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1796 St Helena Hwy, St Helena, CA 94574, USA
They do it all... world-class food and wine, organic honey, olive oil, grass-fed beef?!? It's one-stop farm fun! Located in St. Helena, the three-acre destination provides memorable wine & food experiences. The restaurant features weekly...
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20215 Shoreline Hwy, Marshall, CA 94940, USA
This is the spot that sold me on the Bay Area. Located right on Tomales Bay, about an hour and a half north of San Francisco, it's a great way to end a day in the Point Reyes area. The best thing to do is buy a bag of oysters, don some gloves, and...
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71895 CA-1, Big Sur, CA 93920, USA
There are many options for lodging along California's Big Sur coast. One can spa, camp, inn or lodge their way down or up the PCH. The most unusual choice for lodging are the yurts at Treebones Resort. The canvas-constructed tents are comfortable...
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Big Sur, CA 93920, USA
I love that photography has become so accessible to people. Not all of my photographer peers share my sentiment and just because everyone has a camera phone and apps like Instagram and Hipstamatic doesn't necessarily make one a photographer....
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Big Sur, CA 93920, USA
Big Sur. I have very special memories of this place. It is one of the most beautiful areas I've ever been to, even though it has suffered at the hands of tourism in recent years. McWay falls is a splendid little waterfall that plummets into the...
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48510 CA-1, Big Sur, CA 93920, USA
With so many great views along the rugged coastline of California's Central Coast, it's hard not to stop at every single one. However, few can compare with this view from Nepenthe Restaurant in Big Sur. Any meal or cocktail is enhanced when this...
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Pfeiffer Big Sur Rd, Big Sur, CA 93920, USA
The drive from LA heading north to Carmel on the PCH through Big Sur is a journey in itself. It doesn't matter your destination, although the quaint town of art, shops and restaurants in Carmel won't disappoint. I've driven through the French...
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Sycamore Canyon Rd, Big Sur, CA 93920, USA
Pfeiffer Beach is located in the heart of Big Sur 1/4 mile south of the Big Sur Ranger Station. Turn west on Sycamore Canyon Road, it is very hard to see, so watch for it and be careful of other traffic. The road is very narrow so drive slowly and...
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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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Point Lobos, California 93923, USA
Point Lobos State Reserve is an amazing park for short hikes along the scenic central California Pacific coast. The park is just south of the charming cities of Carmel and Monterey and is a must see if you are visiting the area. The park is...
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375 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA 94103, USA
Yesterday I got a glimpse of just how serious San Franciscans can be about the stuff they consume. When it's the best, it's the best! Go have a cup and chill with the the hipsters.
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1170 4th St, San Francisco, CA 94158, USA
Casey's Pizza serves New York-style, locally-sourced, and mostly organic pizzas from a truck. The owner, a East Coaster, spent a lot of time trying to replicate the pizza of his youth and has added the West Coast mandates of local and organic...
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La Jolla, San Diego, CA, USA
If you want to have a picture perfect date; with amazing views of the ocean, perfect flowers along the sidewalk, and freshly cut grass (always) then you have come to the right spot. La Jolla gives tourists and locals an appreciation for a...
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2800 Torrey Pines Scenic Dr, La Jolla, CA 92037, USA
There's a legal, staircase, way down to Black's Beach in San Diego. Then, there's the billy goat way surfers who are in a hurry use. Don't try this if you're visiting, but don't miss Black's Beach either
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Del Mar Bluffs Ln, San Diego, CA 92130, USA
Del Mar is a small, affluent beach community in northern San Diego County. The very meaning of Del Mar (“the sea” in Spanish) conjures up thoughts of long walks on bluffs perched high about the surf, fantastic crimson-colored sunsets, and lazy...
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Encinitas, CA, USA
Swami's Beach, off hwy 101 in Encinitas, has some of the best surfing in the nation, especially during the winter months. Due to the competition for the waves, mostly expert surfers and locals are found in these waters. In this photo- Swami's...
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1010 Prospect St, La Jolla, CA 92037, USA
I recently revisited one of my old college haunts--Living Room Coffeehouse in downtown La Jolla. As nostalgic as I was to be there, I was happy that little had changed in the 6 years that I had been gone. It's no surprise that coffeeshops are a...
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Sunset Cliffs, San Diego, CA 92107, USA
Hearing the waves while trying to find the ocean through the cut mountains and shady overgrowth of the trail and finally...find a view of crystal waters and colorful cliffs in Point Loma, San Diego. Suddenly I feel like I'm in some other country,...
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Pacific Coast Hwy, California 93001, USA
we drove on HWY1 going up to SF, it was awesome! lots of beautiful stops like this one.
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Those that have stood within 5km of a Titan/Delta rocket launch -- you know the Air Force makes ground shake, rattle & the air hum. Though 1500 (or more) yrs before that, Shaman from the Chumash -- sourcing & consuming Solanaceae (nightshade) were...
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6999 W Main, Guadalupe, CA 93434, USA
Driving into the 18 mile stretch of sand dunes you feel like you are on another planet. One of California's natural wonders it has been described as "...the most unique and fragile ecosystem in the state".
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101 D St, Cayucos, CA 93430, USA
After eating several very traditional tacos, I was particularly excited for Ruddell’s Smokehouse. They make their own smoked products, including smoked albacore, salmon and seasonal oysters, which are also available pre-packaged to purchase. This...