiking around Mt. Tamalpais is the best thing of all times, ever. That, pretty much, everyone agrees on. But this weekend, I found a way to make it better. Start at the Pantoll Ranger Station and take the Matt Davis trail. This will be a nice mix...
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Stinson Beach, CA 94970, USA

What a cute town! With a population of 486, there isn't much to the town except for one small main road. Cute little restaurants (actually I think there is a total of three in the whole town) and a small general store provided everything we...

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30 Ridge Ave, Mill Valley, CA 94941, USA
I've lived in San Francisco for two years and had always heard rumors of a magical beer garden that you could hike to over in Marin. My friend Marisa and I finally embarked on a Saturday adventure to see if it really existed. There are two main...
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1 Muir Woods Rd, Mill Valley, CA 94941, USA
Just 12 miles north of the Golden Gate Bridge is Muir Woods National Monument, a 554-acre park; old-growth coast redwoods, the tallest trees in the world, cover 295 of those acres. Peaceful and lush, the forest is ideal for simply communing with...
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400 Gate 5 Rd, Sausalito, CA 94965, USA
Heath Ceramics was founded in 1948 by Edith Heath. Today it is one of the most lasting examples of midcentury American design. Heath is famous for its tableware collections, as well as its tile. The colors are amazing, and their bud vases make for...
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I discovered this Marin Headlands view of the Golden Gate Bridge on one of my very first trips to San Francisco. In my three-plus years living in the Bay Area, I still haven’t found a view to top it. My favorite time to visit is just after sunset,...
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948, Fort Barry, Sausalito, CA 94965, USA
Gets you the best view of San Francisco and its famous bridge
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San Francisco, CA, USA
One of the easiest ways to get amazing views in sf. You can continue up to the Marin headlands and even go out to the lighthouse.
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One, Ferry Building, San Francisco, CA 94111, USA
If Chinatown is one of San Francisco’s most historic neighborhoods, continue walking for another ten minutes and you’ll arrive at one of its newest attractions, the Ferry Building. Actually, the building itself is not new, having been completed in...
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101 Spear St, San Francisco, CA 94105, USA
Most dim sum places in the San Francisco Bay Area are pretty typical of what you can find in Asia, culture and all. And while I love authentic as much as the next person, there is a place that has elevated the art of the dumpling. I am not alone...
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2698 Fremont Dr, Sonoma, CA 95476, USA
Southern comfort food is hardly what comes to mind when thinking about the cuisine of California's Wine Country. Yet, that's exactly what you get at this unassuming diner along scenic Highway 121. Think grandma's recipes inspired by the local...
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25200 Arnold Dr, Sonoma, CA 95476, USA
This is a view from the terrace at Viansa Winery in Sonoma. We attended an absolutely beautiful wedding here. Love this place!
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11 Central Ave, Sonoma, CA 95476, USA
There are a lot of good eating options in Sonoma, but not so many that don't come with some snobbery. El Molino is different: Bright blue and yellow tiled floors, an open kitchen, freshly made tortillas from stone-ground corn, and homey,...
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4048 Sonoma Hwy, Napa, CA 94559, USA
When you tell your friends that you're headed here, everyone will chime in about the dish that you have to get. 'Make sure you try the smoked salmon flatbread!' 'The burger, be sure to get the burger'.' 'The donuts! You have to get the donuts!'...
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4048 Sonoma Hwy, Napa, CA 94559, USA
This refined 28-acre resort set in the rolling hills between downtown Sonoma and downtown Napa makes guests feel relaxed the moment they check in. The vistas are unobstructed from the resort’s pool areas, and many of the property’s 94...
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2222 3rd Ave, Napa, CA 94558, USA
Napa Valley’s newest sub-appellation is just 10 miles east of downtown Napa but it is tucked into a pocket of the Valley that feels like a throwback to the pre-Mondavi days—when the region was a diverse agricultural area and winemaking was a labor...
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2181 3rd Ave, Napa, CA 94558, USA
Although only about 15 minutes from downtown Napa, by the time you get to the gates of Meteor Vineyard, you may wonder if you are still in Napa Valley. Where are the balloons and crowded tasting rooms and stretch limos? Not in Coombsville. One of...
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6476 Washington Street, (behind Ad Hoc), Yountville, CA 94599, USA
Tucked behind his restaurant Adhoc is a small shack serving two items: fried chicken and bbq pork. Each selection comes with potato salad, cole slaw and corn bread, the perfect sides for these picnic favorites. You can enjoy your lunch at one of...
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6480 Washington St, Yountville, CA 94599, USA
Fresh, sophisticated, modern — there is nothing country about what Chef Richard Reddington coins "contemporary wine country cuisine." His creative and original approach — combining flavors and traditions from around the world — has earned him a...
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6510 Washington St, Yountville, CA 94599, USA
Start the evening the way every evening should, with oysters and a bottle of sauvignon blanc. Bistro Jeanty's happy hour (Monday through Thursday 4-6pm) includes dollar oysters from the West Coast and a good selection of local white wine. Sit at...
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6725 Washington St, Yountville, CA 94599, USA
This venue is temporarily closed for renovations, 10/2018. Ma(i)sonry Napa Valley is a well-curated art gallery and wine tasting room set amidst an eclectic sculpture garden. At this Napa Valley tasting room, originally built in 1904 as a private...
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6528 Yount St, Yountville, CA 94599, USA
To say that Lucy Bar + Restaurant is inside the very cool Bardessono hotel in Yountville is not quite right as the separation between outside and inside is almost indistinguishable in this contemporary space. Jeff Vandiver, one of the designers of...
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6525 Washington St, Yountville, CA 94599, USA
Whether you're looking for an interesting or legendary Napa Valley wine or you've had your fill of California and want to scout the globe, V Wine Cellars at the V Marketplace in Yountville has a very good selection. You'll even find back vintages...
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6528 Washington St, Yountville, CA 94599, USA
Oh, Bouchon! Don't let the long line out the door discourage you—these delicious pastries are well worth the wait and the outdoor café tables make for a lovely spot to dig in once you're handed your treats.
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6534 Washington St, Yountville, CA 94599, USA
Some say that Keller’s second restaurant in Yountville is even better than his flagship, the French Laundry. The rest of us may never know. But Bouchon is open until midnight seven days a week, and you can grab a seat at the bar without a...
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6640 Washington St, Yountville, CA 94599, USA
There was a time when the French Laundry actually washed shirts. Now, that is just a bad joke (as in "They were a bit heavy on the starch; I don't think I'll be going back"). There are those who say Thomas Keller's famous flagship restaurant that...
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6755 Washington St, Yountville, CA 94599, USA
When Chef Richard Reddington was tasked with concepting a new, casual restaurant in Yountville to compliment his Michelin-starred Redd, he brought in a wood-burning oven from Italy and Liza Shaw from A16 to work her magic with yeast and flour and...
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180 Rutherford Hill Rd, Rutherford, CA 94573, USA
If you’ve ever wondered where you can have a proper bowl of miso soup and a perfectly roasted salmon for breakfast while watching the fog lift from the floor of Napa Valley, you have found it. (Okay, they also serve croissants.) In addition to the...
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8815 Conn Creek Rd, Rutherford, CA 94573, USA
Before there can be quality wine, or even quality grapes, there needs to be quality dirt. Frog’s Leap Winery is located in one of the most coveted patches of dirt in the Napa Valley — Rutherford. Which is why, when you visit, owner John Williams...
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875 Rutherford Rd, Napa, CA 94558, USA
Wine, as they say, belongs at the table. Yet most tasting rooms offer only the wine. For a richer experience, seek out wineries that offer food pairings or, better yet, an entire meal. At Robert Sinskey winery, cookbook author and Chef Maria Helm...
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1991 St Helena Hwy, Rutherford, CA 94573, USA
Inglenook (previously Rubicon) is the epitome of wine tasting in the Napa Valley. The elegant chateau is owned by the Hollywood legend Francis Ford Coppola (mastermind behind The Godfather Trilogy... but you knew that). The Coppola's have gained...
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7399 St Helena Hwy, Napa, CA 94558, USA
After a day of wine tasting nothing hits the spot quite like some juicy pulled pork. If you are cruising around Napa looking for a yummy meal, I would recommend Mustards. But definitely call ahead or be ready to wait, this place is in high demand...
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933 Main St, St Helena, CA 94574, USA
The line for burgers and fries at Gott's Roadside (formerly Taylor's Refresher and don't you forget it) in St. Helena can be ridiculous in the afternoon, but if you go in the morning, you'll have your choice of picnic tables—either in front...
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738 Main St, St Helena, CA 94574, USA
Lots of restaurants brag about having a farm-to-table ethos, but few stick to it as adamantly as Farmstead restaurant at Long Meadow Ranch Winery in Napa. Nearly every ingredient—from the grapes that go into the wines, to the beef used in...
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587 St Helena Hwy, St Helena, CA 94574, USA
When couple sommelier team Kelli White and Scott Brenner arrived iNapa Valley from New York City, they felt, understandably, a little constricted with the Napa-only wine list at Press restaurant in St. Helena. But they have done more than make the...
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1016 Main St, St Helena, CA 94574, USA
Last time I was in Napa Valley, it was a hot October weekend, and I wanted to stop with my two kids at the popular Gott's Roadside diner. The line was around the corner, but fortunately I knew that Tra Vigne was just down the road. Tra Vigne has...
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The Cliff Family Winery at Vino Velo is a unique location that blends the passions of cycling and wine into one experience. Cliff Family Winery will help you plan your cycling trip through the Napa Valley. You’ll start your day at Velo Vino where...
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1080 Fulton Ln, St Helena, CA 94574, USA
Shop ACME Fine Wines for unusual, unique, difficult-to find and small-production Napa Valley wines — from the affordable to the high end. Some of the wines they sell aren't available anywhere else in the world, whether it's a cult Cabernet...
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56 Auberge Rd, Rutherford, CA 94573, USA
Our winery tour with friends started with a glass of wine followed by a tour of the property and wine making facility. The finale was sitting down in this beautiful room in their wine cellar to taste a flight of wines. Book your tasting in advance...
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1345 Henry Rd, Napa, CA 94559, USA
Napa, Sonoma, and Yountville mean endless miles of deliciousness! Schramsberg specializes in a vast selection of the sparkling wines fit for the White House. (Seriously. It's served at the White House.) The tasting was amazing, as was the tour of...
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2450 Alamo Pintado Road, Box 359, Los Olivos, CA 93441, United States
Enchanting rolling hills, world-class vineyards, olive groves, innovative cuisine, small quaint towns and endless blue skies. This could be a description for Tuscany the central region of Italy but in this case I am describing the Santa Ynez...
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Figueroa Mountain Rd, California, USA
In the spring drive out to the Santa Ynez Valley and look at the wildflowers along Figueroa Mountain Rd. - On Sundays you can walk along the beach boulevard east of Stearns Wharf and browse among the dozens (hundreds?) of local artisans stands....
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202 Anacapa St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101, USA
The Santa Barbara Urban Wine Trail is a fun and convenient substitute for traditional wine tasting. Walk (or crawl) from one wine bar to the next, just minutes from Downtown Santa Barbara's State Street. First try Corks 'n Crowns, a comfortable...
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2981 Cliff Dr, Santa Barbara, CA 93109, USA
Epic dog walks on the beach.
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Foxen Canyon Rd, California, USA
Bask in the beauty of the Santa Ynez Valley, Foxen Canyon Road is not as well-known as Napa & Sonoma; however, the scenery is absolutely breathtaking. Also, the surrounding area offers a great selection of restaurants and wineries, and my favorite...
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7600 Foxen Canyon Rd, Santa Maria, CA 93454, USA
The Santa Maria Valley of California brings many great wines to dinner tables and festive gatherings across the US. If you care to see where some particularly outstanding wines are created, venture on up to Foxen Winery and sample the wares. The...
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998 Monterey St, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401, USA
We reserved a quiet tucked-away table for 2 at Koberl at Blue for New Years - an early seating because, well, we're parents and all that. We like to ring in the New Year in bed. (watching movies on the laptop, of course) I couldn't resist a great...
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Morro Bay, CA, USA
Morro Bay is a sweet little town tucked along the Pacific coast, just north or Santa Barbara and south of Big Sur. This town is a great spot to pull over for some killer local oysters (that have probably be served to you in restaurants in San...
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3255 Harmony Valley Rd, Harmony, CA 93435, USA
Harmony, with a population of 18, is the smallest town I've ever seen. This little place is nestled in the rolling California hills just off hwy 101- south of Cambria on the central coast. It consists of a post office, glass blower's studio and...
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Piedras Blancas, California 93452, USA
Piedras Blancas was one of my favorite spots on our driving trip down the Pacific Highway in California. I could have spent hours watching the elephant seals sun bathe while the young pups clumsily try to wedge their way into the huddle.
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This Ranch Preserve has several miles of trails that run along the edge of the coastline and up sloping hills into pine forests. I've hiked here several times with my husband and we've seen squirrels, red-tail hawks, kites, egrets, deer, whales,...
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Moonstone Beach, California 93428, USA
The Moonstone Beach boardwalk is located in Cambria, CA and runs along Moonstone Beach Dr. The beach is so called because of the moonstone agate that you can find here, not only agates, but jade, jaspers and other semi-precious stones that are...
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Plaza del Cavalier, 250 San Simeon Ave, San Simeon, CA 93452, USA
We were driving south from Monterey, hugging the coastline for the views, when we found the elephant seals. Thousands of them, heaved up onto stretches of sand to give birth and suckle fat-rich milk into skinny black pups, the males keeping a...
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If you're driving by the William Randoph Hearst Memorial State Beach and need a break to stretch your legs, here's a great place. This beach is located just north of Cambria and almost directly across from the entrance into the Hearst family...
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Paso Robles Dr, San Luis Obispo, CA 93405, USA
All my life my mom was trying to drag me and my dad on a trip to Hearst Castle, and we always told her no. I probably wouldn't have appreciated it anyways in my younger years. However, before I moved to Hong Kong for work, I took a trip with my...
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48510 CA-1, Big Sur, CA 93920, USA
This restaurant/shoppe/cafe along Highway 1 in Big Sur has one of the best views in the area. The restaurant serves a full menu, but you can head to the terrace above the shoppe and enjoy a nice cup of coffee and ocean for miles.
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47540 CA-1, Big Sur, CA 93920, USA
The Big Sur Bakery and Restaurant serves housemade granola, ginger scones, and seasonal fruit strudels in a cabin built in 1937. Wood-fired pizzas, with toppings such as squash and prosciutto, stand out on the dinner menu, and the blackberry...
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Big Sur, CA 93920, USA
It's extremely hard not to pull over every 5 minutes while driving Highway 1 through Big Sur. Beauty awaits around every bend....
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San Carlos St, Carmel-By-The-Sea, CA 93923, USA
Carmel is a gorgeous little town nestled on California's Central Coast. There's hiking in nearby Big Sur, wine tasting, the aquarium in Monterrey is 10 minutes north of Carmel and lots of unique shopping and dining right there in Carmel. The...
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Junipero St, Carmel-By-The-Sea, CA 93921, USA
The Cheese Shop has been here in Carmel since 1973 and is a delightful place for lovers of cheese. They have every kind you can imagine- hard, soft, creamy, cow, goat, sheep, Swiss, French, Italian, beer, truffle, honey, etc. You're bound to...
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52801 California State Route 1, Big Sur, CA 93920, USA
After five hours in the car, I was more than happy to hop out and hike the 1.4 miles out to Pfeiffer Burns State Park and get the prize of a beautiful waterfall. The water's color is an unreal sea blue/green that I have never seen before. The best...