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15000 Skyline Blvd, Los Gatos, CA 95033, USA
Castle Rock state park has some absolutely gorgeous hikes (and climbs), rain or shine. I recently snapped this shot on a rainy hike, the greens vibrantly shone through the fog, each tree seeming to house some new species of moss.
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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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301 S B St, San Mateo, CA 94401, USA
With some time to kill near SFO, I found myself in B Street Books. While it's not exhaustive, the shop's collection of vintage, rare and used books will draw you in. There are a few small towns in the area perfect for meandering, and if you're...
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86 Cañada Road, Woodside, CA 94062, USA
Tucked away in the hills south of San Francisco you'll find Filoli—16 acres of English Renaissance gardens, nature preserves and a fabulous mansion—a true hidden gem. The hundred-year-old property takes on new life with each season and a stroll...
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221 University Ave, Palo Alto, CA 94301, USA
Stanford Theatre is the absolute classic movie-going experience. It's reminiscent of an older time, complete with an outside ticket booth, walls plastered with photos of famous movie stars, and a sign illuminated so bright you can locate the...
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271 University Ave, Palo Alto, CA 94301, USA
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Stop by and treat your palate to University Café's sensational drinks. Homemade lemonades and specialty coffees are great on the go (especially when exploring University Ave.). For those with time to sit and enjoy a meal, they serve crave-able...
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261 University Ave, Palo Alto, CA 94301, USA
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Don't think of ordering hummus as a side at Oren's. Here it is the main meal. Served with fresh, homemade pita bread and topped with your choice of ingredients—including mushrooms, slow-cooked fava beans, and Moroccan spiced ground beef—this...
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815 Stewart Dr, Sunnyvale, CA 94085, USA
It's been 30 years since I've gone rock climbing on a regular basis, and I wasn't sure how to get back into it, so I decided to take a one-hour belay lesson at Planet Granite in Sunnyvale. I went on a Monday night, and the place was packed --...
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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...