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Point Dume, Malibu, CA 90265, USA
Surprisingly enough, you can round the point at Point Dume and discover your own hidden nooks to spend the day. With cliffs at your back and a private beach with decent size waves in front of you, it's not a bad place for a picnic.
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Big Sur’s winding roads, plunging cliffs and canyon-spanning bridges may cause nausea but they provide some of the most striking scenery in the country. After miles of lush green forests and sapphire blue oceans, the palm trees and turquoise...
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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...
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48603 CA-1, Big Sur, CA 93920, USA
The Henry Miller Memorial Library is a bookshop–cultural center dedicated to the bohemian author who once called Big Sur home. It has become a hot spot for concerts by the likes of Gillian Welch and Arcade Fire and a Thursday night summer...
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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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45500 CA-1, Big Sur, CA 93920, USA
One of my favorite campgrounds in Big Sur is the big open meadow at Andrew Molera State Park. It's great for large groups and it's one of the best bases for hiking and surfing in the area. More than 20 miles of trails run throughout the park's...
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913 Cedar St, Santa Cruz, CA 95060, USA
There’s nothing like a cold creamy treat on a warm day, and one ice cream shop in the cozy California beach town of Santa Cruz is doing it so, so right. Penny Ice Creamery isn’t your average ice cream joint; you won’t find Ben & Jerry’s-style...
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2531 W Cliff Dr, Santa Cruz, CA 95060, USA
Natural Bridges State Beach is a great place to unwind near the bohemian surfer town of Santa Cruz.
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21600 Big Basin Way, Boulder Creek, CA 95006, USA
Upon arrival at Big Basin State Park, the ranger hands you a small piece of paper with check boxes. Each carload needs to check where they will be hiking and list their equipment. The sheet is placed on their dashboard in case the car remains...
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610 1st St, Napa, CA 94559, USA
Think of the Oxbow like a high-end shopping mall for food and wine. On the east side of the Napa River, the market brings together a number of epicurean purveyors under one roof (well, technically, it’s three different roofs). The result:...
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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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2100 Denmark St, Sonoma, CA 95476, USA
Scribe winery founded by 2 young brothers is making Sonoma hip. Appointment only tasting under the trees, 20 ft swings, outdoor dinners with some of the best SF chefs, prohibition era hacienda to become the new tasting room, and just pure hipness...
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18701 Gehricke Rd, Sonoma, CA 95476, USA
You can spend days and days drinking wine in Northern California's wine country. But why not try your own hand at blending some of the region's liquid gold? It is a fun way to learn about the properties of wine and your own personal preferences on...
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1275 McKinstry St, Napa, CA 94559, USA
There’s something romantic about train travel isn’t there? And when the journey is on tracks that have been around for more than 150 years in one of the word's most scenic wine regions, the ride is even sweeter. If you’re looking...
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813 Main St, Napa, CA 94559, USA
How good is the brunch at the Thomas in downtown Napa? So good that sometimes I wake up on a Sunday morning thinking about their banana and nutella-stuffed French toast or the BLAT (bacon, lettuce, tomato, and avocado...with an egg on top, of...
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Most people come to Napa for the wine, but the Napa Valley is also an amazing place for people who love nature and the outdoors. Napa Valley Adventure Tours offers hiking, biking, and kayaking trips around the Valley. And of course, in addition to...
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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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2400 London Ranch Rd, Glen Ellen, CA 95442, USA
The hike through Jack London State Historic Park to the top of Sonoma Mountain runs through redwood groves, meadows, and vineyards. Vigorous blackberry bushes provide some sustenance -- but bring water, because it gets hot up there in the summer....
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6500 Washington St, Yountville, CA 94599, USA
Grab your helmets and head up to Napa for a fun day with friends. For my birthday this year, several friends brought their bikes up to Napa where we all met at Yountville for a 16-mile loop. We hit five wineries throughout the day, and it was an...
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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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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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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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Mt Tamalpais, California 94941, USA
A drive or cycle up Mount Tamalpais (locals call it Mount Tam) is superb. The rolling fog and rolling hills make for spectacular scenery with the ocean on your right and views of the Bay and San Francisco on your left. Bring a picnic, your camera,...
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23570 Arnold Dr, Sonoma, CA 95476, USA
Down a rural road a few miles from the Sonoma square, behind an auto shop in an industrial building, you'll find one of Sonoma's best-kept secrets: it's not only great wine that comes from the Sonoma Valley, but also high-quality craft spirits at...
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110 W Spain St, Sonoma, CA 95476, USA
One of my go-to places, and not just because I love figs. The garden patio will have you at the drink menu, but don’t miss the tower of cheeses as you settle into the menu. A comfortable and creative interior, with couches for sipping their...
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53000 East Historic Columbia River Hwy, Corbett, OR 97019, USA
Multnomah Falls is a gorgeous sight located about 45 minutes by car outside of Portland, Oregon, on the Columbia River Gorge. Several hikes of differing degrees of difficulty offer vantage points to view the falls. The sound of the rushing water...
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I love wine. But, I also love vineyards. I love the bright green leaves; the green, red and purple juicy grapes; but, mostly, I love the symmetry of the rows of grapevines. There is something orderly to it all. And throw in a brightly-colored red...
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Yachats Ocean Rd, Yachats, OR 97498, USA
All I could say when I saw this stunning lighthouse perched on the rocky cliff near Yachats, Oregon was "Wow". I am certainly a sucker for lighthouses, especially ones that have the dramatic landscape surrounding it. The Heceta Head is about 15...
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1038 SW Harvey Milk St, Portland, OR 97205, USA
OK, we didn't exactly go far for dinner. We were staying in the Ace Hotel, just two doors down, but we were jet-lagged and hungry. We had seen many people hunched over enormous sandwiches through the window of this traditional-style deli at...
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835 SW 2nd Ave, Portland, OR 97204, USA
This tucked away bistro, hardly one of PDX's best kept secrets, is a no-frills, saddle-up-to-the-bar-to-order kind of place. Mains range from traditional Pho to the inventive Luc Lac stir fry. Cocktails with names like Summer in Saigon, Pretty...
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34600 Gary St, Nehalem, OR 97131, USA
Nehalem Bay State Park boasts 5 undeveloped and uninterrupted miles of sandy beach. Even when the adjacent campgrounds are full, you may just have a stretch of personal space the size of a football field. Just book your stay well in advance--as...
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1155 SW Morrison St #102, Portland, OR 97205, USA
Doughnuts are to Portland what coffee is to David Lynch, both essential fuel and calling card. While there are many pretenders to the title of the city’s best doughnuts—Voodoo Doughnuts certainly sells the most Instagrammable food...
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1825 SW Broadway, Portland, OR 97201, USA
At the first hint of daylight, I jump from bed to see the view I’ve been anticipating all night. I swing wide the double doors of my spacious, antiques-appointed room, and the cool morning air drifts in from grapevines just steps away. Beyond I...
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Amazing tacos and drinks! Come early, the line is almost always out the door!
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3971 N Williams Ave, Portland, OR 97212, USA
Box Social is about as close as you'll ever get to a classic speakeasy—small, nondescript, curtains drawn, and upon arrival you'll wonder if you need a secret password to enter. Deemed Portland's premiere drinking parlor, the Box is all about...
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2540 Willamette St, Eugene, OR 97405, USA
Off the Waffle is one of our favorite spots in Eugene for a great meal, and we certainly aren't alone. Starting as a food truck, these two brothers and their father created a wonderful community business serving Liege waffles topped with local...
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Bend, OR, USA
There are countless hiking trails and picturesque lakes along the cascade lakes highway. My personal favorite is the hike up south sister. If you stay out a bit later stop by the lodge at elk lake for some good food (albeit the service is a touch...
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You can catch a glimpse of Mount Hood looming on the horizon from the city of Portland, Oregon. Look through the Douglas firs and find it. If you're in Portland, seek higher ground—preferably a rooftop or balcony—crack open a Mirror Pond, Rogue,...
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Tasty N Sons is on the Top 5 list of best brunches I’ve ever had. Here I was introduced to Shakshuka, an Israeli dish made of red pepper & tomato stew, with baked eggs and merguez sausage. It’s served in an orange potted bowl, and you want to...
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Proxy Falls, Oregon 97413, USA
Proxy Falls is a lush waterfall located in central Oregon. An easy trail meanders through old lava fields and rhododendron. The main attraction here is obviously the falls. It's wispy cascade gives a fairytale look to it. Another, less impressive...
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414 SW 13th Ave, Portland, OR 97205, USA
On the corner of Broadway and Salmon streets, downtown Portland, mid-afternoon, our energy starting to wane. You know the deal. So we pop into this temple dedicated to the Goddess of Cocciolato that is soooo far away from Hershey PA not even on...
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107 SE Washington St, Portland, OR 97214, USA
Olympic Provisions food focuses on clean, bold flavors of the Pacific Northwest and beyond. Home to Oregon's first salumeria, established in 2009 they're known for their meat. But I adore the small plates of pickled eggs and radish salads just as...
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15155 NE North Valley Rd, Newberg, OR 97132, USA
In the mid 1980s, Michael Etzel and his brother-in-law, influential wine writer Robert Parker, bought a former dairy farm in Yamhill County and transformed it into a pinot noir vineyard. Etzel’s three pinots have consistently earned high praise...
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The appropriately named Trail of Ten Falls is absolutely worth the 60-mile drive south of Portland. The loop features falls short, tall, wide, and small, white water streams and shallow pools galore. You'll feel like you're strolling through your...
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2335 NW Thurman St, Portland, OR 97210, USA
Finding fine French bakery goods beyond the borders of France would seem unlikely in this NW corner of the United States. St. Honoré has transformed a little shop in NW Portland into a cultural escapade you'd normally have to get on a plane to...
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8840 NE Skidmore St, Portland, OR 97220, USA
Religious or not, the Grotto in Portland is a favorite place of mine to go when I need some quiet. The grounds are beautiful, with statues and miniature grottoes all over. Walk the trail to the top (or pay to take the elevator) and spend some time...
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2400 US-101, Yachats, OR 97498, USA
It was eerie at first, almost scary, stepping into this dense world alone, but the forest opened its arms to me. As I followed the winding path, my bravery grew. I was alone here, in the thick coastal Oregon forest. The earth beneath my shoes was...
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855 U.S. 101, Reedsport, OR 97467, USA
Lonely, rugged, and undeniably beautiful: this is the central Oregon coast in mid-July. It's easy to forget the hour, the year, and that you're three hours from Portland, but your position on the edge of a continent seems difficult to ignore.
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65670 US-26, Welches, OR 97067, USA
On Route 26 to Mount Hood, keep an eye out for the brightly painted sign ushering travelers into the Wildwood Recreation Area. Full of idyllic picnic sites surrounded by trees blanketed in Spanish moss and the lively Salmon River, the day-use area...
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Yachats, OR, USA
As I watched the sun set over the Pacific Ocean from my hotel balcony, I watched this man on the rocks. He seemed to be loving the crash of the waves and the warmth of the light. The ocean seems to have a power over us, as if we are hypnotized by...
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Cape Kiwanda, Pacific City, OR 97112, USA
The Oregon Coast is always spectacular, but on warm, sunny days like this, there are not many better places to be. This photo is looking north from the top of the sand dunes at Cape Kiwanda in Pacific City. Climbing these dunes in a few minutes...
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Short Sand Beach, Oregon 97102, USA
California is usually the state most associated with sun-drenched beaches. But in my opinion, the Oregon coastline trumps the Golden State in terms of sheer beauty. Located 10 miles south of the more popular Cannon Beach is Oswald West State Park,...
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1 Green Pleasure Pier, Avalon, CA 90704, USA
For the time it takes most Angelenos to commute to work, you can be ferried into the alternate reality of Catalina Island, a romantic escape far from the daily traffic jams and urban sprawl. The evergreen-shrubbed hills spotted with an artists...
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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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Caspar, CA, USA
This lighthouse is a pleasant quarter mile walk from the parking lot, so if you have kids make sure you bring a stroller or let them ride their bike—although you will end up carrying the bike back uphill.
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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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9529, 9401 CA-1, Mendocino, CA 95460, USA
In Mendocino's Brewery Gulch Inn, the Osprey room (upstairs, southwest corner) commands a view, across Highway 1, of Smuggler's Cove and the Pacific Ocean. The eco-conscious inn occupies a sweet location, away from the road and just a minute or...
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Fort Bragg, CA 95437, USA
This view reminded me of the Jackson Browne song "The Pretender": "I'm gonna rent myself a house in the shade of a freeway."
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Fort Bragg, CA 95437, USA
And what did we eat at The Q, the downhome but culinarily upscale barbecue shack near Noyo Harbor in Fort Bragg? Delicious pulled pork, onion rings, and cole slaw (not shown), and this generous serving of super tender brisket with sides of sweet...
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Fort Bragg, CA 95437, USA
After the big crab cake event at the Mendocino Crab & Wine Days festival, a walk to the windy shore provided a bracing, refreshing break from the weekend's indulgences.
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Glass Beach, Fort Bragg, CA 95437, USA
This is a pretty little beach that I found by accident. It's quite small but very pretty and I only saw two other people while I was there. The beach was formed due to residents in the early 20th century dumping their garbage over the cliff. Now...
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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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Whitethorn, CA 95589, USA
Driving to the Needle Rock Visitor Center beings on a one-lane road in the redwoods and ends with a 3 mile stretch of dirty road switching-backing between granite wall and cliff. And when you arrive? Solitude, wilderness, and Roosevelt Elk. The...
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911 Redwood Dr, Garberville, CA 95542, USA
To fortify ourselves for a drive through the redwood cathedrals on the Avenue of the Giants, we stopped for brunch at Woodrose. They say all the right things about sustainable food, which seemed to attract both hippies and hipsters. And it tasted...
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Weott, CA 95571, USA
A popular stop along the Avenue of the Giants, the Dyerville Giant rendered me speechless today. This ancient tree, which stood for 1,600 years and grew to be 362 feet tall, fell to the ground in 1991. Its sheer size--the tree was taller than...
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Black Sand Beach, California, USA
We began our walk up the Lost Coast Trail by enjoying Black Sands Beach, which doesn't really have very much sand, in the Kings Range National Conservation Area. For the next 24 miles from Black Sands Beach, the Lost Coast Trail is primarily on...
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1061 I St, Arcata, CA 95521, USA
As the name suggests, Los Bagels is a multicultural bagel bakery and cafe with a menu to match. They have Thai style bagels with peanut butter and green onions next to "sushi" bagels with lox and wasabi. If you're brave, you can try the lox and...
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What a great place to spend the afternoon/evening on Memorial Day weekend. Where the forest meets the sea - with the promontory rocks in the ocean as you have up the NorCal coast into Oregon. Hard to beat this one.
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1416 9th St, Sacramento, CA 95814, USA
Agate Beach in Patrick's Point state park is located near the heart of redwood country in Northern California. There is plenty of good hiking amongst the ferns and redwoods. Since I'm somewhat of a rock-hound, we drove here to check out Agate...
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If you've yet to experience the extreme pleasure of visiting the redwoods, you may be surprised to learn how close these dark, cavernous, other-worldly forests are to the bright sunny beach. Switch up your redwood camping itinerary by breaking...
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Wife and I wanted to see the biggest trees in North America. This led us to the northern part of California. We had read about the elusive and secretive Grove of Titans online and hoped to find it! After much research and exploration our efforts...
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Crescent City, CA, USA
On the edge of California near the Oregon border, along Hwy 101, is Crescent City "Where the Redwoods Meet the Sea." A Pacific storm set off by an Earthquake in Alaska, hit here in 1964. Despite destruction, this little 2.4 sq miles town survived....
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U.S. 101, Brookings, OR 97415, USA
The perfect place for some dramatic, coastal hiking when you're on the Old US Highway 101 is Harris Beach State Park. After viewing Arch Rock, head south on the well marked Coastal Trail for an incredible out and back hike to the Natural Bridges...
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565 Rim Dr, Klamath Falls, OR 97604, USA
Don't miss the chance to sleep on the rim of the beautiful Crater Lake, while staying at the historical and charming Crater Lake Lodge. The views are unmatched, the staff is friendly and you already know it's my favorite national park breakfast in...
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Blue River, OR 97413, USA
A black, awe-inspiring lava landscape is the welcome mat to our trek into Oregon's iconic volcano reserve. The Three Sisters: Faith/North, Hope/Middle, and Charity/South are ringed by a trail network that includes a stretch on the infamous Pacific...
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531 SW 13th St, Bend, OR 97702, USA
During your visit to Bend, there's a high probability that you'll do the local 'float' through town on the river and end up with a cold, craft beer at the Deschutes Brewery. A classic must! If you're looking to do more than float, then head...
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Terrebonne, OR 97760, USA
It's up to you to decide how adventurous of a hike you are up for at Smith Rock. The high desert can be unforgiving but the views never end. A 45 minute walk along the river bed or a couple hours deeper into the rugged wilderness, either way it is...
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Bixby Creek Bridge, California 93940, USA
Featured in songs and films, the Bixby Canyon Bridge is a spectacular welcoming to Big Sur. My friend had been talking to me about it non-stop before our trip to the area. It wasn't until we were sat together on a cliff looking at the marvel that...
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Point Lobos, California 93923, USA
If you're taking a trip down the Pacific Coast Highway, make sure to stop at Point Lobos just outside of Carmel. There are easy hiking trails that wind through the forest and along the cliff. The blue Pacific waves give quite the show as they...
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Point Lobos, California 93923, USA
This state natural reserve is a perfect highlight of Northern California's coast. Trails meander through trees, along the craggy coastline and down to tide pools. With California poppy's blooming, cypress trees clinging to rocks and aquamarine...
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62 California 1, Carmel-By-The-Sea, CA 93923, USA
I've been all over the California coast and Point Lobos is my favorite place to hike. We have hiked every trail in this reserve and never tire of this magical place. You can see many animals, such as sea otters, seals, elephant seals,sea lions,...
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26270 Dolores St, Carmel-By-The-Sea, CA 93923, USA
The base of the Carmel River pours into the basin of the Ranch. The Restaurant was once used for Military Officer's to gather around and discuss affairs of the day. Having the chance to eat here was truly a dream. The landscape is worth the visit!...
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Carmelo St, Carmel-By-The-Sea, CA 93923, USA
The 17 miles drive in Carmel is worth a try even if you are not into golf. Get a tea or coffee at the Inn by the Spanish bay, enjoy a stroll by the ocean, marvel at the different vistas and smell the perfume of the trees and flowers. And yes, the...
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Mission St, Carmel-By-The-Sea, CA 93923, USA
Decorated the way I dreamed my tea parties being as a little girl, Pastries & Petals is more than just pretty , it’s pretty delicious. Serving up fresh, homemade treats and honestly the best mocha I’ve ever had in my entire life (no exaggeration),...
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5th Ave, Carmel-By-The-Sea, CA 93923, USA
Indoor/outdoor cozy seating keeps a fresh air flow while staying warm with heaters. Ambience colorful with lights and a lively bar service. 2 sommelier keep wines easy and superbly matched. The Windy Oaks Estate 2010 Pinot Noir local from the...
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Ocean Ave & Lincoln St, Carmel-By-The-Sea, CA 93921, USA
Rated #1 by TripAdvisor: Owned by two delightful men, Bashar and Faisal, who have the best customer service that keeps you coming back again and again. The food is delicious and delivered in eatable portions. Antonio and either Bashar or Faisal...
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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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Mission St between 5th and 6th, Carmel-By-The-Sea, CA 93921, USA
Carmel has a nice choice of breakfast spots (including a secret right-out-of-the-fryer beignet hidden doorway), but Café Katy is my go-to. Don’t linger in bed too, long, as it can get crowded, but the outside, crooked-planked deck, is the place to...
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Carmel Beach, Carmel-By-The-Sea, CA 93923, USA
Soft white sands under your feet and the yellow tint of sunset lighting around you. Scenes like this are what travel and life are truly about, if you ask me. They create honest moments, where people from all backgrounds can gather and connect,...
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Pebble Beach, CA 93953, USA
The Lone Cypress Tree you'll see along the drive is around 250 years old. This magical, twisted tree sits in solitude on a rocky perch. It is the most photographed single tree in the world. Besides this natural wonder, visitors have a chance to...
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Del Monte Forest, CA, USA
The beaches along Scenic Drive, Pebble Beach, and 17 Mile Drive are pristine with lovely soft white sand and beautiful emerald or teal colored water - thanks to the granite geology that keeps the water clear.
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17 Mile Dr, California, USA
So many people pay money to drive along the famous 17 mile drive in Carmel....did you know that you can bicycle along this route for free? Taking a bicycle is much better anyway because there are a lot of stops along the route. If you didn't bring...
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The Monterey Bay area on California's central coast is possibly my favorite part of California--it is that beautiful. On a recent cold January morning, I took my dogs to Asilomar State Beach at one end of the town of Pacific Grove. As the clouds...
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701 Lighthouse Ave, Pacific Grove, CA 93950, USA
Pacific Grove's Passionfish is enjoyed by both locals and tourists. This simple restaurant focuses their menu on sustainable seafood, local veggies and modestly priced wines. For dessert you must try the lemon verbena creme bruleé... lemony with a...
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662 Lighthouse Ave, Pacific Grove, CA 93950, USA
Pacific Grove is often foggy, especially in the mornings. Head to the cozy Red House Café, sit by the fire and enjoy a hearty breakfast while watching the fog waft by. Order a latté....delicious and served French-style in a large bowl. Great place...
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170 Forest Ave, Pacific Grove, CA 93950, USA
Peppers Mexicali Cafe is a great place to stop for a lunch, they've been in business since 1996. The food is fresh and you can ask for especially hot peppers added to your meal if you like. They make a yummy bowl of vegetarian black bean soup.The...
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700 Cannery Row KK, Monterey, CA 93940, USA
A Taste of Monterey is kind of hard to find, it's located on Cannery Row in Monterrey- you have to go to the back of a little shopping square beside the courtyard to find it. Because of this, it's rarely crowded since many tourists probably don't...
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700 Cannery Row, Monterey, CA 93940, USA
Had a great seafood at this somewhat touristy restaurant. Service was great and view of the monterey bay was just amazing!!! recommend dining in the patio. Order their local red wine from monterey region - so good.
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Monterey Bay Coastal Trail, California, USA
The Monterey Bay Coastal trail extends 18 miles from Castroville to Carmel, where the trail is attached to the famous 17 mile drive in Carmel. Whether you want to bike, run, walk or follow it along in a kayak, this paved trail is a great way to...
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1225 Forest Ave, Pacific Grove, CA 93950, USA
Having lived in France and worked in Switzerland I can tell you I have had my fair share of croissants. The best one I have had is *outside* France! A tiny little bakery in Pacific Grove, CA, Patisserie Bechler beats everything I have had hands...
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31 Wharf 1 # 1, Monterey, CA 93940, USA
Caramel coating and confetti toppings hide crispy apples for those desiring a sweet hunt. At this carnival candy store on Monterey's Fisherman's wharf, satisfy your sweet tooth with these apples, salt water taffy, and homemade fudge.
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60 Fishermans Wharf #1, Monterey, CA 93940, USA
We found dozens of Sea Lions lounging on the beach soaking up the warmth. The dark ones just swam ashore and were climbing over the sleeping beach bums to find their own cozy. That is until this guy decided he didn't want to be walked...
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Municipal Wharf No. 2, Monterey, CA 93940, USA
An amazing breakfast place! The restaurant is small; but it's ambiance, food, and staff make is giant. It situated on the pier, u can dine in or outside. Don't forget to order a mimosa. That's right they carry champagne!
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555 Abrego St, Monterey, CA 93940, USA
Although from nearby Salinas, John Steinbeck also spent time in Monterey and the locals take advantage of that fact and celebrate the Nobel Prize winning author. His book Cannery Row was set in Monterey and the labpratory of the main character, Ed...
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717 Del Monte Ave, Monterey, CA 93940, USA
This photo us from our last walk in Monterey. We have been here three days and have never touched our car. The walking trails are great. We walked 20 miles while we were here.
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Moss Landing, CA 95039, USA
I had pulled off the highway to check the surf out. As it turned out, there were a bunch of people gazing out to sea from the sand dunes. It took me awhile to realise what everyone was looking at! What an amazing experience.
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7881 Sandholdt Rd, Moss Landing, CA 95039, USA
Blue Whales can reach eighty feet in length. First we hear the slate blue whale’s bellows-like blows. The dramatic plumes of white water last for about three seconds, as the graceful back that goes on forever slowly reveals itself. When the whale...
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Moss Landing State Beach, California 95039, USA
Behind the Moss Beach Distillery is a beautiful beach with wildlife surrounding you. Baby seals, cranes and hermit crabs are a few of the creatures you may see in their own habitat. The tranquility of this beach had me mesmerized.
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Aptos, CA 95003, USA
I didn't know Aptos beach had vacation homes until I stayed in one for my mom's birthday with family. It's a little like staying on the strand in Hermosa beach minus the crowds. The water wasn't too cold and the beach is long and wide and clean....
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Capitola, CA, USA
On our drive down the coast from San Francisco to Los Angeles, stopped over in Capitola for lunch...It is a beachfront town in Santa Cruz County, on the coast of Monterey Bay.
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Capitola Beach, Capitola, CA 95010, USA
Capitola is this great little beachside community about 10 min south of Santa Cruz along Highway 1. The area right along Capitola Beach is especially worth checking out, with a myriad of beach-front restaurants, pubs, cafes, and local shops to...
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Pleasure Point, Opal Cliffs, CA 95062, USA
East Cliff Drive in the Pleasure Point neighborhood of Santa Cruz overlooks the expansive Pacific Ocean and some of the best surfing in the country. Jack O’Neill lives here, along with many neighbors who live to surf. This is a side of Santa Cruz...
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Twin Lakes, CA, USA
Santa Cruz farms produce an embarrassment of riches – on display at local farmers’ markets, happening nearly every day of the week around town. The Live Oak Farmers Market, held at East Cliff Village on Sundays 9am-1pm is a great way to spend your...
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55 Municipal Wharf, Santa Cruz, CA 95060, USA
The Santa Cruz Wharf is a half-mile long. Full of shops, restaurants, and tourists walking slowly to admire the views and search for the sea lions who play in these waters. Towards the end, seemingly tucked away above the fray, is the wine bar...
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400 Beach St, Santa Cruz, CA 95060, USA
The food at the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk isn't appetizing or remotely healthy, so great thing The Picnic Basket is just a five minute walk west. At The Picnic Basket you can get delicious sandwiches (such as this a roasted beet, goat cheese and...
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175 W Cliff Dr, Santa Cruz, CA 95060, USA
The Dream Inn has towered over Cowell’s Beach, the Santa Cruz Wharf, and the Boardwalk since 1954. The hotel is retro swanky and recently renovated into a boutique hotel by new owners, joie de vivre. Guests can stroll down West Cliff Drive (a...
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Santa Cruz, CA, USA
Santa Cruz is home to many wonderful restaurants that offer a variety of cuisines. One such place is Cafe Brasil, a cozy restaurant with dark-green exteriors, located off of Mission street, made conspicuous only by the swaying banana plants in...
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25 Swanton Rd, Davenport, CA 95017, USA
Swanton Berry Farm is a u-pick farm along the coast just north of Santa Cruz. In the winter it's kiwis; other seasons provide opportunities for picking ollalieberries, blackberries, and strawberries. It's a great, kid-friendly afternoon activity....
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1 New Years Creek Rd, Pescadero, CA 94060, USA
Northern elephant seals breed from mid December to the end of March at Año Nuevo SP. Permits for guided walks are required and you can get them here: http://anonuevo.reserveamerica.com I was lucky enough to see huge males fighting, mothers nursing...
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1 New Years Creek Rd, Pescadero, CA 94060, USA
Año Nuevo State Park is the site of the largest mainland breeding colony in the world for the northern elephant seal. You have to reserve a spot for the guided walking tour and it's only available from Dec. 15 through March 31st. You can learn...
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10510 Cabrillo Hwy, Pescadero, CA 94060, USA
Parking by the side of the road along northern California's Cabrillo Highway and following an anonymous footpath toward the sound of the surf often leads to the discovery of a gorgeous stretch of sand under towering cliffs. Surfers know the best...
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205 North St, Pescadero, CA 94060, USA
My day hanging with a family of goats was far more thrilling than I initially expected. The excursion was one of several during a trip through San Mateo County and Silicon Valley - the areas surrounding San Francisco. As a child I remember feeding...
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20063 Cabrillo Hwy S, Half Moon Bay, CA 94019, USA
San Francisco is a great starting point for a road trip. Drive north or south on the HWY 1 and you're bound to find fun towns, beautiful winding roads and gorgeous coastal scenery. This cave is about an hour drive south of San Francisco, and then...
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400 Reservoir Rd, Stanford, CA 94305, USA
"The Dish" is a beloved recreational area among Stanford students, local residents, and visitors from near and far. Views of San Francisco and the Santa Cruz Mountains await hikers and joggers at the top of the 3.6 mile paved loop. The Dish is...
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Stanford Dish Hiking Trail, California 94305, USA
The Dish in the Stanford Foothills is just the location for the nature enthusiast or fitness fanatic. Located on the corner of Junipero Serra Blvd. and Stanford Ave., this 4-mile paved stretch of landscape is host to some of the most gorgeous...
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450 Serra St, Stanford, CA 94305, USA
Even at a glance, it is quite apparent why Stanford’s Memorial Church is the campus's crown jewel and favorite piece of architecture. With beautiful artwork outside and an equally breathtaking interior, I forgot I was in Palo Alto, and not staring...
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440 California Ave, Palo Alto, CA 94306, USA
Think that Whole Foods—a “progressive” corporate behemoth—is a contradiction? Would you prefer to “shop local” and also get the kind of all-natural fruits, vegetables, granola, and other environmentally friendly, socially responsible offerings...
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490 California Ave, Palo Alto, CA 94306, USA
If you're planning a visit to Palo Alto, be sure you're there for the Sunday Farmer's Market. This local favorite event promotes some of the tastiest treats from local farmers, food truck vendors, clothing stores and more. What separates this...
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1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park, CA 94025, USA
The Belgian waffles at Cafe Borrone, a beloved, European-style cafe on the peninsula, are beyond heavenly. Young and old line up in hungry anticipation for the waffles on weekend mornings, deliberating over whether to order them with berries,...
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2775 Embarcadero Rd, Palo Alto, CA 94303, USA
For fifteen miles the Baylands Preserve stretches out around you and from here it's easy to imagine what the marshy San Francisco Bay looked like before it was developed. Fresh and tidal habitats serve countless species of birds, making it a...
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1044 Wall St, La Jolla, CA 92037, USA
Whisknladle is a hip place found in the La Jolla neighborhood of San Diego. All their food comes from locally sourced farms and their drinks are handcrafted. The $4 tapas during happy hour are absolutely delicious! Definitely try the bacon wrapped...
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1026 Wall St, La Jolla, CA 92037, USA
Tucked away on a side street in the shopping district of La Jolla is this little gem serving fresh Mexican food. All the food is sourced from a local, organic farm here in San Diego County. The salsas are made fresh every day, and the tortillas...
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1158 Prospect St, La Jolla, CA 92037, USA
At We Olive, their happy hour prices aren't cut as low as other places, but they do offer a slight discount off food and drink. I've been to the We Olive shop in San Louis Obispo, CA and it took me a minute to realize this was the same store! Here...
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750 N Harbor Dr, San Diego, CA 92101, USA
With two stories and multiple patio choices, you will have a fantastic view of the San Diego Bay anywhere you sit. In 1976, The Fish Market was started by a fisherman and his friend, who was a boat captain and a gourmand. The history shows,...
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750 W Fir St, San Diego, CA 92101, USA
In the hip neighborhood of Little Italy, you should definitely stop by Influx for a freshly roasted cup of coffee and light breakfast. The outdoor seating is a perfect way to enjoy a San Diego morning. It will probably be a little crowded, but...
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2400 Kettner Blvd #110, San Diego, CA 92101, USA
98 Bottles is a relaxed place where people in the neighborhood come for a few drinks. The happy hour prices aren't as low as other places, but the comfortable vibe well makes up for it. Until midnight, you can also purchase wine and beer to take...
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901 Fifth Ave, San Diego, CA 92101, USA
Vin De Syrah is a hidden place found below street level on 5th Ave in the Gaslamp District. To get here, you descend a level of stairs that takes you to what looks like a door with an owl painted on it. That is not the door—to your left will be a...
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1445 India St, San Diego, CA 92101, USA
At Enoteca Style, not only will you find fabulous wines, but the happy hour prices are a great deal. For $5, you can get a whole panino—and it is a huge sandwich. The fresh bread crisps perfectly and the chef doesn't skimp on the fillings. The...
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2802 Carlsbad Blvd, Carlsbad, CA 92008, USA
People come from all over the West coast just to fill their bottles with water from this mineral spring in Carlsbad. In 1882, Captain John Frazier, drilled a well for his property and discovered this underground water source. He was suffering a...
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Carlsbad, CA, USA
S. Ponto Beach is a big favorite with local residents. (The annual surf clinic for the blind and sight-impaired (with nearly 100 surfer-assistant volunteers from the Swami’s Surfing Association and San Diego Surf Academy) is held mid-Sept every...
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550 N El Camino Real, San Clemente, CA 92672, USA
My taco crawl down the coast of California culminated in San Clemente, not far from where I grew up. Famous for their fish tacos, and potato, bean, and cheese burritos, Pedro’s is a hometown favorite of mine. Fortunately, my return to Pedro’s...
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30806 Coast Hwy, Laguna Beach, CA 92651, USA
One of the benefits of having a rocky coastline (like the one in Laguna Beach) is that you get some amazing tide pool formations which offer the opportunity to view sea anemones and starfish (and various other saltwater critters) up close. The...
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30801 S Coast Hwy, Laguna Beach, CA 92651, USA
The Montage is a truly world-class resort located right on the water. The hotel has three restaurants, all with great food and spectacular views of the Pacific Ocean and Treasure Island Park, which is open to the public. Rooms start at about $700...
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Victoria Beach, Laguna Beach, CA 92651, USA
If you want to get away from the madness of Main Beach, Victoria Beach offers a quieter experience. It's a little harder to get to, but the extra effort is worth it. From Pacific Coast Highway, turn into Nyes Place to find a parking spot, walk...
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1289 South Coast Highway, 4th Floor, Laguna Beach, CA 92651, USA
Located at the top of the La Casa Del Camino Hotel, The Rooftop Lounge is the perfect place to take in a stunning view of the Pacific Ocean. To accompany your sunset view, The Rooftop Lounge has a long cocktail and wine list, though they’re best...
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3222 East Coast Hwy, Corona Del Mar, CA 92625, USA
It’s thoroughly impressive how much this cafe has to offer. You walk in to find farmhouse decor amongst indoor and outdoor seating, a small bakery section, a boutique, meals to go, freshly prepared pastas, and an additional menu to order from....
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Balboa Island, Newport Beach, CA 92662, USA
We recently took a trip to the quaint, always sunny, and charming Balboa Island, in Newport Beach, California where I spent many of my formative years. A visit to the island, accessible over a very short bridge or ferry, is must if you are touring...
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7972 E Pacific Coast Hwy, Newport Beach, CA 92657, USA
Get your hands on the best poke burrito in the area, bar none, at Bear Flag Fish Company. This locally owned hotspot is a "fish market for the new generation." There are now two locations to visit: one located in Newport Coast, and the other on...
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1807 Westcliff Dr, Newport Beach, CA 92660, USA
Sitting outside under the vines and umbrellas, sipping on my cappuccino, and taking in the aromas of the freshly made orange ricotta haute cake—now that is a good way to start the day.
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270 E 17th St #18, Costa Mesa, CA 92627, USA
While seeking out any spots that offered stumptown coffee, I found Sidecar Doughnuts located in the Costa Mesa area. The doughnuts are made fresh every hour and they serve Stumptown coffee. If in the area, I would definitely check this place out....
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223 Main St, Seal Beach, CA 90740, USA
It may not look like much, but this place is packed on the weekends, and rightly so: Nick’s breakfast burrito is the best around. Eggs, chorizo, and potatoes, all cooked up just the way we like it. Take your breakfast to go and enjoy a walk down...
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6272 E Pacific Coast Hwy # J, Long Beach, CA 90803, USA
With a waterfront view, a unique ambience, and a solid happy hour, Tantalum is a great place to meet for drinks or dinner. The dishes and drinks match the exotic atmosphere and are Asian-influenced and sophisticated. Try the Citrus Basil...
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5411 E Ocean Blvd, Long Beach, CA 90803, USA
Explore nooks and crannies in the Naples district of Long Beach, where you can cruise by waterfront homes and through narrow inlets. The highlight of this kayak adventure—besides your wonderfully burning arms from all that upper body work—is the...
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401 Manhattan Beach Blvd, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266, USA
As if the location of Pitfire Artisan Pizza wasn’t enough of a summertime setting, its seasonal menu capitalizes on everyone’s favorite time of year. Located in downtown Manhattan Beach, where brightly colored bathing suits are the norm, the...
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1142 Manhattan Ave, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266, USA
The seasonal small-plates sharing menu at M.B. Post brings out the social side of dining. Upon entering, the liveliness wraps you in a friendly bear hug. The decorative accents pay tribute to the space’s post office past and are as thoughtful as...
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1131 Manhattan Ave, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266, USA
There’s a certain expectation that comes with a South Bay restaurant. It’s usually casual, certainly, since the area is so close to the Pacific, while the food is commonly thought to be light and simple. This expectation isn’t met behind the glass...
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131 W Grand Ave C, El Segundo, CA 90245, USA
Relax into the ease of a beach diner (the walls are decked with surfboards) with deep, comfortable booths in the heart of quaint El Segundo, just minutes from LAX. Enjoy breakfast until 5 PM, with such favorites as the Buffalo Patty with Eggs,...
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3100 Washington Blvd, Venice, CA 90292, USA
I have no doubt there are countless delicious brunch places in Southern California, but 26 Beach was absolutely sinful. The mimosas were smooth and plentiful, the bacon perfectly crisp, and the black forest ham Monte Cristo was this sandwich...
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395 Santa Monica Place #300, Santa Monica, CA 90401, USA
A shopping mall is probably the last place you’d look for a quality brunch, but Sonoma Wine Garden in the Santa Monica Place mall may be the best boozy brunch in Los Angeles. With ocean views and cozy cushioned seating, you are transported from...
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225 26th St #51, Santa Monica, CA 90402, USA
A small storefront in the charming Brentwood Country Mart is lit up late after the rest of the village has gone to sleep. Here at Sweet Rose Creamery, organic milk, eggs, cream, and sugar are transformed daily into the purest-tasting ice cream,...
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22878 Pacific Coast Hwy, Malibu, CA 90265, USA
Seagulls are silhouetted against the sun, with the iconic Malibu Pier glistening in the background. A media mogul’s plaintive cry, vainly bullying beachgoers to stay off the public sand, dissipates as crashing waves dissolve into pearly sea foam...
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29983 Mulholland Hwy, Agoura Hills, CA 91301, USA
I love a man behind a bar with a husky voice and good arms. It’s all the more fitting when he’s serving me coffee in a tin cup in a restaurant that resembles an old western saloon. Old Place was converted from an old county store in the 1970’s,...
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Yerba Buena Rd, California, USA
Some friends and I hiked to Sandstone Peak (in April), which is the highest point of the Santa Monica Mountains where we were rewarded with an amazing view of Los Angeles and the Pacific Ocean. It had just rained, so the view was crystal clear....
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Temescal Canyon, Los Angeles, CA 90272, USA
The best part about Los Angeles is the easy accessibility to nature. Coastal hikes overlooking the ocean are the best way to cleanse the mind and body and truly experience the landscape. The hills of Malibu to the North and Palos Verdes to the...
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Escondido Canyon Trail, Malibu, CA 90265, USA
I love to take a day away from the city and hike the Escondido Canyon Trail in Malibu. The path is about four miles and takes most hikers around two hours to complete. The beginning of the trail passes gorgeous Malibu mansions then continues on to...
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327 Latigo Canyon Rd, Malibu, CA 90265, USA
Have you ever wondered where they film shows like The Biggest Loser or The Bachelor? They're all perfectly set in the hills of Malibu somewhere, right? Well now you can drive past all the compounds the major studios use for those shows on your way...
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35000 Pacific Coast Hwy, Malibu, CA 90265, USA
Have you ever wanted to camp in walking distance to a secluded beach, rife with wildlife like starfish, crabs and sea anemones? A 45-minute drive out of central LA yields this amazing experience. Leo Carillo has a very well maintained campsite,...
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21401 E Cliff Dr, Santa Cruz, CA 95062, USA
Further south, in Santa Cruz, Taqueria Michoacan is located on a busy street and very hard to miss. This bright yellow taqueria, complete with festive murals on the exterior was a great setting for the exceptional taco I devoured here. Look out...
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1408 Olympic Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90404, USA
Located in Santa Monica, Tacos Por Favor caters to the most eclectic group of people I have seen so far on my taco crawl. A huge, packed seating area plus the interesting combination of patrons (families, elderly persons, hipsters, etc.) suggested...
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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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1090 Point Lobos Ave, San Francisco, CA 94121, USA
San Francisco's seven hills and extensive coastline offer plenty of impressive views; why not enjoy them with a delicious meal or bubbly drink? The Burger Bar on the top floor of Macy’s and the Rotunda at Neiman Marcus overlook Union Square....
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San Diego, CA, USA
Just a short drive north from downtown San Diego, the 2,000-acre Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve offers an idea of what Southern California looked like before its coastlines were developed. Experience the area by taking a short walk from the...
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3900 N Harbor Dr, San Diego, CA 92101, USA
Spanish Landing park is a historical landmark, the site commemorates the 1769 meeting of the Gaspar DePortola and Father Junípero Serra expeditions. It is a beautiful park found along the San Diego Bay. What I like most about this park are the...
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San Diego, CA, USA
San Diego has over a half dozen rooftop bars. Due to our mild weather and beautiful skyline, there are several places to enjoy a few drinks with friends. My personal favorite is Altitude- picture here- because you can see the most of the skyline....
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32350 Pacific Coast Hwy, Malibu, CA 90265, USA
on a stretch of coastline between malibu and oxnard, i encountered a rare find: crashing waves, tide pools and rock formations reminiscent of the pacific northwest. the small, easy to overlook access to el matador beach keeps it quiet.
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1607 W Lewis St, San Diego, CA 92103, USA
For almost 30 years, Le Bel Age has been the "to go" to boutique in the Mission Hills neighborhood of San Diego. Filled from top to bottom with earrings, bracelets, charms, necklaces, hats, clothing and shoes. The owner, Valerie Lee, travels all...